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Thursday, November 12, 2020

CASSIUS AND THE SECOND WAVE

 Every ten days a million Americans are infected with Covid19. Salt Lake City has a positivity rate of 22%. That means if you get on an aeroplane with 300 people, 60 of them have Covid. Fly the infected skies. 

On Wednesday Florida had 5,837 new cases. As we have explained before, that number can reach ten thousand in the blink of a Republican Governor's mask-less eye. 

There are almost 60.000 Americans hospitalized for Covid19 and that means that many hospitals are full. Perhaps this does not bother you because you are staying home and socially isolating and there is little chance you will get the virus. Good luck if your appendix bursts, or you have a cardiac incident or a car slams into you while you are jogging by yourself at night. 

And consider this. There will be an increase in 2021 of cancer deaths because when hospitals are overwhelmed, people do not follow up on preventive testing like colonoscopies, or mammograms.

All in all things are not looking great. 

And then there is the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

A more dastardly  villain lurks just out of sight. 

Forget for a moment that President Trump will not concede the election.  Consider this- the things the president are saying are causing large number of Americans to question the validity of the election, despite the fact that there is almost no evidence of any voter fraud, and zero evidence of widespread voter fraud. 

What this means is that Senator McConnell will be able to delegitimize  the presidency of Joe Biden. Like he did with President Obama, McConnell will be empowered to block most of Biden's programs, judicial appointments, and generally engage in four years of obstructionist actions. McConnell's actions will not be widely condemned, because many Americans will not view Biden as legitimately elected because Trump will be beating his "the presidency was stolen from me" Twitter-drum every day.  

In other words, Senator McConnell is using the actions of Trump and the gullibility of wide swarths of the American public to assist him in his own power grab.  

When you consider the evil of the Trump White House and you look for villains, look for the one who knows better and still plays along. He is lurking just offstage and out of sight.

There's your Cassius (Julius Caesar) or Claudius (Hamlet). He's the majority leader of the Senate. 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What it means is that if the self-selected group who gets tested, just over 1/5 are positive. If all 300 on that flight also were on that group, then you would expect 60 or so positives.

Just being pedantic, I support more widespread testing.

Anonymous said...

Inspirational verse:

I sit at home
Cry to Pavement
I wish I was Stephen Malkmus

Anonymous said...

You mean just like President Trump was obstructed and delegitimized the last 4 years by the democrats? Isn’t payback a bitch.

Anonymous said...

McConnell is evil incarnate.

Anonymous said...

Good for MaConnell! He will be keeping us safe from all the crap that the left wants to sneak through with Harris and Biden.

Rumpole said...

5:55pm if you want to have a constructive discussion I will engage you. Explain how it was not obstructionist for the Republicans to stop Obama's last nomination to the Supreme Court and not give the Judge even a hearing and vote-ostensibly because there was an election- and yet they jam through ACB as a supreme court justice despite Lindsey Graham saying four years ago he would not do so if the same thing occurred during a republican Administration? Explain that to me because from Criminal Justice to tax breaks to relaxation of environmental restrictions I am not seeing the democrats obstructing the Trump agenda.

Anonymous said...

5:55 here - I will respond constructively - give me until tomorrow night- I have to get some work done before then

Anonymous said...

Dude, that’s easy. Elections have consequences. Obama was a democrat. senate was Republican controlled. Obama nominated Garland therefore no one obstructed Obama. Senate did not give Garland a hearing and ran the clock out.
Trump is a Republican. Therefore ACB got her hearing. McConnell scored with the 2 minute offense. Tell me Reid or Schumer wouldn’t have done the same thing. In fact, blame Reid. He created all this.

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