Colorado Senator Is Tired Of Your Crap


Holy sh!t.  Senator Bennet raised his voice. Last person I’d ever expect that from…I could have sworn his photo was next to the definition of Milquetoast in Merriam’s.  I guess I need to apologize to him.

This MOFO seems to be what pushed him over the edge:

We really are off the map.


182 replies
  1. 1
    Gelfling 545 says:

    Cruz has got some nerve talking about shut downs. I watched the whole thing. If Cruz had a conscience ( spoiler: he doesn’t) he’d have crawled out of there and would never show his face again.

  2. 2
    BlueDWarrior says:

    The most unremarked upon thing regarding the Trump era might be the increasing “radicalization” of normally milquetoast Democrats.

  3. 3
    burnspbesq says:


    Would be even cooler if he had caned Cruz, but this is so much better than we usually get that I will gladly take it.

  4. 4
    Adam L Silverman says:

    My favorite was when he called out the Hastert Rule.

  5. 5
    Gelfling 545 says:

    By the way, is Cruz wearing a light gray suit? Very unseemly. Not senatorial. Tsk.

  6. 6
    dmsilev says:

    Could we at least have a Sense of the Senate vote that Ted Cruz is a fuckwit who needs to repeatedly slapped in the face with a large dead fish?

    I feel that there would be a strongly bipartisan majority in favor of that measure.

  7. 7
    azelie says:

    I think if there is ever a movie made about this whole thing, Bill Murray is going to need to play Senator Bennet.

  8. 8

    @Adam L Silverman: Yes, that was a thing of beauty.

  9. 9
    Baud says:

    Another 2020 candidate?

  10. 10
    MomSense says:

    I have loved Bennett ever since he said the problem with Congress is that there are too many sociopaths. Fuck Ted Cruz and the scared pubes on his face.

  11. 11
    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    I can’t wait to see all the MAGATS destroying their Budweisers because it is now 100% made by windpower. It is going to be epic.

  12. 12
    Adam L Silverman says:

    If this drags on long enough, I expect someone may very well reenact Brooks vs Sumner with Senator Cruz as Sumner. And I’m not completely sure the person standing in for Brooks will be a Democrat.

  13. 13
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gelfling 545: Most likely with tan shoes.

  14. 14
    Elizabelle says:

    This is great. Thank you for putting this up.

    Shrill! And goddamned honest. Name names.

  15. 15
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I wish he could have brought himself to have phrased it as “a rule named for someone in prison for child molestation” instead of just “in prison”. But you take what you can get.

  16. 16

    @Adam L Silverman: I’d be okay with that. Or McConnell. I’m not picky.

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    Baud says:

    Looks like I’ll have to update my shrill list.

  18. 18

    Oh dear. Mr DAW has Chuck Todd on and Schumer and McConnell have been negotiating and might issue a statement at any moment. You didn’t give away anything vital, did you, Chuck?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    I look forward to Republican members of Congress, elected and appointed Republican officials at the state and local level, and conservative pundits and think tankers saying “well, you’ve got us” in January 2021, when the newly inaugurated Democratic president issuing one of these regarding climate change forcing the Green New Deal, one regarding income inequality repealing all the tax cuts since the 1960s, one declaring that Justice Gorsuch, as well as all the Federal district and appellate court justices who are were confirmed because McConnell refused to allow confirmation of Obama’s nominees, all received stolen goods when they were confirmed and sworn in on the Supreme and other Federal courts, and therefore increasing the size of them and filling those appointments without the Senate’s advise and consent, and one regarding mass shootings and school shootings radically reinterpreting the 2nd Amendment.

    Sorry forgot to include the embed:

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    Mathguy says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I would prefer McConnell. Senatortise has a backpfeifengesicht.

  21. 21
    Seanly says:

    Wait, is Cruz blaming the shutdown on the Democrats? It was his own party that torpedoed the spending bills in December. F*ck this asshole.

  22. 22
    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Adam L Silverman: “named after someone who’s in prison!”

  23. 23
    The Dangerman says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    You didn’t give away anything vital, did you, Chuck?

    “Doesn’t really matter.



  24. 24
    Doc Sardonic says:

    Smarmy Asshole has no fashion sense… A light grey, poorly fitted suit in the middle of winter, sonofabitch prolly also has on a pair of white bucks to go with, also too, poor choice of tie.

  25. 25
    dmsilev says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Might not matter, since Preznit Fucknuts has already weighed in:

    It looked for a moment on Thursday that a bipartisan Senate group was making progress on a deal to end the shutdown. President Trump then threw a wall up in front of the compromise.
    Then the White House chimed in.

    “As was made clear to Senator Lindsay Graham, the 3 week CR [continuing resolution] would only work if there is a large down payment on the wall,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement as McConnell and Schumer met.

    That was met with an icy stare from Democrats.

  26. 26
    Baud says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Stay off the drugs, son.

  27. 27
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Schumer will not agree to anything he hasn’t first consulted with Pelosi on.

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    @Seanly: Oh honey, you were expecting honesty from the GOP?

  29. 29
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Baud: Would have made more sense if I’d pasted the embed in. I have since corrected it, but here it is again:

  30. 30
    mrmoshpotato says:

    @dmsilev: Is that fish frozen rock solid?

  31. 31
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @mrmoshpotato: I had heard something about that…

  32. 32
    Yarrow says:

    Wow! I’m impressed.

  33. 33
    Baud says:

    @Adam L Silverman: That’s their only out at this point. Bad precedent, but so is not impeaching and removing Trump from office.

  34. 34
    Elizabelle says:

    Jackals: if anyone would like to put up a message for Schlemazel, who is in comfort care with end stage cancer, you can always leave a message on John Cole’s original post. Niece Laura checks in from time to time there.

    I put this morning’s messages on that thread; apologies if I missed any.

    Adam or TaMara: it would be great if we could have a morning post of greetings to Schlemazel, so it’s easy for niece Laura to find. But the dedicated thread with the announcement of his hospitalization is good too.

    Now, back to listening to Senator Bennett’s speech. The internet gave out for a few.

  35. 35
    daverave says:

    I liked around 11:20 where he knocked his papers (which he never referred to) off the lectern and caught them without missing a beat nor taking his eyes off of Cruz.

  36. 36
    The Dangerman says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border.

    Never gonna happen.

    What’s the count of this threat coming out? Three? Four? I’ve lost count. It’s empty. It’s the equivalent of Trump saying he’s gonna hold his breath until his face turns blue (with all the makeup on his face, how could you tell?) to get his wall. The proper response to both threats is go ahead, MFer; make my day.

  37. 37
    WereBear says:

    @Adam L Silverman: You make me feel swoony.

  38. 38
    chopper says:


    yep. trump has no good way out of this, so he’s gonna pull the fire alarm.

  39. 39
    Elizabelle says:

    Yeah, it’s way more effective to hear a speech like this from someone who does not generally yell.

    We will have to see if the national evening news covers it. (I say that only because I would guess it’s how a lot of viewers catch up with the day’s news…)

  40. 40
    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Adam L Silverman: :P I was typing that as others were chiming in.

    14 minutes to go on the video.

  41. 41
    Elizabelle says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Hmmmmm. Maybe Mueller is about to drop a few more indictments tomorrow. That would be frosty. Doesn’t he usually advise der Trump before he does?

    Maybe Cohen has settled on another date to address the House committee. That would be frosty too. Like on the original date or even before. Am sure the House would clear the decks for any date soon Michael Cohen chooses.

  42. 42
    Mike in NC says:

    After all the ridiculous abuse he took from Trump during the campaign, its obvious that Calgary Ted Cruz has the backbone of a jellyfish.

  43. 43
    trnc says:


    Would be even cooler if he had caned Cruz, but this is so much better than we usually get that I will gladly take it.

    Baby steps.

  44. 44
    randy khan says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    If this drags on long enough, I expect someone may very well reenact Brooks vs Sumner with Senator Cruz as Sumner. And I’m not completely sure the person standing in for Brooks will be a Democrat.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it were a Republican, and it probably would be somebody in leadership.

    There are plenty of jokes in Washington about everyone in the Senate hating Cruz. Al Franken wrote about it in his book, but on one occasion I heard another Senator say the same thing to a small group of supporters. I’m pretty sure they both meant it.

  45. 45
    Jackie says:

    @Baud: Todd is interviewing him and asked him if he might toss his hat in the ring: “I’m considering it.”

  46. 46
    The Dangerman says:


    Maybe Mueller is about to drop a few more indictments tomorrow.

    Oh, don’t tease me like that….

    …but (and it could be me; been busy), but hasn’t Junior been really quiet lately? He didn’t fly off to someplace without extradition, did he?

  47. 47
    Baud says:

    @Jackie: Maybe along with Automatic Voter Registration, we should enact Automatic Candidate Registration?

  48. 48
    Elizabelle says:

    Why is Cruz growing that beard? (And I have to say, he looks slightly better with it.)

    Did someone already punch the mother-eff and he is hiding the evidence?

  49. 49
    Jacel says:

    @Adam L Silverman: That should always be referred to as the “Blackmailed Pedophile Rule”.

  50. 50
    dmsilev says:

    @randy khan: The one I remember was something along the lines of “I like Ted Cruz more than most of my colleagues do, and I hate Ted Cruz.”. That might have been from Franken; can’t remember.

  51. 51
    randy khan says:

    @The Dangerman:

    What’s the count of this threat coming out? Three? Four? I’ve lost count. It’s empty. It’s the equivalent of Trump saying he’s gonna hold his breath until his face turns blue (with all the makeup on his face, how could you tell?) to get his wall. The proper response to both threats is go ahead, MFer; make my day.

    I kind of wish he would just do it. Then he wouldn’t have any excuse not to sign a clean CR.

  52. 52

    Wow! This is amazing! Bennett is as angry as I am! Maybe more.

  53. 53
    Elizabelle says:


    I have loved Bennett ever since he said the problem with Congress is that there are too many sociopaths.

    Wow, I would love to see that item. Will look for it later tonight if someone does not put up a link. He is not wrong about the sociopaths.

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    trnc says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    If this drags on long enough, I expect someone may very well reenact Brooks vs Sumner with Senator Cruz as Sumner. And I’m not completely sure the person standing in for Brooks will be a Democrat.

    Can McConnell be the stand-in for the cane?

  56. 56
    Baud says:

    @Elizabelle: I take that personally.

  57. 57
    Elizabelle says:

    From RawStory today:

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is kept tightly under wraps. When Buzzfeed claimed to have obtained leaks pointing to evidence that they’ve uncovered evidence that Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, Mueller’s team swiftly called the report inaccurate.

    But as Washington Post legal specialist Spencer Hsu observed, the timeline for the grand jury suggests Mueller might start handing down more indictments as early as Friday.

    The Daily Kos noted that the jury has entered an unusual Thursday session, the first such session since July 12: the next day a dozen Russian nationals were indicted.

    How about some indictments for witness tampering? For intimidating Michael Cohen away from his testimony to the House? That sounds highly indictable and would send a stern message.

  58. 58
    sixthdoctor says:

    This comment is…not going over well.

    Trump is asked about Wilbur Ross and fed workers:"Local people know who they are, when they go for groceries and everything … They will work along. I know banks are working along … They know the people. They've been dealing with them for years. And they work along." Via ABC— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 24, 2019

  59. 59


    That might have been from Franken; can’t remember.

    It was from Franken.

  60. 60
    Salty Sam says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Woah! I need a cigarette after that…

  61. 61
    The Lodger says:

    @Elizabelle: Any change — and I mean literally any change — is an improvement.

  62. 62
    rp says:

    Is it TMI if I tell you that I’m hard as a rock right now?

  63. 63
    Emma says:

    Howlee crap! We should send flowers to Senator Bennett.

  64. 64
    Martin says:

    @Elizabelle: I think he looks better too, but that was a pretty low bar before. I think he’s growing it in so that some other person being might mistake him for an interesting human being.

  65. 65
    raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Guess who?

    “Trump has caved in to Pelosi and that may be a close approach to civil war.”

  66. 66
    Elizabelle says:

    @The Lodger: I know. Is the beard to give him padding, because he knows he’s been close to getting punched out for some months now ???

  67. 67
    rikyrah says:

    Get the ENTIRE Phuck Outta Here 😠 😠

    Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) Tweeted:
    So the offer now is that we give Trump his wall funding and he pays TSA and the Coast Guard for 21 days? And then when we build more wall, he pays them for another 21 days? Like a never ending installment plan?

    What a great deal for America!

  68. 68
    Elizabelle says:

    @Martin: All the Dos Equis in the world ain’t gonna help Ted Cruz.

  69. 69
    Sandia Blanca says:

    @Salty Sam: Me, too, and I’ve never smoked! That was magnificent.

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    debbie says:

    @Gelfling 545:

    With that beard, ah say, ah say, ah say, he looks like a proper Confederate gentleman.

  71. 71
    Elizabelle says:

    @Baud: No doubt. Sociopaths can be easily triggered …

  72. 72
    MomSense says:


    It was in an interview with Ezra Klein

  73. 73
    Citizen_X says:

    A clarification about Bennett’s comments about Cruz being in favor of Texas landowners getting their land seized for a wall: Cruz doesn’t give a shit about ranchers, farmers, and landowners on the border because the Lower Rio Grande Valley and trans-Pecos Texas are always true-blue areas. He’s not losing any voters, so he thinks fuck those Texans.

  74. 74
    debbie says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I would have liked to hear “a convicted felon.”

  75. 75
    Miss Bianca says:

    Good for Bennet – I remember wanting someone a little more fiery when he was first appointed, but I’ve grown to like him more and more.

  76. 76
    dmsilev says:

    @rikyrah: I’m glad to see that more and more Democrats have stopped even pretending to believe that Trump can be trusted to hold to an agreement.

  77. 77
    gbbalto says:

    Sen. Bennett – Thanks for this so much – Thanks for denouncing the bastards.

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    Raoul Paste says:

    If the GOP had any logic, reason or shame, this speech would be a total smackdown, a game-changer.

    But the GOP is shameless and corrupt-to-the-core, and their voters are stupid rubes. So here we are.,

  79. 79
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Baud: They’re going to load a gun and just leave it lying around. And that’s not counting the President deciding to pick it up and shoot it over and over and over again to get what he wants. Once he does this once, he’ll become addicted to it.

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    geg6 says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    That was fucking awesome, I must say.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @MomSense: Thank you. I will look for it, and post it.

    Are you feeling better? Over the flu? I hope so.

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    plato says:

    Texas should have seceded in circa 2008. I blame Obama. It’s all his fault.

  83. 83
    BR says:

    Never heard of him before, but he lays it out better than I’ve seen even any of the 2020 presidential candidates have…

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    debbie says:

    Bennett’s reference to “a minority of tyrants”! Takes me back to the days of real debates and statesmanship (statespersonship?).

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    Yarrow says:

    @Citizen_X: It’s telling to compare Cruz’s comments with Cornyn’s. Cruz is all in for building the wall, etc. Cornyn, who just happens to be up for reelection in 2020, is not at all for building the wall with money taken from Hurricane Harvey victims in a different part of the state.

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    plato says:

    @dmsilev: Murphy has been a ‘nevertrumper’ like forever.

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    debbie says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    That is exactly why in whatever they negotiate, they have to add a provision to stop shutdowns forever.

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    Baud says:

    @Yarrow: Cruz is feeling randy since he just survived Beto.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: I had just read today that Trump asked to meet with Schumer and he said he would only meet if Nancy Pelosi was also there. I will be sorely disappointed if it turns out that Chuck left his balls at home.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @The Dangerman: The problem is that eventually he’ll work himself, and Stephen Miller will work him, up to actually doing it. And once that happens the world changes.

  91. 91
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @WereBear: You’re welcome?//

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    plato says:

    @Adam L Silverman: The cowardly thug and his minions are hoping (and betting) the courts will step in and stop this cowardly move.

  93. 93
    gbbalto says:

    He was not a great speaker in conventional terms, but the anger and passion were genuine. We need that!

  94. 94
    trollhattan says:

    Ironic. Trump’s “local banks” all run like hell when they see him coming because they know him.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @randy khan: That was Graham. He said if it happened in full view of all the senators in the Senate and the trial was held in the Senate, the Senate would unanimously vote to acquit Cruz’s hypothetical murderer.

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    martha says:

    Thanks for posting this…I think I’ve watched it at least 3 times. Intellectually I get Bennet’s “work across the aisle” baloney…in a perfect world. But we ain’t there and we need action and emotion to move people off their behinds.

    Im not sure I see him as president, but after 2016, I’d take him. As a relatively new CO resident, I’ve noticed he does what Tammy Baldwin does in WI: in person town halls, all over the state, even in areas they didn’t win. They get out of the bubble and don’t run scared from their constituents.

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    psycholinguist says:

    @plato: seems that is the plan. Declare the emergency, congress opens, courts tell Trump to pound sand, adn trump tells his base that he’s done what he could and the blame is on the democrats. Sounds like McConnell is on board.

  98. 98
    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @raven: Zounds like Ann O’Wrecksia to me.

  99. 99
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @randy khan: He’ll do it and then he’ll say he doesn’t have to sign any appropriations bills or an omnibus CR because he doesn’t need to.

  100. 100
    zhena gogolia says:

    I love this clip. I knew his father, and he is very much like him.

  101. 101
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @trnc: Not stiff enough.

  102. 102
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @sixthdoctor: This is a comment from a man who has never done his own grocery shopping or ever had to be rent in his entire life.

  103. 103
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: Bozhe moi!

  104. 104
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @debbie: I didn’t know there were Confederates in Calgary.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Baud: Well, sure. But what it tells me is that the wall, taking land from ranchers, and taking away Harvey money are not popular in Texas. Cornyn’s got to face the voters next year and he knows it.

  106. 106
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @debbie: The only people in prison are convicted felons. Unless you thought he was referring to the guards.

  107. 107
    pat says:


    But Nancy is the one that he fears!

  108. 108
    mad citizen says:

    OMG! Phuck Yes! I’m only 3. 5 minutes into this.

  109. 109
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @debbie: Yep. Unfortunately it will never pass in a GOP controlled Senate. They never willingly disarm themselves.

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    debbie says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I know what it is. I just think the words”convicted” and “felon” sound far worse than “in prison.”

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    Baud says:

    @Yarrow: It may not be popular, but it obviously didn’t stop Cruz from being reelected against a damn good candidate. It’s not like the eminent domain issue is a new issue.

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    debbie says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Psst. They are everywhere.

  113. 113
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @plato: They won’t. Once it gets to the Supreme Court it will be upheld. The one consistent thing, across all four justices appointed by Republican presidents in the past 20 years, is that they all hold expansive views of executive/presidential power and differ to it in their rulings as long as the president is a Republican.

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    bemused says:


    In the last two years and more, I have been horrified at the large number of greedy, amoral sociopaths in our governments and in business with so much power over our lives. And then there are the deplorables aiding and abetting them. I knew they were there but I never thought it would get to the point of them bringing down the whole country.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @debbie: No congress is ever going to do that, control of the purse is the power of Congress.

    Turle and GOPers in the senate would be complete idiots if they let Trump declare and emergency to ignore the budget because the next Democratic president can pull that on them. As Adam said it’s like handing a loaded gun to every president after Trump.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I put this morning’s messages on that thread; apologies if I missed any.

    Thank you so much for doing that, E’belle.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Baud: Eminent domain only affects a small number of voters. Taking away Harvey money to pay for the wall affects a lot more people in a completely different area of the state. Doing that makes The Wall real for the Harvey victims. It’s politically stupid and it’s unpopular with voters.

    Edit: Should also add that The Wall was still more of a campaign promise and not a real thing in the way people looked at it, even as recently as November. Shutting down the government for this long because of The Wall has made it much less popular, even in Texas.

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    debbie says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques:

    They can have all the purse they want. They do not need to shut down the government to control the purse.

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    realbtl says:

    FWIW I just popped over to youtube and this was literally the first vid.

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    randy khan says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    At which point McConnell goes to the Oval Office and strangles Trump with his bare hands, and Pence signs the clean CR.

    Anyway, it’s certainly possible he’d do something that psychotic, but it really would not be in his interest, or in his party’s interest.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I am just so happy Laura is checking in.

  122. 122 I try to be amused says:


    I think if there is ever a movie made about this whole thing, Bill Murray is going to need to play Senator Bennet.

    I’ll be damned, Senator Bennet does speak with the same cadence as Bill Murray in the “Mutts” speech in Stripes, the “It just doesn’t matter!” speech in Meatballs, etc.

  123. 123
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @randy khan: He doesn’t care about the party. And he really only cares about whatever he’s interested in in that moment that gets him attention. The more there’s a crisis, the more attention gets paid to him. That’s all he wants.

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    debbie says:

    His Lie #8,340 (give or take) is the most psychotic yet:

    As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over. I am not looking for an….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2019

    I don’t recall hearing about her offering Trump an invitation.

  125. 125
    dmsilev says:

    OT: Florida-man-in-exile: Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression

    A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression.

    Joie Henney, 65, said his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. The York Haven man said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression, he told .
    Henney acknowledged that Wally is still a dangerous wild animal and could probably tear his arm off, but says he’s never been afraid of him.

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    Baud says:

    @debbie: It’s a lie, but there was some initial pro forms letter that went out in early January about the SOTU.

  127. 127
    mad citizen says:

    Florida man–no, make that the state official in charge of elections, etc.–news: Florida Secretary of State Quits as Blackface Photos Emerge

    It never stops

  128. 128
    dr. bloor says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Who was that in the corner trying not to laugh? He looked like he was waiting for Bennett to elaborate on why, exactly, Hastert is in jail.

  129. 129
    debbie says:


    Harrumph, but thanks.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Which is why it will never happen; McConnell would shit enough bricks to build a good portion of the wall. I suspect MM has told Trump so, too.

  131. 131
    Elizabelle says:

    @dr. bloor: Haven’t gotten to that part, but is it Doug Jones of Alabama? Who defeated every schoolgirl’s menace, Roy Moore, last year?

  132. 132
    mad citizen says:

    Small town Indiana news: police chief posts anti-liberal things, is removed by 3-2 vote: BREAKING NEWS
    Pendleton fires police chief over Facebook post

    Another Republican official gone.

  133. 133
    Kathleen says:

    @Martin: It looks to me like Rand Paul gifted some ferret hair from the top of his head.

  134. 134
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Elizabelle: I’ll take care of it in a few minutes.

  135. 135
    Elizabelle says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Thank you Adam. At your convenience. We love having a line to Schlemazel.

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    Gravie says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Me, too — especially the part where he says it is “named for someone in prison.”

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    WaterGirl says:

    @dr. bloor: That is Doug Jones seated next to the Righteous Senator from Colorado.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    What a croc.

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    Skepticat says:

    @Mike in NC: It’s obvious that Calgary Ted Cruz has the backbone and the brain of a jellyfish.

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    old times says:

    Time to switch parties, Dude

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    Jeffro says:

    “The Hastert rule…named after SOMEBODY WHO’S IN PRISON!”


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    Immanentize says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Necessity can be a legal defense

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    plato says:

    What shutdown?

    A small batch of staffers have been called back to the Dept. of the @Interior. These officials, who process the sale of oil drilling rights, will ensure Big Oil gets its easy feast of public lands even with the rest of the government ground to a halt:

    — NRDC 🌎 (@NRDC) January 24, 2019

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    plato says:

    Kudlow on why federal workers are showing up to their jobs without pay, as required: "They do it because of their love for the country, the office of the presidency, and, uh, presumably their allegiance to President Trump, but whatever: they're doing it."

    — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 24, 2019

    allegiance to President Trump? wtf?

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    Immanentize says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    And has never watched “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @dmsilev: This is a person who needs to pursue a second opinion from a new doctor.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @dmsilev: And then wally the gator ate him. The end.

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    Immanentize says:

    Perhaps only a few hundred people will be effected by eminant domain to build the wall, but this is a HUGE bugaboo in the right wing, gun carrying, liberty or death, come and get it crowd.

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    Immanentize says:

    I disagree. We knew it was out there, but Trump only recently embraced the idea — at the time the emergency powers stuff began. I think it could be potent!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @…now I try to be amused:

    A friend of mine referred to Sen. Bennet’s father’s speaking style as “his Powdermilk Biscuit drawl.” I think it’s apt!

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    Mary G says:

    @Elizabelle: Thank you for transferring all the Schlemazel comments. I agree with Raven that it’s possible to love someone you’ve never met. I am really affected by our loss. So let me take this opportunity to say I love all the jackals of Balloon Juice. I have never had such a large group of people that really get me all in one place before, and it has been my lifeline since Hillary got shafted.

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    Immanentize says:

    @debbie: sorry on this one, madam Speaker did offer an invitation, as she herself admits. It was her one weak point in her acts. But she did it right, I think, no?

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    Yarrow says:

    @Immanentize: Oh, it is, for sure. In the context of the reality of it in Texas, only a small number of voters will be directly affected by it. It does have larger implications, though. The taking away of Harvey money to build the stupid wall is not popular and Cornyn knows it. It’s funny to watch him have to navigate the issue in both parts of the state. Or would be funny if it weren’t terrible and people were going to get hurt.

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    Aleta says:

    Natasha Bertrand, Atlantic

    FBI agents have lost irreplaceable sources. Joint Terrorism Task Force officers can’t get into the bureau’s computer systems. Federal investigations are being stymied by a lack of resources. The partial government shutdown, now in its 33rd day, has become a serious national-security threat, the FBI Agents Association said on Tuesday.

    Over the past several weeks, the association has been compiling stories from agents about the the shutdown’s impact on the bureau’s operations. One agent, speaking anonymously, said his unit had “lost several sources who have worked for months, and years, to penetrate groups and target subjects” due to the inability to pay confidential sources. “These assets cannot be replaced,” the agent said. … Others complained that their investigations were being slow-rolled, with dozens of grand-jury subpoenas going undelivered. “The operational impacts of this shutdown are immeasurable,” said one agent in the Northeast region. “We have postponed the indictment of subjects due to the shutdown.”

    Another agent told me that “funding for all day-to-day operations is gone. There is no rainy-day fund of cash sitting somewhere.” He wryly added that he and his colleagues are “getting about as much [information] as you are hearing from press office—very little and very late.”

    An FBI spokesperson would not elaborate on the funding mechanisms available for daily operations. …

    Despite their best efforts to proceed with business as usual, however, agents say their investigations are being put on hold by forces out of their control, such as a lack of funds from U.S. attorneys’ offices to issue grand-jury subpoenas. “Operationally, I requested a subpoena from the U.S. attorney’s office yesterday and was told it may take a while because their legal assistants are furloughed,” one agent said. “Depending on how long the shutdown lasts, it could be several weeks before my subpoena is issued.”

    The federal judiciary is running out of money, too—the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said in a statement on Tuesday that the federal courts can sustain funded operations through January 31, 2019 through an extension made possible by moving funds around. Courts will continue to conduct criminal trials, but some federal courts have had to issue orders “suspending or postponing civil cases in which the government is a party,” according to the statement. A federal judge in Illinois said on Tuesday that the court may run out of money to pay jurors and employees if the shutdown continues past February 8.

    [Other news sources: Connecticut federal courts are also said to be about to run out of money on Friday]

    In effect, it does feel like a stop-work or slowdown attack (but not by employees) on the DOJ, FBI, maybe parts of the Mueller investigation that are asking for records from overseas banks.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @mad citizen: He needs to talk the PR farm that the Covington Catholic kids are using.

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    Immanentize says:

    I used to teach at the law school Cornyn went to. There is wide confusion there as how he ever passed the bar as he is one of the stupidest graduates ever.

    Let him please keep that title into 2020.

    ETA. Funny that — autocorrect turned “Cornyn” into “Corbin”. Fucked on both sides of the pond.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @dr. bloor: Senator Doug Jones of Alabama.

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    MomSense says:


    It’s so discouraging. What makes me want to set things on fire though is when they either play the religion/morality card or talk about the biggest assholes as being personally upstanding people.

    Our government was created to be the alternative to a monarchy. When the Republicans talk about the government being the enemy or dangerous or wanting to make it so small they can drown it in a bathtub shouldn’t they tell us what their alternative is?

    And the idiots who believe this shit love the idea of small government staying the fuck out of their lives and letting them hold onto more of their precious money- until their fucking town burns down or a tornado flattens their home or a hurricane destroys their ocean front property or their kid ends up in the hospital with E. coli after eating a fucking overpriced Caesar salad. The wealthy people who think they would be immune from the consequences of a collapse of government fancy themselves a lot wealthier than they are. Yeah the Koch brothers, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jeff Besos, and a handful of other gazillionaires will be fine but the average millionaire is still going to get overrun by disaster.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Mary G:

    I agree with Raven that it’s possible to love someone you’ve never met.

    Absolutely. I thought that was an incredible thought. I hope Schlemazel is well enough to see it.

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    Immanentize says:

    Is it now OK to agree with Trump that Cruz’s father killed JFK and his wife is a drug addled slut.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Immanentize: He’s an idiot. I don’t know who’s going to run against him, though. I don’t think it’ll be Beto (not a smart move for him to run for same office he just lost) and Julian Castro is running for President. I think 2020 could be a good year for Dems, though, so maybe someone good will step up.

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    debbie says:


    But she did it right, I think, no?

    I have no idea, since I never heard about it. Did she condition the invitation on opening the government?

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    MomSense says:

    @Mary G:

    We love you back!

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    satby says:

    @Mary G: back at you, and alla rest of you guys.
    The most wealthy people on Earth are those with friends.

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    MomSense says:


    Thanks for asking. I’m much better – still coughing a bit and blowing my nose constantly but I feel human again. Just in time, too because my mom had surgery in Boston yesterday and I’m the caregiver for the recovery.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Aleta: Mueller’s operations are separately funded and not effected by the shutdown.

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    cain says:

    The really sad thing is that.. goddam, I hope he’s alive to see the Orange Menace get his.

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    MomSense says:


    I was wondering what Wendy Davis is up to now.

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    Haven’t read the thread yet. I never watch these videos, but I watched a few seconds and got stuck. Wow. Two things really leaped out at me: He seemed honestly about to cry describing the damage to Colorado’s citizens in 2013, and he described the Senate as one of the most corrupt parts of the government. It’s obviously a prepared speech, but he honestly seemed like a man who can’t take the destruction of the bipartisan ‘Can’t we all get along’ that he has so long worshiped. The camel’s back has broken.

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    waratah says:

    @Yarrow: Cruz is cunning and I do not believe this love he has for Trump he wants for Trump to crash and he will run again for president.

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    Yarrow says:

    @MomSense: She’s involved with an organization she founded called Deeds Not Words that helps young women get involved in politics. I don’t think she’d be a good option since she badly lost her statewide race and she didn’t run a good race.

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    Yarrow says:

    @waratah: I’m sure he’d love that. Cruz won’t have the Mercer’s Cambridge Analytica helping him in his next presidential run, so I don’t expect him to do nearly as well.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @MomSense: Some of them, the libertarians particularly, will flat-out tell you they want Gilded Age America back. Which was fucking terrible.

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    When the Republicans talk about the government being the enemy or dangerous or wanting to make it so small they can drown it in a bathtub shouldn’t they tell us what their alternative is?

    White straight Christian men being able to do whatever the Hell they want to everyone else with no consequences. They’re quite plain about it, we just don’t want to believe them.

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    cain says:

    Hows the New York FBI office doing? Assholes.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @cain: I think about that too. Well said.

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    Catherine D. says:

    Loved Bennett. And Cruz can’t even do evil Spock well, because he’s just plain evil.

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    Cruz looks like he should be selling cars. Or carpets.
    Or carpet cleaners.

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    @chopper: If only he’d hit the fire exit instead.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @BruceFromOhio: Personally, I feel that he should be cleaning toilets in one of Trump’s hotels, with a supervisor who is not white. But that’s just me.

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    jackmac says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Minor point. Dennis Hastert was released from prison in July 2017 and has since kept an extremely low profile. He was supposed to have appeared in a Kendall County (Ill.) court last summer for a deposition as part of a lawsuit filed by one his former wrestlers regarding sexual abuse allegations against Hastert.

    Major point: Sen. Bennet was awesome.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Twitter:

    Frank Thorp V Verified account @frankthorp

    New from a Schumer Spox: “Sen. Schumer and senate democrats have made clear to Leader McConnell and republicans that they will not support funding for the wall, prorated or otherwise.”

    5:24 PM – 24 Jan 2019

    (via DDale8 on Twitter)



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