“Two different news media consortiums reviewed Florida’s ballots [from the 2000 election]; both found that a full manual recount would have given the election to Mr. Gore. This was true despite a host of efforts by state and local officials to suppress likely Gore votes, most notably [Katherine] Harris’s “felon purge,” which disenfranchised large numbers of valid voters.
“But few Americans have heard these facts. Perhaps journalists have felt that it would be divisive to cast doubt on the Bush administration’s legitimacy…
“We aren’t going to rerun the last three elections. But what about the future? Our current political leaders would suffer greatly if either house of Congress changed hands in 2006, or if the presidency changed hands in 2008. The lids would come off all the simmering scandals, from the selling of the Iraq war to profiteering by politically connected companies. The Republicans will be strongly tempted to make sure that they win those elections by any means necessary. And everything we’ve seen suggests that they will give in to that temptation. ”
Like Rudi, maybe Ron should compete on “The Masked Singer.”
That might dispel the strong scent of fascism that lingers.
But one thing we know about DeSantis —
Just like a hungry praying mantis,
He likes to eat chocolate pudding with his fingers.
“This has to stop now. This is bad for business and there is a lack of understanding what is happening in these shows. The audience is furious and we are just feeding them material. Bad for business.”
— Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott in an email to Meade Cooper, executive vice president of prime time programming, regarding correspondent Eric Shawn fact-checking then-President Donald Trump’s lies after the 2020 election, reports CNN.
“I don’t remember ever doing that, I’m telling you. Maybe when I was a kid. It’s interesting, there’s a lot of people, when they go at you, sometimes they have really good ammunition, like you’re a crook, you did this, you did that. For me, they’re talking about pudding. Really? Is that the best you got? Bring it on!”
– MAGA Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis denying reports that he eats pudding with three fingers.
“I have gone the full extent of my executive authority, to do on my own anything about guns. The Congress has to act. The majority of the American people think having assault weapons is bizarre, a crazy idea. They’re against that.”
— “President Biden said that he’s exhausted what he can do through executive action on gun control as he called on Congress to act following the nation’s latest mass shooting,” USA Today reports.
“The clips and headlines coming out of the rally were enough to incite panic in any Republican concerned about the party’s ability to defeat President Joe Biden. The current president should be extremely politically vulnerable: Inflation is still hurting voters and some economists are predicting a recession. And yet, rather than attack Biden for those weaknesses, Republicans are held captive to Trump’s grievances.”
Gallup: “Americans are more likely now than at any time over the past five decades to say there is more crime in their local area than there was a year ago. … The 56% of U.S. adults who report an increase in crime where they live marks a five-percentage-point uptick since last year and is the highest by two points in Gallup’s trend dating back to 1972.”
Florida is leaving up to $15 million in federal money on the table that could be used to fight gun violence, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Florida was one of only six states that did not receive funding through a new federal grant to help carry out emergency risk-protection programs. Such orders are used by law enforcement to temporarily seize guns from people suspected of being a danger to themselves or others.
A new Monmouth poll finds 44% of Democrats do not want President Biden to seek re-election, even though 74% have a favorable opinion of him. Also interesting: 51% of the Democratic electorate cannot offer a name when asked who they would like to see as the party’s nominee if Biden does not run. Among those who do have a preferred alternative, Vice President Kamala Harris (13%) is the only potential contender who registers above single digits.
A nationwide review conducted by ABC News has identified at least 54 criminal cases where Donald Trump was invoked in direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault.
“A group of more than 175 former federal prosecutors released an open letter denouncing Donald Trump’s incendiary attacks on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who’s investigating the former president for hush-money payments to a porn star,” Bloomberg reports.