Saturday Morning Open Thread: Elections Matter

And I found this useful: The Washington Post on the parameters for the Democratic debates — when, how, who’s in or not (at the moment).

Friday Morning Open Thread: Not So Fast, Squash Boy

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And, of course, there’s this side note:

Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Cosplay Socialists for Fox

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Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Good Choices

Of course the NYTimes is sniffy about this — how dare those Democrats presume to defend themselves?!? — but I’m feeling pretty good about donating to Rep. Davids last year.

Desperate to maintain their one perch of power in Washington, House Democrats are moving aggressively to defend their majority. Incumbents, under intense pressure from the party to begin their campaigns, raised a record $11.6 million in the first quarter of the year and are moving quickly to protect the 31 seats they hold in districts where President Trump prevailed in 2016.

“We have a solid operation,” said Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who runs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the House. “We are investing in field operations already — we have never done that this early — and we know how we are going to spend our resources. Everything is front-loaded.”…

And a little update on best business practices….

I took Ms. Sanders aside and politely suggested she leave. She agreed, equally politely. She may or may not have expected this day would come, but she never showed any sign of outrage, or even much surprise. We’d drawn a line; she’d accepted it…

When I awoke the next morning, social media was on fire. The incident had gone from a Facebook post to a tagged tweet to nationally trending news with the whoosh of lighter fluid to a flame…

When we opened after a 10-day hiatus, our dining room was full. In the following weeks, people who had never been to the Shenandoah Valley traveled out of their way to eat with us. Hundreds of orders for our Red Hen spice blend poured in. And the love spread far beyond our door, as supporters sent thousands of dollars’ in donations in our honor to our local food pantry, our domestic violence shelter and first responders.

After nearly a year, I’m happy to say that business is still good. Better than good, actually. And besides the boost to our area charities, our town’s hospitality and sales revenue have gone up, too.

Our haters may have believed that there were more of “them” than of “us,” but it turns out we have more than enough to keep us cooking. And to everyone who might be fearful about taking a stand, I say don’t be. Resistance is not futile, for you or your business.

Saturday Morning Open Thread: I {Heart} Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren

Since you guys are only hanging around here until the next Site Revamp post shows up, I’m gonna indulge myself…

CNN reporter, eavesdropping on the Dulles shuttle bus:

Vanity Fair, “Elizabeth Warren Continues to Clobber Her Opponents in the War for Big Ticket, Eat-the-Rich Policies”:

Her proposals have been notable not just for their degree of detail—her plan to erase student-loan debt included a personalized online calculator—but also for their boldness. She’s staked out clear positions on an array of issues, including some that are controversial even within her own party. For instance, while Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats have shied away from impeachment talk, Warren has called for the president to be held accountable for the misdeeds outlined in Robert Mueller’s report. “This is not about politics,” she said on the Senate floor Tuesday, after calling for Trump’s impeachment on Twitter. “This is about the Constitution.”…

Warren’s unambiguous positions haven’t helped her much in the polls so far, and may not track with establishment Democrats’ desires to play it safe against Trump by tacking to the center. But her relatively low polling could change once she has the chance to lay out her plans on the debate stage, particularly if her colleagues’ allergy to specifics come to seem like a crutch. There’s also an argument to be made that the candidate with the best shot at beating Trump isn’t the one who seems most “electable”, but the one who runs on a bold, unapologetic platform—and can back it up. Perhaps the best way to beat a president who draws out his policies with a damn crayon is to put forth someone with clear ideas. Of course, she’s not totally alone: Kamala Harris has a plan to increase teachers’ pay; Julian Castro released a sweeping immigration proposal; and Beto O’Rourke has his $5 trillion plan to combat climate change. But Warren is unquestionably leading the pack. You may not like her ideas, but at least you know what they are.