I suspect Biden’s lead will wither somewhat when he gets to start holding campaign events and especially when the debates begin. Although Trump speaks only in untruths and dog-whistles, much will be made of any slip of the tongue Biden makes, and he’s notorious for putting his foot in his mouth at inopportune times.
However, there’s a very strong Vote Blue No Matter Who component to this year’s elections, and it is hoped that down-ballot races with the potential to swing the Senate to the Democrats, as well as some state houses and legislatures, could have a significant impact on America going forward.
It’s particularly important this election, as 2020 is a census year and re-districting to balance the size of House and legislative districts will happen. It matters which party is in power when this happens, because most states do not have non-partisan or independent commissions to do this, and the GOP controlled the process last time, allowing them to win more seats with fewer total votes. Gerrymandering is a very real thing in the USA, and it undermines our “democracy”.
This isn’t funny. So I guess I've posted in the wrong thread...
There is a little bit of gerrymandering in France, but it is not as extreme as in the United States. However, the French government plans to reduce the size of the parliament by 25%, from 577 to 433 for the lower house and from 348 to 261 senators -- and also to add a 20% dose of proportional seats so that the smaller parties will not be left out. Just imagine the raging battles that this will cause!
After each State or Federal election in Oz the borders of the electorates are adjusted to even up the numbers and patterns of voting to prevent gerrymandering. This is in the Lower Houses. The Senate and State House of Reps are decided by Proportional Representation
I lived in a semi-rural area where the land was being subdivided and the population changing to modest housing, then to Up-market. In 20 years I had my electoral address change 5 times as both levels of government sliced and diced the boundaries. The two candidates, knowing they had marginal seats were "very good" to us when it came to taking care of their electorates.
Looks as though they kept the adoring cheering throngs out of camera range.
Wonder who he did that little whoop-de-do thing with his hat for.
It just goes all over me when that miserable little shit salutes. It is not necessary and borderline unacceptable from even the president when in civilian dress. And of course Mr. Bonespurs can only be in civilian dress. Apparently presidents returning salutes from military personnel wasn't a thing until Reagan came along. As we know, he spent a good part of WWII on movie sets, dressed in a military costume.
Thanks for the info from a military spawn perspective. But it certainly wasn't a habit up here. There are ways responding respectfully to a salute without pretending to be military. I think people such as my parents, who were civilian war workers, simply stood at attention.
I don't know if the Bush père et fils saluted, but probably. Crap easily gets entrenched. Obama was seen not returning a salute & was criticized by some major news sources displaying their lack of fact checking.
Wasn't Bush Sr. in the air force in WW2? Of course, that doesn't mean he should salute when he is out of uniform.
My mother was in the Polish army when she was young. One day she got into trouble for not saluting an officer. Her excuse was that she had already saluted him once when he passed by a short while earlier.