I am finally able to articulate my reaction to @RashidaTlaib. And it points to the worse instincts in our political maelstrom. When Rep. Tlaib made her remarks, it was genuine. All of the criticism has been about how one is supposed to play along politically. How to posture.
Because that’s what so much of politics is: putting on a face that everyone knows is some form of agreeable artifice.
Mitt and Ann Romney would talk through the roles they wanted to play so openly, they still couldn’t understand why even Republicans found them insincere. What do you think Republicans said about Trump by contrast? ‘He’s real, he means it, even if he’s lying.’
I remember reading a list of unintentional wisdom that first graders wrote, one of them about first dates: ‘People pretending to be someone else than they are so that a person will like them.’ That’s pretty much what politics has become.