The future heir of the millennium of MAGA – POLITICO
The battle for the future of MAGA is being played out in Arizona’s Republican Senate primary, and while Donald Trump looms large, there’s another big figure at play: tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who has pumped millions into the Blake campaign Masters.
After Thiel-backed Republican JD Vance won in Ohio, Masters, the 35-year-old who co-wrote Thiel’s best-selling book, ‘Zero to One,’ is running to realign the Republican Party with a hard-line nationalism. .
“Despite Trump’s four years in the White House and his enduring dominance over the GOP, Trumpism as an ideology is still largely incomplete,” writes Hank Stephenson in this sweeping profile of MAGA’s future millennial heir. “And that’s where Thiel, Vance, and Masters come in. The Masters and Vance candidacies provide an opportunity to flesh out Trumpism — or Thielism — and reshape the GOP.”
Masters is a slim, almost eerie presence, filming dark campaign videos of himself alone in the desert, staring into the camera lens as he delivers monologues about the “psychopaths” who run the country. He says he gets his swagger from Kanye West. And he rails against the techno-dystopia he claims to inhabit, where Big Tech ruthlessly censors conservatives.
The question is, can he be elected without Donald Trump? The former president may be nervous about extending an endorsement in the race after Trump-backed Dr. Mehmet Oz failed to secure a decisive victory in Pennsylvania – a race that is still up in the air. And Masters isn’t sure he can win without Trump’s coveted stamp of approval.
Still, Democrats certainly take Sen’s notion seriously. Masters, even if it makes them shiver.
Read Stephenson’s story.
“A radical is a man who has both feet firmly planted in the air. A curator is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. A reactionary is a sleepwalker who walks backwards. A liberal is a man who uses his legs and hands at the command of his head.
Can you guess who said that in October 1939? Scroll down for the answer.
When the Indy 500 shunned Trump… As the presidential candidate, Donald Trump would set the tone for the rest of the pack. But as a racing driver, not so much. In this rubber-laying trip down memory lane, Adam Wren takes us to the 2011 Indy 500, when an offer to let Trump drive the pace car – a ceremonial role that usually eludes politics – sparked a backlash which ultimately ended in the future president stepping down, allowing the race to remain “one of the last bipartisan bastions of American professional sports”.
Why spend $100,000 to go to Davos? Here’s how to pass yourself off as a Davos badge holder without ever leaving your living room. (From POLITICO’s Ryan Heath.)
– Mention how impressed you were with Paul Ryan – still visibly at the gym and happily refusing to cut the line for The Mooch’s wine tasting night.
– Remind everyone that you barely missed the 19 G-20 leaders who skipped the Forum — you’ve had back-to-back meetings all week. Business is booming!
– Did you find it calmer this year? Sure, but it reminds you of what the Forum looked like ten years ago when you first started coming – before all the hanging hotel badge holders ruined the place.
– Wasn’t it corny for Filecoin to rent the local church for its parties?
– Would you come back for a summer Davos in 2023? Yes! The Schatzalp is breathtaking in winter, but who knew the Stromback Penthouse would be so much fun?
Ronald Reagan’s homosexual killers? … It was the summer of 1980 and Congressman Bob Livingston was exhausted, hiding in the gym under the Rayburn House Office Building, terrified that a team of right-wing gay assassins were going to kill him. So begins this incredible tale of homophobic paranoia about an alleged gay cabal controlling – and possibly even including – the leader of the Republican Party, adapted from Jamie Kirchick’s new book, Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington.
Snyder tries out a new piece… Democrat or Republican, local or federal, resident of Maryland or Virginia or DC – in a polarized capital, all were united by one thing: to despise Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder.
“Except on Capitol Hill,” writes Mike Schaffer in his latest column. As the House Oversight Committee examines the NFL’s handling of complaints of sexual harassment at the front office of commanders as well as accusations of financial improprieties, Snyder turns congressional polarization into partisan support, forming a tacit alliance with the Committee Republicans. Now a man who has had two decades of ridiculously bad public relations has a chance to make some allies. Will this be enough to avoid accountability?
48 percent… ideological conservatives strongly support or rather a ban on assault weapons.
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Can black women revive the fight against abortion? … Writer Erin Aubry Kaplan mostly avoided the subject of abortion. But now, as the end of Roe vs. Wade looms, she talks about her own experience of having had two abortions in her twenties, exploring the role of black women in the fight for reproductive rights and wondering why there isn’t yet a pro-choice backlash in the street on the scale of #MeToo or Black Lives Matter.
In 1974, Gerald R. Ford made history as the first sitting US president to visit Japan. But his meeting with Emperor Hirohito was overshadowed by a sin of dress: Ford’s pants were several inches too short.
The press had fun with the wardrobe mishap: “Some Nixon aides sent them off with the money to launder,” wrote Jim Squires of the Chicago Tribune. “The pants were really a used pair of Rockefellers.”
In fact, Ford had modeled the barefoot suit for his wife, Betty, before his trip but failed to get the straps to fit properly.
** Who dispelled? answer: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said this in a radio address to the New York Herald Tribune Forum in October 1939. He talked about propaganda, extremist threats to democracy, and “the value of the democratic middle ground.”