The Anti-Politics and Anti-Comedy of Norm Macdonald

When Norm Macdonald passed away last month at the age of sixty-one, most major outlets ran obituaries praising his long career in comedy. Many of us were reminded how funny Macdonald was and took to YouTube to dip into the deep reservoir of his material.
Notable figures of the online right did the very same thing, some of them claiming Norm Macdonald as one of their own. While they may have overstated their case, it can nonetheless be difficult to square appreciation for Macdonald’s comedy with his ambiguously conservative politics.

Read original

Why America’s health care workers are escalating their fight for fair treatment and patient safety

Chief Hospital Corpsman Dom Navarro, from Orange County, Calif., counts patient gowns in the medical ward aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) March 26. Mercy deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients who are admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore-based hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense’s missions is defense support of civil authorities.

Read original

Why Merrick Garland Can’t Win

The fundamental fallacy at the heart of the four-year-long legal resistance to Trumpism was that the American people desperately wanted to be bored again. The electric rock star status achieved by Robert Mueller for his investigation into Donald Trump’s election interference and obstruction of justice was rooted in the ironic delight we took in the special counsel’s obvious stodginess and ploddingness.

Read original

Why Merrick Garland Can’t Win

The fundamental fallacy at the heart of the four-year-long legal resistance to Trumpism was that the American people desperately wanted to be bored again. The electric rock star status achieved by Robert Mueller for his investigation into Donald Trump’s election interference and obstruction of justice was rooted in the ironic delight we took in the special counsel’s obvious stodginess and ploddingness.

Read original

Kevin McCarthy’s vile attack on Liz Cheney shows the dangers of a GOP House

A vile new attack from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), and Stephen K. Bannon’s flouting of a subpoena from the House select committee investigating Jan. 6, both underscore the fragility of such shared understandings.

Advertisement

Story continues below advertisement

In so doing, both episodes demonstrate once again just how dangerous a GOP-controlled House might truly prove to be.

The McCarthy consigliere told consultants to choose between working for Cheney and working for McCarthy, the Times reports.

Read original

Major investor refuses to bankroll Trump’s ‘fake news business’

One of the talking points that 2016 Donald Trump voters, many of whom switched to now-President Joe Biden in 2020, used to justify voting for him the first time was, “Well, he’s a smart businessman.” But Trump, in fact, has had more than his shares of ups and downs in business — and some people in the business world want nothing whatsoever to do with Trump or the Trump Organization. Item: hedge fund manager Boaz Weinstein, according to the New York Times, withdrew his investment after learning that he would be supporting Trump’s social media company Truth Social.

Read original

Meghan McCain Is Still Playing the Victim

Meghan McCain has always been destined for greatness. Being born to one of the most powerful politicians in the country will have that effect on your career trajectory.
Less than three months removed from her four-year stint as co-host of ABC’s The View, McCain is making the media rounds to support the release of her new audiobook, Bad Republican. The newly minted Daily Mail columnist and world’s foremost expert on being John McCain’s daughter has a lot to say about how hard it is to be a conservative woman in media—though evidence of this is severely lacking.

Read original

Meghan McCain Is Still Playing the Victim

Meghan McCain has always been destined for greatness. Being born to one of the most powerful politicians in the country will have that effect on your career trajectory.
Less than three months removed from her four-year stint as co-host of ABC’s The View, McCain is making the media rounds to support the release of her new audiobook, Bad Republican. The newly minted Daily Mail columnist and world’s foremost expert on being John McCain’s daughter has a lot to say about how hard it is to be a conservative woman in media—though evidence of this is severely lacking.

Read original