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President Trump Bragged About the Border Wall to a Group of Children at the Easter Egg Roll

NOT the Onion!

President Trump Bragged About the Border Wall to a Group of Children at the Easter Egg Roll
By Shannon Pettypiece and Alyza Sebenius / Bloomberg 2:34 PM EDT

President Donald Trump used the opportunity of the White House Easter Egg Roll to address some of his youngest supporters about one of his signature policy initiatives: building a wall on the southern U.S. border.

“Oh it’s happening, it’s being built now,” Trump told a group of children as he colored pictures with them on Monday in celebration of Easter on the White House’s South Lawn.

“Here’s a young guy just said ‘keep building that wall.’ Do you believe it? He’s going to be a conservative someday,” the president said.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 22, 2019, 06:06 PM (14 replies)

The Bad History Informing the Impeachment Debate

The Bad History Informing the Impeachment Debate
David Atkins
April 22, 2019
Cautious Democrats seeking to avoid impeaching Donald Trump are making a mangle of the past and misreading the present.


We now live in a very different era culturally and politically, faced with an entirely new category of presidential lawlessness. First and foremost, impeachment isn’t merely a political consideration: As Greg Sargent notes, it’s a matter of moral imperative regardless of the political consequences. Given what was revealed in just the redacted Mueller report, the gaze of history will not look kindly upon a Democratic Party that so clearly shirks its moral and constitutional duties. Even if it’s true that Senate Republicans will refuse to convict—and it is—future generations are unlikely to forgive House Democrats for using such an excuse to avoid impeachment.

The caution might be forgivable if the political consequences were more certain. But there is no guarantee that pursuing impeachment would carry a negative political backlash, and many reasons to believe that failing to impeach might be more detrimental to Democratic electoral chances in 2020.

There have never been fewer persuadable voters in the electorate than in today’s hyperpartisan political environment. Base turnout demands voter enthusiasm, and the base will be more enthusiastic about their party’s politicians if they are seen as putting up a fight against their opponents. While polling on the issue has been scattershot, some evidence suggests a clear majority of Democrats want to impeach the president, plus a growing number of independents.

Perhaps more importantly, there is ample evidence that the few swing voters who remain in the electorate are more motivated by populist anger than “can’t we all just get along?” anti-partisanship. Studies have shown that, while swing voters may decry partisan anger, they can’t stop being angry themselves. It makes sense: Suburban Romney voters who crossed over for Clinton because they found Trump distasteful have only moved farther from him in the years since. Many Obama–Trump crossovers in the upper Midwest now regret their decision and voted accordingly in the 2018 midterms. Those voters didn’t swing to Trump in the first place because they wanted to vote for someone nice. Insofar as it wasn’t for deplorable reasons, they desired a strong and forceful leader to shake things up. Democrats who shrink from holding impeachment hearings out of political caution will not endear themselves to voters who long to change the status quo.

Trump, meanwhile, is unlikely to garner sympathy for what he calls a political witch hunt. Welcoming Russian help in his campaign, campaign-finance violations to cover up multiple trysts with adult film stars, payoffs to tabloids to spike stories, and open corruption and obstruction of justice are not relatable actions. Further legal and congressional investigations are very likely to expose even more criminal wrongdoing, in particular about the Trump Organization’s business practices. An impeachment inquiry would likely damage Trump month after month with damning revelations. Plus, Trump’s own caustic personality, combined with authoritarian impulses and promises to prosecute his own FBI investigators for treason, will immunize him from sympathy from anyone but his already devoted base. Indeed, while more polling may be necessary to confirm the finding, at least one poll shows that in the wake of the redacted Mueller report, Trump’s approval has cratered to a record low 37 percent.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 22, 2019, 06:01 PM (5 replies)

Norm Ornstein: Impeachment Is Not the Answer. At Least Not Yet.


Impeachment Is Not the Answer. At Least Not Yet.
In the wake of the Mueller report, Democrats should probe—not launch a formal inquiry.
6:00 AM ET
Norm Ornstein

What next? The substance of the Mueller report is only now beginning to penetrate through the fog of lies and distortions coming from Attorney General William Barr, backed by his loyal lieutenant, Rod Rosenstein. Even the redacted version makes visible the despicable behavior that emanated from the Trump campaign and the Trump White House, not to mention Donald Trump himself, and the shocking penetration of Russia into our elections—with no visible response then or now from Republicans in power. But most Americans will not read or even get the gist of the Mueller report, or know much of what is in it, as they lead their own lives largely unfocused on politics and government.

So what should Democrats do? There is ample evidence of behavior on the part of the president that fits any reasonable definition of high crimes and misdemeanors—and most likely there will be a lot more when the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and other jurisdictions of the Justice Department finish their work—at least if Barr does not stymie them. The House has a constitutional responsibility to follow up.

But a formal impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee would be politically perilous—and while politics cannot override duty, Democrats cannot risk the kind of 2020 backlash that would come if a large share of the voting public came to see the House as Javert-like, abandoning its focus on health care, jobs, and the other issues that dominate most Americans’ lives in a monomaniacal quest to get Trump. A quick move to impeachment would be used by Trump and his acolytes, from the Senate to Fox and talk radio, to incite and outrage the GOP base.


What we need is for the Judiciary, Intelligence, and Homeland Security Committees to conduct a series of deep dives into the areas of communication and coordination between Trump and his campaign with Russians and their surrogates, such as WikiLeaks; the multiple categories and areas of obstruction of justice that Robert Mueller outlined; the threats to our intelligence operations and our justice system from Trump and his operatives; and the moves by Russia to interfere in and influence our elections used by Trump and unchecked by Republicans. Other committees, such as Ways and Means and Banking, need to be ready to do the same thing as more information emerges from the SDNY and the New York attorney general, among others, about Trump’s financial dealings, including with the Russians, and about Russian money laundering. The witnesses need to include Mueller and Rosenstein, of course, but also the range of figures mentioned in the report, and also a range of experts in areas such as ethics, constitutional violations, intelligence operations, and election administration and security.

Democrats need to stage and coordinate hearings across committees and subcommittees, to make sure they do not overload Americans’ ability to pay attention. Most important, they need to structure the public hearings in a dramatically different way than usual. Each committee needs to use experienced counsel—a good example might be former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara—and limit, if not abandon, opening statements, except from the chairs. No five-minute rounds of questions going down the line of every committee member, leading to utterly disjointed discourse, making it easy for hostile witnesses to evade, filibuster, or otherwise avoid follow-ups and get through a five minute period, which is then followed by a five-minute breather with an ally on the Republican side, and then another five minutes from the next member of the panel that may have nothing to do with the previous round of questions.


Democrats should not jump the gun on impeachment. But it would be a serious dereliction of duty if they did not move now to set the stage for what should happen when the time and setting are right.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 22, 2019, 10:34 AM (9 replies)

Trump, businesses sue Oversight chairman to block subpoena for financial records


Trump, businesses sue Oversight chairman to block subpoena for financial records
By Jacqueline Thomsen - 04/22/19 09:32 AM EDT

President Trump and his private business are suing House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to try and block a subpoena requesting financial records from the president’s accountant.

Cummings issued the request for 10 years of Trump's financial records to Mazars USA, a firm used by the president and his businesses.

“Democrats are using their new control of congressional committees to investigate every aspect of President Trump’s personal finances, businesses, and even his family,” the lawsuit reads. “Instead of working with the President to pass bipartisan legislation that would actually benefit Americans, House Democrats are singularly obsessed with finding something they can use to damage the President politically.”

This developing report will be updated.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 22, 2019, 09:43 AM (3 replies)

Mueller Report Proves Trump Is Very Dishonest


Mueller Report Proves Trump Is Very Dishonest
April 22, 2019 at 8:50 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

First Read: “The Mueller report makes a damning case about Trump’s dishonesty: One of the unmistakable takeaways after reading the Mueller report is how the president of the United States wasn’t honest with the American public when it came to Russia and the entire Russia probe.”

“Almost every step of the way – during the campaign, during the investigation itself – the president and his allies weren’t being honest with the American people.”

“And outside of the questions about obstruction of justice and conspiracy/coordination/collusion, isn’t this dishonesty one of the biggest storylines out this entire Russia episode?”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 22, 2019, 09:38 AM (3 replies)

I've warned that impeachment talk is dangerous, but the time has come: Laurence Tribe


I've warned that impeachment talk is dangerous, but the time has come: Laurence Tribe
Laurence Tribe, Opinion contributor Published 3:15 a.m. ET April 21, 2019
The consequential decision to impeach should not be made lightly. But Mueller's damning report is an invitation that Congress shouldn't refuse.


Mueller’s report has in no way cleared the president of grave wrongdoing. It would be a lie to claim otherwise, as Barr and Trump repeatedly have done. The report takes pains to note that the investigation could not establish wrongdoing under the strict framework of conspiracy law, but declines to draw a conclusion on the existence of collusion, which “is not a specific offense or theory” under U.S. law. Further, Mueller does not mince words about the president’s potential obstruction of justice, stating: “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

Framers created impeachment for this moment

Congress has a duty to provide a beacon of principle and democratic values to the American people. It must pick up the baton that Mueller has offered and come to a judgment of its own, with the understanding that conduct that falls short of criminal conspiracy may nonetheless be impeachable. Consider, for instance, candidate Trump’s public call for the help of the Russian state in defeating Hillary Clinton — met within hours, the special counsel charged, by Russian attempts to hack domains used by her campaign and personal office. Read together with Mueller’s report, this incident exposes the welcome that Trump and his circle extended to foreign support in manipulating the U.S. electorate. This behavior, whether called “collusion” or something else, is exactly the kind of conduct the Framers had in mind when they created procedures for impeachment.

The report is unequivocal in concluding that even if Trump is criminally innocent of obstruction, it is not for lack of trying. The main reason the investigation wasn’t completely thwarted was not that the president didn’t “endeavor” to thwart it — the definition of criminal obstruction — but rather that Trump’s subordinates refused to comply.

Consider, for comparison, that a president who ordered the military to destroy his political enemies would undeniably have committed impeachable offenses, even if the military failed to obey the directive. Add to this Trump’s decision to respond to the report by taking a victory lap rather than protecting our election systems from ongoing attack, and the likelihood that he continues to be compromised by leverage (financial or otherwise) from adversaries, and one sees a president indifferent to the security of the nation he is sworn to lead and to the Constitution he is sworn to uphold. Allowing such a president to remain immune not only from indictment but also from removal would betray Congress’s own responsibility to the public it represents.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was right when she said that impeachment is now a point of principle and duty.
Postponing impeachment — even out of fear that a Republican-led Senate will fail to convict — no longer makes sense. Any such postponement would not only be unprincipled. It would also be politically shortsighted.To quote Brutus, “We must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

Laurence Tribe, co-author of To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment, is a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School and is involved in lawsuits challenging President Trump on policy and ethics. Follow him on Twitter: @tribelaw
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 04:43 PM (6 replies)

GOP Lawmaker Discussed Violent Attacks


GOP Lawmaker Discussed Violent Attacks
April 21, 2019 at 9:28 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea (R) “took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, ‘psyops’ and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies,” according to chat records obtained by the Guardian.

Shea “did not demur from any of these suggestions. He also appeared willing to participate directly in surveillance of activists.”

“The men talked about the broad outlines of what they appeared to consider to be a looming civil war. They also discussed using symbols from what they understood to be Russian anti-communist groups as a way of spreading paranoia among their adversaries.”
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 01:03 PM (3 replies)

From a nurse's perspective...

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It’s 5:15 am and my alarm goes off. I sit up in bed and wipe my eyes and sigh. The sound of that alarm indicates the start of my 14 hour day. Time to wipe away any signs of grief from yesterday’s shift.

Yesterday’s shift, was something to grieve over. I started yesterday’s shift, just as I’ll start the one today. Alarm going off at 5:15am. Brushing my teeth and tucking my hair into a “I can run a marathon” tight pony tail. A hair do I know will survive what this 12 hour shift ahead of me will entail. I slip my scrubs on. Then apply some eyeliner and mascara that is sure to be gone and never retouched in a couple hours.

I arrived to work. Read our assignment board and write my name down next to two numbers. These two room numbers signify the two lives I will have in my hands for the next twelve hours.

In yesterday’s case it was just one. Just one because this patient was so sick that she was in need of one to one nursing care. I walk over to the night shift nurse, who I am relieving, and instantly read the worry on her face. She is bent over the flowsheet writing. Every three minute vitals in this patient’s case.

I take my gaze from the night nurse to my patient’s room. I see a face. A face with a 7.5 mm/25 cm tube inserted in her airway. I follow the airway tubing to the machine on her right that is breathing for her. I hear the all too familiar whoosh of the ventilator delivering her every breath. In front of the machine breathing for her, I observe the device doing the job her failing kidneys can no longer do. I watch the circle of blood leave her artery, run through the circuit of the machine, then return the clean blood to her tired body.

Then a quick gaze to the left, I see the ten iv pumps neatly aligned on the pole. The ten medications that are sustaining her every organ, because the septic shock has made them all so weak.

I then hear the all to familiar sound of the monitor alarm. Then my eyes see the flashing numbers in red. BP 60/40. I take a deep breath and sigh. That’s not good. Then most importantly my eyes gaze to my patient’s hands. They are entangled with another set of hands. A man’s hands.

I look at his face. I observe the tears rolling down his eyes and a box of tissues resting on a chair next to him. I take my second deep breath. Time to listen to report and find out what my next 12 hours will look like.

Septic shock. CRRT. Vented. Levophed. Vasopressin. Sodium Bicarbonate. Epinephrine. Zosyn and zyvox for antibiotics. Vitamin C and Thiamine. Heparin. Insulin. Propofol. Fentanyl. Then I listen to how this all came to be. That two weeks ago everything was fine. The woman in front of me was a healthy wife, mother, and grandmother.

Now a deadly bacteria is swarming through her bloodstream. Taking over every organ and body system.

I finish the bedside report and take my third deep breathe of the day. I know when I step into that room that I wrote my name down next to, I am starting a battle. A battle that I too often cannot win. A battle of life and death. A battle that ways heavily on my 24 year old shoulders.

So I put my battle face on and step in the room willing to give this patient and her family, my all. Now I must try to rely on my four years of education, two and half years of critical care experience, and my critical thinking.

I must do this all after I introduce myself to her husband and hand him a tissue to wipe the tears off his face. I must do this after hearing how he can’t believe he just signed a DNR for his perfectly healthy wife as of two weeks ago.

I touch his shoulder softly. Explain how sorry I am that I’m meeting him under these circumstances but that I will do everything I can for his wife.

I quickly increase the dosing of my medications after my latest blood pressure. I approach the Resident almost instantly with a list of my concerns and needs to try to save this patient’s life.

He agrees with me that an Arterial Line is needed. I am in the room as he gains consent from my patient’s husband. I calmly explain to the husband that he will have to step out for this procedure but that I will grab him from the waiting room as soon as it is over.

I then quickly gather and ensemble the Arterial Line set up. Then I throw on a sterile blue hair cap, and mask. I bring my flow sheet inside the room as I know every three minute vital signs are still required to monitor my patient’s every number appearing on all four of my machines.

In the midst of writing every number I see on all four machines, I now operate as a scrub nurse. Sterilely handing the doctor every tool he needs to successfully complete the procedure. We attach the arterial line and my head shoots to the monitor.

I take my fourth deep breath of the day and sigh as I realize the critically low cuff blood pressures correlate with the arterial line. The patient is now on 100 mcg of levophed. Her bp is still only 70/30.

I quickly clean up my patient. Wipe away the blood from her wrist and any sign of trauma that may alarm her family further. Then as promised I call her devoted husband back to her bedside.

I then start drawing the eight ordered labs from her. I quickly label them and send them to the lab as I know they will not be good. I then call my nursing assistant in the room to help me turn and bathe her.

My nursing assistant is my life saver. She walks in and instantly my anxiety is slightly relieved as I am reminded that I am not in this alone.

I look at every piece of skin head to toe on my patient’s body. Making sure there are no signs of breakdown. Then we clean her naked body while preserving as much dignity as possible.

I call her husband back in the room. I’m now on 125 mcg of levophed. I comb my patient’s hair and look at her pale skin. My fifth deep breath of the day is when I start to realize that she is slipping away despite my best efforts. And that time is not on my side.

I briefly step out of my room, only to be handed six slips of paper with critical lab values. PH 7.1, BICARB 8, WBC 50. I run to the MD to quickly report the values. I witness the first sigh from the doctor. “She’s not doing well, we need to talk to the family”. Those words that I’ve heard too often before.

I watch my attending go into the room. Her son from Georgia has now arrived. Suitcase still in hand. I watch my attending sit down and next to her family and deliver the news. I listen with a sinking feeling in my stomach as he states the words “she has a very little chance of survival, there is not much more we can do”.

But my heart cannot be heavy for too long. An iv pump is beeping that holds one of the life sustaining medications. I must quickly fix the pump before her blood pressure starts falling. Then, another alarm on the monitor. Blood pressure 59/35. I quickly titrate my levophed to 150 mcg. And max out my bicarbonate drip by the doctors order.

I take my sixth deep breath of the day, knowing that there is not much more room to go up on the life sustaining medications. I listen to the plea from her husband to try to keep her alive, so that her son from Ohio can see her. His flight gets in at 2:30. It’s 1pm.

My heart sinks as I know despite my best efforts, that may not be possible. It’s time for me to draw my next set of labs. I do my work quietly as more family members arrive and are faced with the horror of the illness that has taken over the person they love the most. I quickly run to the supply room to get more tissue boxes and chairs for family members.

It’s 2pm. I take my first sip of water since 6am . And quickly down a snack size bag of pretzels in front of my patient’s room. I’m now on 200 mcg of levophed. There is no more room to increase the dosage. I am maxed out. My bp is 73/40. Not good, not good by any means. But I hold on to enough hope that it will be high enough to buy us time for her son to make it to the hospital.

My labs are back. Ph 7.0 BICARB 7, WBC 55. I am losing the battle, I was feared to lose. I look at my patient. I wonder what her eyes looked like when she was healthy and full of joy. I wonder how her mouth, now covered by a tube, looked like when smiling during her happiest moments. I wonder all of this while watching her skin fall even paler.

It’s 3pm. Her eldest son has made it to her bedside. He collapses over her almost instantly. He mutters words of disbelief and shock. His father, who is just as broken, lays a hand over his shoulder in an attempt to comfort him.

It’s 4 pm and I start to see my heart rate fall. My blood pressure is now 59/38. It’s time to get the doctor. Time for the discussion that no family every deserves to hear. I take my seventh deep breath of the day. I listen to the attending tell my patient’s family that she is not responding to treatment and there is nothing more we can do.

I hear him talk about the all too familiar comfort care. And hear him say we will make sure she is comfortable and will go in peace with no pain. I watch her husband and sons shed more tears but shake their heads in agreement. I turn to make what feels like a very long walk to the desk to pull out a hot pink paper.

A paper that will be signed allowing us to stop life sustaining treatment. A paper that signifies the battle has been lost despite my best efforts.

I quietly walk into the room and start explaining how everything will happen. I explain how I will first hang the morphine drip and increase her fentanyl (pain medication). I then ask if they want the breathing tube removed. I go on to explain how I will turn off the monitor so nothing will alarm. No noises are needed. I then explain that I will turn off all medications that are sustaining her organs, as well as any machines.

“How long they ask”, “Not very I reply”. I go on to explain that it will be quick and peaceful because she is requiring so much medical intervention at this time. I watch her husbands face drop. I feel his heart rip into a million pieces as he has to say goodbye to the love of his life.A woman he built a home and family with.

I tell the family to take as much time as they need until they are ready. I quietly close the curtain and prepare myself.

I’m called in by the family a little while later. We’re ready, they solemnly say. I instantly hang and administer my morphine drip and increase her pain medication. I have lost the battle but this I can do. I can make sure she leaves this world in peace without suffering.

I then turn off every alarm on the monitor so nothing will sound. I then blacken the screen, so my family does not have to see any numbers on the screen.

After delivering a morphine bolus, I then slowly shut down every life sustaining medication. My stomach drops. I know this will precede to her death.

I tell the family for the tenth time today just how sorry I am and that I wish I could do more. I offer to put on pandora to play some of her favorite music. Frank Sinatra is requested.

I close the curtain and step into the empty room next door to bring up my patient’s HR and EKG. I watch as my heart rate starts to slowly drop. 80, 70, 55, 40... I watch as a normal heart rhythm faded into a course zagged line. I know what this means.

My patient is gone. I take my last deep breath of the day. But this time it is followed by a tear streaming down my face. I must now go tell the family the news.

I quietly walk into the room and utter the words “ I’m so sorry, but she’s passed away”. I listen to the cries of disbelief. The horror as my family realizes they have just lost their wife, mother, and grandmother.

I tell the family they can spend as much time as they need with her to say their goodbyes. I then walk over to a physician to call time of death. I write the time of death on my flowsheet. And wrap up any other remaining notes detailing the circumstances of the shift.

I watch my tear covered family exit the room. They hug me and thank me for all my efforts. I once again tell them how sorry I am and that I wish there was more I could do.

I then grab my nursing assistant and start to wash my patient. I comb her hair and take out all remaining tubing. For the first time I get to see my patient as she is. Free from tubes and wires.

I see her green eyes. The way her lips fall. The heart shape outline of her face. I see her in that moment, for exactly who she was before entering my ICU doors.

I then wrap her body. I tie the toe tag across her red polished toe. I fill out all the necessary death paperwork. And for the first time at 5pm I sit down.

I try to absorb the reality of the devastation of the past ten hours but I can’t for long. “Grace there’s a RR being booked for your empty room next door”.

And I’m forced to snap out of it. I put on my second suit of the day.

But now it’s Tuesday at 5:15am. It’s time to get ready for my second shift. So I do what I always do. I’m out the door by 6:30 am and walk up to the assignment board and write my name down next to two more numbers, two more lives.

These lives can’t know about yesterday or see any part of the damage I still feel. They can’t know that I lost sleep thinking about my patient’s family watching her slip away. No. These patients will not see that Nurse.

So I walk in with a smile on my face, an introduction to who I am and that I’ll be their nurse for the day, and write my name on the wipe board.

This is the reality of a day in the life of a Nurse, Senator Walsh. Anything but a game of cards.

*lab values, genders, medications, and other details were altered to protect patient privacy*ss
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 12:14 PM (44 replies)

Rudy Giuliani Sets Trump Up For Impeachment By Admitting Taking Info From Russia


Posted on Sun, Apr 21st, 2019 by Jason Easley
Rudy Giuliani Sets Trump Up For Impeachment By Admitting Taking Info From Russia


A Criminal Standard Does Not Apply To Impeachment

Trump and Giuliani are hanging their hat on the criminal standard, but there is no criminal standard for impeachment. There is also no criminal standard at the ballot box. Giuliani’s defense of the Trump campaign talking information from Russia was a total disaster. Rudy put the icing on the cake of the belief that Trump is in Putin’s back pocket.

No other campaign has ever taken information from a hostile foreign power. The Trump campaign should have turned down the info and called law enforcement. The fact that Trump can’t be charged with a crime doesn’t mean that his behavior, or that of his campaign, is not an impeachable offense, and Rudy Giuliani seems to be trying to get Trump impeached.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:39 AM (9 replies)

Leonard Pitts Jr: Face it, Repubs, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is way smarter than you guys


Face it, Repubs, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is way smarter than you guys | Opinion
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
April 19, 2019 05:42 PM, Updated April 20, 2019 07:05 PM

Memo to the Republican Party:

You might want to stop messing with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

She’s a freshman congresswoman with no significant legislative achievements, so it makes little sense that you spend so much time and energy on her. Besides, every time you do, you end up getting pantsed.

You’d think you’d learn. Yet, like Charlie Brown trying to kick that football, you keep coming back for more.

The latest example began when one of your rank-and-file, Rep. Sean Duffy, took aim at the Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez’s wish list of social, economic and policy goals to stem the impact of climate change. He called it “elitist.”

She responded forcefully. “You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist?” she said. “Tell that to the kids in the South Bronx, which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Tell that to the families in Flint, whose kids have their blood ascending in lead levels. … Call them elitist.”

That speech prompted another of your members, Rep. Andy Barr, to issue a dare disguised as an invitation: “Come to Eastern Kentucky where thousands of coal miners no longer have paychecks,” he said. “… Go underground with me and meet the men and women who do heroic work to empower the American economy.”

Whereupon Ocasio-Cortez did what Barr never expected: She accepted, noting that the Green New Deal envisions fully funding miners’ pensions “because we want a just transition to make sure we are investing in jobs” in mining communities.

His bluff called, Barr backtracked. He withdrew the invitation, claiming Ocasio-Cortez had to first apologize for an unrelated Twitter spat about a different issue with another legislator.


Not to treat her like the Second Coming — she is, again, just a neophyte lawmaker — but in her passion, her preparedness and her pugnacity, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is conducting a master class on the power of light and air, using the notoriety you gave her to do so. A new generation of progressive leaders is surely taking notes.

So a smart party would up its game, would quit manufacturing demons and start manufacturing ideas. Start manufacturing hope. It would be nice to believe that’s what you’ll do. On the other hand, Charlie Brown always said he wasn’t going to let Lucy trick him again.

It would have been nice to believe that, too.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:21 AM (7 replies)
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