Wednesday Morning Open Thread: The GOP Gang That Couldn’t Loot Straight

In Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Clown car, Foreign Affairs, Grifters Gonna Grift, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Why won’t the Republicans do anything to stop the foreign interference that gives them minority rule and money doesn’t seem like a tough mystery to crack. — Schooley (@Rschooley) July 24, 2018 This presidency fell off the truck. — Schooley (@Rschooley) July 24, 2018 When I was growing up, saying that a bargain ‘fell off a truck’ still implied that it might be a cheap counterfeit, passed off on someone too eager for a good deal to examine closely. The Trump Crime Cartel seems to have mistaken The Godfather for …

Breaking: Not *ALL* The News Sucks…

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, I Can't Believe We're Still Talking About Fucking Nazis, Open Thread, Post-racial America by Anne Laurie

In a backdrop of white supremacists distancing themselves from Jason Kessler's efforts to organize a Unite the Right II rally, Kessler, withdraws demand for new rally permit in Charlottesville. https://t.co/B9CRkT1KEw — Joanna Mendelson (@jo_mendelson) July 24, 2018 … On Tuesday, Kessler shocked even his own lawyers by withdrawing his request that a federal judge order the city to grant him a permit for a “Unite the Right 2” rally for the weekend of Aug. 11. But after the hearing, one of his attorneys, James Kolenich, told reporters that Kessler could …

Eye of the Beholder

In Assholes, Open Thread, Politics, Republican Stupidity by Betty Cracker

I remember seeing an old Twilight Zone episode as a kid that’s stuck with me all these years. It’s the one where a woman who is considered attractive by American beauty standards in the second half of the 20th century is thought hideously deformed on Planet Pigface. The moral of the story is that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. I thought of that story when I saw this Fox & Friends clip about a wingnut woman’s incognito safari to a rally hosted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for …

Rococo ‘Conservatism’ Open Thread: The Ultimate Ross Doubthat Column

In Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Clown Shoes, Glibertarianism, Grifters Gonna Grift, Open Thread, Our Awesome Meritocracy by Anne Laurie

As someone who was actually educated by the Church, Doubthat’s “I’m a devout Catholic, but defend libertarianism, because freedom!” makes as much sense to me as would “I’m a strict vegetarian, but I defend cannibalism, because long pig is so delicious!” But this *particular* divertissement should be preserved under a glass vitrine, as an exemplar of how “American Thought Leadership” collapsed at the beginning of the new millenium: … Like most interesting churches, libertarianism is a diverse and fractious faith, and FreedomFest brings together all its different sects: the think-tankers …

‘New Media’ Open Thread: When the Monkey’s Paw Grants Your Wish

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, Dolt 45, Open Thread, Our Awesome Meritocracy, Our Failed Media Experiment by Anne Laurie

"In response to the negative Yelp reviews of my restaurant, I shall no longer visit Yelp!" https://t.co/dQnL0pAMjK — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 20, 2018 Maggie Haberman wrote a piece about pulling back from Twitter and it is so mind-numbingly predictable, it's maddening Haberman has faced criticism for her access-journalism coziness with her subjects; her book deal predicated on that access; her mincing of words… 1/ — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 20, 2018 …and just in case the "…for it is me, who is the victim" trope wasn't annoying …

Friday Evening Open Thread: UNLEASH THE CLOWN CAR!

In Assholes, Clown car, Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

A light diversion from Olivia Nuzzi, professional sharpshooter, at NYMag, on “A Surreal Week of Excuse-Making at the White House”: … “The White House” being separate from “the president” in this administration as they’ve never been separate before, with contradictory statements emerging at a machine-gun pace from these two entities that are supposed to be in sync, if nothing else at least spinning the story (i.e. bullshitting) in the same way. Often the White House is cleaning up after Trump, but just as often those attempts to clarify or explain …

Friday Morning Open Thread: Ministry of Truthiness

In Assholes, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Stop Sniffing Glue, On The Road, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Actually, it happened under Mitch McConnell's watch. https://t.co/OnWoJob8AR — Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) July 18, 2018 Does Putin have a pee tape of Sarah Huckabee Sanders? — Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 18, 2018 Despite all the criticisms of her performance, Huckabee Sanders is an artist in her own Southern-Gothic niche. She was hired — and she does her job, in this context, brilliantly — to be the grim, dutiful Good Wife who insists that ERRYTHING IS JUST FAAAAHNE THENK YEW in front of the village congregation. Sure, the whole neighborhood knows …

Late-Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Someone Should Tell Sec. Nielsen Where the Word ‘Quisling’ Came From

In All Too Normal, Assholes, Clap Louder!, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Historians have checked and actually, Nazis are wrong. https://t.co/OxaKif3RbY — Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) July 19, 2018 Nielsen’s Norwegian ancestors would second Mr. Rauchway’s rebuttal. really weird that all these trump officials have such a hard time condemning racists — b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) July 19, 2018 The best, most detailed accounts of Cville—I'm thinking in particular of Blake Montgomery's https://t.co/VR4ypLZ6vp —are clear that violence was not evenly distributed. To assert otherwise, or even to toss a veil of unknowability over it, is a dereliction of investigative duty. https://t.co/8RGliYZcXY — Dara Lind …

Summit 2: The Putinining

In Assholes, General Stupidity, Open Thread, Politics, Republican Stupidity, Trump-Russia by Betty Cracker

Trump is so pleased with the outcome of the last summit that he’s asking Putin to join him in DC for another: Reuters: US President Trump has asked National Security Adviser Bolton to invite Russian President Putin to Washington DC in the fall, per White House spokesperson — Patrick deHahn (@patrickdehahn) July 19, 2018 Assuming the White House doesn’t issue a correction stating that Trump asked Bolton to NOT invite Putin to hole up in the Emoluments Suite of the Trump International Hotel Washington, DC, we Americans will have an …

Document Dump (Open Thread)

In Assholes, General Stupidity, Open Thread, Politics, Republican Stupidity by Betty Cracker

This hasn’t been a good week for Paul Erickson, also known as “US Person 1” in the court documents charging alleged Russian spy Mariia Butina. Erickson is a lifelong GOP operative who had a “personal relationship” with Butina, squiring her around DC and NRA conventions and introducing her to many Republican bigwigs. But he found out, presumably through the indictment, that Butina just wasn’t that into him. Via the BBC: “But this relationship does not represent a strong tie to the United States because Butina appears to treat it as …

He’s Nuts

In Assholes, Foreign Affairs, General Stupidity, Goddamned Traitors, Open Thread, Politics, Trump-Russia by Betty Cracker

I’m not sure how else to make sense of it: BREAKING NEWS: President Trump, who has been under fire for not aggressively confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin over election interference, said Russia is no longer targeting the United States. “Thank you very much, no,” Trump said in response to a question about whether Russia is still targeting the United States. Last week, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said that Russia and other countries are continuing to target American businesses, the government and other institutions and that “the warning lights …

Russiagate Open Thread: The ‘President’ Finds A Staunch Defender

In Assholes, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Grifters Gonna Grift, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

"If there wasn't such acute hatred for President Trump, such a 'Trump derangement syndrome' on the left…," a meeting with a Russian leader could have happened sooner says Sen. @randpaul. The blow back from the meeting, "really shows people hatred for President Trump." pic.twitter.com/ejfBwqYduz — PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) July 16, 2018 Unfortunately, it’s just Little Prince Rand of the Paul barony, whose sympathy springs from a mixture of pissy adolescent ‘contrarianism’ and GOP-white-guy ressentiment, with maybe a soupcon of fellow feeling for another guy who’ll never live up to his …