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  1. I have never heard the term K-hive until just now. It is hard to believe they were a really key player in the democratic primary.
  2. It is impossible to know for sure how big an issue it was, but without a doubt there were a lot of Democratic voters that took Clinton's defeat to mean that no woman could defeat Trump. Thus all of the men in the primary had a leg up in the all-important "electability" argument. Was that singlehandedly enough to tank her chances? Of course not, she made plenty of other mistakes. But it reminds me of the political adage that there's no such thing as the perfect candidate, only the perfect candidate for the moment. 2020 was not Harris's moment.
  3. Apparently she performed 4.4 million sexual favors in the 2010 election, and an additional 7.5 million in 2016. She must be very tired. [Apologies to Erin Brockovich]
  4. Also racial issues are much less prominent than they were a month or two ago. That issue is probably Trump's worst, and thus Trump is going to do better when it isn't at the forefront. Now he just has to deal with COVID, which is still a terrible issue for him, but slightly less terrible than race relations.
  5. Imo if Biden wanted someone other than Harris, the next best choices were senator Duckworth and gov Grisham. But I don't know exactly whether either of them would be better than Harris, they are just plausible - I could see the potential benefits at least. Someone like Bass really raised questions about why you wouldn't just pick Harris.
  6. It is fair to say that her campaign did badly, but exactly why she did badly is very debateable. Harris was a good fundraiser, a capable stump speaker, and skilled at using her Senate seat to attack Republicans. So what went wrong? Her campaign struggled because her organization seemed lackluster, and it burned through cash very quickly. In addition, her strategy was questionable because she was always trying to find the middle ground between the establishment/moderate wing of Biden/Klobuchar and the progressive wing of Sanders/Warren, and thus it seemed like she was everybody's second or third choice, but nobody's favorite. On top of that, her debate performances were uneven - at times very good but also sometimes flatfooted and confused. Of those downsides, she isn't responsible for building an organization, so that's not a big concern. Being everyone's second/third choice is actually a good thing for a VP pick. So really only the debate is a concern, and I'm pretty sure she'll lay the wood on Pence.
  7. Katie Porter is definitely a rising star, but there will be a lot of competition. The Lt Governor (Kounalakis), the AG (Becerra), Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff, Karen Bass, Tom Steyer, and hell maybe even Newsome himself will want the job.
  8. I think it's both. Biden absolutely wanted to make sure he's making the right choice and to do a thorough vetting. But I also think Biden never wanted to announce his pick before mid-August, and thus the Veepstakes rumor mill was going to keep churning along.
  9. Harris has felt like the best pick for months, and I think that this was less about Biden making a decision and more just that strategically they wanted to wait on selecting a VP. Which is fine, nobody remembers whether the VP pick was made in June or August.
  10. I am really surprised that Gideon and Cunningham both seem to have significant leads, and in the case of the latter, seem to be polling ahead of Biden. No way to know if that will hold up, but it is damn encouraging because flipping NC and ME both looked pretty challenging just three months ago.
  11. Not to mention huddles, where 11 guys put their faces all together and then they do it again and again with different combinations of people for three hours. It's not great.
  12. I actually wonder if the NBA needs to go to a system where the higher picks just pick their matchup. For this year in particular, that would have made a lot of sense. Because it seems like every year there's a team that is seeded between 5 and 8 that everyone wants to avoid because they have the talent/experience to win a series or two.
  13. For those who care about that sort of thing, 538's model is coming out tomorrow morning.
  14. I thought there was a different fight club member who actually worked at that restaurant, and Tyler was just being Tyler peeing in the soup. Tyler's soap business presumably started while Narrator was unaware, but it's not like that would require a ton of time. He would just need to charm the sellers at high end stores that his soap was the best, and given how charismatic Tyler is capable of being, that seems quite doable. EDIT: I see your edit. I guess you could look at Narrator pre-Tyler as one person and Narrator post-Tyler as another. But Narrator post-Tyler isn't aware of any change at the time, so to me it's just Narrator all the way down.
  15. I feel like the argument that Tyler invented the narrator doesn't make all that much sense though. Narrator's job is product recall coordinator, doing cost/benefit analyses for car companies. That is a job that would takes years in the field to get, it's not like he just walked in there. Did Tyler just act normal for years in order to get that job? What for? He could have much more easily gotten one of the other low paying jobs held by fellow fighters, like working in hospitality or food services. Speaking more generally, IMO Fight Club is overwhelmingly a movie about masculinity. About how in modern society many men feel lost without healthy channels for violent impulses. How the pursuit of the perfect body is simultaneously sneered at ("Is that what a real man looks like?" at the ad in the bus) and celebrated (the many, many shots of Brad Pitt's abs). The lack of healthy male role models, and the desire to latch on to unhealthy ones. How the "traditional" pursuit of a wealth and status feels increasingly soulless in Corporate America. And while it doesn't have a clear message at the end, that discussion has (if anything) become even more relevant in the 20 years since, with the spread of toxic masculinity and groups like PUAs and MRAs online. Fight Club is a movie about men divorcing themselves from the world at large (AKA the world with women in it).
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