Thursday Evening Open Thread: Dems Will Be Ready, When the Time Comes

Greg Sargent, in the Washington Post:

The Post’s Paul Kane reports this morning that despite their rhetoric downplaying this possibility, House Democrats are privately preparing for a possible effort to impeach President Trump, should they regain the majority.

That’s excellent news. This is exactly what Democrats should be doing — right now.

Not just because an impeachment battle might actually happen, but also for another reason: Democrats will need to find a more effective way to talk to the American people about the serial degradation of our democracy we are seeing in the Trump era, for the good of the party, yes, but also for the good of the country…

… To be clear, I’m not necessarily saying impeachment is merited right at this moment. My position aligns with the persuasive argument made by Benjamin Wittes and Jane Chong that there are ample grounds for beginning a formal congressional inquiry into possible impeachment, based on the sum total of Trump’s multiplying fields of misconduct.

Publicly, Democratic leaders are urging the rank and file to play down any talk of impeachment, out of fear that it might be perceived as overreach. But there is no reason for Democrats to be apologetic about preparing for possible impeachment in certain plausible scenarios, or to shy away from treating that as a legitimate topic of public debate…


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With that being noted, what’s on the agenda for the evening?
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As a further leading indicator, on the other side of the aisle, Sen. Chelonian hastily pulls extremities into shell…



Late Night Open Thread: There Will Be A Reckoning

The original poem was written by a pacifist at the height of the Civil War. Many decent people, at that point, despaired the survival of the American experiment — but they didn’t stop fighting.



Remember The Maine (Senator)!

Following up on Betty’s post below…

Pursuing the Maine chance, Susan Collins is all over a small part of the map on the Senate tax-theft/heath-care-wrecking/federal-overreach/America-gutting  bill.

She voted in favor of the motion to proceed, but she’s now signaling that she isn’t yet a solid “yes” on final passage:

Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Thursday she was not committed to voting for the Senate tax bill, citing concerns over healthcare and a deduction for state and local taxes.

Collins told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast it would be “very difficult for me to support the bill if I do not prevail on those two issues” but she was encouraged by her discussions with leadership.

Hedge, dodge, waver and waffle:  the net is that she’s still susceptible to pressure.  I think she’s beginning to feel the heat on at least two talking points:  that the bill raises taxes on many, probably most of her constituents, which is a bad place for a New England Republican to be; and that the health care measures she’s been pursuing are fig leaves that will gut her loudly proclaimed commitment to preserving access for all those who have it now.

I called her DC office and left a message and then spoke to a weary staffer in one of her state offices.  I encourage you all to do the same — especially when you can leave a recording that doesn’t necessarily mark you as a non-Mainer.

Contact info for all her offices here.

Image: Alexander Coosemans, Still life with fruit and lobster before 1689.



Open Thread: Everybody BREATHE, Godsdammit!

So, yay Newt Gingrich’s former constituents, Karen Handel gets to sit in Congress… for the next 500 days. We get to piss & moan tonight, and then we start working to ensure she’s another one-abbreviated-term wonder, like Scott ‘Cosmo Boy’ Brown. And while a certain amount of bitterness is understandable, let’s keep the knife fights for when we’re facing down the Repubs, ‘kay?



Time to call Congress

The AHCA has more lives than a serial killer in a horror movie franchise.

The House Freedom Caucus has an agreement to make the bill worse by allowing states to completely opt out of guarantee issue and essential health benefits.

Steven Dennis of Bloomberg has a good fast analysis of the changes:

Most of the House Freedom Caucus is most likely on board with this bill. That reduces the firm no’s that are not in the HFC down to about 20. The No’s from March need to hear from you again. The unknowns and the shaky yeses need to hear from you.

They also need to be reminded of the following:

There is a minimal blocking coalition of Republican representatives who sit in seats that voted for them and Hillary Clinton. Time to remind them that they can’t survive an electorate that is nine points more Democratic in 2018 than it was in 2016. They know that, but let’s remind them.

So time to call Congress again.

I am convinced that any Republican only health care bill will either pass by 3 votes or fail by at least 15 votes.



There’s No Reason to Ever Play Nice

So the Senate used the nuclear option, and now the Senate is basically an unrepresentative House of Representatives, which is jarring, because the cocksuckers in the Republican party have gerrymandered the House so much that it is already unrepresentative. There was no reason to blow up the filibuster, but they did it anyway because they could.

If you learn anything from this, it is that there is no reason to play nice with Republicans ever. Fuck bipartisanship. Fuck the tone police. Fuck the no labels group. Fuck bipartisanship. All the Republicans and the retrograde assholes who vote for them is raw power and force. Do unto others, as those biblehumping hypocrites like to state.

For fuck’s sake Democrats, they just spent eight years calling President Obama a n****r and elected a white supremacist and his Stormfront coterie. When are you going to fucking learn? When you are trying to save your wife’s life by performing a late-term abortion at home because they’ve overturned Roe?

Politics as your daddy knew it is over. Fucking fight.

AND NO IT WAS NOT ABOUT ECONOMIC INSECURITY YOU JACOBIN BERNIEBRO BOOTLICKERS (and even when they are right the Intercept is still wrong- Democrats knew it wasn’t about economic insecurity, it was the fucking waves of douchecanoes with their Bernie tattoos who couldn’t figure out when to register in the primaries making excuses chanting Bernie would have won who never pulled their heads out of their asses.)

They fucking hate you. They want to destroy you and this country. And they’re fucking winning.








Montana is Winnable

Montana will probably have a special election if (not a big if) the Senate confirms current officeholder Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior. This is a winnable seat, and if not winnable, it can be a non-embarrassment.

Trump destroyed Hillary in Montana in 2016 but McCain won by a mere two points in 2008. Jon Tester still holds a seat in the state. A special election campaign where a good candidate (say, Brian Schweitzer-yeah, I know) makes a good run is, worst case, prep for Tester’s steel cage death match in 2018. This race will also be a test run for engagement and turnout strategies for 2018.

Look, in a red state like this, we’re going to get a Blue Dog or whatever new word we will invent for a Democrat with a few views that make some of us cringe. In the House, all that matters is that he or she votes with Democrats when it counts.