In the aftermath of the enormous legislative defeat for Trump and the Republicans, now is the time to plan the way forward. I think we can confidently anticipate more and more bad news for Trump and his crew on the Russian front, which will weaken their ability to get anything done. They are on their heels, two months into their presidency, and we ought not to allow them to recover. We shall of course meticulously follow Robert Shore’s advice and grant each and every one of them the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
As I see it, with regard to health care, the Democrats ought to draft and put forward legislation calling for the transformation of the Affordable Care Act into a single-payer Medicare-For-All system. They will of course not even be allowed to bring the proposal to the floor of the House – that does not matter. What matters is to make this the de facto Democratic position. Nancy Pelosi should “accept’ Trump’s facetious call for a bi-partisan approach and invite him to join with her in supporting a Single Payer plan. [It goes without saying that I do not need to advise her on legislative tactics. Nor do I need to teach her how to suck eggs, as the saying goes.]
Right now, we need to capitalize on the Republican defeat by doing everything we can to elect Ossoff to the House in the Georgia by-election. He is apparently assured of surviving the first round, but after that it gets dicey.
Can any of you tell the rest of us about other up-coming local elections to which we ought to be lending our support? The idea is to try to create the reality, or at least the appearance, of a groundswell, a wave, a national uprising. The general principle is, Hit ‘em when they’re down.
My natural Tigger has come to the fore and I am hopeful that we can turn this into some genuine advances.