Is the conservative mind inherently criminal? I don't know, but we shouldn't shut down the debate. https://t.co/cG10vMCiHS
— Franklin Stove Expropriator (@agraybee) March 26, 2023
“No leaks. . . . This is how we know we’re a real family here.” (Although you can’t really blame Putin for the Huckabees — our own homebred Southrun criminal class has been living its Thieves Code since the Three-Fifths Compromise was ‘enshrined’ in the Constitution.)
GOP operatives who came of age during the Trump years are just *unbelievably* freakish people, they disturb most of the older staffers and their internet histories are nightmarish. https://t.co/MVBP1Qoj06
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) March 26, 2023
I remember 2016, when Trump crowds chanted “lock her up only after an impartial investigation, after she is charged w a crime, has a fair trial, & is found guilty.” https://t.co/jPUm1eqaXc
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) March 22, 2023
All the Republican politicians making noises about abuse of power know full-well Trump is guilty and they’re hoping he goes away, but they’re so afraid of him and his followers that they’re willing to play this game.
— Jean-Michel Connard (@torriangray) March 21, 2023
Imagine being willing to sell out everything you claim to care about for so little. Pennies on the dollar. Miserable.
— Jean-Michel Connard (@torriangray) March 21, 2023
I’d bet dollars to donuts these “women should have no authority over men” types have a secret dominatrix fetish.
A whole pile of them are going down. I’m going to run out of cake mix and frosting (probably mix first, so I’ll still have frosting, thus, not a total emergency).
As the Trumpers wrest control of the Republican party away from the moderates, let us remember that moderate Republican Barry M. Goldwater uttered a warning about the risk of letting those moderates take control of the party.
Lord Fartdaddy (Formerly Mumphrey, Smedley Darlington Mingobat, et al.)
I kind of remember when Huckabee first got elected governor of Arkansas in 1994 or something. It was saddening, but I had no clue then how truly vile he and his wretched family are. He’d gladly kill somebody if he thought it would help him or his shitbag daughter get ahead somehow, and then he has the gall to lecture other people about their morals. Sickening.
I’d like to know where Jean-Michel Connard got his numbers, since SFAIK selling out one’s conscience has worked out very well financially for GOPsters/gangsters. (I’d also question whether any of them actually had a conscience to start with.)
Lord Fartdaddy (Formerly Mumphrey, Smedley Darlington Mingobat, et al.)
AT the least. I bet a lot of them have a yen for rentboys, too.
@Dangerman: That frosting…you’re not gonna use three fingers to eat it or something, are you?
@Cameron: Nah, my frosting comes in a tube; I’m just laying down and squeezing that thing Owens Valley dry
It’s a pattern of behavior. Mike Huckabee (r). Wayne Dumond.
Mike Huckabee at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 2 (June 15, 2008)
Collectively they have at times had full control of the world’s most powerful military and largest economy and yet they kiss the butts of and shower billions of dollars on billionaires and millionaires in exchange for campaign donations, the occasional fancy meal, some free plane rides and a few million dollars worth of insider trading opportunities when they could have it all.
That’s an abysmal statement of values for someone claiming to be a Christian.
The Federalist party died in 1824.
The Whig party died in 1854.
Looks like the Republican Party should be dead by 2024.
So how long with he last as Trump’s TV lawyer?
“I’m not here to defend all things Donald Trump,” Tacopina said. “I’m here to defend this case.”
If instead of listening to dumb evil people, you’d rather listen to a smart good person, this WIRED video with structural engineer Dr Nehemiah Mabry answering questions about cities and skyscrapers and bridges and such was way more interesting than I expected. He actually explains stuff in ways I can understand…although I wish I hadn’t seen the photos of the tallest bridge in the world because FUCKIN YIKES. But it’s super interesting and he’s very engaging.
It’s really not. Patriarchy is baked into the old testament, new testament and what Christ himself said. All three parts of which are vastly more extreme than todays current GOP and even several of the worst theocracies out there on patriarchy. If anything these guys need to become more patriarchal to be actually Christian. They are too “woke” on that already.
@CaseyL: Last night Trump’s team posted a list of the Texas electeds who have endorsed Trump. It included Texas’s Lt. Governor and Attorney General, but not the Governor. Eleven if the state’s US Representatives were on the list, but 14 Reps and the two Senators were not.
Most of this latter group are on the fence, waiting to see which way the wind blows. Many of the Representives are in safe seats, but a few should polish up their resumes if Trump is the nominee..
There are twenty or so other purple district Republicans who will likely be out of a job if Trump wins the nomination. This in general is why Republican elites hope to nominate someone else, and wanted to get behind DeSantis. But as they say in the boxing biz, “Ya gotta have somebody to beat somebody,” and DeSantis is looking like he’s not “somebody.” Maybe Pompeo is.
But this is Karl Rove’s problem, not mine. It seems likelier than not that Trump will shamble into the general election like a zombie candidate, and I’m fine with that.
That was a human. Picture our ChatGPT-enabled future…
Roberto el oso
Evangelicals scolding one another about disloyalty in airing their filthy laundry in public have come a long way from Paul’s advice to “avoid even the appearance of sin”.
@eversor: Oh, you haven’t fucked off yet? Bigots like you really should.
How am I just learning that Boebert finally got her GED on her 4th attempt, at age 34, in 2020? Just a few months before her election to Congress.
Here in the Sunshine State the Florida NAACP is considering calling for a national boycott by visitors in response to the various vile initiatives of the state government. When asked to comment, the guv called the move a “stunt.” Were I a member of the FL NAACP, I would take this as high praise indeed, since nobody knows from “stunt” like Sassy Boots. Shipping immigrants from Texas to New England on the Florida taxpayer’s dime? Now that’s a stunt.
It’s been out of the bag since the word “cuck” started floating around as an insult among alt-right-wingers. It is absolutely an insult in certain parts of the BDSM scene. Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife actually got outed for being part of that particular scene.
There are progressive areas within the BDSM scene, but as a whole the community is perhaps a touch more reactionary than Iowa’s evangelical Christians.
[email protected]: You clearly know nothing about it. That is all.
@Quinerly: Rumor has it she had to cheat by having one of her kids take it for her. ;D
@Quinerly: I knew the rest but had no idea it took her 4 tries. Yikes.
So, per Huckabee, the GOP should observe omertà? Sounds about right.
@Jackie: Is that for real? My first thought – after learning it took her 4 tries – was to wonder who she got to take the final test.
@Cameron: Some of DeSantis’s minions may face criminal charges over the Martha’s Vinyard stunt. A couple weeks ago Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced that he had forwarded results of his investigation imto the matter to the county DA.
Salazar would not say if he recommended prosecution, but it sounded like he did. Hoever, Salazar said that DeSantis was not a subject, just the participants who acted in Bexar County. That would include Florida public safety official Larry Keefe, who was at the airport, as well as retired Army sergeant Perla Huerta, who recruited the migrants into the scheme. Last October, Sheriff Salazar said there could be a charge of “unlawful restraint” because the migrants were lured onto the airplane under false pretenses.
There is also a civil lawsuit by a Massachusetts civil rights law firm on behalf of the migrants. That could involve DeSantis.
Because they are witnesses to a potential crime, the migrants involved have protected status and cannot be deported.
@Quinerly: The Little Engine That Could, MAGA Edition. When Lauren Boe-boe-boebert comes boe-boe-boebbin’ along…..
@Geminid: I had heard some noises that there might be Federal charges connected with interstate human trafficking, but I guess that didn’t go anywhere.
BAD NEWS FOR McCONNELL — Trump appears to be encouraging Rep. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE (R-Ga.) to run for the upper chamber. “Would like to get you to run for the Senate — will fight like hell for you,” he said to her at the Waco rally.
There is a meme going around. I fact checked it. The 4 times taking it startled me. It’s true. She even had to take a prep course in 2020 to pass it.
I keep flashing on my month long camping trip with JoJo Sept 2021, thru Southern Colorado. This is the trip that I decided to permanently move to NM on. I hit Colorado from Kansas. My first sightseeing stop was the Sandcreek Massacre site. Camped near there and worked my way across that most Southern part of Colorado. Her district includes Durango and goes all the way over Mesa Verde (I camped there for a few days). I was shocked about the number of Boebert signs in Durango. Then I was in Cortez, CO looking for a restaurant for a decent dinner. Had camped in a state park near there before landing in Mesa Verde. Way too many Trump/Boebert 2024 signs (professionally made). I beat feet. No dinner for me!
@Cameron: The federal investigation hasn’t gone anywhere yet. It seems like the Justice Department would at least bring a civil action, but my knowledge in this area is general at best. Maybe they will.
hells littlest angel
Jimmy “The Gent” Conway said it more succinctly: “Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.”
I fail to see how we couldn’t beat her. Yes, I know we came close…..but……..
@Jackie: Margorie Taylor Greene for Senator? I bet Jon Ossoff is shaking in his boots! With laughter
But that seat isn’t up until 2026. It probably won’t be a problem for McConnell by then.
As the saying goes, every accusation is a confession with these guys.
@Quinerly: It would appear that the value of education for a life in public service is greatly overrated.
Did anyone watch Jen Psaki’s new show today?
It was good!
“Jim Jordan’s dream of running interference for Donald Trump crushed by Jen Psaki”
“On Sunday morning, former White House press secretary Jen Psaki served notice to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) that he doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on as he tries to keep Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg from investigating Donald Trump.”
“”I’m not freaking out about what [House Speaker] Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) or Jim Jordan are up to because I’m not sure they really thought all of this through,” the smiling Psaki began. “For one, these Republicans have gone out on a limb — way out, way out on a limb. To start with they are defending Trump before they even know what charges he might face.””
YouTube link to the segment is embedded at the end of the article:
Interesting. So she’s not a liberal.
MTG really is running for VP. I hate being a traitor to my own sex but the catfight over Trump between Kari Lake and Marge could be epic. I will enjoy it.
Anyone who puts her on as Veep has a death wish.
@Cameron: Why are you talking about public service wrt Boebert?
Yeah, Thomas Aquinas would like a word.
@Jackie: My Atlanta friend pointed this out. Republicans assume that this indictment will be about just the Stormy Daniels affair. But they may be surprised by indictments for other crimes.
I’ll be blunt and elitist 😉. We would cringe if we knew her IQ. Maybe even feel sorry for her for a couple of seconds. This really isn’t about education. I’m in a mood tonight. I’m blaming medication. Severe sinus headache.
It’s really amazing how little they have all sold their souls for on the GOP side.
With just a few tweaks and a bit more effort, they could be at least as competitive as they are now if not more so. Human beings are suckers for pitches based on envy, greed, retribution, and the rest of the Republican canon.
She’s the Jen we enjoyed watching behind the podium smacking Peter Doocy down. I love her dry sense of humor!
I also think Mike Huckabee’s “Two Virtues” mini-speech deserves a far wider airing in this country.
agonydissonance from the religious right alone is worth it. Where’s the Lincoln Project when you need a good ad up on RWNJ networks, stat?
@Quinerly: Either she’s over-performing or her voter base…..well, I don’t know what to say.
My money is on Trump picking a woman as his running mate if he is the Repug nominee. In fact, I bet if he’s not the nominee, whoever is will pick a woman running mate.
Oh, come on. Sarah Palin worked out so nicely after all.
It’s a huge district. Granted, I’m an outsider and I know we have several people here from her district that can weigh in. Having never spent any time in that area, I got my eyes opened in Durango. I kinda had an image in my mind of it being Liberal. When she was originally elected, Rifle, CO and its location meant nothing to this St. Louis woman.
@Baud: I know – just like Donald Trump couldn’t possibly win in 2016.
The monsters want to take us back to those times. We cannot let them win.
@Quinerly: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
@Jackie: Thanks for this! That was a good clip.
@Jackie: I don’t see any indication that Trump knows the next Georgia senate race will be in 2026.
@Jackie: Psaki also interviewed Eric Holder (Obama’s AG) about the upcoming Supreme Court election; they both agreed this election will be the most important election of 2023.
Speaking of far right politicians who may have critically overreached, the protests in Israel have really ramped up since Bibi fired the defense minister. Universities are closing, trade unions are threatening a general strike, and there have been huge street demonstrations this evening (it’s now past 3:30am there). The Tel Aviv morning will be interesting to see
eta: Zamir just resigned
@RaflW: Employers have promised to pay the wages of strikers. Netanyahu has lost businesses. Good!
I believed he couldn’t possibly win until around noon on election day. Will never forget it. Voted very early, dropped Poco off at a new groomer who had just opened in my neighborhood, went to breakfast at a dive diner. Then drove out to Trader Joe’s in the county. Was pushing the cart to my car and a wave of almost sickness came over me. I kid you not…it hit me like a ton of bricks that Trump was going to win. I literally felt faint. Got back to my neighborhood and picked up my dog. Started drinking at a bar a couple of blocks from my old house. I never drink to the point of a hangover, but I put in a good 8 hrs of drinking that day. Horrendous hangover the next day….
@RaflW: Laura Rozen has been following these events on her Twitter feed. She’s mainly linking to Israeli sources.
The news that Netanyahu had dismissed his Defense Minister hit at 11pm there, and tens of thousands of Israelis immediately took to the streets. At one point protesters surged through barriers in front of Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence, and police used water cannon to drive them back.
Thanks for posting this. Should be shared widely.
Thanks very much for the update. In my professional specialty, the number one annual conference is near Tampa. Last year I did a probably pointless boycott. I also have family in the area, family almost as cool as Betty Cracker but limited in what they can do by old age.
Anyhoo, glad to hear what might be brewing.
@Quinerly: At that time I was still an active alcoholic and had only recently moved to Florida, so the event didn’t really register as anything abnormal. New place, screwed-up mind – why not a bizarro for president? Shoot, I probably wouldn’t have batted an eye if Jill Stein had won.
@Quinerly: I live in Colorado but not Boebert’s district, which is indeed huge. Like many states, Colorado’s blueness is cities…mainly Denver, Boulder, Aspen.
We took a western slope vacation to see Mesa Verde and hike, circling back to Denver after a day at the Dunes. We stayed at an AirBnB in Dolores, a funky cabin on acreage built and hosted by 2 crazy smart liberals. They said the area is about 40% Dem on a good day and they fight the good fight.
The reddest house district is in Alabama and went for Trump 80% in 2020. That means 1 in 5 people in that district is a Dem.
Grand. Omertà. Party.
@Geminid: Also, the Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Post are good sources for reporting on Israeli politics in general. This whole controversy over Netanyahu’s judicial power grab has dominated their coverage the last few weeks. Israeli politics have been contentious in the past, but not like this.
Yeah, I’m thinking, doesn’t this guy remember the two Great Commandments that Christ said summed up the Law and the Prophets? I don’t recall anything about loyalty or a zipped lip in either of them.
I actually liked Dolores! It had a sweet little vibe. Pretty sure I hit a funky little cafe there, near a public park that JoJo enjoyed. I did spend some time in Mancos and found it nice. Fun microbrewery with a great band outside the afternoon I was there. I had met a park ranger at the state park who suggested the brewery. Ended up hanging with him and other like minded locals. Mancos is on my list for a return visit.
Blessed are the tight lipped, for he shall not be treated like a rat.
It would not be very difficult to further encourage the use of the “every accusation is a confession” heuristic as a weapon among those directly involved in GOP infighting. Thoughts? One concern is that it would also be pointed at non-GOP people.
...now I try to be amused
Whenever I hear someone extol loyalty as their primary value, I remember that “Meine Ehre heisst Treue” (“My Honor is Loyalty”) was the motto of the Nazi SS.
The GOP handed Trump a blank check when their senators refused to convict him in both impeachments. They’re still paying for it. The second acquittal may go down in history as Mitch McConnell’s greatest miscalculation. It was the time he could have cut their losses — Trump had already lost the election — but McConnell thought he needed the Trumpists for the Georgia runoffs. Talk about selling your birthright for a mess of pottage.
Oooh. Only 3 google hits for that, and they’re a few years old.
Will always be niche, since it requires explanation, but might work some places.
@…now I try to be The Georgia Senate runoffs were held on January 5, 2021. They were a done deal by the time the Insurrection took place the next day and set the second impeachment in motion. I’m not saying that McConnell should not have persuaded 18 other Republicans to vote for conviction, just that the Georgia Senate runoffs did not influence McConnell to let Trump off.
The news.google.com “world” feed has been having plenty of sections on the Israeli theocracy-tinted authoritarianism v judiciary crisis as well. (As far as I can tell, google’s news subcategories are auto-identified. )
I keep that world feed open in a browser tab.
@Alison Rose: Aide to the politician whose staff has been saying his wife is the mastermind controlling his image. I don’t believe she has any influence over him and never did. That was just a trial ballon story they were selling us to see if it would help him. That kind of story has helped other politicians fairly recently. Ivanka was supposed to be able to sweet talk Trump for instance and I think I have heard others including democrats. The men are responsible for their own actions.
@Gvg: I do believe the bit that she’s trying to get him to interact more with his audiences, even attempting to seem human. Which attempt has been an abject failure as far as I can see.
...now I try to be amused
Oops! Thanks for the correction.
That makes McConnell’s decision even more cowardly and stupid.
“Drop the bomb, exterminate them all.”
“Nuke the entire party from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”
I’ve got to throw in this quip I saved from Stephanie Ruhle’s show in late January. Jason Johnson: The GOP is “a dime-store front for a terrorist organization.” Seems apt.
@…now I try to be amused: McConnell seemed inclined towards impeachment right after the Insurrection. Something changed his mind. Maybe other Senators told him they would risk permanently alienating Trump’s most ardent supporters.
Here the Georgia runoffs may have played a role. There was a striking disparity between the dropoffs in the Democratic vote and the Republican. Ossoff’s vote dropped by about 90,000 from November to January, I think, while Perdue’s dropped by over 240,000. This was contrary to the historic pattern of a larger Democratic dropoff in runoff elections.
Part of this can be credited to Democratic effort, but observers thought that Perdue’s poor performance was due to disgusted Trumpers staying home, in order to punish party leaders for failing to “Stop the Steal.” McConnell got a hard lesson in how badly disaffection among Trump’s hard core supporters could hurt McConnell’s party.
Ever since then, Republican leaders have struggled to figure out how to ditch Trump and still keep his supporters. They have yet to come up with a solution. There probably isn’t one.
@Gvg: This from the NY Post:
There was actually an article published today about her behind the scenes influence on DeStupid, but my googling has let me down.
@Quinerly: Loved Mancos too! Great bakery restaurant there. Still think about moving there but…..
Isn’t this stuff straight out of Haidt’s claims about liberal vs. conservative moral foundations? We don’t really value loyalty as an end in itself, loyalty as a virtue even among criminals performing atrocities, the way they do. And, of course, the insistence on male supremacy is their “authority/hierarchy” thing.
@Geminid: McConnell genuinely believed/hoped once Biden was inaugurated, TFG would retire to the background and focus on cheating on golf. He, and many, many republicans were wrong and are paying the price even now.
I was in that restaurant. Ate outside. Right now can’t remember the name. Cool place. Great food.
@Jackie: There was a recent Politico article about the fight between Trump and DeSantis. The reporter noted that four of Trumps campaign operatives, including Susan Wiles and Tony Fabrizio, used to work for or closely with DeSantis. They know the guy, and they know his deficits. I don’t know how Mrs. DeSantis fits into all this, but these operatives are going to spread “insider” dirt on her regardless of how true it is.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Jackie: seems to me someone, maybe several someones, is/are putting an awful lot of effort into making Mrs DeSantis some kind of star. Maybe it’s all true, but it smacks of effort, which someone as politically savvy as those someones want us to think she is wouldn’t let show
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Gvg: both Bushes did that with some success, “his wife is pro-choice”. Okay, and…?
but as I recall it was useful to both. Romney had less luck with it.
@Geminid: Why is this criminal still holding on to power? I find it amazing that despite everything that has happened that Israel want to keep going hard right.
@Geminid: It was Louis Fishman, Associate Prof Brooklyn College, retweeted by someone I follow who got me to take notice. He ended quite a thread with “Tomorrow will be a huge; in history of Israel we have never seen its society at such a breaking point. Here’s a clip of the police attacking and arresting protesters head on. Highway is now clear. A new day tomorrow.”
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: True. She can be a star; but it’s certainly not helping DeStupid right now. His white boots are sinking into the muck – in-spite of her Jackie-O efforts.
...now I try to be amused
Very interesting. They wouldn’t be doing this if they thought DeSantis was the future of the GOP, or if they thought Trump had no future in it.
Mai Naem mobile
@Quinerly: It would be close. I think Marge would win. She’s smarter than Kari who has gone down the QAnon rabbithole. Marge is more performative. Kari knows how to present herself better because of her tv anchor experience so she may take it.
@Alison Rose: You’re right. I’m an engineer and I know a lot of that stuff but even so he was really engaging and explained it well.
Mai Naem mobile
@Geminid: Fabrizio is the one who was paid by Manafort for the 2016 polling. Guess they’re trying to get the old team back together. Jason Miller’s back. It’ll be interesting to see if any of the latest guys subpoenaed by Jack Smith will stay away from TFG.
@cain: It is not clear that Israel wants to continue to go “hard right.” Netanyahu has power by virtue of a 64-56 Knesset majority won in the last Israeli election. On November 1, the total votes of the anti-Netanyahu and pro-Netanyahyu blocs were almost equal. But because two anti-Netanyahu parties failed to reach the 3.25% threshold for Knesset representation, their votes were wasted and what would have have been a 60-60 standoff became a 64-56 majority for Netanyahu instead..
@eversor: Thank you for continuing to not be an apologist for a genocidal belief system that just ceased its last explicit genocide a mere 78 years ago and will gladly float the idea to the murderous rubes soon.
The Kropenhagen Interpretation
Nothing to do with today’s events, but remains…?
The Kropenhagen Interpretation
@AWOL: BIgot fellow traveler or sock puppet?