I forgot to blog yesterday and nearly did the same today. Pretty exhausted at the moment and I want to stay awake tonight to catch the last debate. I’ve also had a long week and yesterday was especially busy with phone calls. Yes, I do find it strange to write that line. I never get phone calls.
I’ve also been busy writing new articles. The first, about the effectiveness of the Lincoln Project, you can read it over yonder.
Part of my argument is that satire hasn’t really hurt Trump in the way that Nixon was the subject of particularly scathing art. I wrote this a few hours before the Borat news broke.
At first, I wondered if my argument was about to be unpicked or, at least, require a rewrite. I thought the whole “Rudy G. in underage sting” angle would have played more than it did but, again, it’s surprising how much of this is already baked into the cake. When your opinion of a person is so low, it’s hard for that person to do much to surprise you. I think that’s where America’s public opinion sits now. I find it really hard to believe there are many Americans who still can’t decide what they think about their 45th president.
Then there are problems with the story. First, it was a sting and the girl was an actress pretending to be younger than she was and nothing happened. Hell, Rudy might have been tucking his shirt into his pants. The only point you can really make is the one about the president’s lawyer falling for a scam that could have been orchestrated by Russian intelligence. I think we’re too close to the election for this story to get much traction. Perhaps things will change on Friday when the film is released but reviews aren’t exactly reporting it as though it’s staggering. Like I say: Giuliani is now pretty much baked into the cake.
In other news: I remain obsessed with SpaceX. For every awful thing that’s happened this year, there’s also been the development of Starship. I sat watching the nose cone being transported to the launch sight last night and will probably spend too much time today checking in to see if it’s been attached. It’s the stuff I dreamed about as a kid and even the ship looks like something I’d have drawn. Sure, it’s a big hunk of metal and the rapid prototyping approach means they’re making something that’s more efficient that it is good looking. Yet catch it when the sun is at the right angle, it’s straight from some Arrow SF novel from the sixties.