A student, likely a recent graduate, though one I didn't recognize, telling a friend about her new job in Washington, DC. I don't know what the job is. As she left the lobby after realizing she was in the wrong building (apparently her time at Hastings, with its lonely 3 buildings, wasn't long enough to learn the numbers assigned to each, but no matter), she tossed a parting comment to her friend: "so I'm off to fight the fight in DC. Someone sure needs to."
And I was struck with two immediate thoughts:
Firstly, she is hardly the first person to leave San Francisco in pursuit of greater fights.
Secondly, I don't think "the fight" is in DC any longer. And this thought surprises me, though it shouldn't. The fight is in each county, on each elected board and selected commission. It's in the schools and on the streets. It's in law schools and judicial chambers; cafes and at the gym. Confining the fight to one ring in DC - or in all three rings in DC's circus - is ineffective. George Lakoff is making money telling Democrats how to recreate fully executed conservative tactics and we're stabbing at windmills in a few-square-mile area while they're erecting dozens more behind us.
You needn't go to DC to fight the fight. Even in blue California, try Riverside or Fresno. The fight isn't staying put, and neither should we.