“Winning Florida or Texas would've been like hitting Omaha Beach and cruising straight on into Berlin with the top down, listening to the Beach Boys.”
– William Gibson, tweet
“What’s At Stake”
How many times have we heard, over the last year, that “history will not judge the Republicans kindly”? No, it won’t. But how will it judge us? Let us be glad, then, that it’s our turn to give everything we have to the preservation of our country and the assurance of its future. When the stories are told, let one be that when it mattered most, we stood up, together, and did what was needed, all that was needed, and more. When the stakes could not have been higher.
“The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election. There is no political gesture, no public statement, and no alteration in rhetoric or behavior that will change this fact. The shooter might have found a different reason to act on a different day. But he chose to act on Saturday, and he apparently chose to act in response to a political fiction that the president himself chose to spread and that his followers chose to amplify.”
As with last week, this Resistance Report will be brief – the better to give you time to do the work that’s needed now, which is reaching out to voters in swing districts and states to flip them blue.
We have 23 days until the election and, at this point, that is really all that matters. We’ll quickly note Trump’s lies, attacks and misdirections, then get back to the critical work of turning out the vote.
“At this stage in his Presidency, Trump, already described in reports from his own aides as unfit for the office, implicated by his former lawyer as an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony, and now alleged, according to the Times, to have benefitted from tax schemes that in some instances amounted to “outright fraud”—not to mention being a liar and a con artist—should not be allowed to appoint Justices for lifetime appointments.”
“But while the FBI investigation may turn up additional useful information, at this point there is absolutely no need for it unless Christine Blasey Ford wants it. It’s completely unnecessary in determining whether Brett Kavanaugh should be on the Supreme Court; even the very limited questions already asked of Kavanaugh have yielded disqualifying answers. Kavanaugh is lying, it’s provable, and that’s all there is to it. Unless you think it’s acceptable to have someone on the federal bench who treats duly sworn oaths as meaningless, the guy shouldn’t be holding any office.”
The Party of Sexual Predators
“To me the image of Kavanaugh pressing his hand on her mouth to stop her from screaming could stand for the GOP treatment of Ford all week.”
“Hot on the Trail”
Manafort, finally, has flipped. Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager for the spring and summer of 2016, present at the Trump Tower meeting where Don Jr. sought Russia’s help to throw the election, agreed this week to tell Robert Mueller everything he knows, pleading guilty to two charges in a federal court in Virginia.
Fear or Boldness?
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown.”
“…that’s when the Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people. When we led with conviction and principle and bold new ideas. The antidote to a government controlled by a powerful few, a government that divides is a government by the organized, energized, inclusive many. That’s what this moment’s about. That has to be the answer.”