At this strange moment in the GOPer/Trump regime trajectory, we're deluged in proposed Hail Marys -- frantic efforts to use small surviving levers of power to mitigate or combat the shit show we clearly see coming.
And we've just seen a victory. The Army Corps of Engineers decision to halt the DAPL atrocity (at least for now) is heartening; it seems improbable that it could have been won under the new Bigly Bossman who evidently is invested in the pipeline. This intervention required people to offer up their bodies for the love of land and water. May their courage inspire us all. The First People know sometimes there is no alternative to courage.
Then there are all the far less probable interventions that seem to exist primarily in fantasy land -- among these I include calls for "faithless electors" to vote against their states' verdicts and that vanity candidate Jill Stein's recount boondoggle. These look to me to be counterproductive, serving the GOPer/Trump meme that elections are rigged against their aggrieved constituents. We need to prop up the legitimacy of democratic (small "d") institutions and outcomes, not join our enemies in undermining them. Or so I think.
And yet, for all my skepticism about the blizzard of proposed Hail Marys, I do want to promote one which might help us hold back the emerging barbarism. It is offered by one of our brave young crop of Constitutional lawyers who have pushed back against the "war on terror," Cori Crider. Writing in Newsweek, she suggests:
Hey, the oh-so-proper and correct Diane Feinstein could even make herself useful at the end of a long career of ignoring the impolite desires of her constituents. Leak the Senate Torture Report, Diane. You are in your 80s -- you are not going to live forever, so you might as well go down swinging ...