Super Mrs. C.

This is one of the best-thought-out pieces I've seen. People who are exhilirated or enraged often forget that their short-term actions have long-term consequences. When we remind others to moderate their actions, then we are often accused of caving in to "respectability politics." No, we're practicing "pragmatic politics." You can never give the other side the ammunition to use against you. May those who have ears to hear...

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Joe Manchin is from West Virginia, a highly conservative state. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer didn't put him in office; his rural, under-educated, consesrvative constituents put him in office, and they're going to keep him there, no matter how much he votes against their interests.

No one with any sense believes that Joe Manchin is a liberal. He doesn't care what liberal Democrats have to say about him, and neither do his constituents. He doesn't have to worry about running again for four years. No matter how much we complain or wish it otherwise, we're not going to get a liberal or an activist in West Virginia. If we keep insisting that it is so, then we're naive as hell and don't know how politics works. It's better to concentrate on races we can win; then we can make Manchin irrelevant.

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I'm a progressive realist. Vote Democratic with all your might, and give the Democrats numbers that will enable them to do something. The margin in the House IS FIVE VOTES. The Senate is a tie.

Rather than complain about what legislators are NOT doing, can we be the people who do something? If you're not helping, then shut up and quit complaining. Do something every day.

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Fine. You won't be getting Progressives, though. You'll be getting Republicans. Sadly, if you're referring to Hillary Clinton as Ms Entitlement, then I'm glad you voted for her. However, too many people stayed home in bellwether states.

Yes, Clinton beat Trump by nearly 2.9 million votes. Unfortunately, the Electoral College doesn't make sense. In any other country, the person who gains the popular vote is called "The Winner."

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Super Mrs. C.

Super Mrs. C.

Retired teacher. Humorous essayist, for the most part. Serious about politics and “race.” Aspiring world saver. If we all try, then we’ll succeed.