Former congressional staffer here. I'm seeing a few different tactics/strategies being thrown out to #SaveSCOTUS, and a fair amount of misinformation. Here's a short thread on a few tactics that won't work.
1) Pressure on Senators who don't represent you. If you don't live in Maine, Sen. Collins doesn't care what you think. That's not even a knock on Collins - that's just how representative democracy works.
Exceptions: You are a millionaire, famous person, or big campaign donor.
2) Pressure on House members. Members of the House of Reps are very important for many things, but they have no vote on Supreme Court justices.
Exception: Could be worthwhile to get every Dem House member in red states to publicly oppose, creating contrast with GOP senators.
Couple things to keep in mind ahead of SCOTUS announcement today: 1) McCain is unlikely to vote 2) So if all Dems oppose, Trump needs every single GOP vote 3) GOP like Collins don’t want to be the deciding vote 4) But...three Dems voted for Gorsuch (Heitkamp, Donnelly, Manchin)
This is why the events this week are important. Swift, united Dem opposition across the country is critical for putting pressure on the swingable GOP. Regardless of your state, we need your voice this week to #SaveSCOTUS.
It’s also why @SenSchumer’s role is so important right now. As Minority Leader, it is literally his job to lead the Dem Caucus. This is why New York Indivisibles are holding events calling on him to “whip the vote.” We desperately need his leadership to get those 3 Dems back.
Just finished a new book “This is an Uprising” by @markjengler (and his bro who is not on Twitter). Incredible. Best book I’ve read on social movements since @zeynep’s Twitter and Tear Gas. Absolutely a must read for anybody in the resistance. amazon.com/This-Uprising-…
The authors seamlessly weave together organizing theory (mainly Alinsky & Piven/Cloward) and a ton of very compelling histories of domestic and international social movements - MLK, Otpor in Serbia, Earth First!, Gandhi, Egyptian revolution, Act Up, Dreamers, & more.
As someone who accidentally got thrown into a social movement, I learned a ton. I found myself writing “Yes! Same!” in the margins throughout. Not just theory - lots of practical insights. It felt like it was describing *exactly* what Indivisible is aiming for. Highly recommend!
OK, I’ve got 4 thoughts to share on the passage of this historically monstrous tax bill in the House and now the Senate tonight.
I know, it's past 1am (blame the GOP for these midnight shenanigans), but I just gotta get this out.
1st thought: this really, really sucks. I've noticed some progressives want to paint this as a “win” because this will “hurt” the GOP in elections next year. That’s not a where I start. This bill will have real and awful human consequences. This is tragic.
If it wasn’t clear before, it’s very clear now: the congressional GOP are ideological extremists. They cared less about their constituents and our democratic institutions than about raw political power and the enrichment of themselves and their donors.