Tom Hall: Starting in January, the new Congress brings us a new generation of women of color, elected on the timeless theme that women of color can be relied upon to fix what white men of power and narrow vision have screwed up.
Tom Hall: Seeking cooperation, reaching across the aisle, even taking seriously some Republican themes could be good for Democrats, particularly the new progressive representatives.
Tom Hall: As much as politics, our national race problem continues to be driven by economics and by social beliefs and conventions. Similar factors drive our continuing national problems with gender issues.
Tom Hall: Shall we be punitive where we can? If “they did it to us” shall “we do it to them”?
Tom Hall: If Kavanaugh were honest about his history, would the proper response to the current accusation be his strident denial, or would it be an acknowledgment that he had times of conduct that he cannot remember, and that an unremembered event could have occurred?
Tom Hall: As we all clamor to watch the salacious arguments about what Kavanaugh may have done as a drunken teen, let us not loose sight of the fact that in his writings, he has been CLEAR, he thinks that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be reversed.
Tom Hall: Rudi Giuliani, who now defends the Donald’s denial of global climate change, in 2001 denied the scientific evidence that the attacks caused dangerous air pollution that lingered for months.
Tom Hall: It was fascinating that the Forum was set during the first weeks in theaters for Black Klansman and Crazy Rich Asians. The “progressive” community has labored to reconcile desires for “progressive purity” with equally heartfelt beliefs in practical progress.
Tom Hall: Now that we have a president who is working hard to define it as the party of the most ignorant, most selfish, and mostly aging and dying-off old white people, progressives complain.
Tom Hall: I also think that we should start to distinguish real independent groups from cleverly named groups.
Tom Hall: The majority opinion also is clear in pillorying Kavanaugh for his clear, intentional misstatements of existing law.
Tom Hall: Kavanaugh was simply appointed because he guaranteed The Donald that he will be a constant vote on the Supreme Court against allowing any legal process to reach The Donald.
Tom Hall: He is, in fact, a standard Reagan era, corporatist, racist, misogynist judge, who happened to write a couple of opinions that reflected one small area of decency in his work.