Five reasons Trump would have wanted Andrew McCabe fired
All available evidence suggests Trump wanted McCabe to be fired. But why, besides spiting a man the president Trump has pilloried as a deep-state enemy? There are several reasons:
McCabe on his firing by Trump administration 1/2: Ã¢ÂÂhere is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey.Ã¢ÂÂ
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 17, 2018
McCabe 2/2: Ã¢ÂÂattack on my credibility is part of larger effort not just to slander me personally – administrationÃ¢ÂÂs ongoing war on FBI and Special Counsel investigation. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special CounselÃ¢ÂÂs workÃ¢ÂÂ https://t.co/3mwW1qnvW8
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 17, 2018
So much for the fig leaf of arguing that McCabe was fired for any other reason but a political vendetta and his connection to Comey. https://t.co/vaYarVZC2X
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 17, 2018
Yep. Now back to our regularly scheduled APR.
Resolving the Democrats’ False Choice
How the party can win both the “missing Obama millions” and the Obama-to-Trump voters
The belief underlying Hillary Clinton’s electoral strategy was that she was free to court white suburban moderates because Trump’s racism would translate into high support and turnout from African Americans and Latinos. But the election results proved otherwise. For decades, the Democratic Party has taken black voters—and voters of color, more broadly—for granted, believing that they had nowhere else to go. But as 2016 showed, they did have somewhere else to go: home. …
The white voters for whom racism trumps all are lost to Democrats. So there’s no sense, morally or politically, in the Democrats’ returning to Sister Souljah–style racial pandering to whites. But by combining racial and cultural progressivism with an economic platform that’s equal parts Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter, Democrats can turn out Obama voters who stayed home in 2016 and win back some Obama-Trump voters.
‘He’s ahead. Wake up.’ Kansas Republicans fear defeat in 2018 congressional race
The results in Pennsylvania are “definitely encouraging,” said Davis, a Lawrence attorneyand former Kansas House minority leader.
“It shows that Democrats can win in red districts in this environment,” he said.
Davis has campaigned as a centrist and, similar to Lamb, has said he will not vote for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, for House speaker.
Do those two together. We win
In trying to infer how much differential turnout helped Lamb in #PA18, I estimated his average precinct votes vs a hypothetical outcome for a bunch of simulated PA-18s with varying D-tilted differential turnout. Impossible that he didnÃ¢ÂÂt flip at least some votes Ã¢ÂÂ maybe 9% of Rs? pic.twitter.com/0d3jmI3vFq
— G. Elliott MorrisÃ°ÂÂÂÃ°ÂÂ¤Â·Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¯Â¸Â (@gelliottmorris) March 15, 2018
9% of Trump voters. Exactly what I have been saying. That’s about the limit of persuasion, though.
Jason Sattler/USA today:
Pennsylvania lesson for Democrats: Get angry at Trump & GOP, not your own candidates
If Democrats believe the more fevered warnings they’ve been making — that Trump is a historic threat to democracy, that the GOP Congress is more interested in obstructing justice for him than investigating him, that two more years of this will fry what’s left of our nerve endings — the upcoming elections aren’t just elections. They are a national emergency: the only possible way to put a keen eye on corruption, the Census and foreign intrusion in our elections.
That isn’t to say Democrats shouldn’t make demands on their candidates and run competitive primaries. There are more than 110 GOP-held districts that are more Democratic than Pennsylvania’s 18th. Few nominees will triangulate to the degree Lamb has. But in a historic crisis such as what we face now, differences of opinion shouldn’t be read as differences of principle. And true anger needs to end up focusing on defeating Republicans whenever there’s a chance to defeat Republicans.
Sen. Flake: “Young people have been walking away from the (Republican) party for a while. I think now they’re in a dead sprint because I think they expect a more decent politics than they’re seeing.” pic.twitter.com/hUZIyj3Hw9
— Axios (@axios) March 16, 2018
True and then some:
Ã¢ÂÂ¢23% of Republicans aged 18-29 left the GOP between December 2015 and March 2017 (and no sign the exodus is stopping)
Ã¢ÂÂ¢57% of millennial Republicans say they are “not very strong Republicans”
Ã¢ÂÂ¢72% of millennials say GOP doesn’t care about people like me https://t.co/ffNdDk2lxA
— Evan Siegfried (@evansiegfried) March 16, 2018
Is Trump Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name?
But a year into the Trump administration, Americans are rejecting authoritarian alternatives to democracy. In a new survey by the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, we found that the percentage of Americans who expressed support for a “strong leader who doesn’t have to bother with elections or Congress” fell to levels not seen since the mid-1990s. In particular, young people overwhelmingly reject authoritarian rule, despite concerns about a rising generation retreating from democracy (raised most prominently by Roberto Foa and Yascha Mounk).
Mr. Trump is almost certainly giving authoritarianism a bad name. Support for authoritarian rule declined most among Democrats and young people, while significantly increasing among Republicans.
So when it comes to American authoritarianism, perhaps the problem isn’t so much Mr. Trump as it is hyper-partisanship.
It’s true that Moscow historically tried to infiltrate peace groups. But peace groups have a good record of resisting these efforts, especially when compared with the Republican National Committee. https://t.co/zU2Coo3FuF
— Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) March 16, 2018
A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why they’re so pissed off
Hint: it’s not about the economy.
I’m not sure that Washington is doing anything to harm these communities. To be honest, a lot of it is just scapegoating. And that’s why you see more xenophobia and racism in these communities. There’s a sense that things are going badly, and the impulse is to blame “others.”
They believe that Washington really does have power over their lives. They recognize that the federal government controls vast resources, and they feel threatened if they perceive Washington’s interest being directed more toward urban areas than rural areas, or toward immigrants more than non-immigrants, or toward minority populations instead of the traditional white Anglo population.
But that’s just racism and cultural resentment, and calling it a manifestation of some deeper anxiety doesn’t alter that fact.
I don’t disagree with that. I’m just explaining what I heard from people on the ground in these communities. This is what they believe, what they say, not what I believe.
I’m not arguing it ain’t racism. I’m saying see it, figure a way to deal with it that isn’t throwing PoC under the bus.
— rosierifka (@rosierifka) March 16, 2018
Ed Rogers, as partisan as they come/WaPo:
As a Republican, I see a 12-alarm fire raging. Why can’t Trump?
To be clear, this is what a losing cycle looks like. And this is what a wake-up call sounds like. Everyone seems to see it and hear it except for President Trump. But Trump is the only person who can move the needle for Republicans right now. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have limits on the reach of their megaphones. They will do what they can to rally voters behind the Republican agenda, but only the bully pulpit of the presidency will make a real difference.
I’m not saying Trump’s judgment is bad, or that the Cabinet is in disarray, but nominating OJ Simpson for Dept. of Sports seems like a mistake.
In for a dime, in for a dollar: no matter how high the waves get, @SpeakerRyan shows he has chosen to lash the GOP majority to TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs turbulent ship. Ryan is daily making the Dem case that a R Congress will never meaningfully constrain or even oversee Trump https://t.co/fl952CibLT
— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) March 14, 2018
When America Despised the Irish: The 19th Century’s Refugee Crisis
Today, 32 million Americans—10 percent of the country’s population—celebrate their Irish roots. There was a time, however, when the thought of Americans honoring all things Irish was unimaginable. This is the story of the prejudice encountered by refugees from Ireland’s Great Hunger and how those Irish exiles persevered to become part of the American mainstream.
Reluctantly I have concluded that President Trump is a serious threat to US national security. He is refusing to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks. It is apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Mr Putin.
— Barry R McCaffrey (@mccaffreyr3) March 16, 2018
If you don’t know who he is, McCaffrey served as a senior White House appointee for five years. When he retired from the Army in 1996, he was the most decorated general officer serving at the time, with two Distinguished Service Crosses, two Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts. https://t.co/iU6agCLfOh
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) March 16, 2018
I covered Rules Cmte hearings when I first got to the Hill. I’d be on the Hill til 2am sometimes. One of those nights Louise Slaughter offered me a ride home, which was stunning & exciting as a newbie. I’ll never forget that, or how hilarious & quotable she was for 10 years. RIP.
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) March 16, 2018