If anyone knows about fraud, it's Rick Scott!
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) proudly announced yesterday that, with 40 days to the 2020 election and record numbers of people planning fo vote bey mail because of the pandemic, he'd like to impose a single nationwide standard for tabulating absentee ballots: Only ballots that arrive at local election boards by the end of polling on Election Day would count, and the absentee ballots would all have to be counted within 24 hours in order to be valid. Those are among the provisions in Scott's brainchild, the Verifiable, Orderly, & Timely Election Results (VOTER) Act (GET IT?).
Now, you may scoff at the suggestion that Scott thinks this reeking turd could be passed and enforced before November 3, but his press release sure makes clear he's not just talking about future elections:
We can't wait weeks or months to find out the results of this election or any election in our future – a scenario made all the more likely by the Democrats' push to change laws late in the game and eliminate standards that protect against fraud. The VOTER Act will create uniform standards for voting-by-mail, provide important protections against fraud, and make sure we have a timely federal election result. We need to pass this bill now to ensure a smooth and secure election. [Emphasis added]
Good to see he has a clear, realistic grasp of what can be accomplished in 40 days. That aside, even if Scott were only proposing this for somewhere down the road, it's still a terrible idea that would restrict people from voting, so let's just focus on that, not the absurdity of trying to remake elections while voting is already underway. Though that's still really fuckin' stupid.
It's your Sunday show rundown.
I can't put into words what a loss the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is. Better people have eulogized this legendary woman who fought for justice and equality for all. The saddest part for me is that we haven't gotten nor will get a moment to properly mourn her because of this political moment in time. Like many, my initial reaction was howling about how this affected the Supreme Court and this election instead of her legacy. We all knew the jowled bastard that is Mitch McConnell, who stole Obama's final Supreme Court nomination and then promised that he would break that "No SCOTUS confirmation on an election year" precedent last year, was so craven. He even began laying the tracks to excuse his and the GOP Senate's hypocrisy in February this year.
And it's clear from the Republicans on the Sunday shows that they were handed this script to get in lock-step. We know a weird little online freak like Ted Cruz and a literal actual fascist like Tom Cotton would not hesitate to do Trump's bidding, so let's focus on two lesser attention-seeking Sunday show fuckheads instead.
On CNN's "State Of The Union," Jake Tapper hosted Mike Pence's Chief of Staff and homophobic scumbag, Marc Short.
Tapper played a clip of Trump as a candidate in 2016, and then pointed out the obvious hypocrisy with his question (which was repeated in various forms by all the Sunday hosts) to Short:
TAPPER: So, the Trump position for a Democratic president was delay, delay, delay. But, for him, it's urgent to confirm someone now. How do you push back against the impression voters are going to have that there seems to be absolutely no principle at stake here; it's just about raw power?
Short then repeated McConnell's revisionist history script, proving that this is the logic Trump will try and mangle sometime this week to excuse his attempt to steal a second SCOTUS seat. But while noting that "logic," Tapper pointed out a bit of a historical hiccup:
Listen to the lady, Joe.
During an interview on Showtime's "The Circus," Hillary Clinton, the people's president, gave some sage advice to Joe Biden that he would do well to heed: Don't give up. No matter what happens on Election Day.
CLINTON: Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually I do believe he will win if we don't give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.
Damn right. Hillary is now my honorary Sister Souljah.
Many Hillary Clinton supporters, including your humble narrator, are still annoyed that Barack Obama pushed her to concede to Trump on election night. After Wisconsin was called by Fox News (c'mon, man!), the White House started calling the Clinton campaign and telling them to get their white towels ready. The margins in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were ridiculously close.
Yet White House political director David Simas informed Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, that "POTUS doesn't think it's wise to drag this out." It was barely midnight, but Obama wanted to do last call on democracy?
It's your Sunday show rundown!
What a week it was!
After 4 days of what was a pretty successful DNC Convention, we were treated to the news that Steve Bannon was arrested for defrauding MAGA rubes who donated to his "Build The Wall" scam! Then you find out he was arrested in a boat by the damn post office. But that's not all! Then you had Mary L. Trump, niece of Donald J., who wrote a tell-all book about him, release "secret" tapes of Trump's own sister badmouthing him to the Washington Post. If this isn't definitive prove that if there is a benevolent deity, it's a woman with a great sense of humor, I don't know what is.
So with that, let's take a look at what GOP idiots said on the Sunday shows, as the Republican National Convention was about to kick off.