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2 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

Boy, it seemed like I was posting articles about Bibi facing charges and being kicked out of office for years! So much so, that I got tired of the false alarms. The alternative in the government is not great but nonetheless at least they didn't fall for the usual scare tactics that Netanyahu uses to cling to power.

Speaking of Bibi, you know who else soon won't be able to use the shield of 'head of state' to shield himself from facing criminal and civil charges? Take a guess.

I wish I thought Trump would goto jail but alas he won't.   But frankly his loss of wealth is enough for me because I know that is the only thing that will really crush him like the roach he is.

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19 hours ago, Vee said:

I personally feel we don't really have a choice at this point but to do some sort of filibuster reform if we want to get a lot done. S1 is not going to pass without nuking it (if it can pass) and at least some form reform is the only path to begin to safeguard elections. I don't think it's as apocalyptic a long game as some think atm - a lot of politics are cyclical - but I also don't think we can keep rolling over for the same old senatorial chestnuts and excuses shrugging shoulders saying 'what can ya do? Vote!' I vote every time. I engage in the off-season. But no amount of grassroots action is going to change McConnell's very old game or roll back voter suppression. And I don't believe there are ten Dem Senators who will stand in the way of filibuster reform. Plenty of people can talk a big game on background, especially via the lens of Politico which tries to launder opinion and push policy via a Republican-leaning POV. I don't for a second believe there are ten Dem Senators who will stand in the way of reform if Schumer and Pelosi get behind it, which I believe they will.

 

I also don't think it's lose-lose. I think that is the nihilist splinter of the progressive movement's favorite go-to - all Dems suck, Bernie would've won, all Dems are bad at messaging, you'll all lose anyway next time and in 5-10-20 years we will pick up the pieces. If you live in that sphere on Twitter that looks like reality, but it's not reality. Every time a Democrat wins these guys kick the can down the road - oh you won the primary but Biden won't win; oh, you won the general but you won't win the Senate. Oh, you won the Senate but there's still Manchin. It's moving the goalposts over and over. I can share common cause on certain things while disliking these people, but how many more absolute failure narratives do I have to tolerate that keep being deflated and proven wrong before someone else admits they were?

 

Republicans are fine with creating their own reality and having enough people being suck into it for their zero sum game. 

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3 hours ago, JaneAusten said:

I wish I thought Trump would goto jail but alas he won't.   But frankly his loss of wealth is enough for me because I know that is the only thing that will really crush him like the roach he is.

 

I'd be surprised if Netanyahu faced any jail time. It's the prosecution and banishment from ever taking public office that I was mainly speaking of. If Trump's "fortune" and influence are severely reduced, that would also be a good thing.

The reality is that many people are found guilty of committing criminal and civil crimes and never see a lick of jail time.

Especially if they are rich white men.

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Can't wait for Weiss, Sullivan, Greenwald, etc. to speak on this as they are so eager to push transphobia while getting to have the privilege of rich white gays (some of whom don't even live in this country).

 

Oh wait, they're too busy talking about how they love insurrectionists or how scary black people are.

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This is a legitimately informative deeper dive into Manchin, intolerable as he is. Interesting that Warren has his ear. Virtually all the discussion of his current thinking is pre-dating last week's events.

 

 

There is another DB post this morning that has no author on the byline and is largely Do Something Twitter lines screaming about a podcast interview. It accomplishes nothing so I am not going to post it. While some of that interview re: the WH's thinking is informative, it doesn't tell us much more than we already know. I'll just reiterate what I've said: I understand some of the WH's concerns, but "just vote" is not a viable strategy to break GOP voter suppression operations, and the White House needs to do more and be more vocal, not worry about looking bipartisan enough. And while various officials inside (or leaking to the press to launder their opinions and push an angle) may have varying opinions, I personally do not believe Biden will stand silent for very long. He never has in the past - the Jim Crow framing was his, and it works.

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A legitimate dilemma, the way Brownstein poses it. I do not agree with Axelrod's thinking, though. He was the architect of a number of mistakes in '09 and while Obama's thinking evolved, his didn't.

 

 

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Another informative look at another exasperating person. It is worth noting that it says Sinema, while opaque and dismissive of her constituents, could be moved on the filibuster. I had forgotten she used to be Code Pink, which somehow does not surprise me.

 

 

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Media darling Nancy Mace, who is breathlessly hyped (by herself, her trash press people, and of course, the press) as New and Different, has pulled out the old vandalism card. There are some questions about the handwriting of this vandal...

 

 

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