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...


The last Republican patriot, or the first?

Special counsel Robert Mueller laid out clear evidence of obstruction of justice in his report to Attorney General William Barr on the Russian intrusion into America’s 2016 election campaign, yet almost every Republicans in Congress refuses to hold President Trump accountable. That is, every Republican except Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan. If patriotism is love of country, and love is expressed not just in feelings but in acts of service, sacrifice or putting the country’s needs before your own, then Amash may be the last Republican patriot left in Congress.

Since assuming office, Donald Trump has insulted opponents, undermined international alliances and attacked American institutions. If a Democrat did those things, Republicans would scream bloody murder. But, despite AG Barr’s attempt to sugarcoat the Mueller report’s findings, the document lays out a pretty thorough case of obstruction of justice.

Mueller details 10 possible obstructive acts. Here are a few of the most salient:


Enjoy the 'summer of love,' Democrats


Even when you’re trailing behind, running for president is fun. Anybody who doesn’t believe that either doesn’t love politics or has never been out on the trail. There are parades and fairs, new friends and old reunions, intense drama and ridiculous comedy; but the fun begins to dissipate as the weather starts to cool and decisions get harder for voters and candidates alike. For candidates lagging behind, autumn will come in like a lion and they will leave the campaign like lambs.

Seemingly every week, new Democrats declare themselves for president. Many people fret, but why? The field is perfect. If only the Democrats could assemble their nominee like Voltron, bringing the best parts together in a single form. Democrats have candidates with outsider freshness, longtime experience, prosecutorial vigor, charming wit, leadership chops and big policy ideas.

But we don’t get to assemble our candidate like the perfect plate from a pu pu platter. Democrats will have to choose between imperfect choices. Experience makes outsiders wary of establishment conservatism. Youth and freshness worry older voters looking for stability. Big progressive ideas worry moderates in the market for a return to normalcy. Radical optimism and outsider thinking make partisan warriors wary of ideological mushiness.



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.



Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste criticizes handling of Mueller report

Jamal interviewed former Watergate special prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste on Hill TV's "Rising" who said Robert Mueller's report on election meddling shows enough evidence to suggest President Trump intended to obstruct justice.

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