Monday, January 20, 2020

A Sinking Trump Cries Out To GOP For Protection, Says Democrats ‘Are Vicious and...

Poor Donald Trump. He’s taking incoming fire from all sides and wondering which is worse, the Evil Democrats or the Never Trumpers in his own party — the party that he is now castigating vociferously, because they won’t defend him properly. And he does have a point. The GOP has enabled him all the way so far, why are they jumping ship now, when, according to Trump, they should be rallying behind him. The Hill: Asked later to elaborate on his desire to see Republicans get tougher, Trump said he felt Democrats were “vicious.” “I think the Democrats fight dirty. I think the Democrat [sic] are lousy politicians with lousy policy,” he said. Trump added that so-called “Never Trump” Republicans “might be worse than the Democrats.” “The good news is they’re dying off fast,” he said. That’s interesting news. The old GOPers are biting the dust at a faster clip than usual? Maybe the stress of having Donald Trump as their standard bearer is shortening their lives. However, since this stat is coming out of the bubble world of Donald Trump, I’ll take it with a pillar of salt, for the moment. “The two things they have: They’re vicious and they stick together,” he said of Democrats. “They don’t have Mitt Romney in their midst. They don’t have people like that.” I think that we’ll all agree that no, we don’t have Mittens in our midst, or anyone like him. No argument there. As to the “stick together” comment — that’s hilarious. Does he not know what a herd of cats we are? Apparently not. And it’s a cinch he never heard Will Rogers’ famous line, “I don’t belong to any organized political party — I’m a Democrat.” And he doesn’t know, “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line” — mountains of truth in that one. The Republicans are better at strategy than the Democrats for the most part, because they see the existential nature of politics and go along with it. Perfect example: Chuck Schumer approached Beto O’Rourke to drop out of the presidential race and run for John Cornyn’s senate seat last month. O’Rourke refused. On the same facts, if McConnell had proposed the idea to a Republican running unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination, my bet is that the Republican in question would have gone along with it, to strengthen the party. They do strategy, we do purity, and personally, I wring my hands and jump up and down a lot, watching it and fretting. From time to time my hysteria rises to where I contemplate registering as an Independent, even. So, we are the cat herd. But let me tell you something about that. Even a bunch of cats will band together for a common cause that benefits them all, and this I’ve seen with my own eyes. When I was in college, I shared a house with a roommate who was a pootie person, and had eight cats to prove it. One night I awakened for some reason about 3:30 a.m. sensing something odd, and I went into the kitchen. There, all eight cats were sitting in a circle, equidistant from one another. In the middle of the circle was an enormous blue jay, the largest I had ever seen. it was the prize that one of them got and the cat community just decided […]
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The Hill: ‘Is Mike Pence Preparing To Resign, Assume the Presidency, Or Both?’

The role of Mike Pence in Drunk Watergate has been hotly debated. On the one hand, will he be implicated in Ukraine, such that he himself will come under impeachment proceedings of his own, and then Nancy Pelosi would become president, by dint of the line of succession? That is one extreme scenario, and another is that somehow Pence will be shielded from his own wrongdoings and succeed Donald Trump — in the also unlikely scenario that Trump is removed as president. A writer in both the Reagan and H.W. regimes penned an op/ed piece today about the current state of Mike Pence’s political career. I warn you upfront because when you get to the portion about the “partisan revenge” of impeachment or the “left’s despicable attacks” on Pence, you will guffaw as I did. I don’t see Pence as the “dignified and decent” guy that this writer portrays him as, I see him as a crass opportunist and a phony, who started misappropriating campaign funds at the beginning of his career and then went on to pass medieval legislation, targeting women and LGBTs. I only cite to this article because it’s a snapshot of what the Republicans think of Pence’s situation and on that basis, it’s good for us to take a look at it. The Hill: …there is open talk among some Republicans that unless Pence is replaced by someone else of stature — such as frequently mentioned former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley — Trump may well be the last Republican president for the foreseeable future. […] Now, Pence is navigating something dramatically removed from the basics — a world where meetings behind closed doors, whispered conversations, promised new positions and suspect loyalties are the norm. It’s an atmosphere you’d expect to find created by murder mystery author Agatha Christie or Italian diplomat Niccolo Machiavelli more so than our Founding Fathers. With the Senate trial — and more cracks appearing and then being patched in the foundation of solidarity beneath Trump — Pence knows that more whispered conversations are taking place. […] Some are wondering whether all of this will cause Pence to decline to serve as vice president in a second Trump term. They believe Pence has no chance to be elected president on his own and that, sometime after the Senate trial, he will opt for a private sector life of normalcy, family and faith. Should that be the case, who could fault him? Depending on how the Senate trial shakes down, Pence’s future will indeed be decided. Nobody can read the political tea leaves with any accuracy right now, but one scenario that has been suggested is that Trump will, of course, be acquitted, but perhaps at the cost of the Senate. This is probably what keeps Mitch McConnell awake at night and heading for the Kentucky bourbon, trying to figure out how to have his cake and eat it too, keeping Trump in power and not losing vulnerable Republican senators in the 2020 election. Pence’s best case scenario is that he won’t be too tarnished by Ukraine and other things Trumpian and he can then go on to a career as a lobbyist and write his memoirs. His worst case scenario will be to be fully implicated along with Trump for his misdeeds in Ukraine and possibly […]
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Hucky Boo Boo Sanders Mocks Joe Biden’s Stutter, Turns Tail When He Calls Her...

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.  
Fox Business / YouTube Rudy Giuliani is putting together a...

Rudy Giuliani To Drop Major Conspiracy Theory Bomb On Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Mark December 7 on your calendar. It’s not only a day that will live in infamy, but one that will resound in the annals of absurdity as well, once Rudy Giuliani leaves his inimitable mark on it. Giuliani has been bounced from Fox News, at least until further notice, so he’s beginning a two-part series on Fox’s rival network, OAN, this weekend, entitled, “REVEALED: UKRAINIAN WITNESSES DESTROY SCHIFF’S CASE EXCLUSIVE WITH RUDY GIULIANI: PARTS 1 AND 2,” wherein he’ll share the fruits of his labors in Hungary and Ukraine this week. The series is hosted by OAN White House correspondent, Chanel Rion, best known for proselytizing conspiracy theories about Seth Rich and Pizzagate, when she isn’t busy penning anti-feminist children’s books or drawing anti-left political cartoons, amongst other swamp-fevered fantasies. Daily Beast: In October, Rion claimed that former FBI lawyer Lisa Page had an affair with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Rion’s vaguely sourced report went viral in corners of the right-wing blogosphere that has become obsessed with Page’s sex life and her connection to the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. But Rion’s network quietly retracted the entire story later that month. […] Before joining OAN in May, Rion developed some level of notoriety on the internet for her bizarre political cartoons, in a self-published set of online cartoons dubbed “The Left Edge.” In one, Rion promoted the conspiracy theory that Clinton was behind the unsolved murder of DNC staffer Rich, which police have concluded was a botched robbery. In another, she referenced “spirit cooking”—the baseless claim, popular with believers in the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, that top Democratic officials are involved in Satanic cannibalistic sacrifices. You know, this is one way of dealing with the Republicans. We could just bake ’em in a pie and eat ’em. Or, maybe we could do a fast food version of our cannibalistic cuisine. How about a Big Mitch burger, or some nice Dunkin Devins, with a coffee? Look, eating them has got to be better than listening to them, right? Now here’s my personal favorite from Rion’s album of Democratic delusions: Harry Reid is a visitor from beyond the stars, Planet Zoombo, to be precise. Dammit, how did she find out my home base? The Imperial Nawab is going to be very distressed when she hears about this. Not all of Rion’s cartoons promote conspiracy theories, but many of them are still strange. In one, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), dressed as an alien, comes to Earth to criticize then-FBI Director James Comey. Reid is depicted as arriving in a UFO inexplicably labeled “Planet Zoombo.” In another, she called on “armed citizens to defend America from violent left,” claiming without evidence that Democrats were plotting assassinations. In one cartoon, Rion portrays the Academy Awards’ Oscar statue as a woman named “Oscareena.” “He claims his name is Oscareena and he wants the keys to the little girls’ peek-a-boo room,” one character in the cartoon says. This is a White House correspondent, okay? This is the level of intellect and ability that holds that title, in an era when the likes of Alex Jones was given press credentials to attend White House press briefings (back when we did such things) while Jim Acosta had his revoked, after a number of years on the job. OAN has credibility in this White House, […]
MSNBC / YouTube President Donald Trump Invokes The Impeach...

Trump Is Miscalculating Again, And Nobody Will Tell Him.

Open with your second best joke, and close with your best   Rule of Comedy You know, you can spot ’em a mile away. They’re the ones who are so self contained and oblivious that they can sit there and watch a car skid off of the road in a rain storm, and then still try to do a power skid at 90 mph through the same curve. And the thing of it is, they’ll do the same damn thing again the next time around, in identical circumstances. Donald Trump just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t realize that his presidency is a freak of nature, a one time confluence of events that were a perfect alignment of a fluke. Like winning the championship at the buzzer with a 3/4 court shot, it can never be duplicated. Trump was the perfect “What the fuck” candidate at the exact moment people were fed up with the status quo, going up against a candidate who couldn’t even unite her own party, and still he lost. Until a hidden hand swept in and moved the goalposts. But in Donald Trump’s mind, he’s the greatest political genius since, oh, I don’t know, since ever? In Donald Trump’s mind, all he has to do to recreate the miracle of 2016 is to do exactly the same thing all over again, only more. Because, as a failed reality show host, Trump knows better than anybody that the longer the show runs, the wilder you have to get to sustain interest. But like that 3/4 court shot, Trump doesn’t realize that he can never recreate those exact conditions again. 2016 was his one shot at fortune and glory, and he made the most of it. In 2016 Trump went up against the perfect candidate. Trump didn’t have to be popular, although he was to his hardest core base, simply because Hillary Clinton was so unpopular with every Republican in the world. In 2016, Republicans would have voted for a serial sexual predator rather than another Clinton, and it turns out that they did. And Clinton carried just enough baggage with Democrats that when they thought it was in the bag, they just didn’t bother to show up to carry it over the finish line. Trump was able to drag Clinton down into the same most pit of unpopularity that he wallowed in nationally, simply because she was already almost there. And even if Bernie Sanders had won the 2016 primaries, I find it likely that Trump still would have won, simply  because Sanders was such a divisive character in the Democratic party that Democrats would not have united strongly enough behind him either, for stealing Hillary’s shot at history. But you’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. This isn’t 2016, it’s 2020. Hillary isn’t going to be on the ballot anymore, and Bernie isn’t very likely to be either. In 2016, nobody actually took you seriously, not even your own party, but in 2020, you’re as serious as a heart attack, buddy. Nobody is taking you or your racist base for granted anymore. And while the Democrats are still falling in love with their individual primary candidates, they seem to have gotten the memo. Polling continues to show that ehe Democrats as a party will fall in line with whomever the candidate is this time. Trump’s shtick is getting old. And even […]

Vincente Fox Does Epic Troll of Trump and Flips Him Off In Terrific Election...

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!
Money Insider / YouTube Nobel Prize winning Economist Paul Krugman...

Paul Krugman Explains How The Only Thing That Is Going To Save Us From...

Donald Trump has been sounding nuttier and nuttier in recent days, no question, tweeting about everything from his “perfect” “beautiful telephone call” to Zelensky, to talking about a soldier “with his face in a thousand fragments,” who wanted to “rebuild his nose.” But he really pulled out all the stops in his recent Minneapolis MAGA rally. Chuck Todd announced that Trump’s worst comments were not going to be broadcast on his network, because to do so would only amplify them and that would not be good journalism to do so, because they were so inappropriate. This is similar to the decision Nicole Wallace made a while back not to re-broadcast Trump tweets, for the same reason. It goes without saying that in the history of our country, journalists have never made a judgement call to withhold broadcasting a president’s words out of circumspection and good taste. However, I am going to quote a few pertinent portions of Trump’s travesty of a Minneapolis speech here, for two reasons: 1. It gives us a snapshot of what the 2020 election is going to look like, irregardless of who the Democratic nominee is: it’s going to make 2016 look sane and civil by comparison; and 2. it buttresses Paul Krugman’s argument, about how while we’re appalled on the one hand with Trump’s vulgar excess and unbelievable dialogue and rhetoric, on the other hand, we should be grateful for it, because Trump being Trump is in fact what is going to stop Trump — and that’s the only thing that matters, is that this madness stop. Full transcript of Trump’s Minneapolis speech, October 10, 2019 Donald Trump: (36:13) Two months after president Obama put Joe in charge of Ukraine policy, they put Joe Biden in charge of Ukraine policy. Listen to this. And the press will not write it. They say, “In totally unsubstantiated charges …” every time they talk about him. President Trump has said that his son walked away with a fortune. Now you know that’s a totally unsubstantiated charge. Really? It’s not an unsubstantiated, it’s fact. Joe’s son Hunter got thrown out of the Navy and then he became a genius on Wall Street in about two days. Donald Trump: (36:49) By the way, whatever happened to Hunter. Where the hell is he? Where’s Hunter? Hey fellows, I have an idea for a new t-shirt. I love the cops, but let’s do another t-shirt. Where’s Hunter? Where is he? Here’s Hunter, being examined by sleepy eyes Chuck Todd or some of these people. Hunter, it’s so great that you’re here, sir. Hunter, I know they’re giving you approximately $168,000 a month. I hear they paid you a big check of $3 million. I just want to speak on behalf of NBC who’s absolutely one of the worst. I just want to tell you … Hunter, Hunter I just want to tell you I couldn’t be happier for you and your family and I know you don’t know anything about energy and I know it’s an energy company, but I think they made a great deal, Hunter. And then they fly to China, and I’m dealing with people right now. They’re tough as hell, those Chinese negotiators, and Hunter, who’s not too smart, Hunter. He goes in, he has a meeting, he […]
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BUSTED: Devin Nunes Met w/Ukraine Official In Vienna To Dig Up Dirt On Bidens,...

The quality of Devin Nunes’ problems has just escalated out of the realm of fake cows and what he deemed the “circus” of the House impeachment inquiry. Congressman Nunes may be looking at an indictment for breaking federal law, by trying to solicit something of value to a political campaign from a foreign national. Rudy Giuliani’s henchman, Lev Parnas, is testifying that former Ukrainian prosecutor Victor Shokin met with Nunes in Vienna for the purpose of discussing digging up political dirt against Joe Biden. This is precisely what Fiona Hill spoke of with respect to Gordan Sondland, when she said that Sondland was doing a personal errand for Donald Trump whereas she and others were advancing a diplomatic agenda, and those two things had diverged, and were likely to “blow up.” Nunes was part of the contingent that was furthering Donald Trump’s personal political interests in Ukraine, not America’s. CNN: Congressional travel records show that Nunes and three aides traveled to Europe from November 30 to December 3, 2018. The records do not specify that Nunes and his staff went to Vienna or Austria, and Nunes was not required to disclose the exact details of the trip. – Nunes’ entourage included retired colonel Derek Harvey, who had previously worked for Trump on the National Security Council, and now works for Nunes on the House Intelligence Committee. Harvey declined to comment. – Bondy told CNN that Nunes planned the trip to Vienna after Republicans lost control of the House in the mid-term elections on Nov. 6, 2018. – “Mr. Parnas learned through Nunes’ investigator, Derek Harvey, that the Congressman had sequenced this trip to occur after the mid-term elections yet before Congress’ return to session, so that Nunes would not have to disclose the trip details to his Democrat colleagues in Congress,” said Bondy. – At the time of the trip, Nunes was chairman of the Intelligence Committee. In January, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff took over as chairman of the powerful committee, which is now conducting the impeachment inquiry. Here’s where we run into two other names recently in the news with respect to investigating the Bidens, journalist John Solomon, who attacked Fiona Hill, shortly after she exposed the false narrative and conspiracy theory of Ukraine having a part in the 2016 election, and of course Lindsey Graham, because he, too, now wants to launch a formal investigation of the Bidens, as does Nunes. [Parnas’ attorney] Bondy says that according to his client, following a brief in-person meeting in late 2018, Parnas and Nunes had at least two more phone conversations, and that Nunes instructed Parnas to work with Harvey on the Ukraine matters. – Parnas says that shortly after the Vienna trip, he and Harvey met at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, where they discussed claims about the Bidens as well as allegations of Ukrainian election interference, according to Bondy. – Following this, Bondy says that in a phone conversation Nunes told Parnas that he was conducting his own investigation into the Bidens and asked Parnas for help validating information he’d gathered from conversations with various current and former Ukrainian officials, including Shokin. – Parnas says that Nunes told him he’d been partly working off of information from the journalist John Solomon, who had written a number of articles on the Biden conspiracy theory for the Hill, according to Bondy. Nunes has been asked […]

‘We Got A QUEER Runnin’ For President’ Tennessee Official Declares

I love the smell of bigotry in the morning, it smells like comedy. An old white guy in Tennessee, who can barely speak English, and who is convinced that all his “white male” rights are being taken away from him, went off on Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s candidacy and the degeneracy of the Democratic party, in one fell swoop. This is classic. NEW: “We got a QUEER running for President… the white man has very few rights.” Watch @SevierCounty Commissioner Warren Hurst’s homophobic, bigoted outburst Monday, telling folks to “wake up”. Mayor’s office: 865-453-6136Hurst: 865-453-8513 WVLT: https://t.co/GFwJLqehUf pic.twitter.com/bfXrAACfPh — The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 22, 2019 “It’s time we wake up people, it’s time, it’s past time. We got a queer running for president, if that ain’t about as ugly as you can get. Look what we got running for president in the Democratic party. We can go over here to [the local] Hoss’ jail and get better people out of there than those running for Democratic [sic] to be president of the United States.” Maybe we should change the labels on our trains of thought in this country, from liberals and conservatives to accepting v. fearful — or get even more basic, smart v. stupid. I’ll be surprised if Donald Trump doesn’t give this guy a medal, he so typifies the degenerate strains in our culture, the same strains that put Trump in office. I was impressed with the woman who called bullshit and walked out. Now that’s where the hope of this country truly lies, is in the individual, standing up to these losers on a one-on-one basis and speaking out. That has always been the case in America and it is the case right now, in one of our darkest hours.

Former GOP Rep Says ‘Republicans Are Going To Get Wiped Out in 2020’ Over...

Former Republican congressman from Illinois, Joe Walsh, says that Donald Trump was elected by angry people, and this is why he gets away with what he does. Wednesday night’s rally in North Carolina should have been the tipping point, Walsh says, and Republicans should have started hopping off the band wagon, but they won’t, because they just don’t care. If you want to hear the whole clip, This is what he said on CNN Thursday, via RawStory: They don’t give a damn what he does, they don’t give a damn what he says…he lied about what he did in North Carolina last night. This is on him. When I tell my [radio show] listeners that…they say, “I don’t care that he lies. I hate the Democrats.” They don’t care that he lies almost every single time he opens his mouth, because he’s so angry. And you get what you got last night. As a former Republican member of Congress, it made me profoundly sad that the standard bearer of the Republican party, my party, is making “Send her back!” his campaign rallying cry. It’s ugly, it’s racist, it’s anti-American…it should have been denounced by the president last night, but he’s not capable of it. Walsh was then asked how much of Republican leaders not speaking out against this, because they don’t want to suffer Trump’s ire. They can’t stand what the president has unleashed, this big bowl of ugly. Privately, they are uncomfortable with what the president did last night. Bullcrap on being private uncomfortable. I’m sick of the private stuff. These Republicans have to get up the courage to stand up publicly and denounce this. If they don’t strongly, publicly denounce this un-American crap, Republicans are going to get wiped out in 2020. So, privately Republican leaders are uncomfortable, but publicly they’re gutless. Okay. Another former GOP rep, David Jolly of Florida, also went to town over the takeaways from Trump’s rally.  We can’t forget that he single-handedly injected this poison into the mainstream of American politics. It is his fault. But you’re going to see Republicans devolve to love it or leave it. And in many ways I think it’s just as dangerous or more so than the chant “Send Her Back.” Love it or leave it suggests that you must agree with political leadership. It is anathema to everything this nation is founded on. Suggesting that Representative Omar must agree with an administration policy of putting kids in cages, or agree with injecting greater insecurity on the world stage, or agree with the president criminally obstructing justice in the Mueller investigation, or criminally engaging in campaign finance violations. And if she fails to agree, then she must leave.” It’s heartwarming that former Republican members of Congress see things this way. What will it take to wake up the current ones? Meanwhile, Trump will doubtlessly forge ahead with his version of George Orwell’s Two Minute Hate, because that’s exactly who he is.  

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