It was a lovely dream. Democrats were going to flip the Senate and do bold things, like govern and pass the occasional law. But that's not what 2020 had in store for us.
First, the good news. Mark Kelly defeated professional Senate race loser Martha McSally in Arizona. The Associated Press called it early this morning, after some fit pitching from Republicans when Fox News called the state for Kelly and Joe Biden back when we were still awake on the west coast.
Fox News stuck with its call, but Decision Desk Director Arnon Mishkin apologized to Donald Trump on air for his inability to win.
Amid Trump team pushback, Fox News Decision Desk Director Arnon Mishkin defends Fox's decision to call Arizona for… https://t.co/J99TKeluyF— The Recount (@The Recount)1604468542.0
This week with an extra helping of SAYING OUT LOUD HOW THEY WANT TO STEAL THE ELECTION.
With less than 24 hours before Election Day officially begins and the GOP begin its official election night fuckery, it's clear the "Grand Old Party" is desperate to try to steal this thing if it's close. While most actual Trump administration and campaign members avoided coming on the Sunday shows, the few Republicans that did were dealing with the stages of grief at the possibility of losing, and badly.
On CBS's "Face The Nation," RNC Chairperson Ronna
Romney McDaniel tried to spin a shiny, happy narrative to deal with her denial of how the election seems to be headed. After host Margaret Brennan pointed out the record-breaking pace of early voting turnout in key swing states, McDaniel said rosy words about a Trump "surge" on Tuesday.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel predicts Election Day surge for Trump www.youtube.com
MCDANIEL: COVID has changed things, so it's pulled a lot of Democrat Election Day voters into that absentee and early vote category. And Republicans are wanting to vote on Election Day in person and cast their ballot that way. So we feel very strong that we have a surge coming on Election Day.
But the fragility of that denial quickly faded as McDaniel contradicted herself.
BRENNAN: He's playing defense in Florida. He's playing defense in Georgia. What is the path to 270 that you have charted?
MCDANIEL: Well, Florida is critical, and we've seen us take the lead in early voting and really erase the deficit we had with the absentee ballots. So as our voters- as early voting becomes available to our voters, they're doing it.
So are Democratic votes coming in early overwhelmingly and that is why you are behind now instead of Tuesday? Or are Republicans taking the lead due to early voting so there wont be a "surge"? Can't claim you are going to have this election day wave, but then argue that actually your supporters are early voting now.
When I was a kid, my neighbor had the Barbie "We Girls Can Do Anything" Game, pictured above. While my fear of developing unrealistic expectations of women's bodies (Thanks, Mom!) and belief that all dolls were probably haunted would not allow me to play with Barbie dolls, the board game was my compromise position. I liked board games. This one showed girls they could have just about any job in the whole world, so long as it was in some way conducive to wearing a pink evening gown.
Costume not available, indeed.
At a campaign event yesterday in Conway, South Carolina, Lindsay Graham offered a similar take. Which surprises me even less than it would surprise me to discover that he has an entire attic full of haunted dolls. Or is, himself, a haunted doll.
What a bunch of clowns!
Just days before the election, American politics has a brand new trendlet: Republican senators are noping out of their final debate appearancesy. Sounds like they're all acting from a place of great confidence, for sure. Please add your own filthy jokes about sudden withdrawals in the comments.