Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: The Midterms

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  • tussock,

    Gillum up for a recount in Florida, as well as a few others, turns out counting all the votes makes things a whole lot closer than only counting the votes in the R leaning districts.

    They had to get court orders to force people to count tens of thousands of votes in D leaning counties, in really close elections, not because they wouldn't have eventually been counted anyway, they were just delaying it to get their foot in the door off a couple days headlines saying otherwise.

    It is completely shocking how partisan the whole thing is, at every step. Right through to which judge hears your case.

    Since Nov 2006 • 600 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Two thirds – and most of what was up was seats the Dems already held (which is why they “won” the Senate popular vote by 12 million votes). And it wasn’t that many votes in the key races away from being a different result.

    And today, if the statutory recount in Florida flips the result and the outstanding votes in Arizona keep breaking towards Democrat Kyrsten Sinema? Well, here's the Republican net Senate gain after all the apocalyptic Trumpian fire and fury: One sear. ONE. I don't want to insult anyone's intelligence by pretending 110-proof racism and misogyny aren't still powerful electoral weapons for America's degenerate radical right, but I'm happy to see they aren't quite as effective this time around.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to tussock,

    Right through to which judge hears your case.

    I've never understood how it can be considered so normal for people like judges and journalists to register with a political affiliation and then have it so casually referred to all the time as a standard part of talking about who they are.

    Is it true what I think I heard once, that for judges in particular, picking a "side" and declaring it is the only practical way to progress their career?

    The way in which the Supreme Court gets framed in such a completely partisan way, as if it's completely normal and acceptable, does my head in.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Roger M, in reply to izogi,

    The way in which the Supreme Court gets framed in such a completely partisan way, as if it's completely normal and acceptable, does my head in.

    Justice is supposed to be blind; but in the US it is not, by design, meaning that justice by our understanding is a foreign concept there. No wonder people in high profile cases don't want to return (Dot Com, Assange).

    Hamilton • Since Jun 2018 • 9 posts Report Reply

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