About brobrubel

Retired journalist. I've reported and edited for newspaper in Florida, Kentucky, New York, Brussels and London. I also spent a few years as a government flack in Pennsylvania. This blog contains random thoughts on politics, world affairs and entertainment

A woman’s work is never done

The political conventions in the U.S. are over. The choices are clear.

And right now it looks like as of Jan. 20, 2017, the Western world is going to be governed by these three people:

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England’s prime minister

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Germany’s chancellor

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The next president of the United States

 

Welcome to the 21st century. We’ve shattered the glass ceiling and the sky’s the limit.

In case you missed it …

I’ve seen two great convention speeches introducing a candidate for president of the United States: Mario Cuomo’s nomination speech for Bill Clinton in 1992, and this one. This one has not only raised the bar, but it also blew off the roof.

(And just for a reality check, take a look a Cuomo’s speech, linked above, and observe how the Democratic delegates, way back in 1992, were even then far more diverse that the GOP delegates in 2016.)

Love and marriages: An electoral comparison

This from the conservative and still clueless National Review:

The simple fact is that everyone expects husbands to speak well of their wives — even Bill Clinton. That was a box he could have checked in 10 minutes of his speech. Instead, he took the 9,072 minutes of his speech (by my rough estimate) reading Hillary Clinton’s C.V. The biggest problem is that the more he talked the weirder it was that he didn’t address the elephant(s) in the room. This is not a great marriage by any normal person’s definition, unless you measure them almost solely on the metric of political success.

So Jonah Goldberg is full of snark on the Clinton’s marriage, which by my count has lasted 30 years.

at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.  (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

At the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2009. (Jeff Christensen/AP)

Meanwhile the elephant in the room of the party that has an elephant for a symbol is that its horny goat with an orangutan perm presidential candidate is on his third, and we’re sure not last, wife.

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Isn’t it time Republicans shut up about Bill and Hillary and whether they really do love each other?

 

 

Now, any kid can grow up to become president

Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic nominee for president. Up until this moment, you couldn’t honestly tell a girl that she could grow up to be president someday..

Eight years ago around this time, Barack Obama was officially the Democratic nominee for president. Up until that moment, you couldn’t honestly tell black children that they could grow up to be president someday.

This country has seen huge gains in equal opportunity in recent years.

And a certain flatulent Cheeto tinted balding lump of smarmy ego is trying to sell us that we need to “Make America great again.”

Which brings me to a reality check by the Rude Pundit directed at a disappointed segment of the left who swear that despite their preferred candidate saying it’s time to unite and make sure Truckfumpet never gets near the nuclear codes, there’s way, no how, they will vote for Hillary because … ??? (The language is not pretty):

You know who will get hurt by a Trump presidency? Every fucking group you think you’re defending with your purity. And don’t fucking get upset when we say that not voting or voting for Stein or Johnson is as good as voting for Trump. It’s as good as voting for Trump because Clinton is the only candidate who can beat him, and any vote not for her is a net gain for Trump, and that shit’ll matter in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and elsewhere. And, yeah, fuck you if you think that voting for Clinton to stop Trump ain’t enough of a reason. It is enough of a reason. It’s always been, in every election, enough of a reason. Sorry, sunshine, that’s the fuckery of democracy.

Fuck you for not knowing your history and not wanting to do everything you can to stop someone like Trump from ascending to the White House and appointing Supreme Court justices, which will fuck us all for the rest of our lives. You know who agrees with us and disagrees with you? Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren. Michael Moore. President Obama. And a fuck-ton of liberal writers (and a shitload of conservative writers, but fuck them where they stand anyways).

Do you think we’re all just lying to you? Do you think people across the left are liars or shills, including the dude you worshipped all this time? Or maybe, just maybe, we are sounding a warning bell, telling you that this shit is real. A Trump presidency is realer in its consequences than a Clinton one, however bad you think a Clinton presidency might be. Fuck, the Washington Post took the really unusual step to say, “Yeah, fuck this. Trump is a psychopath. Stop him.” That’s unheard of.

Don’t damn us to be Cassandras. Don’t let us stand there in 2017 and forward and say, “Told you so.” Probably from our cells in the gulag.

Back in my youth (in 1980), I was one of the pure of heart, swearing,”by God, I’m voting for John Anderson because those puppets of the major party establishment need to be taken down a notch.”

The result: Eight years of Ronald Reagan and the validation of all that today’s GOP believes America should be. A place where those of a certain color or gender or sexual preference needed to shut up and stay in their place.

And then the next generation of the pure of heart came along in 2000, swearing, “by God, I’m voting for Ralph Nader, because those puppets of the major party establishment need to be taken down a notch.”

The result: Eight years of George W. Bush (the Dumber) and the total abdication of civil liberties and human rights for the introduction of a police state mentality that watches our every move and has a fetishistic obsession with torture as a way of dealing with people who were a genuine threat to our safety, but easy enough to nullify without waterboarding or other “enhanced interrogation techniques.” A situation brought about because Fuckhead the Dumber ignored every warning that a bunch of religious zealots were about to attack, even though the Democratic president before him warned that he should watch out because a bunch of religious zealots were about to attack.

I was wrong, and I’ve been trying to make up for that mistake ever since. The pure of heart of 2000 were wrong, and they haven’t begun to make up for that mistake.

This is 2016. Another mistake like that could be our last.

 

 

Apocalypse, now … even though things are pretty good

Newt Gingrich is the essence of what’s wrong with the Republican Party. He knows that negative “feelings” are unwarranted, but instead of being a leader and correcting misconceptions, he preys on fears to secure power for his allies.

He’s the kind of person who would have done quite well in Germany in the 1920s and ’30s. He would allow a dictatorship to happen, and he should be banned from all media.

But that’s not going to happen. So let’s watch as he supports the dictator with the disco beat, and dances our way to social disintegration.