Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Getting the Mule’s Attention

It would greatly simplify the Media Village Idiots’ job if we could all pretend that the Oval Office Occupant actually got more votes than Hillary Clinton. But it would not be true.

Among the many delights of the day when a woman (Harris? Warren? Klobuchar? Gillibrand?) faces a (no doubt fuming) John Roberts on Inaugural Day… will be watching people like Chuck Todd and Jonathan Karl earnestly inquire of each other how ‘The American voter could possibly have made such a counterintuitive choice!’…

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  1. 1
    hells littlest angel says:

    … meet me halfway by offering someone they want to vote for.

    Amanda Marcotte wants a candidate who inspires “them.” Not her, “them.” What a self-centered twit.

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    tybee says:

    someone emailed me late last night about a lot of trump’s finances being released but i see nothing on any of my normal news/rumors sites.

    anyone hear anything like that?

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    montanareddog says:

    Stop writing these infuriatingly misogynistic articles.

    – Maya Contreras in the tweet above the line.

    That is somewhat unfair and I think she is reacting to the clickbaity headline because the Forbes article itself is fine

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @tybee: I’ll believe it when David Farenthold or Jane Mayer report on it.

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    JPL says:

    @tybee: It’s unlikely House subpoenas for Trump’s bank records put on hold while president appealsHeadline at the post.

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    Ryan says:

    Hey- I’ve been lurking at balloon juice since about 2005 or 2006. I’ve probably commented five times during the last fifteen years.

    I really appreciate these morning threads with the tweets. Thanks for doing them. I always enjoy them. You’re the best!

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    Kay says:

    Joe Biden’s Education Plan: Triple Title I to Boost Teacher Pay and Student Supports

    Biden’s first policy roll-out was education, which is interesting. Title I is federal money that supplements local funding of schools. About 70% of US students receive Title 1 funding one way or another, because we have so many low income children.

    It’s a realistic proposal in that it’s something the federal government actually does regarding schools – schools are mostly state and local. I wish he had addressed the fact the federal government doesn’t fund their mandates on students with disabilities, which is a huge expense for schools and something that has been ignored. Schools are required to provide services to kids with disabilities, which is great, but the federal government has never met their burden on the funding share of that, which sucks, because it’s expensive. Both Klobachur and Sanders would increase the federal share of that funding.

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    Kay says:


    Me too, AL. Thanks for doing this.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    I’m ready to start a twitter rant, but 240 characters per tweet just isn’t going to cut it. So maybe I’ll do it here, where i’m guaranteed a response.

    About “inspiring”. Inspiring is lightning in a bottle. Some people have it, some don’t but are good people to run. Also I see this same play run on Gore, on Kerry, on Hillary, and now on Biden. Older, experienced Dems are considered uninspiring, so we must vote for an
    “inspiring” unelectable third party or unelectable far left Dem, while ignoring the real dogs on the Republican side. I think they would have done the same to a white Obama, but Obama was upheld by the entire crowd of black Dems once it was clear he could win this.

    Meanwhile the third parties can’t even get a city council seat, let alone win the Presidency, so all of the things the “inspiring” option might talk about never gets talked about, let alone legislated. So how did blaming Hillary for “mass incarceration”, work out for you? Children in cages and going backwards in prison reform. Did we get rid of the contracts for prisons? What happens when/if Trump goes to Iran, and some low-level prisoners get to do contract work, or even be allowed to be drafted for the massive body count? Was it worth it to call Hillary “warmongering” or Biden “uninspiring”?

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    Raven says:

    A minor-league baseball team apologized Monday for its bush-league video depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) as an “enemy of freedom.”

    An image of Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive often targeted by conservatives, appeared between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the late Cuban strongman Fidel Castro in a Memorial Day tribute clip that aired during a Fresno Grizzlies doubleheader at Chukchansi Park, according to outlets.

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    SFAW says:



    Just kidding. Welcome! (so to speak)

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    SFAW says:


    A minor-league baseball team apologized Monday for its bush-league video depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) as an “enemy of freedom.”

    Saw that news yesterday. Assholes.

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    West of the Rockies says:


    Drop by more often and have a speak!

  14. 14
    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Raven: I don’t believe for a 2nd that nobody “watched it to the end”. Somebody did, most likely a few somebodies did. I’m waiting for heads to roll. I expect my wait to be in vain or at least a huge disappointment when some lowly video tech gets fired and blackballed for doing what s/he was told to.

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    rikyrah says:

    Post more, and I love the morning threads too😊

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    rikyrah says:

    CNN (@CNN) Tweeted:
    The Smithsonian Institution names its first African American leader in its 172-year history

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @rikyrah: The Guardian has a short profile: Smithsonian’s first black leader: ‘There are still doors people can’t get in’

    The Smithsonian has been attempting to change to better reflect America. During the four-year tenure of the current secretary, David Skorton, two in three recruits at director level or higher were women or people of color. Last year, Ellen Stofan, former chief scientist at Nasa, became the first female director of the popular National Air and Space Museum. Bunch, who has written extensively about diversity in museum management, wants to continue the trend.

    “I just think that you’re a better institution when you have a diversity of people telling you the stories you want to explore,” he said.

    “My hope is that the Smithsonian has made important strides in that area and I will keep pushing that, because I do think that if we are the place where not just America but the world comes to see what it means to be an American, then I should be able to walk into every institution, every museum, every shop and see that diversity of America.”

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    evodevo says:

    @Kay: Yes…this was a continual rant for years by my husband who is a retired school psychologist here in Ky…mandates galore, but no funding to carry them out…

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    cleek says:

    gawd, Marcotte is insufferable.

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