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So, we're losing the supreme court, likely for a generation, barring something that verges on revolutionary such as impeachment of tainted justice(s) or adding more seats.

What do we do?

Get control of the rest of the government and hold on to it for dear life.
If we get a court that will overturn Roe vs. Wade, we need laws that protect the right to reproductive choice nationwide.

If we get a court that will overturn marriage equality, we need laws that protect it nationwide.
The conservative puppet court might want to overturn those laws, but it can't reach out unilaterally and do it. Cases have to proceed through the legal system, which takes time and money.
Every fresh shock, every new horror, I wonder: whose bubble will this be enough to burst? Who is going to stop pretending this is business as usual, politics as usual?

Democrats need to run on this. They need to run with this.
You know the quickest way to cut through partisan polarization in American politics is? Appeal to the natural mistrust of anyone going completely unchecked. The "swing voters" mostly want whoever's in power to have someone holding them back.
Right now the central thinking governing the Democratic Party is *still* "Maybe if we just keep going things will turn out okay, but if we make a big deal out of fighting it then things will definitely turn into a bloody fight, and that's bad."
But each passing day, each new development, each fresh vision of hell is enough to prove that things aren't going to be okay, that we can't just let things slide and hope it won't matter in the long run, which was the strategy for dealing with McConnell's seat-stealing.
The Democrats don't need to flip that many seats to take control of the Senate. Not a supermajority but whoever has the majority controls what comes to the floor. They could run on "Restoring honor and faith to a Supreme Court tainted by scandal." That could be the message today.
I said earlier today that we vote locally while congressional power structures are national. Every Democratic Senator and senate challenger could be running against Mitch McConnell, a massively unpopular politician.
"Vote for me and we can take the senate away from 'Leader' McConnell, who chose to play politics and tainted the Supreme Court for a generation. We can stop him from coming for your healthcare ever again."
You can see how the Republican Party runs against Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. You can see it works! Is that how the system was intended? No. But it is what it has evolved into. Democrats are still following the rules of the game while Republicans have moved on to the metagame
We really need our Democratic electeds and candidates to pick this up, but in the meantime, we've got to do it for them. We've got to play the metagame. Talk to people about how much better their lives will be if we can just Ditch Mitch.

That's it. That's the campaign.
Ditch Mitch.

Vote Democratic Senators 2018.
Ditch Mitch and we can stop begging for our healthcare and start fighting for progress instead. Ditch Mitch and they can't appoint any rightwing judges. Ditch Mitch and the Senate becomes a chokepoint we can hold as we take back the rest of the government.
I'm not a verified Twitter user, I don't have a lot of publication credits in the news media, I don't have six figure followers. But I know there are people paying attention to my account who are close to people who make some pretty big decisions in politics.

Please push this.
The Democrats have got to run on taking out McConnell. It's the only way they're going to take the Senate, and they need the Senate. The GOP runs against Pelosi and Schumer because it *works*. There are four months left to sell this message. That's enough time.

Ditch Mitch.
And again, we can't wait for national Democrats to take this hint. We've got to be talking among ourselves. If your coworkers talk about voting (or not voting), please say "I'm voting for the Democrat because it's the only way to stop Mitch McConnell and put a check on Trump."
2018 is past time to #DitchMitch. Flip the Senate blue. Every seat. Every state. Mitch McConnell played with democracy like it was a toy and he broke it. We need him gone.
#DitchMitch is the first step on the road to #DumpTrump. And we get there by voting for a blue Senate. Every Senate race is a chance to vote against @SenateMajLdr McConnell, which is a vote against @realDonaldTrump.

Democrats need to capitalize on this, yesterday.
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Oct 8, 2018
So, electric kettles. Let me see if I can't convert some other white US-born people over.

Here are some reasons:

1. You can set specific temperatures, not just heat things to a boil. Get closer to the ideal temperature for your tea, spend less time waiting for it to cool.
2. If you need boiling water to pour into or over something, not just like a single serving for instant whatever, you've got it in a nice kettle with a spout and an insulated handle.
3. You never have that thing where surface tension has stopped the water from actually boiling even though it's at temperature, and when you move it and disturb the water it explodes all over your hand (Google it, if you don't know this thing.)
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Oct 8, 2018
Twitter's specific policy on Dehumanizing Speech is better than I had feared; it's more specific, covering only comparisons to animals (vermin, pests) or tools for a specific purpose. You can give feedback here. Mine focused on implementation.…
The Dehumanizing Speech policy being specific is important because if (let's dream big here) it is enforced as written, you can avoid getting suspended for talking about TERFs by saying their beliefs are garbage or their actions are garbage.
My feedback focused on the unequal way in which Twitter's existing policies have been supported. White guys making clear references to genocide, murder, stalking children, etc., get "We have to look at context, this was clearly not serious" replies while their victims get banned.
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Oct 7, 2018
For the record, I do hope Brett Kavanaugh's life is ruined. I hope his marriage has been irreparably strained. I hope his social life is in the toilet. I hope he feels no joy at his win. I hope he only stops waiting for the other shoe to fall when it does, like a guillotine blade
My ~*preference*~ would be that he suffer some sort of institutional consequences, even if it was merely not being confirmed to a lifetime position on the highest court in the land, where he will have power over millions.

But the right decided that's off the table.
I hope anyone who comes before the SCOTUS who is even tangentially liberal, left, or Democratic makes an issue out of his participation in the case so that he has to spend his whole career justifying and defending his presence on the bench.
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Oct 7, 2018
Well, @RadioFreeTom thinks saying "No problem." implies there's a problem so forgive me if I'm not crowning him a king of situational analysis. What he's calling Trump's "rhetorical excess" is largely projection. The idea that we win by *not* pointing out what they're doing...
...just gives Trump and his party the full benefit of that projection, in that they get to smear their opponents while being insulated from accurate accusations. We've been ceding control of the narrative to them for decades now and it hasn't worked.
The reason @RadioFreeTom wants the Democrats to settle down and be good little children is because up until two hours ago HE WAS A REPUBLICAN and when this is all done he hopes there's a slightly more couth and presentable version of the Republican Party that's still in charge.
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Oct 7, 2018
We've got GOP voters talking about drinking liberal tears with their beers, we've got a GOP president lying his backside off to his rally and then telling Jeanine Pirro he wants to hold women "liable" for talking about rapes... I don't see the centrists asking them to be civil?
Isn't it weird how absolutely no pundit wrote an editorial saying that Lindsey Graham's fire and brimstone sermon isn't going to win over the middle? Isn't it strange that no one tells Chuck Grassley that his angry interruptions are going to hurt his party?
There was a lot of talk about whether or not Kavanaugh's vitriolic testimony would hurt him but I didn't see a lot of neutral or centrist-identified people saying that it *should*.
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Oct 7, 2018
So let me tell you another reason we need to not back down, not sit down, not be quiet: coward that he is, Donald Trump is at his most dangerous when he feels like he's on top of the world.
The horse race headlines are saying that Donald Trump had his best day as president, and I'm sure he felt it. He just came through a knock-down, drag-out fight and won a battle that people had been telling him to drop for weeks, so right now no one can tell him anything.
If he gets it in his head that maybe he should fire Rosenstein? No one's going to be able to talk him out of it. He might even do it just to extend the high, or see how far he can take it.
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