Late Night Open Thread: Toxic Backlash (Second Time As Farce)

In C.R.E.A.M., Decline and Fall, Fools! Overton Window!, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Republican Stupidity, Women's Rights Are Human Rights by Anne Laurie

In the not-so-distant past the people you're talking about had a sense that their government was made up of people like them only a bit better. Now elites are people who left to go to elite colleges and got nice jobs in places like NY and DC. This is a huge problem for American — Kevin Douglas (@KevinSDouglas) April 23, 2018 This is exactly wrong. The government today looks much MORE like America than it did in, say, 1960 or 1970. Far more diverse. https://t.co/jZfCEKmdNm — Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April …

Shameless Self-Promotion

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Fools! Overton Window!, Foreign Affairs, Shameless self promotion by Cheryl Rofer

I’ve been quoted recently in articles at The Verge and the Daily Beast. Both have to do with the chemical weapons being used in Syria. There is a lot of disinformation being floated by Russia and its allies about both the Skripal poisoning and the Douma attack. Russia and Syria are now preventing international inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from visiting the Douma site and taking samples. Russia has, of course, complained that proper samples haven’t been taken so nothing is proved about who used …

Theme-for-the-Day Open Thread: DO NOT CONGRATULATE

In Assholes, Dolt 45, Fools! Overton Window!, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

Trump ignored warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Putin, including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating "DO NOT CONGRATULATE." https://t.co/vEcwhGeEMQ — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/z7kUH76KIV — Save the web rant (@web_rant) March 21, 2018 The holy trinity of DO NOT CONGRATULATE pic.twitter.com/9t9KyOfoab — Noah ?? (@NoahJAguirre) March 21, 2018 I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate …

Late Night [FacePalm] Open Thread: How the NYTimes Writes About Donald Trump

In Assholes, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Fools! Overton Window!, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

What a really nice piece of writing. https://t.co/CMwR5rQWVH — Matt Bai (@mattbai) March 15, 2018 I respect families that carry these traditions down through the generations https://t.co/1zSHFl9L2M — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 15, 2018 ‘Quaint Folk Customs Among Neighborhood Banditti’. Feel like I should’ve noticed this sooner. For all its global-paper-of-record pretensions, the NYTimes can be a very parochial rag: With apologies to Tolstoy, happy families may all be alike, but the Gotti family has long been unhappy in its own particular fashion. For nearly half a century, that has …

Open Thread: On the Lighter (Than Air) Side…

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

Sarah Huckabee Sanders just clarified that when President Trump said earlier that he'd have run into the school with the active shooter, he didn't really mean that he'd run into a school with an active shooter but rather that he'd "be a leader" — Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 26, 2018 Trump is setting a bad example for the next generation of pampered Republican idiots… Holy shit. @eshugerman got the inside scoop on how the diaper incident roiled TPUSA. https://t.co/GobrDExhYX — Abolish ICE. Abolish CBP. Abolish the GOP. (@SeanMcElwee) February 26, …

General Repub Malfeasance Open Thread: I’m *Not* Gonna Start Saying Nice Things About Mitt Romney

In Assholes, Clown Shoes, Fools! Overton Window!, Just Shut the Fuck Up, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Romney of the Uncanny Valley by Anne Laurie

The Republican opposition to President Donald Trump is poised to get a new champion: Mitt Romney https://t.co/neVJizjorn pic.twitter.com/LyxkEczbl5 — CNN (@CNN) January 3, 2018 The Republican opposition to Trump doesn’t exist https://t.co/dhgXu977h3 — JeremyConstantinople (@smartflexin) January 3, 2018 Yay! In @MittRomney, we’d get a GOP Senate nominee who is:1. Not a sexual predator2. Not Ignorant3. Not Homophobic4. Not Racist5. Not Misogynist 6. Not Inexperienced7. Not divisive8. Not embarrassing9. Not a Bannon puppet10. Has good teeth11. Has great hairRun, Mitt! https://t.co/DYbjQafSwX — Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 2, 2018 He *looks* the …

Wednesday Evening Open Thread: “All the signs in the Russia probe point to Jared Kushner”

In DC Press Corpse, Dolt 45, Fools! Overton Window!, Open Thread, Russiagate, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

I’m petty enough to be pleased that Jill Abramson is feeling maybe just a little revenged on her NYTimes ex-colleagues. From her new post at the Guardian: Game of Trumps is about to get really bloody. With special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation moving ever closer to President Trump himself, it looks like someone inside the family is about to be sacrificed.… Consider this chronology. On 23 November it was widely reported that Flynn had informed the Trump legal team that he could no longer discuss the case with them. The …

Late Night Open Thread: Trump’s Reverse-Midas Touch

In Dolt 45, Fools! Overton Window!, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Trump adviser tells me POTUS is "winning the cultural war… just made millionaire sport athletes his new HRC." — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 25, 2017 Monday's NYC tabloids pic.twitter.com/Gbui5FvcDL — Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) September 25, 2017 The true test of a White House team is whether they can cynically deploy the president's racism rather than succumbing to his egomania — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 23, 2017 POST-RACIAL AMERICA!!! Truly, there is no bad-but-popular stereotype that Donald Trump can’t expose to public opprobrium, like lifting up rocks to show the squirmy …

Open Thread: Even the Very Serious People Think He’s Lost the Plot

In Dolt 45, Flash Mob of Hate, Fools! Overton Window!, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Repubs in Disarray! by Anne Laurie

James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, says he questions President Trump's fitness for office https://t.co/IRRXg7paZM — CNN (@CNN) August 23, 2017 . Yes, I fully agree it’s croggling to find any point of agreement with James ‘NSA’ Clapper… but there it is. Lord Smallgloves is well on his way to achieving a warped form of his vision of ‘America United’ — we all agree the man is lacking. And dangerous. "The President exhibits a total moral, and ethical void. Frankly, I worry about his access to the nuclear codes." …

Open Thread: “Fewer, But Better!” Repubs

In Dolt 45, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Fools! Overton Window!, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Data: voters are less likely to identify as Republican since Donald Trump's election (h/t @gsparks94 @aedwardslevy) https://t.co/vYSzRUjH9g pic.twitter.com/vzbulmrQns — G. Elliott Morris?? (@gelliottmorris) June 7, 2017 He may not be well-informed about politics, but when it comes to Potemkin-village-style showmanship, Donald Trump knows his audience! Trump maintains high approval from self-identified Republicans in part by shrinking the number of Republicans. https://t.co/an4o2jImvu — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 8, 2017 And much of that audience is Village-Idiot pundits… This trend has been visible for months, while the same "Rs still support Trump" …

Open Thread: “Loyalty Day”

In Clap Louder!, Dolt 45, Fools! Overton Window!, Open Thread, Our Failed Media Experiment by Anne Laurie

Q: Is POTUS considering a constitutional amendment to change press laws? PRIEBUS: "I think it's something that we've looked at." pic.twitter.com/fwZRMvsEjz — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 30, 2017 Maybe it's just me, but I'm noticing that more politicians and pundits are saying "Trump regime" rather than "Trump administration." — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) April 30, 2017 . “Actually… “ It sounds so darkly dictatorial, so pernicious. And its roots — which do not begin in 2017 — are pretty bad! https://t.co/Wh7QeURBlh /2 — Nicole Hemmer (@pastpunditry) April 29, 2017 It …

Late Night Open Thread: A Solution for the ‘Mike Pence Would Be Worse’ Worriers

In An Unexamined Scandal, Dolt 45, Fools! Overton Window!, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

Doghouse Riley could’ve told us, his Congressional colleagues didn’t call him ‘Mike Dense’ because his hair was so thick and luxurious. USA Today: INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues. Emails released to The Indianapolis Star, part of the USA TODAY Network, in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the …