Tagged: Melania Trump

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”).

I live for my dream and a pocket full of gold

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The Rapture won’t make poor people richer. Mike Pence won’t tell you that, though.

Methodism is backsliding into spiritual backwardness.

Isn’t Glenn Greenwald a Fox News contributor now?

Good news: this is last time Trump will have the freedom to attend CPAC.

Fact checking a born liar is like Sisyphus rolling a greased rock.

Trump is Melania’s anchor baby daddy.

Anti-vaxx nutters are also swivel-eyed national populists.

Good news: this is the last time Bernie Sanders will run for president.

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Ms Clinton’s emails are like Obama’s birth certificate: something to keep right-wing loons busy.

There’s no evidence that mimicry of the right’s gutter populism will pay off as a tactic for the Democrats. Mr Obama drew people to him emotionally without wallowing in filth.

Who could have guessed this film would cause the twitter outragetariat to go bonkers.

The FSB is creating a new site for Ms Trump.

After party

Mr Giuliani is given high marks for his typical wiseguy performance.

Mr Trump’s “entrance” was plagiarized from Undertaker (at 1:48).

Republicans abandoned reality-based politics decades ago.

Mr Trump tells his supporters what they want to hear, that they are victims of various bad people. He’s rounded up an impressive array of scapegoats for their collective jouissance.

Ms Trump’s dress was from a British designer. Making America great again.

She spoke from a script. Unfortunately, it was Ms Obama’s script. Plus, Rick Astley lyrics leavened in.

Stealin’ when she shoulda been buyin’.

Republican convention, Act 1

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Running commentary:

Why isn’t this airing on Comedy Central?

The house band is covering the Rolling Stones. They should probably play “Under My Thumb.”

The world is getting a glimpse of the “Other America.”

Bob Dole is the last surviving “rational” Republican.

It’s sad that the Benghazi mom has allowed her personal tragedy to become a political trump card.

Slapstick from the Benghazi Brothers. The “play off” music fails.

Chuck Norris will not speak at the Convention. Instead, he’s counting to infinity. Again.

I hope Melania’s dress wasn’t stitched together in China.

We may look back on Clint Eastwood’s empty chair skit as a high point in recent Republican politics.

Speaker: How can you defeat an enemy you can’t even name?
POTUS: … drones…

Recall GW Bush’s kinder, gentler Republican convention in 2000, which featured break-dancers to show the diversity of the Republican Party.

The good old days!

Navy seals wringing their hands about how scary the world is. It’s the rise of the emocons, who play the victim card to the max.

It’s hard to imagine the likes of Darth Cheney or Rumsfeld crying about being afraid of the dark.

Rudy Giuliani is speaking, upbraiding the media.

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Twitter weighs in:

Chris Rock @chrisrock
I’m watching the republican convention it’s pretty good. What time does George Zimmerman speak.

Out of the primordial mist strides Mr Trump.

Hopefully, Ms Trump will tell us about Donald as a family man and how he’s adapted to his third marriage.

Now someone (a general?) is talking about bathrooms. It just gets better and better.

3/4 empty hall chanting “Lock her up!” (regarding Ms Clinton).

The Republican subculture are a sad lot.

It’s over. I can’t wait for the entr’acte.