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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Paul Waldman: Right now the bulwarks of Republican minority rule are under profound threat. This election they could lose both the presidency they won despite losing the popular vote, and the Senate which they control despite the fact that millions more Americans voted to be represented there by Democrats. This is what Republicans fear. Democracy is pounding on their door, and they'll do anything to stop it.

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Brace yourself while I paint a picture of a nightmarish future. It's one in which every American gets to vote without impediment or inconvenience. Where the presidential candidate who gets the most votes actually moves into the Oval Office. Where bills in Congress are debated and then voted on, the side with more votes prevails, then those laws take effect and the public can judge the results.

This is the terrifying political hellscape the Republican Party is determined to prevent. For a party with a dwindling base and a broadly unpopular agenda, there is no more profound threat than democracy.

Waldman must be a silent reader of Boaz' comments because he hammers the nails of hypocrisy that today's GOP is held together by. The only legitimate rule is that ordained by Republicans, whether they win a majority of the votes or simply work - often illicitly and anti-democratically - at the margins to retain their control even though they only receive a minority of the votes.

The day of reckoning is coming - hopefully 3 weeks away - and there will be no tears when power is both ripped away from this anti-American cabal through the expressed will of the people, not that of any self-serving minority. And payback will be that female dog - and boy is she pissed.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-13 06:08 PM | Reply

The only legitimate rule is that ordained by Republicans

That does seem to be a popular theme.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-10-13 09:59 PM | Reply

The day of reckoning is coming - hopefully 3 weeks away ...

My only concern is that Biden, along with several dem senators, will have to be pushed to take the necessary structural steps to ensure that the will of the people is protected.

A relentless pressure campaign is going to be necessary to force these dem hold outs to do the right thing to protect the will of the people.

#3 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-10-14 09:30 AM | Reply

My only concern is that Biden, along with several dem senators, will have to be pushed to take the necessary structural steps to ensure that the will of the people is protected.

This is why a senatorial tsunami is needed to insure that the filibuster is removed forever and simple majority rule becomes the norm moving forward. I don't think that Biden is going to be a problem at all because he lived through 8 years of GOP obstruction and fully understands that they will do everything possible to thwart his agenda and then run in 2022 claiming that he got nothing done.

IMO, it's time for Feinstein to retire, and Manchin is Manchin - he's a product of his state - but his usefulness may have expired if the Democrats can net 5 additional seats. They are the only two who I think might be opposed to eliminating the filibuster when the rubber meets the road. I think Feinstein at her age should take the statesman's route and simply retire, but if not, she should be primaried by the strongest candidate CA can field.

I have long thought that Biden knows and says that he is simply a bridge to the future, he is not going to be an impediment. If the Democrats can coalesce around fiscally-sound and popular progressive policies which gain wide public support the leadership will gladly be on board to enact them as quickly and effectively as possible.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-14 09:43 AM | Reply

This is why a senatorial tsunami is needed to insure that the filibuster is removed forever and simple majority rule becomes the norm moving forward.

Ending the filibuster is only the first step to the type of structural change I think is necessary. Other structural changes that I would like to see are 1) statehood for DC and PR; 2) Expanding the number of members in the HOR so that the population of each district is roughly equivalent; 3) Restructuring and resizing the SCOTUS so that it works more like the appeals court;

Of the 3 items mentioned, only the first can't be undone by a subsequent congress. As a result, dems would likely permanently have 4 more senators that would lean their way. This would be a tremendous counter to the small (population) states that lean republican.

Items 1 and 2 would also go a long way to popularizing the electoral college i.e. making its votes more closely resemble the popular vote.

As for Biden, I think that he is largely responsible for Obama's slow start. Obama thought that Biden would be his bridge to senate republicans. It didn't work and Obama lost precious time and eventually led to the "I've Got A Pen And I've Got A Phone" comment.

#5 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-10-14 03:15 PM | Reply

As for Biden, I think that he is largely responsible for Obama's slow start. Obama thought that Biden would be his bridge to senate republicans.

I don't disagree, but I think both of them never thought that their recent colleagues would obstruct 100% of what they tried to do in the middle of a crisis the GOP's own malgovernance started.

As it regards making both DC and PR states, I think many are missing that PR is not as liberal as most assume. PR could split their Senate delegation or even elect 2 Republicans - depending upon the individuals involved. It is much more of a wild card than it appears.

On the other issues we're simpatico, but at least at the beginning of Biden's term, the pandemic/public health (and all the things they touch) and the remaking of the economy have to be Job 1, imo.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-14 06:56 PM | Reply

" I think both of them never thought that their recent colleagues would obstruct 100% of what they tried to do in the middle of a crisis the GOP's own malgovernance started."

Jeez, these are the same people that have blocked funding for blue states after hurricanes and other disasters. It's that kind of unfounded and naive optimism in what the GOP will do that puts us where we are now. And the GOP laughs at us for it.

#7 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-10-14 07:13 PM | Reply

#7

My comments were in reference to 2008, not 2020. In 2008, both presidential campaigns tried to take ownership of the financial crisis and the need for the federal government to move forward united because it affected all Americans, not just one party or the other. McConnell's inauguration night decision to oppose everything Obama proposed to do was not anticipated nor expected at that time. It was unprecedented in American history on the part of any minority leader.

Today it's simply called standard Republican policy whenever they aren't in the dominant leadership positions.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-14 07:31 PM | Reply

Sen. Sasse's private comments regarding how he feels about Trump is the type of bs that makes dems believe that repubs can be trusted. They can't. Now that Trump is likely to be defeated, all of a sudden repubs get a spine. To late, I hope the voters hold them all to account for their political cowardice.

Feinstein's embrace of Lindsay Graham was a life line to Graham's campaign. I am sure that Harrison (Graham's dem challenger) cringed when he saw it. The embrace could have occured out of the public view. Instead, it was done with the cameras rolling. What was she thinking? Is she trying to torpedo Harrison's chances or is just a mistake made by someone that has been in the senate way to long.

Republicans won't change their behavior as long as dems are the compliant, understanding and gullible stooges that some of them appear to be. Republicans must pay a steep price for their cowardice during the Trump years or it will be repeated.

Repubs got their tax cuts, their judges, their reduced regulations. What's left? Everything that they got during the Trump years must be taken back and structural changes put into effect that prevent another Trump like character from ever emerging again.

#9 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-10-16 01:20 PM | Reply

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