PowerLine – John Hinderaker 👉 A Happy Walk Down Memory Lane

 PowerLine – John Hinderaker 👉 A Happy Walk Down Memory Lane

Powerline image at HoaxAndChange

Powerline image at HoaxAndChange

Daily Digest

  • A Happy Walk Down Memory Lane
  • Green Weenie of the Week: “Petro-Masculinity”??
  • Tweet of the Week: “Democratic Socialism” In Action
  • And now it’s two
  • McCaskill in the middle
A Happy Walk Down Memory Lane

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 04:47 PM PDT

(John Hinderaker)As we wait for President Trump to announce his Supreme Court nomination, we can while away a couple of minutes with this montage from election night, tweeted by Trump this morning. Good times, good times!

They just didn’t get it, but they do now! pic.twitter.com/9T50NupkDy

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2018

I disagree with the president in one respect: I think the Democrats still don’t get it. Hence the long national nightmare that we have been living through for the last year and a half.


Green Weenie of the Week: “Petro-Masculinity”??

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 12:50 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)I know the leftist theory of “intersectionality” explains everything, but this article, from Millennium: Journal of International Studies, by professor Cara Daggett of Virginia Tech University, really takes the custom-baked cake:

Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire

Cara Daggett


As the planet warms, new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, racism and misogyny. Rather than consider these resentments separately, this article interrogates their relationship through the concept of petro-masculinity, which appreciates the historic role of fossil fuel systems in buttressing white patriarchal rule. Petro-masculinity is helpful to understanding how the anxieties aroused by the Anthropocene can augment desires for authoritarianism. The concept of petro-masculinity suggests that fossil fuels mean more than profit; fossil fuels also contribute to making identities, which poses risks for post-carbon energy politics. Moreover, through a psycho-political reading of authoritarianism, I show how fossil fuel use can function as a violent compensatory practice in reaction to gender and climate trouble.

The complete text is behind a paywall, but I think just this abstract checks all the boxes. This is virtually indistinguishable from what you can get out of the Random Academic Essay Title Generator. (Try it, and you’ll see what I mean.) Even The Guardian gets it.


Tweet of the Week: “Democratic Socialism” In Action

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 10:50 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)This, from the Democrats’ shiny new object, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez:

I assume this is not a parody account, but someone is going to have to explain to me how democracy, rather than socialism, generated 40,000 percent inflation, etc.

I’m also confused. I thought the socialists have won all the elections in Venezuela for the last 20 years. I’ll look forward to Ocasio-Cortez explaining how much worse it would be if they had lost. (Memo to Democrats: Please promote Ocasio-Cortez as widely as possible.)

UPDATE: Yup, it appears to be a parody account, though this one is not:

Then there was her appearance on “The View,” where she had difficulty describing what “democratic socialism” is.


And now it’s two

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 09:21 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)I have it from a reporter I trust that President Trump has narrowed his Supreme Court appointment to two candidates: Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the DC Circuit or Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit. Politico’s story to this effect is posted here. I think these are both excellent candidates, as are the two who appear not to have made the final cut. If the dumbing down has had an effect inside the White House, I will only add that that is to be regretted.


McCaskill in the middle

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 09:15 AM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)It’s no scoop to report that certain Red State Democratic Senators are in a bind when it comes to the vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee (to be announced today). Vote to confirm the nominee, and you break with the base on the left’s most important issue of the year (and of our lifetime, to hear the Dems talk). Vote against confirmation, and you alienate many center-right voters in a state dominated by the center-right.

Sen. Claire McCaskill represents Missouri and has since 2007. She was reelected in 2012 because the GOP nominated Todd Akin, who proceeded to make an idiotic remark about rape. Donald Trump carried Missouri by 19 points in 2016.

McCaskill’s opponent is Josh Hawley, the state’s Attorney General. Hawley, a former Supreme Court clerk for Chief Justice Roberts, is an attractive candidate — arguably the biggest star among Republicans seeking to defeat incumbent Democratic Senators this year.

Today, Hawley released his first campaign ad. It’s about the Supreme Court.

Hawley declares:

The eyes of the nation are on Missouri. We decide which values control the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Claire McCaskill wants liberals in charge, that’s how she votes. That’s not Missouri’s way, and it won’t be my way.

Hawley released a statement with the ad calling on McCaskill to “make a break with [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer” and back President Trump’s pick for the high court. As a political matter, Hawley will probably be okay with whichever way McCaskill votes on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, as long as the nominee is confirmed.

For McCaskill, the vote looks like a lose-lose proposition.


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