Alex Pareene
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Politics editor, Splinter
1/30/18
10:49 PM
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Joe Kennedy III doesn’t have the accent (like most well-off east coast kids he was socialized out of all his regionalisms) so he’s missing the only charming thing about any Kennedy politician.

1/30/18
10:36 PM
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The inhuman stupidity of the national conversation requires a conscious effort to shut off rational thought—to note that the speech contained the words “reach across the aisle” and so it represented a serious attempt at that, from a man whose entire political success is based on his freewheeling willingness to take Read more

1/30/18
10:32 PM
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I truly don’t think we’re capable of recovering any sort of “serious” or “adult” politics. We’re too far gone. The braying monkey standing ovations for meaningless, ill-delivered bromides are just a prelude to the idiotic pre-cooked “analyses.” We’re doomed.

1/30/18
10:20 PM
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Our entire language of politics is just fundamentally and possibly irreversibly childish and idiotic. That’s my takeaway. Send me to the spin room.

1/30/18
10:08 PM
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Wow very odd bit in the embargoed speech where Trump takes credit for the U.S.S. Discovery returning home from the Mirror Universe. Wonder how GOP will spin that one.

1/30/18
10:02 PM
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Family reunification was originally introduced into our immigration laws by conservatives who hoped it’d lead to like Germans and Swedes bringing all their families here.

1/30/18
9:55 PM
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Boy the Stephen Miller portion is a bit jarring after the list of platitudes earlier.

1/30/18
9:51 PM
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The way to escape the very obvious set-up of Trump explicitly demanding “please stand” when introducing the grieving black family he’s using as a race-baiting prop in a race-baiting anti-immigration campaign is not to show up to this bad speech in the first place.

1/30/18
9:49 PM
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I mean it’s not really worth it to respond to anything specific in this incoherent speech but “reforming prisons” is not a goal related to helping people released from prison find work.

1/30/18
9:42 PM
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What is even the conservative “theory” for why drug prices are higher here than in the United States? I mean assuming they think that’s a bad thing. I assumed they thought that was a good thing?

1/30/18
9:37 PM
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There a bit in there about making it easier for administrations to fire civil servants, right

1/30/18
9:35 PM
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The thing with Trump and his team openly crowing about their judges, and Gorsuch in particular, is that it totally makes it explicit that the selection of judges and justices is purely partisan, that Gorsuch is the equivalent of a tax cut, only much more permanent. The fig leaf of judicial impartiality and Read more

1/30/18
9:31 PM
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It’s very funny that Trump and the GOP still do the cop-humping thing while literally carrying out a political purge of federal law enforcement.

1/30/18
9:27 PM
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The funny thing about bragging about how everyone will love the tax cut when they do their taxes next year or check their paystub next month is that most people who aren’t either super-rich or moderately well-off in a blue state and possibly facing a tax hike next year won’t really notice anything. Barack Obama and Read more

1/30/18
9:15 PM
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Steve Scalise is a white nationalist and probably the next Speaker of the House.

1/30/18
9:11 PM
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My baby has a little TV-shaped toy fish tank that hangs inside his crib and plays music and lights up when you hit a button and lately he has discovered how to hit that button and now when we put him to bed he spends 30-45 minutes just whacking that button over and over again, which, for a while, we were worried Read more