Proud of my Attorney General:
Ken Paxton got tired of disenfranchising people in Texas so now he's coming for voters in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
I've joined 22 AGs in support of an amicus urging the Supreme Court to throw this lawsuit into the trashbin of history.
— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) December 10, 2020
Either that, or they're too weak to stand up to one. https://t.co/CgNs2cu0Hn
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) December 10, 2020
body count is literally a 9/11 a day, not sure the pilot was actually interested in landing https://t.co/PsRtCnm6EY
— kilgore trout, tiny desk carpenter (@KT_So_It_Goes) December 11, 2020
It's 37 days after election, all 50 states certified, 306 electoral votes confirmed for Biden, won by 7 million votes nationwide, Trump has lost 55 court cases, no evidence of fraud & yet he's still trying to overturn election results & 90% of GOP is complicit
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) December 10, 2020
Trump's attempted coup won't succeed, but Republicans are weaponizing his lies to massively turbocharge new voter suppression efforts. This is why it's so dangerous https://t.co/akpwIXNJxz
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) December 10, 2020
Fascinating. @MichaelCohen212 describing the aftermath of Trump's defeat to @JaneMayerNYer in an article that appeared just before the election. pic.twitter.com/w9cMdm0rqh
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 10, 2020
i don't know, i don't think he ever could've been elected if it were working to begin with. https://t.co/cFgUh6Khaj
— unstoppable lizard eating machine (@golikehellmachi) December 11, 2020
I hope after January 20th that Daniel gets to take a long vacation. https://t.co/CvRhWXnfvH
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) December 11, 2020
Dem AGs have been the unsung heroes through the Trump years.
It is an absolute clown car, and the Supreme Court should get off their asses and end this shit right now.
Anyone on twitter following what is happening with the TX SCOTUS case? Have they thrown it out yet?
I love MIke and this his cartoon to run this weekend
Good friends lived next door to him when he first moved to the Atlanta area. They have longed since moved though.
@Baud: Maura Healey has been awesome! My two minute claim to fame, I have been on a Zoom call earlier this year with her. It was some kind of a campaign training session before the convention.
Good evening, everyone. To soothe myself as this absurd and dangerous exercise to steal the election plays out, I’ve been doing my holiday baking. I started a bit later than I normally would, about a week ago, because I figured, “Why bother?” We can’t and won’t hold our annual holiday party as an in-person event, but my wife encouraged me to bake anyway. It makes me happy and we can deliver baked goods to family and friends while wearing masks and socially distancing instead of them eating them at our party. My wife has planned a Zoom holiday party, so while we can’t do an in-person party, we can invite people to our Zoom event who live across the U.S. and around the world. It’ll be fun, just in a different way. (So far, I’ve made butterscotch cookies, kitchen sink cookies and cut-out sugar cookies. snickerdoodles, dulce de leche sandwich cookies, pinwheel cookies and gingersnaps are on the way!)
Even better is that some lawyers filed amicus brief on behalf of New California and New Nevada. We have gone off the rails crazy now and now a laughing stock for the rest of the world. They are all laughing at us.
The SCOTUS is reduced to this now. An entire party ready to throw out the election results but also filings from individuals representing states that don’t exist.
@Karen S.: Nothing wrong with baking therapy!
Next week may see the end of two farces.
In the US, the Electoral College will be meeting and slam down Trump’s idiotic attempt to steal the election.
In the UK, Boris Johnson may have to finally own the consequences of his lies and evasions about BREXIT.
@Kent: CNN keeps saying, “any moment now…!!”
Jim, Foolish Literalist
Or, they want to be the American Orban. Do with smarts (ed., they think) what trump almost blundered and blind-squirrel-sniffed his way into. I haven’t been through the list, but I’m pretty comfortable saying Dan Crenshaw would like to stand on a balcony under banners bearing his image. Cruz, Hawley and Haley all seem to think they could successfully ride that tiger. I’m vaguely surprised that, as I understand, Liz “Dick Jr” Cheney is not on the list.
Rain! RAIN! You guys, it’s RAINING!
We (California generally and the Bay Area specifically) need this so much. Drought has been the dried-up, sour old pickle on the shit sandwich that is 2020.
Super wet up here – good for skiing and just general good for the northwest. Glad y’alls getting rain at last!
Mike in NC
Has any of Trump’s minions told him about the Person of the Year thing yet? I picture him chewing on the Resolute desk.
I’m not especially knowledgeable about the law or even politics, but I’m okay at basic logic:
The ballots in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin contain votes for President and for members of Congress. Throwing out those ballots means that the elections of 54 House Representatives should also come into question. Should those elections be overturned as well? Remarkably, 16 Republican Congressmen from those four states signed on to an amicus brief. As soon as they volunteer to give up their position, I’ll trust their sincerity.
Would you be willing to share your cookie recipes with TaMara so she could feature them in a food thread?
Also, what are “kitchen sink” cookies? Sounds as though you toss in more or les whatever you have kicking around cluttering up your spice cabinet, but there has to be some kind of underlying theme.
Anyhow, it all sounds delicious and I wish you could share with Jackals.
@cain: It’s complete batshittery. LaLa Land. Utterly insane.
Also a logical extension of the sovereign citizen bullshit the GOP has been playing footsie with for the last 10+ years.
It’s perfectly obvious the GOP, root and branch, is out to destroy the US, and they figure there will never be as good a chance to do so as now.
SCOTUS should sanction the attorney if there is an attorney on the filing.
@cain: We should alert ICE that people are sneaking into the US from New California and New Nevada. It’s our patriotic duty!
Baud! 2024!: A President for New America!
The Supreme Court website says that the court will release an orders list at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, and may release opinions on Monday. That would be cutting it close vis-a-vis the Electoral College vote. Hopefully they will dispose of Texas v. Pennsylvania some time over the weekend.
Yeah, I wonder if they’ll just do it in their regular orders list. I don’t know what they do with original jurisdiction cases.
Is briefing complete? Does Texas get a reply?
That “New” crap is absolutely bullshit. Time to go all Sedition Act on these assholes.
@burnspbesq: This is an off-docket case, so they can release a decision at any time. Monday would be for cases argued in court, I think.
Steve Vladeck on Twitter:
People won’t listen.
Here’s my reality: Daughter #2 is expecting twins a week before the inauguration. Her epic pandemic pregnancy has been a warm light shining on our family since last spring, challenging again and again my resolve to keep my hands and mind to myself. For example, I am a person who skips to the end of a book I’m enjoying because I enjoy reading it more when I’m not anxiously wondering what’s going to happen. She and her beautiful spouse are adamantly refusing to learn the gender of these babies; they have the ultrasound techs warn them when the camera might spoil the surprise, so they can look away.
The babies now weigh about 5# each, with 5 weeks to go before they induce labor/do the caesarean, depending on whether or not they’ve shifted to be both head down. She lives about an hour away, part of which is a ferry ride between our island and her peninsula, and tomorrow we’re going to have a very careful visit.
This is my world when I’m not obsessing over republican traitors, and boy am I grateful for it.
TS (the original)
They are indeed. This was Josh Shapiro talking to Nicolle Wallace about the GOP members of congress supporting the Texas case to the SCOTUS
They need either a surgeon to repair their spines or a psychologist to examine their brains
Filed earlier today. Is crap.
You’re right about kitchen sink cookies in that they do tend to be loaded with lots of stuff, but from the recipes I’ve come across they all generally have chocolate chips or chunks, potato chips, pretzels and/or nuts, toffee, sometimes dried fruit and shredded coconut.
Would I email her the recipes?
Jim, Foolish Literalist
If you thought no Republican would ever dance sexier than Rick Perry in his barbershop quartet outfit, well… I give you: Your Current Vice President!
@burnspbesq: Thanks. I hope there are sanctions, but I don’t expect it.
@Mary G: I am the Supreme Leader of New Idaho and it includes all the pretty parts of Montana and Wyoming!! Just because I have been there and deemed the inhabitants worthy of my simply-devine omnipotence.
Prepare yourself for further proclamations!!!
Josh Shapiro (or his office) is a far better writer.
@hitchhiker: Whidbey Island? If so I’ve worked on some interesting projects – Designer for Earth Sanctuary for one.
Paxton is a third-rate lawyer with great instincts for pushing Texas crackpots’ buttons. This abomination is the opening salvo in his 2022 re-election campaign.
Anonymous At Work
Sad part is that the National Bullshit Radar works perfectly. FOX “News” has just convinced half the people that it’s the National Truthteller-and-Great-Leader Radar instead.
@hitchhiker: A flashback to the good old days when “gender reveal” meant “birth”.
@Comrade Colette: Being a L.I.er, fairly recently re-located to the East Bay, I can say that I’m enjoying the sprinkles and the overcast.
I would love to see a multi-day soaker .
Oh now that sounds truly wonderful. Something totally nice to look forward to.
Twins. It’s like most of the ‘family’ work is done in one swell foop.
@burnspbesq: still seems excessive to keep the country’s pysche on hold for a whole ‘kend. If someone hands me a shit sando with a side of dung chips and Pepsi Max, I dont need an entire weekend to figure out Im not eating this meal….
Now it means forest fire.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
Ari Melber saying the SC has tossed the TX suit already
Has Abbott shown support for what Paxton’s doing?
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: It did. Lack of standing.
@Baud: Yeah, I figured they wouldn’t come within a million miles of even ruling on the merits, this thing is so absurd. Lack of standing is pretty obvious.
Abbott has been invisible for several days.
I’m vaguely surprised that, as I understand, Liz “Dick Jr” Cheney is not on the list.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
Surprise, surprise…Rep. Cheney is one of the good guys on this one. She’s on Trump’s shitlist because she has been publicly calling for his concession. He no like.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: TPM says this too. TX case bounced.
No rain forecast down in LA till at least Thursday. But southern CA gets far less rain than northern. Normally.
Thread up on SCT.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Ralphie: I despise her, but I’d like to lock her and trump in a room for five minutes. I think she’d walk out of an empty room, belching and picking the last of him out of teeth.
@Comrade Colette: Isn’t it wonderful to see, smell, and feel the rain. I live in San Mateo County, and I love that we are getting some rainm
Here’s the order. Alito and Thomas dissent is not surprising; they’ve been banging that drum for a while.
Yes, please email her. Can’t wait to see especially the recipes for your butterscotch cookies and gingersnaps. Yum yum yum.
There go two miscreants
Since this is an open thread: my calendar arrived today, looks very nice!
I had also ordered some seasonal card from CafePress, and they arrived a couple of days ago. My total order was 24 cards — two packs of 10 and 4 singles; they arrived in six separate packages, each package also including 24 envelopes!!
Mike in NC
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: If Mike Pence and Sean Spicer appear together on ‘Dancing with the Has Beens’, I will tune in.
YES! The Supremes shot down the Texas suit. Give up, alrready!
@TS (the original):
I love my AG so much it hurts.
His crew did an amazing job under wicked time pressure.
@hitchhiker: That’s wonderful. Congratulations x2! Twins are great. AND they get a birthdate in 2021. No-one will say what a sh*t year that was.
Paxton will probably file a motion for reconsideration, because he’s that much of an asshole.
He and his team are pretty damn impressive. Took on the Catholic Church and UPMC, two very deep pocketed and influential behemoths here in PA. He has balls of steel.
It should not be lost in the shuffle that Alito and Thomas would have granted leave to file, but “no other relief.” It’s unanimous on lack of standing.
Even the three Trump-appointed justices were having none of this bullshit.
Haha! (Mary, this dude is my brother-in-law.)