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  1. Whenever I’ve directed my comments to Biden’s or the Democrats’ executive and legislative failures in the comments section of Letters fr an American, I have each time been attacked by what I assume to be predominately white, educated, middle class women and a lesser number of men. My critical views (presented with their on-line respectable sources cited) have been attacked by this readership as typical of a “Putin Babe”, a Russian troll and disreputable. That criticizing Biden and/or the Democrats is the “wrong direction” for my “vitriol” when it should be directed toward the “source” of the mess, the Republicans. The level of denial in this readership is significant and concerning. Their rationalization has centered around Biden & Dems as better than Agent Chaos and Repubs. What an insidious standard of reference to use! Using not job performance standards but a comparison with a shallow narcissistic idiotic yet wily deadbeat with a power complex.When asked if they retain a plumber who made a mess of things but who was less messy than the plumber before, there has been absolutely no response. Perhaps that no one responds is due more to one responder urging other readers to ignore my comments because I was a troll. Good lord. What has happened to the citizenry’s capacity of objective analysis?

    1. Selina, Tubularsock agrees with your comment and just loves the plumber analogy.

      One thing for sure, one needs hip-waiders while even discussing either political parties which are really the same. Same shit different day.

      Tubularsock has never discussed anything with a “PutinBabe” before so there is a first time for everything.

      Cheers.

    2. @Selina
      You sure you’re talking about this website? While we have our Democratic Party trolls, most commenters here don’t support that party. We’ve all been attacked by the trolls on this site, but they’re a minority here.

      1. Jeff – I was referring to the comments section in Letters From An American. Not on this site.

  2. Hard to argue with anything in this piece. On the other hand, since Carter in 1977, the Dems have only had a filibuster proof Senate for two years in the last 45 years, and that was from 1977-79.

    The Dems and Reps have had some pretty savvy leaders over that period of time and the fact that the cloture rule is still in place must mean they perceive it as having an overall political benefit.

    In any case, the filibuster rule should be abolished because it is un-democratic and the sky has not fallen on the House because they do not have it.

    Yes, Biden was a shameful wimp during the Clarence Thomas hearings. As a general rule, Dems are always wimps while Reps are piranhas.

    It’s hard to picture Bush finding someone worse to replace him had he been voted down.

    New York guaranteed a whomans right to chose two years before Roe. After Roe, the Dems went to sleep and rested on their Laurels. With Roe as a backup, their movement got soft.

    1. @WDD
      The filibuster is just another BS Democratic Party excuse. The filibuster can be eliminated by a majority vote. The fact that the Democrats want to use the filibuster for their own illegitimate ends doesn’t excused them from not eliminating this undemocratic tool.

  3. Excellent Katie – touched all the points – except one – to avoid the “insanity” of doing the same thing over and over (voting Blue, no matter who) and expecting different results – we need to vote in large numbers for a party that actually stands for what we want, and that counts the D/Rs out altogether …

    1. When has a third party movement ever taken control of any legislature in America.

      The exception will prove the rule. Seem like to me a recipe for perpetual Republican control. How does such a party obtain a workable majority in 50 states?

      The two senators per state rule, along with the electoral vote allocation and the one vote per House delegation for a deadlocked electoral college are looking more and more like insurmountable obstacles for the Dems.

      Although the blues might have to swallow a Manchin and an Ocasio-Cortez, depending on your point of view, I don’t see any practical alternative.

      Hard to know what we would all be saying if Hillary had won and Trump had been sent off to play golf for the rest of his years.

      1. David Sirota’s team of The Lever had an enlightening on line panel discussion a couple weeks ago with a couple of experienced old hand activists about the feasibility of a successful 3rd party – They were not sanguine about that possibility partly because of the onerous panoply of rules requiring gargantuan persistence and perseverance to meet and navigate. They didn’t advise not attempting it. Just know the realities. Perhaps that discussion still lives on-line. Check out levernews.com. Type in 3rd party podcast..or something akin.

      2. David Sirota’s team of The Lever had an enlightening on line panel discussion a couple weeks ago with a couple of experienced old hand activists about the feasibility of a successful 3rd political party – They were not sanguine about that possibility partly because of the onerous panoply of rules requiring gargantuan persistence and perseverance to meet and navigate. They didn’t advise not attempting it. Just know the realities. Perhaps that discussion still lives on-line. Check out levernews.com. Type in 3rd political party podcast..or something akin.

      3. @WDD
        You all talk about the illegitimate but insurmountable barriers to 3d parties in the U.S., but then continually talk about how to work within this illegitimate system. This is a recipe for failure. What needs to change is the rigged system, not which futile gestures people make to work within it.

        Why can’t Americans conceive of more than 2 parties, or of a system that gives proportional representation based on what percentage of votes the parties get? Every democracy in the world beside the U.S. and U.K. has this system. As long as we’re stuck with the only choices being Democrat, Republican, or some 3d party that has virtually no chance, we might as well not even bother voting.

      4. I don’t think anyone is contesting your point of view. But it is hard to see how we get there.

        The fact that nobody has done it shows how hard it is.

        I think it will take some tectonic shift under conditions we are not now able to fathom.

        For example, it’s hard to believe that in 1,000 years we will still have 140 or so countries all with independent governments speaking dozens of languages.

        I can’t envision a Clarence Thomas of 3022 trying to interpret the meaning of some term in the constitution using Webster’s Dictionary of 1741 and apply it to a circumstance about which only science fiction writers can conjure

        My guess, the first to go will be the babel and the world will evolve to English as the universal tongue.

      5. @WDD
        There is no movement toward proportional representation in the U.S. starts with the fact that no one even talks about it. At least people talk about single-payer health care.

  4. The Democrats failed everyone who wasn’t a member of the power elite. If your not one of them, you don’t matter. They will use you, manipulate you, lie to you but what they will never ever do, is actually help you.

    But you better vote for them because really bad things will happen if you don’t.

    But since their going to kill us all, and by the looks of it fairly soon I guess none of this is going to matter much. As you stare into the beautiful majestic mushroom clouds of nuclear hellfire you can take comfort in the knowledge that we defeated that bad bad man Putin.

  5. Democrats have been failing women since they swung to the right in the 1990s. The bourgeoisie just didn’t notice.

    1. agree
      they have been failing the entire 90%
      the DNC, DCCC, and state party leaders are all sell-outs

  6. The left lost Roe because progressives refused to vote for Hillary and allowed Trump to become president. Then he appointed three Christofascist judges.

    That’s all there is to it.

    You can pretend it wouldn’t have made a difference if it makes you feel better. You can blame the Democrats’ lack of foresight if you want.

    But it will never be the truth.

  7. Katie nails the problem about 6:30 in, but just says that it’s in the back of her mind. The fact is that the Democrats don’t WANT Roe to become statutory law, because they’d lose it’s fundraising and electoral appeal. Right now, this is all the Democrats have to run on, and they’re sure as hell not giving it up by making it law that the Supreme Creeps can’t overturn.

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