Now that Donald Trump has Won


#1827

"We cannot know, from the brief docket entries that are available to us in this sealed case, that the matter involves President Trump. But we do know from Politico’s reporting that it involves the special counsel and that the action here was filed the day after Giuliani noted publicly, “[W]e’re pretty much finished with our memorandum opposing a subpoena.” We know that the district court had ruled in favor of the special counsel and against the witness; that the losing witness has moved with alacrity and with authority; and that the judges have responded with accelerated rulings and briefing schedules. We know that Judge Katsas, Trump’s former counsel and nominee, has recused himself. And we know that this sealed legal matter will come to a head in the weeks just after the midterm elections.

If Mueller were going to subpoena the president—and there’s every reason why a careful and thorough prosecutor would want the central figure on the record on critical questions regarding his knowledge and intent—this is just the way we would expect him to do so. Quietly, expeditiously, and refusing to waste the lull in public action demanded by the midterm elections. It all fits."


#1828

Trump was trying to delay the case, but he was thankfully denied.


#1829

#1830

Voted first thing this morning. My vote for Congress was basically pissing in the ocean, a black woman Democrat in my district is a nonstarter. My Senate vote will probably run with the majority though, the GOP candidate is a neo-Confederate and Northern Virginia will have none of that. Virginia is weird, northern Virginia is metropolitan and holds most of the population so statewide offices are reliably Democrat but most of the rest is rural so our state delegates and and members of Congress lean far more red.

Also we have an interesting voting system. You fill a paper ballot that works like a scantron. You fill it out and put it through a scanner then it drops in a bin, so there’s a paper copy and an automatic count. Seems like a decent system, automation with a paper backup, and it didn’t seem to be connected to any network so secure from hacking.


#1831

That sounds very similar to the Massachusetts ballot.


#1832

North Carolina had 6 deceptively worded amendments on the ballot, so that will be fun to see how much people voted to ruin things. The only real choices I had to make were which progressive black woman I want as a judge and how much of a nerd do I want to be responsible for soil and water conservation.


#1833

Florida is, as ever, hosting an important race, this time for governor. And apparently bundled amendments are a thing Florida does? Amendments 6, 7 ,9-11 (8 got removed from the ballot by a judge) have 15 separate proposals.

I mean, I voted yes on Amendment 9 (a ban on drilling in state waters and indoor vaping) because fucking up the environment further is the last thing Florida needs and I don’t like vaping, but there’s no reason they should be part of the same Amendment.


#1834

Indeed. That’s basically the ballot I’ve been using in my neck of Massachusetts for the past few election cycles. It’s arguably the best system we’ve got right now.


#1835

I went by my polling place this morning before work (at the school I went to when I first moved to the states) and saw a line leading out of the gym, and noped on out of there. I will come back after work where hopefully there’s a shorter line and at least I won’t have to be anywhere and can just chill there.

As to interesting things, in CT as far as national politics go, there will be no republicans. But statewide there’s an opportunity for my state asshole to be replace with Alexandra Burgstein, an honest to god Democrat representing Greenwich.

Ya know, weirdly, when I saw those lines this morning and decided to not vote until after work. It made me realize. I really really really, preferred voting in the weird, state only local primaries earlier this year. I was the only person there, and as I was leaving someone walked in. Parked in the completely empty lot, walked in and was out in 5 minutes. These national elections where everyone votes are comparatively poor experiences.


#1836

This is a new system for us, two years ago we still used the infamous Diebold full electronic machines.


#1837

Oh $DEITY, those are notorious for perhaps being the most insecure voting machines ever devised. And that’s outside of the fact that the company is run by an ultra-partisan hack.


#1838

*take a break, enjoy a ditto *


#1839

Looks like all of the Kentucky races went about as you would expect. I’m really hoping the terrible wording of Marsy’s law on the ballot gets it thrown out.


#1840

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Looking pretty bad right now… hopefully when the west coast starts coming in it’ll look better.


#1841

The senate is going really really bad, the House is going well.


#1842

This is why you follow a predictor instead of just a reporter. FiveThirtyEight had Democrats at 85% to gain control of the House and 15% for the senate and called both quite a while ago. No one thought there was much of a chance of getting the senate and a loss of two Democrats in deeply red states isn’t exactly a coup compared to the run Democrats are having on the House.


#1843

Yea though the hope was to minimize losses in the Senate.


#1844

I’m glad that the Democrats are predicted to win the House, but I’m worried that they’ll lose enough Senate seats that it makes it almost impossible for them to win back the Senate in 2020. If that’s the case, even if Trump gets defeated in 2020, as long as the Republicans control the Senate, Democrats won’t be able to pass meaningful legislation.


#1845

My state I have to take consolation that at least the ballot issues went the way I wanted them to. House and Senate went the other way, and I’d blame the campaign. The republicans had way more advertisements where I personally saw them, two trump rallies in the last week, etc. I don’t observe most traditional media and I didn’t see a single democratic ad. And I’m in one of the three blue areas of the state, but we share our boundaries for state rep with a huge swath of red territory.


#1846

The democrats would need 60 seats to do anything more than compromise and that was never going to happen anyways. 51 seats to get Schumer on tv more often than McConnell would be nice but other than these simple majority Supreme Court confirmations it wouldn’t do much but shift more blame for the congressional gridlock to the Democratic Party.