Saturday Evening Open Thread: Sucker Bets


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If Young Jared doesn’t beat them to the front page…



Roger That, Take One Out

I’m in an airport and CNN’s Sunday Show, State of the Union with Jake Tapper, is blaring. Some middle-aged, pasty, pudgy white guy is saying that Trump needs to “take out” a Senator to show the Senate that he’s serious. Apparently he means with an election, not a gun. I can only imagine that he will head home and masturbate furiously, repeating the phrase “take him out, yeahh baby” over and over, while his face forms a grim rictus as his emission approaches.

I don’t know who this guy is, but I hope that he and others like will help Trump turn their masturbatory fantasies into reality.  And I would prefer that chickenshit Jeff Flake is “taken out” in the primary so Kyrsten Sinema or another good candidate can paste Chemtrail Kelli Ward in the general.  Because this:



Thursday Morning Open Thread: He’s Losing the Media, Too


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Apart from cheering on the HATERZ & LUZERS, what’s on the agenda for the day?
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Nothing so concentrates the journalistic mind as the prospect…


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Must Have Been The Brown Acid…

ETA: Given Betty’s post immediately below, this should settle any last doubts that this blog is not a member of any organized political party…(a gazillion quatloos to all those (many here) who nod to the illustrious forebear who put that opening to such good use).  I’ll leave this one up for the Rose-Mary Woods photo, which is worth the price of admission. But Betty got there first in all the relevant detail, so that’s where I’m heading for the fun of the discussion.)

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…the flashbacks seem so real.

At 8:32 this morning, the usurper occupying the Oval Office tweeted this:

I have several reactions.

First, this:

(For all you kids out there, that’s Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, demonstrating how she managed to “accidentally” create an eighteen minute gap in the Oval Office tapes, perfectly placed to eliminate some very interesting discussion of Watergate matters.)*

Second: A question for the legal minds here:  Bob Bauer has an interesting piece over at the Lawfare Blog assessing where Trump has reached on the obstruction of justice spectrum, clearly written before the shitgibbon released the tweet at the top of this post.  He argues (as I, a non-lawyer, read him) that there is an emerging fact pattern consistent with obstruction, but further focused inquiry would be needed to generate an actual case.  So, does this new tweet, explicitly threatening a potential witness in such an obstruction, advance the argument that the president is engaged in an actual, legally-jeopardizing attempt at obstruction?

Third: “Subpoena” has such a lovely ring to it, doesn’t it.  I shouldn’t still be surprised, but I am: how dumb do you have to be to announce the possibility of evidence that one had no prior reason to suspect might exist?  This tweet from Garry Kasparov is so spot on:

And with that, it’s back to the 18th century for me! (Isaac Newton, musing on the virtues of government debt…)  Have at it, y’all.

*Ancient tech nerd that I am, I am totally grooving on the IBM Selectric there. What fabulous machines… ETA: So — you can retire my tech-nerd creds. That’s not a Selectric. Ahh well….

 



What did Billy do wrong

Nothing… shit happens and this kid is now a pre-exisiting condition that will get underwritten out of any pool for the rest of his life.



Still I’m gonna miss you

Not sure why Dems are trying to stop Republicans from voting on health care tomorrow. I don’t always wish a motherfucker would hold a vote on destroying millions of people’s health care but there’s no way on earth this thing passes the Senate. I mean, look at these poll numbers:

Public sentiment is particularly lopsided in favor of an aspect of the current health-care law that blocks insurers from charging more or denying coverage to customers with medical conditions. About 8 in 10 Democrats, 7 in 10 independents and even a slight majority of Republicans say that should continue to be a national mandate, rather than an option for states to retain or drop.

These Tuesday group moderates, or whatever they’re calling themselves these days, are correct:

The latest changes, hammered out by Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC), and one of the moderates’ own, Tuesday Group co-chair Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), allows states to opt out of ACA insurer mandates in a way that would essentially gut its pre-existing conditions protections, the Holy Grail of the promises many Republicans made about their replacement.

“I spent the whole work period hearing from people pissed about pre-existing conditions,” one moderate lawmaker told CNN on Wednesday. “This isn’t helpful.”

Another moderate was overheard by the Hill telling a staffer: “If I vote for this healthcare bill it will be the end of my career.”

If these idiots walk the plank on this unpopular piece of shit…



My name, it is Mulvaney, and I’m known quite famously

There’s now way this would pass the Senate, so, yeah, I wish a motherfucker would vote for VoucherCare in the House:

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney—previously a House GOPer known for being a budget hawk—kept the door open for President Donald Trump approving of some kind of overhaul of Medicare or Social Security.

Referencing the proposal oft-floated by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to privatize Medicare by transforming it into what’s known as “premium support,” Mulvaney told CNBC’s John Harwood that his “guess is the House will do either that or something similar to that.”

Harwood brought up Trump’s campaign pledge not to touch Medicare and asked whether he would veto it.

“That’s not a really conducive way to sort of maintain a relationship between the executive and the administrative branch,” Mulvaney said. “Let them pass that and let’s talk about it.”

I realize they’ve passed stuff like through the House before without getting hammered, but if they think they can do it now, with a Republican president who might sign the thing, they’re in for a big fucking surprise.