Category: television

All about U

Bern is all about symbolic violence against Democrats. Then he cries about Democrats being against him.

Sanders sees his chance to win the nomination slipping, so he’s going scorched earth again on the Democratic Party.

Bern believes the torch has been passed to him by Dr King. He’s desperate to be nominated.

Bern will argue that Warren is just another neoliberal centrist that his revolution is meant to smash.

When HRC launched her campaign in 2015 quoting FDR, she was labeled a neoliberal by Bernistans. So it is ironic that he’s claiming the New Deal for socialism.

Political liberalism is the core of democratic socialism: rule of law, equality, rights, etc. Dem Soc varies from political liberalism in that it brings liberal values to bear on labor conditions and relations. There’s no socialism without liberalism.

AOC and Cheney continue to double down on stupid (just like Trump).

I always wonder how McConnell shaves his dewlap.

So many people bring naive realist expectations to a fictional TV drama (HBO’s Chernobyl). Literary theory needs to be taught in high schools.

The white Ford Bronco chase was the best live television in history. Everyone was on pins and needles, waiting to see if OJ would blow his brains out in front of a mass audience.

Many male pundits believe they are smarter and better at politics than Pelosi.

Up the beach

It’s sad that Lindsay and Paris are no longer besties.

Bern has stalled out. Quite a come-down from 2016.

A network that harangues about “political correctness” is not likely to interdict a culture of sexual harassment.

An illegal immigrant sleeps in the White House at least three nights each week.

If tariffs hit oxy, MAGAts would turn on Trump.

Foreign policy will be largely irrelevant this cycle except for the case of Russia. Gabbard won’t make any friends talking up peace with Assad.

The critique of liberalism is what brought Schmitt into play in the Telos circle. Which is what is appealing about Schmitt to the reactionary right.

It does help that Schmitt identifies the core weakness of liberalism when under threat: its allergic reaction to power disempowers it to defeat its enemies.

Schmitt was not anathema in an earlier era. Both Reinhart Koselleck and Jurgen Habermas cited his work positively. Allegedly, the publication of the English translation of the Struckturwandel book was delayed for years because of its Schmitt references, which were removed.

Schmitt became relevant in a different way post 9/11 with the rise of a new friend/foe distinction in the “war on terror” (i.e., the novel legal category of “enemy combatant”).

Ramble on

Libertarianism is the political boutique tendency.

Only naive EFF types thought the “web” could ever be non-toxic.

Elisabeth Moss needs to come under more scrutiny.

Bernie was one of the few New Left who didn’t break with the CCCP. He did march with Dr King, though.

Xenophobia and garden variety cultural ressentiment: the elixir of populism.

The question is whether populist outrage, as channeled by Sanders, is a winning strategy? Didn’t work for him in 2016 and it’s not working for him so far for 2020.

Bern’s anger-based politics has him in danger of slipping behind Warren.

D’Souza is another example of why it isn’t good to give felons the franchise. (see Flynn, Manafort, Limbaugh).

Für uns, gibts nicht.

Cabo wabo

Lots of stuff is coming out about Bernie now that inexplicably lay hidden in 2016.

Bernie presents enough baggage from 2016 to today. No need for an oppo researcher to wade through 30 year old Wayne’s World quality video.

As an occasional interloper in Democratic politics, Bernie is under the most pressure and is more desperate than other candidates.

His main problem is his lack of appeal to the diversity of the Democratic Party. Probably because he’s not a Democrat.

Tea Party Republicans politicized federal aid after Superstorm Sandy. Now these chickens have come home to roost in flood and tornado stricken MAGAland.

Between David Brooks and Ross Douthat, I don’t know how the NY Times survives as a credible source of opinion.

The pursuit of scoops and the need to be first is killing journalism. When did editors install this misguided priority?

Better dead air than Chuck Todd.

Likability and authenticity entered politics after the 1960s. The notion that the personal is the political comports well with the conflation of personal traits with political viability.

Putin has Trump under his thumb.

Trump is libidinally cathected to strongmen.

He will likely declare martial law when he loses in November 2020.

Falling

Game of Thrones “The Long Night” makes D-Day look like an NFL preseason game.

The Al Capone of Presidents is suing Deutsche Bank.

Fortunately, the Trump Crime Family loses the majority of its lawsuits.

“Senior advisor” is a great euphemism for Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Like Trump, Bernie is seething too about Biden’s union endorsements.

By taking over the labor vote, Biden really emasculates the Sanders campaign.

Arya means 🐐

Straight on

Kirstjen Nielsen’s very particular set of skills are likely to be in high demand abroad (N Korea, Turkey, Brazil, and the Philippines).

After GoT, TV will be greatly diminished, like the Elves after the destruction of the Ring of Power.

Populism is an absence of shame.

Authenticity is an identity-policing notion.

Better educated journalists might bring more seriousness to the profession.

As the kids say, white privilege won’t save Assange this time.