Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan is not showing courage, leadership, or love of democracy in throwing away a vote.

The kind of courage required by conservatives when confronted with an extremist is described by Levitsky & Ziblatt (How Democracies Die)…
Correct. (I forgot to tag @GovLarryHogan in the first tweet.)

Hogan's gesture is not only a cowardly and weak (and pointless), he is also perpetuating a false narrative.

And the exact problem with the modern Republican Party is that they demonize Democrats instead of advancing an agenda that might gain popular support.

To those defending Hogan: The gesture encourages continued hyperpolarization.

It signifies Party over Country, and personal ambition over what is best for the nation.

If now Biden is best for the nation, have the courage to say so.

He's setting himself up to continue. . .
. . . Trump-style combativeness, which Americans are getting tired of.

He's continuing "us v. them" politics by saying, "I can't vote for 'us' but I refuse to vote for 'them.'
I am suggesting that the "I will never vote Dem" attitude is part of the problem that brought us here.

The gesture was cowardly and hurts a country that wants to heal and come together.

People are SICK of the hyperpolarization and want it to end.
Also, who are these voters?

The GOP got into its current mess when it outsourced voter mobilization to organizations like FOX and the NRA, which then forced them to cater to an increasingly extremist voting base.

A true conservative party would not cater to an extremist base.
This is the cynicism that destroys democracy. It says "all politicians are self-interested liars" which leads to tribalism: "He's a liar, but he's OUR liar."

The antidote: Hold on to your ideals.

If you need help, listen to Schiff's closing arguments in the impeachment trial.
The question Republicans will have to ask themselves going forward is what kind of party they want to be.

Do they want to return to the 2015 GOP, i.e. the current GOP minus Trump, or do they want to rebuild a true conservative party?
The problem with @GovLarryHogan's gestures is that he is basically saying that the only problem with the Fox-Trump-GOP is Trump.

Take out Trump and the GOP is fine.

The problem is that the current GOP is not conservative. It is reactionary / regressive / extremists.
If the Democrats win the White House but lose the Senate, we will tread water for the next 2 years.

The slide toward autocracy will be stopped.
But we won't make much progress.

If the Democrats win the Senate, the next two years will move us forward.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Teri Kanefield

Teri Kanefield Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @Teri_Kanefield

16 Oct
Perhaps, instead of destroying democracy, Trump will save democracy by waking everyone up and ushering in a new era of civic activism and engagement.

Obama said it best: The antidote to the forces trying to destroy democracy is more democracy.
Perhaps it took Trump to show @maxboot the corrosion of conservatism in America, and for @stuartpstevens to understand that it was all a lie.

I've never seen voter turnout like we're seeing right now.

If you missed it, see:

Have YOU voted yet?
We can never stop. Democracy means government by the people.

Example: The long term solution to the problem with how elections are conducted in Georgia is to elect people who are competent and care about well-run elections.

Local elections matter.
Read 4 tweets
15 Oct
It's hard to tell the difference between a secretary of state who is incompetent to manage elections and one who maliciously undermines elections.

2020 voters are saying: We will overcome every barrier you put in our way.

Voter suppression was a problem in California in the 1980s and 1990s. Then California turned blue and elected Democrats to office, and now it's easy to vote here.


Read 5 tweets
14 Oct
🔹Biden's lead has expanded to more than 10 points in the polling aggregate.
🔹COVID cases are spiking.
🔹The New York Times has released information about Trump money laundering and tax fraud.

The Trump team has a plan . . . another disinformation campaign 🙄🤦‍♂️
It's all they know how to do.
It can be effective the first time.

Putin launched the same kind of disinformation campaign against Ukraine in 2014 that he launched against the US in 2016.

Ukrainians rolled their eyes.
Americans fell for it. . .
Ukrainians knew what they were dealing with. Americans didn't.

The Mueller Report and the impeachment hearing educated Americans about these tactics.

Now we know.

Trump doesn't know how to govern, or plan, or solve problems. But he's really good at disinformation campaigns.
Read 7 tweets
13 Oct
Trump has no interest in actually governing. He never had any interest in governing. He just wants an audience so he can play a "winner" on TV. He thought, like any starring role, playing a World Leader would be a great way to get rich.
I suspect his "fans" (the ones who go to rallies) want to be entertained. Politics is boring. They don't understand it or have the patience for it.

Trump tells them they're the elite, and would be at the top of the hierarchy if the 'others' weren't taking what belongs to them.
The explanation is that Trump is incapable of doing anything other than what he is doing. He can't plan. He can't govern. He can't alter his behavior. He can't care whether people die of COVID.

He does the Trump act.
Read 13 tweets
12 Oct
Heavy turnout on the morning of early voting in Georgia.
(Go, Georgia📣 )

Also, Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots in record numbers.…
h/t @VinkemesMom

There were a few glitches getting started this morning, but the voters are determined.
Fabulous. I'll be in the GA voter protection boiler room 9 shifts during early voting, and all day on Nov. 3.
There are still volunteer jobs if anyone else wants to help protect voting rights in GA.

(some can be done remotely)

Link in the next tweet.
Read 4 tweets
12 Oct
Trump has written the final act of the 2020 Campaign Realty Show, and the central plot point is: “This election was a shambles! A disaster!”

Let's not play.…
I've tweeted some of this post as individual tweets, so won't do this one as a Twitter thread.
If Trump loses, will you all still follow me after January 21 💕?

I'm about to sign a contract to write a book on the history of the second amendment. Dull appellate lawyer nerds might lose all their appeal 🤓
And the correct answer is ⤵️

Read 4 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!