Oct. 15 Open Thread: Fellow Worker Gritty

Filed in National, Open Thread by on October 15, 2018

The Legend of Gritty continues to spread, this time with a piece in the New Yorker titled “How the Left won the war for Gritty.” The author notes that Gritty could easily have gone the other way — hockey audiences are notoriously white — but fans disdained him before Jacobin magazine sent out a simple tweet: “Gritty is a worker.” He is now also the star of scads of anti-alt-right memes. Naturally, there’s even a guy who got a Gritty tattoo, which makes you wonder if the sort of person who gets a Gritty tattoo will manage to live long enough to regret it.

You always knew Trump was the kind of sack of shit who would welsh on a bet. Back in July Trump, whose mouth is almost as big as his bald spot, said he’d give Elizabeth Warren $1 million if she took a DNA test that showed she had Native American ancestry. So she did, and she does, and when informed of it, Trump said, “Who cares?” and then denied ever saying what he’s been recorded saying. I just want to point out here that if he never did another thing wrong, mothafucker would still deserve a beatdown for this alone.

This might be Trump’s most lucrative way yet of monetizing his presidency: You can buy his mailing list, which is probably the most comprehensive collection of suckers compiled since the death of P.T. Barnum.

Joe Biden continues to draw large, enthusiastic crowds in Trump country, demonstrating the way in which he’s most useful to the party even if he doesn’t run. It’s a win-win — Joe gets to give fiery speeches, the candidates he gives them for aren’t burdened with his baggage.

Though Democrats are fanatical about avoiding the I-word, political analysts are starting to point out that the pressure from the base for impeachment will be easier to go along with than ignore.

A Michigan man was found guilty after firing a shotgun at a black kid who knocked on his door asking for directions to school. Give me a holler if you ever see a story about this happening to a white kid.

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  1. ben says:

    Biden is going to be a fantastic surrogate for Warren.

  2. Jason330 says:

    “… which makes you wonder if the sort of person who gets a Gritty tattoo will manage to live long enough to regret it.”

    I lol’ed

  3. Jason330 says:

    Regarding that bet, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center should start sending Trump invoices.

    • Stat says:

      Native ancestry 6-10 generations ago is minuscule. Less than Euro- American average. The indigenous woman should be outraged she claims minority status.

      • RE Vanella says:

        She never claimed minority status.

        They have ever law school she ever worked at on record.

        • Phil says:

          I think the point was that she’s talked about her Native American Heritage when she may possible have less than the European decent average. (or very slightly more)

          She also placed herself on the minority law teacher list at penn.

          The smart move wouldn’t of been to push the issue so hard. Maybe even be slightly self deprecating. This will blow up on her. Even now, the Cherokee Nation has released a statement on it.

          • Jason330 says:

            Way to internalize the Fox News spin.

          • RE Vanella says:

            It’s funny Trump said Who Cares? today.

            He’s right, nobody cares! The biggest fucking chud faux fascist douche bag is the guy who brought it up actually. We should have known it was rat shit.

            Warren had zero ill-intent. She said she had Native American heritage. And she does.

            I think some of you are getting stupider. I really do.

            • Phil says:

              I sorta agree. 99.9% of people don’t care, but she does. I feel it was a bad move politically, because it didn’t prove anything other than most people in the country are as much native american as she is.

              I don’t believe she had ill intent, I just think she is going to get hammered on it. It didn’t solve anything. It showed a petty side to try and win an argument.

              • RE Vanella says:

                It’s now a non-issue. If Obama would have produced his birth certificate early he would have gotten ahead of it.

                He felt it was beneath him. He was correct. But that doesn’t matter.

              • Alby says:

                That’s not how it’s being reported anywhere but in the conservosphere. Everywhere else it’s being reported as I did — he’s a lying sonofabitch.

              • jason330 says:

                You know who spent a lot of time trying to manage Republicans reactions to things? Hillary Clinton.

                Doing “X” or not doing “Y” based on some evaluation of how Republicans will react to it is for idiots. Republicans will always react in the way that suits their interests. There is no managing Republican reactions to things.

                I’m glad to see that Warren is not idiot, and doesn’t take advice from idiots.

                • RE Vanella says:

                  Don’t over think it. One of Trump’s tactics is the nickname.

                  Crooked Hillary.

                  Lyin’ Ted.

                  Low Energy.

                  Warren just rendered hers moot.

                  I doubt a new one will work as well.

                  To understand you have to think like a 4th grader.

          • Alby says:

            This is conservative thinking — that she’s somehow corrupt because she didn’t research her family’s ancestry, just took their word for it. As if this wasn’t a pimple on an elephant’s ass compared to the Trump family’s ill-gotten wealth.

  4. RE Vanella says:

    Very important lecture:


    “In that sense resistance becomes a moral imperative. We have to stop being constrained by the tyranny of the practical.”

  5. RE Vanella says:

    Also, while I’m here. Small quibble with the poll. I’m left of DSA but not “Green” because the party is a disorganized mess.

    I’m please consider my vote Far Left but of no party.

    Thank you in my moment of pedantry…