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I have a new piece up in The Nation about the importance of the "power behind the throne" role in politics, and how Donald Trump has chosen to fill it with a TV show – the dumbest one on the dumbest network.

Also, Episode 1 of Mass for Shut-ins: The Gin and Tacos Podcast is now available on iTunes, Google Play, and Soundcloud.

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20 Responses to “PIVOT TO AWESOME”

  1. RosiesDad Says:

    Damn Ed. You're almost a full time journalist by now.

  2. Anubis Bard Says:

    That's a nice piece, and utterly convincing.

  3. seniorscrub Says:

    I agree Ed although I do believe you owe the Drunk Uncles of America an apology.

    And a pint of their favorite bottom shelf whisky.

  4. Mike Says:

    I especially liked how you managed to throw Michael Bay under the bus. Well done, sir.

  5. Paul Says:

    "His White House is a clown car of amateurs, opportunists, sycophants, soulless tycoons, and grifters."

    Nice summary.

  6. Tim H. Says:

    Sort of makes Warren Harding's "Kitchen Cabinet" seem responsible. BTW, something you may find useful, for ammunition, if nothing else:


  7. Ten Bears Says:

    Historically, none of those creatures came to a good end.

    Grima Wormtongue. Back when everyone else was called Dick "Darth" Cheney, I was calling him Grima Wormtongue. Perhaps not the aptest of analogies then, but it is certainly apt now.

  8. Ten Bears Says:

    Just one more thing: crotch-shots. I've got it here someplace but just can't find it right now: back in the early oughts I came across a study that found that somewhere out there in cable tv lands every nineteen seconds a bimbo spreads her legs.

    You youngsters probable never heard of it, but old timers should remember when the hot heebee jeebie hoo-doo voodoo conspiracy theory was the little blue circles up on the screen down at the movie house were subliminally programming our youth to be hippies, dope smokers and sexual perverts.

    I've been snarking for a long time about bare-footed barely literate rubes sprawled drooling Pavlovianly across a "couch" the backseat out of a nineteen sixty-nine Chevy Suburban drunk as a skunk on the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on Fox Kool-Aid blindly following a charismatic "leader" to suicide, dragging the rest of us with them.

    Little blue circles, nineteen second crotch-shots, racists, misogynists, homophobs … do the math.

  9. quixote Says:

    "the world greets each day wondering what the random policy generator will produce"

    Hahahaha. Perfect. The whole article, too.

    I'd never thought to connect the Richelieu – Rasputin template to Fox&Friends, but, yup, exactly right for this bumbling dump. History isn't just repeating itself as farce. It's repeating itself with the volume at 11.

  10. Major Kong Says:

    Almost makes me miss the "Mayberry Machiavellis" of the George W. Bush administration.

    Shows just how far the bar has been lowered.

  11. Dave Bearse Says:

    A good read. Outstanding use of supporting links within it.

  12. Hazy Davy Says:


    I'll note that, in my Dec. 2016 analysis I had the following roster:

    Mike Pence: Archie Bunker
    Kellyanne Conway: Dolores Umbridge
    Steve Bannon: Scar (Lion King), close second, Grima Wormtongue
    Mike Flynn: Frank Dux (bloodsport) [wasn't quite right. he was more someone who fixed the series…]
    Reince Preibus: Tom Hagen
    Steven Mnuchin: Virgil Solozzo
    Rex Tillerson: Dennis Nedry
    James Mattis: Alonzo Harris (Training Day)
    Jeff Sessions: Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest version)
    Dr. Ben Carson: Stevie Kenarban (Malcolm in the Middle)

  13. Hazy Davy Says:

    And still, it's scary that, even with the corrupted crew he has, he still gets his briefing from a TV show.
    Such a useful idiot.

  14. Bessemer Mucho Says:

    Your last paragraph points to the fact that FAUXTUS himself is part of that elderly demographic, which hoovers up outrage from right-wing teevee shows. In fact, this was a recent topic here @ g & t. Also, the link given up there by Tim H. is well worth following, IMO.

  15. Katydid Says:

    @Hazy Davy; from time to time, Archie Bunker had moments of clarity where he realized he was being a horrible person and changed. Pence…not so much.

  16. frosty Says:

    Long time reader, never commented before but just wanted to say how happy I am to see you getting published. Thanks for all your writing for all these years.

  17. lugnutism Says:

    @Hazy Davy – Never watched "Father Knows Best", but always had the impression Archie was the midcentury equivalent of the "Facebook rage uncle," while Pence is far too much of an Ice Queen to fill that role.

  18. vegymper Says:

    "the random policy generator"
    Slow. clap.

  19. Antojanes Says:

    great post

  20. democommie Says:

    "Random Policy Generator"

    More destructive than the other sorta RPG by an order or two of maggotude.