[Post “Super-Tuesday” Edition: This piece was originally uploaded in October of 2015. It still seems timely, even after four months, a dozen primaries and as many debates, with clearly emerging trends. The Sanders campaign has won several primaries, but lags in delegates behind Hillary Clinton. Yet at this point he still has many millions of dollars in his campaign treasury, raised from millions of supporters who are not yet ready to give up. The Washington media may prefer at this point to ignore him; but that’s only one more of their many mistakes this year. My guess remains that his impact on the election and public life is far from over.]
Cohen comes at the 2016 campaign from the BTDT (“Been There, Done That”) perspective, of those who have seen — and lived– this movie before.
It’s also a movie which is being remade today in more and more corners of their continent.
And What about Ours?
Let Roger Cohen say it: Continue reading 2016: Politics “When The Sky Darkens”
Clinton’s Big Donors: No Wonder They’re Complaining
Some Inside Scoop On A Clinton Campaign Huddle; and an exclusive photo: Bernie’s billionaires!
The NY Times‘s “First Draft” report on a Feb. 17 meeting of top Clinton campaign donors.
First, campaign manager Robby Mook “told the donors that the outcome in Nevada” was too close to call: “depending on turnout, Mrs. Clinton could win by a lot or win or lose by a tiny margin . . . .”
And second: “Donors also voiced some frustration with the lack of media scrutiny of Mr. Sanders, who they said was essentially getting a pass. They pressed Mr. Mook to demonstrate that the Vermont senator’s policy proposals were entirely implausible promises and that his responses to essentially all substantive questions drew on excerpts of his stump speech and rants about the ‘millionaires and billionaires.'”
Lewis and Sanders-On Almost Going Viral
Thanks to everyone who read & passed along my Feb. 12 post about John Lewis, Bernie Sanders, and the 1960s civil rights movement.
To my great amazement, the post went, if not quite viral, then at least contagious: as of Monday afternoon, it has garnered almost 12,000 hits; the highest total for any earlier post is a bit over 2300. And it may have had an impact.
Lewis On Bernie: “Didn’t see him. Never Met Him.”
Hello, Congressman John Lewis. You’re one of my heroes. A legend, an icon.
Robert Frost’s Ghost Laments
I’m Sorry, Dr. King. I’m So Sorry.
There’s this new book — well, new last year: Give Us The Ballot, by Ari Berman. Berman writes a lot for The Nation magazine.
I was going to review Give Us The Ballot for this Dr. King Day.
Signs of the Times: Quakers Stand With Muslims in Carolina
Fayetteville NC — Fayetteville Friends Meeting is small; and Quaker House, the peace project that’s been here, near sprawling Fort Bragg, since 1969, is also small. But they count. And they counted on December 18 when a rally was called to show support for the Masjid Omar Ibn Said, a Muslim mosque there.
“Trumbo” — A Menace Is Banished & Returns
Here are several reasons you should drop everything but the baby or a dozen cage free eggs & run to see “Trumbo” ASAP.
A Call to Quakers: Change That Name– Now!
Nicholas Kristof writes in today’s Times about the impact of “hostile environments”:
“Consider an office where bosses shrug as some men hang nude centerfolds and leeringly speculate about the sexual proclivities of female colleagues. Free speech issue? No! That’s a hostile work environment. And imagine if you’re an 18-year-old for whom this is your 24/7 home — named, say, for a 19th-century pro-slavery white supremacist.”
The “white supremacist” Kristof is referring to is John C. Calhoun, the South Carolina politician and chief intellectual defender of American slavery. No resume-padding here– he served as a U. S. Congressman, Senator, Secretary of both War and State & Vice President, and left his mark on all of them. He would have been a southern Civil War hero too, except he died in 1850, a decade before it started; but he got the ball rolling. Continue reading A Call to Quakers: Change That Name– Now!