commented on Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on Trumpcare Fail: "It Was Such a Sweet Moment To See"
"It was a huge victory for organizing and for the American people."
I disagree. Although I appreciate all the organizing and public dissent, which certainly raised the public profile of the issue (and made life difficult for lots of repubs at their town halls), it was really the far-right republicans that we need to thank. According to the NYT, the 33 members announced in opposition included 10 moderates, 8 "others", and 15 hard-liners of the freedom caucus. If those 15 hard-liners weren't so all-or-nothing in their resistance, the bill would have PASSED. The really appalling takeaway is that IN SPITE of all the town hall outcry, only 18 representatives (the moderates and "others") were actually opposed on-the-record. That's really depressing...
Jun 15, 2016
commented on Hillary Crushing Trump In New Poll
Bernie was always showing higher in the polls than Hillary against Trump because the Repubs were aiming all their ammunition on her and totally ignoring him. If Bernie had won the nomination, the Repub attack machine would have soon decimated him with negative ads. He's certainly an easy target for their standard attacks.
Feb 4, 2016
commented on Liveslogging Tonight's Bernie/Hillary Debate, Yes Another One
It was actually refreshing to hear two well-spoken intelligent people who could speak in coherent sentences, answer the question asked, and not veer into a word-salad subset of their stump speech after dodging the initial question. (Cf. Marco Rubio.)
Jul 28, 2015
commented on Ann Rule
I heard this on KIRO-FM yesterday afternoon. They said something about "local author who wrote over 30 novels" (sic). Kind of clueless.