Superior Elephant Gropers

But the blind folks who are palpating the elephant and honestly trying to figure out what it is are not the worst.

The worst are those who feel morally superior to the people who are groping a different part of the animal. This sense of superiority is a sad little defense of people who want to convince themselves that they can either ingratiate themselves with fluidity or shore themselves up against it.

6 thoughts on “Superior Elephant Gropers”

        1. It’s never the reality of the subject itself
          …it’s always about one’s perspective of it.

          …although, ultimately, reality still trumps misconceptions. Illusions and delusions will never undermine actuality, of course.


  1. OT:
    How the hell do you have a runoff race in Mississippi?

    Espy, Hyde-Smith headed to runoff in U.S. Senate after McDaniel concedes
    Democrat Mike Espy and Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith will face off in a Nov. 27 runoff, set to make history as either the first woman ever or first African-American since Reconstruction to represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate.

    In a race with heavy turnout, at least by midterm standards, Espy and Hyde-Smith led the vote in incomplete, unofficial results. With more than 95 percent of the vote in, Hyde-Smith and Espy each had 41 percent, Republican Chris McDaniel had 16 percent and Democrat Tobey Bartee, 1 percent.

    With neither Espy nor Hyde-Smith receiving more than 50 percent of the vote, the race heads to a runoff in three weeks. The winner will serve out the final two years of the unexpired term of longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned in April….

    A competitive, pricey race
    Espy, 64, of Madison, is an attorney, a former U.S. representative and former U.S. secretary of agriculture in the Clinton administration. In 1986 he was elected Mississippi’s first African American in Congress since Reconstruction and in 1993 became the first African-American secretary of agriculture with President Bill Clinton’s appointment.

    Hyde-Smith, 59, of Brookhaven is a cattle farmer and stockyard/auction owner, former state senator and former state agriculture commissioner — the first woman to hold that post. Bryant in April appointed Hyde-Smith to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Thad Cochran, making Hyde-Smith the first female to represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate….
    President Trump had loomed large in Tuesday’s special Senate race, after he endorsed Hyde-Smith via Twitter in August, then held an Oct. 3 rally in Southaven that drew national media coverage.

    For Hyde-Smith, whose Republican bona fides had been questioned because of her having previously been a Democrat, Trump’s endorsement was seen as crucial. …
    …Election Day was marked by long lines at polling places around the state.

    Two tornadoes touched down and caused damage in the Tupelo area Monday night, destroying several homes. But polls in that area nevertheless opened on time, and other voting problems — a busted elevator in Hattiesburg, a brief traffic-related police road block in Jackson, some other voting machine malfunctions — were largely resolved by noon, officials said…
    With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, more than 800,000 Mississippians had been counted — 175,000 more people than voted in the 2014 midterms. The tally also surpassed the 2010 midterm turnout, when 788,000 voted.


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