Tuesday Night time Owls: GOTV, breathe deep, and check out to not grind your molars this closing voting week

I believe Trump and his inner circle want COVID to be as bad as possible now, so as to dampen voter turnout next week and further damage the country if Biden should take the reins this year. No other explanation fits the evidence. I believe this whole nightmare is a falling dagger of fascism that must be turned aside before it lands a mortal blow.

It comes to this: I wish everyone involved nothing but health and long life, but if Pence and that planeful of Fox News notables have become infected due to Trump’s deliberate negligence, we very much may all bear witness next week to the president of the United States metaphorically dragging the sick or dead bodies of his vice president and most loyal media supporters across the finish line with him as he shrieks, “They’re fine, everything’s fine, rounding the turn!”

That is where we’re at, and these will be the longest (seven) days of our lives. Stout hearts.




“The true nature of a democracy is its ability to say yes when even the powerful say no”
Colum McCann, Translantic  (2014)



Captain’s Log, Day 1,376

President of the United States, speaking at a campaign rally, floats the possibility his opponent get assassinated three weeks into their presidency.

— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) October 27, 2020


At Daily Kos on this date in 2016—Pro-Trump group planned to ‘monitor’ the polls by donning fake IDs, videotaping voters:

Donald Trump has repeatedly asked his supporters to go out and “monitor” polling places in suspiciously non-Trump districts (he means places where Not White People live), and Trump ally Roger Stone is happily helping to oblige with some characteristically unsubtle efforts. One is called “Vote Protectors,” which plans to “protect” the vote by 1.) issuing fake ID badges, 2.) videotaping voters at the polls to make sure everything’s on the up-and-up and 3.) interviewing voters to create their very own Trump-friendly “exit polls.” After the Huffington Post caught wind of these efforts, the group is backing down on two of the three.

Stone’s group created an official-looking ID badge for its volunteers to wear, and its volunteers planned to videotape voters and conduct fake “exit polls,” efforts that election experts say risks intimidating and confusing voters. Or at least that’s what the group was planning to do before The Huffington Post asked Stone about it on Tuesday.

So you could print out an “ID badge” with any ol’ name you wanted and you were given detailed instructions on how to upload videos of the voters you ran across. Those two schemes have, after Stone was asked about it, been pulled from the site: Stone called both of them “bad ideas” that he claimed not to have known about.

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