Watching the White House “response” this week to the coronavirus pandemic unravel (assuming it was ever “raveled”), we were reminded of the Dunning-Kruger effect — which describes a psychological phenomenon in which stupid people do not know that they are in fact stupid.
In many areas of life, incompetent people do not recognize — scratch that, cannot recognize — just how incompetent they are, a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. Logic itself almost demands this lack of self-insight: For poor performers to recognize their ineptitude would require them to possess the very expertise they lack. To know how skilled or unskilled you are at using the rules of grammar, for instance, you must have a good working knowledge of those rules, an impossibility among the incompetent. Poor performers — and we are all poor performers at some things — fail to see the flaws in their thinking or the answers they lack. What’s curious is that, in many cases, incompetence does not leave people disoriented, perplexed, or cautious. Instead, the incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence, buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge
This has not been lost on Salon’s Chauncey Devega:
Just 214 days until the November election.
The Nebraska Democratic Party is focused on making sure our elections are accessible and that the public is safe during the pandemic. We are shifting the majority of our resources to assist candidates to campaign in a new virtual world and to assist voters to Vote By Mail.
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The NDP has called on Secretary of State Bob Evnen and Governor Pete Ricketts to consider moving entirely to Vote-by-Mail ballots for the May 12 Primary Election in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
They recently said that Nebraska will have in-person voting on May 12, but that ALL Nebraska counties will be sending Vote-by-Mail applications to all voters.
The NDP is circulating a petition to demand that Nebraska go to an all Vote-by-Mail Primary Election for the safety of all.
The NDP has launched an online portal for Nebraskans to request that a Vote-By-Mail application be sent to them.
Due to the coronavirus, the NDP’s March SCC Meeting was held online and on the phone. We will have more information in the coming week on edits to the County and State Conventions. Those events will be held on the phone only. Dates, process and the rules around those meetings will be sent soon. You can stay updated on this information on our website.
There are more than 550 Democrats running for office in Nebraska for the May 12 Primary!
We have an update for NDP Block Captains for contacting voters now that door-knocking is out.
TONS of great information.
For candidates, the NDP has compiled a guide for Campaigning During Coronavirus, which you can read here.
Thank you to our friends at The Management Institute, Tuesday Company, M&R Lab, Power Labs, Progressphiles listserv, epolitics.com, ASDC, DNC, Missouri Democratic Party and other Democratic state parties and committees for providing some of the content that we repurposed for this guide.
In light of the coronavirus epidemic and the Nebraska Democratic Party’s recommendations to cancel in-person gatherings, postpone all in-person campaigning, and adopt remote/virtual environments, we want to provide our candidates, local Democratic parties and allied activist organizations with recommendations on how to continue campaigning and staying in touch with supporters during the coronavirus.
We leave you this week with a rendering by Bill Bramhall, which needs no explanation.
–By Kevin O’Hanlon/NDP Communications Director
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April 6: Vote By Mail Ballots start to get sent to voters
April 13: First Day to vote early, in-person, at your county election office
April 24: Last Day to mail in your voter registration application, it must be postmarked by this date
April 27: Last day to register to vote online
April 27: Last day to register to vote in-person at your DMV office
May 1: (by 6 p.m): Last day to register to vote in-person at your county election office
May 12: Primary Election