Yes except for his vocal anti-vaccine posturing, DeSantis has been pro-vaccination.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 1, 2021
Had he stuck to pro-vaccination rather than done the vocal anti-vaccine posturing, lives could have been saved.
How many? More than zero. Hope it was worth it to him. https://t.co/96hLIl7okn
Until we get rid of that or find a way to really shame these Republican senators who are so against the idea of expanding voting rights into voting for such a bill, then I don't see how you can out-organize the other two parts. You can't out-organize gerrymandering; you can't out-organize someone who can say "nope, we just tipped the results of the vote.
There’s no way to out-organize an assault on voting rights. “The Democrats are looking at this too narrowly,” says @HayesBrown. Time to remove the filibuster or “find a way to really shame” the opposition.😖 #Velshi pic.twitter.com/azpTiXW9tU— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) August 1, 2021
They're both right. Yglesias recognizes that DeSantis would have saved lives if he had stayed the course on vaccination. And Brown realizes that eliminating the filibuster is crucial to protecting the right to vote. Simply ginning up the Democratic vote to try to compensate for voter suppression (which may have saved Joe Biden's presidential bid) is insufficient.
But they both make the same, understandable and common, error of Democrats/liberals and centrists.
Brown states "... or find a way to really shame these Republican senators...." Similarly, Yglesias remarks "hope it was worth it to him."
Does Yglesias really hope it is "worth it" to DeSantis? Of course not. He wants the Florida governor to feel bad about it.
That's not going to happen- or at least it won't happen unless the anti-vaccination posture backfires politically on DeSantis. He will not feel guilt or shame and those GOP senators will not be shamed into expanding voting rights.
Once and probably future Virginia governor about his opponent:
Glenn Youngkin sees no issue attending an “election integrity” rally that even some Republicans are calling a “conspiracy-palooza.”— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) August 1, 2021
By attending this event, he is helping conspiracy theorists attack our democracy. He has no shame.
Shame and guilt or feeling bad is not how they roll. Republican members of Congress enthusiastically followed Donald Trump throughout the latter's presidency. They saw him in Helsinki siding with a former KGB agent against our nation's intelligence services, try to pressure a foreign government to dig up dirt on an American politician, work hand-in-hand with a deadly coronavirus, and encourage insurrectionists intending to murder the Vice-President and possibly themselves.
It was all fine with them, the end game the establishment of one-party rule and evisceration of democracy. Democrats or liberals can plead "you should be ashamed" or "I hope you're happy with yourselves" and they will not change. It's who they are.
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