38F damp and windy. Joy.
Jam packed day and weekend coming up.
The crazy continues. I think that some of it is not as crazy as it looks. Using a young ambitious woman for your own ends is old hat to the aging reptiles that inhabit the halls of power. It’s a two-fer- discredit a rival, and get your radical ideas out in the public sphere for discussion. Trial balloon launched! Catspaw used successfully! Achievement unlocked! The danger to the reptile (and the Republic) is that the catspaw understands the new political media better (instinctively, natch, ‘cuz there certainly isn’t intellect in that persona) and eventually turns the tables on the manipulator.
It’s an age old negotiating technique- demand the moon, then settle for less. There are also elements of classic prog techniques- emphasize the outrageous to get people used to the idea, then sneak in the lesser evil. Eventually, they get to the greater evil. It’s a play we’ve seen many times and damned hard to counter.
It’s a bit terrifying looked at this way.
On the other hand, perhaps it’s just the pendulum at its farthest swing, and the swing back starts soon. That’s what I’m hoping for. One of the radio commentators said that the main bulk of people in the country are finally opening their eyes, with the Virginia and NY abortion/murder laws. Perhaps it’s not too late.