Ours Is A Cold and Righteous Anger

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Well, they did it. Shredding the norms of democracy and decency, the GOP rammed through Amy Coney Barrett - the woman walking through all the doors Ruth Bader Ginsburg opened so she can slam them behind her - to her illicit seat on the Supreme Court. A bitterly partisan Senate confirmed Barrett 52-48, marking the first time in 151 years a SCOTUS nominee received no votes from the minority party. In 1993, the Senate confirmed RBG, who hadn't been buried yet when Barrett was nominated, by a vote of 96 to 3. Barrett was quickly sworn in by Clarence Thomas, one of the Court's two sexual predators - thanks Susan Collins - who also barely won the vote to replace a predecessor who dwarfed him, Thurgood Marshall. After Monday's ugly deed was done, Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate until after the election, having taken no action on a coronavirus relief package for millions of people already in desperate need who now - thanks #MoscowMitch - could also face the loss of health care and reproductive rights. Hence, why a venal GOP fought so hard and dirty, noted Elizabeth Warren: "They know the American people are not on their side." Chuck Schumer mourned "one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate," warning the GOP, “You may get Amy Coney Barrett on to the Supreme Court but you will never, never get your credibility back.” George Takei spoke for many: "Ours is a  cold and righteous anger."
 
The rush to seat Barrett was "a mockery of our system of government," charged Maine's Sen. Angus King Jr., "but even  these awful proceedings may pale in comparison to now-Justice Barrett’s potential impact from the bench." Still, many Democrats warn establishing the rule of 'because we can' could be deadly to a GOP who once out of power try to argue 'you can but you shouldn't.' Said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) earlier this month, “Your credibility to make that argument at any time in the future will die in this room," especially with the rise of powerful progressive forces who'll continue to oppose them. Despite her new clout, many also pray Barrett will be haunted by RBG and shamed by her illegitimacy, with her decisions from the bench forever tainted by the appearance of bias "in the service of very base men." Barrett's "willingness to seize power via an openly corrupt impeached president (and) to be the judge not for a nation but for a minority party" renders her "morally hideous," writes Rebecca Solnit, "and I suspect she will continue to stain her reputation with partisan and corrupt decisions." To fend off despair, she also quotes Elena Rose on "unfair fights, long odds and stacked decks." "The world we hope for doesn't happen if we don't make it," she says. "Nothing is over. Take a breath. Feel your feelings. Then get to work." Others advise channeling rage into Senate races. We need 4; we are ahead in 6. From Robert Reich: "Let this moment radicalize you."
 
Senate races to watch and help:
 
  
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