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GUILTY!! Ted Cruz Violated U.S. Election Law According to FEC

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has issued an unanimous decision against Senator Ted Cruz, finding that Cruz violated federal election law in his campaign for Senate in 2012.  Cruz claimed that he injected his own money into his campaign but the FEC determined that Cruz improperly handled $1.1 million in campaign loans from two investment banks […]

Numbers don’t lie.

“Facts don’t lie. The numbers don’t lie.” Science doesn’t lie.” People keep talking about all of the things that never lie. Maybe that’s why they’re like sunlight to a truth vampire like Donald Trump. Or maybe there’s another reason why he hates some of them, especially numbers that don’t lie. Back in 2016, President Bone Spurs notched 62,984,828 votes, which was good enough for 46.1% of the vote. However that fell 3 million votes and 2% shy of Hillary Clinton’s vote totals nationwide. However, when you factor in those 77,000 clueless wonders spread across WI, MI, and PA, it was enough to hand him the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the electoral college. His Lowness absolutely fucking hates those numbers, but he doesn’t bother to try to deny them, falling back on the conspiracy theory drivel of millions of illegal immigrants that cost him the popular vote tally. Fast forward to the midterms of 2018. Forget about flipping the House, or losing ground in the Senate, forget all of that other shit. The critical takeaway in 2016 was that even though it was an unusually high turnout for a midterm election, it was not a Presidential year turnout crowd. And yet, in 2018, the Democrats garnered more than 6 million votes than the Republicans did. Here’s where I’m going with this. In 2016, Hillary Clinton beat Trump by 4 million votes, which assayed out to a 2% difference, she won 48-46. Oddly enough, that 46% that Trump got in 2016 was the high water mark so far for his presidency, and there’s nothing to indicate that this is going to turn around in the next 15 months. So, Trump hit his high water mark of 46% in 2016, and lost by 3 million votes, or 2% points. As we speak, Donald Trump is hovering right at about 42-43% in most major polls. Guess what? The Democrats won nationwide in 2018 by more than 6 million votes. If 3 million votes in 2016 was good enough for a 2% win, then logic would say that an extra 3 million votes in 2018 should assay out to another 2% points, right? And if 46-42 = 4%, than that dovetails almost perfectly with the difference in Democratic votes in 2018, 4% points, and where Trump is in the polls right now, 42%, or 4% points lower. Trump loves to boast that his unshakable base earned him the White House in 2016. That’s nothing more than the usual Trumpwellian bullshit we’ve all come to know and loathe. In fact, Trump cobbled together that measly 77,000 votes in those three states with a combination of “soft” GOP voters who held their noses, and disaffected independents and Obama Democratic voters who voted for change. That’s how Trump got to 46% in the first place. But i the last 2 1/2 years, Trump’s obnoxious behavior, and reprehensible policies have driven that 4% of voters away from him like a bunch of spring lambs when the Judas ewe farts in front of the barn door. And Trump has already signaled that he has no intention of doing anything over the next 15 months to woo them back, firm in his delusion that his “base” is enough to get the job done. Remember, Trump won in 2016 by 77,000 votes spread across […]
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The GOP’s new SCOTUS strategy. Infomercials.

This shit is going to put me out of business. The best description of the job of a comedian is “One who finds and exposes the absurdity in the mundane.” But what happens to guys like me when what should be mundane is by itself completely ridiculous? I remember the good old days when Supreme Court […]

Two similar primaries. Polar opposite results. (Part I)

Trust me on this one, I know of which I speak. On that sunny June day in 2015, when The Grate Pumpkin clanked and wheezed his way down that schlock gilt elevator in Trump Tower,to the tepid applause of paid minions, and thrilled the racists and bed wetters of the far right, I donned my most wrinkled earnest journalist shirt, grabbed my laptop, hopped into Bennie The Cab, and careened down to Toontown to cover the GOP primaries.Those daily dispatches from the insanity front formed the genesis of my President Evil book trilogy. On the surface there are several striking similarities between the GOP primary field of 2016, and the current Democratic crop in 2020, especially at this early stage. In 2016, the GOP fielded 17 candidates right out o the chute to challenge for the Presidency, in 2020, the Democrats will at least match, if not surpass that number. In 2016, Barack Obama was finishing up his second term, and was loathed by the GOP base the way a 5 year old hates Brussels sprouts. In 2020, The Democrats are licking their chops over a first term President with historic lows in popularity, and a polarizing figure with terrible policies, but a cult like following. And in both 2014 and 2018, the President’s party had a midterm that spelled trouble for the future. But there the similarities end, and the exact, total, polar opposites begin. In 2016. GOP strategists gushed over their field with phrases like “The Dream Team (Moronic, since every candidate was a team of one), and “The deepest bench in history (True, if you’re coaching a tee ball team in the first game of the preseason). But lets look t the Opening Day lineup, shall we? Fourteen lily white, tried and true, political male hacks, a novelty wing nut African American, and an obligatory 2016 white woman who ran Hewlett Packard into the ground. Oh yeah, and a baggy pants comic that was a repulsive mix between Groucho Marx and Andrew Dice Clay. I haven’t seen a bench that deep since the softball scene in Ernest Goes To Camp. Already, at this early stage, the Democrats have 4 women candidates (I don’t count the phantom candidacy of Tulsi Gabbard), two African Americans, including a female, a Hispanic former Obama cabinet head, and an openly gay man. We have two septuagenarian, white haired, male candidates for those who prefer the grandfatherly Presidential figure. In baseball, you can’t stock your bench with sluggers, you need utility infielders, singles hitters, and pinch runners too. The Democratic 2020 bench is stocked like the New York Yankees of the glory days. In 2016, not only was diversity in the candidates lacking, diversity in messaging was almost non existent. For several years, the base of the Republican party had been growing steadily older, whiter, more evangelical, more racist, and more fearful of change. A modern, diverse message was not only unwelcome, it was shunned. Here I can speak from personal experience. Us creaky old farts don’t much like newfangled ideas shouted out to us over a microphone, it sounds too much like that rap music crap. And so the candidates in 2016 on the GOP side were reduced to earnestly promoting the same tired, old message, desperately trying to find the magic […]

Romney Snaps at Tillis. Johnson Blames Yurtle. GOP in Disarray Prior to Votes to...

Sounds like a grand time was had by all at a GOP private luncheon in the Senate prior to the useless vote to try to end the government shutdown: Washington Post “This is your fault,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at one point, according to two Republicans who attended the lunch and witnessed the exchange. “Are you suggesting I’m enjoying this?” McConnell snapped back, according to the people who attended the lunch. Six Republicans broke ranks to vote for the Democratic plan, which would have reopened shuttered government agencies through Feb. 8, without any wall money. Among them was Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who explained in the lunch why he planned to vote for both bills. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who voted for Trump’s bill but opposed the Democratic plan, started to interrupt him and Romney snapped back, according to one of the people who attended the lunch and another person familiar with it. The exchange was lively but not particularly angry, they said. Also during the lunch, McConnell made clear to Pence and others in the room that the shutdown was not his idea and was not working. According to Republicans familiar with his comments, he quoted a favorite saying that he often uses to express his displeasure with government shutdowns: “There is no education in the second kick of a mule.” If this mess weren’t so devastating for the country I could really enjoy the image of Romney getting his magic boxers in a bunch. John Cornyn was reported as saying the perfectly stupid: “Nobody was blaming the president.” Well, there you go boys, if you can’t figure out who is dumping sugar in the gas tank, you’re not going to be able to keep the car running. And, hey, Mitch watch your beak when  talking about our Speaker. She’s no mule, she’s a donkey, get it? And if you don’t get your fu**ing caucus under control, you can expect seconds and thirds on those kicks in the ass! ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]
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Time to sh*t or get off the pot.

I hope I find it as easy to wear off of Robert Mueller as I did with beer. It shouldn’t be hard, I’ve had more than my fill, and it’s time to stop before I wake up on the floor with the cat scooping litter over me. God knows that Robert Mueller himself is sick […]
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While The Rest Of GOP Sleeps Rudy Giuliani Rides To Trump’s Defense Attacking Michael...

Boy, the rules are sure different for people who are card-carrying members of the Trump inner sanctum and those who are excommunicated from same. Night and day doesn’t even begin to describe it. In May, 2018, Rudy Giuliani was quoted as saying about Michael Cohen, “He doesn’t have any incriminating information about the president or himself. The man is an honest, honorable lawyer.” That morphed into, “He’s lied all his life,” in July, and that became, “He is a career criminal liar. He is demonstrably unable to tell the truth,” in the past 24 hours, as part of a series of tweets to the Daily Beast: “[I] just pointed out the numerous articles saying he and his father-in-law were alleged to be associated with organized crime,” Giuliani added, defending his salvos against Cohen’s family. “Also they allege there were allegations about his wife. If there was a threat then [it was] not from President [Trump] or me but if true from organized crime.” “I never heard of a lawyer surreptitiously taping his client to whom he now claims he was loyal,” Giuliani texted, unprompted, roughly an hour and a half after Cohen’s statement. He went on to allege that Cohen could have “doctored” recorded audio of a conversation with Trump—a theory the president trotted out on Twitter last year. “Also there are a number of people who can testify that [Michael Cohen] was relentlessly seeking a government position and was very upset he did not get one,” Giuliani wrote, contradicting Cohen testifying that he wasn’t seeking a job in the Trump White House. “Another area of provable perjury.” Cohen hasn’t been sitting idle through all this. He called Giuliani Trump’s “TV lawyer,” in his opening remarks to the House Oversight Committee Wednesday, thereby incurring Giuliani’s wrath, which was swift in coming. Meanwhile, somehow Tom Steyer has become the new George Soros. I guess when deflection is the name of the game, you throw everything at the wall and pray that the law of gravity has been repealed and something, somehow is going to stick, because it’s got to. Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jody Hice (R-Ga.), suggested, without evidence, that billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer had somehow played a role behind-the-scenes for Cohen’s hearing or paid for his legal fees. This was also echoed by talk radio host and Trump cheerleader Rush Limbaugh, who said, “one of the Democrat donors that’s heavily involved in orchestrating this whole thing today is Tom Steyer, who is a Democrat billionaire from California who is a gigantic participant in the worldwide man-made climate change hoax.” (Steyer tweeted during the hearing that he had never paid for Cohen’s legal fees.) While all this has been going on, Newt Gingrich was quoted as saying,  “The Cohen hearing was specifically planned to stop the coverage [of North Korea] and step on the president.” And Ronna Romney McDaniel charged that Cohen’s appearance before Congress was merely a publicity play, “in an effort to distract from the historic progress President Trump is making overseas with North Korea.” The only thing historic about Trump’s relations with North Korea is that he is egregiously naive and ill informed about U.S. relations, at a level never heretofore seen in the annals of American diplomacy. Former CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash says that Trump is going to Korea in a dream world of his own and not grounded […]
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What’s with this “Trump ruins reputations” argle-bargle all of a sudden?

I’ll be honest, I am not loving this. As the unplanned dismissal rate in the Trump administration rises like the “Viet Cong body count” in an old Pentagon press release, more and more media analysts are bemoaning the fact that His Lowness tarnishes the reputation of everybody he comes in contact with, their reputations just […]

OR. GOP Posted Tweet About”Heavily Armed Militia” is a fake.

Well, it appears I got trolled (along with many others) — the photo in the below tweet is of a peaceful loggers’ protest. But, sarcasm or not I think the intent is the same. Uh, I don’t think this how democracy is supposed to work. For those who haven’t been following the story: Huffington Post […]
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Trump Will Trade Abortion for Protection from Mueller

He’s gloating now. Having quite possibly successfully pressured Kennedy into retirement, with a great deal of weird interrelationships between himself, his sons, Kennedy’s son at Deutsche Bank, and looking for a “close-out” 5th conservative justice to ensure that any Mueller case/questions that go up to the SCOTUS turn out “his way,” Trump is already mugging […]

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