Rachel Bade and Paul Kane at the Washington Post find that "the GOP’s predicted Supreme Court bump" from the Barrett nomination "has yet to materialize," either in polling or in campaign donations. But newsflash: there was no Supreme Court bounce in 2018, either! Maybe that's because the Kavanaugh hearings resolved too early in October to be much of a Surprise, whereas the Barrett hearings won't even start until next week, and maybe our President's plan all along was to draw out the Barrett hearings until after the election, so that it'd be fresh in right-wing voters' minds. But how many more votes can Republicans harvest from this stratagem? Seriously, the crowd that lives for right-wing judicial confirmations got into bed with this President a long time ago. And though they might complain about our President's obnoxiousness, they're quite happy there.
Walter Shapiro says that "crippling fear of a primary challenge" from a Presidential votary simply doesn't explain Republican cowardice in the face of our ongoing pandemic, adding that "(i)t is hard to imagine a 2022 primary challenge against Republicans solely for wearing a mask on an airplane or staying home when they feared they would test positive for the coronavirus." Oh, but I think Republicans will absolutely face primary challenges in 2022 for wearing a mask, not being Q-friendly enough, for actually protecting bans on pre-existing conditions, or a dozen other things I can't even imagine because I'm not a soulless prick. After all, once you've abandoned principle, science, logic, even common sense, where can you go? Only deeper and deeper into fantasy, and big corporate money will be there to enable those fantasies, just as it was for the Tea Party. And you know how that story'll end -- unless we act.
Don't make too much of reports that the elder Presidential scion thinks his dad is "acting crazy" and doesn't want to be the only one to tell him, or that the Presidential family is "divided" over our President's most recent "erratic" behavior, because what is that, class? Drama, that's what, and, as usual, not particularly good drama. For decades (not just the last four years!) Republicans have pretended to have "real differences" over policy, or process, or optics, but they don't -- they play out these dramas just to distract you from acting more decisively against their evil. Thus folks who say even Don Jr. thinks his old man's bananas, even if they don't mean to, give you permission to think you don't have to do anything about this sick, immoral, and decadent society. Every day the sun rises, we have to do something about that, and when we soak in drama, we make that task much harder.
Upon hearing that our President left Walter Reed Medical Center with the twittered advice that you should not let COVID-19 "dominate your life," you might well respond that the 200,000-plus folks he's let die from COVID would have something to say about that if they could. But then, "(d)on't let it dominate your life" ain't for those people, nor even for the American people: it's for his votaries, and no one else. Dismiss all reasonable warnings, don't worry about how your friends and neighbors feel, even tear off your mask and wander around indoors if you're infected -- those are the stand-by orders he just gave his votaries, and again, you can't dismiss the possibility that he plans to keep the pandemic going because he can only operate in a climate of chaos. I used to say George W. Bush screwed things up so that you'd cleave to him harder; this President is only the next logical step in that stratagem.