Been A Very Rough Couple of Weeks for the GOP's Bumbling Golden Boy
Brilliant, Simon. I’m amazed by your calm and your laser abilities to *see* while I am blind with rage. Your data proves both my rage and your insistence that things are NOT as portrayed by the conventional wisdom gang. The filthy truth about Florida Man is getting through, and landing with the appropriate thud.
Reading this, I’m also damn angry that Elon fucking Musk is preventing me from seeing your tweets - which you’ve included herein. Further evidence that we have to subscribe and keep tabs by other means. Did you hear me... REPEAT: I saw none of the tweets you’ve reproduced here, even tho I follow you and I’m on Twitter all the time.
Simon, Thank you for highlighting the importance of having the resources ( and wisdom to spend those resources ) and push our narrative out there. This information is buried daily, until I read it on one of my newsletters/substack I follow. Evening news? No. Internet news headlines? No. Even the billboards I see driving around town push a gop message. If we cannot change this, we lose the momentum.
Take a look at the NDRC (National Democratic Redistricting Committee). Sponsored by Eric Holder and Barack Obama they have, and continue, to do battle with Republicans' attempts to gerrymander themselves into office. The are many good and effective organizations towards free and fair elections.
This is so much more effective than cursing the opposition.
But then why why why did he just get re-elected in a landslide? How could his current policies be so unpopular now when just 5 months ago they voted him back in overwhelmingly? They knew who we was then. I don’t get it.
Excellent harvesting and packaging of ammunition for our side.
Trump was something of an idiot savant, stumbling into some success (and luck) activating a portion of the electorate through pure gut instinct.
DeSantis is the opposite - the absent-minded professor. Book smart, maybe, but no skill, no instinct, no natural political talent. Let's exploit that. Thank you for helping with this post!
Observations on our side: Clinton and Obama were both book smart AND street smart, with natural reads on the electorate. Biden leans more into the street smart category, but has surrounded himself with brilliant strategists and legislative/policy hands. Hillary was, I'm afraid, too deeply in the book smart category like DeSantis, and had trouble seeing and responding to the environment.
Another brilliant piece which I have forwarded to many. Silly Ron is flaming out.
More great information here, Simon.
As good as this is, I'm shaking my head that more people are worried by "woke" than they are about climate change or childcare costs. Right-wing media has unfortunately been effective at brainwashing a lot of people, but I continue to be relieved that they are [thankfully] a minority.
Simon: You don't live in Florida, to which I retired 22 years ago. The place is not comprehensible to someone not here, who doesn't get to talk to these people on a daily basis. Enough of the people down here let their buried prejudices be awakened (sort of 'woke' in reverse) by what DeSantis says and does, and that's why they support him but only to the point where doing so begins to conflict with their loyalty to the defeated former president. They are there now, and they don't know what to do. I think both of them are 'toast' in 2024, but any G.O.P. nominee still will carry Florida. I'm discouraged from paying for more access to 'Hopium Chronicles' because you mention the time required for some of your reads. There are only so many hours in a day.
Trump has turned MAGA from a Trump brand into a toxic label for losers and extremists. The more exposure Trump and DeSantis get heading into 2024, the more toxic the brand becomes. The Republican Party needs to give serious thought to how and when to begin to separate its own brand from MAGA extremism, or it may be seriously damaged, if not permanently, at least for perhaps a decade or more.