Democrats Have Worked Through the Stages of Their Grief — Now What?

downloadIn “The Kübler-Ross Politics of 2017,” Amy Walter of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report sums up where both political parties stand now. Here’s a sample:

The shift in mood among Democrats over the last year has been as dramatic. It’s been a bit like watching someone work through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief. Democrats spent much of December of 2016 in a state of disbelief: Did that really happen? How did that happen? By early 2017 they had moved on to anger: Hillary ran a terrible campaign; Democrats had no message; the Obama coalition is unsustainable. By spring there was bargaining: We must not focus our attacks on Trump or his voters. We have to make peace with the white working class electorate who is anxious and angry and desperate for real change. Democratic leaders in Washington tamped down talk of impeachment and focused instead on “A Better Deal.”

Today, however, that reticence is gone. Democratic senators are openly calling for the President to resign over allegations of sexual harassment. Not one red state Democrat supported the GOP tax bill. The fear of Trump and his legions of establishment-hating voters has receded. Democrats are now living off the adrenaline and energy that comes with an awakening of their own base; a base that was disillusioned and dispirited in 2016. Anger is the most powerful GOTV force there is.

How Is Trump REALLY Doing?

The Republican National Committee is polling true believers to measure how the president is doing. Here’s the poll:

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CPJ Annual Report Describes a Bleak Year for Press Repression

downloadThe Committee to Protect Journalists has issued its annual report, and it details a pretty bleak year for journalists worldwide, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better in 2018:

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers — Turkey, China, and Egypt — into improving the bleak climate for press freedom.

How the GOP Ended Up with Candidates Like Donald Trump and Roy Moore

A new Morning Consult poll reveals that Republicans care more about a candidate’s policy positions than they do about his or her character. That explains how a serial sexual assaulter became president and a serial pedophile almost became a U.S. senator.

Here’s the data:

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Dept. of Irony: Ivanka Speaks out on Women’s Rights

Jimmy Kimmel: Punkin’ Alabama with ‘Judge Roy Moore’s Number One Fan’

Jimmy Kimmel sent comedian Jake Bird to Alabama to punk Judge Roy Moore and his fans.

Laurence Tribe: Donald’s Tweet about Flynn Was a Confession of Obstruction of Justice

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Donald Admitted ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Was Real in 2016 – Now He Claims It’s Fake

Trump in 2016: ‘I said it. I was wrong and I apologize.’

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In tandem with his support for Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of having sex with an underage girl and abusive behavior with eight other girls and women, Donald Trump now denies it was his voice that was recorded on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape.

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The Obamas Wish Us a Happy Thanksgiving

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Pensito Review also wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving, with this reminder that not everyone in government is like the current occupant.

Rep. Issa’s Democratic Opponent Calls Him Out at Town Hall

There are 14 Republicans in California’s 53 seat congressional delegation. Seven of the 14 are in districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Rep. Darrell Issa, the wealthiest member of Congress — and perhaps the most unpopular politician statewide — is one of the seven.

Environmental lawyer Mike Levin nearly beat Issa last year. Now Levin is gunning for Issa again.