We’re sacred and bound to suffer this heatwave

This is a scary time politically. Trump may fire Mueller and if he does, it’s unlikely that Republicans in Congress will do anything about it. I think this would hurt Republicans a lot politically, but it would also be a major setback for the rule of law, and that would be bad. So I half wish a motherfucker would fire Mueller and half wish a motherfucker wouldn’t.

The best thing would be is if Republicans were scared out of blindly backing Trump by brutal electoral realities. A lot of places have odd-year local elections coming up a week from Tuesday. If you have one, please vote in it. Vote Democrat down the line even if your local Democrats are awful. I don’t normally recommend this, to the contrary I think party politics are very different at the local level, but in this case, we need as much evidence as possible of a looming Democratic tidal wave to send a message to Republicans in Congress.

Giving money to Dems running for federal races helps too. You can donate here to a fund that is distributed equally to the eventual Democratic nominee in House districts currently held by Republicans.

Goal Thermometer

And you know what would really scare Republicans? A victory for Doug Jones in Alabama. You can give him money here.

Goal Thermometer



Late-Night Speculation Open Thread

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My personal favorite rumor is that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will be the first target, on the grounds there’s no way he can claim he had no idea colluding with a foreign government to steal an election just might be against the law. As a devout Cynic, I’m prepared for the morning’s news to be anything from “nothingburger” to “opening the door to my worst fears”… but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised!


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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.