Here in El Dorado County we are being pounded by wind and rain. Started Sunday and has been non-stop. As I write this the rain is pouring down and the wind is gusting and I wait for the inevitable power failure. While it may be breaking up in the valley, and maybe we will get a break later, so far we have had about 7″ of rain. All that has to go somewhere on an already saturated ground and swollen streams. I think the real flood threat will be seen in about a day when all this reaches the valley.
Meanwhile President Cheeto-Head continue to confirm that he is bat shit crazy attacking the free press and go back to his roots, mob rule, as he stands before white crowds and pushes fake news. Sweden? That is what happens when your source of news is FOX News. The latest plan for immigrants literally makes me sick to my stomach. If they really do try to round them up, I will take to the streets, lie in doorways, get arrested, whatever it takes. This is not my country and not my President
There was an important op-ed this morning about our choices for the head of DNC and what the Democratic Party should be about. Here is the what I think is the critical point:
The far more important — and largely untold — story of the election is that more Obama voters defected to third- and fourth-party candidates than the number who supported Mr. Trump. That is the white flight that should most concern the next D.N.C. chairman, because those voters make up a more promising way to reclaim the White House. The way to win them back is by being more progressive, not less.
To be clear, all white voters matter. But Democrats must make tough, data-driven decisions about how to prioritize their work. Right now, too many are using bad math and faulty logic to push the party to chase the wrong segment of white voters. For example, Guy Cecil, who spent nearly $200 million as head of the progressive “super PAC” Priorities USA, urged the party to rebuild trust with the “millions of white voters who voted for President Obama and Donald Trump.”
The op-ed goes on to lay out the numbers that Ms. Clinton lost mainly due to black vote that did not show up, and third-party defections. My thought here is that anybody who voted for Trump is not someone we want to pursue. As the article made clear, “Not only is there little evidence that Democrats can do significantly better with those white working-class voters who are susceptible to messages laced with racism and sexism, but that sector of the electorate will continue to shrink in the coming years.”
I find the whole idea that we should go listen to racist, sexist white voters, or at least people did not care about those issues, who believed absolute nonsense and swallowed fake news whole. Triangulating how we can change the party to attract them is total nonsense. Do we or do we not stand for something? Not if we chase this vote. The whole narrative that we were not listening to these people is false. Bernie was. And he tried to pull the whole party Progressive, and the establishment beat him.
It was not that we were not listening to people who could be so easily fooled by promises that will never come true, it is that the party did not stand for a believable Progressive future. Hillary had to be pulled left kicking and screaming (“Progressive means progress”) and those that defected simply did not believe her. Now it is a whole other argument if that was a smart move, their defection to third and fourth parties, but as some have argued, maybe we needed a Cheeto-Head President to finally wake us and the Democrats up to what they do and do not stand for. If you could not beat this guy, there was something really, really wrong with who you are.
So in the next week (28th), the DNC will elect their new leader. I hope they get it, because this is a chance they cannot afford to loose, but if they let establishment Democrats once again control the party, they done as a Party. You would think that the massive loses they have suffered not only in the last election, but in the state house would wake up call, wouldn’t you?