For some reason while reading about idiot/ephebophile Matt Gaetz, who is now loudly proclaiming that he won’t resign, the dumb term “third rail of American politics” came to mind. The idea behind that phrase is that American politics is like a subway (?), and there were many ideas that were so perilous that proposing them would lead to immediate, painful and grisly electrocution. Man, Trump and his Q buddies sure proved that the notion of a third rail was a load of horseshit. Those fuckers dance on the “third rail” every day and laugh.
The DC press is performing valiant CPR on the corpse of the third rail and notions like it now that their favorite punching bag, the Democrats, are back in office. Still, I live in hope that the phrase is as dead as its creator, who’s probably Tim Russert or David Broder. Democrats are definitely holding on to the third rail by proposing not one, but two massive bills that will benefit the poor and middle class and (gasp!) tax corporations and the rich. Judging from the polls, they’re not only surviving, they’re thriving.
That reminds me of another phrase that you don’t hear anymore (or, ever, really): “I wish David Broder and Tim Russert were still around.”