M4A is DOA. Everyone knows it.
Smart candidates will move out of this sackgasse rather than fighting for the best parking spot in it.
Can’t see anyone voting for Trump because he’s better spoken or more coherent than Biden. MAGAts vote for him because he’s a bigot and appeals to their cultural ressentiment.
Biden appeals to proles because he speaks to their moral decency. Trump can never be morally decent.
AOC simply isn’t helping Bern. The age contrast is not flattering.
When Bern and Warren wage their petite guerre de classe against billionaires, they always mention Bezos or Bloomberg, but never Oprah. I wonder if this is strategic/tactical since they poll rather low with black voters or if they view Oprah as an “exceptional” billionaire.
Jacobin has circled the ideological wagons against Warren, going so far as to attack her daughter. The more sophisticated Marxists at the publication must know this was highly undialectical. But the quality of leftwing writer has deteriorated from the days of the Partisan Review.
Bernie stans have one goal: to destroy the Democratic Party “Establishment,” including the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, etc. Anything that stands against Bern must be razed to the ground.
People are upset that Trump flacks keep appearing on MSNBC and CNN. You have to realize these media types travel in the same circles. I went to one of Al Sharpton’s National Action events and one of the speakers was Bill O’Reilly (with whom the Rev was quite chummy). These presenters are not as hostile to each other as we are to one political branch of them.
Distance from necessity breeds indifference to necessity. That’s a simple, objective reason.
Tale of two candidates; first, Kamala Harris
The NY Times says her campaign is a mess and that it, in part, the problem is that it listened too much to Twitter punditry. This is likely true.
They allowed themselves to be seduced by the sirens’ song of the blue check wokeniki and their manichean (i.e., ironically religious) view of politics, spawned from identical educations at 1%er universities. (Here, I mean the wokeniki who write for Jacobin, Intercept, Splinternews, and other defunct spewsites).
But the problem began Ab ovo.
Harris’ opening attack on the popular former VP was a disaster. Yet, like those below Biden, she flailed in search of a coherent line of attack. She’s been undone by the wokeniki who turned her impressive legal career into a liability.
Harris stans like Joan Walsh will be devastated.
It didn’t take long for the wokeniki to celebrate the imminent demise of The Cop.
Tis’ a worthy distraction from the flagging hopes of the Vermont revolutionary.
The NY Times also takes glee in the demise of any candidate. Same thing happened with De Blasio. Same thing will happen with Klobuchar and Booker in the near future.
Now Buttigieg: his education plan is mocked by the wokeniki. Let’s examine.
Free higher ed up to $100k is reasonable and rational. Why should the 99% pay for the education of 1% sprogs? Where’s the socialism in that?!
The “critique” amounts to no more than this: means testing means being mean.
This passes as revolutionary wisdom now.
In NYC, Bill de Blasio installed universal pre-K for all. Ironically, Berniebros/brosettes and Warren stans mocked de Blasio’s candidacy.
Bernie Sanders is disgusted by Bloomberg’s spending. Is Bern disgusted by the $2.5 million Bloomberg spent to elect gun reform Democrats in VA? Oh wait. Bern voted FOR the NRA and gun manufacturers.
The election is a referendum on Trump. Only the pundit class thinks it’s about something else.
Trump embodies the political and moral depravity of the Republican Party post-1965. He’s a terrific spectacle.
Trump’s handing out participation trophies now (to Jon Voight).
John Bolton is back on Twitter. Old porn stach is a welcome reminder of earlier, more decadent times.
Jacobin magazine says the all woman moderator panel at the recent debate was a defeat for feminism.
Indeed. Better to have male moderators pose bloviating questions about Evo Morales than to have female moderators pose serious questions about the defense of reproductive rights which matter to the Democratic Party electorate.
The working class is no longer all that. The shift from a production to a consumption economy means “class” means buying power and lifestyle, not what happens at the point of production.
Putin is behind the current chaos, for sure.
The next crisis will be caused by Glenn Greenwald.
Only Michael Tracey is more livid at Fiona Hill than Gym Jordan.
Only Michael Tracey is more upset than Trump at the news coverage of Ukrainegate hearings.
If Mike Pompeo rolled down a mountain, he would cause a landslide.
How will China’s economy develop without property theft?
It’s worth remembering that xenophobic violence erupted in the former East against “Auslander,” just a year after the Mauerfall.
Jacobin magazine is down in the mouth over the collapse of East Germany. I understand their disappointment. When the wall was transgressed, those East Germans headed straight to Kaufhaus des Westens. Total neolibs even after 40 years of the best socialist education in the Soviet bloc! Amazing!
The Stasi was why Ossis couldn’t have nice things.
Gregor Gysi would have been a brilliant replacement for Honecker.
Putin went from busting kneecaps in a decrepit Friedrichshain dungeon to bombing civilians in Aleppo as Russia’s Eternal President.
Re Elizabeth Warren: Ordinary people won’t read policy papers. Soundbites recycled through repetitive stump speeches drill home the gist of the matter.
The key for Democrats is to reach low information voters in swing states, who were once the backbone of Republican Party support.
I recall the day Beauregard Sessions quaked in the presence of a “wise Latina.”
All Bern talks about these days is extinguishing billionaires.
AOC has to be careful not to damage her brand by associating with a losing campaign.
Modi’s boot is pressing on the neck of India’s judiciary.
Jacobin magazine is already attempting to cushion the inevitable disappointment of Berniebros/brosettes with a quote from Eugene Debs:
“It is infinitely better to vote for freedom and fail than to vote for slavery and succeed.” – Eugene Debs
The “losing is winning” mentality is Debs making a virtue of necessity.
After the rude welcome Trump received at a UFC event in NYC, Dana White will receive a tweetful of hate from the Big Bonespur.
Warren and Sanders lack a heavyweight in economics to legitimate their half statements about paying for M4A.
This is doubtless because they are riding the wave of anti-expertise ressentiment of the current populist moment.
The otherwise intelligent Dave Weigel recently referred to Clinton’s “gaffe” re coal miners in West Virginia.
Preliminary figures for 2018 show 80,778 people were employed by mine operators and contractors. That’s a record low, and about a thousand fewer than were employed by coal in the last year of the Obama administration.
Coal miners are dinosaurs.
As a student of the “Critique of the Gotha Program,” Bernie knows the proles must use the state to smash the bourgeoisie. Marx’s hostility to Bakunin followed from this. Likewise, Bern as no affinity with anarchism. Hence, no blathering about the deep state from his quarter.
Buttigieg’s plan for a plethora of “national service” programs, which would also function as a pre-requisite for future employment, sounds like the model for an American Stakhanovite.
Service is for knechts, serfs, and butlers in Merchant-Ivory films.
Let’s not make Deadspin out to be the NY Times or any other serious journalistic venture.
It’s great to reach the age when you realize other people’s problems with your identity are really other people’s problems, not yours.
Then they can be easily and absolutely dismissed, banished to the limbo of bad theory and infantile ethics.
The saffron Mussolini will be seated in the Nats’ ballpark.
Speaking of which, the Deferment President described the demise of al-Baghdadi as follows:
He had dragged 3 of his young children with him. He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and the 3 children.
I imagine that’s also how Donnie’s reign will end.
A million NRA hearts are broken as Maria Butina is deported back to her GRU desk job in Russia.
People are upset with Bernie Sanders over the answer he gave to a question about how to handle potentially violent interactions with the police. One has to remember that for Bern, police officers are part of the working class. Thus, they are part of his revolution.
Bill Maher is upset Hillary Clinton owned Tbilisi Gabbard who then owned herself by moving towards a third party bid (as predicted by Hillary Clinton).
Bern had to come to the defense of one of his leading surrogates (Gabbard) or risk the charge of disloyalty from his cultish followers. He apparently doesn’t care that a fleet of Russian bots and other GRU measures have been launched to support Tulsi.
The Joker could just as well be Michael Tracey or Jeet Heer or anyone who writes for The Intercept, Jacobin magazine, or the defunct Splinternews.
I think all pundits and professional journalists are anxious to see Biden fall and someone else rise (Warren, Bern, even Buttigieg or Wang) just so they’ll have something interesting to write about. If Biden were to cruise to victory, the media bottom line would suffer.
Re Tulsi Gabbard:
One number to remember: 65 million.
That’s the number of Democratic votes for HRC in 2016.
Gabbard’s Trumpesque tweet is political death warrant. As a Democrat.
She’d be a great mainstream Republican. I tend to think that’s where she’ll wind up.
Gabbard represents a “sane” version of Republicanism. That’s why Meghan McCain is smitten with her.
Gabbardistas are shattered, though. Michael Tracey is so worked up about this, he’s completely forgotten the oppression of NRA moll Maria Butina.
In calmer moments, he would surely admit that the Russo-Republican fox has no place in the Democratic Party hen house.
However, it is rather confusing when Tulsi sounds like Trump who sounds like Chomsky.
From Jacobin magazine to the Boston Review, from Naomi Klein and to the Young Sparts: everyone agrees Obama was a neolib.
Will the King of the Cocaleros, Evo Morales, be President for Life? How many years in power are enough?