Susan Campodonico hadn’t been out on the street protesting since the Vietnam War. But there she was, standing in front of the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland on a Tuesday afternoon, holding a neon green sign that read: “Honk for single payer NOW!” She credits her presence to “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” Modeled on the success of the conservative Tea Party, the 24-page step-by-step activist playbook has exploded since it went online three months ago. It’s been downloaded almost 2 million times since then by people who want to interrogate Republicans like Rep. Tom McClintock at a town hall in Mariposa or goad Democrats like Sen. Dianne Feinstein into attending one in Oakland. What started out as some congressional staffers sharing organizing tips has mushroomed into an organization that has inspired small, autonomous groups across the nation. Not surprisingly, many of the 5,802 “Indivisible”-inspired groups … [Read more...] about Can Indivisible do for progressives what Tea Party did for GOP?
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The great divide in America between the red and the blue gaped ever wider this past week as progressive Democrats, smelling blood, called for President Trump’s impeachment and his enraged supporters threatened a scorched-earth fight to the finish. As the fractures in America grew more jagged, I dropped by the Berkeley home of sociologist Arlie Hochschild, whose new book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” is a fascinating and intimate look at the men and women who form the core of Trump’s support. Hochschild left her liberal bubble — where she lives with her husband, author and Mother Jones magazine co-founder Adam Hochschild, and where, until recently, she taught sociology at UC Berkeley — to spend five years on and off in the ardently right-wing Louisiana bayou country, where God, guns and big oil rule. “I had a keen interest in how life feels to people on the right — that is, in the emotion that … [Read more...] about Berkeley sociologist crosses over to Trump’s America
MARIPOSA — California Rep. Tom McClintock showed up Tuesday and faced his constituents at a town hall meeting — something many of his fellow Republicans have declined to do during this week’s congressional break. About 900 people filled the Mariposa Fairgrounds and Exposition Center to toss pointed questions at the five-term congressman. Such a large crowd was a sign of how the resistance to President Trump has crept into the California’s Republican hinterlands — even to Mariposa, population 2,173. McClintock, first elected to Congress in 2008, has done more than 100 town halls, and his Mariposa stops typically draw 60 to 80 people. On Tuesday, every metal chair was taken 45 minutes before the event started. While a few wore “Make America Great Again” caps, the majority didn’t appear to be supporters of the president. Many of them carried signs that read, “Answer the question!,” “Dump Tom McTrump!,” … [Read more...] about GOP Rep. McClintock gets an earful at Northern California town hall
SACRAMENTO — There was a duality at the first California Republican Party convention of the Trump era. For the 1,200 convention-goers, nothing felt sweeter than having a GOP president and control of Congress for the first time in more than a decade. But below the smiles was a hesitance to fully embrace Donald Trump — not politically surprising in a state where the New York City developer has a 37 percent approval rating among all voters. The president also has a 60 percent disapproval rating among the Latino voters the GOP needs to attract to become relevant again in California, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll this month. When asked about Trump this weekend, many convention-goers first mentioned how happy they are with Trump’s conservative Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, or how he’s delivered on many of his campaign promises through executive orders and how they’re confident he will send federal money to repair … [Read more...] about California Republicans on Trump: Love the president you’re with