Disclosure. A few weeks ago, an election scenario intrigued me and then I noticed that I wasn't alone in this consideration. And if it came to pass would there be any way for the left to punch above its weight. However, I first wanted to assess the possibility of such an outcome. My first pass on all the key states suggested that it was possible, but within a few days the polls suggested implausible and a few days later not worth considering.
So, less than a week out, where are we?
As a refresher, here's where we were at this point in 2016
Trump: 260 ECV (FL and NC had closed for Trump)
Clinton: 248 ECV
Potentially dodgy: NV (6 ECV)
Too-close to call: NH (4 ECV) and PA (20 ECV)
This is starting to feel a whole bunch like 2016.
Back then Trump managed to steal the white working-class votes in the Rust Belt states because he talked about bad trade deals and how they cost us whole industries, while the Democrats wouldn't even consider the topic. The Democrats didn't care about the white working class in the Rust Belt states. They took them for granted for 40 years.
I listen, when Chris Hedges speaks. He talks to Greg Palast.
First I want to clarify a few things.
Trump Republicans are still an evil that I won't support.
Secondly, if you identify with the cultural left then the Trump Republicans are still the greater evil.
What I'm talking about here is the Traditional Left that identifies with the working class.
Trump declares a national emergency, the basis for which is COVID-19. But like the proverbial camel's nose getting into the tent, martial law is now applicable.
Constitutional and other law experts (which I am not) may agree or disagree. I can only rely upon that sacred legal source, Wikipedia (and other places) for this.