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You know, and I know, that President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, got fucked by Republicans. Not just Garland: All of us. Mitch McConnell and his merry band of nihilists stuck their dicks in the eye socket of “the concept of advise and consent” and “number of years of Senate tradition” and “not stealing things that don’t belong to them” and pumped weakly until their dusty old sperms dribbled out to die.

Yes. We know.

We know Mitch McConnell made up his “rule” about not confirming a Supreme Court nominee in the last year of a president’s term. We know Ted Cruz, John McCain and all the other “principled” senators promised that if Hillary Clinton became president, they would hold that SCOTUS seat open for four or eight years. We know they are amoral pieces of shit, and that process matters.

But you know who doesn’t know that? At least half the country. And when we talk about “Merrick Garland” and how the Supreme Court seat was “stolen” (which it was, and which, unlike all the things McConnell says are unprecedented, like filibustering a Supreme Court nomination or nominating one in an election year, is actually unprecedented), then Mitch McConnell can just make some lies with his turtle mouth about “Joe Biden” or “whatever the fuck Mitch McConnell is talking about today” and half the people will say, hmmm, elections do have consequences, stop whining Democrats and let the nice man into the seat conservatives OWN because it is the law that conservatives have at least a five-four advantage on the Supreme Court, everyone just knows that.

You know what people might care about? Things that affect them. Does the Democrats’ nomination being stolen affect them? Sure, but it’s abstract. What affects them more concretely — a thing people can understand as affecting them — is that Neil Gorsuch ruled that if you didn’t let your employer force you to literally freeze to death on the job, they could fire you. And if you asked to take an extra week working from home during your leukemia treatment, because there was a flu outbreak at your workplace and it could kill you, your employer could fire you. Never mind that employers also get to determine your filthy, slutty sex life by vetoing your ability to get birth control through legal health plans, or that judges building off that decision said employers can bash trans folks, that kills hardly anyone, so never mind it.

Democrats are filibustering Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, as they very well should. (For a fun look at Neil Gorsuch being extremely weird to women of color, read Lithwick. Of course, you should always be reading Lithwick without me telling you to, so hop to it.)

And now, having been told they did not have the 60 votes necessary to break a filibuster, the Republicans are getting rid of the filibuster all together. Is this a shanda? OF COURSE IT IS. And you know that. And I know that. (Josh Barro doesn’t know that; Josh Barro also didn’t know that the whole “no vote in the last year of a term” was a lie, and when reminded doubled down that that wasn’t the point, because “Democrats would do it too.” Then he brought up Robert Bork, whom Republicans joined with Democrats to also vote against because he was an amoral scumbag to whom Nixon promised a Supreme Court seat if’n he’d just fire the special prosecutor, AND HE DID. Barro, just say you were wrong and move on, it’ll hurt but it won’t actually kill you. What kills you are Gorsuch rulings for employer rights.)

John McCain is very sad he’s being forced to kill the filibuster — the thing that’s supposed to guarantee some sort of rights of the minority — by dastardly Democrats saying “this guy’s a nutbar, and we ain’t voting for him (and also MERRICK GARLAND).” John McCain said six months ago that he would not vote for any nominee President Hillary put forward. His crocodile tears for the rights of the president to get any nominee he would like are pretty fucking rich. Or, to put it more Wonkettely, John McCain is full of dry, hard, dense old man shits that are probably ripping up his rectal tissue RIGHT NOW.

Should you and I remind John McCain of this early and often? Yes, we should. But if you want the American people to care about what to them is a very arcane slapfight easily explained away with “News at 11, Democrats whining again,” remind them: Neil Gorsuch ruled that a trucker had to freeze to death to keep his job driving truck.

And say it like “driving truck” too, that means you know your shit.

Wonkette hardly ever makes its employees die. Won’t you help us continue not doing so?

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  • puredog

    In a sense, by his breathtakingly immoral and unprincipled stance against Garland’s nom, McConnell sort of did us a favor. We got something of a preview of the 24/7 shitstorm we are now living in, making it *slightly* less of a surprise.

  • PubOption

    “… keep his job driving truck”, sounds a bit Russian. Is Gorsuch supported by Putin?

    • GoutMachine

      In Soviet America, truck drives you!

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        In Soviet America, Trump drives big-boy truck.

    • Persistent Demme

      I had a cousin that used to “build fence.”
      Does that count?

  • Anna Elizabeth

    Well when i woke up I was too depressed to eat. Now I’m too angry to eat. So, progress?

    • janecita

      On the plus side, you are going to look awesome in your new bathing suit;-)

    • schmannity

      Trump Tower diets are the greatest.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Eat a little something. Make sure it includes protein. mebbe yogurt? In a high stress state, you’re putting too much stress on your adrenals without calories.
      I know I’m not your mum, but these peeps aren’t worth trashing your health.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Thank you, I am grateful for the caring. :) Maybe my granola cereal with 2% milk?

        • C4TWOMAN

          Sounds like a good start. See how you feel.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            I’m eating it now. It’s good – it’s got coconut and chia seeds in it. I’ve been buying it on clearance from Big Lots.

          • C4TWOMAN

            I’m more of a steak and eggs fryup breaky person. Today was two eggs, salmon and hash. Course that was after a run…

            The one thing about heavy lifting is it’s almost imposible for the body to lose it’s appetite–unless it’s a serious psychic shock, like a loved one dying.

            Bon appétit!

          • Anna Elizabeth

            I love steak and eggs,etc, but I’ve never really been able to eat a big breakfast. I’ll often make heartier breakfast-type dishes as late lunch or Dinner.

            It wasn’t until I hit my 40s that I started to at least try and eat some cereal in the morning, so I could start the day with some fuel. So you pump iron? I used to love that. I mostly just walk for exercise now, 2,3-5 miles most days.

          • C4TWOMAN

            I’m running 3-7 miles these days. Taking it easy because of a couple of minor strains(left achilles, right plantar fascitus-sp? lol). Until they’re like a 100% and I can sprint well,I’m not doing 10 miles.

            I can’t walk for exercise…it’s just too boring. We were poor and I was raised without an auto, so we walked everywhere. So unless it’s a hike or in a park, it’s boring to me. And it takes sooooo long…

            But hey, not putting it down. It’s good. Hope you’re in a nice park or waterfront.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            I’ve never been a good runner, but I love walking. I’m in town, but there are sidewalks and trees and it’s lovely. I don’t have a car, but there are libraries, stores, food, and bookstores all within my walking distance, and a bus stop literally across the street.

          • bobbert

            Chemo meds suppress appetite, also too.

          • major_asshole

            God damn YES. They have a peanut butter and chocolate granola at my local Big Lots and I love it.

            Please feel better, though. Self care is the most important thing, always.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Thank you, this means a lot to me. :) I’m doing better, and I’m in the middle of laundry and such.

            I’ll have to see if this Big Lots has the peanut butter and chocolate granola! :) My store here has loads of health food and gluten-free snacks and such, and the staff are really friendly and accepting of me. :)

      • Gayer Than Thou

        I was going to have potato chips. Because I’m pretty sure I read they’re health food.

        • puredog

          Vegetable. Dip in ketchup: two vegetables.

          • TakingAmes

            Pizza’s a vegetable.

        • C4TWOMAN

          They have had potatoes in them. There’s a memory of nutritional substance. And salt is necessary mineral…

  • Blackest Noobs

    fuck white men.

    and especially fuck them with pine cones if they are also republicans.

    what a bunch of thin-skinned loser assholes.

    • schmannity

      I try.

    • Snarkbot 9000

      Should all white males just commit suicide? I mean it’s not like it’s possible that any of them could be anything but fascist sympathizers since they all have the same skin color. Why waste time considering the individual when it’s much easier to assign labels to an entire group? Sure, some white people do the same thing with their own racial animus, so that makes it perfectly acceptable to cast aspersions on anyone of a certain skin tone even those who have never uttered a word of hate towards anyone. They’re all the same since they look the same…”everyone” knows that. Besides, your moral superiority gives you every right to make character judgements based on lazy generalizations and incomplete information. It’s your right and it doesn’t reflect poorly on you at all.

      Thanks for giving racists more points of false equivalency to use in excusing their offenses while throwing the good white people who are fighting alongside you under a bus. Your contribution is as bad or worse as the worst vitriole of those you are railing against. You have singlehandedly degraded discourse just that much more. Truly helpful….

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Yeah, I’m a white man. My kids would be pretty sad if I offed myself. My youngest just texted me this morning, making me promise to take her hiking on spring break. My elderly mom would have to find someone else to mange her finances and rental properties for free. My wife would probably start living off fast food, being faced with the prospect of having to cook for herself each night.

        I got responsibilities, so I think I’ll hold off on that suicide thing. Also, I vote as progressive as it is possible, always. So you might actually want to keep me around for awhile.

      • NastyBossetti

        No, what all white males should do is stop trying to thwart other people’s attempts to live lives as full and free as they themselves have enjoyed. One basic way to start is by refraining from telling people who have been abused, marginalized, and disappointed by white men over and over again which words are acceptable for them to use in expressing their frustration. Then they should go out and tell all the other white males they know to do the same. And keep doing it until everyone is on the same page.
        If you’re already doing that, great! Keep up the good work! But know and understand that someone saying “fuck white men” is not remotely in the same arena as the centuries of systemic racism that led up to it.

      • Blackest Noobs

        ZZZZZZzzzzzzz Snore

        yeah sure false equivalency…JESUS….i guess you apparently DO NOT keep up with current or past events.

    • Creepoman

      May I recommend the cone of the Coulter Pine? The heaviest cone of any pine tree – they can weigh over 10 pounds and exceed a foot in length. Each scale is tipped with a point that resemble a shark’s tooth, and they are dripping with pine pitch. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b52f90045c3f0ed3feaa310392dd268e6774fa826072e309b9f07d95001d20ca.png

      • puredog

        So named because it resembles Ann Coulter’s “heart.”

  • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

    What’s to prevent them from undoing the filibuster rule change 10 mins after the vote on Freezer Burn so the Dems can’t use after we re-take the Sen and what happened to that deal that Sen rules can only be changed on the first day of the session? I try to keep up, but god damn.

    • puredog

      I wonder that too. Probably nothing.

  • memzilla Ω

    The next Rethuglican who uses the phrase “comity of the Senate” needs to get pantsed live on C-Span.

  • GoutMachine

    Oh, like 50% of America even knows what the Supreme Court is or what it does. They probably think Judge Judy is on it.

    • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

      Judge Judy would be a better Justice than at least 4 of them that I can think of. (Looking at you, Clarence.)

    • major_asshole

      At this point, can we just replace the Supreme Court with Judge Judy, Judge Marilyn Milian, and…No, actually, just those two. I would trust them with ultimate judicial power.

  • Hutch

    Honestly, if I were younger, I would immigrate. And drop U.S. citizenship like a soiled kimono. So depressing.

    • LucindathePook

      And if my wagon breaks down on me somewhere on the serf route
      I’ll get killed by some robbers or a knight in a tin suit
      And when I get to Serf City I can sit on a bench
      And maybe catch the pox from a serfer wench….

      • Notreelyhelping

        “Little Serfer Wench” was a Beach Boys single that, for some reason, didn’t chart.

  • elviouslyqueer

    That’s it. I’ve run slap out of places to tell these decrepit, dessicated old crusty white motherfuckers to fuck off to. Because every time they get to the place they need to fuck off to, they need to fuck off again to another place.

    • memzilla Ω

      How about using “fuck you running on a Möbius strip?”

    • BadKitty904

      The GOP is making it reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally hard not to get ban-hammered.

    • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

      Here’s the part i don’t get. I’m a crusty old white motherfucker myself and I hate those sons of bitches and everything they stand for with the whole of my being. What gives?

      • Lamashtar

        You’re not alone! I’m nationalistic, semi-isolationist, pro-military, anti-illegal immigration, and leery of “tax-and-spend” socialism. I’m proud of my European heritage, and I think there’s nothing wrong with being white.

        I should be able to ease right into the alt-right ideas. But I can’t. They’re hypocrites, racists, misogynists, religious fanatics, fascist, corrupt, harmful liars trying to hide their grift with tribalism.

        • Resistance Ftr PuckStopsHere

          Right?

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    The hypocrisy. It burns.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      I’ve stopped being shocked by Republicans talking out of both sides of their mouth, then denying what they said before contradicts what they are saying now. It’s trying to convince everyone else who can’t see it that gives me the burns.

  • schmannity

    Howard Dean. 50 State strategy, beginning with Mitch’s seat. Pronto.

    • boyblue122

      his seat must be gerrymandered to the point he cant be voted out cause hes polling around 20% and his job approval rating has been horrible for a while

      • Antonin Dvorak

        His seat in the entire state of Kentucky. On the plus side, he is up in 2020, so perhaps there is an outside chance.

        • schmannity

          Time for Boris and Natasha to focus on Moose, Squirrel, and Turtle.

        • DrBigHead

          That alone explains it.

      • puredog

        Uh — Senate seats are statewide elections. Voter suppression, sure, but not gerrymandering.

        • boyblue122

          oh ok…yeah makes sense

    • Persistent Demme

      Amen.
      Start with the House.
      https://swingleft.org/

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      I’m hoping Beto and/or Castro can make a strong run for the Canukicubanian’s seat here in Tejas.

      • schmannity

        Since he’s already endorsed by Cruz, Cat in the Hat 2018.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      You’ll only get Mitch’s seat when he decides to give it up. There’s not a true Dem in this state who will take him on, only Dem-Lite types like Allison Grimes, who run Juuuuuuuust a hair to the left of the reptiles. This serves only to piss off Democrats, who stay home instead of voting, and doesn’t fool republicans, who vote for Mitch because he’s a republican, duh. We will certainly run ads tying him to Russian meddling, calling him a traitor, and mentioning his support for Dampnut, as well as the nuclear option and so forth, and the lumpenproletariat will yawn and change the channel to reruns of Dickhead Dynasty. I hate this state. And this country.

      • Bmaccnm

        I lived in Letcher County for a few years. In those years, The Mountain Eagle endorsed Jesse Jackson. Wha tha fu happened?

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Yeah, to get rid of Mitch, you first need a lot more registered Democrats in Kentucky. To get more registered Democrats you need a much better informed populace. Good luck with that.

  • Persistent Demme

    Called DiFi’s San Francisco office last night to thank her for saying “NO!” to Gorsuch.
    Damn near moved to tears when I saw her on the news last night.
    What is happening to our country?!
    This cowardice in the GOP, and a few Dems, will not be forgotten (at least by some of us).

    • cmd resistor

      I sent old Bill Nelson a thanks email as well.

  • SomeBigRedDog

    This makes me feel like going back to my old skull fucking habits.

  • proudgrampa

    This “comity” ain’t very funny.

    • GoutMachine

      So much pearl-clutching from the GOP, I wonder if we’re gonna run out of pearls.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    I can’t help it if half the country is fucking stupid.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Neil Gorsuch believes that the letter of the law matters more than the spirit or the legislative intent of it. That appeals to the people who have seen Les Miserables and believe that Javert should be the hero.

    • BadKitty904

      How’d that work out for Javert, anyway?

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        He took a rather long swim in the Seine, if I recall.

        • BadKitty904

          Here’s hoping Neil responds similarly.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          That was the sort of natural selection that explains why there are no conservatives upset by their own hypocrisy anymore.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “It’s all there is black and white, especially white. Also somebody drew a penis in the margins, so it’s obviously all about men.”
      — Neil Gorsuch gives the law a strictly constructionist reading

      • Lamashtar

        Some senator pointed out he never referenced a relevant amendment to one of his rulings makes me wonder if Gorsuch is the kind of “originalist” who believes the Bill of Rights shoudn’t count.

    • puredog

      He probably has a throw cushion of the Anatole France quote and doesn’t get the irony.

  • Tallmutha

    Rebecca, when are you & Shy & DR going to be “driving ‘Bago”* out east again?

    *I know my shit.

    • rebecca

      oh eventually. what part of the country you at?

      • CindyinEncinitas

        Is the Bago fixed? It’s going to be a bitchen summer here. Just sayin…

  • BadKitty904

    OT: Speaking of GOP treason, by way of Saudi Arabia…

    REPORT: Notorious Blackwater Founder Had Secret Meeting to Establish Trump-Putin Back Channel
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/blackwater-founder-held-secret-seychelles-meeting-to-establish-trump-putin-back-channel/2017/04/03/95908a08-1648-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.d3d13f6e28fe

    PS – Erik Prince is Betsy DeVos’ brother, for those who think this isn’t coordinated and deliberate conspiracy…

  • jesterpunk

    Republicans are ok with anything that benefits themselves and their voters and Fox news ignore anything they said that contradict the current republican position.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Republicans are ok with anything that benefits themselves and their voters donors…
      FIFY

  • DrBigHead

    The American people have the attention span of……..

    HEY LOOK!! SQUIRRELS!!!!

  • lucidamente

    Serious question: does said rules nuking require a simple majority?

  • Vienna Woods

    Mr VW drives truck. Fuck you, Neil Gorsuch.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “The Democrats ruined the filibuster…by using it.”
    — Your Republican Party

    • Nightcrawler

      *Republican conveniently ignores how they have acted the past 8 years*

      • Latverian Diplomat

        IOKIYAR also applies to using the filibuster.

  • calliecallie

    What did they know, and when did they know it? I always thought it was bonkers of the Senate Repubs to not fill that seat with Merrick Garland, because if Hillary won – as we all thought she would do, up until the last minutes in November – she could pick someone much more left of center. Perhaps a little bird dropped a word in McConnell’s ear about the Russian election shenanigans, well before the FBI briefed the leadership in September last year. I can only hope this comes out at some point.
    My primary objection to Gorsuch – above and beyond the others, which are big enough – is that he has been nominated by a traitor who will not last a year once the real Russia investigating begins. Trump is an illegitimate president who should not be nominating someone for dog-catcher, let alone for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

    • SomeBigRedDog

      DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ABOUT DOG CATCHERS.

      • calliecallie

        I have been wondering about you! Have you been here all along? I didn’t recognize you without the skull fucking.

        • SomeBigRedDog

          I haven’t been hanging out as much. The actual big red dog passed away and it was hard after that for a while. I also got a new job that forces me to actually be mentally present for most of the day.

          • calliecallie

            Well, I’m glad you’re back. Very sorry about your dog.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    For a fun look at Neil Gorsuch being extremely weird to women of color, read Lithwick.

    I could use a rage-inducing article to power my run–what does she have to say?

    But paradoxically, it may also be that the airless, insular, clubby smugness of Senate Republicans made the Gorsuch hearings even more vulnerable to organized resistance. It’s odd. Nothing was really “wrong” with the hearings or the nominee. Yet somehow it all ultimately felt pretty gross. After the unprecedented ill treatment of Judge Merrick Garland, all the pretend outrage and the faux nobility of purpose of the Gorsuch hearings transformed what should have been a Senate high note into a tragicomedy of double-meaning.

    The grotesque display of hypocrisy and falsity in Senate Republicans pretending they had been courteous and respectful toward Garland cast an early shadow over the hearings. That same hypocrisy pervades assertions like the one offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week: “If they don’t find Gorsuch acceptable, are they taking the position the vacancy should never be filled? At all?” Oh, senator. Seriously? Remember Ted Cruz and Richard Burr promising to keep the seat open for four years, way back before the election? You can start to declaim on double standards again, well, never. And the performance of daily wounded outrage that the nominee was suffering grievous personal insult at the hands of Democratic interlocutors and tormentors? See “Seriously?” above.

    Hey, maybe I’ll set a PR today!

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      What else is new? Respect is demanded by Republicans for only those who are the “right” sort of people (white, Republican, rich, male). If you don’t meet all four of those standards, you will be treated with indifference at best and outright hostility most of the time.

  • Ricky Gay

    pumped weakly – republican party epithet

    • elviouslyqueer

      But enough about Aaron Schock and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the Third.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Please. It is Jefferson FUCKING Beauregard FUCKING Sessions the FUCKING Third.

        • Querolous

          FUCKING Please!! It FUCKING is FUCKING Jefferson FUCKING Beauregard FUCKING Sessions the FUCKING Third.FUCKING FIFY

  • Zonath

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    So we’ve got hundreds of gerrymandered US House seats, an electoral college that can overturn the results of the popular vote, and an anti-majoritarian Senate that is planning to change its rules to become even more anti-majoritarian. That whole “consent of the governed” thing seems to be stretching pretty fucking thin these days.

    • elviouslyqueer

      I heard somebody on NPR this morning basically saying that democracy as we know it is on its last, shaky legs.

      • DrBigHead

        That was Francis Fukuyama, who predicted the victory of liberal democracy and the “end of history”. So fortunately, his predictions are a bit shaky themselves.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      West coast secession. To start.

      • Lamashtar

        Except the Russians have been backing that..

        • Beanz&Berryz

          The red states of America will keep their ruinously big military. Or. The western alliance can be big enough to keep Russia in check enough. And. Even fucking Russia needs other economies. So. I’m willing to take the risk rather than Live under red state klepto-pluto-theocratic nonsense. I trust the Germans, French and Japanese more than I do those red states that voted for and still support Trump.

          • Lamashtar

            Except it wouldn’t end up that way. It would be weakening global defense and leaving California vulnerable to more foreign interference, not less. You can’t keep a liberal democracy without defending it. Russia wants the economy, but would move on to splitting Californians from each other, exactly like they have Americans as a whole. We have been seeing this all over the world for decades. There is nothing specially protected about California.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            I don’t see that subjecting the west coast to Red State klepto-pluto-theocratic crap does anything to further protection of anything Western, democratic, non-authoritarian. Let the Red States protect the World from the Red States’ Russian allies. There’s no America here if the Red States seize control of the reins of government by every nasty anti-democratic trick in the book and treat it like klepto-pluto-theocratic orgy. And… Russia isn’t gonna invade California. I have no interest in being a pawn of the Trump/Pence/Ryan/McConnell/Gorsuch “America.” Fuck that place in the ear. With an ice pick.

          • Lamashtar

            Just because you don’t want to fight, doesn’t mean California can avoid a fight. Northern California is former Russian property. Putin considers it an appropriate target. There has also been a steady stream of Russians emigrating to that exact locale. Sure you may not think you’re repeating Russian propaganda, but there were Ukrainians who honestly thought the “little green men” were their friends–up to the moment they showed their true colors.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b132bca7adc88117854cdfde924c57ccb15f13f1a7f071fad7fc25a04dac37a.jpg

  • A vote for Gorsuch is a vote to finish the decades long process of turning workers from people back into disposable cogs in the machinery of merciless efficient profit.

    Maybe some people are okay with that, but I’d call them sociopaths and inhuman dickwads.

    • Ricky Gay

      willfully misinformed, chowderheaded Americans, also too.

    • Nightcrawler

      Stuart Varney for Labor secretary?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I’d call them targets for sharp, pointy votes, myself.

    • MizzMazz

      Yeah, because we all want to live like this
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJPpW1bBTRI

  • Angela Ruzzo

    I wonder what would happen if all the Democrats in the Senate walked out on strike. I an not suggesting they do so, but it would be interesting to see what would happen if they did.

    • jesterpunk

      Then republicans could pass anything they wanted as long as they actually agree on doing something.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I’m not sure that is true. The on-strike Senators would still count towards any vote. The problem is that there is no legal precedent for their Senatorial standing if they are on strike, and there would be endless debate about it, and the Republicans would make up rules as it progressed, so it’s probably a very bad idea. But it would still be interesting to see.

        • jesterpunk

          They still have a simple majority so no democrats would mean they could still pass things with 52 votes. But that also assumes the senate doesnt have something like the freedom caucus who will say no to everything.

        • puredog

          “Interesting” in the Chinese sense, you ask me.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            It could be interesting in many ways, not least that some members of the Democratic Party might suddenly develop and demonstrate some real leadership qualities, which so far I am not seeing.

    • BadKitty904

      I’d be more interested in seeing a national strike. Nothing will get Republicans’ attention like threatening their wallets.

    • ariel_gee_398

      They’d need to kidnap two Republicans and then strike – with only 50 Senators available, there would be no quorum, so the Senate couldn’t do anything.

      • Lamashtar

        Cant the Veep count?

        • ariel_gee_398

          I don’t think so – a quorum requires a majority of members to be present according to the Constitution, and I don’t think the VP counts as a member of the Senate. Constitutionally, they do have the power to compel attendance to reach a quorum, though, so practically speaking they could just force the Dems to attend.

          • Lamashtar

            ..I wonder what it looks like when they “compel” old people to attend.

          • ariel_gee_398

            It’ll probably go over quite well with the right – dragging those lazy, old moochers in to do the job they were elected (and are well-paid) to do.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I had a wicked thought last night while watching a historical documentary about the bubonic plague. It seems that during some ancient battle in the far east, the attacking general’s troops were struck down with plague, so he hurled some of the infected bodies over the walls into the town under siege so the inhabitants would all catch the plague and die. Apparently it worked. Then I had a thought. . . but it’s a wicked thought so I won’t write it and you can figure it out yourself.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      So, just before the Korean War, the United Nations was debating over sending a police force to deter North Korean aggression. The Soviet Union (which had veto power over all Security Council matters) had its delegation grandstand about the West’s imperialism before walking out in a huff. Whereupon the United States moved the motion forward, as the Soviets had clearly abstained. Motion passed, and a police force went to Korea under UN auspices.

      Moral of the story: walking out just removes you from the equation.

      • georgiaburning

        Didn’t we prove that in the 2014 and 2016 elections?

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I don’t think the history of industrial union strikes would support that statement. Striking workers in the past achieved most of the blessings of modern working conditions. Yes, it sometimes backfired, but overall the policy worked. There is a difference between a militant, active strike with a lot of media coverage, public support and an ongoing dialogue, and simply abstaining and withdrawing from the conversation.

    • TakingAmes

      Senator Yertle would declare the Senate a Right-to-Work locality and fire them all.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    The mere fact that this administration is under investigation in its entirety— including its election— isn’t enough, somehow? I would pay good money to see past Republicans resurrected and reacting to this.

    • Arse Grammatica

      Well except Nixon. Keep that asshole dead.
      And Reagan.
      And Goldwater.
      And McCarthy.

      • whyieverdidit

        True fact: the somewhat cynical press pool covering Nixon’s funeral in Yorba Linda referred to the goings-on as “The Last Coverup.”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Dwight Eisenhower politely turns down your request because one war against Fascist douchebags was quite enough for him, thank you very much.

    • schmannity

      Barry M. Goldwater
      “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.

      The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom…. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are?… I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.”

      • puredog

        Nice one.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      How about Nelson Rockefeller, who was supposed to be the Republican nominee in 1964 but had to be replaced by Goldwater because Rockefeller got a (gasp) divorce?

  • memzilla Ω
  • canes_pugnaces

    It’s not new. Pre-Civil War judges were aflame with partisan fever sickness. But back then DC really was a malarial swamp. Today, the fever is a GOP who effectively control every branch of the government and are hoping to Make America Sharia Again (MASA).

    We are witnessing a slow-moving judicial coup d’etat. And from it, an ersatz Supreme Court which is little more than a fantom limb for the legislative and executive branches.

    And it’s ceased to be funny, although this site may be the only site left in the known internets that milks some humor out of this.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      The GOP does offer a dick-rich environment from which to make dick jokes about Dickishness. But. They are some mean-spirited dicks sometimes.

  • Gorillionaire

    The GOP are authoritarians who gave up on the concept of democracy at least four decades ago.

  • Electric Ukulele Land

    I agree — as much as the whole Garland episode is a justification for engaging in some “tit-for-tat” repercussions social behavior-wise, the overwhelming principal here should be on what effect having this particular nominee on the rulings of the court — and the “frozen trucker” case is just plain disturbing. That Gorsuch didn’t think to imagine what it would be like to be in that situation is hard to believe — either he’s heartless, unsympathetic and ruthless and is oblivious to that face or he knows it all to well and knows he must dissemble. There’s also the fact that this gamesmanship to tilt the court’s ideological balance (the Garland skirmish being a part of that) is bad for the court and the country — so it’s entirely reasonable to only consent to consensus candidates and not idealogues — that’s not payback, that’s seeking balance.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Gorsuch has the ethical compass of the guy who put the Zyklon B in the showers.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      The weren’t satisfied with a Scalia replacement – they wanted a clone. A guy who sees no problem with employees freezing to death is a good match for the guy who saw no problem with executing innocent people.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Also too, Dahlia Lithwick is a gift to this country that we don’t deserve. Her analysis always wows me, even if I don’t fully agree with it.

    • Working with the Russians to assist the Assad regime. They don’t give a flying fuck as long as IS gets it (which was well under way thanks to the past administration’s long term strategy and patience.

  • canes_pugnaces

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday that a gas attack in a rebel-controlled area of Syria was perpetrated by the forces tied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are a “consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”

    It’s all Obama’s fault. All of it. But if that’s true… it does beg the question: what’s old fat finger doing?

    • BadKitty904

      Playing golf.

      • elviouslyqueer

        Playing with himself while fantasizing about Ivanka, more like.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Let’s split the difference Playing with himself while fantasizing about Ivanka and cheating at golf.

    • jesterpunk

      I thought Jared would solve everything?

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Well, he did lose all that weight, and that takes a lot of resolve.

    • freakishlypersistent

      Didn’t this mis-administration ENDORSE al-Assad?

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Wait, I thought our strategy now was dis-engagement from “regime change” in Syria and letting Assad do whatever he wants. Did Spicer not get the memo?

    • anon_the_great

      Yeah, it may be the Black Guy’s fault but that doesn’t mean Lord Dampnut’s Minions will change policy

    • schmannity

      But Trumpov’s fuckbuddy, Czar Putin, assured the world that chemical weapons had been removed from Assad. Better not blame Czar Putin, he plays rough with his opponents.

  • BadKitty904

    OT: Putin continues to follow up on Russia’s first strike on America, while the Republican Congress does nothing…

    Russian Hackers Are Working to Amplify Donald Trump’s Wiretapping Claim, Expert Warns
    “Every conspiracy floated by the Administration” is an opportunity for fake news operations, Clint Watts tells NPR.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/russian-trump-wiretapping-claim_us_58e3365ce4b0f4a923b15827?

    • elviouslyqueer

      BUT. HER. FUCKING. EMAILS.

      • Lord Jim

        Jesus: Don’t listen to Satan! He drags vulnerable people down to degradation and misery and incites violence and murder!

        Satan: JESUS’ DISCIPLES DO NOT WASH THEIR HANDS BEFORE THEY EAT! CRUCIFY HIM!

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      No puppet!
      No puppet!
      You’re the puppet!

    • Lord Jim

      It wouldn’t work if stoopid amerikanskis would STOP FALLING FOR IT. Especially now that it’s right out in the open. *headdesk*

      • BadKitty904

        IKR?

  • Anna Elizabeth

    OT – My Goodness! They actually do snow removal at my new apartment complex! At the last place, with metal stairs that froze, they contracted to the Mother Nature Snow Removal Corps.

    I used to sweep the closest staircase myself, I didn’t want anyone to slip and get hurt.

    • MizzMazz

      Good! I hate snow. Lived in it for one winter, and it was wimpy, sad snow – very weak. Still hated it. Can’t imagine what dealing with great piles of it is like, and I don’t want to.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        It’s coming down steady, big wet flakes of it. What’s nice, being on 3rd floor, I’m not even running heat now, and I’m wearing leggings and a cami-top. This is a good sign for my electric bills to come.

    • Jennifer R

      Snowing? Fuck it’s gonna be over 80 again today.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        It’s really wet snow too. If we drop much more temp, it’ll be a nightmare out there.

        • Jennifer R

          Be careful with that! I when I was a kid in the mountains of NC, they still got that sort of stuff several times a year, combined with roads not meant for ice at all.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Thanx Jennifer, I’m good. I got the mail, and I stocked up on food Sunday and yesterday. :) If I’m snowed in now, it’s all good.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      December 2015. Took some Christmas money and bought a snowblower as an investment. A time would come, soon enough, when shoveling even our miniscule driveway would be inviting a heart attack.

      Have. Not. Used. The. Damned. Thing. Yet.

  • Proud Liberal

    Hmm..very interesting!

    “The Senate currently has 44 rules. But altering those rules requires 67 votes. So with only 52 Republican senators, McConnell can’t switch Senate rules. But he could set a new precedent.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/03/what-is-nuclear-option-roadmap-to-how-gorsuch-confirmation-could-play-out.html

    • puredog

      That IS interesting. Who knew governing was so complicated? Thanks, Faux News!

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Question- how does one paste a link onto Disqus using an Android phone? My S-7 is being very mean and unfair to me. Terrible! Sad!

    • AJ Milne

      On mine, hold finger on link in url bar until /copy paste bar appears.

      Click copy.

      In text box, hold finger down again, same deal.

      Click paste.

      Paste is a minor pain. Type a space first for it to eat, usually, or it pastes over your previous space, word, or other thing you didn’t want eaten.

      (ETA: Also awesome: I own a folding aluminium Bluetooth keyboard makes Ctrl C and V work, and shift select, like on civilized hardware… But requires extra carrying space/setup time/people in public may stare at you like you’re a geek/cracking public wifi.)

    • ask yourself: does the world need another hyperlink?

  • Hutch

    OT: I hope this was Gorsuch’s mom (with votes mixed in).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0veiTgUQLKw

  • 3FingerPete

    Trump is busy right now giving himself a handy in front of a gathering of building tradesmen.

    • Thespian Pony Ron

      Probably NOT ones he’s stiffed in the past.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Huh – seems the Kushners are upside-down with the mortgage on their 666 Fifth Avenue building. Good thing the sheriff only comes knocking on the doors of the poor. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/03/nyregion/kushner-companies-666-fifth-avenue.html
    Yes, even in dealing Manhattan real estate, it’s possible to buy high, and sell low, and fuck up bigly. These geniuses paid double the going rate for a building that was already losing money, and to their great surprise, they continued to lose money. The building is 1/4 vacant, the revenue doesn’t come close to covering the interest on the mortgage, and there is zero – as in “0” – equity. (Jared “sold” his share of zero to a family trust, which must have been an interesting transaction on paper.)
    Demolition and construction of a replacement is projected to cost $7.5 billion, which they don’t have, and the replacement (high end luxury condos) faces a declining market. There are only so many Russian oligarchs, mobsters, and crooked bankers looking to get out from under US sanctions.

    • rebecca

      it’s really a shame the Chinese pulled out after the Senate Dems came sniffing around :(

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Guess they didn’t want their money tied up in a big ethics investigation.

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      • Lamashtar

        ..I laughed.

      • Lord Jim

        Ewww…

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Wanna bet VEB provides the dough, after Il Douche lifts the sanctions?
        http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/29/politics/kushner-meeting-russian-bank/

    • WotsAllThisThen

      You know what he needs? An office of real estate innovation.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      So of course he is qualified to get the economy moving. If the direction is one that involves reaching terminal velocity prior to impact.

      • puredog

        32 feet per second per second, yup yup.

        • Lord Jim

          Technically, 32fps^2, but ya… :)

    • DrBigHead

      666 Fifth Ave? God, how appropriate.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Baphomet libel!

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Truly. Godly appropriate.

      • MizzMazz

        Hey, remember when the Reagans bought a house with a 666 address, and they fought to get it changed to 668?

        • DrBigHead

          No, but I do remember that in 2002 they changed the name of US Highway 666 to US 491 to appease the crazies. Was and always will be referred to as the Devil’s Highway.

          • boredcatlady

            And said crazies probably have Pussgrab signs in their yards right now. For Jesus.

        • I DO NOT RECALL

          • MizzMazz

            Yeah, it got turned into 668, because superstition.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            So, then, Ron and Nancy were just the neighbors of the Beast?

          • boredcatlady

            666 1/2 ?

          • ZAmazingProfessionalCrastinatr

            ISWYDT

      • “M”

        I turned down a job offer in that building.

        That was why.

        (Even before the Trump-Kushners got hold of it. Or perhaps that’s the reason they did.)

      • Lamashtar

        DC Comics used to be headquartered in that building!

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        On my checks, it’s Citibank’s address.

        • boredcatlady

          What is also account number and routing, rich American friend?

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Gee, I’m fresh out of checks. I’ll get back to you when the new ones come in.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      You just hush your mouth! Jared is SMRT!

    • SayItWithWookies

      I read something about the Kushners having to take a loan out so that one of their major partners could buy themselves out. Which doesn’t happen on good investments that have matured, that’s for sure.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        alternately matured

    • It’s called “Extend and pretend”. They extend the loan terms and pretend it’s profitable.

      Very common in commercial real estate.

      • Lord Jim

        Ex Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis described the EU “solution” to the Greek debt crisis with just that phrase.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      666 Fifth Avenue? Isn’t that where that guy Trump shot somebody on the street?

  • Lefty Wright

    The Washington Post had several articles and opinion pieces saying the Democrats should not push the filibuster no. They should save it in case Trump picks a real nut next time. I responded that this guy should never get a seat. He doesn’t just think corporations are people, he thinks they are special people and deserve special considerations. And besides, despite the ethical sounding moaning and groaning of senators like McCain, in the end, they would still vote to approve a Bork clone on the next nomination. May as well get the nuclear option on the table now.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      How exactly do they save it? It’s not like the Republicans won’t just nuke it at that point.

      • puredog

        Exactly — if “that point” arrives with the demise of a justice while the Senate and White House are as presently constituted. If the present members of the Court can hang on until they are reconstituted, then a “saved” filibuster could survive until then. But as another commenter mentioned — and I think they were not wrong — any majority Senate could re-institute the filibuster at any time, thought they might well be disinclined to do so (unless it were a supemajority Senate). Otherwise, and I have vacillated greatly about this, I think it’s important for the Democrats to take a stand on this, even if it’s a doomed stand, and make McConnell the bad guy. He recognizes this, hence his “it’ll be the Dems’ fault!” line of preemptive attack.

        • Lamashtar

          It’ll also make it the Republican’s fault when Gorsuch inevitably reveals his true colors. (And the Traitor’s stench will be on him forever)

        • Lord Jim

          As Trump said to The Blacks: “WHAT the HELL have ya GOT ta LOSE?”

    • Lord Jim

      “If not us, who? And if not now, when?”

  • Vecchioivan

    He’s a drug store truck drivin’ man . . . 🎶🎻

  • Swampay
    • puredog

      In fact, this is surely the article Trix meant to link to in her post. I read and enjoyed the first one, but afterwards thought: “So, how IS Gorsuch weird about women of color?”

      • Vecchioivan

        I’d like to think it’s because he’s afraid of answering their questions face to face.

        • puredog

          Trix linked to a different article in her post. It’s a good read, but though it’s about Gorsuch, it says nothing about women of color. THIS article, linked to by Swampay, above, in the comments, is the article that Trix MEANT to link to and, indeed, it does make much the point you say.

        • Erala Contratista

          Like Pence and food and wimmens not his wife? Yeesh!

          • Lamashtar

            Strange coincidence, isn’t it.

      • rebecca

        you’re right! fixed, thanks!

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I’m reading about the decline of the Roman empire, and I can’t stop my mind from wandering to our current situation. It really does seem to me (and I’m neither a conspiracy theorist nor usually given to doomsday scenarios) that we can’t move forward – we can’t really expect to survive the Dolt 45 election – as a country. Here’s why:
    Dems get elected, move heaven and earth to try to do something that helps people.
    Reps get elected, undo everything Dems accomplished, get their lackeys to scream 24/7 that it’s the Dems’ fault regardless of the lunacy of the claim (see: Obama blamed for Bush’s response to Katrina), goons and morons embrace Rep positions.
    Elections come around again and people are so polarized they vote their party regardless of their party’s position on things that are important to them (see: Drumpf voters in Texas losing their land to his wall, his voters losing their healthcare, ad infinitum), basically because they’ve been trained like Pavlov’s dogs to have a knee-jerk reaction of hatred toward the other side.
    The Roman Empire didn’t crash to the ground just because of one thing, of course, and neither will we, but this country feels divided and full of hatred, and how do you overcome that when the soulless fucks on the R side are gleefully burning everything to the ground?

    • puredog

      Hey, thanks for fucking ruining my day.

    • Proud Liberal

      I am absolutely convinced that is where we are at this moment. All institutions are broken now.

    • calliecallie

      I was told some time ago that as soon as we initiated the lottery, we were doomed. The Roman empire also initiated a lottery before their downfall.

      Honestly, on some level, wouldn’t it be a relief for America not to be in charge of the whole world any more? I am reminded of a Randy Newman song in which Mr. Bruce Springsteen is mentioned, and he says “Rand, I’m tired. Why don’t YOU be the boss for a while?”

      Some days I find that sentiment very easy to relate to.

    • BosGrl

      I am really afraid you are right, except Dems are in the majority and if we can fix voting, perhaps we will stay in charge long enough for some of the things the Dems institute to stick? At least that is what I am holding onto.

    • OrG

      Wasn’t the decline of the Roman Empire one long,decadent party?

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        The book I’m reading suggests it was partially due to the bubonic plague, partly to the fact that Roman rulers had been getting weaker and weaker while Asian and Islamic (modern terms) rulers had been gaining power and consolidating forces, and about eleventy billion other things. I’m not sure the “one long party” thing actually applied, but it could have contributed.

        • Erala Contratista

          Plus massive overextension of the Empire.

          Currently studying Venice, born at the beginning of the end of Rome. Plus plague certainly helped.

    • BadKitty904
      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Annnnnnnd, stolen.

        • BadKitty904

          Sad, but – as we’re seeing – apparently true.

    • Lamashtar

      The polarization is partly due to DECADES of war measures used against us by Russia. It is essentially brainwashing. Spreading the word to acknowledge what was done to us is the first step to fixing it.

      The current GOP is broken. But they can be fixed by the Democratic Party, if we get enough power.

      It was Ronald Reagan who pointed out that gerrymandering forces a party to the extremes. As a section becomes ‘safe’, the status quo gets challenged by further and further fringe elements. This is why Kansas swung back to the moderates. So we must get bipartisan committees to fix the maplines. The courts have supported this, and it has been forced early by lawsuits.

      Money is the common element of political corruption. When the KGB suborned Americans during the first Cold War, it was textbook to attempt to give gifts and money to their marks. It psychologically cemented the transaction, even if the subject was a traitor based on ideology. We need to pass laws forcing every candidate to reveal their full tax returns, possibly even 5-10 years of them, to get on the ballot AND to assume office (tricksters might fund a write-in campaign to get around oversight).

      Money, part 2. Campaign finance reform is needed to make it so politicians don’t feel they *must* go crawling to millionaires and sell their souls. Trump said that Romney was so desperate for money “I could have had him on his knees.” There will still be the greedy, but it would be harder when we can see their tax returns.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    So have they actually gone nuclear already? I’m afraid to turn on my teevee machine and find out.

    • BosGrl

      I’m listening to Stephen Fry read Sherlock Holmes. I just can’t watch this stuff anymore. Blood pressure keeps rising too high.

    • 3FingerPete

      Chuck Schumer is speaking now on the Senate floor detailing the Republican history of filibustering judicial nominees over the past eight years.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Thank you. This election and its aftermath have turned me into a coward. Marginally better than a newt, I guess . . . .

        • Lord Jim

          You’ll get better? :)

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Dudes, *Nobody Cares About Merrick Garland

    It was that pubic hair on the Coke can that Garland remarked on, wasn’t it?

  • Undocumented Skwerl!

    OT: White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday that a gas attack in a rebel-controlled area of Syria was perpetrated by the forces tied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are a “consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”

    FUCK YOU SEAN SPICER!

    • SayItWithWookies

      Gas attack? By forces tied to Assad? Hmmmm — do we happen to know a country that might be allied with the Assad regime? I’m pretty sure there is, but I’m just not Putin my finger on it…

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Let’s not go russian to conclusions here…

        • Msgr_MΩment

          Sorry, just putin it out there.

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          But the news is Lenin some credence to the connection.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          I’m not Vlad to hear this.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Relax – they’re just Stalin for time.

        • BearGHAZI

          Ivan inkling of what’s going on here…

        • Lord Jim

          Au contraire, mon ami. We should trotsky right on over there and exercise the nukyillar option.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        That wouldn’t be the one that agreed to take control of all of Assad’s chemical weapons for safekeeping, would it?

    • Soo… does this mean that Trump is going to bomb the living crap out of Assad’s palace?

      • snark-lurker

        Purdy sure Pootie already has tRumps stumps in a chinese finger trap on that front…cannut push no buttons on that board

      • Lamashtar

        Trying to remember…we’re prohibited from killing heads of state, and didn’t we stop recognizing Assad as the Syrian head of state? That was an understated threat.

    • TakingAmes

      What’s the over-under on how long it takes this admin to stop blaming anything that goes wrong anywhere in the world on the prior admin? i’m thinking over four years, personally.

      • Lamashtar

        Apparently Hillary is an all-powerful mastermind as well, though! So everything can be retroactively connected to her!

      • Celtic_Gnome

        George W. Bush stopped blaming all the fuckups on Bill Clinton on January 20, 2009.

  • Chadwells

    OT: Yep.

    “Gillibrand: ‘If we’re not helping people, we should go the f–k home'”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/327188-gillibrand-if-were-not-helping-people-we-should-go-the-f-home

    • puredog

      Wow — pretty salty talk for a Senator lady! I like it!

      • cmd resistor

        I liked this, too: “I look at each nominee. If they suck, I vote against them. If they’re worthy, I vote for them,” she maintained.

        • BrendaKay

          And she has voted “no” on everyone so far. Love her!

      • Manders

        We share an alma mater and I’m so damn proud of her. She and Tapper make up for D’Souza and Ingraham.

        • Manders

          Also, that quote is so t-shirt-worthy!

    • OrG

      Might be awful lonely for the few left.

    • timpundit

      When a politician uses the word “fuck” for public consumption, you know they’re in a pretty safe seat or they’ve read the voters pretty fucking well.

  • Proud Liberal

    I’ve always said Republicans only want to rule. They don’t want to govern.

  • sadboy

    The Dems may as well force McConnell to trigger the Senate rules change now. After 25 years, there is no indication that the rules are effective in preventing hopeless idiots from getting on the Court (see Scalia, Thomas) and at this point the ‘nuclear option’ is just another excuse for these pasty creeps to infect my news feed with apocalyptic blathering over procedural arcana that most of us no longer give a shit about. Dems have more to worry about from primary challenges from their base for colluding with Trump than the composition of the Court, which is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point.

    So bring on the freaks. At least we’ll go down fighting.

    • cmd resistor

      I’ve gotten to that point, also, too.

    • timpundit

      Agreed. Tired of the threats to go nuke. Bring it on, get it over with. And remember, Yertle, what goes around….

    • Villago Delenda Est

      You left out Alito and Roberts as “hopeless idiots”.

      • Hey, Roberts cast the deciding vote that gave the final OK to the Affordable Care Act. He’s not hopeless.

  • Ilgattomorte

    “Mitch McConnell and his merry band of nihilists stuck their dicks in the eye socket of ‘the concept of advise and consent’ and ‘number of years of Senate tradition’ and ‘not stealing things that don’t belong to them’ and pumped weakly until their dusty old sperms dribbled out to die.”

    Wow! It’s like poetry, sticky disgusting poetry, but well said nevertheless. I especially like the “weakly pumping” part.

    • JustDon’tSayKingLeo

      I dunno. I find this porn difficult to fap to.

  • I understand why the Dems want to block Gorsuch on merit, but I’d sure like to hear more of them come out and say they’re holding out until the nation can be sure there is no collusion between Trump and Russia.

    The issue needs to be framed in a way that simpletons can understand.

    • Proud Liberal

      Hear, hear!

    • timpundit

      Exactly. That is the reason they should coalesce around.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Simpletons are not paying attention. They won’t, either, until he’s gone, and then they’ll bleat whatever the Faux Noise machine tells them.

      • DrBigHead

        Its not that they are not paying attention, they simply will not believe it. The “fake news” card has been played and played well. I’m afraid that the only thing that will change the Trump supporters minds will be Russian tanks on Main Street. And even then, many of them would respond with ” well, we did it too”….

        • Thespian Pony Ron

          ‘We invited them here to keep law and order.’
          ‘Duh, okay, is “Wheel” on yet?’

      • Many, if not most, will. However, the more that the issue stinks up the news cycle, there will be no small portion of the Regressives who will tire of the stench.

        • Lamashtar

          Never thought I’d be grateful for our old anti-communist programming but its one of the weapons to use against the crazy Trumpers who are fine with Russia taking over our election.

      • Lord Jim

        Trump’s base is chock full of the cray-cray, but they are not really the majority. I agree with opinion columnists who say it’s time to stop appealing to those who will never be moved by fact, reason, or morality, and instead keep talking to the less belligerently stupid.

        • SnarkON

          This.

  • Chadwells
    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Why you put picture of McTraitor?

      • Chadwells

        That’s all I see whenever I see him…

      • Lord Jim

        I confess to being too ignorant of Kenfuckistan politics, and I live here. Does Bitch give really good constituent service? Why the eff does he keep getting reelected? I repeat my Dad’s claim that he cannot find one person who will claim to have voted for the a$$hole.

    • capnkrunch

      Am I not turtle-y enough for the turtle club? Turtle, turtle, turtle.

  • major_asshole

    This may be a combination of NyQuil, DayQuil, Benadryl, and Sudafed talking, but I cannot stomach the current political climate. I’m putting all the blame on Republicans for several reasons:

    1. They make up their own rules and traditions on the spot. The whole “no confirmation for nominations in a president’s last year” is but one example. Liz Warren’s being made to shut up and sit down is another.

    2. “Do as I say, not as I do.” See, it’s totally cool for a Republican to deny a vote for a nominee or bad-mouth a Democrat. But flip those around, and Republicans get all butt-hurt.

    3. One side takes a story and actually deals with the revelations in the story, while the other side gets pissed about their side getting caught doing something stupid, shady, or outright illegal. Most media outlets are ripping the Russiagateghazi “spying” story and detailing the probably illegal contact between Trump team members and Russia (and Carter Page being recruited unwittingly as an Intel asset). Fox, meanwhile, is simply INCENSED that Trump’s team were actually named.

    Goddamnit, politics used to be something I laughed at. Now, I watch it and feel my blood pressure spike.

    • Erala Contratista

      For me, it’s Prednisone. Works great, but the aggro factor is very high.

      *note to self-do NOT pinch off any heads until you have finished the course*

    • Lamashtar

      Its why I’ve gone conspiracy happy. Its impossible for me to explain so many pro-defense people suddenly deciding that hostile governments taking over our communications and elections is A-OK. Its like–what did we get the giant military budget for? If you’re just going to bend over for China and Russia and Iran then why are we spending all that money? We could be fucking staying home and building new bridges. Christ!

      • Bitter Scribe

        Yeah, speaking of Iran, what happened to tearing up the nuclear weapon treaty? Did someone distract Trump with a shiny object or something?

        • Zyxomma

          Yes. Boeing gets to sell Iran shiny new passenger planes.

    • cmd resistor

      I am getting very pissed reading the wishy washy stories on Susan Rice, bringing up the old shadows and clouds and stuff. I haven’t even looked at the lunatic fringe coverage, as the supposedly rational people are bad enough.

      • major_asshole

        I’m tired of the one-sided, blatantly hypocritical coverage. It would be one thing for Carlson and Hannity to get on the air and talk about Susan Rice AND condemn the Trump team for their foreign contacts. But all we get every night can be summed up by “It’s a hit job and those libbies are evil! EVIL!”

        At least Rachel Maddow brings up Rice while condemning Team Feltersnatch.

        • cmd resistor

          It will probably be one of those “turn off the NPR on the way home even if it is a long drive” days.

  • lroom

    The Dems should be calling for no voting at all while Trump’s administration is being investigated! This should be the message every fucking time the Repubs try to smear them about this.This is a legit reason and the rubes need to be hearing that so they will learn that it’s serious.

  • VirginiaLady

    There can be no supreme court judges selected in a president’s last year. This and this alone.

  • Lamashtar

    I understand Rosenstein is out of committee. Will he be accepted? Will he do his duty and arrest his boss, AG Sessions?

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Wonkette hardly ever makes its employees die

    Anyone heard from snipy lately? Or Riley? Just askin

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    If Gorsuch had ANY of the integrity he’s supposed to have, he would withdraw.

    • JustDon’tSayKingLeo

      “Then you won’t believe in ‘if’ anymore
      ‘If is for chilllldreeennnn…dreamin’ daydreams…”

  • SnarkON

    “But if you want the American people to care about what to them is a very arcane slap fight….”

    Honestly, I don’t give a shit whether idiot Trump voters care about this or not.

  • Ten bucks says if 18 does not go the way they want, they bring the filibuster right on back

  • Celtic_Gnome

    My favorite Lithwick was a cross-burning case when, out of nowhere, Clarence Thomas asked a question. It was the first time he’d spoken in court in seven years. She described the people in the courtroom looking around like the Muppets at the end of a Pigs In Space episode looking for the announcer, when that deep voice started.

  • Toledo Window Box

    The seat has not been stolen YET. This is an important point to remember.

  • Panika MCD

    come on, McCain. just because you vote to repeal the filibuster from this doesn’t mean they won’t target you in the next primary. and, unlike on of my favorite TX GOP state senators we lost in the interim, Kevin Eltife who naively put forth the rule change from 2/3rds to 3/5ths for cloture, you’re not going to get a sweet agency position like UT Regent.

  • Begin Anew Day

    Oh. Did the FBI investigation, the House Committee and the Senate inquiry all get wrapped up today ? And was donnie and his crew cleared of all wrongdoing, scandal and general malfeasance? Did winged angels descend from the sky with golden tablets explaining how donnie is ABOVE corruption and personal wrongdoing thanks to his saintly good deeds? Did the Dali Lama report that he he pissed into a snow bank and it spelled out a divine blessing upon donnie? No? None of these things happened?

    Then why is donnie’s nominee NOT considered tainted pork? Why would these “serious people” in the senate believe that donnie would put forth someone better than himself for this job? Donnie has proven throughout his life that he cannot find people better than himself to run his business. Now he’s infallible and has discernment concerning people reveals divine inspiration?

    It ain’t necessarily so.

    • Keith Taylor

      Beats me, Begin Anew Day. Beats me also why anything whatsoever put forward by Donald Trump is not considered tainted pork at this ludicrous (but awful) stage of things political. It shouldn’t even be necessary to impeach him. There are grounds aplenty for removing him from the Oval Office and installing him in a nice comfortable padded room where he can tweet as much as he likes without the pretence that he’s presidential to distract him.
      Also, I apologize for not answering that suggestion about fanfic in the Conan the Barbarian mode in which the giant Cimmerian chops up the members of an evil robed cult with similarities to the KKK. Who really ought to exist in pulp fantasy and nowhere else, but like the Nazis, have the crust to barge into our real world and promote their obscenities. I’d like to get back to you on that — which is not a brushoff, let’s talk — but at present I’m not only flat out with my writing in an effort to get lots of stuff into print at once, I’m working on my house and I’ve just had bad news about a good friend’s state of health.
      In the meantime, Crom Abu!

  • arundel

    As I am reading this, there’s a “Tell Your Senator- Confirm Gorsuch” commercial on the Tele-Vision. Complete with stirring, inspirational happy-time music while they show Gorsuch testifying with a bunch of ho-hah lies. “I yam the fairest of them all” garbage talk. Ads like this are just creepy, it’s the slime and stench of dark money seeping into my living room. I dislike it heartily.

  • Lily412

    Half the people in this country don’t even know what the Supreme Court judges do. It’s a combination of ignorance and apathy. We should just tell everyone that Gorsuch wants to raise taxes. Then people will start screaming and bitching.

  • boredcatlady

    Okay so I guess we’re all doing Merrick Garland anyway. I have never disagreed with Josh Marshall so much on an issue; he’s my go-to for reason and analysis but I think he’s wrong on his one, for ALL the reasons our editrix explores in this post. yes it’s bullshit, yes they cheated, yes it’s not fair, AND NOBODY CARES. You know what people fucking care about? Their boss telling them to fucking freeze to death on the job. Goddamn it liberals, 80% (or something) of our country can’t name a single Supreme, but EVERYONE who gets a paycheck can imagine their boss letting them die to protect the bottom line.

    But by all mean, gentlemen, let’s discuss process more. And Merrick Garland. Grrrrrrrr. Arrrergh

    • what, me worry?

      “80% (or something) of our country can’t name a single Supreme”

      Mary Wilson.

      • boredcatlady

        You did, in fact, make my day with this 😀

  • DonnaDiva

    Agree that specifics of Gorsuch’s horrid views are what general public should hear about. Also the press doesn’t care about Garland because IOKIYAR, but at the same time will furrow their brows over Dem “obstruction” because bothsiderism and they hate us. But reporters do care very much about plagiarism so be sure to bring that up a lot in your interactions with them.

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