It’s not the swearing, of which I’m an enthusiastic practitioner, that grates. It’s the fakery of swearing for political effect. “Trump envy,” Dan McLaughlin calls it, although I think you could also call it “Hillary anxiety.” Clinton was a scripted robotic character even by the standards of programmatic establishment politicians. Her stiffness made Trump’s perceived authenticity even starker by comparison, which may have made a difference to his razor-thin margins in Florida and Michigan. Democrats aren’t going to get out-blue-collared as easily next time, which is why everyone from Tom Perez to Kamala Harris to Gillibrand, especially, has been F- and S-bombing their way across America this spring. You’re not really angry about what’s going on if you’re letting political politesse stifle your expressions of four-letter rage.
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