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November 07, 2020 08:45 AM UTC

President-Elect Joe Biden

  • 108 Comments
  • by: Colorado Pols

SATURDAY UPDATE 9:30AM: At long last.

AP has also called the race. So has NBC, ABC, CBS… It’s truly all over but the shouting now.

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Politico reports, it’s really almost over:

Joe Biden pulled narrowly ahead of Donald Trump in Pennsylvania on Friday, hours after doing the same in Georgia, making it more certain than ever that Democrats will reclaim the White House.

After trailing Trump by hundreds of thousands of votes on Election Day in Pennsylvania, Biden steadily ate into his margins as more mail-in ballots were tallied in the state and put him in the lead for the first time after 32,000 ballots from heavily Democratic Philadelphia were counted.

We’re waiting for the networks to call the race this morning, and for Donald Trump to do…whatever he’s going to do about it. But after two and a half excruciating days of not-really uncertainty, we’re finally feeling the inevitability of a Joe Biden victory.

Prepare to exhale, nation. We’ll update when it’s official.

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108 thoughts on “President-Elect Joe Biden

  1. We're in a deadly Pandemic, the economy wrecked, the postal service crippled, thousands of polling places closed,  foreign actors undermining the internet, the entire Administration dedicated to re-electing the President…

    And we're going to win,

    Well played, America.

      1. Nutlid is turning into an ouroboros – the snake eating its own tail.

        Except in Moderatus' case, he is simply shoving his head up his own asshole.

         

      2. Now, now, now, let’s be gracious — nobody likes a sore winner . . .

        . . . You just stay the course, Fluffy. (Someday Governor Coffman will thank you!)

                1. Douglas County is still Republican territory but slightly less so than in years past. Biden ended up with 45.21% to Trump's 52.35%. And one legislative district (HD 43) was closer with the GOP incumbent (Kevin Van Winkle) getting 52.86% to the Dem getting 47.14%.

  2. What has me seething is the attempt to steal the election by jacking with the postal service.  I have paid my credit cards with a mailed in check for over 45 years and this month was the 1st time ever that my check never arrived.  I mailed it on the 23rd.  It now looks like the Trump team knew that people who were mailing in their ballots would do so because of COVID and anyone who was that concerned about COVID would probably vote for Biden so if they could screw up the mail so those ballots didn't arrive then their votes wouldn't get counted.  It is such a dishonest way to win an election.  They scream about their freedom to not wear face coverings but they are all too willing to deny another their freedom to vote.  Trump knew this was the strategy when he encouraged his supporters to vote in person because he knew they were going to disrupt the mail.  This evil intent needs to be investigated by the Biden administration.  It should be a crime against our democracy.

    1. What DeJoy did with the dismantling of sorting machines and reduction of working hours at USPS was certainly a deliberate attempt to cheat and disenfranchise as many voters as he could in this election. It's just about as low, un-American, and scumbaggy as you can get. I hope he goes to jail.

      1. They need to investigate this premeditated crime to use their position in government to try to disenfranchise voters because of their suspected preferences.  The people who voted by mail were the ones who wore masks and kept their distances and tried to avoid super spreader events.  These are the people Trump and his minions to wanted to disenfranchise their right to vote by deliberate manipulation of their power in our government.  What an insidious plan that violates the core of our principles that every vote counts and the will of the people guides our government.  Their stars and stripes pins should be stripped off their lapels.  Traitors.

  3. I'm still getting robocalls from trump. Two of them yesterday. It's a measure of how desperate he is since i have been a registered Democrat since i first voted in 1960. I feel compelled to  listen to one today if he continues to call to find out whether he's promoting insurrection or just wants to harass me. 

    1. It's probably not Trump's decision

      The company hired gets to bill every time they call -a nd everytime anyone answers. They're running up their bill, so when they get to litigate to get paid their claim is bigger. Classic how to sell to Trump 101.

    2. I am going to go into a cycle of same-day registration and day-after cancellation.

      Way tired of political solicitations. I can make a better candidate/issue selection if I'm not continually interrupted.

    1. We now have the interesting situation of Decision Desk HQ and Business Insider decision desks calling the election for Biden.  I saw someone say the Times of London did, too. AP and Erickson (sources for a variety of media outlets) haven't called the race, Pennsylvania, Georgia, or Arizona.  Fox famously called Arizona, but is holding off on Pennsylvania and Nevada. 

      So, Biden has 253, 264, or 273 votes.  Is or is not the President-elect.  CNN had him "on the cusp" all day. There may be additional movement tonight, tomorrow, or Monday.  Trump may or may not whittle away Biden's edge in recorded votes in Arizona. 

    1. It was carefully planned attempt to deny COVID conscious constituents who voted in the safety of their home their vote by disrupting the mail.  Only problem is that they were so incompetent about it that enough of them got through that they had to be counted.  This the equivalent of the Russian hacking in 2016.  It was sophisticated in how they went about cheating because it was predictable who would vote by mail and who would vote in person.  They didn't care if some Republican ballots didn't make it because they knew statistically that people who voted from home would be voting for sane national COVID policies.  You can never underestimate how clever and willing these people are to cheat.  I know it is a conspiracy theory but it looks very very plausible.

  4. All things old are new again……

    The GOP has gone to the US Supreme Court to ask for a third time to order the PA secretary of the commonwealth to stop counting the mail-in votes that came in after Tuesday night.

    You may recall this question has come before the Supremes twice already with the justices deadlocking 4-to-4. 

    Mrs. Jesse Barnett, your 15 minutes of Warholian fame have arrived.

  5. NY Times officially calls Ossoff/Perdue runoff race will happen.  Pay attention.  You may not be hearing much about this but Itlduso.

    The two GA senate runoff races will determine the US Senate majority. Once the Biden victory sets in with the Trump supporters they will become demoralized and depressed.  That’s exactly the opponent’s state of mind you want to run against.  
    I’m  going to be contributing again to the Lincoln Project folks who will come up with effective memes against Perdue and Loeffler.  
     

    1. I hope you're right.

      Unfortunately, history is not on our side. In 2008, there was a runoff and the Dem lost. And in 1992 – after Bill Clinton actually carried Georgia – Wyche Fowler, the incumbent Dem led on election day but lost the runoff to Paul Coverdell.

      Our best chance – Stacie Abrams works her magic again.

        1. She probably wants something more substantive (i.e., cabinet position) but the post she would be ideal for is DNC chair given her background in voter registration and fighting voters suppression. 

          1. She'd be dynamite as DNC chair. If there isn't someone willing to work their heart out for the party, 2022 could be a massacre on par with 1994; the Republican backlash to Clinton's election.

    1. Kinda hard to do much with the Presidency without the Senate to move the stuff the (reduced) House majority might pass. And survive challenges in a Supreme Court overloaded with unqualified hacks. 

      We should expect Biden to do everything he can to break down the corruption that the previous administration proliferated, and return the federal government to working order. Anything more than that would be a miracle, to put it liberally…

  6. NYTimes Editorial Board has some sage advice:

    The American public should be prepared to do its part. People of good will and democratic ideals must not lose interest simply because Mr. Trump leaves center stage. They need to remain engaged in the political process and demand better from their leaders if any progress is to be made.

    Mr. Trump’s message of fear and resentment resonated with tens of millions of Americans. Trumpism will not magically disappear. If anything, its adherents will very likely find renewed energy and purpose in marshaling a new resistance movement committed to undermining and delegitimizing the incoming administration.

    Republicans will have to decide whether they will continue to wallow in political nihilism, or rise to meet the challenges of the moment. How Republicans respond to this loss, whether they seek to stoke or to cool partisan passions, will help determine the nation’s — and their party’s — path forward.

    With the perspective of time, the Trump era is likely to be viewed as an extended stress test for the American experiment. The president did his best to undermine the nation’s democratic foundations. They were shaken, but they did not break. Mr. Trump exposed their vulnerabilities but also their strength. It now falls to Mr. Biden to improve and safeguard those foundations, to help restore faith in our democracy and ourselves — to make America greater than ever before.

  7. Voyageur, just wanted to let you know I paid off our bet – $200 to the Denver Dumb Friends League.

    I will now continue celebrating, practicing saying "Fuck you, we won," and making fun of Rick Santorum for insisting that we give MAGAts time to process their feelings.

    1. Gracious and sincere to notify about the bet ….

      And for what it is worth, Santorum has a TINY bit of redemption for his criticism of Trump's Thursday night speech.  If he keeps it up, there may be an effort to modify the Urban Dictionary / Savage Love definition of the word Santorum.

    1. The number of ballots is tiny, and yes, he can have them segregate this set of ballots, which resulted from a PA superme court decision to extend the deadline. They count them, but keep track of the count and the ballots themselves so that they can be disputed, if needed. PA was already doing this, iirc.

      The oddity isn’t the order to keep track of the ballots, the oddity is the intrusion of the court into the election like this at all.

    2. PA Secretary of State ordering the seperetion weeks ago. Yesterday NBC legal analysts say there aren't enough ballots to change anything. Of course, SCOTUS would have to take the case (3 of them really, really,  want to.)

       

    3. Alito is the Justice who oversees the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It is properly his call if SCOTUS is asked to weigh in, and accepts a case.

    1. “Our long national nightmare is over.” Well,no. 
      Not while we’re still losing 1000+ a day to coronavirus. ( Get ready to move to “Stay at home”, Colorado). 

      The nightmare continues while Trumpers roll in caravans and threaten bloody revenge on “the libs”. Negev has probably trained many of them. Not while the *resident continues to lie and rile up his base to commit violence.  Moderatus and Pear abet the disinformation blitz  every day,  finding the partisan divide very comfortable…and profitable. 

      The nightmare continues with our economy in the worst shape since the Depression. More people homeless, out of work, forgotten.  America is the laughingstock of the world, including dictators that Trump imagines respect him. For the children locked in cages, maybe trafficked or enslaved,  institutionalized, traumatized for a lifetime, for the parents who will never see them again. 
       

      Not while police and people of color mistrust each other, and every day brings a new killing of an unarmed black or brown person. And so on.

      But it’s that moment within the grasp of the nightmare, that the dreamer realizes it is a nightmare, and knows that they can direct the dream, and move back up to awakening. 

       

      1. The claim that every new day brings another police killing of an unarmed black or brown person is a complete lie, kwtree. Fewer than 100 of all police killings last year, of all races, were unarmed.  Moremtjhan half of those shots were,white.

            1. There are many liars you might cite in an attempt to establish a falsehood by kwtree. I will submit that NO ONE deserves the characterization of "Trumpian".  

              We need to reserve that accusation for only the most egregious and onorous of trespassers. The disagreement here seems to be kwtree used a common figure of speech you have taken as literal. That is a misunderstanding, not a Trumpian lie.

              Peace, ya'll.

              1. Thanks, folks, but there is never any future in arguing with V, particularly about police issues.

                For me, there is nothing to be gained by any interaction with V, period. Nuff said.

  8. Anyone wagering on the size of the turn out for the Trump caravans to all 50 state capitals???? Or in Colorado's case, to the Colorado Springs Municipal Court building?

      1. OK, just for you, . . . 
         

        . . . How many MAGA-hatted old goobers in overalls and empty cases of Bud light does it take to make a yuge GOPer political movement?

        1. “How many MAGA-hatted old goobers in overalls and empty cases of Bud light does it take to make a yuge GOPer political movement?”

          Isn’t it time for them to start another “Recall Polis” movement?

  9. Gary Johnson 2016 voters allowed Trump to win.

    2016 Gary Johnson voters voted for Biden, allowing Biden to win. 
     

    ~ paraphrasing Chuck Todd, 11/7/2020

     

     

    Jill who?
     

    1. The sooner we begin to ignore him, the better. He will be around and in the news for a long time, but he should be relegated to page 16, below the fold.

      Watching the convulsions in the GOP sure is gonna be fun.

      1. Hopefully the only press he gets is in the police blotter section of the papers.

        Speaking of has-beens, anybody heard from Palin or her spawn lately?

  10. Words of warning from AOC: Don’t abandon the grassroots and progressives to placate the “moderates”. 

    1. Mittens was doing his best to get everyone to believe "conservative" principles won the day, and the repudiation of Trump was about him only.

      This is a mantra being picked up by people like Peggy Noonan.

      Oy.

      1. May I add…Roy Blunt is a mealy-mouthed, weasel-tongued, leech, latched onto the ass cheek of humanity. One of Moscow Mitches' Bitches.

        Thanks. I feel better now.

      2. The 45th president was an aberration only insofar as his corruption was brazen instead of subtle, his appearance clownish instead of slick. But the people who voted for him are plenteous, and they have been conditioned for this bigotry not just by the last four years but by centuries.

        . . .
         

        America’s original ailments, semi-suppressed but never cured, have come back in new and dangerous ways. Xenophobia, racism, misogyny — in the last four years they mutated, became more virulent. Polite dinner party scowls at friends who said, “Maybe there were good people on both sides,” or social media purges of border-wall-obsessed cousins — these microexchanges simply inoculated those with objectionable views against more effective reproach. We have bred an antibiotic-resistant strain of an old American infection.

        A Loving Chastisement for America
        https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/07/opinion/sunday/trump-america-racism.html

        Ttump is in no way an aberration, he is the logical outcome of sixty-plus years conscious agenda and actions of the Republican party.

         

      3. There is some evidence to support the conclusion that the election was a rejection of Trump personally.

        The GOP had a net gained of five House seats so far. (The Dems were expecting to gain House seats, not lose.) And despite the massive efforts by Dems,  the GOP suffered a net loss of one Senate seat so far.

         

    2. The bad news is that the GOP majority in the Senate means that much of what Biden wants to do won't happen.

      The good news is that the GOP majority in the Senate means that much of the stuff that the Squad wants to do won't happen.

        1. And of course, should not be allowed to add one nickel to the deficit after all the hard work Trump and McConnell achieved cutting it down to a mere pittance!

  11. People are apparently calling the Trump election fraud hotline in droves to report that they wanted to vote for the Dumpster's reelection but their path to the voting booth was blocked by an obese turtle flailing on its back.

    Problems abound, of course, but godDAMN, there are some funny fuckers in this here country.

    1. “I’m completely frazzled.  It’s so awfully upsetting and illegally intimidating — having to stand in a long line with that crowd of peaceful, completely unarmed voters, and me without a single one of my assault rifles! . . .

      . . . I need to get down to Shooters asap just so I can relax a little.”

    1. "We have been warned….."  Yep. I've read that the mere mention of (AOC style) socialism may have cost the Dems two House seats in south Florida. 

      1. It looks like the Squad is going to emulate their role model, the Tea Party, now that some of the moderates in the House Democratic Caucus have lost their seats and do to Nancy Pelosi what the Tea Party did to John Boehner.

  12. Phenomenal positive news from Pfizer.  They have a vaccine that is 90% effective.  
    Thank god they didn’t announce this just one week earlier because Trump could have won PA, etc.  American democracy dodged a heat seeking missile.

    1. Let’s play Republican conspiracy theory! Pfizer had the vaccine last Monday and held back the announcement until after the election to sink The Yam. How long ’til we see it in Right-Wing Nut Land?

            1. Even if he stops mouthing, he’s still “legal toast.” I want, really want, to see those indictments in NY State for tax fraud, insurance fraud, and bank fraud. It will make Trump University and the Trump Foundation look like chump change.

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