This is Tyler Childers, and he has some profound words.
This description of Team Trump’s reaction to the Harris pick from Vanity Fair sounds about right:
Donald Trump didn’t expect Joe Biden to pick Kamala Harris as his running mate. “He thought Biden would choose Karen Bass,” a Republican briefed on Trump’s thinking said. Trump’s view, according to sources close to the White House, was that Biden would prefer a candidate with Bass’s low national profile and one who wouldn’t outshine him.
As I mentioned yesterday in comments, I happened to turn CNN on at the exact moment when a reporter asked Trump about Harris, and his response was pro forma racism/sexism (“nastier even than Pocahontas”) delivered with an oddly flat affect. He’s skeered.
Overnight, Trump’s dumb, racist, sexist advisors coached their dumb, racist, sexist boss…
Other Trumpworld insiders are thrilled at the opportunity to define Harris as a radical leftist, a portrayal echoed Tuesday night on Fox News. “She’s going to help with the base, and that’s where it ends,” a Trump adviser predicted. “She’ll scare the shit out of suburban women. How great is this?”
…with this dumb, racist, sexist result:
Yeah, Harris (and Booker!) would be scary to white “suburban housewives” circa 1955 if this campaign was happening 65 years ago and they weren’t mostly dead? Maybe there’s some galaxy-brain strategy here, but I’m not seeing it.
The Voice of the GOP Gated Community reverts to his mean…
Note that even at the funeral of someone who devoted his life to civil rights these people think it's divisive to talk about civil rights, and ask yourself why any decent or thinking person should ever care what they think as they slouch towards history's sewer. pic.twitter.com/5JTg3IiVKh
— SuburbanWhitestyleDreamHat (@Popehat) July 30, 2020
ONCE AGAIN AFRAID OF BEING PUBLICLY BOOED
just as well as his respects account is bankrupted https://t.co/WQ7KBN3QvQ
— kilgore trout, new tone haver (@KT_So_It_Goes) July 27, 2020
[*Sad trombone coda*]
Trump’s Campaign announces its all-star line-up of speakers for new scaled down Republican Convention. Ted Nugent, Scott Baio, Antonio Sabato Jr, and Diamond and Silk will all appear virtually in Zoom boxes before Trump’s acceptance speech. You can already feel the electricity. pic.twitter.com/AYDMSpRngi
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) July 26, 2020
— Galar Regional Medical Director (@weedlewobble) July 25, 2020
(Very) long story short, Andrew Sullivan and the editors of both NYMag and Vox Media recently came to a Parting of Ways, because for some reason the people signing Sullivan’s checks did not agree that his prerogatives included ‘Every other employee who disagrees with me on social media should be disciplined, if not fired.’ This was very much in character with previous Sullivan disengagements, so it was generally speculated on social media that Sullivan had found a new, probably easier, potentially more lucrative source of income…
my former colleagues just went through a round of actual layoffs and are probably too polite/cautious to say it so: fuck outta here with this. they showed sullivan far more courtesy and discretion than he seems willing to afford them pic.twitter.com/UpvMAsfMTB
— brian feldman (@bafeldman) July 17, 2020
… Which turned out to be — if I understand this correctly — The Dish: OnlyFans edition. Now, I was not the only person who found the original Atlantic-based Dish blog useful, back in the early aughts (it led me to Lance Mannion’s blog, where I discovered TBogg, who led me to Sadly, NO! and thence here). But even in those days, to use a classical British reference, the parts that were good were not original (i.e, were written by Sullivan’s uncredited ‘interns’) and the parts that were original (to AS) were not good…
BREAKING: (@AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lost the Republican nomination for what had once been his Senate seat in Alabama to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville, likely ending a long political career with a bitter defeat egged on by President Trump
— Jim Lokay (@LokayFOX5) July 15, 2020
Ex-attorney general Jeff Sessions defeated in bid to reclaim his U.S. Senate seat in Alabama; Trump's candidate wins GOP runoff https://t.co/GvtJhlAund
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 15, 2020
It was so good once, in the Olde Days, when their mutual deep, abiding hatred of non-white people was such a strong bond… The Washington Post, “Sessions loses runoff in Alabama as Trump helps vanquish a key supporter he came to despise”:
They stood center stage before a cheering crowd of thousands five years ago, shaking hands in a half embrace that seemed to cement a political and ideological bond that would serve as the foundation for Donald Trump’s presidency
“We have a man here who really helped me — and he was the one person I sought his counsel, because he’s been so spot on. He’s so highly respected. Has anybody ever heard of Senator Jeff Sessions? Huh? Jeff, come up, where’s Jeff? Get over here, Jeff,” the former reality TV show host said to a roaring ovation in August 2015.
“Donald, welcome to my hometown, Mobile, Alabama,” then-Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) said, donning a white “Make America Great Again” cap. “The American people, these people, want somebody in the presidency who stands up for them, defends their interests and the laws and traditions of this country.”
That once remarkable bond came to a crashing end Tuesday night when the Associated Press declared that Tommy Tuberville had defeated Sessions in the runoff to be the Republican nominee in November’s Senate race against Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.). The result culminated four months of Trump imploring Alabama’s voters to reject Sessions, the man who the president once said he leaned on for advice in forming his “America First” agenda.
Running for his old Senate seat — which he abandoned in early 2017 to become Trump’s attorney general — Sessions endured one brutal insult after another from the president. Trump’s endorsement of Tuberville in the race has always seemed to have more to do with Trump’s anger at Sessions over his recusing himself from the Russia investigation while attorney general than with any particular support for the former Auburn University football coach.
“I will tell you, I got to know Jeff Sessions very well,” Trump told Tuberville supporters on a conference call Monday night, “I made a mistake when I put him in as the attorney general. He had his chance and he blew it. He recused himself right at the beginning, just about on Day One on a ridiculous scam, the Mueller scam, the Russia, Russia, Russia scam.”…
Tough noogies, Jeff Beau Three! In the Trump Crime Cartel, all loyalty runs in one direction.
I know I can’t throw the first stone on appearance, but he looks like his 14 words are the Big Mac jingle pic.twitter.com/e5KhU1a0Q1
— SellOffPuertoRicoHat (@Popehat) July 11, 2020
Some of you may have seen that Tucker Carlson’s head writer got busted last week for posting approximately the same stuff he writes for Tucker Carlson (and also the Daily Caller), but without the all-important reputation-protective asterisks.
I genuinely, unironically, do not understand why the red line is posting racist things online under a pseudonym and not turning in equally explicit racist things as work product for the country's big cable new show https://t.co/gA6XIOhs8f
— Climate Doomer (@MenshevikM) July 11, 2020
shocked to learn that an 8chan poster was at least at one point employed https://t.co/tvyEKG21S4
— The Online-Normie Complex (@canderaid) July 12, 2020
Since Faux News advertisers have been abandoning Carlson’s show in droves, the immediate outcome was predictable:
Tucker Carlson responds to his head writer being a white supremacist ghoul by threatening the people who exposed him pic.twitter.com/FBb02PmpUn
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) July 14, 2020