Category: politics

Days of plague 8

Megyn Kelly’s journalistic reputation lies somewhere between that of Judith Miller and John Barron.

At this point, all Trump can do is shore up his racist base. The name Obama is political meth to this demographic.

In their obsession with owning the libs, so-called left, so-called independent journalists have become openly MAGAts.

I try to imagine wanting to own the libs so badly that I’d be willing to destroy my own reputation by pimping the lies of a chronic liar. Then I imagine I’m Ryan Grim.

Uranium has a half-life of 4+ billion years. The only things with a longer half-life are former Sanders campaign staff and journalistic hangers-on.

The family of Warren Harding will be eternally grateful for the Trump Presidency.

Days of plague 7

There are three ways to rise to prominence in Trumpworld: in the bedroom, in the birther movement, or in breaking the law.

Real leftists (not chapo-classers) didn’t endorse Bernie in 2016 or 2020. Not to be disparaging, but the Berner movement is/was a kindergartenish, incoherent mix of populism, pandering, and pomposity. Whatever factionalism evidenced now is about personality, not ideology. It’s faux-left.

Teachable moment from 🌹 twitter: if a liberal agrees with a conservative on anything, the liberal is actually a conservative. And if a conservative agrees with a liberal, that must mean the liberal is actually a conservative. A careful study of the facts reveals this truth …

Celebration day

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Re Bernie Sander’s failed campaign.

The NY Times has its take.

What is unaddressed in the NY Times piece is the incompetence of Bern’s campaign staff, from top to bottom.

I’ve commented before that his campaign staff is historically inept. Moreover, his surrogates are what one can only describe as regrettable. His revolution/movement has more of the markings of a cult than a political campaign. That probably explains why it “went wrong.”

Today, David Sirota is inviting critics to engage in virtual fistfights with him. This is how populist campaigns end.Bern knew he would never win over black voters. So he thought he could counter that deficit by winning white proles massively (ala Trump) and bringing in people who had never voted before. The latter group was, by definition, unreliable, and the former group broke for Biden.Because of the Bern campaign’s ideological spin about itself, it could never acknowledge to itself that black voters don’t like Bern and that his only chance to win was to win the white vote massively. But they couldn’t disparage southern primaries again (as Bern had in 2016).

To this day, Berners persist in the fantasy that Pelosi is not a master politician.

I mean compare her to Bern, Speaker of the House versus a man who has been destroyed in two consecutive nomination campaigns.

She who makes Trump bleed from his wherever to he who names post offices.

Busy bodies

It’s fun to see the Sanders campaign in open war against Human Rights Campaign. Self-destruction apparently has no limits.

Shades of Bern in 2016, calling Planned Parenthood part of the Establishment when it endorsed Clinton rather than him.

This time, unfortunately, Bern is promoting an endorsement from Rogan, a high profile homo- and transphobe. Add this to Bern’s own endorsement of Cenk, and a pretty ugly picture comes into focus.

After the fiasco of his endorsement of Cenk, one would think Bern would be smarter than to accept and promote Rogan’s endorsement of his campaign. One wonders about his campaign staff: who is giving him consistently bad advice?

Walker Bragman’s whatabouts don’t distract from the real damage Bern’s promotion of Rogan’s endorsement does to his credibility as an inclusive candidate. The problem isn’t MoveOn or Obama or anyone else.

The problem is Bern.

What does Bern’s shift to the right mean for his “democratic socialist” credentials?

I wonder what AOC, Justice Democrats, and the international woketariat think about Bern’s online surrogates and extremely online broincels taking shots at Human Rights Campaign for daring to challenge the Vermont revolutionary’s embrace of transphobe Rogan?

I wonder how AOC feels — as a Bern surrogate — sharing the stage with Joe Rogan?

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Tulsi’s close ties to Putin will damage her frivolous lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. Even though it will never go to trial & she’ll never see a penny or ruble out of it, Gabbard would never want to submit to a deposition. Too many skeletons could fall out of her closet (e.g., Assad, Modi, etc.).

According to Jacobin magazine, the “libertarian moment” is over. Libertarians would certainly oppose the dictatorship of the proles. So come the revolution, they would be crushed by the Jacobins. But the libertarian moment is not over yet. As long as there are teenage boys whose libidinal urges fixate on Ayn Rand, there will be libertarianism in American.

Dementia-riddled President asked to apologize over his empty-headed comments on brain injuries. Can’t make this up.

Flee from me, keepers of the gloom

Bern has apologized to Biden for Zephyr Teachout’s scabrous op-ed, sending extremely online Berners into the despair of “betrayal.”

Berners are crying out “let Berners be Bros!”

It was a crude political hit. Bern got away with it in 2016, but not in 2020. People are on to his tactics, farmed out to surrogates.

The damage to Bern’s campaign has been done. His surrogates are like the Houston Astros of politics.

Teachout basically functioned as Bern’s Giuliani, making the similarity between Bern and Trump too obvious. The Vermont revolutionary had to apologize.

It’s not easy to get a rigid 78 y/o ideologue to apologize for a political hit. The blowback against his campaign must have been immense.

Berners like Brie, Shure, Day, and Bragman will eventually blame Neera Tanden for either making Teachout write her op-ed or for forcing Bern to apologize.

One of his staff should lose their job over this, but they won’t. Which makes his apology appear disingenuous.

I’d like to put you in a trance

Incompetence starts at the top of the campaign, meaning with Bernie. It trickles down, permeating the campaign.

When the oppo research finally hits Sanders, it will bern. The other campaigns have been treating him with kid gloves so far.

Oddly, using Zephyr Teachout’s own standards, Bloomberg is the only non-corrupt candidate.

Only extremely online twitter cares about funding. Indeed, the other candidates play themselves by soaking proles for $2.70 they can’t afford to spend on losing campaigns, while Trump shakes down the superrich and Russian oligarchs.

Play to win.

Again. Bern should run as an independent. He’ll never win the Dem nomination. He’ll just play the spoiler role again for Trump. If he had any real convictions and believed in his revolution, he’d run as an independent. If there really is a mass movement for his candidacy, it should defeat Democrats and Republicans handily.

There’s no reason for Warren to be complicit with misogyny just to score a few points with red rose twitter that despises her. But there she is, playing along with Bern’s Biden smear.

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Funny how people who hate the NY Times follow it so closely.

The NY Times’ endorsement should end the media’s Klobuchar blackout.

Almost immediately following the endorsement, a Bern surrogate recycled the story about Klobuchar the abusive boss, forgetting that “women are abusive bosses” had been hashed out as typical sexism towards women in positions of authority. Not something Bern’s campaign can afford to be associated with.