I don't see evidence that Democrats are feckless. Every other speaker at the DNC warned viewers Trump is trying to steal this and to vote early. Don't conflate the media (which is not giving the "he's trying to steal it" aspect the consideration it deserves) with Democrats.
There's a tendency to conflate "the Democrats" and "the media" because Republicans have insisted it's true for so long that people have started to assume it must be. But it's not.
The media is, indeed, "election drunk" and falling on old habits of talking about polls and messaging as those matter more than the fact that Trump is trying to STEAL the election. But from the DNC to texts I get from organizers, the message from Democrats is: VOTE EARLY.
The other thing that needs to happen with the party and its ancillary organizing groups is preparing for post-Election Day, when Trump will try to stop votes from being counted. On that front, I'm feeling hopeful. thedailybeast.com/the-left-secre…
I recognize how frustrating it is that the election is still nearly two months away. It feels stupid, because basically everyone knows how they're going to vote and the only question is whether they'll get to. I, too, want to skip to the end of the book and find out what happens.
But we shouldn't let our very understandable impatience for things to get underway to lull us into believing nothing is happening. And for those feeling frustrated, the thing to do right now is volunteer and work on efforts to protect the vote, both before and after Election Day.
I let my elderly cat out most days to sit quietly in our fenced-in yard. The other day, though, it was raining, so I didn't. She yowled angrily at me, and I said, I can't stop the rain. But she didn't get it, because to her, my ability to open the door is all-powerful.
I realized right then how much I feel like my cat these days. I'm trying to remind myself to know the difference between the power to open the door and the power to stop the rain.

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23 Sep
200,000 people have died. The virus is still spreading. Over 13 million are unemployed. But Trump and McConnell are too concerned with crushing democracy to give a crap about Americans. They see us only as an obstacle to their power. salon.com/2020/09/23/tru…
As for Trump voters, well, their only goal is to make the liberals cry. Certainly, ending democracy as we know it and letting hundreds of thousands of people die is a good way to make liberals cry. Sociopath logic rules the party now.
Trump can't be bothered to care about 200,000 people dead. He's way too busy bragging about how he intends to stack the court to deprive Americans of their right to vote. Image
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22 Sep
Despite all the various scandals of the past month, Trump still is sticking by the "let people get sick and die and lie about strategy" with the coronavirus. Which is why he can't be trusted to handle the distribution of a vaccine. salon.com/2020/09/22/cdc…
Last night, Trump said "virtually nobody" is affected by the coronavirus, because it primarily affects "elderly people". Which happens to be much of his audience and oh yeah, himself. Image
Even worse, the CDC took down a guidance that accurately stated that the coronavirus is transmitted easily in indoor, crowded spaces. Not hard to see why Trump, who wants political rallies and schools to open, didn't like that inconvenient truth. Image
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The upcoming Supreme Court fight is a crucial reminder: While Trump may land the killing blow, it was McConnell who did most of the dirty work to murder our democracy. salon.com/2020/09/21/don…
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Three years ago, I wrote a piece exposing how Milo Yiannopoulos appears to have faked being "censored" by Berkeley in 2017, so he could play the victim and imply that fascist ideas are so scintillating that the left dare not let them be heard. salon.com/2017/09/20/mil…
When I reached out to Milo to ask for the evidence that he claimed to have that he was being "censored", this was his reply.
Milo is long gone, his grifting and fascism being too obvious even for the right to keep him around for long. However, his strategy of making false claims of censorship — which has morphed into whining about "cancel culture" — has metastasized on the right.
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I don't even need to look at Twitter to guess people are having a fight over how "surprised" you get to be that McConnell is a depraved liar and a hypocrite. But fuck that noise. You don't need to be surprised to be fucking outraged.
Stop please. Just stop prioritizing your desire to feel savvy over our very critical need right now to be singing our fury from every mountaintop in the nation. Our "savviness" is killing us. Stop being savvy and start being angry.
Savvy may feel good, but it exerts no pressure and does nothing to change things. Ginsburg never substituted being "savvy" for being strategic. And we should follow in her footsteps.
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The CDC scandal is a direct result of Trump approaching the pandemic like it's a reality TV show, where it's better to fake competence than actually try to achieve anything. The results have been deadly. salon.com/2020/09/18/tru…
What Trump took away from "The Apprentice" was that faking success is the same as achieving success — better, even, because it's less work to fake success. Unfortunately, he applied that lesson to the pandemic, and now nearly 200,000 people are dead.
Of course the shoddy CDC recs were Trump's fault. He continues to believe that concealing coronavirus cases is the way to trick people into believing there's no pandemic. But you can't hide 200,000 dead bodies.
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