[P]art of the goal: restoring Russia as a leader of world opinion after the reputational damage it suffered in Ukraine, muscling in as a power broker that needs to be consulted in important crises far from its borders and sphere of influence […] But even members of the reliably shrill pro-Kremlin chorus seem to admit that nobody but Russia likes this configuration — and that Russia, like Pushkov said, doesn’t really need this at all.
Mike Wallace sits ramrod straight in his chair. His eyes twinkle. A hint of emotion plays at the edge of his mouth; it’s not humor, it’s not hunger. Raw anticipation, not free from malice but fueled by something grander.
His limpid lounge-singer’s eyes half-lidded gaze upon the stage of stiff, almost martial competitors. ‘Tonight,’ he thinks. ‘Tonight will be the night.’ Not just another facile primary debate. Tonight he would put an end to it all.
“This next question,” he begins, and pauses. Wallace licks his lips, obviously in anticipation. “This next question, is for all of the candidates.” Continue reading
In business and sports and those annoying moments when your buddy takes the skee ball tickets too seriously you get some guy telling you “it’s time to go to WAR!” and probably fist pumping and it’s very exciting and then it’s over and it was not in fact actually war it was probably just a ploy to get people to pay for the overpriced wings and down a couple pitchers of light beer and you remember you don’t see enough of your nephews and really ought to spend more time outside or just get to bed earlier and really you don’t even know why you keep getting talked into this. Jeesh. But the WAR part comes up all the goddamn time and it comes up a lot as a metaphor in politics which is a great way to get people fired up and quite frankly is absolutely wrong and you need to stop doing that.
That’s the convenient thing about war. When a war is over you can take everyone who was a problem and isn’t on your side and put them up against a wall and shoot them. That’s why we call it war.
In politics even when you win the other side is still going to be there. Continue reading
In modern politics (American at least) it seems there are two basic stances you can take: you can be apolitical, or you can be loud. Nearly everyone seems to agree that this is a problem, and absolutely everyone agrees on the source of the problem.
It is, of course, Those People. They don’t listen. They just don’t understand. I swear to God Margaret, I think They’re being obtuse on purpose. No one could be that stupid. Yet, inexplicably, They are. Continue reading