Typically, a midterm election is one of low general interest and the only real activation is within the voters registered to the party that lost the Presidential election two years prior. Another standard midterm election trope is the elevation of extremely far out candidates with beliefs way outside the mainstream, and a tendency to make bizarre gaffes that make them overnight viral video sensations.
The “macaca” guy in Virginia is one example. The former practitioner of witchcraft (happy belated Halloween everybody) who ran on the Tea Party ticket is another. Despite the current political climate being so degenerated to the point that anybody can run regardless of their background (see the Oval Office) and no one drops out of a race regardless of flaws and transgressions (see Alabama), we still have some egregious outliers.
My most loyal reader and commenter of all, my Aunt Donna said it best about POTUS 45, in response to my last column about his committing treason on live television:
“I don't want to hear or read another word of his. I'm beginning to think he's suffering from early stage dementia.”
I’m pretty much in the same place on that right now, but obviously that’s a pipe dream for the time being. However, it’s also not uncommon for the obnoxiously ubiquitous to eventually disappear from the public consciousness (remember Tonya Harding? In 1994 she was on TV every second of every day).
For most of our lifetimes, the President of the United States of America was considered the most powerful person in the world. Today that’s not the case, as the globe now belongs to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
Ever since the catch-phrase “leader of the free world” has been in common parlance, it has meant the POTUS. As it’s a phrase deeply rooted in NATO, the label no longer applies to our current President. Perhaps that honorable designation is more befitting German Chancellor Angela Merkel or United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, or maybe there is no current leader of the free world.
One of the greatest Sean Hannity jokes ever, credited to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, took on a whole new level of meaning last night. Hannity is infamous for the flow charts and graphs he often utilizes on his program to convey his crackpot “Deep State” theories
. Oliver described this practice as resembling “an ex-football player trying to sell you time shares.”
It appears the writing staff of Last Week Tonight nailed it a few months ago, because Sean Hannity is literally a real estate swindler. Take it away The Guardian:
“Well, it’s not like it could save the Earth or anything…”
…Actually, it might. Scott Pruitt, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will most likely become the next member of Trump’s cabinet to lose his job. It’s a cabinet in chaos, embroiled in scandal, with Pruitt’s performance just as chaotic and scandalous any any Trump appointee.
There are multiple reports indicating that Scott Pruitt and his allies are rallying to try and save his job because they all know that his time is running out. The only EPA Administrator who could honestly be worse than Pruitt was Russ Cargill, The Simpsons movie villain, and he’s not even real...
If Dana Loesch, the public face of National Rifle Association ANGER and RAGE, comes off as more than a bit histrionic, it’s probably because she once was an aspiring actress. Today, Loesch has created a nice niche for herself as the dream woman of extreme gun fetishists everywhere.
However, she’s really isn't more than just the latest edition in a long line of media personalities embodying a tried and true far right motif: Take repugnant and deplorable ideas, but deliver them in a physically attractive package, thus tricking the general viewer into believing such world views are more presentable.
It also fools the idiot viewer into genuinely believing the repulsive stances which are conveyed. See Tomi Lahren, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingrahan, Sarah Palin etc.
Unless it involves a new, big breaking news bombshell in the Robert Mueller investigation, I'm tired of any news relating to Donald Trump. I'm more tired than Prince Valium in Spaceballs
I have Trump, especially Trump Twitter fatigue. I'm more fatigued than an obese man trying to run a half-marathon. We are headed to an inevitable showdown between Trump and Robert Mueller, and until we get there, we're all trapped in a vicious cycle constructed by an astounding confluence of factors...
One of the leading models of sex robots looks a lot like Tomi Lahren, a Twitter user once joked to me. It’s not just her looks that resemble a bot, so does the worthless tripe she spews on a daily basis.
Lahren, like a few other “sociopolitical commentators” out there today, and so many before her, does the same exact work as thousands of Russian troll bots every time she speaks in public.
The Russians knew exactly how to further drive wedges between us in this country, because we have had our very own popular/polarizing media figures showing them the way for many years already. Friday brought a bombshell revelation in the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.
The Congressional approach to gun control mirrors the parenting method of Ned Flanders’ beatnik mother:
“we tried nothing, and we’re all out of ideas.”
Of course, it’s nothing by design because so many of our most powerful leaders in Washington are beholden to the National Rifle Association, from whom they receive much of their campaign funding. In fact, the NRA donated $5.8 million to Republican candidates, and just $100,000 to Democrats. Right now, in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida which took 17 lives, it’s time to both think about how to change the status quo, and take action to help make it happen.
This mass shooting feels different than all the previous senseless disasters. This time, it feels like the enthusiasm gap between the NRA agenda and the rest of us who believe in common sense gun regulation is finally closing.
The election of candidates like Donald Trump opened the door for candidates like Roy Moore to win primaries and run in the general election on a national stage. Roy Moore has opened the door for Arthur Jones, a bonafide, full-blown Holocaust denying former member of the American neo-Nazi party who wants to be Congressman of Illinois' third district.
It's a district that encompasses parts of the city of Chicago, as well as several southwestern suburbs. The 70-year-old Jones will run unopposed in the Republican primary March 20th, and will likely then face off against the favorite on the Democratic side, incumbent Dan Lipinski in the November general election. Lipinski, in power since 2005, is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, the more conservative wing of the Democratic Party.