Excrement as a Political Weapon


Greg Sargent, Trump’s ugly, dishonest CBS interview reveals GOP’s predicament in midterms: Speaking of the Kavanaugh controversy,

Trump himself confirmed the basic outlines of the situation: The way to sufficiently energize base voters is for Trump to fill the media space with a big “win” that has the added benefit of rubbing the faces of millions on the losing side in excrement over it. We keep hearing that the motivating factor is the supposed mistreatment of Kavanaugh, and perhaps that is driving some GOP voters, but in Trump’s own telling, the necessary additional ingredient is the display of contempt and humiliation for the losers. …

The fact that “Donald Trump in full” is alienating and infuriating so many voters outside his base is the whole point. It’s almost as if this is the necessary precondition for ministering to his base’s priorities and peeves — it’s the only remaining hope, as that GOP strategist put it, of converting Trump voters into Republican voters.

The chart below is from today’s fivethirtyeight.com. Show in the lower line, in green, are the people who delight in rubbing excrement into the faces of the people shown in orange/red in the upper line.


Showers of Blessings, Rivers of Money

Politico, ‘We’ve never seen anything like this’: GOP overwhelmed by Democratic cash: The gush of spending in House races has triggered recriminations on the right as the party tries to salvage its majority:

A deluge of Democratic spending in the final days of the battle for the House has triggered recriminations among Republicans and forced the party to lean on its biggest patron to salvage their majority.

Since the end of July, Republican candidates in the 70 most contested races have reserved $60 million in TV ads, compared to $109 million for Democratic hopefuls, according to figures compiled by media trackers and reviewed by POLITICO. The disparity is almost certain to grow, as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes good on plans to spend nearly $80 million to help Democrats flip the House.

“From Democrat candidates to outside groups, we’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Brian Walsh, president of the pro-Trump America First Action super PAC. “They are dumping in cash by the truckload.”

Politico, O’Rourke raises record-smashing $38 million in third quarter:

Cruz previously told reporters that he raised $12 million in the final quarter before the election — one of the best fundraising performances of 2018. But O’Rourke’s fundraising, fueled by online donations, still tripled the Republican incumbent’s.

The River of Cash and its Main Tributaries

One, obviously, is donations from progressives—often, lots of small donations, amounting to big money.

The second source of the disparity, I believe, is this: lots of well-to-do country club Republicans appalled by the shenanigans and shit show that their party has come to embrace.

Thirdly, big business, recognizing that the moderate progressives are, long run, much better friends than the fanatical partisans of cultural recrimination.

And last, but far from least: big business buying them some Democrats.

river of money

The Son Was a Journalist, I Assume


Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw:

BRISTOL, Tenn. – A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. …

According to a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office release, officers called to a home June 28 found Ferguson bleeding from his leg and head. A preliminary investigation indicated he had tried to attack his son with a running chain saw while he son mowed the yard.

Detectives say the father and son had an ongoing feud.

Ferguson is charged with attempted second-degree murder and violating probation. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer to comment on his behalf.

One wonders what comment the hypothetical defense counsel might make. That it was all Nancy Pelosi’s fault?