Nancy Pelosi Is A Gracious Ruler

Given the accelerating speed of criminal revelations about the Thief-in-Chief, she may be President Pelosi before 2022:

Rep. Pelosi has nothing left to prove:

Prominent Republican once again jams own foot well down throat:

Colby Itkowitz, at the Washington Post, “While Trump mansplained, Pelosi illustrated her case for a ‘woman at the table’”:

Over 10 minutes of a surreal public sparring match in the Oval Office, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tried mightily to rise above the bluster and ego that erupted between the men in the room.

But Pelosi (D-Calif.) instead had to listen as President Trump mansplained to her the legislative process and her role in the debate, while Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer talked over her to trade barbs mano a mano with Trump…

Inside the Oval Office, the spectacle that played out in real time offered a window into the gender dynamics at play as the country’s most powerful woman navigates a male-dominated government that is now helmed by the ultimate alpha male. In her bid to be speaker again, Pelosi has argued the importance of having a woman at the “decision-making table” in Trump’s Washington. And Tuesday’s show helped make her point…

Pelosi kept her composure throughout the charade, continually trying to bring the conversation back to a place where actual dialogue could occur. But it was clear from the press presence that Trump had very little interest in finding a compromise and primarily wanted to show off his bravado for the cameras…

(And yet, she is careful not to shock the grandchildren…)

Even her professional enemies in the pundit caste respect Pelosi’s game:


Oh, yes — speaking of little men:

87 replies
  1. 1
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I’m a sucker for the kid-with-the-lawn-mower thing, and that must be one of the best yet

  2. 2
    B.B.A. says:

    Speaking only for myself, I’d be fine with installing Nancy Pelosi as absolute dictator for life and sending everyone who’s ever spoken a word against her to the guillotine.

    But that’s just me.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: He’s the next chief of staff.

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    SFAW says:

    Moulton “buck[ed] the top echelon”? And here I was, thinking he was just trying to swing his dick to show the shrieking harpy who wears the pants in the House.

    ETA: And that picture of Moulton makes him look a bit like Nunes. Yet another reason to primary his quisling ass.

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    NotMax says:

    Was hoping for a more open thread-y nighttime venue to repeat this from early in the morn but what the hey. It looks to be a fun ride.

    Ooh. Holiday time viewing chez NotMax now set. Vanity Fair shows up on Amazon Prime on the 21st.

    Expect the amusing Frances de la Tour to leave no piece of scenery unchewed.

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    Aleta says:

    @Adam L Silverman: BREAKING: He turned it down.

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    It was a delight to see a smart strategist at work yesterday. Gave me hope that what I try to do may yet have some utility.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Melania has had it with all of you grifters seeking to make a buck off the good name of Gnauss

    Jennifer Jacobs JenniferJJacobs
    Hannity: “What’s been the hardest thing that you have to deal with?”
    First Lady Melania Trump: “I would say the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves—from comedians, to journalists, to performers, book writers.”

    also, the third-tier model who married a “billionaire” speaks out against “opportunists”…. okay

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    eclare says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Agreed, I’m still on a high after yesterday. Can’t wait til January 3.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    Gave me hope that what I try to do may yet have some utility.

    Exactly what are you planning?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I would say the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves

    Like, um, say, your step-daughter?

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    Platonailedit says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Typical moronic outburst from the professional grifter with zero self awareness. Fuck her and her dubious ‘family’.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Trump is going to end up being his own Chief of Staff. Of course, nothing will get done, but no one will notice because that’s what’s not happening now. Trump will be hoping that however Bannon learned to do the Bannon will, um, rub off on him.

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    smintheus says:

    @Platonailedit: IIRC her ‘family’ was mobbed up in Slovenia. The perfect consort for Trump.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Okay, I have to admit that Jennifer Rubin tweet up top is the most Democratic-positive thing I have seen her say. Credit where due.

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    rikyrah says:

    Moulton is a putz

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    @Cheryl Rofer: Can you be more vague? No, really.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    O Lord. This would be an ugly third act for Newton Leroy. I’d give him three months, but it would be a long, slow and ugly three months.

    ndrew Feinberg @ AndrewFeinberg
    I’ve now heard from two different sources that @ newtgingrich (who was at the White House today) is currently topping the list for the next realDonaldTrump administration White House Chief of Staff

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I’m not an architect, so it’s hard for me to judge, but is the White House big enough to fit those two egos?

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    smintheus says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Great. He’ll quickly be committing crimes as part of the cover up, and almost as quickly be trying to cut a plea deal. Newt should have been jailed years ago, this is overdue.

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    Platonailedit says:

    @The Dangerman: I am kinda surprised that turd isn’t looking at racist bannon for his pos cos position.

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    Mart says:


    @Adam L Silverman: BREAKING: He turned it down.

    You win the Comments tonight.

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    SFAW says:

    From Texas and the Senate’s own Master Debater:

    “Gosh, why do you think Nancy wanted the press out of the room? Why didn’t she want the American People to hear this discussion?”

    And the answer(s) is/are:
    Because unlike you and the rest of the traitors in the Rethuglican Partei, she was putting country before party, and hoping not to have to embarrass the Moron-in-Chief in public.

    Gee, Rafael, for an obnoxious prick who demanded that his HLS study group(s) only have the best of the best of the best, you’re awfully fucking stupid. I can see why you’re among the top-70-Most-Loved-Sitting-Republican-Senators. If you could weaponize stupid, you’d be able to destroy a number of medium-sized armies.

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    cain says:

    WTF? Who are these people even bothering to withhold their vote after that display? She made every Democrat proud by standing up this bully and doing it with grace and poise. Fuck them. In the next two years, they are going to learn why she’s the Leader.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I thought her name was Knavss.

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    SFAW says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I think it’s appropriate that the Philanderer-in-Chief choose someone just like him for CoS:

    Serial philanderer – check
    Fat piece of shit – check
    Thinks he’s smart but is actually stupid – check
    Arrogant asshole – check
    Wants to boink Ivanka – check (OK, I don’t actually know that Newt wants to)
    Tried/trying to destroy the country – check

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    Steeplejack says:

    Nice exchange seen on some Twitter thread yesterday:

    “Skunk Tinkle? I saw them in ’82. Great show!”

    “Opened for Aerosmith, right?”

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    Dan B says:

    @NotMax: Frances we LA Tour leaves no piece of the scenery ungobsmocked!

    Please try to keep up with the ugly birth of the future language…

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    Dan B says:

    @Dan B: de la

    Nite to Dan.. try to stay ahead of fricken spell check. Making new languages faster than a speeding electron (or photon).

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    It’s wonderful. But then, I will never tire of seeing Nancy in her swingy red coat walking away and adjusting her shades. LIKE A BOSS.

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    Dan B says:

    @Dan B: de la

    Note to Dan.. try to stay ahead of fricken spell check. Making new languages faster than a speeding electron (or photon).

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    @SFAW: And saying that the Moron-in-Chief shouldn’t be embarrassed by the presence of the press gained her the high ground.

    I love that woman!

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    Platonailedit says:

    One of the lingering questions in the Cohen case that @maddow points out: What exactly did Michael Cohen not want to talk about with SDNY prosecutors?— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2018

    Yup, what was it that was so bad about the totus turd that cohen was willing to go to jail for?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Cripes, Rafael is fucking stupid.

    Then there’s the Slovenian whore playing the victim card.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: The coat was burnt orange.

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    Mary G says:

    Trump is horrible, but I have to say, seeing older women (who so many believe should stay home knitting one minute post menopause) kicking his ass all over Washington gives me life.

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    Faithful Lurker says:

    @Platonailedit:Cohen has been a criminal since his teens. His uncle ran a social club for the Russian mob, his father-in-law is part of a Russian criminal gang (Ukranian actually}. And that’s only a small part of what is publicly known. Trump is just a small part of his life. If he had to come absolutely clean to the SDNY Fed attorneys, he and a much of his family and friends would be spending the next 20 years in jail. The 3 years is got today is easy compared to what he would have received. I won’t see the comments for this, it’s been a long day and I’m going to bed. Good night, jackals.

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    Humdog says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: why was a child mowing, anyway? Do we know what Shitstain was yelling?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Humdog: the child of MAGAts wrote to trump saying he’d like to cut the grass at the White House, so they flew him in for a photo-op and trump stood there in his uniquely awkward way, and a twitter meme was born.

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    NotMax says:

    @Villago Delenda Est

    Phew. Redcoats marching to and from the White House has been done.


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    E. says:

    @NotMax: Thank you for alerting me to this! I had no idea. One of my favorite books, favorite characters. Cannot wait to see it.

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    Mary G says:

    And they call her a poor communicator:

    .@realDonaldTrump has the Senate, the White House, and the House (for the moment) under Republican control. He has the power to keep government open – but instead, he says he’s going to shut down the government. #TrumpShutdown— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 11, 2018

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    chigail says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: And it was beautiful!

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    Aleta says:


    (WSJ) Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is weighing the creation of a consulting firm when he leaves government after being ousted by voters in last month’s midterm elections.
    Rohrabacher … has told senior staff and other acquaintances in recent weeks that he plans to form a company called R&B Strategies with top aide Paul Behrends, according to people familiar with the matter.

    A spokesman … didn’t deny the conversations and said forming a company is one of many options the congressman is considering.

    The spokesman, Ken Grubbs, said Mr. Rohrabacher’s only definite plans are to move to Maine after the current session of Congress ends in early January and newly elected lawmakers are sworn in.

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    ruemara says:

    Nance was planning to retire this year. She gave them what she was planning to do anyway and they can crow about it if they want, but she snookered them. Idiots.

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    JGabriel says:


    IIRC her ‘family’ was mobbed up in Slovenia.

    So you’re saying Melania’s family in Slovenia is Family.

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    PJ says:

    @Aleta: Isn’t Maine where The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming! was set? Maybe the Russkies have a mini-sub stashed there for Rohrabacher’s exfiltration.

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    NotMax says:


    Well, R&B Russia Investment Fund is already spoken for as a name.

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    Who are these individuals notwithstanding trying to retain their vote after that show? She made each Democrat glad by standing up this harasser and doing it with beauty and balance. Screw them. In the following two years, they will realize why she’s the Leader !!

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    JGabriel says:


    Yup, what was it that was so bad about the totus turd that cohen was willing to go to jail for?

    It probably wasn’t to protect Combover Caligula. Cohen’s own family is connected with Russian and Ukrainian (in fact, primarily Ukrainian) organized crime families.

    So, most of the knowledgeable speculation I’ve read thinks that Cohen refused to co-operate on some issues to protect his family rather than the president.

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    @Faithful Lurker:

    If he had to come absolutely clean to the SDNY Fed attorneys, he and a much of his family and friends would be spending the next 20 years in jail. The 3 years is got today is easy compared to what he would have received.

    With Ukrainian mobsters, if Cohen spilled his guts, 20 years in jail would be the least of his concerns. His life expectancy would undoubtedly be far shorter.

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    NotMax says:

    @Sister Golden Bear

    Chicken Kiev, not just an entree anymore.


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    Mary G says:

    @Aleta: We will be glad to see him stop pretending he can still surf and across the entire country.

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    danielx says:


    Well, shit, there have got be a lot of income opportunities for the most Russian-friendly former congressman, like, ever. Of course, getting on the wrong side of the vory and getting fed into an industrial sausage grinder would be a potential downside.Speaking of why Michael Cohen refuses to talk about certain things….

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    danielx says:


    Note: they NEED a truly major league malignant dimwit in Maine, Paul LePage is absconding to Florida. Hmmmmm…..

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    George_Spiggott says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    The coat was burnt orange.

    It’s this color.

    And it’s no accident.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:


    Hang on.

    Are you trying to tell me that’s a REAL PHOTO and not a Photoshop job?

    I’m going to need some documentation on that. Sorry to be suspicious, but it’s been that kind of year.

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    ruemara says:

    @Mnemosyne: Yeah. Sadly, it is.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Aleta: Rohrabacher has lots of options. Like going to prison. That’s going to be right up there on his must do list.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Mnemosyne: It’s real. I remember when it happened. The meme sprang up almost overnight.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @NotMax: Saw comment at a blog that her coat buttons left of center. WOW. Talk about messaging at all levels!

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    opiejeanne says:

    Ladyraxterinok, in one of the western NA tribes the women were the bosses. I’m trying to remember if it’s Navajo or one of the others.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    Seth Moulton just looks like a douchebag.

    And Cruz can’t really think Pelosi honestly didn’t want the press there.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @B.B.A.: you speak for me, too.

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    debbie says:

    She will outlast McConnell, which is a very good thing.

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    Ken says:

    @opiejeanne: Depends what you mean by “boss”. The Hopi, among others, are matrilineal. Ownership of houses and land passes down through the female line, and when a man marries he moves to his wife’s household.

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    SFAW says:


    said Mr. Rohrabacher’s only definite plans are to move to Maine after the current session of Congress ends in early January and newly elected lawmakers are sworn in.


    I can only hope it’s somewhere around T3 R9, and he stays the fuck away from where MomSense is (and others are), and way-the-fuck away from wherever Mrs. SFAW and I end up.


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    SFAW says:


    they NEED a truly major league malignant dimwit in Maine,

    No, they don’t

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    SFAW says:

    @Mary G:

    And they call her a poor communicator:

    Because of her e-mails, no doubt

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    @Mary G: Occasionally I think all us olds should be barred from holding office because the evidence is not good. Then I think of Nancy and change my mind.

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    BretH says:

    My top 2 picks for WH Chief of Staff:

    1) Ted Nugent
    2) Steven Seagal

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    Kristine says:

    Thinking that more than a few of Pelosi’s opponents could find themselves voted out of office before 2022 rolls around. Assuming Madame Speaker still wants to play in the sandbox, what would happen to that deal?

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    PPCLI says:

    @Aleta: Unless Maine doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the rest of the US, this is probably unwise. I’m thinking Uzbekistan is a better bet for his long-term freedom.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: As they say back where Melanoma grew up:

    Cna, kotliček – črno.

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    kindness says:

    I swear to God any Democrats in the House who are still asking Nancy for concessions to get her vote need to have their asses kicked….repeatedly. Now I get that that is not a liberal attitude. However, in the face of what Republicans have done to our Republic over the last 20 years, those Democrats need an ass kicking. I’m pissed.

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    NonyNony says:

    @Kristine: She’s going to be 82 by then. My understanding was that she was thinking back in 2016 of retiring in 2018, but when Trump got more electoral votes she changed her plans. As long as Trump gets put out on his keister in 2020 I don’t think she’ll be thinking of changing these plans.

    This strikes me as a face-saving gesture extended to her opponents – she already had these plans and is allowing them to pretend like they talked her into it so they can back down from the ridiculous positions they put themselves into.

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    Skepticat says:


    Mr. Rohrabacher’s only definite plans are to move to Maine

    And just when we finally are getting rid of LeRage … sigh.

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    artem1s says:

    “We didn’t want to say, in front of those people, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about’.”

    The life of women in the workplace. It’s not enough to excel, you have to do it without embarrassing and hurting your male colleagues feefees. And you have to pretend that their feelings matter to you and you’re not just being nice because the blowback, temper tantrum and meltdown that comes once they realize they’ve been pwned aren’t worth the trouble. Pelosi picked her battle well. This time the aftermath is part of the goal and she played him expertly.

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    @kindness: Agreed. Moulton needs a primary challenger as of yesterday.

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    Shana says:

    @Aleta: Why would a California lawmaker retire to Maine? That makes no sense.

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    different-church-lady says:

    I don’t understand why it’s Nancy Pelosi who’s facing a leadership challenge and Chuck Schumer who isn’t.

    Chromosome shape, ya think.

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    glory b says:

    @artem1s: What artem1s said.

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    different-church-lady says:

    What D in his/her right mind would say we don’t want the most effective D to take on Trump ?

    “We,” Jennifer? “We?”

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    Boris, Rasputin's Evil Twin says:

    @BretH: I had a fine pick, but yesterday we learned Charlie Sheen’s been sober for a year, so he’s out.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Shana:Things are getting so bad for the Cal GOPers they have to import their crazies from out of state now, like that Cox idiot who ran for governor against Newsome. While Newsome isn’t exactly the most beloved of Cal Dems and Cox on was only able to get 38% of the vote. Even Neel “You really ran against Jerry Brown ?” Kashkari was able to do 40% in 2014.

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