Disquisitions

2016: A Terrible Beauty is Bored (Debate 2)

DP: What a complete circus the GOP has become… Process: I love how Cruz rode in on the Tea Party wave, taking an anti establishment stance but   was then devoured by the same sentiment he had stoked for appeal.  Like some unholy/unwilling John the Baptist for Trump-Christ. I also love how the Republican party is reaping what it sowed.  Trump is…

2016: A Terrible Beauty is Bored (VP Debate)

TIG: So do you think the debate will be half as exciting as this ad implies? DP: Oh, I’m in.  That ad is the best- “Men suspected of crimes DO NOT DESERVE DEFENSE!” TIG: Also, I also learned that Pence is both Catholic and Evangelical Protestant DP: Like peanut butter and jelly…   This pre-game debate commission update is possibly the most boring thing I’ve…

2016: A Terrible Beauty is Bored (Debate 1)

DP: They were trying to bait Bernie into trashing Hillary.  Bernie didn’t have any of that shit. TIG: Let’s be honest, it’s probably not a coincidence that we stopped doing these and then Trump’s numbers surged without our calm hand there DP: It’s true.  Our coverage was uniquely Fair and Balanced. Jeffery Lord: Things to look for tonight, The Phantom of The Source,…

The Willing Destruction of Self Belief in Brexit

While tempting, it is still to early to say what exactly is going to happen in regard to Brexit.  This being said, we can look at what did happen. Brexit has, for the most part, been framed as a kind of anti-globalist revolt that mirrors the Trump candidacy in the United States.  The dominant narrative seems to be that after World…

Democratic Convention Day 1: In which we mostly talk about politics with this on in the background

    TIG: Ben Todd Jealous is the first person I see aside from some guy.   The whole ordeal sounds sort of amateur hour because of the bad sound mixing. Bernie guy kicking it off. Jesus, a shot of the audience is immediately much more diverse DP: DNC music is SO much better than than the RNC music.  Not surprisingly. TIG: He’s…

The Willing Destruction of Self Belief in GOP Day 4 (Hybrid Post)

These political pieces tend to be in the form of conversations from our on-the-ground (meaning, safely on their asses at home) commentators. However, Trump’s speech last night needs to be unpacked a little bit more. One of the major things that has been passed around is the idea that the speech was fascist, and it is in fact an allusion made several…

Republican National Convention Day 3

TIG: In case anybody is wondering, this is what it looks like when Republicans p-a-r-t-y down! There is something to be said, weirdly, about the blonde hay-seed farmer’s daughter. This early stuff is kind of hard to watch. DP: They’re doing a video tribute to Apollo 11 TIG: Obviously I’m pro this, but it seems so off message to celebrate the founding of a…