Sondheim's most beloved song, sung by his greatest interpreter. Its rueful tone, rather than fear, seems to fit this absurd election year:
Isn't it rich? Are they a pair?
Hillary's feet on the ground,
Trump in midair?
Where are the clowns?
I was going to agree with this criticism, and it will do me no shred of good not to, but on reflection I think too much is being made of this. I myself (echoed by my GLAA colleagues) called for legalizing sex work eight years ago, which is one of the questions in the 15-page questionnaire; but Hillary is in a race against Trump with grave implications for our country, and must pick her battles. Anyone who doubts her commitment to trans equality should check out the positions page at Trans Equality for Hillary.
Vince Gray tangles with the Washington Post ed board over Ward 7 endorsement https://t.co/rz96M7t3PX— Will Sommer (@willsommer) May 23, 2016
The Washington Post has endorsed Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander based on the five-year campaign against Vince Gray by the U.S. Attorney that came up empty. Indeed, the Post concedes, "Mr. Gray is right about Ms. Alexander’s disappointing performance and about his own deep experience." The supposed endorsement of Alexander hardly mentions her.
As usual, I held back from expressing my personal preferences until after GLAA finished its evaluation of candidates. That was done two weeks ago. Here is my personal view: Vince Gray is head and shoulders above the competition. That being said, GLAA gave due credit to Councilmember Alexander for her good work, including her improvement during the past four years, as can be seen in GLAA's news release on our primary ratings.
Former Mayor Gray earned a +10 rating from GLAA (compared to Alexander's +5.5), as well as the endorsement of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club (with 70 percent of the vote on the first ballot). Gray's GLAA questionnaire response sets the standard in this election cycle for thoroughness and understanding stemming from his experience and commitment on LGBT issues.
Here is my 2014 citation for GLAA's special Distinguished Service Award to then-Mayor Gray. The list of accomplishments is a long one.
To be clear, GLAA does not endorse candidates in partisan races. I am just giving you my personal opinion when I encourage Ward 7 voters to support this experienced and effective public servant, Vincent C. Gray. Personally I like Yvette Alexander, and I appreciate her growth in office. But on the range of issues that are my focus, Vince Gray is simply the best candidate in the race.
Cornel West: Trump is a “narcissistic neo-fascist in the making”; Clinton is a hawkish “milquetoast neoliberal” https://t.co/m2iOw6VsMS— Salon.com (@Salon) May 24, 2016
Intellectual huckster Cornel West, who is big on Bernie, with his latest. How can someone be both hawkish and milquetoast? Oh never mind.
Bernie Sanders is insulting voters with this notion https://t.co/AXooZOlKGl— Salon.com (@Salon) May 24, 2016
Yes. It is tiresome and silly when Bernie True Believers reflexively call you either a paid Hillary shill or a dupe for disagreeing with them. This is like Thanksgiving with your crazy uncle only without the comfort food. The last time I remember being called a dupe I was in a Trotskyite bookstore and the culprits I was told had brainwashed me were "the sugar barons." How fitting, then, that Bernie once praised Fidel. At that bookstore, someone called for overthrowing the government. I thought of my security clearance, and I looked up at the light fixture and said, "I don't agree with these people." Then I handed the guy a voter registration form. So I guess you can blame me.
The Times editorial board is right. But the Senate nihilists led by Elaine Chao's roommate do not care. It is past time for progressives and moderates to stop fighting one another and fight the Republicans who are determined by obstruction, gerrymandering and vote suppression to override the wishes of the majority and constitutional safeguards in service of the few.
Trump here taps into the old notion that targeting particular types of discrimination--that is, being specific enough to be at all useful--amounts to granting "special rights." But if the generic "discrimination is wrong" were sufficient, we would not be having the conversation. Instead of doing anything to combat bias, Trump just wants to put a fig leaf over the bigotry of his know-nothing, xenophobic, white supremacist base.
Amen, Mr. President.
The James Brown lesson for Donald Trump. https://t.co/3zj1xtgeR9— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) May 9, 2016
Yes. "There’s a difference between the lounge act and the acts that play the main room." The brazen ignorance, bottom feeding, and reckless disregard for the national interest that won Trump the nomination will sink him and the GOP in the fall. This will happen not because it is ordained (it most certainly is not), but because his appalling spectacle will mobilize responsible citizens to turn out and ensure a blowout election. That in turn should give Hillary the Senate majority she will need to get liberal justices confirmed to the Supreme Court. Turnout is key. What it will win for us is not something perfect, but the chance to secure (and in some cases restore) the gains of the past and press forward in making America's government reflect the diversity of its people.
Bernie Sanders cancels meeting with HIV activists https://t.co/PiamyXtjl8— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) May 9, 2016
Our friend Ernest Hopkins, Director of Legislative Affairs at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, writes:
I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. The group pulling this set of meetings together went out of their way to accommodate Senator Sanders such was the interest in presenting our recommendations to him and his staff. Advocates even relented to a demand that only Sanders supporters be invited to the meeting. To my knowledge, no such bizarre demand was made by the Clinton campaign and now, there is no Sanders meeting. When you cut yourself off from the expertise on an issue, and predicate your engagement to the degree supporters can make the case, you come off as very thin skinned, a bit petty, and 'political' to the extreme. The Clinton meeting is Thursday in NYC, and I will report back.
Sanders diminishes himself the more he behaves like this. Meanwhile, Jane Sanders urges the FBI to speed up its investigation of Hillary's email scandal. Bernie's issue-driven campaign is sinking more and more into desperation and meanness.
The Washington Post has a good explainer on what is terrible about Trump's proposal to "make a deal" with America's debt holders to decrease our national debt:
The minute the United States tried to reduce its debt load by offering creditors less than 100 percent of principal and interest — i.e., by 'discount,' or 'making a deal,' like Argentina or Greece — every institution that had taken this country at its word would be instantly destabilized.
A smart presentation on how to get things done instead of just talking about it.
Here is the 1964 LBJ campaign ad featuring actor William Bogert, a Republican, expressing his concerns about the extremism of Barry Goldwater. Rachel Maddow had Bogert, now 80, on her show last night. He readily applies to Donald Trump the concern he expressed 52 years ago about Goldwater. You can find the Maddow Show video here, but that site does not provide the embed code.
Andrew Sullivan has a brilliant essay in New York Magazine on the danger posed by Donald Trump. It is wise and sobering. I highly recommend it.
Bernie Sanders says he still sees a narrow path to victory after the drubbing he took on Tuesday. This brought to mind the image above.
If Ted Cruz can announce a running mate, so can I.
My running mate will be Mrs. Danvers. She is loyal to a fault, meticulous, and can talk people into jumping out of windows. This latter skill will be invaluable in my administration. She promises she will not set the place on fire unless she is seriously disappointed. You wouldn't want to disappoint her, would you?
This piece in Roll Call treats Donna Edwards like a fully realized person, while Chris Van Hollen is reduced to a stick figure. The substantial support he received from black leaders in MD is treated as an obvious betrayal, with not a word spent on acknowledging his accomplishments or considering that anyone might have a non-contemptible reason for supporting him. He is not allowed to be a real person; Julianne Malveaux actually referred to him as part of the "Master Plan" in a FB post. Scornful reference to "The Establishment" is treated as magically vanquishing any argument. As with Clinton vs. Sanders, those of us who care about actually getting something done are treated as part of the problem, as sellouts, by definition. I should not have to point out that, in my 36 years as a DC voter (having moved here from the MD 8th District which Van Hollen now represents), I have supported and worked productively with a great many African Americans and women.
Frank Bruni on the "cult of sore losers":
All too often, contests don’t yield accepted conclusions and a grudging acquiescence by those who didn’t get their way. They prompt accusations of thievery, cries of illegitimacy and a determination to neuter the victor, nullify the results or reverse them as soon as possible.
Sen. Cruz, we are not going to have that kind of country. We are going to defeat you and your intolerant crew.