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Review of 2018?


UK politics has been dominated by brexit, or rather the non-event of brexit. Simply watching a parade of vacuous Tory idiots spouting inanities  until the stupidity of their positions becomes obvious and they either resign or be sacked and replaced by the next in line to say more or less the same thing. We have barely advanced in 12 months; it was all BS then and it's BS now.

US? Trump, it was BS at the start of the year and it's all BS now. Mueller may or may not deliver us from evil but I have no confidence that the US legal or political systems are robust enough to do anything about it.

Democracies are failing to deliver because inequality and poverty are just too convenient for the people who wield the real power.

And meanwhile climate change is turning into a runaway train.

So a review of 2018? Really?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 09:26:29 PM EST
It's a very different Party than it was in 2008.  First most of the Blue Dogs and DLC types have been wiped-out.  Second, Progressive Caucus has grown to 96 Representatives and members should be chairing 10 of the House Standing Committees.   Plus Pelosi resigned from membership of the Progressive Caucus when she was elected House Minority leader in 2004.  

And there's no political downside to moving Left.  In fact, if I'm reading the tea leaves correctly, there's plenty of upside.

We'll see  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Dec 30th, 2018 at 10:53:22 PM EST
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Except it makes the donors nervous. I'm not really clued into US party politics, but Sander's funding model seems to have been completely erased from the discussion. Not even to argue that it's not possible, just never brought up in polite society.
Then there seem to be a lot of spook - dems that rode the Russia grift into Congress.
We'll see but I'm not optimistic.
by generic on Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 at 07:53:20 PM EST
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