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Sunday, December 17, 2017

And the Resistance Lives!



Although we don’t know it yet, liberals got good news and bad news this week.

The good news: Democrat Doug Jones (a white guy) beat Republican ex-jurist Roy Moore (another white guy, only whiter if you get my drift) in a special election to replace former Senator Jeff Sessions (too white for everyone’s own good) in the US Senate.  This was good news because it (a) repudiated everything which the GOP has held near and dear in the last year which closely resembles good old-fashioned American racism, (b) decreased the Democratic Party's razor thin deficit of seats in the Senate, and (c) gave a large boo-boo to the President’s ego.

Yay, Alabama voters!  You did the right thing!

The bad news: Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in the special election to replace former Senator Jeff Sessions.  This is bad because Moore’s ascension to the Senate would have (a) cemented the Republican Party’s well-earned (in my humble opinion) reputation of being a haven for hypocrites and sex offenders which could have led to (b) an acceleration of the destruction of the GOP as an influential political entity, and (c) given a large boo-boo to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's hinder regions which would have made him uncomfortable to sit in his own senate seat.

Boo, Alabama voters!  What were you thinking?

In all seriousness, if I may put satire aside for one moment, it was refreshing to see American democracy work again for the people.  Many of us had our doubts that democracy would ever work again.  We’re still asking ourselves “WTF?” at the results of 2016.

I know we’ve heard the words “Get over it” from the other side.  After all, 2016 was then and this is 2020 fast approaching.   Get over it?   For the love of America: NEVER!

The Alabama election results will hopefully energize the Democratic Party for next year’s mid-term elections.  History is on our side: traditionally the party in the White House loses their congressional majority in the mid-terms.

Of course, it’s not a sure thing even with a President with historic and record disapproval poll ratings and the poison-pill-to-American-middle-class-prosperity (AKA tax reform) making its way to congressional passage and President’s signature.   Still we can dream.
Dream. Plot. Scheme. Plan. Rally for those opposed to the current regime.

We just may need to recruit some fresh blood among the Democrats and say good bye to the old establishment.  Adios Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the horse you rode in on.  Thank you, Hillary, but you have nothing more to prove: a woman CAN be elected president.  And sorry Al (Franken), your progressive voice will be missed, but we should let the women take charge for now.

We should not dismiss Elizabeth Warren just yet.  Besides her mere presence inside the Beltway makes the President’s racist tendencies bristle.  Pocahontas?  Really, Mr. President?

We should keep our eyes on Pramila Jayapal, the first female of Indian-American descent in the House of Representatives, who has been speaking out more and more lately against the epidemic of sexual harassment which seems to be plaguing prominent (male) Americans. 

Also watch the new (this year) junior Senator from California, Kamala D. Harris, who has so far gained a reputation of agitating against the President’s agenda.

Ah, diversity!  It’s just a peg in the GOP Big Tent, but a reality in the Democratic Party.

Last but not least we should watch the third-generation progressive voice from Massachusetts, House Representative Joseph P. Kennedy, III.   Yes, he’s one of THOSE Kennedys! 

And wait, Bernie, don’t go away just yet.  Your social safety net ideas may have been too far-fetched for the voters in 2016.  2020?  Maybe we’ll be more willing to accept the single payer healthcare system by then.  We should make room for him at the progressive’s table for the immediate future.

The Resistance lives!  Vive le Resistance!

Let’s just keep it civil.  Keep your guillotines at home.  We’ll get back to you about the marching with torches and pitchforks thing.

(Thank you for reading.  Oh, Mr. President, it appears that your boo-boo has been infected…with Muelleritis!   Tee-hee!)

4 Comments:

Blogger Raybeard said...

It's reassuring that, from what you say, there are some genuine Democratic hopefuls coming over the horizon. It's the first I've heard any mention of these. From this distance it looks like what the Dems most need is not so much for Trump and the Repubs to make yet moore, sorry, MORE errors (which he and they surely must), but to have some reliable figurehead around which the ever-growing chorus of discontents can coalesce to give the anti-Trumps some 'oomph'. Let's hope that at least one of these names can fill in the gap which has lasted only too long - even if it really has to be Sanders, at least for the interim.

December 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Bob Slatten said...

"In all seriousness, if I may put satire aside for one moment, it was refreshing to see American democracy work again for the people. "

Preach!

And Joe Kennedy is one to watch.

December 17, 2017 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Thank you Raybeard. Officially the Democrats have got nothing exciting right now, but someone from my list should generate some excitement by this time next year.

Thank you Bob. Yes, I'm keeping my eye on Kennedy.

December 17, 2017 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

such passion!

December 17, 2017 at 6:26 PM  

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