6 foot 8 inches tall, with a bald head, wearing a hoodie and baggy gym shorts over his tattoos. That is the way John Fetterman most often appears on the campaign trail. Not exactly your typical political candidate. But he may well be the margin of difference in saving democracy this fall.
It is rare that the Sunday article deals with more than one event. Today I’m citing three which I believe have one “common denominator” (albeit of greatly different degrees). That common denominator is acting poorly.
It may have been somewhat overshadowed by the war in Ukraine but the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to consider Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination for the Supreme Court illustrated just where America is today. Spoiler alert: It’s not a good place or the one the Founders envisioned.
Last week was another where it is difficult to pick the biggest American political story of the week; on the surface that is. In reality the fact that one political party with two allies from the other side decided that American democracy wasn’t important is difficult to top. All 50 Republican senators with the addition of Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona refused to amend the filibuster rule to enable voting rights – the cornerstone of democracy – to get an up or down vote.
A lot of Democrats, especially the more progressive ones, are running around wondering what to do about West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. In the immediate the answer is nothing to motivate him to leave the party. After that it get a bit more involved but really doesn’t change that much; from a direct action standpoint anyway.