Late Night No-Sympathy Open Thread: Don’t Go Away Mad…

When Bernie Sanders inevitably bumps up his non-stop nationwide grifting tour to a rerun presidential campaign, he might as well headline it RESPECT THE WHITE PENIS, because there isn’t one of his ‘positions’ that isn’t already being presented by a better (and in many cases more effective) candidate already. But, hey — maybe after last week’s debacle(s), genius ex-Repub media guru Steve Schmidt can persuade Howard Schultz to ‘defer’ his own vanity campaign in favor of supporting the dude voted Most Likely to Undercut Successful Opposition to Trump 2020!

And then these two can duke it out (quite possibly literally) for the undercard position as Sanders’ ‘In case of senile decline, break glass’ vice-presidential candidate:

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Also, speaking of political traditions I hope 2020 will finally put into their coffins, let’s hear it for the end of the Great Whitebread-States Media-Mulcting Processionals:
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REPOST: Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: The GOP Rushes to Reclaim Its ‘Most Racist’ Crown

This is a FYWP test — some commentors say the original post disappeared, while in the thread people were complaining about a particularly intrusive ad. Since I haven’t been able to reach Alain, I’m wondering if it was the ad that ‘vanished’ my original, or something in the post itself…

A couple of middle-aged Democrats in Virginia get outed for their yearbook photos, and suddenly the lamestream media forgot all about the GOP’s multigenerational Southern Strategy…

*I* don’t think the Oval Office Occupant came up with that analogy on his own either, but he surely awarded Stephen Miller an extra frozen rat for explaining it to him. And he’ll keep gleefully repeating ‘Trail of TEARS! hur dur snurf at his rallies until Mueller or the Grim Reaper haul him off the public stage permanently.


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Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: The GOP Rushes to Reclaim Its ‘Most Racist’ Crown

A couple of middle-aged Democrats in Virginia get outed for their yearbook photos, and suddenly the lamestream media forgot all about the GOP’s multigenerational Southern Strategy…

*I* don’t think the Oval Office Occupant came up with that analogy on his own either, but he surely awarded Stephen Miller an extra frozen rat for explaining it to him. And he’ll keep gleefully repeating ‘Trail of TEARS! hur dur snurf at his rallies until Mueller or the Grim Reaper haul him off the public stage permanently.


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911 I Would Like to Report a Murder

RIP, Sam Seaborn








The Devil Sends Mean Emails (and CCs everyone)

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is expected to launch a 2020 presidential campaign today. But according to anonymous staffers interviewed by HuffPo, Klobuchar is a terrible boss who ridicules, demeans and publicly humiliates employees.

Other employees went on the record to dispute those accounts. But Klobuchar consistently has among the highest staff turnover rates in DC, and HuffPo claims her reputation as a bad boss made it hard to recruit campaign staff.

It’s true that male politicians treating employees like shit doesn’t attract the same sort of media attention. Trump is famously a jerk to everyone, and that evidently wasn’t disqualifying. But JERK is on-brand for Trump.

If the emails that supposedly show Klobuchar unreasonably berating employees leak and people come forward on the record with credible tales of tirades and cruelty, would it matter to you?

It would to me. Prada-wearing (alleged) devil Anna Wintour would make a better president than Trump, obviously, so I’d vote for her if she were the Democratic Party’s nominee. But I’d definitely take her management style into account in the primary.

I’ve been unfortunate enough to work for assholes (both male and female) who’ve created fearful, toxic office environments. Not only does that kind of behavior speak to a lack of character and leadership skills, it impedes efficient operations.

It’s a fact that intense, driven people who rant and rave and humiliate employees sometimes succeed wildly. Steve Jobs was famously an asshole, for instance.

But successful assholes could probably have accomplished even more if their underlings weren’t devoting X percentage of their workday to not incurring the boss’s wrath. In short, yeah, it matters.