Screw Your Optics: Ted Lieu Brings It

Worth repeating:

And just a little fun:

Nite all…

37 replies
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    Martin says:

    If your rep is having a town hall, Dem or GOP, you MUST attend it during the break. You MUST bring up impeachment. Bring a sign if need be. Whether or not they go full impeachment depends on it.

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    Yarrow says:

    Chuck Rosenberg highlighted just how far our “news” has strayed from earnest investigatory reporting to unbridled propaganda and meaningless “entertainment”.

    The media does what it’s told to do by the people who own it.

    @Martin: Yep. I called me Rep yesterday and asked about town halls but the staffer couldn’t give me any info. Maybe they aren’t scheduled.

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    Yarrow says:

    Hmmm….is Washington turning on #MoscowMitch?

    Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset.

    This doesn’t mean he’s a spy, but neither is it a flip accusation. Russia attacked our country in 2016. It is attacking us today. Its attacks will intensify in 2020. Yet each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the attack, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ourselves.

    Let’s call this what it is: unpatriotic. The Kentucky Republican is, arguably more than any other American, doing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bidding.


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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: You have email.

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    Mary G says:

    @Martin: I have been calling and writing Mike Levin, and he just came out in favor of impeachment. I would love to do to Twitler what Issa tried and failed to Obama.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: @TaMara (HFG): This one is actually far worse. The lobbyist who brokered the deal is former Senator David “Diapers” Vitter from Louisiana. His wife had been nominated for a Federal judgeship. Other than being a lawyer, an anti-abortion activist, and a friend of Leonard Leo’s she wasn’t qualified. And, apparently, McConnell actually wasn’t going to move her nomination. He’d basically blackballed it, refusing to bring her nomination up for a floor vote. Then David Vitter came to him with the deal involving Deripaska’s company’s potential investment, but there was a hitch. The company was on the sanctions list. So McConnell arranged to have the sanctions adjusted to get Deripaska’s company out from under so the investment could be made. Then he took now Judge Vitter’s nomination out of the deep freeze and quickly moved it through a floor vote where she was confirmed. And, the final piece, of course, is Deripaska’s company’s investment in Kentucky during an election year so McConnell can campaign on the great investment that brought jobs to Kentucky during his reelection campaign.

    We’ve got a bribe of investment during a reelection year from Vitter to McConnell in order to get Vitter’s wife confirmed as a Federal judge, which was done by reducing sanctions on one of Putin’s key oligarch catspaws by McConnell. Basically Vitter bought his wife a Federal judgeship from McConnell with Putin’s money laundered through Deripaska’s company.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Yep. The whole Deripaska thing is shocking in its boldness. It’s like Mitch thinks he’s untouchable. Interesting to see a lot of commentary from D.C. folks–pundits, media, etc.–on how he’s being unpatriotic. He’s got an election coming up. Could make that a bit more interesting.

    Saw your comment–I’ll get to my email tomorrow. Thanks.

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    BR says:

    @Mary G:

    I called him too, just yesterday! I didn’t realize he came out for impeachment…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: And not only that, but the aluminum ingot for the rolling mill will be coming from the Russian stockpiles in Siberia. Not from America.

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    Yarrow says:

    And then there’s Rand Paul. Sure are a lot of treasony things going on in Kentucky.

    EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Rand Paul fights sanctions on Russian pipeline. @woodruffbets reports:— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 27, 2019

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Speaking of Putin’s preferred senators:

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: A good chunk of the funding for his dad’s foundation over the years has come from the Russians.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Yep. It’s so brazen. I’m not shocked by it, really, given who they are. It’s just kind of interesting how open they are about it and what that says. I think it may not work out as well for them as they think it will.

    @Adam L Silverman: You copying off me? LOL.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Yep. Ron Paul has very questionable ties and Russia plays the long game. I don’t think Rand is as smart as Ron, though.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Chuck Rosenberg can sit on it and spin. My nym, again and again.

    Wipe them out. All of them.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: I think Rosenberg was trying to make a point you’d make: that what Mueller said was important and even if it wasn’t exciting, it needs to be given appropriate, serious news coverage, not get dismissed because it wasn’t gripping television. He was basically calling out Chuck Todd without mentioning his name.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Did you see my Florida Man comment in the previous thread. You’d appreciate the photo.

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    Martin says:

    @Yarrow: My rep doesn’t have them scheduled yet either, but remember how effective the 2010 town halls were at shaping Obamacare. That’s where we are this summer. Whatever urgency Congress has will emanate from us.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Martin: I do remember that and have been thinking about it.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Is there a very short list of Republicans in Congress who aren’t on the Kremlin payroll? Didn’t think so.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I misread the twitter snippet. Chuckles the Toddler, OTOH, needs a tumbrel ride.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Mike in NC: It’s not a list if it has 0 names on it, Mike. :)

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    Yarrow says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: After his dumbass comment about the “optics” of the Mueller testimony he was trending on Twitter and not in a good way. I happened to see the first minutes of the Today Show the following morning and the anchors were doing damage control for him.

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    Rommie says:

    I get the desire not to play with the Pig-Mud, but Moscow Mitch should be his designation for now and for ever.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: I saw the actual tweet earlier today and texted it to BettyC to share the humor.

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    BlueDWarrior says:

    The more vapid talking heads got the memo, don’t talk in depth about the illegal and illicit behavior of the Administration.

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    joel hanes says:


    It’s so brazen.

    Methinks it is very much like a weasel

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Good stuff. Thanks for bringing this together.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steeplejack: You’re welcome.

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    hervevillechaizelounge says:

    I was off-line during Mueller’s testimony and the very first related news I saw was on yahoo while checking my email: “Mueller hearing a disaster for democrats.”

    I fucking can’t stop thinking about it. If I was a low-info voter literally the only thing I would know about the hearing is that it was (allegedly) disastrous. I didn’t log onto to fucking Fauxnews—I was just looking for a discount code in my email.

    The media is fucking killing us.

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    low-tech cyclist says:

    Ted Lieu: “I wanted the music set to Bad Guy by Billie Eilish”

    That would have worked well.

    On the screen: “No one is above the law. Not even the President.”

    Billie Eilish: “Duh.”

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    @Yarrow: Got my Town Hall ticket today.

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    JWR says:


    Moscow Mitch should be his designation for now and for ever.

    Damn straight! There’s already a #MoscowMitch thingy on the twitters, and Joe Scarborough’s all in with the “Moscow Mitch” handle.

    eta, I do believe it’s gonna stick. MoscowMitch 2020!

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    Chris Johnson says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Is there a very short list of Republicans in Congress who aren’t on the Kremlin payroll? Didn’t think so.

    Yeah. Some of the teabaggers. Some of the newcomers. The treason is the RANKING Republicans, and the higher up like McConnell, the more direct the link.

    They kinda have to be brazen because they got nothin’ otherwise. They’ve been a losing party for decades and it was this or wither away.

    I’ve been calling this (and the NYT) for some time now, so it comes as no surprise to me. I also insist that Mike Pence is as dirty as Mitch, it’s just that Pence’s job is to not act and to look innocent.

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    Ken says:


    I don’t think Rand is as smart as Ron, though.

    An idiot can still be useful.

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