Pity any Republican who has been caught on tape furtively doing the right thing.
— LeavePlutoAloneHat (@Popehat) April 22, 2022
After talking to some smart people in DC and elsewhere, the case that @Liz_Cheney leaked the @gopleader tape is weak.
The breadcrumbs lead back to a surprising quarter.
In related news…
How's your morning going, @EliseStefanik?
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 22, 2022
Has Stefanik denied being of the source of the Kevin McCarthy tape?
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) April 22, 2022
A blessed Downfall meme day to all who celebrate https://t.co/7UPaU8jODq
— zeddy (@Zeddary) April 22, 2022
Speaking of embarrassing photos, I think the correct verb structure here would be ‘was thrown on a grenade’…
I'm probably overthinking this but I feel like Madison Cawthorne fell on a grenade for Kevin McCarthy.
— The Substack of Boba Fett (@agraybee) April 23, 2022
Some firing squad are circular. Some roulettes are Russian. https://t.co/itLgxJufHr
— (((Sen. ????????????????))) (@NotAbouThatBase) April 22, 2022
The states of cowardice, depravity, and moral treason. https://t.co/BplbjyOwEG
— LeavePlutoAloneHat (@Popehat) April 22, 2022
And finally… Oh, *that* threat of violence! Y’see, I make so many…
the "hold on now!" moment is a cartoonish sitcom moment come to life, but also it's interesting to see a someone as unhinged as MTG drop the act and look genuinely cornered https://t.co/LsBkzQLnSl
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) April 22, 2022
Mr. Pierce, who watched some of Whitey Bulger’s boys testify, back in the day — “Marjorie Taylor Greene Was the Most Non-Credible Person I’ve Seen on a Witness Stand in Decades”:
… The whole thing is a long shot, but it’s one worth taking if it gives pause to any of the up-and-coming crazies who likely will be arriving in Washington next January. Of course, the only thing the administrative court can do is recommend actions to the Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, who’s been a piñata ever since he refused to go along with the former president* two years ago, and who’s running for re-election at the moment…
Greene was pretty plainly dealing throughout in barefaced non-facts. She was an objectively terrible witness on her own behalf, probably the most obviously non-credible person I’ve seen on a witness stand since I saw a Massachusetts bagman claim a senator who’d been paying him off for decades actually was extorting him. But it’s almost impossible to imagine this challenge actually succeeding. The poor, old 14th Amendment has taken a brutal beating over the past half-century. Section 3, the part the challenge is based on, has been locked in a steamer trunk in the attic since the last real Confederate died. The 14th was an appeal for the country to change, if it had the guts to do so. It didn’t. And the result is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia.
What a snake Elise Stefanik seems to be. Does she realky think her party would ever have a woman speaker? Slimy creepy deceitful Speaker yes. Woman speaker no.
This whole GOP in disarray thing would be entertaining if it wasn’t so utterly terrifying. May is going to be a hell of a month if we’re just starting in with the leaking before the public hearings.
West of the Rockies
Cawthorne is looking more hypocritical and ridiculous by the hour. And MTG’s arrogance is matched only by her stupidity.
For those who had questions in the auction preview thread yesterday, answers have been posted there, with apologies for the delay, only it was after midnight my local time.
David ? ☘The Establishment☘? Koch
Can you imagine the firestorm in the MSM if a Dem (high profile or not) was registered to vote in three states
@David ? ☘The Establishment☘? Koch: Why is being registered in 3 places bad? I never DEregister when I move. Did he sigh up without actually moving?
David ? ☘The Establishment☘? Koch
It doesn’t matter if it’s bad, this is politics. The MSM launched a weeks long firestorm over Nancy Pelosi eating ice cream. They launched a firestorm over Obama putting mustard on his cheeseburger (the ultimate nothingbuger). Obama came withing an inch of impeachment over a tan suit.
For goodness sakes, if Katie Porter was registered in three states she be ripped to shreds.
@Mallard Filmore: the North Carolina address he used was a trailer that his wife spent a week at for a vacation…he was never there, they don’t own or rent the property.
Plus, to vote in an area you have to actually be a resident, something he and his wife never were at that address in NC.
@Mallard Filmore: Also lets not forget he spent a lot of time ranting about voter fraud in order to promote measures making it harder for the wrong sort of people to vote. He even gave the keynote address at the Conservative Partnership Institute’s Election Integrity Summit in February. “What you’re doing is investing in the future of our country and making sure only legal votes count,”
MTV’s gulp at the end, when she can’t fully reboot the smirk, is priceless.
Joe Biden on Earth Day, retweeted by Ragnarok Lobster:
I wonder if Americorps will be involved. That organization would make a good platform for a new Climate Corps. I’d forgotten about them until a couple of years ago, when I stopped at a coffee shop in Vicksburg. While on my way out there were four young people, 3 white and one Black, coming in. They looked cheerful and had on Americorps windbreakers.
I hope everyone had a happy Earth Day.
I remember when Americorps was controversial, i.e., Republicans hated it.
His passenger had to adjust her clothing when she climbed out so I think I know why young Mad was swerving.
A republican leaked this photo.
Payback for his coke&orgy accusations. I love when republicans ratfuck each other.
@germy: Congrats again to the NC-11 idiots who voted for this assclown. To think that they could’ve had a retired Air Force colonel representing them…
The trumpheads are gathering at the Delaware County (Ohio) Fairgrounds. A reporter from WBNS TV interviewed Jonathan Riches of Tampa, Florida who had driven 17 hours to get there early. This will be his 46th trump rally. Riches has gotten three pictures of himself with trump and hopes to get a fourth.
The last few trump rallies have gotten relatively little attention, but this one could be different. Trump’s endorsement of phoney J.D. Vance appalled many Ohio Republicans, and this will be a test of trump’s salesmanship. And I think that trump won’t ignore the recent news about January 6, but instead will come out swinging.
Button her pinafore? Snap up her onesie? Did she get lint on her lollipop?
It is queasy being Greene.
NC-11 is comprised primarily of a large area of mountain & foothill communities whose demographics and geography are very similar to MTG’s northern Ga. district, coupled with a portion of the blue-voting Asheville area. Asheville was deliberately split in the last redistricting into two pieces to assure that the Asheville area couldn’t supply enough votes to tip a congressional election to even so much as a blue-dog democrat such as Heath Schuler, who represented the 11th from 2007-2013.
I wish they would stop saying Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It’s not the name of the law and it says nothing about what’s in the law. There’s no reason to give the Republican Party a plug every time they mention this law. If they were going to get some credit for “bipartisan” they surely would have by now, since they’ve repeated it a million times.
The name is “infrastructure investment and jobs act” which is much more descriptive. There’s no rule they have to reflexively credit Republicans. It’s worse than the real name of the law.
@Kay: I usually say Infrastructure bill myself. I don’t know why the President called it the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, but he did. The goal of planting 1.2 billion trees is still a good one no matter what you call the bill that funds it.
@mrmoshpotato: 6 short.
In 3… 2… 1…
“Biden pushes for ACORN funding.”
Stefanik, in her snakiness, is the epitome of the GOP. I hope it’s not long before they all destroy each other.
OT, I dreamed that LePen won by 98.4%, Putinesque margins.
Think I’ll go back to sleep.
ETA: Oh, and, I hate Elise Stefanik. I watched the first impeachment so I’ve had her number for quite a while.
It’s a decision they made and they all use it constantly. This is the White House web site:
They’re now campaigning for Democrats for the midterms. Perhaps we could drop the plug for Republicans at our campaign events and use the real name of the law, which is a better name anyway?
@Kay: “Bipartisan” plays well with people who aren’t on BJ.
So I’m told. Hasn’t worked its magic for so far in this administration but it seems to be an article of faith with them so I assume they’ll stick with it.
@Kay: Inflation and gas prices and Covid have more to do with this administration’s problems than any words.
@Kay: “Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” is how Marcy Kaptur’s website titled the bill when it passed. But the term isn’t used so much in news coverage. Usually the act is called “the Infrastructure law” or “infrastructure bill.”
Like I said, I just call it the Infrastructure bill. I like to post items about tree planting, the reinvigorated Superfund, “transformative” AMTRAK investments, weatherization of low income people’s housing, electric school buses, etc. because I still see people disparaging this act as a mere “roads bill” when it is much more than that.
The video is in the twitter acct I linked to
That’s the theory, I guess. Events that no one can control or influence will determine the outcome but if that’s the theory why bother campaigning at all?
They’re politicians – advocates. Words are the tools of the trade.
Deputinize Eurasia from the Kuriles to St Petersburg
But Little Maddie does such a great job of doing things that can be touted as “libruls pwn3d”….
This is the White House infrastructure page.
The banner at the top of the page is President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. They made a decision to rename the law, because they like that name better. I don’t think their name is better.
This is great. I know teenagers aren’t going to all sign up at the Brooklyn Public Library but I think it’s important librarians make it crystal clear they oppose book bannings, and it is getting media coverage.
Book bans are unpopular, too.
@Geminid: It’s unclear whether Governor Mike Dewine will be able to make it to the trump rally. He pointed out that he has a longstanding commitment to attend celebrations kicking off the 200th anniversary of Ulysses Grant’s birth, in New Richmond, Ohio. Primary rival Jim Renacci loudly says that he will attend trump’s rally.
If I were DeWine I would linger at Grant’s birthplace down near the Ohio River, and contemplate the legacy of a great American president. I might read Grant’s great Autobigraphy, or the letter he wrote in 1861 where he said:
He’s afraid to go. They’ll boo him and he’ll have to kiss Trump’s ass and it will be humiliating and embarrassing. Not that he might not do it! His whole career has been one long abandoning of his “principles”. I think the difference now is his administration and the Ohio leg are crazy-corrupt. DeWine was never corrupt. Now he is.
@Geminid: Different political race, but Ohioans need to be reminded that JD Vance actually lives in San Francisco.
Bought my husband the annotated version of Grant’s memoirs. He chuckled as he was reading it last night. Do not know what that was about.
@Kay: Caitriona Balfe the Outlander lady just reposted about Brooklyn library. She is Irish and lives in Scotland and she even noticed.
They’ll be an anti- JD Vance protest outside the rally, and probably inside the rally too. The Tea Party.
Have to hand it to the Tea Party. They’re right about Vance- he’s a fraud. The MAGAS will of course follow Dear Leader.
@Kay: well, that would be those Bill Clinton era gerontocrats in the party leadership who still party like it’s 1993.. to them, Newt Gingrich never happened; Bush v Gore never happened; the Iraq war never happened; the 2008 crash never happened; and Barack Obama was the ultimate reaffirmation of Bill Clinton and the Democratic Leadership Council.
One of my (non political) sisters linked it on the sisters group text. Librarians will win this. Americans have never supported book bans. Republicans tried them in the 1990’s and it was a big flop.
Deputinize Eurasia from the Kuriles to St Petersburg
I always get her confused with the woman who plays Dementia (or whatever the hell her name is) on Poldark.
@sab: Grant had a dry sense of humor, and he liked to poke fun at people’s pretensions including his own.
When Grant took a world tour after his second term was up, he visited Venice. It would be a nice city, he remarked, if they would only drain it. Critics like to quote this as proof that Grant was a dull philistine, but I think he was just having fun.
I don’t delve into the whole history. It is what it is. I’m not a political scientist. It just grates on me to hear every Democrat touting the “bipartisan infrastruture law” over and over as if the defining feature of the thing is a handful of Republicans voted for it. I could see it being part of a speech in a swing or Trump district for a House candidate – whatever they need they should try- but to make it the most prominent part of the pitch? It’s not even descriptive of the contents.
@Joey Maloney: No apologies from you, please! I put the Auction PREVIEW up at a time i thought it could reach the most people in advance of the auction. I didn’t stop to think about the time zone issue in terms of answering questions.
@Deputinize Eurasia from the Kuriles to St Petersburg: Demelza. Elinor Tomlinson.
@Kay: It seems to be one of the dreams that Biden won’t give up. I was a bit encouraged by his statement that this is not your father’s Republican Party. Hope that indicates a new direction.
@Kay: This is brilliant. The next revolution will be led by… Librarians?
Who woulda thunk it!
Enhanced Voting Techniques
I can not help but suspect the Democrats egged Setfak into pulling this stunt right when the GOP primaries get going. So yes, Trump’s toxic fan bois are going to be pulling themselves out of their recliners to vote because the Primaries have now become a referendum on McCarthy. We will get to see how many easily reelected Republican incumbents lose their nominations to Q-anon nut jobs who will just make the GOP House more unmanageable if they get elected.
Since Setfak sucks at backstabbing he going down too so the Democrats get a two for one on this deal. Quite the pay off on few comments.
What, did I suggest the Democrats are professional politicians, well back to the doomporning. We can’t have that.
I haven’t lived in NY since the late 70s but most my family still lives there so I kind of pay attention. I know upstate NY is very conservative, but I find Stefanik particularly repulsive. If she thinks she’s the one who will take Kevin’s job she’s also an idiot (which I didn’t figure as she’s an Ivy leaguer). If Republican’s take the House, the speakership will go to one of the truly despicable Trumpers like Jim Jordan.
@Geminid: You do know that Mark Twain wrote Grant’s autobiography, right? Grant was broke and Samuel Clemens helped him out in this way so that he wouldn’t die destitute.
@Enhanced Voting Techniques: Do you mean Stefanik? Last I checked, she’s a woman.
He recently had COVID. Not sure he should be out and about with others yet.
@opiejeanne: Twain published the memoirs, but Grant wrote them as he was dying of cancer.
Speaking of death cults…
The apartment is near the Howard University Law School, just off Connecticut Ave., maybe 5 miles from the Capitol.
@germy: It looks like the women’s clothing was a staple of some stupid game on a Royal Caribbean cruise he took.
The “distracted driving” and not having a valid license, and his horrible policies, are better reasons to get him out of office. But, hey, politics ain’t bean bag.