When it comes to the 2016 election I was wrong on just about everything. That I had a great deal of company with that is no comfort and no excuse. So it wouldn’t make much sense to take my “analysis” any too seriously. I’m going for it anyway, over multiple posts. Maybe it will be cathartic.
It’s important to understand that most Trump voters are not openly across-the-board crazy and obnoxious. On the contrary, a great many are competent, and even far more than competent, as parents and spouses, at work, and in their communities. You can work with a right-wingnut for years and have no idea. (I know that from, among other things, repeated personal experience.)
But when the 62,979,636 Trump voters cast their ballots they were absolutely being a bunch of f*cking wretched, miserable idiots. Racism is stupid. Sexism is stupid. Buying into any kind of absolute bs that comes along just because it’s emotionally appealing is stupid. Unthinkingly swallowing the drivel that corporate “news” media dishes out is stupid. And so on.
And I just did not believe that there are still enough socio-political idiots out there to win a presidential election in the United States of America in 2016. Not in the absence of something like a serious economic recession, anyway, and certainly not behind a sexual predator, pathological liar and narcissist, spectacular professional failure, racist piece of s*it, and crass, vulgar lout like Donald Trump.
Perhaps they’re feeling pretty full of themselves after Trump’s “win,” (and the disgraceful coattails thereof in Minnesota), or perhaps they would have tried this anyway. In any case, it’s interesting to see who all is lining up against it.
A group of large industrial users joined consumer advocates in decrying a bill that would permit Xcel Energy to build a 786 megawatt combined cycle natural gas plant without regulatory approval.
The gas plant, likely to cost more than $1 billion, would replace two coal-fired units at Xcel plant near the town of Becker that are slated for closure by 2026.
Sponsored by Republican Rep. Jim Newberger, whose district includes Becker, the bill was approved by the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance committee (January 17). A companion bill will be heard in the Senate.
Leading opposition to the decision are the Minnesota Large Industrial Group and the Citizens Utility Board, as well as several clean energy groups. A letter signed by dozens of church leaders also voiced objection to the legislation. (Midwest Energy News)
Public school teachers scared s*itless by the prospect of Betsy DeVos becoming Secretary of Education filled the Internet with bear memes and rallied in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, and Eyota on Thursday as part of the national “Reclaim our Schools” protests.
DeVos is seen as a threat to public education because she’s a billionaire lobbyist whose career was built on expanding charter schools (typically underachieving and union busting) and routing taxpayer money to private schools (not subject to uniform standards of student performance). She has never attended or worked in a public school. (City Pages)
Before being inaugurated president on Friday, Donald Trump promised many things (663, to be exact). Many of those promises are things he said would be done on his first day in office. According to a ThinkProgress analysis of Trump’s public statements, 36 of them, he said, would be done or start on his first day.
Now, 24 hours after Trump took the Oath of Office, he can safely say he kept two of those promises, and broke or ignored 34. (Think Progress)
Now that DT has been inaugurated, Mike “Stretch” Gelfand is making a pitch on the new edition of Democratic Visions for capsules promising to excite and harden tired, defeated and deflated male aspirants to the presidency through the 2020 election. There’s a herd of them and the new drug should have appeal to Christie, Walker, Jeb and Bernie. Mike’s ad spot is sandwiched between segments conducted by Tim O’Brien with State DFL Chair Ken Martin and recently retired House District 48A law maker Yvonne Selcer (DFL).
The half hour, including Mike’s short spot, is pundit free.
The program premiers on Comcast Channel 15 in Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Richfield on Saturday January 21 at 2 p.m. with repeats Sundays at 9 pm, Mondays at 10 pm and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. The program will begin appearing on Minneapolis, Bloomington and northern suburban cable systems over the next week.
That’s how you move Trump. You don’t talk about ethics. You play the toughness card. You appeal to the art of the deal. You make him feel smart, powerful, and loved. You don’t forget how unmoored and volatile he is, but you set aside your fear and your anger. You thank God that you’re dealing with a narcissist, not a cold-blooded killer. And until you can get him safely out of the White House, you work with what you have. People in other countries have dealt with presidents like Trump for a long time. Can we handle it? Yes, we can. (Slate)