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A Tip For 2020 GOP Senate Incumbents

Shiny up those lobbyist resumes guys and girls. And temper your expectations, after all, there are only so many spots to go around, and quite a few of you could be trying out for the varsity. Highlight the fact that, as a former Senator, you have first hand experience on what it costs to buy a vote, not one penny more or less. And please, try not to admit that wither William Barr or Donald Trump were ever born. The William Barr testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee was the worst thing for Senate GOP hopes since “Brewskii” Brett Kavanaugh raised his right hand, took the oath, sat down, and literally cried like a little girl on the stand about how much he liked beer. Kavanaugh was a disaster for the GOP Senate because he was a brash, arrogant, serial liar with no morals, and the personal warmth of a scorpion. And Tubby the Ewok was exactly the same. William Barr was every bit as arrogant and aggressive as Kavanaugh was at his hearing. This was no accident. Barr would have loved nothing more than to duck out on this appearance, as he has on every previous one, but Glorious Bleater wanted him out there, kicking Democratic ass and taking names. And bless their little hearts, the gerrymandered toads on the GOP side of the room joyfully jumped in, tossing out every piece of half rotted red meat they could find for the base. This was a true nightmare for vulnerable GOP Senate incumbents. Trump got exactly what he wanted, an hours long Roman circus, in which his side showed their teeth, and his House GOP flunkies threw out a Golden Corral buffet of racism and hatred to gin up enthusiasm for the base. But you know what? Who cares? Trump already owns those mindless fools lock, stock, ans barrel. The problem for GOP Senate incumbents is that you can’t gerrymander an entire state. And you know who else was watching today. White suburban moms were watching. College educated whites were watching. Seniors, who know better than anyone what this country is founded on, and should look like, were watching. Young voters, who are getting tear gassed every night were watching. African Americans who are seeing this corrupt administration try to bastardize their peaceful movement were watching. And they weren’t buying. The Democrats annihilated Barr. They had obviously done their homework, and showed up ready for battle. Barr wanted to filibuster the 5 minute segments, so the Democrats largely stuck with simple yes or no questions, and shut him down when he tried to meander off into the weeds. Eric Swalwell was excellent, reminding Barr of his confirmation testimony, when he stated that a President giving out a pardon to a defendant in return for his silence, and then drew an 8×11 picture of Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence. Pramila Jayapal eviscerated Barr for sending DHSS storm troopers to Portland to gas peaceful protesters, but deciding that a bunch of MAGA hat wearing yahoos carrying long guns and demanding the lynching or beheading of the duly elected Governor in Michigan required no adult supervision. Time and time again, they called Barr out on previous inconsistent statements. Some people may have found that rather dull, and wondered why the Democrats […]

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