Is Performative Progress the Best Democrats Can Do on Voting Rights? (The Nation aka the Shell of The Nation)

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      mrdmk
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      So far, it seems like it. The apparent game plan requires patience, but that’s in short supply among progressives right now.

      By Joan Walsh

       

      What the hell happened during yesterday’s daylong Senate voting rights drama, in which the outcome was almost entirely predictable? Anything we didn’t know going in?

      Let me start with the most optimistic spin on it. It’s progress that Senate Democrats finally pressed a vote on the For the People voting rights and campaign reform act, knowing Republicans would filibuster. Majority leader Chuck Schumer clearly hoped that display of GOP obstruction might convince West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, and maybe even Arizona faux-maverick Kyrsten Sinema, that the filibuster they inexplicably still support is incompatible with voting rights.

      Yes, we already knew Republicans would filibuster, blocking even a debate on the bill, which effectively kills it. (They only needed 41 votes to do so, but they got all 50.) Yet Democratic leaders, including President Biden, apparently believe Manchin needs to see this show of obstruction up close and personal, and repeatedly, in order to believe it exists. (Or maybe, more accurately, Manchin believes his West Virginia constituents need to see it.)

      The day featured another small victory for the bill: Manchin, who opposes the sweeping legislation and supports a modified version, nonetheless agreed to at least vote to debate it, after Democrats offered amendments to the House bill and promised to take up Manchin’s larger revision. “These reasonable changes have moved the bill forward and to a place worthy of debate on the Senate floor. This process would allow both Republicans and Democrats to offer amendments to further change the bill,” Manchin said. It was important to show Democratic unity around the issue—a Manchin defection would have allowed the GOP to crow about “bipartisan opposition.”

      LINK–TheNation, Is Performative Progress the Best Democrats Can Do on Voting Rights?

       

      Joan Walsh, the author of the article, is either on drugs or stupid. Well, she is high on something and probably thinks the populace is stupid. If the U.S. had true voting rights, true campaign finance, true representation in having your vote mean something, not only would the Republicans in the Senate be looking for a job, so would 95% of Democrats. True elections of our elected officials are purposely kept in the manner which they are for the benefit of wealth and property. Just over the years, certain items needed to be adjusted from time to time to keep an illusion and the status quo.

      This Walsh person is so butt hurt that Ms. My Turn, I’m a Woman lost to Mr. Made Up and Dressed by the Media, both of whom were starring in The Spectral of Who is the New Improved Village Idiot. You can go read the Walsh piece if you want, but here is a summary: Republicans, Republicans, Republicans, bad, bad, bad, Manchin and other glued on boogeymen are the bane of the nation, vote Democrat or else. The Nation of old would have called this shit out, now it’s nothing more than a Corporate Democrat rag. Fuck Walsh!

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      I subscribed to the Nation for decades, starting in the 1980s and all the way through Bush II. When they started defending Obama for doing the same things that Bush did, I canceled my subscription. It’s a shame. The Nation has been around since the Civil War.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

      • #431356
        mrdmk
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        The Nation gave people a pause during the Obama years. When the magazine started telling readers Bernie Sanders was a bust, and they needed to vote for Hillary Clinton, the comments on the Nation site went ballistic. Now the commenters look like sock puppets from SV.

        If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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      Style without substance. Pandering. All hat, no cattle.

      And even THAT is more than Democrats do most of the time.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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