Obama's election caused (or, to hear the Koch Brothers tell it, just happened to coincide with) the rise of the Tea Party. The Tea Party went through several incarnations, and meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but somehow they managed to coalesce around one deep political conviction: Everything Barack Obama said was wrong. If he said "Grass is green," they said "No, it's purple," then noted that green is the unpatriotic color of Islam, and lawns should be defunded. It wasn't fair, and it had very little to do with reality, but it was damn effective. Now Obama is being the perfect picture of class, urging the world to give Donald Trump a chance. Which Trump is repaying by tearing up as many of Obama's policies as he can fit in his little hands.
Trump is even more polarizing than Obama, but elected Democrats aren't as ruthlessly efficient at stymieing his agenda. While Trump is up to his eyeballs in Emoluments Clause violations, Democrats are burying the lede by only focusing on his nominees. It's ridiculous that they aren't able to mount an effective guerrilla-style political opposition to Trump, as he seems to be serving himself up on a platter. It's not like liberal groups are always bastions of moral behavior.
In 1955, the year of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, a black woman boarded a bus and refused to go back to the blacks-only section. That woman was, of course, Claudette Colvin. Before Rosa Parks did squat, Colvin did the exact same thing and was arrested for her act of protest. But she didn't become the icon of the boycott because, as Colvin suspected, she didn't have the right "skin texture." She was also not considered "respectable" enough.
Yep, the people fighting racism were making optics decisions that would make the producers of The Great Wall blush. They picked Rosa Parks because she looked more palatable to their target audience, forced to stoop to use the same deep-seated racist bullshit as their opponents were. And it worked like the charm in Matt Damon's super white guy smile. Does this mean we have to play into racism to fight racism? Hopefully not, but keep Claudette Colvin in mind the next time someone says current protests aren't as classy now as they were in the Civil Rights Era.
It feels like the Democratic strategy is being written like a hackneyed screenplay which expects some deus ex machina to save them at the 11th hour. And unless a kindly old man gave them a mysterious locket way back at the beginning of the country, that isn't going to happen.
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