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Thoughts on Events the Week of September 28

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on October 6, 2020

Covid-19 catches up to Trump: I’m not going to be a hypocrite about this. I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for President Trump and his positive test for Covid-19. He deserves everything he gets. Trump has been flouting the advice of his medical experts for so long and so aggressively that I’m surprised he hasn’t tested positive sooner.

Trump brought this illness upon himself, and what’s much worse, he has brought it upon a lot of other people too, with his denials, misinformation, and deceit. We will never know how many of the 210,000 + deaths and counting attributed to Covid-19 were directly due to Trump, and how many may have lived if he had responded properly in the beginning, but it has to be a lot.

Wonder what his sycophantic staff is thinking right now. They’re kicking themselves for hanging around the West Wing in close quarters and without masks because the moron-in-chief doesn’t like them, I’m thinking. Everyone and everything Trump touches is diminished. I no longer have respect for anyone who sticks around knowing this about the man.

I’m too lazy to look it up right now, but a year or so ago, I speculated on the most likely ways Trump might leave office, in order of probability. Pretty high on the list was that he would simply die in office. At the time, I was thinking about his weight, bad diet, and the stress of the job. That was pre-Covid-19. Might I be right this near the end of his first term?

I can think of a few positive things to come out of Trump’s trip to Walter Reed:

First, I think the election is over. Everyone can see Trump’s spectacular failure dealing with the pandemic. The only thing Biden has to do to win the election is to keep breathing until November 4. If I were Biden, I would retreat to my basement and not come out until after the election. Ditto for Harris and Pelosi.

Second, I think Trump’s diagnosis throws a serious monkey wrench into the Barrett Supreme Court nomination. At least two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who attended Trump’s irresponsible protocol abusing announcement about Barrett – Tillis and Lee – have now tested positive for Covid-19 and are self-isolating. Since the make-up of the committee comprises 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats, the loss of those two makes it a 10-10 vote. McConnell may not even be able to get the nomination out of committee.

McConnell may try to continue with the process virtually, but it will have a terrible look, and I think even some Republicans may choke on it. In any case, I see Barrett’s hearing carrying on until after the election, and if the results of the Presidential and Senatorial elections go as I hope, it may scuttle the whole thing. Surely, some Republicans are going to have some qualms about the propriety of the vote in such circumstances.

In any case, I think it is possible, finally, that some Republican Senators, not to mention other Republican office holders and appointees, may grow a pair now that Trump has put himself and them into such personal and political jeopardy. It’s one thing to tie your wagon to a political star, but quite another to tie it to a potential cadaver, even a political one, let alone a literal one.

Finally, maybe some of Trump’s base who have been following Trump’s advice religiously, will wake up and smell the virus and start wearing masks and social distancing and staying out of bars now. It would help us all a lot.

Worst state: It’s Texas, hands down, because their worthless excuse of a governor and the state’s leading vote suppresser, has issued an executive order that there can only be one drop off box in each country in Texas, one of the largest population states in the country. I hope the courts will put an end to these shenanigans, but I’m not counting on it. Thanks, Chief Justice Roberts for your stupid, or cynically racist opinion that there is no more voter suppression going on, so we don’t need voter rights legislation.

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