Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Rudy Pounds the Table

There’s an old legal proverb: When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When neither the facts or the law are on you side — pound the table!

Or it could just be sundowning, but a lifelong grifter like Giuliani would try to make ‘sundowning’ work for him, ala Vincent Gigante.


Blue Wave — Arriving

The 116th Congress is currently being sworn in.

The gavel is being handed over.

The Blue Wave arrived.

Open thread

Image of one of the Healthcare Gavels from Napa Valley Register

Let the motherfucker burn

Pretty good article on how the Republicans’ scummy shenanigans are firing up liberals in Wisconsin and Michigan: GOP power grabs pour gas on ‘resistance’ in key Midwest states: Republican legislators in Wisconsin and Michigan have reignited Democratic energy since the midterms in two narrow Trump states.

Burn, motherfuckers, burn.

Give here to the Wisconsin Democratic party.

Goal Thermometer

Give here to the Michigan Democratic party.

Goal Thermometer

Realistically, either Trump gets blown out (and loses AZ and NC) or it comes down to these two states. So let’s keep on it.

Here’s some numbers, text them maybe

Maze Dancer emailed to say that PostCardPatriots has moved onto texting voters, since it’s too late to send more postcards. Here’s what else she said:

Pat yourselves on the back, Balloon-Juice. If your wrist isn’t too sore.

We sent out 12,000 PostCards over 27 days.

Have to say, I have been in Advertising for decades. Have helped launch businesses and new products global, national, and local.

Never seen anything like those skyrocket-in-flight results. (Little DougJ homage using a lyrical reference.)

Democrats are sizzling hot, determined, will not be stopped.

If for some unknown reason – cheating, lying, voter interference to name three – we do not prevail, it won’t be from not trying.

And now – texting!

What’s better for people who like to write PostCards than texting to voters? (Well, possibly, phone banking because only 1 in 20 people ever answer their phone.) has been retooled with links to text for Beto, Claire, Florida Dems, and across the nation. We’re declaring every Dem a BJ Candidate now.

We also have some phone banking links.

You do not have to use your own phone number. And it’s all really easy.

And after the election, we have some ideas about how to keep the Power of PostCards going.

But for now, well done, Balloon-Juicers, well done!

Thank you for a funky time

Jesus, I’m not going to be able to take all the centrist porn about the awesomeness of Nikki Haley.

You know what will make us all feel better? Giving some money to the Balloon Juice More More More fund. Forty-seven candidates — almost entirely in 2nd and 3rd tier races — selected by the readers. You can give to just one or two candidates if you don’t want to end up on too many mailing lists.

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You can send some postcards too.

Anger can be power

Give to Heidi Heitkamp:

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Give to the Balloon Juice More More More Fund:

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Send some postcards.


Update. Here’s a great article about the hero we need right now.

Thursday Morning Open Thread: A Democracy, If We Can Keep It

(Mike Luckovich via

Vote Dem, we’re the party that won’t rob you blind. Sound strategy, IMO. Michael Scherer, in the Washington Post:

A day after President Trump’s former lawyer implicated him in directing a crime, Democratic leaders sharpened their election-year attack on the GOP as the party of corruption. But in an effort to keep the electoral focus on bread-and-butter issues, they largely steered clear of any discussion of impeachment.

Party leaders encouraged candidates and elected members to talk instead about demanding protection for the ongoing Justice Department investigations of Trump and his allies, offering a clear sign that they feel confident that grass-roots energy against Trump will show up at the polls without the need for a divisive rallying cry from the stump.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to her caucus members asking them to keep speaking about economic issues, while also urging them to call out what she described as the “cesspool of self-enrichment, secret money and ethical blindness” that exists in Washington under unified Republican rule.

“It is our duty as Members of Congress to seek the truth, and hold the President and his administration accountable to the American people, and we will,” Pelosi wrote. “As November rapidly approaches, we must also stay focused on delivering our strong economic message to hard-working families across America.”

As for impeachment, Richard J. Durbin (Ill.), the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said, “We’re too early in the process to be using these words.” That should wait, he said, until Democrats “gather the information.”

Republicans, by contrast, eagerly warned about the danger of a Democratic impeachment push as they tried to increase fear, and thus turnout, among Trump’s most loyal voters…

Across the aisle, Politico reports:

… “The verdict in the Manafort trial isn’t nearly as worrisome to me as the Cohen agreement and the Cohen statement,” said former Trump adviser Michael Caputo. “It’s probably the worst thing so far in this whole investigation stage of the presidency.”

One Republican lawyer close to the White House worried that Cohen — with his unique access to Trump’s history of business dealings and scandalous personal entanglements — could ultimately prove more damaging to Trump, and give Democrats fodder for impeachment if they take the House in November. “It’s the only excuse they’ll need,” the lawyer said. “And believe me, they won’t need much of an excuse.”

The sheer force of the two stories breaking within minutes of each other left an unavoidable impression that the walls are closing in on a president facing serious accusations of wrongdoing, leaving some to worry what Trump will do next.

One former administration official said there’s a “very high” likelihood that the president — who increasingly feels under attack from all sides — will do something erratic that could make an already bad situation worse…