Last night Chris Hayes hosted two columnists: Charlie Pierce of Esquire, and Michelle Goldberg, now of The New York Times. Both have written articles about how Republican extremists are running our government, even though nationally they are in the vast minority.
It is an accident of geography and a conscious theft of votes through suppression and gerrymandering. Goldberg wrote earlier this week about how America is geographically polarized.
But America is now two countries, eyeing each other across a chasm of distrust and contempt. One is urban, diverse and outward-looking. This is the America that’s growing. The other is white, provincial and culturally revanchist. This is the America that’s in charge.
And Charlie Pierce won this week's Don't Sugarcoat It Award with his screed against Roy Moore, "I’m Out of Empathy. I’m Out of Pity. I’m Out of Patience."
...when it comes to the people who voted for Moore, I don’t have to “respect their beliefs.” I don’t have to “understand where they’re coming from.” I don’t have to “see it from their side.” These people are preparing to make a lawless theocratic lunatic one of 100 United States Senators, and that means these people are about to inflict him and his medievalism on me, too. If you think that Roy Moore belongs in the Senate, then you are a half-bright goober whose understanding of American government and basic civics probably stops at the left side of your AM radio dial. You have no concept of the national interest and very little concept of your own, unless, as I suspect, you’ve made your own fears, and hating people and hawking loogies in all directions, the sum total of your involvement in self-government. You are killing democracy and you don’t know it or care. If you had any real Christian charity in your hearts, you’d keep Roy Moore in the locked ward of your local politics and not loose him on a nation that deserves so much better than him.
You owe it to yourself to read the rest.
Add to that Charlie's important on-air point that Republicans have been building the Party of Trump and Roy Moore for 40 years.
And Michelle Goldberg teaches us a new/old word: "Antinomian," defined by one theological website thusly:
The word antinomianism comes from the Greek anti, against, and nomos, law. It is the unbiblical practice of living without regard to the righteousness of God, using God's grace as a license to sin, and trusting grace to cleanse of sin. In other words, since grace is infinite and we are saved by grace, then we can sin all we want and still be saved.
As in, "Roy Moore is an antinomian rule-breaker." So, in a less pious way, is Donald Trump