Just a follow-up from Thursday’s Statehouse testimony. Quick-touch on yesterday, then what’s coming.
Yesterday: Leaders ran both sessions of discussion simultaneously – which sure looked like they were trying to dilute the impact of the rally and the crowd that showed up to testify against them. Excellent people spoke. And nailed it. Over and over. And outclassed the
electeds Democratic electeds stubbornly poised to shove their crap idea home. That’s why they had a little nutty right there in the committee room. Lordy, this is national news now, and they’re on the wrong side of their own mess.
Here’s why you unnerved them. Sue Altman nailed it. Watch, below. First she dispensed with Sen Scutari’s embarrassing name-calling (others did too). Then she laid out for them – politely, sweetly, devastatingly – that this is not a good time for Democratic power players to act too big for their britches. Why? Because the resistance energy from fighting Trump went into grassroots groups, not the Party – because the Party didn’t know what to do with it. And now, we’re mustering together and shifting focus to the state. To them. To structural things that need to change. To fixing what’s wrong with NJ politics. And oh lord, then she schooled them on how to be better Democrats, who live our values. Who do the right thing because it is the right thing. Yeah. Like that. And like this: In the fallout of yesterday, former Newark councilman Ron C. Rice, who I know from progressive organizing, said a big thing that we all know, but some of our elected Democrats don’t know yet:
“Mark my words, there needs to be a reckoning between the transactional Dems in elected office and the Dems grassroots.”
– Ron C. Rice
Hell yes. We’re gonna make it fun. And let me just add that if you’re the kind that gets all bolluxed up in some imagined argument between resistance and revolution, let me assure there’s room here for everybody. Now: Below, Sue Altman of South Jersey Women for Progressive Change schools her some Democrats. Neatly.
Audio: imperfect (high ceilings). Message: dead-accurate. Volume slider bottom right of screen.