What we don’t do is try to dominate. When Robyn and I argue about whether you can get to universal healthcare with a stop at a public option first, otherwise nobody’s helped during the transition ROBYN, I am trying to persuade her, not dominate her. Despite the cat suit and the whip, domination isn’t actually my thing.
If you disagree with what we write sometimes, you are allowed to tell us that. And people in the comments are allowed to disagree with each other! But please — like Joe Biden says! — don’t question our motives or each other’s. Because we don’t do “ends justify the means,” we don’t do dishonest, and we think our “motives” in what we cover are pretty fucking pure. And taking into account some drive-by trollings in the comments, you shouldn’t be nasty to each other either; we agree on the vast supermajority of issues. We don’t need to dominate each other into silence with bullying or shame.
It’s already been a long primary season. The calendar claims there’s an end in sight, but thanks to the Trump Time Distortion Field, it might take decades to get there. There’s a debate tonight, we’ll be blogging it of course, and I’m dreading it.
I have all kinds of fears lately. But not one of them, not one, is that whoever “we” (the right side) nominate will lose to Trump, barring Igor actually burrowing into the voting machines. Yes, Igor could do that! But if he does, it wouldn’t matter whom we’d nominated in the first place.
We’re all running around with our heads cut off in fear of the most unpopular president in recorded history, who already got solidly beat by a bunch of chicks in 2018. No, my fear is the lib-on-lib violence that clutches at my stomach every morning when I go online. Including, even, here.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t criticize other candidates. It just means try not to be shitty and mean. Don’t treat people, including the candidates they love and you don’t, with contempt. Criticism is different than dismissiveness, name-calling, and shivs. Try to better-angel yourself onto the right side of that line, and we’ll try to remember that too. Unless we all give into factionalism and let our Inner Bitter Vengeance Girls out, because it’s our way or no way, I believe we — the right side — will win. Even if that’s not my first- or second-choice person. Barring Tulsi, of course.
Be kind to each other. And to us.
There’s a lot more at the link. Read the whole thing. Open thread.