Ep. 41: The New Liberal Tea Party and What it Can Learn From its Foes
The Week Ahead

Democrats and liberals hoping to build a movement against the policies of President Donald Trump should take a page out of the Tea Party's 2010 movement and focus on "policies that build power," says Vanessa Williamson, the co-author of the 2012 book The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Like the Tea Party in 2010, anti-Trump activists plan to storm lawmakers’ offices and town hall meetings during Congress’ President’s Day recess and Williamson explains what it means for politics and for governance on Capitol Hill.

Liberals Give Kaine's Folksy Dad Style High Marks
Vice presidential debut at DNC Day Three deemed a success

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine's ill-fitting suit and folksy demeanor at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday played well with some liberal critics. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tim Kaine wore an ill-fitting suit, addressed the crowd as "folks" and inspired a barrage of dad jokes during his Wednesday night convention speech introducing him to the nation as Hillary Clinton's running mate.  

The delivery was panned as "bland" and "forgettable" by the conservative National Review . Some Bernie Sanders delegates in the hall, who have complained that the Virginia senator is not progressive enough, chanted during his speech and protested his support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But most commentators the day after said Kaine did an admirable job.  

Conservatives Must Reject White Identity Politics
The political left pushed whites to take stock of their whiteness

A while back, a friend from Pakistan asked me why whites allow other races to make fun of them in the media. I don’t remember what provoked this discussion, but I explained the importance of being able to laugh at oneself, the fact that successful and confident people — speaking aspirationally of myself, not whites in general — should not be so thin-skinned or defensive or eager to play the victim, and that, besides, skin color is not the primary way I define myself.  

“You should not let them do that,” he said. “It makes you look weak.”  

Justin Trudeau, Making Canada Cool

Trudeau, seen here with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on March 10, has brought a sense of cool to his position as prime minister of Canada. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For nearly two decades, no Canadian leader made an official Washington visit -- and no American really noticed. How the situation has changed. When Canada’s new youthful prime minister, Justin Trudeau, spends Thursday in D.C., at appearances that include a state dinner, Washington will be watching every move the 44-year-old liberal politician makes.  

Trudeau, elected last year in a rout of Canada's Conservative Party leaders, will be feted with all the pageantry the White House can muster.