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Thanks, Charlie, but for my part I really don’t need yet another reminder that Donald Trump is treasonous and foolish to the core, not to mention demented as well as a thoroughly loathsome human being. And that he is essentially a little child masquerading as a grown-up, constantly needing to be the center of attention and make everything about himself. I’m running out of storage space to document all of the accumulated evidence. I simply hope I live long enough to see the day when the mere mention of the name Trump brings groans of displeasure and embarrassment on the right, when time and distance finally allow them to see how much and how far they have been played by him, to his own selfish ends.
File under: Mommy, Make It Stop.
“Most people when they inherit it, they lose it.”
The complete lack of self awareness there. The Kenny Bania scene from Seinfeld comes to mind. Just pure gold.
On the abortion issue and the youth vote, until the GOP comes to terms with the fact that Roe was the compromise position, it will have a very tough time winning over the middle of the country. It’s the dog that caught the car and now is being dragged behind it because it refuses to let go of the bumper. Add the GOP focus on guns and finally the culture war, and the future looks bleak. Turns out most people don’t care that Bud Light has a trans spokesperson. When when the outrage farmers on the right convince politicians on the right to pursue policy because of their feelings, it alienates moderates all over the country. It’s a lose-lose spiral and I honestly don’t see a way out.
MAGA is stupid. Not just ignorant, because they come to poor conclusions even when they have facts. MAGA is very emotional. It chases reason away. The MO House voted to defund the state's library system, causing likely library closures in rural areas, and MO has got a lot of those, and reduced services elsewhere. The areas that need the library most would fare the worst, since their tax base couldn't hope to make up the difference. This means no job searches, no homework help for kids, no better informed adults. And the House did this because it foolishly thought the suit against them was somehow paid for by the state. Notice that they didn't look into that assumption before pulling the library funding. That's what I mean about stupid, instead of just ignorant.
The Republican-led MO Senate even appears to have shaken their heads at this stupidity and pointed out that the wording of the House's bill would also strip funding from hospitals and even affect the funding of the MO House. (Awards for stupid Republicans should definitely be given out annually by some body.) The Senate has said they will return the funding.
Like always the Bulwark family is commenting with intelligence and depth. Today all I feel is primal rage. I can feel every profane angry thought about Trump dying to boil over. I can't watch Trump anymore. Last night I read Tom Nichols running tweet thread on Trump's insane vomit to Carlson. Tom listens so I don't have to. But reading some of Trump's bile in Morning Shots made me furious. I despise that effing orange blob. He is not only profoundly stupid and detached from reality, he is a treasonous POS who should be sent to live in North Korea and live on boiled potatoes- if they have any left. Anyone who supports this moronic traitorous autocratic psycho can go to hell. Ok. Rant over.
That transcript...it's like reading something written by a college freshman who realized, in the middle of a bender, they have an essay on autocratic world leaders due tomorrow.
What a ride.
I want to point out something from Arizona yesterday that I would like Charlie and the Bulwark to work into their coverage on a go forward basis. Mark Lamb, the Sheriff of Pinal County Arizona, announced he is running for Republican nomination to the US Senate Seat in Arizona currently held by the now independent Kyrsten Sinema who won the seat as a Democrat in 2018. Ruben Gallego, a progressive Democrat Congressman, is running for the Democrat nomination to the Senate seat. Pinal County is a suburban/exurban part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. (Maricopa County next door which includes Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale is over 4.5 million people and itself added more people than any county in the US last year.). Pinal County is fast growing with about 450,000 people. It is not on the border with Mexico. But of course one of Lamb’s big issues is the border along with gun rights. He was born in Hawaii, lived overseas at various times and went bankrupt in 2003. He of course wears a Stetson hat so he can look like a cowboy as many Republicans in Arizona do despite being as much of a cowboy as this 40 year Arizona resident and 65 year old attorney. He of course supported stop and steal and the usual cast of characters. This Senate race is going to be very important, and a 3 way race which splits the normies between Sinema and Gallego makes it more likely an extreme Republican gets elected Senator in Arizona.
Ugh, Lindsey's angling to be Trump's secretary of state, isn't he? Bless his heart.
Girl, no. He will dump you in less time than it takes for condensation to form on a glass of sweet tea in August. See: Mitt Romney.
At the risk of stating the obvious, Scott Walker fundamentally does not understand that today's young people have a very different world view than he had growing up (and still has now). And that their interests, needs, and priorities in so many ways are not his when he tries to foist his brand of divide-and-conquer conservatism on them. They are not stupid people, and they can see for themselves when his ideology fails to align with their life circumstances and core beliefs.
Walker insists on them coming to him rather than allowing his movement to adapt and adjust to their values and generational goals. In short, Walker's initiatives will fail, because he is out of step, out of tune, and out of alignment with so much of what they stand for. But then what would you expect from a person and a group that never comes to campuses to see for themselves how these young people live, work, and interact? It is a loser's battle being fought by a loser who can't accept that there maybe, possibly, perhaps could be other pathways forward.
If Jim Jordan were something that most of the rest of us are -- smart -- he would be thankful that someone is trying to rein in his incessant attempts to embarrass himself in public, as if a naked man wanting everyone to see how flabby and out-of-shape he is underneath the normal cover. Eww ...
There is only one way these sham GOP hearings can turn out, because at some point they have to put the histrionics aside long enough to show some actual evidence to back up their bogus claims. Which, of course, they do not have. But to them it is about show over substance, thus they continue to play the willing fools in the crowd, simply because the spectacle is all that matters to them in the end. We see that all the time in little children. In adults not so much, and less patiently so. But apparently that is the hill they seek to die on. If so, feel free to give them a can of gasoline and some matches. And buy yourself a stockpile of popcorn and enjoy the show.
He always talks about “Hollywood” and “Central Casting”, as if playing a role is the same as *being* something. He’s never *been* anything himself. He went to Fordham and UPenn: Wharton is their graduate school of business, which he did not attend. Getting away with that lie made all the others possible. He still has no idea what the President’s job is.
The dictator story isn't surprising because dictators seem cool to him. They do whatever they want. Everyone fawns over them. The funniest line in the transcript was Trump saying the meeting was scheduled for 15 minutes but went on for 4 hours. First, no meeting like that is scheduled for 15 minutes. Second, assume it was only supposed to last an hour. Given that Trump has zero attention span and zero ability to shut up and listen, I am sure most meetings with him either last 5 minutes or 4 hours.
t**** worships this dictators because he so badly wants to be like them. His description of Kim was especially absurd, it is not that tough to control a population when you simply kill everyone that disagrees with you.
"... most people when they inherit, they lose it."
It's all so detestable but for whatever reason the praise of Kim Jong Un is especially noxious. There's some cynical, political opportunism in praising Xi and/or Putin (especially now that MAGA adores Vladdy) but who is clamoring for reputational rehabilitation of a nepo authoritarian presiding over a super poor country who constantly threatens to lob nukes at us and/or our allies? It must be genuine admiration! What a sicko...
"President Xi is a brilliant man. If you went all over Hollywood to look for somebody to play the role of President Xi, you couldn’t find, there’s nobody like that."
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Top of the line? Top of the line? Yeah, all these dictators are smart and top of the line? I guess compared to Don the Genius, they are smart. The problem is that they can all dismantle Trump in political chess and dominate the US, if Trump is reelected.