Because we’re massive nerds, Sean’s visit to a community theater stage production of George Orwell’s 1984 sparked our discussion of the best literary metaphor for authoritarianism in the age of Trump, which is…the Real Housewives of Orange County. Also starring Vicki Gunvalson, the anti-John Galt.
Paul reminds us that before Anthony Scaramucci communicated his way out of a job at the White House, he was an executive at the Export-Import Bank, itself an unholy amalgamation of corruption and waste and thus, quite naturally, something that politicians learn to love. Sean discusses the failed unionization vote at Nissan’s Mississippi plants, a battle for which most national Democrats were MIA.
This week, Sean proposes that the Dirtbag Left is less sinister and more promising than the recent media coverage of it suggests. Paul discusses the curious case of Reince Priebus, who despite being one of the shortest-serving White House Chiefs of Staff, will leave a mark as one of the longest-serving Republican National Committee Chairmen as well as being the man most responsible for the election of Donald J. Trump.
This week, Paul discusses evangelical support for Donald Trump after seeing a tweet by pro-Trump megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress. Sean brings up an Atlantic article by Conor Friedersdorf that advocates a new (old) direction for the Left in the aftermath of the 2016 election.