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Conservative columnist shames GOP senators: 'It’s too late to scurry away from the sinking Trump ship'

October 11, 2020 in Blogs

By Daily Kos

Jennifer Rubin is a longtime NeverTrumper member of the marginally sane community. She’s one of The Washington Post‘s conservative writers, but when she decided to side with common sense over Trumpite servility, she became an apostate in the eyes of many of her fellow travelers.

Importantly, she pushed away from the Trumpian hog trough ages ago, whereas many conservatives-cum-cultists are now so sated and logy from their unholy bacchanal they should be easier to pick off than fat, flightless pigeons when the voters finally have their say.

And now that Trump has dropped a few more notches on the “acting presidential” scale — from “barely human” to “raw, quavering baboon rectum” — she’s calling bullshit on all the inside-the-Beltwayers who are suddenly trying to flee from the ocher abomination like Quint from the shark on the deck of the Orca.

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The big problem is that Senate Republicans wrapped themselves so tightly around Trump — defending his plainly impeachable conduct in the Senate trial, excusing his covid-denialism, ignoring his racist language and incitement to violence and declining to stop his financial self-dealing — that it’s too late to scurry away from the sinking Trump ship. When the GOP eschewed a convention platform this summer in favor of heaping praise on Trump, Republicans made clear that they have no position other than Trump idolatry. Even now, they seem not to have learned anything.

Now that Trump’s worst enablers suddenly find themselves in a hellish Hieronymus Bosch painting — their torsos (and political prospects) being gnawed on by giant, grotesque Trump heads for all eternity — there’s really no escape. The time to take a principled stance is long past. They’ll be treading water in Trump scat until all that bad karma is burned off. Could take a while.

And while Rubin notes that Democrats — fueled by outsized enthusiasm — are outraising their counterparts up and down the ballot, the real problem for Republicans is their generally pusillanimous reaction to Trump’s serial outrages:

The crazier Trump seems in the last stretch (pleading for indictments of his political opponents, recklessly spreading covid-19, on-again-off-again stimulus negotiations), the more pathetic the Republicans who enabled him look. This is the guy you said had it all figured out? This was the guy you defended as a victim of liberal elites? These Republicans long ago threw away independent judgment, character, responsiveness to the voters …read more

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Paul Krugman: Trump's spiteful actions offer a dire warning about what's to come if he loses on Nov. 3

October 11, 2020 in Blogs

By Daily Kos

We must assume, based on all evidence, that Donald Trump’s primary motivation is not rooted in any political calculus, but is pure, unadulterated spite. Economist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, writing for the The New York Times, came to that conclusion after Trump’s abrupt dismissal this week of COVID-19 relief efforts intended to ease the economic suffering of Americans and American businesses. And because of that, Krugman warns, the implications when he loses his bid for reelection on Nov. 3, which current polls indicate is likely, are dire for the country.

[W]e got a preview of what a lame-duck Trump presidency might look like Tuesday. Trump hasn’t even lost yet, but he abruptly cut off talks on an economic relief package millions of Americans desperately need (although as of Thursday he seemed to be backtracking). And his motivation seems to have been sheer spite.

The necessity for both further stimulus and relief for both businesses shuttered by the pandemic and Americans facing prolonged unemployment has been explored extensively on this site and elsewhere. Krugman, however, looks at the political ramifications of what Trump is doing and comes away with one inarguable conclusion: For Trump, there is no political rationale at work here. What we are witnessing unfolding in real time is a wholly emotional reaction borne of rage and vindictiveness from an unbalanced sociopath who is now directing his fury at the American people.

Krugman carefully dissects and dismisses the excuses put forth by Senate Republicans (under the aegis of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) for their failure to provide an aid package to the American people. The right insists that further aid would signify an implicit and unwelcome acknowledgement that government solutions are necessary in times of unprecedented crisis; that much of the aid being sought would go towards Democratically-run states; and that further unemployment aid will discourage people from returning to an unsafe work environment.

But none of these reasons make sense from a political standpoint. Americans are still hurting by the millions, hundreds of thousands of businesses are barely hanging on, and state budgets are collapsing. This is occurring in every state, not just in “blue” ones.

And, as he points out, it’s not only Democrats but Wall Street itself that …read more

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'Without my permission': Fauci says he was 'taken out of context' in Trump ad touting coronavirus response

October 11, 2020 in Blogs

By Elizabeth Preza

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said an advertisement from the Trump campaign that featured a quote from the renowned immunologist was taken out of context, telling CNN’s Kaitlan Collins that he did not consent to be the president’s ad.

“In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate,” Fauci said. “The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials.”

The ad, which can be seen below, features Fauci appearing to praise the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response, insisting “I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more.”

That quote came from a Fox News interview in March during which Fauci praised the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

“Since the beginning, that we even recognized what this was, I have been devoting almost full time on this,” Fauci said in that interview. “I’m down at the White House virtually every day with the task force. It’s every single day. So, I can’t imagine that under any circumstances that anybody could be doing more.”

The White House this weekend blocked Fauci from appearing on ABC’s “This Week.”


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Regeneron CEO pours cold water on Trump claim antibody cocktail made him 'immune' to COVID

October 11, 2020 in Blogs

By Raw Story

Following his departure from Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday, President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly claimed a cure for COVID-19: the Regeneron antibody cocktail. However, Leonard Schleifer, the founder and CEO of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, said on Sunday that Trump’s positive experience with the antibody cocktail is no reason to claim a cure of the virus.

“The president’s case is a case of one, and that’s what we call a case report,” Schleifer told CBS News’ Face the Nation Sunday. “And it is evidence of what’s happening, but it’s kind of the weakest evidence that you can get… [T]he real evidence about how good a drug is and what it will do on average has to come from these larger clinical trials, these randomized clinical trials, which are the gold standard, and those are ongoing.”

Schleifer confirmed that the antibody cocktail does create immunity from COVID-19, but that “it’s probably going to last you for months” versus a long-term cure.

Axios reported that Regeneron and Eli Lilly, which is developing a similar therapy, have applied for an emergency use authorization from the FDA.

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Both parties pour millions more into Alaska's surprisingly competitive Senate race

October 11, 2020 in Blogs

By Jeff Singer

While Alaska’s U.S. Senate race looked like just an afterthought for both parties as recently as a few months ago, major outside groups on each side are continuing to book millions here just weeks ahead of Election Day.

Politico’s James Arkin reports that a newly established Democratic group called North Star has launched a $4 million ad buy in support of Al Gross, an independent who is running as the Democratic nominee. The first ad stars a local breast cancer survivor, and she takes Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan to task for voting to let insurance companies deny coverage due to preexisting conditions. Arkin also reports that the conservative Senate Leadership Fund will spend $3.7 million here to protect Sullivan, which would bring the super PAC’s total planned spending for this race to $5.3 million.

While SLF’s investment gives Sullivan’s side more firepower, the incumbent is still being very badly outspent. OpenSecrets reports that Gross’ allies have already spent $6.6 million in this race, a figure that doesn’t yet account for North Star’s new offensive, while the only major pro-Sullivan spending was the aforementioned $1.5 million buy from SLF.

Gross also announced that he raised a massive $9 million during the third quarter of 2020—over $1 million more that Sullivan brought in during his entire 2014 campaign. Sullivan hasn’t announced his own haul, but Arkin writes that his campaign “has said they expect to be outraised and outspent by a staggering, five-to-one margin.”

All of this spending comes despite the fact that very few polls have been released here over the last month, though the few numbers we’ve seen have shown a close race. In late September, a Harstad Research poll for Al Gross’ allies at Independent Alaska showed Sullivan up just 46-45. Donald Trump also led only 47-46, which is not only a big drop from his 51-37 victory here in 2016, it would be the closest presidential contest ever in the Last Frontier state, narrowly topping Richard Nixon’s 51-49 win over John F. Kennedy in 1960.

The local firm Alaska Survey Research also released its own poll recently that showed Sullivan and …read more

Source: ALTERNET