She makes the following points:
- About 80 boycotted Nixon's second inauguration and they were on the right side of history.
- There is a bipartisan consensus by the ethics experts who served the last two presidents that when trump takes the oath he will violate the constitution.
- The peaceful transfer of power is an important value, but not the only value at stake in this moment.
- And for Californians, try calling Harris' San Diego office, it's the only one with someone picking up the phone in my exp.
Trump was a hot comic, a classic Howard Stern guest. He was the insult comic, the stadium act, the ratings-obsessed headliner who shouted down hecklers. His rallies boiled with rage and laughter, which were hard to tell apart. You didn't have to think that Trump himself was funny to see this effect: I found him repulsive, and yet I could hear those comedy rhythms everywhere, from the Rodney Dangerfield "I don't get no respect" routine to the gleeful insult-comic slams of Don Rickles (for "hockey puck," substitute "Pocahontas") to Andrew Dice Clay, whose lighten-up-it's-a-joke, it's-not-him-it's-a-persona brand of misogyny dominated the late nineteen-eighties. The eighties were Trump's era, where he still seemed to live. But he was also reminiscent of the older comics who once roamed the Catskills, those dark and angry men who provided a cathartic outlet for harsh ideas that both broke and reinforced taboos, about the war between men and women, especially. Trump was that hostile-jaunty guy in the big flappy suit, with the vaudeville hair, the pursed lips, and the glare. There's always been an audience for that guy.
Lurid said: I fucking hate Trump-ology, but I love being humorless (so very much!), so my feelings are mixed.
Heebie's take: I basically don't agree? Trump may have a good instinct for a soundbite, but he's not self-aware the way comedians tend to be. Comedians may not be well-adjusted, but they tend to be incredibly perceptive of reality. Howard Stern is a comedian who can milk a guest like Trump for all he's worth, but Trump himself is not.
On a different note, is Christopher Steele the most perfect spy name, or what? Is kompromat my new favorite word? Yes and yes.
Thiel is a complete asshole's idea of a smart person. Someday we might be bummed that our elites have been chosen more or less by the neato! lottery.
Guns don't kill people, irresponsible sites that reveal your relatives and current address do.
Jesus McQueen is in NYC and free to do something tonight. I have an early-evening engagement, but am available afterwards, so I was thinking dinner at the Oyster Bar at eight. On the other hand, if any other NYers are around and free to be someplace earlier, I can show up wherever when I'm free.