Quick satisfaction or disciplined messaging?
The Democrats know their best chance to beat Trump in 2020 is a steady mix of healthcare anxiety and taking advantage of the economy if it softens. And yet, there on the rocks sits a mermaid with a pilsner-blonde comb-forward singing a siren song.
"Something racist!" the merfolk bellows, voice soft yet powerful.
"The mermaid said something racist! We must make it pay!" bellows first mate Ocasio-Cortez to grizzled Captain Pelosi.
What will she do? She knows diverting from the path will almost certainly be to the mermaids advantage. And yet, the mermaid soon has a gaggle of seagulls barking the same objectionable phrase right back to her. Captain Pelosi knows for sure she'll be dragged on Twitter the longer she stays silent.
The #THREADS will see her hung as her silence becomes ever more deafening.
What will she do?
What. Will. She. Do?
Kind of fell into this one. Took the beginning of the podcast this week and added video the clips. Would love to do a deep dive like this into different moments in political history. Welcoming any suggestions on other moments to dig into…
In moments like these I can’t help but think of a Truffle Hog.
Why does the fabled animal know where the famed fungi is? It just does.
Donald Trump knows media attention. Too much time is spent parsing exactly how much credit he is owned for being able to manipulate coverage. But I know exactly how much credit to give him… as much credit you’d give a Truffle Hog. It’s a rare skill that makes you more valuable.
Take this new dust up with Progressive cover girls The Squad (AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib and the fourth one whose name I always have to look up… Ayanna Pressley) wherein the sitting president of the United States said that at least one of them should “go back” to her native Africa. Three out of the four of them have become household names in political media for varied reasons. Trump got the scent for headlines and made a beeline.
The comments are reckless and ugly. They’ve also immediately reframed the political universe exactly how Trump likes it… orbiting around him.
Like the birth certificate.
One thing is for sure, Trump benefits the bigger AOC gets. Specifically in relation to the 2020 nominee.
AOC will likely be to the left of nominee and unlike a veteran like Pelosi you can legitimately cast her as the future of the Democratic party. Trump will refer to the nominee and AOC as if they are the same person and AOC will be the first one to clapback on Twitter or IG. Beyond that, it is questionable exactly how much of her own clout she’s willing to shed for a more moderate nominee like Biden. This could give progressive voters permission to sit home.
In a perfect world, Trump would argue with AOC over the nominees head until 2020. Because let’s be honest, none of the 2020 nominees can generate has much media heat.
And just like the Truffle Hog, that’s what Trump’s after.
The column is written by openly gay novelist Dave Peck. It's very critical of Mayor Pete's worldview and politics but more controversially drives directly at his sexual orientation. Specifically, that Pete is sexually inexperienced and might be turned loose if he got the White House. It also almost exclusively refers to the candidate at "Mary Pete" which is the author's crowdsourced label for a gay Uncle Tom.
You can read the archived version here.
It speculates that Mayor Pete's judgement might be tested if he becomes the most powerful man on Earth only to realize he never got the be the "Lucky Pierre" in an Eiffel Tower.
It seriously uses the term Lucky Pierre.
This article makes it seem like the politicians who want to impeach the president are in control of an impeachment push. That is stupid. Impeaching a president is not a farm bill. It's not a hearing. It's not a matter of vote wrangling.
Impeachment is a wave. A wave that has to begin with voters, filter through the media and crest in the government. If you try and force it, it will blow up in your face.
Can Mueller start that wave? If he did it would be a departure from his report and public statement. I will say what I've always said... either fight with the army you have or focus on things you can actually control.
Here’s the deal… listen to this six-minute edit of a 30-minute 1992 Ross Perot informercial and in the comments tell me which modern politician you think he sounds the most like.