52 thoughts on “Year 1 a.t. (After Trump)

  1. Tuesday Tidbits

    Biden finally gets a green light to govern

    Trump tries to take credit but still won’t concede

    President-elect Joe Biden speaks with mayors from around the country at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)

    Picking Players for Biden’s Team

    As is often the case, I’m of two minds concerning the new Biden administration. One mind, the mind on the left, is afraid of an Obama 2.0 administration full of lofty promises only to cave to the Neo-liberal order and a second, more hopeful mind, that the team he’s building is mindful of past mistakes and the valid points Trump used to relate to the working/middle class.

    So, it was good today to wake up to find that the GSA has finally recognized the President-Elect and then to get some reassuring news regarding the diverse group Biden has chosen so far.

  2. Monday musing

    As the badly drawn and poor scripted cartoon that is all things Donald Trump approaches a great transition, we should stop to consider what it really means. It’s hard to concentrate on anything when the headlines are filled with crazy-sick antics of Rudy Giuliani and the now departed QAnon quack Sidney Powell, but something wonderful has happened.

    Despite all the rips, tears and full frontal attacks our democracy has held together. It wasn’t a Democratic or Republican thing that saved it, it was a Democratic AND Republican thing that saved it. The last domino that needs to fall is Michigan. This WaPo editorial lays it out better than I ever could.

    Have a good day, please stay safe. It’s a Covidpocalypse out there.

  3. Making Sense on Sunday

    Trump’s chances go from bad to worse to none

    This one he can’t cheat or lie his way out of

    Bryan Denton for The New York Times

    The transition may not be over but the worst of the stress is

    Few if any are talking about the miracle that was the 2020 Election. No, it’s not Biden’s victory, it’s that the election went off with very few hitches and despite being held during a once in a century (hopefully) pandemic, even being attacked by Russians and other outside interests, this election is the safest in history.

    Yes, we are still stuck in this nightmarish cycle of bad news for Trump in the morning only to be offset that same day by whatever Hail Mary was tossed by Ghouly Giuliani. They can’t work because he’s tossing confetti to a non-existent receiver. Here are 4 articles that lay it all out:

    1. Federal judge slams Trump legal team’s actions in Pennsylvania
    2. Local Republicans in key states are declaring Biden is the clear winner
    3. It wouldn’t be Sunday without one good snarky Opinion read What Trump and Lady Di share and don’t share
    4. While the mainstream and rightwing media are milking the Michigan situation for all it is worth it just ain’t gonna happen

    Have a good Sunday and continue to Be Safe!

  4. Slackin’ Saturday

    Election workers recounting ballots in Atlanta last week.Credit…Nicole Craine for The New York Times

    Georgia and Michigan deliver a one-two punch to Trump’s soft white underbelly

    You never know what’s going to be in the headlines when you get up in the morning (unless you work at night). Seeing first thing that Trump has officially lost Georgia and Michigan officials are unswayed by Trump’s dumb-trumpery and are going to certify the election for Biden, should make everyone’s day. Hopefully the uncertainty is over and Trump and his mignons will stop trying to ratfu^k the country prior to turning over the keys.

    Read at NYT or Read a pdf

    Tucker sticks his neck out for the chopping block, kinda, sorta

    Speaking truth to bat crap crazy is not unheard of on Fox News but and occasionally it even comes from bowtie boyish faced Tucker Carlson. He dared to question the validity of the treasure trove of conspiracy theories being spewed by Trump lackey Sidney Powell. Even though he tried to “both sides” his critique it drew an unwanted line in the sand, but being sand he can always mea culpa his way back into good graces. . . if he wants to.

    Read at NYT or Read a pdf

  5. Thirst-Day

    Someone Biden shouldn’t hire, A young girl leaves the farm and helps pave the creation of GPS and Better not call Rudy

    Stories to divert the mind

    I put the “personal injury” in “personal injury lawyer”! (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

    Bomb Rahm

    John Nichols shares the negative views of members of Chicago’s city government who had to deal with two corrupt terms of neoliberal Rahm Emmanuel.

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    Black Life Mather

    Gladys West worked her way off the Virginia family farm to go on help create GPS. It’s an amazing story.

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    Been injured in an election? Call Rudy Giuliani now!

    Technically he is a lawyer but leaves courtroom judges scratching their heads.

    Read at WaPo or Read a pdf

    Mavis Staples & Chris Stapleton

    The soul legend and the country star have formed a deep bond, especially during the pandemic. ‘We gotta be related,’ she says

    Mavis Staples: Nolis Anderson for Rolling Stone; Chris Stapleton: Becky Fluke

    “How you been, Mavis?” Chris Stapleton asks from Tennessee, where he lives. “I’ve been OK,” says Mavis Staples, who’s in Chicago. “My bass player sent me a puzzle of the whole band onstage. 500 pieces!” Staples, 81, is contending with her longest break since she started singing with the Staple Singers — her father, Pops, her sisters Cleotha and Yvonne, and brother Pervis — in the 1950s. “I like being in the house, but not this long.” It’s not unusual for Stapleton to call her up; they met after he recorded her late father’s ballad “Friendship” for his 2017 platinum-selling album, From A Room: Volume Two. “It blew my mind,” says Staples of the recording. “I had been keeping up with Chris, because of his name. I said, ‘Stapleton, Stapleton.’ I told him, ‘We gotta be related.’”

    Stapleton’s producer, Dave Cobb, played him “Friendship,” which Pops recorded in 1999, a year before his death. It led Stapleton to the Staple Singers’ early-Seventies Stax era, when the family released empowering gospel-soul classics like “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There.” “There’s a realness when they sing that’s not something you can practice,” he says. “It comes from somewhere else.”

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  7. How to Understand Democrats’ Disappointing Losses in State Legislatures

    Trump had coattails while losing. Biden had almost none while winning. Plus, mediocre national messaging cost Democrats the chance to flip chambers. But they can’t—and won’t—give up.

    The rotunda in the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. (Phil Sears / AP Photo)

    Joe Biden won the White House, overwhelmingly, but otherwise, since Election Day, the news for Democrats has been bleak. They failed to flip the Senate—though the Georgia runoffs could still give them a 50-50 tie, broken by Vice President Kamala Harris—and lost seats in the House of Representatives, where they had been projected to pad their majority. But nowhere was the news worse than at the state legislative level, where despite unprecedented investment by Democratic organizations and outside groups, and expectations that they’d flip from four to eight legislative bodies—or more, in a “blue wave” election—the party lost ground.

    With surprising candor, Nicole Hobbs, cofounder of Every District, a state legislative organizing, fundraising, and data analysis group, wrote in an election post-mortem: “It was a bloodbath.”

    I heard that word a lot. Also “shit show.” Most mild: “No way to sugarcoat it.”

    Read more in a pdf of this article or go behind the paywall.

  8. Has Sweden’s coronavirus strategy failed?

    Even Sweden appears to be abandoning the Swedish model. On Monday, the country’s authorities banned gatherings of more than eight people as they grappled with the second coronavirus wave surging through much of Europe. The new restrictions followed other protocols coming into effect this week, including protective measures around nursing homes and bans on alcohol sales at restaurants and bars after 10 p.m.

    The shift in tone is noteworthy given Sweden’s notorious light-touch approach to the pandemic. “It is a clear and sharp signal to every person in our country as to what applies in the future,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said during a news conference Monday. “Don’t go to the gym, don’t go the library, don’t have dinner out, don’t have parties — cancel!”

    Read more in a pdf of this article or go behind the paywall.

  9. In reversal, GOP officials in key Michigan county certify ballot count after striking a compromise with Democrats

    A supporter of President Trump participates in a protest in Lansing, Mich., on Saturday. (Emily Elconin/Reuters)

    Republican appointees on a key board in Michigan’s most populous county Tuesday night reversed their initial refusal to certify the vote tallies in the Detroit area, striking a last-minute compromise with Democrats that defused a political fight over the process to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
    The unexpected twist came after the four-member Wayne County Board of Canvassers had deadlocked on the day of the deadline for Michigan counties to certify the vote — a move President Trump celebrated on Twitter as “a beautiful thing.”
    The Trump campaign has alleged irregularities in the vote count in the county seat of Detroit, accusations city officials have vigorously denied. Democrats accused GOP officials of seeking to disenfranchise voters in the majority-Black city of Detroit.

    Read more in a pdf of this article or go behind the paywall.

  10. The End of Trump’s Reign of Tweet Terror Is Near

    The president’s magic social media wand will soon be powerless.

    By Kara Swisher

    It’s going to disappear. One day, like a miracle, it will disappear.

    Not Covid-19, despite some promising news of late on vaccine development. I am talking about Donald Trump on Twitter.

    It was President Trump, of course, who made that specious claim in February about the pandemic, declaring it will go away — just like that. It was one of so many lies he has told, culminating this week in a flurry of ALL-CAPS tweet lunacy about the election results.

    In a late-night frenzy on Sunday, he typed, along with other lies, “I WON THE ELECTION.” It was quickly labeled by Twitter — as have many of Mr. Trump’s digital expressions of late — as inaccurate.

    Watching Mr. Trump’s Twitter odyssey has been disturbing and unsettling. But I am here to tell you that the president’s tenure as troll in chief is at an ignominious end. Mr. Trump’s magic social media wand will soon be powerless.

    Read more in a pdf of this article or go behind the paywall.

  11. Tech Tuesday

    Illustrations by Andrew Tseng (for The Correspondent)

    Hey Siri, what are you doing with my voice?

    It won’t be long before there are more listening devices in the world than people. You tell them what to do, and they listen. But behind the convenience and your voice assistant’s friendly tone lies a labyrinth of AI, and what exactly happens to your voice once it disappears inside that maze remains unclear.

    Read more

  12. No news Monday. 😉

    There’s plenty of good news, especially the successful Space X launch yesterday. I have nothing else to add today, though the Rolling Stone stories about Fox News dumping on Trump are spirit lifters.

    Stay safe!

  13. Sunday Someday

    This election is over

    Sorry, not sorry GOP he lost, you know it, accept it

    Should be tattooed on his forehead

    No you can’t subvert the will of the people when it’s not close

    Federal as well as state laws make it difficult—if not impossible—for legislators to override the will of the people. And they don’t seem to want to, anyway.Read about it at Vice News

    Pot’s buzz is killing your buzz man

    Concentrations of intoxicating THC have risen, data from more than 80,000 street drug samples gathered over 50 years shows resulting in too much of a good thing. Read about it in The Guardian


    Predictably Democrats are like trying to herd cats

    Progressives and establishment Democrats are blaming one another for the party’s congressional underperformance last week.

    Read about it at The Intercept_

  14. Saturday

    Post Election Fallout

    While the consultant class Democrats stab Protressives in the back, the Progressives are on the ground trying to insure 2 GA Senatorial wins

    Stacey Abrams speaks at a Get Out the Vote rally in Atlanta, Georgia, November 2. (Elijah Nouvelage / AFP via Getty Images)

    Will it be the same as it ever was again?

    Moderate House Democrats trying to blame Progressives for losing seats obviously don’t own mirrors. Moderate Freshmen Democrats who lost their seats to Republican challengers were almost all in red states. How much of that is due to “socialism and police defunding” vs how much is a result of GOP gerrymandering will be up for debate until all the dust has settled. Overall Progressive incumbents fared very well and 5 of the candidates AOC supported won their elections.

    Ryan Grim’s autopsy here, where there is also a podcast explains the real reasons for moderate Democrat’s losses and the remarkable story of Georgia turning blue thanks to Stacy Abrams is here .

    BTW if you’re looking for a place to donate to make Georgia a clean sweep in the Senate runoff elections Act Blue to give directly to the candidate or give to Fair Fight also at Act Blue are good places to start.

  15. Wednesday Wrapup

    The dangerous GOP game to steal an election

    Full of legal losses and people fleeing a broken party

    Stuck between an adult bookstore and a crematorium with Rudy

    Will the GOP be left with ambulance chasers for lawyers?

    We’ve been entertained lately with the regular gaff-prone hi-jinks of Giuliani where the hits just keep on a-comin’. Now we learn of another high level Republican defector. GOP superstar lawyer, Ben Ginsberg, is the latest legal rodent to jump ship. This is the guy who led the 2000 attack in Florida and the 2004 Swiftboating smear against John Kerry. While not adverse to playing dirty, Ginsberg has had it with Trump’s flagrant unsubstantiated baseless charges about rigged elections.

    Although he has a lot of baggage, he’s now a Democratic Party ally. Read in Wapo or Read a pdf

    Has the populism bubble popped?

    While not a landslide victory, Biden’s defeat of Trump shows right wing populism is not permanent. The closeness of the election doesn’t exactly reflect the thoughts of the people due to GOP gerrymandering and voter suppression. What the victory does show is that there is no universal right wing populism. What’s going on here is not the same as in Hungary, Italy, Poland or eastern Europe in general. The European populism predates U.S. populism and will continue without Trump in the White House but now are weakened without their American enabler.

    The months ahead will be important and the path ahead is strewn with GOP obstructions but better American image has always prevailed when challenged. So, Trump’s defeat get the pendulum swinging back toward the left around the world?
    Read in NYT Read a pdf

    Breaking is not to hard to do afterall

    Honestly I never thought Fox News would dump Trump but now that I think about it, it makes sense. They’ve done it to the Bush family and even the beloved Reagan, but I didn’t think it would come this soon for Trump. Arwa Mahdawi gives it her spin here

    Can Joe Biden avoid Obama’s mistakes? He must – for the future of the party
    David Sirota

    Democrats must act to ward off the electoral rise of rightwing extremism by delivering gains for the working class. Read Sirota’s article here

    Today is Veteran’s Day 🇺🇸

  16. Turmoil Tuesday

    It’s going to be a cluster fu^k to the very end

    Did we expect anything else?

    Fox News’ noble move

    Well it’s on now

    Woke up this morning to headlines of ramped up Trump election obstruction but there is some good news like Fox News cutting off White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany for making false accusations about Democrats and illegal votes. It had better be the first of many cuts that are sure to follow.

    While there are and will be serious counters to Trump’s bullshit a better and faster way to make him face reality is already in action.

    I’m just guessing but I believe what’s driving Trump’s refusal to accept the results is a response to all the dancing in the streets all across the nation during the weekend.

    If you’re like me you are wondering how Biden will fill all the vacancies and positions currently filled by acting Trump lackeys. One solution will be to hire all the whistle blowers and other patriots who stood up for decency and democracy. Like Rick Bright who was fired in May for standing up to the Trump administration’s cronyism in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    All the buzz about the Pfizer vaccine speaks nothing about the fine details. The interim results are being given in the broadest of strokes. What’s not being made clear is that this vaccine doesn’t actually stop the virus, it just makes the worst symptoms less severe, so you can still get the disease but your chances of severe symptoms and/or death are reduced. The details given are sketchy and the data hasn’t been released for peer review studies. It has a bit the feel of a Trump promise. Let’s hope this vaccine works because that will be helpful for all the other vaccines, including the ones that can stop the disease from starting.

    OK, let’s end this recap on a happy note. The only way to defeat a bully is to stand up to a bully. Too much of the media is tip-toeing around this constitutional crisis. One shining example is Brianna Kellar on CNN.


    Have a good day!

  17. Making sense on Monday, or trying to

    The times that try our souls

    From jubilation to 2 more months of agony

    Maggie Haberman has consistently painted a portrait of a man who is both smarter and less competent than his enemies believe.Credit…Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

    One sign of change

    Sometimes loved, sometimes hated Maggie Haberman was a major conduit between the Oval Office and the nation for the past 4 years. We regaled in her scoops reinforcing our hatred for Trump and we hammered her when she reported things we didn’t want to hear even though they true. That’s the job of a real reporter. Now, and good for her, the nightmare of reporting on the manby (man+baby) is over. You can read her exiting profile in the NYT here or in a pdf here if you’ve used up your 5 freebies.

    She never conceded, but had every reason not to

    Even more surprising than Biden’s apparent victory in AZ is the sea change in GA thanks to the tireless work of Stacey Abrams.

    A Yale educated lawyer by trade, she has now spent years trying to address a sickness at the heart of US democracy: why millions of Americans still cannot access the ballot box, especially people of color and poor communities. And that this problem is only getting worse.

    Read more

    … and finally

    They Are Trying To Silence AOC, Because Money Never Sleeps

    We’re all exhausted, but in the 24 hours since the election was called, corporate interests and their allies have already started their war on progressives. There is no rest for the weary.Read more

  18. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Biden’s Win, House Losses, and What’s Next for the Left

    The congresswoman said Joe Biden’s relationship with progressives would hinge on his actions. And she dismissed criticism from House moderates, calling some candidates who lost their races “sitting ducks.”

    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke outside her campaign office in the Bronx on Election Day.Credit…Desiree Rios for The New York Times

    For months, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a good soldier for the Democratic Party and Joseph R. Biden Jr. as he sought to defeat President Trump.

    But on Saturday, in a nearly hourlong interview shortly after President-elect Biden was declared the winner, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez made clear the divisions within the party that animated the primary still exist. And she dismissed recent criticisms from some Democratic House members who have blamed the party’s left for costing them important seats. Some of the members who lost, she said, had made themselves “sitting ducks.”

    Read more

  19. By Anand Giridharadas

    Mr. Giridharadas is the author of “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.”

    Biden Can’t Be F.D.R. He Could Still Be L.B.J.

    He has the power to make transformational progress look like “C’mon Man” common sense. Will he use it?

    Ben Hickey

    Let’s never do that again.

    Soon, the worst president in modern American history will resume private life. Everyone who favors the rule of law, decency and truth is exhaling a long-deferred sigh of relief. Millions are upset that the election was as close as it was. Still, however narrowly, Americans have snatched our republic from the jaws of an encroaching autocracy. We deserve the catharsis — whether dancing in the streets or joy-scrolling in quarantine.

    Gone from the White House will be an administration whose gaslighting operation was matched only by its hostility and deadly incompetence. Gone will be the necessity for, and our stupid hope in, saviors: Robert Mueller, state attorneys general, Anonymous, “concerned” Senators Susan Collins and Mitt Romney. Gone will be the Muslim bans, the human-rights violations at the southern border, the photo-op Bible shaken like a martini after federal police gassed nonviolent protesters. The parade of disheveled presidential associates under indictment, the Jared and Ivanka leaks, MSNBC’s nightly seminars on Russian oligarchs, the presidential retweets of literal white supremacists — gone.

    Read more at NYT -or- Read a pdf

    Other great NYT reads

    We Hereby Dump Trump -or- Read a pdf

    We Are Finally Getting Rid of Him -or- Read a pdf

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