This guy is having a ball!
Gerry Connolly represents VA-11.
Virginia has 5 Republican members in the House and 6 Democrats.
Gerry Connolly has been in the House since 2009.
This video is 4.5 minutes. I love to see the Ds taking the fight to the Rs.
Iran – JCPOA
Putin – election interference
Ukraine – denying weapons, dirt on political opponent
NATO – obsolete
“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”
I don’t know how Anthony Blinken kept a straight face.
If you listened to Republicans this morning, you'd think they slept through the Trump years.
Secretary Blinken was before @HouseForeign today. I took the chance to correct the record. Turns out the Trump Administration left quite a mess for him to clean up.
Take a look ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/GvhzTYXtnk
— Rep. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) March 23, 2023
Nebraska is lucky to have this woman as State Senator. We are all lucky to have her.
State Sen. Megan Hunt (D), speaking directly to Republicans, reaffirms vow to filibuster all legislation if #NEleg anti-trans bill passes:
"No one in the world holds a grudge like me. And no one in the world cares less about being petty than me. I don't care. I don't like you." pic.twitter.com/IBvOV3g5ey
— The Recount (@therecount) March 23, 2023
h/t to the people who linked to these in the comments, or maybe I found them on twitter. By the time I had a chance to watch them, I had no idea where they came from. Out yourselves, please if you linked to these in the comments!
Thanks for giving stuff like this exposure.
Nice to see Democrats grabbing the republicans by the scruff and kicking them in the ass till their noses bleed.
It’s fun to watch the guy behind Connolly, he can barely keep a straight face.
The aide behind Connolly was fun to watch too. Like, he managed mostly to keep a slightly smirking smile on his face, as befits an aide to a Member making a mocking speech, but a couple times he looked pretty close to just guffawing out loud (which of course Would Not Do).
Deleted because of distraction. Carry on.
@Doc Sardonic: well of COURSE their noses bleed if they’re being kicked in the ass! I mean, where do you think their heads ARE?
Gerry’s my congressman and I couldn’t be prouder. I like no-f*&cks-left-to-give legislators when they’re on the side of right.
Gerry Connolly is my Congressman!!! And, yeah, he gives no fucks and has a district that doesn’t either.
Megan Hunt has been getting the pearl clutching treatment on Twitter. Delurked to tell those jerks that if my coworkers threatened my kid with their proposals (her kid is transgender), I don’t like you would be my mildest response.
That Connelly guy needs a shot at guest hosting The Daily Show. Sounds like he’d be good at it.
Gerry was my congressman back when we lived up in Fairfax, and he’s The Bomb.
I like this new “fighting Dem” spirit! Mock the Rs (roundly, roundly I say!), point out there many many lies, and keep on chugging.
@Baud: I love that Connolly clip. So funny.
Had an Abbott & Costello, George & Gracie vibe to it.
@Jeffro: Raskin does this well too.
Now I have to watch Connolly again to catch the guy behind him. I was mostly watching Blinken to make sure he didn’t laugh. Total straight man, Anthony Blinken. Kudos.
State Sen. Megan Hunt to Repub colleagues:
Damn! Her son is trans, and the Repubs activated Mama Bear Mode. Never activate Mama Bear Mode, Repubs!
@Betty Cracker: “My son isn’t safe around you! No kids are safe around you.”
That’s from memory, so it may not be exact, but she is so right. They are a threat to all children.
@zhena gogolia: he does indeed! =)
Rep. Jeffries too.
Come to think of it, we have a lot of fired-up talent on our side of the aisle!
ot. Rondestench has a new campaign video “TOP GOV” geddit, where he struts around in a flying suit like a cut price Dubya, looking “STRONG” and steely, Are all his advisors in tRUMPS camp. This shit is far beyond parody.
Connolly used to be my rep and a lot of people here still have warm feelings about him. (Our current rep is Don Beyer, and he’s quite good, too. We are lucky.)
@WaterGirl: That was what she said. And she is 1000% right. Thank you for highlighting her speech. She is one to watch.
@bbleh: You are exactly correct as to Republican anatomy & physiology. I firmly believe this should be regular order for our Democratic politicians, mockery to the point beyond cruelty, this time is no time to be nice or play fair.
@bbleh: Maybe he should keep a big handkerchief handy.
Gerry used to be my Congressman – the border got moved north and I’m in Beyer’s district now. Both are great guys in very safe seats.
Things like this are, it seems to me, a good argument for expanding the House. Make districts smaller so that representatives can forcefully represent their constituents. No both-sidesing clear issues like these. Recognize, and call out, the truth.
I’m a little saddened to learn she has a personal stake. I now worry about her son in that state.
Mr. Bemused Senior
Turnabout is fair play.
Thanks for the pointer to Sen. Hunt’s comments. Good for her.
These laws aren’t a game. She’s right to call them out.
Mike in Pasadena
I noticed Rep. Connolly had to discipline the witness a few times, “Did that administration have a name?” “Did that president have a name?” “And who was that president?” Sec Blinken finally stopped with the polite (meaning weak) weaseling to avoid naming names. Some Democrats are afraid to use Republicans’ names, too many are afraid of calling out TFG by using his name. “Trump,” shout it out when you get the answer right, Trump did those awful things. Excellent video.
@Another Scott: Related story. My 90-year old former Trump supporting FIL was having problems getting his Army pension checks after moving into assisted living. I called Beyer’s office and they were on it immediately, having a DOD rep call my wife the next day to straighten things out. I don’t know if it was cause and effect, but the old guy’s TV is now constantly tuned to CNN. For years before that, it had been tuned to Fox.
You can see Blinken almost slip at the end of the second question. Caught himself just in time.
yes! Expand the house, expand the Senate (DC statehood), expand/unpack the Courts.
Yes, while we’re at it combine the Dakotas…
My God, Blinken is scary smart and well spoken. Total command of the facts.
@Anyway: Why not just get rid of both of them?
@EarthWindFire: What’s your precinct? Are you involved with FCDC?
@Hoodie: I’ll take any defector to the right side. CNN is a good first step.
Excellent videos both, and from very different perspectives.
Hilarious to watch Blinken’s diplomat’s firmware in action.
“And what was the name of that administration?”
Click, whir, engage, “That would be the Trump Administration.
By all rights Megan Hunt should have Sass’s senate seat.
@EarthWindFire: Megan Hunt is absolutely amazing. Nebraska will probably manage to be as much of a shithole about trans issues as ND, SD, IA, WY etc. But not without an absolutely epic fight.
She should be a model for Democratic resistance in many other states.
Semi-relatedly, I saw that a Missouri rabbi put out a plea (sorry it’s twtr) last night for Jewish leaders across the country to focus in on the MO legislature. They really are being a testing ground for some of the most outrageous christofascist bullshit.
I’m awesome, ain’t I?
Dorothy A. Winsor
I love Connolly! He’s so snide.
I wasn’t always a big fan on Connolly when he was county board chair (a bit too “pro-business” for my taste), but he was always a great speaker and campaigner for all local Democrats, and he’s been excellent in the House.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
Have we all heard that Alvin Bragg received a death threat and white powder in the mail this afternoon?
Buckle your seatbelts. TFG is going to try a Putin, throwing all his remaining troops at every ongoing court case simultaneously.
Other legal news I heard today was that the judge in another case, I think the E. Jean Carroll case, has said the jury will be anonymous. Also that trial is absolutely going to start in late April (25th or 26th, I forget which). In case you’re getting impatient for any of this stuff to actually make it into court.
Exactly. There are issues where people of good will can disagree, but this isn’t one of them.
This is: do trans people count as people, or not? Before that (and yet again now, dammit), it was (is) do gays, or women, or Black people, count as people, or not?
As the late, great Terry Pratchett said, sin is treating people as things. That’s what this is about, whether it’s Blacks, or women, or gays, or trans persons, or other genderqueer people. They’re people, dammit, and anyone who insists on treating any of the above as lesser beings, or even treating whether they are or not as an open question, can go fuck themselves.
Gin & Tonic
A Rep by the name of Gerry Connolly should by rights be from Boston.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: That was some good work by Rep. Connolly. And funny. Chairman McCaul looked Iike he had a little bit of a smile when he got the microphone back.
Will you please get back on Twitter? All the alternatives so far suck. And baseball season is about to begin.
BFD (Big Friday Deal).
@HumboldtBlue: Agree! Betty I miss your swamp photos and videos!
Hmmm. Can we give the Dakotas away to Canada? Or would we have to pay them to take them off our hands?
Here’s an article about it. There have also been bomb threats to government buildings in the Foley Square area that were sent from mail.ru domains and the like.
@Mike in Pasadena: Secretary Blinken could see what Connoly was tryng to do and went along with the skit. I thought Blinken played the role of straight man well.
@Warblewarble: the pics of De Santis in his flight suit and helmet were laughable, immediately on tw*tter there were hundreds of reposts of the Dukakis in a tank picture, it was lovely
josh marshall on tw*tter
Talk about yer common clay…
Sister Golden Bear
Nominated for a rotating tag.
@Shana: Past time for another Northern Virginia Balloon Juice meetup, so we can find out (or remember) how many of us already know each other IRL. 🙂
@NotMax: Can you imagine the response if a local mosque took over a town’s library?
Connally was great. Time to watch Nebraska. Much grinning is happy making.
@Citizen Alan: They preserved libraries through the Middle Ages. Might still be good at it.
There you go again, Democrats, just being mean, MEAN I say, to those poor Republicans. Gerry Connolly must be stripped of his committee assignments and publicly flogged.
How dare he us facts to argue his case. That is so unseemly, and so unfair, because the Republicans would NEVER do that!
@Mike in Pasadena: I thought that was a clear attempt on the part of Anthony Blinken to keep his comments from appearing political.
@Mike in Pasadena: I think you might’ve missed the point. Connolly and Blinken are on the same side, and I’m pretty sure every word of their exchange was intentional.
@Raoul Paste: Yes! I am very glad he is our Secretary of State.
Yep, they’re trying to groom small “d” democrats and well-read, informed citizens.
Have they no shame?
7Veritas4 is having a Q&A thread:
Make it so.
@Shana: I’m in Mosby-2 since redistricting. Sort of surprised the name hasn’t been changed yet since the name of our polling place was.
I’m not a FCDC committee member but I pass out sample ballots every general election. I went to the FCDC meeting after Trump’s inauguration and was both pleased and horrified by the crowd. There had to have been at least 500 people there and I don’t do well in large groups. But I always look for volunteer opportunities. Are you involved with them?
@HumboldtBlue: I know, damn it. I really do miss it, and baseball season will suck without it!
eclare: I was tempted today for a bird ID!
@Gin & Tonic: IIRC Connelly is originally from Boston. Or maybe that was the former Northern VA representative named – wait for it – Moran.
@Another Scott: Yes, I look forward to his Friday afternoon Q & A sessions. They are quite heartening and fun, even if he’s not the real Jack Smith.
It’s not the same, but it’s still far better than any of the other sites I have signed up for. All your regulars are still active, so grab some wine and some glasses and get back out there!
Just curious. Do you still make pourigami using wine bottle foil?
Agreed, Gerry Connolly is a great asset to the Democratic caucus!
Can you provide the source for that cool graphic image appearing at the top of this post?
I don’t think a Senator should beat another Senator with a cane.
but an aluminum telescoping baton that can make it through security…?
same here. I had real doubts about him at first, but he’s been great. Beyer is my Congressman though, and he’s great too! 👍
is FCDC Falls Church or Farifax County? Mo
It’s an Adobe Stock Photo by Pathdoc (around the 10th one in that collection).
@Wyatt Salamanca: I wish I could. I found that graphic in the early days of Covid when I was looking for a banner image for the new Information Is Power topic I had just made.
edit: and I see that Scott found it.
This makes my heart glow!
@cliosfanboy: Fairfax County – my nym links to the website.
@EarthWindFire: Both Connolly and Moran are originally from Boston. People in the DC area (including elected officials) can be from all over – strength in diversity!
@BlueGuitarist: Yes, make the House have districts roughly equal in size to that of the smallest district (Wyoming). I would also offer statehood to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as one state, and smoosh our Pacific Island territories into Hawaii.
We should cease being a colonial/imperial power.
@Anyway: Unfortunately, the Constitution prohibits depriving a state of its two Senators, so the Dakotas with four becoming Dakota with two is a no-no.
@EarthWindFire: Volunteers are very much appreciated! I hated those giant meetings, too. They’ve actually gotten better – they went virtual during the pandemic, and it looks like they may remain hybrid forever. You can keep up with everything without the crowd, and you can hit the mute button if someone is getting annoying. 🙂
I’m a precinct captain in Mason district.
@NotMax: Had twelve years of parochial school, mostly taught by nuns in the 1960’s. Exposed to all types of contemporary literature, taught that the Bible was not meant to be interpreted literally, and had my first exposure to women’s lib. What happens when ‘church’ libraries don’t toe the fundamentalists’ line?
@Redshift: Great idea. As long as it’s after Passover and when I’m in town that would be great.
@Dan B: not really. They preserved what they thought were religious texts through the Middle Ages. Not everything.
@RevRick: I still like the idea of requiring that each state have at least as many US representatives as it has US senators.
Roughly 288,500 people per district, roughly 1144 representatives. 634 electoral votes to win the Presidency.
It would solve a lot of problems. Therefore, it won’t happen anytime soon. :-(
@EarthWindFire: Yep, precinct captain for what used to be OakMarr precinct (it just got renamed) for the past 15-ish years. I’ve met a lot of great people, and a couple I’d be happy to never see again, but it’s also like herding cats sometimes.
FYI for those unsure: Passover this year runs from April 5 through April 13.
@cliosfanboy: Fairfax County
So in complete contrast to all these assholes calling Michaelangelo’s David statue pornographic, I recently joined a Facebook group dedicated to the work of Egon Schiele. So now my feed is filled up with, well, lots of tits and ass. But it’s art.
@NotMax: United Church of Christ, Unitarian, and Presbyterian churches ought to establish banned book libraries.
@RevRick: My neighbor down the street works at the local UU church and she has a Little Free Library. I like to put all kinds of trash and smut (like Faulkner) in there.
I think that Dan B was referring to Islamic libraries,…..
Brit in Chicago
@Raoul Paste: “My God, Blinken is scary smart and well spoken. Total command of the facts.”
One of many things to like about Uncle Joe is that he has chosen really good and well-qualified people for the major positions in the administration—and mostly, as far as I can tell, for the less positions too. Quite a contrast from TFG.
@NotMax: So what’s stopping these churches from setting up their own libraries right now? Oh yeah, money. Libraries cost money to operate.
Dingus is really talking about shifting public funds over to religious groups.
@Another Scott: that’s an excellent idea!
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ report (Our Common Purpose) has something like this listed as a step towards better representation, although I don’t think they go far enough.
(Who cares what the current size of the Capitol is? Why should that limit democracy? Why would you open with “add 50 reps ” when you could open with “add 700 reps”? =)
I have to admit, the extremely low quality of trumpov hires was surprising to me. (Yes, I’m stupid). But I always assumed that the GOP Powers-That-Be would use him as a puppet and have a ton of effective wingnut welfare goons ready to spring into action at all levels, the better to bring about their RWNJ heaven on earth.
Turns out, being RWNJ seems to inhibit excellence in anything but grifting. Funny, that.
@Jeffro: The book “The Fifth Risk” was eye-opening about TFG’s low quality hires. His top priority was loyalty to Trump and competence was way, way down the list of desired attributes.
I think it was Madison Cawthorn who admitted he hired his staff for comms, which really meant their ability to get him onto Fox News. He wasn’t hiring people for their policy knowledge.
Gerry Connolly was my congressman for a long time. I eventually moved out of his district, but he is the real deal.
In early adulthood he gave some thought to becoming a priest, but married and has one daughter, and is an exceptionally good Congressional rep. Glad to see him getting some acclaim.
He apparently throws an excellent St. Patrick’s Day fete each year.
That woman is going to teach them that once you really piss someone off, your life will be hell.
New wingnut panic incoming
That legislator from Nebraska!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
@Jay: Yep. Islamic libraries.
James E Powell
So what you’re saying is we need a time machine.
They’ve had the chance to set up public libraries for centuries. Never took it.
Public libraries as we know them didn’t really start until the late nineteenth century. Maybe the public had got tired of waiting for the churches.
Damn right it’s about giving tax payers money to fundies
Both those clips are great in different ways. And kudos to Blinken for keeping a straight face. I’d have cracked up
If you have one, this Virginia expat would love to make the drive across the Wilson Bridge to join you folks!
@Mike in Pasadena: I think you missed the point of what was happening.
@M31: I’ve always hated politicians dressing up as military
Here’s a lettuce
@Redshift: I know none of you IRL but I’d like to!
Welp, no more #1 seeds left in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament!
I mostly root for the underdogs so I’m really enjoying March Madness this year! Hoping #15 Princeton hangs on tonight!
Personally, I thought it was pitch perfect. Blinken is Secretary of State of the United States of America, not a partisan actor regardless of how much Republicans beat him up. Connelly it’s Connelly’s role to take the wind out of the sails of the partisan attacks, so needing to prod Blinken to name Trump just emphasized how the partisan attacks on Blinken himself were stupid and nasty.
First time since seeding began, there will be no number ones in the elite eight.
@kalakal: Blinken’s ability to keep a straight face is why he’s a diplomat and neither one of us is. I hope he’s not like this in his personal relationships.
@HumboldtBlue: I know! I was really stoked to watch Alabama go down 😁
I’m rooting for the Zags – as I’m an eastern Washingtonian – but also rooting for #15 Princeton 🤞🏻🤞🏻
I was sorta rooting for Houston (maiden name) Cougars (eastern WA connection) but just getting a kick out of the zillions of busted brackets 😁😁
@Redshift: That would be good, RedShift. How about Chesterfield or Richmond as alternatives? You helped me when I was first getting involved in volunteering for campaigns. I might have met you virtually at FDL. Not sure.
@RevRick: But what if the two states become one state? I mean, the whole two-Dakotas thing was a power-grab from the start. What if the federal authority, in whatever form and by whatever means, decided that TWO Dakotas were no longer to be part of the Union?
For other states it would be a minor but significant gain: their Senators’ votes would be slightly more significant.
And think how it could spread! Coalitions of states trying to throw others out, or consolidate them, for the sake of power. Populous Eastern states working to combine thinly-populated Western states, even as large Western states try to combine tiny Eastern states! A new national divide!
I’m gonna go to bed now.
Mr. Bemused Senior
Slightly OT, and perhaps this is a dead thread, but is there any interest in a BJ get-together in the SF Bay area? I live in Belmont.
@Betty Cracker: Megan Hunt is right about that. She isn’t the only one doing the fillibustering. Michaela Cavanaugh has been doing it for weeks, made a deal to stop for this one cloture vote, and now will be back doing it with Hunt.
Unfortunately, the Nebraska legislature is currently a shitshow. There should be 18 D votes to hold the line on the several shit bills mostly written out of state that we are seeing (a gun bill, an abortion ban, the anti-trans bill, a tax breaks for private schools bill that must have been written by the DeVos family, unsustainable tax cut bills, bills implementing a voting ID bill that will require notaries for absentee ballots, and likely a lot I don’t know about.) But one D (the leg is nonpartisan but we know party affiliation) is not going to help stop the abortion bill, they only got 17 votes on the anti-trans bill, Omaha D legislators are not sufficiently wise to vote against the DeVossy bill, and it is very demoralizing.
And the majority Rs will very likely will change the rules next session because they are pissed it is taking so long to steamroll the Ds on issues no one but the crazy base and theocrats care about.
@mvr: Apparently they want to try the rule change next week,
I’m hoping they fail and I fully support the filibuster of all these bad bills. But I’m feeling a bit queasy about the prospects. My rep is solid. So I don’t feel like there is much more I can do besides publicize the crap as best I can, and vote against the R (who happens to be one of the votes for these bad bills in her role as a legislator from another part of Lincoln) running against our mayor in LIncoln.
How about a nice picture of DroneStains in his Navy uniform with a big grin holding a large beaker of urine? Since that’s what he mostly did…