Friends, the gamesmanship over the Supreme Court vacancy continues apace. Personally, I trust that President Trump will pick a superb nominee -- and I trust that Mitch McConnell will steer him/her, probably her, through the process, sooner or later. The Dems are squirming for good reason. We have them at a major disadvantage here! Don't sweat it too much when some Republicans aver, "Well, maybe we ought to wait..." Wily old Mitch knows what he's doing.
In other news, the CDC is confirming that the coronavirus is spread mainly through the air. The findings, as reported in this article, are still vague, however. Coughing is bad. Close contact is bad. Masks are good. Ventilation is good. Okay, but how do we calibrate our risk? How do we know what situations are too risky, and which countermeasures are most effective? The science is evolving, but not as quickly as I would like.
Speaking of which, some of the countermeasures we've been taking have clearly been effective, because influenza infections seem to be way down since March. That's good news -- it means we haven't been chasing our tails -- but it would still be nice to know which mitigation strategies are the best. I know the latest trend is to view masking as the be-all-and-end-all of coronavirus containment, but the experience of the Nordic countries would suggest that this generalization is off the mark.
Lastly, check out this article. It isn't remotely Trump-friendly, but it explores some intriguing scenarios that might unfold in a contested election. The Congress could indeed be on the hot seat, but, as I understand it, it would be the present Congress that would certify, or not certify, the results produced by the Electoral College -- the next Congress would have nothing to do with it. Any way you slice it, an extra Supreme Court Justice could really come in handy right about now!