Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Remember When There Was Such A Thing As the “Summer Silly Season”?

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Dolt 45, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

Sometimes I think it’s going to be really hard to explain this era to people in the future and then I think, oh please let it be really hard to explain. I hope it makes no sense. — Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 23, 2018   Now we just have the Media Village Idiots, doing their best to make news Silly (even Stupid) all year ’round. But there is still pushback… “Most Republicans support Nixon” was an accurate statement the day he resigned. pic.twitter.com/fnhatuB3WS — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 22, 2018 …

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 …

Late Night Criminal Stupidity Open Thread: #Helstinki Summ-It-Up

In Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Fucked-up-edness, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Repubs in Disarray!, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Just FYI no one can know if you had a great meeting with Putin because YOU EXCLUDED ALL NOTE-TAKERS FROM THE ROOM. Brilliant move, Sherlock. Also, let’s be blunt, your credibility on this stuff is not the greatest. https://t.co/SRLLa1KtZH — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 22, 2018 Since Trump likes to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln, I guess this misbegotten meeting would be his version of “The world will little note, nor long remember… “ NEW: Though never fearful of going it alone, Trump after Helsinki found himself perilously isolated …

We Still Don’t Know

In All Too Normal, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Nobody could have predicted, Russiagate by Cheryl Rofer

  It is almost a week, and we have no reliable information about the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin spent two and a half hours together in Helsinki with no note-takers, no expert advice, only their interpreters. We have no record of what happened during those two and a half hours, no record of what either man said or may have promised. The standard practice to have note-takers in such a meeting is because the president is not representing himself, but rather the country. It’s …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Stupid and the Willing

In Dolt 45 by John Cole

Sean Hannity hardest hit. https://t.co/V0ao3yOZyd — AgainstTrumpDude (@TheAmishDude) July 17, 2018 DON’T MAKE AMERICA NOT GREAT AGAIN pic.twitter.com/3hG4Z3ThVg — ElElegante101 (@skolanach) July 17, 2018 “The sentence should have been, I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t, or why it wouldn’t be Russia,” the president added later. “So just to repeated it, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’ and this sentence should have been, and I thought I would maybe be a little bit unclear on the transcripts or unclear on the actual video, but the sentence should …

Things Done Changed

In Assholes, Dolt 45 by John Cole

It used to be you didn’t criticize the President when they were overseas. That had to be done away with because we had a Kenyan Muslim BLACK President. Now, we just witnessed the spectacle of an American President hugging it out with a hostile foreign dictator and trashing the previous candidate and the Democratic Party. If Barack Obama had stood next to Putin and trashed the Republicans and John McCain after beating him in the previous election the rightwing would be calling for firing squads. He didn’t do that, but …