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Glamour Magazine has an exclusive interview with Jen O’Malley Dillon, the campaign manager of Joe Biden’s successful presidential campaign, and the first female campaign manager to get a Democrat into the White House. I would argue that O’Malley Dillon is the first woman CM to get a president of any party into the White House, because Kellyanne Conway should not f–king count. Jen will also serve as the Biden Administration’s deputy chief of staff (the Josh Lyman position, for West Wing fans). This Glamour piece is fantastic, and Jen talks a lot about juggling motherhood with a full-time job, and the sacrifices which had to be made on both sides. She speaks with brutal honesty about the double standards of being a woman in a high-powered job, and how many people doubted her along the way, and all of that is worth a read. But it’s an offhand comment about Republicans which has gotten all the headlines. A few highlights:
Why she agreed to be Biden’s campaign manager: “I just had this sense—for both my husband and me, because you obviously can’t do any of this sh-t if you don’t have a partner that believes in it as much as you do and is willing to help. I just felt like, How do you answer to your kids when you look back on your life? How do you go on with your life without doing something to help? So I left all that stability….When it came to Vice President Biden, we had just around that time found out that my dad had cancer. We didn’t know how serious it was. And I asked myself, “Am I even up for this?” This is scary sh-t, and everything is at stake. In the end, I just really felt called. I had to do something. And I believed in the vice president. It was kind of as simple as that.
On compromising & listening: “Like Joe Biden says all the time, “Great leadership starts with listening.” It’s challenging for us to do that right now, because of how polarized we are. But politics breaks down to one-on-one conversations and not being afraid to talk. I get that you’re not supposed to talk politics at the holiday dinner. Well, f–k that. It’s because we don’t do that that we are in this situation now. I also think, as in love, compromise is a good thing. The atmosphere in the world now is like, “Oh, if you compromise, you don’t believe in something.” No, it’s: I believe in it so much that I’m going to work to find a path we can both go down together. That feels to me like the heart of relationships and love and success across the board.
Redefining compromise: “And frankly, [compromise is] what we need. The president-elect was able to connect with people over this sense of unity. In the primary, people would mock him, like, “You think you can work with Republicans?” I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of f–kers. Mitch McConnell is terrible. But this sense that you couldn’t wish for that, you couldn’t wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected that. From start to finish, he set out with this idea that unity was possible, that together we are stronger, that we, as a country, need healing, and our politics needs that too. Which is not to say it is easy. It is like a relationship. You can’t do politics alone. If the other person is not willing to do the work, then that becomes really hard. But I think, more than not, people want to see impact. They want to see us moving in a path forward. They want to do their work, get paid a fair share, have time for themselves and their family, and see each other as neighbors.
Did you catch that? “In the primary, people would mock him, like, “You think you can work with Republicans?” I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of f–kers. Mitch McConnell is terrible.” WHERE IS THE LIE? Again, it’s been four years of bullsh-t and misogyny and racism and white supremacy, and all of it has been A-OK with the Republicans in Congress. It actually started before the Trump Era too – McConnell’s entire goal during the Obama era was to be a giant a–hole, to thwart everything on Obama’s agenda.
But, you know, since a woman said it and since a Democrat said it, Republicans have to be performatively outraged:
Read how the person he wants as the next WH deputy chief of staff called Republicans in Congress a bunch of f***ers
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 17, 2020
Poor Little Marco, he really thinks that we’re going to forget the past four years, when every single Republican ignored ALL of the deeply offensive sh-t Trump said on an hourly basis? My girl Nicolle Wallace had time:
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) December 17, 2020
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