Lunatic or Opportunist?

Is this person a lunatic or simply an opportunist? I’d love to think she’s cynically surfing the suddenly popular wave and doesn’t actually believe any of this ludicrousness. The alternative is too sad.

Better Late

Hey, Rachel Maddow talked about Ukrainian politics today, and did it in a way that gladdens any Ukrainian’s heart. The screen was bursting with Ukrainian flags. I was very happy.

Of course, if this had been reported on when it was happening, many of the current problems would have been avoided.

The left’s narrative on Ukraine has made a 180° turnaround from what it was 4, 3, 2 and even 1 year ago. Thank you, President Trump for this, at least.

Identity Lists

The reason why I hate all these identity lists in politics is that they purposefully engage the emotional attachments at the core of each identity in the hopes that an emotional explosion will drown out an intellectual response to what is being said. Of course, all politics is manipulative but this kind of tired old manipulation is so transparent and so stupid that it’s time to let go of it.

Same Old

I want online to look for materials on the Mexican American War to recommend to my students. One website looked promising, so I went there and started reading. And then all of a sudden I hear Pritzker’s voice booming at me from the top of the page where ads are placed. I turned the sound off because I’m at work and we can’t do political propaganda in the workplace. But I did hear most of the ad. In it, Pritzker makes it very clear that his only angle is identity politics. He goes on and on enumerating the identity categories he will help: “I will defend undocumented immigrants. . .African Americans. . . LGBT. . . women. . .” It’s a very clear and unapologetic way of saying, “If, in the light of recent developments, you expect any turnaround away from strictly identitarian talking points, then screw you.”

There is also a weird part in the ad about “Rauner says he’s not in control but I am in control.” Which is quite a tone-deaf line in view of the existing fears (as unjustified as they may be) of authoritarianism in the US.

In short, I support the party of stubborn idiots. Yippee for me.