The ludicrous-ness of the polarized political climate came to the fore multiple times yesterday and today, but a few things stand out as being beyond belief. These are the signs of the times we are now living in, folks.
I received a “BREAKING NEWS!!!” update yesterday afternoon from no less than three media outlets. I thought that surely somebody must have dropped a nuke as I was folding towels and listening to my phone urgently squawking “bzzzzt … bzzzzt … bzzzzt”. What, you ask, was the big crisis?
“Trump feels ‘terribly’ for Kavanaugh”
That’s right, folks … Trump spoke at a news conference …
“I feel so badly for him that he is going through this, to be honest with you. This is not a man who deserves this. Honestly I feel terribly for him, for his wife, who is an incredible, lovely woman and for his beautiful young daughters. I feel terribly for them.”
… and it was BREAKING NEWS!!! It was so damn important that I was dragged away from my clean towels and damn near given heart failure just to hear Trump empathize with a fellow pervert! Surely there was something more important going on in the world than this? And today, it is on the front page of every outlet, Trump’s disparagement of Christine Ford and his empathy for poor little Brett K. The press’ credibility wears thin when they cannot prioritize any better than this.
And then there was this one that hit my inbox no less than four times:
Ted Cruz claims Beto O’Rourke is ‘going to ban barbecue across the state of Texas’
What … did some brain-eating bacteria invade the confines of Ted Cruz’ skull cavity? It turns out to be a tweet that Cruz apparently thought humorous …I don’t find it particularly funny, but neither do I find it worthy of top billing in an email.
In New Jersey, Andy Kim is running on the democratic ticket for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, against incumbent Tom MacArthur. MacArthur is a Trump boot-licker and the people of New Jersey may be getting tired of it, for the race is tight, with Kim having a 2% lead at present. Oh … did I mention that Andy Kim is Asian-American? No, I didn’t, because it shouldn’t be of any importance. But alas, this is the year 2018 when evidently ‘race matters’.
The New Jersey Republican State Committee thought it would be cute to target Kim in an ad that can only be considered racist …
Need I say more? Hopefully this perfidy will only serve to increase Kim’s lead.
I have long believed that those who have never struggled to pay the rent, put food on the table or be able to afford to take their children to the doctor cannot possibly understand what it’s like to be poor. Unfortunately, throughout history, our lawmakers have never done without anything a day in their lives, but never has this been truer than it is today, with the wealthiest Congress and the richest administration in the history of the nation. So, it should come as no surprise that Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce whose net worth is estimated at $2.9 billion, said this …
“If you have a 10 percent tariff on another $200 billion, that’s $20 billion a year. That’s a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of 1 percent total inflation in the U.S. Because it’s spread over thousands and thousands of products, nobody’s gonna actually notice it at the end of the day.”
Christmas is around the corner. Were you planning to buy your kid a new bike, or a new kitchen gadget for your mom? Be sure to let ol’ Wilbur know how much more you paid for it than you would have last year. Or … more likely for most of us … send him a picture of your son’s face on Christmas morning when he finds some t-shirts and underwear in lieu of the bike he asked Santa for.
Just as I finished writing this piece, an email from political analyst Larry Sabato dropped into my inbox, a portion of which I thought might interest you.
A series of new Reuters/Ipsos/University of Virginia Center for Politics polls found close races in the key Senate battlegrounds of Arizona, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.
The polls, conducted online in English from Sept. 5 to 17 with roughly 2,000 respondents per state (narrowed down to about 1,000 likely voters per state), found the following results for the Senate and gubernatorial races among likely voters in the five states surveyed:
Arizona Senate: Kyrsten Sinema (D) 47%, Martha McSally (R) 44%
Arizona Governor: Doug Ducey (R) 51%, David Garcia (D) 39%
California Senate: Dianne Feinstein (D) 44%, Kevin de León (D) 24%
California Governor: Gavin Newsom (D) 52%, John Cox (R) 40%
Florida Senate: Rick Scott (R) 46%, Bill Nelson (D) 45%
Florida Governor: Andrew Gillum (D) 50%, Ron DeSantis (R) 44%
Nevada Senate: Dean Heller (R) 46%, Jacky Rosen (D) 43%
Nevada Governor: Adam Laxalt (R) 43%, Steve Sisolak (D) 40%
Texas Senate: Beto O’Rourke (D) 47%, Ted Cruz (R) 45%
Texas Governor: Greg Abbott (R) 50%, Lupe Valdez (D) 41%
I found some of these numbers encouraging, especially the Florida governor’s race.
Okay, I could go on and on, but I have ranted enough that I’m feeling the angst and need to get up and do something physical, like punch a wall, or wash some dishes since my landlord still hasn’t fixed my bloomin’ dishwasher! Have a great afternoon, my friends … and remember, this too shall pass … maybe.