Pussy Riot

Liveblogging the October 9 debates

Baffler StaffOctober 09, 2016

Liveblogging the October 9 Debates

Welcome to The Baffler’s first-ever election debate live blog, “Pussy Riot” (yes, we went there). In a perfect world, of course, Hillary Clinton would have invited the members of Pussy Riot to be in the crowd as she seeks to deal out some richly deserved gender retribution to Donald “The Predator” Trump in what, by all appearances, is the death-rattle phase of the GOP nominee’s improbable White House run.

But alas, we do not live in a perfect world, as the torturous year and a half of Campaign 2016 has made abundantly clear. And to document tonight’s glorious pageant of imperfection, we’ve assembled a crack team of Baffler commentators, spanning a continent and an ocean. Baffler London correspondent Laurie Penny will be providing the invaluable “What the fuck are you Yanks thinking?” perspective. David Rees, our political-cartoon maestro, weighs in from his undisclosed location in the Hudson Valley. Lifelong Angeleno—and fearless pursuer of justice—Natasha Vargas-Cooper brings us the decadent Left Coast outlook on current events. And me, I’m quartered shamefully in Washington—the ungovernable city responsible for most of the past year’s civic degradation. Rear back, faithful Baffler readers, and feel the noise!

—Chris Lehmann