But it also might fall apart if he keeps going.
Confidence that we WILL win can be a great way to deflate turnout, sadly.
Confidence that we CAN win might just make it happen.
Things *have been* getting bad for them. Expect that to continue.
I don't care.
Because it's going to affect their turnout.
But I could see the electorate swinging left, in terms of who participates.
And we need hope. Psychologically. Practically.
I know a lot of people are thinking that will end in impeachment/indictment, and a lot of people are thinking it will mean nothing.
And "complicated" is rarely good for the party in power.
To get there, to be allowed to have a chance to deliver it, we've got to do what we can to slow the march of fascism between now and then.
Well... start with talking about it. We *can't* get people taking to streets to fight a problem that we're still denying.
The right (or at least operatives and masterminds on the right) understands this in a way the left doesn't.
Well, if you don't know how to organize and you don't know any organizers, talking about the rise of fascism -- denouncing it as it happens, labeling specific actions as fascism -- is going to put you in contact with others who agree.
But once you start talking about it? Other people around you know that they can talk about it with you.
We can slow down the worsening. We can speed up our progress towards better.
But not by biting our tongues.
That was my biggest takeaway from my meeting yesterday: we've got to keep pushing.
Don't get defensive when they say you're "triggered".
We can't change that, not directly.
But we can deal with it. We can keep moving. We can keep on keeping on.
And sometimes, it really is impossible.
And sometimes... just sometimes... we do it anyway.
But it is true that you can overcome things that feel overwhelming, some of the time. Enough of the time to survive, for those who have.
How many people around Trump do you think have this knowledge of survival and the limits of human endurance?
But think about your own childhood and compare it to that.
Who would you bet on, in a fight? For any value of "fight"?
Believe we can slow things down enough that it will matter in November.
Believe we can hang on until then.
I love each and every one of you who are still around and still willing to fight, every one who has made it this far.
I don't believe in heroes and I don't believe in leaders and I don't believe in visionaries and I don't believe in Great Men.
But I believe in us.
And then go to the ballot box and make them pay for everything you could not stop.
Because if we can't manage that, we might find ourselves in a situation where we have to start turning to those other dogs.