Driftglass has at all times been certainly one of my favourite political bloggers. Is that also a phrase? I imply the deluge of political blogs that started flowing onto the worldwideweb nearly 20 years in the past has lengthy since dried up, and day by day a number of of the survivors presses the off-switch and not using a alternative stepping out from the wings. Which is each comprehensible and unhappy—considerate, persistent running a blog of considerable content material is difficult work, and solely the tiniest sliver of a sliver ever bought paid even a subsistence residing for his or her efforts.
However Driftglass miraculously abides. Which is pleasant as a result of he’s good, direct, unfettered. In your pleasure, right here’s a prolonged excerpt from his newest that I hope will persuade you to make him an everyday in your studying checklist if he isn’t already:
Every week for the previous 15 years, the New York Instances Motion Zeitgeist Van has dropped Mr. David Brooks off in the midst of actually lots of of life-or-death nationwide points, all laid out and straightforward pickings for anybody with a nationwide media platform who’s even remotely focused on, say, establishing Justice, insuring home Tranquility, offering for the widespread protection, selling the overall Welfare, securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity or any of the opposite cool stuff in that tune.
Moreover, we at the moment are chest-deep-and-sinking-fast within the Age of Trump, so along with the standard perversions and crimes in opposition to democracy that Republicans have been finishing up for many years, we at the moment are confronted with a nakedly fascistic madman within the White Home who’s gleefully executing the Republican celebration’s Closing Answer to the obstacle of constitutional checks and balances by destroying each norm that helps our democracy. Instance: as of this writing, 375 former federal prosecutors have signed signal an open letter saying that Donald Trump has dedicated felony-level obstruction of justice.
And each week for the previous 15 years, Mr. Brooks has ambled down the block, mentally jiggling the handles on every obscenity dedicated by his Republican celebration … after which shifting on.
As a result of for the previous 15 years, Mr. Brooks has solely had one story to inform his readers. One fairy story he has spun over and over and over, with grim, inhuman persistence.
The story of Each Sides Do It.
And being a lazy larcenist, Mr. Brooks will fiddle with each deal with on each important situation going through this nation on the block—from Abortion to Jay-Z—till he can discover one which he can open with out effort. A problem from which he can thieve sufficient odds and ends to assemble into his umpteenth shitty column on the Extremes on Each Sides.
Which he has as soon as once more finished at present.
The Tawdry Trump-Nadler Warfare
How you can destroy checks and balances.
Go learn it for your self in case you’re of a thoughts to.
Or, in case you occur to be educating a category in how wildly-overpaid Beltway pundits have destroyed journalis[m] by spending the final 30 years crushing each single Republican atrocity into the identical Procrustean Mattress of false equivalence, you possibly can assign your college students Mr. Brooks’ column for this week’s studying. They can begin right here — […]
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Ã¢ÂÂThe President seems, fairly brazenly, to be looking for those who will actually disobey and break the legislation for him.Ã¢ÂÂ pic.twitter.com/A3n5lMScNy
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) Could 10, 2019
BLAST FROM THE PAST
On this date at Day by day Kos in 2010—Kagan Filibuster: All A part of the GOP Plan?
TWI’s Mike Lillis catches Mitch McConnel mid flip-flop. Final month, he dominated out a Republican filibuster of any Obama nominee, until that individual had “actually weird views.”
However at present he is saying that “it is solution to early to be making a call concerning the situation of whether or not there ought to be a 60 vote threshold on the nominee.” Means too early, as a result of it is not like they’ve already been by a nomination course of for Kagan when she obtained affirmation as Solicitor Normal, or as Lillis put it, as if she “simply arrived in a espresso can from Pluto.”
On at present’s Kagro within the Morning present: College shootings now depleting the army, however muh pastime! Subpoena saga plods alongside. Giuliani plans journey in Kiev (possibly out a window). Ghostwriter reveals Trump’s a dipsh*t. WTF’s the Epoch Instances, and why are they dishonest for Trump?