42 thoughts on “Biden: “Everything is incremental””

  1. uncle joe left out his other favorite expression: “period” 

    since now that everything is incremental, he’ll have to change that to “comma” or “semi-colon”

  2. From Craig yesterday:

    Surely you gotta acknowledge, Jamie, Elizabeth is better than Klobuchar on the stump.

    Absolutely.  I just respect Klobuchar immensely.  How about Senate Majority Leader?  

    Also from yesterday, one of you mentioned why didn’t someone propose retraining for mining folks.  Someone did.  Her name was Hillary Clinton.  She caught all sorts of hell for saying coal wasn’t coming back.


  3. Jamie, thanks for reminding us about that.

    seems it’s human nature these days to focus more on the WAY something is said (like “deplorables” and “putting coal miners out of work”) rather than the rationale, evidence and context behind the unfortunate choice of words.   similar too is the importance we put on image and superficial performance rather than substance of character and judgement. 

  4. How it goes these daze. I can’t get into my SS account, & they were sending me a password thang via snail mail. That was weeks ago. So I just called SS and was going to set up the account again, but it wouldn’t let me. The woman on the phone then remembered to ask if I’d had a freeze put on my credit through Equifax, the one they use.  Why, yes I did that because I was part of some massive hacking thang.  So I had to call Equifax to temporarily remove the freeze.  But I can’t receive their text confirmation because my carrier puts a freeze on texts from companies. It’s their security thang.  So I’ll have to do it onliine when I have the time.  First I’ll deal with Equifax and then I’ll deal with SS.
    SO many layers of security!  And yet, so much hacking!  All of my well-meaning places have so much security that they block each other…or something. Yep, the world is way more complicated with all these layers than it used to be or needs to be. And you have to remember stuff like who the credit company was for something from years ago. Who, for example, financed your car that you paid off years ago?  A friend has a Sears card with is something like CitiBank. But now he says it’s called SYW (Shop Your Way).  Horrible.  All of it.

  5. Addendum:  The SS password expired every 6 months.  They finally realized that people don’t access the site that often and stopped that.  It’s been a rigmarole every time ya tried to access it for that ill thought out security thang. 

  6. If you want to accomplish something Biden is right. It is the only way it happens. And given something complex like climate, where any action can have unintended effects that are worse than the problem you are trying to solve, it is the safest course.
    Also given the nature of people it is bout your only course.

  7. Jack, in these days and times, you are absolutely right.  The days of passing huge society changing legislation – Social Security, Voting Rights Act, ACA, etc. – happen, but they are rare and are few and far between.  I don’t include tax cuts as big legislation although the way SFB approached it, they have societal impacts – of the worst kind. With divided government (and so long as the filibuster exists, government is always divided if the Senate balance is between 40 & 60 for either party government is always divided) incremental change without massive intervening external events is what you can expect and only what you can expect.  Oh, and by the way, while the Crew may be the future of the Democratic party, I do not think they are the immediate future of the party or represent the position (nationally at least) of the party in the next few election cycles.

  8. The operative portion of the 25th Amendment at issue reads:

    Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

    Now with the caveat that I do not claim to be a constitutional expert, and my lawyer friends would likely agree that I am not, I would think that if the VP can discharge the powers and duties of the office of President in the capacity of Acting President, acting principal officers of the executive departments would be able to discharge the powers and duties of their offices, which would include joining in a written declaration that the president has lost his shit – consistency being a hobgoblin of little minds and all that.

  9. Couldn’t watch the climate change thingy.  Our cable connection is screwed up and there are several channels (CNN being one) unavailable to us until Comcast gets here later this afternoon to fix it.
    I’m with Jack and Pogo…  yup…  incremental might not excite people…  but it’s the way most things are done.  For instance…I’d love to see Medicare for all….  but expect Obamacare to be tinkered with. And if we really had to make all the hard changes needed for climate change, I’d expect the only people cheering would be those that live in the woods, don’t want kids and are off the grid.

  10. patd, (from the article)

    Morrison v. Olson(1988). In Morrison, the Court listed certain factors as hallmarks of “inferior Officer” status, such as removability by a higher executive branch official other than the President, and limitations on the officer’s duties, jurisdiction, and tenure. In Edmond v. United States(1997), the Court, while continuing to deny that it had recognized any definitive test, stated that “‘inferior Officers’ are officers whose work is directed and supervised at some level by others who were appointed by Presidential nomination with the advice and consent of the Senate.” Among those officers recognized as “inferior” are district court clerks, federal supervisors of elections, the Watergate Special Prosecutor, and an Independent Counsel appointed under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

    I would venture to guess that the Court would hold that an acting Secretary of Defense is still Secretary of Defense as long as that person doesn’t piss off the idiot in chief and is still in the position, and that the fact that SFB did not have sufficient confidence in the person he appoints in an acting capacity to submit them to the Senate for confirmation, it does not alter the fact that the office is one that would fall under the term “principal officer of the executive department” as set forth in the 25th. But then, I am just a man (see my disclaimer in my 10:32 post, above).

  11. (CNN)A bunch of majestic horses that spend their days frolicking on the beach in North Carolina’s Outer Banks will not be evacuated.

    With Hurricane Dorian quickly approaching, the colonial Spanish mustangs will huddle together and ride out the storm using a trick horses have used for centuries.
    They will move to higher ground and gather under sturdy oak trees to shelter from the storm, said the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which manages the herd and sends a similar reminder during major hurricanes due to the outpouring of concern for the horses. “They’ll likely ride out winds and rain as their ancestors did before them — in huddles, butts to the wind,” it added.
    And unlike human beings living in the Outer Banks, the wild horses are better equipped to handle a hurricane. They’re already sensing a change in air pressure and are grouping up together.
    “Remember, they’ve been doing this for 500 years!” the Fund said.



  12. Biden on Colbert last night did not seem to be joking when asked if he would appoint Obama to the supreme Court and said yes, “I don’t think he would do it … But he’s fully qualified, fully qualified.”

  13. The weather here on the northeast side of Columbia is fortunate. The wind is composed of shaky breezes low in intensity. What precip we have had, 0.06-inch, has been fleeting hard-to-see sprinkles. Now I see some bightening in the circling clouds to my north.
    I hope Sturg headed to his friend’s house in Tennessee. Sturgeon, Please report!

  14. even a stable genius needs empathy now and then.  kudos to mayor pete.

    the hill:

    Pete Buttigieg on Thursday said that he felt “sorry” for President Trump after he displayed a map that appeared to have altered Hurricane Dorian’s original path projection with a marker. 
    “I’m really worried about that,” the South Bend, Ind., mayor and Democratic presidential candidate said on CNN’s “New Day.”
    “I feel sorry for the president, and that is not the way we should feel about the most powerful figure in this country,” he said. “Somebody on whose wisdom and judgment our lives literally depend.”
    “I feel sorry for the President,” Pete Buttigieg says on President Trump appearing to show an altered Hurricane Dorian trajectory map. “It makes you feel a kind of pity for everybody involved” https://cnn.it/2lE5tAW
    “I don’t know if he felt it necessary to pull out a sharpie and change the map. I don’t know if it was one of his aides believed they had to do that in order to protect his ego,” he added. “No matter how you cut it, this is an unbelievably sad state of affairs for our country. If our presidency is not in good shape, then our country is not in good shape. And on one level it’s laughable, on another it is exactly why we got to do something different.”


  15. Biden would love having him on the Court. Having him there would effectively remove Biden from his political cross-hairs.

  16. also at the hill:

    Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Thursday told Hill.TV that he would wait to see how the Republican primary plays out, but said he would work to defeat President Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee in 2020.
    “I’m not going to rule anything out,” Scaramucci said when asked whether he would support a Democrat in the 2020 election. “But I am a Republican and I don’t think President Trump is going to make it to the November election and I do not think he will be the Republican nominee.”
    “If he is the Republican nominee, I will be working to defeat him for sure because you can’t have this guy running the country for the next four years,” he added.
    Scaramucci, a former loyal Trump supporter, added that he plans to launch a political action committee later this month that will target suburban voters in swing states, particularly suburban women.
    “We have a mega-MAGA bully-in-chief that’s lightening people up left and right on his Twitter feed instead of actually running the country,” he said. “I’m going to be spending my time in the swing states over the next 13 months explaining that to a very swath of people.”


  17. I hope if you can you have contributed to the relief efforts for the Bahamas  
    I hope all the people — the cruise lines  Tommy Bahama etc will make exceptional efforts on behalf of the people there.

  18. I think the hurricane is on the hunt for Don the Con  slowly moving up the coast towards the whitehouse–where will fat-ass the golfing president will hide.

  19. speaking of leaders going bananas, critique in the guardian of bojo speech this morning:

    That was the most extraordinary prime ministerial press conference we’ve seen for years – perhaps not quite as dramatic as Theresa May’s “nothing has changed” meltdown, but certainly more peculiar. Even by Johnson’s standards, it was rambling and shambolic. The only rational explanation I can think for what happened is that it is all part of some ultra-cunning plan to convince Jeremy Corbyn that he can vote for an election because Johnson will be such a hopeless campaigner, but life normally doesn’t work like that. If it looks like a cock-up, it probably is a cock-up.
    First, the backdrop was pure Donald Trump. Although ostensibly an event to promote the government’s police recruitment plans, this was obviously a party political event – No 10 described it this morning as day one of the election campaign – and so there was something clearly improper about getting the police to act as extras on set. And if you do want to present yourself as a politician committed to supporting the police, it is best not to force them to stand in the sun for so long (Johnson started about an hour late) that they start dropping like flies.
    If you do invite people to listen to a speech and then force them to wait, you should at least prepare something of merit to say. But Johnson wasn’t speaking from a script, and he appeared to have given very little thought to what he wanted to say about policing (beyond a threadbare argument about policing being at the heart of a successful economy). At one point he launched into a very bizarre routine about the police caution; quite what that was all about remains a mystery. Of course, sounding improvised is part of the Johnson schtick – in his Churchill biography he quotes approvingly the FE Smith line that Churchill “spent the best years of his life preparing his impromptu remarks”; Johnson has mastered the same trick himself – but today this did not sound like artful spontaneity. To be honest, it sounded like he had had a glass too many at lunchtime.
    On Monday Johnson stood outside Number 10 and said he did not want an election. Today’s message was all about taunting/shaming Corbyn into agreeing one. Even someone as practiced at inconsistency as Johnson would find this hard to pull off, and in the office where I was watching his insincerity seemed obvious – although perhaps outside the “bubble” people may be willing to credit his claim that he doesn’t really want an election at all.
    To his credit, Johnson did take a large number of questions. His most interesting line was his assertion that he would rather “die in a ditch” than request an article 50 extension in October, as he might be obliged to by a bill becoming law on Monday. That did not sound literally true either, but at least that was a hyperbole untruth, not a statement of bad faith. Perhaps leave voters, and the wider group of voters who just want the Brexit crisis saga to end, will cheer this message. But whether that compensates for the overall impression of omnishambles is another matter.

  20. I read through the 25th Amendment, recently, and while i’m no Constitutional scholar by any stretch, it addresses procedures for dealing with an incapacitated President, as opposed to a incompetent or corrupt one.  It doesn’t strip the President of the title or the office, and even details procedures for him or her to resume official duties, which seems to be as simple as sending Congress a letter that says, “i’m fine”.
    …just my interpretation.

  21. excerpt from Jennifer rubin at wapo today:

    His opponents can barely contain their glee with the bread crumbs Trump has scattered down the path to impeachment (or prosecution, or defeat in 2020). In a written statement released Wednesday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted Trump’s egregious self-dealing:


    First, Trump suggested holding the [Group of Seven] Summit at his Doral golf resort in Florida.

    Now, the White House is walking back their previous statements that Trump personally suggested [Vice President] Pence stay at his Doonbeg hotel in Ireland, which would be yet another example of the President’s self-dealing.

    Vice President Pence promised that their Administration would defend the Constitution and stand by a “strict constructionist” interpretation of the Constitution. Instead the Trump-Pence Administration is ignoring the text itself and selling out the Constitution to line Trump’s pockets.



    Pelosi then goes on to list his offenses in a concise terms, perfect for a cut-and-paste into articles of impeachment:


    • Violating the Constitution, Emoluments Clause: President Trump is violating the domestic and foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution by accepting and encouraging foreign governments to pay to stay at Trump resort properties without Congressional approval. More than 200 Members of Congress are fighting in the courts to defend our Constitution and put an end Trump’s abuse of power.

    • Influence Peddling: Three members of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago inner circle of billionaire donors have undue influence over policy, projects and decision making by VA leadership, including impacting a $10 billion dollar contract.

    • American Taxpayers Footing Bill for Trump’s Extravagance: According to the GAO, Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago cost, on average costs $3.4 million per visit and his golf outings have cost taxpayers at least $105 million as of July 2019 due to security expenses, travel on Air Force [One] and Marine One and the frequency of his games.

    • Trump Exploits Undocumented Workers: For decades, the Trump organization exploited undocumented immigrants to pad its bottom line. It did so in possible violation of civil and criminal law. And yet, the Trump Administration hypocritically attacks immigrants to score political points and refuses to work constructively with Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform that would help bring undocumented workers out of the shadows.

    • Suspected Chinese Spy Causes National Security Threat at Mar-a-Lago: Trump’s properties are a national security risk, between a “credible threat” of espionage when a suspected Chinese spy gained access to Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s reckless handling of sensitive information during publicly-attended events at his properties.





  22. Of all the things that could and should sound the death-knell for this administration, what actually might end up doing it is a Sharpie.

  23. trump’s African role model robert mugabe died 30 years too late. Still, better late than never.

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