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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Russiagate / NRA Open Thread: Mariia Butina, ‘Manliness’ Enhancer…

In All Too Normal, Foreign Affairs, Gun nuts, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

Whoa: @AdamSchiffCA says that Dems on the House Intel Committee wanted to bring Maria Butina and Paul Erickson in for questioning — but were told not to by House Republicans, who were worried about “tarnishing” the NRA and President Trump. — Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) July 19, 2018   … by any means necessary! She gave the Repubs what they were looking for: Attention from a ‘hot chick’ who publicly admired their massive weaponry, political astuteness, and general VIRTUE. In the heat of the moment, it didn’t seem important to ask …

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 …

NRA Treason-Assisting Open Thread: Red Sparrowhawk

In Foreign Affairs, Gun nuts, Hail to the Hairpiece, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Riveted By The Sociological Significance Of It All, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Simulation Writers: Okay but what if on the SAME day Trump openly sides with Putin against America… the FBI arrests a Russian redhead who has been running around DC for years in full-blown Black Widow cosplay? pic.twitter.com/V7CFRXSy6c — zeddy (@Zeddary) July 16, 2018 Surely the NRA officials who picked [checks notes] Oliver North as their leader would condone anything [checks notes] illegal involving [sets notes on fire] collusion with a hostile foreign power. — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 16, 2018 This is who the FBI just arrested as a suspected …

Helsinki “Optics” Open Thread: The HAND, Sarah!

In Foreign Affairs, Hail to the Hairpiece, I Smell a Pulitzer!, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Stupidity, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

.@POTUS @realDonaldTrump and President Putin sit down for one on one meeting in Helsinki, Finland. #HELSINKI2018 pic.twitter.com/ov0dSnafYB — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 16, 2018 If your goal is to present this ‘summit’ as just another diplomatic meeting, WHY WOULD YOU PICK A PHOTO WHERE PUTIN SEEMS ABOUT TO UNZIP HIS FLY? .@POTUS says US-Russia relationship is worst it’s ever been: “However – that changed, as of about four hours ago.” — Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) July 16, 2018 Just FYI your Director of National Intelligence very much wants you to focus …