President-Elect Joe Biden

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.


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.

108 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    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.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    “We’re waiting for . . . Donald Trump to do…whatever he’s going to do about it.”

    . . . “the president is a cult leader, now is the moment he’s demanding that his followers drink the Kool-Aid.”  Jennifer Senior

  3. Gilpin Guy says:

    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.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      DeJoy needs to be put in jail.

      As the deplorables like to chant, “LOCK EM UP! LOCK EM UP!”

    • NOV GOP meltdown says:

      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.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        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.

  4. CDW says:

    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. 

    • MADCO says:

      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.

    • kickshot says:

      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.

  5. MADCO says:

    Traditionally, when do the networks and mainstream start calling the candidate the President elect, or Vice President Elect?


    Not FOX or breitbart

    • gertie97 says:

      They traditionally start after enough states are called to put someone at  270 or above.


    • JohnInDenver says:

      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. 

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    Meanwhile in the 51st State…

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      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.

  7. RepealAndReplace says:

    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.

  8. itlduso says:

    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.  

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      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.

  9. Glad to have been wrong on Election Night! Thank goodness for the Blue Shift.

  10. Pseudonymous says:

    Do something with it Dems– for the people that gave you the victory, who aren't the folks on the Lincoln Project.

    • Mike W. says:

      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…

  11. harrydoby says:

    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.

  12. Genghis says:

    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.

  13. CDW says:

    Reuters reports that Alito  has instructed PA to set aside late ballots.   (Can he do that?  I mean who's court is it anyway ?)  It ain't over until the scotus sings.

    • Pseudonymous says:

      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.

    • MADCO says:

      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.)


    • notaskinnycook says:

      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.

  14. bullshit! says:

    Our long national nightmare is finally over.

    • kwtree says:

      “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. 


  15. DavidThi808 says:

    The voters to Donald Trump – You’re Fired

  16. RepealAndReplace says:

    Mittens was the first GOP senator to congratulate Biden. Followed by Lamar Alexander. Any word from Moscow Mitch yet?

  17. JohnInDenver says:

    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?

  18. MADCO says:

    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?

  19. harrydoby says:

    Trump returned from his golf outing this morning to a 21 Kazoo Salute

    Trump returns to White House to a scene of thousands celebrating his defeat

    • Duke Cox says:

      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.

  20. kwtree says:

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

    • Duke Cox says:

      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.


      • Duke Cox says:

        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.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        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

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


      • RepealAndReplace says:

        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.


    • RepealAndReplace says:

      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.

  21. Genghis says:

    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.

  22. itlduso says:

    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.

  23. Colorado Pols says:

    One more comment! One more comment!

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