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.
Paul Ryan was Boehnered by Tea Party Republicans.
The so-called Freedom Caucus is anti-government, which presents a paradox when it is in a position to govern.
Since 2010, Republicans have proven to be ungovernable.
The US is a nation of swindlers and rubes. Hence, the Trump Presidency.
Trump campaign promises scorecard:
- Muslim ban (stalled in courts)
- Southern border wall (no brick has been laid)
- New plan to defeat IS (non-existent)
- Repeal Obamacare (flatlined)
Republican Party 1854-2016.
A nativist tradition has always had a presence in US political culture, at times lurking beneath the calm waters of regular electoral politics, at other times crashing through like a Kraken intent on the destruction of the nation.
Since 2009, the Republican Tea Party has been that mythological sea monster, initially awakened by Mr Trump’s birther fabula. Now these Republicans have again turned to Mr Trump in massive numbers. His campaign represents their best fears and worst hopes for America.
Justice Scalia was a formidable roadblock to progress, a modern day Taney.
In various rulings and majority opinions, Justice Scalia ratified the second class citizenship of African Americans (re voting rights) and women (re reproductive health rights), and consigned thousands of Americans to a violent death by handgun. His dissenting opinions represent a sort of cahiers de doléances for American emocons, the victims of modernity.
One almost wishes the Presidency on Trump. The Tea Party pitchforks would expect him to live up to his promises. He would have about six months to “Make America Great Again” before their guns would come out.
Poor educational standards (exacerbated by an epidemic of homeschooling), the substitution of internet blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Fox News for traditional sites of authenticated information, and the reality televisualisation of reality itself have led to the rise of the politics of Trump, Cruz, and Rubio: clownish, buffoonish, and outrageous performances meant to draw eyeballs and deaden brain activity.
Evangelical Christians have been the bane of American politics since they became a political force in the 1970s as the so-called Moral Majority. The theocratic polity they envision for America would make Torquemada blush. However, sometimes they are surprising: they have broken with Republican anti-science fanatics over climate change and appear to support “immigration reform” rather than wall-building and mass deportation.
After hours of questions from House Tea Party yokels, President Clinton hasn’t even broken a sweat.
Ms Clinton’s political presence towers over the Republican pipsqueaks.
Ms Clinton may have wrapped up the Presidency with a tour de force performance on Capitol Hill. No candidate running for the nomination now, Democrat or Republican, is a match for her.
It was such a political disaster for Republicans, Fox News didn’t cover it live.
Trey Gowdy (BA Baylor, JD University of South Carolina) was no match for Clinton (BA Wellesley, JD Yale Law School).
The House Republicans are unable to elected a new Speaker of the House. The Republican Party has allowed itself to be overrun by cartoon Christians and cartoon conservatives, whose images have been exquisitely drawn by Fox News’s Looney Tunes version of journalism. Members of the Tea Party Republican House have been playing the Wile E. Coyote role to the POTUS’s Road Runner since 2010: the anvil is always falling on them.
The women depicted in the film Suffragette will be remembered and honoured long after the cookie-cutter objections of the professional outragetariat, who inhabit twitter and Tumblr, have evaporated in the digital ether.
Westboro Baptist Church rejects are protesting a Renoir exhibit.
When did Arizona become Texas-lite?
Re a federal government shutdown: the Tea Party House simply delayed its pander party, which will resume in December. The early negative reviews of the Cecile Richard’s roast certainly weren’t encouraging to its cause.
Republicans continue to put Americans at risk with these manufactured pseudo-crises.
“The Incompetent Executioner,” starring Mary Fallin. Next on FX.
Mr Putin provided military support for rebels in Ukraine, a conflict which has ended in stalemate. Now he’s trying his hand at fighting rebels in Syria.
Americans have always had a contradictory relationship with citizenship. The body politic was originally formed by denying citizenship to Native Americans and enslaved people. Americans assume as a point of pride that everyone in the world wants to be a US citizen while at the same time disparaging those seeking citizenship. When the American right wing comes under criticism, its knee-jerk response is “if you don’t like it here, you can go to [X].”
Emily Blunt should brush off any and all pathological discontent directed at her like cat hair on a dark sweater.