Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Fallout from the Woodward tapes is feeding the firestorm


Greg Sargent/WaPo:

There’s an enormous gap in Trump’s frantic spin concerning the Woodward revelations

“We don’t need to instill panic,” Trump told reporters Wednesday, in defending himself. “We don’t need to soar up and down and begin shouting that now we have an issue,” Trump continued, as a result of this could “scare everyone.”

Equally, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, requested concerning the new revelations and Trump’s personal repeated chorus that the coronavirus will “go away,” responded by claiming that Trump had merely “expressed calmness” and sought to keep away from “inciting concern.” Different defenders have pushed versions of the identical nonsense.

However a have a look at the timeline earlier than and after that admission to Woodward exhibits that even when Trump did need to keep away from upsetting “panic,” it was largely for self-absorbed causes, not out of any discernible conception of what was good for the nation.


Rebecca Morin/USA Right now:

A majority of younger Latinos help Biden over Trump, in accordance with new survey

A majority of younger Latino voters help Joe Biden over President Donald Trump within the 2020 November election, in accordance with a brand new survey.

If the election was held tomorrow, 60% of Latinos ages 18 to 34 say they’d forged their poll for Biden whereas solely 19% say they’d vote for Trump, in accordance with a Telemundo/BuzzFeed Information survey launched Thursday.

Mónica Gil, govt vp and chief administrative and advertising and marketing officer at NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, famous that if any candidate desires to win within the election, they have to deal with younger Latinos.

“Any one that desires to get into an workplace can’t win with out younger Latinos supporting them,” Gil informed USA TODAY, including that “1 million younger Latino voters will turn out to be eligible to vote, yearly for the following 10 years.”

USA Today:

Senior FDA profession executives: We’re following the science to guard public well being in pandemic

We’re dedicated to creating selections guided by the most effective proof. Our method has been and should stay the gold normal that every one can depend upon.

The co-authors of this column are the senior profession executives at FDA who oversee all of the work of the company’s facilities and discipline operations. The views expressed listed below are solely their very own and don’t symbolize the place of the FDA, the Division of Well being and Human Providers or the U.S. authorities.

That is outstanding due to that assertion. These people hate being within the public highlight, however one of many authors additionally revealed this in New England Journal of Medicine yesterday:

Covid-19 Molecular Diagnostic Testing — Classes Realized

As now we have tailored our insurance policies to altering circumstances, now we have realized classes that ought to inform our response to future outbreaks. First, we consider that the U.S. authorities ought to work with worldwide companions to determine a plan for sharing medical specimens as quickly as a public well being menace emerges. This effort could possibly be aided by having applicable worldwide agreements in place upfront.

Second, when a public well being menace warrants large-scale testing, it might be more practical to authorize a small variety of well-designed, well-developed, and validated checks run on frequent high-throughput platforms, adopted by just a few point-of-care checks, all of that are manufactured in massive portions, than to concurrently develop and authorize scores of diagnostics. Such diffuse efforts are an inefficient use of sources.



Voter Doubt of 2020 Consequence Doable

Trump statements concerning the navy present little impression on the race

Biden is presently supported by 51% of registered voters and Trump by 42%. The remaining vote is scattered throughout third-party candidates, together with Libertarian Jo Jorgensen (2%), the Inexperienced Celebration’s Howie Hawkins (2%), and different candidates (1%), whereas 3% of voters are undecided.  That is much like the Democrat’s pre-convention lead of 51% to 41% final month. The ballot additionally consists of Monmouth’s first nationwide doubtless voter mannequin of the cycle, which has Biden forward by 7 factors at 51% to 44%. Jorgensen and Hawkins every earn 1% help from doubtless voters and one other 2% are undecided.

Biden continues to have extra agency help – 43% of all registered voters and 45% of doubtless voters say they’re sure to vote for him – than Trump does. Sure help for the incumbent comes from 37% of registered voters and 41% of doubtless voters. About half of the citizens (50% registered and 49% doubtless) continues to say they’re by no means doubtless to help the incumbent, whereas about 4 in 10 (40% registered and 42% doubtless) say the identical for the challenger…

At present, 16% of registered voters don’t have a positive opinion of both candidate, which is down barely from 22% in August. Biden stays the popular presidential selection amongst this group by 42% to 22%. That is considerably narrower than the Democrat’s 55% to 17% edge amongst this group final month. Amongst doubtless voters, simply 11% don’t have a positive opinion of both candidate, with Biden sustaining a 50% to 26% lead with this group. Despite the fact that Biden’s benefit has narrowed amongst voters who don’t like both candidate, it seems to be a product of some voters creating a positive opinion of the candidate they had been already supporting.

In different phrases, the conventions helped Biden.

Here’s a graph from USC Dornsife monitoring the conventions and the Atlantic navy disrespect article. I’ll add the Woodward ebook subsequent week. 

USC Dornsife tracking poll
Search for a change 4 days after an occasion. It is a 7 day tracker, so a full week after an occasion exhibits a full impact. Total, fairly regular race., Look ahead to current occasions to see what modifications you may choose up.

Ed Yong/Atlantic:

America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral

Because the U.S. heads towards the winter, the nation goes spherical in circles, making the identical conceptual errors which have plagued it since spring.

Military ants will generally stroll in circles till they die. The employees navigate by smelling the pheromone trails of staff in entrance of them, whereas laying down pheromones for others to observe. If these trails by chance loop again on themselves, the ants are trapped. They turn out to be a thick, swirling vortex of our bodies that resembles a hurricane as seen from house. They march endlessly till they’re felled by exhaustion or dehydration. The ants can sense no image larger than what’s instantly forward. They haven’t any coordinating drive to information them to security. They’re imprisoned by a wall of their very own instincts. This phenomenon is known as the death spiral. I can consider no higher metaphor for the USA of America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. enters the ninth month of the pandemic with greater than 6.3 million confirmed instances and greater than 189,000 confirmed deaths. The toll has been monumental as a result of the nation introduced the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with a smorgasbord of vulnerabilities to exploit. However the toll continues to be monumental—every single day, the case depend rises by round 40,000 and the loss of life toll by round 800—as a result of the nation has persistently thought concerning the pandemic in the identical unproductive methods.

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