‘Many Democrats haven’t enjoyed the past week’
Is this an understatement? New York Resistance Times newsletter writer David Leonhardt writes:
Many Democrats haven’t enjoyed the past week. It started with the Iowa chaos, and went on to include President Trump’s [triumphant] State of the Union address, his acquittal, his vindictive celebration of that acquittal, and a few polls that showed his approval rating rising.
… “a few polls.” Heh, heh!
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“How should Democrats respond?” Leonhardt asks, trying to pour tea in a train wreck. The East Coast scribbler throws up a word package urging Democrats not to harm themselves (stay away from sharp objects?) … do not harm themselves and — most portentously — “the country” …
by exaggerating the differences between progressives and moderates. … If the primaries don’t turn out as you hope, will you still do everything in your power to deny Trump a second term?
In other words, soothes David the Leonhardted: full-on Venezuelan socialism is a small price to pay for defeating the evil Orange Man in the White House. A small price to pay … a small price to pay … a small price …
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Leonhardt’s memo did not reach the ragin’ cajun James Carville, mastermind behind Bill Clinton’s two victories. Under a headline that reads: “We’re losing our damned minds” (a terrible thing to lose, BTW), Carville lets it fly:
“Do we want to be an ideological cult? Or do we want to have a majoritarian instinct to be a majority party?”
One of former President Bill Clinton’s famous “War Room” political strategists told MSNBC this week that his party — and much of the media — is flirting with disaster if it continues to go “AOC crazy.”
“We’re like talking about people voting from jail cells, ” he said. “We’re talking about not having a border. They’re talking about doing away with nuclear energy and fracking. … Her’s another stupid thing: Democrats talking about free college tuition or debt forgiveness. … People all over this country worked their way through school, sent their kids to school, paid off student loans. They don’t want to hear this shit.
I mean, come on, people. Everyday people are out there struggling. We’re trying to get votes in Northern Wisconsin and Western Pennsylvania.”
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Not the Saturday Night Massacre. Nixon fired the special prosecutor looking into Watergate. Wore a bow tie. Trump cooperated with special prosector Robert Mueller. The only firings came AFTER acquittal on the Ukrainian phone call. Does anyone think Alexander Vindman had any faith in the President or vice versa? Had Trump lost, Vindman would have stayed, the President would have left. When you take aim at the president, you better bring him down. In any event, the Vindman twins (Trump wanted to make sure he got the right one) are still getting paychecks. They’ve just been reassigned. Get to keep their red staplers.
Joe Biden says he’s “not letting attacks on my family stop me.” Joe, your family is NOT being attacked. And that is not what is stopping you. YOU are being attacked. You were the elected vice president charged with rooting out corruption in Ukraine. You could have started with your no-account son getting a well-paid do-nothing job with an oligarch so corrupt he had to conduct business out of Monaco. Was Eliot Ness’s kid working for Frank Nitti?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Face it, Joe: You WERE the corruption.