Mitch McConnell Will Not Hesitate to Abuse People with Disabilities

Literally. As long as he doesn’t have to show his face on camera, of course.

I doubt McConnell does think he’s a good guy, actually; he figures he’s defending his cushy “leadership” job, and whatever it takes to accomplish that is just fine by him.

Thursday Morning Open Thread: “Don’t Agonize – Organize”


Apart from that, what’s on the agenda as we start another day?

I may have to add yet another category to the ever-growing list…

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Mitch McConnell May Be A Worse Person Than Paul Ryan

(Tom Toles via

And that’s a low bar to slither under. The Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver at least has the weak excuse that he’s a sociopath living out his adolescent Randroid fap-fantasies; Mitch just wants to stay in his current position forever. He doesn’t want to achieve anything, he doesn’t want to be known or remembered for what he’s (not) doing — he’s like a fat maggot burrowed into the carcase of GOP responsibility.

Apart from calling your Congresscritters, again, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Monday Morning Open Thread

Ah, summer!…

Apart from #StillResisting, what’s on the agenda as we start another week?

You know the drill —

And finally, some useful advice:

A Potential H Bomb

Teresa May is a terrible politician:

Almost exactly 24 hours after Downing Street said the prime minister couldn’t possibly meet victims of the Grenfell disaster because of security concerns, the Queen and Prince William’s visit to Latimer Road came with minimal security.

They drove up in a green Range Rover – dog gates up at the back, although the corgis stayed at home – with so little fanfare several locals walked right past them, unaware of the identities of the latest well-wishers to Westway sports centre, applauding instead the firefighters who walked behind her.

In case you haven’t been following it, a housing block in London went up in flames – flames that were accelerated by non-fire resistant cladding applied to the building to make it look better to its Kensington neighbors. The gas lines laid in the stairways didn’t help either. At least 30 are confirmed dead and the death toll will probably be near 100 after all the bodies are found (if they can be – some will never be recovered).

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Saying the Quiet Parts Out Loud

Greg Sargent, in the Washington Post, Republicans are privately angry at Trump for accidentally unmasking their big scam”:

House Republicans are angry with President Trump for blurting out an inconveniently candid view of their health-care bill, Politico reports today. Trump reportedly told a closed-door gathering of GOP senators that the House repeal-and-replace bill is “mean” and called on them to make it “more generous.” This promptly leaked, and a lot of people are noting that Trump undercut House Republicans politically and provided Democrats with ammo for a thousand attack ads…

House Republicans are now angry at this, Politico reports, because they stuck out their necks making the case for a bill that would leave many millions without coverage and gut protections for people with preexisting conditions. They “explained to their constituents” that the last-minute changes to the bill (adding all of $8 billion) would make it less destructive to that latter group. But Trump has now upended all of this, putting them at greater political risk.

But their anger over this is particularly galling, because Republicans themselves do not want their constituents to actually know what is in the bill they are set to pass. And they are taking active, extensive and possibly unprecedented steps to make sure they don’t. Trump merely made this harder for them to get away with…

… Republicans are angry that Trump admitted, in a way guaranteed to leak, that he knows it will hurt huge numbers of people, when they had taken such great pains to obscure that. Trump’s real transgression was to provide the public with a glimpse of a reality that they themselves have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep hidden.


Apart from #Resisting, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Open Thread: Turtles Trial Balloons, All the Way Down


President Donald Trump told Republican senators Tuesday that the House-passed health care bill he helped revive is “mean” and urged them to craft a version that is “more generous,” congressional sources said.

Trump’s remarks were a surprising slap at a Republican-written House measure that was shepherded by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and whose passage the president lobbied for and praised. At a Rose Garden ceremony minutes after the bill’s narrow House passage on May 4, Trump called it “a great plan.”

The president’s criticism, at a White House lunch with 15 GOP senators, also came as Senate Republican leaders’ attempts to write their own health care package have been slowed by disagreements between their party’s conservatives and moderates.

Trump’s characterizations seemed to undercut attempts by Senate leaders to assuage conservatives who want restrictions in their chamber’s bill, such as cutting the Medicaid health care program for the poor and limiting the services insurers must cover. Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those restrictions…

The remarks provided ammunition to Democrats who have unanimously opposed the Republican effort to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul…

Place your dearest wishes in the hands of a bloviating narcissist, discover he doesn’t care how much you suffer when he abuses them. World’s tiniest violin orchestra, stat!