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You know, I don’t think they GAF

In my twitter stream…

They’ve got the votes and even if we vote every single Republican out of office, they will have set up the court to finally bury a knife into the back of the New Deal. They’ll scuttle any legislation that the donor class doesn’t like. They’ll be handsomely rewarded either with wingnut welfare or an ungodly amount of campaign cash.

They just do not care.

They’re like salmon who, having battered their way upstream to spawn, can die safely knowing that their legacy will live forever. So, of course they assume that the votes are there for Kavanaugh whether the public loathes him or not. He can be sworn in ASAP and all the elections in the world won’t change that unless the Democrats decide to impeach Clarence Thomas’s ass.

This is what we get for keeping our powder dry for years and let the Obamabots roll over the old coalition in 2008.

No, the rest of us don’t deserve it but just try to stop them. They think it’s fun to make us irrelevant. It’s what they live for.

I’d like to think public pressure in the next four days will make Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination because public humiliation of a partisan hack operative to the highest court in the land is effective. But even if he doesn’t, the GOP has the votes to shove him down our throats. And if they still want to after Monday, they will.

But don’t despair. Despair is for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We don’t know the end of this story yet. There could be a eucatastrophe. Like an asteroid. There’s always hope.

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61 Responses

  1. Hard not to feel despair. After all Thomas is still there and that is what these despicable Rs are banking on. This too shall pass and get a vote.

  2. Sheldon whitehouse has the right idea. He is saying the Democrats will look into this even if he gets the vote now, if they win in November. They should impeach him if there is something to it unlike what happened with Thomas.

  3. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? 😉

  4. The deplorable Rs in Congress are racing to implement their agenda before Mueller wrecks havoc, if at all he does. trump is the corrupt kleptocrat and traitor that they are willing to turn a blind eye to while doing their deeds. That is their pact — we won’t go after you for Russia but do as we say.

  5. Anita Hill and her 1991 congressional defenders to Joe Biden: You were part of the problem.

  6. Wow… MD has not statute of limitations. I hope all these women including Dr. Ford goes after their attackers.

  7. Anybody following this Ed Whelan nutcase and his theory?

  8. His finances are all kinds of red flags. Where did all the money (from his jobs) go?

    • You don’t have to report family gifts on Federal financial disclosure forms, so that might possibly have been the source for the 245K. God knows his parents are good for it. A gift that big should have shown up somewhere though (it’s taxable, after all).

      It might be perfectly legit, but I’d certainly ask some more questions if I were on the committee Maybe I should run for Senate. 😉

      A million-dollar mortgage is a *lot* for someone who was only (!) making $165K/year (the salary of a Federal district judge in 2006), however. It was the height of the mortgage bubble, though, and I don’t know how much his wife made in the White House.

  9. I agree with virtually all of RD’s opening comments. But I do think that our only hope in this regard is to figuratively burn down the rest of the protocols and norms, since the Republicans have already burned most of them. That means that if the Democrats control both houses and the Presidency in 2021, they add seats to the Supreme Court. No vacillating, not wringing of hands, just do it. There is no constitutional rule which sets the Court at nine. If they need some cover, just point to Garland not getting a hearing. I don’t care if Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell and David Gergen and the New York Times bemoan what the Democrats have done to our wonderful system. I do not care what Obama or Kerry or Biden or GW Bush say. Save the country by expanding the Court until there are more liberals than conservatives on it. Doesn’t that sound better than sitting for 50 years lamenting what the Republicans have done to the entire social system?

    And that’s not the only thing the Democrats should do, but it’s a start. Desperate times, etc.

    Now, I still think there is a decent chance that they’ll pull Kavanaugh. As I said the other day, they’ll make it look like he chose to do it out of nobility, and concern for the public welfare. They’ll blame it all on the Democrats, hoping to gain votes in the midterms that way. And then they’ve got all sort of other Federalist approved candidates to put in there. I’m surprised that they haven’t done this already, it is a win-win for them. I guess the only reason is that they fear that Democrats will win the Senate and block all nominees–as they should, but may not have the determination to do. But I’m still thinking that the Republicans hold the Senate, because somehow Florida is becoming more conservative (all the older conservatives in New York keep moving there?), and the evil Scott is going to beat the honorable veteran Nelson, what a tragedy. Somehow Heller is still tied in Nevada. We need three seats if we lose Florida, and that means all the Red state D incumbents must win, plus Nevada, Tennessee…..and Texas, strongest bastion of right-wing arrogant stupidity in the entire country. People should boycott everything that exists in (Don’t Mess With) Texas, and then see how self-sufficient they are.

    • I don’t think you’ll “save the country” by packing the Court. I think you’ll make it even more divided than it already is. Oh, you’ll be able to guarantee some favorable SCOTUS decisions for a few years, but you’ll cast a pall of illegitimacy over everything the Federal government does from that point forward and that will not end well. Not everyone in the country agrees with us, you know, and majorities are never permanent.

      • Between the credit card debt and the borrowing on his retirement, he doesn’t seem terribly responsible (or particularly smart). If he were a member of the precariat, rather than the DC elite, he’d be on the street by now.

      • That’s the second time, at least, you’ve said on this blog that majorities are never permanent.

        Very well, why can they never be permanent?

      • If Kavanaugh makes it on the court, the court is already delegitimized.

  10. That is a crucial and insightful point about how the Democrats, in their virtuous eagerness to anoint Obama, seriously damaged the old-line coalition which had existed since the New Deal. The facts are that during Obama’s eight years, Democrats lost 87 House seats, ten Senate seats, countless governorships and state houses. All of this allowed Republicans to run roughshod over all the norms, and bludgeon their way to the present state. Democrats are never great at voting in midterms, but they didn’t lose that many seats in any midterm until 2010, except for 1994, when a mostly made-up House postal scandal paved the way for the loss of 47 or so seats. But Democrats won seats in the midterms in 1998, and did fine in 2002, and well in 2006. They were “shellacked” in 2010 and 2014, because the Obama coalition did not deign to come out sufficiently in elections when he was not specifically on the ballot. Someone might go back years from how and decide that Donna Brazile herself lost the elections in 2000, 2010, 2014, 2016, through arrogant intransigence, racial preference, and complete incompetence, but there were other culprits, too.

    • Someone might go back years from how and decide that Donna Brazile herself lost the elections in 2000, 2010, 2014, 2016, through arrogant intransigence, racial preference, and complete incompetence

      That would be something to see… don’t think it would ever happen, but it should.

      • Well, it sort of depends on what your objectives are. Sure, if you’re actually interested in winning elections, you might characterize her as a complete incompetent – but she has managed to do rather well for herself. And that’s what’s *really* important, isn’t it?

  11. Agree expand the court but also limit their Terms. I would add that many of those former Norms and Ethics in Government should be made law and not just discarded. Giving any Political Party the power to shove down our throats their winner take all agenda is also not an acceptable answer. Also on my wish list,
    dump 2 Senators by State instead of population and redistricting that dose not include an equal distribution of people within a given State.

  12. BTW, I guessing the voters of South Carolina are hoping we Women won’t be putting up a massive fight against the redistribution of our tax revenues to aid their State even though they elected an ignorant offensive, misogynist, Dick like Representative Ralph Norman.

    • I think that this is something that needs to be organized: people in Blue states doing everything they can to boycott and divert revenues from Red states. Our political system has failed, in that a core of voters in small and rural states have enough concentrated power, particularly in the Senate; and through gerrymandering and vote suppression, to control the majority. The economic power of the country is concentrated in urban areas, and Blue states, but the tax codes force people to pay revenues which get redistributed to the rural states. It’s hard to change the tax codes, but I would recommend that in general, people on the liberal side should try to avoid supporting any businesses or products emanating from the Deep Red states. It might sound unfair, but otherwise we have something out of “The Matrix.” Of course there are exceptions if you have family or very close friends there, but otherwise, try not to ever vacation in a Red State, let’s see how their revenues do then. A list of companies owned by right-wing people can be made, and people can generally avoid buying their products. And of course, try to use as little gas as one can. They can’t force us to buy their products and visit their states, even while they divert our tax payments to themselves. It is awful that we have gotten to such a point, because we are all people. But we have to do everything we can to avoid becoming pawns in a totalitarian country run by religious fanatics and the super-rich. The other alternative would be to somehow convince the far Right voters to vote differently, but that currently seems impossible, outside of another Depression, which no one wants.

      • “I think that this is something that needs to be organized: people in Blue states doing everything they can to boycott and divert revenues from Red states. ”

        I assume you’ll start by not eating. Or, as a former Democratic Presidential nominee put it somewhat more flamboyantly:

        “I tell you that the great cities rest upon these broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic. But destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.”

        Declaring war on your fellow citizens is not an effective means of persuasion. You don’t beat a Trump by becoming him.

        • If Propertius had been living on December 8, 1941:

          “Declaring war on the Japanese Empire is not an effective means of persuasion. You don’t beat aggressors by becoming warriors.” 😉

          Seriously, how are the myrmidons in an Orc-horde of hate-junkies and Russian dupes our fellow citizens any longer?

          • Yeah, except William isn’t talking about the 大独逸帝國 – he’s talking about declaring economic war on the citizens of the “Red states” (including presumably our friend in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District). For that matter, since Pennsylvania went for Trump, I assume he wants to declare war on RD, too. This seems, ahem, a bit excessive.

            As I recall, the last time part of the US declared war on the rest of the country was when South Carolina shelled Fort Sumter. I seem to remember that didn’t work out very well for them. At all.

            The only way someone in the Northeast (for example) can “boycott” the Red states is by:

            1) Not eating (remember, even most California produce comes from parts of the state that went Republican)
            2) Not using any electricity (thereby not buying any coal or natural gas)
            3) Turning off the heat this winter
            4) Obviously not driving or using public transport

            Holing up for a long, hungry January freezing in the dark seems untenable and is frankly unlikely to accomplish anything positive. It will drastically reduce your carbon footprint, though.

            Boycotting places that gave us the likes of Tom Harkin, George McGovern, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Dick Gephardt or were among the first to give women the vote (Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, etc.) or sent the first woman to Congress (Montana) over an error in judgement seems misguided. Perhaps one’s time might be better spent figuring out how places that were the birthplace of the Progressive movement and hotbeds of radical labor activism (like the IWW or the UMW) were lost to us in the first place.

            And, of course, if you’re talking about more than economic warfare (which would be insane), I’d strongly suggest you check out the demographics of US military enlistees (https://www.scribd.com/doc/234387674/State-Enlistments), to say nothing of where the most heavily-armed civilians (many of whom have military experience, of course) happen to reside.

          • No, I was not literally talking about another Civil War.

            Damn it all to Areinnye, I was blowing off steam, PROFESSOR.

            Propertius, I find you to be the equivalent of fingernails–make that Wolverine’s adamantium claws–on a chalkboard, and so I do not think I want to converse with you any longer.

            Please do not address me again.

            May your life and your afterlife be blessed and joyous.

            Farewell.

        • William Jennings Bryan?

  13. So Ed Whelan is all ‘I made an appalling mistake…” Who are these motherfuckers? They can’t even… Why are these fuckers in charge? Really, why? Republican party should be burned to the ground. They are all con men and interested in self enrichment, nothing else, crooks, thieves, unethical motherfuckers. This is like a nightmare that goes on and on. I hope Kamala Harris grills that motherfucker Kavanaugh if he was part of this conspiracy. Of course, he will lie with impunity and the majority does not give a fuck.

  14. This Kavanaugh thing is a whole clusterfuck. WH is corrupted beyond imagination; Congress is corrupted beyond reason and now the SCOTUS. This is an untenable situation for this country. Pootie’s wildest dream come true.

  15. I apologize for the length of this comment. I heartily agree with Riverdaught regarding the decision it made in 2008 regarding its favoritism of Obama over Hillary.

    It seems that the Democratic Party, in its embrace of Obama in 2008, did not realize what a mistake that they were making. They selected a man who loved campaigning as it warmly reflected on his own ego. After 2008, he made comments that implied that he expected governing to be easier. He did not have much experience in office and he did not like the rough and tumble that politics can be. His lack of experience has made it seem that experience in government administration is not essential. So then you have candidates like tRump or Cynthia Nixon without legislative or government experience. Even Oprah considered running for POTUS.

    In my home state of Illinois, people elected Bruce Rauner, GOP, as governor in 2014. He is a very successful businessman who expected the state legislature to enact his “turnaround” agenda (i.e., pro-business, anti-union) for the state after his inauguration. He did not compromise with the legislature and the state did not have a budget for 3 years. Illinos was a microcosm of what would happen if tRump won.

    As for the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, they may push more people to vote for the Democratic senate candidates in November. It seems that the Senate may go to a Democratic majority as well. It is possible to impeach a sitting Supreme Court justice, but it has not been done since 1804. As with the president, the House could impeach, but it requires two-thirds of the Senate to convict. If a Democratic House impeaches, the charges must be severe enough to make it easy for the GOP senators to vote for conviction to get him out.

    All may not be lost regarding Kavanaugh. If more women come forward, or if the GOP senators realize that they will lose female voters in November, if may give them the cover they need to vote against him. Many of the women now in the House and Senate were elected following the Clarence Thomas debacle.

    After losing the 1980, 1984, and 1988 elections, the Democratic party paid more attention to winning the White House than local elections. The GOP was strengthening its control in the states in that time. It was another mistake in tactics and strategy.

    Changing the Supreme Court by imposing term limits or increasing the number of justices will require constitutional amendments. Congress must pass laws with the changes which then require approval of two-thirds of the state legislatures. The states have 7 years from the time of Congressional passage of the proposed amendments. The same applies regarding the elimination of the Electoral College.

    Democrats in state legislatures could also pass laws that would change how the Electoral College votes are apportioned within the state. They could decide to have it apportioned by the percentage of the votes each candidate received within the state. A few states have something similar.

    Changes to the Supreme Court or Electoral College will not happen unless a majority of states have Democratic legislatures. With a Kavanaugh on the SCOTUS, it will be imperative to have a Democratic majority in state legislatures to counter the negative effects of the anti-union, anti-choice SCOTUS.

    Nixon thought Reagan made a mistake in reaching out to evangelicals and bringing them into the party. I hope that the evangelicals and GOP have finally overreached and are heading for a fall!

    • I was going to write a post on the evangelicals today, so I am glad that you mentioned them. I usually do not watch Brian Williams, but I got home and turned on his show, and he was talking about an article about how the evangelicals are demanding that Trump and the Republicans immediately get Kavanaugh approved; that stacking the Court with their kind of people is the price they are willing to pay for Trump’s indiscretions.

      I read something in the past where Barry Goldwater, certainly a pretty far Right conservative, though he wouldn’t be in this era, said that he had absolutely given up in trying to convince evangelicals of anything; said that they don’t listen, do not want to even respond to facts. I read an article many years ago in the New Republic about how evangelicals were taking over state legislatures; and I thought that it was not a major threat, but it obviously was. It could well be said that the evangelicals are the greatest threat to our democracy, they are a core of voters which is determined to get their way about everything, and which tirelessly votes and organizes. I am not an expert in their ideology, but I imagine that they want a religious state where only their views are imposed. Prayers in schools, abortion illegal, books banned and burned, and so on. And they will never stop. And they are not a majority at all, but they are concentrated in enough states that they can take over the House and Senate as they have done. And there are enough utterly greedy fat cat Republicans who will contract with them in order to get their tax cuts and environment destroying legislation through.

      This country was largely settled by religious fanatics, and the thread has continued in various incarnations throughout our history, from the Puritans witch hunts; to Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards; to the Great Awakenings; the Catholic League; the anti-semitism of Father Coughlin; the book burnings in the ’40’s and ’50’s, and so on. No one dares to stand up to this kind of authoritarian religiosity now, though the Founders were articulate in doing so, and installed freedom of religion in our Constitution. Just because someone says that god has mandated them to do this or that, does not make it so. There has to be some way to attack this repressive and dictatorial religious movement, which is threatening to turn America into a combination of “1984,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and the Dark Ages.

      • I think Nixon felt that Reagan was wrong to bring the evangelicals into the Republican party. Reagan saw that it was possible to win with them, but may not have realized how far to the right it would turn the party.

        I don’t entirely agree that the country was primarily settled by religious fanatics, although there have been many of them over the course of history . The Puritans were dissenters to the establishment Church of England as were the Quakers and other groups.

        I believe that one of the failures of the American educational system is to fully teach American history. By this I mean that while American and British history branch off after the American Revolution, there were events in Great Britain that influenced James Madison and other of our “Founding Fathers.”

        James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were well educated as were many of the members of the Continental Congress. They would have been well versed in British history.

        There were three events of which they would have been familiar. These were the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 and the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. In 1688, James II of England was over thrown by his daughters Anne and Mary because he had converted to Catholicism. Mary and her husband William ruled first and Anne succeeded them. When Anne died in 1714, she did not have any children to succeed her. James had two sons who had grown up in exile in France, but both were Catholic. After George I was brought over from Hanover in Germany (a distant relative of the Stuart line), many were disappointed. The first Jacobite Rebellion was an attempt to restore the Stuart line, as was the second Jacobite Rebellion in 1745. Neither succeeded. An the Scots who took part in these died in battle, or were sentenced to death, or were transported to the American colonies.

        So when I hear or read of evangelicals espousing the theory that we are a Christian nation because of the “Founding Fathers,” I feel it’s an incorrect characterization. The First Amendment to the Constitution states:

        Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

        While I dislike Brett Kavanaugh for his conservatism, his views on labor unions and his pro-life beliefs, I also dislike that he may be part of elevating Christianity to a “favored religion status.”

    • “Democrats in state legislatures could also pass laws that would change how the Electoral College votes are apportioned within the state. They could decide to have it apportioned by the percentage of the votes each candidate received within the state. A few states have something similar.”

      They certainly could, since the Constitution leaves the selection of electors up to the states. The question is, how likely is an individual state to do this? Any state that enacts proportional allocation is reducing its overall influence in the election process. If Democrats in large, blue states decide to do this (and Republicans in smaller Red states do not), then they’ve effectively ceded even more control over the selection of the President. Believe me, nothing would make national Republicans happier than if New York or California decided to go with proportional elector allocation.

      There was a push to do this here in Colorado several years ago, led by a friend of mine who was at the time a fairly influential Democratic state legislator. It failed miserably.

      • It’s a good point. It would have seemed a way to get around the Electoral College and the unfair advantage the smaller states have. A small state might have one representative and two senators, so it gets three Electoral College votes. Since some of these small states, such as Idaho, tend to go Republican, it’s unlikely that the state legislatures would be willing to have a proportionate system.

        As a Democrat, I am not willing to give an inch to the other side either. A few weeks ago, one of the more red meat Rublican state legislators came to my door. She was canvassing for her fellow Republican who was running for the open seat for the district in which I live. She tried dangling the prospect of lower taxes to get me to commit to voting for him. I told her that I am a Democrat and was voting for the Democrat.

        After she left, I was offended that she thought I could be bought by the prospect of lower taxes. Since Reagan, the Republican party has shifted wealth to the 1%. Wages when adjusted for inflation have remained flat since the 1970s, yet the costs of things such as college have risen. So it seems that Republicans do not want government to be in the business of helping people.

        If Kavanaugh is confirmed, and Roe is struck down, the battle for reproductive rights will shift back to the states. It will be up to the Democrats to work within the states to protect reproductive rights, the environment and to promote other issues.

        Since Republicans are fond of quoting “state rights,” it would be nice to beat them in state legislatures until we can beat them at the Federal level again.

      • You are correct in identifying the problem. It really is going to have to be total abolishiment of the EC because monkeying around with it and splitting votes is going to do nothing but make things worse.

        • True, but getting rid of the EC will require that Congress pass a law which then must be approved by two-thirds of state legislatures. If the state legislature is controlled by Republicans and they know of the advantage that they have in the small conservative, Western states, then it will not be passed. With only 7 years allowed to meet the two-thirds requirement, the proposed amendment can easily fail.

          Democrats must really develop a 50 strategy at the federal and state levels.

  16. I’m having many awful flashbacks to the Clarence Thomas hearings. Can someone explain how Charles Grassley(!) can be a US Senator for thirty seven years? Is Iowa so bereft of talented, ambitious people?

    • Pretty much, I guess, given that Ernst is the other Senator. But of course we know that incumbency is a powerful ticket to getting re-elected. I had read that Iowa is virtually lost to Democrats, and that is so hard to fathom; it wasn’t that long ago when Vilsack was governor; and I remember Harold Hughes, a Senator who supported Eugene McCarthy in 1968. And of course Tom Harkin. Clinton and Obama both won Iowa twice. So maybe it will swing back again But there are some sinister forces at work in our country to brainwash voters in formerly reasonable states like Missouri and West Virginia, and even Ohio. It can’t be just racism, that is too pat. Fox News? People who do not any longer have the slightest comprehension of economics, and how Republicans will destroy our economy? Do people want to lose their Social Security and Medicare, or do are they so ignorant of these things, that they don’t comprehend the inevitable effects of Republican policies? They think that ACA is just going to continue under Republicans–until it’s just gone, and they are then told that it was Democrats’ fault, and that the economy is great? This was the kind of thing which went on in “1984,” and we had always thought that Americans were largely too intelligent to accept such lies.

  17. Yeah, Ed Whelan, how did you know who the female classmate is when she has not been named?

  18. “This is what we get for keeping our powder dry for years and let the Obamabots roll over the old coalition in 2008.”

    And for writing off large portions of the country by abandoning the 50-state strategy. I’m hopeful that that particular exercise in folly is at an end – at least the last email I got from the DNC says it is.

  19. I am convinced that Michael Schmidt is a conduit for the Far Right. They use him for their own purposes. He is a bad person.

  20. Schmidt has basically dared Trump to fir Mueller and Rosenstein, once by asking him at a conference about ” red lines,” then by getting on TV many times and saying that “Trump has lacked the guts to fire Mueller.” Now he “comes up with” a story about Rosenstein taping conversations, and wanting to invoke the 25th Amendment. This will surely get him fired, which is Schmidt’s goal. What source? Who came up with this story of what supposedly took place a year ago, and why did Schmidt get it? I

  21. Here is one of the tells on Trump. When he attacks a news outlet, he is buffering their support of him. He attacks CNN all the time, and they are much more favorable to him than MSNBC, and Zucker is his buddy. He attacks the New York Times, but never the WaShington Post. Oh, he goes after Bezos, but does not mention the paper, because he doesn’t want anyone to read it. But the NYT has done many things favorable to him, including this latest, which somehow comes out a year after the alleged facts, and right during the Kavanaugh hearing, and right when Mueller is getting closer and closer, and Trump is declassifying everything.

  22. Guess which way the independents are breaking on this.

  23. An easy way to free up hours is to turn on the first five minutes of every MSNBC show, and see how they are handling this bogus NYT story. Matthews has MIchael Schmidt on, so one never has to watch Matthews again. Schmidt is a very bad character who is fed stories by the Trump people. Maggie Haberman has some part in this as well. I would say that 90% of the Trump stories they get are fed to them by either Trump’s people, or Trump himself.

    Apparently the Washington Post is reporting that someone who was at the meeting said that McCabe suggested that the DOJ investigate Trump,and McCabe replied, “What do you want me to do, Andy, wiretap him?” in a sarcastic manner. There is no way that Rosenstein would suggest wiretapping Trump, and even less way that he would say something idiotic about trying to get Kelly and Mattis to join with him in invoking the 25th Amendment, which can only be invoked if the VP agrees that the President cannot discharge his duties, along with I think two-thirds of the Cabinet. The whole thing is ludicrous, but NYT either took the bait, or wanted to write this to discredit Rosenstein and give Trump cover to fire him, Mueller, and everyone else at DOJ and FBI he doesn’t like, or the Russians tell him to fire. It is one of the most despicable episodes in this entire saga, and the writers of this article should all be fired, but will not be. We have all seen the ways in which the NYT has savaged Hillary over the last twenty years or so. None of this is idle coincidence, there is a gameplan, and it continues. The number of broadcast media who fall for this will tell us much about what is left of our country.

    • I agree completely. Schmidt and Legacy Haberman are as anti-Clinton- and all true Democrats- as was Jeff Gerth. Was Schmidt involved with the bogus FBI-DOJ-Times story that Hillary Clinton was going to be indicted that appeared the summer before the election? As usual with the NYT, a bogus story that appeared on the front page gets retracted on page sixteen.

    • As with every uncharacteristically pro-Trump move made by allegedly anti-Trump figures or institutions these days, we must consider the possibility that the Sulzberger clan owns a few closeted skeletons, and that Vladimir Satanovich Putin has learned the locations and contents of those closets.

  24. Story actually says Rosenstein wanted to persuade Kelly and Sessions to invoke 25th Amendment. That is beyond absurd; that he would suggest this, and that he would think it would accomplish anything beyond getting him fired. He never did it, never would suggest it.

  25. Remember, remember, the 21st of September… :mrgreen:

  26. Don’t know if anybody mentioned this in the comments yet, Montgomery county PD chief has said they will investigate if Ford files a report. Let these mfers have their vote while she files a complaint.

  27. Mark Judge’s Memoir About Brett Kavanaugh’s High School Portrays a Culture of Aggression and Excessive Drinking
    Peter Maass

    September 22 2018, 6:30 a.m.

    https://theintercept.com/2018/09/22/mark-judge-wasted-brett-kavanaugh/

  28. The Touhou world’s Aki sisters (kami of autumn) welcome you to their season. 😀

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