Tuesday’s post on my personal meltdown resulted in several folks we know reaching out. The conversations caused me to realize both that many of you are having similar moments and that talking about it helps. Let’s talk.
Saturday, August 8, 8:30 am on KSFR 101.1 FM or Streaming Live on KSFR.Org: Retake Conversation with Rep. Melanie Stansbury. We focused on a wide range of water issues, but also ranged into other issues and discussed her campaign for re-election. Rep. Stansbury is an articulate expert on NM water policy and she has a knack for making complex water policy understandable. She faces a very challenging re-election campaign as her district is not a very high performing Democratic district. Only one Democratic held House district in the state has a lower Democratic Performance Index score. Very interesting interview.
Retake 2020 Election Campaign Strategy Zoominar: Who Can Win, Who Needs a Push and What YOU Can Do
Panelists included: Eric Griego, Working Families Party of NM, Andrea Serrano, Olé and representatives from Indivisible, Nasty Women and other grassroots groups that have teams working on campaigns. Find out key races where wins are possible and races where good Democrat incumbents face stiff challenges. Find out the nuances involved in organizing successful campaigns and the many ways in which you can support a campaign. There is far more to be done besides making calls, texting and writing postcards. We have a unique opportunity in 2021, a Democratic Governor, a strongly progressive House and potentially a completely transformed Senate. Now we need to finish the job and make great candidates into great legislators. Find out how we can create a Legislature ready to pass a Public Bank, Health Security, Tax Reform, Funding for Early Childhood, and to pave the way for a just transition in NM.
Many folks wrote us afterward asking for more information on campaigns and more direction on what they can do. Retake Board Member and volunteer Cristy Holden is reaching out to each of our six priority campaigns to get more specific information on the candidates and their campaign capacity to utilize volunteers. We will have an updated and expanded NM state election strategy ready next week.
One area where likely all campaigns can use your help is to write letters to the editor in support of the candidate. Unless you live in the district, your task would then be to forward draft letters to a campaign operative so that they could be given to local residents to submit for publication. Before we ask people for this kind of involvement, we want to get more information from campaign polling that reveals the priorities of the constituents of each district. Letters should not express our personal priorities. but emphasize the messaging that polling suggests will resonate best in those districts. More next week on this. Stay tuned.
News In Brief: I don’t know if Heather Cox Richardson ever sleeps. Somehow she produces a daily blog so comprehensive and with such rich with detail you’d think she had spent a month preparing it. And this morning’s was no exception.
- Heather Cox Richardson, August 5. The quote below is just a fraction of the detailed review of financial and legal corruption emanating from the Trump administration. And the hammer is about to fall. Note especially the last sentence, emphasis mine. Stay tuned.
Attorney subpoenaed Trump’s records from Deutsche Bank last year and the bank handed them over. Deutsche Bank was the only bank willing to work with Trump after his many bankruptcies. It lent Trump or his company more than $2 billion in the past twenty years.
Earlier this week, we learned that the Manhattan district attorney’s office is looking not only at hush money paid to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to keep them quiet about sexual affairs with Trump, but also at the crimes of tax fraud, insurance fraud, and bank fraud. The district attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr, is pushing to get Trump’s tax returns to cross-check them with the Deutsche Bank records.
At about 7:30 tonight, the New York Attorney General’s Press Office announced that Attorney General Letitia James will be making “a major national announcement” tomorrow at 11:30 AM.From: Heather Cox Richardson: “August 5″
More On the Meltdown
I published Tuesday’s post, “Yesterday, I Had a Total Meltdown” with some trepidation. Generally, I don’t think it is good form for privileged white folks like me to write about my personal angst. But while I began with my family’s personal story, the real focus was on the far more dire circumstances of three individuals featured in the Washington Post piece and then by extension the 50 million Americans out of work, only 38 million of whom had been able to access unemployment.
But I felt it was also important to share our experience because while Roxanne and I enjoy some level of privilege that buffers the impact of COVID, we are not immune to what is happening. I figured that many of you also while being somewhat buffered and yet were likely still having your own personal meltdowns. I was glad to hear from friends who confirmed this. But what is this about? This COVID has been around for months, why the sudden escalation of feelings.
I had a conversation with a few key Retake volunteers yesterday. We talked a bit about how each of us was reacting to this pandemic and came to realize that in the last few weeks, things had changed in a very frightening way. As one friend put it: “a few weeks ago, it seemed that if we could just get to November and get rid of Trump, we could survive almost anything. There was hope.”
But in the last 2-3 weeks, Trump and his lock step thugs (and that is really what they are, low-life common criminals who somehow inhabit positions of great power), these thugs have upped the ante.
They’ve dropped hint after hint that the election might not be deemed legitimate. They’ve completely gutted the post office, reducing work hours, eliminating overtime, and creating a huge backlog on mail delivery, clearly with the intent of slowing election results.
And then in my Retake Conversation with Greg Palast last Saturday, he described how Trump could very easily work with 3-4 swing states controlled by Republican governors and legislators and using the slow results as an excuse, fail to certify the election results by the deadline. In that scenario, Biden could fall short of 268 election.
Should that happen, according to Article XII, the House of Representatives votes to elect the president and it isn’t by a majority vote of the representatives, but a vote where each state has one vote. In other words, Wyoming has as much clout as California. In that scenario Trump is re-elected. In that scenario what is next is almost unfathomable.
And that simmering reality that has surfaced over the past couple weeks has eroded the one thing that has sustained me and possibly many, many of you: hope. What’s worse, it has replaced hope with anxiety and possible fear.
The only defense against this fear is for us to do all we can to ensure an election result that is indisputably clear: an utter rebuke of this administration and the demonic sociopath who leads it.
There have been rough patches the last couple days mulling this reality, but in the end, we are where we are and we really have no option. Less than 90 days to ensure a landslide.
I went for a walk the day of my meltdown. I pulled out an old Obama t-shirt with one word on it “Hope.” I had bought it when my then 13 year old son, Jesse and I had canvassed for Obama in Nevada. It felt good to wear it, to emblazon hope across my chest.
But, we can’t rely on hope; it can keep us sane over the next three months, but we need to use that hope to fuel unrelenting action.
We can’t let Trump steal this election because with it I fear he really would steal all of our hope with it.
Hang in there, friends. Next week we will post an updated and very clear strategy through which all of you can play an important role in the next weeks. Comfort zones be damned we are on a campaign to resurrect our hopes for the future.
Paul & Roxanne