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Welcome To The Party, Pal

Scene from DIe Hard "Welcome to the Party"

Many Americans need the equivalent of a dead bad guy landing on their cop car.

He won’t get the nomination, this is a joke campaign.

He won’t win the nomination. 

America would never elect someone like Trump.

He’ll have to change, the office of the presidency will change him. 

Tonight he became president. 

He’s pivoting (at least a dozen times over four years).

He’ll just disappear once he loses.

His supporters are all talk, there won’t be any violence.

And so on.

A lot of people, from the elite-iest of the DC media elite to your neighbor, were constantly and consistently wrong about everything Trump-related. David Brock, former conservative critter and now Democratic strategist, was one of them. Today, he wrote a mea culpa in the New York Times.

“Democrats now face an opposition that is not a normal political party, but rather a party that is willing to sacrifice democratic institutions and norms to take power.”

To quote John McClain in the movie Die Hard, “Welcome to the party, pal.”

Brock does more than sound an alarm many of us have heard for five years, he offers some potential solutions. These are good action steps, but I wonder how much we will do. There’s a lot of solutions that would fix our current democracy crisis, such as increasing the number of Supreme Court justices and scrapping the filibuster, but those are dismissed as “too radical.” Meanwhile, not doing anything is enabling the radical dismantling of American democracy.

I also worry that not enough people see what is happening. I still hear people wringing their hands about “divisiveness” and I fear that this is something that holds us back from facing certain realities about where conservatives are right now. And while it’s good to see people like Brock aboard with reality and demonstrating a clarity of the current, I worry there are still people who are not, who believe since Trump is no longer president, so there’s no longer any threat. I also am concerned we are going to live up to the old 1/3-1/3-1/3 cliche; one-third of Americans want an end to democracy, one-third are going to fight to save it, and one-third won’t care.

I hope not. There’s a lot of work to do, and whatever you did to fight back against Trump, you need to keep doing it.

The last word goes to a group of guys who want us to wake up.

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Move On Dot Everyone?

A friend, deeply frustrated after talking to clueless Republicans, wonders why Democrats can’t get their message out. She says:

What’s so darn hard about spreading the word, and repeating it and repeating it and repeating it, like Republicans do?

Indeed, it should be the easiest thing in the world. And yet it’s not, for all the reasons we already know: the media is not liberal, the left doesn’t have the “talking-point-factories-disguised-as-think-tanks” infrastructure, Democrats by nature are not authoritarian and aren’t in the habit of falling in line, etc. etc.

As a result we get narratives like this:

John Kerry Wind Surfing
This is elitist …


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… and this is not!

Post-SCOTUS ACA decision I got thinking that if the shoe were on the other foot and the healthcare law were ruled unconstitutional, there’d be a deafening roar of “GET OVER IT YOU LOST MOVE ON” from the right. Bush v Gore, Scott Walker recall, Prop. 8 vote, every close electoral race where the Republican emerged triumphant amid cloudy circumstances, that’s what they do: TIME TO MOVE ON discussion is over, it’s been decided, next issue, please! For some bizarre reason the media obeys this directive, maybe because the right is shouting it so loud.

We don’t hear that when Democrats win, though. We’re not hearing that now, even though Chuck Schumer tried that line and even though a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that the majority of Americans feel like the issue has been decided andit’s time to move on and drop the obstruction. And no wonder: people get worn down by the endless debates over this stuff. They want it to be over. No one has the stomach for a round three or four of this fight.

I think I’d like to hear every Democrat on every panel discussion and Sunday Bobblehead show just repeat, ad nauseum: “It’s over. The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on.”

The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Next issue, please?

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Move On Dot Everyone?

A friend, deeply frustrated after talking to clueless Republicans, wonders why Democrats can’t get their message out. She says:

What’s so darn hard about spreading the word, and repeating it and repeating it and repeating it, like Republicans do?

Indeed, it should be the easiest thing in the world. And yet it’s not, for all the reasons we already know: the media is not liberal, the left doesn’t have the “talking-point-factories-disguised-as-think-tanks” infrastructure, Democrats by nature are not authoritarian and aren’t in the habit of falling in line, etc. etc.

As a result we get narratives like this:

John Kerry Wind Surfing
This is elitist …


628x471
… and this is not!

Post-SCOTUS ACA decision I got thinking that if the shoe were on the other foot and the healthcare law were ruled unconstitutional, there’d be a deafening roar of “GET OVER IT YOU LOST MOVE ON” from the right. Bush v Gore, Scott Walker recall, Prop. 8 vote, every close electoral race where the Republican emerged triumphant amid cloudy circumstances, that’s what they do: TIME TO MOVE ON discussion is over, it’s been decided, next issue, please! For some bizarre reason the media obeys this directive, maybe because the right is shouting it so loud.

We don’t hear that when Democrats win, though. We’re not hearing that now, even though Chuck Schumer tried that line and even though a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that the majority of Americans feel like the issue has been decided and it’s time to move on and drop the obstruction. And no wonder: people get worn down by the endless debates over this stuff. They want it to be over. No one has the stomach for a round three or four of this fight.

I think I’d like to hear every Democrat on every panel discussion and Sunday Bobblehead show just repeat, ad nauseum: “It’s over. The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on.”

The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Next issue, please?

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