Foreign Mischief Open Thread: “Let’s Support Trump, Purely As Men”

Different country, same misogyny…

Anybody had a chance yet to read Jane Mayer’s latest?

Trump Triples Down on Kavanaugh

Skulking around the UN building and looking for an opportunity to embarrass us on the global stage yet again, Trump commented on the Kavanaugh controversy:

A written account of the remarks for those who can’t bear to hear Trump’s snuffling, sneering delivery:

President Donald Trump on Monday affirmed his continuing support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite the second allegation of sexual misconduct against him that surfaced Sunday, saying that it’s “unfair,” “unjust” and “totally political.”

“He is a fine man with an unblemished past and these are highly unsubstantiated statements from people represented by lawyers,” Trump said on the sidelines of an event at the United Nations. “We should look into the lawyers doing the representation. Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person, and I am with him all the way.”

“There’s a chance that this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything but I am with Judge Kavanaugh and I look forward to a vote,” Trump continued. “For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it, all of a sudden it happens, in my opinion, it’s totally political.”

This is a nightmare scenario for the GOP no matter what they do, IMO. If Kavanaugh withdraws or the nomination otherwise fails, the evangelical hypocrites will pitch an ear-splitting hissy fit. I’ve rarely seen them so dug in on an issue.

If Kavanaugh is seated despite credible allegations of sexual assault, non-brainwashed women will rightly see it as an elite old boy’s club — led by a leering, highly unpopular degenerate who will no doubt continue to say offensive things — closing ranks around one of their own miscreants.

One way or another, they seem very eager to die on this hill.

And Then There Were….More

Because we knew this was inevitable. Again, I spent the day offline and once  I popped back up, twitter was all atwitter about this:

I’m going to go read the article now. Open thread.

Our Failed Legacy Media Open Thread: Infinite, Fractal, Recursive Fvckup-ery!

Fortunately, the attempt to defenestrate Rod Rosenstein seems to be going nowhere — for the moment. But what in the name of Murphy the Trickster God could the NYTimesmen responsible for starting this rumor have been thinking?

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GOP Venality Open Thread: Kavanaugh’s Latest ‘Murder Board’

Per the Washington Post:

Just as he did several weeks ago to prepare for his confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, Brett M. Kavanaugh was back inside a room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building — again facing questioners readying him for a high-stakes appearance in the Senate.

This time, the questions were much different. An array of White House aides, playing the role of various senators on the Judiciary Committee, quizzed Kavanaugh last week about his sex life and other personal matters in an attempt to prepare him for a hearing that would inevitably be uncomfortable…

The epicenter of the scramble to rescue Kavanaugh’s nomination was inside the second-floor office of outgoing White House counsel Donald McGahn — the nominee’s lead champion in the West Wing who, in coordination with Senate Republicans, had helped engineer a rapid transformation of the federal judiciary and was about to secure a second seat on the Supreme Court for President Trump…

Democrats are also plotting their own strategy for the hearing. Furious about Grassley’s ­decision to limit testimony to just Kavanaugh and Ford, Democratic aides planned to find other potential witnesses — such as a trauma expert — who could help bolster their case.

If they couldn’t be heard under oath, Democrats discussed holding news conferences where those other experts would speak, aides said. A top priority, according to Democratic officials, was ensuring Ford felt supported, whether it was having enough friends and family in the hearing room with her or finding people who can speak publicly about Ford’s character…

[Warning: Linked media in the following tweet NSFW]

Professional GOP (Never-Trump branch) publicist:

Saturday Morning Open Thread: They’re Trying to Circle the Wagons, But the Wheels Keep Coming Off


Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Trump’s Real Base Is Furious & Thrashing

Forget the carefully crafted folktales about humble salt-of-the-earth workers — the True Trump Believers are American Poujadists, middle-class small business owners and their spokespersons, the ‘populists’ whose only political interest is in keeping their taxes low and all people-not-them ‘in their place’. People like Ross Doubthat, for example. Or Erick Erickson, Voice of the GOP Gated Community, who’s been losing his meagre moiety of marbles on twitter all week…

‘Serious’ GOP professional looks for a pony in that shitpile…

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