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— María Teresa Kumar (@MariaTeresa1) September 24, 2018
The House polling we've seen – both public and private – was already pretty terrible for Republicans, but has gotten noticeably worse since Labor Day (with a few exceptions, mostly in substantially Hispanic districts)
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) September 24, 2018
Friends, just a reminder. If Dems take the Senate, Grassley is no longer Chair of the Judiciary Committee. The majority on the committee will be made up of people who look like America. So please find a Dem senate candidate and start helping.
— Neera Tanden ?? (@neeratanden) September 23, 2018
Democrats could win all 7 governor's offices up for election this year in the Midwest/Rust Belt (IA, IL, MI, MN, OH, PA, & WI). Doing so & gaining the veto pen would be a huge boost for making congressional & legislative redistricting much fairer next decade https://t.co/yV0Y4ORwPk
— Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) September 23, 2018
In a new Fox News poll, Kavanaugh is -10 in overall support, -21 among women, and -26 among political independents. pic.twitter.com/8RWf86E8Ku
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) September 25, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went into full conspiracy and whine mode on the Senate floor over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hanging on the brink of failure. https://t.co/NaMg1dgvHH pic.twitter.com/ioQqV2KJeI
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 24, 2018
At least half of my flight tonight is Mainers who flew down for the Kavanaugh protests. They gave Collins’ office a piece of their mind. https://t.co/LtrZ0u1N8K
— Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) September 25, 2018
This, from @burgessev, has a GOP senator imagining a world in which McConnell brings a doomed nominee to the floor and watches him lose, to own the libs. I don't think lib-owning has reached that level. https://t.co/p54Lxu0r3H pic.twitter.com/7xpVPrOsA1
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 25, 2018
Imagining a person exactly as shitty and unscrupulous as yourself, but fighting for the opposite goals, seems like an easy way to go, but what if your shittiness and unscrupulousness are the things people are opposed to? https://t.co/1KVUbA5Eez
— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) September 24, 2018
In addition to concerns about Kavanaugh’s involvement in torture and other ill-treatment by the U.S. government, we are deeply concerned about Brett Kavanaugh’s record on a range of other human rights issues, including sexual and reproductive rights.
— Amnesty International (@amnestyusa) September 24, 2018
Good Morning, Everyone ???
@otmar: and it’s not even morning any more.
The weather’s taken a turn to be cooler, and it is raining. Perfect day to stay cuddled up in bed and listen to the rain potter patter outside my window, whiile nursing a cop of coffee and reading Balloon-Juice.
But I have to go to work.
@gene108: piiter patter, not potter patter…
Oh how we long for the return of the edit button.
@rikyrah: Good morning rikyrah ?
@otmar: @gene108: ? (where’s Ozark?)
Raining here too, but warning up a touch. Glad I finished mowing yesterday.
Sorry to turn to politics so early, but nothing ticks me off than women disparaging other women.
I think McConnell’s tantrum was staged for Fox to carry, so that the deplorable set of voters could have a set of talking points to use. But wondering who dragged poor old Soros’s name into the mix again.
@debbie: even if it’s earned?
Postprandial naps are getting out of control. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Crawled on the belly deep underneath landlady’s house yesterday to drag out all the excess PVC pipe she has laying around in anticipation of plumber arriving at 8:30 this morning (to maybe save a few $$). More than respectable lengths of 1″ and 3/4″. Of course, the underground section, valve and standpipe connections which need to be replaced are 1/2″. Temp in the mid-nineties at the time and very humid; just that short stretch of exertion left me drenched from head to toe and pretty much wiped me out for the rest of the afternoon.
Got my absentee ballot in the mail today, and was faced with an agonizing decision: should I hand it over to the American embassy, a few blocks from my apartment, or should I send it via Hellenic Post?
(I decided I trusted the Greek post office more than the American federal bureaucracy this year.)
The votes themselves were easy. One vote for Senator, one for Representative, ruling out cruel or evil people or people on party lines that have proven to be cruel and evil.
Yeah, I guess so. I think people can disagree without undermining. If someone resorts to undermining, then it’s because they’ve got nothing else.
That’s a great idea, huh? No worker safety regulations at amusement parks. More of that brilliance I’ve been hearing so much about.
Also- note the judicial deference as he rewrites laws to make them more to his liking.
@debbie: so what is this in reference to? Are you watching Mika again?
That’s nice, but I doubt the Rethugs give enough of a shit. Various gun-control measures have had (I think) much better numbers, and the Rethugs have reliably kept anything from happening there.Maybe this time will be different.
I would love to be wrong. I would especially love to read the words “former Majority Leader Sen. Traitor Turtle.”
LOL. NPR interviewed the woman who authored the pro-Kavanaugh letter signed by 65 women (I missed the very beginning of the interview, so I didn’t catch her name). I could practically hear her spinning her index finger near her head as if Blasey Ford was a nut.
On the other hand, I see Erik Erickson has invoked Moloch, so my mood’s improved.
It’s always projection with those motherfuckers
Lemieux and most of the people on LGM seem to think that McConnell is speaking from confidence, the Kavanaugh nom is a done deal and we’re fucked. Curious how much perceptions can differ.
@NotMax: just being outside in weather like that for very long wipes me out. You’re a good guy to do so much for her.
@debbie: as soon as I hear “this is NPR and I’m… ” the radio goes off for a minimum of 7 minutes. NPR has joined the FTNYT in Garbageville.
One of the better first-act numbers from the rarely-staged musical version of It’s a Wonderful Life.
Is it believable that anyone who would vote against Heitkamp, Manchin, or Donnelly over their Kavanaugh vote … would possibly vote for Heitkamp, Manchin, or Donnelly in the first place?
Dave Wasserman via Anne Laurie @ Top:
Where it couldn’t get any worse?
@Matt McIrvin: well, if they can nail down allegations of drugging a victim for a rape train, nope. But the woman they would like to nominate instead is well known around these parts as a hard core anti Roe vote: Amy Coney Barrett (no fucking relation, thank g-d)
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
@Matt McIrvin: Turtle is completely overrated. 35 years in Washington and he’s never passed any legislation.
If Roy Moore Kavanaugh is confirmed it’s because the caucus fears being primaried by the American Taliban or being cut off from their fat cat contributors, not because of Turtle.
Haha, this is well done.
Dear young people, don’t vote
Jack the Second
@Kay: The founding fathers couldn’t have imagined the existence of the entertainment industry when they wrote OSHA.
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch:
I wonder where Leeann Tweeden is in all of this. I mean, you’d think she’d want to step up on Ford’s and Ramirez’s behalf to say that she believes them and that Kavan-ugh should resign just like Franken did.
Seems odd that we haven’t heard from her at all.
I don’t expect the Pubbies to give a shit. OTOH, it might make a difference to Sens. Donnelly, Heitkamp, Tester, Manchin, and any other fence-sitting Dems.
Steve in the ATL
@debbie: Ice Cube expressed a similar frustration in the NWA song “Fuck Tha [sic] Police”, lamenting that African-American police officers would treat African-American suspects poorly in an apparent effort to curry favor with their white partners.
Steve in the ATL
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch:
Well played, sir.
Put some booze in his water glass when he is testifying. Bet he tells the truth when he get’s enough alcohol in him. Drunk and belligerent.
@Kay: The theater, film and amusement industries have almost as many opportunities for mortal danger as factory work. Amusement-park rides are like large factory machines or combine harvesters–they’re designed to be safe for riders who follow the rules (if maintained properly), but if you go into restricted areas while they’re running, they’ll kill you. There have been many incidents of park employees getting killed by roller coasters when they go to retrieve someone’s dropped cell phone, or were mowing the lawn while someone else decided to do a test run.
@Jack the Second:
He says they can all sue for damages in state court – well, not this one- she’s dead- but someone on her behalf. The ferris wheel operator should contact his team of attorneys after he loses a limb.
The point of OSHA is to prevent workplace injury. He’s apparently also completely unaware of workers’ comp
The brilliance is overwhelming- not informed by anything real or existing, but it sure sounds good if you’re writing not for the vast, vast majority of people but instead treating every opinion like a job application for your next scheduled promotion.
I go to Cedar Point in the summer sometimes. Nearly the entire staff are college students. They’re all about 19. He wouldn’t know that, of course, not having to work in the summers.
@sat by #21:
I don’t know who first coined the phrase, but there’s a reason that NPR has the nickname “Nice Polite Republicans”.
In my experience NPR, and my local state version, are basically a network entirely devoted to socially progressive, “I got mine, fuck you” libertarians trying to put on airs about how sophisticated and woke they are. That routine got stale during the Cheney administration and I’ve refused to see them as anything else since.
@Kay: I ran into similar problems with Libertarians anytime I try to talk about environmental regulations. They tried to claim that the tort system provides deterrent to bad acting, without even considering that many of the environmental problems caused by bad waste disposal practices manifest themselves a decade or more after said company shutters their doors and disappears.
I agree! But he’s not concerned with these dull, mundane realities. That’s for the lowly state court judges to sort thru, after the injured 19 year old brings his hypothetical lawsuit by his hypothetical lawyer.
It was an opportunity to showcase his Right wing bona fides and opine on “paternalism”. The actual worker in the real job? Not even a consideration.
@Kay: The argument that OSHA wouldn’t regulate this industry, so it’s inconsistent and arbitrary for them to regulate that one, sounds like an argument for eliminating OSHA entirely by rolling it out of every industry in turn, and I’m sure that’s exactly what it is.
(I remember howling about the absurd nanny-state excesses of OSHA being a major trope back in the early conservative-movement days of the 1970s. Based on five minutes of Googling, the libertarian-website line seems to be that workplace accidents were declining anyway before OSHA so it didn’t really do anything.)
On environmental matters it’s absolute bullshit. Right wing lawmakers thought of that. They’ve set up circles in state law where it’s almost impossible to sue bad actors. They looked at case law and designed state statutes to overturn it with a code section or get around it, making it impossible for an individual to even get into court.
It’s a great theory though. I hope for their sakes they never need to actually rely on it because it won’t work.
Tell them ground and water polluters reduce the value of THEIR property. They usually turn into flaming liberals when they find that out.
Good point. I’ve been taking it for granted that the Dems would stick together, but Schumer is not in the same league of cat-herding as Nancy Pelosi, so perhaps that wasn’t justified.
Ba ba baba, baba ba baba, I wanna be sedated.
I’m feeling blech with a better beat. I think I’m at the point where I wish I weren’t a news junkie. If ever there were a time to tune it all out, this is it.
The Republicans in government, at every damned level, are all corrupt monsters. Anyone who still votes Republican is a monster. Ailes, the vast right wing conspiracy, the media who treated them so uncritically all helped to make the party the horror show it is now.
Watching TV this am at the doctors office, and according to Barbara Comstock, she’s an “independent fighter for Virginia”
Say WHAT now??!?!
Man they just lie and lie and lie, don’t they?
I loved the title of Michelle Goldberg’s column this AM. (Yes, I haven’t canceled my NYT subscription yet, but I’ve thought of it.) “Pigs All the Way Down.” She was mostly talking about sexual matters but I think the “pig” label can apply not only to the sexual behavior described but also to the privileged’s ability to “hog” both money and power. I am struck by the fact that if Kavanaugh is confirmed all but one of the members of the Supreme Court will have graduated from Harvard and/or Yale. (And Ginsberg transferred from Harvard to Columbia.) This is, to put it mildly, bizarre and creates a Supreme Court with a limited world view. Are there no good law schools west of New Haven?
That’s good though. When they start omitting “Republican” it means the Party is a bad brand.
@Jeffro: My horrid House rep, Vern Buchanan, has been bombarding my mailbox with campaign collateral that describes him as “independent” and “bipartisan.” All big fat lies, of course; he votes with Trump over 95% of the time. Interesting that he’s running away from the Republican label in a district that is 20+ Republican.
BC in Illinois
John Yoo — whose work on the Bush Administration of Torture Brett Kavanaugh definitely did not see, hear, read, or know anything about (though the records are for some reason unavailable) — wrote a pro-Kavanaugh op-ed for the Washington Post today.
For some reason, he did not propose the water torture of all witnesses, as a way of getting to the real truth.
@Jack the Second:
Sometimes I make a quick list of all the things that didn’t exist when he founders wrote the constitution. Once you start making a list, you realize how absurd originalists are.
@BC in Illinois:
Under Yoo’s “organ failure” threshold for torture, Kavanaugh could not be water-boarded due to the high risk of liver failure.
@Betty Cracker: that is interesting! I really think this is it – we either put the brakes on this omega-level shit show or the Republic is done
Also: this horrendous Megyn Kelly version of the Today show (running in the doc’s office) – worse than actual Fox. It’s semi subtle, cheery/chirpy wingnuttery with a healthy dose of “both sides”, but worse.
@chris: Wow! Great video
@BC in Illinois: Good lord, is Yoo really so clueless as to think that his weighing in on Kavanaugh will positively affect the result?
But her emails!!!
They’re also largely incorrect about the tort system. Even in the event that the company still exists at the time the damage is incurred, there’s still issues.
1. Oh, I’m sorry that that oil tanker was it’s own independent company. Too bad it only had that oil tanker as an asset and insufficient insurance to cover the cleanup costs
2. How do you know it was our toxic chemical that caused your cancer or made your children sick. What about the toxic chemicals from all these other companies? Also sometimes this type of cancer just happens. You can’t prove that it was specifically our chemicals that cause harm. Here’s a few dozen industry hacks that say my chemical is harmless and you/your child got sick from the family dog
3. We have lawyers on staff who are really bored. Let’s fight this for years and years and years until you give up and go bankrupt.
@PenAndKey: I continue to send $5/month to WNYC because their local work is top-notch, including investigations of shenanigans at the Trump Soho and the mysterious case of the NYC DA dropping charging against Ivanka and Jr. subsequent to a large donation from a local fixer.
The rest of NPR might suck, but WNYC deserves their shekels.
@JGabriel: I don’t get why the one area where Republicans seem to be doing about the same or better than expected is in Latino districts according to Wasserman. Is he referring to specific races or is this phenomenon across the country? It’s concerning because it matches what people have said about the lag in voter registration among Latinos in Orlando. Are people afraid to talk to strangers about politics (with good reason)? Are people reluctant to identify as Latinos when contacted by pollsters? Is it because when you’re struggling to survive, registering and voting is not a high priority? I don’t buy the line that Puerto Ricans don’t understand the two party system in the US. That’s bullshit. It’s the easiest system to understand. Something else is going on.
I liken constitutional “originalists” to fundies who claim to know what, exactly, the demented Revelation means. Only they are fluent in the code, and all others must accept their wisdom.
@Luthe: Thanks for the heads up. Might be good to listen to WNYC online. Will give it a try.
WNYC has a great looking website, with links to all kinds of interesting stories.
@Betty Cracker: Never trust a politician named “Vern”
@tobie: People who feel they may be targets of hate or worse tend not to be forthcoming in interviews. Like that elderly Sikh gentleman who was attacked by white supremacists when he was putting up flyers for the local R candidate. He refused to lay the blame for his attack at T’s door.
James E Powell
This is pretty much the FOX mission statement.
@chris: A companion piece would have 18-24 year olds telling each other not to vote. “Whole system is corrupt– we’re better than that.” “They’re both the same.” “I don’t pay any attention to it.” “Why should we vote–It’s all rigged.”
My lead story on Yahoo news is Avenatti warning Kavanaugh and his supporters that a new person is coming forward within 48 hours, and she is both a witness and a victim. Avenatti’s definitely a sideshow in many ways, but overall I think he is a net positive, he’s nasty and plays hardball. We need that occasionally.
“It doesn’t affect me.”
I’m 63 and I try not to talk down or lecture but… I go ballistic on that one.
@schrodingers_cat: I’m sure fear for personal safety is one reason why some Latinos are hesitant to answer polls, self-identify to strangers, or register to vote. And states like Florida have made it difficult to register, so that is an added factor. I’m just wondering if anything else is going on. In 2008, the McCain campaign had shout-outs not only to “Joe, the Plumber” but “Tito, the Builder.” What was the reason for this?
I’m just thinking that if you’re actually an independent, maybe leaning GOP but with no particular interest in the party itself, you might be puzzling over why they don’t dump Kavanaugh and get somebody less inflammatory and feeling that it’s pretty stupid to continue with this fiasco. And disapproving.
@Jack the Second:
This is the problem with living a lifetime in the wingnut conservative bubble and never having an honest job. This magical thinking that certain jobs are so dangerous that only crazy people with a death wish do them. Totally opposite to the way OSHA thinks in that there are risks EVERYWHERE, so take reasonable precautions. A job is a job.
@Kay: kavan ugh is literally the definition of a middling suck up political hack with good ole boy networking skills- he can be a Fox commentator not a Supreme
Why do we all have to pay the price for their freedom? I know, let’s get together and force them to pay the true cost of business. Which is what we do when the EPA fines them.
@tobie: my 2 cents from a neighborhood coffee shop: 1) Hispanic voters have a historically low voter participation rate (this is the bedrock issue, all research into voting behavior is that it is learned/modeled); 2) the Hispanics have the youngest average population of any demographic group in the US—young people have the lowest voter participation rates; 3) a lot of the states w/ the highest Hispanic populations are also states that construct significant barriers to registering to vote/voting—due to youth, education level, income level, etc… the are particularly onerous for Hispanic voters; 4) now throw all the anti-immigrant/gov’t targeting of Hispanic populations on top of that. Imho, it is going to take a few decades of really dedicated efforts (ie a generational change) to improve Hispanic voter turnout. I hope I am being overly pessimistic. Now, back to writing GOtV postcards to low incidence D leaning primary voters—what i am actually doing atm.
@Tokyokie: I think all the originalists should be forced to wear heavy woolen clothes, Mercury tinged wigs and tights and they need to have their offices in primitive buildings without plumbing and a/c. Let’s see how long they last.
@Marcopolo: Thanks for your insights!
@Jeffro: I started to see NoVA GOPers run away from the Republican label circa 2012. Gillespie didn’t use it much either. Neither did Trump initially, come to think of it. It’s like if Republicans don’t call themselves that, all the horrific things Republicans believe and do don’t count. According to party self-ID numbers, GOP voters apparently think the same.
Domestic short hair tabby (fka vheidi)
@Luthe: me too, but I never listen during the week.
“You can’t handle the truth!”
Good to hear. That’s decidedly not the case with Wisconsin’s branch. Some programs may be okay, but the moment anything related to the economy, trade, or politics raises its head their bias is clear as day.