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That Will Rogers joke* from the 1930s hit its expiry date the day FDR died...

...and if not then, the day Nixon was elected. I read it here too often since I came aboard in 2002, and I feel Mme Speaker is even less amused than I am.

We are in a flaming national emergency, a real one, and if old hands like Hoyer and Clyburn can't relate what they are doing in the House every day to whether or not the Blue Wave can achieve anything at all, then maybe they should just get out of the way. Because if this is a day at the beach, the beach is Normandy.

Age is not the issue. Every day I am glad for Nancy Pelosi, her experience, and her abilities.

* "I'm not a member of any organized party. I'm a Democrat."

My observation is that Mme Speaker has been "training people" her whole career...

Not by holding classes, that's not how it's done. But by the committee assignments she gives, and the opportunities to grow. People who are capable learn and grow. Then their peers elect them, and so on. She didn't just waltz into the House one day and say "Hi there peons, I am now your Speaker" -- other Democratic House representatives elected her of their own free will, based on her proven abilities to lead.

If Schiff or Swallwell want to be Speaker after she retires, they will let it be known to their peers. So will a lot of other congresscritters. Then, presuming Dems retain the majority in the House, the Dems will hold an election and decide who they want to lead them.

That's how it's done. It's not magic, and it's not corrupt.

The Mad King, plus his whole bastardized royal family...

Crown Princess Ivanka, the clear favorite. She who will be Queen hereafter.
Prince Consort Jared -- because he's married to the Crown Princess. Looks like a cipher, but is he really?
The two Princes in the Tower, Junior and Eric, who aren't that important but have jobs assigned to them
The Bastard Princess Tiffany (have you seen their body language when she's around?)
Princess Consort Melania, product of another foreign alliance, who reports back whence she came. No love lost between Melania and the three Spawn of Queen Ivana.
Prince Barron, still a child and still unimportant to anyone but his mother, lucky for him

Chris Matthews calls them The Romanoffs, but I had this schema worked out long before he started saying that. Once I came up with Mad King the rest just fell into place -- what a sick family.

Well you got here in 2007, but you never seem to know who I am, so I'll explain again...

I remember the speech Obama gave at the DNC during the BushCheney administration. 2004? It made a huge impression here at DU -- wow, we all said, this guy's an up-and-comer. I live 2 hours out from Los Angeles, and some of my activist Dem friends filled a van with people to go hear him speak at a neighborhood park somewhere in LA. 2006? It was outdoors and it was packed. We had to park blocks away. He told a story -- all politicians tell a story, but this was pretty much the story of this country as I would tell it myself, and of course I liked that.

I heard about his book and made a point of reading it. I discovered there were only a few degrees of separation between us -- His parents and I went to the same university, though they were a bit before my time. I supported the first campaign of a man who turned out to be a close friend of his mother and father when they were all students: Neil Abercrombie, who by the time I met him was a university prof running for the legislative seat in the 3-M District (Makiki, McCully, Manoa) where I lived. You may have heard his name because he ended up in the US Congress and later became Governor of Hawai'i, but no matter.

Barack Obama's autobiography went straight to my heart as a fellow kama'aina. I never in my life thought my small remote home state would produce a man who might actually end up as president. His grandparents had a very similar reaction to moving to the Islands as my parents did when they came: this is an ethnically-blended paradise. It's not really Heaven, real people with real troubles live there, but in the 1950s and 1960s it was very different in atmosphere from the Mainland.

And there was so much more that he revealed. To you, he is a black man with a white mother. Right? To me, I see how his haole mother fostered his African American identity even when they moved to Indonesia. To me, I see the choices of identity he had, and how he chose to move to the Mainland and how he chose Michelle Robinson. And -- I see the stamp of Hawai'i on him to his core.

But here at DU we had some good old battles over his identity -- I can't remember who said he didn't seem black enough, but there it was.

Be that as it may, although my first choice in 2007-8 was Hillary, I was happy to support Obama. We all want to imagine we understand our preferred candidates' character -- but it would seem so out of character to me if someone accused Obama of nonconsensual sex. As far as I can tell, the man has not had a breath of scandal on him. It would take a lot of convincing for me to lose faith in him.

I don't know what you want me to say. Perhaps you chose the wrong example to use on me and should throw out another challenge.

All things being equal, despite being #MeToo , I try to not make snap judgments when someone I really know nothing about is accused of something, and it has nothing zero zilch nada to do with the color of their skin. I don't know very damn much about Virginia except it is Southern and is allegedly turning Blue, but I sure know Nixonian ratfucking when I see it, and we just keep falling for it.

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