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There is a nugget of something very important in this article.

Jon and Elsa Sands, who describe themselves as socially liberal affluent Americans, believe Trump is the only option even as they compare voting for him to voting for a “tameable Hitler in 1933”…

[Elsa] Sands, who teaches English to refugees and described herself as a big supporter of refugee resettlement, said that even though Trump is a “big jerk, brash, over the top and egomaniacal,” he was also a “big-mouth pragmatist who can get things done.” She also said that he was a moderate who “doesn’t go around hating people” and called him a “brilliant communicator.”

“He tends to be flamboyant and, like New Yorkers, talks in hyperbole,” Sands said. “He exaggerated it to get attention, because a moderate cannot run in the Republican Party.” Sands believes that the media has “distorted” Trump’s statements and are making him out to be someone they want him to be.

I think this speaks to part of the compelling argument for Bernie’s campaign.  There’s a lot more to be said, but rest assured that there are a lot of “moderate” rubes out there like these two braintoilets who hate Hillary and are gullible enough to countenance Trump.

h/t John Cole

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As usual, I didn’t watch them, because I have some minimal amount of respect for my short time here on Earth. But so far as I gather, the following things occurred:

  • Best Picture went to a movie that boldly told the world what we’ve already known for more than a decade re: pedophilia in the Catholic Church. Yes, the Church showed itself to be exactly the sort of evil institution that emerges when you have power without oversight. Yes, the banality of evil element to it was shocking and remains shocking. They shouldn’t be let off the hook for it until John Paul II is seen by everyone as the moral monster he was, and the church institutes genuine transparency. But I avoided Spotlight largely because it seemed to have a self-importance that is, at this point, quite unearned: to end the movie with a calculated gasp moment of all the cities where pedophilic priests operated long after this has been known is more eye-rolling than shocking to me, a pretension of blowing the lid off a story that has been reported on for well over a decade now. Instead of a new angle for the story, what we got was a victory lap. But it’s unsurprising that it won Best Picture, since it allows Hollywood to imagine that they’re having a social impact. See also: Crash.
  • The Big Short winning Best Adapted Screenplay is nice. A lot of how the movie was shot drove me absolutely crazy–after a certain point, you have to just admit that constantly having the characters out of focus is a stylistic choice that does not work–but at the same time, it managed the very tricky feat of (a) explaining the housing collapse in a reasonably comprehensible way, and (b) making that good entertainment, which is not an easy task since the source material isn’t very cinematic. Some of the ways the film did this were flashy and drew a lot of attention to themselves, but generally the movie was pretty ingenious. Some definite flaws should not diminish the awesome accomplishment here, and honoring the writing seems appropriate.
  • Leo winning Best Actor for any movie other than The Wolf Of Wall Street is a goddamn disgrace. Shooting in the cold and eating a raw fish show an impressive commitment to the film, but frankly they have nothing to do with acting. DiCaprio strikes me as having one of the most limited ranges in Hollywood, which is why the apparent effortlessness of what he pulled off in Wolf was so surprising to me (yes, he had Scorsese directing him, but he was terrible in Gangs Of New York and Shutter Island in spite of that). To play a character both so fascinating and magnetic while also repellent and disgusting is some kind of achievement. To do this in a comedy (for the most part) about the failure of capitalism is even more so. In time, that will be the movie he’s known for even more so than Titanic, of this I’m certain. But it was in the comedy ghetto and thus unworthy of an Oscar, which as we know ought to be given to period pieces, preferrably in which a famous actor plays another famous person, which as we know is just the highest form of acting (had the movie not been about twelve years too late, Robert Redford would have struck gold this year by playing Dan Rather). Just recall that Jeff Bridges wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar for playing The Dude, and nobody cares about any of the performances that were.

Also, fuck The Danish Girl and its safe-for-Peoria treatment of transgender issues as some sort of multiple personality thing. As if we needed a glossy prestige picture to validate that after the whole Caitlin Jenner phenomenon got there first. The Oscars this year seemed to be even more self-satisfied than ever in spite of palpably not getting there first on these things, and barely even pretending to represent anything other than an older white guy perspective. It’s not a good look.

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Young Marco is now doing a cut-rate version of his act.

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I can’t say that I buy into a lot of the fainting couch in this article but it has some salient points about Hillary’s godawful political instincts and Bernie’s potential trump card (ahem) in a fight against Trump.  To wit:

Sanders is … an almost perfect secret weapon against Trump. He can pull off the only maneuver that is capable of neutralizing Trump: ignoring him and actually keeping the focus on the issues.

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sad-marco-rubioRubio now basically admitting that he’s not going to win a majority of delegates. I really don’t understand (a) why his message up until the moment Trump gets that last delegate isn’t, “We’re going to get a majority of delegates and win the nomination on the first ballot,” (b) why he would think that this statement would be in any way reassuring to his beleaguered establishment backers, as it now makes the best case scenario look like the sort of convention brawl we haven’t seen in fifty years (and even longer than that for the Republican Party–about 80 years for them, really) (c) why he would just assume that he’d still be able to count on establishment support after failing to stop Trump & running a poorly strategized campaign. Given that Rubes couldn’t handle a modest drubbing from Chris Christie, is there any reason to think he has either the brains or the guts to handle the pressure of a contested convention? This statement doesn’t bode well for his ability to handle the pressure either.

What’s that, you say? Someone’s nominating Mittens from the floor? Well, he is tanned, tested and ready, and he’s got nothing else to do.

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If I were to try to explain why Marco Rubio has been unable to really compete with Trump in one sentence, it might well be because he yammers on about fantasy football while he clearly doesn’t know how to hold an actual football (relatedly, treat yourself by looking at these). This is the guy who’s supposed to beat Donald Trump?

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