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Old Friends Not Going Away Quietly: Kelly and Haters

New Orleans      The clock clicks on.  Another decade comes and goes.  Somethings don’t exactly change though in the frozen lands and wild reaches of the conservative world.

Take Megyn Kelly for example.  Please!  It is somewhat amazing to witness the disgraced and terminated former Fox anchor and NBC talk show host rebrand herself as a sexual assault victim and women’s warrior.  Sitting on a pile of money from her contract settlement, she now self-produces videos to continue to give her name and fame a heartbeat in the hopes that she can escape her racist, warmongering, and hard right on-the-air positions and past.  The Hollywood production of Bombshell, where Charlize Theron plays her with an all-star cast, is giving her a new opportunity to creep back from under the rocks.

The papers covered a 30-minute promo of several of the Fox abuse victims of former Fox chieftain Roger Ailes with Kelly watching the movie and reacting, often with tears, to their portrayals. No question Ailes was an evil ogre.  No question either that from the beginning and for too long, Kelly, a lawyer and former prosecutor, went along with it.  She has said as much. Claiming she should have done more.  Her quoted complaint in the Times was about the “twirl,” where female anchors where asked to turn around by Ailes when interviewed so that he could evaluate the backside along with the frontside.  Admitting that she had done it, she protested having been a lawyer at the big Jones, Day firm, rather than having finally realized that it was insulting to any woman from cleaner to CEO.  Nor does she concede how the lust for power, fame, and money made them co-conspirators, as her prosecutorial work would have called it, in his crimes.  My own brush with Kelly on the other side of an interview with her in the aftermath of the ACORN attack taught me firsthand about her bad faith.  She was #MeFirst always and #MeToo only very come lately.

Another election cycle, brings the falsehoods about ACORN out in the open again as well.  Someone named Hayden Ludwig wrote a piece for the far-right Capital Research Center, which is surely misnamed by including “research” in its name, called “ACORN’s Legacy Lives on in the Sixteen Thirty Fund.”  He claims:

According to its initial filings with the IRS in February 2009 (archived here), the Sixteen Thirty Fund—the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of Arabella Advisors’ “dark money” empire—was seeded with over $350,000 from five major left-wing groups: ACORN, Americans United for Change, the Sierra Club, USAction, and Working America.

I was long gone by then, but his claim that ACORN would have put up $25,000 for whatever this 630 Fund is likely a stretch, unless someone gave the organization money to do so for some reason.  Regardless, we were obviously in great company, so what’s the beef?  Hard to say, though he thinks by using ACORN as a smear tactic and bogeyman for the right, that’s all he has to say.

Leap first, look later.  Act first, think never.  Like the old rock tune, “blinded by the light,” some folks can’t see past their own self-interest to even worry about the facts because they are so interested in clickbait and building their brands.


Breitbart News Taking Over Trump Campaign – OMG!

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Stephen Bannon Hosting Radio Show Photo Credit: Ben Jackson/Getty Images for SiriusXM

New Orleans   The devil has now taken over the details for the Trump campaign. It’s official now with his announcement this week that Stephen Bannon, the head the Breitbart News abomination of websites, clickbait, and hate speech, will now be running his entire campaign operation. Bannon has never managed a campaign at any level, but he’s qualified on two counts in Trump world. He’s worked his own “art of the deal” on Wall Street for years and of course he is a committed media provocateur. We can’t say he’s Trump’s evil twin, because he’s more like Trump’s real twin, if any of us can imagine such a thing. What a horror!

What does this signal? Well, it would seem that we are at the end of the road for any more of this “acting Presidential” posing from Trump. As he’s been warning, he wants to be himself again. This is going to be more of the “dancing with who brought me here,” and “doing it my way” shtick that he displayed so endearingly to his red-meat, mouth-breathing base during the Republican primaries.

But, wait a minute, I like red-meat, as much as the next person, and breathe out of my mouth whenever I need too as well, so let me be clear, deriding the Trump antics as “populist,” is elitist and offensive. These pundits, commentators, politicos, and others need to call the Trump stuff what it really is rather than trying to slander it as populist. They may not like Trump, but that doesn’t mean they like any of the rest of us any better!

A populist is someone, especially if it’s a politician, who wants to represent “ordinary” people, if there is such a thing, and the “common” people, who are very uncommon. That’s not Trump. Demagogue, yes! Rabble-rouser. Hate-speaker. Oh, yeah. Racist? Seems so. But, populist, no way! Look at his tax plan, which would be little more than another rich giveaway for proof positive.

Now with the Breitbart folks in charge, it’s likely that we haven’t seen anything yet. Roger Ailes, the recently canned impresario who built the even larger rightwing echo chamber at Fox News, is also reportedly advising the Trump effort now. These are peas in a pod. It could be that we won’t see anything worse than we have to date, but this is simply a refreshing bit of transparency for the Trump campaign. These guys have been on the sidelines and behind the curtain, and now they’re front-and-center.

Judging from the way Breitbart has now admitted paying for the video-scam attacks on ACORN though, this new legitimacy of sorts on the national scene is frightening, because if anything, win, lose or draw, it now appears that Trump and his foul-mouthed and minded friends are going to be bootstrapping their way from this campaign into more of the same after the election is over. Trump seems to be preparing himself to lose, but he’s building a future which will be built on the same hate and fear that Breitbart and his other cronies believe is what spurs their kind of action. They may be deciding that they are content with their 40% and want to lock it down even harder as a place and base for their future.

Heaven help all of us and the country where we live, but be clear, it’s not about the people, it’s only about them.