Y'all ready for two full days of civility? Who's eager to reach across the aisle to catch some T-shirts? Everybody excited to get those lighters waving for
What about Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo? He's cool, right?
Yup — Curbelo is apparently speaking at
This year's acts inexplicably include alt-rock has-beens Passion Pit, Grouplove, and Young the Giant; rapper-turned-human-commercial Common, New Yorker pseudoscience columnist and repeat guest Malcolm Gladwell; noted steroid-doer Alex Rodriguez; Scott the HQ Trivia Host; and Hillary Clinton.
But, lest you think this is a #SafeSpace for #snowflakes, think again: There are some gosh-dang Republicans on the ticket, so get ready to crush up some logic, facts, and reason and snort that shit up your nose. Norquist, the absolute lunatic who pressures Republicans to sign pledges to never, ever raise taxes ever for any reason (an idea transparently designed to cripple the government) is a repeat guest this year, since he apparently appeared at the festival in 2017 and did not immediately get pelted with eggs. (This is the fault of the #Resistance.)
Curbelo, meanwhile, is listed on the
Don't miss out on #OZYFest's eclectic lineup this July, featuring everyone from @HillaryClinton and @passionpit to @michelleisawolf and @marcuscooks. Buy your tickets today: https://t.co/iH8EXQ5EmB pic.twitter.com/lAheEBwQ9k— OZY | News for the Insatiable (@ozy) July 5, 2018
And herein lies the problem with OzyFest: It's a "thought-leader" conference that projects a very shallow, wealth-centered sampling of actual ideas. Instead of banishing the politicians who failed to defeat Donald Trump and firing the media pundits who failed to predict his rise, Ozy has instead created a festival to celebrate them: The event is stocked almost exclusively with self-obsessed media blowhards (Gladwell, CNN's Jake Tapper
But worst of all, the festival includes a few groups of people who ought to be banished from society entirely: Democratic losers and political hacks (Clinton, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez), zillionaire Democratic donors disrupting the basic concept of democracy (Steyer), and, worst of all, actual Republicans, who are, without exaggeration, taking time away from voting in lockstep with Trump's policies to eat Korean tacos with Padma Lakshmi and pretend like they're normal human beings.
Take the aforementioned Norquist. Few people have done more lasting damage to state and federal governments than Norquist, who in 1985 founded Americans for Tax Reform, a nonprofit opposed to the concept of taxes, and is one of the chief architects of the current GOP's hatred of nearly all forms of social welfare or
If you're confused as to why the Republican Party is dead-set against the concept of socialized medicine, even though it works in every other developed nation on earth, you in large part can thank Norquist for your needlessly high medical bills. He is not cool and he does not belong at your #Resistance party, no matter how many times he blogs about attending Burning Man. Debating someone like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Ozy's stage isn't going to turn Norquist into a Maoist.
The lineup also includes South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, the state's former Republican governor who infamously went missing for six days in 2009 while in office, got caught cheating on his wife in Argentina, resigned under threat of impeachment, and somehow returned to politics and won a congressional race in 2013. He then supported Trump in the 2016 election before trying to paint himself as some sort of anti-Trump, Jeff-Flake-style "reasonable Republican" ghoul. He subsequently lost his primary race to a pro-Trump candidate last month, despite running ads saying he still supported Trump's asinine border-wall project. Sanford also voted to repeal Obamacare in 2017 but now gets to pal around with actor Taye Diggs at a Passion Pit concert in Manhattan.
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I went to OZY Fest last year and let me tell you it was terrible https://t.co/D8sSgCELLa— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) July 9, 2018
Carlos Curbelo is not cool, but he damn sure wants you to think he is. Like any good, centrist media outlet, the fine folks at Ozy are helping launder Curbelo's nonsense into reality.