The good news so far is that the world does not appear to be on fire, and I do not hear gunshots echoing down our city streets. Of course, the night is still young.
Here are a couple of news items to keep in mind as we await the election results.
Courtesy of NYT:
President Trump’s campaign has set up two “war rooms” at the White House complex for election night, officials confirmed on Tuesday, once again raising questions about the intermingling of the official and the political in the Trump era.
One war room is in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is adjacent to the White House, campaign and White House officials confirmed. White House officials also said there is a separate, smaller enterprise in the White House building.
The use of government property for political purposes has been a recurring theme in the Trump administration over the past year. Mr. Trump held the final night of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House at the end of August, after plans were repeatedly altered because of the coronavirus.
Just in case you thought that Trump might stop breaking the law on election day, that would be a big fat “Nope.”
Of course, if Trump listens to advice from his former personal attorney he will not stop there.
Courtesy of Mediaite:
During an appearance (flagged by progressive watchdog group Media Matters) on former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s War Room show, Giuliani said, “I don’t think these early votes are going to be as bad as they think. We shouldn’t assume it. We should assume if he has a credible lead — a point or more — we’ll call the state and we should put it in his column and we start off from there and then he should claim victory.”
After being asked by Bannon “at what time, between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., does the president of the United States claim victory?” Giuliani responded, “Can’t say yet. I think they would really criticize us if we said, you know, we know in advance when we’re gonna do it.”
Yeah, nothing concerning about that, just Trump’s former chief strategist and personal attorney discussing plans to declare victory before the votes can all be counted.
But don’t think Joe Biden plans to take a passive stance himself.
Courtesy of Axios:
If news organizations declare Joe Biden the mathematical president-elect, he plans to address the nation as its new leader, even if President Trump continues to fight in court, advisers tell Axios.
Biden advisers learned the lesson of 2000, when Al Gore hung back while George W. Bush declared victory in that contested election, putting the Democrat on the defensive while Bush acted like the winner.
So if Biden is declared the winner, he’ll begin forming his government and looking presidential — and won’t yield to doubts Trump might try to sow.
Biden’s schedule for Tuesday includes a clue to this posture: He “will address the nation on Election Night in Wilmington, Delaware.”
I think the difference between Trump and Biden is that Biden plans to wait until the news outlets declare him the victor and not just jump that gun and start calling himself the president like Trump’s seems prepared to do.
Oh yeah, it should be quite a night tonight.
As usual, I will be updating this post as new information becomes available.
Be safe my friends.