Everything you need to know about the 2024 U.S. election, right here

Illiberalism

Gilead

Donald Trump
Coup attempt

2024

Everything you need to know about the 2024 U.S. election is right here:

[Donald Trump’s] primary rivals are now firmly behind him.

And despite facing significant challenges, Trump’s political and legal wins have only grown.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled he is immune from criminal prosecution for some actions he took as president. It was another win at the high court after the justices ruled in March that states couldn’t remove him from the 2024 ballot. And on Monday, the federal judge overseeing Trump’s classified documents trial in Florida dismissed the federal criminal case.

Most dramatically, Trump on Saturday evening survived a shooting that federal law enforcement officials say was a likely assassination attempt.[1]

Meanwhile, Joe Biden, who was already bleeding out over Gaza, appears to be losing his marbles,[2] flatly has no path to victory,[3] but insists on staying in the race.[4]

It’s simply over. Donald Trump has won. And it won’t be close.

Holly Bailey, “New York judge throws out Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case,” Washington Post, July 12, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/12/rudy-giuliani-bankruptcy/

Isaac Arnsdorf and Jabin Botsford, “Pops, screams and then blood: On the scene at the Trump rally shooting,” Washington Post, July 13, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/13/trump-shooting-rally-witness-account/

Haley BeMiller, “Ohio Sen. JD Vance, a top VP contender, blames Trump rally shooting on Biden ‘rhetoric,’” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 13, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2024/07/13/trump-rally-shooting-jd-vance-blames-biden-campaign-rhetoric/74397100007/

Megan Lavey-Heaton, “Trump hurt in shooting at Pa. rally; 2 dead, including shooter, official says,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 13, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2024/07/trump-hurt-in-shooting-at-pa-rally-2-dead-including-shooter-official-says.html

Arie Perliger, “‘One inch from a potential civil war’ – near miss in Trump shooting is also a close call for American democracy,” Conversation, July 13, 2024, https://theconversation.com/one-inch-from-a-potential-civil-war-near-miss-in-trump-shooting-is-also-a-close-call-for-american-democracy-234628

David Smith and Ramon Antonio, “Trump rally shooting being investigated as attempt on his life as spectator killed,” Guardian, July 13, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/13/trump-rally-gun-shots-pennsylvania

Aysha Bagchi, “Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks appears to have acted alone, used ‘AR-style 556’ rifle: FBI,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2024/07/14/donald-trump-rally-shooter-gun/74402764007/

Oliver Darcy to Reliable Sources list, “Special Edition: The Blood and the Blame,” Cable News Network, July 14, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/newsletters/reliable-sources

Emily Davies, Steve Hendrix, and Annabelle Timsit, “Suspected Trump rally shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks is from Bethel Park, Pa.,” Washington Post, July 14, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/07/14/thomas-matthew-crooks-trump-shooting-suspect/

John Heilemann, “The G.O.P.’s Martyr Complex & The ’24 Inevitability Question,” Puck, July 14, 2024, https://puck.news/trump-assassination-attempt-gop-martyr-complex/

Kenny Jacoby and Christopher Cann, “Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/investigations/2024/07/14/thomas-crooks-trump-rally-shooter/74397935007/

Brian Linder, “Shooter in Trump assassination attempt was 20-year-old Pa. man,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 14, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/news/2024/07/shooter-in-trump-assassination-attempt-identified-as-20-year-old-pa-man.html

Diane Mastrull, “What we know about the ‘attempted assassination’ at Trump rally in Butler, Pa.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/donald-trump-rally-shooting-pa-deaths-20240713.html

Jeremy Roebuck et al., “FBI probing motives, background of Thomas Matthew Crooks, the Western Pa. gunman behind Donald Trump assassination attempt,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/thomas-matthew-crooks-trump-shooter-id-butler-20240714.html

Devlin Barrett and Perry Stein, “Trump’s classified-documents case dismissed by Judge Aileen Cannon,” Washington Post, January 15, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/15/trump-classified-trial-dismisssed-cannon/

Isabella Ramírez, “Republicans formally name Trump their presidential nominee,” Politico, July 15, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/15/donald-trump-gop-presidential-nominee-00168345


  1. [1]Isabella Ramírez, “Republicans formally name Trump their presidential nominee,” Politico, July 15, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/15/donald-trump-gop-presidential-nominee-00168345
  2. [2]Yasmeen Abutaleb et al., “Biden’s aging is seen as accelerating, lapses described as more common,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/biden-aging-recent-months/; Yasmeen Abutaleb, Tyler Pager, and Aaron Schaffer, “Debate brings scrutiny of whether aides shielded signs of Biden’s aging,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/07/white-house-aides-biden-age/; Aaron Blake, “5 takeaways from Biden’s crucial NATO news conference,” Washington Post, July 11, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/11/biden-press-conference-reactions/; Eugene Daniels, Rachael Bade, and Ryan Lizza, “Biden’s presser leaves Dems in ‘purgatory,’” Politico, July 12, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2024/07/12/bidens-presser-leaves-dems-in-purgatory-00167772; Eli Stokols et al., “‘We’ve all enabled the situation’: Dems turn on Biden’s inner sanctum post debate,” Politico, July 2, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/02/biden-campaign-debate-inner-circle-00166160
  3. [3]David Axelrod, “Biden’s defiant delusion,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/opinions/biden-failed-to-quell-panic-abc-interview-axelrod/index.html; David A. Graham, “What is the Biden campaign’s theory of victory now?” Atlantic, July 5, 2024, https://apple.news/AyCMikft8TDuFf_elUgfQSA; Eric Levitz, “In an ABC interview, Biden charts a course for Dems’ worst-case scenario,” Vox, July 5, 2024, https://www.vox.com/politics/359160/biden-abc-news-interview-drop-out; A. J. McDougall, “Obama’s Go-To Guy in the White House Says There’s No Way Biden Wins,” Daily Beast, July 7, 2024, https://apple.news/AU8MNINntR1m20zzN4_lerw; Tyler Pager, “Biden aides plotted debate strategy for months. Then it all collapsed,” Washington Post, June 30, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/06/30/how-biden-debate-prep-led-to-damaging-event/; Maeve Reston, “In blow to Biden, Democratic Sen. Bennet says Trump could win ‘by a landslide,’” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/senator-michael-bennet-trump-election/
  4. [4]David Axelrod, “Biden’s defiant delusion,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/opinions/biden-failed-to-quell-panic-abc-interview-axelrod/index.html; Eugene Daniels, Rachael Bade, and Ryan Lizza, “Team Biden tries to quell Dem panic,” Politico, June 30, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2024/06/30/team-biden-tries-to-quell-dem-panic-00165945; Lauren Egan et al., “Can Biden run out the clock?” Politico, July 12, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2024/07/12/can-biden-run-out-the-clock-00167908; Rebecca Falconer, “Biden says he’s ‘not going anywhere’ as calls for him to step aside grow,” Axios, July 5, 2024, https://www.axios.com/2024/07/05/biden-democratic-donors-finance-disney-heiress; John Heilemann, “Biden vs. The World,” Puck, July 8, 2024, https://puck.news/biden-vs-the-world/; David Smith, “Biden says only ‘the Lord almighty’ could make him drop out in pivotal TV interview,” Guardian, July 5, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/05/biden-george-stephanopoulos-debate-interview; Matt Viser and Shane Harris, “As Biden digs in, another elected Democrat calls on him to exit race,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/06/biden-democrats-presidential-campaign/

Everything, and I do mean everything, is going Donald Trump’s way

Illiberalism

Gilead

Donald Trump
Coup attempt

2024

In yesterday’s piece reacting to the assassination attempt on Donald Trump, John Heilemann does not, in fact, offer much new. Read it anyway: He pulls together a lot of shit very nicely:

[Joe] Biden’s remarks about the shooter’s motives were a veiled rebuke to a wide array of Republicans who, in the wake of the shooting, took to social media to spout precisely the kind of baseless and incendiary bullshit that has made our current circumstances so fucking rotten, and so dangerous. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott blamed the “radical Left and corporate media” for what happened in Butler. Ohio senator and apparent frontrunner in the Trump veepstakes J.D. Vance claimed that “the central premise of the Biden campaign … that Trump is an authoritarian fascist who must be stopped at all costs … led directly” to the shooting.

Along with many others on the right, Georgia Congressman Mike Collins cited a reported comment of Biden’s on a recent call with donors—“It’s time to put Trump in the bull’s-eye”—and then put a none too fine point on the matter: “Biden sent the orders,” Collins tweeted. Conservative pundit Erick Erickson proudly pointed out that he’s said for months that “MSNBC wants Trump assassinated” and then inveighed against The New Republic for its June cover, which portrays Trump as Hitler.

I don’t have the energy or inclination to devote the time for an epic rant laying out the extent and degree of mendacity, perniciousness, and corrosive bad faith that these reactions embody and entail. But I will simply note that not one of these, or the other like minded shit-posters on this topic, has seen fit to acknowledge one of the few hard facts about Thomas Crooks, the Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, 20-year-old identified by law enforcement as Trump’s wannabe killer: He was a registered Republican. This may or may not end up being meaningful in any way—we have no idea at this point. Which is precisely the goddamn point.[1]

Meanwhile, Aileen Cannon has dismissed the classified records case against Donald Trump.[2] Everything, and I do mean everything, is now going Trump’s way. It’s time to get out of the country, if you can.

Holly Bailey, “New York judge throws out Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case,” Washington Post, July 12, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/12/rudy-giuliani-bankruptcy/

Isaac Arnsdorf and Jabin Botsford, “Pops, screams and then blood: On the scene at the Trump rally shooting,” Washington Post, July 13, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/13/trump-shooting-rally-witness-account/

Haley BeMiller, “Ohio Sen. JD Vance, a top VP contender, blames Trump rally shooting on Biden ‘rhetoric,’” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 13, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2024/07/13/trump-rally-shooting-jd-vance-blames-biden-campaign-rhetoric/74397100007/

Megan Lavey-Heaton, “Trump hurt in shooting at Pa. rally; 2 dead, including shooter, official says,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 13, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2024/07/trump-hurt-in-shooting-at-pa-rally-2-dead-including-shooter-official-says.html

Arie Perliger, “‘One inch from a potential civil war’ – near miss in Trump shooting is also a close call for American democracy,” Conversation, July 13, 2024, https://theconversation.com/one-inch-from-a-potential-civil-war-near-miss-in-trump-shooting-is-also-a-close-call-for-american-democracy-234628

David Smith and Ramon Antonio, “Trump rally shooting being investigated as attempt on his life as spectator killed,” Guardian, July 13, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/13/trump-rally-gun-shots-pennsylvania

Aysha Bagchi, “Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks appears to have acted alone, used ‘AR-style 556’ rifle: FBI,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2024/07/14/donald-trump-rally-shooter-gun/74402764007/

Oliver Darcy to Reliable Sources list, “Special Edition: The Blood and the Blame,” Cable News Network, July 14, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/newsletters/reliable-sources

Emily Davies, Steve Hendrix, and Annabelle Timsit, “Suspected Trump rally shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks is from Bethel Park, Pa.,” Washington Post, July 14, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/07/14/thomas-matthew-crooks-trump-shooting-suspect/

John Heilemann, “The G.O.P.’s Martyr Complex & The ’24 Inevitability Question,” Puck, July 14, 2024, https://puck.news/trump-assassination-attempt-gop-martyr-complex/

Kenny Jacoby and Christopher Cann, “Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/investigations/2024/07/14/thomas-crooks-trump-rally-shooter/74397935007/

Brian Linder, “Shooter in Trump assassination attempt was 20-year-old Pa. man,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 14, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/news/2024/07/shooter-in-trump-assassination-attempt-identified-as-20-year-old-pa-man.html

Diane Mastrull, “What we know about the ‘attempted assassination’ at Trump rally in Butler, Pa.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/donald-trump-rally-shooting-pa-deaths-20240713.html

Jeremy Roebuck et al., “FBI probing motives, background of Thomas Matthew Crooks, the Western Pa. gunman behind Donald Trump assassination attempt,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/thomas-matthew-crooks-trump-shooter-id-butler-20240714.html

Devlin Barrett and Perry Stein, “Trump’s classified-documents case dismissed by Judge Aileen Cannon,” Washington Post, January 15, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/15/trump-classified-trial-dismisssed-cannon/


  1. [1]John Heilemann, “The G.O.P.’s Martyr Complex & The ’24 Inevitability Question,” Puck, July 14, 2024, https://puck.news/trump-assassination-attempt-gop-martyr-complex/
  2. [2]Devlin Barrett and Perry Stein, “Trump’s classified-documents case dismissed by Judge Aileen Cannon,” Washington Post, January 15, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/15/trump-classified-trial-dismisssed-cannon/

‘Thoughts and prayers’ for Donald Trump

Illiberalism

Gilead

White Christian nationalism


Fig. 1. If one weighs by geography rather than population, Pennsylvania is very much a white Christian nationalist kind of place. Photograph by author, January 5, 2023.

I don’t want to minimize the danger and it’s possible I’m wrong, but this seems overwrought to me:

The first thing that I thought [after hearing about the assassination attempt] about is that we were basically one inch from a potential civil war. I think that if, indeed, Donald Trump would have suffered fatal injuries today [July 13], the level of violence that we witnessed so far will be nothing in comparison to what would have happened in the next couple of months. I think that would have unleashed a new level of anger, frustration, resentment, hostility that we haven’t seen for many, many years in the U.S.

This assassination attempt, at least at this early stage, may validate a strong sense among many Trump supporters and many people on the far right that they are being delegitimized, that they are on the defensive and that there are efforts to basically prevent them from competing in the political process and prevent Trump from returning to the White House.[1]

I think if this were true, I’d be seeing more signs of it. The hard cold truth of it is, I’m not.

The thing here is that when we speak of groups such as Q-Anon and the Proud Boyz, groups involved in the January 6 coup attempt, we’re speaking of people who lack anything like the discipline required to maintain operational security. If they’re working themselves up to civil war, we’ll know about it because they’ll be screaming it from the mountaintops. But all I see here is on par with calls for a general strike on the Left—smoke with absolutely zero fire.

[Thomas] Crooks was registered as a Republican, according to Pennsylvania’s voter status records.

Campaign finance records show that someone by the name of Thomas Crooks, with the same street address as the suspect, gave $15 to the Progressive Turnout Project, a Democratic voter-turnout organization, in January, 2021.

A search of court records did not indicate any criminal history.

Crooks is believed to have used an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle to carry out the attack, said a U.S. official and another person familiar with the investigation, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a probe that is still in its early stages.[2]

One thing I think Arie Perliger misses here is that the shooter was conservative,[3] albeit making the argument for gun control in the grandest way possible. And that’s what’s getting my attention here: How do white Christian nationalists address the strong appearance that this shooting was by one of their own, indeed with no criminal or civil record,[4] the quintessential “good man with a gun?” (Update, July 14, 2024: Some are blaming the news media.[5])

Arie Perliger, “‘One inch from a potential civil war’ – near miss in Trump shooting is also a close call for American democracy,” Conversation, July 13, 2024, https://theconversation.com/one-inch-from-a-potential-civil-war-near-miss-in-trump-shooting-is-also-a-close-call-for-american-democracy-234628

Donald Trump
Coup attempt

2024

Fig. 2. Donald Trump still has his fans. Photograph along Washington Road in Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania, by author, April 28, 2024.

Holly Bailey, “New York judge throws out Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case,” Washington Post, July 12, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/12/rudy-giuliani-bankruptcy/

Isaac Arnsdorf and Jabin Botsford, “Pops, screams and then blood: On the scene at the Trump rally shooting,” Washington Post, July 13, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/13/trump-shooting-rally-witness-account/

Haley BeMiller, “Ohio Sen. JD Vance, a top VP contender, blames Trump rally shooting on Biden ‘rhetoric,’” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 13, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2024/07/13/trump-rally-shooting-jd-vance-blames-biden-campaign-rhetoric/74397100007/

Megan Lavey-Heaton, “Trump hurt in shooting at Pa. rally; 2 dead, including shooter, official says,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 13, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2024/07/trump-hurt-in-shooting-at-pa-rally-2-dead-including-shooter-official-says.html

Arie Perliger, “‘One inch from a potential civil war’ – near miss in Trump shooting is also a close call for American democracy,” Conversation, July 13, 2024, https://theconversation.com/one-inch-from-a-potential-civil-war-near-miss-in-trump-shooting-is-also-a-close-call-for-american-democracy-234628

David Smith and Ramon Antonio, “Trump rally shooting being investigated as attempt on his life as spectator killed,” Guardian, July 13, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/13/trump-rally-gun-shots-pennsylvania

Oliver Darcy to Reliable Sources list, “Special Edition: The Blood and the Blame,” Cable News Network, July 14, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/newsletters/reliable-sources

Emily Davies, Steve Hendrix, and Annabelle Timsit, “Suspected Trump rally shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks is from Bethel Park, Pa.,” Washington Post, July 14, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/07/14/thomas-matthew-crooks-trump-shooting-suspect/

Kenny Jacoby and Christopher Cann, “Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/investigations/2024/07/14/thomas-crooks-trump-rally-shooter/74397935007/

Brian Linder, “Shooter in Trump assassination attempt was 20-year-old Pa. man,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 14, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/news/2024/07/shooter-in-trump-assassination-attempt-identified-as-20-year-old-pa-man.html

Diane Mastrull, “What we know about the ‘attempted assassination’ at Trump rally in Butler, Pa.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/donald-trump-rally-shooting-pa-deaths-20240713.html


  1. [1]Arie Perliger, “‘One inch from a potential civil war’ – near miss in Trump shooting is also a close call for American democracy,” Conversation, July 13, 2024, https://theconversation.com/one-inch-from-a-potential-civil-war-near-miss-in-trump-shooting-is-also-a-close-call-for-american-democracy-234628
  2. [2]Emily Davies, Steve Hendrix, and Annabelle Timsit, “Suspected Trump rally shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks is from Bethel Park, Pa.,” Washington Post, July 14, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/07/14/thomas-matthew-crooks-trump-shooting-suspect/
  3. [3]Kenny Jacoby and Christopher Cann, “Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/investigations/2024/07/14/thomas-crooks-trump-rally-shooter/74397935007/; Brian Linder, “Shooter in Trump assassination attempt was 20-year-old Pa. man,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 14, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/news/2024/07/shooter-in-trump-assassination-attempt-identified-as-20-year-old-pa-man.html
  4. [4]Kenny Jacoby and Christopher Cann, “Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/investigations/2024/07/14/thomas-crooks-trump-rally-shooter/74397935007/
  5. [5]Oliver Darcy to Reliable Sources list, “Special Edition: The Blood and the Blame,” Cable News Network, July 14, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/newsletters/reliable-sources

Shocking. Really? Are you kidding me?

Illiberalism

Gilead

Donald Trump
Coup attempt

2024

Fig. 1. Donald Trump still has his fans. Photograph along Washington Road in Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania, by author, April 28, 2024.

Donald Trump has been a black hole his entire political life. His white Christian nationalist rhetoric gets ever more hateful, ever more violent, ever more vicious. But now that he’s been shot, that is, gotten a taste of his own medicine, it’s suddenly “shocking” that political violence occurs. Now that the Supreme Court he finished shaping has granted gun nuts’ wet dreams, it’s suddenly “shocking” that he’s been shot. “Shocking.” Everyone says it. It’s the word of the day. Or yesterday (July 13), when he was shot.[1] Are you fucking kidding me? Really?

By the way, the Philadelphia Inquirer, which apparently knows Pittsburgh about like I know Philadelphia, reports that Bethel Park, where the shooter lived, is immediately adjacent to Butler County.[2] Not even close. Bethel Park, in fact, borders Peters Township in Washington County, on the opposite side of Allegheny County from Butler County.

Holly Bailey, “New York judge throws out Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case,” Washington Post, July 12, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/12/rudy-giuliani-bankruptcy/

Isaac Arnsdorf and Jabin Botsford, “Pops, screams and then blood: On the scene at the Trump rally shooting,” Washington Post, July 13, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/13/trump-shooting-rally-witness-account/

Haley BeMiller, “Ohio Sen. JD Vance, a top VP contender, blames Trump rally shooting on Biden ‘rhetoric,’” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 13, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2024/07/13/trump-rally-shooting-jd-vance-blames-biden-campaign-rhetoric/74397100007/

Megan Lavey-Heaton, “Trump hurt in shooting at Pa. rally; 2 dead, including shooter, official says,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 13, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2024/07/trump-hurt-in-shooting-at-pa-rally-2-dead-including-shooter-official-says.html

David Smith and Ramon Antonio, “Trump rally shooting being investigated as attempt on his life as spectator killed,” Guardian, July 13, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/13/trump-rally-gun-shots-pennsylvania

Kenny Jacoby and Christopher Cann, “Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/investigations/2024/07/14/thomas-crooks-trump-rally-shooter/74397935007/

Brian Linder, “Shooter in Trump assassination attempt was 20-year-old Pa. man,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 14, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/news/2024/07/shooter-in-trump-assassination-attempt-identified-as-20-year-old-pa-man.html

Diane Mastrull, “What we know about the ‘attempted assassination’ at Trump rally in Butler, Pa.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/donald-trump-rally-shooting-pa-deaths-20240713.html


  1. [1]Isaac Arnsdorf and Jabin Botsford, “Pops, screams and then blood: On the scene at the Trump rally shooting,” Washington Post, July 13, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/13/trump-shooting-rally-witness-account/; Haley BeMiller, “Ohio Sen. JD Vance, a top VP contender, blames Trump rally shooting on Biden ‘rhetoric,’” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 13, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2024/07/13/trump-rally-shooting-jd-vance-blames-biden-campaign-rhetoric/74397100007/; Kenny Jacoby and Christopher Cann, “Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/investigations/2024/07/14/thomas-crooks-trump-rally-shooter/74397935007/; Megan Lavey-Heaton, “Trump hurt in shooting at Pa. rally; 2 dead, including shooter, official says,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 13, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2024/07/trump-hurt-in-shooting-at-pa-rally-2-dead-including-shooter-official-says.html; Brian Linder, “Shooter in Trump assassination attempt was 20-year-old Pa. man,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 14, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/news/2024/07/shooter-in-trump-assassination-attempt-identified-as-20-year-old-pa-man.html; Diane Mastrull, “What we know about the ‘attempted assassination’ at Trump rally in Butler, Pa.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/donald-trump-rally-shooting-pa-deaths-20240713.html; David Smith and Ramon Antonio, “Trump rally shooting being investigated as attempt on his life as spectator killed,” Guardian, July 13, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/13/trump-rally-gun-shots-pennsylvania
  2. [2]Diane Mastrull, “What we know about the ‘attempted assassination’ at Trump rally in Butler, Pa.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/donald-trump-rally-shooting-pa-deaths-20240713.html

What will the gun nuts do now?

Imperialism

Israel

Palestine
2024

More performative bullshit.

Lolita C. Baldor, “US-built pier will be put back in Gaza for several days to move aid, then permanently removed,” Associated Press, July 9, 2024, https://apnews.com/article/gaza-pier-humanitarian-aid-israel-3143130f56bbbc2c6ed30c5801a39a51

John Hudson, “U.S. to again ship 500-pound bombs to Israel, reversing suspension,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/10/us-israel-500-pound-bomb/

Loveday Morris, Adela Suliman, and Lior Soroka, “Israeli military says it failed to protect Gaza border town on Oct. 7,” Washington Post, July 11, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/07/11/israeli-military-says-it-failed-protect-gaza-border-town-oct-7/

Ron Kampeas, “Biden highlights frustrations with Israel during high-profile press conference,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 11, 2024, https://www.jta.org/2024/07/11/politics/biden-israel-has-occasionally-been-less-than-cooperative


Illiberalism

Gilead

Donald Trump
Coup attempt

2024

Fig. 1. Donald Trump still has his fans. Photograph along Washington Road in Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania, by author, April 28, 2024.

Butler County District Attorney Richard A. Goldinger confirmed to multiple news sources that former President Donald Trump was grazed by gunfire at a rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday.

Goldinger added that the shooter was dead, as well as one person in the audience.[1]

The election might already be, for all practical purposes, decided,[2] but I guess it still has some irony in store as somebody started shooting at Donald Trump’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania (north of Pittsburgh). Trump was apparently grazed—a photograph shows what appears to be blood on the right side of his head—but he is apparently otherwise unhurt, so no, this problem remains unsolved.

The reaction I’m seeing on Mastodon is one of fear—folks near my region on the political spectrum think Trump’s supporters will blame us for the shooting and will be coming after us. One step at a time, folks.

Holly Bailey, “New York judge throws out Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case,” Washington Post, July 12, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/12/rudy-giuliani-bankruptcy/

Megan Lavey-Heaton, “Trump hurt in shooting at Pa. rally; 2 dead, including shooter, official says,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 13, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2024/07/trump-hurt-in-shooting-at-pa-rally-2-dead-including-shooter-official-says.html

Gun nuttery


Fig. 1. “Rally Against Gun Control ‘Come and Take it’ flag at the Minnesota State Capitol,” photograph by Fibonacci Blue [pseud.], April 28, 2018, via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Megan Lavey-Heaton, “Trump hurt in shooting at Pa. rally; 2 dead, including shooter, official says,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 13, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2024/07/trump-hurt-in-shooting-at-pa-rally-2-dead-including-shooter-official-says.html


  1. [1]Megan Lavey-Heaton, “Trump hurt in shooting at Pa. rally; 2 dead, including shooter, official says,” Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 13, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2024/07/trump-hurt-in-shooting-at-pa-rally-2-dead-including-shooter-official-says.html
  2. [2]David Benfell, “Pray he dies,” Not Housebroken, July 12, 2024, https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2024/07/trump-hurt-in-shooting-at-pa-rally-2-dead-including-shooter-official-says.html

Remember the gang that can’t shoot straight? Rudy Giuliani can’t file bankruptcy and I’m not sure which is more pathetic

Illiberalism

Gilead

Donald Trump
Coup attempt

2024

Fig. 1. Donald Trump still has his fans. Photograph along Washington Road in Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania, by author, April 28, 2024.

Holly Bailey, “New York judge throws out Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case,” Washington Post, July 12, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/12/rudy-giuliani-bankruptcy/


Neoliberalism

Democratic (neoliberal) Party

Joe Biden
2024 election

But over and over again, local candidates report, their messaging was derailed in the past week by concerns about [Joe] Biden’s debate performance and broader worries that he may not be up for the job. And even when they get around to selling their message, particularly on the economy, many voters aren’t buying in.

It’s all a bad omen since robust Democratic turnout is essential to winning the state [Wisconsin] — particularly in the state’s largest city, Milwaukee, where Republicans will, in just a few days, renominate Donald Trump for the presidency at their national convention.[1]

Joe Biden isn’t listening.[2] But the show goes on.[3] And that’s all it is—a show.

I’ll be keeping an eye on this train wreck—who can look away?—but I expect to pay lots less attention to it here. What I expect to be my final word on the matter is in a new blog post from earlier today, entitled, “Pray he dies.”

Yasmeen Abutaleb et al., “Biden’s aging is seen as accelerating, lapses described as more common,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/biden-aging-recent-months/

Leigh Ann Caldwell and Liz Goodwin, “Sen. Mark Warner works to gather Senate Democrats to ask Biden to exit race,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/mark-warner-joe-biden-exit-race-democratic-senators/

Rebecca Falconer, “Biden says he’s ‘not going anywhere’ as calls for him to step aside grow,” Axios, July 5, 2024, https://www.axios.com/2024/07/05/biden-democratic-donors-finance-disney-heiress

David A. Graham, “What is the Biden campaign’s theory of victory now?” Atlantic, July 5, 2024, https://apple.news/AyCMikft8TDuFf_elUgfQSA

Eric Levitz, “In an ABC interview, Biden charts a course for Dems’ worst-case scenario,” Vox, July 5, 2024, https://www.vox.com/politics/359160/biden-abc-news-interview-drop-out

David Smith, “Biden says only ‘the Lord almighty’ could make him drop out in pivotal TV interview,” Guardian, July 5, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/05/biden-george-stephanopoulos-debate-interview

David Axelrod, “Biden’s defiant delusion,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/opinions/biden-failed-to-quell-panic-abc-interview-axelrod/index.html

Lauren Koenig, Samantha Waldenberg, and Betsy Klein, “Radio host who interviewed Biden says aides provided questions in advance,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/politics/biden-radio-interview-questions/index.html

Michael Scherer, Tyler Pager, and Josh Dawsey, “Biden thought he had it under control. Then it got worse,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/06/biden-debate-white-house-campaign/

Matt Viser and Shane Harris, “As Biden digs in, another elected Democrat calls on him to exit race,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/06/biden-democrats-presidential-campaign/

Yasmeen Abutaleb, Tyler Pager, and Aaron Schaffer, “Debate brings scrutiny of whether aides shielded signs of Biden’s aging,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/07/white-house-aides-biden-age/

A. J. McDougall, “Obama’s Go-To Guy in the White House Says There’s No Way Biden Wins,” Daily Beast, July 7, 2024, https://apple.news/AU8MNINntR1m20zzN4_lerw

Gillian McGoldrick, “Andrea Lawful-Sanders leaves WURD after White House provides questions for Joe Biden interview,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 7, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/joe-biden-andrea-lawful-sanders-wurd-interview-20240707.html

Ashley Parker and Meryl Kornfield, “Watching Biden, many see the heartbreaking indignities of aging,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/07/biden-aging-debate-performance/

Kavita Patel, “I’m a doctor. Biden’s debate performance led me to a very different takeaway,” MSNBC, July 7, 2024, https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/biden-debate-nominee-ageism-aging-rcna160319

Matt Viser, Marianna Sotomayor, and Maeve Reston, “Nine House Democrats call for Biden to step aside as he seeks to energize his campaign,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/07/biden-campaign-trump/

John Heilemann, “Biden vs. The World,” Puck, July 8, 2024, https://puck.news/biden-vs-the-world/

Dick Nixon [Justin Sherrin], “The Crisis,” July 8, 2024, https://www.patreon.com/posts/crisis-107757333

Osita Nwanevu, “Democrats don’t just need a new candidate. They need a reckoning,” Guardian, July 8, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/08/democrats-joe-biden-election

San Francisco Standard, “Joe vs. Sourdough: Which will last longer, the president or this loaf of Boudin bread?” July 8, 2024, https://sfstandard.com/2024/07/08/biden-versus-boudin/

Matt Viser, “Biden is seeing a different world than other Democrats,” Washington Post, July 8, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/08/biden-different-world-bubble/

Lauren Egan, Eli Stokols, and Ben Johansen, “‘Take a stand, or shut up,’” Politico, July 9, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2024/07/09/take-a-stand-or-shut-up-00167168

Priscilla Alvarez et al., “‘Everything is frozen’: Donors hold back dollars amid fallout over Biden’s candidacy,” Cable News Network, July 10, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/10/politics/chicago-donors-fundraiser-convention/index.html

Rachael Bade, Eugene Daniels, and Ryan Lizza, “Why Capitol Hill is stuck on Biden,” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2024/07/10/inertia-prevails-00167246

Rachael Bade and Bethany Irvine, “Watch Nancy Pelosi,” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook-pm/2024/07/10/watch-nancy-pelosi-00132333

Andrew Jeong, “George Stephanopoulos caught on camera expressing doubts about Biden,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/style/media/2024/07/10/george-stephanopoulos-biden-interview/

Sudiksha Kochi and Joey Garrison, “George Clooney, Greater Cincinnati native, says Democratic Party needs a new nominee,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 10, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2024/07/10/george-clooney-joe-biden-should-leave-presidential-race/74352930007/

Abby Livingston, “Pelosi Opens the Door,” Puck, July 10, 2024, https://puck.news/nancy-pelosi-opens-the-door/

Tyler Pager, Michael Scherer, and Dan Balz, “Biden should provide evidence he can beat Trump, Democratic leaders say,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/biden-evidence-defeat-trump-drop-out/

Nick Reisman, “Biden support slips in deep blue New York: ‘We’re a battleground state now,’” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/10/biden-new-york-trouble-00167198

Maeve Reston, “In blow to Biden, Democratic Sen. Bennet says Trump could win ‘by a landslide,’” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/senator-michael-bennet-trump-election/

Rachael Bade, “What Obama and Pelosi are doing about Biden,” Politico, July 11, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/11/obama-pelosi-democratic-party-biden-00167522

Aaron Blake, “5 takeaways from Biden’s crucial NATO news conference,” Washington Post, July 11, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/11/biden-press-conference-reactions/

Tara Palmeri, “Bidenworld War,” Puck, July 11, 2024, https://puck.news/inside-biden-war-room-ahead-of-the-press-conference/

Gavin Bade, “What’s the matter with Wisconsin?” Politico, July 12, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-nightly/2024/07/12/whats-the-matter-with-wisconsin-00167919

Eugene Daniels, Rachael Bade, and Ryan Lizza, “Biden’s presser leaves Dems in ‘purgatory,’” Politico, July 12, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2024/07/12/bidens-presser-leaves-dems-in-purgatory-00167772

Lauren Egan et al., “Can Biden run out the clock?” Politico, July 12, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2024/07/12/can-biden-run-out-the-clock-00167908

Nicholas Wu and Renee Klahr, “The number of Democrats urging Biden to drop out grows to nearly 20,” Politico, July 12, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/12/democrats-biden-drop-out-list-00167874


  1. [1]Gavin Bade, “What’s the matter with Wisconsin?” Politico, July 12, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-nightly/2024/07/12/whats-the-matter-with-wisconsin-00167919
  2. [2]Rebecca Falconer, “Biden says he’s ‘not going anywhere’ as calls for him to step aside grow,” Axios, July 5, 2024, https://www.axios.com/2024/07/05/biden-democratic-donors-finance-disney-heiress; David Smith, “Biden says only ‘the Lord almighty’ could make him drop out in pivotal TV interview,” Guardian, July 5, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/05/biden-george-stephanopoulos-debate-interview; Matt Viser and Shane Harris, “As Biden digs in, another elected Democrat calls on him to exit race,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/06/biden-democrats-presidential-campaign/
  3. [3]Nicholas Wu and Renee Klahr, “The number of Democrats urging Biden to drop out grows to nearly 20,” Politico, July 12, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/12/democrats-biden-drop-out-list-00167874

Pray he dies

Neoliberalism

Democratic (neoliberal) Party

Joe Biden
2024 election

There is a new blog post entitled, “Pray he dies.”

Stephen Collinson and Shelby Rose to Meanwhile in America list, “The dark cloud hanging over Biden’s Independence Day Party,” Cable News Network, July 4, 2024, https://edition.cnn.com/newsletters/meanwhile-in-america

Yasmeen Abutaleb et al., “Biden’s aging is seen as accelerating, lapses described as more common,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/biden-aging-recent-months/

Leigh Ann Caldwell and Liz Goodwin, “Sen. Mark Warner works to gather Senate Democrats to ask Biden to exit race,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/mark-warner-joe-biden-exit-race-democratic-senators/

Rebecca Falconer, “Biden says he’s ‘not going anywhere’ as calls for him to step aside grow,” Axios, July 5, 2024, https://www.axios.com/2024/07/05/biden-democratic-donors-finance-disney-heiress

David A. Graham, “What is the Biden campaign’s theory of victory now?” Atlantic, July 5, 2024, https://apple.news/AyCMikft8TDuFf_elUgfQSA

Eric Levitz, “In an ABC interview, Biden charts a course for Dems’ worst-case scenario,” Vox, July 5, 2024, https://www.vox.com/politics/359160/biden-abc-news-interview-drop-out

David Smith, “Biden says only ‘the Lord almighty’ could make him drop out in pivotal TV interview,” Guardian, July 5, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/05/biden-george-stephanopoulos-debate-interview

David Axelrod, “Biden’s defiant delusion,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/opinions/biden-failed-to-quell-panic-abc-interview-axelrod/index.html

Lauren Koenig, Samantha Waldenberg, and Betsy Klein, “Radio host who interviewed Biden says aides provided questions in advance,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/politics/biden-radio-interview-questions/index.html

Michael Scherer, Tyler Pager, and Josh Dawsey, “Biden thought he had it under control. Then it got worse,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/06/biden-debate-white-house-campaign/

Matt Viser and Shane Harris, “As Biden digs in, another elected Democrat calls on him to exit race,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/06/biden-democrats-presidential-campaign/

Yasmeen Abutaleb, Tyler Pager, and Aaron Schaffer, “Debate brings scrutiny of whether aides shielded signs of Biden’s aging,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/07/white-house-aides-biden-age/

A. J. McDougall, “Obama’s Go-To Guy in the White House Says There’s No Way Biden Wins,” Daily Beast, July 7, 2024, https://apple.news/AU8MNINntR1m20zzN4_lerw

Gillian McGoldrick, “Andrea Lawful-Sanders leaves WURD after White House provides questions for Joe Biden interview,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 7, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/joe-biden-andrea-lawful-sanders-wurd-interview-20240707.html

Ashley Parker and Meryl Kornfield, “Watching Biden, many see the heartbreaking indignities of aging,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/07/biden-aging-debate-performance/

Kavita Patel, “I’m a doctor. Biden’s debate performance led me to a very different takeaway,” MSNBC, July 7, 2024, https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/biden-debate-nominee-ageism-aging-rcna160319

Matt Viser, Marianna Sotomayor, and Maeve Reston, “Nine House Democrats call for Biden to step aside as he seeks to energize his campaign,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/07/biden-campaign-trump/

John Heilemann, “Biden vs. The World,” Puck, July 8, 2024, https://puck.news/biden-vs-the-world/

Dick Nixon [Justin Sherrin], “The Crisis,” July 8, 2024, https://www.patreon.com/posts/crisis-107757333

Osita Nwanevu, “Democrats don’t just need a new candidate. They need a reckoning,” Guardian, July 8, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/08/democrats-joe-biden-election

San Francisco Standard, “Joe vs. Sourdough: Which will last longer, the president or this loaf of Boudin bread?” July 8, 2024, https://sfstandard.com/2024/07/08/biden-versus-boudin/

Matt Viser, “Biden is seeing a different world than other Democrats,” Washington Post, July 8, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/08/biden-different-world-bubble/

Lauren Egan, Eli Stokols, and Ben Johansen, “‘Take a stand, or shut up,’” Politico, July 9, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2024/07/09/take-a-stand-or-shut-up-00167168

Priscilla Alvarez et al., “‘Everything is frozen’: Donors hold back dollars amid fallout over Biden’s candidacy,” Cable News Network, July 10, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/10/politics/chicago-donors-fundraiser-convention/index.html

Rachael Bade, Eugene Daniels, and Ryan Lizza, “Why Capitol Hill is stuck on Biden,” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2024/07/10/inertia-prevails-00167246

Rachael Bade and Bethany Irvine, “Watch Nancy Pelosi,” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook-pm/2024/07/10/watch-nancy-pelosi-00132333

Andrew Jeong, “George Stephanopoulos caught on camera expressing doubts about Biden,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/style/media/2024/07/10/george-stephanopoulos-biden-interview/

Sudiksha Kochi and Joey Garrison, “George Clooney, Greater Cincinnati native, says Democratic Party needs a new nominee,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 10, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2024/07/10/george-clooney-joe-biden-should-leave-presidential-race/74352930007/

Abby Livingston, “Pelosi Opens the Door,” Puck, July 10, 2024, https://puck.news/nancy-pelosi-opens-the-door/

Tyler Pager, Michael Scherer, and Dan Balz, “Biden should provide evidence he can beat Trump, Democratic leaders say,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/biden-evidence-defeat-trump-drop-out/

Nick Reisman, “Biden support slips in deep blue New York: ‘We’re a battleground state now,’” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/10/biden-new-york-trouble-00167198

Maeve Reston, “In blow to Biden, Democratic Sen. Bennet says Trump could win ‘by a landslide,’” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/senator-michael-bennet-trump-election/

Rachael Bade, “What Obama and Pelosi are doing about Biden,” Politico, July 11, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/11/obama-pelosi-democratic-party-biden-00167522

Aaron Blake, “5 takeaways from Biden’s crucial NATO news conference,” Washington Post, July 11, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/11/biden-press-conference-reactions/

Tara Palmeri, “Bidenworld War,” Puck, July 11, 2024, https://puck.news/inside-biden-war-room-ahead-of-the-press-conference/

Eugene Daniels, Rachael Bade, and Ryan Lizza, “Biden’s presser leaves Dems in ‘purgatory,’” Politico, July 12, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2024/07/12/bidens-presser-leaves-dems-in-purgatory-00167772


Imperialism

Israel

Palestine
2024

“We failed to protect the kibbutz [Beeri],” Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman, conceded as he spoke to residents, according to Israeli press reports. He noted that the [Israeli Defense Forces] probe fell short of a wider independent commission of inquiry that he said “should be established.” . . .

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly rejected establishing an independent commission while Israel is at war. The IDF’s internal investigations are unlikely to go far in assuaging public demands, and there is deep skepticism over the army’s ability to investigate itself.[1]

One of the questions that remains unanswered is whether the Israeli Defense Forces invoked the ‘Hannibal Directive’ to prevent any vehicles that even might be carrying hostages returning to Gaza even if it means killing the hostages.[2] It’s a way of limiting Hamas’ leverage.

Meanwhile, the [Joe] Biden administration is unfreezing a hold on some the only weapons[3] it has held up[4] since the Gaza genocide began.

The paused delivery included 1,800 2,000-pound bombs, which remain on hold, U.S. officials said. But the supply of 1,700 500-pound bombs will move forward.
The U.S. decision followed a pressure campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and pro-Israel lobbyists in the United States, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, demanding the resumption of all weapons shipments regardless of their lethality.[5]

In a densely-populated urban setting, 500-pound bombs are very nearly as destructive as 2000-pound bombs.[6] So this is just more of the same genocidal bullshit.

Lolita C. Baldor, “US-built pier will be put back in Gaza for several days to move aid, then permanently removed,” Associated Press, July 9, 2024, https://apnews.com/article/gaza-pier-humanitarian-aid-israel-3143130f56bbbc2c6ed30c5801a39a51

John Hudson, “U.S. to again ship 500-pound bombs to Israel, reversing suspension,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/10/us-israel-500-pound-bomb/

Loveday Morris, Adela Suliman, and Lior Soroka, “Israeli military says it failed to protect Gaza border town on Oct. 7,” Washington Post, July 11, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/07/11/israeli-military-says-it-failed-protect-gaza-border-town-oct-7/


  1. [1]Loveday Morris, Adela Suliman, and Lior Soroka, “Israeli military says it failed to protect Gaza border town on Oct. 7,” Washington Post, July 11, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/07/11/israeli-military-says-it-failed-protect-gaza-border-town-oct-7/
  2. [2]Loveday Morris, Adela Suliman, and Lior Soroka, “Israeli military says it failed to protect Gaza border town on Oct. 7,” Washington Post, July 11, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/07/11/israeli-military-says-it-failed-protect-gaza-border-town-oct-7/
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  4. [4]Yasmeen Abutaleb, “Biden says he will cut off offensive weapons if Israel invades Rafah,” Washington Post, May 8, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/05/08/biden-threatens-suspension-military-aid-israel/; Jordan Fabian and Galit Altstein, “US Pauses Arms Shipment to Israel Over Rafah Invasion Plans,” Bloomberg, May 8, 2024, https://apple.news/AxwraFLJGTjynJzZZSpfCVA; John Hudson, “U.S. paused shipment of thousands of bombs to Israel amid Rafah rift,” Washington Post, May 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/05/07/biden-delays-weapons-israel-rafah/; Jacob Magid, “US confirms holding up sale of heavy bombs it feared Israel would use in Rafah,” Times of Israel, May 8, 2024, https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-confirms-holding-up-sale-of-heavy-bombs-it-feared-israel-would-use-in-rafah/
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  6. [6]John Hudson, “U.S. to again ship 500-pound bombs to Israel, reversing suspension,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/10/us-israel-500-pound-bomb/

Counting on the Democrats to actually do something? That might be your first mistake

Neoliberalism

Democratic (neoliberal) Party

Joe Biden
2024 election

“It’s up to the president to decide if he is going to run,” [Nancy] Pelosi said, implicitly rejecting [Joe] Biden’s stated decision that he is continuing to run. “The time is running short. . . . He’s beloved, he is respected, and people want him to make that decision.”

Pelosi had previously noted her “full confidence” in Biden last week as rumblings emerged from members on whether he was fit for office, support she has parrotted this week when prodded. But in recent days she’s been avoiding the press and refusing to engage on the crisis engulfing her party.

Now Pelosi did do a bit of clean-up on what she said this morning. Speaking to CBS after the interview, she accused some reporters of taking her words out of context: “I never said he should reconsider his decision,” she said. “The decision is the president’s.”

And yet (1) that doesn’t contradict what she said earlier, and (2) those who have covered Pelosi for years, as we have, know that the speaker rarely utters a word without a plan and an intention. There’s little doubt that she knew — and fleshed out with confidants — exactly what she was doing before she was mic’d up at MSNBC this morning.[1]

George Clooney has offered the sort of evidence that I can accept of Joe Biden’s cognitive state. He says the debate Biden is now the real Biden.[2] Given that we don’t know the rate of Biden’s decline, and quite apart from that little issue of genocide, it is unreasonable to trust this man with another four years.

His aides might cover for him for who knows how long. But we aren’t electing his aides or, for that matter, Donald Trump’s aides. In the two-party system that is wholly responsible for the electoral calamity we face this year, we’re voting for either Biden or Trump.

The less awful news comes late. I had just arrived home and sat down to check my email when I saw a breaking news alert that Democratic Party leaders are demanding proof of Biden’s path to victory. Down-ballot members of the House of Representatives, labor union leaders, and others all chimed in with their doubts.[3]

In a closed-door meeting Wednesday, some of the country’s union leaders — many of whom are strident backers of Biden — said Americans’ doubts about Biden’s ability to do the job were damaging his candidacy and repeatedly asked Biden campaign officials for their plan to defeat Trump, according to two people familiar with their comments, who like others for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private comments. Two of the most outspoken leaders were Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, and Shawn Fain, the president of the United Auto Workers, two of Biden’s biggest labor allies. . . .

Senior campaign staff have started to take a more pessimistic view of Biden’s chances, even as they continue to fan out in a full-court blitz to push the campaign forward and reassure allies of the president’s potential to rebound.[4]

Biden does not have that proof because the simple fact is he is now far too badly damaged to be a viable candidate. Again, this isn’t about the merits, though those certainly do look bad,[5] but about voters’ perceptions. Even if he really is A-OK, people won’t believe it.

I remain pessimistic because I’m guessing the Biden campaign will come up with some bullshit that is facially implausible but mysteriously satisfies Democratic politicians. Or maybe the politicians will, having done their performative thing, just let the matter drop. This seems to be how these people work.

M. J. Lee, “Biden has privately acknowledged next stretch of days are critical for whether he can save his reelection bid,” Cable News Network, July 3, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/03/politics/joe-biden-2024-campaign-troubles

Ally Mutnick et al., “‘Everybody’s in panic mode’ as House Democrats scramble after debate,” Politico, July 3, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/03/house-democrats-biden-debate-00166533

Michael Scherer, Tyler Pager, and Matt Viser, “Biden faces growing political crisis over response to debate performance,” Washington Post, July 3, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/03/biden-crisis-debate-democrats/

Stephen Collinson and Shelby Rose to Meanwhile in America list, “The dark cloud hanging over Biden’s Independence Day Party,” Cable News Network, July 4, 2024, https://edition.cnn.com/newsletters/meanwhile-in-america

Yasmeen Abutaleb et al., “Biden’s aging is seen as accelerating, lapses described as more common,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/biden-aging-recent-months/

Leigh Ann Caldwell and Liz Goodwin, “Sen. Mark Warner works to gather Senate Democrats to ask Biden to exit race,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/mark-warner-joe-biden-exit-race-democratic-senators/

Rebecca Falconer, “Biden says he’s ‘not going anywhere’ as calls for him to step aside grow,” Axios, July 5, 2024, https://www.axios.com/2024/07/05/biden-democratic-donors-finance-disney-heiress

David A. Graham, “What is the Biden campaign’s theory of victory now?” Atlantic, July 5, 2024, https://apple.news/AyCMikft8TDuFf_elUgfQSA

Eric Levitz, “In an ABC interview, Biden charts a course for Dems’ worst-case scenario,” Vox, July 5, 2024, https://www.vox.com/politics/359160/biden-abc-news-interview-drop-out

David Smith, “Biden says only ‘the Lord almighty’ could make him drop out in pivotal TV interview,” Guardian, July 5, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/05/biden-george-stephanopoulos-debate-interview

David Axelrod, “Biden’s defiant delusion,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/opinions/biden-failed-to-quell-panic-abc-interview-axelrod/index.html

Lauren Koenig, Samantha Waldenberg, and Betsy Klein, “Radio host who interviewed Biden says aides provided questions in advance,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/politics/biden-radio-interview-questions/index.html

Michael Scherer, Tyler Pager, and Josh Dawsey, “Biden thought he had it under control. Then it got worse,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/06/biden-debate-white-house-campaign/

Matt Viser and Shane Harris, “As Biden digs in, another elected Democrat calls on him to exit race,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/06/biden-democrats-presidential-campaign/

Yasmeen Abutaleb, Tyler Pager, and Aaron Schaffer, “Debate brings scrutiny of whether aides shielded signs of Biden’s aging,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/07/white-house-aides-biden-age/

A. J. McDougall, “Obama’s Go-To Guy in the White House Says There’s No Way Biden Wins,” Daily Beast, July 7, 2024, https://apple.news/AU8MNINntR1m20zzN4_lerw

Gillian McGoldrick, “Andrea Lawful-Sanders leaves WURD after White House provides questions for Joe Biden interview,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 7, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/joe-biden-andrea-lawful-sanders-wurd-interview-20240707.html

Ashley Parker and Meryl Kornfield, “Watching Biden, many see the heartbreaking indignities of aging,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/07/biden-aging-debate-performance/

Kavita Patel, “I’m a doctor. Biden’s debate performance led me to a very different takeaway,” MSNBC, July 7, 2024, https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/biden-debate-nominee-ageism-aging-rcna160319

Matt Viser, Marianna Sotomayor, and Maeve Reston, “Nine House Democrats call for Biden to step aside as he seeks to energize his campaign,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/07/biden-campaign-trump/

John Heilemann, “Biden vs. The World,” Puck, July 8, 2024, https://puck.news/biden-vs-the-world/

Dick Nixon [Justin Sherrin], “The Crisis,” July 8, 2024, https://www.patreon.com/posts/crisis-107757333

Osita Nwanevu, “Democrats don’t just need a new candidate. They need a reckoning,” Guardian, July 8, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/08/democrats-joe-biden-election

San Francisco Standard, “Joe vs. Sourdough: Which will last longer, the president or this loaf of Boudin bread?” July 8, 2024, https://sfstandard.com/2024/07/08/biden-versus-boudin/

Matt Viser, “Biden is seeing a different world than other Democrats,” Washington Post, July 8, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/08/biden-different-world-bubble/

Lauren Egan, Eli Stokols, and Ben Johansen, “‘Take a stand, or shut up,’” Politico, July 9, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2024/07/09/take-a-stand-or-shut-up-00167168

Rachael Bade, Eugene Daniels, and Ryan Lizza, “Why Capitol Hill is stuck on Biden,” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2024/07/10/inertia-prevails-00167246

Rachael Bade and Bethany Irvine, “Watch Nancy Pelosi,” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook-pm/2024/07/10/watch-nancy-pelosi-00132333

Andrew Jeong, “George Stephanopoulos caught on camera expressing doubts about Biden,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/style/media/2024/07/10/george-stephanopoulos-biden-interview/

Sudiksha Kochi and Joey Garrison, “George Clooney, Greater Cincinnati native, says Democratic Party needs a new nominee,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 10, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2024/07/10/george-clooney-joe-biden-should-leave-presidential-race/74352930007/

Tyler Pager, Michael Scherer, and Dan Balz, “Biden should provide evidence he can beat Trump, Democratic leaders say,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/biden-evidence-defeat-trump-drop-out/

Nick Reisman, “Biden support slips in deep blue New York: ‘We’re a battleground state now,’” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/10/biden-new-york-trouble-00167198

Maeve Reston, “In blow to Biden, Democratic Sen. Bennet says Trump could win ‘by a landslide,’” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/senator-michael-bennet-trump-election/


  1. [1]Rachael Bade and Bethany Irvine, “Watch Nancy Pelosi,” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook-pm/2024/07/10/watch-nancy-pelosi-00132333
  2. [2]Sudiksha Kochi and Joey Garrison, “George Clooney, Greater Cincinnati native, says Democratic Party needs a new nominee,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 10, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2024/07/10/george-clooney-joe-biden-should-leave-presidential-race/74352930007/
  3. [3]Tyler Pager, Michael Scherer, and Dan Balz, “Biden should provide evidence he can beat Trump, Democratic leaders say,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/biden-evidence-defeat-trump-drop-out/
  4. [4]Tyler Pager, Michael Scherer, and Dan Balz, “Biden should provide evidence he can beat Trump, Democratic leaders say,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/biden-evidence-defeat-trump-drop-out/
  5. [5]Sudiksha Kochi and Joey Garrison, “George Clooney, Greater Cincinnati native, says Democratic Party needs a new nominee,” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 10, 2024, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2024/07/10/george-clooney-joe-biden-should-leave-presidential-race/74352930007/

Tell me you’re out of touch without telling me you’re out of touch? Oh yeah, Joe Biden, whining about ‘elites’

Neoliberalism

Democratic (neoliberal) Party

Joe Biden
2024 election

I think, when Joe Biden, who, as president, is generally regarded as the most powerful person in the world, is whining about “elites,”[1] it’s pretty safe to say we’ve been had. I mean, really?!??!!! Are you fucking kidding me?!??!!!

M. J. Lee, “Biden has privately acknowledged next stretch of days are critical for whether he can save his reelection bid,” Cable News Network, July 3, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/03/politics/joe-biden-2024-campaign-troubles

Ally Mutnick et al., “‘Everybody’s in panic mode’ as House Democrats scramble after debate,” Politico, July 3, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/03/house-democrats-biden-debate-00166533

Michael Scherer, Tyler Pager, and Matt Viser, “Biden faces growing political crisis over response to debate performance,” Washington Post, July 3, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/03/biden-crisis-debate-democrats/

Stephen Collinson and Shelby Rose to Meanwhile in America list, “The dark cloud hanging over Biden’s Independence Day Party,” Cable News Network, July 4, 2024, https://edition.cnn.com/newsletters/meanwhile-in-america

Yasmeen Abutaleb et al., “Biden’s aging is seen as accelerating, lapses described as more common,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/biden-aging-recent-months/

Leigh Ann Caldwell and Liz Goodwin, “Sen. Mark Warner works to gather Senate Democrats to ask Biden to exit race,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/mark-warner-joe-biden-exit-race-democratic-senators/

Rebecca Falconer, “Biden says he’s ‘not going anywhere’ as calls for him to step aside grow,” Axios, July 5, 2024, https://www.axios.com/2024/07/05/biden-democratic-donors-finance-disney-heiress

David A. Graham, “What is the Biden campaign’s theory of victory now?” Atlantic, July 5, 2024, https://apple.news/AyCMikft8TDuFf_elUgfQSA

Eric Levitz, “In an ABC interview, Biden charts a course for Dems’ worst-case scenario,” Vox, July 5, 2024, https://www.vox.com/politics/359160/biden-abc-news-interview-drop-out

David Smith, “Biden says only ‘the Lord almighty’ could make him drop out in pivotal TV interview,” Guardian, July 5, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/05/biden-george-stephanopoulos-debate-interview

David Axelrod, “Biden’s defiant delusion,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/opinions/biden-failed-to-quell-panic-abc-interview-axelrod/index.html

Lauren Koenig, Samantha Waldenberg, and Betsy Klein, “Radio host who interviewed Biden says aides provided questions in advance,” Cable News Network, July 6, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/06/politics/biden-radio-interview-questions/index.html

Michael Scherer, Tyler Pager, and Josh Dawsey, “Biden thought he had it under control. Then it got worse,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/06/biden-debate-white-house-campaign/

Matt Viser and Shane Harris, “As Biden digs in, another elected Democrat calls on him to exit race,” Washington Post, July 6, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/06/biden-democrats-presidential-campaign/

Yasmeen Abutaleb, Tyler Pager, and Aaron Schaffer, “Debate brings scrutiny of whether aides shielded signs of Biden’s aging,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/07/white-house-aides-biden-age/

A. J. McDougall, “Obama’s Go-To Guy in the White House Says There’s No Way Biden Wins,” Daily Beast, July 7, 2024, https://apple.news/AU8MNINntR1m20zzN4_lerw

Gillian McGoldrick, “Andrea Lawful-Sanders leaves WURD after White House provides questions for Joe Biden interview,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 7, 2024, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/joe-biden-andrea-lawful-sanders-wurd-interview-20240707.html

Ashley Parker and Meryl Kornfield, “Watching Biden, many see the heartbreaking indignities of aging,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2024/07/07/biden-aging-debate-performance/

Kavita Patel, “I’m a doctor. Biden’s debate performance led me to a very different takeaway,” MSNBC, July 7, 2024, https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/biden-debate-nominee-ageism-aging-rcna160319

Matt Viser, Marianna Sotomayor, and Maeve Reston, “Nine House Democrats call for Biden to step aside as he seeks to energize his campaign,” Washington Post, July 7, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/07/biden-campaign-trump/

John Heilemann, “Biden vs. The World,” Puck, July 8, 2024, https://puck.news/biden-vs-the-world/

Dick Nixon [Justin Sherin], “The Crisis,” July 8, 2024, https://www.patreon.com/posts/crisis-107757333

Osita Nwanevu, “Democrats don’t just need a new candidate. They need a reckoning,” Guardian, July 8, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/08/democrats-joe-biden-election

San Francisco Standard, “Joe vs. Sourdough: Which will last longer, the president or this loaf of Boudin bread?” July 8, 2024, https://sfstandard.com/2024/07/08/biden-versus-boudin/

Matt Viser, “Biden is seeing a different world than other Democrats,” Washington Post, July 8, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/08/biden-different-world-bubble/

Lauren Egan, Eli Stokols, and Ben Johansen, “‘Take a stand, or shut up,’” Politico, July 9, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2024/07/09/take-a-stand-or-shut-up-00167168

Rachael Bade, Eugene Daniels, and Ryan Lizza, “Why Capitol Hill is stuck on Biden,” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2024/07/10/inertia-prevails-00167246

Andrew Jeong, “George Stephanopoulos caught on camera expressing doubts about Biden,” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/style/media/2024/07/10/george-stephanopoulos-biden-interview/

Nick Reisman, “Biden support slips in deep blue New York: ‘We’re a battleground state now,’” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/10/biden-new-york-trouble-00167198

Maeve Reston, “In blow to Biden, Democratic Sen. Bennet says Trump could win ‘by a landslide,’” Washington Post, July 10, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/10/senator-michael-bennet-trump-election/


Imperialism

Israel

Palestine
2024

The aid that remains on Cyprus will be moved, then the pier that’s been a pathetic joke from the start will be removed.[2]

Lolita C. Baldor, “US-built pier will be put back in Gaza for several days to move aid, then permanently removed,” Associated Press, July 9, 2024, https://apnews.com/article/gaza-pier-humanitarian-aid-israel-3143130f56bbbc2c6ed30c5801a39a51


  1. [1]Nick Reisman, “Biden support slips in deep blue New York: ‘We’re a battleground state now,’” Politico, July 10, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/10/biden-new-york-trouble-00167198
  2. [2]Lolita C. Baldor, “US-built pier will be put back in Gaza for several days to move aid, then permanently removed,” Associated Press, July 9, 2024, https://apnews.com/article/gaza-pier-humanitarian-aid-israel-3143130f56bbbc2c6ed30c5801a39a51

Get ready for Donald Trump. By a landslide on the order of 1984.

Neoliberalism

Democratic (neoliberal) Party

Joe Biden


Fig. 1. Joe Biden and Pope Francis, unknown photographer, April 29, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

When I was a kid, it was pretty common to say, “Any boy can grow up to be president.” It was ridiculous then, as it is now. Money—and lots of it—is a prerequisite to any political campaign, then as now, because James Madison understood democracy as ‘mob rule,’ threatening to deprive the wealthy (often slaveholders) of their property.[1] But it’s clearly close enough to true that the warning, “be careful what you ask for,” comes to mind.

It’s really looking like the battle to persuade Joe Biden to step aside is lost.[2] So, get ready for Donald Trump. Trump will be elected in November—this is now beyond question—I think probably by a landslide on the order of 1984, when Ronald Reagan, running for re-election, blew out Walter Mondale, who won only his home state of Minnesota (by a mere few thousand votes) and the District of Columbia.[3]

Matthew Choi, “Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett calls on Biden to withdraw from presidential race,” Texas Tribune, July 2, 2024, https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/02/lloyd-doggett-joe-biden-withdraw-election/

Liz Goodwin et al., “Manchin threatened to break with Biden before senior Democrats intervened,” Washington Post, July 2, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/02/joe-manchin-biden-debate-democrats-drop-out/

Peter Hamby, “Biden Plunges in Swing States in Leaked Post-Debate Poll,” Puck, July 2, 2024, https://puck.news/biden-plunges-in-swing-states-in-leaked-post-debate-poll/

Jared Mitovich, “Democrats begin attacking Biden’s performance and campaign,” Politico, July 2, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/02/democrats-biden-debate-fallout-00166208

Eli Stokols et al., “‘We’ve all enabled the situation’: Dems turn on Biden’s inner sanctum post debate,” Politico, July 2, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/02/biden-campaign-debate-inner-circle-00166160

Prem Thakker, “Every Democrat Other Than Joe Biden Is Unburdened by What Has Been,” Intercept, July 2, 2024, https://theintercept.com/2024/07/02/biden-polls-democrats-alternative-candidates/

M. J. Lee, “Biden has privately acknowledged next stretch of days are critical for whether he can save his reelection bid,” Cable News Network, July 3, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/03/politics/joe-biden-2024-campaign-troubles

Ally Mutnick et al., “‘Everybody’s in panic mode’ as House Democrats scramble after debate,” Politico, July 3, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/03/house-democrats-biden-debate-00166533

Michael Scherer, Tyler Pager, and Matt Viser, “Biden faces growing political crisis over response to debate performance,” Washington Post, July 3, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/03/biden-crisis-debate-democrats/

Stephen Collinson and Shelby Rose to Meanwhile in America list, “The dark cloud hanging over Biden’s Independence Day Party,” Cable News Network, July 4, 2024, https://edition.cnn.com/newsletters/meanwhile-in-america

Yasmeen Abutaleb et al., “Biden’s aging is seen as accelerating, lapses described as more common,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/biden-aging-recent-months/

Leigh Ann Caldwell and Liz Goodwin, “Sen. Mark Warner works to gather Senate Democrats to ask Biden to exit race,” Washington Post, July 5, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/05/mark-warner-joe-biden-exit-race-democratic-senators/

Rebecca Falconer, “Biden says he’s ‘not going anywhere’ as calls for him to step aside grow,” Axios, July 5, 2024, https://www.axios.com/2024/07/05/biden-democratic-donors-finance-disney-heiress

David A. Graham, “What is the Biden campaign’s theory of victory now?” Atlantic, July 5, 2024, https://apple.news/AyCMikft8TDuFf_elUgfQSA

Eric Levitz, “In an ABC interview, Biden charts a course for Dems’ worst-case scenario,” Vox, July 5, 2024, https://www.vox.com/politics/359160/biden-abc-news-interview-drop-out

David Smith, “Biden says only ‘the Lord almighty’ could make him drop out in pivotal TV interview,” Guardian, July 5, 2024, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/05/biden-george-stephanopoulos-debate-interview

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