We just have one last thing to say to Trump… pic.twitter.com/3UJgeGlwwP
— teri in new york (@terinewyork) November 6, 2020
All that's missing from the scenes of crowds spontaneously gathering in large cities like NY/DC/Philadelphia is a sailor kissing a nurse.
— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) November 7, 2020
Democracy porn you can watch in front of your kids. pic.twitter.com/RLiP2P17LC
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) November 7, 2020
Anybody who's like "we'll that was a pretty good showing for Trump!" should consider how Hillary Clinton was treated as the World's Biggest Loser after an election with the same Electoral College margin as this one*.
* But where she won the popular vote instead of losing it by 5
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 7, 2020
Looks bigger than Trump’s inauguration.
— Terrance Pinkston (@Terranceus) November 7, 2020
For the ages pic.twitter.com/Kkx6BFP3nw
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) November 7, 2020
One of my gay friends posted a photo on Facebook of him and his partner kissing out in the DC street.
You’re Fired! from Drudge, that’s gotta hurt.
Every so often this afternoon I feel a twinge of sympathy for a man who has lost everything in a single day, and has no coping skills to help him handle it. And then, a second later, I think about all the people whose deaths he caused, and my twinge of sympathy evaporates.
Today was a good day.
And, just to remind everyone, Biden and Harris will be speaking at 8 Eastern tonight.
More fireworks being set off in my neighborhood. Living in what the national news keeps calling a “Democratic stronghold” is awesome.
James E Powell
Overall, I’d say it’s been a good week.
This morning I got up and realized I had no coffee. As I drove to the store I saw this huge rainbow right in front of me. I thought, good omen. Got the coffee, came home, and the race was called.
Spent most of the day waving a flag in front of Rocky steps. Huge support.
Philadelphia: toppling tyrants since 1776.
I’ve never been so happy to do laundry on a Saturday night
@WaterGirl: Honestly, I just remember him and his supporters just relishing the fact that liberals, minorities and women were devastated on 11/9/2016. And they continued to openly be assholes and intentionally troll and bully for the next four years.
I have no sympathy for any of these evil fucks, and no compunction about celebrating loudly and openly about it. We shot down a fascist against huge headwinds. We did this thing. Dance, sing, have a drink, we all earned it.
@WaterGirl: I have exactly as much sympathy for him as he as ever shown for anyone else in his entire life.
The Post has a long post-mortem of the Trump campaign. Title says it all:
How Trump’s erratic behavior and failure on coronavirus doomed his reelection
I’ll just quote the intro:
My house by Flo rida
Philadelphia freedom by Elton John
Independence Day by Martina McBride
Get up Standup by Bob Marley and the Wailers
YMCA by the Village People
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Push it by Salt n Peppa
This is America by Childish Gambino
@WaterGirl: You are a very kind person, or else you wouldn’t even have that tiny drop of sympathy for him. I, on the other hand, am a monster and have no sympathy at all. In fact, I feel my rage at Trump has become larger and triumphant today, if that’s even a thing.
@bbleh: I m so jealous!
@MisterForkbeard: Yeah, this. The group that reveled in ‘fuck your feelings’, that danced on RBG’s grave before she was actually even buried, etc etc, deserves neither sympathy nor any time to ‘come to terms with their loss’. What goes around, comes around.
I’m willing to give them as much time as they need. As soon as they scurry their asses back to North Dakota and Arkansas and wherever other hellspawns they came from.
You’re welcome rebs, you no longer have to defend the asshole.
Oh yeah. Enjoy your time in the spotlight, Philly (also Pittsburgh, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Atlanta).
posted this in the thread below, but my joy continues. i wrote this last night:
An Inauguration Tune
Trump is gone, and none too soon!
Angry, smug, grotesque buffoon,
Queens brat trying to play tycoon,
piccolo posing as bassoon.
No more poison-gas balloon,
orange-caked, pale-eyed raccoon,
whose nightly hissing at the moon
has made this country his spittoon —
on January twentieth, at noon!
— Peter H. Desmond
That Meidas Project video is so sweet! I’ll be watching that again and again. I have really loved their videos.
I for one welcome our new competent overlords.
@Cheryl Rofer: But did either of them wear a nurse outfit?
Oh, man, you truly are a kind person.
I HAVE NOT FELT THE SLIGHTEST TWINGE FOR DONALD J. TRUMP
@Baud: True that. And everywhere else, including every other city, town, and unincorporated township. Every vote counts.
But it DID feel good to be in the place that reported the votes that convinced the nets to call PA and call the election …
@dmsilev: I don’t know if Biden would have won if not for Trump’s cockup of a response and subsequent fallout. Silver lining to a national tragedy.
I hope the Biden administration will ask the Chinese if we can borrow a few teams to help us get control of this virus. It would be a smart thing to do.
Most people were low-key cheerful out here today (Fitchburg MA is not a very political town), but behind me in line at the grocery was a grumpy-looking old white guy with an American flag mask, buying an 18-pack of Coors. Drowning his sorrows, I assume. I felt a faint twinge of pity, because I’m not totally heartless, but it was a very faint twinge.
@phdesmond: What’s the tune? Because I want to sing that and it almost works for Yankee Doodle, except there’s an extra line in each verse.
@bluehill: If I was religious I’d say god sent this shit down.
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated
Reposting from social media:
There are more of us than there are of them.
I wrote that a lot in 2017, particularly during the fight over the ACA – here, on blogs I frequent, in messages to friends. It was a reminder that the American people as a whole did not support Donald Trump, and that there was power in the collective voice of those people.
I first really felt that at the Women’s March, the first full day of Trump’s Presidency. The memory of that event still gives me chills; it was so big in D.C. that they literally couldn’t hold the march itself, and there were millions of other people marching in other places, large and small, across the country and the world. It wasn’t the number of people that impressed me so much, though. It was the determination, the feeling that everyone knew this was the beginning of the work, not the end, that there was much more to do.
And the number of people who answered that call was incredible. First, there were groups like Indivisible that helped people understand what they could do to help. There were the protests against the Muslim ban, which were spontaneous and again happened all over the country. That was followed by the sustained effort to save the Affordable Care Act, so intense and so widespread that Representatives and Senators not only couldn’t keep up with the calls and emails, but that Republicans also started cancelling town halls because they knew they would be faced with united, organized, opposition in packed rooms. The ACA was saved by a single vote.
Then there are the elections. People who’d never been active before jumped in. I remember reading one post-mortem article on the incredible 2017 election in Virginia, which talked about how campaigns had more volunteers than they’d hoped for in their wildest dreams, to the point that they weren’t making choices about priorities because they could do *everything* they wanted to do. That resulted in a sweep of the statewide offices (by big margins), and an unprecedented swing in the House of Delegates. The same thing happened in 2018 in the midterms, with the Democrats gaining 40 seats in the House. Both times, turnout among Republicans actually was higher than usual, but the Democrats swamped them.
And this year: On the fundraising side, Biden raised an incredible amount of money, but equally important, by the end of September he had 2.2 million more donors than Trump. This was a campaign driven by small donations, by regular people who thought it was important. Once again, the number of volunteers and activists was incredible, and it went down to the end – I’ve seen several reports of people running text banks and phone banks who had so many volunteers that they completely finished their call lists and had to resort to follow-up calling and texting to give the volunteers something useful to do.
Republican wins often come because Republicans are more committed to the cause. Their positions are, in general, unpopular (at this point, the stories about focus groups literally not believing summaries of Republican positions are a cliché), but they donate, volunteer, and vote faithfully. This election, Republicans were just as committed as before, maybe even more so. And yet Joe Biden and Kamala Harris out-fundraised them, are going to have at least 5 million more votes, and are going to the White House.
In other words, there are more of us than there are of them.
We need to savor this moment and remember it. Remember what comes from commitment and hard work. Remember why that matters – it’s how the country moves forward. Yet we also have to remember what happens when we don’t do those things because the forces that want to push our country backward aren’t going away, and only continued work and commitment will keep that from happening.
So the work continues. Right now, it means doing what we can to win the runoffs in Georgia so the Senate will flip to the Democrats. There are two strong candidates there, and they definitely can win, but they need our help. There will be more to do next year, the year after, and all the years after that.
Ted Kennedy, in a valedictory for his failed Presidential campaign at the 1980 Democratic Convention, ended the greatest speech of his career this way: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris gives us a chance to keep doing the work that matters for causes that matter, and to bring the dream closer to reality.
We can do it, because there are more of us than there are of them.
* * * *
Separate from that, let me just say that the BJ community has been a huge part of getting through the last 4 years from me. (Yes, even the people who despaired, who inspired me to fight back against that feeling.) And I know that everyone here gets that the fight is not over, never will be over, but always is worth fighting. Thank you all for that.
That’s really good and now my mighty (checks) 36! Twitter followers will enjoy it as well.
Waiting was a pain, but the nice thing about declaring the winner on Saturday morning is a!l of the dancing in the street.
@James E Powell: Beautiful rainbow!
Kamala is a strong, intelligent, capable, and empathic politician. And when she runs in 2024, she’s going to lose. Because America sucks.
I guess he’s never going back to Minnesota.
Or Erie, PA.
Fitting that the state that put Biden over 270 is his native state.
@Arclite: 1. Fuck you. 2. Fuck you.
Ooops – we did it again!
Hit the road, Dotard, and don’t you come back no more, no more!
Now, let’s march through Georgia to the sea and take back the Senate for the American people.
@bluehill: @raven: One might also say, Trump was — as always — incredibly lucky, in this case that (1) he inherited about the sweetest situation imaginable and (2) unlike almost every other president, he faced NO serious crisis until the last year of his term. And then, like everything else he’s ever “managed,” he completely bobbled it.
If not God, write it down to karma, or just simple statistical regression to the mean. Eventually, something would happen, and he would screw it up.
Not tonight, please.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is good friends with Kamala Harris. And if you want to follow Bay Area news please follow my good friend and former colleague Shomik Mukherjee, he’s smart as a whip and has an incredible future ahead of him in journalism.
I rise to second the honorable lady in her motion to deny the pessimism of my honorable friend.
@zhena gogolia: thank you, zhena!
@zhena gogolia: @Morzer: Hear, hear!
Gonna have to get used to being able to say “orange” without wincing.
opie, i called it a “tune” for the rhyme scheme, and had no particular music in mind.
but let me know if you think of the right song!
Billy Sherman would like a word.
@opiejeanne: @phdesmond: Even as an Old, the first rhythm that occurred to me was rap.
@randy khan: Thank you. Inspiring.
Meet the Press is celebrating by having Peggy Noonan on tomorrow.
They really have the pulse of America down cold, don’t they?
What tune can we set that to?
I see that people in England and Germany are setting off fireworks, and in Paris, the churches rang their bells. It feels good to feel connected across the globe.
@Morzer: @HumboldtBlue: To quote, uh, someone upthread …
@raven: Yep. It does seem like something that uncovered all of Trump’s weaknesses and was impervious to his demagogic campaigning strengths.
I found a bottle of an imperial stout in my fridge to open, and I am now completely unfit to drive.
NZ would join you in celebrating, except the All Blacks lost to the Wallabies.
@Ohio Mom: It’s about time. Once Covid goes away, maybe all of us can travel again without total shame.
@EmbraceYourInnerCrone: “Philadelphia Freedom” just rawks!!
I saw the tweet in the original post and your note here about ‘YMCA’ and it reminded me…Election Day morning when I was working as an outside observer, there was this one young-ish guy who pulled up, windows down, ‘YMCA’ blasting.
He stayed in his car until the song was completely done, stepped out, made sure to have his mask on…below his nose (as in, he actually had it on right at first, then tugged it down)…and then strode oh-so-angrily into the polling place.
I can’t imagine what it’s like to live like that but whew, good for him. The stress and strain of having to follow all those weird MAGAt signaling rules will hopefully take years off of his life.
Joe and friends
@Jeffro: Do they even know what the song is about?
I am sure you will bear up under this burden ?.
Man, celebrations on teewee look like New Year’s Eve. Mixed emotions, very – love the spirit but this is likely the superspreader supernova.
@Arclite: checks watch….
really? Now’s a good time for that take?
your future is yours, take a moment to celebrate this one and then pick your raggedy ass up and get to work to make a better future.
@phdesmond: a catchy toon.
@Omnes Omnibus: Remember, this is the same political movement that thought Born in the USA was a patriotic melody.
We have V-E Day and V-J Day.
Today should be known as V-USA Day.
Reveling in all the posts. Keep them coming.
@dmsilev: Yes, but….
@Winston: The Taiwanese controlled COVID much better than the Chinese. I’m thinking Biden should bring them onboard (oh, and get them back in the WHO)
@Omnes Omnibus: I’d love to see YMCA reclaimed like the Proud Boys.
Oh, great! I keep vacillating between V-E and V-J, but V-USA is perfect!
Tim Posh-looking in a mask
I was working today, took a break and read all about it. My office flies the Stars &Stripes right over our front door. I took it down from it’s mount and just walked up and down the parking lot, right by busy Hwy. 17 in Brunswick Co. NC, one fist raised and letting those colors fly. The breeze was perfect. A good 2 or 3 minutes. I am not prone to public displays of patriotism, and I fully respect taking a knee, but damn that felt so right. God Bless America, now more than ever. Peace.
@realbtl: I think that is a reasonable request.
Folks still driving through Manhattan honking horns, 7 hours later. People here are ecstatic. Perhaps it’s also because it’s the nicest it’s been in weeks, but Manhattan was hopping this afternoon.
Got my good bottle of beer that I’ve aged for nearly 6.5 years waiting to pop tonight during the victory speech.
@Arclite: I don’t know about America, but you certainly do
Michael Steele just said that Mitt Romney has beem the only national republican to congratulate Biden.
@Baud: That’s such a great picture. They are beautiful inside and out.
TS (the original)
The American people lost close to everything when he was elected. He thought being “rich and famous” was all you needed to run the country. He refused to take any advice in relation to – what the president does, how he does it and the very real consequences of getting things wrong.
In defeat, it is the fault of everyone else. It is cheating at the polls, it is illegal vote counting. It is his sycophants not doing enough, it is the medicos not creating the magic cure etc etc
No sympathy warranted, no sympathy given.
All my thoughts to Biden, Harris & their team, in 3 days the media will be blaming them for everything trump did, or did not, do.
it would be spoken word, then, and that’d be fine!
James Brown – Living In America
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Baud: can’t remember who I saw talking about GW Bush today. Apparently even a tweet is too much to ask of him.
@NoraLenderbee: He may have to leave the country…good.
@phdesmond: Something like this?
hey, mom, i’m looking forward to just reciting it!
@Omnes Omnibus: I think for them, what it’s about is, Dear Leader plays it at the end of his rallies. Full stop.
But to answer your question, no, of course not. It’s all just tribal signaling, all the way down.
I just wish trumpov had hit that whole ‘drink bleach’ thing a bit harder…
West of the Rockies
For any Republican demanding respect and space “to work through their feelings,” how about you vow not to be obstructionist? How about Trump give a concession speech? How about McConnell “allows” Biden to select his own cabinet? How about Trump NOT pardon a bunch of dirtbags (including himself)?
Yeah, then we’ll chat about your needs.
Some of these deplorables will be dangerous; certainly as the rump stirs the pot, it will boil over in places. Too many of his sick supporters are not sane. I am worried there will be a few killings by some of these goons. Being stupid and proud of it, while no way to go through life, creates a dangerous fuel that the orange fart cloud is determined to ignite.
@topclimber: thank you!
@Jeffro: I know! The Trumpies around me are often both so ridiculous in their beliefs and soooo angry at anyone who doesn’t agree with everything they say. And how do they stay so mad all the time? I know we have a long way to go to get anything we need done as a nation but I am giving myself this weekend to be joyful. It was a beautiful sunny day today.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: You might have thought that Dubya would at least have something to say about the fall of the man who wrecked poor brother Jeb!’s chances.
Queens Daily Eagle:
Queens Man Evicted
Everyone is happy, everyone is singing and dancing except for the lost cause rebs. It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day and I’m feeling groovy.
Michael Beshloss (sp?) is being practically religious on MSNBC right now.
The Moar You Know
@dmsilev: The abject ignorance of the meaning of song lyrics transcends all ages, colors, creeds, and political parties. “Jailhouse Rock” is one of my favorites in that regard. Yeah, it’s not quite YMCA, but it’s from the fifties!
-not at all a bitter musician, oh wait, yes i am
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Did you really expect anything different?
@Baud: slogan or campaign song about you:
will be the second
@WaterGirl: Save your twinge for the fact that the single day is going to be a wound he feels every day he remains of this mortal coil.
@WaterGirl: For half a moment, for a fleeting nanosecond I can feel a twinge of sympathy for Trump. The nuns from my long-ago Catholic school days might encourage that and say there’s good in everyone. But in Donald John Trump we have the singular exception.
The Moar You Know
@Tim Posh-looking in a mask: The last time I flew my flag was four years ago, Election Day. Swore it wasn’t going up again until that son of a bitch was out of office.
Put it up today. It was VERY unexpectedly emotional and I am very, very proud to be an American for the first time in quite a while.
So did several of my neighbors. Even the two that are Republicans for life wanted him out within a week of him getting sworn in. Pretty sure one switched parties.
@EmbraceYourInnerCrone: they’re just bitter, damaged, whiny, completely un-reflective, completely selfish people. So…as the saying goes…fuck their feelings.
It was indeed beautiful today. SO appropriate!
Like the press gains pleasure from his doing some thing anyone with a lick of common sense would do anyway? How fucking paranoid and resentful do you have to be to think that in the first place?
Kind of pathetic, but for the first time in four years I’m not reflexively changing the station when the NPR news update comes on at the top of the hour.
@Omnes Omnibus: that video is wonderful. thank you.
@The Moar You Know:
Good on you, man. I know you were skeptical about how things would turn out.
@Steeplejack (phone): not with a bang, or a whimper…but with a poorly-attended fake outrage fest, out back of a fertilizer store.
GOP, you were scared of these people for five fucking years? SAD!
Tell us another one about Hunter’s laptop! Where’s ‘Caravan 2020’, anyway? Uranium One – how’s that going, at least?
ATTENTION EVERYONE !!!!
It has come to my attention that tomorrow, Sunday November 8, is
NATIONAL PUPUSA DAY
So go out and find your favorite Salvadoran restaurant and/or food truck!
@jackmac: Maybe it’s a catholic school thing – I went to catholic grade school, too.
My first instinct is to feel empathy for any human being, so I’m sure that’s where it comes from, but Trump is a monster and the twinge goes away.
Somebody’s setting off fireworks in Alpharetta, GA. Can’t see them, but I can sure hear them!
@Baud: Why would they congratulate Biden when Trump beat him?
The Moar You Know
@Baud: Romney would gladly sell my organs for the value of the chemicals therein, but I’ll give him this; he’s got manners, he’s not trying be the biggest jerk on the planet, and does the appropriate things in response to events that we used to expect out of our politicians. And you know what? It turns out that is worth A LOT, because goddamn, look what happens when that goes out the window.
If we have to have a Republican party, I’d really prefer he be the guy putting it back together. Which won’t happen. Republican voters are going to be, from here on out, the 15-year old kid scratching “nigger” into the desk to piss off the teacher, as somebody said here recently. Romney has no future in that party.
@Spanky: Restaurants… I seem to remember those….
It scans pretty well to “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida.” Go figure.
@TS (the original):
NYT Pitchbot pitch: NOV. 10: “Corona Virus rages on despite election being called for Biden”
@randy khan: +1.
“November 7, twenty-twenty… A day that will live in, uh, famy?”
Tim Posh-looking in a mask
@The Moar You Know: so good to hear. Thank you.
@different-church-lady: That’s not the pitchbot, that’s what the Republicans have been claiming for six months: “The press will stop talking about covid on November 4, because they’re only doing it to hurt Trump.”
I gave my Trader Joe’s friend a ride from work way out to Reston (near Dulles) for a weekend pet-sitting gig. She said her store (in Clarendon, Arlington) was way busy today and liquor sales (beer, wine, bubbly) were through the roof. Definitely a celebratory mood among both staff and customers.
I just finished a small pizza from the Lost Dog Café and am working my way through a crowler of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. I’m in for the evening and catching up on the news. Cheers!
I’m reminded of what happened a few years ago on a job. The film crew was from Denver, and I was the only local. The Patriots were playing the Broncos that night. They spent the entire day boasting about how the Broncos were going to whup my team.
The Patriots were down 21 points by halftime but came back to win in overtime.
The next morning I come down and they’re all looking at me sheepishly waiting for the payback. And I drove them absolutely up the wall by… smirking but not saying a single damn word about it!
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Tim Posh-looking in a mask:
@The Moar You Know: liberals should take back the flag from the jingoists
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
Damn straight. They abandoned it.
SENIOR FIGHTING FOR LIFE ON VENTILATOR: “Yah think?”
Easy-peasy. Get someone to tell Trump he has to campaign for the two Republicans so they’ll win and the Republicans will keep the Senate. He’ll hear “YOU LOST BUT WE DON’T CARE NOW DO THIS THING SO THESE GUYS WILL WIN UNLIKE YOU DID YOU LOSER” and with any luck will order his loyal followers to punish those traitorous Republicans.
Hahahaha. He has too much on his plate.
@Steeplejack (phone): @Jeffro: I’m still leaning toward the theory that Trump announced the conference would be at the Four Seasons, and when the hotel turned them down his staff had to scramble lest leader be wrong.
I follow him on Twitter and he’s been bordering on giddy the last couple of days.
The Moar You Know
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: I intend to. I’ve already ordered a VERY large American flag sticker for the rear window. I’ve had enough. They forfeited their rights to it, not that they had any such rights in the first place.
@The Moar You Know:
From out here in the lands that remain Under The Shadow it doesn’t look entirely impossible that Trump will respond to his defeat by lashing out at the people who, a) let him down the most and, b) he’s actually in a position to hurt, by announcing he’s going to run for President again in 2024 (for the grift, naturally) under the banner of his own personalised political party.
Obviously he might not, and it might not even work, but it’s entirely in line with his self-regarding instinct for survival to make the most of his supporters’ angry disillusionment by trying pull them with him and away from the ‘loser’ Republican brand. Mitt Romney might find that he’s very much at home in the Party that Trump leaves behind, but only because the real nutters have moved even further right and taken their votes with them.
I felt a twinge for Nancy as she bent her head in grief over her husband’s coffin. For this schmuck? Nada fucking thing.
@Jess: You are kinder than I. I live in CO and Coors (pronounced Curs) is known as a shit beer drunk by right wing losers. I’d have pointed and laughed.
The Moar You Know
@different-church-lady: that’s interesting. Where is Sekulow? Barr?
urp. trying to just delete a comment where I misunderstood what I was replying to. oh well.
That probably would work.
J R in WV
And that Arclite bastard, I pied that motherfucker, and will never see a comment by that hateful bastard ever again!
J R in WV
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
I think GWB is well into dementia by now. Laura was trying to keep him from acting nuts the last couple of times we saw W, but wasn’t having much luck.
This was beautiful????
@Tim Posh-looking in a mask:
I like your style…..
@Morzer: Give him some time. He’s probably deeply immersed in painting another portrait of himself on the crapper.
@phdesmond: I really like your poem. Describes my feelings very well.