NEVER BERNIE- Vet Him Til We Get Him!

Never Bernie.

Sometimes you run up against a situation that is very complicated, in this world of ours. There are many grey areas, many ambiguities, many matters that require clarification. By the time you get done explaining them all, you’ve practically written a book.

But there are also times when you run into something that is simple enough to explain with a single word, or perhaps two- like these words.

NEVER BERNIE.

That could be the end of the article. It genuinely could. I strongly considered publishing then and there, so that no one misses our meaning, but at least a few words of explanation might be helpful. So let’s try this one again.

NEVER BERNIE. Not ever. No matter what, it’s too obvious a setup to plug into. Did you see how Trump’s eyes twinkled the other day? I like Bernie, he said, smiling as big and genuinely as I’ve ever seen. He looked like a man who sees a foregone conclusion looming above him. He looked like Richard Nixon, facing George McGovern.

Yesterday the Bern raised six million dollars fundraising, screamed the enthusiastic Bernie Bots, like young lambs that haven’t seen the knife yet. Isn’t that great?
Great for who?
Of course, he did, was my reply. The Kochs invested nearly nine hundred million dollars into building a political machine so big it consumed the Republican Party. This is how it’s reaping dividends. This is why they needed all their dark money. Now they can fund the opposition themselves without anyone seeing it. “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves,” said the hero of all socialists, Vladimir Lenin of Russia.
Best of all, they can come on here and demoralize us by throwing around those numbers. 

Later Wednesday, Trump made his own fund-raising pitch. He sent around a text message to all of his supporters, telling them about the $6 million that “Socialist Bernie” had raised.

“Now I’m calling on you to CRUSH that number,” the message said. For the average political strategist, this may all be rather confusing, but to a pro wrestling fan like Donald Trump, it’s simple as can be. A simple game of Heel vs. Hero.

In professional wrestling, a heel is a wrestler who portrays a villain or a “bad guy” and acts as an antagonist to the heroes- the protagonists, or “good guy” characters. They get in each other’s faces, scream and point and gesticulate wildly, and make a big production out of being each other’s enemies. The adoring audience loves the show, even as their hearts tell them the truth.

It’s all fake.

Hero, heel, and audience. On television, those people look like they’re having fun. It is our opinion that Trump and Bernie supporters are loving this. It’s all about the attention they’re getting. This is all a big game, to them.

You know who it’s not a game to?

Vladimir Putin.

Him, and real Democrats.

While this whole zoo spins a tale that grows more ridiculous by the very hour, the professionals in the locker room of the center are stubbornly holding on to the idea of eventually restoring sanity to our country and stopping the wrestling match short of a full-on civil war, which like a World Championship, you can’t lose by way of disqualification.

You’ve got to get pinned.

My personal trouble with Bernie, from the very start, has been the sheer unrealisticness surrounding him. His supporters were a shrieking mob; they rioted in the streets when they lost. No way was the zombie apocalypse the Bernie Or Bust crew paid out in Philadelphia that night in July 2016 what the majority of America looks like. His socialist policies were a disaster; Medicare for All alone, as he conceived it, would have had the country $32 trillion dollars. Margaret Thatcher asked this question long ago about socialism- How do you pay for it?

He himself wore that blue clown suit around, like a shambling disaster, and was nearly eighty years old besides. Jesus God.

These were the things I noticed when it all first began. I had no feelings about the guy other than that in the beginning, he was just some random name, like Martin O’ Malley, the other also-ran from that year’s terrible primary. I had serious concerns about his ability to win in a general election, and I didn’t think he had a prayer against Hillary Clinton. But I had no reason to form a particular about him one way or the other until I saw how ugly his supporters were going to get in attacking our candidate, and how little he would do to put that in check.

What I have found out since then has been enough to disgust me one hundred percent. On every level. His record on women, his total fear of even mentioning racial issues, the absolute infestation of Russians in his campaign- his campaign manager, Tad Devine, was the first witness called at Paul Manafort’s trial- and the Macedonians in his digital activist groups, his refusal to vote to sanction Russia on numerous occasions, and so many others. So many others.

Conservatives were overjoyed when Bernie entered the race. He gave them just what they’ve been wanting all this time- a just cause to say Democrats are socialists and cast all this as our brand. It was just like how overjoyed they were at this Green New Deal, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to allow a vote on!

He told Jeff Flake last year that he wouldn’t allow a vote on legislation being passed to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation last year on the grounds that it was a waste of time, even though it probably would have actually passed, because it wouldn’t pass the House. He knew for a fact there’s not going to be a Green New Deal getting out of a Republican Senate- and yet, the same guy who was so concerned about minutes on the clock last year allows a vote on it!

Why? Because he wants to see who might actually be dumb enough to sign on.

Whoever does has no political future, especially if Bernie does get his chance to pull a Walter Mondale. He might win Vermont. His movement resembles a bowel. People will never forget the beating he takes.

We at Millennial Democrats would like to say to all of you: Fear not, you guys. The worst that can happen to us politically short of Dachau USA already has. It happened when HRC was robbed. The worst thing now would only be for the neoprogs to get their chance to play McGovern. They’ll get whipped, Russiagate will either spare us part of Donald’s second term or it won’t, and we will go on doing the most good we can for the most people we can until the day when better times finally come.

Besides which, that will never happen anyway. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, even Elizabeth Warren. Someone will beat him in the primary, even though we don’t know who yet. Our chance will come along, the right leader will arise, and we will have a candidate able to beat Donald Trump. The Blue Wave 2018 was only the prelude for 2020, especially in the Congress.

The most important thing in a good philosophy is the strength it gives you to hold fast to your principles regardless of the temporal situation. It’s like how clouds can’t cover stars for long. I believe we will find a way. We just have to remain determined and United. When it all goes to the dogs for them, they’ll be able to come to us, and we’ll take them back in without a single word of recrimination, save these two alone.

The process by which we look through the past records of our candidates is called vetting, and when it comes to Bernie Sanders the mainstream media has not been doing it. Please give us a hand! Write in to the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and anyone else you can think of, and tell them you want to see Bernie Sanders vetted. They will know what you mean. Just earlier today it came out that he has picked Nina Turner to run his campaign. She went with Stein after him and urged her supporters to do either that or vote for Trump outright. Picking Turner is as clear a sign as you could ever want or ask for that he’s going to run the same old ugly race as he always has. NEVER BERNIE. No matter what.

Desperate For Disaster, The GOP Holds On To Kavanaugh- Vote Set Friday.

Kavanaugh's Denial.

The saga of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings has ventured from the unsound into the realm of the bizarre.

A Fox News interview the other night saw Kavanaugh trying desperately to regain his momentum, using what a chess player or movie buff might call the 40-year old Virgin Defense. Remained a virgin well into his twenties, according to him.

Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

It was weird. Real weird. Here’s a guy who is about to be serving in the highest court in the land, the United States Supreme Court, and he’s on TV listing off all the sexual stuff he did as a young man. Creepy. Gross. Nobody cares, dude. T.M.I.

Kavanaugh’s own feelings about his conduct have receded into insignificance at this point. It’s out of his control completely. Trumpism is about to get hit with #metoo head on. This is the year of the Democratic woman; I wouldn’t be on the other side of this for all the money ever made by man.

Trump himself has launched into a full-blown assault on the attackers. That’s what rape culture is, in case anyone reading this has ever wondered. The victims are the ones who end up on trial because the powerful men the attackers resemble can see it happening to them. They think they’re fighting for their right to party.

One person who vehemently took sides with no facts used to be a decent sort of guy, Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senator from North Carolina. Trump has been chumming him up since the start. Looks like it’s working.

Graham went beyond what is publicly known about the Christine Blasey Ford accusation that Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, saying “everybody named in regard to being there said it didn’t happen.”

Not quite, bud.

Kavanaugh “said it didn’t happen, that much is true. But he also said he was never even in the room, or at the party.

His ex-roommate Mark Judge said otherwise. He was quite clear about Kavanaugh’s having been at the party, and in the room with Dr. Ford. He just denied the events took place within them.

There were another two witnesses also, but they also didn’t go so far as to say, as Graham suggested, that nothing ever happened. Mr. Patrick J. Smyth, and Ms. Leland Ingham Keyser both said they had no recollection of the party that Ford described.

But they didn’t say it never happened.

In fact, Keyser told the Washington Post that she believes Ford. So do Democrats, who understand that bringing an end to rape culture requires that women who come forward with their stories be believed.

That is why former Minnesota Senator Al Franken resigned last year when he was accused by conservative talk show host Leeann Tweeden in a smear operation cooked up by Roger Stone.

All he ever did was to make a tasteless joke, but even so, he was willing to give up his seat in Congress to set an ethical example for the rest of us, and to be a good ally to women. He is missed, and so is his sense of decency, growing thinner by the day in the nation’s fair capital.

On Monday, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein bomb was dropped. Trump wants to fire him, because, in the words of one headline I read the other day, “The strategy was to try and do something really big,” if it was going to save Kavanaugh.

Trump, in his petty rage and blind arrogance, is threatening to take away the Mueller probe and throw even more disorder into the country if we don’t give him his Kavanaugh.

To this man, the fate and future of the country are just poker chips in his casino- and it went out of business long ago.

Meanwhile, the other Republicans are still clinging to Kavanaugh for all that they are worth. Rush Limbaugh said Republicans can “Kiss the Midterms Goodbye,” if they don’t confirm Kavanaugh. They fear to dampen the enthusiasm of their voters by ditching him before the midterms.

The thought of the harm it might do the country to have a potential pervert in our highest judiciary is not considered at all, so long as he will vote like a crony in the future and put his name on all their lousy schemings. That is their M.O. these days. Ask Roy Moore. Sex offenses and the Senate don’t mix, and the Supreme Court is not a better match.

Understandably, we will fight like a drowning man to save ourselves and our nation from that fate, and this too the Republicans know. That is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a shout out to the Resistance in the form of a bitter revile. “Whatever it took– whatever the truth really was- they were going to do whatever they could to stop this…”

You better believe it.

One key Republican holdout, Lisa Murkowski, has already signaled her support for Kavanaugh’s accusers. Senator Susan Collins is said to be wavering also.

To them both, we would like to say this: It is not too late to make the right decision, and to use your power to stop this. Resist party pressure. Vote with your heart. Do what it takes to keep our country great, like it always has been.

Help us to stop this man.

Unrequited Love at the Treason Summit- Donald’s Worst Excuse.

A very ugly Donald.

On the subject of this week’s Helsinki summit, in which the forty-fifth president of America slobbered on himself in the presence of Putin, there is almost nothing to say. Words fail all but completely.

On Twitter, it was trending as #TreasonSummit.

For once, America is well-nigh united. Everyone is disgusted with Trump, except for the loathsome toady Pence(who the Trump guys will hate no matter what, as he wavered on the “Grab ’em” tape), a man who has fallen all over himself to slobberingly praise his master Donald. Even the likes of Neil Caputo reviled him as weak.

Trump has a reputation as being a real tough guy, especially during a debate.

His attempt to loom over Hillary Clinton was memorable(and pathetic), as was the rough treatment he gave both “Low Energy” Jeb Bush, and “Little Marco” Rubio during the debates of the Republican primary.

Many expected him to go after Putin this same way, especially given that Robert Mueller just charged twelve Russian nationals with the hacking of our election last Friday.

Here’s what he said instead.

“I think the United States has been foolish,” Trump said, to explain poor U.S.-Russia relationships.

Undoubtedly it is true that America is not perfect. No one with even a cursory familiarity with American history would claim otherwise.

But what a thing to say to the President of Russia, architect of one of the most brutal regimes on Earth! Especially considering that they’re illegally occupying Ukraine and that they have been cyber-attacking all the world for years.

If I were Trump, I’d have gone public with this thing from Day One. Thanks for your help, Russia! Now allow me to reward you, by annihilating your ability to do anything like this ever again.

I would have gone right to the NSA with everything my campaign had learned about how they operate, and I would have seen to it that information was used to keep our country safer in the future.

This is not about Republicans vs. Democrats, or at least, it shouldn’t have been, and still doesn’t have to be. This is Russia vs. America, a struggle of hundreds of years. There’s a lot more at stake here than one man’s pride and power.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump does not realize this.

Later on Monday, the Justice Department charged the woman who tried to set up a back-channel of communication with the Trump campaign, Maria Butina, as being an agent of the Russian Federation.

Tuesday she was hit with a grand jury indictment, which added a more serious charge of acting as an agent of the Russian government. This carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

This was on an investigation completely separate from that of Robert Mueller’s and offered some of the most explicit evidence yet that there were Americans who worked willingly to aid and abet the Russian efforts. And where, you ask, did they find Americans blind enough to reality to go along with something like this?

The pro-gun conspiracy world, of course, also known as the National Rifle Association, where Butina was shown in photos she put on Facebook attending events.

It all just goes to show. You cannot trust the right. They will do or say or willfully deny anything to take or keep power, even in the face of things like Sandy Hook and the Holocaust. That is what fascism is.

That is particularly relevant considering how they all jumped on the anti-Russia bandwagon yesterday when the President’s weakness became repugnant past a certain point. Mitch McConnell tried to talk tough, saying “The EU is friend to the US. Russia is not.”

But just the day before, Trump himself classified the E.U. as an enemy, too. It seems like the GOP and the Russians have been pretty cozy all along.

The final indignity was delivered on Sean Hannity’s talk show, where Trump was guided through the Fox News interpretation of current events. He lamented that reporters keep asking about Russian election interference, rather than what he considers issues of substance.

“I thought that President Putin was very, very strong,” he said, sighing like a lovesick calf.

A Grand Coverup- Complicit GOP Signals End To Russia Investigation.

Bring on #TheBlueWave!

The Republicans in Congress are complicit in the Russiagate scandal. When you know about a crime, and you help to cover it up, you have chosen to become part of it, and that is exactly what is going on now.

It has always been important to keep the Republicans out of power, at least in the post-Lincoln history of America, but never like this since Nixon. Bring on #TheBlueWave.

The freshest outrage is that Rep. Mike Conaway(R-TX), the Republican leading the committee’s Russia investigation, as well as other House Intelligence Committee Republicans have made it clear they are ready to end the investigative phase of their Russia probe and move on to writing the final report.

Trump’s first campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

It’s looking like he could be one of the last major witnesses to appear as part of the panel’s Russia investigation. Conaway has said that he hasn’t ruled out calling additional witnesses, but he’s hinted that no big names remain on his list.

The ostensible reasons they are giving as to why the Committee should end its investigation, right as the Russiagate scandal hits its highest pitch, are insane. They sound audibly ridiculous.
Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida pointed to the leaks of White House communications director Hope Hicks’ testimony last week as a reason to end the investigation, while Rep. Pete King of New York says the committee has learned all it can.
“To me, I don’t see anything else that’s out there that hasn’t been explored,” King told CNN.

At any rate, the end may have come in the opinion of the House Intelligence Republicans, but Democrats know better. Leaders like Adam Schiff quickly stood up to oppose that crooked and treasonous policy. On Thursday he made clear that we need to talk to the attendees of that meeting.

There are still dozens of witnesses the panel ought to be calling, of course, as well as numerous subpoenas it should issue or enforce. For that panel to do otherwise would be for them to do a tremendous disservice, both to justice in this case and to America’s national interest. Let it never be forgotten.
Democrats have pointed to two new events this week as reasons to keep calling witnesses. Sam Nunberg’s media blitz and reports that Putin-owned Russian investor George Nader attended secret meetings with the Russians in the Seychelles archipelago during the Trump transition.

The New York Times, on Tuesday, reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Lebanese-American businessman George Nader. Nader is reportedly cooperating. He testified before a grand jury last week.

This testimony ended up being quite explosive. It brought the focus back to a shady January 2017 meeting held during the Trump transition between Nader and Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater and informal Trump adviser.

The secretive meeting was also speculated to be a potential backdoor link between the Trump universe and the Kremlin. They routed the meeting through the United Arab Emirates. The whole thing was one giant misdirection on the part of those involved.

On Wednesday the Washington Post’s reporting confirmed that speculation.

Robert Mueller’s investigators have now discovered solid evidence that this meeting was, in fact, an attempt to establish a back channel between Trump and the Kremlin.

The full implications of what this means will take some time to come out, but in the meantime, one thing is for sure.  Erik Prince, the Trump emissary at the off-book rendezvous, has been lying. And quite a few others have been also.

“Last year, Prince told lawmakers—and the news media—that his Seychelles meeting with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund, was an unplanned, unimportant encounter that came about by chance because he happened to be at a luxury hotel in the Indian Ocean island nation with officials from the United Arab Emirates,” the Post reported.

The waves of the Russiagate scandal has rocked America in successive blows recently, and all of this comes as the freshest breaker. Ever since Rick Gates agreed to cooperate the house has been coming in on Donald Trump everywhere. The writing is on the wall for his administration.

But it also falls to us to never let anyone forget how the Republicans have sabotaged this investigation at every turn. How they made excuses, looked the other way, and when necessary, covered up.

The manner in which they have conducted themselves is in many ways even more repugnant than that of Trump, because he is fundamentally slow and limited and incapable of doing any better. The likes of Mitch McConnell are lifelong professional politicians. They can’t pretend to hide behind ignorance.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the majority of Americans would join in our crusade in earnest if they could somehow be shown the bare bones of the truth on these matters through all the noise and misdirection the conservatives deluge our country in.

Only refusing to give in and go back to sleep can we hope to secure the future of our democracy. We have to raise awareness of what they are doing with all the vigor we can bring to the table.

This is not Hitler’s Germany. This is not Putin’s Russia.

Water from the Rock- Dems Gain Toehold With Shutdown.

Dems win.

Democratic leadership in the Senate has managed to draw water from the rock. The weekend-long filibuster that shut down the government succeeded in extracting concessions on the immigration issue from a hostile majority party and insane White House.

The Senate vote to reopen the government was finally confirmed after it became clear Democrats were going to continue to block the spending bill over what do about young people affected by DACA until Republicans agreed to grow a soul.

The Republicans did not intend to compromise at all on this issue, and right now they hold all the cards. But ultimately, they did.

That is a measure of victory.

A government shutdown is not a joke.

The last shutdown happened in 2013 and lasted 16 days.

Nearly 800,000 federal employees were out of work without pay.

More than a million other working employees had their paychecks delayed.

According to estimates by the financial services company Standards & Poor’s, the last government shutdown cost America $24 billion, or $1.5 billion a day.

Democrats forced the shutdown with a heavy heart. We demanded a vote on legislation to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients from deportation after Trump unexpectedly cancelled the program. The final agreement involved a vote on the issue by February.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina appeared alongside GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona, and made the following statement. “Here’s what I predict. Once we start talking about immigration and voting on immigration, we’ll find 60 votes to make sure these DACA recipients’ lives are not ruined by March 5.”

Critically, we were also able to secure funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program(CHIP). Monday’s deal to end the shutdown included a six-year reauthorization of the program, which will go on without any children losing their health insurance.

Still, it’s important not to try and cast a light on this whole incident as a win for us. It wasn’t. There was never any path to a victory here.

On Monday, a senior Republican aide told CNN that McConnell wasn’t planning to provide any firmer commitment on immigration than he already has.
“If that’s not enough for Democrats, then we’re in this for the long haul,” the aide added.
That leaves us with a hard road ahead.
It’s like the old Steinbeck book, In Dubious Battle. Sometimes you have to fight, even when you know you’re going to lose. And that’s what we just did. We took a stand. Many of our guys are up for re-election next year, in states that Trump won by a lot. It took a lot of courage.
Progressive holdouts are shrieking bloody murder, of course, but that was going to happen no matter what.
It’s a noble struggle that was just undertaken, actually. And the ones who kept on holding out were risking nothing in so doing; they’re not up for reelection this year. They’re just posing as presidential candidates.
There’s no doubt they’re doing all they can to make our lives difficult, and it’s becoming harder to hold the center because of them.
Here’s the thing, though- All of them are lemmings. The only thing that has stopped them from hurling themselves off a cliff so far is us. If we are not able to hold them back, they will all get rid of themselves. History has already proven this. George McGovern, the Bernie Sanders of his day, was slaughtered so thoroughly by Richard Nixon that his entire electoral concept- as visualized by him- was essentially refuted on the spot.
In the real world, adults who want to make actual progress have to be realistic. Sometimes compromises with people we’d rather not deal with are necessary.

Our Democratic leadership put their own necks on the chopping block and shut down the government for the sake of our Dreamers. They are now being raked over the coals from both angles, and that is just lousy.

They are national treasures, and we are very proud of them.

Going forward, we’ve got to raise awareness of how much we actually accomplished given the circumstances.

Democratic activist Sheila Jones wrote to us on the subject.

“The issue will not now be debated only behind closed doors in Congress. It will be decided in the public forum, and 87% of the public is for DACA. So we can wipe the floor with them.”

We’ve got to stick up for Chuck Schumer. And we’ve got to prepare ourselves to fight this whole battle again, in three weeks. See you in the trenches.

GOP Passes Worst Bill In History- Merry Christmas, America.

Here's hoping the GOP eats lunch together!

“This is the point where Republicans in both chambers are staring at the clock and hoping the time to the House and, more importantly, Senate votes ticks away quickly.”

“That doesn’t mean everyone’s on high alert for some late-game problem(s) popping up.”
It’s as if they all think passing laws is a kind of football game. High excitement! Victory, defeat, agony, joy- What a fine piece of theatre it all makes!
Only thing is, the price of admission for it all is pretty high. And as always, it’s the little guy who’ll get stuck picking up the bill.
I was therefore tempted to name this piece “The Ravaging of the Nation by A Puke Orange Cannibal”, but was talked out of it. Still, the phrase does neatly cover the facts.
We’ve repeated ad nauseum what a vicious piece of legislature this new bill is; at this point, everybody knows. But they actually passed it, in spite of it all.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he anticipates that the deeply unpopular Republican tax bill will win public approval only after its “results” become apparent. What public are we talking about here? The Legions of Hell?

 It looks like Bob Corker was bought off with that new real estate provision. Susan Collins too gave her assent, despite having taken a principled stance on other key issues this year. Disappointing and tragic.
There should be no mistaking this one. What just passed the House will likely mark a drastic watershed for the United States. The names of the men responsible will soon live in terrible infamy.
The mid- and long-term effects of the plan will be nasty right away; a massive drop in public investment, and a very nasty case of heartbreak and unrest given to the people for the holidays. Trump or no Trump, no one will be saying Merry Christmas this year. Happy Holidays is pretty much out as well.
Decades of declining spending on infrastructurescientific researchskills training and other core government agencies are going to have the same effect on the country as waiting too long to get an oil change.
The United States can’t count on past investments forever. The Washington Post’s Fareed Zakaria said simply that with this legislation, we are ushering in a bleak future.
In other news, according to Democrat Jackie Speier, rumour has it on Capitol Hill Trump is planning to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller as early as later this week. The convoluted process by which this atrocity might possibly take place is its own article. We mention it here because as a distraction from the tax plan, this was clearly a big help to Trump.
It’s almost an application of Henry Kissinger’s old “madman” policy from the Nixon days, e.g., You’d better make a deal with us because the guy with the keys is crazy. God only knows what he might do. In this case, the implication was, “You’d better back off, and let us have our tax plan victory, or we’re going to fire Mueller and destroy your whole democracy”.
They’ve been preparing the groundwork for an attack on the Special Counsel for the last month or so now. It’s really quite despicable. This damage the Republicans are trying to do to this man- a fellow Republican!- and his reputation reads in terrible volumes about the state of partisan polarity in our government. Mueller was the best FBI director in the nation’s history.
Going forward, it’s important to keep our spirits up and our focus sharp. The Republicans have passed their own demise in the form of this tax bill.
All we have to do is take back the Congress in a year. It’s going to take them forever to actually get stuff like their net neutrality rules and their tax plan in place. If we can retake the Congress in 2018, which becomes more plausible by the day, we can still fix this. #TheBlueWave.
Furthermore, young people like us have a perfect opportunity to help. All we need to do is make our voices heard. Ingenuity and determination are our generation’s strong point. Since that cataclysm of a tax plan is passed, we will accept it with forbearance. We’ve got a plan to deal with it. We’re on the path. All we have to do is keep walking forward. Together.
However, just as this article was about to publish, news broke that the House will have to re-vote on the GOP tax plan!
The Senate Parliamentarian found three violations to the Byrd Rule, which governs the budget process that Republicans use for tax reform. These violations have set the bill back a full day of House voting. Democrats have bought us some time.Perhaps a meteor will smite all the Republicans on their way back up the Hill tomorrow. Here’s hoping.

Dignity and Respect- Victory for Jones, Clear Path for a Democratic Senate!

Stunning upset

As the last precincts closed in the Moore-Jones race, it seemed logical to take note of some last minute reflections.

As of 7:11 P.M., Jones was being given a 73% chance to win, according to the New York Times. Moore was up in the count all night- to no avail. The big city precincts don’t get counted until late in the evening. It must have been humiliating.

Reportedly, the man had already planned his victory celebration. “You smell that?”, said Moore’s campaign manager earlier today. “That’s the smell of victory.” One wonders how they’re liking the smell around now.

As the last precincts are closing, the papers will be readying themselves to declare that the first Democrat to hold office in Alabama in decades has been elected and that his name is Doug Jones.

This is historic. And shocking.

Earlier today, Steve Bannon angrily yelled that there’s a special place in hell for any Republican who refused to vote for Roy Moore. That’s more along the lines of the expectable.

When the RNC gave in at last and got back in touch with Moore’s campaign, even after all that huffing and puffing Mitch McConnell did, that was more like par for the course. And Trump’s ringing endorsement for an even bigger sex offender than himself was like a dingleberry cherry on a steaming sundae.

This, combined with the inexplicable hurling to the jackals of Al Franken by certain members of our own party leadership. It was horrible. It was starting to seem like the unstoppable #BlueWave we were building in November wasn’t going to amount to much.

Then the A.P. called it for Jones.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that we have been gifted a miracle here, and we have got an opportunity to get people back on track. This small Senatorial race may go down in history as a pivotal moment in the history of this country.

It is unreal, how much was riding on this upset. The basis of DNC strategy lately seems to have paid off. It was a very risky gamble, but it paid off. The party has a plausible path to taking control of the Senate next year for the first time.
It is key to remember this, however. Who gambles and loses is a fool; who gambles and wins is a genius. There have been decisions made recently that we did not agree with, but it would appear that Franken did not fall on his sword for nothing after all.
Going forward, we’re going to be focusing on the 2018 elections for all that we are worth. There’s going to be a whole new crop of candidates, coming out of the woodwork. It will be our job to get to know them, to learn who they are working for, and to examine where their true loyalties lie.

The first step is going to be to get our house in order. We have got to find out who the fakers are. There are going to be libertarians masquerading as progressives, again, and they are going to try and attack us in elections all over the country. We know them as the Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, and a grocery list of other organizations that might seem like they’re cool but are not.

Both Al Franken and the superdelegate process have been consumed by the need to eliminate the foundation upon which they’ve been building their complaints. We bent over backwards for them. Let’s hope it’s enough, this time around.

 

Tonight the Republicans, who are the true enemy, have just been placed heavily on the defensive. They are the desperate party now, and desperation always causes blunder. Trump’s endorsements have proven toxic to everyone he’s offered. It’s as if that orange color really is radioactivity. 
At the state of the cycle, the math for Democrats winning the Senate majority in 2018 was just brutal. There’s no other word.

But between tonight and the races we won in November, we now have the numbers we need to at least put the Senate in-play. Takeovers in Arizona and Nevada, in particular, look increasingly promising.

Last week the retirement of Bob Corker opened up a seat in Tennessee, where they landed the popular former governor Phil Bredesen as a candidate.

And now we have the first of the three pickup seats we needed a year early, tonight in Alabama.

The math is clearly within the realm of possibility now. Democrats are also claiming a double-digit lead on the generic ballot. Things are very much looking up. All we have to do is hold it together.

Moore is screaming, furious, demanding a recount. We’re sorry, Judge Roy. Tough break. You didn’t get to smell victory, after all. How do you like the smell of justice?

Modern Indulgences- Trump and the Religious Right.

At the Family Research Council’s recent Values Voter Summit, the religious right declared itself for Trump, with great enthusiasm and thunderous applause. Trump went on one of his rants about saying Merry Christmas, and the crowd went wild.

This is a travesty, and a hard to understand one. This president is the antithesis of every religion’s value systems, all of which emphasize right living and a connection with a higher power. Trump is a sack of walking debauchery. Christmas will not be merry at all, until he’s been shown the White House door. Neither will Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday.

The Values Voter Summit is an annual political conference, held in Washington, D.C. for ultra- conservative operatives and elected officials from across the United States.The president was received there as a conquering hero, especially after declaring that there’s been a War on Christmas going on all this time, and that it has just been won.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that if the president wanted to win an imaginary war, he might have invested some of his billions into an X-Box.

Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, who both were fired from the White House due to their virulent extremism, were both present, and both out for blood. “There is a time and season for everything,” said Bannon. “And right now, it’s a season for war against a GOP establishment.” The whole event was a fraud. That’s a room full of people at war with itself.

This is the bill being presented to the likes of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. The alt-right is a golem, called forth to do the bidding of a small and shrinking group of men. And like any golem worth its salt, it has risen to consume its masters.

These are the fruits of the policies that the Conservative Coalition started. This term refers to an unofficial, Tea-Party like outfit in the U.S. Congress that existed between the 1960’s and 1990’s. Its goal was to bring together the Northern Republicans and the minority of Southern Democrats who were incapable of changing with the times.

The term became obsolete once there weren’t any Democrats left; we showed the door to the reactionary and bigoted elements of the Democratic Party long ago. The philosophy and approach lived on, however, and seems to be making an unfortunate comeback.

Many people think this way of doing business came largely to an end with Jerry Falwell’s declaration to end the Moral Majority in 1989, declaring under George H.W. Bush that their goals had been achieved. It didn’t. It just shifted gears and chose a new name.

Since then, America has continued watching the process of one of its political parties drained utterly of mercy and benevolence. This has never been so clear as since Trump took office.

Over this last year, the Republicans have proposed legislation to destroy unions, the healthcare system, and the education system. The Environmental Protection Agency was placed in the charge of Oklahoma’s former attorney general, Scott Pruitt, a man who has spent his entire life opposing it.

They want to defund Planned Parenthood, they want to restrict abortion. Legislature has been proposed in sixteen states to stifle public protest. Increased risk of violence against transgender persons and other at-risk groups are the inevitable result of a roll back of anti-discrimination laws, but they do not seem to hold this important.

What they do hold important is to funnel wealth from the poorest to the richest. Their desire seems to be to roll back the clock arbitrarily, to a time that most of us are very glad is past. All of this is being done with the full support and sanction of the religious right, who are making big bank too.

This is why they were so happy to see the election of Donald Trump. They knew he would be good for their finances. Franklin Graham at the time said that he was convinced it was the “hand of God that got Donald Trump elected. Not Wiki-leaky, or anything else. The hand of God”.

The finances of the people who make up their congregations were not considered. Even the ability of those people to receive basic health care and keep breathing was ignored, as none of them were heard protesting Trump’s decision to gore Obamacare. The disgraceful examples set by Trump, i.e. greed, profligacy, nepotism, corruption, etc. were shown a blind eye also. Even the infamous “Grab em” tape in which he blatantly proves himself a sex offender didn’t do the trick. All of it was ignored.

One thing only was taken into account- their plan to lay waste the First Amendment, with its insistence on enforcing the separation of church and state.

Leaders of the religious right recently started demanding federal benefits for churches hit by Hurricane Harvey, even as the cleanup started. It seems innocuous, but actually it represents a highly significant milestone in their plan to lay waste the First Amendment. They have preparing groundwork to lay claim to public funds for a long time.

If they can gain a toehold by getting legal recognition collecting federal money, they can slowly worm their way into positions of influence in a government they are legally forbidden to enter.

This is why they’ll forgive Trump anything. It’s why Franklin Graham attributed his victory to the Hand of God, and not “Wiki-leaky, or anything else”.

The way the whole thing works out is markedly similar to the historical sale of indulgences, where corrupt priests caused an entire Reformation, selling God’s permission to live licentiously to the rich. Wow. In the meantime, we’re to start saying Merry Christmas again, but one wonders what Christ might think.

It’s all being made possible by Donald Trump, which is why they’ll forgive him anything. Martin Luther must be turning over in his grave, to see Protestants selling indulgences. The whole operation drags the spirit of the church through the mud like nothing since the Spanish Inquisition.

“I pledged that, in a Trump administration, our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected, and defended like you have never seen before,” President Donald Trump said on Friday. “That’s what’s happening. We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.”

It is the very definition of irony, that the people who’ve been screaming about the End of Times and the Antichrist all these years, would end up lining up with the guy who best fits the description. For Democrats, this all provides a pleasant reminder of the reasons we can look at ourselves in the mirror and sleep at night.

 

Millennial Midterms- #SpreadTheWord.

The 2018 midterm elections are of huge and fundamental importance. There have never been such high stakes riding on anything. We have got a maniac in office. He just sabotaged our health care system. And he’s the worst possible person on the planet to be handling a nuclear crisis. There’s something we can do about it, though. We can put a Congress in power who is capable of fixing this.

The year after a presidential election is traditionally pretty quiet. Think back on 2001. Try and picture something you remember in between Bush’s inauguration and 9/11, other than My Pet Goat. Not much happening in 2009, either, except for the continuing housing market crash.

Donald Trump’s election altered terribly the usual state of things. Politics didn’t settle down for one day. It’s like the election never even ended. His incompetence and narcissistic tendencies have created a real crisis for the country, and nobody knows quite what to do. The only thing certain is the 2018 midterms, and with it the hope of a Congress that will lift this burden from the people of America.

It’s not certain Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril. What is certain is that he knows most people don’t like him.

This is why he’s never stopped holding rallies– still usually referred to as “Campaign” rallies, although he’s been in office nearly a year- to keep in close touch with those who still do.

The whole thing has turned into a great big trip to Jonestown. It’s an unparallelled debacle. It is the absolute apex of disasters. It is so bad, in fact, that it has many people wondering- Does it even really matter much what Democrats do?

The answer to that question lands squarely in the affirmative. No one can afford to take anything for granted at this point. Trump has upended everything.

The key to our next moves will be to emphasize the strength of our economic message. Most everyone who can be convinced that Trump is bad for the country based on his personal characteristics already has been. He has given us all the help we could ever ask for, on that account.

We’ve had multiple wake-up calls. Everyone should be wide awake by now,” said Doug Heye, a former top aide to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. Personality politics will only take you so far, and our strategists know this. It’s on us to raise the confidence level of the people. That’s why we’re here.

The trick now, is to look closely at that most progressive of platforms ever assembled, the 2016 Democratic Presidential Platform, and understand that the answers have been there all along. We just have to help others see it.

Developing along these lines, Democratic strategy this year runs the way of positive persuasion and turnout. Black turnout, Latino turnout, and millennial turnout.

Turnout often drops off at midterms, even among those who voted in the presidential election, and the most important question is to how to keep our energy level high and our people united. That’s where we come in.

All this continues amid Trump’s worst decision yet. Although the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought to project unity Monday, his recent decision to stab Obamacare in the back has made that impossible.

By defaulting on federal payments that breathe life into millions, Trump has fanned the healthcare wildfires to the point where it’s becoming an inferno. Ironically, he’ll be saving the residents of blue states all kinds of money, while murdering his own core base. This has got to be the stupidest decision ever made by any human being.

In contrast to that hellish spectacle, we will be showing people a plan that isn’t breaking their backs or taking away their health care.

The Republican Party’s fall agenda and midterm elections strategy is nonexistent. Their economic policy remains what it has been since 2009- a diametric opposition to any good the Clintons and Obamas have been able to do. That gives us an opening.

Steve Bannon, who since losing his job has been doing to the Republicans what Bernie Sanders and the WeWillReplaceYou (what a brazen slogan! Ugh!) outfit has been doing to us, has made himself a volatile ingredient to the unlikely mixture of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

“I like Steve a lot. Steve is doing what Steve thinks is the right thing,” Trump said while standing next to McConnell. At Millennial Democrats, we think Steve is doing the right thing too, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.

All this disarray in the backyard of the GOP places them at risk of alienating further still all those people who are on the margins. People who voted for Trump, but have regrets. This is the group that will decide things for everyone, in the next few years.

No matter what, we have to make sure they do not get 60 seats in the Senate. Fortunately, on that account, we are doing well. For example, a poll just out from Virginia has former 2016 Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine up by 20+ percentage points over various Republican opponents.

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight made the following statement, one that we can only pray isn’t a bit of foreshadowing taking place in our story. “Republicans aren’t going to get 60 seats — or even come close — unless there’s a Sept. 11-like event that makes Trump super popular.”

Eerie. Really eerie.

Failure and Frustration- The Republican Party In Meltdown

The Republican Party is in a state of total, primal, nuclear meltdown.

Veteran Republicans are deciding they’ve had enough, and fleeing the Congress in growing numbers. They’re just not running again, period, and who could blame them? Hated by their constituents, unable to do any good with their monopoly on government, pushed around and abused by the president himself, these are the most miserable people in the world. It is only human to want out from under that.

Donald Trump has repeatedly proven his willingness to work against fellow Republicans. He will even directly attack them for not doing what he says. As a result, a number of lawmakers no longer wish to be involved.

The latest to say goodbye was two-term Rep. Dave Trott of Michigan. His statement on Monday notes that he’s decided to spend more time with his family. Perhaps more revealing, however, was Trott’s most recent tweet, sent in mid-August: “I think America needs more unity and less divisiveness…meaning @realDonaldTrump should focus more on golf & have less press conferences.” That certainly is when the country seems to do best.

GOP control of Washington has failed to produce a single tangible result. Obamacare stayed(although one final last-ditch effort to repeal it was announced by Republican leadership on Tuesday), the treasured idea of a border wall with Mexico remains a dream, and Trump himself spends most of his time playing golf. Any kind of tax reform or tax cut is unlikely, and outright impossible without making use of the people that Trump reviled as swamp things on the campaign trail.

Trump’s one big success in cutting a deal since taking office, came when he avoided a government shutdown in early September by adopting the sensible plan drawn up by Democrats. Bypassing Republicans to do this was an unexpected move, and an unwelcome one from the perspective of the GOP. It forced elected Republicans to choose sides between Trump, and GOP leaders McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Florida has just finished taking a horrific pounding from Hurricane Irma. Coming so soon after Hurricane Harvey’s flooding farther west, it’s now plain that President Trump was right to take that deal. Had the government actually shut down last week, it would have cost us secure hurricane disaster relief. The scale of the damage thus prevented is incalculable.

Nevertheless, GOP leaders were against it. The budget plan that was passed last week, which also spared us from a Treasury default for the next three months, was a Democrat plan. Regardless of its contents, they would have opposed it, because it would be a win for us. To the Republicans, preventing Democrats from scoring a win is more important than the best interests of the country.

Even Donald Trump had more sense than that. And when you get outscored by that guy on the sensibility scale, the message it sends as to your state of mental health is far from wholesome.

“There are some stability concerns in the party,” said Josh Holmes, a GOP consultant and former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Our U.S. system has checks and balances in place to deter gigantic catastrophe. One of them is that change is not designed to come quickly. The wheels of justice turn slow, even for those who hold its keys. Even parties in control of the whole government have to learn how to navigate it, if they want to make any real changes by making some laws.

This will not be possible for the Republicans.

There are several things that a majority party needs in order to turn political victories into legislative ones, and the GOP doesn’t have them. Things like a prioritized agenda, internal unity, and public support simply do not exist for the Republicans at this time.

Far from producing this necessary unity within the Republican Party, the Trump era has worsened old divisions and created new ones. The familiar divide between pragmatic and ideologically driven Republicans has become a gaping chasm. The Charlottesville tragedy had a particularly polarizing effect. Mitch McConnell is said to have been livid upon hearing the President say there were many good people, waving Nazi flags that day.

The GOP has control of the government. They have controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency since January. But they don’t have control of themselves. This is evidenced clearly by the fact of their not having one single solitary major legislative accomplishment to show for their tenure in power. And the first midterm is nearly half up.

History has shown us that a single party doesn’t dominate the government like this for very long. The Democrats are nearly certain to recapture the House of Representatives and quite possibly the Senate too. Once that happens, all hope they had of advancing their agenda is gone. We will quickly attend to the business of impeaching the unfit and insane Donald Trump, and start setting our country to rights.

The only success the Republicans have had is in teaching us how not to govern. They have demonstrated aptly that occupying the halls of government doesn’t in itself make you fit to perform this onerous task. That fitness only comes from an earnest desire to both live and rule by the principles of benevolence. Until Republicans discover that, they will never meet with anything but failure and frustration.