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Memo to Democrats: YOU’D BETTER HOPE THIS WORKS.

This is the way the shutdown ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

I’m not saying voting to reopen the government wasn’t the right call. It was. But it only became the right call after Democrats spent an entire weekend doing what they do best. Fucking up the messaging.

Republicans spent the weekend going full nativist, equating the Dreamers the Democrats were standing up for (children brought to America by their parents who by definition can’t have a criminal record) with “illegal immigrants”, putting out an ad calling Democrats complicit in any murders committed by undocumented immigrants.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi stammered through a press conference like she was Donald Trump without the ability to bulldoze his way through a sentence and an audience. It was fucking pathetic. And it allowed a complicit media to do what it does best - support a mythical, centrist version of “the system” while covering the current conflict devoid of any context about, say, the issues on the table and the vast majority of people who support the reasonable side of those issues.

In an environment like that, the Democrats weren’t going to win a protracted shutdown fight. But the environment’s not going to change, so the Democrats better fucking learn to win that fight, and fast, because they’ve bought themselves three weeks.

And if they can’t stand up for the Dreamers, and more importantly, provide an alternate narrative so that Trump and his Fox Friends can’t dominate the narrative and turn this into a public fight over MS13 or whatever sorta-real vague threat the wingnuts have mythologized into Every Brown Person Wants To Kill You, then they’d better expect primaries and they’d better hope that Republicans continue to be so bad and so incredibly, constantly racist that people of color vote for their sorry asses out of sheer desperation. Because this half-assed bullshit isn’t doing anybody any favors.

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