TOWOIT #75

April 1, 2017… Day 72.

86% of activist calls to members of Congress were from women (from a survey I saw online today that didn’t look bogus)

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Bernie Sanders trashed Democrats again at a rally in Boston last night. I see a narrative playing out on Twitter this weekend: Bernie Sanders being accused of trying to “re-center” the Democratic party on white men while casting aside women and people of color. To be fair, a lot of the most enthusiastic Bernie supporters I know are women of color. But the misgivings of much of political black female Twitter ring true to me. The more “working class” starts to feel like it’s being used as shorthand for “white working class,” the more “Our Revolution” has the same exclusionary ring as “Make America Great Again.”

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Jim Carrey suggested on Twitter this morning that we watch All the President’s Men about Watergate, and so I actually did that today. I don’t think it had its intended effect on me. Maybe I’m jaded, but Watergate actually seems kind of rinkydink to me. Which is not that I actually think it was. I just couldn’t grasp the scale of it from watching the movie, and my ability to be wowed by enormity just isn’t there like it used to be. I just enjoyed the slow-burn procedural journalism drama and the persons of young Dustin Huffman and young Robert Redford.

I’ve been reading Hillbilly Elegy for my book club. About a third of the way in, and I’m just trying to read it as a very personal family memoir and not as any kind of political screed. For one thing, I feel like enough other people are running around after white Appalachians lately to study them and see how they feel and see what more can be done for them. And even if I were interested in doing that, I can’t stop thinking about how much harder this guy’s rough childhood and life would probably have been if he were black. The white privilege is there, on page after page. That said, it is great writing and a rich and well-told family tale. Which I will take any day.

People have been joking about how Trump wandered out of the room without actually signing his trade executive orders yesterday. It does seem that he starts to exit the room before reporters start asking him about Mike Flynn, but maybe that just made him more eager to vacate. The camera follows Mike Pence back over to the desk where he picks up the black folder and the special pen so that he can follow Trump out. The c-span transcript, which is made from closed-captioning, gives the press the last word on the event:

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Goodnight and good luck.

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Joy Reid and Maxine Waters. Grateful for these two and their voices.

 

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