Same As It Ever Was Open Thread: Repub Shitbirds Circle Their Shithole-in-Chief


Never stop reminding people: Trump is not an “aberration”; Trump is every Republican when the rest of us aren’t in the room. Their only problem with Trump is that he neglects to use his inside voice when the cameras are rolling.

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Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Somewhere, Newt Gingrich Plots His Revenge

Hadn’t realized casino mogul Steve Wynn’s been in the court news again…

At least Granpa Dollhands will have something hardcore to DVR, if he wakes up before the new day’s Fox & Friend morning happychat shows are there to keep his tiny mind busy…

Open Thread: Good News for Democrats Satirists

Murphy the Trickster God, never a subtle scripter:

On Thursday, a spot opened [for] him to run for the House of Representatives. Franks, who represents Arizona’s 8th congressional district, announced his intent to resign from his seat following reports that he had approached two female staffers about the possibility of serving as gestational surrogates for him and his wife. The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into whether Franks “engaged in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment.”

Reached by The Daily Beast while grocery shopping, Arpaio said he had not yet heard of Franks’ impending resignation.

“He is a great man, and a great friend, and it’s a great loss for Arizona and our country,” said Arpaio, after being informed of the news. But Arpaio, a former six-term county sheriff, dismissed the possibility of running to replace Franks, noting that he did not reside in the Arizona 8th congressional district…

“No, I would not consider it, but I am considering running for the Senate, Flake’s seat,” Arpaio told The Daily Beast while buying a half-pound of meat at the deli counter. “I feel like I just gave you a little scoop there.”…

Should Arpaio enter the field, it could very well split the Trump political orbit. Kelli Ward, a former state senator, is already preparing a run. And she has the backing of a pro-Trump Super PAC as well as the Mercer family, which is closely associated with Trump political adviser Steve Bannon.

But Arpaio is undeterred…

Dr. Kelli “Very Concerned About the Chemtrails” Ward and Bekah Mercer, versus “Sheriff” Joe “Convicted Felon” Arpaio and… who’s his sugar daddy, Arizonans?

ETA: Way late, but several commentors pointed out Snopes said it was fake, so I deleted a meme-tweet here.

Late Evening Open Thread: Mark Hamill-ception

Not quite sure where everyone’s gone (where have all the front pagers gone, long time passing…), but it is clearly time for a fresh, clean thread. So here’s a video of Mark Hamill in his voice actor job voicing himself and two of his better known cartoon characters: DC Comics Joker from Batman the Animated Series and the Trickster from the original Flash live action TV show, the animated Justice League Unlimited, and the new Flash live action TV show. But wait, there’s more… Hamill is also voicing Swamp Thing too! So that’s four Mark Hamill voice acting appearances all in one cartoon short! Hamill does Hamill doing Hamill while being Hamill!

Open thread!

Monday Morning Open Thread: Keep A Hand on Your Wallet

(Mike Luckovich via


What’s on the agenda, as we prepare for another week of Vast Repub Stupidity / Venality?

Among the news to watch for…

The tug-of-war over leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau intensified Sunday as a high-ranking agency official sued to block President Trump from installing his pick to temporarily lead the watchdog agency.

In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of D.C., Leandra English called herself the “rightful acting director” of the CFPB and asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent Trump from appointing White House budget director Mick Mulvaney to the job.

“The President’s purported or intended appointment of defendant Mulvaney as Acting Director of the CFPB is unlawful,” the lawsuit says.

Richard Cordray resigned as CFPB director Friday and designated his chief of staff, English, as his temporary replacement, sparking a legal showdown with the White House over who will run the agency. A few hours after Cordray announced that English would serve as acting director, Trump named Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director and a longtime critic of the CFPB, to the job…

The White House has said it expects both Mulvaney and English to show up to work Monday morning. Mulvaney would be the acting director, while English would be his deputy, administration officials insist.

There is a lot at stake for the CFPB, which now has 1,600 employees and has long been a target of Republican critics who say the agency needs to be reined in. Mulvaney has called the agency a “joke” and advocated for it to be dissolved. In a tweet Saturday, Trump called the CFPB “a total disaster” and said “We will bring it back to life.”…

Whoever takes the reins of the agency Monday morning, their decisions are likely to become subject to a legal challenge. Even mundane actions by the CFPB could be thrown out should their case prevail, legal experts say.

“On the regulatory side, any further rule making will just stop for the time being. Nobody can do anything until everybody knows who is the legitimate director,” said Alan Kaplinsky, head of the Consumer Financial Services Group for law firm Ballard Spahr. “It’s an untenable situation and one that begs for a court determination and a quick one.”…

Open Thread: Social Notes from the Wingnut Wurlitzer Incubator

Can’t be a good sign when your dream candidate would rather play footsie with Steve “Chaotic Evil, Only Less Competent” Bannon. Marc Short’s a tool (and not a sharp one); any locals want to tell us more about Tom Ricketts? From the Chicago Tribune:

The Heritage Foundation has narrowed its search for a new president down to a shortlist of finalists, a group that includes Todd Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and Marc Short, a senior Trump White House official, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

The conservative think tank’s trustees, however, remain torn over their decision. Kay Coles James – a Heritage board member who served as the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under former president George W. Bush and is close to Heritage founder Edwin Feulner – has been mentioned by several associates as someone who could serve in a temporary capacity if the board cannot settle on a candidate…

Heritage’s board includes many wealthy right-wing figures, including Steve Forbes, Rebekah Mercer and Thomas Saunders.

The top job at the influential conservative outpost has been open since May, when Jim DeMint, the Republican firebrand and former South Carolina senator, was pushed out, though Fuelner has been serving as the interim president. The search process is still in flux, and it is not clear if the top candidates under consideration have officially been contacted by the Heritage board – or would even accept the position…

Trump selected Ricketts to serve as deputy commerce secretary, but in April he withdrew his nomination from consideration, citing an inability to untangle his financial holdings to the satisfaction of the Office of Government Ethics.

Ricketts’ father helped finance Future45, a super PAC that spent lavishly for Trump in the final weeks of the campaign, giving the group at least $1 million through the end of September, FEC filings show. Joe Ricketts and his wife, Marlene, also contributed nearly $344,000 to support Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party. The Ricketts’ financial support for Trump was a dramatic reversal from the primaries, when Joe and Marlene Ricketts gave more than $5.5 million to Our Principles PAC, a super PAC that ran a slew of hard-hitting ads against Trump.

Short, the director of legislative affairs at the White House, comes with strong conservative credentials, previously leading Freedom Partners, the political operation for billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, and before that working for Vice President Mike Pence when was a rising star on the right during his days in the U.S. House.

It is unclear if Short has expressed interest in the job, and he has not met with the Heritage board. But if selected – and if he were to accept – he would represent yet another high-profile departure from Trump’s administration, which has already faced a steady stream of turnover and shake-ups…

Friday Morning Open Thread: The GOP Are Really Cheap… Dates

Let’s not insult honest sex workers, the Repubs are a bunch of two-bit amateurs. Politico earnestly warns us that “Angry GOP donors close their wallets”:

Tensions reached a boiling point at a recent dinner at the home of Los Angeles billionaire Robert Day. In full view of around two dozen guests, Thomas Wachtell, a retired oil and gas investor and party contributor, delivered an urgent message to the night’s headliner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Just do something.

Wachtell, who has given tens of thousands of dollars over the years to Senate Republicans, recalled that McConnell responded defensively. Passing legislation takes time, the Republican leader responded, and President Donald Trump didn’t seem to understand how long it required.

“Anybody who was there knew that I was not happy. And I don’t think anybody was happy. How could you be?” said Wachtell, who has previously given over $2,000 to McConnell but recently stopped donating to Senate GOP causes. “You’re never going to get a more sympathetic Republican than I am. But I’m sick and tired of nothing happening…

Tens of thousands! to destroy the world’s greatest superpower. A lousy $2,000 to buy Mitch McConnell’s… loyalty. Despite what Gary Cohn believes, you can’t even renovate your kitchen or buy a decent second-hand car for two grand, at least here in the Northeast. Of course, the cynics will say the donors are paying for legislators who’d’ve put out for free.

Also of course, the professional grifters do a lot better for themselves…

Behind the scenes, the GOP has begun to try to smooth things over with its most important givers. On Monday, Trump met with the party’s most prominent donor, Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has privately expressed frustration that the president hasn’t moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem….



P.S. Someone’s twenty years too late with that warning about Dick Cheney…