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Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake is up for reelection next year, and he may be facing a primary on the right for the crime of not loving Donald Trump enough, because what part of “Arizona Republican” don’t you understand? Donald Trump has been angry at Jeff Flake since forever, because Flake refused to endorse him during the campaign, and even called on other Republicans to oppose him, which proves that Jeff Flake Hates America. Some pretty bad blood there, according to Politico, which notes:

In the waning days of the campaign, Trump became so angry with the Arizona senator that he proposed bankrolling a 2018 primary campaign against him. Backstage before a rally in the state, the president vented that he wanted to find a challenger to run against Flake and that he’d spend $10 million out of his own pocket to defeat him.

{wonkbar][/wonkbar]Which, of course, really means Donald Trump would happily see someone else spend $10 million to run against Flake, who has continued to be a rightwing Republican, but not a Trumpist. After Trump had sewn up the nomination last year, he had this very testy exchange with Flake during a meeting with Republicans on Capitol Hill:

When Flake stood up and introduced himself, Trump told him, “You’ve been very critical of me.”

“Yes, I’m the other senator from Arizona — the one who didn’t get captured — and I want to talk to you about statements like that,” Flake responded[.]

Trump wasn’t at all pleased, and told Flake that with an attitude like that, Flake would lose in the fall, at which point Flake pointed out that he wasn’t up for reelection until 2018. Who knows whether Trump even knew that Senators have 6-year terms? Flake also begged off last year’s Republican convention, saying he’d be busy mowing his lawn. But now that the Trump administration has had an unbroken record of huge successes, including getting elected and getting a guy on the Supreme Court, plus naming several very prominent post offices, it’s time to start thinking about R-Etribution, so White House officials are quietly looking for a challenger they can get behind:

Since taking office, Trump has spoken with Arizona state Treasurer Jeff DeWit, a top official on his 2016 campaign, on at least two occasions, according to two sources familiar with the talks. More recently, since June, White House officials have also had discussions with former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who has announced her bid, and former Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham, who like DeWit is exploring a campaign.

Arizona Rs really love Trump, because they are crazy and he promised to Build The Wall, so shut up about this terrible traitor Flake, who dares to not love the Dear Leader. As former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe “Publicity Please” Arpaio explained, Flake better be careful, or he’s gonna be in big trouble, you bet:

Maybe [Flake] should get back on the Trump team. A lot of people believe in Trump’s policies […] There’s a silent majority that’s still there, and still in this state, so watch out.

Wise advice from a guy who was shitcanned by his own county’s voters last fall, and who is currently on trial for contempt of court.

GOP chairman Graham attended a great big fundraiser for top Republican donors in Arizona in the spring, where one of the top agenda items was reportedly the necessity of primarying Flake, whose refusal to be a good Trumper was hugely frustrating to several of the money guys, according to three sources who spoke to Politico. Also attending the meeting was Chris Bannon, who’s Steve Bannon’s younger brother and reputedly a “conduit to his powerful brother,” although since Bannon the Younger would not speak to Politico, it’s unclear what he may be conducting to Big Brother about a possible challenge to Flake.

White House officials deny they’re actually recruiting anyone to run against Flake, which is almost certainly the best indication that’s exactly what they’re doing. There are some good, sensible reasons for Team Trump not to back a primary challenge: He’s held elected office for over 15 years, is from a very respected Arizona political family, and may well thump any challenger, just as John McCain thumped Kelli Ward last year. Plus, if there are several Rs in the primary, a split field would make the challenge all that less likely to succeed.

And then there’s the possibility of making Mitch McConnell mad. Says Politico,

McConnell, who is fiercely protective of GOP incumbents and has vowed to protect those facing primaries, recently became enraged when a Trump-sanctioned outside group launched an advertising blitz targeting Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, who was also critical of the president during the 2016 campaign, over his refusal to back the Obamacare repeal plan.

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So there you go: if all the political good sense militates against Team Trump backing a challenge to Flake, it’s almost a lead-pipe certainty they’ll do it, and they’ll get behind the craziest candidate possible, who would definitely be Kelli “Chemtrails investigation” Ward.

Get ready for the insane 5 AM tweets. Or rather, get ready for them to be about Jeff Flake for a change. Donald Trump may not know facts, but he definitely knows how to hold on to a grudge.

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  • Bub, Zombie in mourning

    McConnell, who is fiercely protective of GOP incumbents and has vowed to protect those facing primaries, recently became enraged when a Trump-sanctioned outside group launched an advertising blitz targeting Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, who was also critical of the president during the 2016 campaign, over his refusal to back the Obamacare repeal plan.

    I just can’t imagine Mitch McConnell becoming enraged. I mean, how can you tell? Does he tear at his lettuce particularly fiercely or something?

    • cats530

      His turkey wattle turns red when he starts shaking it in quivering indignation.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      You can tell because he sets his snout to the lettuce a bit harder. More in the direction of a chomp than a simple gnaw.

    • akita96th

      McConnell is a shit weazel in his own right.

    • Marceline

      He expands the venom sacs on his neck and spits poison.

    • PubOption

      He becomes a snapping turtle.

  • Mpeg

    Just when I was hoping the *snowflake* moniker had run its course…

  • OrdinaryJoe

    When The Party of Leopards that Eat Your Face start eating each other’s face.

    • Ill-Advised

      They’re running out of other people’s faces. Appetites must be fed. Remember, the Peach President is greedy, greedy, greedy for America!

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      I love it when they turn on each other! They deserve each other, the rest of us, not so much.

  • schmannity

    Trump is a a Don Corleone wannabe, but he’s more Guy Caballero.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnfYNAZcD1Q

  • JMP

    Please, Donald, don’t help a primary challenger who could defeat Flake and basically hand the seat to a Democrat instead! All us liberals would just hate it if you did that!

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Interesting dilemma here about that- would she actually lose? Plus, the Dems still don’t have an announced strong name to run against him in the general

      • HarryButtle

        The Dems simply don’t have any strong names in AZ. It’s been downhill ever since Barry took Janet Napolitano away from us. (Thanks, Obama!)

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      I wonder if Christine O’Donnell is available.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    This “silent” “majority” that Arpaio speaks of – I wonder if they could actually STFU.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      and they’re only a majority in Maricopa County

      • CindyinEncinitas

        Maricopa County: “the seething ball of elderly rage that is the Tea Party.” May my airplanes always speed up as I’m going over it.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          just look at Sun City- hateful, spiteful and fearful oldz- the GOP trifecta

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Ah, yes. The loyalty purges. Every authoritarian needs a good purge of the disloyal and the uncertain.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    {wonkbar][/wonkbar]

    Hold the fuck up, we have a bar?

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Sadly, the wonkbar is /’ed.

    • mancityRed6

      yeah, but it’s in the secret chat cave.
      with free pinball machines and darts for all.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Had to upgrade from a cabinet after November.

      • mancityRed6
        • Lance Thrustwell

          Now that’s my kinda chat cave!

        • CindyinEncinitas

          So cozy. So inviting. And looks like they serve Blue Moon.

        • Little Lulu Ω

          No hookers, though.

          • mancityRed6

            it was pre opening. the black jack and hookers don’t start until at least 8AM

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          Love the ladder, nice touch.

          • mancityRed6

            sometimes, only the top shelf booze will do.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Agreed and ISWYDT.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      We have a hot tub, too.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    OMFG, please do not make me donate to a Jeff Flake reelection campaign.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      donate to the AZ Dems

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        Wait, is that a thing?

  • Randy Riddle

    I’m sure Putin would know how to solve this radioactive Flake problem.

  • cats530

    Jeff Flake does hate America. And I hate Jeff Flake. Trying to defund PP and pro-Betsey DeVos are two reasons; among his other multitude of sins.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      For real, it’s like we have to appeal to the less crazy members of the gang that kidnapped us.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      I get real tired of the people who make the claim that he’s somehow “moderate” or “principled”. He’s just better at hiding it. Fuck him…

      • cats530

        Yeah, but I see where they are coming home. He’s quite “moderate” and “principled” compared to the other GOP sociopaths.

        • OrG

          “Moderate Fascist”

        • New Fascist Lite from Flake. Only 40% of the original crazy, but with all the cruelty you love.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      It’s a dry Hitler.

  • schmannity

    Steve Bannon’s younger brother and reputedly a “conduit to his powerful brother,”
    Pictured below. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6820f3a276586189c24bb68f3bcff526b370393a89eae972eecd9176eb977717.jpg

    • Royal Ugly Dude

      Untreated sewage flowing into the Gila River. Smells like freedom!

      • PubOption

        Send radioactive waste through the same pipe and you may create Gila monsters.

        • calliecallie

          They should make a pill for to help with that reptile dysfunction.

  • Scooby

    As long as all meetings and steak dinners are held at a Trump property.

  • OrG

    Circular Firing Squad! Yay!

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    FWIW Kelli Ward is certifiably insane. She’d make Trent Franks or Andy Biggs or Paul Gosar the Destructor look normal

  • memzilla Ω

    …that’s exactly what they’re doing.

    FSB and GRU coders are even now programming their fake news bot armies to tweet in fluent Arizonan. Нет хлопьев!

  • Marceline

    I feel for Flake because at least he stuck to his convictions but I’m all for the GOP turning into a circular firing squad. Kind of like how John Kasich basically put his foot up Mike Pence’s ass for walking up into Ohio and lying about Medicaid expansion. When Repubs start eating their own there’s opportunity to be had.

    • If republicans start eating each other, there will be widespread prion disease. (The human equivalent of mad cow disease.)

      • Are we absolutely certain that the average Republican brain isn’t already spongy and full of holes?

  • Royal Ugly Dude

    the one who didn’t get captured

    His campaign donors beg to differ.

    • puredog

      That was actually my first thought; it took a couple of beats for me to “get it.”

  • BigCSouthside

    I wish McConnell was fiercely protective of the constitution…or decency

    • mancityRed6

      he’s doing a lot to make sure tRump is a one term president.

    • mailman27

      This guy is like Mr. Tooth Decay. Nothing good about him.

  • canes_pugnaces

    He may disagree with Trump, but there is no legislative distance between them. Flake supports every skidmark of GOP fuckery there is. So, fuck him.

  • cmd resistor

    Well Flake may be a FLake but he gets points for sort of standing up to Trump in person. I’d give him points for pushing for relations with Cuba, also, too.
    What A Idiot Trump is. The most important thing is destroying people who are critical of him at all.

  • Panika MCD

    I wonder if John Cornyn successfully recruits a primary opponent for Ted Cruz (which is not a secret at all) which side McConnell will be on.

    • OrG

      Primary challenge for ALL rethug Senators!

      • Panika MCD

        we’ll see. they polled several names, but Perry was the only one who beat Cruz in the poll. McCaul and Williams are the two names that are still circulating as possible challengers.

        • suziq

          Perry as in Rick? Isn’t he doing really important stuff at Energy? Well, as soon as he figures out what it is he is supposed to be doing. Is he thinking of running?

          • Panika MCD

            he’d already turned it down before he was nominated. they were doing a “what if” poll and released it to the press. but he does have much more name ID than McCaul and Williams seeing as he was the longest serving governor in the state’s history–McCaul and Williams are Congress critters and haven’t been in office near as long. Williams did serve as TX SOS from 2005-2007, but that, for some weird reason, is an appointed post.

          • dave in texas

            McCaul hasn’t been in office that long, but he’s one of the richest members of Congress and could spend a gazillion dollars of his own money on his campaign. Seeing as how the GOP in Texas got fewer votes in 2016 than it did in 2012, I think a semi-moderate like McCaul could actually take down Cruz. Of course the main hurdle is getting past the lunatics that make up Republican primary voters in Texas. I’m not at all a fan of Michael McCaul, but we could do (and have done) way worse.

          • suziq

            Ah, so unlikely he would run if he turned it down before. Plus he can probably do anything he wants at his shiny new job as long as he doesn’t make the trumpster mad.

          • Panika MCD

            I’d be perfectly fine with him making Tsarina Short Fingers mad.

    • mancityRed6

      is there anyone in the senate that likes Cruz?

      • OrG

        No

      • jesterpunk

        Al Franken likes Ted Cruz more then other senators and he still hates him.

      • Is there anyone who likes Cruz? (That includes his own daughters)

  • Zonath

    Whatever happened to the days when the Republican party was a “big tent” with room for all the horrible people?

    • mancityRed6

      they’ve mostly left the big tent due to the arrival of the pepe and the kek crowds.
      now they’re in a smaller tent, doing fuck all

    • They had to use all the fabric from the tent to make a pair of tennis shorts for Trump?

      • Beanz&Berryz

        And a hood

        • I would have thought he inherited one from Daddy Fred. Hmm, live and learn.

      • Little Lulu Ω

        So good!

    • everstar

      They implemented stricter standards for horribleness.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Their tent is full of hagfish. Oh, the slime….

  • Zippy W Pinhead
  • SayItWithWookies

    Too bad McConnell’s not up for election again until 2020 — it would be worlds of fun to see Assmouth endorse a primary candidate running against him. I just hope they can continue to piss each other off to no end, at least.

    • mancityRed6

      yeah, like he’d do that to Ryan or the turtle. he’s all bluster and no substance.

      • BigCSouthside

        Either of those two could destroy him at a moments notice

        • mancityRed6

          could is a hell of a long way from will or would.

          • SayItWithWookies

            Yeah, they’re all chickenshits — the only time they’ll take the gloves off and totally ignore the outside world is when they’re smearing Democrats, not fighting amongst themselves.

  • Ryan Denniston

    The single reason the GOP is as accommodating to Trump as they are is because they know Trump has their policy agenda by the balls. Do or say a mean and Trump’s not gonna sign your legislation (who uses a single pen to sign legislation anyway?)

    You’d think Trump would also realize the GOP has Trump’s legacy by the balls and on the eve of the introduction of McTortoise’s beautiful piece of health care, attacking a man behind a vital vote for that legislation might be ill-advised. Must be taking advice from Jared again.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Trump will sign any piece of shit legislation they put in front of him – because all that matters is that he gets to call it a “win”.
      Going before the public to lie shamelessly about what it does, no matter what it actually does, is a routine part of the drill.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Arizona politics–it’s a dry heave.

  • rosenbomb

    Would primarying to the right of Flake even work in AZ? I know they have their fair share of right-wing crazy, but hell, it’s not Idaho or Texas.

    • jesterpunk

      If there is one thing we have learned with the GOP is there is always someone crazier available.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        They’re going to run Joe Arpaio?

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          If he’s not in jail … oh, wait … that’s a GOOD thing for a Republican.

        • jesterpunk

          Can you run from prison?

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            yes- it’s been done

          • jesterpunk

            Well then Sheriff Joe might be running in 2018.

          • dave in texas

            Eugene Debs ran for president from prison in 1920.

          • jesterpunk

            TIL that is possible, the funny thing is the GOP will vote for him while still complaining about Hillary being a criminal.

      • rosenbomb

        This is true. I just wonder if anyone farther right would have a chance of getting anywhere.

        Here in Idaho, it’s only a question of what brand of nuts you want to be. We might end up with Raul “nobody dies from lack of health care” Labrador for governor.

        • jesterpunk

          Isnt that how Maine wound up with LePage?

          • William

            We had a three way race.

      • yyyaz

        Former Rep. One L would like you to look into her eyes. I was going to say “deeply,” but thought better of it.

    • BigCSouthside

      I thought AZ was way up there in the conservative scale

      • rosenbomb

        I think the metro areas and Hispanic population balance things out there, at least a bit more than where I am.

        • yyyaz

          Even in the massive rural county where I live, voting is and has been 70% Dem for decades, despite Koch toadies now in attendance at every city council and county supervisors’ meetings. The roaches infest everything, everywhere because they can, and are in it for the long, long haul. Can you imagine MoveOn.org or ActBlue having this kind of local presence in 70% red districts, working to undo their damage?

    • Ωbjectifier
    • yyyaz

      My thoughts/hopes exactly. But don’t underestimate the smear- and purchasing-power of the party of unbridled greed.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      AZ republicans are plenty crazy outside Pima county- the Maricopa retirees are nutters (as are all the idjits who live in Saddlebrook) and the rural GOP are all meth smoking crazies or fundamentalist morons. The only thing Flake has going for him is the large Mormon population here. But that’s why he’s signalled that he’ll support the Cruz amendment and vote yes on the Senate bill- because he’s more worried about the RW nutters than anything else.

      • rosenbomb

        Why are rural republicans so nuts in general? Must be all that quiet time.

        I went down to Salt Lake a few weeks ago to see some friends, and laughed at this sign off the interstate that says “Keep U.S. Out of the U.N.” How does the UN affect a rural Idahoan? The mind reels.

        • jesterpunk

          AGENDA 21 and bike paths.

          • rosenbomb

            globalism is coming to hurt my white fee-fees!!

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          the isolation and so much time on their hands causes them to go nutters. Plus, they all have a chip on their shoulders the size of Mount Everest about city folk

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          I saw those in the rural south in 1969,( I asked my mom to explain it to me.) They were sponsored by the John Birch society.

          • rosenbomb

            Thanks for the knowledge. Makes sense

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            That was my first experience with culture-shock.

        • Ill-Advised

          South-central Oregon has a lot of those. The (rye) Grass Capital has nothin’ but stink eye for them furriners.

      • Pilotshark

        wasn`t the mayor of Phoenix thinking of running? thought he was a Democrat.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          Stanton? I haven’t heard anything serious about it

          • Pilotshark

            Thanks, was wondering.

      • starfanglednut

        Yeah, because getting reelected is more important than the lives of 20,000 people per year. Do any republicans remember that they were elected to serve the citizenry?

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          short answer?

          NO

  • TJ Barke

    I’m sure this is somehow Democrat’s fault…

    • cats530

      It’s got to be Obama’s fault.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      In a way it is- The AZ Dems haven’t come up with anyone with name recognition to run against him, so he’s more worried about his right flank than he is his left.

      Deedra Abboud may be a decent person, but I live here and I don’t know shit about her. She’s the only announced Dem candidate. Dr Friese has made some noises in that direction, but he seems more interested in going after Martha McCarpetbagger (there are PLENTY of people lining up to oppose her). The wishlist candidate would be Mark Kelly- Gabby’s husband, but besides the fact that he’s never held office he’s never expressed interest in running.

    • SisterArtemis

      Isn’t everything?

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    Am thinking of changing my “name” to {wonkbar][/wonkbar]

    • I am still sticking with being a rogue attacking dodo.

      • elviouslyqueer

        See, every time I see your name, I think “Rogue Attacking Dildo.” But y’know, tomato, tomahtoe.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          Kind of sounds like a Starwars porn.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Admiral Wonkbar?

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        “it’s a nap!”

      • Panika MCD

        Admiral Wonkbar better be serving up drinks soon!

        • CindyinEncinitas

          And butter pie!

          • Panika MCD

            butter emails?

          • William

            but we’re so easily called away.

    • BearLeft

      I think that was Wonk Whitman.

    • SisterArtemis

      so, my conclusion is that the “{” should have been a “[“… BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT IS A WONKBAR????
      Enquiring minds etc etc

      • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

        I believe it’s those little red boxes that show up with READ THIS NEXT or ICYMI with a link to a wonkipost. Like a WONKet sideBAR.

  • azeyote

    maybe he means all those retired white immigrants from up north, living in their gated communities, that just can’t seem to assimilate culturally –

    • yyyaz

      This requires more than one RAMEN from the congregation.

  • MynameisBlarney

    The way these goopers raise their eyebrows in that faux-innocent and totally condescending way as they try to make their bullshit believable makes me wonder if it’s a subconscious tell or if they all practice this look when they meet up at K street.

    • cats530

      They sit around in their GOP echo chambers, bloviate, pound each other’s backs and bolster their egos. When they go into the outside world they believe their bullshit is clear and convincing to others.

  • OT: Ok. I am taking a food break before going back to my current place to pack still more things. I am so very sore

    • Moving sucks.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        The best way to do it is a little bit at a time – unfortunately, between the cost of truck rentals and the reality of closing schedules, that’s usually not possible. Mah sympathies, Pick.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Moving is soooo hard. The only good thing is the opportunity to clear out unnecessary junk. I tell friends who complain about having too much stuff that their actual problem is not moving enough.

    • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

      ~hugs~

      I am almost finished unpacking finally, I moved in March 3rd.

      • BearLeft

        I’ve got one box left. I moved here in 1998.

        • proudgrampa

          That’s nothing. I got 50 boxes of books still packed in my garage since we moved here TWELVE years ago…

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            No wonder you are proud, 50 boxes of books.

          • proudgrampa

            I LOVE books!

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Me too.

          • proudgrampa

            I’d be prouder if I had more room in my library for them!

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            I hear you, I have left trails of books behind, that I shared with the local book lovers every time I’ve moved.

          • Ill-Advised

            Aha! I see your 50 boxes of books and raise you another six boxes of art supplies with tags still on many of them!

          • proudgrampa

            Well, some day you’ll paint your masterpiece, right?

            https://youtu.be/wq2e7DPhyHg

          • Ill-Advised

            Some day! After I corner the market on cerulean blue (geez, it’s spendy, but accept no substitutes). I’m tickled by the band–they’re new to me. Thank you!

        • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

          xD Not bad at all.

    • proudgrampa

      Too bad you couldn’t have used a Swindon airship to move all your belongings…

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99d9f5a65417acc406b0a1ce8fb1f6571c691a48a38653a2cebd75dda787c2f4.jpg

      • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

        ISWYDT! Fforde record, I love those books.

        • proudgrampa

          Fforde is one of the great satirists, like Douglas Adams. Even bad jokes are funny with those guys.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      George Romero, also too.
      We’ll always have zombies. Thanks, George!

  • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta
    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      i like your taco holder! (and the tacos look good too)

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        Thanx! :) I inherited it from Mom. It’s a fun way to make & serve hard-shell tacos.

        • Lance Thrustwell

          It would work with soft tacos too, wudnit?

          • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

            I suppose, I just have had no need. I serve ala carte, put a Tortilla on your plate and fill it up.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Huh! That looks like a handy thing. Maybe I’ll get me one of those.

    • William
      • Ωbjectifier

        So Carlos is not a Mayan virgin?

        • Jennifer R

          No, he is from New Haven.

          • jesterpunk

            But did he stay at a Holiday Inn last night?

          • Ωbjectifier

            Does he know G-Money, Smoothie and Shifty?

          • Jennifer R

            What do the Icy Cold Stunnaz have to do with this?

        • OutOfOrbit

          That explains the fresh [black] paint.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          not since he started tweeting all those dick pix

    • Panika MCD

      yay! TEAM TACO!

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        The filling is Pinto beans and Black Beans, slow-cooked for more than 30 hours, with corn, Lime juice, Garlic, tomatoes, chiles, and seasonings,

        I made Burritos with it yesterday, and they were bloody yummy too.

        • Panika MCD

          burritos have burros in them. you’re talking about big tacos. it’s true. I read it on the internet.

          • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

            xD Big, rolled up baked tacos with cheese and rice added to them.

            We need a name for that dish.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Drooling…

        • starfanglednut

          Oh, man.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          Yummy! I wish you were closer, I’d love to do cookout : )

          • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

            That would be so fun. :)

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            And dress up! You should see my costume closet.

    • jesterpunk

      That holder looks really convenient for tacos, it keeps them from falling over everywhere.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        Indeed, I love it. I don’t remember where Mom found it, but it’s awesome.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Mmm…tacos!

    • MynameisBlarney

      You’re the ONLY other person I’ve seen that puts the shredded cheese on top of the filling.
      I never understood why they put the lettuce on first.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        xD Another thing I do like Mom.

        There is a little Pepper Jack under the filling too.

        • MynameisBlarney

          Nice and melty and spicy.

          • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

            Indeed. :D I couldn’t go Vegan, I’d miss cheese too much.

          • MynameisBlarney

            Back when I was a vegan, they had some really tasty vegan “cheese” at the local health food store.
            I can’t remember what is was made from, but it tasted just like cheddar, but melted like American cheese.

          • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

            That’s cool. :) I have dear friends that are Vegan. I still east meat sometimes, but between my income and my health, I don’t buy meat very often, and mostly fish & chicken.

            I do use lots of milk, cheese, etc though.

      • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

        Nonono, the cheese MUST go right on the hot filling, so it can melt! Then tomatoes, then lettuce (so the tomatoes don’t fall off).

        • MynameisBlarney

          In fact. hold the lettuce and sub green peppers!

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    OH NOES! https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/08/bacon-prices-soar-to-all-time-highs-lets-investigate/278532/

    Bacon Prices Are 80% Higher This Year – and the National Strategic Bacon Reserve (aka frozen pork belly stocks) is at a 60-year low.

    If we can get the rubes to blame Trump, he’s outta there.

    • Panika MCD

      that article is from 2013.

    • Ωbjectifier

      I am comforted to know that we have a National Strategic Bacon Reserve.

  • chortlingdingo

    I like how they keep calling themselves the “silent majority.” They are many things, but silent is not one of them. Neither is majority, for that matter.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Right?! If they are so silent, why can’t they shut the fuck up?

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      Reminds me of my favorite bumper sticker back in the day, “The moral majority is neither,”

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    the president vented that he wanted to find a challenger to run against Flake and that he’d spend $10 million out of his own pocket to defeat him

    That candidate better get Donald’s money up front if he or she wants to have a chance. Just sayin’…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aed674da5cda3f861d9090bf9c7a5b9293d143503ca4d757ff8f29d8bd9dbf54.jpg

    • Bub, Zombie in mourning

      I doubt very much that the son of a bitch could write a cheque for ten million dollars.

      • Weird Fishes

        “Eric, it’s your Dad. Got your foundation’s checkbook handy?”

      • Well, maybe if it was a “Trump Foundation” cheque…

        • starfanglednut

          Or from the 2020 campaign.

    • whitroth

      No, he doesn’t.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      The boy king isn’t even paying for his own lawyers

  • elviouslyqueer

    “Yes, I’m the other senator from Arizona — the one who didn’t get captured — and I want to talk to you about statements like that,” Flake responded[.]

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f531b34c62aafdbc327e1719e278feb179ad9ece4125aedd7491a966bc2787fc.gif

  • MynameisBlarney

    Not eeeeeeven related to anything relevant at all.

    But…I want one of these just because the label on the box cracks me up.

    http://i.imgur.com/uERiETX.png

    • jesterpunk

      One of what?

      • jowgajen

        Click newest to refresh the post. He added the photo as an edit.

        • jesterpunk

          Thanks now I see it.

      • MynameisBlarney

        The link not working?
        Dangitalltoheck!

        • jesterpunk

          Had to refresh the page. That bear is awesome.

      • proudgrampa

        Right there! That invisible label! There! On THAT box!

    • elviouslyqueer

      I take it back. Shit Bitch Bear is TOTALLY my new drag name.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        It’s you, Hun.

      • jowgajen

        I think you should go whole hog as Giant Size Shit Bitch Bear.

        • elviouslyqueer

          Sometimes less is more, hunty.

    • mancityRed6

      that bear really needs a couple of commas

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        xD

        Shit, Bitch.

        You is *Fine*!

        or`

        Shit Bitch You.

        Is Fine? Y’know, read that with a Russian accent.

      • MynameisBlarney

        I read that as “mommas”.

        And was all like, sure, why the hell not?

        • mancityRed6

          I guess it depends on the type of bear we’re talking about.

          • MynameisBlarney

            HA HA HA!!!

            Innuendo.

        • mailman27

          Yo comma is so misplaced it sits around, the house!

    • therblig

      Teddy Ruxbitch

  • proudgrampa

    Well, we know Trump is a jerk. What else is new?

  • whitroth

    Or maybe Team Trumpo will run Arpaio…. but with all that, Ah’d say it’s past time, past time, Ah say, son, for the Dems to put up a serious and electable candidate, while the GOP’s circulate firing squad’s at work.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Big problem for Joe is that he’s wildly unpopular outside Maricopa county

      • yyyaz

        Heh, heh. Not nearly as popular there as he used to be either.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          Nope- enough people got sick of his shit that they kicked his ass to the curb

      • Bec Jenn

        He’s wildly unpopular inside Maricopa county too.

    • Ωbjectifier

      That would work if only the Dems had a working apparatus in AZ, which they most decidedly do not. For many seats they don’t even bother fielding a candidate.

  • Persistent Demme

    We’ve been wanting an R to stand up to him.
    How do we help/support him, and keep the intimidation factor at bay.
    A part of me says to nip this Trumpintimidation in the bud.
    Another part of me says: tough titties, cry me a river, reap what you sow, etc.
    Discuss.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Flake will reliably vote GOP 100% of the time. Being anti Trump doesn’t mean much if he votes for the agenda every time

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    OT: Threatening note left at Senator Heller’s office. Don’t know if it’s a Republican plant or someone on our side with a serious screw loose, but DON’T DO THAT!.
    https://twitter.com/RalstonReports/status/887019075322302466

    • I heard somewhere of a break in at Heller’s office in the last couple of days…….related?

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        Same thing – revised report is that someone broke into the facility (a federal building), but did not get access to Senator Heller’s office. The note was found taped to the door.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      who else thinks that it’s another one of those assholes trying to make libs look bad?

      (oh noes, I false-flagged it! But seriously, there was a guy somewhere recently who got arrested/charged for write a bunch of anti-trump stuff on a building).

      • cmd resistor

        Makes more sense that a crazy RWNJ would write that to try to make democrats look bad, than someone rational who is actually concerned about health care.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      the backwards B is a dead giveaway

      • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

        TIME TRAVEL OBAMA!! 1

        I KNEW IT!!

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      No image of the note? We can’t verify which party wrote it until we see whether the actual spelling, capitalization, and handwriting is correct.

    • therblig
  • Jennaratrix

    There’s a silent majority that’s still there, and still in this state, so watch out.

    Methinks Arpaio doesn’t understand the meanings of either of those words; Trumpers aren’t the majority, and they aren’t especially silent.

    • Bub, Zombie in mourning

      Joe Arpaio is a fucking criminal who belongs in one of his own jails, wearing pink underwear. Typical Trump supporter – a rotten, corrupt, murderous, racist shitbag with the moral compass of a starving crocodile and the personal charm of a hammerhead shark.

      • yyyaz

        Nasty, greasy hairdo, too.

      • Jennaratrix

        What has pink underwear ever done to you?

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          clashed with the green bologna?

          • Rags

            you have a green bologna?

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            everyone in tent city got to eat it daily

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        And that’s when Joe is at his best behavior.

        But you failed to mention the stench.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Dude paid one million dollars cash for a house on a Sheriff’s salary- you do the math

      • therblig

        given the choice, i’d take the seasick crocodile

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          Kudos for the Mr Grinch quote.

  • William
    • Bub, Zombie in mourning

      And the big red nose! Don’t forget the big red nose…

  • bookish

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-17/government-cyber-troops-manipulate-facebook-twitter-study-says?utm_source=google&utm_medium=bd&trackingId=google&google_editors_picks=true

    Governments around the world are enlisting “cyber troops” who manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics, according to a new report from the University of Oxford.

    Adding to growing evidence of government-sponsored efforts to use online tools to influence politics, researchers found 29 countries using social media to shape opinion domestically or with foreign audiences. The tactics are deployed by authoritarian regimes, but also democratically-elected governments, the authors said.

    “Social media makes propaganda campaigns much stronger and potentially more effective than in the past,” said Samantha Bradshaw, the report’s lead author and a researcher at Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Research Project. “I don’t think people realize how much governments are using these tools to reach them. It’s a lot more hidden.”

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Recipe for Catastrophy:
      1. Social Media such as Twitter and Facebook.
      2. People who do not know how to think for themselves.
      3. Shake, and/or stir.

    • Canada is at the forefront of this technology, that’s why you guys don’t even know that Justin Trudeau is just 3 beavers in a trenchcoat!

      • Ricky Gay

        No wonder Trump wanted to grab him so!

  • With ratings in the 30’s, and everyone knowing the ending in advance, no one wants to be on the failing Trump show..

  • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

    Flake annoys the everliving Hell out of me. Why, you ask? Well, it’s true that he is an RWNJ and and an asshole, but I repeat (okay, that’s too cliché anymore). Flake is also a, well, “flake”. Also, unlike McCain’t who had a blood clot in the part of his body that contains nothing at all vital, Flake’s thinking apparatus, such as it is, is all fucking blood clot!

    But what’s really annoying is that this asshole with almost no redeeming qualities whatsoever annoys Trump. And that means that I have to use the word almost in the previous sentence. And that, my friends, is fucking annoying as Hell.

    • Ωbjectifier

      The enemy of my enemy is my barely tolerated acquaintance.

      • And still a right cunt.

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        LOL! I will have need to quote that on occasion, I’m sure.

    • Bec Jenn

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Vorhees

    Does the Wonkette babby wear wonkbarrettes?

    • SisterArtemis

      She is the queen (princess?) of Everything Wonk. Things Wonk in the wake of her passing.

  • FlownΩver

    “he definitely knows how to hold on to a grudge.”

    By the pussy?

  • HarryButtle

    To paraphrase The Wolf, let’s not start sucking Jeff Flake’s dick just yet. He, like AZ’s old fart Senator, likes to APPEAR to be mavericky but usually finds his way to voting with Republicans on just about everything.

    • jesterpunk

      Can i root for the Republican party to eat itself and keep attacking its own members?

      • Pisto75666

        Give it a few minutes and it’ll happen on its own. The universe has a way of shutting that whole thing down, y’know.

    • kareemachan

      And he has a son who IMO is on the level of Fuckabee’s.

  • Weird Fishes

    “he’d spend $10 million out of his own pocket to defeat him.”

    “Those cancer kids, I’m tellin ya. They’re a gold mine!”

    • BigCSouthside

      Can’t believe how quick that story faded

      • Weird Fishes

        The news cycle can’t keep up as it is, I imagine.

    • Ricky Gay

      He might as well actually throw cancer kids at him. His MAGA fiends would defend it, somehow.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    $10,000,000 of Trump’s own money? Yeah, that’s gonna happen.

    • BigCSouthside

      He’ll just steal it from cancer kids

      • shastakoala

        It’s not stealing if you’ve already embezzled it.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      Well, “his” in the sense that he’ll be reimbursed by some PAC at a 20% profit for the use of his cash.

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    It won’t happen, but sweet irony would be if they primaried Flake with a more extreme right wing candidate- which caused that candidate to lose to a Democrat. Maybe that’s why McTurtleface doesn’t want to upset the apple cart.
    I can dream.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      that’s exactly why the Turtle is worried- he knows the best person to beat Flake is a nutter

    • mancityRed6

      the turtle just wants someone who will kowtow to him, is that so bad?
      (yes, yes it is)

  • Master Contrail Program

    Ahh yes. The long-suffering, economically anxious, silent majority. Such a mystery these wallflowers. Hopefully, a few dozen reporters are maintaining a vigil outside Ralph from Dubuque’s home, so we can finally gleen what shadowy motivations compel these heretofore unheard from enigmas.

    Did I say shadowy? Perhaps dusky or swarthy would have been more apt.

    • proudgrampa

      The Venn diagram of the “Silent Majority” and the “Independent Voter” is a single circle: both groups are ill-informed, politically naive and, dare I say it, just plain stupid.

  • TundraGrifter

    President Trump used $50,000 in campaign funds to pay an attorney defending one of his sons. He’s not going to contribute a dime of his personal finances to anyone else’s campaign.

  • Panika MCD

    I think someone posted this the other day, but it’s worth repeating:

    What is wrong with him?

    But I have come to believe that question misses the point. Sixty-three million people voted for this. And make no mistake, they knew what they were getting. It was always obvious that Trump was a not-ready-for-prime-time candidate, but they chose him anyway. And the rest of us need to finally come to grips with the reason why.

    It wasn’t economic anxiety. As a study co-sponsored by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic reported in May, people who were worried for their jobs voted for Hillary Clinton. But people who dislike Mexicans and Muslims, people who oppose same-sex marriage, people mortally offended at a White House occupied by a black guy with a funny name, they voted for Trump.

    That’s the reality, and it’s time we quit dancing around it.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/leonard-pitts-jr/article161473023.html

    • yyyaz

      So Il Douche now got 3 million more votes? How convenient.

      • Panika MCD

        no, he got just under 63 million. HRC got a little more under 66 million.

        • yyyaz

          My bad.

    • Jennaratrix

      Yep. It’s the reason I can’t look my MIL and most of her family in the eye.

      • mancityRed6

        since the ex’s family were mostly right wing, I wasn’t too upset about missing out this last thanksgiving.

    • TundraGrifter

      On the other hand, 180,000,000 people didn’t vote for him.

      • Panika MCD

        but a ton of them just straight up didn’t vote.

        • TundraGrifter

          Agreed.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      That’s the bulk of it, yup. There’s also a heaping side helping of “No damn c*** is gonna tell me what to do!” and “Hillary Clinton is Satan”.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Pitts nailed it

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        he’s very good…read him a lot when I was down there.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Exactly. The idea of following him with a woman was unbearable.

    • BigCSouthside

      I generally try to get republicans to tell me one GOP policy or law that has personally benefited them.

      I’d say recently, at a near 90% rate it has to do with Mexicans, muslims, “respect for our troops/police”, or not being a pussy on the world stage like Obama

      Of course none of those are personal benefits. The economic anxiety argument is massively wrong. Fear and Racism. That’s it. End of story

      • whitroth

        “There’s a sucker born every minute” – PT Barnum

      • Panika MCD

        pretty much all the Republicans I’ve asked can answer that question without resorting to hate…but they all voted for HRC or McMullin.

      • Querolous

        Fear and Racism and Misogyny.

    • Wild Cat

      Miami Herald also published an extensive book detailing the theft of the Presidency in 2000 (published in 2002, if I recall) , which as we all know destroyed the US (the current situation is just continued blowback).

      It was ignored.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Along similar lines, I tried to read Against All Enemies, but I got all ragey and could not finish it.

      • Ill-Advised

        My comments to the DNC now all begin: “The GOP has stolen three presidential elections in 17 years (counting a second term won on the strength of a first that wasn’t won but awarded by a never-again-to-be-trusted-as-impartial SCOTUS). What are you going to do about that?”

        These, too, are ignored, also.

    • BeachBum

      So racists, bigots, and hypocrites. Ok, I can stop dancing.

    • OneYieldRegular

      Perhaps what the people voting for Trump most clearly demonstrated was that the people voting for Trump were just as thoughtless, willfully ignorant and violently indecent as Trump himself.

      • Ill-Advised

        Ie, they wanted to be represented in government, and by God, this is what represents them.

        OK. Got the message. Basket of deplorables doesn’t begin to describe them.

        But what to do now is still a challenge wrapped around a mystery, wrapped around an enigma, wrapped around a riddle. Or something like that.

  • Indiepalin

    Trump should throw his support to Flake’s son. That should wrap up the MIchael Vick vote.

    • mancityRed6

      as a Kansas, I’m thinking there’s some more information there that I probably don’t want to know about.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        big scandal about a bunch of dead dogs

        • mancityRed6

          lalalalalalalala
          I can’t hear you!

          • AnnieGetYerFun

            Huckabee parenting style.

          • mancityRed6

            nope, people hurting animals gets me all bludgeony

        • Bec Jenn

          It was summer and the kennel Flake, Jr ran did not have A/C. I think they left for the night or something and found all the animals dead.

  • yyyaz

    Speaking of AZ, nine people, six of them kids, were killed this weekend in a flash flood at a swimming hole near Payson. If you are coming to AZ this time of year to spend some time outdoors, two things: dust storms and flash floods WILL happen, and they are both deadly. Know your strategies for dealing with both.

    • mancityRed6

      it’s a desert where rain does happen sometimes.
      watch what’s happening upstream.
      not judging though, because that is truly horrific.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        you may not even have time to watch- that water can come sweeping down an arroyo like a freight train- and do just as much damage. That’s why all the cities have stupid motorist laws- it’s expensive to fish idjits out of stranded cars and the people tasked with doing it are tired of having to inform families about the unnecessary deaths

        • mancityRed6

          being from flat ass Kansas, you can see a flood coming from miles away, so I will defer to your knowledge.

        • whitroth

          Yes. When I lived in Austin, TX, every damn year some fool got killed, because they tried to drive over water flowing over the road. And the car was swept away….

      • yyyaz

        Well, I am at 7000′ elevation in the middle of a huge forest, but even here in the high country flash floods are a fact of life. We’re under a NWS flash-flood advisory right now.

        • mancityRed6

          I’ll trade you for the excessive heat watch we’ll be under from Tuesday to Friday (so far)

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          We’ve been getting absolutely hammered with rain every day in Tucson- Monsoon season is going full tilt. It’s already starting to thunder here

          • yyyaz

            Been keepin’ on eye on the Old Pueblo inasmuch as two of my kids still live there.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            it’s turning seriously green here all of a sudden

          • yyyaz

            Most beautiful desert in the world every time that happens. *sniff*

          • yyyaz

            Smells really good too also.

          • TundraGrifter

            I’m a big fan of Joshua Tree – and the approaches to Death Valley after a wet autumn. Wild flowers everywhere!

          • Slamtundra

            I just looked outside – you ain’t kiddin’, it’s looking evil out there.

          • Bec Jenn

            Okay, I’m jealous. The whole valley is getting tons of rain, but us in S. Phoenix/Laveen are getting diddly.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      yup, that was pretty scary

    • whitroth

      What I heard? Read? this morning was that it was sudden… and that though there were warnings broadcase to cellphones, coverage where it happened ranges from spotty to non-existant.

    • SeeTrain65

      I saw coverage of this on my local news. The film footage came from someone’s cell phone, where THREE PEOPLE (including the person shooting the footage) were standing close to the water watching it, and many other things, rush by. I sat there in shock of how stupid these people were.

      I live in an area where this happens often. There’s a town a couple counties over in which, if the rain is more than an inch in an hour or two, the town floods. I’ve driven by a nearby highway where the river that floods the town all the time is just about to crest its banks, but have never been there when it’s flooded.

      It’s become repetitive around here. “Two inches of rain tomorrow? Everyone in Prospect, start bailing now.”

      The people there know. When the water rises, GET THE FUCK OUT.

  • bookish

    Requires log in.

    https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/17/stories/1060057454

    EPA
    The buyouts: A breakdown by office
    Niina Heikkinen and Emily Holden, E&E News reporters
    Published: Monday, July 17, 2017
    The pending buyouts for U.S. EPA employees could mean an exodus from the agency’s scientific research shop.

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • mancityRed6

      does in front mean at least leaving the room?
      oh, yeah, there were other reasons.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        I think in front of probably doesn’t usually mean in front of while spooning.

        • mancityRed6

          that doesn’t rule out a dutch oven (in bed)

          • Beanz&Berryz

            I learn so much things here on the Wonkette!

    • yyyaz

      “The average person passes about half a liter of gas in a day.” Only those who live outside the Burrito Belt.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        At whatever standard temperature and pressure are, for farts.

        • yyyaz

          I will always defer to the fart expertise of anyone named Beanz&Berryz.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            My chemistry class was long, long ago, but almost none of my farts start at 1 atmosphere

        • whitroth

          But are you assuming a spherical human of mean density?

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Spherical, mean and dense would certainly include Trump.

    • writersbloc

      That’s why I fart in front of co-workers as well.

      • whitroth

        That’s rude. On the other hand… And we FART! FART! right in the Orange One’s face!

      • SeeTrain65

        I had a friend who’d give me “hand farts,” which in his case meant when he felt one coming on, he put his hand to his anus, release the gas, close his hand and then open it in my face, releasing his horrible fumes directly into my nose. And I’d never have enough gas to retaliate, so I had to let it go.

        Until one day …

        We were in his Dodge Charger, and he was driving up the Interstate with a Big Gulp in his lap. I felt myself ready to go, so I discreetly reached below, gathered my flatulence in my hand and put it to his face — just as he was taking a drink. My hand opened but hit the drink as well, so not only did he get my whiff, he got a shirt full of Dr. Pepper.

        He never gave me another hand fart again.

    • SeeTrain65

      “Great! I’m off to the bar to fart in every woman’s face I see!”

      (And I’ll come back with Bleeding Scrotum Syndrome!)

  • mancityRed6
  • And then there’s the possibility of making Mitch McConnell mad.

    Yeah, I’m sure that has team Trump shaking in their boots.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Yes. And don’t forget, an angry turtle is still just a turtle.

  • BadKitty904
    • yyyaz

      *appropriated*

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Fuck Jeff Flake. He is a right wing asshole. The enemy of my enemy is not my friend; he’s just an enemy whose existence may serve some purpose.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Flake has always struck me as a kinder, gentler rightwing asshole.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        He’s always struck me as slightly less telegenic, slightly smarmier J.D. Hayworth.

        • yyyaz

          I suffered mitochondrial repulsion to Sportsmouth Hayworth. Shudder.

        • Bec Jenn

          I’ve mentioned it before, but cannot stand JD Hayworth. Asshole talked for over an hour in what was supposed to be a few minutes during drill. Because it was an awards/retirement ceremony, we were at Parade Rest for that entire time. The was also pre breast reduction, lordy did my back hurt for weeks after that asshole’s stint. Don’t even get me started on his policies.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            Classic Republican. Let me tell you how much I love The Troops. Don’t worry about Yonder Military Props; they can just suck it up.

    • TundraGrifter

      We don’t have friends. We have alliances.

  • Mpeg

    That photo of Flake, his expression is priceless. It’s part Rick Perryian “I stepped in it” and part, “Whoa, how do I extricate myself from this position, where is the nearest hole to disappear into?”

  • BMW

    My favorite part of the Trump/Flake saga is that it was basically the first indication that Trump was going to be just as big as asshole to any people in Congress he’d need to work with as he was to literally everyone else.

    • BadKitty904
    • yyyaz

      I remember that and thinking good thoughts about the GOP majority maybe developing a spine. I have since repented from my errant thoughts now that the hacks have proven they will eat Orange shit and like it.

      • BadKitty904

        “Spineless, Yet Incompetent – Today’s GOP!

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Taking “govern” out of government. For two generations.

          • BadKitty904

            But keeping the paycheck.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            And that Great Health Insurance, that they earned by doing nothing. By their own talents.

          • Ill-Advised

            That sticks in my craw worse than anything. That they can have the best healthcare plan and see to it that other people get less and less. We should all have access–and to have to see millions go without so that a few can have more, in health care, defies the very idea of common weal. All rhetoric notwithstanding, health care is clearly a PRIVILEGE the Mercers and Kochs won’t share.

          • It’s a breath-ment, but not a govern-ment.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            And you should see what it does in a 2 liter bottle of coke.

      • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

        “Tastes Great!”

        “Less Filling!”

        “It’s a floor wax, AND dessert topping!”

        –GOPsies

    • TundraGrifter

      This is “leadership?” “If you don’t do it I’m going to be very angry” sounds more like a third-grade teacher.

      • John Thorstensen

        Third-grade teacher libelzz!

        • Nockular cavity

          More like “Gym teacher substituting for third-grade teacher, badly.”

      • BMW

        I have more faith in the third grade teacher to negotiate a deal without trying to line their pockets.

        • TundraGrifter

          “Give me your lunch money or you’ll never see recess again.”

  • Lyly Sirivong

    Well it’s not like there are many benefits to supporting Trump these days…

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      Not among the sane anyway.

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • BadKitty904
      • Ill-Advised

        Another graphic for a march sign. Now I got something coming AND going.

        • BadKitty904

          Sic ’em!!!

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      I don’t understand how this benefits SA and the UAE. I find this entire thing so baffling.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        It’s a regional pissing match. I don’t understand the intricacies either, but the important part is the way the boy king blundered into it and made thing 1000 times worse

    • BigCSouthside

      President dumb fuck fell for that shit immediately

      • BadKitty904

        You mean “again”.

        • yyyaz

          “Immediately again,” works for me.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    When Flake stood up and introduced himself, Trump told him, “You’ve been very critical of me.”

    This makes me want to puke. Flake’s response was great, though.

    • cmd resistor

      Projectilely.

  • jesterpunk
    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      What he didn’t say is that most of their base doesn’t read and gets their news from television. It’s much easier for the maladministration to control the message to their supporters that way.

      • george lastrapes

        Thankless task. Poor Sean. And he is at the very apogee of his career arc! He needs a jocular nickname, such as Baghdad Bob or Lord Haw-haw, to cheer him up. How about Trumpyo Rose? Somebody out there can do better.

        • Bushmaster?
          Leafy Spice?

          • george lastrapes

            Spinderella.

        • NorthernSaber

          Spicy Spin?

          • george lastrapes

            Spinderella!

        • Querolous

          Given his propensity to disappear how about Spice Ghost?

          • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

            I LIKE IT!

    • whitroth

      Was he hiding behind the bushes?

      • jesterpunk

        He was locked in the basement where they keep KAC, she shut the door behind her and locked him in. No one noticed he was missing for a few weeks.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Clearly he hasn’t been briefed on the latest spin cycles, though.
      https://twitter.com/CNN/status/887030245508829184

      • jesterpunk

        He was locked in the basement so he didnt see Trump Jr’s emails.

      • Stulexington

        You mean the adoption program who’s only obstacle is a set of sanctions against Russia, so getting the program going would necessitate their removal?

        There’s absolutely nothing hanky at all about someone lying their way into a meeting claiming to have Russian dirt on Clinton, then launching into a sob story about orphans who can’t get adopted in order to get sanctions against Russia lifted, un huh, you betcha.

        • Not even sanctions. The sanctions imposed did not include the adoptions. Putin stopped the adoptions in an attempt to force the US to lift the sanctions.
          They can resume any time they want them to.

          • Bill Diaz

            I am glad he shut off adoptions personally. Russia is the best and easiest place to get a white baby, so their baby trade is almost entirely focused on racists.

            We have plenty of USA babies that need a loving home, but racist scumbags arent there to help children, just white ones.

            Have a great day!

      • Ill-Advised

        Makes it easier to lie authentically. You have to admit, it’s an advantage to be out of the loop to pull that off. Granted, it makes you cannon fodder, but for what he’s paid, I guess he’s happy to be shot [ETA to add: out of the cannon.]

    • MynameisBlarney

      Oh…he was gone?

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Please, like he has 10mil

    • mailman27

      Can’t a bot feel love?

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • Ill-Advised

      ALL the upvotes for this–it’s gold–seeing how, and how quickly the story changes in a nice visual.

  • Trump is so mad he promised to spend $10 million of a cancer charity’s funds to defeat Flake.

  • mailman27

    I would really have to substantially increase my dosage of upsidaizium to buy into Jeff Flake as a “moderate” Republican.

    • Did you get that upsidaizium by colluding with those Russian spies, Boris and Natasha?

      • SDGeoff3

        Another die-hard fan!

        • Of course, Boris and Natasha only met with you to discuss the adoption of Mr. Big. Nothing to do with elections…

      • Bill Diaz

        Until you get down and dirty with a Russian woman, you will never understand why so many men are willing to collude with Russia. I dont even think that Boris was the brains, he was just there for Natasha to rest her drink on.

        Have a great day!

  • Bec Jenn

    I really don’t like Flake, never really have. Sad as it seems, if I had to choose, I’d choose McCain, but dislike him too. Jeffy, with the exception of the Trump endorsement, has followed the GOP line in almost all cases (so has McCain, but he gripes about it first). His stance on healthcare is, like most of the GOP supporters, evil and I’d be happy to see a Dem in his place. For all of AZ’s redness, we had good times too, like Bruce Babbit, and Janet Napolitano, and my current congress critter, R. Gallego, former congress critter Ed Pastor, and nearby congress critter Raul Grijalva.

  • boredcatlady

    is Jeff Flake like, a principled statesman? I mean, even though my ideas are obviously perfect and correct, I do think a person can be a patriot and disagree with me on all kinds of stuff. Is Jeff Flake a willing-to-come-to-the-table lets roll up our sleeves and do some good kind of Republican unicorn? Or is he more like “never trump, but you know, meh?” Or option 3, never trump but still wants to dismantle the govt?

    I don’t know, but I like what he said right to that orange fuckers face

    • He’s principled to himself, at least, but thus far all his talk is just talk and he goes along with what everyone wants him to go along with.
      Same as it ever was.

      • NorthernSaber

        “You may ask yourself…”
        Nice “Talking Heads” reference there!

  • Turtle is mad for a reason.
    The tide is a turnin, and even further right is something a lot of places are not going to go for. A few might, but there are indications that we have reached peak right wing in spats.
    Go ahead and primary flake, Trump. We’d love to see AZ purple it up.

  • Bill Diaz

    I think that threatening and insulting 2 senators that will be desperately needed to pass any legislation is a GREAT idea. It is made even better by Trump telegraphing his scumbaggery and backstabbing 18 months in advance so they never see it coming.

    Have a great day!

  • norcalOG

    Hmmm. McCain won re-election by 13 points, Trump topped Clinton by 3.6.
    In fact, Trump ran behind Romney, who beat Obama by 9 points in Az. in 2012. So who, exactly, needs to get on which train?

  • dshwa

    Arizona’s olds arent likely to support anyone taking shots at their medicare. Flake might be in trouble in the general as well.

  • Mateo

    Hey Dok, I think you missed a bit of syntax:
    “{wonkbar][/wonkbar]” is supposed to be “[wonkbar][/wonkbar]“, no?

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