M.Leddy + politics   749

Allegory redux
Why I will vote for Joe Biden.
democracy  politics 
8 days ago by M.Leddy
“You must persist”
From an e-mail Elizabeth Warren sent this morning to donors, announcing the suspension of her campaign for the presidency.
democracy  politics  truth 
21 days ago by M.Leddy
Matthews and Warren
Elizabeth Warren explains the ridiculously obvious to the dullest knife in the MSNBC drawer. Chris Matthews needs to take his eructations, figurative and literal, into a comfortable retirement.
MSNBC  politics 
28 days ago by M.Leddy
Bam!
Elizabeth Warren: “I don’t care how much money Mayor Bloomberg has. The core of the Democratic Party will never trust him.”
money  politics 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“The 4d’s”
“Dismiss the message, distort the facts, distract the audience, and express dismay at the whole thing.”
politics  truth 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Back to the USSR canard
Hearing the assertion that Bernie and Jane Sanders honeymooned in the Soviet Union, I thought, What? And then I remembered writing a post about that canard in 2016.
politics  truth 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Trump* in Colorado
If you can stand it, Aaron Rupar has short clips from Donald Trump*’s rally last night in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
politics  truth 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Make it new
“Shortly after the Democratic Presidential debate on Wednesday night, aides to Michael Bloomberg announced that he would spend ten billion dollars to buy an entirely new personality.”
money  politics 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Disses, digital and analog
In tonight’s debate, Elizabeth Warren called Pete Buttigieg’s healthcare plan “a PowerPoint.” She likened Amy Klobuchar’s healthcare plan to a Post-it Note.
analog  digital  politics  Post-itNotes  PowerPoint 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Trump* pardons miscreants
I can think of four reasons for Trump* to issue pardons and commutations today.
politics 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Campaign typography
George Butterick (as in Butterick’s Practical Typography) considers the campaign logos of Democratic presidential candidates.
design  politics  typography 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Sully” Sullenberger on stuttering
“A speech disorder is a lot easier to treat than a character defect. You become a true leader, not because of how you speak, but because of what you have to say — and the challenges you have overcome to help others.”
politics 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Us”
Donald Trump*, in advance of signing his “deal” with China, acknowledging audience members Sheldon and Miriam Adelson: “They’re tremendous supporters of us and the Republican Party.” Us = me, not the country. It’s the presidential plural again.
politics  words 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Italy’s Sardines
“Organizers say their goal is to stop a far-right, anti-immigrant wave rising in Italian society and politics.”
metaphor  politics  sardines 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
The Lincoln Project
A Times opinion piece by George T. Conway III, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson, “We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated,” announces the Lincoln Project.
politics  truth 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
Pat the chair
Have you noticed how often Jerrold Nadler’s Democratic colleagues give him a pat on the back as he makes his way to or from his place as chair of the House Judiciary Committee? In such a toxic environment, the human touch must help.
politics 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME
For impeachment, or the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, or a resignation for “medical reasons,” none of which T.S. Eliot had in mind.
poetry  politics 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
Stooges as amigos
The Three Stooges — Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard — will star as Gordon Sondland, Rick Perry, and Kurt Volker in the forthcoming release The Three Amigos. Talk about straight out of Central Casting.
politics 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Joe Biden’s stutter
Worth reading: John Hendrickson’s “Joe Biden’s Stutter, and Mine” (The Atlantic ).
politics 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
“A continuum of insidiousness”
I have to imagine this continuum as existing in both space and time, because Gordon Sondland was in way over his head as he traveled it.
politics 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
What’s up with Trump?
It seems to me reasonable to suspect that something is wrong or that Trump and company have begun laying the groundwork for resignation.
politics 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
NYT commentary
On today’s impeachment hearing.
politics  truth 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Thuggery
Complete with witness intimidation in real time!
politics  truth 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
NYT commentary
The New York Times has a running commentary on today’s impeachment hearing, with eight reporters. Very helpful.
NewYorkTimes  politics  truth 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
The Eye of Sauron in the news
“In the Trump administration, if the Eye is looking at you, it’s basically all hope is lost.”
analogy  politics 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Kentucky
Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining, or shinin’. I hope.
politics 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
“Something there is,” &c.
As the poet said, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” It’s called a reciprocating saw.
poetry  politics  tools 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
I’m in. You?
White House “press secretary” Stephanie Grisham goes Donald Trump one better in declaring anyone who opposes the leader to be “just that.”
names  politics 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
The Colorado wall, now with the spin I imagined.
geography  politics  truth 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
The Colorado wall
“In building a wall in New Mexico, President Trump is also protecting Coloradans from,” &c., &c.
geography  politics  truth 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Whoa again, at least a local whoa
Commenting on Donald Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria, our representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), told an interviewer, “Pull my name off the ‘I support Donald Trump’ list.
politics 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
Unfit, unwell
“My great and unmatched wisdom.”
politics 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
John Shimkus, profile in courage
A Washington Post article about House Republicans leaving Congress notes that John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), one of those leaving, “declined to say whether he had any problems with Trump.”
politics 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Agitated?
Donald Trump has issued thirty-one tweets and retweets in less than three hours this morning, beginning at 4:08 PDT. A record?
politics 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Shimkus
My representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), has announced that he will not seek reelection. Good riddance.
Illinois  politics 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
The present King of Greenland
This reality-television show, now in its third season, is going off the rails.
politics  truth 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Imaginary Bedminster
“I’ve given him something that will help him sleep.”
politics 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
A debate review
Hank Stuever, television critic.
politics  television 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Crossover candidate
“Hey, you’re that guy!” ”The thousand-dollar-a-month guy!”
advertising  politics  television 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Debate
It ain’t over till it’s over, but I’m pretty confident that Elizabeth Warren has already won tonight’s debate.
politics 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
At the table
“We should continue to focus on kitchen-table pocketbook issues.” That’s boilerplate language.
metaphor  politics 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Represent
“He can’t look a child in the face and justify why this country is throwing them in cages, so instead he tells us I should go back to the great borough of the Bronx and make it better, and that’s what I’m here to do.”
Bronx  politics  truth 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
No evens to can’t
Lindsey Graham encourages Donald Trump to refrain from personal attacks and to “aim higher.”
democracy  irony  politics 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Genius at work
The “true Stable Genius” tagged a retired teacher and coach whose tweets are decidedly not in favor of the president.
politics  Twitter 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
C-SPAN reveals all
As with two-person political debates, the best place to see the Trump Fourth speech was C-SPAN, which cut away again and again for shots of the crowd.
politics  television 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
2020
Harris-Buttigieg.
politics 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Brief debate thoughts
As for Bill de Blasio's self-presentation as an advocate for working people: LOL, LOL.
politics 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
WWRCS
A Trump administration official who carries a whip. What would Richard Cohen say?
politics 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
“Political Teamsmanship”
A dispiriting story from WGBH’s Innovation Hub.
culture  democracy  politics 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Imaginary call
“Yes, they call that a dangling participle. Not many people know that. The Norwegians called me about it.”
politics  satire 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
The situation
“I can tell you, knowing the president for a good 25 or 30 years, that he would love to have the situation that Viktor Orbán has, but he doesn’t.”
democracy  politics 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
Hillary Clinton on how to proceed
The idealist in me says Impeach! Because if not Trump, then whom? But pragmatism might make better sense.
politics 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Toilet trouble
From WBEZ, Chicago: “Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during his gubernatorial campaign last year.”
Illinois  politics 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“Others say”
NPR does its listeners no service by presenting “Others say it didn’t happen” as a legitimate point of view.
NPR  politics  truth 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
George Conway on fiduciary obligations
“Fiduciaries are people who hold legal obligations of trust, like a trustee of a trust. A trustee must act in the beneficiary’s best interests and not his own. If the trustee fails to do that, the trustee can be removed, even if what the trustee has done is not a crime. So too with a president.”
democracy  politics  truth 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“No matches were found”
Leave it to Mr. Barr to make the redacted report available as non-searchable PDF. But someone’s already made a searchable version.
politics 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Another Cabinet change
The New Yorker reports that Donald Trump has named Lori Loughlin as his new secretary of education, replacing Betsy DeVos.
education  politics  satire 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Pete Buttigieg on being gay and being married
“And speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade. And that’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
culture  politics 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Kirstjen Nielsen and Dante
I imagine an endless cage, one whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
Dante  politics 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Oswald
A lying narcissist with a big tie. But any resemblance to a real person is purely coincidental.
culture  politics  television 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Victor Davis Hanson on Ajax, Achilles, and Trump
Comparing Trump to Ajax or Achilles: bonkers. If Trump resembles anyone in the Iliad, it’s Agamemnon, the leader who is at a loss in a true crisis and claims Achilles’s prize of war (the enslaved Briseis) to assert his own greater authority. It’s the preening, self-aggrandizing Agamemnon who complains of fake news, dismissing the prophet Calchas’s explanation of a plague: “Not a single favorable omen ever!”
classics  Homer  Iliad  politics  Sophocles 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Missing from the SOTU
Climate change, alternative energy, children in cages, the government shutdown, gun violence, violence against ethnic and religious minorities, violence against LGBTQ people, LGBTQ rights, the minimum wage, poverty, the cost of health care, student debt, affordable housing, educational inequality, income disparity, voting rights, opioids, xenophobia, white nationalism.

It took me about a minute to create this list, which is probably longer than the president and his people thought about giving any attention to these matters.
culture  politics 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Re: that governor
He had one chance to tell the truth. And he blew it.
culture  politics 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Eris in the news
Speaking from her temple on Mt. Olympus, the usually reclusive deity said that Trump was “far and away” her first choice to be President in 2016.
gods  politics 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Good timing
Kamala Harris makes an announcement.
politics 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Public Official A
A new podcast series from WBEZ, Chicago: Public Official A, the rise and fall of the now-imprisoned Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois.
Illinois  politics 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Defunding public higher education
The American Federation of Teachers examines the result of cuts to higher education in Illinois (41% since FY 2000): layoffs, program elimination, increased tuition, lower enrollments.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Fools
The Shakespearean fool speaks truth to power. He speaks wisdom in the form of deeply sensical nonsense. Giuliani speaks mere nonsense, a fast-paced double-talk whose purpose is merely to befuddle. He’s really no Shakespearean fool at all, though he does play a fool on TV.
politics  Shakespeare  truth 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
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