If you have forty minutes or so, watch Nina Teicholz.
Bob Zimmerman isn’t impressed with the Armstrong movie.
[Update late evening, before I drive up to West Palm Beach to pick up Patricia]
Some (sadly) hilarious thoughts and links from Jim Treacher.
OK, I see that Bob Zimmerman has had second thoughts.
I’m going to reserve judgment until I see the film. I think that the proximate cause of the uproar wasn’t the decision to leave out the flag planting, but the Canadian actor’s idiotic explanation of it. As I note in comments, the movie is a biopick of Neil Armstrong, not a history of Apollo, and his great achievement was not in planting a flag on the moon, but in simply being present on its surface.
Thoughts from Matthew Continetti on Trump’s media skills, and his vulnerability to others who share them.
As I noted on twitter, it’s stupid to think that the hush money was a campaign contribution, because for many Trump supporters, the notion that he was shtooping porn stars and playmates was part of the appeal.
…you have to like men.
It might be enough to just not hate them.
Sarah Jeong’s tamed Twitter feed is, intentionally or otherwise, hilarious.
For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike.
I spent many Sundays in evangelical churches and hung out with 15,000 evangelical youth at the Urbana conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect among thousands of college-age evangelicals, but I certainly didn’t expect the intense discussion of racial equity and refugee issues — how to help them, not how to keep them out — but that is what I got.
Two issues with the piece: My usual complaint that there is nothing “liberal” about these fascists, and he’s not hard enough on his former colleagues. But it’s a nice start.
Jonathan Last writes that we should hope that there is no tape. Unfortunately, I certainly wouldn’t bet on it.
Is it the future of the Democrats?
I hope so, because if so, it means, finally, the death of this old horrific, racist, and now totalitarian political party.