The Playing Field

So, apparently Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is releasing vulnerable Republicans to "distance" themselves from Trump. I've already seen this breathlessly tweeted a few times this morning, and yes, it's encouraging. But as Winston Wolf put it in Pulp Fiction, let's not start celebrating too early. McConnell is one of the worst things to happen to American democracy maybe ever, but he...

The Shadow

Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow ~ T. S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men" No American could have watched the past weeks’ tributes to John Lewis and been unmoved. The man’s entire life, right up to his astonishing final words, which he wrote in the hospital knowing he was dying and told his lawyers to release four hours before his funeral, are indeed...

DHS Turn Out To Be The Secret Police? Who Knew?

I mean, other than anyone who’s studied the history of secret police forces or simply did a rigorous threat modeling of what was likely to go wrong with the kind of powers and mission given to the Department of Homeland Security. Which apparently does not include the most liberal Senator of recent years (and, obviously, more timorous and less liberal Democratic Senators). From the “well,...

The Problem, In One Tweet

This one.  Maybe - maybe - you could make an argument that the reason this failed is due to the messenger. That Bernie Sanders’ name has become toxic in the Democratic establishment to such a degree that even good, commonsense legislation he proposes is defeated, when the same thing proposed by anyone else might very well have passed. If you think that, however, take a look back at...

F*** – And I Cannot Stress This Enough – Trump

For so many things, but today, particularly for his abject failure and inability to lead on the pandemic that continues to ravage our country even as other countries are coping and managing it. I spend a fair amount of time on this blog hectoring the Democratic Party for its multiple, ongoing failures, its cowardice and lack of ability to understand the moment it is in. But that’s because I...

Here We Go, Ready or Not

I’ve been seeing an uptick in “Hillary warned us” memes like this one lately, and I have to say: they’re not the ace card some people seem to think they are. I agree Hillary Clinton had a clear-eyed assessment of how bad a Trump presidency would be. But here’s the thing: so did a lot of us. https://twitter.com/kimksavesworld/status/1284815480910422017 The fact that these keep getting...

Coronavirus INCREASES Anti-Vaccine Sentiment? 😳

This morning brought this article from The Washington Post, Prospect of a coronavirus vaccine unites anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and hippie moms in Germany and I have to admit it wasn’t the first similarly-themed article I’d read. Yes, this is Germany and not the USA, but if anything, that makes reading an article like this even more confounding. My understanding of Germany’s...

WaPo Pulling No Punches On Trump’s Bungled Coronavirus Response

This is the headline on their excellent story: With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infectionsIt's been a long time since we've seen those kinds of unapologetic headlines out of any major national paper. A LONG time. The story itself retains punch because it is mercilessly factual without veering into CNN-like Trump-hatred OR typical, lazy,...