Daily Bread for 6.3.20

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will see scattered morning showers with a high of eighty-six.  Sunrise is 5:17 AM and sunset 8:28 PM, for 15h 11m 27s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 92.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand three hundred third day.

 On this day in 1889, the first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles between Willamette Falls and Portland, Oregon.

Recommended for reading in full —

Kevin M. Kruse writes Law and order won’t help Trump win reelection (‘A challenger can call for law and order, but the message falls flat from an incumbent’):

In 1968, Nixon’s law-and-order campaign rested on his repeated claims that Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration was largely to blame for the nation’s lawlessness and that only replacing it with a new administration would solve them. “If we are to restore order and respect for law in this country,” Nixon vowed in his acceptance speech, “there is one place we are going to begin. We are going to have a new attorney general of the United States of America.”

As a presidential candidate, Nixon was able to run, and win, on a critique of the status quo. But once he was president, that critique no longer worked.

Nixon learned this the hard way in the 1970 midterm elections. He spent the fall campaigning across the country for GOP candidates, with the “law and order” message front and center. “From Missouri to Tennessee to North Carolina and Indiana,” a reporter noted in late October, “he urged more respect for police, plugged the virtues of Republican congressional candidates and asked ‘the silent majority of America to stand up and be counted against violence and lawlessness.’ ” The president urged Americans “in the quiet of the polling booth” to vote for Republicans and thereby strike a blow against politicians who “condoned lawlessness and violence and permissiveness.”

This time, the appeal fell flat. Republicans lost 10 seats in the House and, more significantly, lost a large number of governor’s races across the country, including almost all the Midwest. The Los Angeles Times captured the rebuke well in a headline: “Silent Majority Speaks Out, Rejects Law-And-Order Alarm, Votes Liberal.”

Erin Banco reports LISTEN FOR YOURSELF: Trump’s ‘Unhinged’ Rant to Governors on Protests:

President Trump on Monday told the nation’s governors that they needed to get “much tougher” in responding to the protests breaking out across the country. He said the lack of response has so far made state officials look weak. Trump encouraged them to mass arrest those inciting violence at protests and said if they didn’t they would “look like a bunch of jerks.” “You have to arrest people and you have to try people. And they need to go to jail for what they’ve done,” Trump said.

The president told governors that the Department of Justice was looking into how to prosecute some of those protesters engaging in violence under federal law. “We will activate Bill Barr and we will activate him strongly,” Trump said referring to the attorney general.

SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Dragon hatch opening:

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