My comment on Lowry, Trump and The Handmaid's Tale
I have two reactions to this article. First, Lowry does not mention any of the other nominees in any of the eight categories "The Handmaid's Tale" won, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Alexis Bledel as Ofglen/Emily, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour), and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More). As someone who actually analyzed all the drama categores, both here and at my personal blog, I find that almost insultingly lazy. Which shows and actors did Lowry think deserved the awards more than "The Handmaid's Tale?" What would have have liked, winners from "The Crown" and "This is Us?" If he had a personal preference, he should have stated it, which would have helped his argument. Then again, he just wants to make a political point, not an artistic one.
That brings me to my second reaction. A lot of what conservatives do seems to liberals to be motivated by spite -- making liberals angry or just opposing us for its own sake (See Cleek's Law). We liberals generally aren't motivated by spiting conservatives; we usually want to make people's lives better. If conservatives get mad, we may accept it, but it's not our primary goal. On the other hand, there are some actions our side takes to show our displeasure. I don't doubt that "The Handmaid's Tale" sweeping its categories on Sunday was a result of the voting members of the Television Academy doing exactly that. If so, then Lowry's reaction showed that it worked. He shouldn't encourage us this way.
My comment on 2016 and the Great Democratic GOTV Shrinking at Booman Tribune.
"[H]er skipping WI and MI" -- Clinton didn't skip Michigan. She appeared in the state three times for the general election. I live in Michigan and followed the election closely, posting about it on my personal blog. I wrote about her first general election visit in August 2016 in Hillary Clinton rebuts Trump in Warren, Michigan. It was the day after Trump being greeted by protestors in Detroit. She made her second appearance in October at Wayne State University. She made her third visit in November, which I commented on at my personal blog in Surrogates galore in Michigan as campaign heats up. In addition, Bill Clinton marched in the Detroit Labor Day Parade and Tim Kaine campaigned in Ann Arbor. She probably should have made more campaign stops in Michigan, but she did not skip the state!
My comment on Midweek Cafe and Lounge, Vol. 31 at Booman Tribune.
( More comments from Booman Tribune, mostly about music and drinks, plus a bonus comment from Ecosophia, behind the cut. )