Wednesday evening open thread—Hillary Clinton's Washington Post op-ed
Good evening, rapscallions.
We had a very special treat this afternoon/evening. The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Hillary Clinton on the Mueller report and the way forward. Do go read it; it’s just the kind of calm, rational take we would have had in the White House if we weren’t saddled with the Electoral College.
She goes through a step by step recitation of the perils facing the country from Russian meddling today—and possible Chinese and North Korean meddling tomorrow—and the failure of Donald Trump’s regime to do anything about them, as he benefits from those attacks.
But this paragraph is a direct broadside against those who want Democrats in the House to drop everything and focus just on the tin-pot wannabe dictator:
…[W]hile House Democrats pursue these efforts, they also should stay focused on the sensible agenda that voters demanded in the midterms, from protecting health care to investing in infrastructure. During Watergate, Congress passed major legislation such as the War Powers Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973. For today’s Democrats, it’s not only possible to move forward on multiple fronts at the same time, it’s essential. The House has already passed sweeping reforms that would strengthen voting rights and crack down on corruption, and now is the time for Democrats to keep their foot on the gas and put pressure on the do-nothing Senate. It’s critical to remind the American people that Democrats are in the solutions business and can walk and chew gum at the same time.
Those on the right are telling House Democrats to legislate, not investigate. The hypocrisy is stupefying, as we were treated to years of Benghazi under the speakerships of first John Boehner and then Paul Ryan. What Democrats must do is treat the allegations against Trump with the utter seriousness and urgency they deserve, but still work to improve the lot of not only those who voted for them, but even of those who didn’t. Democrats, unlike Republicans, aren’t monomoniacal, and can actually do multiple things at the same time.
It’s pointless to sigh wistfully and sadly say “If only.” These are the cards we’ve been dealt. We have to play them the best way we can.
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