Awful: Trump didn't just say he invited Rittenhouse to Mar-a-Lago. Trump also said he never should have stood trial at all. This unmasks the truth about the right's lionization of Rittenhouse: It's all about valorizing vigilantism as *good.* My latest:…
The whole point for Trump is to declare that Kyle Rittenhouse's conduct should never have been subjected to legal scrutiny at all -- that it properly belonged outside of the realm of the rule of law:…
Some on the right are treating Rittenhouse's decision to *place himself in that situation in the first place* as itself an act of noble heroism.

The final piece of the puzzle is to place all of his conduct entirely outside the realm of the rule of law:…

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23 Nov
These are strange times for liberals. With BBB we're nearing the most transformative victory in decades. Yet the GOP is entrenching minority rule, political violence is rising, and authoritarianism is on the march.

Some dark thoughts about this moment:…
We're in a really strange split screen moment for American liberals. On one side there's cause for celebration. On the other there's cause for deep despair:… Image
I tried to go really big picture here, putting BBB in the context of the last 50 years of liberal advancement, retrenchment, and, now, equal parts optimism and despair:… ImageImageImage
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19 Nov
Passage of BBB is a big victory, but let's not forget this:

Virtually every Republican just voted against a $1.4 trillion tax hike on the rich and corporations.

I talked to tax experts who went deep on what this says about the two parties' priorities:…
Republicans are seizing on the SALT provision to argue this bill shows Dems are the party of plutocrats.

Let's talk about how ridiculous this is.

Here's what Republicans just voted against:…
The SALT provision is a serious issue, and not just substantively. It also points to a real coalitional problem Democrats face, with some House members coming from wealthy suburban districts:…
Read 4 tweets
18 Nov
Amazing: Georgia Gov Brian Kemp may now face a primary precisely because he wouldn't steal the election for Trump.

Oddly, Kemp's "election integrity" bill wasn't enough. It's as if GOP voters want people in office who will overturn elections.

My latest:…
Trump-backed primary challenges are often framed as retaliation against Republicans who were personally disloyal to Trump.

It's worse than that: They reflect an apparent desire among GOP voters to elect officials who are willing to subvert elections:…
Kemp bent over backward to audit the 2020 results and then signed one of the most onerous "election integrity" bills.

It didn't assuage Trumpists' anger in the slightest.

Weren't we told GOP voters merely needed "confidence" in our elections restored?…
Read 5 tweets
17 Nov
Here's my proposal in the wokeness wars: Let's ground our response to the right in egalitarian liberalism. This provides a way to recapture the center, articulate a real vision of our own, and unmask the ugly truth about the right's real goals. My latest:…
Chris Rufo tweeted that "it's time to clean house in America" and "lay siege to universities" and "overturn school boards."

This messianism about purging subversive cultural leftism creates an opening for liberals to occupy the center of this debate:…
We should say what we stand for in the wokeness wars. I propose restating our core commitment to egalitarian liberalism.

Here's what that is:…
Read 5 tweets
15 Nov
Instead of cowering defensively and screaming for purges of "wokeness," Dems should make Republicans pay a political price for their ugly anti-CRT tactics, the deeper aims they embody, and the degradations they’ve inflicted on our national life. My latest:…

DCCC chair Sean Maloney tells me emphatically that in 2022, Dems will avoid the pitfall of non-engagement that cost them in VA.

“Children need to learn their history — all of it — without censorship or politics limiting what they can learn."…
There's a lot of new reporting today on Dems worrying about the lack of an answer on CRT.

But their deliberations seem limited to *only* options for course correction that placate White voter concerns through defensive maneuvering.

There's another way:…
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5 Nov
I call BS on the idea that Dem losses were caused by the BBB agenda straying too far left. This is entirely out of touch with how electoral politics works. And Biden *ran on* the BBB agenda. My response to that bad NYT editorial and other centrists:…
The @nytopinion editorial and some centrists are saying Dem losses are partly due to the overreaching ideological ambition of BBB and its alleged departure from Biden's 2020 platform.

Here's a thought experiment that, in my view, blows this idea up:…
@nytopinion It's just empirically the case that the current BBB agenda reflects what Biden ran on.

The scope of his agenda and its basic ideological ambition were undeniably communicated to voters.

I went back and looked at TV ads, speeches and campaign blueprints:…
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