WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2022
This too is human nature: We weren't there last night, but Dana Milbank was.
He was in Scottsdale, at the Arizona GOP's presumptive victory party. Kari Lake still might win that state's gubernatorial race, but she was trailing slightly last night, and Blake Masters seemed to be losing his Senate race.
MILBANK (11/8/22): Instead, Arizona’s MAGA Republican leaders brought fury and fanaticism on election night.
They eschewed basic decency. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is “losing the gavel but finding the hammer,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) told the crowd, joking about the attack on Pelosi’s husband that left him with a fractured skull—just as GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake did a week earlier. The crowd laughed.
They stoked paranoia. “By attending this event you have increased your chance of an FBI raid by about 50 percent,” the emcee, Benny Johnson, said.
They hurled insults every which way. “Merrick Garland needs some new pantyhose.” “Beto [O’Rourke] is a furry.” Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) is a “little man” whose “ears don’t match.” President Biden is a “lost child” with a “very dirty diaper.” Democrats are “lunatics.”
At a time that typically calls for magnanimity and reconciliation, they instead cried out for vengeance. When Anthony Fauci’s name was invoked, they chanted “Lock him up!” They vowed to be a “nightmare to Joe Biden” and to impeach his aides. “Sorry libs,” sneered the emcee. “Sucks to suck.”
"They hurled insults every which way"—tormented, gender-based insults. For members of our human race, gender has typically been very hard, pretty much all over the globe.
This is part of human nature too! Dylan described such angry, lost souls way back long ago:
I pity the poor immigrant
Who tramples through the mud
Who fills his mouth with laughing
But builds his town with blood
Whose visions in the final end
Must shatter like the glass
I pity the poor immigrant
When his gladness comes to pass.
We assume that Milbank's reporting is accurate.
Blue tribers shouldn't want to emulate such angry lost souls. Tomorrow, we may return to Kevin Drum's recent list.
Milbank quotes Lake herself: Finally, the star appeared, offering the fruits of her wisdom:
MILBANK: A few minutes after 10 p.m. local time, Kari Lake took the stage with a fresh stream of invective: “Corruption.” “Cheaters and crooks.” “BS and garbage.” “Incompetent people running the show in Arizona.” “Propagandists.” “Fake media.” “Incompetency.”
This too is part of human nature. How is it best approached?