Wondering if California pro-recall forces might actually come up with, you know, some reason to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom from office? Well, now they don't have to! I suspect a not-insignificant number of Cali voters would really hate the notion of big corporations saturating the state with "charity donations" that may have resulted in some of those corporations getting special treatment in state matters. Granted, you shouldn't count on a Kevin Faulconer or a Caitlin Jenner fixing that system -- or, indeed, tramping down on corruption generally -- but this is exactly the kind of thing that makes people hate politics, and thus also the kind of thing that can energize infrequent voters in a recall election, which is always about the incumbent.
If I'd submitted a short story to my upper-level creative writing class about the President of the National Rifle Association being an absolutely lousy hunter who maybe shouldn't be trusted with any kind of firearm -- or, indeed, any kind of story about a guy pretending to be salt-of-the-earth who turned out to spend six figures on designer suits -- my professor would have rapped my knuckles. But such is the quality of irony in this sick, immoral, and decadent age; it doesn't even offer us pleasure. Some would say I don't look hard enough, but the most obvious hypocrisy sure does seem to saturate our media, and too many of its practitioners barely try to hide it anymore. And, not for nothing, but only assholes hunt elephants.
You may be tempted to cheer when you hear that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) thinks we should have a January 6 investigation that focuses solely on January 6 and not on "violent" anti-racism protestors, but again, she doesn't deserve a whole lot of credit for standing up for the obvious. Indeed, she may be doing it because she knows the party's about to boot her out of Republican House caucus leadership anyway! C'mon, she learned at the knee of her father, one of the worst human beings ever to be Vice President.
When I hear that Tucker Carlson now sounds so unhinged -- lately saying you should call the police and child protective services if you see kids outside playing with masks on -- that maybe he's "joking," I'm reminded that brats hide behind jokes and adults take accountability for what they say. I'm further reminded that our "liberal" media has spent literally decades covering ever-crazier right-wing punditoids as if they're just folks-with-ideas, and if you don't do your job protecting your civilization, post-modern speculation is all you've got left. Also, satire has to be funny. Tucker Carlson ain't funny.
When I hear that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says the story of Joe Biden's first 100 days is "it's Biden's way or the highway," we should remember that this this is how the privileged talk when they don't get their way on everything, plus they project all their faults on their opponents. I wouldn't characterize the last 12 years as anything but "it's Mitch McConnell's way or the highway." And I would venture to say that President Biden would be following the people's will on "working with Republicans" as long as he works around them, or through them, or over them, but not "with" them. If I never hear the word "bipartisanship" again, it'll be too soon.
Finally, maybe he's just figured out which way the wind is blowing, but longtime Democratic consultant James Carville gives some good advice in this interview with Vox. I don't know that "wokeness is a problem" so much as people too proud of their wokeness (or strutting around with fake "wokeness"), and he doesn't say how he's going to cut into rural voting spreads, and he shouldn't use the word "cancel" like it means what Republicans want it to mean, but "stop speaking Hebrew and start speaking Yiddish" is good advice, "make the Republicans own that insurrection every day" better advice, and his take on Florida reminds me (because I need it some times, like everyone else!) that people are much better than their voting records might lead you to believe. Also, over a year after calling Bernie Sanders a "Communist," he seems to like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.