David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Jul. 07, 2019 1 min read

The whole "don't worry, Pelosi knows what she's doing" line is looking increasingly strained. I cannot imagine any coherent strategic rationale for repeatedly trying to kneecap the most compelling voices in your party.

Sometimes feels like Dem leaders only speak to either Howard Schultz or the proverbial guy in the diner. Rich white guy or poor white guy. "Don't worry, we've got these upstarts in hand, we won't be pressured into imposing the accountability we promised during the election."

As long as the (often imagined/projected) instincts & assumptions of the white guy in the diner are taken as normative & determinative in US politics -- the farther you stray from there, the fewer votes you get -- this shit will continue.

Basically Dem leadership has a model in their heads: to the extent they behave like an opposition party, they increase their risk of losing. Undue ambition, undue oversight, unduly harsh words, all these are imagined to put the vaunted purple district (ie the majority) at risk.


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