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November 9, 2021
Tomorrow’s America at a Crossroads program features two of the most incisive analysts of America’s political scene, political strategists Steve Schmidt and Bob Shrum. Steve Schmidt was the manager of the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and John McCain. He is quoted frequently and noted for his unflinching analysis of the political scene, letting his rhetorical barbs fly freely. He is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and other news networks and a founder of the influential Lincoln Project. Bob Shrum is the director of the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California and the holder of the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw chair in Practical Politics. His Democratic presidential campaign experience runs from George McGovern to John Kerry. He has been described as “the most sought-after consultant in the Democratic Party.” Register here
Re-SEND: FORMER HEAD OF US JEWISH REFORM MOVEMENT SOUNDS THE ALARM: TRUMP IS BAD FOR THE JEWS SAYS YOFFE
In this article in Ha’aretz (which I summarize below since you might only be able to access if you have a subscription), Rabbi Eric Yoffe who is the former President of the Union for Reform Judaism expresses his fears about a second term for former President Trump. He writes that the chaos ,”mob rule” and undermining of our democracy which Trump has demonstrably brought to public life threatens Jewish welfare and Jewish lives. Rabbi Yoffe passionately sounds an alarm as he writes, “Jewish well being in America is directly related to America’s stability, pluralism, and relative tolerance, along with established constitutional guarantees of freedom and equality. No other Diaspora community has come close to offering its Jews the security and peace of mind that they enjoy in America… Our only hope now is to awaken Americans from their dozing indifference, remind them of the danger and the stakes, take on the odious haters and would-be authoritarians in our midst, and reaffirm the constitutional norms that protect all Americans, Jews included. And this too: we must call out Donald Trump by name. We know who he is and what he has done, and we will not forgive or forget. With due respect to other concerns, however weighty, the fight against Trump must now be the heart of the American Jewish agenda.”
If you missed today’s conversation between Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Warren Olney you can watch the full program at this link. It will be posted within a few hours after the conclusion of the program. All of our programs can be found at that link and remain there indefinitely.
Congressman Schiff’s recently released book, Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy…And Still Could can be found here. Today the book was listed as #1 on the New York Times bestsellers’ list. At this link is The NY Times’ review of Congressman Schiff’s new book.
Here is the Washington Post’s summary of the results of their extensive investigation on the events of January 6th. In Sunday’s Washington Post, there was an in-depth report written by the Post’s White House Bureau Chief, Philip Rucker, detailing the results and conclusions of Post’s extensive investigation. The Rucker article, entitled Bloodshed, is behind a paywall and can only be read if you have a subscription to the Post. The one sentence subtitle to the Rucker article reveals a great deal about their findings–“For 187 harrowing minutes, the president watched his supporters attack the Capitol — and resisted pleas to stop them.” The summary which appears in the Post’s politics newsletter, The 5-Minute Fix, is accessible to the entire public and gives an excellent summary of the findings.
FORMER HEAD OF US JEWISH REFORM MOVEMENT SOUNDS THE ALARM: TRUMP IS BAD FOR THE JEWS SAYS YOFFE
In this article in Ha’aretz (which I summarize below since you might only be able to access if you have a subscription), Rabbi Eric Yoffe who is the former President of the Union for Reform Judaism expresses his fears about a second term for former President Trump. He writes that the chaos ,”mob rule” and undermining of our democracy which Trump has demonstrably brought to public life threatens Jewish welfare and Jewish lives. Rabbi Yoffe passionately sounds an alarm as he writes, “Jewish wellbeing in America is directly related to America’s stability, pluralism, and relative tolerance, along with established constitutional guarantees of freedom and equality. No other Diaspora community has come close to offering its Jews the security and peace of mind that they enjoy in America… Our only hope now is to awaken Americans from their dozing indifference, remind them of the danger and the stakes, take on the odious haters and would-be authoritarians in our midst, and reaffirm the constitutional norms that protect all Americans, Jews included. And this too: we must call out Donald Trump by name. We know who he is and what he has done, and we will not forgive or forget. With due respect to other concerns, however weighty, the fight against Trump must now be the heart of the American Jewish agenda.”
Tomorrow, renowned columnist and socio-political commentator, George F. Will, will be in conversation with NPR’s Madeleine Brand. Register Here.
George Will’s recently released book, American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020 includes nearly 200 of Will’s Washington Post columns written over the past 50 years. One reviewer wrote, “The nearly 200 columns collected here confirm that Will is still a brilliant prose craftsman as well as a keen and dyspeptic political observer. Love him or loathe him, there is no one else like him.”
ROLLING STONE’S EXCLUSIVE REVELATIONS ABOUT JANUARY 6 RALLIES AND INSURRECTION:
In this article published in Sunday’s Rolling Stone, Hunter Walker exposes the contents of conversations between Rolling Stone and two of the planners of the January 6th rallies which led to the attack on the US Capitol. The two planners have spoken with Congressional January 6th House investigators and, according to Walker, will likely be cooperating witnesses. According to Rolling Stone, these planners have provided explosive information which confirms that Trump’s team, going as high up as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, knew of the erupting violence, were in a position to stop the attack, but declined to do so. The two planners also reported that they were all but assured that they’d receive blanket presidential pardons. There is also extensive reporting on the involvement by many GOP Congress members in planning the events of January 6, including Reps: Marjorie Greene (R-Ga.) Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), all of whom have defended the actions of the January 6 rioters.
Monday’s Posting: Letters from an American, a daily newsletter
This outstanding blog entry from Heather Cox Richardson’s “Letters from an American” discusses the op-eds published this week by 3 well-known Republicans who are urging Republicans to vote Democratic until the authoritarian faction that has taken over the Republican Party loses their influence. Cox Richardson writes that these GOP voices are calling for Republicans to put country over party and support moderate Democrats, while also asking Democrats to concede that “‘there are certain races where progressives simply cannot win and acknowledg[e] that it makes more sense to throw their lot in with a center-right candidate who can take out a more radical conservative.” One of the Republicans who is quoted in the blog post is our frequent America at a Crossroads guest Max Boot who recently wrote, “It is mind-boggling that a defeated president won’t accept the election outcome…. What is even more alarming is that more than 60 percent of Republicans agree with his preposterous assertion that the election was stolen and want him to remain as the party’s leader.” Cox Richardson noted that these pronouncements by (former?) Republicans this week were particularly exceptional because (1) what they are calling for was not a separate party, but for Republicans to shift their votes to the Democrats, and (2) their identification of the Republicans as an existential threat to our democracy is being published in major newspapers.You can subscribe to Letters from an American, which is a daily blog post by Heather Cox Richardson, an American historian and professor of American history at Boston College.
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THURSDAY, September 9 at 6 pm.
We will once again welcome Ambassador Dennis Ross, this time to brief us on AFGHANISTAN: What Happened and What Does it Mean? Ambassador Ross has served in numerous senior national security positions in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations, and is expert on the Middle and Near East in particular. He has been a frequent guest of America at a Crossroads. Register here
If you weren’t able to join us this evening for an interesting and wide-ranging conversation between Susan Glasser and Patt Morrison, you can watch the entire program at this link starting a few hours after the program has ended. All of our past programs reside at that link and remain there indefinitely.
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CURRENT EVENT: RECONCILIATION BILL PASSED THE HOUSE
In this op-ed in today’s Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin describes Speaker Pelosi’s skills at managing the various factions amongst Congressional Democrats as masterful. The particular issue this week was a noisy and very public battle staged by 9 centrist Congressional Democrats who were threatening passage of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill if Pelosi did not first call for a vote on the bi-partisan infrastructure bill. According to Rubin, “[i]t seems the nine members obstructed the caucus to obtain leverage in crafting the reconciliation package to junk the $10,000 limit on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. If so, they suffer from political tone-deafness, as the deductions primarily help wealthy homeowners in blue states.” The reconciliation bill was passed by the House yesterday, which clears the way for Congressional Democrats to move forward on a sweeping package that includes President Biden’s key domestic policy proposals. Rubin concludes by reiterating the rule of thumb in DC: “Never bet against Pelosi.” Also yesterday, Pelosi set the deadline of the end of September for the bi-partisan infrastructure bill vote.