— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) January 31, 2020
Excellent piece by Stephen Robinson, at Wonkette — “Pick Another White Guy To Take Off Your Money Because Stacey Abrams Is Gonna Be President “:
… Abrams is equal parts badass and fascinating. Her ambition has always been coupled with practicality. This probably isn’t rare for black women. Many white men — be they billionaires or mayors — believe they can not only win the presidency but effect sweeping change without any practical experience. They snottily dismiss knowing what the fuck you’re doing as “DC experience.” Abrams is very different. She understands that someone in any public executive position, either as governor or president, won’t be very effective if they don’t understand the legislative process. That’s what Abrams set out to do. She served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2006 to 2017 and was minority leader for more than half that time. She’s already more qualified than several candidates in the Democratic primary. Sneering your nose at “Washington bureaucracy” won’t make it go away. If we’ve learned anything from the past few months, it’s that we need seasoned political operators to confront a united GOP machine. We can’t just plug some fresh-faced kid into the Matrix, upload the legislative kung-fu program, and send them off to face Agent Mitch McConnell. This is the real world. We’d get killed…
Abrams has had to contend with a lot of trifling racist nonsense in her career. Her campaign for Georgia governor was historic, but she wasn’t regarded as the Wright Brothers. She was constantly asked if a state with a 30 percent black population was ready for a black woman governor.
ABRAMS: I’m electable if I win. And I’m electable because I can win. I’m not solely an avatar for black women, but I’m a proud avatar of both of those things because it stands as an example of what’s possible.
Yes! America is supposedly a nation that does bold things. We can walk on the moon (we did in fact) but we publish countless “think pieces” wondering if we’re “ready” for leaders who aren’t white men. You don’t even need rockets and zero gravity training to elect black people or women of any shade. You just vote for them…
The work Abrams is doing right now at Fair Fight to promote voter access is invaluable — as she knows better than most. If she gets the right offer from a current presidential candidate, I’m sure promoting voting rights will be a big part of the equation. But in any case, I absolutely believe that if there *is* a 2040, Ms. Abrams will be in the top leadership of whatever government looks like by then!
the confidence Abrams exudes, compared to the box women/nonwhite electeds have been expected to exist in, is itself a radical act https://t.co/OEFVrSQ1fs
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) January 31, 2020