Florida and North Carolina are still considered swing states. There are Senate elections in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and New Hampshire — all states that Biden won in 2020.
Oct 18 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
But it’s not 60 votes! That’s my point. The only reason that Roe was overturned is that Republicans (inc. “moderates” Collins, Murkowski, Flake) nuked the SCOTUS filibuster. You don’t get Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, or Barrett on the Court otherwise.
We can’t ignore this fact. If Trump/McConnell were stuck with the SCOTUS filibuster, they would’ve been lucky to get judges like Kennedy.
Oct 18 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I think 2000 to 2020 comparisons downplays the threat right now. If the average person is aware of how Bush “won,” they are less likely to view him as a tyrant and believe democracy ended. And they think, “OK, we got a Dem House in 6 years and Obama in 8."
What is the debate an election-denying pathological liar whose *admitted* tactic for generating free media is to pick fights with the press? There would actually be no debate by normal standards.
Sep 29 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
A significant segment of the US electorate is the dad from FOOTLOOSE but less well-adjusted.
What's worse is that I think a lot of this is reactionary, not even rooted in legitimate moral outrage. For instance, if a single feminist suggested drag shows were demeaning to women, etc, conservatives would whine about "cancel culture."
Sep 28 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Kyrsten Sinema went to Kentucky to speak at the McConnell Center on Monday. myheraldreview.com/news/state/ari…@ClistonBrown is good at putting stuff in perspective: Is there any recent example of total political tone-deafness and negligence?
Aug 30 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
You are refusing to acknowledge wealth vs income, which is a maddening blindspot. It ignores racial disparities, for one thing.
I recall an economics professor describing middle class as “you can afford to lose your job and not immediately lose your class status.”
Aug 29 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
I’ve been critical of Rambo-like Batman but this sort of “clever” observation doesn’t help make the author’s point.
You’d think after the pandemic that people would concede that masks do make it harder to identify people.
Aug 28 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Politics is also very much about presentation, and Obama presented as more liberal than he was. Same with Clinton in 1992.
Hillary Clinton’s health care plan in 2008 was more liberal than Obama’s, IIRC.
She just didn’t “present” as liberal as Obama.
Apr 8 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
I fundamentally have trouble understanding the argument that the GOP wasn’t an organized cross burning before Trump came along. Did anyone pay attention to the 2016 GOP primary?
Rubio ran on a total abortion ban and made clear he opposed a rape/incest exception (but would graciously sign a ban including one if it would “save lives.”) cnn.com/2015/08/09/pol…
Apr 8 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
There were people always saying this and Republicans like Bush were catering directly to them with just more politely coded rhetoric.
I also think the voters intent on *blaming* Biden and Democrats wouldn’t vote for them anyway. But key voters will back whoever says they can fix the situation. That’s usually easier for the party out of power. “Elect us and we’ll make it better!"
Apr 5 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
I feel I keep having to repeat this: “Good” Republicans would’ve given you the current SCOTUS that is about to overturn Roe.
Rittenhouse killed two people and maimed another. He never disputes that.
Nov 18, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
In 1996, if you’d said that in 20 years, HRC would be the Democratic presidential nominee, you could also have likely predicted that working class whites (both men and women) would bail on the Democratic party. That doesn’t mean HRC was so fatally flawed candidate.
Bill Clinton was a great politician, sure, but it’s not like HRC was drastically more to the left than he was. Arguably, the ways that she was more to the left involved her centering of racial justice and feminism.
Nov 18, 2021 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
There is such dramatic irony in these dramatic shifts occurring between Bill Clinton’s presidency and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
But you could’ve predicted a LOT of this even in 1996. The same white working class guys who loved “Bubba” HATED Hillary Clinton.
Nov 18, 2021 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Kennedy was a Democrat in 2004 who supported John Kerry. HRC receives a lot of criticism bc she lost in 2016 but even while Obama won twice, there was a steady defection to the GOP from white Dems like Kennedy over the past 20 yrs