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Everything posted by clark1mt

  1. It's like people don't realize we remember 2016.
  2. It's true that donors don't necessarily equal votes, but there probably is a correlation. Donors are probably more likely to vote (because now they have a "stake" in the outcome), and thus donors can be viewed as a function of enthusiasm for a candidate, which transfers into voting. In other words, if people aren't excited enough about Trump to bother donating to his campaign, they might also not be motivated enough to actually make the effort to vote for him. Of course, there are caveats, mainly the idea that you'd have to account for the ability of people to be able to afford to donate to a candidate, and how the people who can't are distributed on the political spectrum.
  3. In a sane world this would be a story in the Onion, not the freakin' New York Times.
  4. Here's an article which fleshes it out a little more. https://www.newsweek.com/lindsey-graham-south-carolina-young-black-jaime-harrison-1538026
  5. Even with 25th Amendment legislation in place setting up a commission with the authorization to remove the president, the Amendment still allows the president to dispute his removal from power. If he does so, it still requires not just 2/3 of the Senate, but also 2/3 of the House to affirm the removal. So it remains a higher standard than impeachment if the president contests it.
  6. He won't. His only argument for holding it in person is to be able to scream and bluster, which somehow scores points with his base. If it's virtual, he can easily be cut off if he breaks the rules. But with his Covid diagnosis, Trump can't hope to swing public opinion his way on that; NOBODY (at least swing voters, anyway) is going to fault the debate commission, or Biden, for not wanting to be in the same room as him so soon. So Trump's backup plan has to be to say he won't participate and hope the debate is just canceled. This is a very possible outcome, but it's a gamble against the debate going on without him and just giving Biden 90 minutes of free national airtime, while the narrative will be Trump's cowardice after how the first debate went. So Trump will be hammered by his team about how badly that would go over for him, and he'll backtrack and participate.
  7. This also assumes that Trump wouldn't continue to commit federal crimes during a second term.
  8. I wouldn't be surprised if they're using Hope Hicks's positive test to claim they themselves now have it in order to give Trump an excuse to skip the remaining debates, which is something he probably wants given how badly he did at the first one.
  9. I believe this one was originally scheduled to start at 3 along with the others. The prospect of afternoon rain led them to move the time up, which clearly wasn't enough.
  10. In most cheating cases, it is (or largely appears to be) an individual acting on his own accord, usually as much for his personal benefit as for "the team, the team, the team". The difference in Houston is that it was pretty much an institutional problem, seemingly sanctioned by the organization and tolerated, if not encouraged, from the top of management on down to the players.
  11. I think his hands aren't quite big enough to get around player necks.
  12. On the other hand, the Royals have been far more consistently bad in that time, making the playoffs a mere 3 times. Since the switch to three divisions in 1994, the Royals have finished 4th or 5th 16 times out of 26 seasons. From 1985, they've only won their division twice and finished above .500 9 times. By direct comparison, the Tigers made the playoffs 6 times, finished 4th or 5th 13 out of 26 times since 1994 (okay, only a little better) and since 1985 have won the division 5 times and finished above .500 14 times. So while over the long term the two teams appear closely matched, the Tigers are more likely to be good in any given year. The Tigers also were able to have sustained success (2011-2014 playoffs, and 6 out of 7 years >.500 including 5 years in a row, plus the mid-80s at the beginning of this period) while the Royals only managed to hit .500 in three consecutive years (twice).
  13. Alan Trammell subs as first base coach for the day, and Tigers batters celebrate by not getting anywhere near him in the 1st inning.
  14. That's the Pfizer vaccine, and it will require two doses. So will the Moderna vaccine, which has to be stored at "only" -4°F. I read an article yesterday (can't seem to find it now EDIT: Here it is) that did at least mention that the ultra-low temperature storage requirements were only for longer-term storage (like weeks), and that the vaccines would still be viable for hours at room temperature and a few days in normal refrigeration. Even if a vaccine were approved by November while somehow not taking shortcuts and skipping critical safety checks, there would still be the issue of getting that much vaccine out to the public. Aside from the shipping and storage concerns, the sheer number of people who will need to be vaccinated means that once things get underway, it might still be a long time before the average person gets it. Consider that if a million people can be poked every day in the U.S. alone (which seems like an impossibly high rate), with the two-dose requirement, it would still take two years to fully inoculate the country.
  15. We'll see how he does in his second, third, and further starts.
  16. Is it time to declare the season over now, or is that just undue panic?
  17. Nook Logan. Now there's a name I haven't thought about once in a long, long time.
  18. This season has questionable legitimacy anyway, so even if it's 2006 redux, it would be hard to take the outcome seriously.
  19. I was thinking maybe he scraped himself up diving for the tag (looked like there was a scrape on his elbow).
  20. I think the storms are actually expected to fall apart or turn away before they make it across. Might not be much of a factor.
  21. Pretty much, the way he went to the ground and didn't move makes me think he was knocked all the way out. When they rolled him over his face didn't look like he was all there.
  22. 20/60 games against the NL Central. The Tigers' schedule is kind of front-loaded on that factor, with lots of division games later.
  23. It could be done safely, probably. The issue is that enforcing distance rules, the limits on activities and availability, etc. are either going to be very difficult to do or will detract from the experience so much that it's not worth it to let fans in. You'd have to have fans sign waivers absolving the team of responsibility if they contract the virus at the stadium, and even then they'll still sue. Plus, a lot of cities/states still have restrictions in place that would prohibit more than a very few fans to gather in one place. Some aren't all that hot on the teams gathering as they are (see: Toronto). It might not be up to MLB or the teams as much as they'd like.
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