Fri, 5 November 2021
It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene and Film Guy Matthew this casual Friday.
It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, contributing editor at The New Republic and author of the AP newsletter on Substack, to wrap up the week in news, and Film Guy Matthew joins in the fun half to go over his picks. Alex, Emma, and Sam dive right into the wake of this weeks elections, looking first at the particularities of the VA governorship, and McAuliffe’s failure not as a referendum against wokeness (whatever that means) but simply the party in power being punished for their inaction during hard times. They take on Tim Kaine’s insane in the membrane statement in which he calls out the “purist” demands of progressives alongside excusing McAuliffe’s role as a poor candidate due to “millions of reasons” for any loss. Next, they look back to the run-up to the election, exploring how the Democrats managed to fail both at tying Youngkin to Trump in the eyes of moderates, and at downplaying Trump’s ability to bolster turnout, before looking at the greater Democratic agenda coming into this November, from an inability to capitalize on the delegitimization of their opponents following 1/6, or on the legitimization of their own power in the wake of Biden’s covid relief bill success. Alex also leads a discussion on the Democratic leadership’s fetishization of bipartisanship and senatorial process amidst Republican cultural fear-mongering, before they take on how Democrats should handle culture war talking points, particularly around covid, in the lead-up to the midterms. Emma, Sam, and Alex wrap up the interview by looking at the current wave of labor strikes, the analogies we see with the culture war movement in VA, and how the Democrats can, and won’t, capitalize on this building spirit of labor organizing.
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