On Morning Joe today, Malinowski was all broad strokes and party loyalty. He drew a bright line between his party and the party of Trump, saying Democrats now represent patriotism and respect for law enforcement. That skips right over some of the history that both law enforcement and the intelligence services have of human rights violations, war crimes, and acting to topple governments (intel services) or shooting unarmed innocent people (law enforcement). But I’m not sure it’s reasonable to expect anything different from a congressional candidate but broad strokes in a 5-minute star turn on national teevee. So, I give that a pass (for now).
He was also asked why – as Republicans charge – nothing was done about Russian interference when it was known during the Obama administration. Malinowski puts the blame on Mitch McConnell, who he says blocked a bi-partisan statement, needed so the complaint didn’t look political. Pressed on that, he said it was “very difficult” to act when there was no bipartisanship behind it.
Here’s where Malinowski lost me, in this convo: Asked where he is in the ‘civil war’ inside the Dem Party – with progressives like Ocasio-Cortez? or Pelosi in the center? – CD7’s Dem nominee punted, said the “midterms aren’t about changing this country but about saving it” and downplayed even the idea of “minor debates inside the Dem Party on economic policy”. I was unimpressed with that answer – even given the ‘broad strokes’ proviso above. And I get the sense the guy asking that question was too; it was Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chair of the Center for African-American Studies at Princeton University. Glaude talked about the calamities ‘everyday ordinary workers’ are experiencing, and Malinowski went on about ‘national emergency.’ Yeah I get the emergency. But I think if we don’t present a vision for voters that shows direction, something positive, our success may be limited. It can’t be all Trump and national emergency. We tried. It was called 2016; it blew up in our face.
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