Bill Maher draws a parallel between the mass hysteria and purity tests afflicting the Democrats (we’re doomed, folks) and the mass hysteria and purity afflicting the Oscars. As you all know, I’ve been writing about this for a while now, and many people agree with this sentiment — it’s just that they’re too afraid to say it out loud. Why are they afraid? Because who wants to be called out in a Twitter swarm of outrage and get, god forbid, hashtagged? The high status film tweeters lead the charge and many follow in blind obedience. Most won’t push back, at least publicly, out of fear. In Salem, no one did either, until it got to be so bad that one man finally stood up and said “this is bullshit,” in so many words. Then they all had to lift in the aftermath of having been caught up in fear and panic and acted irrationally. Who knows where this is going. I do think people believe themselves to be on the right side but, as Bill Maher points out, we have no choice but to eat our own because the Right is immune to our public protests.
As for the Democrats, well there are too many people running, each of them way too easy to sabotage. Our outrage machine shows no signs of slowing down. The trolls are out there sabotaging, the GOP is ratfucking. It’s hard to imagine unity. It’s as broken as it was heading into 1972.
And so it goes. One more week, folks. One more week.