Late Night Transatlantic Open Thread: Leave Means Leave!


 
CHEESE MEANS CHEESE!


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Late Night Trump Movies: Recycled SF/Fantasy Genre


 
To continue tonight’s theme…

A growing number of Republicans fear that a battery of new revelations in the far-reaching Russia investigation has dramatically heightened the legal and political danger to Donald Trump’s presidency — and threatens to consume the rest of the party, as well.

President Trump added to the tumult Saturday by announcing the abrupt exit of his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, whom he sees as lacking the political judgment and finesse to steer the White House through the treacherous months to come.

Trump remains headstrong in his belief that he can outsmart adversaries and weather any threats, according to advisers. In the Russia probe, he continues to roar denials, dubiously proclaiming that the latest allegations of wrongdoing by his former associates “totally clear” him.

But anxiety is spiking among Republican allies, who complain that Trump and the White House have no real plan for dealing with the Russia crisis while confronting a host of other troubles at home and abroad…

The White House is adopting what one official termed a “shrugged shoulders” strategy for the Mueller findings, calculating that most GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe.

But some allies fret that the president’s coalition could crack apart under the growing pressure. Stephen K. Bannon, the former Trump strategist who helped him navigate the most arduous phase of his 2016 campaign, predicted 2019 would be a year of “siege warfare” and cast the president’s inner circle as naively optimistic and unsophisticated.

“The Democrats are going to weaponize the Mueller report and the president needs a team that can go to the mattresses,” Bannon said. “The president can’t trust the GOP to be there when it counts . . . They don’t feel any sense of duty or responsibility to stand with Trump.”…

REPUBS IN DISARRAY!

He’s your very special chosen leader, my GOP dudes. You own him, and he owns you.

Even (especially) the marketing failures.



Late Night Repub Clown Car Open Thread: Floriduh Men

To be fair (to be ecumenically unfair), while the confrontation concerned Florida politics, Lewandowski is a Masshole native who chose to become a Granite Header. And, IMO, further evidence of why New Hampshire should lose its front-runner primary status, because that state just encourages two-bit bullies like Lewandowski…

MIAMI — It was supposed to be a friendly introduction between Republicans at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Wednesday night, when the president’s former campaign manager and the Republican leader of the Florida Senate met.

But, witnesses say, the impromptu meeting between Corey Lewandowski, Florida Senate President Bill Galvano and Florida state Sen. Jeff Brandes unexpectedly morphed into a hostile debate over a question that encapsulates today’s GOP politics: How much credit should Donald Trump get for GOP successes?…

Three others who witnessed the contretemps and two others who had spoken to the senators also confirmed the surprising public disagreement and relayed the events to POLITICO. All described Lewandowski as needlessly confrontational and disrespectful to the senators who were caught off guard by the former campaign manager, now a reliable cable news defender and promoter of his former boss. The witnesses and confidants of the senators spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive moment.

With Trump laser focused on winning his second home state of Florida for the second time, the disagreement may foreshadow debates to come for Republicans in the nation’s largest swing state heading into the 2020 cycle.

“Donald Trump saved Florida, from the top to the bottom of the ticket,” Lewandowski said, according to one witness whose account was confirmed by a second.

Galvano, who was in charge of running GOP campaigns for the Florida Senate in the last election cycle, reportedly agreed that Trump deserved credit but added, said another witness, that the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee he led and the various GOP candidates and committees spent a record $44 million on their campaigns across the state, thereby driving GOP turnout that helped in the top-of-the-ticket races.

“There were lots of efforts put forward,” Galvano said, according to a witness…

Violence solves nothing, she said piously, but I kinda look forward Lewandowski throwing the first punch at the wrong person…

New cartoon from America’s single finest political cartoonist, Jeff Danziger:

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Open Thread: Catering to ‘Fox Nation’ Snowflakes’ Sensibilities…


 
But wait, there’s more!… Almost forgot I’d been saving this gem for a quiet patch. From Vanity Fair, “Hannityflix for Snowflakes: Fox Nation, the Murdoch’s New Streaming Service”:

The animating spirit of Fox Nation, the Trump-friendly network’s new video-streaming offering, is inadvertently revealed in the fifth episode Brian Kilmeade’s travelogue show, What Made America Great. Dressed in a sharp blue-checked shirt, the Fox & Friends host strolls through Andrew Jackson’s former plantation, absorbing the majesty of America’s seventh president. “Walking around, you get the sense that Andrew Jackson just left,” he marvels, admiring the poplar-wood columns and military portraits lining the Hermitage.

Like many programs on the so-called “Netflix for conservatives,” the pastoral scene—Kilmeade in gingham, colonnades, portraiture—is unnervingly familiar. In fact, much of the footage from What Made America Great is recycled from Andrew Jackson: Hero Under Fire, overlaid with new narration, graphics, and calming piano music. The same promotional image and footage appears again in America: Great from the Start, Kilmeade’s live lecture series wherein he summarizes historical events covered in his nonfiction books (in this case, 2017’s Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans).

Recycled content appears to be part of the Fox Nation business model. If Fox News exists to serve red meat, Fox Nation is its mechanically separated byproduct—extra bits scraped off the carcasses of more profitable franchises, puréed, and shaped into spongy content nuggets. It is unapologetically a platform of B-sides. The impetus behind Fox Nation’s launch is fairly obvious; the brand appears to be a naturally recurring retirement community trying to keep apace in a dynamic media ecosystem. The network’s average viewer is 64 years old, 21st Century Fox has sold the majority of its entertainment assets to Disney, and the next generation of viewers is cutting the cord. (“It’s scary, right?” Kilmeade told The New York Times, recalling a conversation with his son: “He’s like, ‘Dad, nobody’s watching cable anymore.’”) For $5.99 a month, the subscription platform promises to deliver extra-special content from its deep bench of talent, and to provide an exclusive entre into their world. The sign-up-screen video shows Kilmeade and Co. at a party, popping the corks off champagne bottles and playing pool. Below, a tantalizing promise: “More of the content you love from the people you trust.”…

Fox Nation, for when chewing your own oatmeal is too much of a mental chore…



Cold Grey Dawn Open Thread: Nobody Loves A Failed Kingmaker

Rudy wanted his people to throw him one last big party at somebody else’s expense, but his grab for attention via the Oval Office Occupant has taken a bad turn:

Plans for a party celebrating the 25-year anniversary of Rudy Giuliani becoming the mayor of New York City are “fizzling out” because the 74-year-old politico is “too toxic,” according to a source who was invited.

Ideally, the fete was to have taken place at the New York Hilton hotel where Giuliani celebrated his election win in November 1993. Organizers were aiming for early January…

“Rudy wanted it to appear to come together organically,” according to that source, who said the mayor left party-planning responsibilities to associates who struggled to find supporters willing to pay for tickets.

According to that insider, Giuliani’s position as the embattled President’s personal lawyer has made him “too toxic” to be around right now.

“It’d be like a mafia wedding,” that source joked, referring to mob gatherings where investigators and media members show up to take an inventory of party-goers with close ties to the dubious guests of honor…

According to Giuliani, he’s heard nothing about an anniversary bash in early 2019.

“If there was a party for me, it was a surprise party,” he said. “I don’t know anything about a party. If you find something out, let me know.”…

Former Giuliani communications director Cristyne Nicholas was involved in talks about coordinating a party, the source said. Nicholas did not return requests for comment.

In 2001, Giuliani was christened “America’s Mayor” for his resolute response to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Time magazine named him its Person of the Year for his efforts.

The former mayor’s popularity has waned since he took over as Trump’s attorney in April…

Christyne Nicholas was alleged, by Giuliani’s second wife, to have auditioned for a position as Giuliani’s third wife (before losing out to Judith Nathan, who has since joined the ranks of his exes). Ya don’t lightly discard old ‘friendships’ like that…

The difference between Rudy and Donald Trump is that Rudy’s old man couldn’t leave him a few hundred million to play with — just the, ahem, subterrean contacts that would power his rise in the Republican party.

Rudy shoulda remembered: Everything Trump Touches, Dies.



Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Corsi Talks!

… and apparently he’s going for a “severely diminished mental capacity” plea…

“Of course Mr. Trump couldn’t obtain competent legal advice. Look at the people he trusted!…”

It’s the Wingnut Wurlitzer equivalent of testing its latest recipe on the dog. If they can scrounge up some media pity for Jerome ‘Swiftboats & Birtherism’ Corsi, maybe they can weaponize public distaste for seeing the Oval Office Occupant frog-marched…

PHLEBITIS! How can you merciless Dems keep attacking an old man who’s in pain! Have you no humanity!…

(Fellow oldsters can back me up here: Gerry Ford’s handlers and the right-wing media used Nixon’s circulatory problems as an excuse for dropping all further Watergate investigations, on the grounds it would be ‘inhumane’ to keep attacking an invalid who probably didn’t have long to live. Of course, Nixon went on to further corrupt American politics for another couple of decades after that, in case ‘we’ need reminding.)



Trump Crime Cartel Open Thread: Infinite Klassiness

BUT SERIOUSLY…


Corsi, Klayman, and Stone — like everyone else in Trump’s orbit — are bad people who deserve every unpleasant thing that (I devoutly hope) they are about to experience.