Reed Richardson at FAIR regards the FCC's net neutrality repeal as "Only Part of Trump's Surrender to Corporate Media." You'll be a bit depressed at the avalanche of corruption, bad faith, and outright lying that has surrounded not just net neutrality repeal -- how odd that Comcast retracted its promise never to engage in paid prioritization the very same day FCC Chair Ajit Pai announced the repeal plan! -- but also the FCC's loosening of media consolidation rules, which may lead to the notorious (and notoriously pro-Trump) Sinclair network reaching its tentacles into even more local TV stations and more American households, and the FCC's abdication of its enforcement function to the FTC (which, as former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler notes, may not legally even be able to enforce what little the FCC wants it to enforce). This is what happens to America when we let people who care literally nothing about ethics or civilization -- and who care literally only about nothing but money and power, become our leaders. We can only hope the face of this leadership is so repugnant to our friends and neighbors that they join us in beating it back.
Speaking of which, Donald Trump, Jr. unleashes a torrent of ignorance on Twitter, suggesting that most folks who complain about the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules couldn't "explain it in detail." Having "explained it in detail" myself many, many times (all of which are easily searchable at this humble blog -- well, for as long as you can see it, at least!), I refuse to reinvent the wheel for his amusement. I will point out, though, that belittling your opponents is the last resort of a man who can't win arguments on the merits, and suggesting that so many folks have somehow "gotten on the bandwagon" when the FCC has received close to 30 million public comments on this topic over the years is a hell of a way of advertising your own ignorance. I'll even say that ranting and raving about the stupidity of the American people is something a fascist does when he knows he can't get his way through persuasion and cunning. Will shame visit Trump the Younger over this matter? I kid, of course -- being a Trump means never being ashamed about anything you've ever done, and people who don't feel shame are a menace to democracy and a menace to civilization.
Finally, I'm glad that some analysts are catching on that Roy Moore's defeat in the special U.S. Senate race in Alabama earlier this week isn't some freak electoral accident. A lot of Republicans are still telling themselves that Roy Moore was an anomaly -- after all, how often do you find out the guy you nominated spent much of his 30s trying to date teenage girls? But if Mr. Bannon plunges forward with his alleged plan to try to replace almost every sitting Republican Senator up for re-election in 2018 with a "Moore-like insurgent()," Republicans are going to find out Mr. Moore is not an anomaly, and they'll be just as disappointed with them as they must now be with folks like Rep. Farenthold. Consider, if you will, Mr. Bannon's oft-discussed plan to replace Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who has voted with President Trump approximately 2,000 percent of the time, with former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince. If Roy Moore had skeletons in his closet, Erik Prince may well have the Catacombs of Paris in his. And with Berniecrats having taken over the party apparatus in the Equality State, Republicans might be better off dancing with the girl they brung, as they say.