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Biden as President-elect - Challenges for #46 and other WTFery

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President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has signaled his intention to draw from a diverse cross section of America in building his cabinet. Unlike President Trump’s cabinet, which is more white and male than any in nearly 40 years, Mr. Biden’s list of likely top advisers promises to reflect 21st-century sensibilities.

“Across the board — from our classrooms to our courtrooms to the president’s cabinet — we have to make sure that our leadership and our institutions actually look like America,” Mr. Biden wrote in an op-ed article last summer.

In naming the group, Mr. Biden must appease progressives within his own party while gaining support from Republicans who may still control the Senate. Mr. Biden is likely to include Republicans in his cabinet as he attempts to engineer a working relationship between the parties.

Mr. Biden’s transition team, led by former Senator Ted Kaufman of Delaware, a longtime confidant, already has been working on a list of candidates.


Yes it is! But Trump and his enablers have been playing this dangerous game of playing fast and loose with democracy for some time now.

I see in todays posting (Day 1392):

86% of Trump voters don’t think Biden legitimately won the election, but can’t provide any evidence to support the claim. ([Washington Post]

So having chosen to kowtow to the Machiavellian Principle of the end justifying the means, the GOP must continue to deny reality, and follow in the footsteps of Trump, in order to appease the faithful.

State Department is preventing Biden from accessing messages from foreign leaders


Yes, all the nonsense Team Trump is spewing needs to also include details about what these conspiracists have wanted to go away.



Trump asked aides if he could pursue a wild plan to replace the Electoral College with loyalists who would ignore the vote, report says

  • President Donald Trump has asked aides about a plan to remain in office by subverting the Electoral College, The New York Times reported Thursday.
  • Under the plan, GOP-controlled state legislatures would ignore the popular vote in swing states and appoint Trump loyalists as electors to secure the president a second term.
  • Business Insider reported earlier Thursday that the plan was gaining currency among some Trump supporters — despite how unlikely it is to work.
  • Experts say the plan, though technically possible, would face enormous legal and political obstacles.
  • The Times’ sources stressed that though Trump had asked about the plan, he did not seem to entertain it seriously.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump has asked top aides about a wild plan that involves replacing electors in swing states with loyalists to secure himself a second term, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

The Times report came hours after Business Insider reported that the plan was gaining currency among Trump allies.

The plan hinges on Republican state legislatures deciding to ignore the states’ results and instead send a new group of electors to the Electoral College who would cast their votes for Trump.

Such a plan, while technically possible, has been widely dismissed by experts as unworkable in practice and an affront to US democracy. Business Insider’s report noted some of the problems with making it work.

Citing sources familiar with Trump’s activities, The Times reported that the president pressed his advisors about the plan at a meeting on Wednesday.

“It was not a detailed conversation, or really a serious one,” and did not reflect any “obsessive desire” of Trump to remain in office, the report described the sources as saying.

Trump has made no public statement since Insider projected Joe Biden to win the presidency on Friday and other major news organizations called the race for him on Saturday.

He has spent time playing golf, watching cable news, and tweeting accusations of electoral fraud, many of which Twitter has labeled misleading.

According to reports, top advisors have admitted privately that Trump’s lawsuits challenging vote counts in swing states are unlikely to succeed.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Trump Floats Improbable Survival Scenarios as He Ponders His Future

There is no grand strategy. President Trump is simply trying to survive from one news cycle to the next.

At a meeting on Wednesday at the White House, President Trump had something he wanted to discuss with his advisers, many of whom have told him his chances of succeeding at changing the results of the 2020 election are thin as a reed.

He then proceeded to press them on whether Republican legislatures could pick pro-Trump electors in a handful of key states and deliver him the electoral votes he needs to change the math and give him a second term, according to people briefed on the discussion.

It was not a detailed conversation, or really a serious one, the people briefed on it said. Nor was it reflective of any obsessive desire of Mr. Trump’s to remain in the White House.

“He knows it’s over,” one adviser said. But instead of conceding, they said, he is floating one improbable scenario after another for staying in office while he contemplates his uncertain post-presidency future.

There is no grand strategy at play, according to interviews with a half-dozen advisers and people close to the president. Mr. Trump is simply trying to survive from one news cycle to the next, seeing how far he can push his case against his defeat and ensure the continued support of his Republican base.

By dominating the story of his exit from the White House, he hopes to keep his millions of supporters energized and engaged for whatever comes next.

The president has insisted to aides that he really defeated Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Nov. 3, but it is unclear whether he actually believes it. And instead of conducting discreet requests for recounts, Mr. Trump has made a series of spurious claims, seizing on conspiracies fanned on the internet.

The latest was on Thursday, when he falsely claimed on Twitter that Dominion voting machines switched hundreds of thousands of his votes to Mr. Biden, citing a report he had seen on the fringe network OANN, something even his supporters called ridiculous and a federal agency overseeing cybersecurity disavowed in a statement.

Advisers said his efforts were in keeping with one of his favorite pastimes: creating a controversy and watching to see how it plays out.

As a next step, Mr. Trump is talking seriously about announcing that he is planning to run again in 2024, aware that whether he actually does it or not, it will freeze an already-crowded field of possible Republican candidates. And, Republicans say, it will keep the wide support he showed even in defeat and could guarantee a lucrative book deal or speaking fees.

In the meantime, Mr. Trump has spent his days toggling between his White House residence and the Oval Office, watching television coverage about the final weeks of his presidency. His mood is often bleak, advisers say, though he is not raising his voice in anger, despite the impression left by his tweets, which are often in capital letters.

But the work of government has been reduced to something of a sideshow for the president. He has not made any public appearances except for a visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day since an angry statement a week ago.

And he has not spoken about the coronavirus pandemic or mentioned it on Twitter despite the staggering growth in positive cases and the number of West Wing aides and outside advisers who have been diagnosed with the virus in the past week.

Several advisers have bluntly told Mr. Trump that the chances of changing the election’s outcome are almost nonexistent, including in a meeting with him on Saturday at the White House to which the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, dispatched aides, even as he has generally backed Mr. Trump’s desire to keep fighting.

While most Republicans have declined to publicly oppose the president, more have become vocal that the time has come, amid the growing pandemic, to allow a transition to take place.

“Look, I’m worried about this virus. I’m not looking at what the merits of the case are,” said Gov. Mike DeWine, Republican of Ohio, about Mr. Trump’s lawsuits in an appearance on Thursday on CNN. “It would appear that Joe Biden is going to be the next president of the United States.”

Karl Rove, the architect of President George W. Bush’s presidency and an informal adviser to Mr. Trump, wrote in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that “closing out this election will be a hard but necessary step toward restoring some unity and political equilibrium.”

He added that after Mr. Trump’s “days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.”

A peaceful transition is not as much on Mr. Trump’s mind right now as settling scores both inside and outside the administration.

White House advisers have sent warnings to any government employees who might be looking for other jobs, have placed loyalists in the upper ranks of the Pentagon, and have been open to calls for intelligence officials to declassify documents related to the investigation into a possible conspiracy between the Trump campaign in 2016 and Russian officials.

And the president is considering firing the C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, although some administration officials said he may not go through with it.

The president has nursed a burning anger at Fox News for calling Arizona for Mr. Biden on election night, and has entertained suggestions from allies to start some kind of competing conservative-leaning news network, whether by trying to join forces with an existing property like OANN or Newsmax, or forming a digital network of his own, as Axios reported. (The New York Times called Arizona for Mr. Biden late Thursday.)

In a tweet on Thursday, Mr. Trump continued his attacks on his once loyal supporters, declaring falsely that Fox News’s “daytime ratings have completely collapsed.”


Keep everyone in suspended reality while the Trump train coontinues to obfuscate and promote their own rhetoric.

The Washington Post: Biden’s main political opponent — right-wing misinformation — remains unvanquished

Donald Trump is president today because he managed to build a fervent core of support early in the 2016 Republican nominating contest. He and his supporters like to say that this fervency was a function of his forthrightness and honesty, but that’s not really the case. It was largely because Trump, unlike most other Republican elected officials, was willing to reiterate and amplify right-wing talking points and conspiracy theories. Most establishment Republicans tried to figure out how to keep one foot in reality and one foot in the world occupied by their base. Trump didn’t worry about reality.

That has been the case for years, beginning with his embrace of false claims about the birthplace of then-President Barack Obama. Perhaps Trump recognized that the universe of misinformation swirling around American politics created a large, untapped pool of support; perhaps he was simply a devout consumer of it. Either way, he emerged in June 2015 willing to disparage immigrants and attack Democrats in terms unusual for a Republican candidate. Within a month — after being nationally lambasted for his assertions — he led in the polls.

For more than four years, Trump continued on the same path. Whatever prompted the most fervent response from his base is what he touted, with right-wing figures on social media and Fox News hosts applauding each time. No group was consistently more loyal to Trump than Republicans who were fervent Fox News viewers.

Sure, the buck never stopped with Trump, but there was never any political cost paid for blaming everyone else. Until Nov. 3, of course, when Trump’s ongoing failure to expand his base of support over the course of his presidency led to Joe Biden’s election as the country’s 46th president.

During the run-up to the election, I asked the campaigns of both Trump and Biden how they would bridge the deep divide between the two sides in American politics. Both campaigns gave vague responses, perhaps predictably, centered on how their candidate would simply win over the opposition through his exceptional governance. The Biden campaign’s response, for example, was that he would “work to unite and heal our political and cultural wounds, reform and restore faith in our democracy, and work across party lines to build consensus for all” — noble aspirations that, even if successful, depend on accurate representations of Biden’s efforts in right-wing media. Which will almost certainly not happen.



Giuliani Guess Who


Looks like Rudy is beyond ‘opacity.’ He’s incomprehensible.

Glad the judges are STOPPING this idiot.


I just asked my wife, who has a law degree, if “opacity” has a special context in legal terms.

She says it does not. Meaning that Rudy Giuliani just plain doesn’t know what the word means period.




General Mattis is stating he’s for the Biden transition.


President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign requested a partial recount in Wisconsin to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory there.

The campaign wired $3 million to Wisconsin election officials to cover the cost of the recount request.

Legal analysts give Trump little hope of overturning Biden’s win nationally, through either recounts or lawsuits.


Imagine paying $3M n the middle of a pandemic and depression affecting millions to get a recount that cannot possibly change the results, both in Wisconsin itself and in Biden having more than enough electoral votes to have won.


Responding to the disinformation campaign from T 'n Co.


In his final days in the White House, Trump is pushing to sell MORE weapons to the UAE… and Senators from both parties are trying to stop him.

Is he skimming the profits, or just buttering them up for when he has to flee?


I am pretty sure there are no take-backs here.


I’m literally shocked they paid at all instead of just promising and then stiffing.