Despite our best efforts, Gov. Brian Kemp has signed Georgia's notorious SB 202, which will severely restrict ballot access, mainly for the Black voters who will not be voting for Brian Kemp or very many Republican state legislators. Given that Joe Biden won Georgia and two Democrats captured U.S. Senate seats in January runoffs, you might well call SB 202 a "sore loser" bill! The good news? The legislature stupidly did this right away, giving Black folks plenty of time to figure out how to vote despite the new restrictions. But next time Mitch McConnell calls the For the People Act "a solution in search of a problem," you can always say here's the problem.
Yes, Virginia, Amazon truck delivery workers do, in fact, urinate into bottles. Because they work 10-hour shifts and have to deliver a package about every two minutes! And if they come back with undelivered packages, they get disciplined and (eventually) fired! And rather than say "well, they're not the first human beings ever to use piss bottles," maybe we should wonder why Amazon doesn't hire more of them -- or, heaven forbid, whether we really need that Game of Thrones DVD set the day after we order it. (As an aside, dig the Amazon twitterer who calls his corporation "the Bernie Sanders of employers." As if! And how did a "Communist" become so popular?)
Ho hum, Joe Biden holds a press conference, and all our "liberal" media want to talk about is immigration and working with Republicans. Perhaps not coincidentally, that's what Republicans want to talk about! I warned that once Donald Trump was gone, our "liberal" media would go back to letting right-wingers be their assignment editors, and I was right! The only positive development since 2009, I suppose, is that there's no obvious Matt Drudge working today. May there never be one again! Putatively intelligent people talked themselves into giving him way too much say over what happens in America back in the day.
In a peripherally-related note, Julie Hollar at FAIR finds that, "For Sunday Shows, Border Is 'Political Crisis,' Not Humanitarian Emergency." It's like they've all forgotten that, to be a truly great nation, you have to treat everyone with the dignity and humanity they deserve. Of course, turning everything into a Goddamn horserace makes you forget just about everything that makes you human, let alone great. And maybe our government should stop treating Central America like its personal piss bottle? (Also, CNN appears to have aired a staged border crossing without knowing it was staged; maybe I was wrong when I said all that Project Veritas BS had taught our media something.)
Peter Slevin at the New Yorker reports extensively on how Iowa's become a hard-right Republican state, to the point where even "solid, mainstream" Democrats lost most of their elections in 2020, and I can't help but retort that these "solid, mainstream" Democrats are mostly Republican-lite -- and Republican voters will always have an inarticulate contempt for Democrats who try to act like Republicans -- and that if Democrats would, say, actually make life easier for small farmers when they have power (which is so, so not Tom Vilsack!), they could withstand the onslaught of Republican lies a lot better. The article says Cindy Axne managed to hold onto her House seat with "face-to-face campaigning," but doesn't tell us what she said face-to-face. That'd be the more important question, one would think.
Finally, I've thought long and hard about Branko Marcetic's article detailing Kyrsten Sinema's metamorphosis from anti-war, Green Party liberal to "proud neoliberal Democrat" who made a little show of rejecting a minimum wage hike, and though this isn't the article's fault, you may come away from it knowing little more about what makes her tick. Possibly I feel this way because I don't condone the acquisition of power for its own sake -- Jesus Mary and Joseph she doesn't even get richer by capitulating to power, just like Scott Walker! Anyway, if you're inclined to think "she's just representing her state," you should ask not just whether she's really just representing the state's powerful interests, but whether she could broaden the electorate (and thus your own real power base!) by taking more populist economic positions. After all, Mark Kelly is up for re-election in 2022 already and had no problem supporting the $15/hour minimum wage; maybe he's figured that out.