Late Night Open Thread: Depth of the GOP Field

Repubs don’t tell jokes, Ted; Repubs are jokes…

And finally… Click on the tweets below for the entire extremely NSFW thread:

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop drinking, smoking, sniffing glue, etc. Is it too early for bed now?

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    plato says:

    New Yorker reveals that the NRA is in a dire financial state, running annual deficits of up to $40,000,000 in recent years while a small group of execs, contractors, and venders have extracted hundreds of millions the NRA's budget.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 18, 2019

    The grifters gotta grift even their own.

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    Peale says:

    Christ almighty. It’s like they watched Bond movies and thought SPECTRE were the good guys. How much do you want to bet that Erik Prince shows up here.

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    Duane says:

    The word depth as applied to republicans doesn’t mean what they think. Their 2016 primary field had depth according to them. If you were searching for the bottom of hell that’s correct.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Wild-ass hour of thunderstorms in central Texas. Tornado watch in effect in and around Florence, about 40 miles NW of Austin.

    This shit will take some getting used to.

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    burnspbesq says:


    If it isn’t nailed down, it’ll be stolen.

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    @Jerzy Russian:

    Is it too early for bed now?

    Did you pick the wrong week to quit amphetamines?

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    Anne Laurie says:


    How much do you want to bet that Erik Prince shows up here.

    Heck, I assumed Prince was bankrolling this new grift. Unlike Bannon (who lost his sugar mama, Rebekah Mercer), Prince can fund a little summer-camp side project like Bannon’s Proud Boy Gap Year with the interest on his ex-Blackwater company’s interest.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: How could I forget those? Probably all of those other things which I have given up have contributed to my cognitive decline.

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    Jay says:


    He’s on the dried Todd,

    Makes you sleepy.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    I have determined that it is not too early for bed now. I am having trouble sleeping at work, and the sleep aids prescribed by the doctor are starting to kick in.

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    Comrade Colette Collaboratrice says:

    “… the populist national sovereignty movement is about the reinforcing of the kind of traditional Judeo-Christian West.”

    Judeo-humans everywhere say leave us the fuck out of this, pasty bubble-boy. Next he’s going to be saying that Pope Francis is secretly Jewish. You heard it here first.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @plato: SAD!

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    cain says:

    NRA being destroyed by friendly fire. When you sleep with grifters, don’t be surprised if you wake up to an empty room and your sleeping on the floor.

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    cain says:

    I hate dating, I really hating having to be ‘the man’, and pick where to go, and what not.. I like doing the take charge thing when I’m in a leadership role, but not really during my social time. I turn 50 in about 3 weeks, and I’m not even having a birthday party, that’s how lazy I am.

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    Bill says:

    I walked past the Beacon Theater tonight and saw a lot of fools coming out. Then I saw the marquee – “Sold Out – 12 Rules for Life tour – Jordan B. Peterson”

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    prostratedragon says:

    I finally remembered who Barr has been reminding me of. As someone said in the comments,

    How could something so ridiculous be so terrifying?

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    ola azul says:


    I hate dating …

    Ya, hear ya. Me, am a conscientious objector, far’s portentious official stilted “dating” goes. If two peeps agree to go out with open minds and willing hearts to see what might could be and are willing to hazard the emotional consequences, I’m in. Things develop freely, naturally, organically, or — they don’t. Which is OK.

    Kinda look at it like this: If a woman requres going onna official “date”, i.e. with alla artificiality and fakery that generly entails, no thanks. (Not saying it can’t be done, cuz it can — peeps do it! — just that it generly isn’t a successful formula; generly most “dates” entail two peeps acting quite unlike themselves, adhering to dictates to which neither agrees or can sustain.)

    Non-date culture (i.e. declaring who you are rather than deliberately artfully concealing it) is a self-selecting society. I like that. Honesty upfront. All or nothing. (Which does not preclude, necessarily, hooking up; some peeps actually appreciate honesty and like to fuck anyway. Go figure.)

    Got no interest in me (or her!) tryn’ta fake it till you, me, we make it. Life is short. Say who you are and take your chances.

    Will say: After my wife was killt inna car crash 14 year back, went a little crazy for a coupla years, then started looking (life goes on or you give up). As I creep into my dotage, find it’s easy enough to hook up, but *very* hard to find one’s simpatico. Mostly, I expect I’m at fault for this (as with most things, alas). When you’re with someone new, you getta sense, purty fucking quick, of whether you wanna spend your life with them, and, guided by the hoary hand of time and experience, you kinda know whether it’s gonna work. Have sorta likened it to the process of reduction in making maple syrup, boiling things down to their essence.

    Expect when you’ve made enough mistakes, patterns become clearer.

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    ola azul says:

    String onna Stick:

    Not sure if you’ll see this, but:

    Wanted to thank you for your rec on Dollhouse Thieves. Sounds glorious. Always loves me some serendipitous shooting stars.

    Putta request in at the library to try’n track some down Dollhousian jams, but no go (done a search on the library web site and din’t nothing come up, but our library folk — who I loves — is *very* good at bloodhounding all sorta esoterica, so am hopeful).

    How’s yer bionic-knee convalescence, btw? ‘Member you being pushed back to work a lil’ earlier than was optimal. Was hoping you reclaimt the mountain goat as yer spirit animal.

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    Jeffro says:

    That thread made my week 😀

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    Kobekid says:

    @Bill: Brick oven Bill?

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    Denali says:

    @Jerzy Russian,

    Do they pay you to sleep at work?

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Denali: Technically no. That is the joke I tell my students or the one I tell at meetings if I had a rough night. I get fitted for a CPAP mask next week so hopefully I can start to retire that joke.

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    Cacti says:

    @Comrade Colette Collaboratrice:

    Judeo-humans everywhere say leave us the fuck out of this, pasty bubble-boy. Next he’s going to be saying that Pope Francis is secretly Jewish. You heard it here first.

    Funny thing about those pushing “Judeo-Christian” heritage is that they never seem to be lamenting a lack of Jews or Judaism in the public sphere. Quite the opposite most of the time.

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    Citizen Alan says:


    That’s because the “Judeo” in “Judeo-Christian” refers to Jews for Jesus. I’m not kidding about that. Evangelical eschatology states that exactly 144,000 Jews will convert to Christianity post-Rapture and all the rest will be personally exterminated by Jesus Christ upon his return … and this is presented as a good thing.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Citizen Alan:

    There was lots of genocidal mania in the Old Testament, mostly either committed by gawd hisself or by his chosen people at his command. All that was in theory replaced in the period 15-35 AD by the newest messenger from gawd, who was supposed to bring peace and love thy neighbors. Somehow that didn’t work out quite like that.

    Regarding the original post, the Republican Talent Pool mostly closely resembles one of the Smithfield Farms hog waste ponds in North Carolina, you know, one of those vast ponds of poison spread all around the countryside every time there’s a tropical storm that hist the East Coast. Not too deep, but equally toxic all over the pool.

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    Mart says:

    Hugo and Jake, two young atheists reviewing Steve Cannons “Torchbearer” starring the old Duck Dynasty bigot is awesome:

    I really cannot stand how awful and mainstream Ban non is.

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    Dev Null says:

    There’s gotta be a meme around here somewhere [empties waste basket on floor] …

    The Long Con becomes expensive?

    The Revolution is eating its, uh, guns?

    Hmm, the Urban dictionary has a definition for this, which also works.

    So many cons; so few lions?

    Conservatives rifling the NRA?

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