Which came first, whining or conservatism? Trump complained that the election was fixed before he won. And then when he did win, he complained that millions of illegal votes were cast, denying him the popular vote. Now he complains about ‘fake media’ which is code for reporting he doesn’t like. And it’s not just Trump. The rest of the Republicans are just as whiny.

Take Mrs. Heidi Cruz. This Marie Antoinette is miserable because the role of primary breadwinner falls to her as hubby Ted, a lowly US Senator, only contributes a measly $174,000 annually to the family coffers. Heidi moans that she has to work 70-hour weeks to keep the wolves from the door. 

Let’s do some math. We know that Heidi earns more than Ted. How much? Substantially more. In 2014 the Cruz family declared an income of $1.2 million – which suggests her compensation is nudging $1 million. There is no reason why she hasn’t earned as much and more in the ensuing years. Yet Heidi is moved to note that they won’t be buying a second home any time soon. Perhaps not — but to suggest they don’t have the funds to do so is chutzpah.

Rep. David Brat, who toppled erstwhile party boss, Eric Cantor, is also complaining about his lot in life. This empathy-challenged, self-centered epitome of blindness to other’s suffering visited an addiction support group at the Chesterfield County Jail in his district. He told the benighted inmates that he was the real victim. In his words:

“You think you’re having a hard time ― I’ve got $5 million worth of negative ads coming at me. How do you think I’m feeling? Nothing’s easy. For anybody.”

“You think I’m a congressman, ‘Oh, life’s easy, this guy’s off having steaks every day’. Baloney. I’ve got a daughter, she’s got to deal with that crap on TV every day.”

“So it’s tough,” Brat continued. “No one out there’s got some easy life. Right?”

At no point, however, did Brat ask if any of the incarcerated unfortunates would like to switch places with him.

Melania Trump has gladly adopted Donald’s whiny modus operandi. For her First Lady initiative, she took on the scourge of cyberbullying — ironic considering her husband’s love of it. It seems, however, that far from being concerned about teenage victims Melania has a different target in mind. As she explained to ABC News’ Tom Llamas:

“I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world.”

It’s pathetic. Let her discuss cases with Micelle Obama, Christine Blasey Ford or Hillary Clinton. It is chutzpah to claim your distress is greater than that of gay and trans kids driven to suicide by online harassment. Or teen girls, whose sense of self-worth is already fragile, who are picked on by their merciless peers. Or kids with disabilities or physical defects who are attacked by people who are scared of the different.

It’s part of a pattern. Powerful people whining that they are getting picked on. Christians who think they are losers in a religious war. Men who believe that sexual assault leaves them the victim. And the rich who think they are targets of class warfare.

These people think that whining will make America great again. But I have more faith in the immigrant who strives to educate her children. In those inner city kids who shake off generations of disadvantage. And even in those white, wealthy kids who start companies which add value to the American economy.


The Rise of neo-McCarthyism.

March 19, 2018

Sebastian Gorka, the British-born, Hungarian Nazi — who rode his racist bona fides from dubious academic distinction in Hungary to the xenophobia of Trump’s ‘America First’ administration — has channeled one of America’s most shameless politicians to underpin his political philosophy. This oleaginous smarm gave a big clue to the roots of his thinking when he celebrated the […]

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Be Careful, It’s Dumb Out There. A Few Stories from the Pit of Politics.

December 21, 2017

Sean Hannity is not known for an incisive intelligence. Which is probably an advantage in his line of work. It would hardly pay to be known for having brains when your stock in trade is to ridicule intelligence. But sometimes his idiocy is so ripe you have to pay attention. Such as in his tweet where he castigates NBC —  […]

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All Votes Count; Trump Assassination Paranoia; And Some Other Postcards from the Political Edge.

December 19, 2017

Yes Virginia, your vote does count. Before the November elections in Virginia, the House of Delegates (the lower house) was dominated by Republican representatives 66-34. After a stronger than anticipated performance in the election, the Democrats were within striking distance of ending up in a tie depending on the results of several recounts. And they […]

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Really? 9.9.17 Pruitt Promotes Polio; Limbaugh’s Folly; Trump & Churches; Sikhs & Sharia.

September 9, 2017

Too soon? Scott Pruitt, the EPA Administrator, says that we shouldn’t talk about climate change while Irma is bearing down on the US. That’s absurd. If we waited until there was no polio to start work on preventing polio, there would still be polio. The cancer of climate denial. Big tobacco denied the connection between smoking and […]

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Who Had the Dumbest Harvey Tweet? Walsh, Osteen or Trump (Donald or Eric)?

August 31, 2017

Twitter is like alcohol – it doesn’t change you, it reveals you. And what it reveals is that there are a lot of dumbasses out there. Take Joe Walsh. This ex-Illinois Representative took exception to a satirical magazine’s cover cartoon celebrating God drowning fascists with Hurricane Harvey. The cartoon was inflammatory and insensitive – and Walsh was […]

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What Trump Did on His Summer Vacation (So Far).

August 11, 2017

In the news this week, one crazy haired madman, with his finger on the nuclear trigger, dared another crazy haired madman to fire his missiles. The threat came with Wagnerian Gotterdammerung as Trump warned Kim Jong-un that there would be ‘fire and fury‘ because America was ‘locked and loaded‘. Is his script written by the NRA […]

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Really? – 8.6.17 – NRA threats; Fox’s Weiner; Medvedev Has His Fun; Pence the Sanctimonious Git; Gingrich Racist.

August 6, 2017

You know the NRA is nervous. They wheeled out Dana Loesch to make a hysterical (in any sense you want) video threatening the NY Times that the NRA is “coming for you”. The apocalyptic message lost some of its sting when a debate erupted over whether Loesch claimed she would ‘fisk’ or ‘fist’ the Times (look it up). […]

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Really? 7.19.17. Healthcare on Life Support; Trump whines; Asset Forfeiture; Trump’s Magic Math.

July 19, 2017

Donald Trump: Repeal, replace, repeal, repeal, replace. Donald Trump demanded that the Senate repeal and replace Obamacare until it became apparent that it couldn’t. So then he demanded that the Senate just repeal it. Until it became clear it couldn’t do that either. Now Trump’s back to repeal and replace  – or no one is […]

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