Unforced Errors Can Cost You The Election

By Ron Munden — 3/16/2021

Yes!  Unforced errors can cost you an election.  Let me give you an example.  President Trump totally bungled the CODID-19 response.  He was not reelected to a second term.  I strongly believe that Trump would be President today if he had not made this unforced error.

Unfortunately, President Biden appears to be following in Trump’s footsteps when it comes to unforced errors.In fact I fear Biden is outperforming Trump in this area.

In the interest of full disclosure, let me say I don’t like writing this article.  I voted for Biden.  I had high hopes for him.  I want him to be reelected but because of his unforced errors I see the chances of that fading away just 50 days into his administration.

Today all the oxygen in Washington is being consumed by the immigration problems at the southern border.  Biden finds himself with that problem because of an unforced error he made.  He decided to take on the complex issue of immagration  in his first 100 days.  Unfortunately this mistake may insure he is a one term President and the Republicans did not have to lift a finger.

Years back when I worked for a living,  one of my rules of engagement was — never take ownership of someone else’s problem until you have a well throughout plan for solving that problem.

At this point I am reminded of Colin Powel’s pottery barn rule — if you break it. You own it.

Some may say Biden had to take on immigration now.  That is not the case.  Sure the immigration policy for the US needs work  but not now.  Biden needed a well thought out solution before he broke the pot.

A flawed statuesque is always better as a solution than uncontrolled chaos.

Whoever advised Biden to make this a top priority might look for other work.  Clearly this is not his strong suit.  I don’t recommend shifting the blame.  The person that the top should be the first to get the blame if they signed off of  the approach.

So expanding of Powell’s pottery barn story:

Very early in his administration, Joe Biden picked up the immigration pot and hammer.  Without much thought he used a hammer (sometimes called an executive order) to break the pot.  Shocked by the smell of the liquid in the pot which was running over his hands, he lost his balance. While trying to regain his balance, he stepped into a mature pile that he had not noticed.

So now Joe finds himself with shit on his shoes, god knows what on his hands and a broken pot.

This is the story of an unforced error.

I wish I could suggest a solution.  I can’t. I do know is that fixing the immigration problem has become a lot more difficult because Joe broke that pot.

Sadly, that at this point Joe does not smell very good.


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Living In America circa 2021

Living In America circa 2021

Some elements of living in America circa 2021 are obvious:

1. The county is divided along political philosophy lines, lines which have been horribly blurred in the last few years

2. The “leaders” of both parties are predominately old and white;

3. The Democratic Party is in temporary control of two of the branches of government, the executive and legislative;

4. Both major political parties have problems with fringe sects alienating potential voters;

5. The Republicans must ease former President Donald Trump out of his Top Dawg position in the party if they ever expect to win back the White House;


6. In order to be relevant again in national elections, the GOP must work honestly and fervently to be more inclusive to people of color and not just continue to pay lip service to that necessity.

Right now, in multiple states, the Republican Party, through its elected state officials, are taking action that will GUARANTEE Democtuc Party gains in both houses of Congress in 2022 and beyond.

By passing state laws to curtail the ability of all citizens to easily cast votes, the GOP is continuing to label itself as the Party of Racism.  It is impossible to support gerrymandering, pass laws aimed at restricting voting by blocs of citizens, and create obstructions aimed a creating hardships and instructions to vote for people of a particular skin hue without being labeled “racists”.  An open “racist” can win a regional or statewide race in some cases, but not a national race, not anymore.

Voting is a right of all eligible citizens, not a play-pretty to be manipulated to benefit a particular party.

Republicans,!in order to remain relevant in the national political landscape, must adapt to the needs of citizens…all citizens, not just the stereotypical gun-totin’, lily-white fat cats who, as a cartoonish group, are science-denying, militia-lovin’, Neanderthals.

The 2021 election, where GOPers pushed Trump’s racist, god-image ideology, resulting in him being a one-term failure and turning the Senate “blue”, should have served as a wake-up call to the party. But from the numerous bills introduced to suppress votes of groups that normally vote for Democratic Party candidates, the GOP seem determined to ride the horse Dead Man Walking.

Trump does not care about any political party…and he has tried them

all on for size. Trump cares about one thing: Trump. Period.

Every day that the GOP hangs on Trump’s coattails, the party is getting deeper in the political quicksand that will drag the party into darkness and oblivion.

The newest GOP representatives and senators — the QAnon cheerleaders, the blatant racists, the science-deniers — are, today, seen as the party’s future.

Goodbye, GOP. You were a great party once, until you sold your soul to a man with the heart of a film-flam artist, the tact of a runaway bulldozer and the empathy of a bowling ball.

You backed his play, time and time again, despite the warning signs that he was a party-destroyer, not a unifier.

Now, it’s time to make a break from

the past and build a party for the future or play second fiddle on the national stage for generations to come.


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(J. Harris: In Texas, ETBU is as safe a university as there is — USA too.)




1. COVID Antibody Treatments Show Promise for Preventing Severe Disease (Nature) Two clinical trials suggest that specific antibody treatments can prevent deaths and hospitalizations among people with mild or moderate COVID-19 — particularly those who are at high risk of developing severe disease. One study found that an antibody against the coronavirus developed by Vir Biotechnology in San Francisco, California, and GSK, headquartered in London, reduced the chances of hospitalization or death among participants by 85%. In another trial, a cocktail of two antibodies — bamlanivimab and etesevimab, both made by Eli Lilly of Indianapolis, Indiana — cut the risk of hospitalization and death by 87%.

2. Association of Acute Symptoms of COVID-19 and Symptoms of Depression in Adults (JAMA Network Open) Among more than 3900 individuals with prior COVID-19 illness surveyed between May 2020 and January 2021, 52.4% met criteria for moderate or greater symptoms of major depression. In regression models, these symptoms were more likely among younger respondents compared with older respondents and among men compared with women as well as among those with greater self-reported overall COVID-19 severity compared with those with lower severity.

5 ways Facebook plans to help people get COVID-19 vaccinations

Immunogenicity of a Single Dose of SARS-CoV-2 Messenger RNA Vaccine in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

(J. Harris: As we have previously seen, immunocompromised folks as well as those on certain medications to reduce immune response are hard to vaccinate and need to be VERY careful.)

JAMA Livestream (Monday, March 15) Coronavirus Update Coronavirus trends, variants, vaccines, treatment, and more. Michigan Medicine’s Preeti Malani, MD and Emory Healthcare’s Carlos del Rio, MD return to JAMA’s Q&A series to discuss the latest in COVID-19 medicine and public health.

(J. Harris: A 40 minute, understandable tape about vaccines for those who might have vaccine questions or hesitancy. Send it to doubters.)

LAST BUT NOT LEASED: How about a poem by Mr. Moore, from Ft. Worth, Texas. He passed away a couple of years ago. I love his poem.


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