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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE:

WE SHALL COMFORT HER:   The Democratic princess, Evita of the Bronx, lives in fear.  What shall we do?  From Newsmax:   In a wide-ranging conversation with GQ magazine, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., confessed to feeling shunned by her own party and said she worries about marrying a white man and being killed by Trump supporters.  The democratic socialist and "Squad" member is featured on the cover of the magazine's most recent edition in a navy-blue suit and black turtleneck with a bold red lip. The cover advertises a discussion on "masculinity, power, and politics in a post-Roe America," while a photo spread inside shows the congresswoman posing on the Capitol steps in a black dress.  "I hold two contradictory things at the same time," Ocasio-Cortez told GQ. "One is just the relentless belief that anything is possible. But at the same time, my experience here has given me a front-row seat to how deeply and unconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women. And they hate women of color."  I have no idea where she gets this stuff.  It's wrong and it's offensive.  But she's taken seriously by a once-great political party.

YOU CAN'T MAKE IT UP:  The governor of California needs therapy.  From the New York Post:   Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom was slammed as a hypocrite Wednesday for wearing a fleece coat in a seemingly air-conditioned room while urging residents to “save energy” amid a historic heat wave.  “California is experiencing an unprecedented heat wave. This will be the hottest and longest on record for September,” Newsom said in a tweet Tuesday, as temperatures soared into triple digits in some parts of the state.  “Our energy grid is being pushed to its max. The risk of outages is real. We need everyone to double down to save energy after 4 p.m. today,” Newsom went on.  In an accompanying video, Newsom told Golden Staters to “pre-cool your home. Run your conditioner earlier,” while wearing a zipped-up black fleece coat and baseball cap.  But critics on social media had a chilly reception for what they considered a double standard.
“He’s sitting inside wearing a warm jacket during a heat wave, telling the rest of us not to use AC,” one observer noted on Twitter.  Another blasted the gov by asking: “Why are you wearing a jacket zipped up to your neck? Is your AC too cold?”  Others wondered if Newsom was even in California at all.  Maybe the voters of California, who have a tendency to elect flakes, will now see the damage their political choices have caused.  Please note that the greatest flake of all, Kamala Harris, is also a product of the California political factory.

September 7, 2022