“Seeking an 11th-hour campaign reset, Trump has apparently decided that the key to reversing his political fortunes is for him to be everywhere, all the time—on the debate stage, on television, online—until November 3.
“What he seems unable or unwilling to see, though, is that this over-saturation only seems to make the stability and normalcy Biden represents more attractive.
“‘He’s just so angry all the time,’ a Michigan woman said of Trump in a Politico dispatch Wednesday on his worsening poll numbers in the swing state. ‘I really believe that he brings out the worst in people, the worst in situations.’”
“It may be difficult to recall, but there was a time—not so long ago, in fact—when Donald Trump was not the main character in the 24-hour news cycle day after agonizing day.
“Sure, he’d crop up from time to time on Page Six, or get attention on Fox News for some new birther claim. But until about five years ago, Americans’ daily lives didn’t revolve entirely around the outrages and neuroses of a deranged former game show host.
Are there any GOP politicians or campaign operatives with any sense at all? Haven’t they figured out trump is a one trick pony and an absolute political idiot?
“Less than three weeks before Election Day, President Trump’s lack of a consistent and coherent closing argument is alarming some Republicans, raising fears among his allies that his undisciplined approach to campaigning could render him a one-term president.
“In the final stretch of the race, a trio of long-standing challenges have converged to create a daunting barrier to Trump’s reelection:
Tuesday’s massive turnout should be good news for Democrats, but there are lots of fired up Republicans, too. We’ve got to bring this home, folks. This is our year to turn Texas blue and send trump and Cornyn into retirement.
Early voting runs from October 13 to October 30. Dates and times vary by county. You can call 1-844-TX-VOTES (1-844-898-6837) to find polling places in your county and hours of operation.
“With less than three weeks to go before Nov. 3, more than 14 million Americans have already voted in the fall election, reflecting an extraordinary level of participation despite barriers erected by the coronavirus pandemic …
“— and setting a trajectory that could result in the majority of voters casting ballots before Election Day for the first time in U.S. history,” the Washington Post reports.
“The Labor Department announced in a news release Tuesday night that Secretary Eugene Scalia’s wife, Trish, has tested positive for coronavirus,” CNN reports.
“Both Eugene and Trish Scalia attended the Rose Garden event where President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett was his pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
“They were seated in the second row, directly behind first lady Melania Trump and next to former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — both of whom would later test positive for Covid-19.” politicalwire.com/2020/10/13/lab…
@Olivianuzzi is a good journalist with a fine sense of humor.
“It was Columbus Day in Pennsylvania, and in 2020 that could only mean one thing: Rudy Giuliani was in Philadelphia sounding like Livia Soprano.
“As Donald Trump traveled to Florida for his first MAGA rally since his hospitalization for COVID-19, his campaign called in the most famous Italian American Trump supporter who hasn’t yet been fired or indicted …
“(it’s been a rough four years for my people) for what they billed as the launch of ‘Italian Americans for Trump.’ With Trump down in the polls 22 days from Election Day, the evening started with an actual Hail Mary inside a cramped Trump campaign office in Northeast Philly.”
Texas voters are mad as hell at trump and the Republicans, and they’re not taking it any more. We are more determined to vote than they are to stop us from voting. Every day brings a new GOP dirty trick, but voter turnout today was historically high.
“Early voting in Texas began Tuesday with crowds of excited voters waiting in line for several hours to cast their ballot in some places, even as new legal developments sowed confusion and threatened to restrict options for voting ahead of Election Day.
“As they have in other states, long lines formed outside voting locations as socially distanced voters sometimes turned up hours before early in-person voting began Tuesday morning. Many brought folding chairs, lunches and umbrellas to wait their turn.
“The federal prosecutor appointed by [AG] Barr to review whether Obama-era officials improperly requested the identities of individuals whose names were redacted in intelligence documents has completed his work without finding any substantive wrongdoing, ... .
“The revelation that U.S. Attorney John Bash, who left the department last week, had concluded his review without criminal charges or any public report will rankle President Trump at a moment when he is particularly upset at the Justice Department.
“Donald Trump’s economic adviser Stephen Moore was captured on video complaining about the president’s ‘crappy’ debate performance against his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
“‘It was not a great performance by Trump; in fact, I thought it was a pretty crappy performance,’ Moore told a crowd gathered in Washington earlier this month for the ‘Election Protection Summit’ by the Trump-supporting FreedomWorks nonprofit organization.
“Moore also conceded that Trump’s first debate against former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election was similarly ‘awful.’
“We got a lot of polls today, from more than a dozen states, including from most of the top battlegrounds. You might think such a bounty of polls would yield new insights about the state of the race, or help answer questions we have three weeks from the election.
“For the most part, you would be wrong.
“There were certainly a few eyebrow-raising results, but if you took all of the polls together, you wound up in about the same place you started the day: a significant lead for Joe Biden.
14,000 Texans voted in Austin by noon on the first day of early voting in TX.
Check out this statistic:
“...Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant reported that [of] the county’s more than 850,000 eligible voters, a record 97% of them are registered to vote” in this year’s election.
“‘This number even exceeds my expectations,’ Elfant said. ‘To everyone who registered to vote, thank you. To our civic army of volunteers who registered voters, thank you. To my voter registration staff, thank you.’”
“Currently, Senate races show poll medians that are within 1 percentage point in either direction: Alaska, Kansas, Iowa, South Carolina, and Georgia. If the deterioration for Trump affects those races, it would have a huge effect downticket.
“Losing all five races, Democrats appear to be headed for 50 seats. Winning them, Democrats could get to 55 seats. That makes a big difference in terms of legislation in 2021 – and maintained control in 2023.
“There are similar consequences for redistricting. A few percentage points could affect single-party vs. bipartisan control of redistricting in half a dozen state legislatures (see our Redistricting Moneyball feature).
Your daily reminder that polls can encourage us, but only votes get counted.
The national polling averages show Biden’s lead widening in the last week as Election Day nears. It’s 10.6 points today. Battleground states lag the national average, but those numbers are trending up.
The Republicans know they can’t win a free and fair election.
That’s why they’re cramming through a highly partisan Supreme Court nominee.
“The administration’s efforts have not erased the economic malaise and frustration among America’s farmers, who have seen sales fall and bankruptcies rise. The overall payouts have been large, but they have not always gone to the farmers who need them most.
“Critics, including both Democrat and Republican lawmakers, have argued that small farmers have missed out on the bulk of the bailout, while large and some foreign-owned farms have benefited.
“While the new subsidies will be welcome, Mr. Boyd noted that they would only amount to $10,000 to $20,000 per tobacco farmer.
‘One hundred percent of these dollars will go to service debt,” he said.
After nearly destroying family farms with his trade war with China, trump is now trying to bribe farmers with a record amount of subsidies. politicalwire.com/2020/10/12/tru…
“Federal payments to farmers are projected to hit a record $46 billion this year as the White House funnels money to Mr. Trump’s rural base in the South and Midwest ahead of Election Day.
“The gush of funds has accelerated in recent weeks as the president looks to help his core supporters who have been hit hard by the double whammy of his combative trade practices and the coronavirus pandemic.”
“There is a great deal you have every right to expect at this moment of crisis, and no reason at all to believe that Donald Trump or his White House will provide it.
“You cannot expect this White House to tell the truth about Trump’s health. His doctors have lied about the president’s weight and height. They have never offered an adequate explanation of his sudden, unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center a year ago.
“Even the fact that a close aide to the president had tested positive for the coronavirus was kept from the public until Bloomberg broke the news.”
“Senate Democrats have been preparing for this moment since May. That month the Supreme Court announced that the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had undergone treatment at Johns Hopkins for a gallbladder condition.
“She recovered, but the scare threw into focus how vulnerable Democrats would be if Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell aimed to fast-track a conservative SCOTUS nominee through the confirmation process.
“At the time Chuck Schumer’s office took inventory of the tactics Democrats might use to stop them. There wasn’t much. So he settled on the most viable strategy: emphasize the danger of said nominee potentially repealing the Affordable Care Act.