Biden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility

There is a cult of civility taking root in the media and Democratic establishment. Some fetishize “get-alongism,” feting those who promise to calm the horses and restore comity in the political debate as leaders America needs. But is calm and civil discourse the ultimate objective?

...Instead of results-based centrism, today, too many Democrats propose “process centrism.” They want to get people of goodwill together, around a mythical table, to come up with good ideas. They believe they can break the fever, but the fever began before Donald Trump and likely will continue after he is gone from the White House.

Full column here...

Face The Nation: SC Dems, Clyburn Fish Fry and Biden's Buddies

South Carolina Democrats had a big week. Senators Elizabeth #EDub Warren and Cory Booker along with Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Congressman Beto O'Rourke were interviewed by Soledad O'Brien at the Black Economic Alliance Forum in Charleston. I interviewed Senator Chris Coons from Delaware on stage at the Third Way/BEA Conference. Then almost every candidate went to Columbia to speak at the South Carolina State Democratic Party and the World Famous Clyburn Fish Fry.

We went through it all on Face the Nation...

Here is the link to the BEA Presidential Forum...



Hardball: Leadership helping Elizabeth Warren (E-Dub) Gain on Bernie

Jamal on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" discussing what he thinks is behind a new Morning Consult poll that shows Elizabeth Warren gaining traction while Bernie Sanders is falling back.

Face The Nation 6/2/19: Mueller Statement and AG Barr interview

Jamal on "Face the Nation" with CBS's Margaret Brennan and Jan Crawford, USA Today's Susan Page, and Ramesh Ponnuru. They discussed Crawford's interview with AG William Barr and special counsel Robert Mueller's first public statement.

The Hill: Impeachment Politics Are Tricky

The immediate politics for President Trump aren’t clear cut, but they seem to be for the rest of the Republicans. If half of what Robert Mueller laid out in his report concluding the Trump-Russia investigation is true, history will not be kind to Trump’s defenders. Like Congressman Amash, Republicans with conviction and future aspirations should look for ways to hold Trump accountable, even if they don’t support impeachment. In 1998, Democrats proposed censuring Clinton. Conservatives balked then, but if Congress doesn’t stand up for itself now, are they willing to accept a president with no limits?

Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) makes a compelling case for accountability, even if the president remains in office: “… There comes a point in life where we all have to make decisions based upon the fact that it is our watch. And, you know, history, I think even if we did not win, possibly, if there were not impeachment, I think history would smile upon us for standing up for the Constitution.”

Republicans, this is your watch, too.

More here...


Wale: "I can't even f*ck with no artist that f*ck with (Trump)"

DC rapper and activist Wale puts it out there on gentrification, the future of DC "Go-Go" and the "finesse" Trump is running out of the White House.



Billionaire Tom Steyer talks Green New Deal, Mueller and Impeaching Trump

Tom Steyer takes on Trump again and again. He also wants to save the planet from the climate crisis.


Jamal Interviews Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) Onstage for LCCHR

Rashida Tlaib had recently been elected to represent the City of Detroit and surrounding areas in Congress. Jamal had been the chief of staff to Rep. Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick who represented that district previously. That is also the seat that represents the neighborhood where Jamal lived in high school. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights held a day-long Bend Toward Justice conference with hundreds of national and local activists and leaders and asked Jamal to interview her on stage.