Too Attached

People get so emotionally attached to politicians, it’s really unhealthy. It’s very possible to support and like a politician and still be able to recognize when he bombed.

“No, that wasn’t my candidate slipping and landing headfirst into a pile of dog excrement. He’s so popular that even dogs come in droves to hear him speak, and he made a welcoming gesture to make them feel included, that’s all!”

No, dude. He totally tripped into dog shit. But you can still really like his ideas on the inflation. It’s OK, you can survive reality, and so can your candidate.

I like DeSantis. He was amazing during COVID. He’s been fantastic for Florida. But today’s event was embarrassing. Denying it is even more so.

Policy vs Escalator

Remember the escalator? That was a great announcement.

“But DeSantis spoke about policy for 75 minutes! Trump couldn’t do that!”

Yes, in American politics people who can “speak about policy” always win. Like in 2016.

It doesn’t matter much because there wasn’t a significant change in anything that actually has an impact when Biden took over from Trump. So there’s no reason to expect a change with whomever is elected now.

We still aren’t getting the wall. We are getting the opposite of the wall no matter who gets elected.

Normie Blackout

So? Did he manage to announce? I didn’t stay waiting because life is too short. We’re there any zingers? Memorable phrases?

MAGAs are over the moon.

Nobody else knows who DeSantis is, and the campaign launch didn’t help them find out.

Why would anyone want to launch on Twitter anyway? Normies don’t go there. If you are active on Twitter to the point of wanting to hear a political speech, there’s no chance you haven’t picked your candidate yet.

Failed Announcement

The announcement of Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign on Twitter is an embarrassment of Soviet proportions. Nothing works. The feed cuts out constantly. There’s some guy with a speech impediment called David Sacks who’s doing a butt-licking spiel for Elon. Everything glitches.

That DeSantis doesn’t walk out 30 minutes into this poop show and change his strategy is a very bad sign. He comes off as subservient to a tech oligarch, weak, and not in control of his own campaign announcement.

Operation Completed

The Russian guerrillas completed their operation in Belgorod and have returned to Ukraine. They have two lightly wounded soldiers and a lot of captured equipment. They are preparing their next incursion into Russia.

Right now, they are being interviewed by a group of journalists:

The video is in Russian but they are saying what I summarized here and in the previous post. They are referring to Russia as “our temporarily occupied homeland.”

It’s important to note that they didn’t kill any Russian civilians during their operation. They say they’ll shoot to kill if they are attacked but no civilians tried to mount any sort of defense. Russian border guards tried to resist but the guerrillas eliminated them.

Guerrilla Update

I watched an interview with one of the Russian nationalists who have crossed into Russia and are fighting against the regular Russian army on the territory of the Belgorod Region.

The guy is a true nationalist. He’s very preoccupied with borders, mentions them constantly, and is shocked that the Russian border was completely unprotected even during a war in an area right next to where heavy fighting has taken place.

These nationalists are hated by the Russian anti-Putin liberals because they are very conservative and right-wing.

I’ve been observing the struggle of Russian nationalists against Putin since 2005, and it always seemed extraordinarily funny to me that Western media keep referring to Putin as a nationalist when Russian nationalists are literally the only people who have been waging an armed struggle against the Putin regime for almost 20 years.

The guerrilla leader I listened to yesterday has a very reasonable, consistent philosophy. These guerrillas are clearly deeply patriotic. When they took over a Russian border checkpoint, they saw a lot of new, expensive equipment simply abandoned. This absolute waste of what they see as their national resources is painful to them. Of course, they now took over the equipment and are using it to fight against the regime.

The guerrillas say they’ve been getting quite a few messages from the local young men who want to join them. They don’t expect their movement to become massive but they promise many exciting developments soon.

Of course, the actions of the guerrillas are a ploy by the Ukrainian armed forces to distract the Russian army and send it far from where Ukraine will go on the offensive.

I don’t watch or access Western media in any way so I have no idea how the nationalist guerrillas are being covered in the US or Western Europe. If you know, please share.

And by the way, about 10 minutes ago, the Russian nationalist guerrillas have shelled Russian propagandist journalists who arrived in Belgorod to film a news segment demonstrating that the guerrillas are no longer there.