Thomas Friedman: “The worst Democrat on the ballot for the House or Senate is preferable to the best Republican.”

By | 2018-06-05T13:34:32+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News, News2|Tags: , , , , , |16 Comments

This is from an op-ed by Friedman for the NYT:

If I were writing the choice on a ballot, it would read: “Are you in favor of electing a majority of Democrats in the House and/or Senate to put a check on Trump’s power — when his own party demonstrably will not? Or are you in favor of shaking the dice for another two years of unfettered control of the House, the Senate and the White House by a man who wants to ignore Russia’s interference in our election; a man whose first thought every morning is, ‘What’s good for me, and can I get away with it?’; a man who shows no compunction about smearing any person or government institution that stands in his way; and a man who is backed by a party where the only members who’ll call him out are those retiring or dying?”

If your answer is the former, then it can only happen by voting for the Democrat in your local House or Senate race.

Because what we’ve learned since 2016 is that the worst Democrat on the ballot for the House or Senate is preferable to the best Republican, because the best Republicans have consistently refused to take a moral stand against Trump’s undermining of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Civil Service, the basic norms of our public life and the integrity of our elections.

These Republicans have made the craven choice to stand with Trump as long as he delivers the policies they like on tax cuts, gun control, fossil fuels, abortion and immigration, even though many privately detest him.

It is up to the Democrats to say and do the opposite: To understand that as long as Trump is president, he’s unlikely to sign any legislation a Democratic majority in Congress would pass — but that’s not their job for the next two years. Their job is to protect America from Trump’s worst impulses.

Their job is to get hold of at least one lever of power — the House or the Senate — in order to oust the most corrupt Republican lawmakers who lead key committees, to properly oversee the most reckless cabinet secretaries, like Scott Pruitt, and to protect the F.B.I., the Justice Department and Robert Mueller from Trump’s intimidation.

If you do not recognize the undeniable accuracy of this then I don’t know what more to say to you. 

There will come a time for Democrats to discuss liberal purity and argue about the strategy of supporting blue dog Democrats in conservative states, but that time is not now. 

Now we come together as a family and pledge to protect this country from the biggest threat that it has faced in at least the last fifty years. 

I have little remaining doubt that Trump is essentially an agent for the Kremlin, which means that stopping him is our patriotic duty, and allowing him to continue in his job unchecked a traitorous act. 

That may sound hyperbolic, and in most cases, I would agree, but this is not most cases. 

So should we support Democrats who are a little more pro-2nd Amendment than we like?

Yes. 

Should we support a liberal candidate who has some reservations about abortion? 

Yes.

And should we support a Democratic candidate who may have jumped the gun a little in saying that Al Franken needed to resign in the face of questionable allegations of sexual misconduct?

Hell yes! 

The number one plank on the Democratic Agenda right now should be to stop Donald Trump.

And not because he is a Republican, or a liar, or an ignorant moron, but because he is cancer eating away at the very foundations of our Democracy. 

We may not be able to IMPEACH Donald Trump, but by god, if enough of us turn out to vote in 2018, we can damn well STOP Donald Trump. 

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16 Comments

  1. Anonymous June 5, 2018 at 5:27 am - Reply

    I agree wholeheartedly with this.

  2. Anonymous June 5, 2018 at 7:34 am - Reply

    ““If a president was dumb enough to pardon himself, that would be such an arrogant statement of power that the House would probably impeach him in a week and the Senate would convict him,””“He should tell the truth, but he also likes to tell stories,” gingRICH remarked. “Sometimes those stories stretch things.”<RiiiggghhhttT

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/newt-gingrich-trump-dumb-enough-pardon-republicans-will-impeach-week/

    • Anonymous June 5, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/views-sunny-hostin-wipes-floor-meghan-mccain-newt-gingrich-mueller-investigation/

      ‘A number of things have leaked,” Gingrich said, and looked to McCain for help.

      “A ton,” McCain agreed, as Behar continued to ask them to name one example. “Well, I don’t have it on my notecard right now, but a ton — through his professor friend.”’
      ““Maybe it’s $1 million per indictment — 17 indictments,” Hostin said, as the audience erupted in applause.”
      ““Can we go to a commercial break, please?” McCain said. “Thank you. Newt Gingrich is sticking around, thank GOD, and we’ll be right back.””

  3. Anonymous June 5, 2018 at 7:39 am - Reply

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/06/05/gop-senators-say-trump-can-be-guilty-of-obstruction-of-justice.html

    ““I will tell you my own view is it is entirely possible for a president to obstruct justice. If a president committed perjury to lie to or mislead investigators, if he encouraged others to, if he destroyed evidence.”

    I can think of lots of ways a president could obstruct justice.””

    ” “There’s a precedent there obviously. I’ve always said I didn’t think anybody is above or below the law.””

    • anonymous June 5, 2018 at 8:29 am - Reply

      “Russians colluded with Trump campaign through Roger Stone “James R. Clapper Jr. told PBS in late May. “To me, it just exceeds logic and credulity that they didn’t affect the election, and it’s my belief they actually turned it,”
      “Stone helped Guccifer2.0 — who worked for Russian intelligence — and other Russian-backed groups boost an anti-Clinton narrative online targeted at key groups. Stone direct-messaged with Guccifer2.0 and WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange on Twitter in August 2016. Stone denies this was collusion, but as Cameron explains, “it’s important to know that Roger’s entire career was based on doing dirty tricks. He boasted about it from the time he was in college until today.””
      ” August 4, 2016, Stone sent an email to then-Trump adviser Sam Nunberg saying, “I dined with my new pal Julian Assange last nite.”

      The email also suggested Assange had material that could help Trump overcome Clinton’s big lead in the polls. On the same day, Stone appeared on the conspiracy theory pro-Trump InfoWars radio show and explained Assange had “devastating” information about “Clinton Foundation scandals.”

      Stone claimed that while the Clinton campaign argued there was no proof of those scandals, “I think Julian Assange has that proof and I think he is going to furnish it for the American people.” Stone also said he spoke with Trump a day earlier, on August 3.”
      ” August 14, Stone exchanged direct messages with Guccifer2.0. And on August 21, Stone tweeted, “It will soon be Podesta’s time in the barrel,” implying Stone had early inside knowledge that Podesta’s emails had been stolen — which they had been, also by the GRU.” ” Trump spoke about the WikiLeaks emails or their content over and over again from October 10 to election day in speeches, media appearances, and debates. He said: “Boy, that WikiLeaks has done a job on her, hasn’t it?”; and “We love WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks.”; and “The media is an extension of the Clinton campaign as WikiLeaks has proven, and they will not talk about WikiLeaks.”

      Cambridge Analytica>“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said on July 29. Hours later, he tweeted “If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!””
      “As Cameron explained to ThinkProgress, a key goal of this coordination was to create opportunities for Russian intelligence and Russian trolls. The point was to viralize the anti-Clinton memes and narratives to suppress the vote for her.

      It’s no secret the Trump campaign was running a major effort to suppress Clinton’s vote through negative messaging. In fact, nearly two weeks before the election, Bloomberg ran a lengthy article on the Trump campaign that quoted a “senior official” saying, “We have three major voter suppression operations under way.” The article explains that “Trump’s invocation at the debate of Clinton’s WikiLeaks e-mails… was designed to turn off Sanders supporters.”
      “The company had built a vast database of more than 10 million persuadable voters to target using its analysis of their demographic information and psychological profiles developed from Facebook and other data.”
      “he Russian efforts to viralize anti-Clinton memes and the campaign’s efforts to micro-target voters with Cambridge Analytica appear to have been decisive. That’s quite a sobering thought given that both efforts were fraudulent and possibly even illegal.”

      https://thinkprogress.org/former-fox-news-reporter-says-russia-coordinated-with-trump-campaign-595f6ddd09d8/

  4. ANONYMOUS June 5, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/charlottesville-hate-marcher-elected-by-republican-party?ref=home

    “The Republican National Committee denounced Allsup.

    “We condemn this individual and his hateful, racist views in the strongest possible terms,” a spokesperson for the RNC told The Daily Beast. “There’s no place for it in the Republican Party.””

  5. Anonymous June 5, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

    FYI>”David Koch is retiring from Koch Industries “and other organizations” due to “declining health,” according to a letter written by Charles Koch and sent to Koch employees Monday.”

  6. Anonymous June 5, 2018 at 9:51 am - Reply

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has just canceled most of the August recess, with the goal of confirming more of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.

    Trump, thanks to the right wing think tanks, supporters in the Senate, and especially McConnell, have been extraordinarily successful at filling openings on the federal bench. Today one in eight judges is a Trump appointee. And many of them hold disturbing, right wing extremist positions.
    “McConnell is nothing if not strategic.

    “Democrats are defending 26 seats, including two independent seats in Maine and Vermont, while Republicans have nine on the ballot,” in the upcoming midterms, The Washington Post notes.

    That leaves Democratic Senators with a conundrum.

    “Attend to Senate business during time they could otherwise use to campaign back home or remain in their states and face criticism that they are shirking their responsibilities in government.”” <raw story

  7. Anonymous June 5, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-05/gop-senator-ernst-calls-epa-chief-pruitt-as-swampy-as-you-get

    “Pruitt “about as $wampy as you get.””“He is about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C., and if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own cabinet,” said Ernst, of Iowa.”
    “With someone “going against the campaign promises that are made,” Ernst added, “I don’t know how long that relationship can last.” “Right now, support is wavering in Iowa; people are really worried,” Ernst said. The White House’s planned biofuel policy changes “could further destroy our corn and biofuels demand, and at a time when our farmers are hurting.”” < to bad, $O $ad, NOT!

  8. Anonymous June 5, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/wsj-editor-in-chief-leaves-to-host-show-on-pro-trump-fox-business-network?ref=home

    “controversial editor-in-chief Gerard Baker—often accused of being too chummy with President Trump—is leaving the newspaper to host a show on the Fox Business Network, arguably the most pro-Trump cable-news outlet. “he reportedly told those who dislike his editorial choices to seek employment elsewhere.”

  9. anonymous June 5, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    OT?
    “quackery is dangerous. It promotes fear, devalues legitimate science and can destroy lives. Here are the four biggest quacks giving dubious health advice in the media and some samples of their detrimental advice.”
    “Dr. Mehmet Oz. What do Vani Hari, Dr. Joseph Mercola and Mike Adams have in common? They’re all guest experts appearing on the Dr. Oz Show.

    Dr. Oz is a media darling and cardiothoracic surgeon who first appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004. In 2009, Oprah produced Oz’s namesake show focusing on medical issues and personal health.”

    “we label Oz a quack” “Unlike the other three quacks mentioned in this article, Oz is more a ringmaster than a snake-oil salesman.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/4-biggest-quacks-plaguing-america-false-claims-science/

  10. Anon June 5, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Allsup ( the WSU student) was elected in Whitman County, WA. Whitman County is full of farmers, most of whom vote republican. I wonder if they knew about his views…

  11. anonymous June 6, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

    FYI”Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R), chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), unveiled the new report on Wednesday, claiming top government officials granted a “license” that would allow the conversion of Iranian assets worth billions of U.S. dollars through the U.S. financial system.

    “Senior U.S. government officials repeatedly testified to Congress that Iranian access to the U.S. financial system was not on the table or part of any deal,” the report reads.”

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-senate-report-says-obama-officials-gave-iran-access-to-us-financial-system/ar-AAyhHOe

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