Friday, April 19, 2019
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Speaker Pelosi owns GOP (again): ‘Seldom-used’ law will force Mitch to take disaster vote.

This is too delicious.  I’ll begin by stressing how much of a disaster the Trump shutdown has been for the GOP. Donald Trump has achieved a record low approval rating and has managed to drag the entire party down...
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The real reason why Trump is so unhinged lately.

Ya know, when you were a kid, your parents always told you that the only to handle a bully was to stand up to the bully. That was easy for your parents to say, because they weren’t the ones who were going to get their ass kicked in the middle of the school yard. besides, the real problem was never the bully himself, it was the preteen cro=magnons the bully was flanked by. The air of invincibility was in the strength of numbers, and the bully knew it. Donald Trump is a typical New York bully. When he started his run for President, he was the first one to pick up a gang to surround himself with. But not just any gang, all politicians get their “base,” but there was something different about Trump’s base. If a Marco Rubio dropped out of a race, his “base” would find somebody else to support. If anything happened to Trump, his base wasn’t going anywhere. Ted Cruz proved early that he was too tactically stupid to be president by continuing to coddle Trump in hopes of picking up Trump’s supporters when he finally flamed out. When faced with resistance from the teachers, Trump used his base until the principal gave him her lunch money. As president, Trump used his base to keep his GOP congress firmly in line. There was no sense in trying to defy Trump, since the bully had already dispatched 16 brave souls who had dared to stand up to him in the primaries. And while Trombies may not have been the sole reason that all of these Senators and Representatives got elected in 2016, Trump turning them against the incumbents might well be a reason for them to be defeated in 2018 or 2020. So, the congress joined the base standing beside Trump. Trump became invincible, at least in his own mind. There was no reason for him to change, either personally or politically, since his original antics were what was so popular with his base, and got him elected in the first place. He was free to say or do anything he wanted, since nobody in the congress would dare to stand up to him, for fear of being thrown to the Trump wolves in the next election. Examples were made of apostates like Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, making their independence an issue with the base that made it impossible to be reelected. The bully was unfettered. Look, Personally I have no doubt that Trump is both paranoid as well as delusional. But it was Trump himself that broke the spell of invincibility without which no bully can survive. Every president loses seats in the first midterm of his presidency, and Trump had set himself up for, as President Obama put it, “ a shellacking.” An intelligent politician would have stayed out of the midterms, taken his puppy whupping, and blamed it on the candidates. But not Trump. He let his mania override any good sense he may have. He pitted his cult of personality against all of the odds, and he lost. He forced himself into the midterms, and he made it all about him. And he still got vaporized. Trump hysterically proclaiming a beautiful “red wave” was eerily reminiscent of Hitler screaming about the “phantom army” that was only days […]
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Is Trump’s ‘Ponzi scheme’ crumbling?

Several weeks ago, a GOP strategist told SiriusXM's Michelangelo Signorile that Donald Trump's hold on his followers is a Ponzi scheme. "It only works as long as it appears to work," Signorile observes. "A few major...
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How enormous was 2018? Democrats have picked up the most House seats since Watergate

So far, Democrats have flipped 34 Republican-held House seats in the 2018 midterms. Because the GOP only won two Democratic seats, that means Democrats have netted, at the moment, 32 seats in total. Here’s...
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Chuck Schumer nailed it. It’s the Healthcare, Stupid!

A couple of days ago, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just kneed his unworthy opponent, Yertl the Turtle, right in the groin. McConnell announces that the Senate would not be taking an August recess this year, to which Schumer immediately responded, “Great! We’ve needed to buckle down and get to work on healthcare for a […]
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Breaking: New Report, Trump Ordered Sessions to Reverse Recusal Two Days After

New Report tonight from the NYTimes and Lawrence O’Donnell on about Trump’s reaction to Sessions’ recusal of himself from the Russian investigation. UPDATE: Times article is here The video from the Lawrence O’Donnell show is at this link (it won’t embed) and the tapes, which post-date the discussion, take place in July as I noted […]
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Trump: “If the FBI had Spies in My Campaign It Is a Disgrace to...

“If they had spies in my campaign it would be a disgrace to our country, it would be a crime, and the biggest scandal in our country’s history.” Donald Trump, Current President Jesus Christ as an MSNBC analyst, the above was said by the United States of America. The President of the United States has […]
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Vlad the Imp gets into mischief. And sends a warning.

You know my friends, this is starting to seem like Groundhog’s Day. The holiday, not the movie. It seems like just about once a year, Punxsutawney Veselnitskaya pokes her head up out of her hole, and Vladimir Putin in a topper gravely proclaims how many more weeks of Russian winter Trump will have to suffer […]
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Resignation watch: Scott Pruitt edition.

You know, when you get older, you spend a lot of time thinking about, and fondly remembering, "the good old days." Politically speaking, only in the Age of Trump can "the good old days"...
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The GOP Senate is rolling the dice on Trump in November. It’s an interesting...

As most of you who drop in to visit me regularly know, I live is Vegas. And though I never play anything other than penny slots anymore, I know a gamble when  I see...

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