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Considered ‘shopping the heads of all five new senators on the New Kids. Nahhh.

Yr Wonkette tracked all 34 Senate races this year, and while we were really looking forward to doing a piece celebrating the Dems’ new Senate majority, we’ll just have to settle for introducing you to six — count ’em! — of the seven new members of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. At least we can be a little chuffed: five of ’em are D’s, and four are women, meaning the next Senate will have more women, nasty and otherwise, than any other. (The 115th Congress as a whole will be the most diverse ever, with more women of color than any previous Congress, too.) The real winner this year? EMILY’s List, which supported all four women on this page.

The electoral excitement isn’t over: Louisiana’s farkakte senate election, as predicted, will be decided by a December 10 runoff between Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell.

So let’s meet the newbs, who will have the least seniority and will probably have to take the worst offices with lousy views, but are ready to get out there and do Representative Democracy to us. We’ll go roughly west to east here:

Calfornia: Kamala Harris (D)

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To fill the seat of the inestimable Barbara Boxer, Californians chose Attorney General Kamala Harris, who was the front-runner from the get-go. She’ll be the first African American and Indian American to represent California in the Senate, and at 52, has the potential to serve a long, distinguished Senate career. Harris has already made it quite clear she’s going to do everything she can to protect immigrants, both legal and undocumented, against whatever crazy ideas Donald Trump comes up with. She’s called Trump’s Big Beautiful Border Wall and plan for mass deportations “absolutely unrealistic.”

“This issue of how we are treating our immigrants, and in particular our undocumented immigrants, is one of the most critical issues facing our country,” Harris said. “We are not going to be achieving who we say we are as a country if we attack our community members, our neighbors, our friends and our colleagues.”

She’s also hopeful that, despite Trump’s win and the Republican hold on Congress, some kind of comprehensive immigration reform can be achieved, saying she thinks “Republicans have come to understand that this is something they’re going to have to deal with.” She’s also pledging that she and other Senate Democrats will carefully vet Trump’s nominee to the vacant Supreme Court seat, but won’t engage in the kind of nobody-gets-a-hearing obstruction the R’s used against Barack Obama: “There’s too much work to be done. I don’t expect the Democrats are going play those kinds of games.”

Nevada: Catherine Cortez Masto (D)

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As we noted in our piece on Harry Reid yesterday, we like the cut of Catherine Cortez Masto’s jib. The Senate’s first Latina, she’s promised to remind Donald Trump that the presidency isn’t an imperial position, saying in her acceptance speech, “Our government is built on a system of checks and balances. And I will promise you this: I will be one hell of a check and balance on him.” A former state attorney general, Cortez Masto was Reid’s preferred successor, and mobilized Hillary Clinton supporters, especially Latinos, to beat congressman Joe Heck, who she portrayed as too close to Donald Trump (needless to say, Heck also had a ton of Koch Brothers money. Imagine!). Heck undorsed Trump after the Pussy Tape, which may have lost him some rabid R votes. It probably didn’t help Heck that his campaign tried to suggest she was overplaying her ethnicity — one opposition op-ed by a Hispanic Heck supporter even put “Latina” in scare quotes when describing her, as if her grandfather’s having been from Mexico wasn’t enough to count. Beyond that,

The former political director for Heck’s campaign, Tom McAllister, tweeted in September that “Catherine is about as Mexican as I am.” McAllister and a former aide for Heck described Cortez Masto’s Senate campaign as “Hispandering at its finest.”

Looks like Nevadans think she’s as Latina as she needs to be, and may have been a bit put off my a bunch of gringos saying she was faking it. Perhaps they should have tried calling her Pocahontas or something.

Illinois: Tammy Duckworth (D)

the smile of dubious loyalties.

Do we really need to say again how awesome Tammy Duckworth is? Lost her legs in an RPG attack on her helicopter in Iraq, stayed in the National Guard after rehab, worked in the VA, huge advocate for veterans as a member of the House of Representatives for two terms, and used her robot feet to kick out Mark Kirk, one of the most forgettable beneficiaries of the Teabag Tsunami of 2010, after his single undistinguished term. Tammy Duckworth is progressive Badassery personified, and we expect her to be fierce in the Senate, too. She has been lucky, in some ways, to have run against a series of idiots who had a talent for saying incredibly embarrassing things, but it wasn’t her opponents’ gaffes that got her elected. It was her own toughness. She will go far in the Senate, and beyond if she wants.

Indiana: Todd Young (R)

Todd Young

The one Republican freshman in our roundup, Todd Young served three terms in the House after being elected in 2010’s Teanami, yet had incredibly poor name recognition statewide going into this year’s Senate race against former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh. The exit polls showed Bayh was perceived as too much of a “Washington insider’ for this year’s throw-the-bums-out mood, even though Bayh wasn’t actually in. No matter, he was a former senator and a lobbyist, and 2016 was a year when “experience” and “competence” were considered highly suspect. In an interview with local TV, Young said he’s looking forward to being part of a conservative wave in Congress, and of course to saying “Hoosier” at every opportunity (three times in the brief interview transcript). He’s not sure Donald Trump will really build a “wall” on the border, and if he doesn’t, Young is fine with that, since everyone knew it was a metaphor, right?

Maryland: Chris Van Hollen (D)

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As we said way back in April, Maryland is such a reliably blue state that the winner of the Democratic primary was all but guaranteed to take the general, and that’s what happened. Chris Van Hollen has been in the House since 2002, is progressive as anything, and won’t take any crap from Donald Trump. He’ll be a fine replacement for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, and at a post-election news conference this week, she passed him the “torch,” although since apparently they hadn’t done an extensive props search, it was actually a toy lightsaber. We’re perfectly cool with that. Now use your Jedi weapon and strike down some stupid Republican bills, Chris. Van Hollen said that while Trump won the election, his popular vote loss means it’s Trump’s job to reach out and win over the opposition.

New Hampshire: Maggie Hassan (D)

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New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan beat incumbent Kelly Ayotte in a squeaker of a race that wasn’t finally called until Wednesday afternoon, beating Ayotte by only 743 votes statewide. Yeah, your vote doesn’t matter. (And if a few voters per district had gone the other way in a few swing states, Hillary Clinton would be president-elect.) Hassan’s going to fight to protect Planned Parenthood funding, fight Donald Trump on nearly everything, and work to do something about the Northeast’s opioid epidemic. And that new guy in the White House? Welp, she might be open to infrastructure spending and doing something about opioid addiction: “I will work with President-elect Trump when it is in the best interests of the country and New Hampshire, and stand up to him when it isn’t,” she said after the election.

So there’s your guide to 2016’s new faces; we’re bummed it doesn’t include at least two more Democrats. But come 2018, two years of President Trump may change that, even though more D’s will be up for reelection than R’s. Call it a hunch.

[Arcadiana Advocate / USA Today / LAT / Mother Jones / WHAS / Baltimore Sun / Boston Herald]

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  • Msgr_Moment

    Can I say that I’m in love? With votes, of course.

    • Me not sure

      Don’t hold out on us. Is it Kamala? Did you sit with her at lunch? DId she talk to you? TELL!

      • Msgr_Moment

        All I can say is, if girls have cooties, I don’t want to be cootie-free.

        • Me not sure

          Don’t worry about that.

  • zerosumgame0005

    I was so happy to vote for Ms. Harris, and Hillary! at least we got one reasonable person in office…

  • Msgr_Moment
    • Vecchiojohn

      Stealers!!

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Throw the bums out, by which we mean promote that one guy from the House to the Senate.”
    — Indiana

    • dshwa

      At the risk of repeating myself one to many times, we in NY, with one of the most corrupt State governments ever conceived by man, every election we say “kick the bums out,” but what we really mean is “kick everyone else’s bums out.”

    • dslindc

      And that homophobic Governor to VP.
      -Also Indiana

  • Jeffocaster in the desert

    Regress in some places, progress in others.

  • Vagenda and Tiara

    Kamala Harris is making me tingly in my bathing suit area.

    • Me not sure

      Do NOT treat that with talcum powder!

    • Carpe Vagenda

      I really like her, although as the race went on I was equally invested in watching her awful opponent lose (because that was some rank shit that woman had coming out of her mouth)

  • Daisy

    Yay for more Democratic ladies in the Senate! (I have to admit, I was hoping even more for Tammy Duckworth than Kamala Harris, even though I live in California.)

  • Vagenda and Tiara

    Grrrr…this is why Democrats make me mad:
    “She’s also pledging that she and other Senate Democrats will carefully vet Trump’s nominee to the vacant Supreme Court seat, but won’t engage in the kind of nobody-gets-a-hearing obstruction the R’s used against Barack Obama: “There’s too much work to be done. I don’t expect the Democrats are going play those kinds of games.”

    Why the fuck should we allow TRUMP to appoint a SC justice? He LOST the popular vote. Where’s the “voice of the people” Republicans?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Bullshit. This is war. These assholes are treating it as such. If you don’t fight back, you’re surrendering.

      • Vagenda and Tiara

        Let’s all sing Kumbaya while they screw us raw.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      The Democrats are seen as weak and not as people to be trusted to fight for people and this is exactly fucking why.

      • kbbaldwin2

        I agree. It has been my position for years that a large number of elected Democrats seem to be lacking an actual spine.

    • Stulexington

      I’m hoping that’s just “unlike the Republicans, we’ll actually go through the motions before rejecting the candidate.”

  • DainBramage the BBROYGBVGW

    Good stuff, mostly. Until the Gawd-awful Emperor abolishes Congress.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Donald, my friend, don’t go to far…you need someone to applaud your speeches. Just make sure they know the machine guns are loaded.”
      — Vladimir Putin

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Hey our delegation is diverse too! We’ve got idiots, religious fanatics, closet cases, paranoids, goldbugs, pervs, gun nuts, end times weirdos, militia whackos, creationists and other sorts of crazy, stupid, mostly male white folks!”
    — The Republican Delegation to Congress

    • tomamitai

      Don’t forget non-college educated white women, who voted for the pussy grabber bigly!

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Voted for, but not actually in the delegation, I think.

        • Seek

          No they’re home making sammiches for their man

    • Sean McLaren

      “I will of course have room in my Evil Overlord army for the mutants and oddball psychotics”

  • Latverian Diplomat

    I’m guessing the filibuster will be abolished about 15 seconds after the Democrats try to use it for anything.

    Not that I’ll miss it really.

    • Anna Rompage

      I could be mistaken, but I believe the senate needs to vote on that at the very beginning of the session when they agree on the rules of the senate..

      • Latverian Diplomat

        That’s the easy way to do it, but there is also the “nuclear option”.

        • Me not sure

          I believe that the so-called “nuclear option” would require a filibuster-proof majority if the filibuster rule is not changed on opening day of the session.
          The Republicans only have 8 seats in the Senate at risk next time around, and may just throw the dice on keeping control and blow it out on day one.
          God have mercy on us all if that happens.

          • Latverian Diplomat

            As I understand it, all the nuclear option requires is a parliamentarian willing to rule that the filibuster rules “obviously” don’t apply in certain cases, and a majority willing to accept such a ruling..

          • Me not sure

            Then the rules mean only what the parliamentarian says. Isn’t the parliamentarian’s job at the pleasure of the majority anyway? If so we are well and truly fucked.

          • Latverian Diplomat

            All rules-based institutions depend on the willingness of most participants to follow the rules…that’s why the Republicans have been so destructive of institutions.

  • Vecchiojohn
  • Vecchiojohn

    Is this our “I Participated ” post?

  • Vagenda and Tiara

    I don’t know if there’s a clip up of Paul Ryan “answering” Jake Tapper’s question about whether the GOP will include affordable birth control in their new health plan. Highly entertaining to watch Ryan get angry, and NOT answer the question, about a “plan that hasn’t been written yet.” This was AFTER he advised everyone to go to his website to read his plan. How do I read a non-existent plan?

    • dshwa

      I’m guessing Trapper didn’t mention Ryan saying to go read the plan in response. Might have been seen as partisan. Or impolite.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        and risk access? perish the thought…

      • Vagenda and Tiara

        No, he didn’t say “what do you mean it hasn’t been written? You just told us to go read your plan, now you’re saying it doesn’t exist?”

    • Foreign Agitator Ron

      Even the housemate turned off CNN. I think she couldn’t stand the gloating.

    • Stulexington

      “just go to my website and read that I have no plan and stop trying to get me to admit I have no plan, it’s annoying, shouldn’t you be groveling at my feet now that we’ve won all the things?”

      • Celtic_Gnome

        I went to his page. On the Issues page, under Health Care, is just a rehash of why the ACA is bad and everything the Republicans did to mitigate that badness. Nothing in there about a replacement plan.

        They still don’t have it.

  • Blender_415

    As a WAM (White American Male), I fully support our newest vagina-having overlords. Give it your best shot; we’re here for you (and also make fun of you if you do something silly, b/c that’s how Wonkette non-commentors roll).

    • Thanksgiving Loki

      As a WAM I am in mourning over the fact that we don’t have a vagina-having overlord to enact a vagenda of manicide, and instead have a two bit con-artist ready to destroy democracy.

  • No new handsome “Confirmed Bachelors” this time around?

    • Vecchiojohn

      Were you hoping for one?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Guess I’ll have to work overtime.”
      — Lindsey Graham

    • Thanksgiving Loki

      Remember Aaron Schock? I wouldn’t say they were good times, but they were hilarious times. And times filled with the question, “It’s 2016, so what’s your damage, Heather?”

  • Msgr_Moment

    Couldn’t find a print-ready version of Austin Hudson’s Uncle Sam art, so I borrowed one and rotated it a degree before cropping. One now resides on my office door. Safe space.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6438a9ea4f7350be2608750f23bad712352b5f57f615d87db8a155dba80c6cfc.png

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    I’m now reminded of Weekend Update last night where Colin attempted a coffee break while the names of the women added to the Senate flew by on the screen. Yup. We all wish you’d have had a longer break too.

    • dslindc

      So much longer. SNL overall was quite good last night. That cold open was appropriate and emotional.

      • dshwa

        That open was amazing on so many levels I can’t even begin to do it justice with words.

        • CogitoErgoBibo

          Really was. Agree with you both. It was absolutely fitting and lovely. Perfect way to open. However I think my favorite thing was the election night party skit. I was in the mood for some gallows humor.

          • dshwa

            I didn’t watch, just saw a clip of the open.

      • Saxo the Grammarian

        The opening was genius, a shout-out to the late Leonard Cohen and a moment of emotional catharsis regarding the election. I tried singing along and I totally lost it on the 2nd verse.

        • Resistance Fighter Astraea

          I was so impressed that she kept it together through the whole song.

          • dslindc

            I was too. I wonder how many times she rehearsed.

        • SeekingNastyBarbie

          I wept.

          • sgt. jmk of the resistance

            Yep. Totally did also too.

        • Objectifer

          That’s a difficult song. Especially with no accompaniment.

  • oblivias

    Way back when, I was part of Emily’s List’s marketing campaign for Barbara Boxer’s first run for the Senate. I was the leg model in their ads featuring “Boxer” shorts.

    • SadDemInTex

      Wow!!!! That is a fun fact!!

  • BloviateMe
    • Daisy

      Oh, also too, fuck TWD.

      • Resistance Fighter Astraea

        I wonder if there will be fewer dreary, grimdark dramas in the next few years. Who needs that shit now?

        • Daisy

          I’m still bitter over the season 7 premiere, and am done with the show.

        • The Wanderer

          Reality may be as grim, if not more so, than TV. I don’t expect we’ll see anything like Polyanna, but a bit less post-apocalypty, if you get what I mean.

          • Resistance Fighter Astraea

            Yeah, my guess is it will just shift to things with more relief and catharsis. Escapism is big in times of distress.

          • Nasty Granny

            I’m watching Designated Survivor through an entirely different lens.

        • AntiDerpomeme

          Right? I don’t have the stomach for TWD any longer. Reality is bleak enough.

          • Daisy

            My favorite character died, and I don’t have the energy to watch my second favorite cope.

          • Ricky Gay

            but Pinkham just taught us all how to eat raw meat!

          • AntiDerpomeme

            My desire for eating the rich has never been stronger. I hope Pink has recipes for other parts besides tenderloin, as I do so hate to be wasteful.

          • Shan

            I can see crock pots coming in handy.

        • Mezzaluna

          More magical realism or reality shows about wack jobs.

        • Bozilingus

          Will Veep be canceled now that the election is over? I enjoyed that series.

          • Resistance Fighter Astraea

            Why would it be canceled? I haven’t watched since the 1st season but it was a fun show.

          • Bozilingus

            Republican comment – “We voted and we can’t have a woman president, so there.”

    • tomamitai

      Upfisted, even though I stopped watching the show now that it’s turned into a boring ass soap opera punctuated by moments of snuff video.

  • Arse Grammatica

    Sorry Dok and everyone else here but you gotta start again soon on 2020. We need to get the Senate back. We are about to go bareback now. After two years a Democratic condom might I hope stop the damage.

    • Thanksgiving Loki

      Well, hopefully in two years Trump will have so badly damaged the Republican brand we can keep all the seats up for election.

      But I am not holding my breath. Somehow we have to teach Democrats that if they don’t vote EVERY SINGLE FUCKING ELECTION we get Trump.

    • Marion in Savannah

      So were supposed to sit on our thumbs for 2018?

      • Arse Grammatica

        Yes of course I am dum must learn to ad.

  • Anyone want to tell her Congress will already be in session two weeks before Inauguration Day?

    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/797846743606034432

    • Foreign Agitator Ron

      Shh, let her keep looking like an idiot.

      • tomamitai

        She doesn’t need any help with that.

    • The Wanderer

      Tell her that the new Congress will come into session on January 20, 2021.

    • Fartknocker

      Keep fucking that chicken Kellyanne. Your boss just used Google to begin understanding the ACA. I think your competency on this one issue is probably about the same as my competency on animal surgery. Also, go fuck yourself.

      • Daisy

        I have a greater competency on animal surgery than Trump does of the ACA.

      • Shan

        I thought the “Googled the ACA” thing was Borowitz satire!

        • Foreign Agitator Ron

          Who can tell any more?

          • Shan

            Yeah. Oy.

    • Markuserektus

      She has also said it’s up to Clinton and Obama to quell the anti Trump protesters…

      • Tell her boss to stop tweeting that they’re paid shills and sore losers, first.

      • Foreign Agitator Ron
      • Celtic_Gnome

        It’s also up to Trump to quell the violence against women, minorities, and Muslims by his supporters. Think that’s going to happen?

        • Foreign Agitator Ron

          ‘Quell’ means ‘encourage,’ right?
          – the Usurper

        • Markuserektus

          Negative!

    • Celtic_Gnome

      You don’t have a replacement plan, Kellyanne, and even your short memory must remember what we went through to get the ACA passed and implemented. That’s a long time for 20 million Americans who had insurance to do without while the Dems blame their situation on everyone with an R after their names.

      • kbbaldwin2

        Really, when they do repeal Obamacare, the Dems REALLY need to find a way to target and inform the now uninsured exactly who did it to them. If we don’t, the GOP will; find a way to blame it on the Democrats. They are masters at getting the message out- even if the message is a pile of shit.

    • Msgr_Moment

      I look forward to watching the new staff tape “Kick Me” signs on each others’ backs.

  • Mezzaluna

    I’m sorry. I know this is a little early to be going off topic but here’s Matt Tabibbi with his take on the Media vs the People. No, not all The People, just the white penis havers who apparently are the only ones that mattered.

    • Thanksgiving Loki

      I lost a lot of respect for Matt Tabibbi this past election. He wrote a lot about how much journalism sucks and then… did stuff like defend both-sidesism and making non-stories into stories.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Well, when you have to fight your way in from the outside to a job with noted media starfucker Jann Wenner as the son of a legendary journalist for a major network, it makes you appreciate how the system needs to be burned down because of all the unfairness.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      There’s that famous Atwood quote about how men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.

      Most of the media is now focused on the white people resentful of feeling mocked by liberals, while the rest of America is afraid to lose their rights, security, and even their lives.

      • Shan

        Because now they have to be mollified before they get worse. Ugh.

        • Foreign Agitator Ron

          There’s all kinds of ways of keeping them from becoming worse. A few of them involve… umm, votes.

          • Shan

            Yes. Votes. I almost forgot.

      • OrG

        I shall continue to mock them.

      • I’m sorry, media, but I fail to see how stupidity should be considered a valid point of view.

        • Or when said stupidity is deserving of equal weight to rationality

      • Rise Up Demme!

        i’ve given up on the media.
        if this is to change, they’ll have to prove they’re worthy with some actual journalism.
        i’m not holding my breath.

    • Yes, because if only Hillary Clinton spoke in simpler sentences she would have won over the people who have been indoctrinated with 30 years of hatred for anything with the name “Clinton” on it.

      • Mezzaluna

        And we were mean for calling them dumb.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Not to mention 50 years of being told that the Democrats want to take your freedom and opportunity away from you and give it to the coloreds.

  • Foreign Agitator Ron

    This was supposed to be a different post. Can we have the world where that different post was made? I don’t care all that much for this one.

    • Sean McLaren

      I’m binging Sliders this weekend. The first is an alternate universe where the US has been conquered by the Russians. Yeah

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    That’s some pretty high-octane political talent that California, Nevada, Illinois, Maryland and New Hampshire are sending to the Senate. Nicely done!

    Indiana, you’re a work in progress and we’re patient.

    • “Indiana has incredible potential, but continues to demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate with their peers and learn from their mistakes. We may be forced to hold them back a grade so that these social skills properly develop.”

      • Foreign Agitator Ron

        Done and done.

      • Mezzaluna

        At least they didn’t start running around with scissors like Wisconsin.

    • Vecchiojohn

      You don’t want to be part of the New Confederacy now, do you, Indiana? Come on, Indiana. You can do it. You’re a big state now!

      • OrG

        Um…I grew up in Indiana.Indiana wants to be Alabama when it grows up.

        • FlownOver

          If, not when.

          • OrG

            My bad!

  • AntiDerpomeme

    Thanks Dok. Small victories build into bigger ones. These are some impressive newcomers and I am hopeful that they will stand up and fight for our values against the raging tide of derpidity.

  • Mezzaluna

    Still be off topic but to counter the Tabibbi, here’s two links to very insightful post from MPS.
    https://mockpaperscissors.com/2016/11/10/the-death-of-the-media-cont-36/

  • We’ve watched Republicans fulminate and grandstand on the floor of “The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body”(tm), so maybe we should take a page from their book and start putting them on defense from day 1.

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      You pick your battles, IMO.

      I would say you oppose all the crazy that is likely, though.

      • Foreign Agitator Ron

        So, everything, then?

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    My favorite Trump Trolls are the ones that are out chanting “repeal the 14th amendment, and end birthright citizenship”.

    Like that’s going to happen, and we’re just going to hand everything over to Native Americans and head back to where we all came from.

  • Old Man Yells at Cloud

    Todd Young looks like Darren Stevens.

    • BosGrl

      Stick-up-his-ass guy who only cares about his own opinions? Yeah, that’s about right.

  • Mezzaluna

    Could Tammy Duckworth be our first woman and would 2020 be too soon or just right for this? Discuss among yourselves.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      Yes and never too soon.

    • OrG

      I’d vote for her.

    • eggsacklywright

      Tee hee. You said peen.

    • SadDemInTex

      I know…I cannot comment from my iPad. I have to get on my phone. (It makes ranting really hard as I don’t type so quickly on my phone).

      • Mezzaluna

        I finally gave up trying to find a browser that works and just go to the Discus comments after I read the post and comment directly from Discus. It seems to be the only thing that works reliably.

        • cynmac’s bigly nasty pussy

          I do that it reply to replies and when we have a massive line blog response.

        • SadDemInTex

          How do you find the comment thread?

          • Mezzaluna

            Right above the comment thread, next to the number of comments there’s a tiny wonkette.com that takes you to Discus. It will show all the posts, click on the word comments under the post you want to comment on and you should be in the Discus version of the comments.

  • Oh, this is going to be fun – Jared Kushner was under the impression that current White House rank-and-file staff would just stay on after the transition. You know, since no one else seems to want to actually work for these morons.

    • Mezzaluna

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I’m sure they can find some nice Eastern European ladies to staff for minimum wage or less, right Donnie?

    • BosGrl

      Someone needs to give these guys a crash course in American Government. Maybe start with Schoolhouse Rock.

      • I would say they should watch The West Wing, but that’s way too advanced

    • Jamoche
      • Foreign Agitator Ron

        I hope that when they leave the clean the place out. No food, no silverware, no dishes, nothing.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Noooooo. Did you see the hideous china Laura Bush spite bought for their residence when she knew she was leaving? It’s completely covered with indigenous insects. Leave that shit for Melania.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/01b2fbdaf7b5067ad02f47a482b306795563618704680311ffafed3adc193d63.jpg

          • BosGrl

            They’ll be ordering new stuff on the White House’s Amazon account, or TackyCrap.com or wherever they buy their gold covered whatevers.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            China?

          • sgt. jmk of the resistance

            Uhhh… it’s pronounced djyina now.

          • Msgr_Moment

            Nothing could be finer
            Than to have to guard your ‘gina
            In the mo-o-orning.

          • Objectifer

            It’s pronounced Gina.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        It’ll be fine. He can just explain how his grandparents survived the nazis so he could one day hang Pepe ornaments and swastikas on the White House Christmas tree. I’m sure they’ll see reason.

      • Mezzaluna

        Blonde in the second row is thinking, I will slice your tires, just watch me.

        • OHJB would be her lookout in a SECOND

          • Mezzaluna

            Actually I meant the boy. The red headed woman is planning on taking all the fuses out and writing the locations all higglety-pigglety on the fuse box. She will also unscrew all the light bulbs just a little, enough so they flicker inconveniently and mess up the wifi before she goes.

          • BosGrl

            I LOVE the red headed woman. I hope she takes all the wheels off the chairs too.

          • Mezzaluna

            Loosen the screws so they slide of the bases when someone sits down.

          • Foreign Agitator Ron

            Someone needs to saw about an inch off one leg under every table.

          • Mezzaluna

            Put a motion sensor in that damn bust of Churchill that Farange apparently talked Trump into restoring. When someone walks by a recording of Trump’s father berating plays from hidden speakers. Either that or fart noises. Barron will like that one.

          • Foreign Agitator Ron

            Psychological warfare. Love it.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      Maybe experienced politicians who know what they’re doing is actually a good thing?!

      • Mezzaluna

        Would’ve thought? Insert epic forehead slap here
        And they wonder why we think they are stupid.

    • Dedicated public servants with extensive knowledge of the apparati of government. Hmmm, where do we find those?

      • Shan

        I thought the idea was to CHANGE EVERYTHING with “outsiders”?

        • efoveks

          Yah, like Jamie Dimond in charge of the treasury!

          Wait, what?

      • Mezzaluna

        K Street? Oh, wait.

        • That’s where the cocaine’ll be coming from

      • Msgr_Moment

        Can’t they just subcontract out to Haliburton? Ooops, I didn’t use my out-loud voice, did I?

  • dslindc
    • Foreign Agitator Ron

      Couldn’t happen to a nicer scum-sucking shitstain.

      • Mezzaluna

        While this is true, he almost has half a brain and probably wouldn’t support some of the more autocratic and lunatic pet Trump projects. Maybe.

        • Foreign Agitator Ron

          It’s that ‘probably’ that’s been giving me a nervous tummy.

    • Mezzaluna

      How does fencing in certain areas work on a linear border? Wouldn’t that require building on Mexican soil? Or cutting off parts of Texas from other parts of Texas?

      • dslindc

        Pffftt, details! They’re making ‘Murica great again!

      • Shan

        And how sou

        • Stulexington

          Well first you plan to anchor it to the sandy bottom, then you keep firing heads of the army corps of engineers until you get one that says it’s possible instead of a stupid idea that won’t work because “ocean currents” or some other lazy excuses.

        • Mezzaluna

          I’ve got it! Trained fish! You know somebody in that clown car would believe that could work.

        • Vecchiojohn

          Hire undocumented walleyes to build it?

          • shastakoala

            Irritable undocumented Walleyes.

          • Vecchiojohn

            “Never irritate a walleye.” -Pythagoras

      • Jamoche

        The fence they have now cuts off parts of Texas from other parts of Texas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU8dCYocuyI

        • Vecchiojohn

          Is this good news or bad?

          • Jamoche

            Bad. Go to about 8 minutes in – they eminent domained hundreds of people’s ranches and cut them off from river access, since they couldn’t put the fence in the river.

        • nightmoth

          Yep—saw a documentary about it—nobody wanted to believe me when I told them there already IS A WALL and it hasn’t worked out too well.

          • Foreign Agitator Ron

            Clearly not YUUUUGE enough.

      • BMW

        Gee….it’s almost as if this plan wasn’t entirely thought through…

        • Nasty Granny

          Actually, it was, years ago, and found to be unfeasible. It’s kind of like trump pulled that wall idea out of his ass without any study into the matter.

          • efoveks

            Donald Trump: “Shoulda smelled that finger first…”

      • Resistance Fighter Astraea

        Also requires taking land away from people who own it.

        • Foreign Agitator Ron

          But what’s the down side?

        • shastakoala

          The Fence of Tears. Seems appropriate.

      • Msgr_Moment

        They’ll need some shrubberies.

        • Foreign Agitator Ron

          A path! A path!

    • Idaho4644

      Good riddance to Captain Chickenshit but who would take his place? They’re going to start dropping faster than Imperial officers on Empire Strikes Back.

      • Mezzaluna

        Scott “Free to Work” Walker has no spine to speak of, he would fit in nicely.

  • Resistance Fighter Astraea
  • Zippy W Pinhead

    OT this takes some balls
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/11/12/gay-republican-group-that-endorsed-trump-wants-money-to-defend-obamas-lgbt-achievements/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
    Dear Log Cabin Republicans,

    The answer is NO! You knew exactly who Donald Trump and Mike Pence were before the election, yet you chose to endorse them and then vote for them anyways. I hope you all choke on your tax cuts, you greedy assholes. Kindly go fuck yourself, assuming the incoming administration doesn’t fuck you first.

    Signed,

    Every other group that will also suffer horribly thanks to the election of Trump/Pence but at least had the common sense not to vote for that suffering

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      Holy.

      Fucking.

      Shit.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Thank you. That sums up what I would have said nicely.

        • Resistance Fighter Astraea

          My vocabulary is really small lately.

          • Foreign Agitator Ron

            The vocabulary of horror is small, but ti does a lot of work.

    • “Yeah, the left ‘demonized’ Trump. Now give us money if it turns out they were telling the truth all along!”

      I believe this is the appropriate response:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05864581193987c20978f7d100d92e54c72a331db0e85122383e998a24ec55cf.gif

    • Jamoche

      It’s not Godwinning when the Nazi comparisons are this on point, right?

      And “demonizing”? No, we were “quoting”.

      • Msgr_Moment

        The Godwinning Oligarch Party?
        The Godwin States of America?

      • cynmac’s bigly nasty pussy

        It’s not a violation of Godwin when it’s true.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Aw. Have they decided now that they have the Court they don’t need keep paying your wingnut welfare any more? What a shame. Scramble quick for that real job before federal ‘religious freedom’ legislation passes the House, probably on day 2.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Hey Log Cabin Republicans! Say hi to Ken Blackwell for me. Since he’s on the transition team for domestic issues, I guess you guys are now officially lower than barnyard animals in the Republican Party.

      Enjoy.

    • efoveks

      Brought to you by the same people who still haven’t figured out why the Republicans refuse to consider them a plank in the platform.

      Also too, apparently “bogeymen” pay pretty well, for being imaginary beings living under my bed..

    • boyblue122

      Why was there a gay republican group with Pence on the ticket? People dont really mind voting against their own interests i guess

      • efoveks

        Thousands or so of college educated white women seem to agree.

      • Resistance Fighter Astraea

        TAX MUNNIES

      • JD Mulvey

        The Log Cabin Republicans are people who don’t mind being poushed back into the closet so long as they get a break on their taxes.

    • Msgr_Moment

      That there is an abusive relationship. I think an intervention is long past due.

    • Ninja0980

      No different then the rest of the time they endorse people who have made it clear they hate their guts.
      They are POS, nothing more.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        naw, it’s worse this time. I can see rationalizing my way around a Romney or a McCain, but endorsing and voting for Pence and Trump and his stormtrumpers? No way they can BS their way around that shit

    • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

      I thought St. Peter of Silicon Valley was their leader and would assure safety for all. Is that why he wasn’t chosen as the leader of the transition team?

  • Left Coast Tom

    I believe there’s a couple non-commenters from New Zealand…magnitude 7.8 quake on the south island. 11 UTC…guessing that’s midnight local.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      I read no deaths reported yet, but scary nonetheless.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        So far, no news has been good news

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      oh, no. I hope it hit in a non-populous area,

  • JD Mulvey

    Dear Senator Kamala:
    YES, the DEMOCRATS should play exactly those games! Block every appointee to the Supreme Court until there’s no more Trump. They invented it, we’ll perfect it.
    Signed, Yer Pal,
    JD

    • Mezzaluna

      This. We don’t have to be snotty about it. Just keep concern trolling them. No need to stomp the feet and threaten, just draaaaaggg it out.

      • JD Mulvey

        Tell you what I’d do: If I was Schumer I’d approach Trump’s people and say, “If you get the Rs to let Garland through this session, then we’ll give your appointees up-or-down votes. If not, we’re blocking them all for the next four years.

        The Art of the Deal indeed.

        • BosGrl

          I saw where President Obama might possibly just appoint Garland. Is that just pie in the sky or can he really do that?

          • Jamoche

            WaPo editorial says: “It is altogether proper to view a decision by the Senate not to act as a waiver of its right to provide advice and consent. A waiver is an intentional relinquishment or abandonment of a known right or privilege.”

          • Resistance Fighter Astraea

            Come on, No Fucks Obama. We need you!

          • Courser

            Help us No Fucks Obama, you’re our only hope.

            Honestly, I’ve been thinking that since the election.

          • JD Mulvey

            In former times I’d say it’s pretty constitutionally dubious.

            Today? Fuck, do we even HAVE a Constitution anymore?

          • Courser

            Considering that we’re practically playing Kangaroo Court at this point, I think he should just do it. At the very least, it’ll plug the hole for a while while the court cases play out.

            It’s time Bamz gets extremely courageous. But he’s a Constitutional Scholar, so ain’t no hill to a stepper.

    • efoveks

      Not just play, but perfect.

    • Browncoat Krieger IRL

      I’m all for Senate and House Dems torpedoing Repug pet projects by attaching riders to bills that will piss them off, like additional PP funding.

      • JD Mulvey

        Maybe we can threaten to shut down the government!

        • OrG

          Never worked for rethugs.

    • FlownOver

      If the Republicans don’t learn they pay a penalty for when they did this they’ll just do it again as soon as they’re out of power. There theory is “We can do whatever we want; you have to co-operate.”

  • PubOption
    • Mezzaluna

      I thought he was in the Pacific Northwest. Sheepshagger and the woman with the bangs in the picture of the avatar. Shit, I am a horrible person, I can’t think of her name. Anyway they are kiwis I think.

      • Left Coast Tom

        He mentioned being from Seattle, but that he was visiting Auckland.

        There’s a reception tonight kicking-off a rust-busters convention in
        Auckland. My bride and I are thinking of wearing Maple Leaf pins. Either
        that our our Truck Fump tees. Any fashion statement suggestions
        Wonketeers?

      • PubOption

        I thought that he was going to NZ, and I haven’t seen a post from him today.

  • Mike Steele

    It is to laugh at the triumphant Trumpanzees, for whom the Wall was NOT a
    metaphor. Likewise, while draining the swamp, it appears that Donald has graciously invited some of the same old gators back in. Who’da thunk it? Le plus ca change, le plus ca meme chooses, as they say in Marine(laPen)land. To the young Mr. Young, I say welcomemtomthe big leagues, where these ladies are gonna steal your lunch money. Totally OT, a childhood friend recently visited our Anglican parish church,mwhere the altar was ‘manned’ by 3 women. Please forgive all the extra m’s, as I’m on the first-gen iPad.

  • JD Mulvey

    Some great people in this report –but I still can’t help thinking that losing Boxer, Mikulski and Reed makes this all a step backward.

    • BosGrl

      Let’s hope they walk in like Liz Warren, ready from day 1 to kick some ass.

      • Courser

        I’m willing to bet there will be a Senate Democratic Women’s Coalition that will be formidable. Heh, we need to embrace the term ‘crone’ so we can call it the Crone Coalition!!!

        Yup, that’s what we need.

  • Jamoche
    • Browncoat Krieger IRL

      Cheeto Benito will have to get his tiny hands dirty with actual work! Heaven forbid!

      • Jamoche

        Ha! He’ll just hand it off to his minions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLpmswBKVN4

      • AnOuthouse

        He should get some Tiny Orange Hands soap from a Wonkette sponsor. I prefer to wash my balls with them but they would probably work on hands too.

        • Browncoat Krieger IRL

          We should mail him some on 21 January.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      But, yanno, he’s totally gonna be a President for all Americans. So unite-y.

      • Stulexington

        Yup, as soon as all the people that disagree with him stop being unfair and start agreeing with him there’ll be unity.

    • Mezzaluna

      And it’s Trump’s responsibility to rein in his deplorabless who are terrorizing people and destroying property. Maybe he can personally pay to have all those swastikas painted over.

      • Browncoat Krieger IRL

        Personally contract painters to paint over the swastikas, and then stiff them.

        • Gracekcarter

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !hs361c:
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    • Stulexington

      It is the one with the power who must reconcile, otherwise it’s just oppression.

    • Vecchiojohn

      “They’ve buttered their bread, now let them lie in it.”

      • eggsacklywright

        That train has left the barn.

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      That’s rich. Clinton has done her part. Her guy wanted to be a real leader but can’t lead?

    • Courser

      Oh HELL no! I think it’s pretty wise of Hillz and Bamz to just be quiet for a while. They fought their goddamn guts out for us and we couldn’t get the job done. Well, and we had the deck stacked against us and there wasn’t jack-squat we could do about it.

      Nope, now it’s our time to fight for THEM and ourselves. Make sure that we are their biggest fucking nightmare that Will. Not. Shut. Up.

      • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

        Yes!

      • Resistance Fighter Astraea

        I think their statements were already pretty conciliatory and designed to prevent violence.

      • Jamoche

        Yeah, I’ve been on a “transition team” that everyone knew (but wouldn’t acknowledge) was a joke. So I wrote up all the documentation that I knew nobody would read, so that no one could blame me when it fell apart.

        And then when it fell apart, I schadenfreuded the hell out of it.

    • Serai 1

      Liberals have been nice for a long time, but we haven’t always been. They shouldn’t push it.

    • Jennifer R

      Bad move on her part. By her own logic it is up to deadbeat donnie to calm the KKK spin off supporters, and the people spray painting slurs and threats.

      • Shan

        Where was he when Walsh was talking about getting his musket if Donnie didn’t win?

    • Gosala

      Our priority from day one is to male sure the Trump is a one term president.

      • Jamoche

        Oh, less than one – I put the odds that he does something even Republicans would impeach him for at pretty good.

        • kbbaldwin2

          Problem is that if they impeach Trump, we have Pence, who is a good little soldier for the alt-Right and the Christianists. He actually scares me more than Trump.

    • Ha ha, Trumpy’s mob fear protestors. PROTEST HARDER

    • Kooolest G

      if I were bamz or hillz, I would tell people to protest as much as you can now before trump takes office, cause once he’s in charge, I have a feeling the reaction to these protests from the police and national guard will be a lot rougher. ask john lewis about that

    • phoenix00

      Republicans, Personal Responsibility, etc etc

  • NastySnarkOff

    I am so despondent and hopeless right now I don’t see how electing any Democrat/woman/POC matters.

    • Mezzaluna

      We are that much closer to control of the Senate, and at least we didn’t lose any seats there. And these people seem solidly to the left/progressive. No more of those damn Blue Dogs.

      • DoILookAmused2u ?

        Next election, there are more Dem Senators up for re-election than Republicans.

        • Me not sure

          Only 8 Republican seats are up for election, so the odds of losing ground are pretty good.

          • Browncoat Krieger IRL

            We need to up our ground game, and we need to exploit all the terrible things the Rethugs will be trying over the next two years.

        • NastySnarkOff

          That to me is a bad thing. Am I missing something?

          • DoILookAmused2u ?

            No. Unless turnout patterns for mid-terms change drastically.

        • Mezzaluna

          Depending on how big a cluster fuck things are under Republican hands that might work to our advantage. Do you see blue states dumping their Dem incumbents? And have any of the senior senators mentioned retirement? I hate to say anything is possible. We still have a metaphorical lever we can tear out and eat so I shouldn’t be too optimistic.

          • DoILookAmused2u ?

            Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are all possible trouble spots for dems in 2018.

      • Jennifer R

        They need 5 legislatures to write and strike amendments. Two dem legislatures are up in 2017 and then a mess of them in 2018. I would LOVE to pick up some of the 8 GoP senate seats but we have 25 to defend.

    • Browncoat Krieger IRL

      We need their help in the fight.

    • Browncoat Krieger IRL

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w83GDaWr0xE

      Damn, I thought that was just the speech.

    • Sister the Resister!

      Understandable, SnarkOff, but don’t give up yet. I am focused on these things:
      1) Hold the line as much as we can. It’s sort of like preparing for a hurricane or any natural disaster you can see coming: you know there’s going to be damage, you focus on mitigating that as much as you can, on holding it to the minimum you can.
      2.Stand by each other. That’s everything from encouraging posts to people like you who are incredibly despondent and frightened, to making sure every at-risk person around us knows we are their ally, to joining with others fighting for their rights to simply exist, let alone thrive in this scary time, to protesting or other activism.
      3. 2018 elections I CAN’T STATE THIS STRONGLY ENOUGH! We absolutely have to try to take back the Senate in the midterms, if not the House. This means we have to teach civics, we have to teach people that voting every 4 years is not enough.
      4. Get progressives into office at the local level so that we can move more people up through the levels of government. This means that in 2020 we have more power to gain back the White House.

      SnarkOff, the other thing, for you, is (much like an AA meeting) KEEP COMING BACK – keep being a Wonketteer, keep talking with us. We’ve all enjoyed and learned from each other; now we need to crank up the support-system aspect of our non-commenting community.

      • NastySnarkOff

        <3

      • kbbaldwin2

        We also REALLY need to be trying to take back statehouses. Te only way gerrymandering will end is is we can put a system like California’s into every state.

  • Daisy

    I still have three more Christmas presents to buy, and I found an awesome Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy shirt for guy friend, but I have to figure out what size shirt he wears.

    • Browncoat Krieger IRL

      Is it Marvin?

      • Daisy

        Don’t Panic and grab your towel, and a list of what the towel can be used for.

        • Browncoat Krieger IRL

          I love it!

          • Daisy

            It suits him well.

    • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

      I wear a medium. :)

  • Browncoat Krieger IRL

    If anyone’s up for having someone verbally wag a finger in their face, you can read this:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dear-white-people-your-safety-pins-are-embarassing_us_58278b9de4b02b1f5257a36a

    I hate that he’s arguing that we’re adopting the safety pin to assuage our own “white guilt”, as opposed to, I dunno, maybe some of us simply don’t have a clear plan on what to do, but we want to be able to show people that we care for and empathize with them.

    • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

      Keep wearing the safety pin.

      • Browncoat Krieger IRL

        Absolutely.

        • AntiDerpomeme

          Although, I’m already seeing rumbles that stormtrumpers are starting to wear pins in an effort to lure vulnerable people into unsafe situations. So, yes, continue by all means to be a supportive ally to those that need it, but just beware there are some shitbirds out there that you may need to watch for.

          Be safe out there, friends!

          • Browncoat Krieger IRL

            This is why we can’t have nice things!

          • Serai 1

            Yes, and why we have to be smart about the few we can have. People keep saying this is just like Germany in the 30’s, but they don’t seem to be taking the lessons from it at all.

          • Serai 1

            I thought it unwise to talk openly on the internet about those safety pins the minute I saw it. Hello? They can see you. Go around with those on your lapel now and some knuckle-dragger will attack you for being a “[whatever] lover”. Fat lot of good that’ll do anybody. The internet is not a safe place to discuss such things. Jeez, if people want to resist, they’re going to have to get a lot smarter than that.

          • Browncoat Krieger IRL

            I want the knuckledraggers and inbreeders to know what I stand for, and I want them to feel butthurt about it. I want them to know that I’m not afraid and that I will fight them. I want them to know that I see through their bluster and hatred and know that they’re weak, little men.

          • Shan

            They don’t get to declare the entire country their “safe space”.

          • Jamoche
          • Courser

            Good for you, but some of us, well, me, do work for non-profits in a lot of ways and we try *extremely* hard to be non-partisan. We do SAR stuff, so other than some obscure state bills, there’s no reason for anyone to get into politics.

            But if I wear a safety pin, it can be construed as partisan. It shouldn’t be but the depth of butthurt on the other side is huge.

          • Jennifer R

            Remember, Armed queers don’t get bashed.

          • AntiDerpomeme

            I dig where you are coming from. See my response above.

          • Courser

            That’s kind of the problem for me. It’s not helpful, if everyone knows the secret. We’ll have to adopt something else. At this point I’m afraid the safety pin will make a target of a person instead of just ‘safe’ for others.

          • AntiDerpomeme

            I’ve been ruminating on your response and Serai’s too, and I’m torn. On the one hand, you both are absolutely right, that if this was meant as a secret sign, then open social media is the wrong way to do that. But I also value Dr Kreiger’s take, that we should be openly supportive and everybody needs to know that their impression will not be tolerated. So maybe that’s what the pin needs to be, since clearly the secret is out. And there are good people willing to be that target, so as long as they understand there are risks, they are brave to take them. But yes, perhaps a more subtle symbol is needed too, to be the modern Underground Railroad that we need in times where opposition needs to be in secret. I like the idea, although somebody more clever than I will need to figure out how to put that into effect.

          • Courser

            I have to admit, that my subversive tendencies are a combination of my dad having been in the Army Security Agency when he was young and my having grown up in the 60’s & 70’s.

            Yes, I agree that outward signs of solidarity are needed and the safety pins work great for that purpose. But we also need some… well, ways of speaking? perhaps that are more coded. Hell, they’ve been doing it for years. Maybe we need our own Code Talkers

      • Me not sure
    • Jamoche

      “Dear White People, Your Safety Pins Are Embarrassing”

      Dear whitesplainer, your privilege is showing.

      • Browncoat Krieger IRL

        A-goddamned-men!

    • Mezzaluna

      Nothing wrong with secret signs of solidarity. Sure, it’s not secret anymore but it’s a nice gesture and a welcome sign off sorts.

    • Screw that guy – the people who I have seen talking about doing this are not people who are trying to assuage their guilt. They’re the people who are legitimately afraid of what’s going to happen, and want others who are also afraid to be aware they are not alone.

    • BosGrl

      I don’t have white guilt. I have empathy for my fellow man. For instance, I don’t want good men to feel guilty about the way women are treated; I just want change.

      • smr06va

        How do we get over that the majority of women endorsed treating women badly or said that it wasn’t that bad?

        • BosGrl

          I don’t know. ERA never passed – we have never been able to raise the consciousness of most women. It’s a good question.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          I think like with most things about this election, by appending “who were allowed to register and not impeded from voting, and whose votes were counted” to the end of every sentence

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      Um, lots of people wearing it aren’t just allies. Are we now supposed to police who is wearing it for the right reasons and which white people are making themselves feel better? Seems productive.

      • What, you don’t want to waste time on why the Judean People’s Front is better than the People’s Front of Judea?

        Yeah, me neither.

        • Resistance Fighter Astraea

          I’m also confused about how being a lesbian means I’m not “white people.”

          • suziq

            Don’t be silly! You only get to identify with one group at a time! Otherwise you will confuse them?

      • jowgajen

        What even is wrong with making yourself feel better by making a small gesture of non assholishness?

        • Resistance Fighter Astraea

          Right? It’s only bad if it makes you complacent, like it’s all you have to do.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      I will simply point out that someone whose first piece post-election night contained vigorous nannying on the subject of the left being uncivil and refusing to read Breitbart needs to go back to being a professional pretty white boy in Manhattan and shut the fuck up about politics.

      • Daisy

        If I enjoyed racial slurs being flung around, I would have stayed in Oildale.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Well, since he lives in the one place in the world that Donald Trump can’t allow to descend into a dystopian hellscape (at least for white people and chinese investors) young Goodman Keelty can run his mouth all he wants. He doesn’t need a safe space.

          • Daisy

            Good for him. The rest of us aren’t so lucky.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Yeah, I really doubt this is going viral in quite the way he planned.

          • Tacoclamgenda

            Good. Did I suggest fuck him yet?

          • I AM R U

            *with votes.

            Seriously though, this is the kind of shit I am sick of hearing. “Dems are too elitist and didn’t listen to poor white people who feel oppressed by minorities asserting themselves because economy and classism is the root of bigotry!” – being said by male/het/cis tertiary educated ‘elites’ who are theorising that there will be a socialist revolution that will end poverty and bigotry forever, and have never once actually talked to anyone from middle america and therefore haven’t yet had the unique privilege of being told to fuck themselves all the way to Hell. Apparently people who find feminism and queer/gender theory too confronting are going to be receptive to the benefits of unionisation and socialism. Good luck with that.

      • smr06va

        ..but, but, but……..he’s bisexual…….

        • Browncoat Krieger IRL

          And he has some black friends! He can’t be racist or homophobic!

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Many wise strivers in the Manhattan demimonde discover that about themselves.

      • pussygrabber in chief

        Lefties have read Breitbart. It’s why we don’t read Breitbart.

    • Tacoclamgenda

      Also if one looks to GB where the idea started it is about singling solidarity and safety to like minded people. This was the spirit in which I heard it. I’d like to have a sense of others on my side. Besides, while white I am bi and due to health have become poor. Fuck him.

    • pussygrabber in chief

      I do have “white guilt”, but not with regard to this election. So I’ll just go on wearing my 3.5 inch gold safety pin for the duration, fuck you very much huffpo asshole.

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      And BTW, Krieg, long time no see!

    • Kooolest G

      I’m wearing one right now, but I have a good reason, I look like a nazi. seriously, I have a shaved head, big beard, and I’m 6’2″. I’ve noticed since last tuesday when I walk around in my mostly hispanic neighborhood, that people look like they’re afraid of me now. I want people to know that just because I look like a trumpeter, I’m not one. I also want the trumpeters to know that if they’re yelling at a minority anywhere within earshot of me that they’re gonna have to deal with a gigantic nazi looking motherfucker setting them straight.

  • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

    Now I’m hearing how the infrastructure spending bill will help the economy. I hate to say this but I think more people are going to start supporting Trump if they think they can see profits from it.

    • Ninja0980

      Of course it will.
      Obama proposed the same thing but Republicans didn’t want him to get any credit for it.
      Now that he’s gone, I fear what you do, that Republicans will get credit for a bill they blocked for years.

      • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

        Since I do work in that area I’ll have a front row seat on the drama. I don’t think they can get private companies to build public infrastructure. It will have to be public/private partnerships. And I heard that it will be through tax credits not actual funding. So, look for big development and construction companies to go bankrupt.

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        I guess we’re going to have to remind them. Might need to save up a collection of links, in case our GOP friends ask for evidence.

    • Mezzaluna

      Since he’s proposed privatizing it, sure developers and construction companies will get behind it, for wealthy areas that will then stick them with expensive and even better, time consuming tolls and fees. The rest of us will get used to pot-holes again.

      • Courser

        Colorado has been using public-private partnerships to build an an extremely forward-thinking transportation system. The Regional Transportation District in the Denver Metro has been winning Best Transportation system in North America on and off for years.

        They’ve now begun doing it with our highways. I was with you. I hate the idea that there’s a ‘class system’ on our busy interstates. The I-70 corridor from Denver to the Mountain Ski Areas is a fucking nightmare. Denver’s population is exploding with millennials and all of them want to go to the mountains on the weekends, even more so during ski season.

        I’ve honestly avoided I-70 for recreation for years now. It’s possible to spend 14 hours in traffic for a ‘quick camping trip’ or ski weekend. So they put in Express Toll lanes. It’s very new, but I used them last summer on the way back from a camping trip. For the princely sum of $6.50, I was able to cruise through Idaho Springs to Denver in about an hour as opposed to and hour and a half to two hours. Which, if you have an automatic transmission isn’t a huge deal, but I have a manual. Total pain in the ass in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

        Actually, a number of other cities have been studying Denver’s long-term traffic plans.

        • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

          Public/private partnerships work. What I’m cautious about is that they aren’t promising money or funding for the work. They are promising tax credits.

    • Vagenda and Tiara

      Mitch McConnell is not interested in infrastructure projects. Tax cuts and gutting Medicare are the two priorities of the GOP.

  • Objectifer

    I usually look forward to Dear Shit Fer Brains but I think I can do without this week.

    • Jamoche

      A return of the Comments of the Week would be welcome.

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      Next year, there’s a good chance one of our trolls works for the sitting President.

      • Tacoclamgenda

        Just one?

      • Carpe Vagenda

        The sitting President of somewhere, anyway.

        • Suttree

          I am awaiting Possum Holler being the new capitol. Trump will never have to spend any time there while he’s busy being a real estate mogul in NYC of course.

      • Serai 1

        I would advise blocking and flagging without response. Remember, there are Russian trolls running around the internet already. If someone’s an asshole, just throw them out of your browser. Don’t give them material.

    • Courser

      I was thinking about that. It’s totally okay to skip it this week.

    • Vagenda and Tiara

      Dok can just put up a picture of America, in lieu of any Shit fer Brains column.

    • Querolous
  • Resistance Fighter Astraea

    I retweeted something from Sady Doyle and now she blocked me???

    • AntiDerpomeme

      Must have been accidental. And now I have to go look up Sady Doyle on the Twits.

  • Vagenda and Tiara

    Yippee, David Brooks is on the 2:00 replaying of This Week with Chuck Toad. Now I can watch him be maudlin.

    • Tacoclamgenda

      We applaud your strength and taking one for the team.

      • Vagenda and Tiara

        The struggle is real.

    • Lambsendbeds

      Better you than me, lady.

  • Serai 1

    Proposed: That Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah be made the anthem of the Resistance.

    Post it. Spread it. Sing it.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      Hallelujah.

    • Jamoche

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9PrGQAE8Mo
      I’d rather have First We Take Manhattan

      • Lambsendbeds

        I had a huge crush on Mike Mills years ago. I still think he’s adorbs. How old are those guys now?

    • Suttree

      Wrong song. Old school Leonard is much better.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S34cVkL6zCE

      • Serai 1

        It’s the song that would honor Hillary, is why I thought of it.

        • Suttree

          Hehee. I love and have Leonard for many a year. My knowledge of his early albums is esoteric on its best days. I once had a lover…… Many moons ago…. We listened to Leonard. A lot.

          • Serai 1

            Up until this week, I didn’t like his music. I always thought it rather overwrought, and there was the small detail that my ex used to play his stuff all the time, and that is a person I think about as little as possible. So I had an aversion to it, but this week I’m getting reintroduced to it in a new context.

          • Suttree

            Just give his first two albums a second listening to. I promise that you will not regret it.

        • Suttree
    • SeekingNastyBarbie

      I love the song but think it’s too sad to be the anthem of the Resistance.

      • Suttree

        The Resistance isn’t supposed to be happy. That’s why they are resisting.

        • SeekingNastyBarbie

          How about something that is more a call to arms?

        • Serai 1

          Exactly.

          • Suttree

            Edit: That’s why WE are resisting.

      • Resistance Fighter Astraea

        But it is easy to sing along with and everyone knows at least the chorus.

    • Sister the Resister!

      I love the song, and love the idea. But I’ll also say that I’ve always wanted it to be “This Land is Your Land”, which btw was how our Eugene protestors closed out the night a couple of days ago

      [edit: I confused this thread with another one on the national anthem elsewhere, butI’ll leave this here. Maybe not an anthem of resistance, but one that should be sung more.]

      • OrG

        Yes this, among many Woody Guthrie songs.

  • Ghenghis McCann
    • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

      Yes. Back in 2000.

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        According to them, we’ll get a female president after that.

        • Suttree

          Can we have a cat president after the lady president? I need biscuits made!

    • Mystery_Poster

      I don’t think the Simpsons was actually predicting a Trump presidency. They were sitting around wondering what would be the most ludicrous, bizarre, and unbelievable thing to happen and they came up with a Trump presidency.

  • Come here a minute

    Only one asshole in the batch, and he beat another asshole (but he was our asshole).

  • Resistance Engineer Red Bird
  • pussygrabber in chief

    “Yeah, your vote doesn’t matter. (And if a few voters per district had gone the other way in a few swing states, Hillary Clinton would be president-elect.)”

    Oh dear, now I’m all stabby again.

    Kamala Harris 2020! (Or 2028, after two terms of Liz Warren)

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Good for Kamala Harris, but Loretta Sanchez would’ve been way more wacky fun.

    • Left Coast Tom

      Well, maybe, but we were electing a successor to Barbara Boxer and needed someone worthy.

      Maybe when Feinstein retires?

  • Mike Steele

    Truth be told, though I’m glad to be white, I am certainly not guilty about this accident of birth, nor do I feel the need to atone for it. My obligation as a citizen is to see that the privileges of such citizenship are extended to all fellow Americans. Posted on another thread that Balkanization on the left has been severely counterproductive. Our goals must be universal and our approach as ONE powerful front.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Oh but there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them. Just ask a Jill Stein voter.

    • Dazza

      The League of Human Decency

  • Ryan Denniston

    Golrammit. Here I was fixing to be all angry forever, but now I feel okay, thanks Dok. We’ll make it through the next two (yeah, 2, as in 2 Corinthians) years before we have a veto point.

  • Panika MCD

    1) while the wall is idiotic fiscally, terrible foreign policy and just straight up stupid, its the only one of his racist ideas that is constitutional. he can’t just shove all the racist stuff, he’d get shot. so we might as well just fight with him about it for 4 years. we should also let all those militia friendly private property owners on the border know exactly how much of their land is going to be subject to imminent domain for it.

    2) true story, “gringo” comes from mispronouncing Griego (a term for Greek people used on the Iberian Peninsula far to long to have anything to do with the Mexican-American War). the term morphed into a name used for all foreigners in Spain–it was the short version of “they’re speaking Greek to me”. it came over to the Americas with the Spanish colonists. contrary to popular belief, there’s no way it could mean “green go” because a) “verde”, which is what they would have used, sounds nothing like “green” and b) the American military didn’t wear green uniforms or camo in general at the time.

    3) can we just re-dub Tammy Duckworth “Senator Badass” in January?

    4) it’s not that uncommon for sitting Republicans to win with the “Washington outsider” argument even when they’re still employed there. Shrub did it in 2004. he also ran on hope and change as in “we hope we can change?”

    5) one of the things I’m going to miss about Sly Turner being in the TX house (because he’s Houston’s mayor and now you know his nickname) is when they did tax exemptions and he brought his abacus on the floor to fuck with people as he added up all the revenue they weren’t going to have for really stupid reasons. I hope that we can look forward to Van Hollen bringing that light saber in as a prop every chance he gets because props are awesome.

    6) if you look at the number of bills filed, it makes sense that a legislator’s number one job seems to be killing bills. there’s a lot of them and most of them are either duplicative or stupid. though I still think the number one job of elected officials is getting yelled at.

    • DT

      Eminent Domain. Other than that, spotless.

      • Panika MCD

        thanks.

  • Martin Chambers

    Duckworth / Lewis 2020

  • whitroth

    I don’t suppose it hurt with voters that, yeah, this is objectifying, but two of the new Senators are drop-dead gorgeous, on top of intelligent and anti-stupid.

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