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We didn’t sleep either. At least he did something useful with the time.

Senator Jeff Merkley from the great rainy state of Oregon took the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday at about 7 p.m. Eastern to protest the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and this morning, he was still going, only ending his marathon session just a short time ago, after 15 hours. Merkley’s office said he planned to “hold the floor and refuse to yield for as long as he is able to continue speaking,” and while he’d slowed down some since he started, his voice was still steady and he wasn’t hopping around with a full bladder. If Mitch McConnell is determined to do away with the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees tomorrow in order to confirm Gorsuch with only 56 votes, then at least Merkley gave the parliamentary maneuver a fine all-night wake.

Merkley used his time to lay out the case against Gorsuch: Not only is Gorsuch unfit on his own merits, but he shouldn’t be up for the seat at all, because Senate Republicans refused to even hold hearings for Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. (Maybe we said nobody cares about Garland anymore, but Merkley certainly does.) But there was plenty of time for Merkley to call attention to Gorsuch’s own terrible record, from his contention that a truck driver’s employer had every right to fire him because he chose not to freeze to death, to his bizarre notion that federal law only requires autistic kids to receive the most minimal education possible (in a case overturned by the Supreme Court during Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings), to a ruling against a leukemia patient who was fired after her university decided not to allow her to work from home during a flu epidemic on campus that could have killed her.

While he was speaking, the 24-hour news cycle handed Merkley another talking point: Shortly before midnight in the capital city, Politico published a story about allegations that Gorsuch had improperly used ideas, arguments, and whole passages from sources without properly citing them in his 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. Merkley said that was just one more reason not to bring an end to debate on Gorsuch:

Maybe that [cloture] motion should be withdrawn given that there’s more information now to analyze[.]

Relatively early on in the marathon, Merkley addressed the Republican claim that it simply wouldn’t do to confirm anyone to the Supreme Court during an election year by listing several Supreme Court justices who were confirmed in election years. (However, in all those cases, the nominees hadn’t been named by Barack Obama.) That table of those nominees, with Merrick Garland conspicuously listed in red with “NO ACTION” next to his name, was still up as Merkley spoke this morning:

Merkley therefore didn’t have a lot of patience for Republicans’ contention that “the people” should decide whether a president in the last year of his term should be able to name someone to the Court, saying, “That is a phony, phony, incorrect, salacious, insert your own adjective there argument.” We’re not sure about “salacious,” but what the hey, it’s a talkathon, and for that matter, some R’s probably did get a sexual thrill out of stealing a nomination from Barack Obama, because after all, he was Barack Obama.

Merkley didn’t come close to the all-time record for a one-person filibuster, held by Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes to oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1957. We’d bet it’s pretty difficult to match the willpower and stamina of a flaming racist, after all. Those guys were motivated.

As his all-nighter became a daytime talkathon, Merkley even managed a bit of weary poetry, according to The Hill:

“It’s my understanding that the sun is coming up behind the Supreme Court. I was struck by how beautiful the weather was yesterday while the weather inside this building was so dark and gloomy,” Merkley said just after 6 a.m. “Partisan politics gave us a very, very ugly setting here.”

And as we wrap this piece up, Jeff Merkley just yielded the floor shortly after finishing his 15th hour, without resorting to reading Green Eggs and Ham or any silly tricks. Addressing Republicans’ complaints that Democrats have been obstructing the confirmation of a fine, well-qualified nominee, Merkley is still gobsmacked by the double standard: “It’s clear that Senate Republicans have created an alternative universe worthy of a Star Trek episode.”

All ahead, warp factor five, Mr. Merkley. And shields up; there’s likely to be a nuclear option ahead.

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  • Oblios_Cap

    “It’s clear that Senate Republicans have created an alternative universe worthy of a Star Trek episode.”

    Not just the senate Republicans. All of the Republicans.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    I wish *I* had a Senator that not only had some fucking balls, but could do Star Trek quips. Well Done, Senator Merkley.

    • Oblios_Cap

      One of my Senators was an astronaut. And he never lets us forget it.

      The other one never goes to work and is incredibly thirsty all of the time.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Mine is a (D), but he’s a worthless Needle-dicked Asshat that placates the fucking Rs.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Joe Lieberman ?

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Well Played!

            Naw, Mike “Hunt” Bennett, or whatevers.

          • Amy!

            Now I really, really really reallyreallyreally wanna find a dem candidate somewhere, anywhere at all, whose name is Michael Hunt. Epic slogans, you know? “Vote for Mike Hunt. A warm, receptive candidate, with unplumbed depths. Take the plunge! Mike Hunt.”

          • Anna Elizabeth

            LOL!

  • theblackdog

    Please tell me we have another Dem Senator who has taken his place to continue speaking.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    srsly how can you speak for 13 consecutive hours without a pee break?

    • Nounverb911

      Clamps?

      • Oblios_Cap

        Pee Kegels?

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        The 4 inch ones?

    • Mavenmaven

      the same way you do surgery for that long- you strap on an external catheter.

      • h4rr4r

        This is why medical care is so expensive. In any other field they would just use adults diapers.

    • Jeffocaster in the desert

      It Depends.

      • snark-lurker

        aww maaan…

    • C4TWOMAN

      Pee before and drink very little after. It can be done.
      If I was to guess, that’s why he cut it short–his bladder was the weak link.
      Adrenaline can keep you going 24 to 48 hours, though you might start hallucinating…

  • Zonath

    Oh gods, please not another Oregon congressperson making a Star Trek reference… Are you okay, Jeff?

    • C4TWOMAN

      Welp, now we are living in the Spock with a Beard Universe, I thinks its appropriate.

  • Nounverb911
  • Mavenmaven

    If the Dems keep up acting strong (finally), we might win our country back again.

  • Vincent Ricola

    Bravo Senator Merkley.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    I don’t like the 60 vote/filibuster rule. It’s an undemocratic part of an undemocratic body. (I also don’t like the so-called “Hastert rule” in the House for similar reasons.)

    Article III of the Constitution probably in need of some amending. Term limits or higher minimum age because of longer life spans. More justices would help diffuse the importance of each vacancy. Instead of “advise and consent”, make it “advise and consent within 90 days” or something.

    • h4rr4r

      That is the entire point of a senior chamber. The point is to put the brakes on things.

      It should be hard to change things, change can be very bad.

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        Historically, the Senate was added to represent the states, not to slow things down. Senators were picked by state legislatures, not direct election until 17th amendment in 1913.

        • h4rr4r

          You think having a senior chamber chosen by the states instead of by direct election is not designed to slow change?

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Senate is more the “Republic” part of the Democratic Republic of Congress. But before you make the changes which so offend you, think about why individual states, especially those unpopulated ones like North Dakota, are so affected by money from outside their state. Wouldn’t rules keeping outside of state funding sources out of campaigns be a better first step?…

      • Logic of Color

        Agreed. Also, I’m not clear how terms limits would help anything. You’d think most people would like their representation to be experience and knowledgeable.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Yeah, term limits is one of those things that sounds good, until you think about the ramifications. The idea is it keeps “career politicians”(=corrupt politicians) from taking over.

          Much better to the well funded ability to remove corrupt people and keep competent politicians around as long as they can do their jobs well.

        • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

          I was referring to term limit for SCOTUS — say 20 years, then lifetime pension. The current environment gives incentive to nominate the youngest (healthiest) justice possible to hold the seat for as long as possible. With longer life expectancy, a 40 YO justice may serve to age 80, 90 or 100! That is clearly not the original intent of the Founders.

          • Logic of Color

            Ahh, k, that makes more sense then.

  • dslindc

    I wish I had a Senator . . . two, actually.

  • Nounverb911

    No ‘Green Eggs and Ham’? Did he at least get a chance to read Ted Cruz’s Canadian birth certificate?

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Technical question: Is one birthed when the egg cracks opens or when the egg is laid?

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Chicken scientists will tell you that those eggs inside go back from fully-formed to 0, with or without outside help…Galway Kinnell had a great line about it in a poem from the sixties…

        • Nounverb911

          Can’t make scrambled eggs without aborting a chicken!

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            Again, actually…..

  • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

    So I took a gander at Gorsuch’s book on assisted suicide. As it might surprise you to learn, Gorsuch has little time for people who are considering assisted suicide, even though such people only consider such things because their existence is so hellish that potential oblivion seems a better choice (say, Locked-In Syndrome or FOP).

    The actually interesting part is why he thinks so, and the answer, basically, is Jesus:

    [From a review of his book]. “Gorsuch builds a nuanced, novel, and powerful moral and legal argument against legalization, one based on a principle that, surprisingly, has largely been overlooked in the debate–the idea that human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong.”

    So when a member of our exceedingly dim media tells you that Gorsuch’s ideas on abortion don’t seem too extreme, just see the above. Not to mention that people should suffer in inconceivable agony because allowing them to choose their own fate makes “sanctity of life”-types feel oogy.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      And yet the party that is anti-abortion and anti-assisted suicide because “intentional killing is always wrong” has such a hard-on for war and executions.

      • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

        Oh yeah, I’m sure he’ll find a way to legally shrug his shoulders at executions because “states rights” or some shit.

    • TJ Barke

      Thank goodness I’m free to do what his religion says I can do.

    • C4TWOMAN

      So people should be forced to involuntarily freezing to death to keep their jobs, but if they’re terminally ill, the have to stick it out no matter what?

      What? What, what?

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        It’s all about the suffering………….of others. That’s how power works…

      • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

        I’ve basically come to the conclusion that conservatives are way less comfortable leaving your welfare in the hands of the government, which has your welfare literally written into its constitution, than they are leaving it to corporations, to whom your welfare is entirely incidental.

    • Bebecca

      the idea that human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong
      Wow, that is a new argument. How did he ever think of that? Our country is so screwed. He’s Scalia but even more jesus-y.

      • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

        I know, that’s second-grader level of “nuance.”

    • SayItWithWookies

      Oh look — and when Oklahoma fucked up the execution of Clayton Lockett, missing a vein, and causing him to awaken during his execution, among other horrors, Gorsuch agreed that it was okay for the state to continue using unapproved drugs for executions. So, apparently killing people in a brutal, fucked-up fashion by the state is just fine.

      • Roadstergal

        Intentional killing is always wrong, unless I say otherwise.

      • OddMan

        Gorsuch seems to have little or no empathy, is charming, and quite sure of himself. As with many business and political leaders these are also signs of a psychopathic personality disorder.

        • SayItWithWookies

          Any bets on whether painting clown portraits is one of his hobbies?

          • Lord Jim

            Check the crawlspaces.

  • The Librarian

    Merkley didn’t speak any malarkey, unlike Cruz, who spoke in kindergarten rhyme*. Bit of a difference…..

    *No disrespect to Dr. Seuss. There’s a time and place for everything.

    • Nounverb911

      The Oval Office, anytime?

      • The Librarian

        Lol, indeed……

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Can someone please shoot me in the face so I no longer have to worry someone insults my intelligence this bigly?

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/849612176562282499

    • MynameisBlarney

      For fucks sake.
      What a stupid lying twunt.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        “No trust me, I would never do that. Never.” Said the scorpion to the frog.

      • C4TWOMAN

        Imma stealing “twunt”.

    • Chadwells
    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Whoever knew you could get around most ethical issues by just saying “nuh-uhhh” over and over.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        This.

      • Bebecca

        three-year olds?

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Well, sure, because she defines “independent” as “occupying physical space other than mine”.

    • SayItWithWookies

      “Besides, Daddy said it was okay to set it up this way.”

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Um….that’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works…

    • C4TWOMAN

      Spoken like someone raised in the house with a rich NPD daddy used to getting away with saying anything. My god, these people make George Bush senior, whom I loathe, look like an empathic reasonable human in touch with voters.

    • MeerkatsRMammals

      She takes “a legal document very seriously…” Really? What about all those lawsuits from those who you tried to screw over – after signing documents saying you wouldn’t? Also, why the fuck can’t she move her face? Too much Botox or are we witnessing her soul being sucked outta her body like Kellyanne?

    • Fartknocker

      ME: Ivanka, are you aware of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?
      IDAMPNUT: What’s that?
      ME: It’s a very important Federal Law intended on preventing a person from bribing foreign governments for assistance in obtaining or retaining businesses.
      IDMAPNUT: Daddy! Can you PLEASEEEEE have Stevie Bannon write an Executive Order dissolving this bad law? It will make Jared mad.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        As someone who has worked for a NASDAQ company I had to take a test every fucking year explaining to me that if I would accept a bribe little as a golf course and a expensive hotel room I could be in serious trouble. Even knowing somebody else was doing it and me not reporting it could cause serious reprimands for me. Even if I would notify higher management and nobody would do anything about it I was obligated to inform even higher management to make sure I would be in the clear. Yet here we are this cunt telling the world Nuhuuh (Courtesy Robotnik) would be enough.

        • I worked as a circulation manager at a small local paper and had to sign something like that, and bribing me wouldn’t have gotten anyone anything.

  • Rock Drummer

    I fear that Senator Merkley’s lengthy talk will be for naught. Republicans have shown their true colors, their true intent, and will change the rules to favor party over country. Not one republican has the courage of conviction that Senator Merkley possesses. Not one!

    • Proud Liberal

      Republicans are going to jam through every policy they can while they are in there. They know it won’t be for long.

  • memzilla Ω

    “It’s clear that Senate Republicans have created an alternative universe worthy of a Star Trek episode.”

    Space Lincoln agrees with the Senator.
    . https://media.giphy.com/media/3og0ID3NBSkwQAO9YA/giphy.gif

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Nounverb911

      But BENGHAZIMAR-a-LAGO?

    • proudgrampa

      I love that woman.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      As Dems in Cali, we are lucky we have a deep legislative bench. Unfortunately, the other side is mostly warts, toads and pyromaniacs.

    • Iron Monkey

      Oh, details, details. That Ms. Rice is a woman of color in a powerful position is enough to mess with their heads. Maxine Waters who has a a seemingly unassailable power base makes their heads asplode.

  • Marceline

    I like Jeff Merkley. I liked how he stepped up and read Coretta’s letter after Warren was silenced. it was a good example of what it means to be an ally and didn’t get nearly enough attention.

    • Anna Rompage

      He’s one of my congress critters, and seems like a really good guy!

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Maybe that [cloture] motion should be withdrawn given that there’s more information now to analyze[.]

    Oh, that’s a good one! Real good joke, da?
    Wait, you’re serious?!?

    • cmd resistor

      I admit the thought crossed my mind.

  • snark-lurker

    Merkley: definition, pronoun: True Grit

  • Amelia Resists and Persists

    I know chances are so slim as to be negligible that we will win this particular fight, but imagining Donnie stroking out if we did is giving me life right now.

  • MynameisBlarney

    “Before this is over, the repubs will be wishing Hillary’d *won”
    *she did, but Comey, roosha, etc.*

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028895373

  • dslindc
    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Whu……..?

    • proudgrampa

      I don’t know whether to rejoice or be worried…

      • TJ Barke

        Ditto.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      Whoa if true.

    • Zonath

      Deck chairs. Titanic.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Nearer, Leavenworth, to Thee.

    • Nounverb911

      Isn’t Bannon the only one authorized to remove him?

      • Antonin Dvorak

        Nope, this came from the orange one personally. According to Bloomberg.

        • Nounverb911

          So trump asked Bannon if he could do it before he did it?

        • snark-lurker

          so Pooty didn’t like him, aye?

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          So….was Ivanka or Jared the one in trump’s earhairs?…

          • Antonin Dvorak

            IDK if either of them were, it said that he put McMaster in his place.

        • Oblios_Cap

          He must not have bowed deeply enough to the Tangerine Emperor.

    • snark-lurker

      for reelz?!!!

    • Anna Rompage

      When your only goal in life is to destroy the world as we know it, perhaps you’re not really suited to be on the NSC…

      My guess is that his option for everything is to “nuke it”…

    • weejee
    • wide_stance_hubby

      So, did Tramp hire Alex Jones to replace him?

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Security check trouble?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Naaaaah. I’m sure that Pootie Poot wrote him a killer reference letter.

    • Parakeetist

      Yes!

    • Alan

      President Bannon is gonna be pissed.

    • goonemeritus

      Bannon is obviously to much of a dove for President Trump. If you are too much of pussy to bomb Canada you have no place on Trump’s Security team.

    • boyblue122

      Im guessing hes the Sr White House Official who was quoted as saying “Time has run out for North Korea and all options are on the table”

      Then someone convinced Drumpf to give Bannon the boot after that quote

    • Amelia Resists and Persists

      Not sure how to feel. I’m so prepped for bad news at all times that when my brain hears “good news!” it follows with “must be a trap.”

      Settling for worried until proven good news.

      • clairence

        That’s Bannon’s playbook – chaos leading to uncertainty.

    • SayItWithWookies

      I’m betting McMaster threatened to quit if that hack stayed on.

      • Roadstergal

        I don’t think that would be enough to make it happen, honestly.

        • SayItWithWookies

          It would be awesome if there was something worse that got him booted. That is, something worse that Assmouth would’ve paid attention to, but I can’t figure out what that would be, short of an imminent indictment.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Hmmm. Perhaps Bannon is the common dot that connects all the rest between Trump and Putin?

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Because he wanted to light up North Korea?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        It was discovered that he started investing heavily in NK bonds while sharting shorting the USofA?

    • Pilotshark

      well guess the first impeachment has been filed and completed :-)

    • Oblios_Cap

      It probably cut into his drinking time too much.

    • sadboy

      Wow. This have anything to do with his ex-wife and the hot tub full of corrosive acid, maybe?

  • Prof. T. Green Bastard

    My man Merkley. I’d like to think that, instead of filibustering, he’d be head of the EPA under Hillary right now. Damn you Turnip! You ruin EVERYTHING!

    • dslindc

      BUT EMAILS!

      • weejee

        And BenGheyzi.

  • Vulcan Has No Moon

    Only positive news is the GOP Congress is polling at lower numbers than Trump. Their approval rating is 21%!

    • Nounverb911

      So worse than STDs?

      • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

        Which STD?

        Canned chlamydia can be pretti nasti.

        • Nounverb911

          And can only be cured with geoducks.

        • Oblios_Cap

          YOU MONSTER!

      • Roadstergal

        Given the choice between herpes and Paul Ryan, I’ll take the herp any time. It’s less of a pain in the vag.

  • The Wanderer

    OT: MSNBC is reporting that Steve Bannon’s been removed from the National Security Council. One wonders if he was dragged, kicking and screaming, from the room.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      One hopes.

    • Iron Monkey

      Fucker probably didn’t know he was on the NSC until they threw him off.

    • sadboy

      Seriously? For real, or is this another set up to a dick joke?

      • The Wanderer

        For real, apparently. McMaster ordered him out.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Moar Ivanka– Gayle King: You’re such a New Yorker.

    Ivanka Trump: Never in my life would I have thought that I would have actually moved out of New York, not while my children were in school at least. My business was there. My life was there, so this is actually an amazing moment in time where I came to Washington and I told Jared with– with my kids, I– I wanna treat it almost like I’m– I’m a visitor. Every week, I take my children to a different museum or cultural institution. We went to the Supreme Court. We’ve been to five or six museums. We went to the monster truck show. So– so just having real unique experience with my children–

    I’m guessing most of DC thinks you are just a visitor as well. And hope you would just leave.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      That Monster Truck Show – that’s one of the great Washingtonian institutions! And so loud!…

      • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

        sunday…Sunday…SUNDAY!

        • OrdinaryJoe

          BEEEEEE THERRRRRRRRE !

      • sadboy

        We’ll sell you the seat – but you’ll only need THE EDGE!

    • wide_stance_hubby

      How does she find the time?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Cocaine’s a helluva drug?

      • clairence

        Well, her husband’s working all the time…

    • OrdinaryJoe

      “I take my children to a different museum or cultural institution.” Not sure how a monster truck show fits there but what the hell. Complicit.

      • FlownΩver

        In Trumpland all “culture” is fungible, measured by quantity alone. The standard unit of measure is the Really Great. No metric equivalent.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Of course the taxpayers foot the bill for these tourist excursions with a team of Secret Service agents in tow on every trip.

    • sadboy

      Ah yes, the Smithsonian National Monster Truck Show located near the Hirshhorn Gallery and the National Museum of Art. They do kick up a lot of mud on those paintings.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        The demo derby in the Hirschhorn sculpture garden is my favorite.

        • Querolous

          I like the drag boat races in the Reflecting Pool.

    • ltmcdies

      that’s right Ivanka….your dad’s pillaging of America is just one big field trip to Washington for you and your kids…

      Just when I think I can’t feel more disgust for a particular bunch of people….another reason for disgust arrives.

    • clairence

      All DC tourists get a corner office in the White House. That’s just how America rolls.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    So today we have leaned that Gorsuch is NOT an originalist….

    …..he is a plagiarist.

    • Proud Liberal

      And an activist judge.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      JMO anyone who says they’re an originalist should have to tell the nice Senate that they don’t believe in corporate citizenship, which Scalia invented out of whole cloth, but of course they won’t be asked.

      • Roadstergal

        Any originalist should have to note that there is no internally consistent theory of originalism that would allow for the decision in Brown vs Board of Education.

      • TJ Barke

        Actually it dates back to the 14th amendment. God knows how anyone could make the interpretation that it somehow means business organizations are people.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Well, yeah. That would be the part Scalia made up, as I understand it, which I easily may not.

          • TJ Barke

            Scalia just came up with the asinine idea that money = speech.

      • FlownΩver

        I don’t recall any reference to an air force in the original Constitution. Just saying.

  • Gary Charound

    “Salacious?” Maybe he said “fallacious.”

    • snark-lurker

      can one wear knee-pads without pants or is that a no-no?

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Pics or….

        • snark-lurker

          i wood but afraid i mite brake the innertoobs

      • Thespian Pony Ron

        Before or after Labour Day?

        • snark-lurker

          oh shit, forgetting myself again: before, of course

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Fellatious. They can go blow goats.

  • Chadwells

    OT: proving once again that you can polish a turd, but it’s still just a piece of shit. What an asshole.

    “Report: Kushner bringing Hollywood PR exec to White House”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/327389-report-kushner-bringing-hollywood-pr-exec-to-white-house

  • MynameisBlarney

    Anyone else noticed the relatively sudden absence of turmp bumper stickers?
    I still see a few here and there, but not very many.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028895270

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Depends on which area I’m in. Still seeing plenty in the uneducated sectors.

    • Greyhame

      Won’t be long before admitting to voting for the Shitgibbon will be like telling people you entrusted your life savings to Bernie Madoff.

  • Ricky Gay

    I hope the Republicans always remember they had 13 hours to walk away from the abyss

    • Nounverb911

      “Hey ABYSS!”
      –Lou Costello

    • TJ Barke

      The abyss has already stared back into them…

      • Carole

        And lost its mind.

    • Crystalclear12

      The Republicans ARE the abyss.

  • Pilotshark

    You make us here in Oregon Proud to have you serving US!

  • memzilla Ω
    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Too late, we’re already all WTF about it, below. Nobody seems to have any idea what this means. Maybe it’s just too much work, like Rex Tillerson’s job….

      • MynameisBlarney

        Better late than never?

    • Anna Elizabeth

      The Conspiratards are going to lose what we may laughingly refer to as their “minds” over this.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      Dang. beat me.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Even better news, the people that were cut out of the loop when turmp installed bannon’s drunk ass are back in charge.

      https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-05/bannon-removed-from-national-security-council-role-in-shakeup

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      UGH! It’s not a link!

      • Antonin Dvorak

        Link is posted further down thread.

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          On a plane … scrolling down thread is a bit slow. Thanks.

    • marxalot

      ‘Bout damn time.
      /understatement

    • Carole

      Fuck, yeah.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    OT: Breaking. Steve Bannon removed for National Security Council.

    Fewer leaks ahead.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    You know another thing that could happen if Gorsuch had the integrity he claims to have? He could withdraw. In fact, anyone nominated for that seat who is not named Merrick Garland should refuse to put their name in contention, in protest against the Republican-led Senate politicizing the seat.

    • Proud Liberal

      Republicans don’t have a moral compass, so he will not be doing that.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      Is it not the case that any previous nominee who failed to reach a 60 vote threshold was withdrawn, and that’s why the nuclear option has never been used?

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Yup. Back before Fox News made consensus and compromise into bad things.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      Oh gosh, golly, goodness! I can’t comment on that, I’m just a humble lawyer.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Addressing Republicans’ complaints that Democrats have been obstructing the confirmation of a fine, well-qualified nominee, Merkley is still gobsmacked by the double standard: “It’s clear that Senate Republicans have created an alternative universe worthy of a Star Trek episode.”

    http://i.imgur.com/vztc6Bw.gif

  • Anna Elizabeth
    • snark-lurker

      no, but donut let your phiz get stuck that way plz

    • snark-lurker

      btw those lipstick colors work for you (just sayin)

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Thank you, Doll, you’re very sweet. :) I like to layer3-4 colors.

        • snark-lurker

          did not at first notice >1 color there, took awhile to see what you’d done

    • Lefty Frizzell

      Just about angry enough. They’ve always had it in for you and now it’s time to teach those grocery store fuckers a lesson.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        XD That’s what I was afraid of….

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      turn that frown upside down and you should be okay…

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Thank you, I’m trying. :)

    • Zyxomma

      No, you look fine to go to the grocery store. And you’ll feel better once you’ve put on a hat.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Thank you. :)

  • Crystalclear12

    Yep, we even do filibuster better. Suck that, Ted Cruz.

  • Chadwells

    In light of the recent news, one wonders about Bannon’s role in the Russia investigation. I don’t mean to jump ahead…but could eminent warrants be involved?

    Just a crazy thought. Carry on.

    • Crystalclear12

      Thank you for the happy thought.
      Much appreciated.

    • Notreelyhelping

      I wondered that too. Or at least that the net tightened around him.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    Apparently, Bannon feel he’s already neutered the NSC, and has now moved over to the actual shadow NSC, the Strategic Initiatives Group….McMaster isn’t even able to replace him on the NSC….

  • clairence

    I will admit to being way too complacent in real life, because I know I am represented well in DC — Merkley, Wyden, and DeFazio are champions of people’s rights and working to keep America great. Keep up the good work, everyone!

    • Carole

      Not to mention the fellow who said “I decline to freeze my ass off for this particular ceremony.”

    • Querolous

      Now if we could just get rid of Walden.

      • clairence

        I don’t much like Walden’s politics but just as the majority of US geographically is red, so is most of Oregon. He represents those folks, who I hear pissing and moaning regularly about our Senators.
        I can’t believe how he took point on the AHCA. That was disappointing and I didn’t like having Oregon attached to that.

        • Querolous

          The Republic of Calorwa will not include OR 2. They can join Spudistan.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω

    “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if one of voice suddenly cried out in anger and was suddenly silenced. I fear something wonderful has happened.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-05/bannon-removed-from-national-security-council-role-in-shakeup

    • ooooooooo

    • puredog

      ooooooooooo

    • Little Doll

      Holy shitballs! *goes off to read about Bannon being put in the corner*

  • ltmcdies
    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      I’m going to see if I can spare a few Ameros. Once a Republican candidate passes the runoff, the dark money machine will make a full court press to get that Republican elected. It won’t look good for them to lose this one.

    • ZAmazingProfessionalCrastinatr

      Heard an ad against him this morning that made me WTF?! Opponent says Ossoff will just rubberstamp Nancy Pelosi’s LIBRUL agenda. Also too said that he was dishonest in his ads by trying to hide the fact that HE IS A LIBRUL! And he will raise your middle-class taxes, of course.

      Like, we know Nancy Pelosi is in charge of the administrative aspects of Hill’s shadow government, but will need Ossoff to sign her all her Royal Decrees and Fiats because a penis owner’s name must be affixed before they go into effect, amirite? And Ossoff will actually be her sekrit love slave in her sekrit underground bunker because ZEGS Ryan just doesn’t excite her like fresh meat would. Compliments of your middle-class tax dollars.

      I had no idea that Nancy Pelosi was so powerful she could ram her agenda through both Houses of Congress.

      • ltmcdies

        so….they moved on from that whole …he was in college cosplaying Han Solo…thing have they.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    “Insert your own adjective” is nice talk for “fucked up”. Jeff made us proud last night.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Constant chaos on the National Security Council is a good thing. Period.

    • Until we actually need them to do something. Like when, for example, China rattles its saber at Japan, or North Korea launches another missile….

  • OBJECTION!
    If this was a star trek episode, all we would have to do is talk a computer to death or punch a Nazi in the face maybe.

    • phoenix00

      I’m thinking more like a Voyager episode inside the Delta Quadrant, but that’s just me.

  • Jamoche

    @SenWarren showed up with donuts for his staff: https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/849652153048281088

    • phoenix00

      She persisted!

  • Bitter Scribe

    It’s a good thing they can’t gerrymander states like they do congressional districts. If that were possible, in the words of Neil Steinberg, the map of the U.S. would end up looking like a bucket of eels.

  • Tallmutha

    I think he was mistranscribed. He didn’t say “salacious,” he said “silly-assish.”

  • Lord Jim

    To all the MSM, who have washed down McTurtle’s hypocritcal turd burrito with a steaming mug of idiot piss: EXPLAIN THIS
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/acc51d6862fa7f0b13ceb2d9eac7c33f4eadee953addb1f292b325132c24c7a0.jpg

  • Celtic_Gnome

    I’m glad they’re not rolling over on this. The Republicans would have nuked the filibuster the first time the Democrats used it to prevent them from doing anything they really, really wanted to do, so that action was inevitable. Might as well blow it up on a nimrod like Gorsuch.

  • Sister the Resister

    I’ve been sick for days, not even Wonking much beyond the occasional brief glance at headlines (always amusing, even in my groggy state), and hardly able to bear sound (pounding headache) but I did listen to about 2 hours of Merkley speaking from the floor, and appreciated it very much.

    Thanks, Wonkette, for giving my Senator his due, and thanks, Senator Merkley, for standing up for what is right and true, and sticking with pertinent material, not resorting to Dr Seuss or biscuit recipes.

    • Zyxomma

      Feel better, Sister.

  • Panika MCD

    so the GOP gets sexxxited when they gab Bamz by the nomination?

  • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

    A fellow Oregonian grabs the elephant’s nuts and applies the Vulcan Death Grip.

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