But it appears that Trump & his crew are plotting just that

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Based on a series of events over the last few days, I can’t help but think that a coup has been set in motion by the current president and his cronies. I certainly didn't have that possibility on my 2020 Election bingo card.

I expected the toddler in chief to refuse to concede. I expected the GOP to continue its standard operating procedure of falling in line with their leader and refusing to congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their White House win. …


But with Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court, it’s now become way too dangerous

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Where can we move if, God forbid, #45 wins another term as president?

It’s a question I’ve been grappling with for well over a year. Early on when I first started voicing this question, family members rolled their eyes and chuckled, thinking my comments were hyperbole. It took a lot of sit-downs for them to realize I was serious, and that I wanted them to be serious with me because I don’t feel safe here anymore. And if we end up with another four years of #45, I know we will all be much less safe.

(Since our daughter is a French major in college, the thought of a possible move to Europe didn’t make her too sad). …


Will That Prompt Him to Say Goodbye?

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Hello, Amy Coney Barrett. Goodbye, Chief Justice John Roberts?

With the Senate vote confirming a not-so-stealth right-wing ideologue in Barrett to fill the extremely precious Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of women’s rights icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the days of Chief Justice Roberts leading the court may be numbered … by his own doing.

Roberts has spent a lot of time over the last few years carefully solidifying his legacy as more of a moderate justice rather than one who is on the far right wing. …


Do we really need a “senior statesman”?

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After the Democratic skrimishes between Hillary Clinton supporters and Bernie Sanders acolytes in the 2016 primaries, I promised myself I would not engage with any Bernie Bros or Sisters for the 2020 campaign. It was all too ugly and unnecessary four years ago, and there’s just no need to relive that stress and anxiety.

But with 77-year-old Sanders’ anouncement that he, an Independent and faux Democrat, would seek the Democratic presidential nomination again (meaning, if he were to be elected, he would be about 79 1/2 years old when he would be sworn in), I couldn’t help asking myself this question — What’s up with our love affair with grumpy old white guys in the White House?


We’re Still a Country That Wants Women to “Stay in Their Place”

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Our collective preoccupation with whether a woman presidential candidate must be likable to be electable can be traced directly to our inability to accept one woman in particular — Hillary Clinton.

Of course, we’ve always wanted to like the political candidates we vote for.

Voters liked John F. Kennedy more than Richard Nixon in 1960. Nixon hoped Checkers and his wife’s sensible cloth coat would help with that, but visibly sweating under the hot TV debate lights wiped out any gain Nixon might have made trying to portray himself as an everyman. But did voters really like Nixon more than Democrat Hubert Humphrey in 1968? That year was complicated, with the assassination of Robert Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson’s decision not to run, and the country’s internal conflict over the Vietnam war. …


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If people think you’re a mean girl, can you still run for president?

If recent stories that leaked days before Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential campaign are the only things you’d ever heard or read about her — which is probably the case with many Americans — you might wonder how on earth “Amy” (as she is referring to herself on her campaign signs) could even think about running for the White House.

As expected, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her presidential campaign this past weekend, complete with an obligatory mid-winter Minnesota snowstorm testing her ability to stay on message while trying not to worry about what all those flakes were doing to her hair!


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I spent much of my time during 2016 speaking with the media, women’s groups and bookstore audiences about how the Hillary Clinton “likability” issue that we had been obsessing over since her 2008 campaign was our problem, not hers. …


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The vitriol Hillary Clinton suffered carries broader ramifications for women in politics.

Republicans want to throw Hillary Clinton in jail or put her in front of a firing squad. Democrats who spoke positively about Clinton were booed during the first night of their convention. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters stomped off the convention floor the second night after Clinton officially became the Democratic candidate and protested outside.

We don’t lack for examples of Hillary-hate. For conservatives, loathing Hillary Clinton has long been a cottage industry. Pundits and journalists alike continually refer to her as corrupt and untrustworthy, even though the things people point to for support either are false or they can’t say why they use those words because, well, it’s just a feeling they have. …


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Not all white women are clueless. But Trump’s victory proves that the majority of us are.

I’ve never understood the election statistic that most married white women vote Republican. Even if they were Democrats before their wedding day, there’s apparently something about putting on that ring that turns their blue hearts to red.

Yes, I’m a white woman, but a diehard liberal Democrat. So I cannot for the life of me understand why white women go Republican or why they would ever vote for Donald Trump. It’s understandable, policies aside, that in 2012 many white women voters liked that “nice” Mitt Romney with his ever-growing brood and good head of hair. …


Of all the things I’ve learned researching what women voters really think about Hillary Clinton, and whether they love her or love her not as the possible first woman president of the United States, not once has anyone ever said, “You know, I’d really like her lot and she’d have my support, if only she was a knitter!”

Women have found plenty to scrutinize Hillary over — some won’t vote for her because of certain marital choices she’s made and others laud her for leading the way on women’s and children’s issues. Some ponder whether they can vote for her because they don’t sense that she’s “authentic”, while others are total fan girls who admire her without question for her loyalty and focus. But never has anyone said to me, “You know, I’d really be able to finally throw my support to Hillary if she just took up tennis!” Or photography. …

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Joanne Bamberger

Expert on women & politics. Author/Editor of Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox. Opinion writer, common sense pundit, wine lover, recovering atty

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