Delivery drivers at Imperfect Foods successfully unionize, despite suffering weeks of anti-union intimidation by their employer. And Imperfect Foods is one of them-there "good" corporations, seeking, as it does, to use the approximately one in six pieces of food that simply gets thrown out because it doesn't "look" good enough. But that only tells you that we have to fight all the bosses, all the time, even the ones supposedly or actually trying to make the world a better place, because most of them still see workers as an impediment to their vision, rather than a part of it.
I said yesterday that Mitt Romney was wrong to suggest that Liz Cheney's ouster from GOP House leadership would cost Republicans votes in 2022, but an Axios-led focus group of swing voters suggests I'm wrong, as nine of 14 respondents said they could vote Republican in 2022, but eight of these said they wouldn't vote for an election-denier, and almost all of them said removing Ms. Cheney was a mistake. It's a small sample, of course, and the Axios group didn't appear to ask if Ms. Cheney's removal would itself affect their decisions. Also, too, how many of these swing voters will "get used" to an election-denier? I mean, I know what they're saying now, but let's see how the passage of time operates here.
When I hear that Republicans have apparently learned so little about "controlling" extremist movements from their inability to "control" the Tea Party that they have no chance at "controlling" the Trumpist movement, I feel compelled to respond: they have no damn choice! Either they can pander to the Trumpholes or they can persuade large numbers of people that they have real policies and a real vision, an undertaking they haven't attempted since the reign of George W. Bush. But let's not call either the Tea Party or the Trumpholes a "grass-roots movement" -- they're both big money-driven movements.
Ho hum, ex-FCC Chair Ajit Pai promised that deregulation would mean lower internet prices, but internet prices rose considerably faster over the last four years than inflation. He also promised that getting rid of net neutrality would spur internet infrastructure investment, and oh I don't even need to finish that story. Mr. Pai's response? Well, if you just count it differently you'll see prices actually went down, which should impress no one who pays an actual cable bill. Why do they charge whatever they want? Because everyone needs it, that's why! Seems to me our FCC dealt with the "everyone needs it" part covered when they classified broadband as a utility in their net neutrality order from 2015; then, of course, Mr. Pai's FCC repealed it. Let me know if I'm belaboring the point here.
Glenn Youngkin wins Republican nomination for Virginia Governor. The biggest Trumphole in the race finished third, but of course Mr. Youngkin isn't some "moderate," and he's certainly no "outsider," not if he worked for the Carlyle Group. And Mr. Trump has endorsed him, probably enjoying his refusal to even say "Joe Biden won the election" out loud. Can he win in a state getting bluer as we speak? Of course he can! His likely opponent will be former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a man almost tailor-made to depress turnout in these times, and remember that he barely beat Ken Cuccinelli in 2013, at a time when it seemed there couldn't be a more obnoxious right-winger than Ken Cuccinelli.
Finally, you may have missed this dung nugget from Sen. Mitch McConnell (E-KY), regarding his opposition to the For the People Act: "(t)hat is precisely what this is about: quiet the voices of citizens, particularly who gather together in 501(c)4s in order to express their views." Gosh, does he know how that sounds? I guarantee you that every swing voter who heard the phrase "501(c)4s" either promptly fell asleep or decided Mr. McConnell was a pretentious elitist. They might even have decided that he -- and not the ones relating tales of folks of color still having their vote suppressed -- was being the "hysterical" one!