Swamps, All the Way Down

Good lord, this Trump-Russia thing is not necessarily developing to the shitgibbon’s advantage, is it? Here are three current WaPo headlines:

Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia

Nunes admits meeting with source of Trump surveillance documents on White House grounds

23 people ask the Justice Department to launch a criminal inquiry into its chief, Jeff Sessions

I’ve been out slogging through literal swamps for the past few days, so I’m catching up on the news, which tells of yet more swamps of the figurative variety. The craving for popcorn is damn near irresistible!


Has there ever been anything like this cascading clusterfuck in the history of the republic? Sometimes it’s necessary to avert one’s eyes, hence the swamp trek. We’re gonna need a bigger boat…

Open thread!

Late Night Open Thread: Pauli Boy (Weak & Nasty, But So Cleverly Marketed)

What I wanna know — when did “wonk” become a synonym for “soulless ideologue”? Or is that just one of those IOKIYAR exemptions?

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Jared Kushner’s “SWAT Team”: Early Contender for Dumbest Idea of the Week

I admit that’s a high bar in these turbulent days, but this new Trumpstunt is such a shining stinking exemplar of every half-bright, wholly-dishonest sackful of grift and self-deception that I’m not sure it won’t have been declared inoperative by the time this is scheduled to show up on the front page. From the Washington Post:

President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements…

In a White House riven at times by disorder and competing factions, the innovation office represents an expansion of Kushner’s already far-reaching influence. The 36-year-old former real estate and media executive will continue to wear many hats, driving foreign and domestic policy as well as decisions on presidential personnel. He also is a shadow diplomat, serving as Trump’s lead adviser on relations with China, Mexico, Canada and the Middle East.

The work of White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon has drawn considerable attention, especially after his call for the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” But Bannon will have no formal role in the innovation office, which Trump advisers described as an incubator of sleek transformation as opposed to deconstruction…

Bannon’s a mucker and a mean drunk, but he’s not dumb or vicious enough to let his name be associated with this disaster-in-the-making. Take it away, internets!…

Just another word for nothing left to lose

I’m not a fan of the Freedom Caucus, but let me get this straight: Paul Ryan writes a health care bill that only 17% of voters support (with 56% opposing), that is projected to cause 24 million people to lose health care, that calls from constituents oppose 35-to-1….and it’s all the fault of the Freedom Caucus that the piece of shit didn’t become law?

Paul Ryan, like conservatism itself, can never fail, he can only be failed.

Saturday Night Open Thread: Old Man Yells At Crowds

Designated Safe Space (Open Thread)

A familiar argument played out in comments under Doug’s “Trump Troubadour” post yesterday. It goes something like this:

1) Story shared about a knucklehead who voted for Trump who’s expressing regret after getting reamed by Trump’s policies.

2) Commenters express contempt for said knucklehead.

3) Other commenters scold contemptuous commenters, arguing that we need to capture the knucklehead vote / avoid becoming consumed with hatred like Trump knuckleheads.

A couple of things. First, I don’t think anyone is saying people who voted for Trump should be barred from ever voting for a Democrat for all eternity. A vote is a vote, even if it’s cast by a goddamn dumbass. And I don’t think anyone is saying Democratic Party messaging is 100% perfect and should not be tweaked to appeal to a theft-proof majority in swing states — as long as that doesn’t entail compromising our equality principles.

But, many of us are angry as hell and blame the morons who handed a racist, sexist, xenophobic demagogue the keys to the world’s most fearsome nuclear arsenal. There’s nothing unjust about our anger, if you believe Trump voters possess moral agency. Trump voters committed a terrible act — knowingly empowering a racist, sexist, xenophobic demagogue. They earned our contempt.

As for the notion that harboring ill-will toward shit-for-brains Trump voters makes us morally equivalent to hate-filled Trump assholes, that’s a steaming load of horseshit, IMO. A few troll exceptions aside, the folks who comment here overwhelmingly support public policies that benefit people like the idiot Trump Troubadour and his drug-addicted son, whereas Republicans would watch them die in the gutter rather than pay a nickel more in taxes. That’s the crucial difference between us and the idiots who voted for Trump, and it’s visible from space.

People who struggle to contain their contempt for Trump voters, as I do every single day, should probably not volunteer to conduct bipartisan outreach for the Democratic Party. However, if you’re the type who can rise above your anger and sympathize with people who fell for a bigoted con man’s shtick, good for you — give yourself an extra pat on the back, and feel free to make your case to those voters with our blessings.

But I don’t see a thing in the world wrong with ranting about stupid fucking Trump voters at Balloon Juice. It’s not like loads of them are reading this blog and getting scared away from the party because we say mean things about them. And honestly, I find it kinda therapeutic, seeing as how I have to spend so much time biting my tongue around Trump assholes in meat space. So let’s call this blog our designated safe space, okay? Rant away!

ETA: This is pretty funny:

Late Night Open Thread: SAD!

(Courtesy of Schroedinger’s Cat)

Not us Dems, of course — but this guy:

What’s that again, Donald?…