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Hello Widdershins! Thank you for all the good wishes! Things are definitely getting better here chez MadamaB.

Last week was a doozy even in the Era of Drumpf and Republicans sans spinal cartilage, moral compasses or patriotism. The Rob Porter scandal has taken hold the way few of the multitudinous scandals of this benighted, horrible administration have managed to. And for the first time, unbelievable though it may seem, the Mango Meerkat’s approval rating has been seriously damaged amongst women.

The most recent Washington Post-ABC poll has found that approval from white women has fallen since the president’s first 100 days. While most white women voted for Trump in 2016, his approval rating has fallen 10 points since then, and strong disapproval of the president by this group rose 12 points, from 39 percent to 51 percent.

I would take issue with the verbiage that “While most white women voted for Trump in 2016,” and replace it with the wording, “While a slim majority of white women voted for Trump in 2016,” since 53% is hardly “most” in most peoples’ minds. But whatevs…the bottom line is that Drumpf is in trouble, again, and the sainted General Kelly, as well as pResidential serial-dating spokesmodel Hope Hicks, are in trouble with him. But even this major disaster could be eclipsed by a greater one, which has been brewing for many months now: the potential firing of Rod Rosenstein.

I have always been of the opinion that the Orange Crusher won’t dare fire Robert Mueller, and that his preferred tactic was to discredit the investigation. So far, that opinion has held at least partially true, especially with the myriad attacks the Republicans, and their enablers in the press, have been making against the FBI and DOJ. But that doesn’t mean Drumpf won’t take a page from Nixon’s book, and try to make the people overseeing the investigation fire him. He is a desperate, cornered animal, and may risk it all to try to escape the consequences of his actions. And everything from the release of the ridiculous dud called the Nunes Memo, to the recent resignation of Rachel Brand, is showing that this reckless and dangerous course of action might be imminent.

So what do we do if that happens?

WE TAKE TO THE STREETS!!!

Moveon.org has organized a march that can take place at a moment’s notice, if Trump fires his way to find a Bork who will fire Mueller. The marches are called “Nobody is Above the Law,” and are organized all over the country. You can sign up here:

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

If the firing of Mueller happens before 2 pm, the local march will take place that day. If it happens after 2 pm, it will take place the day after. I’m ready to go. Are you?

In these dark times, we never know what may happen. Let’s make sure we are as prepared for action as we can be.

This is an open thread.

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Oy vey, oy vey. It’s SOTU Tuesday! To watch, or not to watch? That is the question.

We know the Orange Maniac will lie. That’s what he does, after all. If there is one thing that’s consistent about this demented dipshit squatting in the Oval Office, it’s that he spews BS every time he opens that obscenely puckered babymouth of his. And now that he has chosen to go down the path of Nixon, with his compromised enablers in the House and Senate dutifully pissing all over the Constitution to protect themselves – and him – from the Russia investigation, we are in very perilous times indeed. The extent to which Drumpf feels insulated from any consequences of his actions, is shown in the fact that he decided – based on absolutely nothing – to not impose the sanctions on Russia that Congress passed with an overwhelming majority, and that he signed and agreed to impose.

The last thing I personally want to do is give this psychotic egomaniac the television ratings he uses to try to fill that horribly empty space inside his heart…and brain. But if you’re curious about what he’s saying, don’t watch on teevee – go online and check it out.

Or, you can do this instead.

Let’s see what Twitter comes up with! I’m sure it will be much more edifying than what the Mango Moron spews tonight. And let’s talk about whatever it is we’re watching right here.

This is an open thread.

Who’s That Girl?

Hmmm. I’ll bet it’s a real mystery what I’m going to write about today!

That wonderful picture above is courtesy of our own Contrask, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where approximately 3500 people marched this past weekend both in support of women, and against Drumpf. Here are a few more of her pix.

Nice pantsuits!

They Persist

Grope ’em by the…

Not going to break US!

Two great signs

So think about that…in Tulsa, there were 3500 people marching, one year after the biggest single day of activism in the history of our country. If you went by most of the media last weekend, you might think nothing much happened. But the truth is, something huge happened, and it’s been happening ever since January 21, 2017. It’s #TheResistance, and it’s only getting bigger

Women’s March, Chicago: Credit Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune

and bigger

Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, home of the Nevada Women’s March. Credit: The Twitter feed of Analise Ortiz from KTNV.

and BIGGER.

The 600,000-strong march in LA. Credit: The Twitter feed of the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti.

And even though the largely white, male and oblivious masters of the Teevee screens don’t get it; the bros in Silicon Valley don’t get it; and the leaders of the DNC don’t get it; it doesn’t matter. Because we’re women, and we’re people who support women’s rights, and we’re taking this country back. And believe me, they’ll notice in November.

This is an open thread.

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hello Widdershins! It’s been almost a year since many of us marched, in the largest protest in American history, to show our solidarity with women across the nation. The inauguration of this cruel, bigoted and misogynistic President brought out people who had never marched before – even my 75-year-old father! Martin Luther King Jr. would have been proud of us.

That terrible, yet fortifying and loving day spawned the resilient, organized and powerful movement called #TheResistance. I don’t think any of us knew it would be as widespread and passionate as it is. On social media, in the streets, with calls and emails and signed petitions, we are now, and for the foreseeable future, making our voices heard. Hear us roar!

In these days, when we have “human error” causing Hawaiians to fear for their lives while the President golfs and tweets about his press coverage; when the racism of the leader of the free world causes more and more damage every day; when the Republicans lie shamelessly and continuously to protect their political futures and (I think) their dirty, dirty money; well…it’s hard to believe that we are living through it and somehow, hanging on to our sanity. So let’s take a look at the various ways #TheResistance is still alive, well, and thriving.

Here are a couple of photos from our very own Contrask, who protested last weekend. Amazing!

Yesterday, hundreds of Haitians protested near Mar-A-Lago, explaining to Drumpf (as he golfed on MLK Day) that Haiti “is not a Shithole.” (Still incredulous. I’ll never get over what he said.)

And oh my! What terrible reviews Trump properties are suddenly getting on Yelp!

It didn’t take long for people offended by President Trump’s remark that African nations were “shithole countries” to turn the insult back around on his family-owned company’s properties. The Yelp page for the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue has been swamped since Thursday afternoon with one-star reviews calling the 263-room luxury hotel a “shithole.”

“It’s a shithole. The owner is a racist senile old man. Don’t waste your money. #shithole,” reads one review. Another tells readers, “But I hear you can get incredible ‘service’ if you bring in your own Russian hookers to give you the ‘golden treatment.’”

Speaking of Shithole activism: I think this is my favorite.

There are Women’s March Anniversary protests set up for this weekend. Get out there and march if you can!

This is an open thread.


Well, well, well. Oprah gave a speech at the Golden Globes, and now, she’s gonna be President in 2020! Indeed, she seems not just inevitable, but the best possible choice against Drumpf, if we believe the hyperventilating media.

The breakout star of the 75th Golden Globes has better odds to claim the White House than former Vice President Joe Biden, according to BetOnline, a prominent Internet gambling company.

The company is currently giving the former daytime television star 20 to 1 odds of becoming the next President of the United States. Those betting on Biden are given 25 to 1 odds. Some other contenders Winfrey topped were Mark Zuckerberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — all of whom were given 25 to 1 odds.

Or…maybe not.

Winfrey trailed other Democratic luminaries, including Sen.  Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris, both of whom had 12 to 1 odds. Leading the pack, of course, was the president himself, Donald Trump, who BetOnline put at 2 to 1.

D’oh! If we believe these guys, Oprah is a long shot at best, and the Mango Moron is a shoo-in for 8 years, no matter who runs in 2020.

So uh…what’s going on here?

My musings are, we really don’t know what 2020 will bring. There are a few factors we have to consider if we are going to indulge in this kind of pre-emptive prognostication. Come with me now into the future…future…future….

Q: In 2020, will Drumpf still be squatting in the Oval Office like an orange smushed on the carpet?

MB Says: No. I am almost completely sure that Drumpf will no longer be President, but when will his removal happen, and what will precipitate it? Will it be the Michael Wolff revelations, causing the conversations about the Mango Meerkat’s mental stability to go mainstream, and to become too vociferous to ignore? Will the Republicans successfully navigate that particular storm, only to be toppled by #BlueTsunami2018?  Will Robert Mueller’s investigation take down not just the corrupt POTUS, but the VP, others in his family, and Russia-connected members of Congress?

Check this out:

In 2015-16, everything changed. [Russian oligarch] Blavatnik’s political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham [emphasis mine].In 2017, donations continued, with $41,000 going to both Republican and Democrat candidates, along with $1 million to McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund [emphasis mine].

I believe that what causes 45’s political demise will impact the 2018 mid-term elections, as well as the 2020 election.

Q: What will the narrative be for Drumpf as he crashes and burns?

MB Says: I don’t know! I am sure that whatever it is, all the brand-new Democrats running will effectively weaponize it in order to win the House, and perhaps the Senate. But if he stays in till the Democrats impeach him, people may feel that Drumpf’s issues were not due to his inexperience, but to his uniquely toxic mixture of corruption, obstinate stupidity and autocratic daydreaming. In an odd way, his impeachment may legitimize the choice of the Electoral College to install someone who has no clue what’s he’s doing as President. After all, other presidents who were impeached, or almost impeached, were legitimate. (I’m sure someone, somewhere, is thinking up that spin right now.)

On the other hand, if the 25th Amendment is used to remove him, Americans may look at Oprah or any of the other celebrities running, and say, “We tried the “no experience” thing and we got a complete whackadoo who won’t let people change his sheets for him, who naps (come on, you know that’s what “executive time” means) from 8 am to 11 am every day, and who freaks out on Twitter every five minutes. Thanks, but no thanks. Let’s get someone in there who actually knows how the government works. Mmmkay?”

And that leads me to this question:

Q: What role will the media play in 2020?

MB: This is the $64,000 ($64B in 45’s dollars) question. I have historically insisted, long and often, that the media has no power over Hillary Clinton. In one way, the election of 2016 vindicated my position regarding traditional media outlets; HRC won the popular vote, by a lot, despite the best and sincerest efforts of the Teevee and some papers (You know who you are, New York Times!) to cause her to lose. In another way, the election of 2016 demonstrated the awe-inspiring power of social media, which was expertly hacked by Russia to target persuadable voters and convince them that, at the very least, “Bernie wuz robbed!”. Without these bots and troll farms, more Bernie/Stein/Johnson voters would have voted for Hillary, and even the #fake electoral college victory wouldn’t have been credible.

The media problem we have is twofold.

First, all forms of media are now addicted to a political environment that changes every 20-30 minutes. The clicks and refreshes and subscriptions and views are off the charts for all cable news. If you have a non-celebrity Democratic candidate in 2020, who would just happen to make a great President, will the media yawn and give other candidates, perhaps other Republican celebrity candidates (don’t rule out porn and meth house maven Steve Bannon), the free publicity they gave the Orange Crusher?

Second, the media falls in love with folksy figures like Oprah. Look what happened with Obama (who didn’t have 1/10th of Oprah’s charisma, in my opinion)! The media swooned, and people fainted at his rallies. He had folksiness. The Donald, spoiled, entitled, rich sh*thead that he truly is, also knew how to fake it. Meanwhile, there was Hillary, much, MUCH better qualified, but without the innate sound-byting and messaging capabilities of either her 2008 or 2016 opponents. I continue to believe that Obama was a middling-to-poor President, and clearly, Drumpf is running away with the “WPE” title, vastly exceeding Raygun and Dubya in only his first year.  (So. Much. Winning!)But it hardly matters. If the media doesn’t realize that the qualities of an exciting and charismatic campaigner are not the same as the qualities of a President who knows how to govern, we’ll be hearing all about how Kamala Harris or Cory Booker “just don’t have the passion of Oprah” or how Eric Swallwell (someone I’d like to see on one side of a ticket) “seems like too much of a white guy from Connecticut.” Too smart! Too wonky! Yada yada f*cking yada.

As you can see, I don’t have a lot of answers, only musings. I’ll leave you with this one: My poli-sci professor friend asked me which celebrity I could see running as a Democrat in 2020, and I picked Oprah. So I’m not totally opposed to the idea (again: Voting for the D no matter who it is. Just wanted to say that for the record). My point is that now is wayyyyyyyy too early to be thinking about 2020. Let’s get out the vote in 2018 and take our country back from the corrupt and cruel GOP, and kick Russia out of our electoral system once and for all.

What do you think?

I’m just going to throw Randy Rainbow’s latest in here, because it’s actually genius.

This is an open thread.

 

 

 

 

Hello Widdershins! It’s the 2nd day of 2018, and already I’ve got my favorite prediction for the year right above the fold. It’s funny how cautious the press is being when every single indicator shows that Drumpf and the GOP are going to get crushed…then again, they don’t have the best record on the Mango Moron, do they?

In any case, here are some other predictions I’ve seen and liked in the past few days. Please feel free to add your own in the comments!

By Jack Goldsmith in Lawfare: The President Can’t Kill the Mueller Investigation

Not so happy, but important, from Eric Holthaus in Mother Jones: The Arctic will Never be Frozen Again

Here are some really interesting, wide-ranging predictions from the Washington Post.

Is Ivanka about to be arrested for fraud? Oh please, oh please….

Is Devin Nunes going to federal prison? Oh please, oh please

#MeToo becomes #TimesUp: I predict this new organization will change working culture, and relationships between men and women in the workplace.

And one more from me: I predict that Hillary’s organization, Onward Together, will grow exponentially, as the fortunes of all of the men and women who threw her under the bus decline in equal proportion.

This is an open thread.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! I’ll be out today, so please enjoy a special poem pour vous, to the tune of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Have yourself a merry Trump-less Christmas,

Turn off your TV,

Call a friend or read a book and you’ll be free!

Have yourself a merry Trump-less Christmas,

Just go see a play,

Soon you’ll find your troubles will be miles away!

All this year we’ve been so depressed,

All enraged and stressed, it’s true,

Since he “won” it’s been rough for us,

Really tough for us, my boo!

So let’s take a break from all the Trump-ness,

Go and find a sale,

Soon that orange schmuck will surely be in jail…

So have yourself a merry Trump-less Christmas, now!

This is an open thread.


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