Category Archives: 2020 Election

Lindsey Graham Deserves This

Paid for by the Lindsey Must Go PAC.

Update: If the video above isn’t working for you try this link instead.

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Best Headline of the Day

Biden Campaign Considering Using The Internet To Attract Voters

Naturally, it’s from The Onion.

Actually, I got a genuine email from the Biden campaign today. It was awful. It invited me to a virtual fundraiser with Pete Buttigieg.  How the Biden people ever thought that was the way to win my vote, or my dollar, I can’t imagine.

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The Brutality Continues

Remember how I said a few days ago that the brutal ads were just beginning? Here’s another one, this time about A Horrifying Illness:

Fortunately, the ad assures us, the “Terrifying Illness” has a cure, which can be applied on Nov. 3, 2020.

The ad is signed by something calling itself “the Sanity Project” — whatever that is. It’s not clear whether they have an actual budget that will allow them to do more than put it online via an account with at this moment has 26 subscribers.

A user going by the name of “Bob Woodiwiss” put the video on YouTube — of course it may or may not be an actual Bob Wodiwiss, and if it is one then it may or may not be the same Bob Woodiwiss who wrote for the Cincinnati Magazine. That guy, incidentally, sounds like a character.

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Goat Gotten

Apparently this video by the Lincoln Project, entitled “Mourning in America” (a sad riff on the famous Ronald Reagan ad), really got Trump worked up into an “unhinged rant” on Twitter:

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Bite Harder

It seems that yesterday’s post on China and the 2020 election, The Biter Bit, understated the nature of both Vice President Biden’s ‘Hunter problem’ when it comes to China and Trump’s own financial entanglements with a Chinese Government agent.

It isn’t just that Hunter had dodgy deals in Ukraine. It seems Hunter also had proximity to a deal with the Bank of China. Politico describes it as a “$1.5 billion deal announced in 2013 by partners of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.” In fact, it’s not at all clear it was for that anywhere near that much, and Hunter Biden didn’t get personally involved in the deal until much later — after his father left office.

But why let facts get in the way of a good story? As Politico goes on to note that, “Critics of the Bidens have seized on the fact that the agreement materialized just days after Hunter Biden traveled to China with the then-vice president, who was there on official business.” So that’s just close enough to a scandal to let the Trump campaign argue that there’s smoke, must be a fire.

But even the enhanced version of the Hunter Biden story may not matter, because it turns out there’s also a vastly enhanced version of the Trump Family story. Turning to Politico again:

Trump himself is tens of millions of dollars in debt to China: In 2012, his real estate partner refinanced one of Trump’s most prized New York buildings for almost $1 billion. The debt includes $211 million from the state-owned Bank of China — its first loan of this kind in the U.S. — which matures in the middle of what could be Trump’s second term, financial records show.

Steps away from Trump Tower in Manhattan, the 43-story 1290 Avenue of the Americas skyscraper spans an entire city block. Trump owns a 30 percent stake in the property valued at more than $1 billion, making it one of the priciest addresses in his portfolio, according to his financial disclosures.

Not a good look.

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The Biter Bit

It’s said in all the finest newspapers and no doubt many blogs fine and otherwise that one of Vice President Biden’s electoral liabilities will be the Trump campaign’s expected hammering of his son Hunter’s commercial contacts with various Ukrainian companies.  The facts of the Hunter Biden matter paint a picture of someone trading on the perception of family influence — getting a well-paid gig for which he was at best not particularly qualified.  If didn’t rise to the level of Billygate, it nonetheless has a bad odor.

Meanwhile, conventional wisdom also states that Trump could execute a double whammy, and accuse Biden of being ‘soft on China’. This, the theory goes, plays to the nativist Trump base, but also to other voters who object to China for being Communist, or for being a low-cost destination  to which manufacturing jobs run away.  Biden, a committed internationalist, will — conventional wisdom asserts — be unwilling to be sufficiently rude to a major trading partner and growing regional power.  And even if Biden tries to out-Trump on the anti-China front, he won’t be able to do it well or convincingly both because his heart won’t be in it and anyway, he’ll be letting Trump dictate the terms of the debate.

But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? What if both the ‘corrupt relatives’ issue and the so-called ‘China issue’ could actually rebound to hurt the Trump campaign more than the Biden campaign?  What if, for example, it were the case that voters could be persuaded to notice that it is Trump’s family that has been getting benefits directly from the Chinese government?

That is no doubt the thinking behind this hard-hitting ad called “Making China Great Again” from the Lincoln Project:

Incidentally, am I the last to learn that the phrase “The Biter Bit” was the title of an 1899 British black-and-white short silent film? Which of course you can now see online in its 1:08 entirety?

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