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Wow — has it really been 36 years since a sitting U.S. senator has faced a bribery trial? We thought that politicians from New Jersey were required to be tried for fraud or bribery or something in order to prove their residency. But yes, today marks the start of a federal trial on bribery charges for New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez and for Dr. Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist pal of Menendez’s who lives in Florida along with his millions of dollars. Menendez is charged with pushing legislation and doing favors for Melgen in exchange for gifts of travel on Melgen’s private jet, vacations and luxury hotels paid for by Melgen, and over $700,000 worth of donations from Melgen to various groups supporting Menendez’s Senate campaigns. Menendez says he and Melgen and Melgen’s money are just really good friends, and that there was no quid pro quo involved, because he would have supported legislation regardless of any contributions Melgen may have made.

CNN has a nice ‘splainer of the major issues involved in the case: Prosecutors say Melgen exploited his friendship with Menendez with all sorts of inducements to get help with Melgen’s business interests, including numerous vacations at a luxury villa in the Dominican Republic, plus the flights, which Menendez failed to report on federal disclosure forms. After those favors became public, Menendez paid Melgen $58,000 for the travel and said the failure to list them had been an inadvertent oopsie.

Melgen also tossed lots of money at Menendez’s campaign, PACs that supported him, and Menendez’s legal defense fund. (Menendez, you may recall, was the target of a fake “scandal” involving a hooker lady, who it later turned out had been paid to lie about doing the sexes to Menendez for money.)

In exchange for all the money and vacations, Menendez allegedly helped get the State Department to intervene on Melgen’s behalf in a dispute between the Dominican government and an X-ray company Melgen owns. Prosecutors also accuse Menendez of enlisting the help of then-Majority Leader Harry Reid to push the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help Melgen avoid paying $8.9 million CMS claimed he’d overbilled the government. Menendez also helped a girlfriend of Melgen — and her sister — get tourist visas to the USA after their first application was turned down. Melgen and Menendez together face 18 counts of bribery and fraud; they’ve both pleaded not guilty. Menendez has predicted he’ll be fully exonerated.

While the prosecution contends Menendez provided a “stream of benefits” in exchange for Melgen’s gifts and contributions, Menendez’s defense will argue that, following the unanimous Supreme Court decision last year that threw out the conviction of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, because the prosecution didn’t prove that all the nice things McDonnell did for a vitamin-pushing pal were really “official acts.” It’s an important Constitutional issue that sort of puts us to sleep, and Menendez’s legal team is clearly counting on the jury to snore softly enough that it will hear something about the McDonnell case, then wake with a start and shout “Not Guilty!”

Look, here is the legal analysis stuff from a real lawyer, from the New York Times:

“If they can make this seem like the Virginia governor’s case, that was McDonnell, that he’s just doing what we want a responsible politician to do, he’s creating opportunities for a friend – who parenthetically is not a constituent – that he’s being responsive, he’s opening a door, he’s providing opportunities, that can help,” explained Mala Ahuja Harker, a former federal prosecutor, in New Jersey. “The problem for the defense is that in this case the facts suggest that he went much further than that.”

For a f’rinstance, while McDonnell only introduced his moneyed vitamin powder friend to people who could help him, Menendez actually went to meetings and talked to heads of agencies on Melgen’s behalf. The challenge for the prosecution, according to former federal fraud prosecutor Randall Eliason, who spoke to CNN, is

whether prosecutors can prove Menendez had a “corrupt intent” — an aspect of the trial made more challenging given that Melgen has not agreed to testify against the senator.

“This is a traditional bribery case and it all comes down to proving corrupt intent,” Eliason told CNN in an interview. “The easiest way to prove a quid pro quo is to get the other side to testify — prosecutors don’t have that here.”

There are also some fun political sideshows to the Menendez trial, too, like whether Menendez, if he’s found not guilty, can still win reelection in 2018 after all that bribery talk. But if Menendez is found guilty and has to leave the Senate, there’ll be all sorts of drama over when he’d leave office, whether it’s by resigning or being voted out by the Senate, and especially over who would get to appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of his term. Chris Christie is grudgingly still pretending he’s New Jersey’s governor until January 2018, and he’d sure like to appoint a Republican, but the odds are good that a Democrat will be elected in November to replace Christie — so would a convicted Menendez try to cling to his seat until a Democrat gets sworn in come January?

Be prepared for some drama. We already like the judge in the case, William H. Walls, whom the New York Times says admonished jurors during the selection process, “This is a serious case […] It’s not a junky jeopardy matter that you see on TV in these supposed judge cases. This is real stuff.” Walls also got snippy with a defense attorney today as opening arguments were delayed, criticizing the defense

for filing a motion on what to include in jury instructions at the end of the trial.

When attorney Abbe Lowell [yes, Jared Kushner lawyer Abbe Lowell, isn’t that a fine coinkydink?] pointed out that the motion was filed according to the judge’s order from last December, Walls replied, “Fine. Bill me.”

Popcorn, anyone?

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  • Mr. Blobfish

    The money was just resting in his account.

    • TundraGrifter

      Money never sleeps.

      • C4TWOMAN

        Well, not the sleep of the just anyway.

    • Daniel

      Nice long rest.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Pining for the foreign banks.

    • Fun with Cthulhu

      Father Ted reference FTW.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Illinois: Hold my beer.

    • Nockular cavity

      Back of the line, kid.
      -Massachusetts & Louisiana

  • janecita

    I hate, this fucking Cuban embargo pushing motherfucker! He is as corrupt as they come, I really hope that he goes to prison.

  • memzilla Ω

    …federal trial on bribery charges for New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez and for Dr. Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist pal…

    Sounds cornea. Someone should have retina warning to him.

    • proudgrampa

      Whew!

    • C4TWOMAN

      I see what you did…

      • grindstone

        Eye do, too!

        • Daniel

          Put a lid on it. I don’t want to brow beat you but really.

          • WotsAllThisThen

            This discussion really lens itself to puns.

          • Daniel

            I’m just going to lash myself to the mast and see it out.

          • Raan

            Contacts.

            Am I doing it right?

          • PubOption

            Focus, we can accommodate you.

          • Nockular cavity

            I’m gonna drive off in my Cataract.

          • HogeyeGrex

            Now you’re just being ciliary.

          • PubOption

            The lowest form of humor?

      • Jon Sussex

        Scleras day.

      • Skeptical_thinker

        Iris he would just go away.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Iris you hadn’t gone there.

    • Elvis Causticfellow

      Puns again? You pupil really should get out more.

      • Master Contrail Program

        Eyebrow beat for their lack of focus.

        • ahughes798

          He should have read the letters on the wall.

      • HogeyeGrex

        The lowest form of humour. Aqueous.

        • Daniel

          The nerve of some people.

        • Nockular cavity

          Low, yes, but that’s followed by an optic.

    • BadKitty904

      Eye aGreed.

    • arglebargle
    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      It ocular occurs to me you are tying to be punny, yes?

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      This low brow shit deserves twenty lashes.

    • Little Lulu Ω

      Eye makeup worse puns than anyone I know.

  • Baconzgood

    He’s got no where to go with this one…

    As Baconz Grandaddy used to say when Baconz was a piglet of 4 years:

    “He’s Fucked”

    • BadKitty904

      Pithy. Succinct. I like it.

      • Baconzgood

        Grandaddy was Irish and cut to the core of every debate.

        • BadKitty904

          Sure, he had a touch of the blarney…

          • Baconzgood

            “No I never touched the blarney stone..but I can hear bologna”

            -baconz grand-da-

          • ahughes798

            My cats can “hear” ham.

    • But what does it MEAN?

      • Baconzgood

        He’s not even having the chance to bend over to get fucked. Not even lube.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Butt, butt, which kind of fucked?!`1

    • ahughes798

      I wish I had grandparents who swore. My parents didn’t. I should say my dad didn’t. My mom’s worst was “shit” and “goddamnit.” If she said “Goddamnit April” I knew I was in big trouble.

      • Baconzgood

        Baconz Ma’s go to was “Dumb Jack-ASS”. The plumber didn’t show up on time “Dumb Jack-ASS”. She got got a speeding ticket the cop was a “Dumb Jack-ASS”. Pope Benidict? “Dumb Jack-ASS”. George Bush? Oh you better believe he was a “Dumb Jack-ASS”. The guy that manufactured her garden hose..yep a “Dumb Jack-ASS” Baconz? No doubt a “Dumb Juck-ASS” etc., etc.,

  • x111e7thst

    In classic game theory (prisoner’s dilemma) if both of the accused refuse to testify they obtain the best result. Looks to me like its going to work out that way in this real life case as well

  • Maybe someone can explain to me how this is any different from the normal practice of corporations throwing money at a politician’s re-election campaign and saying, “Gosh and golly, Congressman, it sure would be nice if someone made a law that helped us out. Oh! Lookie here! My legal department just happened to write this this morning!”

    • Master Contrail Program

      He tried to eliminate the middleman? The middleman lobby is the most powerful of them all it would appear.

      In summary: Not a job creator. So no respect.

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      i have yet to figure that out as well, other than that’s legal bribery called “lobbying” and there are at least *some* rules against it.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    When NJ politicians die, they don’t get buried. They get screwed into the ground.

    • On Twilight zone, one wise guy referred to cops as “screws”

      • doktorzoom

        Well that’s just ridiculous. Anyone knows screws are prison guards.

        Err, correctional officers.

        • Interesting. The cop in the TZ episode was a beat cop.

          Maybe it was an insult (that cop over there looks as dumb as…)?

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Some are right-handed screws, some left-handed, an a lot of them are middle-handed screws.

  • Blackest Noobs

    O/T:

    do you guys have any idea how difficult it is to come up with a SQL question that incorporates the use of a FULL OUTER JOIN.

    it’s a pain in my arse….i think i got something but im sure Kid Professor gonna throw it back at me and say…dude i couldve have done that query with a INNER RIGHT JOIN.

    and listen it’s all Geek to me, i kinda sorta know what i am doing….but still helluva better at it than Trump is at his job.

    • Steve Cole

      Bleah. Don’t you know? All the cool kids have moved to NoSQL. I have been contracting since 1992, I interview at least once a year and almost all of those interviews have a inner/outer join question posed by some clever child.

  • BadKitty904

    I have not had as much experience with politics as some of y’all, but I have noted that one of the many distinct differences liberals and conservatives is that liberals are capable of recognizing – and publicly admitting – that some of their politicians are crooks. Dems readily demand that such Democratic legislators be removed from office and punished for their crime(s).

    Republicans, on the other hand, would rather die than admit, under any circumstances, that some of their politicians are crooks. Ever. No matter how flagrant and grotesque the Republican legislator’s obvious crime(s) might be. Much less call for the criminal’s removal from office.

    • HogeyeGrex

      IOKIYAR.

    • Daniel

      Now wait, it’s important to hear their side of it, I’m sure it’s not as bad as it looks, and I’m sure they’ve sought God’s help and looked within their hearts and if God can forgive them why can’t we and really it’s terrible of the liberal media to keep harassing them over some little mistakes when no one is talking about Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s emails- and do I even need to remind you of all the crimes we are convinced Obama probably did? Yet you never hear us going on about that, so please, have some grace and let this go.

      • BadKitty904

        Fuck that noise.

      • Elvis Causticfellow

        That’s not who Bob Menendez is in his heart.

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        6/10 – needs more cowbell.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. It’s been that way since I was a kid.

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      this is the same thing for our supporters – RWNJs band together and never admit the other guy in their camp was wrong.

      We can and will throw out the scumbags – i’m thinking here of the Scalise shooter, who, I know, claimed he was a bernie supporter.

      If that had happened to a cruz supporter, for example, it’d be all “conspiracy! fake news!”

    • SomeBigRedDog

      Some of them might even be downright traitors to their country.

      • BadKitty904

        Except for the “some of them” part, I’d agree.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      A good nutshell distinction between democrats and the “Party of Personal Responsibility”

      A better name would be “Party of Perpetual Reprehensibility.”

      • BadKitty904

        I would think unending self-righteousness would be tiring.

        • ahughes798

          Which is probably why they like cocaine or trucker’s speed so much.

          • BadKitty904

            Meth, too. Also.

      • HogeyeGrex

        Oh, they’re all for personal responsibility. As long as it’s someone else that’s responsible.

  • Baconzgood

    -NEWS FLASH-

    New Jersey has corrupt politicians.

    In other breaking news Lake Erie is full of water.

    • Sky is blue. Ocean is too warm.

    • OutOfOrbit

      define “water”

      • Baconzgood

        That that oily stuff that dead fish float on.

    • SeeTrain65

      50 percent water. The rest is algae bloom.

  • Crystalclear12

    I am waiting for fox news to say this exonerates Trump because. . . both sides!

  • RMKH

    Throw the book at him. Graft is graft.

  • weejee

    New Jersey politics often blows, but so does Irma. Models now predicting down to 870 millibars with wind speeds over 200 mph. How are they going to evacuate all of South Florida?

    • mardam422

      That’s a lot of millibars. I like mine frozen. Maybe with a glass of Ovaltine as a chaser.

      • altleftjohn

        Have you tried them with isobar frosting? Mmm.

    • How are they going to evacuate all of South Florida?

      Making EVERYONE pay FMV for Flood Insurance should do the trick. 😉

    • BadKitty904

      Evacuations from the Keys to Miami are currently underway. They’re trying their best…

    • bubbuhh

      The millibar in my hotel room charges more than that even for the nuts.

    • ahughes798

      Damn…870 millibars is scary strong.

  • jesterpunk

    Doesnt he know its only ok when a Republican does it?

    • bubbuhh

      Death: the ultimate shrinkage

    • Jeffery Campbell

      He was dead and his penis was totally desiccated. Of course it was tiny. Have some respect people!

  • Michael Smith

    You know the old saying, “One corrupt Democrat proves White Supremacy is correct and is what Jesus and the Founding Fathers intended.”

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  • altleftjohn

    Worst Sopranos episode ever.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Oh please, this is baseline boring corruption. Wake me when somebody stashes $90,000 in a refrigerator freezer or is from a state that has an entire website devoted to corrupt politicians’ shenanigans.

    • Impressive.

      • elviouslyqueer

        True story. Back in the early 80s, we actually voted out a Republican governor (Dave Treen) because he was literally too boring and scandal-free (he served one term before getting beat by Edwin “Fast Eddie” Edwards).

    • Dudleydidwrong

      But were there any politicians and their stripper whores splashing around in the DC Tidal Basin at 2 AM? No? Then fugedabouddit! Wilbur Mills and Fanne Foxe set the standard for Democratic doings. Menendez is a piker.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        Now that was a real scandal. It had everything. Including, Wilbur Mills who was the very last elected official who knew anything about how to write tax policy.

    • Jeffery Campbell

      Yeah, call me when the black-market kidneys are being sold in the alleys of Hoboken…wait, we’ve already had that.

  • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

    Fucking douchebag. Thanks for throwing another squirrel to the republican’ts.

  • mardam422

    My Uncle Jim was a politician for 40yrs. He used to tell me, “Mark”, he used to call me that, “Mark” he used to say, “Make sure you got the goods on your bagman.” I always thought he was talking about the guy at the checkout line at Safeway. But I was young then.

    • BadKitty904

      Where did Uncle Jim stand on belt-onions?

      • mardam422

        He was quite the fashion plate. But in those days a belt onion was a gaudy show of wealth. Uncle Jim was a man of the people. Oh, and the people’s money. That too.

    • Juan de Fuca

      Is your name, Mark?

      • mardam422

        No.

  • Michael Smith

    This guy must be pretty low down in the liberal SPECTRE hierarchy if they haven’t found any Soros money.

  • Crystalclear12

    Only shocking part is:
    Politician accused of corruption is not a Republican.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Republicans get caught in sex scandals.

      • Rick Hill

        Their influence peddling and bribe taking are done on a larger scale and more sophisticated operation.

        • BadKitty904

          They’ve had more practice.

          • Rick Hill

            When the republicans came in with their contract with America or whatever, earmarks went up more than a hundred fold(Or was it a thousandfold?). But, those bridges to nowhere were because of Democrats….

          • BadKitty904

            And the Dems continue to let the Repugs and their propaganda machine get away with such lies…

      • BadKitty904
      • John Robinson

        It’s not corruption when Republicans do it; it’s just business.

    • Jeffery Campbell

      Both sides do it.

      ….quoting everyone.

      • BreakingDeadMen

        Both sides do it, Democrats are the only ones that ever seem to regret it.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    He may be a crooked senator, but he’s my crooked senator.

    • altleftjohn

      Dance with them what brung ya.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Menendez’s defense will argue that, following the unanimous Supreme Court decision last year that threw out the conviction of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, because the prosecution didn’t prove that all the nice things McDonnell did for a vitamin-pushing pal were really “official acts.” It’s an important Constitutional issue that sort of puts us to sleep, and Menendez’s legal team is clearly counting on the jury to snore softly enough that it will hear something about the McDonnell case, then wake with a start and shout “Not Guilty!”

    That’s it–he’s free as a bird. Which, I am sure, the wingnuts will find a way to say means that Donald is TOTALLY INNOCENT!!! and shouldn’t be investigated for Russian collusion.

  • Anna Rompage

    So let me get this straight….

    It’s totally okay & legal for a politician to accept money & “gifts” from corporations & other business & religious entities, and then in turn, do favors on their behalf. But if the money happens to come from an individual, it’s bribery?

    • Jennaratrix

      Corporations are people but people are not people. Or something. I don’t know.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    prove Menendez had a “corrupt intent”

    No, the link does not define what “corrupt intent” means–any legal eagles here to help out? Or should we Wonkers just have fun with it and say “anyone who wants to serve in this fucking Congress has to be corrupt or insane” instead?

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      here’s a pathetic definition from Black’s Law Dictionary:

      “What is CORRUPT INTENT?

      This term applies to doing something with the full knowledge that it is illegal.”

      • natoslug

        Sooooo . . . Steve Martin had a solid defense when he said “I forgot armed robbery was illegal”?

        • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

          heh, I know it’s a joke. But IIRC, some crimes have a mens rea requirement, others don’t.

          • natoslug

            Just as long as there’s no gono rhea requirement.

          • ahughes798

            Or dia rhea.

          • mailman27

            I’m firmly in favor of the mons veneris requirement. Can I get an Amen?

  • BadKitty904

    Why do I feel, based on the photo above, an irresistible urge to throw some peanuts to Bob Menendez?

    • Gee, Your Hair Smells Horrific

      I could only think of Radar O’Reilly.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        Without the plucky charm.

        Very much without.

      • BadKitty904

        I’m seeing the adult version of Ralphie, from A Christmas Story.

  • Susan Szews

    blah blah blah whatever, who cares what he did.

    All I can say is FINALLY a politician is going to trial for corruption and it’s *not* someone from Illinois! yaaaaaay!

    Love, a Chicagoan.

    PS – I actually did read the article and do care about what he did. But I am tickled pink that he’s from NJ and not IL.

    • President in Exile Firefly

      Illinois is the NJ of the midwest.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I really do wish I could care about this, but honestly, I don’t. Just seems so similar to what congresscritters have always done and will continue to do . . . slightly shady (or shady AF) helping out the rich and their pals, that it feels like it has SSDD stamped all over it.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    At least this is happening now with the ability to scrap Obamacare with reconciliation ending this month. No fuckery to install a republican senator to sabatoge.

    • mancityRed6

      that is a bright side.

  • Rags

    Luckily, after Citizens United, it is now easy peasey for anyone to secretly support any pol in any amount required to secure their eternal allegiance. Also, too, Russia.

    • BadKitty904

      Rot in Hell, Scalia!

      • ahughes798

        Hey, BadKitty…you live in FL? If so, please be safe. Kitties don’t like water, not even bad ones.

        • BadKitty904

          Indeedy. Born, raised, and live in NE Florida. And yes, I’ve been through a number of hurricanes, so I know the drill. But thank you for the very kind thought!!! :0)

  • Anna Rompage

    Sweet little baby jesus, Bob… Just about everyone in congress is on the take, and they seem to be able to enrich themselves in lavish a manner without going full on felon… WTF is wrong with you?

  • Bitter Scribe

    I’m trying not to be partisan about this, but as I read about Menendez’s alleged corrupt practices, I couldn’t help thinking that if a Trump had done this, it would be described as “Tuesday.”

    As for Christie appointing Menendez’s replacement, the Democrats in New Jersey should scream “Remember Merrick Garland!” and oppose it by any means they can.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Chris Collins, flagship Trump supporter and property of Carl Palladino, has done way, way worse.

      Hey, fun fact: You know Nomiki Konst, of TYT and the unity commission? Collins paid her mom off to hand her upstate seat to the Republicans.

      • President in Exile Firefly

        The Buffalo newspaper has been aggressively covering Collins.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Good. I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s actually more evil than being a creature birthed by Paladino would suggest.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Let’s be honest, if Christie can appoint himself to the Senate he’ll do it. He’s never felt shame for a second about anything.

      • Bitter Scribe

        He needs a job. And Trump needs a target for fat jokes.

      • guppy06

        The metaphor is “parachute himself on in there.”

  • marxalot

    Isn’t bribery a bit old fashioned? I mean, it’s nothing on organzing a Super PAC and some blackmail material, know what I’m saying?

  • Zyxomma

    Popping that popcorn.

  • JoeChristmas

    You demorats are even inefficient at corruption.

    • That’s just the corollary to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    • SeeTrain65

      We can’t dance, either.

  • Hiam J Beaudry

    I read “his moneyed vitamin powder friend” as monkey vitamin powder, and now I’m angry because Amazon doesn’t have any.

    • That monkey vitamin powder is good stuff. It cures dandruff, scoliosis, astigmatism, and cancer. You should get you some even if you have to smuggle the monkey into the country and make it yourself.

      • Permit-holder Ron

        How many IU do you get out of any individual monkey?

        • I can see you are a real entrepreneur, so you won’t do well in this business. The answer to every question is as much as you need, especially if you use cats instead of monkeys.

  • JoeChristmas

    Doesn’t he gave like a foundation or super PAC or something to cover his tracks. He’s weak and low energy. A bad ‘hombre.’

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Menendezs will appeal this to SCOTUS where Gorsuch will be happy to cite IOKIYAR v. Everyone Else to explain why the McDonnell precedent just doesn’t apply.

  • The Librarian

    I hate that Menendez is a Dem for the obvious reasons, but if he’s guilty, he should get the same punishment that all such crooked Rethug politicians get: a country club prison, time off for good behavior and speaking fees. :P

    • And exoneration by the Supremes! Don’t forget exoneration by the Supremes!

  • In VA we had a gov who faced bribery. And was found guilty after trying to toss his wife under the bus for him. Then exonerated because /Republican.

    • HooverVilles

      And the forgiveness entitled by the belief in jeebus get out of hell free card.

  • Apparently, the most effective way to ensure Menendez clings to his seat until the bitter end is for the DNC to man up and just pay him to do it. I bet they’re missing Debbie about now. She had a knack for that kinda play, don’t ya think?

    • rebeccagavin

      Is that based on the fact that she suspended Bernie Sanders for 2 days from NPG/VAN pending investigation after his staff stole data and Sanders lied about it, twice (according to Politifact, not me.) Or that she wrote 7 snarky internal emails about him AFTER it was mathematically impossible for him to win the nomination?

  • blaid droog

    That crappy hair cut is all I need to find him guilty.

  • Steely_Fan

    Slightly OT, but solidly in the “Who’d a thunk it?” category, my local Western PA congresscritter Tim Murphy (R-AnotherOneBitestheDust) just admitted to having an affair:
    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/09/06/rep-murphy-extramarital-affair-statement/

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “I humbly ask that my constituents be Christ-like in forgiving me.”

    • HooverVilles

      Given the history of other GOTP congresscritters, he will likely use the get out of hell free jeebus card and remain in politics.

  • foog

    Speaking of things Wonkette is less than eager to cover: seriously? Not one single word about verrit? Come on!

    • rebeccagavin

      There are a lot of things Wonkette doesn’t write about. Because all the words and all the time and all the things. And Verrit is probably the least important of those things.Why does it chap your ass so much that there is a social media site for supporters of Hillary Clinton? Why does that threaten your manhood so particularly?

      • foog

        There are a lot of things Wonkette doesn’t write about – true. But a tone deaf gaff as big as Peter Daou’s latest pet project should never have escaped their notice and should be right up their alley. Speaking of which, my manhood remains remarkably unthreatened by Daou’s swinging dick, thankyewverymuch.

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          Tone-deaf gaffe?

          A site that posts accurate information about a woman who has had more lies told about her than you’ve had hot dinners?

          Seems to me that it’s past time for something like that.

        • rebeccagavin

          Right, because there is a law that what you consider a tone deaf gaffe must be considered a tone deaf gaffe by everyone else. You are the arbiter of tone deaf gaffes because it takes one to know one and I can tell by your picture.

          • foog

            For someone who started right outta the gate telling me to chill with the feeling so threatened, you sure are pretty freaking defensive. But yeah. Sure. Whatever you say. I’m the only person who finds the whole Verrit clusterfuck to be kinda silly, and I should not try to impose my sad sack judgement on others. Former Wonkettes-in-chief Ana Marie Cox and Ken Layne haven’t had a chuckle at Daou’s expense, and every fucking political forum and blog on earth haven’t been taking the piss out of Verrit since it launched. Got it.

          • rebeccagavin

            Darlin’ I never feel threatened or defensive by or of anyone one or anything on the interwebs. So you can forget that silly conjecture. I just found you to be exceptionally obnoxious.

            Secondly, argumentum ad populum – “I am not the only one who believes this, therefore it must be true” is pretty worthless here, since the subject is completely subjective. And, your comments have added exactly (excuse me while I do some complex calculations) nothing, to the overall debate on the value or quality of Verrit. So piss off, numb nuts.

          • foog

            Ad populum was brought up solely because you seemed to think I was alone in noticing this shit. Your ad hominem, on the other hand, was entirely unwarranted. Fuck it. I’m done. Darling.

  • guppy06

    Hooray for senile lifetime judges!

    “Donald J. Trump presiding.”

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