The Shadow

Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow ~ T. S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men" No American could have watched the past weeks’ tributes to John Lewis and been unmoved. The man’s entire life, right up to his astonishing final words, which he wrote in the hospital knowing he was dying and told his lawyers to release four hours before his funeral, are indeed...

Here We Go, Ready or Not

I’ve been seeing an uptick in “Hillary warned us” memes like this one lately, and I have to say: they’re not the ace card some people seem to think they are. I agree Hillary Clinton had a clear-eyed assessment of how bad a Trump presidency would be. But here’s the thing: so did a lot of us. https://twitter.com/kimksavesworld/status/1284815480910422017 The fact that these keep getting...

Biden’s Gaffes and Rumsfeld’s Law

Friday morning, Joe Biden said something stupid on live national television. Well, on the internet. Most weeks, this would typically only be recognizable as "Friday," given the gaffes-per-day pace of ol' Gaffe Machine Joe. But this time, it was about the real third rail of American politics -- not Social Security, as the original formulation had it, but race. On a radio interview with popular...

Operation DUMBSHIT

( Operation DUMBSHIT: Deploying United Military Because Syria Harbors Islamic Terrorists) Or, as Digby puts it, "here we go" (I’d merely add “…again”). Digby's right: when Democrats like Al Franken (of all people), who’s up for re-election in two years, start making very public noises to the effect that they're “troubled” the Obama administration “has not yet developed a...

DCCC Is Sounding Desperate Now

Apparently, the email the DCCC recently sent out that attempted to sound like a collection agency wasn't enough. Had you asked me, after receiving that one, whether I'd see anything worse from the DCCC in this campaign cycle, I'd have said no. And I'd have been wrong. This is Steve Israel's DCCC, after all, and I suspect that, although they can't and won't admit such a thing during a crucial...

DCCC Sends Out Some Serious Bullshit

I've always been a liberal/progressive. That means I've given money to the DCCC over the years, when I've been able to, and when I thought it was important. So I've been on "the list" (hell, many such lists) for quite some time. I also understand how political fundraising works (because I've done plenty in my day): most people - the vast majority - simply will not seek you out to send you...

Fire Boehner?

This is the hashtag which has caught suspiciously quick and omnipresent fire on Twitter this evening: #FireBoehner. Fire Boehner? Fine by me...if it can actually be accomplished. Only, it can't. And it's the (likely, though unprovable) source of this hashtag that is making me stabby this evening. Let's remember: the teabaggers have attempted to "fire Boehner" repeatedly. In fact, it's a recurring...

The Left’s Relationship to the Democratic Party Proper

Over at Digby’s place, David O. Atkins has one of the exceedingly rare pieces of seriously confused thinking that can be found in the archives there. In a think piece on what we here on the left can - or should - take away from Eric Cantor’s stunning upset, Atkins conflates two very different problems within the Democratic party proper: "Democrats reliably vote in presidential elections,...

I Get Questionnaires

So, today, I got a welcome letter from the new communications director for the DNC, a Ms. Mo Elleithee. Not welcoming me, welcoming herself to the new position. I'd never heard of her, but I presume, to have landed such a job, she must have enough relevant history and done well enough at it to be competent at worst. By way of introduction, Ms. Elleithee wanted me to answer a questionnaire which...

Harry Reid: Finalist, Shoulda-Woulda-Coulda Division

I'd like to be taken at least a little bit seriously in terms of what I write here, and I know full well that beginning any post with a giant, all-caps "AAAAAAAAARRRGH," followed by several exclamation points will make me seem like all-that-is-wrong-and-laughable-about-bloggers in a nutshell. Nevertheless, sometimes, there's genuinely nothing that better than a good AAAAAAAARRRGH!!!!! to sum...