Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: King of the CPAC Clown Show

After an excruciating week which even he could perceive was a laughable program of stepped-on rakes and exploding cigars, the Squatter-in-Chief needed some high-test ego-balm in the worst way. And ‘the worst way’ is exactly how he got it!

On stage and in meeting rooms of a convention center at National Harbor, Maryland, attendees alike donned bright red “MAGA” hats as speakers praised the president lavishly as the savior of the nation.

“I see the greatest president in history,” Mike Lindell, an avid Trump supporter and the chief executive officer of My Pillow Inc., said as he addressed a Thursday session of the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Of course he is, he was chosen by God.”…

Trump arrived to a hero’s welcome on Saturday at CPAC, where eight years ago he was booed. His critics in the conservative movement have either become supporters or been largely excommunicated from the gathering.

“The men and women here today are on the front lines of protecting America’s interests, defends America’s value and reclaiming our nation’s priceless heritage,” Trump told the crowd, after predicting a bigger victory in 2020 than he achieved in 2016. “With your help, we are reversing decades of blunders and betrayals. These are serious betrayal to our nation.”

Chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!” filled the arena as the president accused his predecessors of enriching foreign countries at America’s expense. Calls for “Four more years” rang out as Trump ran through many of his well-worn applause lines…

In interviews over the past week, Republicans on Capitol Hill offered an array of reasons for their unflinching loyalty to Trump as the 2020 campaign begins to take shape: a deep-seated fear of his pull with their supporters in primary races; fraying consensus about conservatism as nationalism takes hold of the party; and shared partisan disdain for Trump’s perceived enemies in the news media and the Democratic Party.

“We’re not going to turn on our own and make the Democrats happy,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), who is up for reelection in 2020. “We don’t see any benefit in fracturing, but we do see a lot to lose.”…

If you click on Daniel Dale’s tweet below, you can see all of his commentary on two hours of psychodrama and fear-massage. I hope the Star pays Dale well, because the poor man must be at real risk for PTSD by now.

Count on the NYTimes, though — when Trump announces everyone must now change their underwear every half hour, the Grey Lady will applaud his commitment to community hygiene and lingerie sales!

22 replies
  1. 1
    Jerzy Russian says:

    I should have not read this as I was heading for bed.

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    Pyramid scheme of stupidity. That’s the best sum up of American conservatism I’ve seen yet.

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    Brachiator says:

    Trump arrived to a hero’s welcome on Saturday at CPAC, where eight years ago he was booed. His critics in the conservative movement have either become supporters or been largely excommunicated from the gathering.

    Since I don’t pay attention to this crap, I didn’t realize that Trump had been booed when he first appeared here.

    How things have changed.

    He is King of the Hill for these people. Grifters all over the world are taking notes.

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    joel hanes says:

    Oliver Willis is a goddamn national treasure.
    Has been for, what close to twenty years now ? Over fifteen.
    I miss Arthur Silber and Steve Gilliard.

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    joel hanes says:

    @joel hanes:

    Replying to self: Arthur Silber is still among the blogging, but is in dire straits.
    Karma don’t pay the rent.
    Lend a brother a hand ?

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    hervevillechaizelounge says:

    Re: the Cornyn quote about his willingness to follow his party into hell, why the fuck didn’t the reporter ask the obvious question—how deep into hell is willing he go?

    If anyone said republicans would be fine with porn star payoffs four years ago they would’ve been pooh-poohed. But here we are, and anybody paying attention (not the national press, obviously) knew republicans were on their way to fascism since Fox News took hold.

    So, how far will they go? If Trump loses the 2020 election and declares himself god-emperor where will Cornyn stand? I think we all know the answer but everyone studiously avoids the question.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    Hey all… since this is an open thread… F*CK CANCER. Just found out that one of my uncles has been diagnosed with quite advanced lung cancer – so advanced it’s spread. Apparently, he felt nothing wrong until a case of pneumonia wouldn’t go away and now he’s in chemo. He’s never been my favourite uncle (he was the one yuppie in the family, really obsessed with status and always slipping out of family events to smoke cigars with his boys), but he’s still family and this sucks. His kids are in their 20s and apparently doing ok – but still. UGH.

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    NotMax says:

    “Devil bunnies! I snort the nose, Lucifer! Banana banana!”

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    NotMax says:


    For those who don’t get the reference, a hint: Billy and the Boingers – backwards – made more sense than anything said forwards by Dolt 45.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    The ‘moron in chief’ frightens the living hell out of me. The righties all over have taken his lead and are running towards fascism. We have an election, probably, in May. The Liberal Party (not liberal at all) are not popular and should lose, badly, according to the polls. BUT TRUMP!
    Keep up the fight my US friends.

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    CliosFanboy says:

    @Jerzy Russian: I should have not read this as I was heading for bed.

    it’s not much better first thing after you’re up for the day either…

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    Bill Door says:

    @joel hanes: Steve Gilliard is long gone, but Arthur Silber (powerofnarrative dot blogspot dot com), if that is who you mean, posted yesterday.

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    MattF says:

    Ron Fournier (yes, that Ron Fournier) had the best tweet about flag-humping.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    CPAC was always a place for agitprop and mean spirited garbage. I and my former colleagues at @mmfa have covered it for 15 years and it’s always been the shitpile of hate and racism and bigotry and grifting it is today. Quit pretending things just got bad cause Trump is icky.

    It’s also always been performance art for Right Wing hacks to see who can be the biggest douchbag. I recall vividly the first one after Obama was elected they staged some fake riot. Of course they love Trump. What I am surprised is why anyone would view CPAC as anything but a live action /4chan.

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    Tokyokie says:

    Republicans like to say Trump was chosen by God, and I agree, to this extent: Their professed deity gave them the choice of an honorable woman and the living personification of evil.
    They chose evil.

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    kindness says:

    @Tokyokie: Who in their right mind thinks Putin is God?

  18. 18
    Dev Null says:

    @sm*t cl*de: Nice!

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    Dev Null says:


    Who in their right mind thinks Putin is God?


    Well, melanin-challenged fundies, anyway.

    Not God, but perhaps Putin “sitteth on the right hand of God The Father Almighty”.

    You know, The Great White Father…

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    Tokyokie says:

    @kindness: Well, if you’re going to limit discussion to folks in their right minds, then nobody.

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    Dev Null says:

    @Tokyokie: er, ah … what you said.

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    bemused says:


    So the Democratic presidents were chosen by SATAN?
    No doubt that is what they believe.

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