…this asshole again:
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Florida’s governor is an angry dick who yells at teenagers at a public event for wearing masks. What business of his is it if they want to wear masks? What a jerk!
Anyhoo, on a semi-related note, I thought Biden’s speech was okay last night, but at first, I thought maybe he was missing an opportunity to inject partisanship into it — to play up the vast differences between the parties, one of which is fractiously democratic while the other is increasingly autocratic.
Instead, Biden went out of his way to be gracious, pretending that Republicans are united with Democrats to support Ukraine when in fact prominent Republicans — including their political leader and favorite Fox News propagandist — are rootin’ for Putin.
Biden appealed to Republicans to depoliticize the COVID-19 response, even as he talked about rolling back mandates that most Republicans have demagogued for fun and profit, killing people in the process. Biden rejected “defund the police,” which was never a policy he supported nor a plank in the party platform.
I wondered if it made sense to scold his own party’s activists for something they said two years ago instead of slagging the elected cultists who were making fools of themselves right before his eyes at that moment.
But then I watched the Republican response from Iowa Gov. Reynolds, and I began to think maybe Biden’s tone is part of a larger strategy. Reynolds mouthed the boilerplate anti-woke horse shit — Democrats are anti-cop, pro-crime, mask tyrants blah blah blah. It sounded jarring if you’d just finished listening to Biden.
Maybe that’s the point: to contrast an open-handed president who’s trying to find common ground with the peevish, snarling churls like DeSantis. I don’t know.