Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Resistance FRIDAY!

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Resistance FRIDAY!

10 Years and Never Bored With All The Winning

It's a well-established fact by now that C&J's "Who won the week" poll, introduced ten years ago this week, is considered America's 500-pound gorilla of weekly polls. Every Friday we pluck a gaggle of worthy candidates from the previous seven-day news cycle and affix them to their place of honor on the front page.

I can't remember what inspired me to create the first one, but today it's a feel-good feature that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with such time-honored American traditions as stickball, setting pies on window sills to cool, and following competent and popular Democratic presidents with Republican shitbags. As you contemplate tonight's candidates, enjoy a recap of some notable past winners during the Trump administration. It’s a reminder that, bleak as things seem, the resistance is alive and kicking:

February 3, 2017 The tens of thousands of Americans who took to the nation's airports to protest the "Muslim travel ban" on already-vetted men, women and children from seven countries

March 24 The Resistance, for squeezing Republican congress members so hard they abandoned their attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act

April 28 The 'March for Science' participants, who joined in from every continent to add fuel to the resistance movement

May 19 The Justice Department, for appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate the various Russia-Trump scandals

June 2 The U.S. states and cities that have vowed to honor the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement

July 21 The beneficiaries of the ACA, as Republican infighting and incompetence scuttle Trumpcare 2.0

September 29 Democrats in the Senate & The Resistance, who stopped Trumpcare 3.0 before it even got to the floor

October 6 San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, for working 24/7 to save her citizens and being a thorn in Trump’s side over his slow response to hurricane Maria

November 3 Team Mueller, for delivering indictments to Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and revealing a guilty plea by George Papadopoulos

November 17 The courageous women who have stepped forward to tell their stories of sexual abuse, including those involving Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore and underage girls

December 15 Doug Jones, for his miracle senate victory in Alabama

January 26 The millions who took part in Women’s March 2.0---in some cities turnout exceeded last year’s events

February 23 The #NeverAgain movement, as students from Stoneman Douglas HS and millions of student supporters fan out on social media and in person to demand action on gun control

March 23 Britain’s Channel Four, for their bombshell investigative reporting on the Mercer family-funded sleazebags at Cambridge Analytica

The tradition continues tonight, and I’ve left a special gift for you, so read ALL the choices carefully. Go vote, then c'mon down and splash in the kiddie pool. Tonight it’s filled with warm Cadbury goop and coconut nests. Great exfoliant.

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