Listening to Joseph Robinette Biden and Kamala Harris’ platitudinous speeches last night with three of my closest friends, I thought, what a relief to listen to a platitudinous speech. More than five years after Donald Trump descended the escalator at Trump Tower, his filth is beginning to wash away, and the detergents consist of a mixing of words into the kind of elegant salad we expect from slightly above average polls. A good day. Driving through Westchester in the middle of a Trump caravan, Biden-Harris signs aloft, while the losers yell COMMUNISTA and DESGRACIADO will rank among the high points of my life.
Also asserting their places: the Beltway press, ready to remind us how Trump exposed the worst of them as hedging, equivocating, cynical hacks. The GOP will revert to its deficit obsession; the press will revert to playing moderates against liberals. Good on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a modesty that doesn’t detract from the alarm bells she rings:
I’ve been begging the party to let me help them for two years. That’s also the damn thing of it. I’ve been trying to help. Before the election, I offered to help every single swing district Democrat with their operation. And every single one of them, but five, refused my help. And all five of the vulnerable or swing district people that I helped secured victory or are on a path to secure victory. And every single one that rejected my help is losing. And now they’re blaming us for their loss.
So I need my colleagues to understand that we are not the enemy. And that their base is not the enemy. That the Movement for Black Lives is not the enemy, that Medicare for all is not the enemy. This isn’t even just about winning an argument. It’s that if they keep going after the wrong thing, I mean, they’re just setting up their own obsolescence.
It’s possible Donna Shalala would not have won her race even if her opponent did not accuse her of socialism; but running for office should come from the impulse to help constituents, and the former Clinton Cabinet member and University of Miami president offered little but a name and a bullseye and her opposition to the Green New Deal and Medicare For All — this in a district with thousands of rich libs, malnourished seniors, and uninsured workers.
To prevent 2022 from being 1992, 2010, or 2014 starts now.