Some Much-Needed Coaching For Dems On How To Talk Politics

 Michael Avenatti Calls On Democrats To ‘fight fire with fire’ As He Considers Presidential Run

“When they go low, I say, we hit harder.”

By Ben Jacobs
The Guardian (8/11/18)

Michael Avenatti could become the second person to go from cable news fixture to president.

Speaking to a crowd of activists at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding event, Avenatti left the room electrified. The lawyer, who is exploring a potential presidential bid, turned what has been a sleepy presidential pre-season so far upside down.

The lawyer for Stormy Daniels has become a national sensation with his ever-constant appearances on cable news advocating for his client and attacking Donald Trump. But while Democratic activists like Avenatti on television, they love his live show Friday. They clapped, they cheered and flocked to him for selfies afterwards in a mob scene.

“I believe that our party, the Democratic party, must be a party that fights fire with fire” and warned that for too long the party has had a “tendency to bring nail clippers to a gunfight”.

Jeff Link, a top Democratic operative in the state who was spending the day accompanying Avenatti, said the only comparison he had ever witnessed was Barack Obama’s first visit to the state, in 2006.

In his remarks, which went for nearly half an hour, or twice as long as the limit for speakers at the event, Avenatti drew repeated standing ovations as he called for a vigorous, aggressive Democratic response to Trump.

He turned Michelle Obama’s famous statement from the 2016 convention – “When they go low, we go higher” – by telling the crowd: “When they go low, I say, we hit harder.”

Avenatti insisted on tough tactics, telling the cheering audience…

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  • Michael Avenatti: ‘When they go low, hit them harder’ — Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, positioned himself in Iowa as the only possible presidential candidate prepared to hit President Donald Trump as hard as Trump hits Democrats. Link to 10-Minute Video

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slams Conservative Commentator: ‘I Don’t Owe’ You A Response

By Nick Visser
The HuffPost (8/10/18)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shot back at a conservative commentator on Twitter Thursday, comparing his invitation to debate him with a solicitation from a catcaller on the street.

“I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions,” Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 14th District, wrote. “And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.” …

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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shows How To Defend Progressive Agenda As She Stands Up To CNN’s Chris Cuomo — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would have none of it. She did not allow CNN’s Chris Cuomo to define the narrative. She turned the tables on him, and it was clear he had no comeback as he ended the interview. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave Chris Cuomo a clinic on the failure of the mainstream media to question the immorality of the objection to the Progressive Agenda. Chris Cuomo started with what seemed like a devil’s advocate position. But it seemed as he spoke like it was his position. “Man!  You want to spend a lot of my tax money on these proposals that you and Bernie and others have,” Chris Cuomo said. “Medicare for All, college tuition, maybe even housing that the Green New Deal that you have. It is all very expensive, especially on the single-payer side. And that it gives people sticker shock. …” Ocasio-Cortez did not fall for the false narrative that Single-Payer Medicare for All cost more. … Read the Rest


‘The Dig’ Interview: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Winning Power

 “We didn’t run a single television ad.”

[Editor’s Note: This interview includes a lot of insight and ‘nuts and bolts’ guidance on how to mount an effective progressive campaign. — Mark L. Taylor]
The Dig (7/9/18)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a 28-year old Latina working-class champion committed to social transformation who beat one of the most powerful men in Congress: the King of Queens. Dan had an extended conversation with her about how organized people won her election, how she’ll stay accountable to those movements now that she’s a rock star, establishment myopia and denial, The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ shortcomings, and where the insurgency goes from here.

Then Intercept D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim on left media and left electoral politics, why mainstream media missed Ocasio-Cortez, and why Emily’s List fails to support left women challengers.

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NFL Player Cameron Jordan Rips ‘Goober’ Donald Trump’s Criticism Of Kneeling Protests

By Lee Moran
The HuffPost (8/11/18)

NFL player Cameron Jordan has called out President Donald Trump over his criticism of athletes who took a knee in protest against police brutality and racial injustice during the national anthem before preseason games this week.

On Friday, the New Orleans Saints defensive end used Twitter to claim Trump was a “goober” who was “acting out” like an “overly insecure prepubescent child.” Jordan also asked Trump for a statement on this weekend’s scheduled white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Washington, D.C. …

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The Story Of The Democratic Party, As Told By New Podcast ‘The Wilderness’

On Point (8/9/18)

The way forward for the Democratic Party. Jon Favreau’s popular new podcast, “The Wilderness,” explores how the Democrats lost their way and how to bounce back.

Jon Favreau, host of the new political commentary podcast, “The Wilderness,” a 15-party [sic] documentary series that consults historians, strategists and politcians to tell the story of the Democratic party. Chief speechwriter for Barack Obama from 2006-20013. Founder and host of “Pod Save America.” (@jonfavs)

Listen to “The Wilderness” here.

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Must Be A DNC Official! Man Being Pursued By Baby Squirrel Calls Police For Help: Link to Story