I think it's more important now. Six months ago it's MSNBC and two minutes on the nightly news. Now a lot of people are dead or out of work and for two months you won't be able to watch television in six states without hearing it.
I don't think Woodward's tape changes things six months ago, and I don't think it does on its own now. In March they would have said, "Well, we shut the country down. We had a bill and so forth."
You are talking about mask-wearing. Assholes. These are the people who think taxation is theft. You can't tell them anything.
I only think it's significant now in that it's another week -- more -- where he's on the defensive, not defining the terms. Biden needs him to be a hostile witness every week until the election.

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Nothing is surprising here. But the delivery is sedate, to say the least—a laundry list without unity or theme. You don’t feel the knife to the throat, like he’s capable of. In a way it’s surprising because that’s exactly what they need to turn people out.
I think it’s further proof that whoever has his ear this week rules—for all the talk of the elder son, the Kushners are all over this speech.
The idea, of course, is take care of the balloon-blowers and bell-ringers on previous nights, then make him look mild for the big audience. It’s fair enough, if many of those people were still up for grabs.
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Teddy was gregarious. He loved it. He was warm. John Kennedy on the other hand was quite a shy person. It was not easy for him to get out and shake hands and the rest. He did it very well, but it wasn't easy for him. He was quite a private person.
Bobby, on the other hand, I would compare him as Alice Longworth used to: "He was like a 17th century Jesuit priest." Passionate. One who brooked no opposition. Very intelligent. He was the only man Lyndon Johnson was afraid of.
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