Republicans are going to come after us over expanding voting, eliminating the filibuster, and fixing the court, here's how we fight back
Yuge fan of yr footnotes (yes I paid full retail for your hardcover book) but if you could figure out how to make them show up on the side instead of at the bottom it would be a whole lot easier to read them in time to laugh before losing the rhythm of your prose.
Thanks so much for this Dan! It's great to read deeper analysis and to hear your thoughts on how campaigns should speak to voters in the next crucial months.
Thank you for this "bite sized" view into your very engaging views on our political situation. I was a bit hesitant to read or watch ANOTHER political voice in what can be generously called "crowded"- but I felt enlightened to some actionable ideas presented in a non-hyperbolic fashion. A new "must-read" for me.
As important as defeating McConnell is taking the Senate, getting rid of the filibuster and passing a bunch of laws to fix democracy
Realizing that Trump didn't kill our democracy, but the reason trump is around is because our demcracy was already dying is something that took me too long to realize. And even though the filibuster episode of The West Wing was one of my favorites...I'm all for getting rid of it. But, can Biden do that if McConell is still head evil spawn? I know that defeating Trump is on everybody's to-do list here, but how much can Biden actually get done if kentucky re-elects McConell?
Best part is all of these changes, though requiring the spending of political capital amidst a pandemic, do not carry with them the "price tag" typically associated with Democratic Party proposals by the news media. So, let's welcome the fight with the Republican Party come January 2021.
A litmus test for me when looking to any Democratic candidate seeking my support: does the candidate believe our democracy is healthier when more people participate, especially when it comes to voting, whether the candidate personally benefits or doesn't? Especially with some long-time incumbents, it becomes apparent that even some Democrats cannot stomach more participation and friendly competition from a challenger.
It also makes our party as an institution better to want more participants at the voting booth, so, when we do lose, it's not because everything came down to Democrats not turning out to vote, but because we know the other side's candidate/ideas were better received by more voters.
Has anyone directly tested or tried the message that Republicans have decided that they have the right to rule irrespective of what the people want? Sort of a variation on a theme of Brecht “the party has lost confidence in the people “