Saturday, March 25, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
From the Washington Post (with emphasis added):
And, for good measure......“The beauty,” Trump continued, “is that they own Obamacare. So when it explodes, they come to us, and we make one beautiful deal for the people.”My question for the president: Are you really willing to wait to reengage on health care until the Democrats come and ask for your help?“Sure,” Trump said. “I never said I was going to repeal and replace in the first 61 days” — contradicting his own statements and that of his own adviser, Kellyanne Conway, who told CNN in November that the then-president-elect was contemplating convening a special session on Inauguration Day to begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act...
We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare - and nobody can do that like me. We will save $'s and have much better healthcare!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2016
A pathetic and pathological liar to the end.
America's Sad Clown of Centrism is Sad.
Now both parties have failed to craft health care reform commanding broad public support. Leave me out of debate over whose failure is worse https://t.co/WCxA7VKyie— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) March 23, 2017
Thanks to Walt for sending this along (Mr. Fournier blocked me ages ago for pointing out that he is a Fundamentally Ridiculous Person.)
"If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him."
-- Sun Tzu
- Trump and Tribal Epistemology (Vox)
- Springfield State Journal-Register: School Swap!
- Governing Magazine: Good government is people helping people.
- Blue Gal at C&L: Anatomy of a GOP Town Hall (It's not pretty)
- Driftglass at C&L: Rodney Davis
The Professional Left is "sponsored" by...
Our very own Devil with the Yellow Belly is indeed the latest manifestation of a parasite that has been growing inside the American body politic for decades.
It has taken many forms, it has many stooges and now has its own political party --
-- but it's goal has always been the same.
The good news is, we still have what we need to destroy it.
The hard new is, we must stop pretending that it isn't there at all, and we must stop pretending that somehow Both Sides of this war are equally to blame for the rise of our Shadow King:
Trump is publicly silent because he doesn't know policy well & is lowering expectations in case he fails. CALL 202-225-3121 #KillTheBill— (((sfpelosi))) (@sfpelosi) March 24, 2017
All day long these clowns will be burning through what little political capital they have trying to pass a monstrously evil piece-of-shit bill. A monstrously evil piece-of-shit bill, being rammed through solely because the Party of Jefferson Davis and The Bastard President are so frantic to eradicate any trace of the Black President that they will their sacrifice the lives of their own base so they can go Full Sethi:
Let the name of Obama be stricken from every book and tablet, stricken from all pylons and obelisks, stricken from every monument of Egypt. Let the name of Obama be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of men for all time.
A monstrously evil piece-of-shit bill that virtually no one but the House Hobgoblin Caucus actually delights in (from Brother Charlie Pierce):
The important thing to remember is that almost everyone in the House majority is motivated by an ideological commitment bordering on a religious fervor that the involvement of government in things like health insurance is fundamentally illegitimate. That isn't going to change no matter what happens in Congress on Friday, and the idea of the United States joining the rest of the industrialized world in offering most of its citizens a decent, uncomplicated healthcare system will continue to be in peril until that faith is abandoned. Nobody involved in this debate is good enough to make that happen.
A monstrously evil piece-of-shit bill that violates every single solemn promise The Bastard President made to his supporters.
"We’re going to have great health care at a fraction of the cost, and you watch. It’ll happen.” -- Il Douche, October 2016
Note: Right now my congressman, Rodney Davis, is on the teevee machine lying rather promiscuously to his constituents about all the wonderful things that will happen with health care under The Bastard President one of these fine days. How costs will come down. How 51 million Americans who are still uninsured or underinsured will all be taken care of. How Trump will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will have passed away.
Of course, golly, none of this will happen now. (Or soon. Or ever.) Now the Republican congress needs to toe the fucking party line and help Rodney Davis pass this monstrously evil piece-of-shit bill because Davis is now fully a creature of The Bastard President.
Yes, we have called.
Yes, Davis' lines are all busy.
No, I do not believe they are busy because of all the "Attaboys!" flooding in from the good people of the Illinois 13th thanking Davis for working so hard to fuck them over on behalf of Il Douche.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
A hardy crowd of neighbors and fellow travelers gathered in a steady, gellid rain outside of Representative Darin LaHood's office today to tell their elected representative that they categorically oppose the grotesque tax cut for millionaires his party is trying to ram down America's throat disguised as a cruel and inept piece of health care legislation.
Looks like, for the moment, we won :-)
The Democrats missed their chance to shape healthcare and let the Freedom Caucus be the key swing actor. Time to get off the sidelines.— No Labels (@NoLabelsOrg) March 23, 2017
(h/t Alert Reader Erik for pointing this out to me)
Longtime readers might recall that I have been beating on this particular drum since the week the "No Labels" scam was unveiled.
Dead CenterPolitical Cowardice Now Has Its Own "Movement"!Yay!In case you ever idled away an afternoon screwing around with your old political chemistry set/fantasy football league lineups and wondering what would happen if you took a bunch of Republican primary losers (Charlie Christ)...added in a goonbag of out-of-work and out-of-favor former Republican speechwriters and campaign button-men (David Frum/John Avlon/Mark McKinnon)...the last of the politically arteriosclerotic insider DLC goofs who aren't already drawing paychecks under the Obama Administration's "Former Clinton White House Full Employment Project" (Nancy Jacobson aka. Mrs. Mark Penn)...Republican minor teevee celebrities (Joey Joe Joe Junior Scarborough)......and David Fucking Brooks?And then sprinkled the resulting crime against nature with an assload of money (because there are always, always endless assloads of money available for any horrible idea that reinforces Villager sensibilities)?What you get crawling out of the Petri dish are things like the autotuned, content-free, sugar-coma-inducing horror that is the "No Labels Anthem"But nothing we did not expect, right?...
And it was nothing we did not expect precisely because it was all so depressingly foreordained.
Because even as they they stood in the ruins of the Republican Bush Administration -- even as they watched the Republican Congress labor single-mindedly to lie, slander and sabotage the Obama Administration's Herculean efforts to clean up the ruins of the Republican Bush Administration and get us back on our feet -- nothing could override the frantic-junkie desperation of the Beltway brain caste to go right on pretending that Both Sides Do It.
And they're rich.
And their bosses are rich and influential. And the lobbyists with whom they crossbreed are rich and influential. And the teevee networks that deliver their lies to millions and who depend on never offending anyone are crazy rich and influential. And the Republican moles posing as "Independents" who knew god damn well that "Both Siderism" is the Big Lie that keeps the Right propped up are rich and influential.
Which is why there has always been a shit-ton of money and job security available to any unprincipled hack willing to help the Beltway prop up it's foundational Big Lie of Both Sides Do It.
On the other hand, there is no profit or prestige to be found in telling the truth about the Big Lie of Both Sides Do It, for the same reason there is no profit or prestige in telling the Mayor of the "a coastal town in southern Norway" and Chairman of the Baths' Committee that the town's very lucrative spa is making people sick.
...Peter Stockmann. —for his own family, as I was saying, as well as for the town he lives in.Dr. Stockmann. It is I who have the real good of the town at heart! I want to lay bare the defects that sooner or later must come to the light of day. I will show whether I love my native town.Peter Stockmann. You, who in your blind obstinacy want to cut off the most important source of the town's welfare?Dr. Stockmann. The source is poisoned, man! Are you mad? We are making our living by retailing filth and corruption! The whole of our flourishing municipal life derives its sustenance from a lie!Peter Stockmann. All imagination—or something even worse. The man who can throw out such offensive insinuations about his native town must be an enemy to our community.
For the same reason there is no profit or prestige in telling the Mayor of Amity that a really big shark has staked out his town and is making a meal out of his citizens:
The Great White Party has been ripping the guts out of our noble, fragile American experiment in self-government for decades now. The American landscape is littered with the blood and bones of their nonstop attacks.
And for as long as I can remember, the Left has been trying to explain to the the Mayors of the Beltway using every means at our disposal that the Great White Party is real, that it is getting stronger and crazier and more dangerous every day, and that if they don't do something immediately we will all be on the fucking menu.
And for as long as I can remember, the Mayors of the Beltway have been picked their collective asses and whinged on about how awful it is that the Extremes on Both Sides something something,
But here's the thing.
In the end, even the spineless, craven Mayor of Amity could be shocked and shamed into finding enough civic responsibility lint in his pockets to hire the Sheriff to kill the Shark once the Shark had gone on a feeding frenzy right in front of him and God and everybody in broad daylight on the Fourth of July.
But the Mayors of the Beltway?
Well sure, now that the Orange DayGlo manifestation of the racist, pig-ignorant Id of the Party of Limbaugh is smashing their little Village to rubble right in front of them they are willing to grudgingly and provisionally acknowledge that maybe -- just maybe -- the Great White Party is actually dangerous. But only if we also agree that the Sheriff is somehow equally dangerous and wrong.
By the way, that graphic you see at the top of this post? That's from me back in August of 2015. Back when the Mayors of the Beltway were confidently asserting that there was no shark, while we despised Liberal commie volunteer sheriffs were screaming that there was indeed a Very Large Shark, that it was bearing down on us fast and that the Mayors of the Beltway had damn well better take that threat seriously or we were all fucked.
For the record, this is how I ended that post from way back then:
Once again, the media is slowly being dragged kicking and screaming to the place Liberals have been all along.
And once again, no matter how much our analysis is vindicated, they will go right on pretending we do not exist.
And so it goes.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Do not forsake me, oh my Chairman
On this my Screw Obama Day
Do not forsake me, oh my Chairman
Wait, wait along
I do not know what fate awaits me
So on Twitter I rant and rave
Because the whole damn world hates me
For I'm a coward, a lying coward,Whose crimes are impeachable and grave...
Today, Trump's pet Intelligence committee chair managed to obliterate what little personal credibility he had left and nuke the credibility of the committee itself by scurrying down to the White House to try to give Donny Bunko some cover and warn his criminal cabal to pipe down and lawyer up.
Today, Chairman Nunes shared information with WH still withheld from our committee. He cannot conduct a credible investigation this way. pic.twitter.com/wwrp7H7JWC— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 22, 2017
Schiff says what Nunes did throws the committee into doubt; says this makes a profound case for an independent commission pic.twitter.com/wnSuwJOhzB— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 22, 2017
The entire GOP is long-dead and rotten right down to the floorboards.