Donald Trump acted out badly the day after the midterm elections. His firing of Jeff Sessions was not his most brilliant moment. Plus, Trump won’t have his lap dog, Devin Nunes, running interference for him as Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Adam Schiff is in charge and Trump is going to find out what the word “oversight” means. He’s had a very cushy two years with a unified government at his beck and call. Now he’s going to find out what politics is really about. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56
One thing is for sure, 2018 had something for everybody. Well, pretty much everybody who was a Democrat, if you’re a Republican, you were shit out of luck. Election night turned into election fortnight, what with Broward county being its usual stumbling-down-the-stairs-drunk self, and California’s pony express style of mail in balloting dragging out the results damn near to the start of the 2020 primaries. But with the media being focused on the more immediate and topical stories coming from the election, there were several smaller things that flew under the radar that could end up being major events in 2020. Here’s just a few that I found. Fill your damn dance card — How in the hell did the Democrats manage to flip 40 seats in the House, what with the evils of gerrymandering and all? Well, for one thing, they put a name on the ballot in every spot where there was an opening. The 2017 Virginia state elections should have been a canary in the coal mine for the GOP. In 2017, the Democrats flipped 15 seats in Virginia, and they did it by putting names on the ballot in districts where GOP incumbents hadn’t had a challenger since Christ was a carpenter. GOP incumbents who hadn’t had to write anything more than billboard slogans and victory speeches for years suddenly found themselves having to campaign again, and you know what? They sucked at it. They were only being reelected because there was nobody else on he ballot to vote for. Unlike Republicans, Democrats know how to spot a trend, and the DNC and DCCC took the “Virginia model” to heart, which was a very good thing, because’ Democrats owned the recruiting war of 2018 — There is another big difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats don’t believe in bullshit when a simple truth will suffice. The DCCC has admitted that the majority of the candidates that won in 2018 weren’t actively recruited by the DCCC, hell, they weren’t even on their radar. These candidates looked at the current politics, said “Screw this,” got some friends and family together, and knocked on doors to get petitions signed. In some cases, they ran against, and defeated, DCCC groomed and picked candidates. People are sick of “politics as usual,” and these candidates were fresh faces, with relevant life experiences, and local knowledge that constituents could relate to. In other words, they were likable. The Republicans had the polar opposite experience in 2018. Looking at the map for 2018, Mitch McConnell had originally planned on picking up 5-7 Senate seats. He quickly had to downgrade that assessment when he started trying to recruit candidates to run against vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Nobody with an eye cocked towards a career in GOP politics wanted their name on the ballot in the era of Trump. McConnell ended up with a bunch of second and third tier candidates, like Hawsey and McSally, which meant spending more money and resources than the RSCC should have, and cost him the chance to pick up seats in Montana and West Virginia. Trump was an albatross around the necks of GOP House incumbents too. A high number of incumbents in red districts, with the best chance of winning, people like Charlie Dent and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, retired rather than fight the headwinds. […]
In the beginning, there was homo erectus. Then came homo sapiens. Now we have home MAGAt, and seeing is believing. They may not be the Best People, but they are the most stick, stone stupid ones. I feel sorry for the woozle. There’s no question that the woozle is smarter, it’s just debatable whether the poor beast can keep the fool in its charge from doing serious bodily injury to himself, and right now, it looks like the answer is no. They better put thorazine in the MAGAts KFC, doncha think? Or keep him tied up in the yard?
Yesterday we learned that House Republicans have compiled a spreadsheet of all the things they believe House Democrats will demand investigating if they win a majority in November. Califormia Rep. Eric Swalwell who is also the Senior Democrat for the CIA on the Intelligence Committee asks the obvious: If they know about the Trump scandals, why aren’t they looking into them themselves? Swalwell: […]
The sound of conservative crowing is deafening today as right wingers contentedly cluck about liberal hypocrisy in the wake of the sudden changing of the guard in the New York Attorney General’s office from Eric Schneiderman to ”intimidatingly smart” Barbara Underwood. As usual, the meshes of the alt right mind are too coarse to perceive […]
On Monday we actually saw the American president stand next to the Russian dictator and say that he takes the dictator’s word over that of the entire intelligence community, followed by CIA director John Brennan tweeting, “Republican patriots, where are you?” Where they are and where they have been is getting help from Russia themselves. […]
Maybe all of the GOP’s social media posts are being run out of the Kremlin, because this is another one of those eff-ups that fit into the You Can’t Make This Shit Up file — which is the file that evidently engulfed our reality and took over at some point, because we appear to be living in it and nothing but it. That's the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy pic.twitter.com/FJKsRYU1g0 — Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) October 13, 2019 I think I can even see the Russian flag on the back — Ben ???????? (@ReverendRambo) October 13, 2019 Indeed pic.twitter.com/UVJS9lwYjc — MannequinHybrid (@MotJuinCattleya) October 13, 2019 This was done on purpose. OBVS. — Karla Ruthford (@RuthfordKarla) October 13, 2019 Although, you know, there is logic to this. Since Republicans are paid in rubles these days and Putin is running the White House, ergo, what is the United States property is automatically Russia’s, so wishing the U.S.Navy Happy Birthday with a Russian ship, merely underscores Putin’s bloodless coup. He’s got the Russian Navy, the U.S. Navy, he controls it all. Now what makes this even more ridiculous, is Brian Mast took money from indicted Ukrainian Igor Fruman and he’s going to give it back. Seriously, you make this up. Florida Politics: Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast is joining Gov. Ron DeSantis in returning campaign cash from businessman Igor Fruman, who is now facing federal charges for allegedly violating campaign finance laws. Those charges have no connection to the donations to Mast and DeSantis. Fruman and Lev Parnas, associates of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, were charged Thursday in connection with a $325,000 donation in support of Trump’s reelection. Records from the Federal Election Commission show Mast received $2,433 from Fruman in donations between March and June of 2018. A Mast for Congress spokesperson now says that money will be returned. Remember back in the day when it was said that Rohrabacher and Trump were on Putin’s payroll? I wouldn’t want to take bets whose names would be mentioned today.
Josh Marshall has an observation about what has happened that should alarm everyone who isn’t already enraged. What this all means is that conservatism and...
Political discourse has come such a far distance in only ten years, and tragically, the journey has taken us to a destination which was neither foreseeable, nor desirable. Alexander Soros, son of billionaire George Soros and deputy chairman of the Open Society Foundations, wrote feelingly in the New York Times today about the new normal […]
ANDREW DeMILLO LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A longtime Arkansas legislator and nephew of the state's Republican governor said Thursday that he's leaving the GOP,...