17 February 2016

Oh, Joan, No

manufacturing outrage....

Killer Mike introduced Bernie Sanders at a rally at Morehouse. Part of his speech (it's only a few minutes, go on, give it a listen) was the following:
And then [HRC] get good. She have your own momma come to you, your momma sit down and say, "Well, you're a woman." But I talked to Jane Elliott a few weeks ago, and Jane said, "Michael, a uterus doesn't qualify you to be president of the United States. You have to be... you have to have policy that's reflective of social justice."
Naturally part of this was immediately quoted out of context:  "Killer Mike: 'a uterus doesn't qualify you to be president of the United States'!"

Killer Mike responded as expected [i.e. brilliantly] to critiques.

"Nor does having a penis?" Killer Mike: "I agree. Let's elect E Warren"
"He should have condemned the comment." Killer Mike: "being black ain't enuff to make u pres that why I don't vote Herman Caine. I cannot condemn"

But unfortunately Joan Walsh felt the need to drum up some rage and tweet [I cringe just having to read this again]:
Let's extend some kindness to Killer Mike, and ask why the @SenSanders campaign didn't prep him better, as it should surrogates.
Wow. Joan. Seriously?


JustJoeP said...

Joan Walsh can be over-the-top sometimes when I hear her on MSNBC. Many people who frequently appear on MSNBC can as well... almost to the extent that Fox "News" contributors can.

Killer Mike is very articulate, and while I don't own or listen to his music, I've been seeing him appear on TDS and Larry Wilmore and elsewhere more frequently, and I have been impressed with his intelligence and articulation of his views.

I like Bernie, but in a Bernie v Trump, or Bernie v Rubio contest, I think Bernie loses. Hillary will sweep Trump or Rubio, or both of them if the Billionaire egomaniac runs in the genera, election alongside Rubio or Cruz on a third party ticket. Hillary is qualified, even though she's an establishment candidate... and it will be 4 or 8 more years of the same. Bernie is idealistic, but has a much slimmer chance of winning the general election in November as a Socialist, since anyone over 55 or 60 will immediately vote against him, even if he is running against a thrice divorced and thrice bankrupt billionaire, or an inexperienced jr senator from Florida who speaks only in 25 word sound bites.

If Kasich wins Super Tuesday (doubtful, but possible) he could give either Hillary or Bernie a real challenge in November. Trump or Rubio... no. And Cruz... sorry, no one except a 1955 devout fundamentalist would vote for Cruz. He is wholly unlikeable, both inside and outside his party. People who are unlikeable and ideologues don't win more than 30% of the vote.

pyker said...

Polling data does not support your analysis.

pyker said...

See also: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/02/unless-the-democrats-nominate-sanders-a-trump-nomination-means-a-trump-presidency

JustJoeP said...

Maybe. Il faut voir.
One deadly terror attack in September or October anywhere in the Western World, and a Trump Presidency will become even more likely.

It's just hard for me to understand how so many Americans can be drawn in by a meaningless, hypocritical, stuffed-shirt, wind-bag of rhetoric, nationalism, and hate. The Italians embraced Mussolini in 1922... it's hard for me to grasp how the Americans would do something similar 94 years later.

pyker said...

It's about authoritarianism.