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Sunday, October 04, 2020

Dan Balz: The cascading events of 2020 have been unrelenting, at times unbelievable, at times almost unbearable. No one could have written the script of a year that has killed so many Americans, disrupted so many lives and, with the election now just a month away, left the country so politically divided and emotionally drained. Then came the report early Friday that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.



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The president is in superb medical hands this weekend, but even with the best of outcomes, this episode, piled on top of everything else that has occurred this year, adds to the strain of a nation that never seems to have a minute to turn away from misery or controversy or both, never has a chance to collect its breath, never has a week or a day to fully enjoy life as it existed when the year began.

Events " some of them once-in-decades or once-in-a-century occurrences " now play out all in unison. There is no respite. If one ebbs another flows. People talk about an October surprise in presidential campaign years. The year has been a series of October surprises, some titanic in scope, others smaller but disruptive in their own way.

The biggest include the pandemic, the collapse of the economy and now a recovery that has left the worst off the farthest behind. They include a racial reckoning for the country, with protesters demanding justice after more shootings and killings of unarmed Black people by police. Just two weeks ago, it was a shock of a different kind " the death of a revered justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

It seems to be the one universal mantra of belief that nearly every American alive with co-sign onto without hesitation: No one has lived through a year like 2020 - EVER. Apocalyptic-like burning hellscapes turning city skies dark at noon and as red as Martian plains; 5 different named tropical storms churning in one ocean all at the same time; a 17 year old with an armed long gun, getting his mother to drive him to another state where he shoots and murders individuals who rightly tried to disarm him because they correctly surmised him to be a threat to their own safety as well as his; a global pandemic raging through this nation while our national leader champions ignoring the virus as his preferred strategy and now finds himself infected and hospitalized, fighting for his own life in hopes of escaping with a full recovery.

I just don't know how much more any of us can take of this nonstop chaos revolving around one man's sociopathy and narcissism colliding head on with an endless stream of events he's ill-equipped to competently guide this nation through. I guess it truly is what it is - until Trump isn't in charge any longer.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-04 08:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Biden's national lead over Trump jumps to 14 points after debate in NBC News/WSJ poll

Joe Biden's lead has nearly doubled since Tuesday's debate with voters saying by a 2-to-1 margin that he has the better temperament to be president.

WASHINGTON " Joe Biden's national lead over President Donald Trump nearly doubled after Tuesday's presidential debate, with voters saying by a 2-to-1 margin that Biden has the better temperament to be president, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll was conducted in the two days after the unruly and insult-filled Sept. 29 debate, but before Trump tested positive for Covid-19 and was hospitalized Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-10-04 03:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I firmly believe most folks don't want a President that makes the headlines daily.

#3 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-10-04 06:52 PM | Reply

I firmly believe most folks don't want a President that makes the headlines daily.

Hell, Biden's closing message to Americans should be a promise that he won't the first story in the news every single day of his presidency.

That ought to seal it all by itself.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-04 06:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There are very few things in life that I can look upon and say "this should never have happened" because, in the long run, things usually turn out to have a purpose.

But I'll be damned if I can think of a purpose for what Trump has put this country through. Maybe there's a lesson here that I can't see yet. If so, it's a lesson that cost hundreds of millions of people their lives. And that's the tough part. What is so important that it had to cost so much?

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-10-04 09:50 PM | Reply

Such a simple plan...

#6 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-10-05 06:54 AM | Reply

The Biden Campaign's No. 1 Priority, at all costs, now needs to be: KEEP JOE HEALTHY

#7 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2020-10-05 10:37 AM | Reply

The Biden Campaign's No. 1 Priority, at all costs, now needs to be: KEEP JOE HEALTHY

If you've failed to notice, this has been the campaign's #1 priority since Covid began to rage through America. Biden has always placed the safety of both this nation and himself at the forefront as the cornerstone of his campaign, so the reality now is that they don't have to change anything because they've always been using the best safety practices and protocols - the same ones Trump has mocked mercilessly up until his hospitalization, and his surrogates continued to mock even yesterday.

This has been part and parcel to Joe's main messaging over the last 7 months: Trump failed in his chief job of keeping this nation safe and Joe will begin to fix this on Day One of his presidency.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-05 10:52 AM | Reply

Not really. It's only wearing out the snowflakes. Hence why they are called snowflakes. Hence why the country is so weak now. Hence whey Libs can't seem to get power anymore. Hence why Dems really need to start rethinking their platform and start becoming a party that can be looked up to instead of laughed at.

#9 | Posted by humtake at 2020-10-05 12:04 PM | Reply

Hey, TonyRoma, I'm with you on this. But at the "debate" Joe did spend 90 minutes at an indoor venue about 12 feer (was it?) from Trump, who did a good bit of shouting. And I'm talking about protecting Joe's overall health as a priority, particularly as Nate Silver is currently giving him a 91% chance of defeating Trump.

#10 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2020-10-05 12:20 PM | Reply

"Hence... Hence... Hence... Hence..."

#10 Wait, let me guess what today's word of the day is.

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2020-10-05 12:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Humtake, you're living in an alternative reality, buddy. You need to dump Faux News and OAN and begin reading five or six mainstream newspapers daily.

#12 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2020-10-05 12:29 PM | Reply

Hence why Dems really need to start rethinking their platform and start becoming a party that can be looked up to instead of laughed at.

Hey Hummer, 2018 is calling for you on line 1.

At the federal level, the 2018 elections saw Republicans expand their majority in the U.S. Senate as Democrats won control of the U.S. House. In state elections, Democrats won control of seven governors' offices from the GOP and the trifecta status of 10 states changed. After the 2018 elections, there were 36 trifectas nationwide; just below the 37 trifectas that existed in 2013 and 2014, the most in recent history. Democrats had a net gain of five state government triplexes and Republicans had a net loss of four.

In 2010, Republicans won control of 12 governorships from the Democratic Party. They held 11 of those offices - all but Pennsylvania - in 2014. In 2018, five of the remaining 11 governorships flipped back to Democrats: Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. The remaining six states"Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wyoming"all elected Republican governors for the third straight time.

In state legislative elections, Democrats had a net gain of 308 state legislative seats and Republicans had a net loss of 296 seats. Democrats flipped control of five legislative chambers from Republicans, leaving the new state legislative chamber count at 61 chambers under a Republican majority, 37 under a Democratic majority, and one under split control.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-05 05:24 PM | Reply

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