I'm going to vote against Trump in the general election, but I'm pretty much certain he's already won 2020, so that's not where I'm going to spend my mental energy to the best I can anymore.
uspol, more positive this time
I said in the parent post I wasn't going to be spending my mental energy on the 2020 election, to the best I can, and this is true.
But that doesn't mean I'm going to let me feel defeated.
There's important work to be done. User and computing freedom have *never* mattered more... especially now that the way we interact with each other has been accelerated in its network'edness by this pandemic.
Energy is still there, just allocating it more productively.
@cwebber I'm so fucking sad today
@cwebber Seems (unfortunately) totally reasonable. :/
@cwebber Uhhh..no. Lots of people are going to vote against him. Lots who had voted for him. Now they know who he is, realize he isn't going to suddenly become Presidential and realize that he's a disaster, not just during a pandemic.
@gedvondur Trump's approval ratings are at the highest they've ever been since his being-in-office initial bump, and Biden is a completely weak candidate IMO https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings
2004 all over again.
But if you're hopeful, good! I just can't be right now.
@cwebber His approval right now means nothing, and the "war bump" presidents normally get would be HUGE...but its not for him.
Plus, not to be crass about it, but as the economy shits the bed, he's be blamed for it.
Now that there is a crisis, its suddenly clear that leadership matters and Trump can't do it. COVID-19 is going to tear through the South like Sherman through Atlanta. They will blame him and the Republican governors for it.
Its gonna be OK.
@gedvondur I hope you're right <3
Independents, women, and people scared by COVID will not chance Trump again. On top of that, there is a cadre of Republicans, who will vote R...on everything but the President. They feel betrayed on deficits and trade.
Casual voter who took a chance on Trump because they didn't like HRC will NOT do that again. Uncle Joe has plenty of flaws, but he's likable if nothing else.
I think if Biden does lose, it's going to feel like 2004. But Bush was way more popular than Trump has ever been, and right now Biden is ahead by 6.3%, so I'm cautiously optimistic.
@cwebber I'm going to vote against him but November might as well be 🎶 IN THE YEAR 2525, IF MAN IS STILL ALIVE 🎶 so that's why I'm not gonna spend any mental energy on it. I can't even guess what's gonna happen next *week*. 🤷
@cwebber I decided at the beginning I'd vote for whoever the Dem candidate turned out to be, no matter my opinion of them, because all other usual considerations are subordinate to removing +rump.
That decision relieved me of spending time and energy worrying about it.
Same with other races -it's just as important to vote out R's, I'll vote Dem up and down the entire ticket, so if +rump somehow remains in office, a Dem majority in both House & Senate can mitigate the damage.
@cwebber I've read a lot of people on here saying that Biden cannot win against Trump. What are the reasons for this?
@cwebber a petunia could beat Trump, whether aunt or plant
and that was before Trump, Pence and Fox undermined COVID-19 response
they depend on voter suppression for any success ( and the primary yesterday showed they'll do anything they can )
Those who want to defeat Trump and McConnell ( and Ryan now at Fox ) need to work positively to defeat all the voter suppression measures
Democracy requires participation
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