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Wessexman

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One of the biggest celebrity persecutors of Brett Kavanaugh has been blasted for hypocrisy in endorsing Biden and saying nothing about the sexual allegation against him:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/alyssa-i-believe-survivors-milano-explains-silence-on-biden-sexual-assault-allegation-internet-hypocrite-a-liar-and-a-bad-joke

To be fair, basically the whole left will do the same, so she's got plenty of company.
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One of the biggest celebrity persecutors of Brett Kavanaugh has been blasted for hypocrisy in endorsing Biden and saying nothing about the sexual allegation against him:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/alyssa-i-believe-survivors-milano-explains-silence-on-biden-sexual-assault-allegation-internet-hypocrite-a-liar-and-a-bad-joke

To be fair, basically the whole left will do the same, so she's got plenty of company.


This is hardly a trait of just the left. The modernist right ignores plenty of allegations from many of its own, because of partisan politics. This manner of hypocrisy seems near universal in American politics. The left are just a little more obvious right now, because Trump seems to bring out the crazy in them a little bit more than the previous GOP president.
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I agree that hypocrisy is a fault common to ideologues. That's why I have been vocal here in the past, sometimes to the chargrin of one poster, that we don't repeat the tactics of the left, like knee-jerk guilt by association. However, I think double standards and hypocrisy are the hallmark of modern left-liberalism, alongside, perhaps, incoherence of thought. Whereas all partisans are prone to them, modern left-liberalism sometimes seems nothing but them. It must be admitted this is a particularly galling example of hypocrisy, given the shrillness of Milano over Kavanaugh and #MeToo.
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Sanders has in effect given up, making it all but certain that the nomination will go to Biden.
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The NYT has nobly applied the same standard to Biden in its reporting about the sexual assault allegation against him as it did to Kavanaugh. Oh no...wait...of course it didn't:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/new-york-times-deep-dive-clears-joe-biden-of-sexual-misconduct-no-pattern-of-bad-behavior

MeToo! has long been on life support, but it is surely officially dead now.

Hilariously, the NYT edited even that article mentioned above to remove mention of Biden's notioriously hands on behaviour in the past:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/ny-times-stealthily-edits-biden-sexual-assault-article-deletes-references-to-past-hugs-kisses-and-touching
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In possibly more significant news for the election campaign, Sanders has endorsed Biden. Speaking of the election, even though it is months away I imagine the logistical difficulties of conducting it should extensive lockdown measures still be in place are already being considered. As are the even more likely difficulties of holding the two national conventions, and while I have seen nothing said about the former as yet I have the latter. Not that there is really anything for either convention to decide, both nominees are known already with only running mates to be confirmed. There very much will be for the election of course. The choice is for the American people to make, but the entire world will heave an enormous sigh of relief if their decision is as hoped.
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As a software guy who's had some experience with government contracts, my guess is that the country is going to attempt online voting. Which *can* be done competently and securely, but probably will be botched. The government just doesn't have the current knowledge in how to bid on or manage large scale software projects. 

The only saving grace may be that Google, Microsoft, and Amazon may step in. But the President hates two of those companies. 

However, even if it is done competently, I'd be skeptical about rolling it out to the nation before, say, trial runs in a few states for smaller elections and having a bunch of pen testing done.

[An addendum to the above added a couple days later]: 

Also, the fact of actually getting people to vote this way has issues. There are still a small number of people in the US that don't have access to the requisite tech, and even if they do, they may not have the skills needed. This sort of move will likely disproportionately suppress the elderly and poor vote (not intentionally, but by nature). Another thing the government is bad at is good UX design -- the process gets politicized and layered with red tape. Everyone on this forum will be able to figure it out, but the American people at large may have issues with it.
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There's some discussion of the question here. I had been under the impression that the presidential term is constitutionally defined, so could be changed only by the lengthy and difficult (as it ought to be) amendment process. This it turns out is correct, whatever else happens Trump's first and I sincerely hope only term will end on January 20 and he will no longer be president unless re-elected in the interim. Who would be president if there has been no election is another question, except not Trump or Pence so an improvement.

The election date I wasn't sure about, and in fact this is set by an Act of Congress dating back to 1845. So it could theoretically be changed by another such law, though the prospect of a divided legislature passing one is minimal. The rest of the article concerns itself with logistics, though surprisingly there is no discussion of an online option. But at least it does not look likely that Trump will be able to use the crisis to parlay himself into the president-for-life position he so clearly dreams of.
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After the Democrat and media establishment has covered themselves in the opposite of glory, with the rankest hypocrisy, there's a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Joe Biden:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/new-accuser-alleges-sexual-harassment-by-joe-biden-when-she-was-14

This one is creepy, but I suppose comparatively minor. Still, it goes to underscore Biden has a long history of alleged sexual or possibly sexual inappropriateness, some of it captured on camera. Now, that's still a long way from what Reade is accusing him of. But it is something Kavanaugh didn't have. For Kavanaugh, the only other allegations surfaced at the time, and they range from dubious (Ramirez's) to obviously false (Swetnik's).

On the same theme, Reade has alleged that she has reached out to mainstream TV news outlets to interview her and got nothing back, yet the clearly unbalanced and lying Swetnik was snapped up. Reade has said she wished to avoid Fox News, who have offered her interviews, so as not to appear partisan (unlike Ford, Reade is not politically opposed to the one she is accusing) and give any further grounds for Democrats and the left-liberal media just to dismiss her. I think that wise. However, she has agreed, apparently, to an interview by Chris Wallace. Wallace is no Hannity or even Tucker Carlson. He's a proper and respected journalist, although the station label might still hurt Reade's cause, alas.

Here's another example of a left-liberal media outlet this time the AP, treating Reade as they never did or would Ford, despite the former's complaint being better evidenced:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-accuser-tara-reade-on-ap-headline-and-tweet-this-is-false

This issue is becoming more and more significant for Biden. He's finally been forced to discuss it in an interview (again, the media didn't ask him for weeks and weeks) - which didn't go well, and even some Dems have realised that they can't be quite so blatantly hypocritical. The problem is that unless they can get it to go away, they're in trouble. Their standards are just insane; no one can live by them. Believe all women was always ridiculous. But suddenly discovering the importance of due process now, as many Democrats have, is unlikely to wash after their disgraceful display in the Kavanaugh saga. There's already videos circulating just showing the commentary from the likes of Pelosi on Kavanaugh, juxtaposed with what they have to say about Biden. It's probably an outside chance, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if Biden doesn't end up the Democratic candidate in November (which wouldn't be an unalloyed good for Republicans, given his weaknesses as a candidate).
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