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Joe Biden, Was That a Good Touch or a Bad One?

We gather the brightest minds in all the kingdom.

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Animals, 

It is that time of the week where we gather the brightest minds in all the kingdom to ask if Joe Biden’s latest moves in the White House are feeling like a good touch or a bad one.  

As you already know (unless you are an absolute bonehead), President Joe Biden is an extremely emotional guy who loves a hug, a cry, or a good old fashion sniff of a stranger’s hair to make that human connection in Washington. 

Anyway, here’s where his hands have been this week on Capitol Hill: 

IS IT A GOOD TOUCH OR A BAD ONE? 

Joe Biden takes credit for Governor Gavin Newsom’s massive win in this week’s California recall election.  

Governor Gavin Newsom has never fully acknowledged the fact that he has the same haircut as an ‘80s cocaine dealer. But he definitely called in a hit on the Republican-backed recall and put it into the deep sleep by a ~20 point margin.  

About this, Joe Biden graciously tweeted that Newsom’s victory was a “resounding win for the approach that he and I share to beating the pandemic,” which apparently hinges on juxtaposing the Democratic Party’s plans next to a bumbling, untested, and occasionally unhinged Republican foil like Newsom’s challenger, talk radio host Larry Elder. 

Good touch or bad? 

Joe Biden backs the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Who Republicans Say is a Woke Chinese Spy.  

This week Bob Woodward’s newest book came out, which for DC nerds is basically the same as a Drake album drop.  

In it, General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has copped to back-channeling sensitive information to his Chinese counterparts about President Trump’s mental state during the Jan 6 MAGA riot.  

According to Milley, it was all about avoiding a diplomatic crisis with China.  

According to critics like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), he was basically passing secret information to an arch-rival because he just didn’t like the President’s politics.  

About this, President Biden has said that General Mark Milley “Bobby Brown” has his “complete confidence.” 

Good touch or bad? 

Joe Biden gives a thumbs-up to Congressional Democrats’ plan to raise taxes in order to pay for a $3.5T spending bill, saying that “the wealthy have been getting a free ride at the expense of the middle class for too long.” 

Joe Biden looks turnt AF by Congressional Democrats’ plans to raise taxes on the Upper Middle Class and Small Businesses, but to allow billionaires like Jeff Bezos to continue paying nothing. 

To be fair, that is not the actual substance of the still-unformed Democratic tax plan. But one of the #1 things to be cynical about in public policy is how good rich people are at hiding their assets no matter how aggressively crusading hardos like Joe Biden try to catch these billion-dollar tigers by their toe.  

Good touch or bad? 

Having dementia at the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 or perhaps revealing that George W. Bush has dementia at the 20-year anniversary of 9/11. President Biden and former President Bush both gave memorable speeches at the Shanksville, PA site where United 93 went down, but they differed on a key detail of history.  

Uncle Joe remembered it as a cautionary tale of racism and xenophobia, especially towards Muslims. 

W remembered it as a unifying moment, where Americans resisted the urge to do exactly that. 

Who was right? And who is suffering brutal cognitive decline? 

Idk. We report, you decide.  

Good TOUCH/BAD TOUCH

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Why No One Is Truly Opposed to Dumb COVID Rules

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A staffer holds up a sign to advise fans of the mandatory mask rule in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Tennessee and Colorado Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Animals,

Let’s face it. We all work in customer service. If you sell car insurance, you better be ready to provide speedy payment to your clients when a tree falls onto their Prius.

And if you’re a doctor who wants to keep his patients, you’d better treat them with respect. That means short waiting room times and pretending that their questions (“Does this rash mean I have cancer”) aren’t as crazy as they sound.

Then there are professionals in 100% service-based industries like marketing, law, and — GASP – government. For them, customer service is arguably the most important part of the job.

In these industries, clients don’t really understand what you do for them, so appearing to be responsive, empathetic, and on-top of things is half the job.

Which brings us to Joe Biden’s COVID speech on Thursday, where he laid out his “Winter Plan” to stop COVID’s seasonal spike that happens whenever the weather gets cold.

President Biden speaks at the National Institutes of Health, Dec. 2, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lurking in the background of Biden’s speech was the omicron variant, which some experts fear will bring new dangers to our shores.

The president proposed several interventions to dampen omicron and COVID’s winter spike, but if we’re being honest, his speech was really just a customer service exercise. It was President Joe Biden attempting to convince his clients – voters – that he’s responsive, empathetic, and on top of things.

As The Washington Post reported: “The president’s plan includes campaigns to increase vaccinations and booster shots, more stringent testing for international travelers and plans to make rapid at-home coronavirus testing free for more people.”

So basically… more of the same, plus an annoying COVID test if you travel internationally.

That doesn’t sound like much news at all.

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

By now, we know that COVID policies like mandatory masking and compulsory testing aren’t going to deliver great results, especially in an increasingly vaccinated America. Deep down, most of us probably agree that these policies are more about creating the appearance that our leaders are on top of things than actually yielding compelling public health benefits.

But is there another way for Joe Biden? Should he just sit in the White House and do nothing, as his critics in the Republican Party demand?

And would President Ron DeSantis or President Nikki Haley really act differently, if given the chance? Would they want to be on the hook personally for preventable death, even if it meant burdening Americans with dumb masking and testing rules that cut against their small government philosophy?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The national debate surrounding COVID boils down to risk. The president and many others believe that added COVID mandates, as onerous as they may be, are worth it because they’ll save lives. Critics see it the other way. They believe that continuing to disrupt American life is causing greater damage to the economy and the nation’s social fabric than whatever the public health benefits these mandates may hold.

Both arguments are true. And that’s why it stinks to be the president.

Joe Biden’s bully pulpit has enormous power when it comes to shaping the world’s opinion about any given issue. Unfortunately, the virus isn’t listening.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg.

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Queen Nicki Leaves No Crumbs After Hosting the RHOP Reunion| The Tea

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Plus, Kanye’s Heartbreak, Celebrity Illness shockers and Jen Shah’s legal woes just got worse.

On this episode of “The Tea” Ashley, Blake and Brie dive into celebrity illness and heartbreak. To share, or not to share, that is the question. 

Keep reading and watch the episode below for fresh takes on the latest entertainment and celebrity news shot live from the Erupt studio in Hollywood.

RIP Virgil Abloh

On Sunday November 28, the fashion and entertainment community lost designer and fashion visionary Virgil Abloh.

He was the first African American artistic director at Louis Vuitton and founded the renowned culture and streetwear brand Off-White.

Abloh kept his 2-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer of the heart, hidden from most. He was 41.

“The Tea” hosts discuss Abloh’s decision to keep his diagnosis a secret like some stars including Chadwick Boseman and Robin Williams, versus stars who choose to share their battles publicly, like Selma Blair and Christina Applegate.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kanye Wants His Family Back

Kanye West, who was a close friend to Virgil Abloh, took to social media over the weekend expressing his intention to bring his family back together. Saying that doing so would influence millions of other families to reconcile too.

As reported in earlier episodes of The Tea, there is speculation Ye’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, is currently dating comedian Pete Davidson.

Could Kimye 2.0 be in our future? The Tea hosts discuss.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Jen Shah’s Right-Hand Man Pleads Guilty

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah along with her personal assistant Stuart Smith were charged with fraud back in March.

Initially, Smith gave a not guilty plea but recently flipped his plea to guilty.

Shah still maintains her innocence.

(Bravo TV)

Nicki Hosts RHOP Reunion

Nicki Minaj took over Andy Cohen’s chair to host episode 4 of the Real Housewives of Potomac reunion and we are here for it!

Nicki didn’t hold back and asked all the questions we’ve been dying to know. On top of that, no housewife was spared. 

They all got the smoke-equally.

Could celebrity reunion hosts bring new life to the housewives’ franchise? 

The hosts discuss who we’d love to see host next.

Watch The Tea get spilled here:

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The Omicron “Scary-iant” & Football Funny Money | Political Drinking Games

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Animals,  

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year has just intersected with the most wonderful time of the week. 

By that I mean, it’s time to put a little Christmas spirit into Erupt’s political drinking games. 

On offer this week: 

  • The world has a new COVID variant. Congratulations, omicron! 
  • Twitter has a new CEO. Will he be as powerful as his predecessor, Jack Dorsey? 
  • CNN cancels Chris Cuomo (“suspends”) for using his anchorman powers to help embattled brother, Andrew 
  • The USA and EU cancel South Africa in COVID panic 
  • Trump’s top advisor sets a date with Congress to snitch on the Boss 
  • The NFL and College football continue to spend ridiculous amounts of money on truly ridiculous things.  
  • The term “Happy Holidays” gets put to rest. 

AND… A VERY SPECIAL GUEST JOINS: 

Curt Mills, contributing editor at The American Conservative and also a writer for Un-Herd. We’ll see how this silk-stocking Washington, D.C., columnist holds up in our chamber of pain.  

WATCH THIS WEEK’S POLITICAL DRINKING GAMES:

Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg. 

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