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24/7 media hype instead of looking at the big picture,

why a reality star won the presidency and almost overthrew democracy. Cuomo did a fairly good job with the pandemic considering his state was ground zero where the body bags were piling up in the early days. He made many decisive/forceful moves to contain the virus and make sure people got help - whereas many other governors (especially Repub) did not do this. And NY (like CA) is a mini country. Look at the meltdown in TX and then their Gov lifted mask mandates etc - no regard for human life. Yet it's Cuomo who is cast as the monster by the media.

She won't be the nominee.

If she were the Dem nominee she would likely easily beat the Repub nominee. But the real 'game' is within the Dem primary and that is where she will face heavy hitters from the anti-Cuomo left, but without any appeal to PoC like he has. Thus, I see the left winning the nomination. The left of course often overestimates their appeal to general election voters, especially if they put up someone with similar policies to de Blasio, who is widely unpopular. In such a scenario the Repubs could win if they put up a moderate with at least some appeal to PoC.

+1. Similar pattern of nebulous sniffing/hugging charges - then boom a groping charge

to really go for the knock out punch. It feels like the Tara Reid/Roger Stone playbook.

AG must investigate. However, it is very curious that Cuomo could spend a generation in NY politics, that he would be doing this - and it wouldn't have spilled to the media and/or been used against him earlier? The idea that he was this all powerful man is false. His father had been defeated by Pataki and the 'Cuomo name' was no longer in vogue. He had even declined to run for governor at one point, iirc 2006. One could argue he only became governor due to the downfall of Spitzer (prostitution scandal), which left the NY Dems in dissaray and created the opening for Cuomo to run.

+1. The Dem base is divided on the trans issue,

more than some realize. PoC tend to be more conservative on gender/orientation issues to begin with, and some women feel their hard fought rights for womens' sports are being infringed upon.

The Repubs deal in division, and are trying to pick off some of our base, like they did with white conservative Dems in a previous era. We did worse with Latinos this time which IMO is not just due to lack of outreach on our part - but due to them moving rightward on some of these issues.

Conservative PoC/women/etc are often oblivious

to the fact that they only have rights due to the struggles of the social justice left over the past 50 years.

Conservative PoC will often say 'I don't need special rights, only what the Constitution gives me.' They simply don't get that the Constitution was written for/by white men who did not intend for anyone else to have rights.

Agree, Manchin said recently

he's open to reforming the filibuster to 'make it more painful... make them stand and talk' - which IMO means he sees at least some problem with the filibuster in its current incarnation. Voting rights and civil rights are crucial to democracy and should be exempt from filibusters, especially considering the history of Jim Crow and how filibusters were used by Southern segregationists to obstruct progress.

The quicker we get the world vaccinated

the more difficult it will be for the virus to spread and mutate, as even the existing vaccines have some defense against the variants, which (along with masking, social distancing etc) slows it down until we get booster shots specifically designed to fight the variants.

Manchin is open to modifying the filibuster,

saw him on MTP and he said he's open to 'making it more painful.. make them stand' ie old school style.

We could also exempt voting/civil rights bills from the filibuster to get HR1 and HR4 passed, otherwise the GOP voter suppression efforts will have devastating effects.

The EC is hardcoded into the Constitution and much harder to get rid of. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) may be one method to get around it.

Trump's rise happened for a reason, and we need to take heed.

Trump's main appeal (aside from the racist clown show) was that he would crack down on trade, immigration and outsourcing that has become a major problem over the past 40 years under both parties. Americans don't want too much immigration or outsourcing, which creates strain on the social safety net, makes jobs harder to find and depresses wages. Dems truly do need to move to the center on these issues otherwise we risk a Trumper style candidate winning in 2024.

Voters will overwhelmingly support Dems if we show them we're like FDR - standing for the 99% of Americans vs the 1%. Globalism is here to stay, and we need a left leaning version of it that benefits regular people in all countries.

Pepe Le Pew is rapey, but maybe they should just update the character,

so as to avoid the RW coming at us with the 'cancel culture' strawman.

Lots of cartoons and old shows have ugly elements that are out of place today. We can't just dump all of those characters. Updating what they represent, like I guess they did with Barbie (introduced more 'empowered' versions) could possibly work.

Seinfeld is one of the best shows, and when I look back at it and other shows from that time - it has several racist/sexist etc elements even as it tried to be ironic about it. The list goes on. In Living Color was also a great show from the 90s but there were numerous skits that could be viewed as sexist, racist, abelist, homophobic etc.
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