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Sept. 19 Open Thread: Kavanaugh or Bust

Filed in National, Open Thread by on September 19, 2018 11 Comments

Confronted with Brett Kavanaugh’s sudden radioactivity, the GOP has decided on the only course it knows: Full speed ahead. Senators seemed to settle on a narrative by last night, to wit: This whole thing has been unfair to him. Never mind that this woman never wanted to come forward publicly, she had no right to […]

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Song of the Day 9/19: James Hill, “Billie Jean”

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 19, 2018 0 Comments

I love cover versions that give familiar tunes a makeover. You won’t find a more radical yet faithful reinterpretation of a classic than James Hill’s solo performance of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” on electric ukulele. Yes, kids, crazy as it sounds, there’s an enormous ukulele underground out there featuring players who can do things with […]

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Rotten People Make Rotten Nominees

Filed in National by on September 18, 2018 14 Comments

So much for that easy win Republicans expected heading into the midterms. Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has turned into our latest national morality play, and Democrats deserve credit for turning what could have been a dispiriting loss into a midterm rallying cry. Now Republicans will have to fight to get him over […]

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Sept. 18 Open Thread: Trump Fans So Sure of ‘Red Wave’ They See No Reason to Vote

Filed in National, Open Thread by on September 18, 2018 7 Comments

How dumb are they? This dumb: An internal RNC poll shows a majority of Trump supporters believe his talk of a “red wave,” so they think they don’t have to bother voting in the mid-terms. This is not wishful thinking — this is their own internal polling. Gotta love those poorly educated. Trump, desperately grasping […]

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Song of the Day 9/18: The Bottle Rockets, “Get Down River”

Filed in National by on September 18, 2018 2 Comments

I could do a whole week of flood songs in honor of Florence, but this live performance of “Get Down River” by alt-country rockers the Bottle Rockets seems to capture the mood best. I saw this band, led by Brian Henneman, opening for and backing up Marshall Crenshaw, some years ago at the Queen on […]

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Sept. 17 Open Thread: Kavanaugh Confirmation Cock-Blocked

Filed in National, Open Thread by on September 17, 2018 51 Comments

The woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh when both were in high school has come forward, setting up a Showdown in #Metoo Corral if Democrats can get a vote delayed. It appears they will: Republican member Jeff Flake says the committee should hold off on voting until it hears from the […]

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Song of the Day 9/17: OK Go, “Obsession”

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 17, 2018 1 Comment

Music videos seem like artifacts of the past, but bands still release them, only with smaller budgets. One thing has improved — back in the ’80s you had to wait for MTV to play the video you wanted to see. Today you can go to YouTube and watch the video to “Obsession” over and over […]

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Song of the Day 9/16: Willie Nelson, “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)”

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 16, 2018 2 Comments

I was going to go with something a little more spiritual for Sunday, but when I heard about this cover of Ned Sublette’s “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other),” it seemed like breaking news. You’ve probably heard that Willie Nelson is headlining a benefit for Beto O’Rourke in Austin later this month, news […]

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Sept. 15 Open Thread: Fat Donnie Never Saw It Coming

Filed in National by on September 15, 2018 9 Comments

If you ever wondered why people hired Paul Manafort in the first place, now you know — he’s a terrific liar, much more convincing than Donald Trump. He proved it by whacking the Orange Bambino at the precise moment Trump thought Manafort was in his pocket, and that his deal with Mueller wouldn’t include cooperation […]

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Song of the Day 9/15: The Englishman-German-Jew Blues

Filed in Arts and Entertainment by on September 15, 2018 1 Comment

Saturday is the only night of the week I like the true blues, the sad, soulful kind sung in pain. But Saturday is also the night I’m most in the mood for some laughs. If I can’t make up my mind, I can always play “The Englishman-German-Jew Blues,” a slow jam pairing comedian Albert Brooks […]

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CentristMart, Where Delaware Democrats Shop

Filed in National by on September 14, 2018 1 Comment

So far it exists only in Brian McFadden’s latest editorial cartoon, but I think there’s a market for it in Dover. Plus we can get Jason a CentristMart gift card for Christmas.

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Boola Boola, Sons of Eli: Coons Hasn’t Renounced Fellow Yalie Kavanaugh Yet

Filed in National by on September 14, 2018 12 Comments

If Chris Coons’ bipartisanship was supposed to buy him a hearing with Republicans, now would be an excellent the time for him to speak out publicly against Brett Kavanaugh (Yale Law ’87). As the folks at Daily Kos remind me daily, Coons (Yale Law ’92) is among the few Democrats who has not yet done […]

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Sept. 14 Open Thread: Nixon’s Not the One

Filed in National, Open Thread by on September 14, 2018 5 Comments

Cynthia Nixon couldn’t overcome that surname. Andrew Cuomo trounced her by 30 points, about the same margin by which Tom Carper defeated Kerri Harris. But her campaign’s effect on the two-term incumbent was the same as Harris’ on Carper: [I]n losing, Ms. Nixon arguably made as much of a policy impact on New York as […]

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