The harmless team was at The Roasting Company – doing our 2016 election mourning over good coffee.
“Jesus, I’m depressed,” Bill said.
“There’s no question I am,” Jay said. “I even considered fully losing it early this morning.”
“Remember those last pages of State Change,” I cautioned. “Those who are old and ready, and those who are considering checking out, can have an especially important set of opportunities. They can go way beyond distributing Ananda’s Chocolates to our entire hit list – our 29 ideologues. Most were reelected.”
“You mean really take them out, don’t you?” Jay asked. “Or at least make them undesirable for further service.”
“Why not? All they’ll do in Congress is do more damage. They’ll make many others suffer for their distorted ideologies.”
“We could just plant some illegal drugs on them,” Bill suggested.
“That might do it. Or do – or get done – some serious investigative reporting exposing their financial connections and other shenanigans.”
“Most of them – especially Gowdy and Chaffetz – love conspiracy theories and witch hunts. We could give them a taste of their own tactics – develop some paranoid fantasies in them.”
“I thought State Change would be somewhat obsolete after this election, because Hillary would make it, we’d likely take the Senate, the Supreme Court would be modernized, and the state would begin to change,” I said.
“So much for wishful thinking,” Jay said. “There was a piece in The Guardian this morning, by Thomas Frank, …”
“The guy who wrote ‘What’s the Matter with Kansas‘, right?” Bill asked.
“Yep, and he has a new one Listen Liberal; the piece in the paper is like Liberals put Trump in the White House.”
“Anyway, State Change is even more important and valuable now that Trump will soon be thrashing around in the White House,” I said.
“My Australian and Canadian friends are incredulous,” Bill said.
“I’ve started to add overseas audiences to my Tweet destinations now, because Europe is so concerned. A major Madrid paper, El Paix, had columns today titled The Crazy is in Charge of the Asylum – and another The Suicide of Democracy.”
“It’s time to up the action,” Bill said.
“I think so,” said Jay. “I’m ready for some serious activism.”
“Let’s think this through and meet again right after Thanksgiving.”