Blue Wave — Arriving

The 116th Congress is currently being sworn in.

The gavel is being handed over.

The Blue Wave arrived.

Open thread

Image of one of the Healthcare Gavels from Napa Valley Register

37 replies
  1. 1
    rikyrah says:

    YEAH!!!!

    FINALLY…some sanity returning.

    Pick a department…any department..and just begin investigating. You will find SOMETHING crooked going on.

  2. 2
    Elizabelle says:

    I am so happy and relieved that this day has arrived. Stay strong, new Congress. We have your backs.

  3. 3
    Marcopolo says:

    I have my beer ready to toast NancySmash when she takes the gavel. Ready for lots more moments like this in 2019.

    Have a lovely day everyone!

  4. 4
    JPL says:

    From Kyle Griffin

    NBC: What’s it like to negotiate with him?
    Pelosi: “When you’re negotiating with someone, you have to know— you stipulate to some fact. It’s hard to do that with the president, because he resists science, evidence, data, truth… It’s hard to pin the president down on the facts.”

    She’s got this.

  5. 5
    CliosFanBoy says:

    nothings fixed yet? Damn, what’s taking them so long. that;’s it, I’m voting for Stein next time!

  6. 6
    Kay says:

    @rikyrah:

    You will find SOMETHING crooked going on.

    :)

  7. 7
    Yarrow says:

    Watching Mike Pence, hand-picked by Paul Manafort and head of Trump’s transition team along with traitor Michael Flynn, swearing in the Senators by asking them to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic” is a bit surreal.

  8. 8
    rikyrah says:

    WI Governor Will Ignore Republicans Lame Duck Legislation Curbing His Power
    January 3, 2019 at 4:15 am EST

    Incoming Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) signaled “he would not go along with parts of lame-duck laws that curb his powers, suggesting that GOP lawmakers or their supporters would have to sue him over the issue,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    The Democrat’s stance changes the dynamic in the fight over the lame-duck legislation by prodding Republicans into initiating litigation instead of doing so himself.

  9. 9
    Suzanne says:

    This is so exciting.
    I think 2019 is going to be a great year.

  10. 10
    MattF says:

    ‘The world is what it is and not some other thing’. (G. E. Moore, I think).

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    Mandalay says:

    When your president has fallen overboard, the best way to help him is to throw him an anvil:

    If he gives in now, that’s the end of 2019 in terms of him being an effective president,” Graham said. “That’s probably the end of his presidency. Donald Trump has made a promise to the American people: He’s going to secure our border.”

    Deft work, Senator: Graham looks like Trump’s staunchest supporter, while he sticks the stiletto in really deep and twists it. Trump was probably grinning from ear to ear while he watched that interview, and didn’t even notice the blood spurting out of his guts.

    Plus it’s a twofer: he harms Trump’s chance of being reelected chances, while enhancing his own.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @rikyrah: I’m sure there are enough committees and sub-committees to cover all the departments relevant to their domains. Start early with the investigations because it’s going to take a very long time to unwind all the lies, cons and thievery that’s been going on.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Suzanne: I now, right?

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    Shaun says:

    @CliosFanBoy: Don’t be too hasty, there’s a chance that Wilmer may run as an independent!

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Gravenstone: Didn’t another department head bail out yesterday? There have been so many I can’t keep track and I forgot what I read because I was just about asleep.
    Or maybe I dreamed it?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Mandalay:

    while enhancing his own.

    Lindsay Graham’s chance of being elected President is roughly on a par with my chance of being elected Pope.

  18. 18
    Mandalay says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Lindsay Graham’s chance of being elected President…

    Where did that come from? I was talking about Graham’s chance of being reelected as a senator.

  19. 19
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Mandalay: Oops, I seem to have mis-read.

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    trollhattan says:

    When the Dems took the House back in November my #1 wish was Nancy SMASH returning to the hill with her giant gavel. Thanks, 2019.

  21. 21
    BlueGirlFromWyo says:

    @rikyrah: Calling their bluff. I like it. More of this, please.

  22. 22
    Citizen Alan says:

    Oh My God, the Repukes put up that fascist witch Liz “Spawn of” Cheney to nominate the GOP Speaker nominee (Kevin McCarthy). And she has the balls to talk about women voting.

  23. 23
    Citizen Alan says:

    And now, she’s talking about God.

  24. 24
    Mandalay says:

    Current headlines in Google News from our failed media:

    – Liberal revolt threatens to derail House Democrats on their first day in charge

    – Top Democrats refuse to reveal their holiday travel during the shutdown

    – Democrats are on the verge of chaos, and 2020 hasn’t even started

    – How to Talk So Trump Will Listen: A GOP Guide for Pelosi

    – Kellyanne Conway jabs Pelosi: ‘Nothing screams youth and energy like a 78-year-old speaker’

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Incoming Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) signaled “he would not go along with parts of lame-duck laws that curb his powers, suggesting that GOP lawmakers or their supporters would have to sue him over the issue,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    The Democrat’s stance changes the dynamic in the fight over the lame-duck legislation by prodding Republicans into initiating litigation instead of doing so himself.

    @rikyrah: That’s a BFD and needs to be standard operating procedure when an outgoing GOP majority does this shit; which will be always. Should have been done in NC, needs to also be done in Minnesota or whichever flyover hellhole just flipped the governorship. Good for Evers. He’s pulling a Mitch McConnell, let’s see how the GOP likes a taste of their own bullshit.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Mandalay:

    He supports Trump’s re-election
    While he searches for the vein;
    He’s so good with that stiletto
    Twitler doesn’t feel the pain…

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    VOR says:

    @The Moar You Know: Minnesota Gov was Dem (Dayton outgoing) and is still Dem (Walz incoming). All the Minnesota state-wide offices went Dem in the 2018 election. Dems flipped the Minnesota House while Senate retains a narrow (34 vs 33) Republican majority.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Gin & Tonic: “Lindsay Graham’s chance of being elected President is roughly on a par with my chance of being elected Pope.”

    Woe’s me! woe’s me! In Folly’s mailbox
    Still laughs the postcard, Hope:
    Your uncle in Australia
    Has died and you are Pope,
    For many a soul has entertained
    A Mailman unawares —
    And as you cry, Impossible,
    A step is on the stairs.

    (Randall Jarrell, 1952 – scroll down.)

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    Raven says:

    I’m just finishing up at the WW2 museum. The film on the war is ok but the images of Hitler and Tom Hanks talking about the dark cloud of fascism defeated by regular Joe made me want to scream out!

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    donnah says:

    Voice votes tallied, Nancy Pelosi is in!

    Yay!

  31. 31
    Miss Bianca says:

    OMG…

    THAT PHOTO.

    Stand back everybody…Nancy SMASH! and her posse are riding into town!

  32. 32
    Mike in NC says:

    That big gavel will do a nice job hammering Fat Bastard’s thick skull.

  33. 33
    WaterGirl says:

    @Mike in NC:

    That big gavel will do a nice job hammering Fat Bastard’s thick skull balls.

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    Burnspbesq says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Lindsay Graham’s chance of being elected President is roughly on a par with my chance of being elected Pope.

    I didn’t realize you were a cardinal, Your Eminence. Should I genuflect and kiss your ring?

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    Burnspbesq says:

    @Shaun:

    there’s a chance that Wilmer may run as an independent!

    Imagine the hilarity that will ensue when he fails to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot in several states because his “organization” couldn’t be arsed to learn the rules.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Citizen Alan:

    Article VI of the US Constitution says in part:

    …”no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

    So MS Cheney can babble about Gawd all she wants, it is to no avail.

  37. 37
    John Thomson says:

    @Gin & Tonic: No… you didn’t.

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