Political Theatre category archive
CNN’s Jim Acosta admits a mistake.
A couple of weeks ago, I compared Trump’s comeback tour to the circus full of sideshow acts and clowns. I later got an email from an expert on the circus industry,(sic) this person pointed out that comparison actually was not fair because unlike the chaos of Trump world, the circus is carefully composed and organized.
That’s a great point, comparing Trump to a clown is most definitely an insult to clowns.
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David parses the Kayleigh McEnany’s lie about the Founders and slavery. (Warning: Short commercial at the end, but you don’t have to watch it.)
Boris Johnson’s colossally stupid Brexit is likely to have all sorts of unanticipated consequences, but at home and abroad. The Local reports on one that I suspect no one expected.
Working the ski season in France has long been popular with young Brits, but in the first full post-Brexit season, many job adverts are specifying that only candidates who have EU passports or residency will be considered.
Since the end of the Brexit transition period, Brits wishing to work in France may need both visas and work permits – and it seems that employers looking for temporary seasonal staff have decided that this is simply not worth the hassle.
Au contraire, argues Gwynne Dyer. Here’s a bit of her article, from the Bangor Daily News:
Writing just after the G7 summit, he warned that “the most dangerous threat (facing the world) is the transformation of the Republican Party in the US into a fascist movement.” Almost every journalist alive has toyed with this analogy – and then avoided it because it sounds like partisan rhetoric rather than hard analysis.
Cockburn points out that Trump’s presidency had many of the attitudes and behaviors of a fascist regime – extreme nationalism, racist hatred of minorities, disregard of the law and constant denial of the truth – but that it failed one crucial test. It did not include automatic re-election, and so Trump lost control.
Follow the link for a discussion of Republican strategies to remedy that last failing.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on cancel culture, Republican style. A snippet:
Federal law requires states to remove ineligible people from voter rolls, but Georgia’s voter registration cancellations go further by canceling registrations of people who have chosen not to participate in a few elections or whose election mail was mistakenly returned to sender, said Saira Draper of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., is somewhat less than optimistic. A nugget:
Has our democracy hit an iceberg? Well, let’s put it like this: For a representative government to function requires at least two political parties that, while offering competing visions, both occupy the same reality and play by the same rules.
This country no longer has that. Rather, it has the Democrats and the Donald Trump Fan Club the Republicans have become.
Too many Democratic lawmakers seem not to understand this. They don’t get that you can no more negotiate with a cult of personality than you can with a shattered window . . . .