This week on the big show Fingers and Tracy discuss the continuing fallout from the unraveling of the Russia Gate narrative, Scott Adam’s take on CNN and MSNBC’s ratings dip, the media turning on Creepy Uncle Joe Biden, and how Mayor Pete Buttigieg is getting attacked from the left because he’s just another white guy.

Stories discussed:

The continued unraveling of the Russia Gate narrative:

Hilarious montage of all the times the media though Trump was about to be taken down because he colluded with Russia!

Scott Adam’s interesting take on why CNN and MSNBC’s rating dipped following the news that Mueller had turned over his report to AG Barr.

Glenn Greenwald’s appearance on Democracy Now to debate a professor who still believes that Trump is an agent an asset of Russia.

The media is coming for Creepy Uncle Joe!

From NY Mag An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden

As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. “Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?”

I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, “I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?” He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragame tierra,” it means, “earth, swallow me whole.” I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.

More on the left eating their own, from Slate:

Is Pete Buttigieg Just Another White Male Candidate, or Does His Gayness Count as Diversity?

So, is Buttigieg a run-of-the-mill white male candidate, or does his sexuality set him apart? That mammoth question can be broken down into smaller ones that get at why diversity matters: Has Buttigieg faced setbacks or barriers to success because he’s gay? Does he have an identity-specific worldview that would inform his work as much as, say, Harris’ experience as a black woman would inform hers? Would a win for Buttigieg be as historically significant and culturally meaningful as a win for a member of an underrepresented race or gender?

None of these questions have definitive, satisfying answers. For one thing, it’s fruitless to argue over which marginalized identities are more or less marginalized. (This kind of reductive, zero-sum appraisal of structural inequity is often, and correctly, derided as “oppression Olympics.”) More importantly, no one identity ever stands on its own. Buttigieg isn’t just gay—he’s also white, male, upper-class, Midwestern, married, Ivy League–educated, and a man of faith. These other elements of Buttigieg’s identity all contribute to the image voters are being asked to evaluate, and they’ve each shaped Buttigieg’s life just as much as—if not more than—his sexuality.


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