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Don’t Get Wrapped Around The Axle About Kamala Harris

The whackadoodles from both sides of the political spectrum have knives out for Joe Biden’s pick of Kamala Harris for Vice President Of The United States.

Was this avoidable with a different choice?

Shit no.

You know Trump and the right are going to vilify anyone chosen. They never miss an opportunity to smear someone. I fully expect that behavior from them.

But I expect a little more from the left, who is on balance much smarter or at least better educated than those of the conservative bent. Often missing however, from their political approach is the ability to be pragmatic. Making the perfect the enemy of the good and cutting off noses seems to be the order of the day.

I’m hearing talk from them that this is a “cynical” choice. I’m afraid I don’t follow.

Let’s talk for a second about identity politics.

Where did this phrase come from anyway?

It used to be a positive thing or a harmless observation. Now it’s nothing but a negative buzzphrase which left and right routinely abuse.

The fact is that there couldn’t not be politics based on one’s cultural affiliation in America. Disenfranchised voters have similar experiences in the culture and that is the reason why people tend to gather politically according to their status in said culture. Black voters know from their own history how hard whites worked to make sure they had no voice at the ballot box, and the same went for women. We (white males) created these divisions by treating them as less than equal. It’s a bell that we can’t un-ring.

Harris, as it happens, checks both of those boxes. Yet we are still hearing that it’s a “political” calculation.

Of course the fuck it is! And by gum, it’s a force multiplier. Not only did Joe pick someone with class, tenacity and dangerous smarts, he’s poised to win the ironclad support of several demographics which cannot be ignored if we want to win big. She’s also relatively young and that’s important if we don’t want another doddering fool like Trump or Reagan in the White House for 2024, 2028, or 2032. Or ever again.

I would love it if someone could tell me why Harris is a bad choice. God forbid she did her job as AG. As for me, I haven’t been this psyched about a VP nom in my sweet short life. I mean, look back at recent history and consider the embarrassing, tone deaf choices members of both parties have put forth:

Al Gore, Dan Quayle, Tim Kaine, John Edwards, Sarah Palin, Mike Pence, Joe Lieberman, Bob Dole to name but a few. I almost fell asleep typing their names. I’m half tempted to put Biden in this pool because I do recall being rather underwhelmed by Obama’s pick.

The rest of them were utterly charmless and vanilla who added squat to the ticket’s chances. Parties aren’t always known for their ability to take chances when it comes to a veep choice and I’m unsure why. It is undeniable, however that it is about time that a presidential candidate chose someone potentially more consequential and dare I say more popular than themselves. We can now look forward to more of Biden’s decision making- because we sure could use a president right now who will get the fuck out of his own way, someone 180 degrees from the insane bloated bastard billeted in the White House right now.

The Times Are-A-Changin’

Fresh off the heels of a damaging paper-wide crisis that gave voice to Tommy Cotton’s most virulent monkeyshines, the New York Times nevertheless has redeemed itself and gone to bat in the service of the truth by blowing open the story that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill US soldiers. Furthermore, the “President” was told in March and he probably couldn’t bother to get off his phone long enough to figure out a way to deal with the situation. Instead, he lobbied for Russia to be able to join the G-7.

I’m loath to call things treasonous because that word gets tossed about too lightly for my tastes, but I think we’ve reached an event horizon we can no longer ignore: there’s a Russian mole in the White House, and he sits in the Oval Office. You don’t have to dig too far to know, because the creep now knows there are no consequences to his behavior and does all of his dirt above board. This scandal will probably raise a few eyebrows from GOP leadership, but that’s about all. It couldn’t mean a thing. They will voice a little concern and then pretend it never happened. Think about that. I guarantee that the party that trades in hyperpatriotism and military genuflection is going to sweep this ugliness under the rug because they really don’t care about the troops. They’re nothing but pawns in a political game to them.

There’s just too much tying this “President” to Russia for me to think that all the skulduggery that’s been reported on is simply a matter of coincidence anymore. This new insane story makes everything pale in comparison. It’s now much easier, for example, to believe that Trump utilized foreign intelligence in the run-up to 2016 to smear his much more competent opponent. And it should shock no one that he did it again this time around, asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens. You can reasonably assume that there is probably another swiftboating op in the works, one that Trump had better avail himself of soon because he’s losing serious ground in the polls. The fact is, there’s no perfect storm that brings us Trump 2.0-no e-mailgate, no Republican boobs to easily defeat, no Comey, no Stein, no presidential blowjob, no Benghaaazi. Of course, Joe Biden is certainly not immune to attack from a number of vectors, having been in the public eye since the seventies. He did not always make the right choices from a progressive standpoint, or even a moderately liberal one.

But I’m not here to list his sins. The Trump campaign will do quite enough of that, won’t it?

Bottom line, I am not interested one bit in making the perfect the enemy of the good. I want the good to be the enemy of evil- and it’s not hyperbole anymore to call Trump exactly what he is. He’s the most bloodless, amoral ghoul ever to occupy a prominent federal position of power who never met a quid he couldn’t quo, no matter who else gets hurt. We’ve got to get behind the person who will stop this reign of error.

We are all far from perfect. Bear that in mind when you want to balk at the choices we have. Joe Biden wouldn’t sell out our soldiers to stay in the good graces of a ruthless competitor. Bet on it.

Joe Versus The Volcano

I’m so fucking glad we are done with the presidential contest. I’m just hoping enough of us will be around to vote for our nominee. Sanders supporters, I implore you-go through your grieving process as I did mine as a Warrenite, and then we good liberals shall get to the task of removing Stupid Mussolini.

When I wrote about the novel coronavirus last month, I was pretty fucking glib about preparing for its invasion of the United States. I wasn’t paying well enough attention. I didn’t believe Donald Trump when he said it was nothing, because he’s never right and he’s a liar, but I was also not sure what to make of the exponential numbers some were proffering even though I could plainly see that exponential growth was what we were dealing with.

But here we are, and Trump hasn’t missed an opportunity to make the wrong decision at every juncture because he doesn’t have the attention span god gave a goose and experts hate him. Hell, some of the more paranoid among us are wondering if he’s trying to get people killed. And there’s evidence that’s just what he’s doing; governors not paying Trump compliments and tribute will get your PPE pipeline suddenlly pinched off or stopped. Shipments of supplies to states are being being Hoovered up by FEMA. Then there’s just the continuing, ceaseless rank stupidity of the response; for example, what does one make of Jared Kushner trying to tell states that the federal government’s stockpile of medical supply is only for….the federal government? Trump hawking anti-malaria drugs as a cure to COVID with no medical evidence that it works next to the MyPillow guy? And just the sheer insanity of asking instead of telling the nation’s industries to begin producing masks, gowns and vents for our medical providers while the bodies pile up and the nurses get sick buggers the rational mind trying to get a handle on how FUBAR everything is right now. Trump is making it all about him, he’s taking it all personal, and it’s a recipe for fascism at best and annihilation at worst.

All of this is precisely why we need to make Trump a one-term charlie and we gotta do it with the last man or woman standing and that person is old Joe Biden. I think even Joe knows it’s not how good he is but how horrifyingly bad Trump is, which is why he says he’s only going to be a one-term charlie too. Trust- Joe was near the bottom of the list for me, maybe a hair above Pete Buttigieg, who looked a little too much like he could have been talked into getting into a tank to show he could be commander-in-chief and besides, who the fuck was he anyway?

The bitch of it all is that I liked Bernie Sanders a lot (and I still do, if I remove the frames) once upon a time and would have been more than happy to check the box for him. Somewhere along the line, he developed a following that I liked a whole lot less than I did Bernie. Eventually, by extension, I began to resent the Sanders campaign(s) because he did precious little to manage his “revolution” by making sure it kept the bowling bumpers up and stay within acceptable parameters of voting behavior should he be vanquished. (Aside: this isn’t the first time the left lost its damn mind in a close contest; y’all remember Taylor Marsh, Corrente and a bunch of other bloggers went to the mat against Barack Obama in 2008? That was some shit to behold) Instead, many of his diehards threw a snit and refused to vote for anyone else, and some even voted for Trump in unprecedented numbers. It was bonkers, jerked-off behavior in 2016 and it remains so this year. Those people have now seen what a Trump presidency makes possible, so it is my hope we can all definitely say that it is the worst possible thing that could have ever happened and if you don’t think so, ask the people burying bodies in New York city public parks while Trump drones on about the magic of chloroquine and what a terrific job he’s doing as the number of American COVID cases careens into seven digits by the end of April and then think hard about four more years of endless trolling and tweeting and lying and boasting about nonexistent accomplishments, the federal government being run by about five people, two of which Trump is related to. The possibility of Ruth Bader Ginsburg punching out. The self dealing. Ivanka. Wall to wall impeachable behavior. Cozying up to the worst dictators the planet knows. The de-legitimization of the fourth estate. The end of the regulatory role of government. The end of the an independent Justice Department. Smug Christofascists like Mike Pompeo sailing the ship of state.

Red-hatted, happy MAGA nazi cult fucks. Maybe they’ll run over your kid next.

You think about that and all the other bullshit Trump has brought us, before you fold your hands across your chest just like Trump does at meetings when he doesn’t like the information he’s receiving.

It’s bitter medicine. I know. I’m as left as they come, but where we are right now we simply cannot do another four of the dumbest person on earth running America, which already had a host of problems, into the ground. This is indeed a great time to wring concessions from the masters of the universe, and we can do all that, let’s just get this loser out of the way first because he and the Republicans sure as hell aren’t hearing us.

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