WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Doom and doomer

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.

8 comments on “Doom and doomer

  1. kingmidget
    October 1, 2021

    It is difficult to find reason for optimism

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 1, 2021

      Sure is. I keep reading editorials that sound like Cassandra on her worst day … 😲

      • kingmidget
        October 1, 2021

        I don’t see a path out of this. I really don’t.

  2. thecovidpilot
    October 1, 2021

    I don’t support any uniparty rinocrat–they are all a bunch of scum.

  3. Marie A Bailey
    October 3, 2021

    I was wondering how much longer you could keep doing these posts. Even when I find a little bright spot (and unfortunately I can’t think of one right now), it gets obliterated by the GQP actions/inactions or the pathetic power grabs by Manchin and Sinema.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 3, 2021

      I think when I began the series I didn’t imagine there’d be so goddamn many things to highlight every few days. It’s stunning. And there’s nobody to really root for, working on behalf of protecting the democracy itself. Republicans are actively trying to dismantle it, while Dems are too timid to use the tools they now control (but probably won’t in ’23) to fight. That’s why the word “doom” came flitting into my mind!

      • Marie A Bailey
        October 5, 2021

        I hear ya … I simply don’t know what to do about the Dems. I suppose if Sinema and Manchin weren’t DINOs, there’d be hope …

  4. widowerontheroad
    October 7, 2021

    Enjoyed your insights. You might enjoy a comedy show podcast called The Bill Show:Politics This Week @ expatprogressive. Podbean.com. I’ve been hosting the satirical show for 10 years. We’re looking for folks in the US that we can interview regarding the ongoing shit show. We’re both expats in Australia and have been hosting interviews from the states as part of our show. Check it out Kevin, I think the show might be a good fit for you, we could also promote your blog. Drop me a line if you’re interested 😊

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