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Political discourse, 2020

I see why you’re a Sanders supporter I said to the Sanders supporter. You don’t have to insult me, she said. I said it wasn’t meant as an insult. I meant that based on your stated positions, I see why you support Bernie Sanders. Well it sure sounded like an insult, she said.

Yikes

Politics has gotten so toxic on the Democratic side of the internet that I’ll be likely foregoing any comment here until safely after the convention. And it’s not even the New Hampshire primary yet. I had been planning to do a running commentary on this blog on the nomination race up through the last contest–the Virgin Islands caucus on June 7th–but damn, it’s the French Revolution out there.

See you in September.

Brick

2020 caucuses

I just looked at the 2020 Democratic schedule and only three states are holding caucuses this year. Iowa’s is still melting under the media glare. Nevada (36 delegates), if they’re using their traditional three step, three month process might see the same sort of press and social media cataclysm that leveled Iowa (41 delegates). I remember when Nevada used to have a primary. Wyoming (14 delegates) will likely be too late in the season and too small a game to notice. Only three non-state caucuses are happening this year: American Samoa (6 delegates), Guam (7) and the Virgin Islands (7), each of which might find themselves under the glare of media due to the magic of Twitter. It’s Twitter that fueled the hysteria over Iowa, incidentally. Every second—probably quite literally every second—a breaking news item was tweeted by a vast herd of reporters on the ground or in the ether. And just for old times sake the Northern Marianas will be selecting their six delegates to the Democratic National Convention at a territorial convention, just like in The Man Who Killed Liberty Valence.

Artless

What an excruciatingly dull time this is turning out to be. Everything is anger and agitprop, and the not particularly bright people on all sides have found their voices and shout down all shades of in between. You know what the news will say before you turn it on, you know what opinions people will have before they utter them, you know how every movie will end. Everything is political, objectivity is betrayal, shading is cowardice. I’ve always thought times like this would be exciting and brilliant, but no, it’s just angry and artless jabbering.

Democratic debates in the eye of the storm

I don’t know how people can stand watching nomination debates. They are ludicrous. And then all the next day arguing on their finer points is even sillier. We have a president who is disintegrating with dementia and has absolute control of the workings of his Administration, a desperate impeachment battle that is an existential threat to that demented president, corruption beyond belief orchestrated by the Oval Office and being exposed daily if not hourly, a Mid East situation unraveling as fast as electrons can travel and fifty hydrogen bombs being held as pawns by the Turkish strongman….and we have people bickering over who said what in another almost entirely meaningless Democratic debate. A lot of woke people need to wake the fuck up.

Meanwhile at the Democratic debate…

Democratic debates in the eye of the storm

I don’t know how people can stand watching nomination debates. They are ludicrous. And then all the next day arguing on their finer points is even sillier. We have a president who is disintegrating with dementia and has absolute control of the workings of his Administration, a desperate impeachment battle that is an existential threat to that demented president, corruption beyond belief orchestrated by the Oval Office and being exposed daily if not hourly, a Mid East situation unraveling as fast as electrons can travel and fifty hydrogen bombs being held as pawns by the Turkish strongman….and we have people bickering over who said what in another almost entirely meaningless Democratic debate. A lot of woke people need to wake the fuck up.