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  • Originally posted by surfgun View Post
    Biden will differ to other nations in matters of American trade/tariffs.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN27E07R
    That deserves to be posted in full

    Exclusive: Biden, if elected, would consult allies on future of U.S. tariffs on China - advisers

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said on Wednesday.

    In an interview with Reuters six days before the presidential election, the two Biden aides said the starting point would be to not repeat the mistakes of President Donald Trump when he slapped tariffs on European and Canadian goods as part of his “America First” agenda, antagonizing key U.S. partners.

    “The failure of the Trump administration has been to go it alone. And that has given China an escape hatch,”
    said Jeffrey Prescott, a former senior foreign policy adviser in the Obama administration.

    The advisers declined to say whether the Democratic presidential candidate, if elected, would be inclined toward lifting the massive tariffs on China that Trump has used to fuel a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

    “He’s not going to lock into any premature position before we see exactly what we’re inheriting,” Prescott said. “But consulting with allies is going to be a central part of that.”

    The bitter trade dispute is just one of the main sources of tensions between Washington and Beijing, whose relations have sunk to the lowest point in decades over a range of issues, including the coronavirus, Hong Kong, intellectual property theft, human rights, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

    China has been a central foreign policy focus in the 2020 presidential campaign. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China.

    Biden has struck back, saying he would be tougher on China than Trump and not afraid to use trade barriers - but only when they make sense. For instance, he told the United Steelworkers union in May that steel and aluminum tariffs would stay until a global solution to limit excess production - largely centered in China - can be negotiated.

    Trump and his aides argue, without evidence, that China itself is paying the U.S. tariffs. Trump says a Phase 1 trade deal signed with China in January was a big step forward, but experts say Beijing’s total purchases of U.S. goods will fall far short of the targets set for the first year of the accord.

    The series of staggered tariffs the Trump administration imposed on $370 billion worth of Chinese goods in 2018 and 2019 have cost U.S. importers more than $60 billion, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, and have been blamed for eroding U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.

    But due to the political sensitivities of easing U.S. pressure on China, questions remain about the prospect that Biden will act swiftly to decrease tariffs if he is elected.

    Biden’s advisers made clear that he would first want to confer with U.S. allies instead of taking unilateral action on trade action the way Trump did.

    “You can start by not slapping tariffs on the Europeans and the Canadians and instead work with them on the trade issue,” said Brian McKeon, a former White House and Pentagon adviser in the Obama administration.

    Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said. “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
    _______________

    I can almost taste the common sense, the intelligent approach to complex issues, the inclusion of friends and allies to present a common front instead of arbitrarily slapping them across the face.

    Could this be sanity returning to the White House?

    Also, I'm sure you meant to say "DEFER" but of course nothing in your link says any such thing.

    Better luck next time.
    “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
    ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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    • Tops, enjoy licking that European leather.

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      • Originally posted by surfgun View Post
        Tops, enjoy licking that European leather.
        Nice rebuttal...In other words, things like common sense, the intelligent approach to complex issues, the inclusion of friends and allies and sanity are just words in the dictionary to you aren't they.

        I'd rather be "licking that European leather" as you so baselessly claim, than being a window-licking Trump follower.
        “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
        ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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        • The American Flag dips for no foreign colors. Full Stop!

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          • Originally posted by surfgun View Post
            The American Flag dips for no foreign colors. Full Stop!
            There's a world of difference between dipping the flag for foreign colors and making plans with foreign allies. But that sort of gaping difference is completely lost on you. You're too drunk off that Trumpian Kool-Aid to realize the value of things like "Friends". Your whole world is centered on Number One (yourself). Anything beyond that, you couldn't give a single fuck about.
            “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
            ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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            • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post

              I can almost taste the common sense, the intelligent approach to complex issues, the inclusion of friends and allies to present a common front instead of arbitrarily slapping them across the face.

              Could this be sanity returning to the White House?

              Also, I'm sure you meant to say "DEFER" but of course nothing in your link says any such thing.

              Better luck next time.
              The problem with getting that common front is it waters down the position. That's why he's going it alone.

              Very apparent in Pompeo's trip to the region, hit all the right notes, said the right things.

              But will any of those partners dare to name China ? yeah, that right there is the issue.

              EVERY ONE OF THOSE PARTNERS AGREES but won't stick their necks out.

              Trade will be the same thing, they're worried about their bottom line. Germany is a good example.

              The net result is the US under Biden will tone down its efforts here.

              That's the escape hatch China is betting on.
              Last edited by Double Edge; 01 Nov 20,, 13:29.

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              • The odds of an incumbent getting a second term are better than even if one looks back over the last thirty years

                Why that is the case will make for an interesting debate. One reason i heard was corruption.

                I surmise its to do with continuity. Markets like predictability.

                David Bossie: Trump will be reelected — here is his path to an Electoral College victory | Fox (op-ed) | Oct 31 2020

                President Trump has a clear path to the 270 electoral votes he needs for reelection — and the map is not dissimilar to his historic 306-vote Electoral College landslide in 2016.

                I believe the president will carry Texas, Indiana and all the other reliably red states for his first 163 electoral votes. In 2016, his road to victory ran through Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa. In 2020, this path remains intact, with the addition of Georgia and Arizona.

                With repeat victories in these states, plus the electoral votes in Maine and Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional Districts, that brings President Trump’s tally to 260 electoral votes — just 10 votes shy of the magic number of 270.

                Trump shocked the world in 2016 by becoming the first Republican presidential nominee to win Pennsylvania and Michigan since 1988. Even more incredibly, he was the first GOP presidential candidate to win Wisconsin since President Ronald Reagan’s reelection in 1984.

                Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes, Michigan has 16 and Wisconsin has 10. In this scenario, with the president sitting at 260 electoral votes, he needs to win just one of these three states to prevail.

                The president is also on offense and actively campaigning in Minnesota, Nevada and New Hampshire — states he narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016. To put a fine point on it, he only lost these three states by approximately 74,000 votes combined.

                If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that anything can happen. So it’s wise to leave it all on the field, just as President Trump is doing with his ferocious campaign schedule down the stretch.

                It’s no secret that in campaigns, intensity matters. It was on full display four years ago when Trump defeated Clinton and it’s evident once again less than a week before Election Day.

                President Trump’s army of forgotten voters is growing in size and enthusiasm — just look at his epic rallies. While Democrats are running a fear campaign to scare people into voting against President Trump, voters going to the polls to cast a ballot for Joe Biden are few and far between.

                The bottom line is that Joe “Dark Winter” Biden is an empty vessel who leaves Americans totally uninspired.

                Two factors scaring Democrats are President Trump’s substantial inroads among voters in the African American and Hispanic communities. Even subtle shifts to the Trump column could be enough to reelect the president.

                As President Trump crisscrosses the country fighting for four more years, he’s making a strong case about his tireless efforts to enact policies that greatly help African American and Hispanic families.

                The president’s pro-growth economic policies created record-low unemployment rates among these groups. His current drive to open our economy again is creating the jobs that enable African American and Hispanic families to pay their mortgages and feed their children.

                African American and Hispanic voters know full well that if Biden gets elected president, their jobs and way of life will be in jeopardy. President Trump is right when he says the cure for COVID-19 — like Biden’s support for destroying our economy with another shutdown — can’t be worse than the disease itself.

                Four years ago this month we saw headlines in The Washington Post like “Donald Trump’s chances of winning are approaching zero.” This year, we’re seeing similar headlines, like this one in The New York Times: “A Biden Landslide? Some Democrats Can’t Help Whispering.”

                Democrats just can’t help themselves. As Yogi Berra used to say, it’s déjà vu all over again. Polls predicting Hillary Clinton as the decisive winner in 2016 were wrong and we’re seeing that scenario play out again.

                Poll results that fail to capture the hidden Trump voter come out regularly. With a radical movement on the left actively trying to “cancel” anyone or anything seen as being affiliated with President Trump, letting a pollster know your true voting intentions is a tough decision.

                One survey found that 62 percent of people said they were afraid to voice their political views over fear of retribution. Take this into consideration and it’s easy to conclude that the polls weighing the 2020 election are likely dead wrong again

                Americans are rightly concerned about the tactics of the left. Who wants to wake up to an angry mob in their front yard? This is why the secret ballot is so critically important. Americans can vote their conscience without the fear of extremists looking over their shoulders.

                That’s exactly what President Trump is banking on. He’s kept his promises on jobs, border security, appointing conservative judges, rebuilding the military, destroying ISIS, bipartisan criminal justice reform, and energy independence. Now he’s asking Americans to reward him with their vote.

                Biden and his allies in the left-wing media, on the other hand, are shamefully blaming COVID-19-related deaths on President Trump. This is bunk; reasonable Americans understand the coronavirus was thrust upon us from China without warning and our president acted fast and rose to the occasion.

                Politicizing COVID-19 deaths is going to backfire on Biden and the Democrats. Sadly, this is all the left has to offer the American people — more finger-pointing, more pessimism and more empty promises.

                President Trump has a clear path to 270 electoral votes and he’s busy earning each and every one of them. Joe Biden is an arrogant career politician who thinks the presidency is owed to him. Sleepy Joe is in for a rude awakening next week.
                afraid to voice their political views over fear of retribution ? remind me again which country are we talking about here...
                Last edited by Double Edge; 01 Nov 20,, 14:07.

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                • As for getting the black vote, at least among the educated, this will help


                  Trump Signs Bill Restoring Funding for Black Colleges | AP | Dec 19 2019

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                  • DE,

                    Very apparent in Pompeo's trip to the region, hit all the right notes, said the right things.

                    But will any of those partners dare to name China ? yeah, that right there is the issue.

                    EVERY ONE OF THOSE PARTNERS AGREES but won't stick their necks out.

                    Trade will be the same thing, they're worried about their bottom line. Germany is a good example.

                    The net result is the US under Biden will tone down its efforts here.

                    That's the escape hatch China is betting on.
                    so, what you're saying is that Trump's foreign policy isn't succeeding in getting allies to stick their necks out against China.

                    but...Biden's victory is the "escape hatch" that China is betting on?

                    if Trump's policies aren't succeeding, what need does China have for an escape hatch?
                    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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                    • Originally posted by Double Edge View Post
                      The problem with getting that common front is it waters down the position. That's why he's going it alone.

                      Very apparent in Pompeo's trip to the region, hit all the right notes, said the right things.

                      But will any of those partners dare to name China ? yeah, that right there is the issue.

                      EVERY ONE OF THOSE PARTNERS AGREES but won't stick their necks out.

                      Trade will be the same thing, they're worried about their bottom line. Germany is a good example.

                      The net result is the US under Biden will tone down its efforts here.

                      That's the escape hatch China is betting on.
                      Have you ever even looked at the intentionally anti-China TPP, and all those other nations that signed on ?

                      No, I didn't think so.
                      Trust me?
                      I'm an economist!

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                      • Originally posted by DOR View Post

                        Have you ever even looked at the intentionally anti-China TPP, and all those other nations that signed on ?

                        No, I didn't think so.
                        Both parties were not interested in TPP so no.

                        Quick search in the Democrat manifesto and there is no mention

                        So what about it ?
                        Last edited by Double Edge; 01 Nov 20,, 16:59.

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                        • Originally posted by astralis View Post
                          DE,



                          so, what you're saying is that Trump's foreign policy isn't succeeding in getting allies to stick their necks out against China.

                          but...Biden's victory is the "escape hatch" that China is betting on?

                          if Trump's policies aren't succeeding, what need does China have for an escape hatch?
                          Oh! i'm not saying it isn't succeeding.

                          If people are in the same room as Pompeo evidently they agree but they don't speak up about it. All sorts of excuses offered. Not diplomatic, unnecessary etc.

                          This is the US setting the pace, setting an example and being the leader.

                          Everything people in the region said the US should be doing before Trump entered office.

                          I posted a speech Pence gave at the Hudson Institute over a year back here and asked people whether the administration was serious about going after China or whether it was hot air.

                          A year later it's pretty clear it was not hot air.

                          Takes time for people to come around. They have to eventually or submit to China.

                          Listening to a talk the mention was made that Bush had his eye on China in the early 2000s after that incident with the planes bumping. The China test i like to call it.

                          Then 9/11 happened and focus shifted so here we are twenty years later at the same point.
                          Last edited by Double Edge; 01 Nov 20,, 17:02.

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                          • Traveling with Trump is a cognitive dissonance carnival

                            TAMPA, Fla. —

                            The rhythms seem routine, but for those in the “pool,” the small, rotating group of White House reporters who shadow the president, it’s important to note them all.

                            Air Force One takes off, then lands; a pool report is emailed to other reporters. President Trump takes the stage and says all kinds of things. Then he dances — dances? — as “Y.M.C.A.” plays at max volume. More pool reports. We take off again, and it all repeats somewhere else.

                            After five years of covering Donald Trump, setting my alarms to his tweets, watching and wondering about him from the 2015 Iowa State Fair to the Oval Office, from New Delhi to Detroit, I was back in the bubble with Trump last week for a final, frenzied campaign swing — three days, six rallies, seven states and almost seven hours of speeches — as he fights for reelection.

                            Even one hour with Trump can be dizzying. His speeches ramble, his staff frequently is clueless as to his plans, and normal functions often veer towards chaos. The sensory overload can become disorienting, a vaudevillian alternative-reality show — Cognitive Dissonance, the Musical.

                            Crowds cheer and jeer every incendiary claim, eager to act as props and amplifiers. As he excoriated the media at an event in Lansing, Mich., I looked up to see a woman staring into our enclosure with a mask emblazoned with the words, “The Media is the Virus.” At least she wore a mask.

                            When you’re surrounded by thousands of euphoric red-hatted supporters, it’s easier to doubt polls that show Trump trailing or tied with Joe Biden in battleground states.

                            After hearing the same incendiary rally speech six times, it’s easier to grow inured to Trump’s ho-hum denials of a pandemic that has killed more than 230,000 people, his angry calls to stop Americans from voting, the raucous chants to lock his opponents up.

                            And when you get home, you can’t get “Y.M.C.A.” — the 1970s gay cruising anthem turned global disco hit and now Trump anthem — out of your head.

                            We started Tuesday in cold rain in Lansing, finishing that night in even more frigid Omaha, where thousands of rallygoers waited hours for buses after we were wheels-up for Las Vegas. Seven people, police said, were hospitalized for hypothermia.

                            Before returning to Washington late Thursday, we stopped in steamy Tampa, Fla., where more than a dozen people who’d come to cheer Trump suffered from heatstroke and collapsed as he railed on stage about Hunter Biden’s laptop and supposedly dishonest media.

                            Metaphors, if you’re looking for them, are often more abundant than masks. Less than half of Trump rally attendees, always crowded closely together, usually wear them.

                            Supporters appear to accept Trump’s breezy assurances that if he could recover from COVID-19 — thanks, he would note, to 12 doctors overseeing his care in the presidential wing at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and an experimental drug cocktail unavailable to the public — they could too.

                            His apocalyptic renderings of a Biden presidency, replete with lost jobs and urban unrest, sounded a lot like the current reality for millions of Americans.

                            “If you vote for Biden, it means no kids in school, no graduations, no weddings, no Thanksgiving, no Christmas and no Fourth of July together,” Trump said Wednesday in Goodyear, Ariz. “Other than that, you have a wonderful life.”

                            The Trump supporters in these crowds don’t care about the gaping holes in his arguments. They don’t mind his coarse behavior. They revel as he toggles between full-throated rage and offhanded sarcasm, exhorting and chuckling, taking selfies and videos, the consummate performer.


                            Trump’s glib flattery — his campaign only sets up big video monitors at important rallies, he fibs at every stop — is as authentic as professional wrestling. But crowds roar with approval at his jibes and insults, ready to deliver their lines on cue: “Four more years!” “Lock her up!” “CNN sucks!”

                            When White House reporters take him literally, as we must, we become the butt of the joke, too dense to understand the president’s bond to his supporters — a bond based on identity more than ideology, raw emotion over reason and one that may be unbreakable.

                            But it goes both ways. When Trump’s at a rally, his hermetically sealed world and the feedback loop it creates gives as much affirmation to the president as he delivers to his fans.

                            Leaving the stage, he struts across the tarmac to the plane in cold rain or sweltering heat, pumping his fists, determined to look strong. He eschews a ride in the Beast, the black presidential limousine rolling beside him, just in case.

                            The press pool walks a few feet away, cameras snapping and rolling. The images are a big reason why he still holds large rallies in a pandemic — more powerful in Trump’s view than any tut-tutting from Biden, who speaks to smaller crowds at greater distance, chiding Trump for acting irresponsibly.

                            Trump is determined to re-create the come-from-behind triumph of the 2016 campaign, visiting as many states as he can, shouting until he is hoarse, even as a majority of voters view his rallies as potential super-spreader events for the coronavirus.

                            He plans to hold 10 rallies in seven states in the final 48 hours before Tuesday, when voting ends. (Good luck to that pooler.)

                            Trump has worked assiduously to engineer a last-minute game-changer that might shift attention from the pandemic. It won’t be easy: Half a million coronavirus cases were recorded last week, 99,000 on Friday alone, the most since the pandemic began, and hospitalizations for COVID-19 soared in state after state.

                            But when the pool got aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, handouts had been placed in our seats promoting an imminent Fox News interview with Hunter Biden’s former business associate, Tony Bobulinski. Each handout was scrawled in thick, black marker: “MUST SEE TV!”

                            As we flew from La Crosse, Wis., to Omaha, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany popped her head into the press cabin and pointed to TV monitors as the interview aired. “You guys should watch,” she said.

                            But White House efforts to manufacture a scandal around Hunter Biden’s business dealings have fallen flat, mainly due to the lack of credible evidence that Joe Biden was involved.

                            On Wednesday morning, the pool was ushered into a small ballroom in Trump’s Las Vegas hotel. There was no event on our official schedule, and White House aides said they didn’t know what to expect. Given Trump’s penchant for the big reveal, would he show up with Bobulinski?

                            But then seven local business representatives walked in, summoned simply to endorse Trump and praise his economic record.

                            It was a standard event for any other campaign, one with a policy focus and validators for local TV. But it was highly unusual for Trump, who tends to obliterate calibrated messages with real-time reactions to headlines and the bombast he knows will excite a crowd.

                            As he stumped that afternoon in Arizona at Bullhead City and Goodyear, he ripped Biden as the leader of a “crime family” and complained that the unsubstantiated scandal wasn’t getting enough attention.

                            On Thursday in Tampa, he ranted about Miles Taylor, the former Homeland Security chief of staff who’d just outed himself as the anonymous administration official who wrote a 2018 New York Times column blistering the president.

                            “It’s like a horrible, treasonous, horrible thing that you can do this and you can get away with it,” Trump said about a U.S. citizen exercising his constitutional right to criticize the government.


                            Reading off the teleprompter, Trump touted the positive news that the nation’s gross domestic product had shot up in the third quarter, a partial recovery from the pandemic-induced economic crash last spring. But he couldn’t stick with it.

                            “Weekly jobless claims — this is boring, but it’s really good — just hit a seven-month low,” he said.

                            Polls show Trump has lost many of the suburban women who backed him in 2016, partly over his handling of the pandemic. But his sexism is rarely far below the surface.

                            Although millions of women lost their jobs, or saw their family finances upended in the pandemic, Trump reassured women in Lansing: “We’re getting your husbands back to work.”

                            A day later in Goodyear, he called GOP Sen. Martha McSally on stage to make her case for reelection, but needled her as she rushed up the steps, almost apologizing to the crowd for offering time to a lawmaker whose potential defeat could cost his party its Senate majority.

                            “Just come up fast. Fast. Fast. Come on. Quick,” Trump said. “You got one minute! One minute, Martha! They don’t want to hear this, Martha. Come on. Let’s go. Quick, quick, quick. Come on.”

                            He placed no time restraints on the three men who followed McSally at the microphone.

                            Trump’s final, frantic surge of rallies underscore how little the former reality TV star has changed in the White House. These carnivals of passion sustain him emotionally, but may not be enough to sustain his presidency. The narcissism could be self-defeating.

                            After five years of following Trump, I can hear the frustration in his words, thinly veiled by his anger and professions of confidence, the fear that he may soon become what he hates most of all — a loser.

                            He’s upset about having to run against Biden, the Democrat who worried him so much that he tried to pressure Ukraine’s leader last year to announce a bogus investigation. That led to Trump’s impeachment by the House, a permanent stain on his presidency.

                            Leaning against the lectern, Trump tries to chip away at his opponent’s affability, perhaps his main political asset, with brusque, bitter words.

                            “He’s not a nice guy,” Trump insists, spinning a story about how Biden won the Democratic nomination thanks to help from other candidates determined to bring Trump down, and not because Biden is popular.

                            “He shouldn’t even be the candidate,” the president groused, seemingly aware there are realities even he is powerless to change.

                            ______________


                            “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
                            ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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                            • A safe, sane way to navigate election night — and beyond

                              We all need to be clear-eyed about the social and political volatility heading into Election Day: The chances of sporadic violence, significant unrest or voting issues are quite high, according to basically every federal and state official monitoring voting and its aftermath in 2020.

                              But all of us — Democrats, Republicans, independents alike — can do our part to minimize the drama and darker scenarios.

                              1. Vote and then chill until late Tuesday night. There'll be dumb rumors, wild speculation and armchair projections, all of it meaningless.
                              • There's no chance you have even a clue who wins until Florida, Georgia and North Carolina are counted and reported.
                              • More likely, you will need to wait for clear-cut results in Pennsylvania, where it will take days to count all mail-in votes.

                              2. Don't expect a quick, clear winner: We can't stress enough the chance of it taking days to fully count mail-in and absentee votes, to determine the real outcome in places like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
                              • Be patient: COVID and the mail-in torrent make this election unlike any other.

                              3. Brace for the possibility of a "Red Mirage." We first told you about this term, coined by the Democratic data firm Hawkfish, on "Axios on HBO" before Labor Day:
                              • Because polling and modeling shows Republicans are more likely to vote in person and Democrats are more likely to vote by mail, early counts could look heavier for the GOP than the final result, when absentee votes are all counted.
                              • So the trends could look more Trump-friendly than the final outcome. This is not a partisan belief; it's a simple fact. (See the full "Red Mirage" segment.)

                              4. Don’t share social-media posts that aren't from a source you trust and know well. Period. Too many people share too much garbage too often.
                              • Only pay attention to sources of information you trust and can validate with 100% certainty. Measure twice, tweet once (or, better yet, never).

                              5. Don’t overreact. You might see images on cable or social media of protests, or what seem like massive voter intimidation or issues. This can often seem bigger or more widespread than it is.
                              • Top officials tell us they fear Russia or other actors plan to amplify even the smallest issues to sow chaos. So don't assume the worst.

                              6. Expect that President Trump may refuse to accept results, if he loses.
                              • Why? Because he has told us he will fight the voting rules and results all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch his actions more than his words.
                              • Here's a small sign of what may lie ahead: As reported by the N.Y. Times, the Trump campaign — citing the possibility that "multiple states will require recounts" — is raising money to continue ballot fights into mid-December:
                              7. Don’t hyperventilate about court cases. There will probably be many. But wait until there are actual verdicts and appeals to appraise the significance.

                              8. Brace yourself for 78 days of drama and turmoil from Nov. 4 through the inauguration.
                              • No one working for Trump or Joe Biden thinks the post-election period will be remotely normal. Even if you get the result you want, anticipate months of wild maneuvering and protests.
                              • Here, too, keep it in perspective and don’t make matters worse by sharing or overreacting to false or misleading reports.

                              What's next: The nation is headed into a firestorm. There's no way it's orderly or normal, or even necessarily over when it seems over.
                              • All we can do is be smart about what’s to come, and wise in our responses.
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                              “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
                              ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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                              • 2. Don't expect a quick, clear winner: We can't stress enough the chance of it taking days to fully count mail-in and absentee votes, to determine the real outcome in places like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
                                I'm really hoping this is the year that Texas flips.

                                the entire GOP strategy at this point is to invalidate any vote not counted by November 3.
                                There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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