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 …

C.R.E.A.M. Open Thread: “A Theory of Trump Kompromat

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Goddamned Traitors, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

New from latest Manafort hearing: Govt. said explicitly that banker Stephen Calk knew Manafort submitted a fraudulent loan application but approved it anyway because he wanted a Trump job — Rachel Weiner (@rachelweinerwp) July 23, 2018 Does Putin have kompromat on Trump? It is WAY worse than that. Trump is trapped in a massive system of compromise and corruption that he fears and barely understands. https://t.co/BX0EkefLPg pic.twitter.com/eXOgTJ3F76 — Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) July 21, 2018 Our own Adam Silverman and other knowledgeable cynics have been long said this, but the working …

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 …

Nothing else matters

In C.R.E.A.M. by Doug!

It’s completely obvious that Trump thinks Putin has something on him. Josh Marshall nails it: When the full story comes out, to the extent it ever does, how are people going to explain how all these bizarre and really inexplicable things were happening and they just said, “Well, he’s got an odd style.” Or “He just doesn’t like people questioning his epic election win.” That doesn’t remotely make sense now and it will seem willfully oblivious later. Obviously for most of us who are mere observers it doesn’t matter that …

Saturday Morning Open Laugh: Might As Well Laugh…

In C.R.E.A.M., Clown car, Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Repubs in Disarray!, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Finally the Russia story arc seems to be heading somewhere and the *2018* writers reintroduce the Playboy models subplot? — Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) July 20, 2018 It's like faking an orgasm. They're just trying to hurry this along. https://t.co/g4Ci2s51GH — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 20, 2018 Well well well. Look at Long Island's own Michael Cohen, keeping receipts on Mr. Trump. No man's a hero to his valet. My column on Cohen's rad treachery: https://t.co/qHsYZwALh6 — Virginia Heffernan (@page88) July 21, 2018 … According to media reports Friday, Cohen surreptitiously …

Repub Venality Open Thread: Hey, Remember That ‘Judge Kavanaugh’ Guy?…

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Domestic Affairs, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

This is a big deal! Public doesn't support Kavanaugh out of the gate. The more we talk to people about his dangerous record, the more Senators hear they have to vote NO. Remember, Harriet Miers was not confirmed. This is possible! Share and organize! #scotusnominee #roevswade https://t.co/lZ8Tm41Ida — ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) July 17, 2018 Of course the Repubs are just a leeeetle bit busy at this point in time, what with trying to avoid getting further caught up in the exposure of their Dear Leaders’ foreign-affairs scandals. But never doubt …

Monday Morning Lighter Topics Open Thread: All Those Billions, and He Still Can’t Buy A Clue

In All Too Normal, Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All by Anne Laurie

It's inefficient, but one way to support the Thai rescue effort is to defame its members and then, after extensive litigation, pay them a judgment. — Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) July 15, 2018 Elon Musk should use his mini sub to launch a mission to rescue his head from deep within his own ass. https://t.co/bgLZfI7hLU — Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) July 15, 2018 In our new high-speed globally-connected universe, the Dunning-Kruger Effect is no longer just for the low-IQ and ill-educated. Elon Musk apparently believes himself to be an expert at EVERYTHING, …

Open Thread: Today’s GOP, the ‘Treason in Defence of Its Perquisites’ Party

In All Too Normal, C.R.E.A.M., Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Remember last week when the Senate GOP caucus decided to celebrate July 4 in Moscow? Kinda weird call. — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 13, 2018   Never forget: Whatever the label disclaimers, Trump is the Republican Party, and the Republican Party is Trump. His goals are their goals, their goals are his goals — and none of them have anything to do with ‘patriotism’ or their fellow Americans. Every time you read about some new insanity from this White House, be sure to give a fair share of credit to …

Late Night SCOTUS Scrotes Open Thread: “Baseball Tickets”…

In Activist Judges!, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, C.R.E.A.M., Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Grifters Gonna Grift, I'm Too Big To Cry/Hurts Too Much To Laugh, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Venality, Sports, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

Now that the House Judiciary Committee has established that it's vital to explore in depth the private messages of an investigator, I can't wait to read all of Brett Kavanaugh's emails from his days working for Ken Starr. — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 12, 2018   … Is that what the kidz are calling it, these days? If I’m understanding this, Kavanaugh, who for a dc power player has relatively modest assets and very little accessible cash savings racked up as much as $200k in debt for baseball tickets …

Early Morning [Facepalm] Open Thread: NATO Meeting Catch-Up

In All Too Normal, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Watch this but only look at Kelly & Hutchison’s faces. https://t.co/JTRApdVjMK — Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) July 11, 2018 In a statement to The Post, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "[Kelly] was displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese." https://t.co/azDbYtgy20 — Robert Costa (@costareports) July 11, 2018 Washington Post: “Trump berates NATO allies and then asks them to double their defense spending goals“. Trump fact check: he claims Germany gets 70% of its energy from Russia. Actual figure, according to …

Late-Night Russiagate Open Thread: That’s A Lotta Contacts…

In C.R.E.A.M., Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

RE: Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler? Dour conservative and professional Russia-watcher Tom Nichols, concerning the NYMag story by Jonathan Chait that BettyC linked this morning: It's not illegal to have contacts with Russia. But this many contacts with Russia – and with the Putin govt – is astonishing. And until now, because it's dribbled out over months, it's not looked as crazy as it does when you assemble them all in one place as Chait did. /6 — Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 10, 2018 …

Venal Frugality Open Thread: Nice Timing, Mr. Cintron…

In Activist Judges!, C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Open Thread, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Just in case the Federalist scrote who ‘wins’ tonight’s SCOTUS pick has forgotten what it’s like to work for Donny Dollhands… (Bloomberg) — The man who served as Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years sued him for back pay on Monday, saying he was forced to work thousands of hours of overtime that wasn’t paid. The suit was filed Monday by Noel Cintron in state court in Manhattan. — Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) July 9, 2018 The wage bump in 2010 came with a catch, Cintron said in …