Other Democrats as well as anti-Trump Republicans are reluctant to acknowledge the scale of our crisis, because our institutions may not be strong enough to cope with it.
On CNN, David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, said he was “not comfortable” with Lewis’ words, making an argument that echoed Rubio’s. “The greatest triumph for Russia would be to legitimate their charges about our democracy,” he said. “I worry about our institutions. I worry that we’re in this mad cycle of destruction. I understand the outrage. But where is this all going?”
This is a legitimate fear: Nobody knows where this is all going. Democrats particularly are in a difficult position, because they want to uphold basic political norms, but doing so alone, while the other side shamelessly flouts them, puts them at a constant disadvantage. The peaceful transition of power is a cherished value of our democracy. But it’s not the only value, or the highest one. It should not require us to sleepwalk into authoritarianism. If the price for preserving our democracy is pretending that our would-be god-king-emperor has clothes, then it’s already rotted beyond repair. Michelle Goldberg, Slate
The Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association’s executive board voted recently to endorse U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Doug House of Rock Island County, president of the chairmen’s group, said in a news release that Ellison “has the experience, ability to unify, the vision and fundraising experience with grassroots and large donors” to lead the DNC.
“All eyes will be on Illinois in 2018 as we take on millionaire Governor Bruce Rauner,” House added. “We are looking forward to working with Congressman Ellison as we take back the governor’s office in 2018, and in 2020 take back the White House.”
Neither the Democratic Party of Illinois nor its chairman, House Speaker Madigan, has taken a position on who should be the national party chairman, Madigan spokesman Brown said. Bernard Schoenburg, Springfield State Journal Register
Tromain Collier was looking for work last year when he heard about an opening at Ceria M. Travis Academy, a private K–12 school in Milwaukee where student tuition was funded by taxpayers. He was hired and started at the beginning of October. Collier, 33, had an online bachelor’s degree in business and experience as a security guard and basketball coach. He figured teaching couldn’t be that much harder.
He was assigned to teach a split class of third- and fourth-graders. The school, he says, offered him no curriculum and no record of what the previous teachers had taught. He started punching search terms into the computer such as “third grade reading” and “Common Core”—academic standards he’d heard of on the news. The classroom bookshelf held a total of five science books, which Collier recognized from his own elementary school days. They still listed Pluto as a planet, though it was demoted more than a decade ago. Erin Richards, American Prospect