Valued commenter germy brought this to our attention in a thread downstairs: Jen Psaki’s comment during a live taping of the Obama bros podcast:
Jen Psaki is asked if “Peter Doocy is a stupid son of a bitch or does he just play one on tv:”
“He works for a network that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual including Peter Doocy, but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a bitch.” pic.twitter.com/2FYMPX12Rr
— Eugene Daniels (@EugeneDaniels2) April 15, 2022
As I’ve shared here before, I think it’s a mistake for any Democrat to have anything to do with Fox News. I don’t believe they deserve the privilege of White House press credentials anymore than InfoWars does, and I wish Psaki would stop calling on the stupid son of a bitch. For a contrary take, see this WaPo column from Erik Wemple on the Biden admin’s Fox News strategy.
Also from the Obama bros podcast taping, in response to a question, Psaki said there are no plans for the president to visit Kyiv (but of course she WOULD say that if there were a secret plan for a surprise visit, right?), and she declined to share a timeline for her eventual exit as press secretary. I’m going to miss her. She’s the best press secretary I can remember.
Also from an earlier thread, Kay linked to this HuffPo story about Florida’s new forced-birth law and the rationale Republican lawmakers have for not including exceptions for rape and incest:
Despite several attempts from Florida Democrats to include amendments to make exceptions for rape and incest, the GOP-controlled legislature voted all of them down.
State Sen. Lauren Book (D) shared her own story of being drugged and raped by several men as a child in an attempt to sway her Republican colleagues into voting in support of an amendment that would make exceptions.
Stargel, the main Senate sponsor of the abortion restriction, was not influenced by Book’s personal experience. Instead, she argued that most women will lie about rape in order to get an abortion. “I fear for the men who are going to be accused of a rape so that the woman could have an abortion because that’s her only way out,” Stargel said during floor debate last month. “A woman is going to say she was raped so she could have the abortion.”
That would be State Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Of Course), a religious fanatic who reps a district in the central part of the state. I’ve known women like Stargel all my life since I grew up in a contiguous geographical area and within the same crackpot culture. If anything, they’re worse than white evangelical men and even more determined to punish people they suspect of being lying sluts.
And finally, via CNN, the January 6th committee strategically released almost 100 text messages to Trump CoS and vote fraud committer Mark Meadows from two Trump stalwarts: Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Chip Roy of Texas. Here are some of the lowlights:
ROY, 11/7: We need ammo. We need fraud examples. We need it this weekend.
LEE, 11/7: Sydney Powell is saying that she needs to get in to see the president, but she’s being kept away from him. Apparently she has a strategy to keep things alive and put several states back in play. Can you help get her in?
Reader, Powell got in, and the situation did not develop necessarily to the president’s advantage…
ROY, 11/9: We must urge the President to tone down the rhetoric, and approach the legal challenge firmly, intelligently and effectively without resorting to throwing wild desperate haymakers or whipping his base into a conspiracy frenzy.
ROY, 11/19, after infamous Powell-Giuliani press conference with the hair dye malfunction: Hey brother – we need substance or people are going to break.
LEE, 11/19: The potential defamation liability for the president is significant here. For the campaign and for the president personally. Unless Powell can back up everything she said, which I kind of doubt she can.
ROY, 11/22: Frigging rudy needs to hush.
The two lawmakers continued to beg Meadows for guidance on how to oppose the certification of Biden’s win. They never received it and became increasingly despondent:
ROY, 12/31: The president should call everyone off. It’s the only path. If we substitute the will of states through electors with a vote by congress every 4 years… we have destroyed the electoral college… Respectfully.
LEE, 1/3: I only know that this will end badly for the President unless we have the Constitution on our side. And unless these states submit new slates of Trump electors pursuant to state law, we do not.
ROY, 1/6, as insurrectionists stormed the Capitol: This is a shitshow. Fix this now.
Really looking forward to the January 6th committee hearings. Open thread!