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Do nothing Dems (Obama included) are true to form…doing nothing

Filed in National by on December 19, 2016 10 Comments
Do nothing Dems (Obama included) are true to form…doing nothing

At the very least, President Obama should ask that Congress delay the Electoral College vote until, as Trump might say, we can figure out what the hell is going on. Barring that, he should ask Congress to delay the January 6 count of electoral votes. Barring that, Democrats should file objections to the vote that will force Congress to have to go on record in support of Trump.

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Jason and Donviti’s Podcast Season 17 Episode 2

Filed in National by on December 19, 2016 6 Comments
Jason and Donviti’s Podcast Season 17 Episode 2

I’m slammed with this short week, so Donviti is going to put the show notes in the comment section then I’ll copy and paste it here. ..or something?

Eagles going for the win?
MLS Soccer?
Democrats with no fight?
Who knows that Donviti will pick to summarize the show?

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The “Bernie Bros” smoking gun is no smoking gun at all

Filed in National by on December 14, 2016 37 Comments
The “Bernie Bros” smoking gun is no smoking gun at all

In the week after the election, I didn’t listen to or read any national punditry. I still don’t. As a result, I was late to the Hillary supporters “Bernie Bros” smear which identifies Sanders supporters as crypto-racists who want to throw POC, women, and gays under the bus in order to appeal to white nationalists who live in the rust belt. Entering late, I’ve been on my heals and frankly confused about the whole zero sum game that was underway. My fist reaction was, “C’mon guys, everyone can be a little right and a little wrong.” But that didn’t work. Collegiality seemed to have completely broken down.

Here is my forensic take on what happened.

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Chris Coons ups his “acquiescence and accommodation” game

Filed in National by on December 14, 2016 8 Comments
Chris Coons ups his “acquiescence and accommodation” game

I have observed that Coons was setting out to present himself as the most spineless member of congress in terms of dealing with Donald Trump. I thought that might have been a bit of hyperbole, but I seemed to have underestimated how much Coons wants to snuggle into the arms of the President-elect. (h/t Cassandra)

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Occasional Words from the Resistance

Filed in National by on December 13, 2016 6 Comments


…from the desk of R.E. Vanella.

Jemand mußte Josef K. verleumdet haben, denn ohne daß er etwas Böses getan hätte, wurde er eines Morgens verhaftet. –Franz Kafka, ‘Der Proceß’

[Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K. because one morning after doing nothing wrong he was arrested. 'The Trial']

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GOP takes first mover advantage: Picks Marino for Upcoming Special

Filed in National by on December 12, 2016 19 Comments
GOP takes first mover advantage: Picks Marino for Upcoming Special

Marino’s 49% against BHL probably overstates his strength a bit because a few of those percentage points can be attributed to the late breaking sign theft scandal. Still, someone running a follow-up race is typically tougher to beat than a pure newbie.

Dems will probably field Earl Jaques, who is a workaday retail pol who knows to spend shoe leather.

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Jason330 and Donviti’s Podcast Season 14 Episode 1

Filed in National by on December 12, 2016 9 Comments
Jason330 and Donviti’s Podcast Season 14 Episode 1

The sound quality on this is beyond terrible. It is really unforgivable. …so I’ll go long in the show notes (below) and work on cleaning up the sound for next time.

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Congratulations to Ms McBride, Order of the First State Recipient

Filed in National by on December 9, 2016 2 Comments
Congratulations to Ms McBride, Order of the First State Recipient

This is a “credit where credit is due” two for the price of one. McBride has clearly been instrumental in making the lives of Delaware’s LGBTQ community better, and Markell, for all of his retrograde trickle down economics, has been pretty good on LGBTQ issues.

McBride, who was the first openly transgender speaker at a major party’s national convention, also serves on the board of Equality Delaware. She played a pivotal role in the passage of Delaware’s 2013 Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act, which provided basic legal protections to transgender people in employment, housing, public accommodations, and insurance.

“Generations of Delawareans will have better lives thanks to the work and courage of Sarah McBride,” said Gov. Markell. “On their behalf, I’m incredibly grateful.”

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LBR names top staff picks

Filed in National by on December 9, 2016 2 Comments
LBR names top staff picks

Lisa Blunt Rochester announced the appointment of Minh Ta as her Chief of Staff and Sylvia Banks, a former DuPont executive as State Director. Ta has served in senior roles for two Members of Congress. Most recently as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee […]

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Carper about to get the climate change fight he’s been spoiling for

Filed in National by on December 9, 2016 4 Comments
Carper about to get the climate change fight he’s been spoiling for

This is from Tom Carper’s statement on Trump’s selection of climate change denier and fossil fuel industry lackey, Scott Pruitt to head the EPA: Over the coming weeks, my colleagues and I will have the opportunity to look closely at Mr. Pruitt’s record. I am interested in examining his vision for the agency, and while […]

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Maybe this is why progressive will never take over the party…?

Filed in National by on December 9, 2016 28 Comments

I can’t bear the idea of going to something like this:

Please join the New Castle County Democratic Committee

with special guest

Governor-Elect John Carney

as we honor

Senator Patricia Blevins and Senator Karen Peterson

for a Holiday Brunch Reception

Sunday, December 18, 2016

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Local 74 Executive Banquet & Conference Center

205 Executive Dr, Newark, DE 19702

$100 per person

$50 for committee members

Cash Bar

Please make checks payable to “New Castle County Democratic

Committee”

RSVP (302) 328-9036 or email at renee@deldems.org

Contributions are not tax-deductible for state or federal income tax purposes.

Congressman John Carney is appearing at this event only as a guest speaker. Congressman Carney is not asking for funds or donations.

Paid for by the Delaware Democratic Party, P.O. Box 2065, Wilmington, DE 19899
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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This isn’t “like fascism” it is fascism

Filed in National by on December 8, 2016 7 Comments
This isn’t “like fascism” it is fascism

This is the way the world works now. 1) Trumps says some easily disprovable outrageous nonsense, such claiming that he convinced the air conditioner manufacturer, Carrier, to keep 1,100 jobs in the U.S. 2) Someone in the know disproves the easily disprovable nonsense, (similar to how a Union Rep, Chuck Jones pointed out on CNN […]

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Open Letter of Apology to Charlie Copeland

Filed in National by on December 8, 2016 0 Comments
Open Letter of Apology to Charlie Copeland

Hi Charles,

In the run-up to the election, I regularly singled you out for abuse because of your dogged loyalty to Donald Trump. You really were (are?) a stalwart Trump supporter and I was totally convinced that you would regret supporting such an “unelectable” misogynist, white supremacists, bigoted, homophobic a-hole who showed no signs of being mentally or emotionally equipped for being the President of the United States.

Well, you were right and I was wrong, so sorry about all that bile I was slinging your way for months. You knew something I didn’t know. Even though the odds seemed stacked against you (simply because your party picked an unsavory character to advance widely unpopular policies), you knew you had the advantage Republicans always hold in any electoral contest. You get to run against Democrats. That keeps every election close and it is a huge advantage that I don’t think we’ll ever be able to match.

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Carper Considers Quitting

Filed in National by on December 7, 2016 30 Comments
Carper Considers Quitting

I don’t know how I missed this:

Carper hasn’t decided if he will run for re-election in 2018

DOVER — U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who has held elected office in Delaware continuously for 40 years, has not yet decided whether he will seek a fourth term in the Senate.

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Sen. John Thune (R-SD) Looking to Carper’s Help Repealing the ACA as Early as January

Filed in National by on December 7, 2016 11 Comments
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) Looking to Carper’s Help Repealing the ACA as Early as January

Republican Senate leaders said Tuesday that they plan to charge through with their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act as soon as the new Congress convenes in January. “Obamacare repeal resolution will be the first item up in the new year,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at his weekly press conference after the GOP caucus lunch.

Either the GOP thinks it has Carper’s vote in the bag, or they want Obamacare repeal to fail YET AGAIN in order to be able to keep it in place in order to run against it YET AGAIN in the next mid-term.

Flip a coin. Both outlandish explanations make sense in the up is down world of Trump’s America.

If the answer is Carper’s vote is in the bag, we will be hearing about “budget balancing” as the vote draws near.

Thune said that Republicans will be attacking the ACA through budget reconciliation, a method that only requires a bare majority vote in the Senate. It is a method that Carper has previously supported when it entailed trading off “entitlement cuts” for debt reduction in what came to be called the “Grand Bargain.”

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Is Senator Chris Coons Completely Useless?

Filed in National by on December 6, 2016 8 Comments
Is Senator Chris Coons Completely Useless?

When it comes to standing up to Trump, Coons really is winning the “most spineless” derby. In a recent Slate Podcast Coons spends 15 minutes rephrasing all of Dahlia Lithwick’s questions about the beating that the Constitution is already taking, without ever answering any questions.

The closest he comes it an answer is to opine, from on high, about that fact that the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution sets up a “fascinating conflict” between originalists and people who think that the Constitution is a living document. Could there be a more entitled approach to Trump’s multiple and egregious conflicts of interest? “fascinating conflict” JESUS!

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Coons MIA, Bonini Shadow Governor, Carper spoiling for fight (over climate change?)

Filed in National by on December 6, 2016 2 Comments
Coons MIA, Bonini Shadow Governor, Carper spoiling for fight (over climate change?)

A couple of takeaways from yesterday’s NJ front pager from Adam Duvernay.

1) Coons is signaling a desire to just be left alone for four years. Fat chance of that happening. History has its eyes on this Congress. Will it be the one that sells out the Republic for a little peace and quiet and some highway money? The coons response to that appears to be a stage whisper, “Hell yes”

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Coons’ smootchy statement on nomination of General James Mattis for Sec Def

Filed in National by on December 5, 2016 9 Comments
Coons’ smootchy statement on nomination of General James Mattis for Sec Def

The Constitutional principle of civilian control of the military is a bunch of old-timey bullshit in the opinion of Senator Chris Coons. It might be anyway. He is studying it. I wonder what other parts of the Constitution are relics that might need shit canning? It isn’t an idle question because trump’s cabinet is shaping up to be one that will challenge Senators like Coons to decide how much of the Constitution still matters.

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Josh Marshall’s Thoughts on The Post 2016 Strawman War

Filed in National by on December 2, 2016 1 Comment
Josh Marshall’s Thoughts on The Post 2016 Strawman War

If you want to get past the hackey “purisists” vs. “pragmatists” arguments, this is a pretty good read.

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Occasional Words from the Resistance

Filed in National by on December 2, 2016 1 Comment

…from the desk of R.E. Vanella.

Like a Woodpecker With a Headache

The house at 1410 Quotidian Street was not the nicest on the block. It was in a category neighborhood people referred to as run-down. Not dilapidated or unoccupied, but in some manner of general disrepair and lazy upkeep that usually suggests one of two situations; an elderly or infirmed homeowner who lacked the resources or ability to manage proper maintenance, or occupied by a renter. In this case it was the latter.

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Senator Tom Carper has a position on the Trump/Ryan plan to phase out Medicare (sort of)

Filed in National by on December 2, 2016 6 Comments
Senator Tom Carper has a position on the Trump/Ryan plan to phase out Medicare (sort of)

While the Senator resist going on the record as being for or against the Trump/Ryan plan (which technically isn’t a fleshed out plan but an expressed desire to end Medicare) a Carper aide has provided me with this:

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Senator Tom Carper and Dem Senate Colleagues Take a Hard Line on Trump’s Treasury Pick

Filed in National by on December 1, 2016 4 Comments
Senator Tom Carper and Dem Senate Colleagues Take a Hard Line on Trump’s Treasury Pick

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

(Steve Mnuchin) is the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis…His selection as Treasury secretary should send shivers down the spine of every American who got hit hard by the financial crisis, and is the latest sign that Donald Trump has no intention of draining the swamp and every intention of running Washington to benefit himself and his rich buddies,”

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UPDATE 2: Carper STILL has no position on the Trump/Ryan plans to end Medicare

Filed in National by on November 30, 2016 5 Comments
UPDATE 2: Carper STILL has no position on the Trump/Ryan plans to end Medicare

Nov 30th, 3:20 pm UPDATE: I just called Carper’s DC office at (202) 224-2441, and Senator Tom Carper “has no position” on Paul Ryan’s plans to phase out Medicare next year and replace it with a voucher program which will force seniors to attempt to buy private insurance. I asked this time if there was […]

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Carper Coy on Congress Capo Convo

Filed in National by on November 30, 2016 5 Comments
Carper Coy on Congress Capo Convo

How utterly sick would it be for Carper to be the Senate minority leader? The answer is, so nauseatingly sick.

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Lisa Blunt Rochester’s first test & a DL Action Item

Filed in National by on November 30, 2016 6 Comments
Lisa Blunt Rochester’s first test  & a DL Action Item

The Republicans want a big bipartisan vote on banking de-regulation to gauge how cowed Democrats are by the election results. If past results give any future guidance, I’d bet that they are very cowed indeed. Congressional Democrats do not require election results to be cowed. That is their natural state. A bright spot could be a “No” vote from Lisa Blunt Rochester, but I’m not holding my breath.

As early as Wednesday, the House will take up H.R. 6392, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act. This bill would lift mandatory Dodd-Frank regulatory supervision for all banks with more than $50 billion in assets, meaning those financial giants would no longer be subject to blanket requirements regarding capital and leverage, public disclosures and the production of “living wills” to map out how to unwind during a crisis….

You can see with this bill’s framework how financial regulation in the Trump era will be relaxed, not by outright repeal but through deliberate atrophy. Republicans want to replace any mandatory rules for regulation with discretionary ones. That way they can claim that they’re merely improving the system by putting the decisions in the hands of the experts instead of members of Congress.

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