So glad I didn't jinx anything with my post from a couple weeks ago. Sure enough, since that post on Aug. 17, Biden ran his lead up to 9.3 percent on Aug. 23 and 24, but then, right after the Republican Convention, the lead finally dropped below its recent 7.6-percent floor, down to 7.1 on Aug. 31 and down a click to 7.0 on Sept. 1. Tonight it's sitting at 7.3 percent.
I found it interesting to look back at the fabulous chart on 538.com to note the last time the lead has been below certain benchmarks. Biden's lead has been at or above:
Perhaps more important, Trump hasn't topped 43.2 percent in the polling average for three months and counting, and he hasn't topped 45 since early March, when Biden took control of the race for the Democratic nomination. He's also never dropped below 41 percent in the two-way race. Meanwhile, Biden has been at or above 50 percent for all but about five days since June 10 - and never above 51.4 percent. An oddly, extremely stable race for the most part. Still, I'd feel better if we got back to a 9.6-percent margin of about 51 to 41.4. And I'd feel ecstatic if Biden can run the spread up to 10-plus points ... hopefully in the first two or three days of November.
I've found myself checking 538.com a lot lately hoping to see Biden's lead over Trump expand to 10-plus points. Alas, not yet, but I've noticed certain highs and lows over the past several months to keep an eye on:
So, for the past two months and counting, the lead has stood between 7.6 and 9.6 percent, and today it's right about in the middle of that range. It will be interesting to see if the daily spread in this race breaks through either of these levels over the next 77 days.
This will lead to better stuff long term. Really.
"My Republican colleagues, all they seem to be upset about with this is not that the president sought an investigation of his political rival, not that he withheld a White House meeting and $400 million in aid we all passed in a bipartisan basis to pressure Ukraine to do those investigations. Their objection is that he got caught. Their objection is that someone blew the whistle, and they would like this whistleblower identified, and the president wants this whistleblower punished. That’s their objection. Not that the president engaged in this conduct, but that he got caught." - Adam Schiff
As a sports fan and a human being, I can't think of a worse time of the year than early February to mid-March. Football season is over. (Disturbingly, that was the title of Hunter S. Thompson's suicide note in February 2005. He suffered from chronic pain and apparently some level of mental illness and/or seasonal affective disorder.) Baseball season has not yet begun. Regular season basketball just doesn't do it for me. The nights are long, the days are too cold (February this year in Oregon was especially nasty). And similar to a dementor attack, sometimes it feels as if all the hope has gone out of the world.
But it starts to turn today. Major league baseball officially kicks off with its Japan Series today and tomorrow, and then all teams begin play in eight days. Tomorrow is the first round of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. If you're a golf fan (which I am, marginally, such that I only really pay attention to the majors), the Masters starts in three weeks - right about the time it'll become obvious that my baseball team "just doesn't have it this year." Let the good times roll! Starting ... now.
I honestly cannot understand how otherwise sensible conservatives can support someone who acts so clearly deranged. Peter Wehner sums up what they're standing for:
Conservatives, how can you support someone like this? Would you be proud if your children grew up to act like this? This is the person who represents your country to the rest of the world, and who has more power than anyone else to affect the lives of those who live here.
Decent people would never tolerate this without being fed a steady diet of lies from right-wing media outlets. I can only hope that someday the nation wakes up.
Oh, that it could only be true. Please let it be true! Adam Davidson of the New Yorker says that the events of the past week have marked a turning point in this nightmare we politely refer to as "the Trump presidency."
I feel the same way. The feds, most of whom are probably Republicans but are legitimate law enforcement officials more than sycophants like your average Republican these days, have gotten their hands on EVERYTHING that lying sack of feces has been up to. Just imagine what someone who lies and profiteers so shamelessly in public might be up to when he thinks nobody's looking.
A former Fox News regular sums it up nicely: "Today’s Fox prime-time lineup preaches paranoia, attacking processes and institutions vital to our republic and challenging the rule of law."https://politicalwire.com/2018/03/30/the-decline-of-fox-news/
Seems that a certain segment of American society lives in a bizarro world, which probably suits their lying, thieving leader just fine:https://politicalwire.com/2018/03/30/most-republicans-say-trump-is-being-framed-by-fbi/
Stumbled across this today while trying to figure out if my "eclipse glasses" are worth the paper they're made out of (verdict: TBD). NASA has produced a wonderful interactive map with begin and end times for the Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse wherever you click on the map:
How cool is that?!
Our family will be in Salem. (We think. We're spending the night just outside the north edge of the path of totality, and expecting to drive south the morning of the Big Day. Traffic may be ... a challenge. We'll see.) Looks like we should be in the dark about 10:17 a.m. (and 29 seconds) PDT, then the roosters will crow (or so I've heard) one minute and 53 seconds later.