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 …

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 …

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 …

Late Night GOP Faithlessness Open Thread: Collateral Damage

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

I keep thinking of the family of Seth Rich, who have spent two years watching kooks and useful idiots accuse their murdered son of leaking these emails. Imagine how that feels. — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 13, 2018 Reminder that Julian Assange (who was in a position to know) and others have spent the past 2 years trying to pin the DNC hack on Seth Rich, a slain DNC junior staffer who cannot defend himself. https://t.co/ibOGMpC27Z — Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) July 13, 2018 One can still hope Assange will pay …

By Their Works Shall Ye Know Them

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Assholes, Bitter Despair is the New Black, domestic terrorists, Environmental Rights Are Human Rights, Free Markets Solve Everything, Grifters Gonna Grift, Sociopaths by Tom Levenson

With Trump and his Trumpkins — aka the entire Republican power structure — the extremes of grotesque behavior serve a purpose: in the disgust they evoke, they distract us from the point of the whole exercise.  That would be, of course, extracting as much cash as possible through the exercise of arbitrary power. Today’s example — actually, now about a week old — comes from griftmonger supreme Scott Pruitt.  All the grandiose corruption, stiffing aids for hotel rooms, buying a Maxwell Smart cone of silence, unobtanium-infused skin cream and the …

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 …

Interesting Read: “The Inconvenient Legal Troubles That Lie Ahead for the Trump Foundation”

In C.R.E.A.M., Excellent Links, Grifters Gonna Grift, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 The Trump Foundation’s lawyer asked that trial not begin in October, as it was so close to the midterms. “Judge Scarpulla laughed in response, did not change the trial date, and hinted that she is likely to require the President to testify.” https://t.co/3b6j3fu8cN — Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) June 30, 2018 Adam Davidson, at the New Yorker: Barring an unexpected change, the Donald J. Trump Foundation will be defending itself in a New York courtroom shortly before this fall’s midterm elections. The proceedings seem unlikely to go well for the …

Whited Sepulchers Open Thread: Daddy’s Obedient Handmaid, Corn Pone Edition

In Assholes, Dolt 45, domestic terrorists, Grifters Gonna Grift, Open Thread, Post-racial America, Republican Venality by Anne Laurie

Just say the 14 Words, Mikey. https://t.co/TFIpLk2RtT — Marc Channick (@Sorry_What_Now) June 23, 2018 Reminder: she didn't. Also: Trump's costly and counter-productive zero tolerance policy diverts resources from actually focusing on MS-13 instead of innocent families. https://t.co/kWKGmbOkPD — Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) June 23, 2018 Mike Huckabee Tweets Image From Nazi Think Tank To Attack Nancy Pelosi https://t.co/iK1RT4sj3q via @politicususa — PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) June 23, 2018 Maybe it was entirely coincidental that failed presidential candidate & full-time grifter Gov. “Gimme The” Mike Huckabee’s daughter schlepped her coterie out to a venue …

Russiagate Open Thread: Alas, Poor Manafort, We Hardly Knew Him…

In C.R.E.A.M., Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Grifters Gonna Grift, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

"I can't believe it took this long" – pretty much anyone familiar with Paul Manafort's career as a political consultant — Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) June 15, 2018 Unless Paul Manafort makes a deal with Mueller there's a reasonable chance that he never has a day of freedom again — Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) June 15, 2018 Manafort was not sentenced. The judge revoked Manafort's bail, sending him to jail before trial, because he allegedly committed more crimes while on house arrest. BUT while we're talking about sentencing, if Manafort is convicted …

Schadenfreude Open Thread: On Below D-List!

In Assholes, Bring on the Brawndo!, Grifters Gonna Grift, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Popular Culture, Proud to Be A Democrat, Republican Stupidity by Anne Laurie

Trump huddles with Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens https://t.co/xcjGGvMaKN — Yashar Ali ?? (@yashar) May 25, 2018 *This* is the most significant BE BEST youth outreach the Oval Office Occupancy can come up with? Kirk raises millions of dollars from Republican donors for his group Turning Point USA — an organization that fights liberalism (Kirk prefers the label “socialist”) on university campuses. Owens, 29, who works with Kirk at TPUSA and like him is a diehard Trumpist, caught the President’s eye recently when Kanye West tweeted “I love the way …

Russiagate Open Thread: Buying the King’s Favor, Via His Chief Minister

In C.R.E.A.M., Grifters Gonna Grift, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

AT&T paid Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen for "insights into understanding the new administration" — while seeking government approval for its acquisition of Time Warner. Here's our full story on @CNNMoney https://t.co/pGepOFn7Fe — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 8, 2018 It starts with a little old-school, home-grown ‘request for attention’ stipend… AT&T confirms it paid Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for 'insights' on administration. Likely a matter of time before @Novartis confirms paying Cohen, too. https://t.co/Tecx52zPfW — Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) May 8, 2018 Trump/Cohen AT&T situation sounds a LOT like ITT situation …

Important Read: Laundering Whose Dirty Dollars?

In C.R.E.A.M., Dolt 45, Excellent Links, Foreign Affairs, Grifters Gonna Grift, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

NEW: @realdonaldtrump has spent $400M+ in his own cash on property since ‘06, defying normal real-estate practices. https://t.co/4ulKSCB5zV — David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) May 5, 2018 Be kinda nice if this scheduled post is outdated by the time it appears, but… This may turn out to be the most important piece about Trump in a long time. Where he found hundreds of millions in cash, and why he’d take the risk of committing it in a decade of near-zero interest bank loans, are questions he will not want investigators to explore. …