October 30, 2018

I actually threw my arms in the air and yelled, "THANK YOU!!!" at the TV Tuesday. Then I rewound and listened to it again, just because the words were so sweet to hear. So unusual, so validating, so true. They came out of Nicolle Wallace's mouth on Deadline White House, while she and her panel discussed Joe Biden campaigning for the Dems.

WALLACE: The Democratic message, and I think it was a real mistaken national media frame that there wasn't one, there HAS been one all along. It's been focused on the issues.

I could barely believe my ears. I've been saying this for years - begging people to stop bashing the Dems for having no message. Their message all along has been the issues. Health care. Voting rights. Health care. Immigration. Reproductive rights for women. Health care. Putting a stop to corporate welfare. The economy. Education. Health care. You name it. They are campaigning on ISSUES that matter to people.

Wallace later praised the Dems for the intensity of their work. She said, "...the Democrats seem to have taken the last two years to do more than I think some people gave them credit for doing. They seem to have addressed the asymmetry in president trump's political tactics...some of these candidates have really figured out how to run against trump and trumpism."

She, Phil Rucker, Betsy Woodruff, and Sam Stein went on to discuss people like Andrew Gillum and Beto O'Rourke, who took a page out of the trump playbook only in terms of being unapologetic about their stances, and how well it is working for them — even in places like Texas and Florida, typically Republican strongholds. Being their authentic selves and bringing the focus back to Democratic values.

There is so much great stuff in this clip, actually, including beautiful moments from the "mob" of Pittsburgh protesters, walking slowly, holding signs, and singing quietly as they pass by. The acknowledgement, though, FINALLY, that the Dems have been working their hardest and smartest; that the media has been unfair in their framing, was something rare - even for MSNBC.

So, as I find myself saying on the regular, Thank you, Nicolle Wallace.

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