Category Archives: DC Politics

The Fat Man is Singing

Pearl River     The Monday Night Football expression that “it’s not over until the fat lady sings,” has thankfully been retired given the lack of appreciation for opera in our current culture and the increasing sensitivity towards different body types, thanks goodness.  Nonetheless, despite all of the theories, conjectures, and people waking up screaming in the night, it is increasingly clear that the “fat man is singing.”  We already knew it was over, and, without saying so yet, so does he.

Have no doubt about it, I’m talking about President Trump and the fact that he is increasingly transitioning to his new title, former President Trump.  The evidence is everywhere.

CNN and virtually every other news outlet, even finally the New York Times, called the last states, Georgia for Biden, and North Carolina for Trump in recent days.  The map is fully colored in now.  Biden has 306 electoral votes, and Trump has 232.  Biden’s margin of victory in the popular vote is more than 4.6 million and for a change we have a new president who won a majority of the US electorate, as Biden polled 50.8% to Trump’s 47.2%.

As the widely repeated joke goes, “there’s no way for Trump to get to 270 without losing 25 pounds,” and he knows it.  Disregard Twitter, because that is just Trump keening to his base.  While in mourning over his loss, he didn’t appear in public for a week.  When he did so, his reported comments, when asked if he would concede, was “time will tell.”  For President Trump, that’s what I would call a mature and measured response.

A couple of thousand of his supporters came to Washington, DC to rally in his support.  Trump counts the crowd, even if he embellishes the numbers later to balloon them more to his liking.  He has had big crowds and rallies with tens of thousands.  He had seen protests against him number hundreds of thousands.  A couple of thousand?  Trump knows now that he can’t pin his hopes on the street either.  This is a president who addressed an anti-abortion rally on the Washington Mall.  This time, he drove by with the window up and waved at what was left of his hardcore believers willing to march on DC for him.

His lawsuits are being dismissed for lack of evidence routinely now.  His lawyers are jumping ship.  Jones Day, the firm that has collected more than $20 million on these and other cases for Trump over recent years, has bailed as his representative.

He knows it’s over.  The fat man is singing in the West Wing.  Soon, we’ll all hear the song.

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Georgia on My Mind

Washington, DC         In politics there is always tomorrow, not necessarily for the same candidate or party, but the people will be served after a fashion, and the positions will be filled.

In this election, the peoples’ favorite wasn’t the reconstruction of the “blue wall” of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, not matter how fragile or temporary, but the sweet smell of Georgia peaches.  Texas faded in the sunset as little more than a mirage, but Georgia emerged as a hint of blue in the red sky of morning where sailors take warning, along with the rest of us.

Now control of the Senate supposedly rests on the two seats in Georgia to be settled in January.  Rev. Rafael Warnock was the top vote getter against the appointed seat holder, but on the Republican side that was an internecine struggle between the wealthy Kelly Loeffler and the hyper-conservative Congressman trying to out-Trump each other.  Warnock is an appealing candidate, but I don’t see how he moves from the low-30s in his election to majority as the conservatives coalesce.  They have already made up for the runoff, and that’s not a good sign for flipping the seat.  Mitch McConnell might come to Georgia to personally door knock in that race.  The other is a tighter race:  upstart Jon Ossoff against an incumbent, Senator David Perdue.  Something might be done there.

People are lining up already who are willing and able to help.

I got a call from Pittsburgh where five people have already signed up to go to Georgia for at least a month to work on GOTV efforts are busy recruiting another ten or more.  They already have their sights on an Airbnb “party house” that would hold fifteen for $200 per night.  They are trying to raise the money to south for the holidays.

On the ground, I woke up to an email that reminded me that we had done home visits with the Voter Purge Project in Riverdale testing the accuracy of the Georgia purge list.  Overall, we had found the list 16.4% inaccurate on almost one-hundred completed visits.  Riverdale, for close readers of every line of the election reports was the late breaking source of the metro Atlanta votes that pushed Biden into the lead.  My correspondent, a senior ACORN veteran with more than a decade on the doors, estimated that there were 5000 to 10,000 unregistered voters in that area that needed to be canvassed and enrolled to vote before the deadline for this election.

There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to make sure that the peoples’ voice and votes are heard and counted, one way or another.  There are also people who are ready and able, if others are willing to come together to put enough gas in their tanks.

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