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BRILLIANT: Biden 'Blitz:' The case for flooding the zone with executive orders on Day One

This is the best analysis/advice I've seen on the transition and new administration:

Use trump's strategy. Flood the zone so that no one can focus on any one thing you did.

Author says that because Obama moved slowly with the GOP and tried to reach consensus, every tiny move was critiqued and blown out of proportion in the media. The media wants news. Obama wasn't generating news. So the media created news.
He also says that Obama believed the GOP was working with him, but really the plan all along was to rope-a-dope him and run out the clock and do nothing. And that plan worked.

When politics are hyper-partisanized as they are now, politics is a zero sum game. Meaning that Mitch cannot give Biden a win without taking a loss for the GOP. Giving Biden a win would generate instant negative backlash from the GOP base. That's why Mitch will never allow the GOP to work with Biden.

Biden ‘Blitz:’ The case for flooding the zone with executive orders on Day One

How can Joe Biden break through the wall of bad faith opposition that is certain to greet him when he takes office? Vox’s David Roberts makes the case for trying to do everything, all at once, on Day One.

very worth reading the entire article:

Joe Biden should do everything at once
How to succeed in hyperpolarized politics: run a blitz.


What we do know is that Republicans will wage full-on war on Biden from the second he takes office. They will generate fake conspiracies and controversies through right-wing media and social media. Conservative voters will be told again and again that Biden and Kamala Harris are uniquely dangerous traitors engaged in all sorts of elaborate evil plots. The entire conservative movement, from top to bottom, will view limiting Biden to one term as its primary strategic objective. And the movement will engage in misinformation, norm violation, procedural fuckery, and outright lawbreaking, if necessary, to achieve that objective.


No matter what the Biden administration does, it will be accused of socialism and corruption by the right. And the past several years have richly demonstrated that conservative parts of the country, particularly rural areas and low-density suburbs, are almost completely captured by right-wing media, from Fox on the TV to AM conservative radio to Sinclair-owned local news to the profusion of shady Facebook sources and groups, where misinformation is rapid and rampant.

Democrats badly need to address this media asymmetry. Despite what conservatives have convinced themselves, mainstream media outlets like CNN are not analogous to Fox, and Democrats have no comparable radio, local TV, or social media operations to carry their messages and narratives straight to voters where they live.


Biden’s best chance is to try to overwhelm the system the way Trump did, by doing so much that it’s impossible to make any one thing into a lasting story. He should launch so many simultaneous reforms that there’s no time for right-wing media to make up lies about all of them or for the Supreme Court to hear them all. He should ignore bad-faith attacks and stay relentlessly on message about what’s gotten done and what’s getting done next. He should, at every juncture, get caught trying to make government work better for ordinary people.



Author was on with Chris Hayes tonight. VIDEO


Hypothesis: Voters reward us for stoking their fears, not saving their asses

so many voters just told us they don't give a damn about a pandemic, about hundreds of thousands killed by malicious craven incompetence, or any efforts to save them from that pandemic

they care more (only) about "Antifa"

Fauci sounded almost giddy when talking about working with Biden on vaccine distribution

this morning in his interview with Andrew Mitchell.

Clearly Dr. Fauci is happy and relieved.

telling voters a Fact once doesn't help.

that's now how brains work.

Messages must be repeated. And this repetition actually causes physical changes in the brain. The message essentially becomes hard-wired. Like ruts made by wagon wheels on the Oregon Trail.

The GOP knows this. Debunking with a fact here and there, or in an ad 20 days before an election, just does not work. You set a narrative, short, emotional, and you pound it relentlessly always. In between cycles especially. Social media. Right-wing news outlets. GOP politicians. It all but makes Democratic election cycle ads useless. We can't get through.

2020 cycle: GOP managed to erase the murder of George Floyd and replace it with Antifa "violence"

the ultimate act of turning your opponent's strength into a weakness

Immediately after his death --- the mood of the country was moving en masse against systemic racism. Even Mississippi changed its flag!

Then trump and the police turned violent on marchers, gassing them, beating them, driving police cars into them, and turned THAT into a massive PR victory for THEM that we were the violent ones.

They turned our calls for ending police violence into a massive PR victory for THEM that we were calling for violent anarchy.

They sent the Feds to Portland to provoke resistance that they could film for endless Facebook ads.

We need to realize they have crushed and destroyed our brand, that this is IMPORTANT, and that we need to fix our brand. NOT because we are wrong!!!! We are morally right. But because we have been slimed and slandered, and we need to address that problem.

Ivanka defends herself on twitter without acknowledging blinding conflict of interest

1. Just because you sent that email doesn't mean you didn't have other conversations about it without leaving a record!

2. You have a nasty conflict of interest in directing your father's campaign to patronize (and pay!) your father's (and your) hotel! You forgot to mention that completely! Just because the media doesn't care about it doesn't mean you're not guilty.

3. This doesn't even touch the foreign governments and other interests and individuals reserving large blocks of rooms at the Trump Hotel they never even stayed in to curry favor/funnel money to you and your family. AKA BRIBES.


#TraitorTots trending on twitter.

GOP: Don't force me to wear a mask! Also GOP: Declare martial law and have the military conduct

a second presidential election so we can overturn the real election!

"Brawndo. It's what plants crave."

hey president derp derp.... don't we have laws that shield gun makers from liability?


if trump plans to launch a 2024 campaign on Biden's inauguration day - is he dragging Pence along?

did he even ask Pence?

is Pence on board for this --- a 4 year campaign starting in January?

Does Mike Pence have anything else he wanted to do with his life? Spend more quality time with Mother maybe?

Or is trump going to kick Pence to the curb.


If a president can pardon himself, that makes him a king. And that is per se unconstitutional.

Period. End of discussion.

Our Constitution provides for a president. Not a king.

A self-pardon is a conversion from president to king.

If you can commit treason to try to destroy your main election rival (or order someone else to do it) then pardon yourself or your accomplice, you are a king. You have violated and destroyed the fundamental structure of our government.

It would encourage bad people with bad motives to become president. Free crime spree with no accountability.

The U.S. president cannot be a king. The Constitution does not provide for a king. A self-pardon makes a president a king, and therefore it is unconstitutional.

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