UPDATE: Charles Pierce (@EsqPolitics) has won Heat 6
Well if this contest has demonstrated nothing else, it’s that a lot of people really , really hate The Nation. As those who follow me might guess, this cheers my Self-Satisfied-Upper-West-Side-Unprincipled-Asshole-hating heart no end and is reason enough to have had the contest. Even the imbecilic murder-mongering of preening NatSec hack Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) was no match for The Nation’s Oct. 22, ‘Why We Endorse the Murder of Abdulrahman al-Aulaqi’ issue. Voting in Heat 5 was exceptionally high and still Cohen only received one vote.
As the votes poured in, I feared that perhaps no one could possibly exceed The Nation’s must-smell combo of lying, bullying, fantasy and shameless Occupy-appropriating. But then I remembered I had this same fear after Rebecca Solnit, who inspired this contest, won her second heat. Even jaded souls like me sometimes forget that where establishment liberals are concerned, there is no bottom. Like the oligarchs and baby killers on whose behalf they run interference, they just get worse and worse, as a matter of simple cause and effect.
To demonstrate, I present for Heat 6, Charles Pierce, who writes about politics for Esquire magazine. Pierce has helpfully excreted “The Cynic and President Obama”, quite possibly the most entertainingly craptacular contest entry so far. Pierce’s style is something I call philistine gravitas. That is, he takes the long, anguished and, above all, literary road to banal, oligarch-friendly opinion, producing an effect similar to a grandiose, misanthropic drunk in the long-talk stage.
As with the Nation’s Oct. 22, issue, my Twitter pal @vastleft has produced an excellent, trenchant and exhaustive reader’s guide to Pierce’s essay. I needn’t belabor any points already made better there, especially since Pierce’s essay speaks largely for itself.
Voting in this heat closes Monday, Oct. 22. at 5 PM.
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2. Charles Pierce (@EsqPolitics) , “The Cynic and President Obama”
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