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Hmmm. I’ll bet it’s a real mystery what I’m going to write about today!

That wonderful picture above is courtesy of our own Contrask, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where approximately 3500 people marched this past weekend both in support of women, and against Drumpf. Here are a few more of her pix.

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Not going to break US!

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So think about that…in Tulsa, there were 3500 people marching, one year after the biggest single day of activism in the history of our country. If you went by most of the media last weekend, you might think nothing much happened. But the truth is, something huge happened, and it’s been happening ever since January 21, 2017. It’s #TheResistance, and it’s only getting bigger

Women’s March, Chicago: Credit Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune

and bigger

Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, home of the Nevada Women’s March. Credit: The Twitter feed of Analise Ortiz from KTNV.

and BIGGER.

The 600,000-strong march in LA. Credit: The Twitter feed of the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti.

And even though the largely white, male and oblivious masters of the Teevee screens don’t get it; the bros in Silicon Valley don’t get it; and the leaders of the DNC don’t get it; it doesn’t matter. Because we’re women, and we’re people who support women’s rights, and we’re taking this country back. And believe me, they’ll notice in November.

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“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hello Widdershins! It’s been almost a year since many of us marched, in the largest protest in American history, to show our solidarity with women across the nation. The inauguration of this cruel, bigoted and misogynistic President brought out people who had never marched before – even my 75-year-old father! Martin Luther King Jr. would have been proud of us.

That terrible, yet fortifying and loving day spawned the resilient, organized and powerful movement called #TheResistance. I don’t think any of us knew it would be as widespread and passionate as it is. On social media, in the streets, with calls and emails and signed petitions, we are now, and for the foreseeable future, making our voices heard. Hear us roar!

In these days, when we have “human error” causing Hawaiians to fear for their lives while the President golfs and tweets about his press coverage; when the racism of the leader of the free world causes more and more damage every day; when the Republicans lie shamelessly and continuously to protect their political futures and (I think) their dirty, dirty money; well…it’s hard to believe that we are living through it and somehow, hanging on to our sanity. So let’s take a look at the various ways #TheResistance is still alive, well, and thriving.

Here are a couple of photos from our very own Contrask, who protested last weekend. Amazing!

Yesterday, hundreds of Haitians protested near Mar-A-Lago, explaining to Drumpf (as he golfed on MLK Day) that Haiti “is not a Shithole.” (Still incredulous. I’ll never get over what he said.)

And oh my! What terrible reviews Trump properties are suddenly getting on Yelp!

It didn’t take long for people offended by President Trump’s remark that African nations were “shithole countries” to turn the insult back around on his family-owned company’s properties. The Yelp page for the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue has been swamped since Thursday afternoon with one-star reviews calling the 263-room luxury hotel a “shithole.”

“It’s a shithole. The owner is a racist senile old man. Don’t waste your money. #shithole,” reads one review. Another tells readers, “But I hear you can get incredible ‘service’ if you bring in your own Russian hookers to give you the ‘golden treatment.’”

Speaking of Shithole activism: I think this is my favorite.

There are Women’s March Anniversary protests set up for this weekend. Get out there and march if you can!

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Well, well, well. Oprah gave a speech at the Golden Globes, and now, she’s gonna be President in 2020! Indeed, she seems not just inevitable, but the best possible choice against Drumpf, if we believe the hyperventilating media.

The breakout star of the 75th Golden Globes has better odds to claim the White House than former Vice President Joe Biden, according to BetOnline, a prominent Internet gambling company.

The company is currently giving the former daytime television star 20 to 1 odds of becoming the next President of the United States. Those betting on Biden are given 25 to 1 odds. Some other contenders Winfrey topped were Mark Zuckerberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — all of whom were given 25 to 1 odds.

Or…maybe not.

Winfrey trailed other Democratic luminaries, including Sen.  Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris, both of whom had 12 to 1 odds. Leading the pack, of course, was the president himself, Donald Trump, who BetOnline put at 2 to 1.

D’oh! If we believe these guys, Oprah is a long shot at best, and the Mango Moron is a shoo-in for 8 years, no matter who runs in 2020.

So uh…what’s going on here?

My musings are, we really don’t know what 2020 will bring. There are a few factors we have to consider if we are going to indulge in this kind of pre-emptive prognostication. Come with me now into the future…future…future….

Q: In 2020, will Drumpf still be squatting in the Oval Office like an orange smushed on the carpet?

MB Says: No. I am almost completely sure that Drumpf will no longer be President, but when will his removal happen, and what will precipitate it? Will it be the Michael Wolff revelations, causing the conversations about the Mango Meerkat’s mental stability to go mainstream, and to become too vociferous to ignore? Will the Republicans successfully navigate that particular storm, only to be toppled by #BlueTsunami2018?  Will Robert Mueller’s investigation take down not just the corrupt POTUS, but the VP, others in his family, and Russia-connected members of Congress?

Check this out:

In 2015-16, everything changed. [Russian oligarch] Blavatnik’s political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham [emphasis mine].In 2017, donations continued, with $41,000 going to both Republican and Democrat candidates, along with $1 million to McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund [emphasis mine].

I believe that what causes 45’s political demise will impact the 2018 mid-term elections, as well as the 2020 election.

Q: What will the narrative be for Drumpf as he crashes and burns?

MB Says: I don’t know! I am sure that whatever it is, all the brand-new Democrats running will effectively weaponize it in order to win the House, and perhaps the Senate. But if he stays in till the Democrats impeach him, people may feel that Drumpf’s issues were not due to his inexperience, but to his uniquely toxic mixture of corruption, obstinate stupidity and autocratic daydreaming. In an odd way, his impeachment may legitimize the choice of the Electoral College to install someone who has no clue what’s he’s doing as President. After all, other presidents who were impeached, or almost impeached, were legitimate. (I’m sure someone, somewhere, is thinking up that spin right now.)

On the other hand, if the 25th Amendment is used to remove him, Americans may look at Oprah or any of the other celebrities running, and say, “We tried the “no experience” thing and we got a complete whackadoo who won’t let people change his sheets for him, who naps (come on, you know that’s what “executive time” means) from 8 am to 11 am every day, and who freaks out on Twitter every five minutes. Thanks, but no thanks. Let’s get someone in there who actually knows how the government works. Mmmkay?”

And that leads me to this question:

Q: What role will the media play in 2020?

MB: This is the $64,000 ($64B in 45’s dollars) question. I have historically insisted, long and often, that the media has no power over Hillary Clinton. In one way, the election of 2016 vindicated my position regarding traditional media outlets; HRC won the popular vote, by a lot, despite the best and sincerest efforts of the Teevee and some papers (You know who you are, New York Times!) to cause her to lose. In another way, the election of 2016 demonstrated the awe-inspiring power of social media, which was expertly hacked by Russia to target persuadable voters and convince them that, at the very least, “Bernie wuz robbed!”. Without these bots and troll farms, more Bernie/Stein/Johnson voters would have voted for Hillary, and even the #fake electoral college victory wouldn’t have been credible.

The media problem we have is twofold.

First, all forms of media are now addicted to a political environment that changes every 20-30 minutes. The clicks and refreshes and subscriptions and views are off the charts for all cable news. If you have a non-celebrity Democratic candidate in 2020, who would just happen to make a great President, will the media yawn and give other candidates, perhaps other Republican celebrity candidates (don’t rule out porn and meth house maven Steve Bannon), the free publicity they gave the Orange Crusher?

Second, the media falls in love with folksy figures like Oprah. Look what happened with Obama (who didn’t have 1/10th of Oprah’s charisma, in my opinion)! The media swooned, and people fainted at his rallies. He had folksiness. The Donald, spoiled, entitled, rich sh*thead that he truly is, also knew how to fake it. Meanwhile, there was Hillary, much, MUCH better qualified, but without the innate sound-byting and messaging capabilities of either her 2008 or 2016 opponents. I continue to believe that Obama was a middling-to-poor President, and clearly, Drumpf is running away with the “WPE” title, vastly exceeding Raygun and Dubya in only his first year.  (So. Much. Winning!)But it hardly matters. If the media doesn’t realize that the qualities of an exciting and charismatic campaigner are not the same as the qualities of a President who knows how to govern, we’ll be hearing all about how Kamala Harris or Cory Booker “just don’t have the passion of Oprah” or how Eric Swallwell (someone I’d like to see on one side of a ticket) “seems like too much of a white guy from Connecticut.” Too smart! Too wonky! Yada yada f*cking yada.

As you can see, I don’t have a lot of answers, only musings. I’ll leave you with this one: My poli-sci professor friend asked me which celebrity I could see running as a Democrat in 2020, and I picked Oprah. So I’m not totally opposed to the idea (again: Voting for the D no matter who it is. Just wanted to say that for the record). My point is that now is wayyyyyyyy too early to be thinking about 2020. Let’s get out the vote in 2018 and take our country back from the corrupt and cruel GOP, and kick Russia out of our electoral system once and for all.

What do you think?

I’m just going to throw Randy Rainbow’s latest in here, because it’s actually genius.

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Good morning Widdershins.

This week has been rough. On Tuesday and Wednesday Republicans passed the Money Redistribution Act. Not a single Democrat voted for this travesty that will gut whatever is left of the American middle-class. But Republican centrists, those honorable people likeSusan-collins-e1465230869154.jpg Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski – heroines of the ACA repeal fiasco – showed once again that when it really comes down to it, they are as dishonorable as every other Republican. Both sold out the American public for a handful of dollars; actually, when I say a handful I mean a huge handful for themselves and their corporate overlords. Susan Collins, when told that McConnell would not honor his promise to her about the ACA mandate, lashed out at the media:

“I believe that the coverage has been unbelievably sexist, and I cannot believe that the press would have treated another senator with 20 years of experience as they have treated me,” she told reporters in the Capitol. “They’ve ignored everything that I’ve gotten and written story after story about how I’m duped. How am I duped when all your amendments get accepted?”

A certain female former Senator, Secretary of State and almost President might laugh at Collins’ self-pity. The GOP tax bill for all intents and purposes repeals ACA. Collins voted to repeal it after claiming she wouldn’t. Because McConnell promised her something he has no intention of delivering. If she truly thought he would – she may not look it, but Susan Collins was born yesterday.

In other news, the New York Times continued to demonstrate why they are – as I like to say – the rotting corpse of a once great news organization. Just a few short weeks ago they suspended their star White House reporter Glenn Thrush after stories came out that multiple women were accusing him of harassment and assault. On Wednesday Dean Baquet announced that Thrush would be back at the paper, just not covering the White House.

“While we believe that Glenn has acted offensively, we have decided that he does not deserve to be fired,” Baquet said in a statement. He said Thrush will receive “training designed to improve his workplace conduct,” and that Thrush is undergoing counseling and substance abuse rehabilitation on his own.

This is galling, especially when you consider that the Times previously wrote op-eds calling on Al Franken to resign. (Which he did and just announced that he will be gone atmaxresdefault.jpg the end of the year.) Thrush, one of the star male reporters who helped craft the narrative in 2016 that Hillary Clinton was unlikable and not trustworthy, was proven to be a misogynist. Perhaps considering the Times’ coverage, especially Baquet’s political coverage, one should not be surprised. But appalled and disgusted, yes. Or as Brianna Wu tweeted:

Dear . The issue with Glenn Thrush isn’t that he behaved “offensively.” It’s that he got drunk, sexually assaulted women he worked with, and then DESTROYED THEIR PROFESSIONAL REPUTATIONS with colleagues to cover his ass. How can you keep that in your newsroom?!

Perhaps more than any other paper, the New York Times has been responsible for normalization of Trump and White Supremacy, and the destruction of Hillary Clinton. If anyone still has a subscription to it, I urge them to cancel it. (Also worth noting Arthur Sulzberger, the publisher of the Times, announced his retirement from the paper effective December 14th. His place as the head of the paper was taken his son, A.G. Sulzberger. Because, well, of course.)


Good Monday, all. We have certainly had some very good news this past week. The amazing victory of Doug Jones in Alabama took us all by surprise…and for once, it was a happy surprise! Roy Moore’s refusal to concede is both embarrassing and ridiculous, and makes both him and the Republican Party look worse (if such a thing is even possible). It won’t get him anywhere except the loony bin, which, frankly, is where he has belonged for a long time.

As DYB pointed out on Saturday, Senator-Elect Jones ran as an unabashed liberal on social issues, with the requisite full-throated support for a woman’s right to choose. It’s important to note this actual fact, as I’ve been hearing an alarming amount of noise from white men in the media who don’t seem to feel Jones had the winning strategy.

“Why can’t Democrats allow some room for pro-lifers in the Party?” bemoaned well-known sexist jackass “Tingly Leg” Chris Matthews last week. “I mean, most people are against late-term abortions. It would make such a difference in red states.” (I can’t seem to find this video – sorry folks, maybe someone else can?) Now, let me get this straight…a 70-year-old white Catholic man is advising Democrats to throw women’s rights under the bus, even after it has been demonstrated time and again that women have been critical to the special election sweeps since 2016? This was before Jones’ victory, I admit…but if moderate white Republican women didn’t go over to Jones, he wouldn’t have won. Do you really think they were worried about abortion when they went to the voting booth? Somehow I think they were more worried about their teenage daughters running into Moore in the mall!

If only Matthews were the only one pushing this crap. But alas, he’s not. White male, and now-former Republican Joe Scarborough jumped on the train that same week. Surrounding Democratic 2020 candidate John Delaney (yes, I know, who?) with an all-conservative, almost all-male audience (the sole female being Peggy Noonan), white male Delaney was mercilessly quizzed about his Catholicism and how he feels about abortion. Delaney said he feels that pro-life Democrats should “join the big tent” as long as they support the other planks of the platform, like “economic values.” Really, John, really? And how will women gain economic equality if Democrats don’t consider their rights as human rights? Or are we really supposed to accept the idiotic Sandersian myth that a $15/hr. minimum wage will magically erase the institutionalized racism and misogyny that keep women and people of color from earning their fair share of the dollar?

I’m going to bang on an old drum here: Democrats have not done right by their female supporters in decades. They never pushed through the ERA when they had the chance. When they had their first viable female candidate for the Presidency in 2008, the National Party decided Obama was more “historic,” and demonstrably rigged the nomination for him. Perhaps this innate knowledge that we are an afterthought for most Dems, is why so many of my white sisters vote Republican? Certainly after the debacle of 2008, many of us frustrated women (and the men who support us) re-registered as Independents, but came back to the fold when the Tea Party rose up and took the Republicans on the final leg of their long trip to CrazyTown.

After the Democratic Party once again allowed a sexist man to run a misogynistic campaign against Hillary in 2016, contributing to her electoral defeat, women started getting a lot smarter. They stopped passively expecting the Party to help them, and decided to take it over for themselves. The leadership of the Party should have noticed this by now. Women are running for office in unbelievable numbers, and winning, and are the backbone of the Resistance which helped defeat the overturn of the Affordable Care Act and fueled the anti-Trump furor across America. Yet, if my Maryland brother John Delaney is any indication, it’s clear that the Democratic Party still cannot get over its encrusted and myopic focus on its…male members. (Wink.)

I admit I have just started to fully understand my privilege as a white female living in a blue state. There is not a chance in hell that a pro-death Democrat will beat a pro-choice one here. And in fact, I couldn’t care less what people think privately, as long as they don’t vote to curtail a woman’s right to choose in any way. But should we really invite this kind of ambiguity into the Party, when so many women have lost access to not just abortion, but any form of pre-natal care at all? And when our maternal mortality rate has gone up so much, we’re now the only developed country where it’s increasing?

This excellent Slate article explains why we’re going backwards instead of forwards in the area of women’s health. There are three reasons: poverty, lack of access to health care, and regressive contraception and abortion policies. All of these issues disproportionately affect African-American women, who die in childbirth at 3 times the rate of white women, and 98% of whom voted for Doug Jones, a pro-choice Democrat.

I hope we’re seeing the connection here.

I’m not going to threaten to leave the Party. I’m over that; as I’ve said a few times now, I’ll vote for an artichoke if it has a D next to it. Our democracy depends on wresting power from the wanna-be Fascist in the White House, and the cowardly, corrupt Republicans who are enabling his blatant dismantling of our sacred rule of law.

But I will say this. If the Democrats do not get their sh*t together and start respecting women’s rights as much as they respect that cranky old Socialist’s annoying rants, they will most assuredly hear from me. And I suspect millions of my sisters and brothers will do the same.

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Happy weekend Widdershins!

This week has been a cray-cray rollercoaster. Dump continues to Dump, but we did get further confirmation that everything he touches dies. He has not been good for the GOP. And I don’t just mean that he has corrupted them (in fact, we all know Dump didn’t corrupt them. This is how they’ve been for a long time. Dump is a symptom, not the cause of the infection.) He is bad for the GOP because he is causing “minority flight.” It’s like white flight, but the reverse: non-white people are fleeing. Except by fleeing I mean running to the polls. We have witnessed stunning upsets in elections all over the country, locally Democrats are taking government seats previously occupied by Republicans in deep red places like Oklahoma. And nationally we have seen two stunning upsets for the GOP: Virginia and Alabama. Democrats actually won a US Senate seat in Alabama. And Doug Jones didn’t do it by running as a conservative Democrat. That has been one of the remarkable features of his campaign. He didn’t waffle on choice or gay marriage. He didn’t run by blasting Pelosi or Schumer. So by Alabama standard Doug Jones is a far-left nut job. Except he won the election anyway. He won because black women (and black men) came out in higher than expected numbers and voted. Even though GOP tried their darnedest to stop them. Many irregularities were reported all day. And still, they came out to vote. White men and white women chose the accused pedophile. But it didn’t matter: non-white voters came out to vote. They have lived for a year under the horror of Dump. And this is what happens when Democrats bring out their base to vote: Democrats win. If Democrats managed to win a seat in Alabama, every state should be in play in 2018.

The fact that Roy Moore refuses to concede the race is irrelevant. He will have to exit the stage regardless. There are speculations that Bannon’s reputation is greatly damaged because he went all in on Moore – as did Dump. And Moore losing is a humiliating defeat for Bannon and Dump. So let us imagine for a minute that this is the beginning of their grand exit off the stage too.

Omarosa is existing too. Actually she was escorted out.

So many exits this week. Let’s wish some of these people good riddance.

 

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Sigh. Good morning, all. This was a week like few of us have experienced in national politics. While the Commander-In-Chief demonstrated his mental illness, racism and stupidity for all the world to see, and Mueller’s case for obstruction visibly grew more and more ironclad, the GOP rushed breathlessly and desperately to do their donors’ bidding and pass the most horrible bill in modern history. It’s like the kitchen sink of everything reality-based individuals oppose.

As Our Girl said during the Teen Vogue Summit,

“We’re facing a concerted effort to turn back progress,” Clinton told the audience. “This is a well funded, ideological, and very mean spirited campaign to strip away rights that have been won by people over the last 50, 60 years.” With that in mind, Clinton spent much of her keynote conversation with Blackish star and teen activist Yara Shahidi focused on energizing the younger generation – and driving home the importance of their vote. “This could not be a more blatant and insulting attack on hardworking Americans,” she said of the tax bill, “and we can’t let them get away with it. And how are we going to prevent that? We’re going to vote in 2018. Yara’s going to turn 18 and she’s going to vote in 2018.”

What did she mean by “strip away rights that have been won by people over the last 50, 60 years?” Isn’t this primarily a wealth transfer bill, which is bad enough, and will negatively impact 99% of Americans?

Well, no, it’s not.

So far, here’s what else is in the Senate bill. Let’s just say evangelicals, the oil and gas industry, and racists make out very nicely. Women, poor and working class people of color, children, the environment, the separation of church and state…not so much.

So what happens now? The bill goes to conference, and unless there are some major machinations going on in the background, agreement could be farther away than we might think. If Drumpf starts throwing his “Fart of the Deal” into the mix, and saying the corporate tax rate needs to be higher, then what will the House and Senate do? Will they ignore him, or will they try to make him happy?

And then there’s Susan Collins. She claims her “yes” vote is not final, and will depend on what comes out of conference. There were several amendments she put in that she thinks make a big difference, but she also said she had an ironclad commitment that Social Security and Medicare won’t be cut….and of course, they will be, as Marco Rubio so blithely admitted, publicly. In fact, other Republicans were promised “a better bill out of conference,” and were under pressure to vote yes. What will they do if/when the final bill doesn’t meet their requirements?

Whatever happens, it doesn’t appear likely that the bill will pass quickly out of conference. Until it does, there are plenty of peaceful actions you can take to show your displeasure with your Congresscritter, should s/he be voting the wrong way. I know contrask is planning to march, and Luna posted this link for those who can protest in DC today and tomorrow. Great job, ladies!!

If we are unsuccessful in stopping this atrocity from passing reconciliation, what then? Well, first and foremost, remember that tax law takes time to implement, and the Trumpsters are terrible at executing on policy. The IRS is habitually underfunded, especially since the (false) accusations a couple of years ago that the department was unfairly targeting conservative organizations. How quickly can this really go through?

In the meantime, the Mango Moron has admitted to obstruction of justice on Twitter, and the national conversation is going there. And yes, even if someone else wrote his tweet about knowing that Flynn lied to the FBI (which didn’t happen), the President is still responsible for what is posted on that account. What 45 is doing now is like blaming your ghostwriter for bad reviews. It’s not done because it doesn’t pass the smell test. You put your name on it, you own it! So that’s happening…and oh did we forget, the government may shut down soon?

So yes, after this horrible year, we all deserve massive amounts of whiskey, eggnog, Real Housewives of Whatever, or [insert guilty pleasure here]. And we will indulge! Just make sure to keep your eyes on the prize: Paper ballots, turnout, keeping the Party focused on our values of inclusion and diversity, and supporting Democratic challengers in 2018 (ESPECIALLY women of color and LGBT). All else is distraction, including talk of 2020.

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