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"If You Care About the Court, Don't Talk About It" ... is this a good strategy?

Personally, I’m so conflicted about what the Dems “should” do, “could do” that I am in a perpetual state of distress. Opinions?

Why? Fixating on the Court organizes the electorate along two fronts of a culture war, and forces people to make stark ideological choices. Instead of focusing voters on the president’s failure to control COVID-19 or the consequent economic collapse, the culture war makes voters think only of their deepest tribal identities. To put it differently: Americans who define themselves as “pro-life” or as socially conservative might consider voting for Joe Biden if the issue at stake is the botched pandemic response. If the issue is conservative judges versus liberal judges, then they may stick with the Republicans.

Given the quirks of the American electoral system, these undecided voters matter, even more than the fired-up, well-organized inhabitants of liberal enclaves. The Democratic base may now be making record donations to Democratic campaigns, but if money was the only thing that mattered, Jeb Bush would be president. On its own, the Democratic base can’t determine the outcome of presidential elections, let alone the Senate majority. These contests are settled in a small number of states by a tiny number of independents and disillusioned partisans, the kinds of voters who used to be “Reagan Democrats,” but who now might become “Biden Republicans.” And they may well be spooked by the prospect of “liberal judges,” a phrase designed to evoke lawlessness, degeneracy, and disorder.



"We could have done more"....

A long sad, detailed article from the Atlantic reporting on an interview with Andrew Weissman discussing his new book “Where The Law Ends.”

Weissman, was one of Robert Mueller’s top deputies.

And Mueller? He was incapable of navigating the world remade by Trump. He conducted himself with scrupulous integrity and allowed his team to be intimidated by people who had no scruples at all. His deep aversion to publicity silenced him when the public badly needed clarity about the special counsel’s dense, ambiguous, at times unreadable report. His sense of fairness surrendered the facts of presidential criminality to an administration that was at war with facts. He trusted his friend Barr to play it straight, not realizing that Barr had gone crooked. He left the job of holding the president accountable to a Congress that had shown itself to be Trump’s willing accomplice. He wanted, above all, to warn the American people about foreign subversion of our democracy, while the greater subversion gathered force here at home.

In our interview, I asked Weissmann if Mueller had let the American people down. “Absolutely, yep,” Weissmann said, before quickly adding: “I wouldn’t phrase it as just Mueller. I would say ‘the office.’ There are a lot of things we did well, and a lot of things we could have done better, to be diplomatic about it.”

And the investigation—was it a historic missed opportunity?

Weissmann’s reply was terse. “That’s fair.”

With the end of the Special Counsel’s Office, the one real check on Trump’s unfettered power was gone, until the next election. Now it’s upon us, and the president remains free to repeat what worked for him in the last one.


I'm off to the DU home page to donate to Joe and Kamala. It's the least I can do.

I get in peoples face who throw out Jacob Blake was reaching for a knife bull shit.

A feeble look at the frame of the video Showing the shooting
SHOWS there is enough muscle in blue uniforms close enough, in arms length, to grab him without having to shoot.
No more needs to be said.

Could the Congressional Oversight Committee have done a better job?

Lots of speechifying.
Even Katie Porter wasn’t able to lay more than a slap on the wrist.

Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Durham Investigation

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — A former F.B.I. lawyer intends to plead guilty to falsifying a document as part of a deal with prosecutors conducting their own criminal inquiry of the Russia investigation, according to three people familiar with the case.

The lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, 38, who was assigned to the Russia investigation, plans to admit that he altered an email from the C.I.A. that investigators relied on to seek renewed court permission in 2017 for a secret wiretap on the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who had at times provided information to the spy agency. Mr. Clinesmith’s lawyers said he made a mistake while trying to clarify facts for a colleague, the people said.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/us/politics/kevin-clinesmith-durham-investigation.html?action=click&module=Alert&pgtype=Homepage

The Handmaid's Tale, circa 2020

Henceforth, each Republican officeholder is to be referred to as
They are the Handmaid’s of his policies, and have abandoned the Constitution.

Immediately, I am going to purchase at least $100 worth of stamps from the US Postal Service

I will be reluctant However, if the money does not go directly to the US Postal Service.
Does anyone here happen to know if that would be the case? Will my purchase go directly into the US Postal Service coffers?

Today, and going forward, I declare that

I am A John Lewis Democrat!

Stenciling on a tee shirt.

President Bill Clinton spellbinding story

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