A couple of tweets yesterday caught my attention and raised my ire.
Where does one even begin?
Susan Sarandon, she of "I don't vote with my vagina" fame, now wants a seat on the Rebel Council. She's going around faffing The Resistance, without acknowledging that she and her ilk did much to make said resistance necessary. Fine, support Senator Bernie Sanders in the primary. That's what primaries are for. But once the party settles on a nominee, and that nominee is the only realistic choice against Donald Trump, and then instead of supporting that nominee you go and support a fringe 3rd party candidate that has no chance at winning, the only thing I want to hear out of your mouth is "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry." Ms. Sarandon has yet to apologize to the nation for what she did to contribute to Trump's victory. We on this blog mock her rightfully, but if she had gotten behind Hillary Clinton for the general election, her voice would have swayed some people, perhaps enough to avoid this disaster. Instead, she chose another lunatic to back; her action repeated millions of times got us to where we are now. One could forgive her once for backing Ralph Nader in 2000. But when she does it again? No, thank you.
Nihilists like Ms. Sarandon, who love speaking about "revolution" from their mansions in Los Angeles or pied a terres in the Village, don't care that their actions have concrete, negative effects on people who aren't as blessed with wealth and fame as they are. And her claim that Trump will "bring forth the Revolution" is a s specious as anything she says. What form will that "revolution" take? Does she care if it's violent? Does she care about all the millions who will be hurt in the process? Probably not. Until she acknowledges the role she played in this catastrophe, she has no place in the Resistance. She would in fact be a betrayal of it.
Then we have Senator John McCain.
Some of us, foolishly, thought that Sen. McCain's antipathy towards Trump would act as a break on his worst excesses. And there he is, in a tweet, saying that pulling out of the Trans Pacific Partnership is a grave mistake. Bully for him.
However. The best time for Sen. McCain to have made a stand was before the election. Imagine if the senator had said that not only was he not supporting his party's nominee, but also would not vote for him? That would have sent a statement to the many Republicans for whom Sen. McCain is a hero. It may have not dealt a fatal blow to Trump, but it would have dented his chances severely.
Instead, caught in a tight election against a good Democratic opponent, he decided that he needed Trump's rabid base to get him over the finish line. So he said nothing. And, aside from some noises, he continues to do nothing. He will vote for Trump's cabinet nominees. He will vote for Trump's legislative priorities. He will vote straight party line, even if that party line violates what he claims to believe in. Much like Susan Sarandon, he is no profile in courage, and expecting him to be a bulwark against Trump is a losing bet.
In an era in which courage is a paramount trait, people like Ms. Sarandon and Sen. McCain are sorely lacking in it. They are not made for the trials ahead.