Monday, August 17, 2020

Pelosi recalls House to deal with US Postal Service taroubles

Charlie Sykes speaks to the Postal Service crisis. And it is.

Besides the opening of the convention, the other big news today is that the House is returning from vacation to deal with the growing sense that Trump is trying to sabotage the United States Postal Service.

The president spent much of the weekend trying to cast doubt on mail-in voting, even as he presides over a growing postal crisis.

“In Ohio, where mail voting is likely to double, piles of undelivered mail are sitting in a Cleveland distribution center. In rural Michigan, diabetes medicine that used to arrive in three days now takes almost two weeks.”

Democrats appear to sense a political opening. Obama insider David Plouffe laid out an aggressive battle plan:

David Plouffe
1) Prime time hearings, now.

2) Subpoenas to Trump WH and camp officials. This is a RICO case
3) Visit local post offices with cameras - show people what is happening. 4) Events with those getting Rx late
5) Involve governors
6) No rest, no vacation. Go to war for our country.

Bill Kristol has this Twitter thread over the weekend that highlights the potential political potency of the issue:

The following email I received suggests both why the Post Office scandal is real and why it could be so devastating politically.

"I am a retired teacher (62 years old and retired because of the pandemic).

"I am at high risk because of high blood pressure and mild cerebral palsy. Consequently, I have arranged for my blood pressure meds to be delivered by USPS so that I don’t have to leave my house. The meds are now late.

"I have been on the phone with [insurance company] reps for 2 hours yesterday and 3 hours today. I have arranged to get 5 days worth of meds (for which I will have to pay full price) at a local CVS. (Someone else will need to pick up my meds.)

"However, I am taking a gamble not having meds tonight. I am furious! I am sure there are many others like me. I know there must be thousands of vets who are experiencing the same things as I am. I heard Lt Gen. Honore describe a similar problem on MSNBC with Brian Williams.

“He had to go to Walgreens. I’m trying to avoid getting COVID and I’d like to be alive to be able to vote in the election. I’d like my mail in ballot to arrive safely to my registrar of voters in ___ County. I have called my US Rep and my US Senators. What else can I do?”

I’m kind of out of practice in helping with political campaigns (and some might say I wasn’t such a great help to begin with!). But even I can see the Democrats need to hang this around the neck of Donald Trump and the Republican Party–and hang it again, and then again…

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