It is Sunday, March 1st.
Super Tuesday is in two days.
Between last night’s SC results and the exit of Steyer and Mayor Pete, we now have exactly zero idea how the upcoming 14 primaries will play out.
If you’re in a Super Tuesday state, show up and vote. It’s a new ballgame.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) March 1, 2020
VOTE FOR THEM ANYWAY. This isn’t The Bachelor. Asked and answered. https://t.co/nkYY8bVA6D
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 1, 2020
Really, though, it’s not a bad article:
… [I}n all 50 states, there are elections down-ballot, ranging from must-win state house and senate elections to district attorneys, school board, county clerks, tax collector, judges, justices of the peace, and library boards (to name just a few of the many other positions that might be on your ballot.) And too often, folks who do show up at the polls fail to cast their votes for positions outside the top two or three, in part because they feel they don’t know enough to make a choice.
Go knock doors for those state and local candidates. Your energy will yield dividends, because the voter contact you do will make a difference for the entire ticket: young people and communities of color especially, who often feel dismissed or ignored by national candidates, can be more directly energized by local issues and candidates. And at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter which Democratic campaign gets someone to the polls as long as they get there.
Even if the candidate you support loses, the campaign itself strengthens party infrastructure for the next cycle. If the candidate wins, even better: A Democrat is now in office who can govern, deliver on their promises, and help prevent the GOP from causing further harm…
While it might be tempting to take a principled stand and not vote, the facts are what they are: The general election will be between Trump and the eventual Democratic nominee. You don’t get to go off-menu. The people who will be most harmed by your failure to vote against Trump are people who are already seriously hurting — that is a responsibility to take seriously, especially if you live in one of the battleground states where the margin could be dangerously close…
There’s very few have earned the right to stay home if they can’t get exactly what they want with their vote. Yesterday:
BREAKING: The amazing John Lewis maneuvered his way though a jam packed crowd on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, climbed on to a small ladder and urged us all to keep fighting and keep soldiering forward. An amazing moment as we close out this year’s #Selma55 bridge crossing. pic.twitter.com/4wLCJMH9Gw
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) March 1, 2020
That John Lewis, while battling pancreatic cancer, found the strength to stand on the bridge today and urge us all to go out and vote like we’ve never voted before, steps away from where he was attacked 55 years ago is one of the greatest moments of our democracy. #Selma55
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) March 1, 2020
As always, an amazing day for me and Louise at the Jubilee celebration in Selma, honoring the past but looking to the future with .@joebiden, .@RepTerriSewell and so many others. We have come so far but still have so far to go, but together we can move mountains. https://t.co/7b57SCjghT pic.twitter.com/fWDsfF08y3
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) March 2, 2020
(Every Democratic presidential candidate but one made a point of showing up, and that includes Pete Buttigieg. Y’all can probably guess who couldn’t make the effort.)
And in Charlottesville, Virginia, per the Washington Post:
… For the first time since World War II, Charlottesville won’t honor the Founding Father’s birthday this spring. Instead, on Tuesday, the city will celebrate the demise of the institution with which Jefferson increasingly has become associated: slavery.
Liberation and Freedom Day, as the new holiday is known, will commemorate when Union troops arrived here on March 3, 1865, and freed the enslaved people who made up a majority of Charlottesville’s residents.
“This marks a wholesale shift in our understanding of the community’s history,” said Jalane Schmidt, a professor at the University of Virginia who helped organize the events, which, despite the name, stretch all week. “To take Thomas Jefferson’s birthday off the calendar and add this is a big deal.”
The switch is the latest sign of a city struggling to come to grips with its past. The reckoning began with the legal fight over Charlottesville’s Confederate monuments, which inspired white supremacists to stage the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally. But the debate has moved far beyond it — to the consternation of some longtime residents…
The event could mark a turning point for the town, which is part hip university tech hub and part Old South. For some, including many African American residents, the question is how far a city built by slaves, filled with Confederate statues and host to white supremacist rallies, is now ready to go to make things right.
“White Charlotteseville wants to claim the label of progressive and moving forward and awake,” said Don Gathers, a local deacon and activist, “but it’s still very much sleepwalking through what’s going on.”…