Where will you be when the meds stop working?


Matt Taibbi writes for Rolling Stone. He does some of the best political writing in the country. He also does some of the worst. Occasionally he does it in the same article.

Let’s start here:

The electoral roadshow, that giant ball of corrupt self-importance, gets bigger and more grandiloquent every four years. This time around, there was so much press at the Manchester Radisson, you could have wiped out the entire cable-news industry by detonating a single Ryder truck full of fertilizer.

Like the actual circus, this is a roving business. Cash flows to campaigns from people and donors; campaigns buy ads; ads pay for journalists; journalists assess candidates. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the ever-growing press corps tends in most years to like – or at least deem “most serious” – the candidates who buy the most ads. Nine out of 10 times in America, the candidate who raises the most money wins. And those candidates then owe the most favors.

Meaning that for the pleasure of being able to watch insincere campaign coverage and see manipulative political ads on TV for free, we end up having to pay inflated Medicare drug prices, fund bank bailouts with our taxes, let billionaires pay 17 percent tax rates, and suffer a thousand other indignities. Trump is right: Because Jeb Bush can’t afford to make his own commercials, he would go into the White House in the pocket of a drug manufacturer. It really is that stupid.

The triumvirate of big media, big donors and big political parties has until now successfully excluded every challenge to its authority. But like every aristocracy, it eventually got lazy and profligate, too sure it was loved by the people. It’s now shocked that voters in depressed ex-factory towns won’t keep pulling the lever for “conservative principles,” or that union members bitten a dozen times over by a trade deal won’t just keep voting Democratic on cue.

Trump isn’t the first rich guy to run for office. But he is the first to realize the weakness in the system, which is that the watchdogs in the political media can’t resist a car wreck. The more he insults the press, the more they cover him: He’s pulling 33 times as much coverage on the major networks as his next-closest GOP competitor, and twice as much as Hillary.

Trump found the flaw in the American Death Star. It doesn’t know how to turn the cameras off, even when it’s filming its own demise.

So there you are, reading the article and nodding your head at the points he is making. Then suddenly just like a bad Walmart shopping cart with a sticky wheel he makes a hard left turn into the Progressive Paranoia aisle.

The problem, of course, is that Trump is crazy. He’s like every other corporate tyrant in that his solution to most things follows the logic of Stalin: no person, no problem. You’re fired! Except as president he’d have other people-removing options, all of which he likes: torture, mass deportations, the banning of 23 percent of the Earth’s population from entering the United States, etc.

He seems to be coming around to the idea that having an ego smaller than that of, say, an Egyptian Pharaoh would be a sign of weakness. So of late, his already-insane idea to build a “beautiful” wall across the Mexican border has evolved to the point where he also wants the wall to be named after him. He told Maria Bartiromo he wanted to call it the “Great Wall of Trump.”

In his mind, it all makes sense. Drugs come from Mexico; the wall will keep out Mexicans; therefore, no more drugs. “We’re gonna stop it,” he says. “You’re not going to have the drugs coming in destroying your children. Your kids are going to look all over the place and they’re not going to be able to find them.”

Obviously! Because no one’s ever tried wide-scale drug prohibition before.

And as bad as our media is, Trump is trying to replace it with a worse model. He excommunicates every reporter who so much as raises an eyebrow at his insanity, leaving him with a small-but-dependable crowd of groveling supplicants who in a Trump presidency would be the royal media. He even waves at them during his speeches.

“Mika and Joe are here!” he chirped at the MSNBC morning hosts at a New Hampshire event. The day after he won the New Hampshire primary, he called in to their show to thank them for being “supporters.” To her credit, Mika Brzezinski tried to object to the characterization, interrupting Joe Scarborough, who by then had launched into a minute-long homily about how happy he was to be a bug on the windshield of the Trump phenomenon.

You think the media sucks now? Just wait until reporters have to kiss a brass Trump-sphinx before they enter the White House press room.

“He has all these crazy ideas, and [reporters] are so scared of him, they don’t ask him any details,” says Michael Pleyte, an Iraq vet who came all the way from Michigan to watch the New Hampshire primary in person. “Forget about A to Z, they don’t even ask him to go A to Trump.”

King Trump. Brace yourselves, America. It’s really happening.

And just like that, Trump Derangement Syndrome claims another victim.


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150 Responses to Where will you be when the meds stop working?

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Quotes like this are why I keep reading Matt Taibbi:

    “When Obama picked Tom Daschle to be the HHS Secretary, I nearly shit my pants. In Washington there are whores and there are whores, and then there is Tom Daschle. Tom Daschle would suck off a corpse for a cheeseburger.”

  2. leslie says:

    “… I’m loving what Trump’s been doing to the Republican political establishment.
    Because if any collection of weasels deserved what’s coming to them, it’s this crew, for all the promises they’ve made to their conservative base, and all the times they’ve broken them so the big donors wouldn’t be angry.”

    • lyn says:

      “Still, if you read the bleating op-eds, you get a sniff of the GOP establishment panic. They weep about disaster at hand.
      “What they don’t say is that they’d rather have Democrat Hillary Clinton in there — the true establishment Wall Street candidate — than Trump.”

      • leslie says:

        You could have heard something similar on MJoe this am. They were quoting demands to “take out Trump” before it’s too late. I wondered at the time if they were actually calling for an assassination. It really did sound that strong.
        And why wouldn’t TPTB want HRC in there. She is going to be their lady bountiful.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      What they’ve completely missed is that the American people are angrier than they’ve ever been, and with good reason. The party leaders thought they could herd that anger.

      “They didn’t see Trump as the vessel for all this anger,” Tom Bevan, a friend and publisher of the RealClearPolitics website, said in an interview for an upcoming episode of “The Chicago Way” podcast.

      “They looked at Trump and thought … there’s no way Republicans, no matter how angry, would rally around this guy. You’ve heard the establishment types say that they don’t know a single person who’d vote for Donald Trump. And then he goes out and wins.”

      • Ann says:

        “You’ve heard the establishment types say that they don’t know a single person who’d vote for Donald Trump.”

        And therein lies the problem.

    • This what the Democrats don’t see coming They’re so gleeful about the alleged destruction of the GOP Party that they’re helping making Trump palatable to the broader middle. And bet that’s by design, just not theirs. I’ma love watching their heads explode. I want that more than I want a sane, steady, trustworthy leader.

  3. Dora says:

    News from the Cruz camp. He’s surrendering Alabama. I think he is depending on Texas to save his campaign.

    FIREWALL CRUMBLES: Cruz prepares for election day massacre by pulling out of Alabama events


  4. DeniseVB says:

    This is more like an ad to defund PP. Seven figure ad campaign for Hillary? And they NEED my tax dollars, why?

  5. driguana says:

    All politicians are a bit to completely crazy!
    I think this BLM protest thing at a Hillary speech was all a set up…and very poorly staged at that. The protester goes off pretty tamely and how did she get in to a pricey fund raiser passed all that security in the first place. Trying to make Hillary look more palatable than the “I’d like to punch him in the face” side of Trump. What do you think?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Just reading the headlines about that made me think set up. No way the unwashed can get anywhere near her unless they’re carrying giant money bags of course 😉 And a private fundraiser? Oh please 😛

    • leslie says:

      Per the news this morning, she and “a friend” pooled their “resources” to purchase a $500 ticket to the event.
      And yes. She was pretty tame as she was led away by a white man with his arms around her, as I saw on the news. Seemed staged to me, but I’m just one paranoid, distrusting person.

    • Somebody says:

      Actually I think his ears turn red when he’s nervous. If you watch the clip his ears are red before the interview ever starts. That being said, can any of you imagine sending wittle wed eared wubio to negotiate with Putin or any other world leader?

    • 49erDweet says:

      His nostrils flare?

    • leslie says:

      I have heard on the “political and news” shows, that he is extremely anxious. Having worked with anxious people for the last 20 years, I wonder why anyone who is so anxious, would want to face the brutality of running for any public office, not to mention the most important and anxiety-provoking position of POTUS. The other question I would want answered is, “Why would the populace want anyone that anxious to actually be POTUS?”.

  6. 49erDweet says:

    Apparently Tabbai decluttered his fetid mind whilst sitting at his keyboard. Logic, for a lost one, am difficult.

  7. mothy67, says:

    I suffer from incurable insomnia. It takes me three hours to go to sleep. I have tried psychiatrists, sleep studies, pills. I hate the way pills effect my brain. If i had to be at work for a meeting at 9 am I started drinking at 5 so I could pass out. I preferred a hangove to the daze of sleeping pills.I’ve been like this since I was 12. I am perhaps a tortured soul but my insomnia is more like my brain turns on when I try to sleep. Exhaustion is an altered state of consciousness. During one of my sleepless battles I wrote to a CEO of a major retailer about a new layaway plan for the digital age. Like the Christmas clubs from my youth. I do it with Amazon my brat is going to need a better computer than her laptop in three years. I buy a 50 dollar Amazon card everytime I go shopping. I have over 1,000. I have no debt and no credit cards. I didnot go to NH because sponge had a tae kwon do tournament. Cost me 700. I live on an annuity. 1400 a month. 1400 has to cover all her shit. I took her andctwo friends to the movies. 123 dollars. Insane. I didn’t even get to see Star Wars. They had to do it alone. I sat in the bar directly across from the doors sipping Pinot Grigio for two and a half hours. Anyhow when I was a kid we was po. We layed away school clothes in June picked em up in September. Why not a layaway for a digital age. I was stream of consciousness writingvto a CEO. I got an email back asking for a real proposal and a desire for a meeting.
    WtF I was drunk on exhaustion. I read my sent file. I proposed a rewards program and advance for people that completed a 12 month deposit. I think its kinda funny. I emphasized kids having a computer. If you spend 10 per week on a newborn she will have a kick ass computer in 9th grade.

    • DeniseVB says:

      As we get older, and I know I have much more experience than you, combinations of refreshing beverages and sleep meds can have a polar opposite affect. What works for me, is don’t take cold/sinus/sleepytime meds at bedtime with wine. Keep your room as cold as possible, if you can’t afford that, keep a fan moving all night. In the winter, I keep my bedroom windows cracked with the ceiling fan spinning at 12 parsecs 😉 Try cracking your windows.

  8. lyn says:

    Trump has a sense of humor.

    • DeniseVB says:

      He’s a great motivational speaker. Why it’s important to see the full clips of his speeches and rallies before the media gives us their versions 🙂 He sets himself up, that’s the part the media shows, but never the follow up with his POW-RIGHT-TO-THE-KISSER money quote.

  9. Dora says:

    Pictures coming in from last night’s storm. This house is on my block.

    Hubby and I sure were lucky. We didn’t even lose our power. Whew!


  10. votermom says:

    Dicta know the WH met with Silicon Valley execs in January about cracking down on extremists and one week later Twitter announced it’s Censorship Committee?
    And DOJ had another summit yesterday for the same.

    • votermom says:

      From AoSHQ comment:


      On Feb 11th, a Monday, Obama announced that “Obama for America” was dispatching “Truth Teams” to the internet to defend the president and hsi record and fight conservatives on line

      so lets look at that time line again

      Feb 2015, Department of Homeland Security Says sovereign citizen groups on the right are a greater terrorist threat than ISIS

      Jan 8, 2016 Administration officals meet with Silicon Valley CEOs, including Facebook and Twitter, to request their assistance in monitoring and blocking terrorist voices on social media

      Jan 12, 2016 Milo is “shadow banned”. And then Stace McCain, and Adam Baldwin, and who knows else

      Feb 13, 2016 Obama announces that Obama for America is dispatching “Truth Teams” to the internet to combat voices that attack his record.

      The Truth Team website highlights the effort’s three goals, each of which have their own website:

      AttackWatch.com will defend the president against false attacks,

      KeepingGOPHonest.com will fact check Republicans claims about their own records,

      and KeepingHisWord.com will tout the presidents record
      Posted by: ThunderB at February 25, 2016 12:17 PM (zOTsN)

  11. DeniseVB says:

    LOL ….

  12. Myiq2xu says:

  13. leslie says:

    I thought I’d just leave this hre. Mika and Joe are gonna be so disappointed. Not to mention those who were on their show this morning…

    • leslie says:

      On MJoe, they were discussing bronco’s “brilliant political” move by suggesting Sandoval and talking about how “compromised” the Republicans ” would be if they refused to even look at the nomination.
      Who’s brilliant now? I’d like to ask them.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        The Senate GOPers should just say “Obama hasn’t nominated anyone yet.” Then when he nominates someone they should just drag their heels. Set committee hearings in the fall, after the election.

        Run out the clock.

        • leslie says:

          You’re exactly right.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            They could even promise an upperdown vote in the lame duck session, when it won’t be “politicized”

            If they don’t have enough “no” votes they can just break that promise. The Dems/media will squawk but they can’t do a damn thing about it.

            Doing it that way takes away the “GOP obstruction!” storyline.

        • Somebody says:

          That is exactly what they should do and they should have kept their stupid fucking mouths shut to begin with. When asked they should have said, gee let’s take time out of politics to mourn Scalia. Then when asked a week or so later, simply say we are waiting for the President’s nominee…..full stop. You don’t discuss hypothetical strategy live on fucking TV. Talk about the party of stupid.

        • DandyTIger says:

          They should say they’ll get to the vote right after their golfing excursions, where they take only as much time golfing as Obama has over the last 8 years.

  14. mothy67, says:

    Oh my God I love this.

  15. Myiq2xu says:

    It occurs to me that this is the first time in one of our presidential elections where members of the party establishment speak openly about “taking out” their own frontrunner.

    • Anthony says:

      That, and openly colluding with the MSM to do it. I never remember such public admissions of what the pols and MSM would have once called “corruption”.

      In 2008, the Dems ran a phony, kangaroo court (R&B Committee meeting) to at least try to give an appearance of an orderly process to justify the end of the Dem’s corrupt thievery….

      • Myiq2xu says:

        They did talk about taking out Hillary but that was when Obama was the frontrunner. Imagine the reaction if the DEMe had publicly discussed how to take out Obama so Hillary could win.

        • taw46 says:

          Wasn’t that Keith Olbermann who said someone should take Hillary out behind the shed and only one come out? Yeah, they are all alike.

    • The arrogance is breathtaking.

    • Somebody says:

      I’m about sick and fucking tired of all the how can we take out Trump talk. WTF is wrong with these people? No pretense that they give two shits about the voters choice. They are going to double and triple down now, time is ticking and they are desperate to stop the Trump train……or more to the point to protect their fucking gravy train.

      I don’t think I’m alone in finding it all completely disgusting. I think it may actually have the opposite effect though. Americans love an underdog, they pull for the underdog or in this case perhaps they’ll vote for the underdog. If they might have been on the fence or perhaps planning to vote for one of the other candidate as sort of a protest, like say Carson they may well vote for the underdog Trump. The one the media and the establishment are piling on, the one they keep trying to undermine and take out. You know their fucking frontrunner……again WTF???

      The establishment is already so far out of touch with their voters witnessed by the fact they’re stunned by Trump’s support. They honestly thought we’d take their shit forever because they had us convinced their shit was better then dem shit. Now add to that their piling on Trump and actually doing almost the impossible, making Trump a somewhat sympathetic character fighting an uphill battle……the underdog.

      All of that may combine for one massive fuck you media and GOPe Trump tsunami.

  16. Myiq2xu says:

  17. Jadzia says:

    If reporters are “scared” of Trump, it’s time to get some new reporters. Isn’t journalism supposed to be the brave, speaking-truth-to-power profession????

    • DeniseVB says:

      Well, it would be nice to read why they don’t like him beyond calling his fans and supporters idiots. You know, old fashioned investigative journalism 🙂 I miss it.

    • taw46 says:

      Cokie Roberts was on MJ the other day, spoke of going to her hair salon and all the ladies were scared to death of Trump and Cruz. Joe did point out to her, that if she went to a salon in another part of town, they would not be afraid of those two. Those pundits/reporters are so out of touch.

  18. DeniseVB says:

    So I miss a few days on facebook and this happens ….


    Or I just didn’t notice them before. I don’t know why emoji’s annoy me so much. I’m getting to be an old cranky fart too. 😛

  19. Myiq2xu says:

    It should be pointed out that during the time Cruz was bro-hugging Trump he was also rising in the polls. http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=361755

  20. Myiq2xu says:

    Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit:

    It used to be, of course, that the lower and middle classes were stuffy and constrained by social convention while the freethinkers at universities and in the ruling class got to experiment with unconventional ideas. If their experimenting got enough success, then it might eventually filter down to ordinary people. (The sexual revolution worked this way, more or less).

    But now it’s our ruling class that is hidebound by political correctness, and it takes movement by the masses to give it permission to express a controversial view. That’s a major change, and it’s one that the ruling class isn’t likely to appreciate much. But having subjected itself to the chains of “acceptable” opinion, what can it do?

  21. Myiq2xu says:

  22. DeniseVB says:

    Hmmmm, Joe Biden’s going to introduce GaGa at the Oscars ? I smell the beginning of a coup for Hillary.


    • leslie says:

      I wonder what the HRC camp is thinking now. I saw a poll from MA on tweet that Uppity posted today. It showed HRC and BS tied at 46%.

  23. Myiq2xu says:

  24. Mt.Laurel says:

    Do people still watch Hollywood handing out those pink cars – opps I mean golden statues to themselves?

  25. Myiq2xu says:

  26. Myiq2xu says:

  27. My take on Trump from the get go is that he’s an egotistical blowhard who’s a shrewd and amoral deal-maker of no particular ideology, who genuinely loves his country. Is he my ideal president? Hell no. But he may shake up some gridlock, get a few things done, and if the Repub voters get him there, he’ll mostly dance with who brung him.

    Plus, he pisses off ALL the right people, so yay.

    • DandyTIger says:

      LOL. Kind of my take too. Could easily be the worst president ever. And given the last two, that’s saying something. But he could also get one big thing done. Which would be more than we’ve seen in decades. And all the right heads exploding is a great bonus. 🙂

    • Somebody says:

      That’s my take on Trump too WMCB. I do honestly believe he loves this country. You forget about his ability to drive a stake through the PC culture!

    • mothy67, says:

      I see the places I grew up literally rotting and I say fuck yeah Trump.

    • 1539days says:

      I can’t see what’s in someone’s heart and that’s why I can’t take it as a matter of faith that the stuff Trump has said in the last 6 months is an indicator of what he’ll do. Obama said a lot of things that ended up not being true after 2008.

  28. Dora says:

    Thanks for your concern everyone. The weather has calmed down considerably, but it’s supposed to be cold and windy again tomorrow.

    Look what Marco is planning. This guy is even sneakier than he looks. I never heard of a ‘free for all’.

    Four-time loser Marco Rubio already plotting to swipe Trump’s coronation at contested convention


  29. helenk3 says:

    this is way off topic.
    I got this receipe on facebook and shared it. guys that never like receipes like it.

    Tasty Here’s what you need:
    1 12-oz tube refrigerated biscuits
    6 eggs
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 tsp pepper
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 lb cooked sausage
    1 cup shredded cheese

    For the gravy:
    4 Tbsp. butter
    4 Tbsp. flour
    salt & pepper to taste
    2 cups milk

    Here’s how to make it:
    Cut each biscuit into 8 pieces. Set aside. In a bowl, mix the eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Set aside. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper, and slowly add the 2 cups of milk. Simmer, stirring, until it’s thickened. In a greased 9×13 glass baking dish, layer the biscuits, sausage, cheese, egg mixture, and gravy. Bake at 350°F/180°C for 35-45 min, until the eggs on the bottom are cooked. Enjoy!
    Tasty’s photo.

  30. Dora says:

    When Trump first mentioned the wall, it caused shock and anger. Now they are fighting about who will pay for it. This is great! 🙂

    Former Mexican President Vincente Fox: “I’m not going to pay for that f**king wall!”…

    Well, it’s game over. When it comes to the Southern Border Wall, Donald Trump has officially won the argument; the rest is just details.

    This is what winning looks like folks!


  31. lyn says:

    We’ll see if the Houston debate audience is as rude as the South Carolina one.

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