Thursday, November 09, 2017

Big wins for Blue

Just a year ago we were in DC for election night.

Well, we all know how THAT turned out!

In the intervening year, almost every one of my fears of a Trump presidency has been met.

And surpassed!

So, in what I hope is a preview for the 2018 mid-terms, the Democrats won big in state and local elections.

Democratic governors in VA and NJ. Huge pickups in the VA legislature. Massive wins in towns and cities across the nation, including right here in Connecticut and my home town, where we picked up seats on all the town boards, with our mayor running unopposed.

This bodes well as Trump's leadership is bringing down his entire party. A lot of Republicans are polling so poorly in advance of next years mid-terms that they're choosing to retire than have to run a campaign that's almost certain to fail.

And Roy Moore, who is Trump's favorite to replace Alabama senator Jeff Sessions (or as I like to call him, "the guy most likely to get fired next") is being loudly and credibly accused of sexually harassing 14 year-old girls.

Any Republicans who defend the guy are going to find themselves out of the legislature and probably unemployable.

Have fun, Republicans! The chickens are coming home to roost!

Friday, November 03, 2017

On voting and fairness

All my adult life I've held the belief that when we step into a voting booth, there is an expectation of fairness that we deserve.

(OK, we don't actually step into voting booths anymore, but the sentence works better than "when we step up to that cheesy little folding card table with the plastic walls!")

That expectation has been severely damaged by the actions of Hillary Clinton, her inner circle, and the Democratic National Committee.

Every bit of evidence that's appeared regarding the 2016 Democratic primaries points to Clinton working to rig the system and remove ANY doubt that she would win the nomination.

Clinton apologists will respond with "she was just doing what was within the rules", or "the Democratic party used to select their candidate in smoke-filled rooms without ANY input from the average voter".

Here's the thing, when the Democrats hold a primary, our state and local governments have to expend time, money, and resources to ensure it will run smoothly and fairly. But when a major party decides on their own to usurp the process there should be some penalty for their actions.

Everything about the 2016 Democratic primaries and convention stunk to high heaven. Such as:

Things like giving Clinton the questions before a debate so she has time to prepare answers.
Things like "super delegates", which almost guarantees the DNC's candidate of choice will win.
Things like counting those votes ahead of them being cast at the convention, which results in significantly less supporters of her opponent to vote due to the appearance of an inevitable outcome.
Things like DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning her position on the eve of the convention and taking a job with the Clinton campaign.
The hacked DNC emails that demonstrate a callous disregard of the will of the voters.
Things like the theft of the concept of fairness, which is the hallmark of a healthy democracy.

The optics on all of this simply look horrible.

If the primaries were run from the top down in a fair and DEMOCRATIC way, we'd likely have someone other than Trump in the Oval Office right now.

And Democratic voters would have much more faith in the process right now.

As for me, the DNC will have to work hard to regain my belief in the fairness of my party.

Right now, I can only in good faith support my local Democratic candidates and party.