For those of us who have been on the campaign trail these past, nearly two years, it's amazing to know that right now millions of Americans have already voted and that the general election is just a month away. So much has happened in this time period and the past seven months have been surreal. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee, a mixture of news and comment. Let's go:
The Official Super-Spreader Event
First up, I do not delight in the fact the president has been hospitalized with COVID19. I'm a bit dismayed at the mean posts I've seen over the weekend. But I understand. Here is a man who flouted safety, who made fun of masks, who said the virus would be gone by Easter (uhm, that would have been LAST Easter) and who delights in the throngs of people that follow his lead and gather in large groups without masks and without social distance.
All of that has led to what many believe was a massive and official super-spreader event at the White House. The president, eager to put COVID19 on the back-burner, held a reception at the White House to introduce his choice for the Supreme Court. It was designed to take the coronavirus off the front page and deal with a campaign promise. Washington D.C. has a rule that no more than 50 people may congregate together in one place. Of course the president and his minions ignored that advice. Now many who attended have tested positive.
That and the recent presidential debate where the president's supporters/family waved off masks offered to them is the reality of this truly horrible man who cares nothing about you or your family. It's all about him and the optics. (Image: Business Insider)
And now...he wants your sympathy. Just weeks ago COVID19 was a hoax now he sends out Tweets that sound like he is in sympathy with those millions of people who have contracted the disease and the 205,000 Americans who have died. It's all about him. Never forget that he cares little because it's just not in him. Oh, and never expect the truth.
What About The Court?
With the number of GOP senators testing positive for COVID19 there could be a stall in the rapid confirmation process for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. You see the Judiciary Committee needs to meet and vote (and unlike the House they must be in person) but if the members of the committee are out for the next couple of weeks that could push the process back until after the election and, given the numbers I'm seeing, the Democrats may very well take the Senate which would mean a lame-duck session truly open to the ire of the American people...
Meanwhile for the next month my posts will not be about how awful "45" is but how wonderful Joe Biden and his plans are. If you follow my Twitter Feed @MichaelLibbie you know that the trolls come out every time I post negative things about the president so I'm going to focus on what Joe and the other down-ballot Democrats have going for them that lacks among the crowd in the GOP. Should be great fun and if you're on Twitter come along for the ride.
Meanwhile the Polls
Joe Biden has widened his lead in the first poll taken following the hospitalization of the president. Fifty-one percent of respondents now back Biden compared to 41 percent who support the president, according to the Reuters-Ipsos poll released this morning. Four percent are backing a third-party candidate while another 4 percent are undecided.
Women, Work and COVID19
Women are leaving the workforce is stunning numbers. Between August and September, nearly 1.1 million workers ages 20 and over dropped out of the labor force, meaning they are no longer working or looking for work. Of those 1.1 million workers, 865,000 of them were women, a number that is four times higher than the number of men who also left the workforce. Go ahead, read that set of numbers again.
Emily Martin of the National Women's Law Center said that as families struggle to figure out how to keep their jobs while also making sure their children are cared for and they are learning it is women that are being pushed out of work.
While all women are undoubtedly feeling the brunt of today's pandemic, Martin adds that Black women and Latinas are still seeing the highest rates of unemployment...saying, "This is demonstrating the ways COVID19 is deepening the already sharp inequities in our economy."
Given the stress so many women are under given jobs, family, education, social...it's a real issue for families.
I've been trying to hype the various candidates across Iowa that often don't get much press. One of them is Charles Clayton who is running for the Iowa House in House District 9 (Fort Dodge & Webster County). He not only has a legacy of community service he will, according to Minority Leader Rep. Todd Prichard (D-Charles City), "...bring a wealth of first hand information and experience in dealing with at risk kids that will be a huge asset to the House." Click on the audio link below for his story.
Thanks and, yes, chip in if you can! We can win that seat. His opponent is tied to the hip of the current governor and her botched job and far right agenda. And, Fort Dodge...get your Mayor to post a sign in his yard. It matters.
Winning in November is up to each of us. We need to turn out the Democrat votes across America, in our states, our counties and in our neighborhoods. It is not too late to make this happen. Reach out to your friends and neighbors who are Democrats and make sure they vote. Ballots are being sent out this week and REMEMBER that you have two weeks, at least, to request an absentee ballot from your county auditor.
Let me share this story with you. A month ago here in the Village of Windsor Heights 400 Democrats had requested a ballot. Now we have a bit more than 1,800 registered Democrats in this little town. A big lead over the Republicans. Our job was to connect with each of them and get them to request a ballot. I can share with you that by going out and doing drives and leaving registration information with them at the doors of those who had not yet requested a ballot that as of 29 September over 1,200 had done so. Today we're reaching out to the remaining 600 with a flyer and phone calls to get them to vote in person or by mail. I did not chair this project but Allison Engle of Windsor Heights did and she has done an amazing job. YOU CAN DO IT...it matters.
OK, it's off for a softball game and then the Business Week in Review heard today at Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. And, yes, they stream if you want to listen in.
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!