The polls open at midnight tomorrow - at least in the three first-in-the-nation mountain hamlets of my beloved New Hampshire, unless they've had two months of early voting like everywhere else and six of the total electorate of seven have already written in "Beto O'Rourke".
I'll be checking in with the ratings king of primetime TV on a special weekend edition of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. Hope you'll dial us up. It's great to have a Sunday Tucker show: they should make that a regular thing. On Monday morning, by the way, I'll be starting the day at "Fox & Friends".
Boarded-Up Windows and Increased Security: Retailers Brace for the Election
Bay Area Cities, Restaurants Boarding Up — Bracing for Potential Election-Night Unrest
City Business Across U.S. Brace For Election Day Unrest, Board Up Storefronts
Just another election day in a two-and-a-third-century long-settled republic. Manhattan celebrities (some of whom you might actually have heard of) have ordered up private armed guards for their luxury apartment houses - because, since they started calling for "defunding the police", getting someone to pick up at 9-1-l seems to be taking a little longer than it did back in the spring. I suppose it's conceivable that a few of these celebs and CEOs are so woke they believe their own bullsh*t and genuinely expect mobs of Trump voters to come rampaging through midtown Manhattan and start trashing Chanel and Dior. According to the tireless lads at The Hill, what Dan Rather used to call "the shadowy right-wing militias" are back:
Study warns five states at high risk for election-related armed violence by militia groups
Oh, my! After six months of looting and burning by perps who get their bail paid by Biden staffers and Hollywood celebs, OJ is now warning that the real killer may show up on Tuesday night.
There may be three or four owners of upscale emporia worried that the right-wing haters will show up in their ladies' wear department before #BLM has finished cleaning it out. But most of these guys surely know all too well exactly who'll be coming for them:
#ShutDownDC is organizing groups of protesters to target Republican officials and government buildings during a series of planned election-week demonstrations.
Gee, it's almost like they're expecting to lose. From The Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Donald Trump takes over lead in Iowa as Joe Biden fades
He's faded to seven points behind - in what's regarded as the gold standard of Hawkeye polls.
Republicans in Florida's most populous county, Miami-Dade, are turning out to vote at a somewhat higher percentage than Democrats -- causing uneasiness among some Democratic operatives.
"Uneasiness": Hmmm... By "somewhat higher" they mean 63 per cent GOP turnout vs 56 per cent Dem.
Last time round, it was Hillary's underperforming in Miami-Dade that, round about 9.23pm Eastern, gave me the first heads-up Trump was going to win Florida. This time round, Biden is underperforming Hillary.
~It's a similar story in the Latino precincts of the Lone Star State, where overall the early vote outnumbers the 2016 total. The Kamala-Biden campaign has canceled its Texas bus tour because the bus and its stops attract, like almost all Joe's events, more Trump supporters than Biden supporters. Even worse, many of these Trumpers arrive not in hybrids or second-hand Toyota Corollas but in some strange menacing form of transportation with the obviously intimidating #MeToo-type name of "pick-up truck".
America's three bestselling vehicles are pick-ups. But fortunately, after four years at journalism school, their owners are entirely eliminated from your social circle.
Joe Biden is waging a Potemkin campaign backed by a Potemkin press and Potemkin polls. They're going to need an exponentially greater level of ballot-box malarkey to drag that across the finish line.
~The death of Sean Connery prompted several comments from Steyn Clubbers yesterday, including this one from Diane M Calabrese:
The comments others have made about Sean Connery (far and away the best Bond, even though I love Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan in other roles, though George Sanders was the best Saint) [hint] at something bigger. Connery was unabashedly masculine. When men man up they lead the way. They model courage. They say there is a way out.
That is very true. The only actor consciously to play Bond as a "new man" - Timothy Dalton - nearly killed the franchise. Ian Fleming's 007 has a necessary cruel streak (see the last line of the first novel), and that's what Bond's creator liked about Connery.
One reason for the trouble we're in is the lack of "masculine" men - which doesn't mean sitting in your man-cave watching woke corporate sports. A lot of my bestselling After America is about how modern life has done its best to make manhood unviable, and as a result has raised two generations of men who aren't "unabashedly" anything. That's why, on the streets of Seattle and Portland, the heavy lifting is done by unhappy women (at least partly so because of the de-masculinized men) and the fuller-figured psychotrannnies. The social engineering since Connery filmed Dr No has had terrible consequences.
~We opened The Mark Steyn Club over three years ago, and I'm thrilled by all those SteynOnline supporters across the globe - from Fargo to Fiji, Vancouver to Vanuatu, Surrey to the Solomon Islands - who've signed up to be a part of it. My only regret is that we didn't launch it eighteen years ago, but better late than never. You can find more information about the Club here - and, if you've a pal who might be partial to this sort of thing, don't forget our special Gift Membership.
Oh, and if you're seriously chafing under the lockdown and looting, there's no better way to cock a snook at the lockdown than by booking a berth on our Third Annual Steyn Cruise sailing the Med next year - and with Conrad Black, Michele Bachmann, John O'Sullivan and Douglas Murray among our shipmates. We'll be attempting some seaboard versions of The Mark Steyn Show, Tales for Our Time, our Sunday Poem and other favorite features. If you're minded to give it a go, don't leave it too late: as with most travel and accommodations, the price is more favorable the earlier you book - and, if the lockdown ever does gets totally lifted, why use your newfound freedom of movement just to visit the county fair or see X-Men 47 at the multiplex when you can bestride the world like a cruising colossus?
I'll be back this evening with our Song of the Week and then on the telly with Tucker.