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Big electoral doin's in Massacussetts yesterday, where Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley won the Democratic primary for the 7th Congressional District, beating 20-year incumbent Michael Capuano in a huge upset. Capuano had been a steady progressive in the House, but Pressley's win reflects not so much a shift in policy preferences as in demographics and representation. The 7th has always been a very liberal district -- the seat was previously held by JFK and Tip O'Neill -- and now that it's the Bay State's only majority-minority district, voters have decided they want representation that looks like them and shares more of their lived experience. Plus, just about everyone on Twitter who's seen Pressley speak describes her as an absolute political whiz, an expert at bringing people together.

There's no Republican even running for the seat, so Pressley is set to become the first black woman Massachusetts will send to Congress. (Please mentally add the joke from the old minimalist "Where I'm Coming From" comic, circa 1990 or so, where a character thinks, by now, there shouldn't be anything left for anyone to be the "first black woman" to do, anywhere.)


The election was decided ridiculously early -- just over an hour after polls closed, with only 13 percent of the vote counted, Capuano conceded, and passed the torch with the sort of grace that ought not to be surprising, but is, telling his supporters,

I'm sorry it didn't work out, but this is life, and this is okay. America's going to be okay. Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and I will tell you that Massachusetts will be well-served.

In her own speech, Pressley thanked Capuano for his 20 years of service, and for pushing her to be a strong competitor (we'd embed the speech, but the audio is painfully low). She'd campaigned on the slogan "change can't wait," and that clearly referred to taking on Donald Trump. In her victory address, Pressley talked Blue Wave, and energizing the youngs that are going to get it done, telling her fired-up supporters,

"[We] have together ushered in something incredible."

"People who feel seen and heard for the first time in their lives, a stakehold in democracy and a promise for our future," she said. "That is the real victory, that is bigger than any electoral victory. And I want to thank you all for being foot soldiers in this movement and for ushering in this change."

And yes, she also was the star of this viral video showing her reaction to hearing the news. We're a big fan of her stepdaughter jumping up and down, too:

New York Times reporter Astead Wesley tweeted this lovely photo, by NYT's Sarah Rice, of little Cora Harris at her stepmom's victory party:

It's a hell of a nice change from one of the first times Yr Dok Zoom remembers thinking America was fucked: that horrifying 1976 photo of whites in Boston protesting school integration, with the one white guy trying to use an American flag to impale a black attorney. We can't pretend the current hell is a good place, but wins like Ayanna Pressley's certainly give us a sliver of hope about how we're going to put this mess behind us. As the meme from last year says, this IS the future liberals want.

[Daily Beast / NYT]

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Great GOP wordsmith Frank Luntz, the guy who gave us the "death tax" and who urged the George W. Bush administration to talk about "climate change" since it was less politically motivating than "global warming," did some more of his characteristic word magic today! While staying at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria, Luntz offered this cautionary tale about the evils of socialism, as illustrated by the shoddy conditions in a 5-star luxury hotel owned by Dubai's "Al Habtoor" conglomerate and operated by Marriott:

Talk about your grim hellholes! Apparently, there's only one elevator in the entire building, and it's been broken for three days, proving that European-style socialism is a failure that should never be imported to the USA, where -- damn it! -- all buildings work!

As some smartass pointed out, now Luntz may have to take the STAIRS, like a common Bolshevik!

We're still trying to get our heads around how a delay in getting an elevator fixed in a luxury hotel owned by the United Arab Emirati proprietors of Dubai's

  • Habtoor Grand Resort
  • Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
  • Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts
  • V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
  • Metropolitan Hotel Dubai
  • Al Habtoor Polo Resort

as well as

  • Imperial Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna (Austria)
  • Hilton London Wembley (United Kingdom)
  • Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand (Lebanon)
  • Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace (Lebanon)
  • President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (United States)
  • InterContinental Budapest (Hungary)
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest (Hungary)

is an example of the horrors of socialism, but then, we don't earn the big bucks like Luntz does. Austria is among the 14 richest countries in the world, so we're fairly certain it's not a commie hellhole. Then again, there is a very strong social safety net, so maybe people in subsidized housing stole all the elevator parts. Or perhaps the elevator would have been fixed sooner if only Austria didn't have such strong unions. It's a mystery.

Or maybe it's that NATIONAL socialism that's the problem, seeing as it has socialism RIGHT IN THE NAME!

Adolf Hitler, once a day labourer outside the Hotel Imperial Vienna, returned as the Führer and "delivered a speech to a rapturous crowd from [the hotel] suite's balcony, on 14 March 1938", according to www.famoushotels.org.

We suppose it's worth noting that the Imperial is decidedly not owned or operated by the Austrian government, where a far-Right coalition has recently imploded -- although maybe Luntz is confused about that, since official state guests are traditionally housed there. In any case, the elevator's busted, it's in Europe, Europe is socialist, and Frank Luntz is homesick for America, where no elevator ever goes unrepaired for an entire weekend. It simply has never happened because of our efficient free market!

Still, Luntz's tweet inspired some valuable reflections on how economic theory shapes the reality of everyday life. This is the kind of Austrian economics we can support.



In conclusion, capitalism always allocates resources efficiently and fairly, although that still doesn't explain why Frank Luntz has a job. And now it would be your DOKTOR ZOOM'S BIRTHDAY PARTY OPEN THREAD, if only the socialists would fix the elevator, the end.

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