Our New Surreality

It’s kind of weird where we are right now. Pretty much everyone now knows and has internalized that our President and many of those who surround him, including Pence, have either committed multiple felonies or were a party to them. And that’s just the stuff we know about right now. Who knows what else Jared and Trump’s spawn have done that haven’t even been released yet. And we have barely scratched the surface of his rogues gallery of cabinet appointments.

But even knowing that, our nation’s elites are still tip-toeing around the basic fact that our President is a criminal who broke who knows how many laws. Instead of a national conversation about how we are going to prosecute him, it’s more horse-race nonsense- “Will it hurt Democrats to bring impeachment charges? Can a Trump win in 2020 and outlast the statutes of limitations?”

It’s kind of insane. It’s sort of analogous to when we knew all the Catholic priests were molesting those kids, but people were more afraid of uprooting the church than dealing with the monsters. So people talked in veiled terms and looked the other way, and never dealt with the problem or really held anyone accountable.

The Republicans are so corrupt that even with everything we already know, they will not convict in the Senate. We’re basically just going to have to live with a criminal President until the economy craters and the money guys decide to cut their losses. It’s nuts.

Trump Continues to Say the Quiet Parts Out Loud

We’ll just file this under fiscal conservatism:

Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s aides and advisers have tried to convince him of the importance of tackling the national debt.

Sources close to the president say he has repeatedly shrugged it off, implying that he doesn’t have to worry about the money owed to America’s creditors—currently about $21 trillion—because he won’t be around to shoulder the blame when it becomes even more untenable.

The friction came to a head in early 2017 when senior officials offered Trump charts and graphics laying out the numbers and showing a “hockey stick” spike in the national debt in the not-too-distant future. In response, Trump noted that the data suggested the debt would reach a critical mass only after his possible second term in office.

“Yeah, but I won’t be here,” the president bluntly said, according to a source who was in the room when Trump made this comment during discussions on the debt.

This is actually the honest position of most Republicans. They’ll pretend they care about the budget, but that’s just so they can rob the poors to give more tax cuts to their buddies. At least Trump is being honest about the smash and grab.

Brian Kemp thinks Georgians are stupid

There can be no other explanation for this Banana Republican stunt:

It was already outrageous that Kemp refused to leave his Secretary of State post and is thus administering an election in which he is also running — an election for which Kemp’s office eagerly attempted to disqualify tens of thousands of mostly minority voters. Now this.

Maybe his internal polling looks bad, and this is a desperation move. In any event, it’s a goddamned disgrace.

Kemp’s contempt for democracy and Georgians couldn’t be clearer. This Saltine-American hopes Stacey Abrams curb-stomps his cracker ass.

Aux Armes, Citoyens!

Via valued commenter Marco Polo, a reminder:

🚨🚨🚨 The fate of Kavanaugh may well be decided in the next 48-72 hrs. As of now multiple GOP senators are undecided but they’re getting A LOT of pressure from the WH and leadership to fall in line. Your pressure can make the difference. Pls call your senators 202-224-3121
We should all be doing this of course, and those of the jackals who suffer with Republican “representation” are the tip of the spear on this particular campaign.  It just takes two GOP senators to discover a residual memory that women are in fact people, and this nomination goes the way of the Titanic.
Image: J.W.M. Turner, Shipwreck of the Minotaur, 1810s

Banana Republicans

We’ve talked about the term before, but if you need proof that the GOP has shredded the country’s institutions and the people’s trust in government, look no farther than the Rosenstein debacle today.

And Then There Were….More

Because we knew this was inevitable. Again, I spent the day offline and once  I popped back up, twitter was all atwitter about this:

I’m going to go read the article now. Open thread.

Republicans Have Lost Their God Damned Minds, a Continuing Story

He’s referring to Ed Whelan, who is now theorizing it was a classmate of Kavanaugh’s (AND THEN FUCKING NAMING THE GUY AND POSTING HIS CHILDHOOD ADDRESS AND PICTURE)and the little lady is just confused, which makes total sense if you think women forget who sexually assaulted them and if Ford had not previously stated that she knew Kavanaugh prior to the incident.

And if the name Ed Whelan sounds familiar, he is the fellow who apparently loses his shit every single time a nomination is made to the Supreme Court, having his last brush with notoriety during the Sotomayer nomination when he outed Publius at Obsidian Wings. Whelan, of course, is the President of the ironically named, given his behavior, Ethics and Public Policy Center, one of many wingnut welfare ventures that makes regular contributions into the right wing puke funnel.

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