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I KNOW WHY YOU'RE SAD.

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On paper, Tuesday was a good day for Democrats. They took the House for the first time in eight years. Several important Governorships (in advance of post-Census 2020 redistricting battles) were won. Notably vile Republicans like Kris Kobach, Scott Walker, and Dana Rohrabacher lost. The high-visibility Senate races Democrats lost (Missouri, Tennessee) were pipe dreams anyway. You already knew that Florida sucks, hard. So you're not sad because "The Democrats did badly."

You're also not sad because Beto lost, or Andrew Gillum lost, or any other single candidate who got people excited this year fell short. They're gonna be fine. They will be back. You haven't seen the last of any of them. Winning a Senate race in Texas was never more than a long shot. Gillum had a realistic chance, but once again: It's Florida.

No, you're sad for the same reason you were so sad Wednesday morning after the 2016 Election. You're sad because the results confirm that half of the electorate – a group that includes family, neighbors, friends, random fellow citizens – looked at the last two years and declared this is pretty much what they want. You're sad because any Republican getting more than 1 vote in this election, let alone a majority of votes, forces us to recognize that a lot of this country is A-OK with undisguised white supremacy. You're sad because once again you have been slapped across the face with the reality that a lot of Americans are, at their core, a lost cause. Willfully ignorant. Unpersuadable. Terrible people. Assholes, even.

You were hoping that the whole country would somehow restore your faith in humanity and basic common decency by making a bold statement, trashing Republicans everywhere and across the board. You wanted some indication that if you campaigned hard enough, rednecks and white collar bloodless types alike could be made to see the light that perhaps the levers of power are not best entrusted to the absolute worst people that can be dredged up from Internet comment sections running on platforms of xenophobia, nihilism, and racism. In short, you wanted to see some evidence that corruption, venality, bigotry, and proud ignorance are deal-breakers for the vast majority of Americans.

And now you're sad because it's obvious that they aren't. Even where horrible Republicans like Walker or Kobach lost, they didn't lose by much.

So I get it. It's depressing. There's no amount of positives that can take away the nagging feeling that lots and lots of people in this country are just…garbage. They're garbage human beings just like the president they adore. These people are not one conversation, one fact-check, and one charismatic young Democratic candidate away from seeing the light. They're reactionary, mean, ignorant, uninteresting in becoming less ignorant, and vindictive. They hate you and they will vote for monsters to prove it.

Remember this feeling. Remember it every time someone tells you that the key to moving forward is to reach across the aisle, show the fine art of decorum in practice, and chat with right-wingers to find out what makes them tick. Remember the nagging sadness you feel looking at these almost entirely positive results; it will be your reminder that the only way to beat this thing is to outwork, outfight, and out-organize these people. They are not going to be won over and they will continue to prove that to you every chance they get.

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zwol
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This seems like the right place to tell the story of the dude who drove me to the airport the other day. His other job, apparently, was owning a gun store, and when talking about guns his opinions were informed and reasonable , e.g. "banning bump stocks won't stop school shootings, but we should require gun owners to go through safety training and have proper gun safes," ok, I can see that. But then the conversation took a hard right turn into Fox News conspiracy land: all politicians are corrupt, Planned Parenthood spends 10x as much money on lobbying as the NRA, etc. etc. etc. and I just didn't know what to say.
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tdarby
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Yes.
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rocketo
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How many words fit on a sampler? I don’t want to get this as a tattoo.

“Remember this feeling. Remember it every time someone tells you that the key to moving forward is to reach across the aisle, show the fine art of decorum in practice, and chat with right-wingers to find out what makes them tick. Remember the nagging sadness you feel looking at these almost entirely positive results; it will be your reminder that the only way to beat this thing is to outwork, outfight, and out-organize these people. They are not going to be won over and they will continue to prove that to you every chance they get.”
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lelandpaul
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Oh, this is so hard for me. On the one hand, the piece is dead right: This is exactly what I'm feeling today.

On the other: I fundamentally believe people are redeemable and that we shouldn't write them off. (That's sort of core to Christianity...)

I don't know how to reconcile these two things.
San Francisco, CA
sirshannon
5 days ago
You can’t redeem the unwilling.
lelandpaul
4 days ago
But does that give you the right to stop giving them opportunities to redeem themselves?
sirshannon
2 days ago
Yes. You’re not powerful enough to stop someone from redeeming themselves any more than you are powerful enough to make them redeem themselves. As long as you’re not actively working to prevent them from doing the right thing, you’re good.
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“They are not going to be won over and they will continue to prove that to you every chance they get.”
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cjmcnamara
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gin and tacos absolutely spot on once again

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Yelling

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Super Mario and the Meaning of Life

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It's turns out the true meaning of life is...beer.
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:)
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nicolapcweek94
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Be like mario
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shoulda just warped there
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Mario wins!!!
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Be Mario.
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Jeff Flakes (Of Course)

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Just one week ago, retiring Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake was being hailed by braindead pundits as a hero who “changed the course of history” with his brave attempt to cover his own ass by requesting a last minute, extremely limited FBI investigation into allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh…

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Fuck this guy too!
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38 days ago
ugh totally
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Julie Chen Proved She’s Sticking By Her Husband

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After the news broke that Les Moonves is stepping down as CEO of CBS after 12 women accused him of workplace sexual harassment and assault, his wife Julie Chen announced she’s taking some time away from The Talk to be with her family. When the first round of allegations against Les came out, Julie was quick to defend Les and “fully support him.” As promised, Julie returned to TV during last night’s episode of Big Brother and made it clear she’s working from The Tammy Wynette Guide to Standing by Your Man.

Usually at the end of each Big Brother episode, Julie will say the words: “From outside the Big Brother house, I’m Julie Chen. Good night.” Well, Julie closed the show last night by saying:

“I’m Julie Chen Moonves, good night.”

Ah, it just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it. Nothing awkward, forced or cooked up in a publicist’s office about it at all.

Julie has been married to Les since 2004, and has always gone by Julie Chen.

Julie’s new last name drop was technically the only thing that could classify as a comment on the Les situation. She didn’t talk about the additional allegations published Ronan Farrow and The New Yorker. CBS is still in the middle of an investigation into the allegations, and it’s been said that the results of that investigation probably won’t be made public.

Variety points out that the confidentiality of the investigation might not have had anything to do with Julie’s lack of comment last night. Contestants in the Big Brother house are cut-off from the world and have no knowledge of what’s happening on the outside. It probably would have been super confusing for Julie to kick off this week’s Head of Household competition by asking everyone to play a game called “So, do you think Les Moonves is guilty or no?

Pic: Wenn.com

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lkeeney
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Ugh
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lmoffeit
59 days ago
She totally got all of her shows bc she accepted his advances back in the early days.
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Your rapper name is…

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YO, LIL’ CHICKEN-CHEESE EMPANADA IN THA HIZZAY!

Thanks to Meryle for the find!

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lil BLT!
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lil peanut!
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Lil’ chia pudding 😂
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