Sunday, August 9, 2020

Yeah,THAT Should Tie Things Up Nicely

Oh, I’m so glad that I got up this morning. No vitamin, got my daily dose of irony right from the horses ass. Coronavirus is turning Texas into Thunderdome, so where else would Emperor Numbus Nuttus go for a fund raising luncheon? Texas is full of sick people, so why not cram a bunch of them into a banquet hall for lunch, with  no  masks or social distancing? $25k for lunch, $50k if you want to get crammed into a photo with his fat ass, and $100k to sit at a table and listen to him suck his teeth for an hour. Oh yeah, and he doubled down on the crazy doctor lady who uses alien DNA, and demon semen to treat people. And y’all gave Charlie Sheen a ration of shit over Tiger’s Milk or whatever it was. But into the life of every tinhorn despot a little rain must fall. A few days ago Trump stoically announced the sad passing of his Jacksonville convention. But in speaking to reporters yesterday at his briefing, Trump announced that he would be making his acceptance speech on Thursday of convention week. When pressed for details, Trump simply said they would be announced soon. This is going to be a major problem for the campaign. Because the one thing Trump truly wants, a mass gathering with tens of thousands of drooling morons pretending the Beatles just reunited, is the one thing he can’t have. And if Trump can’t have that, then the results are predetermined. It doesn’t matter where they put him, or what he says, it’s a disaster. Behind the podium in the briefing room, the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, or in his BVD’s in the residence, the effect is all the same. Trump is a nightmare in front of a teleprompter. Trump is not a natural speaker, he’s a natural bully. And when you put him in a controlled setting, with a script, he fumbles and mispronounces words, and his speech has no natural rhythm. But when he goes off script, he becomes, loud, aggressive, and incoherent. The backdrop and words are unimportant, nobody is going to be energized by his acceptance speech under controlled circumstances. I said it months ago. Trump literally torpedoed his own reelection when he let the virus deteriorate to where it made his mass rallies impossible. Trump is a shared experience, like going to a midnight run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He tried using the daily briefings as a substitute, but without the sensory input of a crowd, even his supporters thought that they were listening to a Yoko Ono record. Without crowds, Trump just isn’t Trump anymore. That being said, I’m actually looking forward to seeing Trump’s acceptance speech. Mostly because I’m interested in seeing what kinds of cheap stagecraft the campaign goes through to try to distract the audience from the simple fact that when all is said and done, what they’re really seeing is one ignorant old man making a fool of himself in front of a microphone. Because that’s all it really is. To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the […]

WATCH: Trump 2016 Voter Melts Down, Says Why He Won’t Do It Again in...

This is a mini-documentary that is better than anything any of us could write. It’s a testimony, done by Republican Voters Against Trump, of a voter who voted for Trump “because I couldn’t stand Hillary Clinton” but he has come to regret making that choice. Listen to the whole thing, because it builds. At the end, this former Trump voter tells Trump what he really thinks of him. Priceless. ‼️ Jeffrey voted Trump in 2016, and it's safe to say he won't be doing so again. He takes you on a ride….You gotta watch the whole thing. (Warnings: 1. NSFW 2. Wicked "Good Will Hunting" Energy) — Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) July 13, 2020 The political ads coming out now are like a fireworks show. I predict that as we get near to November 3, they’re going to get wilder and end off with a grand finale. I can’t wait.

Chuck Grassley Begs For White House Intervention, GOP Makes Last Ditch Effort To Wake...

Donald Trump’s bizarre performance at the town hall in Wisconsin, pre-recorded by Fox News and then later aired, was a seismic event, not only in Trump world but in the larger world of the GOP. Frankly, i’m surprised Fox aired it. James Carville said on Brian Williams’ show that Trump’s chances of resigning are greater than his chances of winning. Then Chuck Grassley indicated his alarm. Will somebody w access to the Oval Office read the WSJ editorial “The Trump Referendum” to President Trump. We won’t hv more good scotus justices or the best economy in 50 years like we hv had if he doesn’t follow that advice — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) June 26, 2020 Chuck Grassley is 86 years old, but he’s never seen anything like this in his life either. And the Wall Street Journal article he references is a scorcher and we’ll get to that in a moment. First, let’s look at another Wall Street Journal editorial, this one by Peggy Noonan, who puts forth a compelling argument for why Trump is going down in flames and why he is losing his oft-vaunted base. She says, “He doesn’t understand his own base. I’ve never seen that in national politics.” Neither has anybody else, so far as I know. His long-term political malpractice has been his failure—with a rising economy, no unemployment and no hot wars—to build his support beyond roughly 40% of the country. He failed because he obsesses on his base and thinks it has to be fed and greased with the entertainments that alienate everyone else. But his base, which always understood he was a showman, wanted steadiness and seriousness in these crises, because they have a sense of the implications of things. Interesting way she phrases this last sentence, “they have a sense of the implications of things.” She doesn’t say they know what’s going on and are making informed decisions. No, they’re low information, no information people, just like the Republicans like, and they vote based on their “sense” of “implications.” Don’t get me wrong, there’s no disrespect for the writer here — quite the contrary, I find her candor refreshing in the extreme. It’s rare coming from the conservative end of the spectrum. Some of them, maybe half, are amused by his nonsense decisions and statements—let’s ban all Muslims; let’s end this deadbeat alliance; we have the biggest, best tests. But they are half of 40%, and they would stick with him no matter what. He doesn’t have to entertain them! He had to impress and create a bond with others. The other half of his base is mortified by his antics and shallowness. I hear from them often. They used to say yes, he’s rough and uncouth and unpolished, but only a rough man can defeat the swamp. Now they say I hate him and what he represents but I’ll vote for him because of the courts, etc. How a lot of Trump supporters feel about the president has changed. The real picture at the Tulsa rally was not the empty seats so much as the empty faces—the bored looks, the yawning and phone checking, as if everyone was re-enacting something, hearing some old song and trying to remember how it felt a few years ago, when you heard it the first time. This […]

Lincoln Project Riffs On Tulsa and Trump’s Manhood In ‘Shrinking’ Their Latest Ad

They tell Trump, “it was smaller than we thought it would be and it sure wasn’t as big as you promised — but you’ve probably heard that before.” Wicked. Absolutely wicked. I love it. They’ll troll him to within an inch of his sanity, what little is left.

Lincoln Project Ad Rips Trump To Shreds On ‘Slow the Testing’ Crack in Tulsa,...

There was plenty of attack ad fodder at Donald Trump’s Waterloo Tulsa rally. His hobbling around for fifteen minutes, in paranoid defense of his West Point death ramp walk was an obvious piece of material, and it’s already been done, but the stand out moment was when the Liar in Chief finally told the truth and admitted that he ordered that COVID-19 testing be slowed down. Always good to have a confession, especially when the charge is murder. ‘ If you missed the clip on Trump’s death ramp walk, here it is again. This is a side splitter. I love this piece. Ooops. I'm told by @LibsInAmerica that this was made by @FindAClearTruth. Brilliant, my friend! — Mark Elliott (@markmobility) June 21, 2020 Here’s what Jennifer Rubin says about the Lincoln Project. The ads are devastating for several reasons: They are produced with lightning speed, and thereby catch the public debate at just the right moment; they hammer Trump where he is personally most vulnerable (e.g., concerns about his vigor, concerns about foreign corruption); and they rely to a large extent on Trump himself — his words and actions. Put it all together, and they manage to “say the quiet part out loud” — that is, to make public what many Americans already think about Trump. As a result, they are creating some of the most devastating ads of this or any presidential election cycle. Trump has felt compelled to respond to some the ads, as he did on Twitter during the week to make excuses for his feeble appearance at West Point. Plainly, the Lincoln Project has struck a nerve. He wound up devoting a good chunk of his meandering remarks at his Tulsa rally to explaining why he needed two hands to drink a glass of water. He bizarrely reenacted his baby-step descent on the ramp after his West Point speech. The group’s communications director Keith Edwards tells me the group “lives in Donald Trump’s head rent free.” And it is not like there is any shortage of material for the ad-makers. “We’ve only just begun to prosecute,” John Weaver told me. “We won’t let up until Joe Biden is sworn in at noon on January 20th. Preach it, John Weaver, preach it. And let us all heed this gospel. None of us can let up until Joe Biden is sworn in at noon on January 20th. Amen.  
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Steve Bannon Says Coronavirus Is Trump’s ‘Churchill Moment’ and ‘You Don’t Need To Worry...

How wonderful that Steve Bannon is back on the airwaves touting Donald Trump’s virtues just like the old days. That’s not snark, that’s sincere, because nobody in Trump’s retinue has ever had the entertainment value or the quotable lines of Steve Bannon. Pence’s sanctimony and Kushner’s ineptitude make for good copy, but nothing like Bannon’s Art of War and alcohol-fueled dementia. This is the man who gave us, “go to the mattresses” and “burn the boats” among other colorful images. The pugilistic Bannon had a war room at the White House, where he kept his infamous shit list, remember that? What this campaign needs by way of comic relief is none other than Steve Bannon. And it looks like he’s getting prepared for that. Bannon, aka “Sloppy Steve” was on Fox News and came up with yet another bon mot: this is now Trump’s “Churchill moment.” Winston Churchill took on a defeatist-thinking Britain and rallied them in their “darkest hour” and apparently Bannon thinks that now Trump will do the same with his coalition of misfits and wingnuts. To hear Bannon tell it, the coronavirus is a godsend. “This is Trump’s Churchill moment. He’s got to bring the country together, which he’s doing. He’s got to confront not just the virus, but the economic contagion that’s coming out of China. He does that, you don’t need to worry about 2020.” Trump’s chances of “confronting” the virus in any meaningful manner are slim to none. As to the “economic contagion?” Maybe that phrase makes more sense after a bottle of Bushmill’s, who knows? Bannon also went on to say, incredibly, that he expects disgruntled Bernie Bros to rally under Trump’s flag in November. “They’re not buying the socialism. They’re not buying the radicalism, they’re not buying the revolution. These are very practical, pragmatic people…They are going to try to steal the nomination from Bernie again. That’s why I think many Bernie supporters will come to President Trump at the end of the day.” And he didn’t preclude the idea of Hillary running for president again, either. Ah, for the days when Bannon was Chief Strategist, and they had to turn up the TV in Sean Spicer’s office, so that reporters couldn’t hear what they were yelling. That, in many ways, was Bannon’s finest hour — either that, or the time he grabbed Reince Priebus’ leg at CPAC and Priebus swatted his hand away. Like at the end of Shane, we cry out into the night “Steve come back,” because whatever happens, we need a good laugh and nobody can provide one like Bannon. Here’s the ludicrous interview, if you can stand two minutes of it.  

A Mini-Movie From Lincoln Project ‘Wake Up’ Shows A Republican Waking Up From A...

This is a different style for Lincoln Project. It’s a short movie, just over six minutes in length. It tells the story of a Republican who went into a coma three and a half years ago. When he wakes up, his family catches him up on how the world he knew has gone completely to hell with Donald Trump in office. Of course, being Republicans themselves, they waffle and try to rationalize, and that’s the comedy. “It would be funny if it wasn’t so true,” said Rick Wilson, co-founder of The Lincoln Project. “Republican Senators are doing the same mental gymnastics to justify their support of Trump. But no one is laughing.” Interesting this would come out today, when the co-founder of the Federalist Society had his own come to Jesus moment and decided that if Trump attempts to delay the election, he should be impeached. I’m frankly hoping that something along those lines will be the topic of the next Lincoln Project ad. They’re doing some interesting work.
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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 […]

Watch the Latest Trump Troll From Meidas Touch and Howl, It’s A Keeper

Anybody know if the rigged witches are still after Donald Trump? I ask, because if anybody else was behaving this bizarrely, I would say there had to be something supernatural going on, this isn’t normal. But with Trump, alas, it is, it comes naturally. Meidas Touch has perfectly memorialized for the ages the best parts of the Fox News Sunday interview wherein 45 underscored what an idiot he is, when he kept insisting to Chris Wallace how hard it was to pass the cognitive test he was given at Walter Reed — and we don’t even know why he went there, as you recall. We just know that he started lifting water glasses with two hands and shuffling down ramps. Watch the clip and then vote on: The Cognitive Test is the most moronic thing Trump has ever discussed; No, Death Ramp at West Point is still more ridiculous; Throwing paper towels in Puerto Rico in the middle of a hurricane can never be topped; Are you kidding? Have you forgotten the toilets, light bulbs and dishwashers? Oh, come on. The bottom was hit with drinking bleach and inserting UV lights wherever; My personal favorite is something else, see the comments.

A Slice of Life In Trumpworld As Trump Angrily Trounces Acting Spy Chief

The cat has been out of the bag for some time with respect to Russian 2020 Election interference, at least since Robert Mueller said that it was going on “as we speak” when he addressed Congress on his report on the 2016 election. Be that as it may, Donald Trump went bonkers recently when he heard from Devin Nunes what intelligence official Shelby Pierson had said to the House Intelligence Committee about Russia’s preference for Trump. Trump declared “Hoax number seven!” on Twitter and went for acting DNI head Joseph McGuire’s throat. Washington Post: At that briefing, Trump angrily asked Maguire why he had to learn of what Pierson had said from Nunes and not from his own aides, according to administration officials with knowledge of the meeting. He said that Maguire should not have let the Capitol Hill briefing happen — particularly before he received the briefing — and that he should not have learned about it from a congressman, said one administration official. Trump told Maguire and other aides in the Oval Office that he did not believe Russia was interfering to help him or planning to do so, and that the intelligence community was getting “played,” according to an administration official with knowledge of the meeting. He said that the information would be used against him unfairly and that he could not believe that people were believing such a story again, reflecting his opinion that Russian interference in 2016 was a “hoax” made up by officials with a political agenda. Maguire struck an apologetic tone and said he was looking into it, this official said. Trump gave Maguire “a dressing-down,” said another individual, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter. “That was the catalyst” that led to the sidelining of Maguire in favor of Grenell, the person said. Maguire came away “despondent,” said another individual. Maguire should have been despondent and so should we. Maguire was a good fit for the DNI post, being respected by the rank and file throughout the intelligence community. After Trump threw his hissy fit he decided to appoint controversial and unqualified Richard Grenell to the post, solely because Grenell is a Trump loyalist and no other reason. Here we go again, yet an expanded chapter into Governance Of the Incorrigible and the Inept.

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