Mike’s Long Game

As Dems rearranged deck chairs on the Titanic, Mayor Mike was out and about playing the long game. He’s had more air time with his non-stop ads than all of the rest combined. Except maybe Steyer.

Mike is dissecting the Country to target consequential counties making the case that Trump needs to go. Whether you vote for Mike or not. And. That the Democrat Party needs an overhaul. If anything can steer the barge into a 180 degree turn, it’s Bloomberg’s juggernaut.

Betting is on Mike.

Take De Bait

Last Dem Debate before Iowa Caucuses.

Will Lizzie Warren bait Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden. That’ll be her Ber Den. As they go after each other Mayor Pete can parry from his deck chair. Amy may be lured into the fray with too much tension on the line. Steyer will haul in plastic bottles and scream about climate change. Yang rushes in to clang the bell as AI bots take over the ship.

Wolf sporadically yells over the horn. This is Breaking News!!!!!

Headliners

Ukraine. Caused impeachment. May derail Biden. A Dad Dem candidate. And. Its airplane victim of an errant Iranian missile. That’s a vortex. Megxit. Usurped Brexit. It’s Meghan Markle’s fault. Harry has no mind of his own. Larry David. Bernie Sanders. Curb Your Socialism. They’re the same person. Buck Henry. Died at 89. Remembered for The Graduate. Probably more for Uncle Roy. Tom Steyer. Not Mike Bloomberg. Rising in swing state polls. Money is a funny thing. Scaffolding. Homeless encampments menace UWS. Another reason to hate the steel webs.

Go Niners!

Dee Breef

Okay. So. Pats were topped by Titans. Too bad. Ish. Brady on the loose as Kraft takes a back seat to Weinstein.

Trump’s clumsy wag-the-dog Iran strike has changed the subject. The Chaos Doctrine. Mandates a fresh look at the Dem candidates. Who can best take back the reins as a global leader?

Most of Golden Globe winners. Never saw the movies. Nor shows. However. Brad Pitt is more gorgeous than ever. Classy stands out. Some orbs. Others not. Ricky Gervais anti-elite shouts. Well done.

Schitt’s tonite. And. How will Ray Donovan get out of this one?

2019 Report Card

From 12/9/2018

Predictions

Women will march. Bernie will run. So will Biden. Trump will tweet. The media will go nuts every time he does. Lots of people will get shot by guns. – Unfortunately all came true

All-LA Super Bowl – Rams beat Chargers – Half true
Tiger wins a major – YAY TRUE
House gets set to impeach – Um Duh True
Trump mounts foreign military action to wag the dog – Just happened
2 more Supremes get replaced – Nope


Predilections

Laura Benanti and Melania on Dancing With the Stars – nope
Ronan Farrow caught canoodling with Kevin Spacey – nope
Fired Generals storm the White House – too bad no
Jared and Ivanka hightail it to Saudi Arabia – not yet
Kimberly goes missing on a big game hunt with Donny Jr. – too bad no
Senate coots all keel over during a confirmation hearing – too bad no
Cory Booker is cast in new movie as Spartacus – not yet
Warren v. Harris cage fight on the Senate floor – too bad no
Hillary takes on the winner – no she’s in Northern Ireland
Nancy Pelosi hits herself on the head with the gavel – hmmm
Jeffrey Toobin & Chris Cuomo get #MeToo’d – not yet
Joe Scarborough leaves Mika for Katty Kay – not yet
Ray Donovan fixes Michael Cohen – nope
Yankees have a great season – nope

Golden Globes Pre-Game

Joe Pesci best in The Irishman. Van Zandt nailed Jerry Vale and Bo Dietl was well himself. It was an intimate slice of the big bad Giancana mobster world which took out Jimmy Hoffa and a President. Reminded me of the old days with my father’s cousins.

Worth mention. Kirsten Dunst as a working class cult survivor in Central Florida. And. The noms for Unbelievable. An outstanding riveting series with Dever & Wever & Collette all winners for their great performances.

Streep brought a compellingly complicated new character to Big Little Lies. Brian Cox & Kieran Culkin faves for Succession. Jeremy Strong robbed. Adam Driver is good in anything. Waller-Bridge of course.

Two on my Worst of the Year List have nominations. Season 3 of Mrs. Maisel and Mirren as Catherine the Great. Bad writing and editing the former and ditto plus creepy the latter. So. Nope.

Pats will top the Titans.

New Flix

The Two Popes. Light fare. Tour-de-force from two legendary actors. Anthony Hopkins as the self-deposed Benedict and Jonathan Pryce who transforms into Francis. Sweet if mostly fiction.

The Report. Pedantic look back at the failed Brennan CIA-Cheney terrorist torture doctrine. And its coverup. Adam Driver good as the stalwart investigator. Annette Bening captures the stolid Senator Feinstein. However, more preachy critique than entertainment.

Marriage Story. A completely different Adam Driver shows up in this film. His multi-layered depth of performance as the husband in this bleak study of a marriage coming undone is worthy of its accolades. Scarlett Johansson is raw in her vulnerability.

None of the three outstanding. Each more about the acting than the stories. Barry’s girlfriend and Sheldon’s math teacher keep popping up.