They took Katie to the tool shed today, cleaned her of her fingers. The machete and the flint fire, hands cut and burned closed. Orange. Purple. The sky or us healing. Dying. Heartbeat heartbeat heartbeat. The hay they use to stitch-up. Keep our insides inside. She can't play rugby today, makes a doll from a can of condensed milk. Gives it a voice. Something to follow. A leopard yawning, an impala collapsing into calfhood.
We’ve all heard many times how Republicans are beholden to their base on social issues. But aren’t Democrats just as beholden—maybe even more beholden—to their base on social issues? Consider the way that Democrats have approached the fight over the Supreme Court vacancy. In the wake of Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement, Democrats almost immediately settled upon a strategy of lionizing the departing justice and holding her up as a model for future appointees. This is true of elected Democratic officials.