David Roberts+ Your Authors @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Apr. 13, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Just a morbid note: if the right keeps pushing & pushing & DOES get Omar (or someone else) killed, it won't spark some big collective break or wake-up moment. The right will just gaslight & dodge accountability & the media will both-sides it.

Put another way: whether it's incipient fascism, gun violence, climate change, or any other problem facing America, EVENTS will never make the left's arguments for it. Events do not speak for themselves. It's the ability to frame, interpret, & respond that matters.

And, just to finish the thought: the ability to frame, interpret, & respond does not come from possession of more or better empirical evidence. Reality, sadly, doesn't matter much. It's all about power. There's no substitute for a left comfortable with gathering & using power.

Dem leadership is constantly trying to be the Adults In the Room, trying to suck up to the referees, but THERE ARE NO MORE REFEREES. You don't get any points for being more civil or having more evidence; there's no one to give points. There's only the fight now.

And if you don't like the notion of fighting, you want to cling to the remnants of a world with referees, where evidence & arguments mattered, fine. You can have your virtue points. But just know you're prioritizing your aesthetic preferences over the future of the country.

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