When Miami’s oldest independent bookstore lifted its mask mandate last week, I realized most county residents had decided they needed a glimpse of what life in February 2020 even if it meant seeing chins, cheeks, lips, and, my god, facial hair best hidden from a cruel world. I’ll defy the consensus: “we” haven’t decreed COVIDContinue reading “Caught between waves”
Readers know Joseph Robinette Biden was my first choice for Democratic nominee like Alicia Keys was for guardian of R&B and soul, but I faked an orgasm when voting for him and had a genuine one when he easily beat the Caudillo-in-Pampers.
I took this screenshot last Saturday before it disappeared — a “moment’s monument,” to quote Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who knew about masochism and hurling himself into graves but not the potency of the Washington political press. As for the news itself, well, I wanted the infrastructure and social spending bills passed together. Progressives are pessimistic,Continue reading “Dems in disarray, part MCMXII”
As casual readers deal with Joe Biden’s dropping poll numbers, steal yourselves with more stories like this:
To leave the mephitic COVID-filled air of Miami-Dade County for the crisp air and highly vaccinated population of Chicago was like stepping out of a smoky bar into a spring morning.
Watching Joe Biden’s address to the American public on Monday and the subsequent reaction, I realized that Two Americas encompassed every aspect of political life. The president, approval rating hit notwithstanding, had a suspicion about who would rend their garments about the withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan. Paul Campos summarizes. I omitted the first point:Continue reading “The DC press as Mouths of Sauron”
Fourteen months ago I started writing a series of posts detailing what, to misquote Reader’s Digest, life was like in this Florida under COVID restrictions.
Seven months after elections whose mail-in and in-person components worked with a precision expected of the *World’s Greatest Representative Democracy, the supplicants and toadies clambering at the feet of the former president work like Santa’s elves in state legislatures to ensure that the Democratic Party’s victories in 2020 are short-lived. Corey Robin defines conservative traditionContinue reading “Worry about 2022 (and 2024)”
Pobrecitos: None of the attack lines seemed to resonate with voters, who began receiving stimulus checks as early as last weekend and appear overwhelmingly supportive of the law. A CBS-YouGov survey released on Sunday showed 71 percent of adults believe the American Rescue Plan will benefit the middle class more than wealthy Americans. The bill’sContinue reading “‘We got beat on this one’”
For certain bluebloods in the Beltway commentariat, a government should be as coherent, organized, and commonsensical as a Sunday column. Hence the appeal of bipartisanship. W.H. Auden, as we say, had their number. “A society which was really like a good poem, embodying the aesthetic virtues of beauty, order, economy and subordination of detail toContinue reading “The buncombe of ‘bipartisanship’”
Look, count me among the leftists disappointed if not angered at the casualness with which Joe and the Manchins swatted away the $15 minimum wage from the American Rescue Plan. Even a “compromise” at eleven bucks an hour does little to nothing for a languishing service sector, to quote that ubiquitous COVID-era martial metaphor, “onContinue reading “American Rescue Plan: ‘There is nothing to fear but fear of deficits itself’”
The trouble with political aspirationalism: if you are, say, Joe Biden, you’ve spent decades climbing ever closer to the center of power. You have little incentive to question much less dismantle this ladder. You accept the assumptions because without those assumptions your ascension wouldn’t have happened. This phenomenon works doubly so for minorities.