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Proud Liberal Dem

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Name: Mara
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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How does Trump potentially win a second term?

Aside from outright rigging/cheating in this election (which I don't want to get into here), is there ANYTHING substantive that could potentially change between now and Election Day that would be either extraordinarily beneficial to Trump to help him win re-election or extraordinarily damaging to Biden that would depress his vote and cause him to lose? Any other complicating factors (i.e. additional "major party" candidates joining the race) that could cause the polls to tighten or make the margin close enough for Trump to limp to re-election? At the moment, the race appears to be Biden's to lose, but we're still fairly far enough out that anything could still happen and I'm trying to maintain some perspective.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Jul 13, 2020, 10:34 AM (50 replies)

It's really depressing and surprising to remember

that *that* race was as close as it was

Too many people always seem willing to give lame a** Republicans a chance to govern after a successful Democratic Presidency instead of another highly qualified Democrat. I understand why people don't want to keep electing a succession of Republicans after they sh*t the bed but I don't get why they feel like they have to switch after a successful two-term Democratic Presidency. Do Republicans just get super-activated and we just get complacent and don't show up? If we as a country are doing well under Democratic Presidencies, why wouldn't we want that good streak to continue? I don't get it.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Jul 6, 2020, 03:48 PM (0 replies)

Yes

Although, frankly, I don't even understand the "give him a chance crowd" in 2016 and why they felt that it was even remotely acceptable to give a reality star with a reputation for a string of bankruptcies, a history of racist actions, unspeakably crude manners, misogny, admitted sexual assaulter, etc. "a chance" instead of going with a woman whose entire life was dedicated to public service, was a Senator for several years, a Secretary of State, intelligent, etc.

And lets not forget that, as bad as things are, he's still got legions of people and entire states that are going to still vote for him in in the EC a few months from now.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jul 1, 2020, 01:30 PM (0 replies)

Yup

But, hopefully, some of the factors that helped cause this won't exist this time. The 2018 mid-terms were encouraging and things have only gotten worse for Trump since then. And hopefully, there won't be any serious third- or fourth-party contenders whom help dice the vote up. And people are wiser about Russia and online disinformation. Keeping fingers crossed. Won't breathe easy until Biden is peaceably inaugurated in January 2021.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jul 1, 2020, 01:01 PM (1 replies)

Several things here:

1. Development of a vaccine/treatment(s) are the basic responsibility of any government confronted with a pandemic. If Trump achieves this by October/November, great, but it's the bare butt minimum that any government would be expected to do. So, if one is developed and proven safe and starting to get administered, great, but it won't be "game over" for COVID-19 quite yet. It will have to be administered to millions of people over a course of several months (possibly with multiple doses), so we would still need to maintain some level of caution until it is available widespread and people are beginning to become inoculated against the virus.
2. Having a vaccine available does NOT wipe out Trump's lack of responsiveness to the pandemic, nor his lack of leadership and, at times, his totally awful leadership during the pandemic.
3. Having a vaccine does not bring back the hundreds of thousands of people whom have died and the thousands that will continue to die every week from it until it is no longer an issue, not to mention all of the people who got the virus and may have developed long-term medical issues due to their exposure to it. Trump and others will likely argue that it could have been worse (hundreds of thousands of dead people is still appalling IMHO and the counter hasn't stopped yet), but there is a counterfactual argument to be made that it could have been better had certain things been in place, faster response time, more restrictions, and, most importantly, competent national leadership.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sun Jun 14, 2020, 10:07 PM (0 replies)

The thing about Trump, Fox, and other right-wing misinformation peddlers

that I find even more galling is that- even while they are telling everybody to go back to work, the gym, bars, pools, churches (in some cases threatening to sue states whom keep things restricted), etc., they themselves are continuing to work remotely, keeping their distance, taking unproven medications (HCL), being frequently tested, all things they are not encouraging the rest of us to do or enabling the rest of us to do. The rest of us are expendable to them. They are placing their own needs and fortunes ahead of the rest of ours. Trump may be wanting his supporters to risk their lives to come see him at his rallies but you can bet he's taking every precaution imaginable to ensure that he doesn't catch the virus and he would be bigly pissed if he ever did and probably find somebody to sue the pants off of.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Jun 13, 2020, 03:20 PM (2 replies)

Both

There is virtually no daylight between them. We need to tie Trump around the necks of GOPer candidates and force them to either embrace or repudiate Trump because, at the end of the day, if Trump gets re-elected, they will serve and enable him. People should know and understand before going to the polls that none of them can be counted on to repudiate them and/or vote to hold him accountable and we can't afford another 4 years of Trump being able to do virtually what he wants with impunity and allow his minions to further corrupt our national institutions, rule of law, criminally neglect the health and well-being of the majority of Americans in this country, etc.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Jun 13, 2020, 03:11 PM (0 replies)

COVID-19: Seasonal?

Have any scientists ever come out and said whether or not they think COVID-19 is likely to be a seasonal thing or if it could be a year-round thing that we'll have to deal with until we have treatments, vaccine, etc? We know that the flu has specific seasons when it tends to be worse, but this isn't a type of flu. Do we have any prior experiences with Coronoviruses that tend to indicate one way or another whether they can be seasonal or do they just exist until they are eradicated or able to be vaccinated against?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu May 28, 2020, 09:35 PM (4 replies)

Democratic Governors

ARE developing re-opening plans for their states, which are, in most cases, more responsible than what Republicans are proposing. But Republicans are wanting the doors flung wide open and "human capital stock" shipped back to work no matter how bad things still are with the virus, which won't work. Republicans are still mocking and encouraging resistance of basic measures to help prevent more spread of the virus. Plus, there are still lots of individuals whom have immune system issues whom can't just run right back out until we have better treatments or a vaccine. Once again, it's important to remember that we only have limited control over things like viruses. Rahm is entitled to his opinion but it is not particularly helpful here.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed May 27, 2020, 07:44 AM (0 replies)

Hard to say

Spewing a bunch of junk on Twitter or trying to drop cases against people swept up by the Trump Russia investigation or pardoning them is one thing but if they're actually going to actually file criminal charges against anybody within the FBI, they're going to have to have damning evidence that 9 impartial jurors and/or a Judge will have to find good enough to convict and failing to do so would backfire tremendously. Even considering what bad shape things are in right now in terms of the judiciary, DOJ still can't just waltz into any old courtroom and conduct show trials. Also, didn't they already decide NOT to indict or try to charge Andrew McCabe (most likely because they couldn't find anything to charge him with)? Their main weapon right now seems to be just trying to splash doubt and discredit what has already been done and the investigators, which doesn't require that they prove anything in a court of law, although I can't imagine that they aren't making a lot of enemies in the FBI and intel agencies with their conduct. I now see that they are going after Christopher Wray at the FBI, who must not be toadying up for Trump as much as he would like if he is now eyeballing him as somebody he might want to get rid of. Outright firing TWO FBI Directors in one term is probably going to prove to be too much for most, however, so Trump and/or Barr are probably working some low-key angles to figure out how to get rid of him.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat May 9, 2020, 09:55 PM (1 replies)
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