Garland likely would have been confirmed in 2016 and at a minimum Dumpy would have been forced to pick a moderate instead of Justice Handmaid.
We need to open DC and PR to statehood.
natesilver: Trumps chances are at 15 percent in our forecast now, but my guess is that hed be at something like 5 percent if the election were held today.
Hed need a VERY large polling error to win if Biden is up 10 points nationally and 7 points or so in the tipping-point states. So most of his comeback chances still stem from being able to turn the race around somehow, and debates are one way to do that maybe the best way at this stage.
In the podcast on if Trump needs the debates.
Yes yes only election day counts, GOTV, stay focused. I just thought it is interesting to note that Trump's 15% is based on the value of the time left in the race in which Trump could turn things around. His chances as they stand right now if he doesn't improve are even worse.
Only Pence can. Well technically Pence and a majority of the cabinet or Pence and a majority of a body designated by Congress in legislation. The singular key person however is Pence.
Nobody else on the planet other than Pence can invoke the 25th (aside from Dumpy doing it voluntarily). If everyone in Washington DC from both parties except Dumpy and Pence was in favor of the 25th then it doesn't happen. I mean if everyone was in favor they could just impeach Trump instead but they still couldn't invoke the 25th without Pence.
People need to stop jumping for extreme conclusions
The move, in response to Trump's conduct in the days after testing positive for the coronavirus, would establish a process to effectively give Congress a say in removing a president from office under the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which allows for a president to be removed from office if a majority of Cabinet members and the vice president consider him unable to carry out his duties. Section four of the 25th Amendment also says that if a majority of a body established by law, along with the vice president, declare in writing that if the president is disabled and unable to do his job, the vice president immediately becomes the acting president.
The bill, Democrats say, will create that body to help determine the fitness of the president. The proposal, which will be introduced Friday by Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, will create a body designed to "help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government," according to Pelosi's office.
The measure stands virtually no chance of becoming law. But it is designed to heighten the attention on Trump's condition after his doctors have provided limited information about his recovery from coronavirus.
Pelosi is keeping Trump's unsuitability for the office in the headlines by creating a headline that the media will report on. She is doing what she can to keep the pressure on but she can't force the 25th.
... all future debates must have a mute button on the mics.
They consider all other polls to be fake but usually tout Rasmussen as "telling the truth" except now it shows Biden up 12. A tiny minority is calling it for what it is; bad news and can't be overcome by electoral college. The rests are split between either it is fake or it doesn't matter that Biden could win by 20 pts and Dumpy will still win the electoral college.
When a brain dead sociopath like Jr knows something is wrong something is very very wrong.
Usually I don't care much about day to day polls (up one, down two) because the margin of error means a lot of that is just sampling noise. Especially if one poll goes up 1 and another one goes down 2 on the same day. You probably aren't looking at anything real. Even when there is zero actual change in preference among voters the polls will move around a bit day to day.
However since the debate the polls have been improving pretty consistently for Biden. I am not sure if it is the debate, Trump getting sick, Trump acting insane while sick, or all of the above but it IS having an effect. Prior to the debate, nationally Biden was up around 6 to 7 pts. There were outliers both high and low but that is where the averages were.
Since the debate the poll have been:
Ipsos - Biden +10
YouGov - Biden +8
U.S.C. Dornsife - Biden +11
NBC News/The Wall Street Journal - Biden +14
The Hill/HarrisX - Biden +7
U.S.C. Dornsife - Biden +11 (a second one)
Since most of the aggregate sites keep polls from the past couple weeks the averages are around +8 but that is up from around +6 prior to the debate. The averages are slowly inching up as older polls fall off. The other good news is in most averages Biden is now over the magic 50% mark. It also is not just Biden picking up "undecideds" either, Trump has pretty consistently lost around 2 points in most polls (outliers aside).
Yeah yeah all the standard disclaimers apply: only election day matters, GOTV, don't take your eye off the prize, etc, etc. It is still good news.
Remember God said you were going to be President maybe this is what he meant.
The overall jump can be almost entirely attributed to Republicans, whose net concern increased 18 points (52% to 70%), and independents, whose concern increased 13 points (69% to 82%). Democrats held steady at 86%.
That is encouraging. It shows reality can occasionally reach Republicans at least some of them.
"Variation in False-Negative Rate of Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain ReactionBased SARS-CoV-2 Tests by Time Since Exposure"
If Biden was exposed on Tuesday then day 4 would be Saturday evening but he gets tested in the morning so say Sunday morning. The expected median false negative rates would be 67% on Sunday, 38% on Monday, and falling to 20% by Thursday.
So if Biden doesn't develop symptoms or test positive by Monday he likely (80%+) doesn't have the disease. Either he never got infected or his body killed off any small viral load before it could replicate. By next Wednesday it is almost guaranteed (>99%) he doesn't have the disease if still symptom free with all negative tests.