"I am not," Biden said in Oval when asked if he was going to watch the Trump impeachment trial. https://t.co/MpZzbkjKTi
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 9, 2021
Scoop: Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is joining the Conservative Partnership Institute, a group run by former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint that operates as a "networking hub" for conservativeshttps://t.co/mPLqTBDapx
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) January 27, 2021
The ‘good’ news, for Mark Meadows, is that he may be reduced to housekeeping for Jim deMinted, but at least he’s not fetching & carrying for Donald Trump… at the moment.
… Between the lines: Meadows, who is still in frequent contact with former President Trump and has been advising him ahead of his impeachment trial, will now operate behind the scenes to help create more members like Jim Jordan, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley — conservative firebrands with strong networks and staffs…
The backdrop: DeMint founded CPI because he felt the conservative movement did a lousy job at helping members of Congress be effective legislators once they get to D.C…
Because — who could have predicted? — being a high-ranking henchman for the guy who incited his followers into an insurrection is not good for one’s resume…
Matt Schlapp tried to go on background after the fact with Politico. He refused to answer questions about CPAC losing sponsors. Then, when Politico emailed sponsors, the general counsel of Schlapp's organization accused Politico of "tortious interference." https://t.co/vAVhPsxGPY
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 27, 2021
Could not happen to a more deserving grifter!
I know, it’s Politico, but this is too schadenfreudelicious not to share — “A top MAGA gathering finds life complicated after Trump”:
… For decades, the Conservative Political Action Conference has been a staple of Republican politics. In recent years, the conservative confab has been the go-to stop for rising GOP stars, grassroots organizers and luminaries in the Trump movement.
But President Donald Trump’s election loss has created hurdles around programming and guest booking. Stringent coronavirus guidelines in Maryland have pushed the conference outside of the Washington area for the first time in nearly 50 years. Previous sponsors aren’t yet committed or have decided to forgo sponsorship entirely because of changes to the event’s format or disappointment in the return on their investment last year. And the president that attendees adored so much may not show up to the event at all.
Senior Trump adviser Jason Miller said Trump, whose Mar-a-Lago abode is less than 2.5 hours away from the Orlando hotel where this year’s conference will occur on Feb. 25-28, is not currently scheduled to make an appearance. Meanwhile, a senior American Conservative Union official would not answer whether Mike Pence, who drew MAGA world’s ire for certifying Joe Biden’s election, had been invited to speak. A spokesperson for the former vice president did not respond to a request in time for publication.
ACU Chair Matt Schlapp said he is convinced this year’s conference will be no different from past years. “CPAC is going great,” he told POLITICO on Tuesday, before then saying that his quote needed to be attributed without his name. Schlapp did not address questions about why some sponsors were not continuing their CPAC sponsorship. But after those questions were posed and additional questions were sent to CPAC sponsors — including whether the Jan. 6 Capitol riot impacted their thinking about sponsoring again this year — ACU general counsel David Safavian accused POLITICO of “tortious interference with business relationships” and attempting “to ‘cancel’ both CPAC and the American Conservative Union itself.” The group then tweeted a copy of a letter from Safavian that included a litigation threat…
I wonder how that happened. https://t.co/kH5xIW3vqT
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) January 25, 2021
You might even call him fekkin’ pathetic!
From the available evidence, McCarthy is neither a spotlight-seeking moron, or a sociopath incapable of understanding normal human reactions. Which makes it that much harder to understand why he chose to put himself forward as the “leader” of the Leopards Eating Peoples Faces Party rump, but as the old joke goes, at least it’s show biz…
If you don’t convict you’ll lose fewer Republicans but alienate a whole lot more independents. If you’re screwed either way, why not take the opportunity to do the right thing for once? https://t.co/QNAW824Wvq
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) January 16, 2021
Not that I wanna make grandious projections, but despite their best efforts and those of our Very Serious Pundits, the GOP is hardly the worldcrushing juggernaut they like to claim. Their latest Great God-Emperor figurehead is about to go on trial for insurrection, they’ve lost (if narrowly) all three national legislative bodies, and a whole lot of still-fleshy skeletons are tumbling out of cupboards..
There’s a high-souled, pure-minded joy in considering the installation of a working (Democratic, of course) government. There’s also much schadenfreude!
LOL I love that as a last gesture of fealty to Trump the bitter-enders will have to get up at five in the morning to be ready to see him off. https://t.co/TpdpvxDA5l
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) January 18, 2021
… Because, rumor has it, if he leaves early enough, he’ll still be ‘President’ when the helicopter lands at Marred-A-Largo. Also, he refuses to be in DC when Biden is inaugurated, for reasons. Sad, cranky alte kaker reasons.
Disappointing that so many people are assuming this is a scam and not a sign of the President’s deep love of literature and learning. When did we all become so cynical? https://t.co/1yaoQG3Rc9
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) January 17, 2021
Who better qualified for the task than Dan Scavino, Trump’s former caddy and devoted keeper (until it was permabanned) of Trump’s personal Twitter account.
Anyone who ‘donates’ as much as fifteen cents in hard currency to this particular grift is either a willing mark or someone looking for a favor… but how many favors will be Trump’s to grant, once he’s escorted off the White House premises?
Per the original Washington Post article:
… Speculation is also coursing through Trump World about a possible presidential library and museum. No announcements have been made, but two people familiar with internal discussions said it is likely to be located in Florida and run by Dan Scavino, one of Trump’s longest-serving and most loyal aides who advises him on social media and most recently served as deputy White House chief of staff.
One of these people, who was a top fundraiser on Trump’s campaign, said the president has told supporters he wants to raise $2 billion for the library — a far greater sum than has been raised for past presidential libraries — and thinks he can collect it in small-dollar donations from his grass-roots supporters.
“I thought to myself, what is this alternative fantasy life you’re living?” this fundraiser said. “I have no clue where they think they’ll get this money raised. Anyone who gives to him will be radioactive.”
Asked about raising money for the library, another former top Trump fundraiser wrote in a text message: “Insane.” This person noted that, “except for the wackos, everybody’s running for the hills.”…