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A good Friday to you Widdershins! Fredster here instead of Prolix today.  He and I are swapping places for today and the weekend.

It looks like things are falling into place for the Donald to have his coronation nomination in

Not that Crown

No, not THAT Crown

Cleveland at the Quicken Loans arena.  And I wrote coronation because with Trump and his ego, and with his tendency to lean toward the garish, I would not be surprised to see some type of contraption lower a velvet pillow down with a crown placed on it.  Then Melania will lift the crown up, holding it

"this" crown

“this” crown

towards the audience for all to see.  Afterwards, she will place the crown on Donald’s head.

Of course given that this is a national political convention there will be numerous speeches given by party leaders, members of Congress, elder statesmen of the party and the like.  Except…except this time appears to be different.  There seems to be a dearth of people who desire to speak at this convention, nominating this candidate.  And it seems that a number of individuals won’t even be attending the convention.

A slot at the Republican National Convention used to be a career-maker — a chance to make your name on the big stage and to catch the eye of the Republican donors and activists who make or break campaigns.

In the year of Trump: Not so much.

“I am not attending,” said South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy

“I’m not,” said South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, a former two-term governor.

“Don’t know,” said Sean Duffy, a reality-TV-star-turned-Wisconsin congressman. “I haven’t thought about it.”

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo: “I won’t be there.”

Stuart Stevens, a Republican strategist who helped plan the 2012 convention said:

“Everyone has to make their own choice, but at this point, 70 percent of the American public doesn’t like Donald Trump. That’s as toxic as we’ve seen in American politics”

“Normally, people want to speak at national conventions. It launched Barack Obama’s political career.”

Yeah, well not this time.  Among some of the others not attending this particular convention:

  • New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham
  • Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn
  • None of the Bushes
  • Sen. John “loser” McCain

Often the convention is a venue where “rising stars” of the party can get a good deal of face time and make favorable impressions with speeches.  This time?  Not so much.

Nebraska’s Ben Sasse, who’s said he won’t vote for the real estate mogul, isn’t expected to be at Cleveland.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee, an outspoken Trump critic who will be serving on the convention’s powerful Rules Committee, hasn’t been asked to speak

Not even the GOP leaders in charge of maintaining the party’s congressional majorities — Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker and Oregon Rep. Greg Walden — wouldn’t say whether they’d take the podium.

However, fear not dear Widdershins!  There are people lined up to give speeches at the Donald’s convention, his three children:

It’s also expected that Trump’s children, including daughter Ivanka and sons Eric and Donald Jr., will get prime-time spots. The three have emerged as Trump’s most vocal surrogates. 

Trump, knowing his convention will need a little of the glamour, pizazz, and showmanship that goes along with the Trump name has asked a couple of his good buddies to make an appearance at the convention.

Ditka at Flamingo“It’s gonna be a great combination of our great politicians,” said Ivanka Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s daughter, during a Wednesday radio interview, according to Buzzfeed, “but also great American businessmen and women and leaders across industry and leaders across really all the sectors, from athletes to coaches and everything in between.”

She added that the July 18-21 convention in Cleveland was “not gonna be a ho-hum lineup of the typical politicians.”

Rumor has it that Mike Ditka will be asked to make an appearance in Cleveland, Ditka-cigarand the same goes for fighter Mike Tyson.  No word yet on whether they will have speaking roles at the convention but, especially for Tyson, I dearly hope so.

Said Trump about Tyson:

“Mike Tyson endorsed me, I love it,” Trump said in April in Indiana. “You know, all Mike Tysonthe tough guys endorse me. I like that.”

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.  I’m serious.  Really.  I would say something like “this is going to be a real circus” but that isn’t needed.  We already had the elephants and now it appears we’ll have the clowns too.

Addendum:  Alas, Da Coach has decided he may not go to the convention.


Because we here at The Widdershins are not above talking about the cheap and tawdry, I would be remiss if I did not pass along this news from the Morning Schmoe crew.

Mika Brzezinski has divorced her husband of 22 years, Jim Hoffer, an investigative reporter with one of the New York television affiliates.

As to the next question that, ahem, arises, whether #drunkmika and #socklessdeadintern have been schuppting, here is what PageSix said:

Popular MSNBC stars Scarborough and Brzezinski are widely rumored to be romantically involved — and there’s plenty of on-air chemistry for all to see. But while Scarborough is also divorced — since 2013 — the TV duo have never confirmed they’re romantically involved.

An NBC insider told us, “Everybody at 30 Rock knows they are a couple . . . They are constantly together, they arrive and leave events together, even on weekends. They are each other’s publicists and finish each other’s sentences. It’s the worst-kept secret in TV.”

The only thing I can add to this is:

So what’s on your mind today Widdershins?  This is an open thread.  Take the discussion wherever you wish.




morning joe meeka lies

 Good afternoon Widdershins!

I think we’ve all come to the conclusion that watching Morning schmoe has become an exercise…not so much in futility but more of an arm exercise because the show has become something that makes you want to throw things at your teevee.

Not being satisfied with deliberately mouthing untruths about Hillary Clinton’s email server, they have now gone to the point where they will purposefully edit out anything that may sound favorable to Hillary.

Recently Washington Post columnist David Ignatius was on the show and attempted to provide, not so much a defense of Clinton’s actions, but rather an explanation that no, she did not do anything wrong or criminal, and in his WaPo column he explained (but apparently not clearly enough to #socklessdeadintern and #drunkmika) that there was no similarity to the situation with David Petraeus’ situation.

Potential criminal violations arise when officials knowingly disseminate documents marked as classified to unauthorized officials or on unclassified systems, or otherwise misuse classified materials. That happened in two cases involving former CIA directors that are cited as parallels for the Clinton e-mail issue, but are quite different. John Deutch was pardoned in 2001 for using an unsecured CIA computer at his home to improperly access classified material; he reportedly had been prepared to plead guilty to a misdemeanor. David Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in April for “knowingly” removing classified documents from authorized locations and retaining them at “unauthorized locations.” Neither case fits the fact pattern with the Clinton e-mails.

But going back to my first item, when Ignatius was on the show, in the initial segment Ignatius said:

“As I talked to a half dozen of lawyers who do nothing but this kind of work, they said they couldn’t remember a case like this, where people informally and inadvertently draw classified information into their phone conversations or their unclassified server conversations, where there had been a prosecution.
(Bolding in the original C&L article)

Now, #socklessdeadintern wasn’t happy with this so he had to add his own little twists and turns:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: David, so you have over the past week or two turned a bit in some of your editorial, in some of your op-eds, you’ve said you would rather hear Hillary’s policy positions than more talk about the servers, you said you don’t think she faces any criminal prosecution. You haven’t exactly said nothing is here, move along, move along, but you’ve certainly —

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Getting tired of it, which is what they’re hoping.
(thatagirl #drunkmika!) -my comment

SCARBOROUGH: — Yeah, I mean aren’t you playing into what the Clinton sort of scandal response team wants, which is so much stuff comes at you that at some point you just say, “Come on, let’s just move on.”

DAVID IGNATIUS: Joe, I’ve tried to respond as a journalist but in particular I’ve tried to look at what is a real prosecutable offense here. There are violations clearly both of administrative procedure and probably technically of law and how classified information was handled. As I talked to a half dozen of lawyers who do nothing but this kind of work, they said they couldn’t remember a case like this, where people informally and inadvertently draw classified information into their phone conversations or their unclassified server conversations, where there had been a prosecution.

But #sockless…still not happy, has to keep harping on his preconceived ideas.

SCARBOROUGH: But this isn’t happenstance. This is a very calculated move to say if you want to communicate with the Secretary of State, as Edwards Snowden said, whether you are a foreign diplomat or a spy chief from another country or a leader of another country, which they all did, you’ve got to come to this unsecured server, whether it is in Colorado or wherever it is, and there is a standard in the U.S. Code under prosecutions for this sort of thing which is gross negligence. It’s not a know or should have known –
(Italics mine.  Now neither lawyerJoe or (former) congresscritterJoe cited what title and part of the U.S. Code Hillary was violating.)

So Ignatius, trying to be as patient as possible I guess, explained it a bit more s-l-o-w-l-y and thoroughly for #sockless:

This issue comes up surprisingly often because there is an administrative problem where people do these things and their security officers summon them and warn them and issue reprimands and it goes in their file and it’s a serious personnel administrative problem. My only point is I couldn’t find a case where this kind of activity had been prosecuted and that’s just worth noting as we assemble our Clinton e-mail – and more thing, Joe, legally there is no difference between her using her private server and if she’d used, which is also not a classified system. The idea that, oh this would have been fine if she used, not legally, no difference.

And here is the edited version that they re-aired later in the program, leaving out that key part.

As Peter Daou and Tom Watson said over at HillaryMen, “How Low Can Morning Joe Go?”

As Hillary Clinton attempts to make history as America’s first woman president, Morning Joe has emerged as the global headquarters of the He-Man Hillary Haters Club, with Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski presiding over a daily boys club that relentlessly attacks Hillary’s candidacy, her accomplishments, her very humanity. It is an ugly and self-righteous spectacle, rife with misleading allegations, insinuations and false indignation. Searching for words to describe Morning Joe’s particular brand of anti-Hillary invective, we’ve described it as “an unhealthy and unhinged combination of envy, awe, muted rage and dripping disdain.”

And #socklessdeadintern has never been one to back off, even if it comes to bullying his own guests.

and perhaps on a previous show that’s why Jeremy Peters did this:

Also, if you are curious about how we came up with #deadintern for schmoe, then you can go here and read about it.   Prolix, catching something in an article about schmoe’s tendency to go sockless thought it was a good idea to add that to the hashtag.  Works for me.

But back to that article:

Just the facts: Scarborough got a divorce. Then he suddenly resigned from Congress, just six months after re-election. (Invoked old fallback excuse of wanting to “spend more time” with children.) Then he suddenly resigned as publisher of the Independent Florida Sun. Then, just as suddenly, Lori Klausutis, 28-year-old staffer to Scarborough, was found dead in Scarborough’s district office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Date was July 20, 2001. Cause of death: Blow to the head. Conclusion: Heart condition caused her to collapse, fall, hit head on a desk, and die. Story barely a blip on the radar. Lots of people left with lots of questions.

Lotsa good stuff at that link and some other links on that site.

And lastly, if you think I’m being sexist or misogynistic about #drunkmika, I’m not.  As they say on the teevee, let’s roll the tape.

Okay, this is a completely open thread so feel free to take it wherever you wish.



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