Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Others Drink from the Wrong Cup. And We Gag.

 

I have three little girls, who are in college now. When they were young we rarely gave them candy or soda. Those were special treats for birthdays, or travel, or holidays, or whatever. But that was not part of their everyday diet. We weren’t fanatics about it, but we avoided junk in their diet. Nothing wrong with the occasional treat, but that wasn’t how we lived every day. And we raised three very strong, healthy kids.

We lived in the mountains of Tennessee, and often would have a fire at night, out on the deck (That’s me, on just such an evening, pictured to the right.). We’d sit around the fire, look at the views of the mountains, admire the sunset, and enjoy the cool evening mountain air. It was idyllic. I enjoy bourbon, and on those evenings I would often have a bourbon and Coke. Or three. I mix them with an emphasis on the bourbon, adding Coke mainly for color, and to avoid the appearance that I’m drinking straight bourbon. Anyway, on one of these lovely evenings, the adults were sitting around the fire, and I had a beautifully potent BOURBON and coke sitting on the ground next to my chair.

My daughters were running around, catching fireflies, chasing the dogs, playing tag, and doing the things that little kids do on beautiful summer evenings. Until my middle daughter noticed what appeared to be a Coke sitting on the ground next to my chair. “What a special treat!” she thought to herself. “He won’t notice if I just take one drink!” she thought.

So I’m listening to one of the adults tell a story, when all of a sudden I hear a little girl choking and gagging on the ground behind my lawn chair. I jump up, run around my chair, and try to help her.

“What’s wrong, sweetheart?”

“Daddy, what’s wrong with your Coke!?! Ewwww!!!!”

It took me a second, and then I realized what she had done. A good father would have been very sympathetic and gotten her something to drink to get the taste of bourbon out of her mouth. I, of course, laughed myself silly. Along with the other adults. I still chuckle, just thinking about it. Maybe you had to be there. She looked so horrified and disgusted and green around the gills. She was maybe eight years old. She was so cute.

With entertainment like that, who needs TV?

I thought of that night today for some reason, and I smiled. What a great night.

And then I thought of Americans who voted for Joe Biden.

They thought they were being rebels. Going against the grain. Sneaking around, maybe even cheating a little bit to get what they wanted, and sticking it to the man.

Now, having taken a drink from that red Solo cup sitting on the ground – now we find out how much they like it.

If we’re lucky, they’ll get sick, and gag when they realize what they’ve done. And if we’re lucky, the adults around them will laugh at them. And if we’re lucky, they’ll eventually laugh along with the adults, learn from their mistakes, and change their behavior (and their votes) in the future.

For some reason, I find all of those possibilities to be unlikely. And I suspect that the consequences of their little fit of pique are likely to be painful for everyone. I hope I’m wrong, but I see the next four years involving a lot of disgusted gagging from all of us. Not just from those who decided to drink from this cup for questionable reasons. But from the rest of us, too.

Maybe I’m wrong. Hopefully I am.

Someone else took a drink from the wrong cup. And now he’s gagging.

But from a society-wide standpoint, drinking from the wrong cup can be extremely unpleasant. Not just for those who snuck a drink from the wrong cup. For everyone else, too.

Those who do so hope it will be like a little kid drinking from Daddy’s cup – C’mon! It’ll be fun! Let’s stir thing up a bit! What do they know! Haha!

And honestly, when it’s just a little kid getting a snoot full of bourbon, it is sort of funny.

But this – this is not funny.

This is not funny, because I feel like my kid took a drink of something that they weren’t expecting, but I’ll be the one gagging.

This is not funny.

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  1. kedavis Member

    I think it’s more likely that the people who mostly caused this (if it actually ends up happening, if the vote fraud is ignored by various entities perhaps including SCOTUS) won’t mind the gagging as long as the rest of us are gagging too. And that, rather than conclude that their gagging shows they did something wrong/stupid, what they’ll actually conclude is that they didn’t do the wrong thing ENOUGH. Because if you REALLY do the gagging thing PROPERLY, it becomes wonderful.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 2:09 PM PST
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  2. Henry Racette Contributor

    The four year bender.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 2:14 PM PST
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  3. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The best part of what is to come is watching the utterly partisan media defending this yutz.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 2:17 PM PST
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  4. kedavis Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    The best part of what is to come is watching the utterly partisan media defending this yutz.

    But remember that while “we” may recognize that, the people who only believe what the MSM tell them, will believe the cover-up. And as seems to be traditional with tyrannies throughout time, the failure of His Wonderfulness will not be because he’s really not wonderful. It will be blamed on those who oppose him. i.e., those who oppose the Revolution. Which of course means that any such opposition must be eliminated, by whatever means necessary.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 2:21 PM PST
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  5. Henry Castaigne Member

    As always you underestimate the joy that humans take in hating their fellow man. The Islamic World or China doesn’t really feel like a rival enemy because it is an alien culture. Red America and blue America are rivals so it feels better to hate them. The point isn’t about who has better ideas or what is better for future generations or anything using reason or thought out morality. It’s that I am better than people I disagree with and I disagree with them because I am better.

    You and I share ancestors steeped in pillage, plundering and the forcible acquisition of females from tribes and individuals who could be overpowered. When humans left Africa, we continued our campaign of extermination against other hominids. There are no Denisovan or Neanderthalls left because of our effective brutality. We need to hate our fellow man. We were designed bloody in spear and club to conquer. 

    No that we aren’t allowed to hate people of different races or religion anymore, our savage ape psyches turn to politics to satisfy our bloodlust. 

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    • December 3, 2020, at 2:48 PM PST
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  6. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge

    Dr. Bastiat:

    And then I thought of Americans who voted for Joe Biden. 

    They thought they were being rebels. Going against the grain. Sneaking around, maybe even cheating a little bit to get what they wanted, and sticking it to the man.

    It is ironic that voting for the 47-year insider and candidate of Big Banks, Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big Media, Hollywood, Academia, Big Lockdown, and Military Industrial Complex is thought to be rebellious and sticking it to the man. 

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    • December 3, 2020, at 2:58 PM PST
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  7. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member

    When I was in high school we had a Christmas party with the members of the school choir at one kid’s house. Her father was an alcoholic and he was at the party. This was a choir party. He was sitting on the sofa with his glass of vodka. He put it on the floor beside the sofa. One of the dogs, a sheltie, came up and drank the vodka out of the glass. We watched as the dog later began to stagger about. It was sad and weird and nobody said anything because, well, you just didn’t say anything.

    People joke about the Chicago Way, or dead people voting, or other obvious and not-so-obvious frauds. But now it’s a nation staggering about and we are again told we shouldn’t say anything.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 2:58 PM PST
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  8. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    When my kids were young they asked about whiskey. So I let them taste it. Not diluted with any sugary soda, just a little on a teaspoon straight up. I never had to worry after that.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 3:46 PM PST
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  9. kedavis Member

    EJHill (View Comment):

    When my kids were young they asked about whiskey. So I let them taste it. Not diluted with any sugary soda, just a little on a teaspoon straight up. I never had to worry after that.

    Smart idea, more whiskey for you!

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    • December 3, 2020, at 3:51 PM PST
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  10. Henry Racette Contributor

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    As always you underestimate the joy that humans take in hating their fellow man. The Islamic World or China doesn’t really feel like a rival enemy because it is an alien culture. Red America and blue America are rivals so it feels better to hate them. The point isn’t about who has better ideas or what is better for future generations or anything using reason or thought out morality. It’s that I am better than people I disagree with and I disagree with them because I am better.

    You and I share ancestors steeped in pillage, plundering and the forcible acquisition of females from tribes and individuals who could be overpowered. When humans left Africa, we continued our campaign of extermination against other hominids. There are no Denisovan or Neanderthalls left because of our effective brutality. We need to hate our fellow man. We were designed bloody in spear and club to conquer.

    No that we aren’t allowed to hate people of different races or religion anymore, our savage ape psyches turn to politics to satisfy our bloodlust.

    Castaigne’s Razor: When misanthropy is sufficient explanation, there is no need to have recourse to any other.

    No, I don’t agree with it, but I find it charmingly you.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 3:53 PM PST
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  11. Hoyacon Member

    Your daughter did not know what was in the cup, but I have a feeling that a lot of Biden voters know what’s in the cup. In a way, that’s even more distressing considering that he received their votes.

    The Tennessee picture is gorgeous BTW.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 4:21 PM PST
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  12. Henry Racette Contributor

    My only quibble with the good doctor’s excellent metaphor is that I think very few drank from the Biden cup because they thirsted for what was in it. Rather, they had come to believe — because they are undemanding receivers of opinion — that the beverage alternative was toxic waste, and so eau de Joe was the only available means of slaking their thirst for decency.

    Same result, of course.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 4:28 PM PST
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  13. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil FawltyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Vinegar Joe.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 5:02 PM PST
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  14. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    This one reminds me of a family story from my own childhood.

    One day in our house, my mom saw my younger brother with a horrible look on his face. She asked what was wrong. He replied: “Bourbon yucky mommy.” Curious, she had him show her what he drank. He took her to the liquor cabinet and pointed to the bourbon, accurately.

    He was no more than 3 years old, and he could already identify the bourbon. I’m pretty sure that he’s changed his mind about the “yucky” part, some time in the past 48 years.

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    • December 3, 2020, at 6:39 PM PST
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  15. Bill Nelson Member

    I expect that a significant number of votes were not for Biden but against Trump. The only one to blame for Biden’s election is Trump. Biden was a terrible candidate and he trounced Trump. Place the blame where it belongs.

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  16. Bill Nelson Member

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    My only quibble with the good doctor’s excellent metaphor is that I think very few drank from the Biden cup because they thirsted for what was in it. Rather, they had come to believe — because they are undemanding receivers of opinion — that the beverage alternative was toxic waste, and so eau de Joe was the only available means of slaking their thirst for decency.

    Same result, of course.

    You can blame the voters or the candidate.

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  17. Henry Racette Contributor

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    The only one to blame for Biden’s election is Trump.

    That’s not sensible.

    Certainly we can criticize Trump for being unwilling to change his behavior. And I am certain that he could have won the election despite everything else, had he changed his behavior years ago and worked harder to broaden his base.

    But if he would have won had not the election been stolen, then it would seem fair to share at least some of the blame with the criminals who stole it.

    And if he would have won but for a concerted media blackout of stories critical of his opponent, then it seems appropriate to place at least some of the blame on a media environment that blatantly slants left, distorts, censors, and deceives the electorate.

    Etc.

    Certainly Trump is to blame for Biden’s victory. But equally certainly, he’s not the only one whose poor behavior led to Biden’s victory.

     

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  18. kedavis Member

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    The only one to blame for Biden’s election is Trump.

    That’s not sensible.

    Certainly we can criticize Trump for being unwilling to change his behavior. And I am certain that he could have won the election despite everything else, had he changed his behavior years ago and worked harder to broaden his base.

    But if he would have won had not the election been stolen, then it would seem fair to share at least some of the blame with the criminals who stole it.

    And if he would have won but for a concerted media blackout of stories critical of his opponent, then it seems appropriate to place at least some of the blame on a media environment that blatantly slants left, distorts, censors, and deceives the electorate.

    Etc.

    Certainly Trump is to blame for Biden’s victory. But equally certainly, he’s not the only one whose poor behavior led to Biden’s victory.

     

    And if they’re going to cheat/steal the election, they could just as easily have cheated/stolen the election even if Trump behaved exactly how all the critics say he should have. What logical reason is there to believe that Trump could have overcome massive cheating just by not tweeting, or whatever?

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  19. Henry Racette Contributor

    kedavis (View Comment):
    What logical reason is there to believe that Trump could have overcome massive cheating just by not tweeting, or whatever?

    KE, of course we don’t know. Counterfactuals and all that.

    I think Trump has been a very good President, in terms of policies and accomplishments. He was far better than anything I expected when I reluctantly voted for him.

    But many of us have argued since almost day one that he should have upped his game when it comes to communication, been less petty and more targeted and coherent. I don’t mean to detract in any way from his accomplishments, which I think were substantial and, I hope, lasting. But his antics made it hard for a lot of people to support him.

    With the exception of COVID, which is a wildcard that’s hard to factor into anything with confidence, I think Trump could have won a landslide, perhaps even a popular majority, if he had adopted a more mature and presidential persona once in office.

    But of course, that’s the beauty of Trump: there is no adopting a persona. Trump is pure Trump all the time. That’s his blessing and his curse, the thing that made this weird New York City celebrity mogul a paradoxical common man, and so the representative of an increasingly disenfranchised people.

    Of course, I’m just guessing. Maybe the cheating would have increased to keep pace.

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  20. Steve C. Member

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    The only one to blame for Biden’s election is Trump.

    That’s not sensible.

    Certainly we can criticize Trump for being unwilling to change his behavior. And I am certain that he could have won the election despite everything else, had he changed his behavior years ago and worked harder to broaden his base.

    But if he would have won had not the election been stolen, then it would seem fair to share at least some of the blame with the criminals who stole it.

    And if he would have won but for a concerted media blackout of stories critical of his opponent, then it seems appropriate to place at least some of the blame on a media environment that blatantly slants left, distorts, censors, and deceives the electorate.

    Etc.

    Certainly Trump is to blame for Biden’s victory. But equally certainly, he’s not the only one whose poor behavior led to Biden’s victory.

     

    I think the epidemic was the deciding factor in a critical number of anti Trump votes. Every incumbent defeated since 1932 was afflicted with at least one serious problem. Absent the virus, I see no reason why Trump wouldn’t have won all his states from 2016, plus a few more.

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  21. kedavis Member

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):
    What logical reason is there to believe that Trump could have overcome massive cheating just by not tweeting, or whatever?

    KE, of course we don’t know. Counterfactuals and all that.

    I think Trump has been a very good President, in terms of policies and accomplishments. He was far better than anything I expected when I reluctantly voted for him.

    But many of us have argued since almost day one that he should have upped his game when it comes to communication, been less petty and more targeted and coherent. I don’t mean to detract in any way from his accomplishments, which I think were substantial and, I hope, lasting. But his antics made it hard for a lot of people to support him.

    With the exception of COVID, which is a wildcard that’s hard to factor into anything with confidence, I think Trump could have won a landslide, perhaps even a popular majority, if he had adopted a more mature and presidential persona once in office.

    But of course, that’s the beauty of Trump: there is no adopting a persona. Trump is pure Trump all the time. That’s his blessing and his curse, the thing that made this weird New York City celebrity mogul a paradoxical common man, and so the representative of an increasingly disenfranchised people.

    Of course, I’m just guessing. Maybe the cheating would have increased to keep pace.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually did win the popular vote, except maybe the core of PRC, and it took a lot more cheating than they expected to “win” which could partly explain why it’s been so obvious.

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  22. Henry Castaigne Member

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    My only quibble with the good doctor’s excellent metaphor is that I think very few drank from the Biden cup because they thirsted for what was in it. Rather, they had come to believe — because they are undemanding receivers of opinion — that the beverage alternative was toxic waste, and so eau de Joe was the only available means of slaking their thirst for decency.

    Same result, of course.

    You can blame the voters or the candidate.

    I blame the voters.

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  23. kedavis Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    My only quibble with the good doctor’s excellent metaphor is that I think very few drank from the Biden cup because they thirsted for what was in it. Rather, they had come to believe — because they are undemanding receivers of opinion — that the beverage alternative was toxic waste, and so eau de Joe was the only available means of slaking their thirst for decency.

    Same result, of course.

    You can blame the voters or the candidate.

    I blame the voters.

     

    They chose… poorly. (That is, assuming it’s not just the cheating.)

     

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    • December 3, 2020, at 9:40 PM PST
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  24. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    DonG (Biden is compromised) (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat:

    And then I thought of Americans who voted for Joe Biden.

    They thought they were being rebels. Going against the grain. Sneaking around, maybe even cheating a little bit to get what they wanted, and sticking it to the man.

    It is ironic that voting for the 47-year insider and candidate of Big Banks, Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big Media, Hollywood, Academia, Big Lockdown, and Military Industrial Complex is thought to be rebellious and sticking it to the man.

    At least he’s not the candidate of Big Genitals.

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    • December 4, 2020, at 4:08 AM PST
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  25. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Your daughter did not know what was in the cup, but I have a feeling that a lot of Biden voters know what’s in the cup. In a way, that’s even more distressing considering that he received their votes.

    The Tennessee picture is gorgeous BTW.

    Agree. That’s a great setting. The few times we’ve rented mountain cabins here in North Carolina, that’s the kind of view we look for.

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  26. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    I expect that a significant number of votes were not for Biden but against Trump. The only one to blame for Biden’s election is Trump. Biden was a terrible candidate and he trounced Trump. Place the blame where it belongs.

    On both? Or us, who would obviously elect either, considering how close it was?

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  27. Steve C. Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    My only quibble with the good doctor’s excellent metaphor is that I think very few drank from the Biden cup because they thirsted for what was in it. Rather, they had come to believe — because they are undemanding receivers of opinion — that the beverage alternative was toxic waste, and so eau de Joe was the only available means of slaking their thirst for decency.

    Same result, of course.

    You can blame the voters or the candidate.

    I blame the voters.

     

    They chose… poorly. (That is, assuming it’s not just the cheating.)

     

    “God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.”

    Let’s hope Bismarck is still prophetic.

     

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  28. Vance Richards Member
    Vance RichardsJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Dr. Bastiat: If we’re lucky, they’ll get sick, and gag when they realize what they’ve done. And if we’re lucky, the adults around them will laugh at them. And if we’re lucky, they’ll eventually laugh along with the adults, learn from their mistakes, and change their behavior (and their votes) in the future.

    At my wedding my wife’s cousin, who was 10 at the time, went around finishing other peoples drinks. I married into an Irish family so she didn’t say “Ewwww.” However, the mixture of scotch, vodka, wine, beer, and champagne did make her quite sick. Her parents were having a good time and told her, “It’s your own fault. What were you thinking?”

    She didn’t have an answer to that. I doubt Biden voters (the living ones anyway) have any more of an answer than, “Orangeman bad!”

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  29. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DonG (Biden is compromised) (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat:

    And then I thought of Americans who voted for Joe Biden.

    They thought they were being rebels. Going against the grain. Sneaking around, maybe even cheating a little bit to get what they wanted, and sticking it to the man.

    It is ironic that voting for the 47-year insider and candidate of Big Banks, Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big Media, Hollywood, Academia, Big Lockdown, and Military Industrial Complex is thought to be rebellious and sticking it to the man.

    And let’s not forget the foreign interests Biden represents: the CCP, Russia, Iran, . . . Who do you suppose our enemies wanted to win? Or, even more accurately, who do you suppose they wanted defeated?

    Yes, many Americans chose very poorly. Some right here on this site. But, dang, if they don’t feel good about themselves for taking down the Bad Orange Man. 

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  30. Maguffin Inactive

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    I expect that a significant number of votes were not for Biden but against Trump. The only one to blame for Biden’s election is Trump. Biden was a terrible candidate and he trounced Trump. Place the blame where it belongs.

    Regardless of how one feels about the rest of the above statement, does the word ‘trounce’ really describe the election result?

    To be fair, we live in a world of hyperbole now. But the fault for that doesn’t just fall on Trump.

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    • December 4, 2020, at 5:53 AM PST
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