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  1. #1336

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    Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has voted by mail 11 times in 10 years
    The Republican spokeswoman has said it shouldn’t be available to everyone.

    By Steve Contorno
    Published 1 hour ago
    Updated 33 minutes ago

    For a week, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended President Donald Trump’s assault on vote-by-mail, insisting, like her boss, that it invites election fraud.

    But, also like her boss, McEnany has taken advantage of its convenience time and time again.

    In fact, the Tampa native has voted by mail in every Florida election she has participated in since 2010, according to a Tampa Bay Times review of her voting history. Most recently, she voted by mail in the state’s March 2020 presidential primary, just as Trump did after he made Florida his new permanent home.

    Last week, McEnany, 32, said vote-by-mail was OK for Trump because "the president is, after all, the president, which means he’s here in Washington. He’s unable to cast his vote down in Florida, his state of residence.”

    Meanwhile, McEnany, a graduate of South Tampa’s Academy of the Holy Names and a Davis Islands homeowner, has voted by mail 11 times over the last 10 years.

    In a statement emailed after the story published, McEnany said: “Absentee voting has the word absent in it for a reason. It means you’re absent from the jurisdiction or unable to vote in person. President Trump is against the Democrat plan to politicize the coronavirus and expand mass mail-in voting without a reason, which has a high propensity for voter fraud. This is a simple distinction that the media fails to grasp.”

    However, Florida does not have absentee voting.
    Anyone can vote by mail here without a reason. The Times asked McEnany if Florida should change its law to restrict voting by mail to those unable to vote in person. The story will be updated if she responds.

    The coronavirus has complicated voting in states that held primary elections, causing a shortage of poll workers, closed polling places, long lines to vote and lower turnout. With the pandemic expected to continue through the November election, Democrats and activists have called for universal vote by mail to ensure people can safely cast a ballot.

    But on Tuesday, McEnany doubled down against that idea in a series of Twitter posts meant to imply voting by mail is bereft with problems.

    While there are isolated incidents of voter fraud, it is rare and it is not nearly as pervasive as Trump has suggested in his latest conspiratorial accusations. A months-long probe into voter fraud in Florida — where vote-by-mail is a popular option among both Democrats and Republicans — recently ended without any prosecutions.

    https://www.tampabay.com/florida-pol...s-in-10-years/
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  2. #1337

    Re: The Run to the WH

    Most likely the VP will be a senator, that seems to be a very popular choice in the last 20-30 years.
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  3. #1338

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    Not this time. Other than Kamala, due to the reasons mentioned by Ti, risking losing a senate seat is too high a price. If the GOP retains the Senate, and McConnell remains there, it will be 4 years of absolute stonewalling from them. Biden would be a paper toothless tiger rug.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  4. #1339

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Not this time. Other than Kamala, due to the reasons mentioned by Ti, risking losing a senate seat is too high a price. If the GOP retains the Senate, and McConnell remains there, it will be 4 years of absolute stonewalling from them. Biden would be a paper toothless tiger rug.
    There are a dozen other cases where a Democrat would be named as a replacement. So I think chances of it being a senator still 70-80%. Who else anyway? Others will have zero national profile.
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    What do you think would be the best way to tear down and define Biden from Trump's point of view? What would a top class strategist working for Trump would advise?

    Perhaps mentally feable socialist?
    Roger forever

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    Re: The Run to the WH

    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    What do you think would be the best way to tear down and define Biden from Trump's point of view? What would a top class strategist working for Trump would advise?

    Perhaps mentally feable socialist?
    Well, the ads running here indicate Joe is soft on China.
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  7. #1342

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    If they go for the "mentally feeble" argument they must remember that their buffoon came up with "Cofefe" (I don't remember how he spelled it), stated "we just came from the Middle East" when he traveled from Saudi Arabia to Israel, has confused his father from his grandfather and has had public instances in which he has not been able to pronounce simple words (Origins Vs Oranges).
    That is a tricky and densely mined field to traverse.
    Just stick to his original plan. Xenophobic rants, blame the previous guy for everything (racist card) and let Vlad do his thing. If the American public belief that Vlad will try the same trick twice, they don't know how devious that man is. Vlad must have by know hacked every single voting machine in the USA, plus other little tricks his cyber-army must have come up with.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  8. #1343

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    There are a dozen other cases where a Democrat would be named as a replacement. So I think chances of it being a senator still 70-80%. Who else anyway? Others will have zero national profile.
    There are 17 female Democrat senators. We have discussed Harris, Warren and Klobuchar.
    Kyrsten Sinema, AZ. No way. It is Arizona and my logic of a state that could put a GOP senator there holds.
    Diane Feinstein. CA. Valid choice. But Harris is also from CA, younger and better known. So sorry, Diane.
    Mazie Hirono, HI. What for? To get Hawaii's three electoral votes? (I don't know how many). On the other hand: minority group. But basically not known anywhere, which is one point you make.
    Tammy Duckworth, IL. Valid choice. But... Illinois may put a GOP person there. And not that well known. Both our points. So no go.
    Debbie Stabenow, MI. Who? Plus, seat could be filed by the GOP.
    Tina Smith. MN. Again, who? Plus, same state as Klobuchar, who is better known. So no go again.
    Catherine Cortes Mastos, NV. I like this one, but who knows her outside of NV? But you get the Latino vote in the west. Maybe not enough. (If they are going there, the Governor of NM is a much better choice).
    Jackie Rosen, NV. Same as above, minus the latino vote. And again, seats that could be filled by the GOP. Not worth the risk.
    Maggie Hassan, NH. Who? What? Why?
    Jean Shaheen, NH. Same as above. But you gotta admit: great name. For making jokes (Bing, Bing, Bing, it is Jean Shaheen!)
    Kirsten Gillibrand, NY. From NY, so you immediately alienate every voter from the "fly over states" and she was one of the first presidential candidates to drop from the race. I say no.
    Maria Cantwell, WA. Basically unknown, and WA is in the bag. Brings very little to the fight.
    Patty Murray, WA. As above.
    Tammy Baldwin, WI. Your winner. One the sinning states that went to Tiny by a super slight margin, she may be enough to secure the cheeseheads. But not well known, which is one of your points. I would still say she could bring that state to Biden. Only issue: she steals her clothes from E. Warren. Really, go look it up.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  9. #1344

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    Baldwin's name did come up a couple of weeks ago and disappeared really fast.

    Great analysis.
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  10. #1345

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    Joe Biden @JoeBiden

    There are moments in our history so grim, so heart-rending, that they're forever fixed in each of our hearts as shared grief. Today is one of those moments. 100,000 lives have now been lost to this virus.

    To those hurting, I'm so sorry for your loss. The nation grieves with you.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1265757168504049664

    This is here because everything Biden does at this point is about the November election.
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  11. #1346

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    It's easy to do an analysis and dismiss everyone. Who else has been mentioned?

    Stacey Abrams - too little experience, never elected to state wide office, probably can't deliver her state, no help with Midwest.

    Val Demings - same as above except help with Florida more likely. Lower national profile.

    Gretchen Wittmer - only two years as governor, needed in Michigan. Maybe the least bad option?
    Roger forever

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    I hope all of you will continue to write your opinions about the VP candidate choice. I find that a safe topic to think about that doesn't depress me more than I already am. So I'm going to muse on it a bit as well.

    Ponchi, I'm especially grateful to you for running down the list of all the women who are Senators. Obviously, there is no one bad on that list. But, there are plenty who would not be the right choice, mostly for reasons you have so nicely stated.

    One Senator who confuses me sometimes is Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. She has now been a Senator for 20 years (I had to look that up). And I barely know anything about her. I've never had the slightest reason to think ill of her, but she has surely managed to keep a low profile.

    Sorting my own thoughts, after reading Ponchi's note: The Senators who are simply not in the running are Sinema, Hirono, Feinstein, Stabenow, Smith, Rosen, Hassan, Shaheen, Gillibrand, Cantwell, and Murray. I put Gillibrand in that group for exactly the reasons given by Ponchi.

    That only leaves 6, and of those, I see Duckworth, Mastos, and even Warren as pretty unlikely.

    Which leaves 3: Harris, Klobuchar, Baldwin. I really like all 3 of them. Remember, I lived in Minnesota for 10 of the years Klobuchar was in the Senate and I dearly loved her. But I see the problems with things that could be justifiably attacked. So I'm beginning to think that, if it is a Senator, it might be most likely Harris, with Baldwin somewhere down in 2nd.

    But, as per Suliso's note, it is by no means sure to be a Senator. Of the non-Senators, I'm seeing Whitmer as most likely, but she is not the only possibility.

    GH

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    Re: The Run to the WH

    Are there serious reasons against Tammy Duckworth besides the safety of her Senate spot for Dems? I think she'd be a fantastic choice: Solid Dem, diverse, from the Midwest, Army veteran, served in the Senate, state government, and the Presidential cabinet, diverse.

    I'm sure the Republicans will crap on her growing up abroad (and also on her PhD ugh) but the military service probably counteracts that.


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    Because of the positives you mention, I kept her in that middle group ("pretty unlikely"). Given her credentials, and as someone who could handle the job of president, I don't think there are any negatives. But I don't think she will be picked. By the way, am I missing something about her Senate seat and its safety? Illinois has a Democratic governor, so I think the replacement would almost certainly be a Democrat to my understanding. I just don't think she is well-enough known nationally to make a big impact on the campaign. But as a rebuttal to that, I do wonder if she could help in nearby Midwestern states. ?Wisconsin, Michigan, maybe Iowa?

    So I still think she is unlikely to be the pick, but I'm not feeling strongly that way.

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    Re: The Run to the WH

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennHarman View Post
    Because of the positives you mention, I kept her in that middle group ("pretty unlikely"). Given her credentials, and as someone who could handle the job of president, I don't think there are any negatives. But I don't think she will be picked. By the way, am I missing something about her Senate seat and its safety? Illinois has a Democratic governor, so I think the replacement would almost certainly be a Democrat to my understanding. I just don't think she is well-enough known nationally to make a big impact on the campaign. But as a rebuttal to that, I do wonder if she could help in nearby Midwestern states. ?Wisconsin, Michigan, maybe Iowa?

    So I still think she is unlikely to be the pick, but I'm not feeling strongly that way.

    GH

    I was responding to ponchi's note on the IL seat. I would agree it's not in grave danger (although her predecessor in that seat was a one-term Republican so I guess there's a chance of a Republican winning the seat in the next election).


    I've always thought she had a pretty high profile (among Dems) because of her work in Veteran's Affairs under Obama - I feel like she had maybe had some media appearances then (or maybe on the issue but when she was a US rep) and I've been aware of her a long time.


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