RIP David Brooks
These people are aware that even before the 20th century, there were Senators who assaulted other Senators with canes and fireplace tongs, right? Seriously, spare us the rant about this country once being respectful. Anyone with a passing knowledge of slavery, lynching, and/or Jim Crow could tell you that’s a load of crap.
Based off that photo it looks like David Brooks removed all the vegetables from the burger, meaning he's probably not getting any fibre in his diet. No wonder he's full of shit...
“Not that democracy and ethics have actually been the norm in American politics, but we do like to pretend, don’t we? And before you try to come here and tell me “We used to be a proper country” ma’am, we used to legally enslave people and we codified that into our laws.”
I LOVE your writing. Like, best money I’ve spent all year. Don’t tell the others, though. It’ll be our secret.
I never go on Twitter anymore, so thank you for sharing Joyce Carol
Oates, that was perfection.
“For too long dress codes have been used as a cudgel and unfairly welded against women and people of color and it’s long past time that the United States Senate take a stand and model to the country what fairness and inclusion looks like. After all, who cares how well we dress as long as we are doing our job of making this country run,” said Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
I read this and thought, “Wow, maybe he isn’t 100% terrible!” Silly me for even thinking this was possible even in pre-caffeine state...
I could buy the argumemt that Congress is there to do the People's Business and a more formal dress code symbolizes that they Take It Seriously if it wasn't for the fact that their actions show they do little and take even less seriously. So I actually think they should have to be in clown makeup on the floor.
This dingus really has everything, Lyz. I'm cackling in my kitchen. And I'm so excited for you (and us!) about your book.
Shorts?! In the Senate?!!! Where are my pearls, I need to clutch them for a third week in a row. Really getting my money's worth out of those shiny little baubles, I tell you. I may need to upgrade to dramatically swooning onto an ornate couch, although I have cats who have no respect for my living room furniture. One of them is a little chaos gremlin who likes to hang upside down from a footrest like a tiny deranged sloth.
I've already pre-ordered This American Ex-Wife as an ebook because I do not have enough room in my house for all the books I want, and I just put a reminder on my calendar for the release date so I can read it immediately. I'm stoked af. Lyz if you ever have an author event or something in Madison or Milwaukee, WI, I hope you mention it in advance on this newsletter because I would definitely go. Unless there's a dress code that forbids shorts.
Wait, David Brooks is only 61 and has been pulling this schtick since he was in his 30's?!? I assumed he was at least 10 years older.
You can just make David Brooks a Dingus emeritus. And this is another form of racism. Dress like a white guy from 1948 or else!
Lyz, I just want to tell you as a profound admirer of snark, the dress code post is .... mwah. On another level. I want to bathe in it, and then dab it behind each ear before going out on Saturday night. It fills my heart with joy. Thank you from the bottom of my snarky heart.
Maybe they should show they respect the position by...respecting the position? Like, believing in government, funding it, and making it more functional, not less?
What a great column! Joyce Carol Oates, suddenly I miss twitter. I think those are Fetterman’s dress shorts to be fair. I was really happy to hear him in an interview sounding very well, very articulate, his processing difficulties may be behind him. I just love him.
John Fetterman is the senator we need right now. I loved his response to hearing there would be impeachment proceedings. That's exactly how seriously we should take them. I like his wife even more, and I am a big fan of the Levi, Artie, and Potato twitter feed.
Didn't Krysten Sinema already kill the senate dress code?
A colleague of mine, who was a neighbor of the Manchin family in West Virginia, tells of seeing Joe out cutting grass shirtless while wearing gold chains well after he had gone to seed. Truly a man of the people.