Not today, Putin.

I won’t feel exactly safe in this election until the Dampnut is GONE from the White House. I wouldn’t put it past the Kremlin Klan to pull some shit between now and January.

Even so? The Biden/Harris win is good news by itself. American democracy isn’t dead! Don’t give up on us, world; we’re trying.

SO of course, cue the pleading for us liberal voters to to “unify” the nation by “reaching out” to Trump supporters.

I see where the concern is coming from. I do. So my first question is: why do we never hear conservative figures exhorting their fellow travelers to “reach out” to us dirty leftists to heal the rifts in our nation? The answer is that they don’t want to reach out to us. The basic reason why they keep on voting for Repubs despite their “best interests” is that their actual interests are to punish people they don’t like. They hate the Other People more than they love themselves. That’s why they keep on voting for these assholes who actively fuck everything up, and that’s why they don’t object to those assholes’ increasingly transparent voter suppression.

That’s why they keep voting for the party of voter suppression, and that’s why they don’t try reaching out to us. That’s also why no amount of good will from us liberals is going to heal our rifts. We’re not going to accomplish anything by “having a conversation” with people who’ve already decided not to listen to us. You don’t reason with people whose motivation is to make sure the Other People can’t have nice things.

With that in mind, here’s my outreach message to my fellow Americans who keep on rewarding the GOP for making everything worse: Y’all may hate us, but we still want you to have nice things. We want you to enjoy benefits like quality affordable healthcare, a livable planet, a decent educational system, and sturdy infrastructure. We support policies and programs that benefit all of us, including y’all, because we want to move forward rather than get revenge. Still don’t like those terms? We can’t convince you, but we can outvote you.

“Anyone who can beat Trump”…WITHIN reason.

I said before that I’ll vote for the Democratic nominee for POTUS, whoever that may be, except why the fuck is Tulsi Gabbard still on that stage?

And…I’d like to add another asterisk to that.

The more I hear about Mike Bloomberg, the more I think: surely we can coalesce around nominating SOMEONE better than THAT.

I mean…I’m fairly sure Bloomberg is not beholden to any of our foreign adversaries. That much makes him better than Trump. But do we have to set the bar that low? Really?

Pete Buttigieg also has a history of racist fuckery, and that’s a problem. I think Pete has a lot more space, though, IF he’s willing to do the work, to show that he’s learned better and will do better going forward.

I don’t like Amy Klobuchar (as someone who’s fled TWO abusive managers and is now paying the financial price…don’t get me started), but I’m sure “normal” under her would be much healthier than “normal” under Bloomberg.

Joe Biden…needs to retire already, but I trust him to do much, much better than Bloomberg.

Bernie Sanders is all Big Ideas and no implementation, but I’d happily take that over a proven track record of brutalizing black and brown citizens.

Elizabeth Warren is my first choice. I think she has the best balance of policy, implementation, and disposition. I think “normal” under her would be the healthiest our country has been…oh, probably EVER. At the same time? I love my country too much to start chanting “Liz or Lose.”

Just, at some point we need to remember WHY we need a candidate who’ll beat Trûmp. If our choices are four more years of the Dampnut, and Bloomie in the high seat…our country is fucked. Norway calls!

I would like to see more conservatives supporting the rule of law.

One of the Lost Administration’s little jokes these days is acting like it would be totally fine for Trûmp to refuse to leave the White House if he loses re-election in 2020. I see Bitch McCandlehead suggesting they could get the Dampnut a third term of squatting in the White House? Nice try, asshole, the GOP in the late 40s got a Constitutional amendment passed precisely because FDR won four elections in a row and they didn’t want that to happen again. Either way, the basic idea is those Kremlin Klan choads acting like they’re gonna keep the Dampnut where he is regardless of election results. (Note: canceling the election altogether is the same thing as disregarding election results.)

I would like to see more American conservatives vocally opposing their attempt to do this. Folks who generally vote for Republicans. Folks who voted for Trûmp in 2016. Folks who generally prefer Republican policies. These are the people I’m asking. If you’re STILL planning to vote for Trûmp in 2020, then I assume you are opposed to the rule of law and I won’t trust you to act in defense of American democracy. Those of you who support the rule of law, I would like you all to start saying you will oppose any attempt by the Trûmp administration to take another term by force.

Especially the gun-lovers. If your argument is that private ownership of firearms is necessary to protect the people from government tyranny, then…for Heaven’s sake, use your gun ownership to oppose government tyranny.

Telling me, “Well he’s not REALLY going to do that,” is an unhelpful answer. I am unsure of how successful the Lost Administration’s attempt would be to disregard the election, but if they even make the attempt, that’s a problem. I would like to see conservatives stating their opposition to the attempt. Less of “he won’t really do that” and more of “I’ll fucking kick your ass if you try it, Mr. Trûmp!”

Telling me there’s no chance Trûmp won’t win re-election is even more unhelpful. If he’s even suggesting that his supporters could demand he take another term regardless of election results, then clearly he thinks there’s a good chance the election won’t be in his favor. Less of “the Dems don’t have anyone who can beat him” and more of “we can do this the easy way or the hard way, Mr. Trûmp!”

And finally, telling me no one’s actually threatening to disregard the 2020 election is unhelpful. If you personally haven’t seen any such news, okay, and? I need to know that you’ll be opposed if they try it. Less of “no one’s actually saying that” and more of “the law is the law, so don’t fucking try it, Mr. Trûmp!”

Some of progressives are kind of getting the impression that conservatives do not care about American democracy or the rule of law. This is a way to show us that isn’t true.

Choosing my battles for the Dem nomination.

Elizabeth Warren is my first choice for the Democratic nomination for President.

If Bernie Sanders gets the nomination, of course I will vote for him in the general. For all my criticisms of him, a Sanders presidency would be much better for our nation’s collective sense of normal than another four years of Trûmp.

If Joe Biden gets the nomination, of course I will vote for him in the general. For all my criticisms of him, a Biden presidency would be much better for our nation’s collective sense of normal than another four years of Trûmp.

If Pete Buttigieg gets the nomination, of course I will vote for him in the general. For all my criticisms of him, a Buttigieg presidency would be much better for our nation’s collective sense of normal than another four years of Trûmp.

If Tulsi Gabbard gets the nomination, then I will pull my life up by the roots and emigrate to Norway. Why the fuck is she even still on the stage?