The devil went down to Georgia . . . and he failed to make a deal

With apologies to Charlie Daniels.[1]


Gig economy (neoliberal wet dream)

Bezzle

Preetika Rana and Emily Glazer, “Lyft to Pause Some Hiring and Trim Budgets, Citing Economic Slowdown,” Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2022, https://www.wsj.com/articles/lyft-to-pause-hiring-and-reduce-budgets-to-reduce-costs-as-shares-plunge-amid-investor-concerns-11653426208


Roman-Catholic Church

Sex

Donna Cassata and John Wagner, “Pelosi challenges archbishop’s denial of Communion over abortion rights,” Washington Post, May 24, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/24/pelosi-abortion-catholic-church/

Michael Coren, “Spare us the pseudo-Christian virtue signalling over Nancy Pelosi’s soul,” New Statesman, May 25, 2022, https://www.newstatesman.com/quickfire/2022/05/nancy-pelosi-spare-pseudo-christian-virtue-signalling


Donald Trump

Coup attempt

It would appear that Donald Trump still[2] doesn’t have the votes in Georgia,[3] with at least one voter—I’m phrasing it this way on purpose because I’m not seeing a real analysis of why Georgia voters voted the way they did—saying Trump shouldn’t meddle in Georgia politics.[4]

I have previously observed that Trump does not control Trumpism,[5] which is now more generally called white Christian nationalism, so this isn’t really necessarily a setback for the latter. That would be if Democrats do well in November.

It’s important to not confound questions that I think often get muddled: How much support can Trump’s admirers claim for the man himself, his endless claims of a ‘stolen election,’ and even potentially for a ‘civil war?’[6] How much support can white Christian nationalists claim for their agenda? What we might be seeing in Georgia—this has yet to be determined—is a broader support for the agenda than for Trump. And again, as with Pennsylvania,[7] my question is about how much support this agenda will claim in the general election against an abysmally performing Democratic Party.[8]

Igor Derysh, “‘Any Republicans wanna speak out now?’: Alarm after Trump shares ‘civil war’ post,” Salon, May 23, 2022, https://www.salon.com/2022/05/23/any-wanna-speak-out-now-alarm-after-shares-civil-war-post/

Dana Milbank, “As Trump loses kingmaker status, he becomes more dangerous,” Washington Post, May 24, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/24/trump-picks-primaries-perdue-lose-dangerous/

Colby Itkowitz and David Weigel, “Kemp, Raffensperger win in blow to Trump and his false election claims,” Washington Post, May 25, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/24/trump-georgia-kemp-perdue/


  1. [1]Charlie Daniels et al., “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” released May 21, 1979, digital recording.
  2. [2]Colby Itkowitz and David Weigel, “Kemp, Raffensperger win in blow to Trump and his false election claims,” Washington Post, May 25, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/24/trump-georgia-kemp-perdue/
  3. [3]Amy Gardner, “‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor,” Washington Post, January 3, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-raffensperger-call-georgia-vote/2021/01/03/d45acb92-4dc4-11eb-bda4-615aaefd0555_story.html; Kristen Holmes and Veronica Stracqualursi, “Trump pressured Georgia governor in call to help overturn Biden’s win in state,” CNN, December 5, 2020, https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/05/politics/trump-georgia-brian-kemp-phone-call/index.html
  4. [4]Colby Itkowitz and David Weigel, “Kemp, Raffensperger win in blow to Trump and his false election claims,” Washington Post, May 25, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/24/trump-georgia-kemp-perdue/
  5. [5]David Benfell, “Trumpism, Donald Trump, the January 6 coup attempt, and a smoking gun that may never be found,” Not Housebroken, January 28, 2022, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/12/14/trumpism-donald-trump-the-january-6-coup-attempt-and-a-smoking-gun-that-may-never-be-found/
  6. [6]Igor Derysh, “‘Any Republicans wanna speak out now?’: Alarm after Trump shares ‘civil war’ post,” Salon, May 23, 2022, https://www.salon.com/2022/05/23/any-wanna-speak-out-now-alarm-after-shares-civil-war-post/; Dana Milbank, “As Trump loses kingmaker status, he becomes more dangerous,” Washington Post, May 24, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/24/trump-picks-primaries-perdue-lose-dangerous/
  7. [7]David Benfell, “My 2024 forecast,” Not Housebroken, May 23, 2022, https://disunitedstates.org/2022/03/10/my-2024-forecast/
  8. [8]David Benfell, “Democrats and contradiction,” Not Housebroken, January 20, 2022, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/11/18/democrats-and-contradiction/; Benjamin Hart, “The Democratic Party Is Extremely Unpopular Right Now,” New York, May 16, 2022, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/05/the-democratic-party-is-extremely-unpopular-right-now.html

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