I had a conversation with a friend who said she would never speak to anyone so devoid of values and intelligence to vote for Donald Trump (she was bluffing) and then immediately thereafter demonstrated that she was incapable of explaining what was so unbearable about the President beyond generalities, Big Lies, and deflections (when the quality of the President’s advisors are a go-to argument three minutes in, you’ve got nothin’…) Upon cross examination, she could not coherently justify voting for Joe Biden either, except through denial (“He’s not senile, he’s just not as sharp as he used to be, and at that age, who is?” Yes, and that’s why nobody has run for President at that age. And no, Joe did not used to forget who he was running against, what office he was running for, or repeatedly get thousands mixed up with millions) even when it was acknowledged that he was far from the sharpest tack in the package. Finally, she said, “I’d vote for Biden even if he was completely demented.’
And there it is: the rational, informed, analytical Democratic voter. In the end, it’s mostly about hate.
- Speaking of dementia…Conservative flame-breathing pundit Kurt Schlichter tweeted that Sean Connery’s last words were “Elect Donald Trump.” Sure, Kurt. Yesterday I learned that 007 had been losing a long bout with dementia. If he was no longer compos mentis, that endorsement really isn’t worth much, and he would have been much more likely to endorse Biden out of comradery.
2. What’s going on here? What are we to make of all of the sudden reports that the President is surging in multiple states? For example, yesterday the Des Moines Register described the poll results showing that what had been a Biden lead was now a 9 point Trump advantage: “Republican President Donald Trump has taken over the lead in Iowa as Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden has faded…”
There are similar stories coming out of other states, and more than one pollster is now predicting a decisive Trump win. Are pollsters deliberately trying to avoid a catastrophic embarrassment by hedging their bets at the last minute? Are conservative media forces trying to bolster GOP confidence to get out the vote? Are we witnessing another election where the undecideds suddenly all flip in the same direction in the final hours, like in 1948, 1980, 1988, and 2016?
The problem is that we can’t trust anybody even vaguely related to the news media. I must add, repeating myself, that the deification of Nate Silver, who relies on the wisdom of crowds to insure himself against the consequences of failure, is unwarranted. If one poll is right and 50 are wrong, the “average” of the polls is a useless number that has the illusion of accuracy but in fact is exactly that, an illusion. If the President wins, Silver will say, “Our predictions were accurate! We said he had a 15% chance of winning; we didn’t say he wouldn’t win!” Brilliant! And those who said (like, say, me) that the President’s likelihood of winning has always been 50% or better based on multiple factors and historical trends? Just unscientific.
3. A quote of the day from Ann Althouse:
I am abstaining in the 2020 election, so I’m about as distanced and cruelly neutral an observer as you’re going to get. I care about the quality of journalism, and the main thing I do here on this blog is monitor elite media. I’ve found the bias in favor of Joe Biden absolutely disgusting. And I believe Biden is a stalking horse for Kamala Harris, whom the mainstream media hasn’t subjected to any serious testing.
- Note how Althouse pats herself on the back for deciding to sit out what may be an existential election. I take that to mean that she is where I was not long ago, lacking the guts to vote for someone she dislikes and wishes weren’t President, and concocting rationalizations to justify ducking an unpleasant decision.
- The impetus for her post was yet another fake news headline from the media (above), with a BBC announcement that said both candidates had “hit” swing states in the waning days, when Trump had in fact done that, traveling to five states in a day, while Biden campaigned in Philadelphia, not far from his headquarters in Delaware.
- When I suggested to my friend referenced above that I found the Democratic scheme to use Biden to beat Trump while counting on his dementia to open the door for a female, dark-skinned, far more extreme Left, and scantily qualified individual whom they knew couldn’t be elected directly to take over as POTUS, the response was, “Wow, you really do believe those conservative media theories, don’t you?”
- The media bias for Biden is disgusting. But we knew that.
4. Harris and “racism.” I have now read multiple critiques of GOP critics referring to them as “racist” for pointing out that Kamala Harris is not an African American, and that it is deceptive to represent her as such.
Ethics foul. Facts aren’t racist. Harris is Jamaican and Indian in heritage. If the Democrats want black votes based on group identification, they are basing the strategy on misrepresentation, and it is legitimate to point it out. They chose Harris almost entirely based on race and gender; the party cannot fairly legitimately complain if the basis for that selection is challenged on the facts. If the U.S. went mad and authorized reparations for slavery, Harris wouldn’t get a cent.
5. Now THIS is a frivolous lawsuit. Louisville Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, one of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, has filed a civil suit against the Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker for emotional distress, assault and battery. Walker opened fire on the officers when the entered Taylor’s home in the early morning hours based on bad information [the warrant was, however, made out for the “right” address, because Taylor was suspected of harboring illegal drugs—I had that wrong in the original version of this post] , looking for illegal drugs. Walker says he thought the officers were home invaders, opened fire, with one shot that hitting Mattingly in the leg. Police returned fire, killing Taylor. The lawsuit claims Mattingly experienced “severe trauma, mental anguish, and emotional distress” because of Walker’s actions.
“Walker’s conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality,” the complaint says, citing one of the legal standards for intentional emotional distress.
You know, I haven’t been in a courtroom as an advocate since 1975, but I’m confident I could successfully defend that lawsuit with half of my brain tied behind my back. The police were in the wrong. The defendant’s girlfriend was killed by their bullets. Who sympathizes with the police? The Golden Rule precludes this suit from succeeding. The jurors will be asked to imagine themselves in Walker’s situation.