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Good Monday, all. We have certainly had some very good news this past week. The amazing victory of Doug Jones in Alabama took us all by surprise…and for once, it was a happy surprise! Roy Moore’s refusal to concede is both embarrassing and ridiculous, and makes both him and the Republican Party look worse (if such a thing is even possible). It won’t get him anywhere except the loony bin, which, frankly, is where he has belonged for a long time.

As DYB pointed out on Saturday, Senator-Elect Jones ran as an unabashed liberal on social issues, with the requisite full-throated support for a woman’s right to choose. It’s important to note this actual fact, as I’ve been hearing an alarming amount of noise from white men in the media who don’t seem to feel Jones had the winning strategy.

“Why can’t Democrats allow some room for pro-lifers in the Party?” bemoaned well-known sexist jackass “Tingly Leg” Chris Matthews last week. “I mean, most people are against late-term abortions. It would make such a difference in red states.” (I can’t seem to find this video – sorry folks, maybe someone else can?) Now, let me get this straight…a 70-year-old white Catholic man is advising Democrats to throw women’s rights under the bus, even after it has been demonstrated time and again that women have been critical to the special election sweeps since 2016? This was before Jones’ victory, I admit…but if moderate white Republican women didn’t go over to Jones, he wouldn’t have won. Do you really think they were worried about abortion when they went to the voting booth? Somehow I think they were more worried about their teenage daughters running into Moore in the mall!

If only Matthews were the only one pushing this crap. But alas, he’s not. White male, and now-former Republican Joe Scarborough jumped on the train that same week. Surrounding Democratic 2020 candidate John Delaney (yes, I know, who?) with an all-conservative, almost all-male audience (the sole female being Peggy Noonan), white male Delaney was mercilessly quizzed about his Catholicism and how he feels about abortion. Delaney said he feels that pro-life Democrats should “join the big tent” as long as they support the other planks of the platform, like “economic values.” Really, John, really? And how will women gain economic equality if Democrats don’t consider their rights as human rights? Or are we really supposed to accept the idiotic Sandersian myth that a $15/hr. minimum wage will magically erase the institutionalized racism and misogyny that keep women and people of color from earning their fair share of the dollar?

I’m going to bang on an old drum here: Democrats have not done right by their female supporters in decades. They never pushed through the ERA when they had the chance. When they had their first viable female candidate for the Presidency in 2008, the National Party decided Obama was more “historic,” and demonstrably rigged the nomination for him. Perhaps this innate knowledge that we are an afterthought for most Dems, is why so many of my white sisters vote Republican? Certainly after the debacle of 2008, many of us frustrated women (and the men who support us) re-registered as Independents, but came back to the fold when the Tea Party rose up and took the Republicans on the final leg of their long trip to CrazyTown.

After the Democratic Party once again allowed a sexist man to run a misogynistic campaign against Hillary in 2016, contributing to her electoral defeat, women started getting a lot smarter. They stopped passively expecting the Party to help them, and decided to take it over for themselves. The leadership of the Party should have noticed this by now. Women are running for office in unbelievable numbers, and winning, and are the backbone of the Resistance which helped defeat the overturn of the Affordable Care Act and fueled the anti-Trump furor across America. Yet, if my Maryland brother John Delaney is any indication, it’s clear that the Democratic Party still cannot get over its encrusted and myopic focus on its…male members. (Wink.)

I admit I have just started to fully understand my privilege as a white female living in a blue state. There is not a chance in hell that a pro-death Democrat will beat a pro-choice one here. And in fact, I couldn’t care less what people think privately, as long as they don’t vote to curtail a woman’s right to choose in any way. But should we really invite this kind of ambiguity into the Party, when so many women have lost access to not just abortion, but any form of pre-natal care at all? And when our maternal mortality rate has gone up so much, we’re now the only developed country where it’s increasing?

This excellent Slate article explains why we’re going backwards instead of forwards in the area of women’s health. There are three reasons: poverty, lack of access to health care, and regressive contraception and abortion policies. All of these issues disproportionately affect African-American women, who die in childbirth at 3 times the rate of white women, and 98% of whom voted for Doug Jones, a pro-choice Democrat.

I hope we’re seeing the connection here.

I’m not going to threaten to leave the Party. I’m over that; as I’ve said a few times now, I’ll vote for an artichoke if it has a D next to it. Our democracy depends on wresting power from the wanna-be Fascist in the White House, and the cowardly, corrupt Republicans who are enabling his blatant dismantling of our sacred rule of law.

But I will say this. If the Democrats do not get their sh*t together and start respecting women’s rights as much as they respect that cranky old Socialist’s annoying rants, they will most assuredly hear from me. And I suspect millions of my sisters and brothers will do the same.

This is an open thread.

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Sigh. Good morning, all. This was a week like few of us have experienced in national politics. While the Commander-In-Chief demonstrated his mental illness, racism and stupidity for all the world to see, and Mueller’s case for obstruction visibly grew more and more ironclad, the GOP rushed breathlessly and desperately to do their donors’ bidding and pass the most horrible bill in modern history. It’s like the kitchen sink of everything reality-based individuals oppose.

As Our Girl said during the Teen Vogue Summit,

“We’re facing a concerted effort to turn back progress,” Clinton told the audience. “This is a well funded, ideological, and very mean spirited campaign to strip away rights that have been won by people over the last 50, 60 years.” With that in mind, Clinton spent much of her keynote conversation with Blackish star and teen activist Yara Shahidi focused on energizing the younger generation – and driving home the importance of their vote. “This could not be a more blatant and insulting attack on hardworking Americans,” she said of the tax bill, “and we can’t let them get away with it. And how are we going to prevent that? We’re going to vote in 2018. Yara’s going to turn 18 and she’s going to vote in 2018.”

What did she mean by “strip away rights that have been won by people over the last 50, 60 years?” Isn’t this primarily a wealth transfer bill, which is bad enough, and will negatively impact 99% of Americans?

Well, no, it’s not.

So far, here’s what else is in the Senate bill. Let’s just say evangelicals, the oil and gas industry, and racists make out very nicely. Women, poor and working class people of color, children, the environment, the separation of church and state…not so much.

So what happens now? The bill goes to conference, and unless there are some major machinations going on in the background, agreement could be farther away than we might think. If Drumpf starts throwing his “Fart of the Deal” into the mix, and saying the corporate tax rate needs to be higher, then what will the House and Senate do? Will they ignore him, or will they try to make him happy?

And then there’s Susan Collins. She claims her “yes” vote is not final, and will depend on what comes out of conference. There were several amendments she put in that she thinks make a big difference, but she also said she had an ironclad commitment that Social Security and Medicare won’t be cut….and of course, they will be, as Marco Rubio so blithely admitted, publicly. In fact, other Republicans were promised “a better bill out of conference,” and were under pressure to vote yes. What will they do if/when the final bill doesn’t meet their requirements?

Whatever happens, it doesn’t appear likely that the bill will pass quickly out of conference. Until it does, there are plenty of peaceful actions you can take to show your displeasure with your Congresscritter, should s/he be voting the wrong way. I know contrask is planning to march, and Luna posted this link for those who can protest in DC today and tomorrow. Great job, ladies!!

If we are unsuccessful in stopping this atrocity from passing reconciliation, what then? Well, first and foremost, remember that tax law takes time to implement, and the Trumpsters are terrible at executing on policy. The IRS is habitually underfunded, especially since the (false) accusations a couple of years ago that the department was unfairly targeting conservative organizations. How quickly can this really go through?

In the meantime, the Mango Moron has admitted to obstruction of justice on Twitter, and the national conversation is going there. And yes, even if someone else wrote his tweet about knowing that Flynn lied to the FBI (which didn’t happen), the President is still responsible for what is posted on that account. What 45 is doing now is like blaming your ghostwriter for bad reviews. It’s not done because it doesn’t pass the smell test. You put your name on it, you own it! So that’s happening…and oh did we forget, the government may shut down soon?

So yes, after this horrible year, we all deserve massive amounts of whiskey, eggnog, Real Housewives of Whatever, or [insert guilty pleasure here]. And we will indulge! Just make sure to keep your eyes on the prize: Paper ballots, turnout, keeping the Party focused on our values of inclusion and diversity, and supporting Democratic challengers in 2018 (ESPECIALLY women of color and LGBT). All else is distraction, including talk of 2020.

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Good Monday, all. I hope you had a very good holiday, and for those Widdershins on the DL, I hope you continue to mend!

My Thanksgiving was very nice. My family, my husband and I had a lot of political discussions, which were passionate, but not nasty. It helps that we’re all on the same side: we’re pro-democracy, anti-Russian cyber-attacks. We’re pro-truth, anti-lie. We’re pro-feminism, anti-sexual predation. We’re pro-racial equality, anti-Nazism. We’re pro-economic fairness, anti-plutocracy.

In this day and age, those positions make us Democrats.

To our everlasting disgust and fear, Republicans have embraced the contrary positions by:

  • Taking no action to shore up our democratic institutions to protect against, or prevent, the next attack by Putin;
  • Allowing continual lying by their President and his corrupt cabal;
  • Refusing to stand up to the self-confessed sexual predator in the White House;
  • Lying supine while the Mango Moron struggled and failed to condemn Nazis and promoted alt-right memes and whacko conspiracy theory websites; and
  • Attempting to eviscerate healthcare and pass tax cuts aimed to create the plutocracy Paul Ryan has wet-dreamed over since he was just a spark in Ayn Rand’s eye. Oh, won’t their billionaire donors be proud!

While my family, we Widdershins and tens of millions of others are in the majority in embracing the only acceptable sides of these arguments, the media doesn’t seem so sure who’s right. Witness the universally panned, seen-through-cheesecloth profile of the nice, approachable “Nazi next door” in the New York Times. What in the world could have possessed the editor to approve a piece like this? Well, he says:

We regret the degree to which [bolding mine] the piece offended so many readers. We recognize that people can disagree on how best to tell a disagreeable story. What we think is indisputable, though, is the need to shed more light, not less, on the most extreme corners of American life and the people who inhabit them. That’s what the story, however imperfectly, tried to do.

“The degree to which?” That means they knew the story would be offensive, but went with it anyway. And honestly, have you all read the story? A seventh-grader could have hit the salient points harder. Here are a few things the reporter could have written:

Nazism is evil. Holocaust denial is evil. Hating people because of their skin color or religion is evil. Pay attention, white people: Your nice-looking, Midwestern neighbor who likes Seinfeld could be a neo-Nazi. This is the movement that led to the Holocaust, and we can’t let it flourish in America.

See, that’s not difficult. Why didn’t the Times close with something like that? Because they calculated that writing the article ambiguously, generated a lot more hits than an unambiguous article would have. They were probably correct. And they will do it again, and again. All publicity is good publicity, right?

Unfortunately now that the media has seen what Trump and the unapologetically racist, misogynistic, homophobic, plutocratic Republicans can do for their bottom line, they will be devoted to chasing hits instead of telling the truth. We knew this before, but the extent to which they’ll go for profits seems now to be endless, and that’s important to state. We can’t rely on the Times to get even Nazism right. We can’t trust Beltway journalists to push back against the cavalcade of lies the Republicans tell to move the discussion off their push to turn the United States into a plutocracy and disguise their real agenda. We can’t trust them to put anything in context, and those who do are the exception, not the rule.

Just look at this travesty in Newsweek, in which the reporter uncritically repeats Drumpf’s flabbergasting claim that the Access Hollywood tape is fake. The source of the article is a New York Times (surprise!) article by Maggie Haberman (double surprise!) which is actually about the Manhattan Meerkat’s support of Roy Moore, and only mentions that ridiculousness in passing. But Newsweek blows it up into its own story, gives the lie heft and visibility. It got me to click; that’s what it was meant to do.

The point of all this is not to say “oh well, time to go back to bed and hope Mueller has indicted Drumpf when we wake up,” but rather to emphasize that we need to continue to support those who are committed to telling the truth and fighting for what used to be American ideals, but are now recognizable as only Democratic ones.

So I’d like to make this a thing, unironically: For the holidays this year, I am donating to various Resistance causes in my friends’ and families’ names, and those donations will be their gifts. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it this year, more than ever.

What will you do to support truth-tellers in the coming weeks, Widdershins?

This is an open thread.

Via Elle Magazine: Women who won on November 8, 2017

Good Monday, all. It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, and I cannot thank Fredster, DYB and GAGal enough for stepping up so wonderfully in my absence. Everything is fine, just working an average of 60-70 hours a week, including Sundays (which, at the moment, means packing for Monday travel again).

Back in the Old PUMA days, many of us struggled with our sense of betrayal by the DNC as we saw them put thumbs, hands and feet on the scale to make it seem like Obama was the favorite of the primary electorate. Even after massively over-weighting caucuses, and making huge states like California and Florida count as “half votes” (a decision much like Bush v. Gore, in that it only applied to Hillary Clinton and was never seen again), the DNC still failed to convincingly eliminate Our Girl the way she would crush Bernie Sanders in 2017 (by 4 million votes). The super delegates switched to Obama, however, making her nomination impossible. This cemented our perception that the DNC had driven the bus over the clear female favorite in order to install their guy. (Remember my radio show with Sheri Tag and other PUMAs, “Not Under the Bus?” Blast from the past!)

One of the reasons I had a bit of a reputation in those days was my advocacy for the 30% solution; in other words, work up to 30% women in government, and the balance will start tilting towards equality. I stated time and again that women needed to take matters into their own hands, wake up and realize that the DNC was not going to do enough to court and promote women for office. I stated also, in pre-Tea Party and Trump days, that Republican women were better than Republican men, and made it clear that I was only going to vote for women until the DNC heard me.

Some of what I said in the original 30% solution post hasn’t aged well. Palin turned out to be a disappointment (to say the least), and McMaverick ended up following his party off the extremist cliff as they became more and more out of touch with reality. And Barack Obama was not unelectable.

This part, unfortunately, was dead on.

If 30% of the Senate and House were women, you can bet your increasingly-less-valuable paycheck that both parties would be feeling a lot more responsible to that constituency. But as it is now, the Democrats have gotten fat and lazy, assuming that we will hand them our votes no matter what they do, resting on their decades-old laurels and doing little or nothing to stop [the] horrendous attack on our reproductive freedoms.

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[The Democrats]…will continue to be a Party divided on racial and sexual lines; a Party that thinks nothing of an African-American candidate who gains the support of 93% of AA’s by race-baiting, but is fauxraged at women who self-identified with Hillary and now Sarah Palin; a Party destroyed from within by the most divisive and destructive candidate in recent memory.

It’s up to you, Democrats. You can re-commit yourselves to social justice and gender equality, or you can continue on your path towards becoming the New Plutocratic Party. But be prepared to reap what you sow. Remember, pissing off your constituents, then blaming them for not voting for you, is never a good electoral strategy. Giving your constituents what they want, however, works every time.

Flash forward to 2015. The majority President Obama briefly enjoyed was quickly swept away in 2010 by the overwhelming Tea Party reaction to his election, and the Republicans have only gained ground since then. The Democrats have shrugged at the concerns of women and minorities, focusing solely on health care, fixing “the economy” (translation – improving the stock market and creating jobs for highly educated people) and litigating LGBT rights (which I’m happy about of course, but couldn’t they have walked and chewed gum at the same time?). The number of women in Congress has actually decreased, so the ERA remains DOA. And, equal pay for equal work was stripped out of the Lily Ledbetter Act in the Senate, even though Democrats controlled it at the time. This made the Act toothless and once again, left women out of the economic recovery Obama has presided over. And predictably, the number of health care options available for women has deteriorated astonishingly: for so many women in rural America, there’s no place to either get an abortion, or give birth.

Yet still, we failed to learn the lessons of 2008. Still, we put our faith in a Democratic Party hollowed out by the self-centered “leadership” of Barack Obama, tens of millions in debt and without a clear transition plan, electoral strategy or modern infrastructure. Still, we hoped against hope that this time, the Party would support the obvious, clear favorite, that they would empower her candidacy against a Republican Party suffering from its own identity crisis. Still, feminists of all genders, thrilled beyond words by the thought of the first female President, felt that finally, our time had arrived. The Party couldn’t, wouldn’t screw this up again, would it?

Of course it could, and of course it did, by letting a bitter, disingenuous and unelectable candidate exploit the cracks in the Party that Obama had exposed in 2008. Obamabots became BernieBros, and took to Twitter and Facebook to bully and silence Hillary’s supporters, aided and abetted by wingnuts and Russian bots. As before, policy and facts didn’t matter; sexist rants, death threats and abuse became routine for those who dared not bow to the Cult of Sanders. And even now, his toxic effects are being felt. Bernie’s “Unity Commission” recommendations are about to be shared, and they’re the worst ideas ever: more caucuses and open primaries, guaranteed to break the Party even more and expose it to epic Republican ratf*cking.

Yes, the Democratic Party was one of the factors that gave us Drumpf. And finally, ever since the day after Drumpf’s nightmare inauguration, we have been showing that now, we get it. Hat tip to Socalannie for sharing this article: The Glorious Anger of Female Voters, One Year Later.

As recently as the morning of November 8, 2016, I believed, as I think many American women did, that if we only played by the rules, we could rise to the highest positions of power.

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On November 9, we woke up, and Donald Trump had been elected.

It became clear that you can be the most qualified woman and still lose to the least qualified man.

That was like a spell being broken. All across the land, women woke up and realized we were never going to get where we wanted to go by playing by the rules. Even if you walked the tightrope of acceptable feminine behavior perfectly, even if you managed to sidestep every trap laid for women, you would still never to get to the top. The bar for men was so low they could slither right over it.

And I think something inside us broke. Some dam within so many women that kept them quiet, that kept their anger tucked away, pent up all the times women smile politely when we feel like screaming. That dam burst.

And every furious moment we’d tried not to think about came flooding forth. We were awake, and we were righteously angry.

Being women, and people of all genders who support us, what did we do with that anger? We turned it into action. #TheResistance was born. If the Democratic Party wasn’t going to support the most qualified, admired, exceptional woman in the world, then we weren’t going to waste any more time waiting for it to support us. Instead, we would run for office. We would form our own groups and support outside organizations that trained and supported female candidates. We would support Hillary’s new PAC, Onward Together, and donate to organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood instead of the DNC. We would speak out on Twitter and Facebook. We would stand up to rape culture by demonstrating the scope of the problem through the #MeToo campaign. And most of all, we realized that no one is going to listen if we don’t take control of the conversation.

So in 2017, we gave the Rulez a polite and definite middle finger. Women are running for office and winning at 4 times the usual rate for first-time candidates. Transgender candidates are running and winning. Suburban women are supporting their sisters. And men, more and more, are standing up proudly for equality, sharing their own stories about rape culture, and pledging to stand up to misogyny whenever they see or hear it. What’s happening now is the silver lining starting to shine through the dark clouds storming over our democracy.

I’m going to close this hopeful post with some words from Our Girl on November 8, always and forever our inspiration. We’re finally woke, and we won’t stop until we have the equality we deserve.

Last night, we were reminded what is possible when we come together and fight for what we believe in.

With the support of Onward Together, 40% of the candidates that Run for Something endorsed and supported won their races in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and more — compared to the 10% rate at which first-time candidates usually win. 86 women trained by Emerge America won last night, including nine of the seats flipped in Virginia. Color of Change PAC was instrumental in winning the district attorney race in Philadelphia. And Indivisible groups made more than 600,000 calls into Virginia to help pull out a win for Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring.

This year hasn’t been what any of us had hoped it would be. In fact, it’s been frustrating and, at times, painful. But we never lost faith in our vision of an America where our children and grandchildren can grow up safe and loved, and with every opportunity they deserve.

To those of you who worked your hearts out for these victories, including our friends on the ground in Virginia, New Jersey, and more: thank you. I am so proud to be on your team.

This is an open thread.

Good Monday, all! Aren’t you tired of hearing people somehow feel entitled to assassinate Hillary Clinton’s character yet again, because of the sexual predations of disgusting creatures like Harvey Weinstein? I sure am. So let’s change the narrative, shall we? On social media, let’s tweet and hashtag till someone picks it up.

While journalists are busily repeating everything Bannon says as though (a) it’s strategic gold and (b) it’s true, it appears they still haven’t learned how to do their homework on straight white old rich men, no matter how obviously evil, fraudulent and (yes) f*cking moronic. Here’s the incredibly scary and bizarre truth about this latest media darling.

Note the date on this Newsweek article…AFTER the 2016 election. Great timing, sh*theads.

Headlines published by Breitbart News have included “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?” “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” and “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews.”

And Bannon has directly insulted women. During a 2011 radio interview, he said that progressives vilify prominent women in the conservative movement because they are not “a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools.”

“That’s why there are some unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement,” he said. “That, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England. That drives the left insane and that’s why they hate these women.”

No Steve, we hate those women because they are trying to take away our civil rights, but thanks for playing “1950s Misogyny” for $300!

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Good Monday, all. As I was toodling around the interwebz trying to find something inspiring to write about, I came across this article about an organization called “Care2,” which has been around since 1998, has over 41 million members, and is considered a pioneer in the field of online activism.

A couple of things that stood out for me:

  • Online petitions actually do help. According to the article, they’re a great tool for showing that a cause has a large number of supporters, as well as leading people to take next steps, such as calling or writing their Congresscritters.
  • The normalization of outrage is dangerous to the Resistance. We are understandably and justifiably exhausted from the constant stream of crayzee coming from Drumpf, but, we can’t let it go by. We can never accept his behavior or his Residency. All we can do is say no, no, a thousand times no, and keep saying it!

That’s all the positivity I have for you today. If you want to leave on a happy note, stop reading, because what’s coming next will not make you smile.

While the Orange Jumpsuit has resolutely golfed his way through the crisis in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, tweeting madly about the mayor of San Juan and the NFL’s standing or kneeling during the National Anthem, the Thugs in Congress have quietly found a way to take health care away from 9 million children and pregnant women. Because you know, that’s what those heartless f*cking bastards live for.

Congress just allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire.

If action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will become obvious in schools across the country, with many of the children in the program unable to see a doctor for routine checkups, immunizations, visits when sick and other services.

The program, created under a 1997 law passed with bipartisan support during the administration of President Bill Clinton, provided coverage for children in families with low and moderate incomes as well as to pregnant women. It was instrumental in lowering the percentage of children who were uninsured from nearly 14 percent when it started to 4.5 percent in 2015. It was last reauthorized in 2015 and was due to be renewed by Sept. 30, 2017.

The program is a bargain. It only cost the federal government $13.6 million last year. Some of the moneys are paid from state budgets, which makes is structured a bit like Medicaid. Perhaps that’s why the deplorable Thugs hate it so much, although my personal theory is that since it was Hillary’s baby, they’re letting it expire from spite. I said the same thing to Paul Begala on Twitter.

I like Paul Begala, but I really, REALLY don’t want to hear anything more about how Republicans are “actually” good and decent people who “should speak up.” They don’t speak up because they are TOTALLY FINE WITH WHAT DRUMPF IS DOING. If you support the Republican Party, you support the Party of Death. They do not give a flying f*ck if the entire country turns into Mordor; a hot, stinking, war-addicted, slave factory where they rule with iron fists over a squabbling, bloody, ignorant populace afraid of the light. The people like the Kochs, Mercers and Adelsons feel they are immune from it all; that their money insulates them from whatever disasters they perpetrate on the environment and on the American people. They don’t need government health care, you see, so no one else deserves it. They don’t need clean air because they can afford to seal themselves up in a bunker and filter it all out. They probably think they can survive a nuclear holocaust, which, cockroaches that they are, just might be true.

Seriously, doesn’t Sheldon Adelson look like the Portrait of Dorian Grey? He is the very embodiment of corruption.

It makes me even more viscerally ill that a lot of these right-wing f*cktards are Jewish. They are sending millions and millions to people like Steve Bannon and Alex Jones, who preach the exact same anti-Semitism that got 6 million Jews killed from 1941-1945. How dare they empower this kind of racial division masquerading as “right-wing populism” – another phrase I never want to hear again? What a bunch of sociopaths. The holes inside them can never be filled with money, but much to the detriment of America and those who love her, they’ll never figure that out.

What can we do about all of this? Well, we can tweet, and sign petitions, and march, and make sure our Congresscritters know exactly how we feel about everything they’re doing. And we can also take comfort in the fact that the Democrats have flipped 7 seats in special elections this year…and the Republicans have flipped none.

According to the Cook Political Report (and our friend Janicen), the elections to watch are the ones in Virginia.

As those elections show, Democratic voters are hyper-motivated right now. But their chances fall as turnout rises. On June 20, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th CD after a $50 million contest that generated 56 percent turnout. The very same day, Democrat Archie Parnell came within three points of a shocking upset in a South Carolina race that attracted a fraction of the money and generated 19 percent turnout.

Virginia’s House of Delegates races are a better proxy of what’s to come in 2018. Turnout won’t be too hot (as in Georgia) or too cold (as in New Hampshire). It will be driven by the governor’s race, which better approximates what a midterm turnout looks like.

Moreover, there are plenty of vulnerable GOP Virginia delegates sitting in districts where Clinton outperformed Obama. Republicans like Dels. Jim LeMunyon (67th), Scott Lingamfelter (31st) and Tag Greason (32nd) all fit that bill – just as there are plenty of House Republicans sitting in districts where Trump is uniquely unpopular. Their races will test voters’ inclination to send a message to Trump regardless of whether they know and like the local GOP candidates.

Let’s keep an eye on these races in particular.  Election Day is 11/7/17. Things could get very, very interesting.

This is an open thread.

Good Monday, all. It has been another busy, crazy weekend. First things first: we need to keep calling our Senators (and for those of us in blue states, calling Susan and Lisa, as I fondly call them) – to make very, very sure that they don’t pass Graham-Cassidy.

Senator Susan Collins: (202) 224-2523

Senator Lisa Murkowski: (202)-224-6665

You can also call McMaverick: (202) 224-2235

And Brillo Pad Paul: 202-224-4343

As for the rest, where do I even begin? While no one would ever defend the media’s horrific treatment of Our Girl, Hillary Clinton, I will say there is a YUGE challenge in trying to keep up with the non-stop sh*storm our Presnit unleashes every single day. I even heard a couple of women talking about it in the nail salon today, and they were not kind. I’m pretty sure they were Republicans, too, being white, of a certain age, and in Croton-Harmon, Noo Yawk (FYI, I live in the more down-market town slightly north). “Why doesn’t he stay out of private enterprise?” asked one. “Why doesn’t someone take that d*mn phone away from him?” asked the other. Neither one had an answer, but it was clear they were absolutely disgusted. “There’s something so wrong with him,” the first one concluded, shaking her head.

Yes, there is. And to attempt to chronicle the madness would take much more time than your intrepid MB has…so here are some thoughts I have about the latest scandals. It will be a lightning round. Here goes…

There are four defining characteristics of the GOP in the Drumpf era: Corruption, white male rage, narcissism and high crimes and misdemeanors. If I were the media, I would put each scandal into one of those frames to make it easier to digest and understand.

It would look something like this:

Corruption

  • Attempting to remove health care from 32 million Americans so the Kocks and Sheldon Adelson will open their checkbooks and spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get them re-elected
  • Proposing a $1.3 million tax cut for themselves and their friends under the guise of “tax reform”
  • Private jets for Cabinet secretaries
  • Staying at Drumpf properties for 33% of his very short term so far, and continuing to make money from them
  • Refusing to disclose his tax returns
  • Buying fake news ads on social media

White male rage

  • #MAGA
  • Stephen Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, etc. etc. etc.
  • Breitbart and Fox News
  • Condemning black football and basketball players for peacefully protesting racism, while opining there are “very fine” Neo-Nazis and Klansmen after they killed a young woman and two law enforcement officials in Charlottesville
  • Build The Wall
  • Lock Her Up
  • DACA rollback
  • Muslim ban
  • Transgender ban in the military
  • Deportation force
  • Birtherism
  • Not sending aid to Puerto Rico immediately – because they are “brown” American citizens

Narcissism

  • Drumpf’s obsession with (ahem) size
    • Hands
    • Rallies
    • Victory in 2016
  • His need to destroy everything related to any person or institution he lost to at one point (which is, like, a lot of people, because he is a LOSER. Sad!!!!)
  • His need to always claim a win, even though…see above
  • His constant need to be praised, stroked, and told he is the best at everything

High crimes and misdemeanors

  • Russia, Russia, Russia
    • Firing of Sally Yates and James Comey
    • Trump Tower, Moscow
    • Wikileaks
    • DNC hacks
    • Voting database hacks with no acknowledgement and no action to prevent them from happening again
    • “Voting fraud” commission as an excuse to purge more voters from the rolls

I am exhausted! I don’t know how Rachel Maddow does it. I hope I’ve given you enough to talk about today, Widdershins.

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Kellyanne Conway’s new job

Take the kids to work? NO!

That moment when *your* pussy gets grabbed

You go gurl! h/t Adam Joseph

“The” Book

Nice picture of our gal

Time till the Grifter in Chief is Gone

Hopefully soonerJanuary 21st, 2021
2.5 years to go.

Mueller Time!

Wise Words from Paul Ryan

B-I-N-G-O!

Only the *best* politicans bought by the NRA

Marching for their lives

Perfect Picture

Rudy: oh shit the pee tape IS real!

Need Reminders?

Never too early to shop for Christmas

“Look this way”

Manafort’s Jail Photo

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