Sunday, September 13, 2020

Biden, His Time, Con't

"I can't stand it, I know you planned it
I'mma set it straight, this Watergate
I can't stand rockin' when I'm in here
'Cause your crystal ball ain't so crystal clear
So while you sit back and wonder why
I got this fuckin' thorn in my side
Oh my god, it's a mirage
I'm tellin' y'all, it's sabotage"

--Beastie Boys, "Sabotage"

If somehow we get to the point where Joe Biden is declared the winner of the election, I'm glad that his planned transition team understands that the Trump regime will do everything in its power to sabotage the country and hold America hostage in order to force the Biden administration and their allies to spare the Trumps from justice.

Joe Biden’s transition team has expanded its fundraising goal far beyond what Hillary Clinton raised in 2016, anticipating that, should they prevail in November, the Trump administration could actively work against their efforts and that the coronavirus pandemic will make a presidential changeover more difficult than ever.

The Biden transition team is aiming to raise at least $7 million by Election Day and build a staff of at least 350 people by Inauguration Day, according to a person familiar with the transition’s planning, while another person said the total fundraising goal is $7 million to $10 million.

The budget far exceeds the $2.1 million that Clinton raised for her transition planning by Election Day 2016, or the $6.5 million Trump’s transition raised before he assumed the presidency. Mitt Romney in 2012 raised $8.9 million for what is considered the most robust prior effort to plan a transition hand-off between two different parties.

Several people involved in raising money for Biden’s transition said the pitch to potential donors leans on fears that President Donald Trump will not ease the handover process if he loses. That possible complication, along with the dueling health and economic crises hitting the country, will require more staffing and resources for a Biden administration-in-waiting.
“They’re quietly organizing people to say, this is going to be a very, very difficult transition,” said a California-based strategist who advises Democratic donors and requested anonymity to detail the fundraising pitch and other sensitive conversations about the Biden transition. “Trump is going to make this extremely difficult, so we need to be prepared.”

The Biden transition team has to not just "hit the ground running".  They can't afford to move at ground speeds at all, they have to be moving at rocket speed to have a chance to even begin to correct things come January.  Trump will ruthlessly try to wreck everything in order to save his own ass. If Biden's people aren't ready to stop him and to make it clear that this may not be a peaceful transition of power in any way, we're facing a disaster.

I don't know what Trump will try, but we need every contingency plan in the book, and more importantly the resources to execute all those plans.

We'll need everything we can get to survive the next six months.

That starts with your vote for Joe Biden.

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