GOP Venality Open Thread: If Only There Was Some Agency!...

… Or if Leader McConnell allowed us any!…

Romney of the Uncanny Valley, peak functionality.

56 replies
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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Reading his words hurt my brain. The stupid…

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Christ, what an asshole!

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    Mike in NC says:

    Still waiting for Willard to self-deport to any country that would take him.

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    Waynski says:

    Romney’s pie hole is even slippier than his hair. I think he thinks he can run for Preznit again. Might even use his own money this time…. Nah…that’s crazy talk.

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    When does this rally start?

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    lumpkin says:

    Romney really is fucking worthless innee?

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    Baud says:

    There should be a reporting system that if a government or agents of a government are trying to provide value of some kind, either financial or perhaps campaign material, to a campaign, that ought to be reported.”

    Sounds like big government to me.

    ETA: The bigger the government, the smaller the individual.

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    MomSense says:

    I still fucking hate Mitt Romney. Maybe he should sell some stocks and buy a clue.

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    Baud says:


    Election night 2012 was one of my happiest memories. I had hoped it would have been eclipsed by election night 2016. Oh well.

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    MomSense says:


    Same. I worked so hard that election. I don’t think people realize how tough that contest really was.

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    Baud says:


    Obama probably would have won a third term against Trump, but it would have been a lot closer than people want to admit. The hate had reached a boiling point in 2016.

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    Leto says:

    USA Today News:Acting SecDef Shanahan out amid violent domestic dispute

    I just saw this and was like, wtf? A new acting SecDef is in the job. We’ve been without a SecDef for six months now, as we inch closer to war with Iran. And Trumpov is defending the White House vetting process, saying, “Acting gives you greater flexibility to hire.”

    SFH. Low quality doesn’t beging to describe these people.

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    @Mike in NC:

    Still waiting for Willard to self-deport to any country that would take him.

    I think you’ll wait a long time for the “country that would take him” part.

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    rk says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    When does this rally start?

    I made the mistake of clicking the live feed of the rally. Caught Don jr trashing Biden. Said “Biden is so stupid”, then mimicked Biden and said something about Biden’s “groping”. At that point I turned it off. Vulgar trash talking to deplorable trash.

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    NotMax says:


    Drawn from the hat labeled “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Policy” for today’s statement: Exclusive: President Trump Calls Alleged Iranian Attack on Oil Tankers ‘Very Minor’

    Tomorrow? Who the hell knows?

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    ThresherK says:

    To steal from an unknown source, watching Mitt consider confronting Mitch about this matter is like watching Wally Cox coach a pro football team

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    Keith P. says:

    @Baud: Yeah, I’m half expecting Romney to push some bill to fund a “Foreign Interference Czar” position in the administration

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    kindness says:

    Don’t you see how badly Republicans want to blame Democrats for foreign influence in our elections.

    Projection must be one hell of a drug. You’d think that me a child of the 70s would have tested it out.

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    misterpuff says:

    @Mike in NC: He’d like to go to Deseret, but unfortunately that country is in an alternate universe. But I’m sure Bishop Romney will someday lord it over his own planet.

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    Kathleen says:

    Pretty much OT, Chris Hayes weighs in on importance of civil wordzzzzz:

    Last comment on this: concentration camp is an extremely charged term and I get why many people are, in good faith, uncomfortable with its application for Godwin’s Law purposes among others. So let’s just call them detention camps & and focus on what’s happening in them. Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes)

    You can go here for “The Ratio”

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    Jay says:


    Ain’t gonna happen.

    Dilbit, which the pipeline will focus on, is 1/3 highly explosive proprietary solvents, 1/3 highly abrasive petcoke, and 1/3 heavy crude.

    The West Coast Refineries that currently use the Trans Mountain Pipeline, arn’t set up to refine Dilbit, and as a result, some will close, and some will switch to Bakken Shale by pipeline, or Southern Alberta Heavy by railcar.

    The only refineries in the World currently set up to handle Dilbit are on the Great Lakes and the Southern US Coasts.

    While the Chinese would love tanker loads of refined product or even Heavy Crude, they have no interest in the solvents, ( toxic waste) or petcoke, and they certainly have no interest in paying for a supertanker only 1/3rd full of what they actually want.

    Just like Site C, BC’s LNG, there isn’t going to be a market magically appearing for something nobody wants and there is a glut of.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Mike in NC:
    In Stephen Miller’s worldview Romney is an anchor baby and needs to Go Back To Mexico.

    He’s the shittiest bonus prize imaginable for the gift of no longer having Orrin Hatch around.

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    RAM says:

    It’s not called the Stupid Party for nothing, you know…

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    Lit3Bolt says:

    Now I can see why no one wants to be a Senator. They’re so powerless!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Kathleen: “Detention” camps, snort. Detention is what my kid got for being late to school too many days in a row. Sorry Chris Hayes, they are concentration camps.

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    Jay says:

    Katharine Gorka justified her push to revoke funding from programs aimed at countering right-wing extremism by saying that “far-left groups” like antifa are the real threat.She said that on July 6, 2017. A neo-Nazi murdered Heather Heyer 5 weeks later.— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) June 18, 2019

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Kathleen: let’s ask the brown kids in cages if they feel “detained”

    oops. you can’t.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    Please proceed, Senator

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    Baud says:

    Chris Hayes is weak.

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    Aleta says:

    twitter for Michael Williams and the other reporters who’re covering the protests and rally for Orlando Sentinal.

    Follow along with local @orlandosentinel reporters as we cover today’s #Trump2020 rally and protests in Orlando: @SteveLemongello @byRyanGillespie @karina_elwood @bycarolineglenn @Sa_roar @PConnPie

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    Aleta says:

    Most recent: a video

    Michael Williams @michaeldamianw
    A Trump supporter tried knocking my phone out of my hand as I was recording him being kicked out of the Amway Center.

    Stay safe reporters and protestors and everyone.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @MomSense: “Vowel,” hell – he’s so full of shit he needs to buy a bowel.

    Re selfdeporting, isn’t he (like the other hoitytoities of the Later-the-Same-Day Saints) jes’ hangin’ ’round this mortal coil until his soul gets an entire planet to run in the Hereinafter? Or did I misread something in my notes from Comparative Religion 201 (The Joy Of Sects)?

    (Nope – @misterpuff got there foist, dammitol.)

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    Aleta says:

    Michael Williams @michaeldamianw More
    (video clip) He was detained by the Secret Service and arrested by @OrlandoPolice on a misdemeanor battery charge.

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    Citizen Alan says:


    When every I see or hear from Mitt Romney, all I can think of is his father George, who helped create HUD and who was the first major Republican to come out strongly against the Vietnam War. I can only assume he would weep if he could see what sort of man his son grew up to be.

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    Jay says:

    Large contingent of Proud Boys marching next to the Amway Center, chanting, “Pinochet was right,” and “Roger Stone did nothing wrong.” #TrumpInOrlando #TrumpRallyOrlando— Michael Williams (@michaeldamianw) June 18, 2019

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Kudos to the Orlando PD, for successfully heading off the Proud Boys from an anti-T rally.

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    Jay says:

    GOP So-Cal hopeful, Omar Navarro, has traveled all the way to #Florida to march with far-Right gang the Proud Boys. Here he is livestreaming with PB leader Enrique Tarrio who attended Unite the Right neo-Nazi rally, right behind him. Navarro known for his ties to the Alt-Right.— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) June 18, 2019

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    Mittens isn’t that stupid. He’s trolling, like his boss Yertle. They’re a goddamn barrel of laughs.

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    Aleta says:

    Karina Elwood @karina_elwood
    Baby Trump balloon I laid out and ready to be inflated just 15 minutes before the Win with Love Rally is scheduled to begin.

    Next tweet shows it inflated, upright. Smaller ones were being sold at the protest rally.
    A later photo of it after rally cleared:

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    Kay says:

    Mark Kelly
    ‏Verified account
    Follow Follow @ShuttleCDRKelly
    I called Chris from Phoenix to thank him for being the 100,000th contribution to our grassroots campaign. Our campaign is fueled by people like Chris, not corporate PACs.

    I think I’m going to donate to him because I heard him at a gun reg hearing years ago and he was very honest.

    So, 3 dollars it is! Don’t spend it all in one place Mark.

    Also he has an identical twin who is an astronaut too, which is crazy.

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    plato says:

    what a duplicitous fucktard of a douche.

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    Jay says:

    Holy shit — years after DNA evidence exonerated them, Trump suggests the Central Park 5 are guilty and refuses to apologize for saying they should be executed."You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 18, 2019

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Maggie Haberman @ maggieNYT
    No news twenty minutes into this speech, which is so far a bleak panoply of grievance and anger at Democrats, the media and a reference to the Academy Awards.

    any bets on whether or not he brings up Bette Midler?

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    Dan B says:

    @Jay: So did Trudeau approve the pipeline to appease Alberta conservatives? There are a lot of native peoples and wealthy waterfront owners in the Salish Sea that wouldn’t want petcoke and solvents washing up on their beaches or headlands, let alone destroying the already struggling marine life.

    Those are some tricky waterways to navigate.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: That would be divine.

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    plato says:

    MSNBC is not carrying the Trump re-election event live.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 19, 2019


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    Kay says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    He’s a bore. It’s the same shit every speech, every event. Now he drags the low quality hires onstage to fawn over him, but other than that it’s 2016 again.

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    Duane says:

    The venal Hucksterbee-Sanders got huge cheers at the hate rally. Chants of Sarah, Sarah. They expect her to become Governor of Arkansas because Daddy was I suppose. Not enough money, she’ll land at Fox like Hope Hicks the current CCO. Fuckem.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Kay: Yup

    Michael C. Bender @ MichaelCBender
    These Trump supporters have been to more than FOUR DOZEN rallies: A guy who fears Buttigieg, a woman who makes solo cross-country drives to see Trump, and a man who named his Alaskan malamute after the president only to have the pup shot dead by a neighbor

    (wish he had left that last one out)

    Grace Segers @ Grace_Segers
    When I was waitressing at Cracker Barrel, I served a couple who had made it their mission to visit every single Cracker Barrel, all 600+. Every Cracker Barrel is exactly the same, down to the floor layout. They said they got something comforting yet new from it every time.

    @Duane: they want Hatch Act violations? Watch this! (Adolescent defiance disorder… is that a thing?)

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    Duane says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Smellyass Con-Way says the Hatch Act is “alternative law.”
    Another burdensome liberal regulation destroying freedom!

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    Jay says:

    @Dan B:

    When TransMountain II was being challenged in the Courts, he bought the leaking 54 year old pipeline for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan, ( an Enron offshoot), overpaying by $4.2 billion dollars, by some accounts.

    It was a blatant political sop to Alberta and Saskatchewan, and a product of the Morons, Hedgefunds and Petroheads he’s surrounded himself with. Didn’t win him any love in Alberta or Saskatchewan, instead, sparked a QAnon like Yellow Vests Canada hate mob.

    Pissed off BC to no end, now Washington State, Oregon and California are getting in on the act too.

    He’s floated the idea of turning it over the the Indigenous Peoples, some think it could be a source of jobs and revinue for their Bands, most are veminently opposed. It depends on how linked the Band is to traditional culture, foods and language, and how much they rely on seasonal forestry for employment.

    Dilbit doesn’t float. It sinks to the bottom, and has to be dredged up along with soil/rock to a depth of about 8 metres.

    Trudeau promised BC a “Global Leading Oil Response” program for the West Coast, which when the Hecate Straight went down, turned out to be 24 days to respond with “containment”, the use of banned dispersal chemicals, and a clean up still not done, ( beaches only) 3 years later.

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    sdhays says:


    … They admitted their guilt.

    He has also admitted his guilt. On national television. He wasn’t even tricked into it; he volunteered.

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    sgrAstar says:

    @Jerzy Russian:

    Christ, what an asshole!

    Understatement, Jerzy, understatement! As a California expat I have the extreme misfortune to be represented by that hollow man. UGH.

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    ottercliff says:

    Willard: Or then again, maybe Mr. Trump or Mr. McConnell have another idea. I’m for what they think.

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