Behind in the polls, Donald Trump threatens to delay the presidential election. One Republican cuts ties.

This morning, citing the non-existent threat of mail-in voting, Donald Trump suggested that he may try to delay the upcoming election. And apparently this was the final straw for Steven G. Calabresi, a co-founder of the staunchly conservative Federalist Society. Upon reading this tweet of Trump’s, Calabresi drafted an opinion piece for the New York Times, demanding that every Republican in Congress stand up to the President, telling him that, “Doing so would be illegal, unconstitutional and without precedent in American history.” [He also said that any member of the House or Senate who refuses to do so, “should never be elected to Congress again.”]

While, to my knowledge, no elected Republicans have yet to agree with Trump on delaying the election, I haven’t seen any sign of the full-throated condemnation that Calabresi’s looking for. One wonders, however, if, with Trump being so far down in the national polls, this might be the last straw for some people. Personally, I doubt that folks who stuck with him through the 150,000 unnecessary deaths and the biggest GDP drop in recorded history are going to turn away now, just because he’s threatening to rob us of our right to vote, but I’m heartened to see that at least Calabresi has seen the light, and that gives me a small glimmer of hope that maybe a few Republican members of Congress might follow suit. [You’ve got to think that a few of them, if only for reasons of self-interest, will eventually walk away, right?]

Here, if you’d like to forward it to your Trump-supporting family members, is an excerpt from Calabresi’s op-ed.

As for Tump dropping in the polls, it would appear as though his campaign has given up on Michigan. According to reporting from McClatchy’s Dave Catanese, between June and July, the Biden campaign more than doubled their ad spending in Michigan, while the Trump campaign cut their’s by more than half. That’s great news. Not only does it mean fewer deceptive ads here in Michigan, but it means that their own internal polling is showing them that we’re no longer in play. We, of course, shouldn’t stop fighting and organizing. This thing is far from over, and I’m sure there are still a lot of twists, turns and dirty tricks ahead.

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  1. Bob
    Posted July 30, 2020 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Loyal lapdog Devin Nunes is refusing to answer questions about whether he has received Russian intelligence to hit Biden with. This is troublesome.

  2. John Brown
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    If the election is interfered with by a treasonous ruskie stooge, patriotic Americans are ready to defend the Constitution by any means necessary. His biggest mistake as a proto fascist was immediately putting so many people in a nothing left to lose situation. I can’t wait for the scene in this absurd tragedy where agent orange steals a plane to flee to Russia with a cadre of implicated traitors.

  3. Tony
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    He’s floating the idea out there to normalize it. Then, as the pandemic rages on in November, he’ll declare a national state of emergency that gives him all sorts of powers. This is how dictators hold onto power. He will try to delay or cancel the election. Not sure what happens after that. The crystal ball is hazy after that.

  4. Lynne
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    While I agree that this is pretty awful, it isn’t like Trump doesn’t spout BULLSHIT on the regular. He probably doesn’t actually know that he can’t delay the election without congressional approval. He possibly could declare a state of emergency but even then I am not sure he could delay the election. I am far more worried about the massive closure of polling locations around the country.

    I find myself wondering if Americans, when faced with the reality of voter disenfranchisement, will react in a way that makes them realize how important suffrage really is. Will this motivate people to actually take the time to vote? If so, we may have our silver lining!

  5. Anonymous
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Obama! Now this is a REAL conspiracy.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. “The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert.

  7. Wobblie
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Turns out the murder of Garret Foster is a yaho named Daniel Perry. From his twitter feed looks like he’s been aiming to kill a BLM protester since mid-June. They are busy trying to scrub out his past, but some has been captured.

  8. Frosted Flakes
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Can you be more specific Wobblie? I glanced at some of his past statements. From what I read it sounds like he was declaring his intention to defend himself if need be…

  9. Wobblie
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

  10. Wobblie
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    I think it is quit likely we will discover he stalked and targeted Foster.

  11. Wobblie
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Active duty Sargent gunning down a civilian in a host country. I would put money on him spending his final days in Leavenworth being a martyr to the lost cause.

    Isnt it a wonderful feeling knowing how our soldiers understand rules of engagement with fellow citizens.

  12. Frosted Flakes
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Those are pretty big leaps Wobblie. He is a military man, concealed carrier, and has an opinion about about [protestors], agitators, rioters, looters and arsonists.

    Is there more info you would like to share that bridges the gap between what we know and he stalked Garret in premeditated murder?

  13. Wobblie
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    The wheel of justice turn slowly but turn it does turn. It took nearly two years to put your good buddy Fields away for life. Perry might think Texas wild west laws will save him, but he is an idiot. He was an active duty soldier subject to the military code of conduct. The US Army will not condone an nco driving 65 miles to run his vehicle into a group of fellow citizens and gunning down a fellow veteran. Leavenworth is where The army sends its criminals. He will be stationed there for the rest of his life.

  14. Wobblie
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Cant let the day past without remembering Don McCall. A survivor of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. I had the good fortune to have him as my basketball coach in grade school. He would also occasionally accompany our scout troop on campouts. Sitting around his campfire and after a few swigs on his flask hE would tell us of his experiences. He knew I was height challenged (he was a tall thin as a reed guy), and so taught me every dirty basketball trick in the book to “level” the court. My shot always sucked though, but he kept me on as manager.

  15. John Brown
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Wobbly is right on about Sgt Klansman. Non credentialed white military are, by a slim majority, bigoted dicks who will kill for MAGA . But most of the military knows he’s nothing but a fascist wannabe and a ruskie stooge.

    Know who the Sgt Klansman in your orbit is and be ready to defend the Constitution from these dumb bootlicking bigots that are nothing but an anchor around the neck of America.

  16. Frosted Flakes
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Fields is my buddy??????????? What a piece of shit thing to say, Wobblie. You are trash.

  17. Wobblie
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    FF thats white trash and red necked to you mfer

  18. Frosted Flakes
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Your race and class does matter at all. You make up bullshit about other people and that is trashy. You assume a lot of bad stuff about other people and that is also trashy.

  19. Lynne
    Posted August 1, 2020 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I think the lesson here is that if you walk around with a rifle, someone can more plausibly claim self-defense when they shoot you.

  20. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 1, 2020 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Does Calabresi like “mail-in voting”? Does he think dems can keep their hands out of the cookie jar? There have been a number of cases where they have tossed votes in the trash. If you want mail-in you want fraud.

  21. Posted August 2, 2020 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Keep pushing that bullshit, HW. It’s having the opposite of the desired effect.

  22. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 3, 2020 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    New York’s quest to keep voters safe from COVID-19 by letting them vote by mail in the June primary has led to big delays in tabulating results, concerns about disenfranchisement — and questions about whether there will be an even bigger mess in the fall.

    Election officials say it will take them until early August to finish counting a tidal wave of absentee ballots that overwhelmed a system which typically handles only around 5% of the vote. About 1.8 million New Yorkers requested mail-in ballots for New York’s primary.

    Voting ended June 23, but the results of many races, including two closely watched congressional primaries, are still unknown.

  23. Anonymous
    Posted August 3, 2020 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    A post on Cain’s website, made on the day of Cain’s death, confirmed those reports: “We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight. He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle.”

    Cain was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006. He completed his treatment for colon cancer, including chemotherapy and surgery, by 2007. Cain wrote about the experience in his book, “This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House.”

  24. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 3, 2020 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I for one didn’t claim he died of cancer. He did have advanced cancer which is what I said. Pretty good chance he was still recovering from the treatment all these years later. Certainly his immune system would have been ravaged by the chemo alone. My question stands: why is cv-19 so forgiving to all but the most immune-compromised and elderly? Other infectious diseases don’t give a crap about no baby.

  25. Posted August 3, 2020 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think that’s true, HW. I think COVID-19 is similar to the flu in terms of age groups to which it is most harmful and fatal.

  26. Posted August 3, 2020 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Have you compared the statistics between the various types of viruses? If you find a source that does, share a link. I’d be interested in seeing that info too.

  27. Posted August 3, 2020 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    By the way, HW, how long do you think it took to tabulate election results back in the eighteen-hundreds? Just because it takes a long time to tabulate the votes, doesn’t mean something has gone wrong.

  28. Posted August 15, 2020 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Hey, Lincoln Project. We need an ad on Trump’s destruction of the Postal Service to help him politically UPDATE

    (From the Arkansas Tines)

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