Monthly Archives: June 2021
I’ve been happily mining Carlson’s greatest hits for clicks. But you may have noticed that he’s gone from laughable asshole to dangerous asshole in the last year or so. I’m way behind on calling him out.
Let’s just get back gently on the horse with a new clip of him taking cheap shots at a man who has more grit in his taint than Tucker Carlson has or ever will have in his whole flabby body.
I was a member of the US military for a time. And I can tell you that it’s not the hotbed of conservatism that you would assume it is. Chief among the attributes one must have as a soldier is situational awareness. You must strive to know all of the angles on the battlefield. It’s somewhat analogous to having an open mind in the civilian world. A few days ago, Chairman of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff General Mark Milley exemplified this quality while responding to some questions Matt Gaetz had for him. In his response he said he wanted to know what caused white rage, what he felt his cadets should know when it came to things like critical race theory, and explained that reading and understanding texts outside of our general American understanding does not make us or his soldiers weak or less patriotic.
In comes fearless Tucker Carlson, laughing at the clip and calling Milley a stupid pig.
“Mark Milley is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” said Carlson. “He didn’t get that job because he’s brilliant or because he’s brave. Or because people who know him respect him. He is not, and they definitely don’t. Milley got the job because he is obsequious. He knows who to suck up to, and he’s more than happy to do it. Feed him a script and he will read it.”
Milley has the top military job in the nation, only lower than Joe Biden on the military chain of command. So I don’t know what point he’s trying to make here re: sucking up.
Carlson mocked Milley for his comments. “Hard to believe that man wears a uniform. He’s that unimpressive. Notice he never defined White rage? And we should know what it is. What is White rage?”
I love this. What is white rage? Really? Was Tucker sleeping through the Trump years? Maybe he missed the riot at the capitol? Is he vaguely aware that he stokes it nightly?
I would give Tucker half an ear if he had served and made these comments. But he clearly doesn’t understand “men wearing the uniform”. His insights are puerile and severely lacking in any understanding of what makes a soldier, much less one with the stature and breadth of experience as Milley. Tucker Carlson is not qualified to measure him, he’s just an asshole with a TV show on the worst network ever created. I’d like to see him bring Milley on and try his shtick, but you and I know Tucker’s happy lobbing his cowardly bullshit from a distance on this one.
Update: Tucker alleges the NSA is monitoring his communications. The NSA patiently explains that they don’t do domestic surveillance, unless you are in contact with a hostile foreign agent. You’re insane, but you aren’t that big a fish, asshole.
Yesterday, the Voting Rights Act died because Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema do not understand-even at this late stage of the game-that Republicans have no interest in passing laws, unless it has something to do with abortion or taxes. It’s plainly obvious for all to see, but those two buttheads are still being painfully obtuse about their intention to make Joe Biden’s presidency die by suffocation. Make no mistake, the gambit can work, and confused voters may find themselves staying home if they don’t see any results.
Liberals are now forced to play the long game. That is to say that there’s going to be no forward movement unless we get more Democrats in office. The bitch of it is they will have to face withering criticism and bad faith arguing from Republicans for the next year and a half until we can do that. And as you know, the GOP is pushing voter suppression laws all over the country. They’re determined not to have a replay of 2020. Thankfully, the cloud of COVID is beginning to lift and we can see voters return to the polls with their feet more confidently.
Sinema’s out there arguing that there is no point to voting on something that Republicans can just reverse should they find themselves in the majority again. What she is prescribing, perhaps unwittingly, is a state of permanent gridlock. The days of sixty vote majorities are gone and they are not coming back-this country is bitterly divided, perhaps moreso than any time since our civil war. Every Democrat should already know this. What needs to happen instead is that we need to govern effectively, so much so that the people will happily cast their ballots again for Democrats. If we get results, there’s no reason to fear a Republican resurgence, is there now, Kyrsten? But she’s not giving us even half a chance to move the ball. She’s a raging disappointment and so is her compadre Manchin.
Ignoring political realities is giving Mitch McConnell everything he wants. If a dissatisfied public sees fit to award them majority status again, two things could happen: A) Nothing, because conservatives gotta conserve, and B) Republicans junk the filibuster themselves. A Biden White House will prevent B from doing too much damage, but think of all the time we are wasting not solving problems. I personally don’t see Ron DeSantis as much of a threat come ’24, but losing all the marbles is a possibility-and at a time when we should be showing Americans what we can do, we are instead showing them that politics is useless and not worth participating in.
And that, friends, is exactly how Republicans like it.