How does The Onion stay in business, anybody have a clue? Because how do you parody a culture which has already devolved into total farce, as ours has, in the past three years? Seriously? Imagine a world where Roy Blunt is your senator and Radio Sputnik is coming out of the radio. If you live in Kansas City, turn to KCXL 1140 AM, 102.9 FM and 104.7 FM, so that you can keep on top of what the Kremlin wants you to know. Kansas City Star: A Kansas City area radio station can broadcast Russian state-owned media programming, the type that U.S. intelligence called a “propaganda machine,” for six hours a day through a lease agreement struck by a local radio operator. […] The lease agreement lets RM Broadcasting air its programming from 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. seven days a week. KCXL’s website, which says that it’s the radio station that will “tell you the things that the liberal media wont (sic) tell you,” lists Radio Sputnik in its morning programming. A 2017 report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that evaluated Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election described Sputnik as “another government-funded outlet producing pro-Kremlin radio and online content in a variety of languages for international audiences.” Putin’s not wasting any time with the 2020 election, and he’s not even bothering to delegate to the amateurs at right wing radio. He’s sending the real, full strength propaganda, and you’ll get it six hours a day — for openers. Then it will probably go to 24. I’m beginning to think that George Orwell was an optimist and the future we’re looking at isn’t going to be nearly as nuanced or sophisticated as “1984” it will just be a Russian takeover, with the GOP rolling out a red carpet and serving snacks.
Julian Castro threw in the towel on his presidential race this morning, one year after he launched his campaign. He had problems of fundraising, and in a glutted field of candidates with higher name recognition, his campaign never really gained traction. Politico: It’s with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today. I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. I’m going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope you’ll join me in that fight. pic.twitter.com/jXQLJa3AdC — Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 2, 2020 Castro is the latest candidate of color to end their presidential campaign, following Sen. Kamala Harris’ exit last month, and his departure is sure to revive concerns about diversity in the Democratic primary — he was extremely vocal in criticizing the way minority candidates are covered and treated on the day that Harris dropped out. He also joined every other Democrat in the race in a letter to the DNC last month calling for the debate thresholds to be lowered to allow for more candidates of color on stage. And he’d previously gotten out in front of the field with a call for reshuffling the primary schedule so that it included more diverse states in the beginning of the calendar. “Ganaremos un día!” Castro says at the end of the video, which includes the English translation in a subtitle: “One day we’ll win!” We have had a lot of good candidates in this primary. With the exception of Marianne Williamson and Tulsi Gabbard, I would say that the rest have shown some good possibilities. Unfortunately, this is like the immortals on Highlander, “in the end there can be only one.” Castro was right not to drag it out any longer.
Joe Biden was on the campaign trail in New Hampshire Monday and he was asked, incredibly, if he would consider a Republican as a running mate, in the event he secured the Democratic nomination. Biden was civilized and answered the question without laughing and falling off the stage, which is considerably better than I would have done. Washington Times: “The answer is I would, but I can’t think of one now,” Mr. Biden said in response to a questioner at a campaign stop in New Hampshire. “No, I’m serious. … There’s some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here’s the problem right now with the well-known ones: they’ve got to step up. You know what I mean?” he said. “I’m not being a wise guy.” There are “some really decent Republicans out there” — but not a damn one comes to mind. HA! Fancy that! And I’m not dissing Biden — I can’t think of one either, except Justin Amash and he’s now an Independent. Oh, my God. Two thoughts: First, Biden wants to sound as conciliatory as possible, hands across the aisle, hands across you sky, you get it, and in theory, I can’t knock that. We do need somebody in office who wants to bring the nation together, this election and every election. So, as a knee jerk reaction to a ridiculous question, it was a decent one, albeit idiotic. Second, this simply is not 2008, when Biden’s friend, John McCain, quashed a woman at a campaign rally who accused Obama of being a Muslim, by saying, “No, he’s a good man. He and I just have some fundamental policy differences and that’s what this campaign is all about.” That was true then, but it is not true now. What this campaign is all about is getting rid of the most corrupt group of thugs that we’ve ever had in office in the history of this nation. So while I agree with Biden at base level, and I applaud good intentions and a desire to cooperate with the opposition, generally speaking, I think the messaging has to change here. I think it needs to be something more along the lines of, “Our first and foremost priority has to be to secure our democracy and keep our nation safe from foreign interference. To that end, I am disappointed in the stance of the GOP, which has supported a *resident who is doing just the opposite. So, no, in good conscience I could not and would not consider a Republican for the job you mentioned.” Now it’s always easy to be an armchair quarterback and tell somebody else how the play should have gone, but what I’m saying here is that going forward, this has to be our messaging, that this election is not about Democrat v. Republican, it is about Democracy v. Authoritarianism. That’s as basic as it gets and that is the truth of what we’re up against. I don’t even want to think what Donald Trump might pull if he’s reelected. Election 2020 is not business as usual. This is a turning point in American history.
We’re in the last days of 2019 and when the calendar flips over to 2020, predictions of who will prevail, both in the Democratic primary and in the general election in November will dominate the news. With that in mind, here’s the latest. An MSN poll indicates that if the election were held today, that Trump would lose to the Democratic candidate by eight points. PoliticusUSA: In the new MSN Poll, the Democratic candidate gets 50% of the vote and Trump gets 42%. A potential reason why Trump is doing so poorly is that by a margin of 57%-31%, likely voters believe that the country is moving in the wrong direction. Trump doesn’t understand that the direction of the country is not the stock market. Most Americans aren’t invested in the stock market and they don’t care what the market is doing. Voters remain most concerned about healthcare, and the tone of the country. The most likely reason for Donald Trump losing the 2020 election has nothing to do with jobs, or the economy, or even impeachment. It’s Donald Trump. The mainstream press is not talking about the level of Trump fatigue in the country. Even Trump’s own supporters admit that the constant tweets and attacks and the president’s endless need for validation and drama are exhausting. Now documentary film maker Michael Moore disagrees. What makes that startling is that Moore predicted Trump would win in 2016. Real Clear Politics: In an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Michael Moore said if the election were held today that President Trump would win a second term. However, Moore predicted the Democratic candidate for president would win the popular vote count by 4 to 5 million people. Moore warned the “problem” is support for Trump in the Midwest has not gone down by “one inch” and that Trump voters are “even more rabid” than before because they are afraid he may lose. “I think if the election were held today,” Moore said of a Trump victory. “Hillary won by 3 million popular votes. I believe whoever the Democrat is next year is going to win by 4 to 5 million popular votes. There’s no question in my mind that people who stayed home, who sat on the bench, they’re going to pour out, in California, New York and — you know, but also in Texas and whatever, I mean, places that Trump will probably win, but, yeah, there’s going to be a much higher percentage of people voting against him.” It’s hard to believe that everybody who voted for Donald Trump is still rabidly in favor of him, when the Washington Post reports farmers in Trump country having to go on food stamps to survive. When Anne and her husband, Andy, took over his parents’ 305-acre dairy farm in 2013, they made a good living. But years of falling milk prices, complicated by President Trump’s trade wars, have left the couple nearly $200,000 in debt. Farmers around the country are struggling to pay for basics like groceries and electricity as farm bankruptcies rise and farm debt hits a record high. Calls from farmers in financial crisis to state mediators have soared by 57 percent since 2015. “We’re supposed to be feeding the world, and we can’t even put food on our own table,” Anne said. She has had […]
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is not your most informed, and certainly not your classiest player in the world of right wing political mania, but this is beyond the pale even for her. She mocked Joe Biden’s stutter, and immediately deleted the tweet when Twitter blew up in her face. She told Biden that she “didn’t know” he had a stutter. Three presidential bids, eight years as vice president, and how many years before that as a senator — and this is new information? But it does make sense, if you think about it. If you’re going to support Trump as wholeheartedly as she has, you have to be oblivious to who’s who and what’s what, even as he is. That’s the whole trick to Trumpism, stay in your bubble and stay ignorant, keep the blinders firmly in place, because once you get some information, you won’t be able to stick to your ridiculous talking points anymore, and the game’s over. And on this occasion, she really stepped in it. Here’s your DISGUSTING tweet mocking @JoeBiden Guess twitter blew up on you, huh? Anyone mock you when you were a Chubby Girl? Huh? Growing up chubby? pic.twitter.com/EVJtfFzKri — patsy lake (@patsylake) December 20, 2019 Twitter piled on with comments about SHS’s weight, her “Picasso eyes” that don’t match, all kinds of things, asking her “how do you like it?” This was don’t dish it out unless you can take it night for Sanders. I mentioned Sarah was buzzed because in my experience, alcohol tends to make social settings a bit friendlier, even w/ politics involved. Not for Sarah! Folks were avoiding her like the plague. Turns out there ain’t even enough alcohol to forget defending mass child abuse. — Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 20, 2019 I think SHS deserves everything she has gotten tonight, and more. The last straw for me was when she lied about Jim Acosta “striking” a “young intern” — and when all was said and done the video was doctored, sped up, and the woman in question was not an intern, but an employee of the White House communications office for a number of years. SHS is cut from the same bolt of cloth as Hanoi Hannah and Tokyo Rose. She’s a propagandist par excellence and she plays dirty. She was playing dirty with Biden tonight and she got caught. Too bad. I have zero compassion at this point. Not after all the lies that poured from the podium when she was press secretary. Maybe she should look up compassion, too, when she’s looking up empathy, and maybe it will begin to dawn on her why she’s so reviled.
Somebody should explain to Donald Trump that all politics is local, because he blew it bigly last night in Battle Creek, disparaging Michigan statesman John Dingell, and insulting his widow, Debbie, who took over his congressional seat when he retired. Trump’s big mouth might have cost him the state in 2020, and wouldn’t that be fine? In any event, he gave the Democrats great political ad copy, bravo Bozo. Trump insulted Rep. Debbie Dingell, “there’s a real beauty” for voting yes on articles of impeachment. He then went on to insult her late husband, John, saying “maybe he’s looking up” [at the impeachment vote] meaning from Hell, not looking down from heaven, after his death in February. Spectators were shocked and waves of boos rippled through the crowd last night, as a respected leader and military officer, not to mention an institution in Congress, was disrespected, in his home state, no less. Debbie Dingell was understandably crushed. Washington Post: “Mr. President, let’s set politics aside,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), whose husband, a World War II veteran and the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, died in February at age 92. “My husband earned all his accolades after a lifetime of service. I’m preparing for the first holiday season without the man I love. You brought me down in a way you can never imagine and your hurtful words just made my healing much harder.” She’s right, he can never imagine, because Trump is an animal. He’s a self centered sociopath and he is devoid of normal human feelings and certainly of common decency and compassion, as his crack about the Dingells proves. All relationships in Trumpworld are transactional. Trump was venting that Debbie Dingell owed him a nay vote on impeachment because he had given her husband, “A-plus treatment” i.e. ordered flags lowered to half mast when John Dingell died. Debbie Dingell wasn’t listening to Trump’s Battle Creek rally, but heard about all this later when a reporter contacted her, and she said, “I kind of felt kicked in the stomach.” No wonder. And she’s not the only one who took affront. For President Trump to come to Michigan and insult both Chairman Dingell and my friend @RepDebDingell is reprehensible. John was a WWII veteran and a true statesman. Both he and Debbie embody the best of Michigan. https://t.co/H0dm0dJZ5w — Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) December 19, 2019 John Dingell served in Congress longer than any other representative in history. He took office in 1955, when Eisenhower was president, and retired in 2015, when his wife, Debbie Dingell, succeeded him in the seat. John Dingell was an icon in Michigan politics and greatly respected. This was a moronic move on Trump’s part, and even his pals over at Fox News are saying it. Chad Pergram covers Congress for Fox and this is what he said. Multiple sources tell Fox Trump is playing w/fire by taking on the Dingells in the swing state of Michigan and suggesting that longest serving Congressman in history, late Dem MI Rep John Dingell is in hell. “He could lose Michigan alone on this one” said senior GOP Congressman — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 19, 2019 Good. Let’s watch Trump blow it big time in a rust belt, swing state that he so desperately needs. Bring it on. And others […]
This is some op/ed in the New York Times today. Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver (also a Republican strategist) and George Conway co-wrote a beautifully written, albeit blistering, take down of Donald Trump. They announced the Lincoln Project, an effort to protect American institutions and to hold accountable “those who would violate their oaths to the Constitution and would put others before Americans.” Ouch. There are a lot of Republicans whose ears are burning right now, as these Republicans take other Republicans, the ones who blindly march to Donald Trump’s drummer (and that’s the majority of them, alas) to task. New York Times: But this president’s actions are possible only with the craven acquiescence of congressional Republicans. They have done no less than abdicate their Article I responsibilities. Indeed, national Republicans have done far worse than simply march along to Mr. Trump’s beat. Their defense of him is imbued with an ugliness, a meanness and a willingness to attack and slander those who have shed blood for our country, who have dedicated their lives and careers to its defense and its security, and whose job is to preserve the nation’s status as a beacon of hope. Congressional Republicans have embraced and copied Mr. Trump’s cruelty and defended and even adopted his corruption. Mr. Trump and his enablers have abandoned conservatism and longstanding Republican principles and replaced it with Trumpism, an empty faith led by a bogus prophet. In a recent survey, a majority of Republican voters reported that they consider Mr. Trump a better president than Lincoln. Mr. Trump and his fellow travelers daily undermine the proposition we as a people have a responsibility and an obligation to continually bend the arc of history toward justice. They mock our belief in America as something more meaningful than lines on a map. These gentlemen are right about one thing, replacing conservatism with Trumpism is fatal and it is madness. Good for them for standing up to it. Here’s their plan of action from now until the election. Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. We do not undertake this task lightly, nor from ideological preference. We have been, and remain, broadly conservative (or classically liberal) in our politics and outlooks. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort. Shared fidelity to the Constitution and protecting it from forces who seek to undermine it, here and abroad, is a worthy goal for all Americans, regardless of political party affiliation. It’s a shame that less than a handful of Republicans have to take the rest of the GOP to task to reinforce adherence to principals this basic, but evidently, that’s where we are right now. Hats off to these four for taking matters in hand and doing something about it. Good luck.
Andrew Romanoff is set to do a run-off with John Hickenlooper, for the Democratic ticket in Colorado, running against incumbent Republican Senator Cory Gardner. Hickenlooper is pro-fracking, Gardner is a rabid climate denier, and Romanoff has produced one of the most moving political ads I’ve ever seen in my life. It puts me in mind of “Daisy” a :30 spot in the 60’s which warned about nuclear war. Watch the piece in it’s entirety. It’s only 4:16 long. To say it’s food for thought is an understatement as extreme as the threat of undealt with climate change itself. This spot must have pushed Cory Gardner’s buttons, because this was his reaction. GOP Sen. @CoryGardner is a climate change denier — so he’s now responding to @Romanoff2020’s new ad with a personal insult. It’s a VERY good sign that the ad is extremely effective. #copolitics #cosen https://t.co/1O9zFvDsdn — David Sirota (@davidsirota) December 16, 2019 There are none so blind as he who will not see. I just love these Republicans who deny proven facts and regard science as a matter of opinion. Sweet Jesus. Wonder if Gardner thinks the earth is flat, too, or round, but just 6,000 years old? Ya spose? Or he doesn’t think about it at all, he just cashes the checks from the oil companies? It will be interesting to see if Colorado stays blue and votes out Gardner and against Trump in 2020. Very interesting. A race to watch, to be sure.
Former President of Mexico, Vincente Fox, is not a man to mince words and he has never understated his opinion of Donald Trump — which is on the low end of the spectrum, to put it mildly. You may remember Fox saying, “The biggest shithole in the world is your mouth.” That was the warm up act for this troll. Take a look. It actually gets funnier the second or third time through. OMG!! Epic Trump trolling by @VicenteFoxQue!! I love it so hard!! 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/PAxtWMJUpI — Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) December 14, 2019 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Are you good and warmed up now? Si? Well, here’s another! This one too? pic.twitter.com/HHsLuVmGxZ — MOB=March on Blue🧢 (@MOB_to_POLLS) December 14, 2019 I hope Vincente Fox is prepared to keep these up. This is exactly the fighting fire with fire that we need. And what is Trump going to say? He’s part of the Deep State? Yeah, the world wide Deep State that sees Trump for what he is. I love this guy. Viva Vincente!
Team Trump is not made up of rocket scientists and apparently it’s not made up of cultural mavens, either. They tweeted this in a fundraising effort, and unfortunately, the message that is being transmitted is not one of ultimate power, but of imminent doom. Could it be that nobody in Trumpworld saw the movie? Or, maybe they don’t know the difference between winning and obliteration? With this crowd it’s hard to know. House Democrats can push their sham impeachment all they want. President Trump's re-election is 𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲. pic.twitter.com/O7o02S26nS — Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 10, 2019 So you're arguing that Trump is Thanos ("The Mad Titan") who wants to kill half of all living things, but in the end winds up defeated and dying, taking all of his sycophantic followers down with him? Great work, everyone. https://t.co/gFLPVch2An — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) December 10, 2019 So the character Trump is being compared to here is Thanos, a super villain psycho with dreams of mass murder who then is defeated by the good guys. Is there a mole at Team Trump with a wild sense of humor? Or Trumpers are just too stupid to understand how the movie ends, but thought the image was cool, in any event? Who knows? If you’re looking for a gig as a social media director, Team Trump probably has an opening — in the walls, where Brad Parscale is throwing people through.