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Writer for @Wonkette. Theater maker at @CafeNordo. Board member at @PDXPlayhouse. My son described me as “play typer guy."
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Oct 19 9 tweets 2 min read
Republicans were moved on infrastructure and -- perhaps most damning -- gun safety.

Not budging on abortion would imply that Republicans fear no political ramifications from voters, despite Biden saying just this week that there is a strong “pro-Roe” majority. 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." 2000 looks like a set back whereas 2020 led to a major shift that might end democracy as a whole.
Oct 17 4 tweets 1 min read
What is the solution to “white voters are mostly garbage”? That is the dominant power bloc in the US. The rest of us can either negotiate or desperately try to fight back (and likely fail). I am in the uncomfortable middle, I guess, between the centrists in outright denial about white supremacy and the folks who think poking the literal WASP’s nest will achieve anything productive.
Oct 17 4 tweets 1 min read
The “appeal of centrism,” based on this poll, would require not acknowledging America’s issues with white supremacy, which isn’t a past problem but is an issue RIGHT NOW. It’s like the five fingers from 1984
Oct 16 4 tweets 1 min read
Republicans still think this is a “dunk” on @CoriBush when Texas cops sat on their asses while children were murdered.

Private security would’ve lost their jobs the next day. They are obligated to actually ... protect people. “This person will pay to eat at a fancy restaurant but won’t eat out of garbage can! Hypocrite!"
Oct 16 4 tweets 1 min read
People are still saying that Hobbs should debate Lake after the Warnock/Walker debate, which had pundits claiming Walker cleared a “low bar." 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. Image 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. Image 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 Democrats became complacent regarding the GOP’s strategic retreat. This was Jeb Bush in 2015 msnbc.com/msnbc/jeb-bush…
Apr 7 4 tweets 1 min read
I love STAR TREK because everyone is better than this, even the Romulans. STAR TREK literally posits that we must move past our Lauren Boebert stage before Vulcans will even consider stopping by and saying “Hello."
Apr 6 4 tweets 1 min read
I’m not sure the fact that it’s worldwide matters to most voters. The party in power takes it on the chin if voters are hurting economically. 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. Note how quiet Never Trumpers are over the SCOTUS and Federalist Society judges. They LIKE those guys.
Nov 19, 2021 13 tweets 2 min read
There was literally no admission of the alleged crime in Simpson and Cosby’s case. 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 And it’s naive to claim it’s bc of Sanders-style liberalism. Kennedy was a Dem when Ted Kennedy was lion of the Senate