First major achievement this cycle was that I stopped having pitched arguments about politics on Facebook with personal friends. Most of my read, share & converse switched to Twitter. While Twitter can be considerably more vile than Facebook, my unique strategy of arguing civilly and making narrow, carefully tailored contrarian points prevented me from having any prolonged dialogues that made me upset. Yay!
At the polling place in Ann Arbor, I voted mostly Democratic in state and local races. A disingenuous series of Republican attack ads bashing D candidate Dana Nessel for “defending sexual predators” as a member of a … defense firm… persuaded me to vote for the R Tom Leonard. I didn’t want to vote straight D and I like heartless prosecutors. Fortunately, Nessel is winning.
I voted for the Rs for the Board of U of M trustees because the last thing the U of M needs is more Democratic perspectives. Conversely, I voted for Ds for MSU trustees to punish the Rs for Republican Engler’s shoddy performance as interim president in response to the Larry Nassar scandal. I voted “no” on pot (which won) and yes on two election reform propositions (ditto).
I voted for the “establishment” candidates in state district races except in my city council district, where I chose the primary winner, politically incorrect Tweeter Jeff Hayner, over an establishment write-in campaign for a Democratic Socialist. In local propositions, I voted yes for more taxes and no on a plan to turn the Library Lot into a tax-immune park.
Nationally, I rooted for the Republicans and am fine with the outcome.
The threat of House subpoenas? Overrated. If you tell the truth, they’re no worse than what Hillary Clinton underwent with the Benghazi investigation. I.e. a big but nonfatal hassle.
Adjustments to my personal firewall for the next cycle? I see a great flood of exciting but ultimately unsurprising scandal & investigation news that will leave Trump in the White House until January 2021 at the earliest. I want to focus my attention on events that are actually new and unpredicted rather than reading two years worth of process stories. It’s going to take discipline.