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Sunday News: SNL Does “Fatal Attraction”; Trump Supporters as Special “Snowflakes”; Northam Campaign Pushes Back on Perriello


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, February 12.

  • Video: SNL “People’s Court”


  • Video: Senators Scott Surovell, Adam Ebbin; Delegate Paul Krizek Mt. Vernon Town Hall


  • Robert Reich:

    The resistance is becoming the new base of the Democratic Party. It’s turning itself into an aggressive political machine. For example:

    1. Democratic senators, pushed by citizen activists, have given Trump’s key Cabinet nominees the smallest level of support from an opposition party in history. They have joined and sometimes led protests, organizing more than 70 rallies against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and joining activists at airports to help travelers affected by Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees.

    2. Moderate senators and representatives – who in previous years have cozied up to Republicans – are finding themselves isolated. Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) – the one Democratic senator who voted to confirm Jeff Sessions for attorney general – is marginalized and disdained.

    3. At the House Democratic retreat in Baltimore this week, activists protested the presence of “Third Way” moderate Democrats. At a briefing with reporters, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted that Third Way was only attending to give a “data analysis” presentation — and denied a rumor that progressives had walked out.

    4. Elected Democrats are sounding and acting more radical. In the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, even Thomas Perez, the former secretary of labor viewed skeptically by some supporters of Bernie Sanders, has said Democrats should hit Trump “between the eyes with a two-by-four and treat him like Mitch McConnell treated Barack Obama.”

    5. I’m hearing about lots of new faces interested in entering the Democratic primaries in the 2018 midterms, both for Congress and the Senate. (If you’re interested, contact Rep. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.) Even more interest in running for state and local offices.

    6. Lots of money is available for new Democratic candidates. Daily Kos, the blog community that fueled Democratic campaigns in the Bush years, has already aggregated $400,000 in donations for Jon Ossoff, a 29-year-old candidate for the suburban Atlanta House seat being vacated as Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) becomes the new secretary of health and human services.

    Making a ruckus is necessary. So is getting actively and personally involved in electoral politics. Now is the time.

  • Quizzical

    On the occasion of the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit, let’s remember that the Fukushima reactor crisis is ongoing and US assistance might still be needed

    530 sieverts per hour measured inside reactor no 2 building

  • Wow, Trump already down to -15 net approval in Gallup (40%-55%). I believe that’s worse than President Obama ever was, even during the worst parts of the Great Recession, racist Tea Party backlash, etc.


  • Quizzical