Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Death and the maiden

"Death And The Maiden," By Marianne Stokes (Musee D'Orsay)

     Yes, the Times doesn't need me to promote their stuff. But I'm not doing it for their benefit; I'm doing it for yours. The Trump enormity is so, umm, enormous, and so ongoing — nearly seven years in its current phase and no end in sight — that we can forget just how awful he is, how he really does kill everything he touches. I've certainly been vigorously ignoring it, hoping the national firestorm won't surge back to life. But this in-depth story of the moral death of an undistinguished congresswoman is a valuable cautionary tale, a reminder of the poison we as a nation are struggling to metabolize. Sure, I could pull up an old photo and spool something about it. But nothing I have to say is as important as this article. Read it. It's long, but it has a really good kicker, and I encourage you to soldier on to the end. It's also a good example of journalism finally, finally flexing to deal with the situation we find ourselves in. The tone of utter moral revulsion is appropriate. This is still an impartial story, but also one that burns Stefanik to the waterline. I don't know how she could ever show her face in public after this. But then again, if she had a functional sense of shame, she couldn't behave the way she does. None of them would.

14 comments:

  1. I began taking note of her during the impeachment hearings. I couldn't figure out her deal, what I read about her seemed to get "curiouser and curiouser".
    The strong thread of opportunism seems to drive her m.o.>>neither the first, nor the last. She seems intellectually bright enough and yet...no at all.
    Looking forward to reading this article

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  2. Kinda long? its a shame the one free article I get to read , I guess you gifted it to your readers, was about someone like this.

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    1. And you would have prefered ... what?

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    2. Well as you can see , I was up kinda early and in a hurry to get out and on my way. I check the NYT site and scan the headlines cause thats all you get for free. Then I head over to EGD and see that your pointing me back recommending something I assume I won't get to read cause of the paywall. I was a longtime subscriber to the times but they aggravated the shit out of me , which doesn't take much and I cancelled a couple years ago.

      I am grateful for the link and am sorry to have complained. I see things I'd like to read from time to time. Space and astronomy a subject you recently touched upon is my fave.

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  3. Stefanik went to Harvard.
    So have a large plurality of the most extreme lunatic right wingers, who have gone to Harvard and/or Harvard Law.
    Something is seriously wrong with Harvard & its law school.
    They are turning out outright fascists, who flat out hate democracy & freedom & love Putin.
    Apparently ethical behavior is the one thing not taught there!

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  4. The Spanish language has it nailed: the word for scoundrel is sinverg├╝enza, "without shame." I'm not sure which group should be more upset with Stefanik -- the old friends she's abandoned or the new ones she's treating as suckers who will believe anything.

    john

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  5. We knew she had become a whore. Now we know the price.

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  6. I read the article yesterday, courtesy of your gift-link on Twitter. Thanks!

    I don't monitor the enormity of our current long, national nightmare closely, so I knew very little about this woman. One can only hope (though I hesitate to use that word after yesterday's post and comments...) that her cynical, calculated, outrageous embrace of the Biggest Loser ends up backfiring on her, as the "kicker" of the article suggests.

    But there are so many like her. How in the world did the similarly despicable Boebert and Greene get reelected? At least they don't have a Harvard education, but imagine living among the voters who prefer them. If nobody but the foot-soldiers of 1/6 pays a price for the insurrection, the country remains in deep trouble.

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    1. Dude, I don't have to imagine...I live in Ahia, which is now such a deep shade of red that I can justifiably label it as "North Missitucky" with a straight face. This is the state that has given the Untied Snakes such people as Gym Jordan, J. D. "Hillbilly Elegy" Vance, and Jim Rhodes, that wonderful fellow who gave us Kent State. Some of our biggest goofballs weren't even Republicans, either. Dennis Kucinich was my congressmen for sixteen years.

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    2. I was wondering the same thing about Boebert and Greene... Once you get past all the posturing and inflammatory rhetoric, I find it hard to imagine that either could put together any kind of a coherent, knowledgeable discussion about issues with the economy, finance, import/export trade questions, etc.

      Similarly, have they achieved anything concrete to improve the lives of their constituents? That's the kind of boring stuff that doesn't get them sound bites on the national news, but when I see them making fools of themselves on Capitol Hill, I wonder if there is anything at all useful that they are really accomplishing up there besides their latest blithering.

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    3. I've been quite disappointed by the dismal state of affairs in the Buckeye State, having grown up there, Grizz.

      Seems like pretty much the last gasp for a state that somehow managed to go for Obama twice was Kasich winning the 2016 primary in a futile attempt to stop the Biggest Loser. Somehow, they managed to turn around and give the guy an 8 point win in November, after which I pretty much gave up on any expectations for Ohio. J. D. freaking Vance, ai yi yi... He and Gym Jordan make James Rhodes look like a statesman by comparison.

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    4. Andy, my local head of the Republican Headquarters is a one trick pony. His response to exposing Drumpfs deficiencies is "he canceled the Iran agreement" The MAGA crowd speaks in bumper stickers, accomplishments mean little to nothing.

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  7. Agree with Clark Street. Maybe there's a list of wayward alumni with brief biographies that could remove some of the exclusive lustre and get ambitious strivers back to reality.

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  8. I totally agree with your two ending assessments: "It's also a good example of journalism finally, finally flexing to deal with the situation we find ourselves in." And I must say: this IS a story "that burns Stefanik to the waterline." Thanks for giving us access to this NYT article. I learned a lot.

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