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Sometimes I hate being right. After the Democratic establishment buried Sanders this summer, I was among those progressives who said running essentially Hillary 2.0 experiment is going to ensure us 4 more years of Trump. I'm not gloating, I'm just sad… Now I'm just waiting for how they'll spin it as Sanders' fault.

(Sure, I'm still going to hope till the end. But numbers are numbers.)

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Looks like we've been spared the worst, and I'm happy to be wrong on that small point. Now we just need to somehow wrap our heads around voting for politicians effecting real change so that people lives become better and we avoid repeating 4-year courses of shock therapy.

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@isagalaev I don't know about that... The fight isn't over yet and I'm hearing a lot of other stuff is going on. On top of that Google is reporting new changes

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@lucifargundam nah, it's over. Biden's already ahead in Pennsylvania, and all the outstanding votes are mail-ins, which are *heavily* blue (been over 70% blue so far). So there's no way for Trump to retake PA. It is also likely Biden would retain both NV and AZ, given the dynamics there. GA is going to be recounted, but it doesn't matter at this point.

I don't particularly like 538, but their reporting is top-notch on these points: fivethirtyeight.com/live-blog/

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@isagalaev Without also retaking the Senate (which as of this moment remains a VERY long shot), all we'll get with Biden/Harris presidency is a minor short-term reversal of America's decades-long slide to authoritarianism.

Without Senate's support, Biden won't even be able to fix most of the things McConnell and Trump broke in 2010-2020. Most importantly, Biden, Harris, and Pelosi won't be able to protect elections from voter suppression and corporate and foreign interference.

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@isagalaev And without that, even keeping the House majority in 2022 is going to be difficult. Going forward from minority rule by empty acres to a real democracy will be impossible without retaking the Senate and using that to expand the Supreme Court and reshape the rest of federal judiciary.

No sustainable progressive changes are possible until all of the above is resolved. Take ACA: despite massive popular support, it is still on the verge of being dismantled by the Supreme Court.

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@angdraug remember that Dems did have majority in both parliament and executive office during Obama's time. They did nothing with it. All we got from that time is a reworked Mitt Romney's ACA which, while having a few important provisions (like re: medical preconditions), was still basically just supplying the market for private insurers.

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@isagalaev ACA is not nothing. "Healthcare for the poor is objectively the most effective way to make lasting long-term impact on economic inequality in US, it was a good move to make it their top priority." (medium.com/@angdraug/agent-of-)

And ACA wasn't all we got in 2009-2010.

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@angdraug I don't share your conviction that Dem leaders even want to do all those things, especially corporate support. They had House majority for two years, and they didn't even use it to stop Amy Coney Barrett's nomination, nor impeach Trump for multiple meaningful offenses, not pressure Republicans in any way. They continued to vote for expanding Military budget though.

What they have now in the Senate, is a convenient excuse for being "unable" to work for their constituents.

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@isagalaev Lol what? You know it's the Senate that approves judges, not the House, right? Same with impeachment, all House could do was indict, and they did. What kind of bullshit victim blaming is this?

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@angdraug I'm not going to talk to you in this tone, please try not to assume that everyone else is an idiot.

Here's one of the top links I found for you to read on what the House could do to stop the nomination jacobinmag.com/2020/09/aoc-chu

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@isagalaev Don't tone police me. If your best argument is a link from the top of your google search, and it's not just a Jacobin article, it's one written by David Sirota of all people, it's not going to be enough to convince me that my "lol bullshit" take is wrong. And my assessment that you're engaging in victim blaming stands on its own.

You've seen my Medium and you chose not to read what I had to say there. Why should I suffer through David Sirota's writing for your benefit?

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@angdraug as you're talking with me, it's up to me to either accept that or not. I'm not tone-policing you, I'm constraining my hearing :-)

I wasn't looking for a link very hard, true. My point is that there was plenty of political analysis on the topic. Do your own research.

I've seen your Medium, yes. And I think I understand where you stand. I just happen to think you're wrong. But forgive me for not spending time on refuting every one of your convictions. You'll get there.

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@isagalaev There was plenty of political analysis on the topic. I've read it, thought about it, and wrote some of my own. If you don't see how offering me Sirota's incompetent and prejudiced opinion is as insulting as my implication that you don't know how impeachment works was to you, I'll be better off without talking to you, too. I hope I could also say "you'll get there", but I'm not so sure. My late Communist grandfather was a good man, but he never "got there."

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