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New poll for Dems sent up the hill shows:

* 64% say the adoption of popular plans will unite the country

* 68% prioritize passing on something big to defeat the virus over bipartisanism @ paulwaldman1, and I claim Biden is redefining bipartisanism: https: //

– Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 4, 2021

Rashad Robinson / USA Today:

The Senate filibuster has a racist past and present. Finish it so America can move forward.

The filibuster hurts all of us, not just the black community. Anyone in need of real change or help is losing the Republican obsession with power.

The nature of the filibuster, its rules and norms are hardly an iron tradition. It has changed and adapted a lot over the years since it first became popular in the civil rights era. What hasn't changed, however, is the enduring link to racism. The filibuster has always stood in the way of racial progress, whether it was installed today after one by the Jim Crow-era Southern Democrats or the Republican Party big turnaround in the party's stance on racial equality. When you understand the filibuster's racist past, it becomes clear that there is a racist present too – and that we need to get rid of it.


"I'm not saying this lightly, we're seeing the biggest drop in voting rights in this country since the Jim Crow era." – The political scientist Michael McDonald of the University of Florida

– Richard Stengel (@stengel) March 5, 2021

Read first:

Here's why Democrats are still making great strides on their Covid relief bill

By now you've heard that criticism on the $ 1.9 trillion Covid Aid Act from policy experts and even some Biden allies – it's too big, the economy seems to be getting better (see today) Job report), more Americans are being vaccinated and the state budget is not as bad as previously thought.

But as our colleague Benjy Sarlin reminds us, none of this has moved Democrats, who are still haunted by the ghosts of 2009 if not stimulated enough (in part due to overly rosy forecasts) failed to quickly stimulate the economy. The slump in government revenues also led to ongoing layoffs and funding cuts a decade later, which makes it a particular problem this time around.

The other lesson Democrats learned: pay attention to politics as much as, if not more than, the economy.


This is a great list of pieces of advice to start talking about vaccine intent. Would add, avoid "hesitation" and use terms that show how people change their decisions over time. Most importantly, "When it comes to marginalized communities, look at the blame of systems, not people." Https://

– Elaine Hernandez (@ e_hernandez8) March 6, 2021

Greg Sargent / WaPo:

Biden has decided not to wage war against the GOP governors of the Neanderthal. Here's why.

I can identify several reasons Biden's team is proceeding with caution with these landmines in the Culture War.

The first was located by Ezra Klein: Biden has muted its public presence to minimize the social and cultural conflict that its predecessor enjoyed. Unless we unnecessarily activate the kind of negative polarization that presidents can uniquely trigger to poison our substantive debates, there will also be room for politics to deepen.

How John Ganz noted that this type of mythologization is heavily dependent on a very rough dichotomy that is a constant in our politics. It puts an alienated but virtuous and mystically authentic nation of workers and small business owners against a corrupt and hypocritical "professional managerial class".


That one sentence sums up the problem with all the focus on "culture breakup" better than anything else I've seen, and the author doesn't even realize it.

– @ijbailey (@ijbailey) March 5, 2021

Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:

Paul Gosar spoke at a conference of white nationalists. The GOP doesn't care.

The congressman was the keynote speaker at a conference chaired by a virulent racist and anti-Semite. HuffPost was trying to find a Republican lawmaker to reprimand him.

The crowd – a colorful crew of blatant racists and anti-Semites – broke into a singing from “Gosar! Gosar! "to which the congressman replied with a wave, a smile and a serious, heartfelt" thank you ".

AFPACs organizer, white nationalist figurehead Nick Fuentesnext took the stage and told the crowd that "white people are being bullied" and that America needs to protect its "white demographic".

The next day, Fuentes and Gosar sat down for coffee, according to a photo of Fuentes posted on Twitter.

"Great meeting with Congressman Gosar today," tweeted 22-year-old Fuentes Holocaust deniers who once compared Jews killed in Nazi gas chambers to bake cookies in an oven. “America really isn't annulled.


The extent to which Trump's most ardent supporters agree with neo-Nazis and white supremacists in their movement should alarm the Republicans. It is not so. @letsgomathias has been around for years.

– S.V. Dáte (@svdate) March 5, 2021

Tim Miller / Bulwark:

Paul Gosar: MTG in elevators

A congressman who is planning an uprising and cooperating with white nationalists remains uncensored and unchallenged. Why?

Part of the explanation for Gosar's relative anonymity is structural. During the last round of restructuring (2012) he migrated from the buzzing 1st Congressional District of Arizona to the Conservative 4th District of Arizona and faced an easier than expected area code after his opponent, Sheriff Paul Babeu, was classified as gay.

Thanks to its new ruby ​​district, the Democrats have not made a concerted effort to target Gosar. And since he has never given Republicans the Steve King-style headache, he has no internal party challenge in the sense of Randy Feenstra.

Kaleigh Rogers / Thirty-Five:

Why QAnon Attracted So Many White Evangelicals

While we are still learning about the demographics of QAnon believers, surveys looking at the other evangelical beliefs may explain why they may be prone to falling into that particular rabbit hole. A majority of evangelical Christians identify as Republicans – 56 percent, according to the Pew Research Center's 2014 US Religious Landscape Study – and they are more likely than Democrats and the general public to express their belief in QAnon. In one Tomorrow consult the survey As of late January, 24 percent of Republicans said the QAnon conspiracy was at least "somewhat accurate," compared to 19 percent of Democrats. Republican belief in the conspiracy declined noticeably after the Capitol attack, as shown by a series of polls months before, immediately after, and several weeks after the attack, but Republicans remained more supportive of the belief than the general public Percent). .

Evangelicals also trust the news media significantly less, meaning that journalists' review and debunking of QAnon is less convincing.

"I'm not really surprised that evangelicals are more likely to believe in such things," said Samuel Perry, professor of sociology at the University of Oklahoma. "Evangelicals are not socially isolated, but are informatively isolated."


“Kemp is in trouble – a lot. People don't trust him and blame him. "Less than three years after Kemp became the first lifelong Republican governor of Georgia since rebuilding, he is in a desperate battle to support his GOP base. #Gapolhttps: //

– Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 5, 2021

Will Bunch /

Fifty years later, a historic act of civil disobedience is finally due in Delco

On March 8, 1971, activists from the Philly area broke into an FBI office and exposed massive corruption – an act of heroism that is still resonating.

On the night of March 8, 1971, or 50 years ago that Monday, Bonnie Raines had many things on her mind as she waited for the media in a motel room that was the linchpin of arguably the boldest act of civil disobedience in modern US -History – a break-in into a small FBI office nearby aimed at uncovering the extent of the government's espionage of activists against the Vietnam War.

Bonnie, who was then a daycare center operator, and her husband, John, a popular Temple University professor of religion, were understandably concerned that a misstep would send them to federal prison for years, meaning their three young children would grow up without them. Even if the burglary and theft of government documents were successful, what if there was no evidence of illegal activity?

What Bonnie Raines admits, of which she could never have dreamed of that long winter night – when radios everywhere sparked the "battle of the century" between Muhammad Ali and the Philadelphian Joe Frazier – is that so many see her break-in as an act of bravery would one day Pennsylvania officials agree to celebrate it with a historical marker.

"Fifty years ago we were criminals and now we are heroes," 79-year-old Raines told me with a hearty laugh when I called her this week to catch up with her.


There is still Vota-a-Rama. But I'm saying this for Manchin: the cost he's been asking for his vote so far is much less than what I've seen in previous fights from people in his position. Far less destructive than Nelson and Lieberman in 2010 …

– Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) March 6, 2021

A note on personal privilege: I'd like to take a moment to tell the community how much I love Tim Lange (Meteor Blades) and how much I will miss his presence here in his retirement. While I'm not going back quite as far as he is on the website, I didn't join until a short time later. His writing skills were dwarfed only by his heart and soul. He is irreplaceable and I especially enjoyed the short times we spent personally. This guy has stories to tell.

We have been blessed with talented people, and there is no shortage of them in the newer generation here. But there's only one meteor blade, the guy we wouldn't drop when we started using our own names.

Good luck retired, Tim. We will miss you.

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