Repub Stupidity / Cupidity Open Thread: Nobody Loves An Anonymous “Hero”…

Not that he’ll be anonymous for long, which I’m presuming was part of the grift. This is the single best response I’ve seen so far…

See — you can be old and reliant on young staffers and yet not be a total dick!

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    “We considered using the process spelled out in the constitution but decided that would be too messy…”

    When I think about that part, I keep thinking about the cop in Hot Fuzz complaining about “a considerable amount of paperwork.”

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    WaterGirl says:

    Wow, some of those tweets are great.

    I’ve been on the phone for the past hour talking to an Anonymous White House Official who claims Trump swears he’s a Holstein cow. When I asked AWHO why they won’t do anything to stop an obviously unfit man from running the country, he says “Because we need the milk”. 🥁🥁📀

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    Well, they say time loves a hero
    But only time will tell
    If he’s real, he’s a legend from heaven
    If he ain’t, he was sent here from hell

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    Calouste says:

    @Major Major Major Major: The problem with following the process in the Constitution (25th Amendment Section 4) is that the shitgibbon only needs 1/3 of either the House or the Senate to return to power. And there can be little doubt he has those votes. Then we have the scenario where the VP and the majority of the cabinet have basically declared the President insane, but he is still in power. Then what? We could end up in the situation where he starts sacking his cabinet for being disloyal, but he won’t have enough votes in the Senate to get replacements confirmed.

    I don’t think the writers of the 25th Amendment thought this scenario was possible, that Section 4 would be invoked when the President had a serious illness or a stroke or something, not that someone completely unfit and uncapable would be elected.

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    Chris T. says:

    I do think it would be fun if it turns out that literally every White House staffer, from Kellyanne and Jarvanka on down to the limo drivers, kitchen staff, and janitors were part of the “conspiracy”…

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    hells littlest angel says:

    @Chris T.:
    “I am Anonymous White House Official .”

    “I am Anonymous White House Official .”

    “I am Anonymous White House Official .”

    … etc, minus the selflessness.

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    Martin says:

    That oped still pisses me off. You know how when a campaign is starting to implode everyone starts leaking like crazy to prove that they were the only competent person on the campaign? My guess here is that the publishing industry has actually run out of money. They’ve put so many 7 figure advances on current and former Trump officials that there’s no money left, so our anonymous oped writer can’t get their book deal to prove they aren’t actually the complete fuck-up we all know they are, so this is their creative solution.

    The only redeeming act for this dipshit would to be the individual who films Trump dying in a fire and uploads it to Youtube.

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    Chetan Murthy says:


    the individual who films Trump dying in a fire

    Pay-per-view, mang. Make him/her riiiich.

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    prostratedragon says:

    *obnoxious self regard combined with phony patriotism to help them feel better*

    Because of this I’m inclined to think Ivanka and Jared might be involved. In any case, likely to be more than one person.

    Not directly related, a coffee boy’s finest hour, from Tampopo.

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    satby says:

    I wish John Dingell was President. Or Ragnarok Lobster. Anyone but the knuckle-dragging moron who’s holed up in the Oval Office right now.

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    Bruce K says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you jackals – huh, I wonder, am I a jackal if I’m just an occasional yammerer here, posting from Europe?

    Where was I?

    Oh, yeah. I don’t know about the rest of you jackals, but unless someone’s got a better idea, I’m taking Mr. Anonymous White House Official and giving him the pseudonym of General Keitel.

    (Not Harvey Keitel. This guy shows up repeatedly in Shirer’s Rise and Fall.)

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    Bjacques says:

    I hope there are plenty of wrong but credible guesses. Unjust accusations of disloyalty and/or summary firing is/are the least anyone working in the WH deserves.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @Bruce K:
    He ain’t no Admiral Canaris.

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    EZSmirkzz says:

    Just curious about when it is appropriate to call someone a dick or pussy here at BJ, so as not to offend any of the aforementioned here at BJ.

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    Barbara says:

    @EZSmirkzz: Why don’t you stretch and try to say something wittier than name calling? Lurking is also honorable.

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    Ken says:

    @Chris T.: What if they’re all part of the “conspiracy” but don’t know it? That is, each person is doing these little things to block Trump on their own or with just a couple others, and have/had no idea everyone else was doing the same?

    I’d say “great minds think alike”, but in this case it’s more like the Three Stooges short “Beer Barrel Polecats”: “We all put the yeast in the beer.”

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    different-churh-lady says:


    Just curious about when it is appropriate to call someone a dick or pussy here at BJ, so as not to offend any of the aforementioned here at BJ.

    Just go ahead and offend us. It’s what we live for.

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    randy khan says:


    If the Cabinet and VP were to invoke the 25th Amendment, the politics of the situation already have changed significantly from what we see today. I’m not saying that the 2/3 majority would be there, but I would be reluctant to make assumptions about how, for instance, Tea Party Republicans would vote.

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    montanareddog says:

    FWIW, and plenty on other people have come up with other credible theories, I smell me some Yertle. If the billionaire donors are keeping their wallets closed, this was an oped to reassure them that the true-believers are still actually in charge and Yertle’s beard probable the senior official at the bottom of this.

    And I do not understand Mango Mugabe’s tweet about the FTFNYT outing the author for National Security purposes. What is the NatSec connection when it is no secret that Trump is a deranged incompetent?

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    Scott says:

    Maybe I watch or read too many spy thrillers but I could see one scenario where this is a Russian operation aimed directly at Trump in order to sow more chaos in the country.

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    Barbara says:

    @different-churh-lady: I know I sound like nudge but my ultimate dread is to show up one day and find that the comment section at BJ has turned into Atrios Eschaton. And for me that would be like encountering a big box store in the middle of a national park.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Bruce K: You are of course aware that Keitel was such a suckup he even disgusted the other Nazis? Behind his back they called him Lakeitel, from Lakei, “lackey”.

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    Tokyokie says:

    @hells littlest angel:

    I am Anonymous White House Official .”

    “I am Anonymous White House Official .”

    “I am Anonymous White House Official .”

    … etc, minus the selflessness.

    Wow, that sounds like old Republican TV game show, What’s My Lie.

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    Cathie from Canada says:

    I think it is great that the White House Official is anonymous — because anything that drives Trump even further around the bend MUST be the right thing to do! If it was signed, then the author would just be fired and everybody would go back to business as usual. This way, the impact is so much stronger.

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    Gex says:

    @Scott: Do you believe the NYT is in on a Russian op then?

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    J R in WV says:

    The NYTimes supported a German — Bavarian — politician from the earliest days of his career until, um, around December 7th in the 1940s…. what was his name? Oh, yeah, Mr. A Hitler.

    Even before that they supported Stalin’s government of The USSR Comintern, and denied the forced famines used to depopulate regions of the USSR that Stalin wished to make more Russian, like Ukrain.

    So, yes! Why would the N Y Times not be fondling authoritarian monsters today if they have done it for the past century? The past is not a perfect guide to the future, but it’s all we have!

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    JaneE says:

    The Op-Ed does keep us from harping about all the potentially criminal activity being hinted at during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.

    I hope the writer or writers plan to retire after they leave the white house. If his identity becomes known, he will not be welcome anywhere. Protecting our constitutional government from domestic enemies requires a little more than swiping papers off a desk. Praising the president’s policies shows their heart is in the wrong place. If it wasn’t written by Trump or at his direction, it still is a little too smarmy to be the product of an honest patriot who cares about his country.

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    EZSmirkzz says:


    See — you can be old and reliant on young staffers and yet not be a total dick!

    Just a referential comment. I have got to start using emoticons! :-o

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    EZSmirkzz says:


    Just go ahead and offend us. It’s what we live for.

    Lol. I thought the self reference was a clever way of saying what you just said. No offense intended, not even to AL. A response to humor, (poor as it may have been this morning,) with humor is delightful, thanks I needed that.

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    EZsmirkzz says:

    @Barbara: Not to worry, this is the most civilized of comment sections on the internet. Or something. YMMV

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