“Democrats try to run on bringing the country together and working toward shared bipartisan goals, as @JoeBiden has professed on so many occasions.

That’s the kind of pap that the mostly apolitical people in the middle want to hear from Democrats.” newrepublic.com/article/164970…
“So that’s the maddening paradox:

The people who need to be awakened to the Republican threat to democracy are the people who would rather not hear those kinds of discouraging words.”
“By and large, these are voters who may be cynical about politics but not about themselves or their place in America.

And they’re mostly pretty unsophisticated about politics, even though they think the opposite about themselves.”
“They cling to bothsidesism as if it were some kind of revealed truth, they think that all politicians are corrupt and in it for themselves, and so on.

Cynicism aids the right, in America, and in every society across history.”
“Fascists understand that you have to say something over and over and over for it to sink into the heads of average people.

Democrats (the small-d kind, I mean, but I guess the big-D ones, too) have tended to assume that facts are self-evident and clear to decent people.”
“They are not. Constant lies have to be confronted straight on, from Biden on down.”

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