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Tue Mar 12, 2019, 09:49 AM

"Demented anger is a significant factor in modern American political life"

"My starting point is a weekend tweet from Representative Devin Nunes of California, who headed the House Intelligence Committee until the House changed hands after the midterms. In that role, he basically acted as Donald Trump’s stonewaller in chief, doing everything he could to prevent any real investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin."

"But his tweet wasn’t about that. It was about a waitress who, citing the “straw police,” asked his dining party if they wanted straws. “Welcome to Socialism in California!” Nunes thundered."

"If this seems like a weird aberration — he wasn’t even denied a straw, just asked if he wanted one — you need to realize that rage explosions over seemingly silly things are extremely common on the right. By all accounts, the biggest applause line at the Conservative Political Action Conference — eliciting chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A!” — was the claim that Democrats are coming for your hamburgers, just like Stalin. (They aren’t, and for the record, Stalin was a mass murderer, but objectively pro-burger.)"

"...The point is that demented anger is a significant factor in modern American political life — and overwhelmingly on one side. All that talk about liberal “snowflakes” is projection; if you really want to see people driven wild by tiny perceived slights and insults, you’ll generally find them on the right."

"...Not to put too fine a point on it, pathological pettiness almost surely put Donald Trump over the top in the 2016 election."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/opinion/captain-marvel-republican-rage.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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Va Lefty Tuesday OP
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Response to Va Lefty (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 10:06 AM

1. First, they're angry. Then they look for something to be angry about.

If it wasn't straws or movies, it would be compact cars or veggie burgers or cats or ketchup packets that are hard to open or any damn thing.

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Response to Girard442 (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 10:47 AM

2. or a tan suit.

and grey poupon.

yup, this rings true as all hell.
demented they are.

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Response to Va Lefty (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 11:00 AM

3. This is a great analysis. Good find. I hear the "both sides" bullshit...

... all the time living in a red state. But there is a profound difference. We lose our shit over kids in cages, police shootings, Medicare cuts and the undermining of democracy. Not straws or soft drinks or tan suits. I’m proud of our outrage. It’s righteous.

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Response to Whiskeytide (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 11:37 AM

4. Couldn't agree more! So sick of that "both sides" BS

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