Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Item: The infamous “Eastman memo,” in which Trump legal advisor John Eastman laid out a strategy for Mike Pence to undo Biden’s Electoral College victory, hasn’t garnered widespread attention, mainly thanks to a lazy media. It’s like the smokingest smoking gun in history, other than Nixon’s tapes maybe, but the media appears to be bored by it. Better to cover Gabby Petito to Kingdom Come than alert the citizenry to the fact that Trump nearly stole the presidency from the legally elected winner. Makes you wonder if media mavens would have kinda been okay with that outcome …
Item: Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are hurting democracy. This is an ongoing story.
Item: Nasty MAGA GQP senators lambasted top generals the other day over the way Afghanistan went. I’m sure it was all General Milley could do not to leap over the table and take Josh Hawley by the throat. “You need to resign,” Hawley kept saying. “Why haven’t you resigned?” I think we have our new Benghazi, should the R’s win in ’22.
Item: Congress managed to avoid a government shutdown, though a debt-ceiling crisis still looms. At the same time, the Dems can’t get their ducks in a row to pass the big infrastructure and social-spending bills because—frankly, because they’re Democrats. And even if they do finally negotiate something that’s actually doable, the GQP is blocking the on-ramp. One grows weary …
Item: And that’s why I think I’ll take a little break from these bulletins on anti-democracy news for a spell. My faith in humankind has taken quite a hit lately. It’s hard to see a sensible path out of our current situation. As a matter of fact, we seem ready to up the ante for the ’22 and ’24 elections. I’ve said it before, and when I come back to these columns eventually, I know I’ll be saying it again: One of our major parties has decided that this little experiment in government of the people, by the people, and for the people has just about run its course, and it’s time to transition to the plutoligarchy we all know has been waiting in the wings since Ronnie Reagan was sworn in.
Like the man said, Good night and good luck.