It seems I’ve gone from being fairly obsessed about politics and writing about it often to…not so much. I suppose the dual punch of deaths in the family and getting sick make it tough to get too worked up about anything else. Plus when I really dig in and read the news, it seems hopeless. The Republican party has become a nihilistic authoritarian religious cult, so nothing they do surprises me. And the Democrats, bless them, can’t seem to get out of their own way. They’re (we’re) terrible at messaging, terrible at prioritization, have no “long game” like the Republicans’ Federalist Society. And the Republicans generally have wealthy people on their side, due to their positions on tax cuts. Hopeless.
One political quote really stood out for me this week. In the Georgia Senate race between Herschel Walker, an ignorant, amoral weirdo – and Raphael Warnock, a thoughtful, intelligent person – a Republican party spokesperson had this to say.
Dana Loesch, a former spokesperson for the National Rifle Association and a former writer and editor for the right-wing media outlet Breitbart, made the position of party leaders clear: “I don’t care if Herschel Walker paid to abort endangered baby eagles,” she said. “I want control of the Senate.”
There you have it. Power and control at all costs, principles be damned. It’s hard to beat a team that doesn’t play by any rules. Anyway, that’s about all the political outrage I can summon up today. It’ll have to do.