We can hardly predict what the next four years hold for us, but the signs are anything but encouraging. We need to steel ourselves for the fight ahead, learn from the past and find comfort and encouragement anywhere we can, including books.
As we survey the wreckage from the 2016 election, the lessons we draw will have implications for years to come. Everyone has a pet theory about why things went so terribly wrong for Democrats in a year when most thought victory was assured. The decisions made in the wake of this election will determine whether the left can stem the tide as Republicans now control the vast majority of state legislatures as well as the federal government. They will determine whether the Democratic Party will be a vibrant, relevant vehicle for implementing progressive policy in the future. They will determine how effectively we can fight in the meantime and protect the people who have the most to lose under a Trump presidency. Continue reading “Abandoning voters of color would be immoral and shortsighted”
This endless slog of an election can wear you down, especially with the avalanche of hatred Donald Trump has unleashed. It’s easy to feel powerless and discouraged.
I find one of the best ways to get some perspective is to get out and talk to voters directly rather than wallowing in press coverage. It gives you a mission and some agency and is a tremendously important part of winning an election. I spent last weekend in Reno going door to door for Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates, and I wrote a piece about what that experience was like for Broke-Ass Stuart.
I tense up as the tall gray-haired man wearing grandpa glasses yells to grab our attention and then stands a little too close for comfort. I was with 3 other women outside a Starbucks in Reno wearing Hillary Clinton t-shirts as we got ready to knock on doors and talk to voters. Outside of my Bay Area bubble, I realize I’m assuming random people (well, white men at least) are Trump supporters until they prove otherwise. I prepare myself for a possible lecture about how we shouldn’t whine about Donald Trump’s tape since we ladies all love reading 50 Shades of Grey so much.
Every day we have the unfortunate experience of waking up and remembering that Donald Trump is the leading Republican presidential candidate. On the positive side, we’re seeing enthusiasm and energy behind Bernie Sanders and his message that is changing the debate and resonating with voters. It’s perfect time for comedians to seize on what makes these candidates frightening and endearing respectively, and Tony Atamanuik and James Adomian are doing an amazing job with Trump vs. Bernie.
The debates between the two comedians have grown from an event at the UCB Theater to a nationwide tour and multiple TV appearances. I had the pleasure of seeing this brilliant performance in San Francisco. Their impressions are spot on, but they aren’t just imitating–they’re raising important issues of our day and exposing the depth of these candidates. Atamanuik in particular has an interesting technique as Trump, both satirizing him and stepping slightly outside the character to indict the culture that let Trump happen.
Watch the trailer below. If you’re in one of the cities left on the tour, I cannot recommend it highly enough. You can also watch their special on April 27th, and get the pointed satire and nonstop laughs that you need this election season.
There are certain issues and interest groups that politicians will bend over backwards to avoid upsetting. We all know from the abysmal state of gun laws in this country that the National Rifle Association is one of them. Think Progress reports on just what fealty to the gun lobby got Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR):
Last year, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) voted against a popular proposal to require people who purchase firearms online or at gun shows first complete a background check. On Tuesday, however, the National Rifle Association announced a $1.3 million ad buy in Pryor’s home state of Arkansas supporting Pryor’s Republican opponent Rep. Tom Cotton.