WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

We are the whirled

I remember feeling anxious and not entirely prepared when I went to the Soviet Union in late 1977—I was 20. It wasn’t just that historic Russian mystique. The USSR and … Continue reading

March 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

Dems da breaks

As a Democrat through and through (in the progressive camp of Club Donkey), I’m starting to get worried about the midterms looming in November. The latest sign that there’s going … Continue reading

February 21, 2022 · 6 Comments

Powder keg party

There’s a new book out called The Next Civil War by Stephen Marche, in which he imagines a number of scenarios in which this country could wobble its way into … Continue reading

January 17, 2022 · 5 Comments

Kurt Andersen’s “Evil Geniuses”

It’s been a few weeks since I finished this troubling book, but it lingers with me. The truth is, I wish everyone could be issued a copy of it as … Continue reading

November 15, 2021 · 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading

October 1, 2021 · 8 Comments

Razing Arizona

Item: Well whataya know about that? The Maricopa County, Arizona, election audit, conducted by the now-infamous Cyber Ninjas, wound up proving that Joe Biden got more votes than Donald Trump … Continue reading

September 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Why does it always feel like the bad guys are winning?

Item: Buckaroo border agents on horseback wrangled Haitian immigrants on the banks of the Rio Grande like they were lil dogies being led to auction. When we start thinking of … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · 11 Comments

We can be heroes

Item: A Pennsylvania Senate committee approved subpoenas to obtain the personal information of millions of voters in that state. The Republicans are still “looking into” the 2020 election results there. … Continue reading

September 20, 2021 · 3 Comments

The bleat goes on …

Item: Amy Coney Barrett, R-Antiabortion on the Supreme Court, caused quite a stir by claiming, in the presence of Mitch McConnell at a Kentucky event, that the court is not … Continue reading

September 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Make it stop?

Item: The nominee for head of the ATF is being withdrawn because there’s been bipartisan pushback on account of his support for gun control. Since Joe Manchin is among those … Continue reading

September 13, 2021 · 3 Comments