Late-Night Rambling Open Thread: Whither the Michigander Vote?

I haven’t been a Michigan resident since Debbie Stabenow was running for the state House, but I’ll always have a soft spot for the Mitten. Which is one reason I’ve been obsessively following Dana Houle’s twitter account

(Traverse City, which was a sleepy little local resort town when the Spousal Unit was growing up in the area, is now a high-dollar resort town where snowbird retirees show up to golf when the Florida summer weather becomes oppressive. Very GOP-leaning, in a normal year.)

Also, following the next thread led me to a really charming under-the-national-radar news report:


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Open Thread: President NFLTG Has An Endorsement

I don’t know if this will help Doug Applegate win, but at least it will greatly perturb Darrell Issa… San Diegans?



Open Thread: Massachusetts Potholeheads

Must… resist… Andrew Sullivan… joke…

I’m finally seeing anti-Prop 4 commercials during the local tv news — a full week after early voting started in this state. Those ads are both sanctimonious and dishonest, and if I hadn’t already voted in favor, their will nobody think of the children!!! puling would’ve strongly influenced me to do so. (The pro-legalization people have been running extremely discreet ads for the last month or so, and they didn’t feel the need to lie.) I haven’t even been around marijuana since the mid-1980s, but the current “medical use is okay, as long as you’re a white person with enough money, but no way will we allow our nice neighborhoods to be defiled by pot shops or the human detritus they attract” patchwork goes beyond farce into tragedy.

Our (Repub) governor, Boston’s (Dem) mayor, and Cardinal O’Malley (still a force, here in the Commonwealth) have all come out against the proposal, arguing that it will enable filthy cartels to further target ‘the most vulnerable neighborhoods,’ while simultaneously claiming that nobody gets arrested for possession these days anyways. (Technically, adults can only be fined if they’re busted carrying less than an ounce, but ‘possession with intent to distribute’ is still a valuable loophole for law enforcement officers looking to keep Those People in their place.)

Of course, the real make-or-break state for full national legalization is California… although I find it somehow endearing that Maine apparently hopes to replace its decaying pulpwood industry with an even more renewable plant product…



Sunday Afternoon Open Thread: WASP Humor

Yep, another Bush cousin. Thanksgiving at Kennebunkport is going to be a barrel of laughs, this year.

Speaking of barrels and their bottoms, Curt ‘Wave the Bloody Sock’ Schilling held the weekend’s saddest Trump rally…

… but at least he’s found his true media home, according to NYMag:

On Monday, Breitbart plans to announce former Red Sox pitcher and Trump supporter Curt Schilling will begin hosting a daily online radio show featuring political commentary and calls from listeners. The broadcast will eventually include a video livestream. The show marks Schilling’s return to media six months after ESPN fired him for sharing an anti-transgender Facebook post with a message that read: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”…

Schilling’s jump to Breitbart will give him a national platform as he prepares to challenge Elizabeth Warren for her Senate seat in 2018…

Senator Warren’s reaction?



Mouthy Idiots Open Thread: More Wingnut Schadenfreude, Masshole Edition

Because Curt Shilling is not a smart person, this happened tonight:

From the Crooks & Liars link:

Schilling continued, “”I would like to ask you something as a person who is practicing the Jewish faith and have since you were young. I don’t understand, maybe this is the amateur, non-politician in me, I don’t understand how people of Jewish faith can back the Democratic party which over the last 50 years have been so clearly anti Israel. so clearly anti-Jewish, Israel.”

He went on, “That I don’t know what else would be done, said, or happen for people to understand that they don’t — the Democratic party is alive with Israel, only because we have agreements in place to make them have to be.”

Tapper very coolly said, “Well, I don’t speak for Jews. I would imagine, just to try to answer your question. One of the reason Jews are Democrats has more to do for social welfare programs and that sort of thing.”

Jake repeated, “Again, I don’t speak for Jews.”

“I know you don’t. I just always find it a great conversation for somebody of your faith to — because I want to understand the reason behind some of those things so i appreciate that.”…

And theeeeennnn, on MSNBC’s Hardball…. per Media Matters‘ partial transcription:

CURT SCHILLING: Well, I mean Chris, I’m apparently an anti-semite now, because I had the gall and the audacity to ask someone of the Jewish faith why or how they believe people of the Jewish faith vote Democrat! I mean, god forbid I listen to someone of the faith, rather than the media, who clearly are not biased and don’t have an agenda. I mean, that to me is just common sense.

I don’t want — I don’t need Chris Matthews to tell me why people of Jewish faith vote the way they do, I want to ask someone of the faith. To me, that’s much more relevant. I think that — and I don’t have a problem asking people questions like that, because I’m not trying to be offensive or racist. I’m clearly curious, because I’ve read my history. I understand my history, that, you know, that this country feels so anti-Israel in the last 15 years, more so than at any point in my life and I can’t figure that out.

MATTHEWS: Well, that’s a legitimate debate we’re all going to have. By the way, left, right on Israel, left, right on Bibi Netanyahu is a popular argument anywhere in the country, by the way. Especially in Israel they argue about that stuff, which is a great thing over there.

But the problem is, people will say is, and I’ll say it, you can’t ask a person of a religious faith or a race to speak for that religious group and to ask them to sort of account for it. You ask them to account for it as an individual.

SCHILLING: No, you can. Chris —

MATTHEWS: Go ahead.

SCHILLING: Not true. Liberals do it with Christians all the time. Liberals do it with Christians all the time, and I’m not going to play the victim game because I’m a white male Christian, which apparently makes me a racist to anybody, that as long as — if I don’t speak out in favor of whatever it is they want me to speak out of…

Gosh, and we didn’t even get the opportunity to watch Senator Professor Elizabeth Warren kick his broad fishbelly-white arse from Williamston to Provincetown.

Also, I’m against any action that makes Chickenshit Charlie Baker happy, which this will. Not that Charlie doesn’t need whatever good news he can garner, right now:



Thursday Morning Open Thread: Get Out the Vote

Apart from waiting on the latest Trump embarrassment, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Goal Thermometer


Invitation from A Granite State Organizer

My bad for not posting this earlier, but some of you in the area might still be able to make it to Salem tonight. And there’s another event on Saturday afternoon:

My name is Craig McMahon, I’m an organizer for the NH Democratic Party, and my office is at 15 Ermer Rd in Salem, NH- about 25min from Haverhill MA, and just off Rt93’s exit 3.

Tonight we’re having a debate watch party featuring none other than Wendy Davis, who will be giving a talk prior to the debate beginning. There’s plenty of room and all are welcome!

We’ll be doing some phonebanking starting at 5:30pm, party will get started around 7:30pm, Wendy will speak around 8pm, and then the debate begins at 9. While it isn’t mandatory to phonebank in order to attend, we’ll be calling Democrats to encourage them to volunteer for GOTV, so they tend to be pretty friendly calls.

In addition, Congressman Joe Kennedy will be at our office at 2:45pm this Saturday to launch a canvass session. Some people prefer to canvass around 10am, then listen to the talk; others will listen to the talk, then canvass.

We have out-of-state organizers whose job it is to recruit Mass volunteers, with the state broken up into geographic regions–if anyone is interested in volunteering, please have them email me at this address: cmcmahon@nhtogether.org. I’ll get their contact to the appropriate out-of-state organizer, who will coordinate with them on future events.

Cheers
Craig McMahon
Organizer for Windham and Pelham
(yup, I organize for Lewandowski’s home town)