Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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Without Pelosi, Democrats wouldn’t have even had health care to run on. She should...

In case anyone has forgotten, Nancy Pelosi has been a more effective legislator than the last three GOP House speakers combined. Her crown jewel is having passed a health care bill in 2010 that...
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‘It’s your fault’—Republican slams Mitch McConnell to his face, for the government shutdown

With all the chaos and Democratic triumphs last week, most of the nation missed out on some weighty news just before Donald Trump opened the government back up after caving to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on...

Sayonara, Mike Pence?

”Don’t you recognize me?” “Ummm, gimme a hint.” “I’m your WIFE, dumbass!”   Ash vs Evil Dead You know, even in the current more progressive, affluent, and permissive age we live in today, most people still tend to take marriage pretty seriously. Not only because of the emotional trauma it can cause, but because of the financial ruin that it can cause for both parties, as well as social damage. And nowhere is that risk more apparent, or serious, than when a Presidential candidate decides to “marry up” to a Vice Presidential running mate. In many ways, a presidential candidate choosing a running mate is eerily similar to the “arranged marriages” previously common in some cultures. The “parents” in the party tend to “pair up” the couple for strategic and political benefit, and the kids are stuck with making the basic mechanics of living together under the same roof work. History is stuffed chock-a-bock full with these “odd couple” arranged marriages politically. Dan Quayle was about as qualified to be a vice president as a real quail, but he provided the necessary “youthful glow” to the stodgy and drying paint dull of George H W Bush. Dick Cheney was supposed to be a steadying political influence on the addle pated and politically nebbish George W Bush, but instead left W in the playpen while he traded US military lives for Haliburton profits. And Joe Biden gave the up and coming, but inexperienced Barack Obama the political and foreign policy gravitas to make people more comfortable. The Donald Trump-Mike Pence ticket was just such a shotgun marriage. Pence was supposed to be a steadying influence to “traditional” Republican voters, as well as deep pocket GOP donors, who were obviously uneasy about the rather erratic behavior and public pronouncements of a candidate who treated real world politics like just another reality TV series. But where Dick Cheney had the strength of will to impose discipline on the pliant W, Pence had neither the savvy, nor the spine to even slow down, much less manipulate the alpha male in his relationship. The marriage was a match-made-in-heaven for Pence. A dull and uninspiring congressman, who became a dull and uninspiring Governor, Pence was facing a tough reelection fight in Indiana for another term. And if he couldn’t win reelection as Governor, he could kiss a future run for Senate goodbye. Yet, here he suddenly was, being offered the job of playing second fiddle to a 70 year old lecher, who snarfed bacon double cheeseburgers like he could “take a mulligan” on his cholesterol score. Pence was, and still is, literally a single heartbeat away from being serenaded with “Hail to the Chief.” But for Donald Trump, Mike Pence was a necessary evil, a means he had to accept to gain his political end. Trump’s disgust with, and his disdain for Pence has been apparent since day one. The casual, almost offhand way in which he made the initial announcement of his selection only served to diminish and humiliate Pence. And he rubbed salt in the wound the very next day, by leaking to the media that he was seriously exploring ways to cancel his offer, and pick someone else instead. Trump has been widely reported to consistently mock both Pence’s staid and traditional lifestyle and […]

The floor

Since the first time that Donald J Trump, Pestquire blustered and clanked his way down that schlock gilt escalator in Trump Tower, to the adoring applause of paid shills, it’s been like the guy in that hotel chain commercial with the deep voice, “How low can you go?” The reference of course being to the […]
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Trump wants meeting ‘ASAP’ with Schumer on border crisis

A group of Democratic senators, led by Chuck Schumer were at a Texas detention facility at the end of last week, reporting "awful" conditions. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat representing Hawaii who was also there,...

Terrifying: FEC, the Election Cops, Powerless Going into 2020

In a story that makes our hyperventilating about Trump on the world stage look silly, we absorb this quiver-inducing news. The Vice Chairman of the FEC resigned on Monday, which leaves three active commissioners on a board with six positions. That same commission requires four commissioners to vote upon any action. With fewer words, the FEC, the election cops, have no badge right now. The FEC cannot reach out and stop, or penalize, any election violations. The oncoming election in 2020 is the most important presidential election since 1860. We just had an election in which our intelligence agencies noted unprecedented manipulation by a foreign power. We have evidence that the current president is on the take, and under a foreign dictator’s influence. And now, we do not have anyone looking after the rules constraining the candidates for federal office. Breathe … for me. According to The Hill: Matthew Petersen, a Republican who has served as a commissioner since 2008, wrote that he will formally step down on Aug. 31. His departure leaves the agency with only three of the four members required to vote on proposed actions. “By law, no more than three Commissioners can represent the same political party, and at least four votes are required for any official Commission action,” the FEC wrote on its website. “This structure was created to encourage nonpartisan decisions.” No problem with “the structure,” or its mission. However, it is currently constructed such that it cannot do any mission. Moreover, the commission had been doing its job with relative competence and integrity, perhaps that was the problem. Because, now, we have no reason to believe that the commission will be in a position to do anything about violations occurring in the next year and a half: The remaining commissioners are Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat; Commissioner Caroline Hunter, a Republican; and Commissioner Steven Walther, an independent. President Trump nominated Republican attorney Trey Trainor to serve as an FEC commissioner in 2017, but the Senate has not voted on his nomination. Get that? The commission had four members, and a Republican Trump nominee, yet the Senate still has not added the Trump-appointed nominee from two years ago. One can only conclude that it served Republican interests to require all four current members to vote unanimously. Now that the commission cannot serve any interest, why would anyone think that the Republicans and Election-Violation-King Donald Trump, the one that paid off a porn star with campaign funds, to fill that seat? We still do not have a permanent Secretary of Defense, and somehow Trump is going to nominate, and the Senate approve, a critical fourth member to the FEC? Hell no. Which means we will not have anyone oversee the 2020 federal elections. If that doesn’t scare the ever-living hell out of all of us, we’re not paying close enough attention. So, let’s delve into possible “explanations” as to why a Republican would step down now, out of the blue, as the federal campaign season just starts to get its legs under it. Is it irresponsible to question whether Peterson was pushed out? Could he have been paid off? Would anyone need to pay him off, given some threats that could have reached him? It is all crazy, right? Engaging such conspiracy-theory thinking? Except, no, it is not, because it isn’t crazy to worry about such conspiracies […]
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Howz Trump doing? Let’s ask some numbers.

OK, if I'm typing here, and you're reading here, then I think it's pretty fair to say that we all pretty well know our communal feelings about the Tiny Thumbs...
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Ted Lieu bats off Ivanka’s Twitter block & continues to castigate Trump/White House cronies

Donald Trump is being relentlessly trolled on Twitter by California’s House Rep. Ted Lieu. The Democratic lawmaker continues to match almost every clusterfuck of tweets by the #FakeNewsPresident with intelligent, informative and quick-witted snarky...
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Rick Wilson Unleashes A Fire And Brimstone Tweetstorm Against His Authoritarian Republican Party.

Rick Wilson is a Conservative Republican we would all love to hate in normal times.  But anyone who thinks these are normal times (I’m looking at you NPR!!) is not only delusional, but they are putting all of us in danger.  I know that my continuous...
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Trump’s Twitter tantrums and his 2018 election strategy may be one and the same

Has Donald Trump’s string of tweets attacking immigrants, Democrats, and the media been an extended temper tantrum, or something more? CNN suggests this might be Trump's midterm election strategy to whip up his base: Privately, sources close to...

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