Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy

Trump just fired John Bolton by tweet, apparently for the sin of opposing peace talks with the Taliban.






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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Sometimes the stupidest, blindest orange mouse finds a crumb. I hope Bolton enjoys the stench of a failed stint with Donnie on his mustache the rest of his life.

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    Kristine says:

    I can’t keep up with this week.

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    Cathie Fonz says:

    It will likely turn out that Bolton quit over the invitation of the Taliban to Camp David. Trump is too cowardly to ever fire anyone, though he likes to pretend to be a tough guy.

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    feebog says:

    Who could have seen this coming? Now do Steven Miller.

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    Immanentize says:

    Absolute chaos.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @feebog: Stephen Miller is going to ride the Hindenberg to the bitter end, because Donnie won’t fire him, and nobody in their right mind would otherwise give that scumbag an honest job.

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    Van Buren says:

    How long is a Bolton unit?

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    Yarrow says:

    Why does Trump need all these advisers when he’s got Jared? Might as well get rid of them.

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    cain says:

    This is all aimed at Pence. There will soon be a boss fight.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Nelson Muntz voice: Ha Ha! (Youtube link)

    Fuck ’em both, Bolton and Trump.

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    hells littlest angel says:

    Great. Trump to Jared: “Find me an even bigger shit-head to replace Bolton.”

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    Betty Cracker says:

    “Jared, you’re up!”

    Seriously, has Trump ever improved the quality of personnel by shit-canning and replacing a low-quality hire? I can’t think of an instance. Grisham, the current press secretary, doesn’t do the public part of her job at all, so in that sense, she is both an improvement on and inferior to her predecessor. Barr isn’t as overtly racist as Sessions, but he’s somehow managed to damage American democracy more.

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    NotMax says:

    David Duke standing by the phone, drooling in anticipation for THAT call.

    //

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    Mike in NC says:

    I read that Pence was also against the stupid stunt of inviting Taliban terrorists to Camp David, where they’d all be rewarded with day-old pulled pork sandwiches and autographed MAGA (“Make Afghanistan Great Again”) hats.

    This might mean booklicker Pence gets dropped in favor of Asshole Junior, who’s convinced himself he’s as popular with the wingnut goobers as dear old dad.

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    MJS says:

    Rooting for injuries. Also, Bolton seems like the kind of guy who mistakenly believes he has a reputation to uphold, so that combined with his access to the Sunday shows could make this interesting.

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    Timurid says:

    APE HAS KILLED APE!

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    Motivated Seller says:

    It was the mustache.

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    Elizabelle says:

    From The Guardian feed mistermix put up:

    33m ago
    11:40
    An addition to today’s schedule: secretary of state Mike Pompeo, treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and national security adviser John Bolton will have an on-camera White House briefing at 1:30 p.m. E.T.

    I guess not. More of that item:

    The briefing will ostensibly focus on combating terrorism. But if the three senior officials take questions from reporters, they are almost certain to be asked about Trump’s scrapped plans to hold peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David.

    Pompeo was reportedly in favor of the controversial plan, while Bolton was strongly opposed to it. Pompeo and Bolton have also reportedly been clashing behind the scenes, and the two men rarely speak to each other outside of formal meetings.

    The acting commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol, Mark Morgan, held a White House briefing yesterday as well — even as Trump’s press secretary steadfastly avoids the podium.

    Why can’t the fucking US press write as succinctly as that?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    This is real:

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Kristine:

    I can’t keep up with this week.

    Hey, don’t despair. You’ve already made it through half of Tuesday!

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    Ked says:

    …if someone told me I would be feeling vaguely sick about John Bolton getting fired, I never would have believed them. Because no matter what, the next guy is only going to be worse.

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    Quinerly says:

    Just heard in background that Pence has been openly disagreeing with Trump. Any details from anyone? Looks like Bolton offered his resignation last night, Trump didn’t accept. Waited until today to fire Bolton on Twitter

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    Another Scott says:

    @Betty Cracker: As if anyone needed a reminder – Donnie always lies.

    QED.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Timurid says:

    This is shaping up to be a Top 10 Infrastructure Week…

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Van Buren:
    The answer to that question is TMI.

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    kindness says:

    This is a Yeay! And an Oh Shit! thing.

    Great that Bolton is gone as he is a war pig. But Oh Shit! who is going to replace him? One would think you can’t get worse than Bolton until you look over and see Pompeo sitting there with a shit eating grin on his slimy TeaBagging face.

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    Pretty much every administration apprentice who has been fired is succeeded by someone worse. If the pattern holds, I expect Bolton’s replacement to be Pam Geller.

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    Another Scott says:

    In other news, TheHill:

    Senate Democrats are planning to force a vote to try to nix President Trump’s emergency declaration transferring military construction money to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), making the announcement from the Senate floor, blasted Trump for making a “brazen power grab” and trying to leapfrog Congress.

    “The president’s national emergency declaration was and is an outrageous power grab by a president who refuses to respect the constitutional separation of powers. … Does our country truly have checks and balances, particularly when we have such an overreaching president?” Schumer asked from the Senate floor.

    Schumer added that if Congress didn’t nix Trump’s emergency declaration it would set a “dangerous precedent” that could allow a president to use their national emergency powers when Congress refuses to fund a priority.

    […]

    Good, good.

    Donnie’s tariffs, his Wall, and all the rest are predicted on some sort of emergency powers that he’s claiming.

    There is no emergency that he’s fixing with these things, he’s creating emergencies with them. Take the power away, and make the GOP take a stand. Don’t be afraid of what the RWNJ press and McConnell will say – protect the Constitution.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Betty Cracker: interesting… most of trump’s rejects– not counting Cohen and the short-term D-listers– have stayed quiet, or anonymous. Bolton has always seemed an angry little man, his ab-twister dance notwithstanding. Maybe he’ll stir up some shit (I am no longer predicting anything or anyone will bring the great implosion.

    ETA: Lindsey Graham on MSNBC looking rattled and trying to say nothing with a lot of words

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    The Dangerman says:

    @feebog:

    Now do Steven Miller.

    On first coffee and minimal breakfast … PHRASING.

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    cain says:

    Eventually Jared will represent all positions in an acting capacity. He will also bring many hats with him, which he will switch when switching positions. But his dimwitted glare and smug look will stay fixed however.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    Hahahahahahahahaha!

    My first reaction too.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Finally, in one tweet, Trump succeeds in making the world a safer place.

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    rikyrah says:

    for real?
    we aren’t being punked?

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    hueyplong says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: No doubt L Graham will regain his composure in time for his close-up on FoxNews

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    rikyrah says:

    With Bolton gone…that means that War with Iran will be on hold for a few weeks…

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    hells littlest angel says:

    @Quinerly: Just heard in background that Pence has been openly disagreeing with Trump.

    Wait until Trump finds out he can’t fire Pence. He’ll have to ask Vlad to send an umbrella man.

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    hells littlest angel says:

    @Rand Careaga: I’ve got Geller in the pool, too.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”

    Trump is Scarlett Fucking O’Hara now?!

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    Peale says:

    So one of the scary hawks is gone…and I’m sure he’ll be back god help us in the next GOP administration, re purposed as an elder statesman.

    So my guess is the next one for the role will be the one who decided to lie to the public or worse yet actually believes that we killed 1,000 Taliban last week.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Motivated Seller: I commented downstairs that, as a mustache-American, I feel we are under-represented in government these days.

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    Elizabelle says:

    It’s just so tacky and low to tell someone “we’ll talk tomorrow” and then fire them on Twitter. It’s so Trump.

    That said, I have no sympathy for John Bolton. He’s an awful person. Started to type that it was hard to think of anyone less sympathetic and then started contemplating the shitlist that is the Trump administration.

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    MattF says:

    @hells littlest angel: Y’know, I have a suspicion that Vlad is involved here. Afghanistan was (and is) a big deal for the Russians, and Bolton was adding to much to the chaos.

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    @Betty Cracker:

    Seriously, has Trump ever improved the quality of personnel by shit-canning and replacing a low-quality hire?

    No, and this was predicted. Most presidents hire the best people they can find when they start their administrations, so there’s a natural tendency for subsequent hires to be lower quality. That can be offset if the original hires stay on for quite a while, as it gives time to develop competent replacements.

    This approach was never going to work for Trump. He fires people too quickly for the farm system to develop quality replacements. His initial batch of hires also included some people who were capable but didn’t like Trump and were doing it out of a sense of duty and a hope they could work to rein in his worst impulses. There aren’t going to be any more people like that, both because it’s obvious that strategy doesn’t work and because Trump isn’t going to hire anyone but toadies for the remainder of his time in office.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: The Dragon of Budapest? The guy with the “Art of War” license plate? Excellent choice.

    I think Mike Flynn is not yet in prison. He could fill in for awhile.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Richard M. Nixon @ dick_nixon
    “You may disagree with Mitt Romney politically, but no one can argue he’s a decent man. A principled patriot who believes in the promise of this country … ”

    Nicholas Fandos @ npfandos
    Mitt Romney outspoken on Bolton’s firing: “I’m very, very unhappy to hear that he is leaving. It’s a huge loss for the andministration and for the nation.”

    Asked about a possible replacement, Romney suggests “John Bolton”

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    The Dangerman says:

    @hells littlest angel:

    I’ve got Geller in the pool, too.

    I’m thinking something truly out of the box:

    Mike Flynn

    It’ll be the “”Russia was a hoax, Flynn did nothing wrong, yada yada yada” and he should be reinstalled.

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    hueyplong says:

    I hear that Milo dude is looking for something to do.

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    @Yarrow: And Flynn has experience!

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    Yarrow says:

    @hells littlest angel: Too obvious. Manafort obviously picked Pence for a reason. Get that reason or reasons out in public and force Pence to resign.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    no one can argue he’s a decent man

    True, but probably not in the way ol’ Dick intended.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Shut up, Mittens – no one cares about you anymore. You’re just a bootlicker for Donnie like the rest of them now.

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    kindness says:

    Which Fox personality will Trump replace Bolton with this time?

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    catclub says:

    @Rand Careaga:

    If the pattern holds, I expect Bolton’s replacement to be Pam Geller.

    The absolute best thing about Trump is that he is a coward and has no interest in actually going to war – this makes him far superior to
    GWBush, and 500,000 dead Iraqis agree.

    if Pam Geller talks war all the time but never follows through, that will suit Trump.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Ivo Daalder just said that Kissinger was NSA and SoS at the same time, so the precedent exists for trump to give Pompeo an “acting”. He likes acting. I think we could do worse, but who the hell knows?

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    MattF says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: So, Bolton says… that Trump is lying? I’m all aflutter.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: I’m sure all that time off means that he’s rested and ready to go!

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    Sebastian says:

    @Cathie Fonz:

    According to Robert Costa this is exactly what happened:

    Ambassador Bolton sends me a text message just now: “Let’s be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.”— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 10, 2019

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Awww….. that’s so….fuck ’em.

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    Bookeater (formerly JosieJ) says:

    @Cathie Fonz: @feebog: Hah! If anyone is Trump’s Mini-me, it’s Miller. He’s not going anywhere; Trump loves him, and there’s no daylight between his beliefs and Trump’s.

    As to Pence disagreeing with Trump, I’ll believe it when that punk-ass bitch says so publicly.

    On to the next “Acting-,” I guess.

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    catclub says:

    @hells littlest angel:

    Wait until Trump finds out he can’t fire Pence. He’ll have to ask Vlad to send an umbrella man.

    The only firing he can do is dropping him from the 2020 ticket. I would guess that would help Pence in the GOP, post 2020.

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    Another Scott says:

    Here’s hoping for a blowout in the NC special election today. RollCall:

    Republican leadership lowered expectations for the outcome in Tuesday’s North Carolina’s 9th District special election, calling it a “swing district.”

    President Donald Trump carried this district by 12 points in 2016, but Republican outside groups have spent more than $6 million on the race, which Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates Toss-up.

    “You know, the Bishop district is a very tough swing district,” GOP Whip Steve Scalise told reporters Tuesday.

    Republicans appeared to narrowly win this race last fall. GOP nominee Mark Harris led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, but the results were never certified because of allegations of election fraud tied to the Republican’s campaign. Harris opted not to run in the re-do of the election, and state Sen. Dan Bishop won a crowded GOP primary in May.

    Recent polling from Inside Elections put McCready ahead of state Sen. Dan Bishop, 46 percent to 42 percent.

    […]

    Heh. Sour Grapes, eh Scalise?

    Run up the score Team D!!

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Willard is without a spine

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    Ella in New Mexico says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    Sebastian Gorka

    Tom Cotton or Erik Prince.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Bolton was on the Trump admin Death Watch(tm) the week after Trump brought him because Trump didn’t like Bolton’s mustache.

    So congrats to Jared as acting Security Adviser.

    My bet is next Pompero and then Barr will join the gallery of the fallen in the Trump Hunger Games.

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    cain says:

    I’m sure the new pick will be studiously ass-some.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Another Scott: I will count no chickens… but that is interesting, Scalise would be in a position to see exit polls, no?

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    Yarrow says:

    Watch how fast Fox disappears John Bolton.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 10, 2019

    I expect this will be the case.

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    War premium

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    West of the Rockies says:

    Excellent! May this prove to be the end of Mr. Walrus’s wretched career in government. I hope it hurts. I hope he is embarrassed and injured.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    All these poor fools think they’re going to keep Trump under control. Ha! Trump can’t even control himself. Better men than Bolton have suffered from this delusion, to their detriment.

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    @kindness:

    Which Fox personality will Trump replace Bolton with this time?

    She’s ex-Fox, but why not Kimberly Guilfoyle?

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    rikyrah says:

    Is the National Security Adviser a Senate Confirmation Post?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Van Buren: Just a bit wider than his upper lip.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Another Scott: Scalise: “I never liked that district anyway. I don’t want to go to their stupid party.”

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    hueyplong says:

    @Sebastian: Haha, so he texts Costa after his call to an on-air Fox personality is deemed insufficient?

    Starting to enjoy the scene in which the execrable Bolton is gutted like a fish on teevee.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Yarrow: if he wants to make noise, I don’t imagine he’ll lack for platforms. I wonder if Nicolle Wallace will put him in her stable? BriWi would give him a fawning reception

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    Ella in New Mexico says:

    @Bookeater (formerly JosieJ):

    Hah! If anyone is Trump’s Mini-me, it’s Miller. He’s not going anywhere; Trump loves him, and there’s no daylight between his beliefs and Trump’s.

    Unless, of course, someone on Pence’s team decides he’s part of the conspiracy to get him off the 2020 ticket…in which case I’d expect to hear quite a few unflattering things Miller has said about Trump “off the record” to become public…

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @The Dangerman: LOL Ew.

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    The excuse was opposing the Taliban deal. But he’s been in the doghouse ever since screwing up the war efforts against Iran and Venezuela.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Y’all. Bolton texted Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends to say he resigned and wasn’t fired, and Kilmeade read that on-air. Next, Trump will call in. This would be hilarious if these fucking boobs weren’t running the country.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Ella in New Mexico: Yep. They’re all going to start throwing each other under various buses. *Must go check my popcorn supply.*

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Bookeater (formerly JosieJ): Im sure the purge of Bahamian evacuees came straight from that vile little racist house elf

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    @Betty Cracker:

    BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA

    Is there a picture of hot sweet schadenfreude ready to eat?

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    sukabi says:

    @Quinerly: if Pence is openly warring with drumpf he may be quietly behind the scenes be rallying the cabinet to pull the trigger on article 25… That’s literally the only way he’ll ever be president.

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    Quinerly says:

    “The White House is running like a well-oiled machine.

    IVANKA—YOU STOP CHOKING STEVE MILLER THIS MINUTE!!”

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    germy says:

    informed of his firing as National Security Advisor, John Bolton solemly and with all the dignity accorded to such a powerful office, turned in his ID and 4chan password— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) September 10, 2019

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    germy says:

    BREAKING #Bolton replacement short list down to two candidates pic.twitter.com/6FRaXYQV68— Steven E. de Souza (@StevenEdeSouza) September 10, 2019

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Mike in NC:

    day-old pulled pork sandwiches

    Remember when you used to see stories about the White House chef on slow news days? There aren’t slow news data any more but also I wonder if there’s still a White House chef who is being driven suicidal by being asked to make Big Macs 3 meals a day.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @catclub: Every time you say this, I have to throw salt over my shoulder and do a pirouette while spitting in the four directions. It gets burdensome and messy after a while.

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    Quinerly says:

    @sukabi: At one point 3 lifetimes ago, I was more frightened by Pence. Now I will gladly take him as Pres for a few months. And I hate Mike Pence.

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    Elizabelle says:

    LOL. Cole was about to put up his own post “Bolton shit-canned by tweet.”

    Both very good titles. As long as Bolton is gone, gone, gone.

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    Oh, by the by, the British Parliament closed down for a month under the excuse of prorogation. Chaos will continue until Leavers are exiled to a small coastal island off the shores of France.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @rikyrah:
    No. The NSA is an adviser on the President’s staff, rather than an official of the executive branch, and is not among the positions subject to Senate confirmation. I think that’s more or less how Adam explains it.

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    @Quinerly:

    “Be careful. He *likes* that.”

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    @Yarrow:

    They’re all going to start throwing each other under various buses.

    You’re going to need a bus/monster truck hybrid to make this work.

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    germy says:

    A source of mine who is close with Bolton texts to say, "Man, you don't want Bolton on the outside shooting at you." This could get …interesting.— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) September 10, 2019

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    Michael Cain says:

    @rikyrah: Is the National Security Adviser a Senate Confirmation Post?

    No.

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    eric says:

    @Timurid: you have won the internet for the year

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    rikyrah says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Ok….

    But, who would trust Dolt45?
    Who wouldn’t think that they wouldn’t be fired too.

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Im sure the purge of Bahamian evacuees came straight from that vile little racist house elf

    I believe the term of art for somebody like Miller is “Kapo”.

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    Yarrow says:

    @germy: I was thinking the same thing. John Bolton isn’t going to shut up and keep quiet. He’s a true believer and just got his “Let’s Bomb Everyone!” key card taken away. He’s going to be angry.

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    Quinerly says:

    @Roger Moore: I just read yesterday that Trump doesn’t care for his son dating Guilfoyle. She’s not invited to Thanksgiving. Take a peek at that big Atlantic piece on Ivanka and the the Trump boys.

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    Yarrow says:

    @rikyrah: Someone would take the job only if they felt it would allow them to pursue their own goals and it wouldn’t matter if they got fired. You know, a real quality person.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Yarrow:

    He’s going to be angry.

    Bolton? Angry? Nooo!

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    susanna says:

    Looks like Trump is mentally imploding, unable to organize his confusing thoughts cross-purpose lack of feelings and bigboy responsibilities.

    Might he please us with a medical reason to not run? At the last minute, of course, as he can’t let down his faithful by not showing up to make an ass of himself on stage. I think he might be starting to hate his job.

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    Adam was right, that Bolton was behind the leak. This is payback for making Orange look like a Putin puppet.

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    @Quinerly:

    I just read yesterday that Trump doesn’t care for his son dating Guilfoyle.

    He doesn’t want his son to have a second wife hotter than Melanoma.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Yarrow:

    That’s why Bolton took it. He’s been wanting to go to war with Iran for ages.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Yarrow: I’m skeptical – I am sure the GOP will find him a job that pays enough money to debase himself further and praise Donnie boy as the greatest ever.

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    rikyrah says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    I, too, believe that Silverman was on the money about Bolton, instead of Pompeo getting the shiv, he got it.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    More sleaziness from this administration.
    https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1171462768324571139
    It never stops.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Barr isn’t as overtly racist as Sessions, but he’s somehow managed to damage American democracy more.

    Barr is the last believer in divine right of kings.

    It still Trump will sack him because Trump owes Barr and Trump always welches on his debts.

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    germy says:

    A brief montage of clips:

    Goodbye, Bolton.
    Here's a trip down memory lane — some of the "best people" President Trump has brought on board. pic.twitter.com/wXnDnBUcb0— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) September 10, 2019

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Elizabelle: That was me.

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    Shana says:

    We have a family friend who has retired from a government agency, but had to interact with Bolton at one point. He’s the most mild-mannered guy you’d ever meet and said at one point that John Bolton is the only person he’s ever come close to punching in the face. I have no idea what the issue under discussion was or when exactly this may have occurred but if this guy almost punched you you’re a special kind of assh*le.

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    germy says:

    My impression of John Bolton getting the bad news pic.twitter.com/KRcEfSxH1h— hatemeal (@hatemeal1) September 10, 2019

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    JPL says:

    @Quinerly: Someone leaked that Pence disagreed with trump about the Camp David meeting. Last night Pence strongly disagreed with that statement. He had to since it’s been rumored that trump wants to dump him from the ticket.

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    @PsiFighter37:

    I am sure the GOP will find him a job that pays enough money to debase himself further and praise Donnie boy as the greatest ever.

    I am not at all sure of this. Not everyone can be bought off. Some people have principles they’re willing to stick to. This has been a big sticking point for the neocons as a group. I don’t like the neocons’ principles, but they clearly have some and are pissed as hell at Trump for violating them. Bolton may fall in the same category.

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    Yarrow says:

    @PsiFighter37: I’m sure the GOP will try. Bolton seems to me to be one of those true believer types and he’s just had his whole ability to do things he wants to do taken away. He could be angry and not want to toe the Trumper line. He may decide there’s more money to be made over on the Never Trumper side of things.

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    JPL says:

    Since Bolton is saying he resigned and was not fired. We’re going to have five days of trump marching out aides stating that trump fired Bolton. Aren’t we.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @JPL: my two bit theory is that no one who might help him in ’20, or who he thinks would, don’ts want the job, by which I mean Nikki Haley and maybe Christie.

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    I know how Bolton will be spending his retirement.

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    @Patricia Kayden:
    I’ve said it before: the only reason Trump has been whining about corruption in Puerto Rico is because he’s angry he hasn’t been offered a cut.

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    Yarrow says:

    @JPL: Does this mean Alabama and SharpieGate are over?

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    germy says:

    Dancing With The Stars.

    I predict Bolton will be on next season.

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    MattF says:

    @JPL: We can hope that the ‘controversy’ goes on long enough to keep Bolton out of the NatSec arena for a long time.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Barr isn’t as overtly racist as Sessions, but he’s somehow managed to damage American democracy more.

    Because he doesn’t have a Southern Drawl?
    It was clear from his confirmation hearings that Barr has never met a Black person that he didn’t think didn’t belong in jail. Incarceration for Black people is his thing.

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    @MattF:
    Bolton will be rehabilitated the moment Trump is declared an unperson.

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    Bookeater (formerly JosieJ) says:

    @Ella in New Mexico: It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened, true. It also wouldn’t surprise me if Miller had already co-opted someone in Jarvanka’s or Jr’s camp(s) to protect his flank. We know the whole grifting pack of them have delusions of grandeur; Miller could do worse than to sell them all on a Trump/Trump ticket, whether it’s Jr or Ivanka as Vice.

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    delk says:

    Way to rain on Tim Cook’s parade.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    A thought: John Bolton opposes all peace talks. He prefers to see the US settle its disagreements with superior force of arms, which he considers a more successful strategy. This would eventually get him booted from any administration — even, as we have just seen, the craziest.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Ella in New Mexico:

    Tom Cotton or Erik Prince.

    I was thinking Cotton
    and then, the Huckabeast would be appointed to the Senate.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Kristine:
    No kidding. We should cancel Wed-Friday and go straight to Saturday.

    Is Bolton the last of the Bushies in this administration? God, I hope so.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @germy: I tried to find a youtube of Bolton twisting on a simply fit board and they have been disappeared! now that’s some deep fucking state shit

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    @rikyrah: Good that should kill Cotton’s presidential aspirations once and for all.

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    PeakVT says:

    Rooting for injuries aneurysms.

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    @trollhattan:

    Is Bolton the last of the Bushies in this administration?

    Chao was on Bush’s cabinet.

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    germy says:

    @trollhattan: But then we’d miss the next Democratic debate. Thursday.

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    Bookeater (formerly JosieJ) says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: That’s the safe assumption!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @delk: Way to rain on Tim Cook’s parade.

    ??

    has that bastard come up with a new gadget he’ll somehow trick me into buying?

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    trollhattan says:

    @JPL:
    Those responsible for the rumor concerning the other rumors have been sacked.

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    @ rikyrah: @Betty Cracker: Sessions had some integrity and principles, Barr has none.

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    Redshift says:

    @Mike in NC:

    This might mean booklicker Pence gets dropped in favor of Asshole Junior, who’s convinced himself he’s as popular with the wingnut goobers as dear old dad.

    Pence put out an incredibly obsequious tweet denying he had ever disagreed with Dear Leader, which I actually think will easily be enough to save him.

    I think Bolton was let go not because he disagreed with the peace negotiations (that’s been reported for a while now) or opposing Trump’s dumbass Camp David stunt, but for having it reported in the press that he argued against the dumbass Camp David stunt, which was Trump’s personal thing, unlike the peace talks.

    There was the same reporting about Pence (that definitely didn’t come from his people; wonder who was trying to shiv him?), but Pence immediately denied it. Trump doesn’t care so much of people disagree as long as they knuckle under and say they didn’t to demonstrate fealty.

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    germy says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I love the look on Bolton’s face while he twists. I saw the clip a while ago, but it seems to have disappeared.

    It’s how he’d look on Dancing With The Stars.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @PsiFighter37:

    Sometimes the stupidest, blindest orange mouse finds a crumb.

    Remember, Bolton’s replacement will be worse.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Roger Moore:
    Oh, she’s got that turtle wax protection so soldiers on. She’s also more silent than Carson, which is kind of mindboggling when you think about it. Carson snores, though.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @PsiFighter37:

    and nobody in their right mind would otherwise give that scumbag an honest job.

    That unfortunately leaves an awful lot of Republican business owners in the pool.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Not unless they’re resurrecting the ipod. My wallet remains safe.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @rikyrah:

    Incarceration for Black people Being a Nazi is his thing.

    FTFY.

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    cmorenc says:

    Firing Bolton is the ONLY thing Trump’s done since taking office that I heartily agree with. Won’t let this one exception go to my head, promise.

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    Quinerly says:

    @PeakVT: 💙

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    @trollhattan:
    I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s sharing a chunk of her grift with the boss. It seems like the best way to keep your post in this administration.

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    trollhattan says:

    @cmorenc:
    I’m certain he’ll enjoy his new jerb at the American Enterprise Institute/Cato/Hoover Institute/all of them, Katie.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @JPL: Someone will produce a copy of a memo with a big Sharpie circle on it

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    JPL says:

    @Roger Moore: According to Atlantic Magazine, trump is not thrilled with the son’s new girl friend. The article actually alluded to the fact that trump himself thought she was hot. Maybe a little jealousy going on.

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    Baud says:

    Trump can’t fire Pence but if Trump somehow gets Pence to resign, Nancy Pelosi will be second in line to the presidency!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    This would eventually get him booted from any administration — even, as we have just seen, the craziest.

    Must you tempt fate so?

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    cs says:

    I find it interesting that when Trump’s confronted with a choice between violence and peace, he’s generally taking the path of peace. He caved to NK. He caved to Russia. He stopped the attack on Iran at the last second. And now he got rid of the guy who wanted unending war.

    This isn’t to ascribe noble intentions to Trump. There are none. He’s still a despicable human being who only opts out of war because of cowardice, not because of any deeply held pacifist beliefs. But it’s starting to give me a little hope that we might survive him.

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    JPL says:

    @Just One More Canuck: This is good news for NOAA.

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    Quinerly says:

    Do any of you wake up in the morning and wonder how this will all end?
    I’m asking in all seriousness.

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    catclub says:

    @trollhattan:

    Is Bolton the last of the Bushies in this administration? God, I hope so.

    Valerie Plame pointed out that Trump recently pardoned Scooter Libby. Maybe he will be the next one in Bolton’s job.

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    germy says:

    Bolton frustrated White House aides with his travel demands and entourage & had tensions with Pompeo and many in building. On policy, he disagreed with POTUS on many fronts — and recently blanched at going on TV to defend some of it. Our first take: https://t.co/YvQBNwOEuX— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) September 10, 2019

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    Yutsano says:

    @trollhattan:

    Oh, she’s got that turtle wax protection so soldiers on

    What has been accomplished has been witnessed.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @cmorenc:

    Firing Bolton is the ONLY thing Trump’s done since taking office that I heartily agree with.

    And then come two months later you’ll confess you regret saying that.

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    Martin says:

    My money is on Frank Gaffney here.

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    Tony Jay says:

    @eric:

    I agree. That was jealousy inducing in its awesomeness.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Quinerly:

    Do any of you wake up in the morning and wonder how this will all end?

    Badly. I will count it a win if humanity as a species is still able to survive in 20 years.

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    Shana says:

    @Roger Moore: TBH both Melania and whatshername Guillfoyle have had so much plastic surgery that they both look very unreal and neither one could be considered “hot.” YMMV

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    TenguPhule says:

    @germy:

    Bolton frustrated White House aides with his travel demands and entourage

    Oh Bullshit. ALL OF THEM have been stealing taxpayer money by abusing the shit out of government travel and comps.

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    Quinerly says:

    @JPL: I waded through that Atlantic piece too. Needed a shower after reading it. Would love to see Ivanka in jail. I actually dislike her more than Jr. They all are so damaged, but I couldn’t muster any kind feelings about any of them.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Shana: So has Ivanka. It’s family tradition at this point.

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    catclub says:

    @Martin: maybe Pam Geller and Gaffney can split the job.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Martin: @catclub: You two go to your rooms and think about what you have done!!!

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    cckids says:

    @kindness: Hannity. 50% chance.

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    catclub says:

    @catclub: That loudmouthed christianist General? Boykin? I don’t watch Fox but somebody on there regularly.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @cs:

    I find it interesting that when Trump’s confronted with a choice between violence and peace, he’s generally taking the path of peace.

    Uh no. Its delayed off camera violence. The fucking militerization of our borders, the ongoing escalation against Iran, the only place he’s backed down like a little bitch is against China and North Korea and that’s because he’s the seme to their uke.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I didn’t have a stop watch on Hogan Gidley’s statement on Bolton, but I’d be surprised if it as more than 90 seconds, and he took no questions. I doubt they were ready for Bolton to fight back

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    @TenguPhule:

    And then come two months later you’ll confess you regret saying that.

    I may think that Trump’s replacement is worse than Bolton was, but that won’t make his firing a bad thing; it will make the subsequent hiring a disaster.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Baud:

    Trump can’t fire Pence but if Trump somehow gets Pence to resign, Nancy Pelosi will be second in line to the presidency!

    And hence even more against impeaching him for fear of how the public would react.

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    Spanky says:

    Somewhere in New York City Henry Kissinger’s phone is ringing ….

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Roger Moore:

    …Trump doesn’t care for his son dating Guilfoyle.

    Given she was married to the California Governor and now involved with a Trump, it’s rather clear what makes her motor run; as soon as Trump is defeated and/or incarcerated, Guilfoyle is dumping Donnie Jr. faster than can be currently measured by scientific instrument.

    Hope he’s enjoying himself while it lasts and he gets all his shots.

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    Baud says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Agree. Trump seems to at least recognize that starting a major war is bad for him personally. Hopefully, we can make it another 15 months before he changes his mind.

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    Baud says:

    @TenguPhule: I very much doubt Pelosi is taking into account my fantasy about Pence resigning.

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    catclub says:

    I just want to say watch your back if you run up against Pompeo. He seems to have won and not left a mark – everyone blames Stephen Miller.
    Pompeo has been rising and rising.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Roger Moore:

    I may think that Trump’s replacement is worse than Bolton was, but that won’t make his firing a bad thing; it will make the subsequent hiring a disaster.

    Jeff Sessions.

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    Martin says:

    @Yutsano: Tell us we’re wrong.

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    Baud says:

    @catclub: Mulvaney seems to know how to handle Trump too.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @kindness: Yeah, Pompeo likely has “someone in mind” to suggest to Donnie. How better to solidify his power within the cabal that have his pick put into that role?

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Quinerly: Daily.

    @The Dangerman: Hair gel?

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    Elizabelle says:

    This is a day we are not talking about the Bahamas, and how we are so near a country devastated by a Category 5 hurricane and seem to be doing as little as possible. The Coast Guard is there …

    The Bahamas could have a cholera epidemic, right in our back yard.

    An Obama or Clinton administration would have been of great assistance, because the Bahamas are our neighbors, and the UK is our trusted ally.

    Not with this shitwich of an administration.

    A lot of the hurricane victims were undocumented Haitians, living in the Bahamas in plywood homes they constructed themselves. How many were washed out to sea, or will never be identified?

    The stench of death is over the shantytowns in the Bahamas. A NY Times reporter was taken to five bodies, decomposing in place, in one small area of a settlement ( Pigeon Peas, if memory serves).

    We sit by and pretend that a small island government with a huge impoverished populace can do all the heavy lifting on their own? After a Category 5 that stalled in place for hour upon hour?

    Elections matter. This misery of a non-response, as for Puerto Rico, is on the Trump voters’ heads and hands.

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    Kelly says:

    @Kristine: I can’t keep up with this morning.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Elections matter. This misery of a non-response, as for Puerto Rico, is on the Trump voters’ heads and hands.

    Yes…something else they will never be forgiven for.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @sukabi: So much of the Cabinet is either under Trump’s thrall, or only “acting” that they couldn’t summon a majority to pull off the 25th if they actually tired.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Elizabelle:

    We sit by and pretend that a small island government with a huge impoverished populace can do all the heavy lifting on their own? After a Category 5 that stalled in place for hour upon hour?

    Surely nobody can be surprised after Puerto Rico?

    We knew this was coming and the institutions are broken.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @sukabi:

    djt doesn’t want Jr. dating her because he’d like a taste of that himself,

    And so much for lunch. Blech.

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    rikyrah says:

    @sukabi:

    that is just gross

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    sukabi says:

    @Gravenstone: I think Pence’s political ambitions will overtake that reality…especially given the rumors that drumpf wants to find a different running mate. It’s do or die politically for Pence. Don’t think he’ll go quietly.

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    Bill Arnold says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Bolton will be rehabilitated the moment Trump is declared an unperson.

    Motive for Bolton to accelerate progress towards that moment.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Elizabelle:

    An Obama or Clinton administration would have been of great assistance, because the Bahamas are our neighbors, and the UK is our trusted ally.

    This is true. The response would be vastly different.

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    Spanky says:

    @Quinerly: Waking in the morning is about the only time I’m too groggy NOT to wonder that.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Great responses there. I loved this one:

    @ManlnTheHoody
    2h2 hours ago
    More
    Replying to @AmbJohnBolton
    u should talk to hr bro. they cant do u like this.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Chao was on Bush’s cabinet.

    What’s the plural of Chao?

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    Baud says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Oh, you’re good.

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    Kent says:

    @Rand Careaga:

    Pretty much every administration apprentice who has been fired is succeeded by someone worse. If the pattern holds, I expect Bolton’s replacement to be Pam Geller.

    There are perhaps a few people who are worse people than Bolton. But I suspect it will be very hard to find someone as bad as him who was also as experienced as him in bureaucratic knife fighting. Bolton was a long-time master at that and I seriously doubt they will find another like him who knew how to manipulate the levers of bureaucratic power as much as Bolton did.

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    Aleta says:

    Here’s some of the the maneuvering for/by Bolton and other players, using stories in the media (that just happen to cross reference other stories) yesterday:

    Sept. 9, R ic h L ow ry in the Nat ional Re view (gak) (+ making a point to use a NYT quote)

    Why We Need John Bolt on

    John Bolton was a determined opponent of the deal with the Taliban, as this New York Times story notes:

    The meeting brought to a head a bristling conflict dividing his foreign policy team for months, pitting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, in a battle for the competing instincts of a president who relishes tough talk but promised to wind down America’s endless wars. …. (more from NYT is quoted) …

    This intense internal fight over Afghan policy is why there have been a spate of anti-Bolton stories in the press lately. He wasn’t afraid to ruffle feathers speaking forthrightly about why this course was a mistake …. It’s important that this president—any president—get unvarnished advice from his aides, and Bolton is always willing to provide it.

    Sept. 9, Salon (+ quoting NBC/MSNBC):

    Mike Pence backed John Bolton in battle with Trump over holding Taliban talks at Camp David: report

    Vice President Mike Pence joined forces with national security adviser John Bolton. According to a report from NBC, Vice President Mike Pence joined forces with national security adviser John Bolton to tell Donald Trump that his plan to meet with members of the Taliban at Camp David was a bad idea and would blow up on the president. The report notes that Bolton was insistent the talks not happen and that Pence backed him up.

    Both Pence and Bolton reportedly attempted to convince the president that holding the meetings during the week of 9/11 remembrances was a terrible idea — but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
    According to the report, “The idea raised Sept. 1 during a Situation Room meeting with the president was vehemently opposed by national security adviser John Bolton, even as officials at the State Department argued it could move the parties closer to an agreement, officials said.”
    “Bolton had an ally in Vice President Mike Pence, who also made the case against a meeting at Camp David, a location Trump suggested, officials said. Bolton and Pence were in Warsaw together around the time of the internal discussions,” MSNBC added.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Remember, Bolton’s replacement will be worse.

    I believe I saw just recently that Henry Kissinger is still alive.

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    JPL says:

    Pompeo already saying that trump asked for the resignation last night disputing Bolton. Who will be the next one marched on stage .

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    @Spanky:

    Damn you, Spanky!

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    Aleta says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Funny that.
    FWIW: Sept. 8, Politico
    What Henry Kissinger Can Teach John Bolton About Keeping the President Happy
    Richard Nixon, like Donald Trump, soured on his national security adviser. But repairing the relationship was costly.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Aleta:

    Huh, interesting.

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    @SiubhanDuinne:

    What’s the plural of Chao?

    Your actions have been observed.

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    Fair Economist says:

    In yet another of the “through the looking glass” events of this pseudo-Presidency, I never thought I’d have believed Bolton in a he-said-she-said situation.

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    jonas says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”

    Didn’t want to interrupt part of Hannity to shit-can Bolton right then. Better wait until after Fox n’ Friends next morning.

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    JPL says:

    @Fair Economist: haha But there we are.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Laura Rozen @ lrozen
    much better photo of Pompeo’s & Mnuchin’s big smiles when asked if they were blindsided by Bolton ouster

    Early on in this nightmare, wasn’t Mnuchin said to be part of a pact with Tillerson and Mattis that they would all stand or fall together?

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @hueyplong: “I’m making Walrus filet,” Tom blubbered…

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    TenguPhule says:

    NBC News

    @NBCNews
    Replying to @NBCNews @PeterAlexander
    Charlie Kupperman will be acting national security adviser following the firing of John Bolton, White House says – @PeterAlexander

    81
    7:03 AM – Sep 10, 2019

    Kupperman was on the board of directors for an anti-Muslim hate group.

    But that’s just fine. //s

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    Raoul says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: re: your ETA about Lindsey.

    Jim Risch (R-Coward), Senate Foreign Relations Chair, was asked this morning
    Q: Are you concerned about any instability on the presiden’ts national securty team?
    Risch: I am not.

    Of course that’s the company line. But they befoul themselves with this nonsense.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @germy: Would rather see him on Dancing While In Stir…

    An old friend who was in the class behind him at McDonogh School outside Baltimore (when it was still a military academy – as close as the Walrus ever got to serving) tells me he was a full flaming arsehole even then.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Baud: Imagine a scenario in which Twitler dumps Mikey Dense from the ticket at the Convention in favor of {insert name here} & Dense invokes the 25th because (Badly) Acting POTUS is the closest he’d ever get to the White Supremacy House. What a fluster-cuck that’d be…

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    Immanentize says:

    Nikki Haley as DNI?

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    Immanentize says:

    @chopper: That is sweet! I swear my friend is in the second picture on the left in Austin, TX.

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    Mike in NC says:

    What are the odds Wilbur Ross will be gone by Friday? He’s what 84? Isn’t he already filthy rich? Needs to spend more time counting his gold bars and more importantly, nobody we know about has been fired for Sharpiegate.

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    Ramalama says:

    @Van Buren: Nice one! Or, maybe I should ask for clarification based on some others’ responses. You were touching on Atrios’s “Friedman Unit,” right?

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    Aleta says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Kissinger’s columnist friend at the Post, Hugh He+witt, frequently uses column space about a recent Tr foreign policy crisis to work in a recomm. for a Kiss book. (He+witt is also the new president of the R Nix+on Foundation.)
    Sept. 7, Hugh He+witt in WaPo

    Playing the ‘long game’ with China
    In his must-read book “On China,” Kissinger explained …

    Jul 19, Hew itt on twitter

    Consulting “Crisis” by Dr. Kissinger as the one between U.S./U.K./allies v Iran escalates. (he provides link to ama zon to buy it) Two takeaways:
    1. As w/most stories, early reports are almost always wrong;

    May 23, plugs Winston Lord’s book on Kiss at the Nixon Fdn
    “In the 1970s, President Richard Nixon’s national security advisor, Dr. Henry Kissinger, steered U.S. foreign policy through challenging times … Working by his side throughout was Winston Lord, then special assistant to the national security advisor and director of the State Department’s policy planning staff.”

    IMO Kiss. never misses a chance to recoat his relevance and importance and to paper over his record via the media and google.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Aleta:

    I was blissfully unaware of these, as I make it a point to not read anything by the ambulatory cream-cheese sculpture (h/t Betty Cracker). And as for Henry the K, I actually am always a little bit taken aback whenever I realise that he’s still alive.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Ramalama:

    There’s also a “Scaramucci Unit,” although that in itself may have been was almost certainly inspired by the “Friedman Unit.”

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    Aleta says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: You’re #1 … You’re #1 … You’re #1 …

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    Tehanu says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I have no sympathy for John Bolton. He’s an awful person. Started to type that it was hard to think of anyone less sympathetic and then started contemplating the shitlist that is the Trump administration.

    Not hard at all, starting with Stephen Miller, Betsy DeVos, Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross [and am I the only one who sees that name and thinks, “Wilburrrrrrr!” ?], Ben Carson….
    @Betty Cracker:

    This would be hilarious if these fucking boobs weren’t running the country.

    No kidding!

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    Ramalama says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Oh, I missed out entirely on the “Scaramucci Unit” – just passed me by. Like a Scaramucci in the night.

    In other news have you noticed that he seems to be rebranding himself? Saw/heard him on Bill Maher, the show that I yell at and yet still watch. Scaramucci was in mid-transformation during the show .. like you could hear him change the timbre of his voice (or I could) and toward the end he was trying to come off as this totally accessible voice of reason guy. It made me so mad!

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    ET says:

    Am I the only one looking forward to the post tRump post presidency and all of books from former members of the administration? tRump may be controlling the narrative to varying degress while he is president, but once he is out of office and no longer head of the GOP, no one has to stay loyal/stay in line. History will not be kind to him and there is nothing he can do about it. Oh, and all of this will look even worse once it is in the rear view mirror than it does in the middle of the hot mess.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Quinerly:

    Do any of you wake up in the morning and wonder how this will all end?

    I’m asking in all seriousness.

    No. I lay awake at 3 or 4 or 5 am and wonder if we will survive, or wish we had not survived.

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    catclub says:

    @Mike in NC:

    What are the odds Wilbur Ross will be gone by Friday? He’s what 84? Isn’t he already filthy rich?

    1.Given that he is probably the dirtiest of the bunch and has already stayed a long time, flying under the scandals radar. I see him staying in.
    2. He is like Trump, very rich, but MUCH less rich than he claims to be for the billionaires list at Forbes.

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    debbie says:

    Best news in days! Plus the cat fight over who fired/resigned should be epic!

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