Column: Politics of fear: Democratic mask neurosis and the Republican mushroom cloud

by John Kass | © 2021 John Kass

Many Republicans are rightfully gleeful over the mask dysphoria being suffered by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the high TV priestess of the establishment left.

But as they ridicule her for mask neurosis, I wonder if they’ve blocked from their own memories that “mushroom cloud” argument for the establishment Republican war in Iraq. The mushroom cloud, like today’s COVID-19 masks that are often sodden and clutched like religious relics, was a symbol. And such symbols are used in the politics of fear.