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Name: Sam
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Moved to France in September of 2018 after buying our apartment in 2017 after the debacle of the election. We're glad to be here, but we continue to be involved with what's happening in the US.

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Practical politics and Democrats - We've got some strengths and we've got some weaknesses

I found this column by Chris Satullo, who has some serious progressive credentials, and has been seeking to build consensus between diverse groups.

He said this about where we are today -

Early this week, just before he hopped aboard his Marine One chopper, Joe Biden talked to a press gaggle about the debt ceiling deal he’d struck with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy......


“Look, one of the things that I hear some of you guys saying is, ‘Why doesn’t Biden say what a good deal it is?’ Why would Biden say what a good deal it is before the vote? You think that’s going to help me get it passed? No. That’s why you guys don’t bargain very well…You guys, you realize you’re not in the real world?”

Biden was gently mocking the media reps, who deserved it. But he could just as easily have said all that about the progressive wing of his party.

Satullo goes on to suggest that we take four things as being self-evident truths - and then breaks down why we should reconsider them and deal with changing our approach.

1. Twitter is an accurate mirror of America.
2. “People of color” will soon become a cohesive and stable political majority.
3. No. 2 is a good thing, because progressives are good while the other side is evil and must be stopped.
4. Thus, compromise is always wrong. It is a sign of weakness and fuzzy old thinking.

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