we are young and stupid and raised by wolves

(this is not real life. these are not pictures of me. I am 25 years old and a woman and passionate about politics and fanfiction and, as far as you are concerned, I only exist online.)

 

Jon Stewart’s coverage of the latest SCOTUS decision about campaign finance — covered by PART 2, because again, TDS website is dumb about splitting up what’s intended as a single monologue

Anyway, this is a very smart and cutting breakdown of the aggregate campaign finance ruling and how it’s bullshit and actively shrinking the democracy of our supposedly democratic nation

llywela13:

Tony Benn made a secret memorial to suffragette Emily Davison in a House of Commons broom cupboard

llywela13:

Tony Benn made a secret memorial to suffragette Emily Davison in a House of Commons broom cupboard

Political Props (Why Republicans have them and Democrats don’t, and maybe it’s a good thing)

After Mitch McConnell jumped on an ad to pass a rifle to Tom Coburn, there’s a really interesting conversation about how certain objects are used as very simple, direct means to communicate to a base that you’re on their side for a wide range of issues. 

Paul Waldman notes:

Conservatives have lots of these kinds of identity markers that can easily and quickly communicate a whole set of beliefs to an audience when they’re mentioned, like the Bible or Ayn Rand or country music.

The fact that Democrats don’t have these things is probably because their coalition is more diverse, made up of people with a variety of cultural backgrounds and life experiences. The markers that may unite certain portions of the Democratic coalition—like, say, the music of the recently departed Pete Seeger—are not anything close to universal within that coalition, so politicians can’t use them so easily.

Kevin Drum continues:

Conservatives have guns, pocket copies of the Constitution, and the Bible to use as really handy props that instantly demonstrate their tribal affiliation. So why don’t liberals have similar, universally-recognized totems? Waldman may be right that it’s because our coalition is more culturally diverse, but I’d toss out one other possibility: almost by definition, conservatives are in favor of tradition and liberals are in favor of change. So it’s easy to find simple conservative props because every culture has lots of recognizable traditional icons that it’s developed over the centuries. It’s a lot less easy to find liberal props because icons of progress change every decade or two.

(Source: dish.andrewsullivan.com)

In my ten years of watching Jason Jones on The Daily Show, this is the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen him do.  He and his wife both seem to be branching out lately…

Also, he is wearing ludicrously tight clothes in that interview.

Who Can Beat Them?

Andrew has a pretty cool article musing on Hillary Clinton’s apparent inevitability for 2016 (not just the primary, but possibly the presidency as well, given the Republicans’ continuing massive weaknesses) and how that will affect the Republican party.

copperbadge:

This is how I imagine Congress starts every single day. 
They take turns being Wolverine. 
[From Wolverine and the X-Men #39, 2013.]

copperbadge:

This is how I imagine Congress starts every single day. 

They take turns being Wolverine. 

[From Wolverine and the X-Men #39, 2013.]

This is what people mean when they say local politics are awesome

Without getting into too much backstory, here’s an excerpt from this adorable elderly Democrat (Carl) in my area who has a mass mailing list, which he just copied on his response to this infamous trans politician (we support her as a person and as a woman, but she is unfortunately not a good politician, does not campaign wisely and has burned a lot of her support) who has expressed support for a particularly odious Republican, Michael Kubosh (in a Republican run-off, not over a Democrat).

So yeah, this is Carl’s way of bitchslapping her for supporting such an odious Republican:

Here is the picture of Keryl Douglass at her infamous press conference with her explanation of what was going on with the homophobic letter sent by the dead preacher using her campaign email.  You will notice the only Fat Anglo in the picture is none other than Michael Kubosh, who was quoted as saying that people should look to Lane [the county Democratic party chairman, who defeated Keryl Douglass last year] as the originator of the piece.  this is where Douglass told those assembled to look to me as I had a history of such things.

I have told Lane that you have told me that you have not endorsed Kubosh, have not personally campaigned for him or asked anyone else to do so.  I also reiterated my statement to you that any Democrat who publicly endorsed a Republican could kiss future credibility and support from many Democrats out the window.  He will be awaiting your call tomorrow [number redacted].

ahahaha god damn, I love local politics.  So many stories here!

What 19th Amendment?

trungles:

tobythewonderdog:

paxamericana:

ALSO my mom’s neighbor said that your social security card and your drivers license have to match EXACTLY. like, if one has your middle initial but the other has your whole name, then you’re ineligible. 

CHECK YOUR DOCS

Texas voters!

"Listen, I’m not even 100% convinced that it’s raining. Or that rain exists."

"Listen, I’m not even 100% convinced that it’s raining. Or that rain exists."

A blue state’s road to red

Really interesting study of the state in which I recently spent almost two weeks and their political shift.  I hadn’t realized what a strong blue state they used to be — and no, it doesn’t seem all to be a gut reaction to Obama, either.  The swing to red started with the 2000 election.

I didn’t see any overt racism while I was there — some loud proclamations about gun rights, and the plant manager’s desk had a notepad with the heading “SHIT OBAMACARE CAN DO FOR ME” on top.  But it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared…not that different from much of rural Texas, I imagine.