Why Stacey Abrams Will Give the Democrats’ Response to the SOTU

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Why Stacey Abrams Will Give the Democrats' Response to the SOTU

In which I solve yet another mystery

by baldilocks

The lat­est in the Demo­c­rat Party’s low­ered expec­ta­tions for Peo­ple of Color™: now, they don’t even have to win an elec­tion for the party to choose him/​her as its rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Stacey Abrams will deliver the response to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s

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State of the Union address next week, giv­ing the state’s top Demo­c­rat one of the nation’s most promi­nent pul­pits as she con­sid­ers whether to run for U.S. Sen­ate in 2020.

Sen­ate Minor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer said Tues­day he asked Abrams to deliver the address, which will air shortly after Trump fin­ishes his address to a joint ses­sion of Con­gress next week, because “she has led the charge for vot­ing rights, which is at the root of just about every­thing else.”

The speech will be a piv­otal moment for Abrams, who nar­rowly lost last year’s guber­na­to­r­ial race to Repub­li­can Brian Kemp and refused to for­mally con­cede the race, cit­ing what she said was a vote marred by irreg­u­lar­i­ties and his refusal to step down as the state’s top elec­tions official.

Why Abrams? Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Alexan­dria Ocasio-​Cortez (NY-​14), Rashida Tlaib (MI-​13) and Ilhan Omar (MN-​5) seem like bet­ter choices on the sur­face – they’ve actu­ally won elec­tions and all three allow the party to check the same two boxes that Abrams does: not-​white women. Tlaib and Omar, of course, give the added ben­e­fit of being Mus­lims. (In fair­ness, Tlaib is only kinda Mus­lim.)

All that pre­cious diver­sity at their fin­ger­tips but they forgo it?

It’s easy to see why none of them were cho­sen, though: no one will be able to con­trol what they say in front of a national audi­ence, espe­cially not Nancy Pelosi. It’s enter­tain­ing to imag­ine Tlaib or Omar sign off with “Death to that Motherf****r Trump and to Amer­ica” or Ocasio-​Cortez with “God bless Social­ist Utopia Amer­ica.” Same thing, really.

And, call it a female hunch, but I bet each of them has told the Speaker of the House to her face that she can kiss their back­sides or some­thing equivalent.

Not that Abrams wouldn’t do that, too, were she in office. But she’s not and, there­fore, she is much more apt to stay on the mes­sage out­lined for her by the Speaker and by Sen­a­tor Schumer. They need her, but she needs them much more. So, she gets the spotlight.

I’m sure that, dur­ing the response, the strings extend­ing from her back will be well concealed.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Fol­low her on Face­book, Twit­ter, MeWe, and Gab.

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In which I solve yet another mystery

by baldilocks

The latest in the Democrat Party’s lowered expectations for People of Color™: now, they don’t even have to win an election for the party to choose him/her as its representative.

Stacey Abrams will deliver the response to President Donald Trump’s

Stacey Abrams

State of the Union address next week, giving the state’s top Democrat one of the nation’s most prominent pulpits as she considers whether to run for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he asked Abrams to deliver the address, which will air shortly after Trump finishes his address to a joint session of Congress next week, because “she has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else.”

The speech will be a pivotal moment for Abrams, who narrowly lost last year’s gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp and refused to formally concede the race, citing what she said was a vote marred by irregularities and his refusal to step down as the state’s top elections official.

Why Abrams? Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) and Ilhan Omar (MN-5) seem like better choices on the surface – they’ve actually won elections and all three allow the party to check the same two boxes that Abrams does: not-white women. Tlaib and Omar, of course, give the added benefit of being Muslims. (In fairness, Tlaib is only kinda Muslim.)

All that precious diversity at their fingertips but they forgo it?

It’s easy to see why none of them were chosen, though: no one will be able to control what they say in front of a national audience, especially not Nancy Pelosi. It’s entertaining to imagine Tlaib or Omar sign off with “Death to that Motherf****r Trump and to America” or Ocasio-Cortez with “God bless Socialist Utopia America.” Same thing, really.

And, call it a female hunch, but I bet each of them has told the Speaker of the House to her face that she can kiss their backsides or something equivalent.

Not that Abrams wouldn’t do that, too, were she in office. But she’s not and, therefore, she is much more apt to stay on the message outlined for her by the Speaker and by Senator Schumer. They need her, but she needs them much more. So, she gets the spotlight.

I’m sure that, during the response, the strings extending from her back will be well concealed.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, and Gab.

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