Field Notes


If I were a highly paid New York Times columnist, I’d draw some conclusion from this graffiti on a toilet wall in a Pilot truck stop in Wisconsin. Either it means that even a conservative group like truckers are turning on Trump, or a liberal has overreached with this act of rampant vandalism and will offend those conservative truckers, energizing them to go to the polls.

Also, I have to note that nobody was using the machines in front of the Fox News monitor at a crowded Planet Fitness in central Wisconsin. Perhaps this is a major data point that the state is going to flip for Democrats in 2020? Or, an indicator that the younger people there have lost their moorings and connection with their elders. Perhaps they even order old fashioneds with whiskey instead of brandy, and they cheer for the women’s team at the World Cup rather than wearing a cheesehead and going to Packers games.

Goddam, punditry is hard. Open thread.






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    Fred Fnord says:

    Perhaps they order ‘New Fashioneds’.

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    The only way to find out what it means is to ask the same group of Trump supporters you’ve been passing off as independents since 2015.

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    moops says:

    It is time for rallies.

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    ChuckInAustin says:

    It’s great news for John McCain.

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    That was not scratched lightly into that hideous fake wood. Someone cared enough to finish the job.

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    NotMax says:

    Yet another possibility is that it’s a talisman seeking wish fulfillment, from a rally rat.

    (Ewww.)

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    People says:

    If liberalism is turning the children of my birth state against Korbel and Bug Juice with a maraschino cherry, I will need to rethink my commitment to the cause. I know it might be true, though. When I went home last month, I had the driest brandy old fashioned sweet in the airport. And it was $16.25 to boot. That’s higher than New York City prices. They are putting on airs, these young ones. Entitled.

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    Peale says:

    If liberalism is turning the children of my birth state against Korbel and Bug Juice with a maraschino cherry, I will need to rethink my commitment to the cause. I know it might be true, though. When I went home last month, I had the driest brandy old fashioned sweet in the airport. And it was $16.25 to boot. That’s higher than New York City prices. They are putting on airs, these young ones. Entitled.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    cheer for the women’s team at the World Cup rather than wearing a cheesehead and going to Packers games.

    USWNT has more charisma then the cheeseheads (photo)

    Plus NWSL games are a blast (photo)

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    Mike in DC says:

    The minute the news comes of a recession there will be a “shock poll” showing Trump losing by 20 nationally. A quarter of the electorate is hyper loyal but the rest, not as much.

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    Mike G says:

    The trucking business is getting hammered right now, mostly because of Trump’s trade war. The same for farmers. This is economic pain specifically attributable to Mango Mussolini.

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    John Mc in NC says:

    What about the Applebee’s salad bar?

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Peale:

    When I went home last month, I had the driest brandy old fashioned sweet in the airport. And it was $16.25 to boot.

    Damn. Was half the bottle of brandy in the glass?

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @mrmoshpotato:

    And it was $16.25 to boot.

    This is why I don’t like going to these chi-chi fancy bars that are opening up all over SF, and prefer dive bars (which seem to be disappearing, sigh). B/c all I want is a “Jameson’s Manhattan, really dry”. And there’s no improving that by going to a bar where the bartender has a half-acre of greens they can bruise and mash into their drinks …..

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Mike G: But trade wars are tremendously bigly easy to win, and the exporting countries pay the tariffs.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Chetan Murthy: Yup. Jameson is Jameson is Jameson.

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    Ruckus says:

    @HumboldtBlue:
    Bet it is.
    She is a star, world known, well respected by people who actually like other people.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Perhaps they even order old fashioneds with whiskey instead of brandy,

    Of course they do.

    and they cheer for the women’s team at the World Cup rather than wearing a cheesehead and going to Packers games.

    It is very easy to do both.

    Where in central WI? Because, to the best of my knowledge, there are no Pilot truck stops in WI north of Madison. FYI Madison is definitely not central Wisconsin.

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    Ruckus says:

    @mrmoshpotato:

    But trade wars are tremendously bigly easy to win

    They might be but numbnuts has never actually won anything in his life, like an election, or a trade war, and it’s all because he’s a worthless moronic piece of shit.

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    Kent says:

    What pisses me off more than anything right now? (well maybe not more than anything)

    But my daughter is a college senior planning to graduate in May 2020 and start looking for work. Just in time for the fucking Trump Recession.

    I just know she’s going to wind up back in the basement watching Netflix marathons and leaving the kitchen a mess and it is fucking going to be Trump’s fault.

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    Repatriated says:

    @Fred Fnord:

    Perhaps they order ‘New Fashioneds’

    Newfangleds.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: My bad; there are some along the route from Madison to Minneapolis. Black River Falls is the closest to being in central Wisconsin, but it still ain’t it. It, however, is the headquarters of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @mrmoshpotato:

    Was half the bottle of brandy in the glass?

    Probably, but that is still no excuse for that price.

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    aj says:

    This was genius. Gave me a much needed laugh, ty.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: That should be “of course they don’t.”

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    and they cheer for the women’s team at the World Cup rather than wearing a cheesehead and going to Packers games.

    These are not mutually exclusive activities, though i do suggest doing them as individual activities rather than simultaneously.

    @Omnes Omnibus: Ah, stated elsewhere. Thank you.

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    Capri says:

    A second data point – I was driving on a country road in Shelby county Indiana and saw a large Trump Pence sign on a truck with the T in Trump blacked out. It was so high up, only someone on a ladder could have done it, not a quick drive by.

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    BroD says:

    “with the T in Trump blacked out”

    Redaction!

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