Let’s talk about OUR workers for a change!

Kay made an excellent point in the morning thread that I want to amplify because it’s so important. Democrats need to stop accepting the bullshit Republican framing that the “working class” is white and male.

Every single time Trump says “coal miners” our response should be “home health aides”. Allowing [the GOP] to claim the mantle of “people who work”? That’s just dumb. Stick up for your workers! The first way to do that would be to insist they exist.

Just ONCE I would like to see a Democrat NOT limit worker events to Teamsters and construction trades. I mean, Jesus. Go to a fucking nursing home! There’s workers there! They look a hell of a lot more like our voters, too.

We, Democrats, are BAD at this. The response to Republicans and media elevating male white workers in traditional blue jobs with the implication being that our voters are all either college professors or, I don’t know, unemployed, shouldn’t be “we must not talk about work”. We have AN ARMY of our workers. No one ever talks about them.

Not every Democrat is guilty of this, but too many are. And sometimes there’s a knee-jerk tendency to bristle when a politician talks about the working class because the assumption is they must mean white men. I’ve been guilty of that myself, and it’s bullshit. I’ll try to do better.

There was a Chicago Tribune article last year which pointed out that more people work at Arby’s than in coal mines. There are also about twice as many people who work at theme parks or car washes than coal miners. Last year, the retail sector shed more jobs than there are coal miners, but Trump doesn’t have a plan to shore up that industry. I wonder why? Maybe because many retail workers are female and/or nonwhite?

There are about 3.6 million K-12 teachers in the U.S., largely women, and their employment conditions and pay suck so badly that many went on strike, even in deeply red states. Where’s the plan to address that? Betsy DeVos doesn’t have it; Kamala Harris does.

Trump is of the same era of the media figures and politicians who conflate the working class with white males — lunch-bucket humpers like Tweety, who will never get over the “Reagan Democrats” in 1980, even though a not-insignificant portion of those voters are dead.

That zombie framing was resurrected with a vengeance in 2016 when Democrats lost Rust Belt states, supposedly because Hillary Clinton didn’t show up in Michigan to fondle auto-making assembly line equipment (not true).

Anyhoo, most working class voters are Democrats, and our candidates should be talking about the work they do. Some of them already are, and I hope it catches on. We need to break this deeply destructive framing.

Open Thread: Beware of the Amateurs

Like, for instance, everyone in the Squatter-in-Chief’s orbit…

On The Road – on hiatus!

Sorry, folks – the form submissions I’d stored up have been corrupted so I had to nuke them. What hasn’t run, won’t.

I need new submissions, so please get cracking!


I’ll dig up some old emails for Friday if I can, but I’ve got enough balls-that-should-be-in-the-air smashing around me so I won’t have much time to search.


Have a great day, everyone!

A Few Quick Things

1.) I’m seeing an awful lot of hot takes about the Mueller report- winners and losers, who got it most wrong, etc., and it’s sort of flabbergasting to me that we’re already rolling with these since NO ONE HAS READ THE FUCKING REPORT AND KNOWS WHAT IS IN IT. I’m assuming that is the Republican plan- gaslight us for a couple weeks until the conventional wisdom has sunk in, and then when public opinion is firmed up the way they want, release the report.

I mean, I’m a realist, so I don’t think anything is ever going to come of it in regards to Trump- I suspect there will still be more convictions and indictments rolling out of the work of the report in SDNY and elsewhere, but the main thing for me is I don’t want to make up my mind about what the report says until I have READ IT. As a wise man once said:

This is, imho, when Obama ended Ed Henry’s career as a journalist, and he then ended up a philandering adulterer at Fox.

2.) Barr and the Justice Department have decided to take the word of the wingnut judge in Texas and are now going for a complete invalidation of ACA:

The Trump administration on Monday said it supports a federal judge’s ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be thrown out, signaling a shift in the Justice Department’s position and alarming Democrats who vowed to oppose the move.

“The Department of Justice has determined that the district court’s judgment should be affirmed,” three Justice Department lawyers wrote to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is now considering the case. “[T]he United States is not urging that any portion of the district court’s judgment be reversed.”

Regardless of the outcome, legal experts anticipate that the 5th Circuit’s ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. If the courts ultimately strike down Obamacare — over the objections of a group of Democrat-led states, which have spent more than a year defending the health law in court — the consequences could be substantial for patients, health care organizations and other groups that have adapted to the nine-year-old law.

And if it goes to the Supreme Court, I would not be surprised if Roberts finally says fuck it and caves.

3.) I am very upset at the passing of EFGoldman. All you people go get a checkup now. Karoli over at Crooks and Liars had her own health crisis and fortunately is doing very well. You people go to your doctor and get checked up.

4.) A little assembly line brushing:

Open Thread: I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying

For obvious reasons, this just about did me in:

Here’s a quick pic of mine. THEY DO NOT LIVE IN THE HOUSE, LOL.  But they have started laying eggs again, so you know spring is really here.

It is so difficult to get photos of them. They HATE when I aim a camera or phone at them. But here are few more.

I will tell you that a single duck is a recipe for trouble. They need to be in at least pairs. And for those wondering, a spoiled duck could very well live 8-10 years. I hope Kylie and Snowflake have as many as possible.

Open thread.