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15 Sep, 5 tweets, 1 min read
CA GOV BIG PICTURE: One of the top Democrats in the country got caught living like an elite while everyone else suffered. Elites vs. the rest is the driving force in our politics right now and Democrats have a tough needle to thread both in California & nationwide ... (1/)
Democrats need to prove they can govern for EVERYBODY, and if you look at California -- it's not necessarily the best test case for national Democrats (see: concern about homelessness, crime, etc) (2/)
Republicans not named Trump did learn they had unrealized opportunities with working class voters (including Black and Latino voters) as they watched 2020 returns roll in (3/)
Obviously California is a Special Place -- but the fact that a Democratic national star in waiting *faced* a recall and then had to fight hard for it midway through the campaign does say a lot about the potential challenges Democrats face across the map (4/)
...especially if President Biden can't demonstrate he's capable of getting the resurgent pandemic under control, has another competence crisis a la Afghanistan, can't get his budget plan through Congress, etc. (fin)

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17 Mar
Logged into the United app on my phone for the first time in a year and was incredibly jealous of James who was apparently flying to London in April last year can I go live on that version of Earth (also 300k miles would be great thx)
Which person in United advertising decides how many miles James in the ad is going to get?
If James really has that many miles, he doesn’t need to be prompted to choose his seat
Read 5 tweets
28 Jan
There’s no question the failure to establish a perimeter around the Capitol complex was an enormous (if not the central) failure on Jan. 6.

But it is worth considering what we stand to symbolically lose by putting up a permanent fence around the People’s House. (1/)
Right now, the Capitol complex is designed to be accessible to Americans. There is a lawn in the front where local parents take their children to go sledding. The trails around the building and across the green spaces are popular with runners. (2/)
Schoolchildren who come from all over the country to visit Washington step out of buses in the circle down in front of the Capitol and can walk right to the foot of the steps. (3/)
Read 10 tweets
13 Jan
Republican Senate leaders were blindsided Tuesday by their leader, Mitch McConnell, when the New York Times broke news he was “pleased” about the impending impeachment of President Trump, @NBCNews has learned
McConnell’s leadership team were not given a heads up ahead of the story that made clear how McConnell felt about impeaching the president, multiple aides familiar with the days events tell me, @LACaldwellDC, @JulieNBCNews & @frankthorp
McConnell is known for being shrewd strategist and tactician who keeps his members in line. It’s extraordinarily rare for him to take a public position without first consulting with his leadership team and even his entire conference
Read 5 tweets
13 Jan
Under the dome, January 13th, 2020, one week after the siege
And I mean 2021. though really it’s pretty hard to tell the difference
Read 4 tweets
6 Jan
It's been a day of putting my head down, setting my feelings aside and doing my job trying to document everything we saw

But I need to take a moment to reflect on what has happed here at the U.S. Capitol, a place I've been privileged to cover on and off for over a decade (1/)
I've worked for a tiny policy newsletter, a newspaper, a magazine, a newswire, and now one of the big 3 national TV networks. I've had nice offices and tiny windowless desks. I've covered this place when Republicans ran it and when Democrats ran it. (2/)
I love my job and I love this place, even with all of its deep foibles and flaws. (3/)
Read 14 tweets
9 Sep 20
.@Sen_JoeManchin tells me of the president’s comments to @realBobWoodward: “I don't know how the President can survive this, I don't know how he can.” (1/)
“To basically saying that he knew, in February, we should be taking this and using everything that we have to fight this pandemic and not take it seriously because he wanted to downplay it...” (2/)
KASIE: “When you say you don't know if he’ll survive what do you mean?”
MANCHIN: “I don't know how you can survive an election, when you’re basically asking the people to give you another four years of anything, when you’re taking an oath and pledge to protect and defend..” (3/)
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