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Remember FDR?

His name is hardly ever mentioned by party leaders anymore.

As I tell my college students, they could have run his corpse in '48 and he still would have won.

If they dug him up and ran him today, he would probably STILL win, just not by as much (the media largely being silent about him apart from his role in World War II).

Concern of Progressive Purge as Bernie Wing 'Left in the Cold' at DNC

Source: Common Dreams

Sparking concerns that party leadership is making the same mistakes that have rendered them increasingly powerless and without an inspiring vision, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is reportedly carrying out a massive staff shake-up in which veteran progressives are being purged and "left out in the cold."

"This doesn't bring the party together, it deepens the divide at a time we need all hands on deck," James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders supporter who was ousted from the DNC Executive Committee, wrote on Twitter Thursday.

According to Alex Seitz-Wald of NBC News, Zogby is hardly alone.

"[S]everal key longtime officials have lost their posts" since the staff changes began," Seitz-Wald writes, a fact that many have interpreted as "retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez."

Read more: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/19/concern-progressive-purge-bernie-wing-left-cold-dnc

Do Democrats think they can win by further turning their back on progressives and double down on corporate compliance?

Hillary DID win the popular vote, but did party leaders notice their crushing losses in the House, Senate, and state houses?

If party leaders continue with this behavior, they may find they're escorting their own base out the door and into a third party along with progressive politicians who put their constituents who voted for them ahead of Wall St's demands for bailouts, trade, deals, no prosecutions, wars for them, and austerity for the rest of us.

PIC: the only way Trump's chief of staff can succeed

Gore calls for single-payer healthcare

Source: The Hill

Former Vice President Al Gore called for a single-payer healthcare system this week amid the collapse of the Senate GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“The private sector has not shown any ability to provide good, affordable healthcare for all,” Gore said Tuesday at an event at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, The Huffington Post reported.

“I believe we ought to have single-payer healthcare.”


“I think we’ve reached a point where the entire healthcare system is in impending crisis,” Gore said at the time. “I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we should begin drafting a single-payer national health insurance plan.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/342733-al-gore-endorses-single-payer-healthcare

Al Gore is a DLC OG, so if he's saying this, it's time for the party leadership to change.

ANALOGY: rebuilding after arson

Republicans are trying to burn down our house, & centrist Dems keep rebuilding with wood instead of something that can withstand the arson.


If Anthony Kennedy retires, that's when we need a Merrick Garland

Gorsuch was a far righty replacing another far rightie, so it didn't change the balance of the court.

Anthony Kennedy is often a swing vote, so his replacement will be critical.

Republicans might actually consider agreeing to Garland or the equivalent for that seat as a way to dampen Democratic fervor for the midterms or whatever election is after Kennedy's retirement.

At least that's the pitch someone could make to Republicans.

The current partisan balance would be maintained, which is way the hell more than the Republicans deserve.

And they would still lose anyway, but possibly hold onto a handful of marginal seats.

It took 50 years to confirm 1968 was stolen. It took 243 days to confirm 2016 was stolen.

Good post on DK about Republicans only winning the presidency by cheating, mostly monkey wrenching foreign policy.

What is odd to me is this is the first time Democrats have made long, consistent noise about it.

The other thing that is odd is the monkey-wrenching at least slowed escalating tensions with Russia rather than damage peace talks. I wonder if that's why the MSM is airing the allegation and keeping it in the mix.

NOTE: Formatting isn't working for me lately. Everything below the line is quoted.

The New York Times, December 31, 2016:

During a phone call on the night of Oct. 22, 1968, Richard M. Nixon told his closest aide (and future chief of staff) H.R. Haldeman to "monkey wrench" President Lyndon B. Johnson's efforts to begin peace negotiations over the Vietnam War. Nixon long denied giving such an order, but Haldeman's notes, which were quietly made public in 2007 and were recently discovered by the historian Jack Farrell, prove he was lying.

The New York Times, July 9, 2017

President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.

On December 11, 2016, eight days before the electoral college met, I wrote: 1968, 1980, 2000, 2016,* summarizing October and other surprises:

The 1968 “monkey wrench” of Vietnam peace efforts.

The 1980 likely deal with Iran to delay release of hostages until after election. Credibility buttressed by later Iran-Contra deal.

The 2000 theft by Supreme Court and voter purging.


Conservatives Story About How Republicans Are Born Backfires Spectacularly

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist seemed to think he had the perfect example to explain his problem with taxes, and to illustrate ― as he put it ― “how Republicans are born.”

On Sunday, the head of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform wrote on Twitter:

The post quickly went viral, but probably not for the reasons Norquist expected. Of the more than 4,500 comments, many explained exactly what the tax on that guitar would be used for.

Here are some examples:

There are a lot more responses in the article:


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