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Biden Voter Sing-Along

November 7, 2020

As the 2020 presidential election results trickle in, Biden voters across the nation are celebrating, even during this pandemic. If you’re a Biden supporter in COVID-19 lockdown, Jack Yellen and Milton Ager wrote a tune for you, rendered here by Mitch Miller & The Gang. Dig that crazy accordion. Everybody sing along!

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Kristin Urquiza on the 2020 Presidential Election

August 18, 2020

Arizona’s Kristin Urquiza explains her choice in November.

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Marianne Williamson Fires Staff, Shifts Campaign to Astral Plane

January 3, 2020
Marianne Williamson Fires Staff, Shifts Campaign to Astral Plane

Williamson 2020 Campaign HQ

Presidential candidate, spiritual guru, and professional inspirational speaker Marianne Williamson has dismissed her entire campaign staff, apparently retreating into her power pyramid with some favorite crystals. A sententiousself-centered New Age Donald Trump, she had previously espoused alarming views on vaccination, depression, and AIDS. Even so, she qualified for the first few Democratic debates in 2019.

More:

“Marianne Williamson lays off 2020 campaign staff nationwide,” Hunter Woodall and Alexandra Jaffe, AP, via Washington Post

Related:

“The Iowa Town Where Marianne Williamson Is Already President,” Adam Wren, Politico

Update:

“Marianne Williamson drops out of Democratic presidential race,” Amy B Wang, Washington Post

“Why Marianne Williamson’s Unconventional Presidential Bid Didn’t Catch On,” Nathaniel Rakich, FiveThirtyEight

“Marianne Williamson Has Mindfully Dropped Out,” Bridget Read, The Cut

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Gravel 2020 Campaign Goes Back to School

August 6, 2019
Gravel 2020 Campaign Goes Back to School

Gravel 2020 campaign poster, Washington DC.

The teenagers who persuaded 88-year-old former senator Mike Gravel to let them run a 2020 presidental campaign on his behalf, are headed back to school, so the campaign is going dormant. The teens had heard about anti-war Alaskan Gravel, who tried to read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record in 1971, on the Chapo Trap House podcast. Mr. Gravel doesn’t like to travel, so the teens waged the campaign through through Twitter and YouTube. That should be a hell of a “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” essay.

More:

“Gravel and his campaign teens end presidential run,” Quint Forgey, Politico

“A Farewell To Mike Gravel, 2020’s Weirdest Presidential Candidate,” Nathaniel Rakich, FiveThirtyEight

Updates:

“Mike Gravel Officially Endorses Bernie Sanders,” Gideon Resnick, Daily Beast

“Mike Gravel drops out of 2020 race. He never wanted to be president anyway.” Catherine Kim, Vox

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Marianne Williamson’s Creepy, Cosmic Campaign

August 1, 2019

Marianne Williamson's Cosmic Campaign

Professional inspirational speaker Marianne Williamson is being praised for praticing her profession at the Democratic Presidential Debates, where she clearly does not belong. She spouts empty sound bites like a sententious, self-centered New Age Donald Trump, and has espoused dangerous views on vaccination, depression, and AIDS.  Ms. Williamson got rich as a spritual guru, so if you feel the urge to give her campaign $5, please burn some sage and gaze into a crystal instead.

More:

“Marianne Williamson isn’t funny. She’s scary.” Zack Beauchamp, Vox

“Marianne Williamson won the debate and we’re probably all doomed,” Brian Boyle, Los Angeles Times

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Marianne Williamson’s Aura Pervades Democratic Debate

June 28, 2019
Marianne Williamson Aura Pervades Debate

Marianne Williamson Campaign Headquarters, Washington DC

On NBC’s live Democratic debate telecast last night, only Marianne Williamson had the vision to say the country doesn’t need any stinking plans, it needs a better bumper sticker.

“I tell you one thing, it’s nice if we have all these plans, but if you think we beat Donald Trump by having all these plans. He didn’t win by having a plan. He just said ‘Make America Great Again.'”

More:

“Marianne Williamson Went Full Goop at the Democratic Debate,” Esther Wang, Jezebel

“The 4 Kookiest Marianne Williamson Moments From The Debate,” Caitlin MacNeal, TalkingPointsMemo

“Marianne Williamson’s Weirdest, Most Wonderful Debate Moments,” Matt Stieb, New York Magazine

“Marianne Williamson’s ‘girlfriend’ call to New Zealand and her other best moments in the debates,” Emily Stewart, Vox

“Marianne Williamson brings love, peace and a distaste for ‘plans’ to the debate stage,” Caitlin Oprysko, Politico

“‘Has anyone tried fixing America with crystals and bee pollen?’: Late-night hosts tackle Marianne Williamson’s surprising debate performance,” Allyson Chiu, Washington Post

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SOTU: Guests at the Farce

February 5, 2019

SOTU: Guests at the Farce

Tonight, 10 days before the next Federal shutdown, we’ll have the (rescheduled) State of the Union Address. Most presidents have fulfilled this annual constitutional requirement by submitting a document to Congress (“everything’s great, but here’s what you must give me”). With the advent of broadcasting, the SOTU morphed into an annual public spectacle, and nobody loves a spectacle more than Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump sees this as just another rally, without the red ball caps but with better TV coverage, even if Nancy Pelosi is looking over his left shoulder and half the audience members are sitting on their hands and rolling their eyes.

The event is officially a joint session of Congress, but there are guests. The President is bringing a bunch of them, a ready-made claque. The First Lady is bringing a kid named Trump who’s not even an in-law but says he gets bullied anyway.

The many guests of Speaker Pelosi include: the president of Planned Parenthood, chef and humanitarian José AndrésFred Guttenberg (whose14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting), two active-duty transgender soldiers, Jeremy Butler of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Angelica Salas of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles,  National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García, United Steelworkers president Leo Gerard, carpenters union president Doug McCarron, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, and Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union.

Each member of Congress gets to bring a guest, and they’re making the most of it. Rep Donna Shalala (D, FL-27) invited DREAMer and grad student Edwin Herrera. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is bringing transgender Navy officer Blake Dremann. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is bringing air traffic controller Ronan Byrne, who worked unpaid during the shutdown. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, NJ-12 ) invited Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant recently fired from the Trump National Golf Club after working there for five years. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) is bringing Diane Whitcraft, a constituent with MS who stopped taking a drug after 23 years because she could not afford it. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will host Albertina Conteras and her daughter, Guatemalan asylum-seekers who were separated from her daughter by border agents. The guest of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will be Nicole Smith-Holt, whose diabetic son Alec died because he could not afford his insulin. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) is bringing Tom Mueller, a family farmer hit by the Trump trade war.  Ana Maria Archila, the activist who confronted Jeff Flake in an elevator during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, was invited by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY-14).

We regret to say that, once again, nobody invited Stormy Daniels.

More:

“Democrats troll Trump with their State of the Union Guests,” Tina Nguyen, Vanity Fair

“Tonight’s State of the Union guests represent a deeply divided America,” Heather Timmons and Justin Rohrlich, Quartz

Related:

“When the state of the union is scary, the State of the Union gets weird,” Ted Widmer, Washington Post

“3 Reasons That State of the Union Speeches Don’t Matter,” Nathaniel Rakich, Geoffrey Skelley and Julia Azari, FiveThirtyEight

“It’s Time to Abolish the State of the Union Address,” Jared Keller, Pacific Standard

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Beto’s Beefed-Up Texas Campaign

October 19, 2018

Beto's Beefed-Up Texas Campaign

Back in August, Ted Cruz spokesperson Emily Miller called his Democratic political opponent Beto O’Rourke “a Triple Meat Whataburger liberal who is out of touch with Texas values.” The beef (ahem) started when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram claimed the O’Rouke logo looks like a Whataburger Spicy Ketchup packet.

Unlike Emily Miller (Baltimore) and Ted Cruz (Canada!), Whataburger and Beto O’Rourke were both born in Texas. So was film director Richard Linklater (BoyhoodDazed and ConfusedSlacker), who calls out Mr. Cruz for his distinctly un-Texan affection for White Castle sliders:

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Cruz vs. Beto: The Beef

August 13, 2018

Cruz vs. Beto: The Beef

In what may be the most Texan comment in this year’s Senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, Cruz spokesperson Emily Miller called Beto “a Triple Meat Whataburger liberal who is out of touch with Texas values.” The beef (ahem) started when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram claimed the O’Rouke logo looks like a Whataburger Spicy Ketchup packet.

Note: Unlike Emily Miller (Baltimore) and Ted Cruz (Canada!), Whataburger and Beto O’Rourke were both born in Texas.

More:

“What Could Ted Cruz’s Campaign Have Meant When It Called Beto O’Rourke a ‘Triple Meat Whataburger Liberal’?”  Dan Solomon, Texas Monthly

Updates:

“Beto O’Rourke Could Be The Democrat Texas Has Been Waiting For,” Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed News

“Beto O’Rourke: can the upstart Texas Democrat eject Ted Cruz?” Tom Dart, The Guardian

“Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz and the Fight for America,” Christopher Hooks, GQ

 

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Alabama Shakeup!

December 13, 2017

Shakeup: Alabama has a senator who’s a Democrat. Doug Jones beat Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Predictably, Roy Moore refuses to concede until God tells him he lost (he’ll settle for Miss Alabama Teen).

Video: “Alabama Shake,” written by James McClung, recorded by Gene Summers & the Tom Toms, 1964.

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