Wednesday, July 24, 2019
It's hard to believe that those who didn't read the Mueller Report watched him on TV for five hours. The impact of the report on specific individuals will depend entirely on the video clips chosen by their news outlets of choice. California Republican Tom McClintock's analogy comparing Mueller's report to a flaming sack of sh*t must have had the Congressman's aides rolling on the floor when they wrote it, and I'm sure it will get a lot of play on conservative media. Less likely to get much play in those quarters will be Mueller's uncharacteristically biting reply.
Wrestling with hate
Watching some video of last week's North Carolina Tr*mp rally took me back to 1967, when I took a date to Pittsburgh's Civic Arena for a heavyweight wrestling show. The villains back then still included a "Nazi" and a "Jap," along with a more contemporary "Commie." My date and I left early, not because of the wrestling, but because of the fans — who were dead serious about what they saw in the ring. Their howls and chants of pure hatred against the "bad guys" — the others — were genuinely horrifying.
The UK's new PM
There's an excellent chance that Boris Johnson will cheerfully lead his country into economic catastrophe with a no-deal Brexit. Since Conservative MPs are every bit as spineless as Republicans in our Congress, a no-confidence vote seems impossible. Johnson is far more intelligent and literate than Our President, to whom he frequently is compared; but they share a similar instinct for appealing to the basest populist instincts of their electorates.