President-elect Joe Biden gave what he called a Thanksgiving address on Wednesday. In reality, it was a presidential address because Trump is no longer performing his duties as president. Biden stepped into that void and gave a speech that should have been given in the spring by Trump.
Instead of fantasy and wishful thinking, Biden gave us the hard truth about the pandemic. He told us exactly what it will take to beat the virus. He told us the unvarnished truth about the sacrifices that Americans will need to make until everyone is vaccinated.
And he spoke about it to us as a president should, encouraging unity rather than the divisiveness to which we have grown accustomed. …
Emily Murphy, the Administrator of the General Services Administration, has finally ascertained Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. This will allow the transition from the Trump presidency to the Biden presidency to move forward.
Ms. Murphy claims that her decision was based on the certifications of the vote in Pennsylvania and Michigan, making Biden the clear winner. I believe she was dragging her feet on ascertaining the election waiting for Trump to finally come around to the idea that he has lost the election.
So what happened to change Trump’s mind? He is supposedly furious with his legal team because they keep losing election fraud cases in court. He has been unsuccessful in convincing state GOP members to throw out the Biden slates of electors and replace them with electors that will vote for him. More and more members of Congress are urging him to concede and allow the transition to begin. …
President-elect Joe Biden has begun to announce his choices for his cabinet. They are well-known “safe” choices, not the progressive picks that the progressive wing of the party had hoped for in exchange for supporting his candidacy.
It’s not Biden’s fault. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that his party will not confirm any progressive candidates that Biden puts before them. This is partly due to the obstruction that has become the norm in the Senate and partly petty revenge for the Democrats making it difficult to get Trump appointees, many of whom were clearly unqualified, confirmed.
A little history is called for here. …
Even as he fights to overturn the results of the election, Trump is sabotaging the incoming administration. He is quite literally burning down the government.
The biggest move so far has been Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s refusal to extend emergency lending programs through the Federal Reserve that have acted to keep businesses and state and local governments solvent through the pandemic. He has also returned the remaining funds to the Treasury. These moves will make it difficult for Biden to kick start the economy that has been languishing during the pandemic.
Various agencies throughout the government headed by Trump appointees are hurriedly filling vacant positions, nominating judges, writing regulations that will weaken environmental standards and eliminating health care regulations. …
Trump is still refusing to accept the reality that he has lost the election. Prior to the election, he had been certain that he would win, even if he had to cheat.
Plan A was voter suppression. Gerrymandered districts, election roll purges, elimination of polling stations entirely, slowing down the mail and casting doubt on mail-in ballots were supposed to be his Golden Ticket to re-election. He was so confident that he would win, that he declared victory early in the morning of November 4.
He was undone by Democratic voters who turned out in record numbers, managing to overcome every obstacle that Trump and the Republicans had placed in their path. They registered in record numbers. They stood in hours long lines to vote. They mailed their ballots in secure drop boxes bypassing the postal service, even if they had to drive for miles to do so. …
While we have all been mesmerized by Trump’s refusal to concede the election and cooperate with the transition, there is another melodrama going on in Georgia that should be taking center stage now that Biden has won the election. The success or failure of Biden’s agenda will be determined by the winners of two runoff elections in Georgia in January.
At stake are both Senate seats. No one won a clear majority in either race in November so the top two vote getters in each race will face off on January 5, 2021. …
I hate it when I’m right. Take a moment to re-read my predictions on what Trump would do if he lost the election. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Okay, now let’s compare those predictions to what is actually going on. The first two were easy. Trump is refusing to concede the election and is refusing to cooperate with Biden’s transition team.
Those were no-brainers.
He has decapitated the civilian leadership at the Defense Department and the Pentagon and replaced them with sycophants.
I called that.
The New York Times is reporting today that Trump asked in a meeting last Thursday about the feasibility of attacking Iran because they are increasing their stockpile of uranium. …
I have spent weeks warning about the danger that Trump would pose if he lost the election.
And I was wrong. So wrong.
It has amazed me for four years to see once powerful politicians bending to Trump’s will, living in fear of his tweets. Even foreign leaders walked on eggshells around him. His base was beyond rabid. This election cycle they were willing to risk illness and even death from COVID-19 to attend his rallies.
I imagined that his hold on the Republican Party and his base was ironclad.
I was convinced that if Trump lost the election, he would carry this power and the fear and intimidation that it caused to his new center of power in Mar-a-Lago. I feared that he would set up a shadow government there, encouraging his base to reject the legitimacy of the Biden administration, causing riots and division that might result in civil war. …
Trump has retreated from public view. Other than a wreath laying ceremony on Veteran’s Day and a few rounds of golf, he has not been seen in public. Gone are the press conferences where he gamely jousted with reporters. Gone are the elaborate signing ceremonies of executive orders because he has no interest in actual legislation.
In their place have been tweets and Facebook posts declaring himself the winner of the election and election lawsuits that are steadily being tossed out for lack of evidence.
Trump’s presidency is slowly unravelling.
His own party has deserted him. Members of Congress are tepidly supporting him, issuing platitudes about the need to count every legal vote. …
The vote tabulation continues. Trump’s legal team is filing lawsuits. Trump has still not conceded. Other than to play golf, he has also not been seen in public since last week.
He has, however, continued to tweet which is how we know what is going on behind the scenes. He has fired his Defense Secretary, Esper, followed by Esper’s chief of staff, the top civilian Pentagon official and top Defense Department Intelligence official. It is rumored that Trump plans on also firing of the heads of the FBI and CIA. All of these officials have been replaced with Trump loyalists. …