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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Monday, June 26, 2023

Schiff and McCarthy

 Our most recent book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics.  Among other things, it discusses state and congressional elections.

Adam Schiff on Kevin McCarthy at KCRW last December:
He recalls that they were on a plane flying black to Washington D.C. in 2010, about six months before the midterm elections, and they discussed who they expected to win.

“I said Democrats and he said Republicans. And I didn’t think any more of it. We got to Congress, went our separate ways. And he went off and did a briefing, in which he told the press that Republicans were definitely gonna win the midterms, everybody knew it, and that he sat next to me on a plane, and I admitted that Republicans were going to win.”

He continues, “I was indignant when I found out about this. And I went up to him on the House floor. I said, ‘Kevin, you know what you told the press was the exact opposite of what I said.’ And he looked at me, he said, ‘Yeah, I know Adam, but you know how it goes.’ And I said, ‘No, Kevin, I don’t know how it goes. You just make — and I used an expletive — up. That’s how you operate … that’s not how I operate.’ But it is how he operates. And so that, I have to say, it was kind of a relationship killer from the start, and one that over time, I think so many other members have had the same experience.”

Mark Z. Barabak at LAT:

On Thursday, Rep. Adam B. Schiff turned 63. His birthday present arrived a day early, courtesy of vengeful House Republicans.

Schiff was formally censured Wednesday for his role in holding to account the most immoral, self-centered, self-dealing, insurrectionist president in modern American history.

The only thing missing was wrapping paper, a shiny red bow and a greeting card dotted with Xs and O‘s.

Former President Trump has described Schiff as “shifty,” “sick” and “corrupt.” He has also made the congressman what he is today: a political household name and prosecutorial hero to millions of Democrats nationwide.
The rebuke from the House GOP boosted Schiff’s political stock even further, edging the Burbank Democrat closer to his goal of besting a handful of party rivals and succeeding Dianne Feinstein as the next U.S. senator from California.

“I would call it an advertisement for Adam Schiff,” Bob Shrum, a veteran Democratic strategist who teaches political science at USC, said following the party-line censure vote. “Brought to you by the MAGA caucus in the Republican House.”

A fundraising email:



Kevin McCarthy took up the resolution attacking me for holding Trump accountable.


After Trump threatened a primary challenge against any Republican who refused to vote for it, MAGA Republicans officially passed their resolution to censure me. Why? Because I upheld my oath of office and held Donald Trump accountable for his many abuses of power.


They will never silence me — not now and not ever — but I need your help to fight back. If you can, split an urgent $10 contribution to Southern Progress and our campaign right now to help us respond to this unprecedented political attack.


We face many pressing challenges as a country — affordable housing, access to health care, creating jobs, and so much more. Instead of addressing any of these challenges, Kevin McCarthy chose to take up this MAGA effort to distract from Donald Trump’s legal problems. They will never stop doing his bidding.


We've already known that the GOP is completely unhinged and beholden to Donald Trump.


With his call now to imprison me and primary any Republican who didn’t vote to censure me, Trump is telling the entire Republican Party that they must seek retribution against me politically and do whatever they can to prevent me from being elected to the Senate. This is not just a political stunt to rile up the MAGA base — it’s an attack on all accountability and constitutional oversight.


But make no mistake: If they thought this was going to deter me from holding Trump and his accomplices accountable or delivering real results for California and our nation, they thought wrong. I will not stop my fight to put truth and our democracy first — even if it means standing up to a twice-impeached ex-president and his lackeys.


With Kevin McCarthy and MAGA Republicans ramping up their attacks against me, I’m going to need you by my side more than ever. Will you split a grassroots donation of $10 to help Southern Progress and me stand up to the GOP’s attacks?


MAGA Republicans may have voted to censure me, but I will always use my voice to hold them accountable. No matter what political retribution they throw at me next.


Let’s work together to push back against these attacks on our democracy.


Thank you,


— Adam