Avoiding Demagogues with Dumpster Fires

I've only got a couple of things for y'all this morning. First, the excuses given as to why they are missing the Republican National Convention in a few weeks by some of the Republican Senators are A+ election trolling.

From The Hill, my favorites include:

  • Steve Daines (Mont.) — “I’ll have my fly rod in my hand with my wife in Montana.”

  • Jeff Flake (Ariz.) — “I’ve got to mow my lawn.”

  • Ben Sasse (Neb.) — Spokesman: “Sen. Sasse will not be attending the convention and will instead take his kids to watch some dumpster fires across the state, all of which enjoy more popularity than the current front-runners. [emphasis obviously mine. GOD BLESS THAT STAFFER]

And to cleanse your palates, it seems The New York Times has caught on to how cool the Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi is: A Mayor Fluent in Twitter Embodies a New Canadian Diversity. Little quibble: for some reason, the Times leaves out Nenshi's opposition to rideshare companies - he was caught on video calling Uber "dicks" and saying they were the worst in the world, which I think should have been mentioned in a piece about a digital-centric politician. Otherwise, yep, he's pretty darned fabulous.