Student Driver

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Tim Eagan)

In other news, Rory Cooper's lead over Pat McCrory in North Carolina has surpassed the threshold for state-wide recount, but county level recounts can proceed. McCrory still hasn't conceded the race.

Meanwhile, neighbors in Mike Pence's new D.C. neighborhood greeted him this week with gay pride flags.

Finally, French President Francois Hollande announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2017. I don't like to be alarmist, but there's a not-insignificant chance Hollande could be replaced by a right wing xenophobe or an actual fascist.

  • muselet
    • Oh, I really like Ron Glass! He was so funny and a nice person to boot. This year does suck and I’m glad to see it go.

      Edited to add: And as I’m on the downhill slide to 50, I don’t like to see time pass at all but in this instance, this year can just die already.

  • Aynwrong

    It’s shocking that Germany is now being talked about as possibly the last bastion of liberal western democracy.

    Germany is planning measures to prevent Russian influence in their elections. It’s good that they are doing so, but that it’s become so manifestly necessary is genuinely frightening.

    • Draxiar

      Agreed. Democrats really need to stop playing nice. Perhaps they should take a few pointers from Elizabeth Warren. Also, I’ll be interested to see President Obama post-term when he doesn’t have to be as diplomatic (which I admire and lament).

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      D’s usually fall all over themselves to be “the adults in the room” party. Which I personally have had it with.

      I have a 4 year old. Have you ever tried arguing with a 4 year old?

      Sometimes, I just want to scream at her to do what I say because I say it and I am in charge and you are a four year old god damnit. Sometimes I want do say ‘fuck it. Go ahead and have an ice cream sundae at 8 o’clock on a school night.’ Sometimes I want to send her to school in her pajamas. Or plunk her down in front of a tv for hours while I go have a glass of wine and a bubble bath.

      But I don’t.

      Because I am the adult in the room.

      Just because the Red Shirts are acting like toddlers does not mean we should, too. Nor does it mean we should give in to their tantrums.

      Someone has to be the adult in the room and that someone is us.

      • But there is a difference between being the nice “please and thank you” adult in the room and the “I’ve had it with your nonsense” adult in the room. We need more of the latter, ala Warren.

        • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

          No objection here. But, again, there’s a big difference between telling them to go to their room versus choosing to be obstructionist for the sake of obstructionism (ie what they did to Obama) just because “they did it to us.”

          • mnpollio

            At this point, obstructionism may be all the Dems have to fight with. There is a difference between obstructing to be a jerk and obstructing because the Repugs are planning to roll back 50+ years of progress. Holding hands and singing kumbaya while the Repugs destroy everything is not beneficial to anyone.

          • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

            Obstructing policies we legitimately oppose is fine. No one is suggesting otherwise.

            But the Red Shirts opposed EVERYTHING. Even their own policies given back to them – if Obama supported it, it was DOA. And SOME Blue Shirts want to copy that tactic. Not all. Not even a majority. But it’s not an insignificant amount.

            I’ve seen articles basically declaring open warfare with the Trump Administration. That’s what they did to Obama. Because they are petulant toddlers throwing tantrums.

            But we are not. We are better than that.

          • True, but Dems haven’t said they’re going to oppose everything….just the disastrous things…which is VERY different than the GOP who fought everything–the good, the bad and the ugly.

          • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

            Many Dems agree with you (us).

            Some, however, are suggesting exactly that.

            I have seen more than a few articles suggesting that we should filibuster everything that moves and refuse to give an inch on everything. And that we’re justified because they did it to us.

      • Aynwrong

        You’re taking that phrase too literally. I’m tired of treating people respectfully who never reciprocate. I’m tired of negotiating with knowing bad actors.

        • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

          I get it. I really do.

          And I would never suggest we need to be push-overs, or that we not call them on their bullshit. Now, I would suggest that there’s a happy medium between being a hostile fire-breathing combatant and being a vocal opponent. Though that’s just me.

          But what I am suggesting is that we do NOT copy their intransigent tactics just because “they did it first.” If we can find common ground, great! If we disagree, we should fight. If there’s a compromise on the table, we should hear it out.

          But some people are calling for us to do to them what they did to Obama. That is, dig their heels in and resist everything at all costs until government grinds to a screeching halt. But that is just being a child throwing a temper tantrum. What we really need to do is look in the mirror and ask ourselves if it’s more important to “win” or to get things done. The Red Shirts did that and came to the conclusion of “Fuck America – I want to win.” Should we do the same?

          Yes, it sucks. It doesn’t feel as good. I want to draw blood, too. But at the end of the day, it’s more important to have a functional government So we have to be the “adult in the room,” even if they won’t be.