Open Tabs

Guys, if you still have any free access to Vanity Fair, this article is the bomb (do the kids still say that?):

“All Roads Lead to Mar-a-Lago”: Inside the Fury and Fantasy of Donald Trump’s Florida

Roger Stone, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Ben Shapiro—they’ve all made their way to the Sunshine State, fueling and profiting from a tabloid culture that turns politics into spectacle, arguably Florida’s greatest export.

The basic premise is that Florida is tabloid America, and that’s where American (conservative) politics is now. Joe Hagan is a gifted writer and this sort of story is absolutely in his wheelhouse. Anyway, he makes a strong case and it is worthy reading.

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5 Responses to Open Tabs

  1. Jimmy T says:

    I think the biggest take-away forme besides the extreme conspiracies being promoted by TFG’s inner circle (which both abundant and extreme) is the paranoia, finger pointing, and outright fear…

    “On and on it goes: The January 6 insurrection was instigated by “paid professional agitators” on the left; the Black Lives Matter movement is a coordinated Marxist revolution; George Floyd was “no hero” but just a convenient pretext for looting luxury stores on Rodeo Drive. The outside world, in Florida-vision, is always closing in, seething with intrigue and phantoms under the palms. Not even in Palm Beach can they escape the stories they tell themselves. Across the bridge on the mainland are radicals who want to silence them, take their money, outfit them in Maoist pajamas. “People think, Socialism, maybe that’s like social media,” says Lamelas. “It’s a nice thing. Let’s give it a try.”

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  2. pagan in repose says:

    My short impression from a quick read through of the article: do any of those people ever turn their backs on each other. All their acts are built on fluff and poo-poo powder with a big side of massive running bullshit. It ain’t a pretty picture of humanity and you can take that to the bank. They already have. Follow the bullshit, follow the money.


    • tengrain says:

      Pagan –

      As with all things Lord Damp Nut, I keep wondering: Do any of these people believe any of the BS they say?

      Who is conning whom?




      • pagan in repose says:


        I totally agree. How much reality denial can one society take before there aren’t enough fingers to plug all the holes in the proverbial dam…


  3. glitterbug says:

    That was really long, but worth it. Thanks TG


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