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July 23 Open Thread: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Mess?

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 23, 2018 13 Comments

At this point, Trump is like a drunken frat boy lying on the floor in a puddle of his own piss loudly declaring, “I’m all right!” A lot of Republicans are going to believe him for the simple reason that the first one who acknowledges the obvious truth will have to mop the floor. It’s […]

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July 22 Open Thread: Democrats in the Woods Looking for Their Balls

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on July 22, 2018 4 Comments

The timidity of the Democratic Party establishment has long been chronicled ’round these parts, but it’s getting late in the election cycle and the mainstream pundits are starting to react with the same frustration that’s common ’round these parts. America’s best daily newspaper columnist, Leonard Pitts, questions whether the party’s leaders understand that they’re in […]

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July 21 Open Thread: This Self-Inflicted Cut Hit Bone

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 21, 2018 6 Comments

I’m going to go ahead and state the obvious here: When you hold a news conference and afterwards 49% of Americans think you committed treason, it doesn’t leave you a lot of wiggle room. The lockstep GOP consists of the 27% who disagreed, not a lot more than the 21% or Republicans who agreed that […]

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July 20 Open Thread: Trump Dreams of Biden

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 20, 2018 9 Comments

Is Donald Trump trying to goad Joe Biden into running for president? Sure seems that way. He just repeated his claim that Biden is the Democrat he’d most like as an opponent in the 2020 race. Biden is Hamletting his decision, but he’s not one to back down from a mano-a-mano challenge, and Trump knows […]

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July 19 Open Thread: Back in the USSR

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 19, 2018 9 Comments

Having just arrived back from the land of Les Bleus, I thought I’d take a look at how Trump’s open treason was playing with the folks back home. As my Magic 8-Ball would say, “Outlook not so good.” Trump cultists, of course, see nothing but good. That’s how cultists are; nothing can be done about […]

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July 6 Open Thread: OK, Black Bart, Now You Get Yours

Filed in National, Open Thread by on July 6, 2018 3 Comments

I’m not denying that Scott Pruitt’s downfall is satisfying. We all want to see these bastards get theirs, and as Amanda Marcotte says, liberals needed something to celebrate after the most destructive week yet of the Trump Interregnum. But this victory is hollow, because Pruitt’s cartoonish corruption wasn’t the actual problem. As she wrote before […]

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June 25 Open Thread: I Say, My Good Man, Jailing Babies Seems Not Quite Cricket

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 25, 2018 14 Comments

The headline is my crack at showing the proper level of civility apparently required when pointing out to certain of our fellow citizens that they are monsters — a notion to which I, along with some of my leftist fellow travelers, cry, “Bullshit! With a capital SHIT!” Josh Marshall: [I]t is simply too comical to […]

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June 24 Open Thread: No Dinner For Sarah

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 24, 2018 4 Comments

Most people prefer simple narratives to complex ones, which is why Nicholas Sparks sells a lot more novels than, say, David Foster Wallace. It’s also why, amid the falling debris of Festung America, people have fastened onto the story of a small-town Virginia restaurant that refused service to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The restaurant is in […]

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June 23 Open Thread: The Cruelty Is Politically Motivated

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 23, 2018 9 Comments

Anyone who thinks the controversy over Trump’s immigration policies will cost Republicans bigly in November had better sober up. The issue is doing exactly what Trump wants — firing up Republicans so they’ve as motivated to vote as Democrats are. And it’s working. There are some uncomfortable facts that Democrats who see the issue as […]

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June 22 Open Thread: Do U Care? Well, Do U, Punk?

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 22, 2018 27 Comments

I have never for a moment thought that Melania Trump cared — her resting face says “bored rich model” better than words ever could — so I can only begin to guess her actual motivation for wearing the now-infamous $39 jacket printed with “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” Obviously she knew what she was […]

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June 21 Open Thread: Trump Head-Fake Fools Nobody

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 21, 2018 18 Comments

The family separation controversy cooled off for a few hours yesterday as Trump promised to sign an executive order ending the practice. What he did instead was declare we would now operate what Samantha Bee called “Mommy and Me prisons,” which also sets up a battle with the federal courts. The separation policy has at […]

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June 20 Open Thread: What Do Nuts Do? They Crack

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 20, 2018 7 Comments

More Trump performances, please, like the one he put on for House Republicans Tuesday night. They gathered with him to hear how to proceed with Trump’s immigration fiasco but instead got yet another unhinged rant about everything but. He was even booed — by House Republicans! — when he launched into a nasty attack on […]

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June 19 Open Thread: Stop Calling Us Nazis!

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

How dare you call Jeff Sessions a Nazi! Some people have been doing that, and he was quick to point out the difference: Nazis kept Jews from leaving, while Sessions is keeping foreigners from entering. Big difference, ergo not Nazis. Another difference: The Nazis gave Sophie a choice. The shit show has gone on for […]

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