skip Tenczar offers an edgy limerick for the times:
They staged a violent insurrection,
Encouraged by his constant deception.
They did it for Dear Leader,
Their conspiracy breeder,
So he could maintain his manly erection.
tweet of the day: https://twitter.com/pchowder/status/1348263754035834880
Preemptive presidential pardons are like vaccines-sadly it is the only vaccine Trump wants to get into arms…the arms of his cronies&family (& maybe his fellow insurrectionists)
rethink of the week:
Lincoln Mitchell is a political analyst, pundit and writer based in New York City and San Francisco. Lincoln works on democracy and governance related issues in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also works with businesses and NGOs globally, particularly in the former Soviet Union. Lincoln writes and speaks about US politics as well, is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion and was the national political correspondent for The New York Observer from 2014-2016. Lincoln
was on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs from 2006-2013. He retains an affiliation with Columbia’s Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and teaches in Columbia’s political science department as well. In addition, he worked for years as a political consultant advising and managing domestic political campaigns.
bio:Dean Spiliotes is a veteran political scientist and political analyst with broad expertise in presidential politics and policy, campaigns and elections – especially New Hampshire politics and its presidential primary. His extensive knowledge and experience brought him to Southern New Hampshire University, where he is Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences. Author of the book, Vicious Cycle: Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy, Dean has also published research in a variety of professional journals including, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Society.
Dean previously taught in the Government Department at Dartmouth College and in the Politics Department at Saint Anselm College. At Saint Anselm, Dean also served as Director of Research for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, where he led a statewide survey research initiative, the New Hampshire Civic Index, designed to measure the civic knowledge, attitudes and behavior of New Hampshire citizens.Dean provides frequent political commentary and analysis for local, national and international print, broadcast, and web-based media. He received his B.A. in history from Haverford College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.
bio: Stephen Pimpare is a nationally recognized expert on poverty, homelessness, and U.S. social policy. Prior to joining UNH in 2015, where he teaches courses on American politics and public policy for the Public Service & Nonprofit Leadership Program and is a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy, he served as a senior-level administrator for anti-hunger organizations in New York City, and taught at the City University of New York, NYU, and Columbia University.
His second book, A People’s History of Poverty in America, received the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association “for demonstrating how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world.” His most recent book is Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen (Oxford University Press 2017), a history of poverty and homelessness in the movies. Professor Pimpare is host of the New Books Network’s Public Policy Channel, a Consulting Editor for the journal Social Work, and founding director of the UNHM Center for Community Engagement and Experiential Learning. He is currently at work on Politics for Social Workers: A Practical Guide to Effecting Change for Columbia University Press.
What do we call January 6?
The “save America march,” from what? from whom? for whom?
Apparently, for white men who understood themselves as having the right to govern, and not be questioned.
Complicity of Capitol Police?
Were these the death throes of the old order, or the beginning of something different? 45% of Republicans believe that the election was ‘stolen’.
Social Media, and its effects, volatility
What should be the consequences?
Perhaps time to de-trumpify the Republican party, to de-nazify, though this would produce a false sense of closure, when, all Republicans are complicit.
The president’s pardon power-his ‘pardon vaccine’.