I didn’t intend to do too much blogging this week while we are gathering as a family in an old rickety rental that sits on a hill overlooking the Block Island salt pond and beyond that the town beach.
Today turned hot and muggy and the idea of sitting on hot sand didn’t seem appealing.
The kids and grand kids went off, leaving the grandparents to sit by a fan and catch up on some reading and (in my case) blogging.
I have no complaints about that.
Just to be able to look out at the sea, the cardinals and Monarch butterflies from my window perch is good enough for me.
Yet, politics intrudes.
I read today that Governor Inslee is quitting a presidential race he knew could never win.
He was a one-issue candidate, but the issue was the future of the planet.
Nate Silver tweeted that Inslee’s failure to poll more than 1% shows climate change is not an issue for Democrats.
I talk to year-round folks on Block Island and summer people and I know Silver is wrong about drawing too much meaning from Inslee dropping out.
There is a big debate within the Democratic Party about climate change. It is what the debate about the Green New Deal is all about.
That debate is driven, not just by good folks like Inslee, but by other candidates on the progressive side like Bernie and Elizabeth Warren. Like most issues, the Left drives the debate within the Democratic Party and the primary.
Climate change is a big deal for folks on Block Island which sits twelve miles off the coast of Rhode Island.
It will be hard hit by the expected rise in sea levels.
A study done in 2011 predicts that the two harbors will be gone. Old Harbor is home to the busy ferry docks and New Harbor serves recreational boating. It is likely the island will be cut in half by sea water.
The other evening I was asked by a local friend to come with her to a fundraising event featuring Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez.
I wanted to go because I wanted to share with Perez my concern that the leadership of the Democratic Party was so busy bashing the Left and those like AOC and The Squad that they were letting Trump off the hook.
I wondered whether some among the Democratic leadership were more afraid of the Left than they were of another four years of Trump.
After asking me about the alligator in Humboldt Park, he told me that he supported “all the members of the Democratic caucus.”
At that moment a young woman appeared and unfurled a banner calling for a debate about climate change.
She and some other young people had heard that Perez was coming to Block Island (this is his third summer fundraiser here) and they took the ferry over to show their concern for climate change.
They were met with applause.
Nate Silver may want to check his numbers.