we are young and stupid and raised by wolves

(this is not real life. these are not pictures of me. I am 20-something years old and a woman and passionate about politics and fanfiction and, as far as you are concerned, I only exist online.)

 

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I was at the gym tonight, jogging (for a little bit, walking swiftly for the rest) and grinning idiotically to myself as CNN flashed the projection that Eric Cantor had been upset in his primary

I know I shouldn’t cheer on the Tea Party, because they cause real damage, but they won’t be as numerous as they were in previous years — and Cantor is still the man who cancelled a speech on wealth inequality after learning 300 seats would be open to the public. Frankly, he was capable of far more harm than his triumphant Tea Party opponent, I think. If just because all the other established Republicans will be gunning for his blood.

okay, I’ve done a bit of reading and realized it’s likely true that Cantor’s defeat means a definitive end to any last hopes for immigration reform, so that’s a reason to be sad.

also, he was the only non-Christian Republican in Congress.

…also, Ted Cruz just renounced his Canadian citizenship tonight.

oh dear.

I was at the gym tonight, jogging (for a little bit, walking swiftly for the rest) and grinning idiotically to myself as CNN flashed the projection that Eric Cantor had been upset in his primary

I know I shouldn’t cheer on the Tea Party, because they cause real damage, but they won’t be as numerous as they were in previous years — and Cantor is still the man who cancelled a speech on wealth inequality after learning 300 seats would be open to the public. Frankly, he was capable of far more harm than his triumphant Tea Party opponent, I think. If just because all the other established Republicans will be gunning for his blood.

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sandandglass:

President Barack Obama at the White House Correpondents’ Dinner. 

OBAMA HAS TOTALLY STOPPED GIVING A FUCK AND IT’S THE GREATEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN

this shit was brutal

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK OMG

ZING

it is my personal belief that his whole upper staff (like the West Wing group), all year round, writes these jokes whenever they need to, then they present an entire binder to him before the WHCD

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

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.

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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.]