Posted on Dec 06, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: In Defense Of George H.W. Bush

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Being a liberal Democrat, there are certain opinions that I have to either keep to myself or roll the dice and mention publicly at the risk of irritating people who might otherwise agree with me on…whatever. It’s never a pleasant experience, but I’ve tended toward going public and owning it, rather than withholding my views out of fear. Frankly, to this day I’m still feeling the repercussions from my...

Posted on Nov 15, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Teaming Up With ‘Never Trumpers’ Is Unpopular But Mandatory

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It’s never easy taking an unpopular position. It’s especially difficult when the unpopularity of the position comes from your own side of the political debate. I’ve somehow managed to be in this tight spot on more than one occasion. It was this way during certain stages of the Obama years — certainly during the Summer of Snowden back in 2013 when most of the left was lined up in support of...

Posted on Nov 07, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Cable News Is Already Trying To Handcuff And Ball-Gag The House Dems

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(image via Reuters) You might be surprised to learn that I’ve always kinda’ liked former RNC chairman and current MSNBC analyst Michael Steele. He’s a Never-Trumper and a seemingly reasonable guy regardless of his former political affiliations. Despite running the RNC, Steele was the first national Republican to confess to and apologize for the Republican “Southern Strategy” — collectively defining the party’s race-baiting tactics since the passage of the...

Posted on Nov 01, 2018

Shattered Wohl: The Hilarious Trumper Plot To Take Down Robert Mueller

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Whenever we talk about journalism movies, most of us always immediately reference the big three: All The President’s Men, Broadcast News, and Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas. Well, at least they’re my big three. I’d also include The Paper, Spotlight, and a lesser-known movie that came and went but which ought to be on your list, particularly if you haven’t seen it yet. The movie is called Shattered Glass, featuring Hayden Christensen in the non-Anakin role of his...

Posted on Oct 18, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Incivility And Violent Rhetoric Begins And Ends With Trump’s GOP

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Apparently, it’s okay to use violent, eliminationist rhetoric if you’re Donald Trump or a pack of fascist incels who call themselves “Proud Boys.” For everyone else, especially liberal activists, petitioning our government is the act of a ruthless mob of screaming thugs. Ever since the confirmation battle over Brett Kavanaugh, the Trump-Republicans have tried — successfully in many cases — to convince the rest of the public that it’s...

Posted on Oct 10, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Trump Doesn’t Want To Be Your President

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Ever since the 2016 election, I haven’t really engaged in the “not my president” meme. Don’t get me wrong. It should be obvious to anyone who knows my work that I have a gut-level hatred of Donald Trump. Indeed, it’s the first time I’ve ever hated a president. Even if we strip out his ludicrous policies and agenda, he’s still just a vile, unrepentantly cruel and ignorant loudmouth. He’s Tony Clifton...

Posted on Oct 04, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Last Defense Of Kavanaugh Is More Gaslighting Of America

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The gaslighting of America by Donald Trump and his moronic fanboys continues to worsen. I didn’t think it was possible for it to get suckier with time, but here we are. To briefly recap: gaslighting is a psychological trick, exploited by villains, that makes us feel like we’re losing our blessed minds. Usually, Trump or Trump-adjacent assholes borrow one of our criticisms about the president, and then they project...

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Brett Kavanaugh And ‘The Old Man And The Sea’

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“I may not be as stong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway’s last and perhaps greatest story, The Old Man And The Sea keeps popping into my head as I watch Donald Trump and the congressional Republicans dragging Brett Kavanaugh’s pasty, mottled bulk through a confirmation process that should’ve never started in the first place. In Hemingway’s...

Posted on Sep 19, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Trump Is Mentally Disintegrating By The Day

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It was just over a week ago when we received further confirmation of Donald Trump’s total lack of mental fitness for the presidency. We didn’t necessarily require confirmation since we’ve all witnessed it firsthand, but there it was anyway in horrifyingly reliable detail.  First, we heard from Bob Woodward’s new book an entire series of harrowing stories detailing how Trump’s White House is “Crazytown,” including one particular story illustrating...