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Retiring Tennessee GOP Senator Bob Corker made news Sunday when, in response to being shit-tweeted by President Fuckhead, he tweeted back that “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center,” adding that “somebody obviously missed their shift this morning.” Shots fired, y’all! Adult daycare jokes are rough.

The responses from liberal-land came in two forms. Some simply popped open a beer and watched the show, because OMG this is some Bring It On Again shit right here! Others immediately chimed in to remind us that Bob Corker is no angel. And they’re correct! But maybe they are missing the point?

It’s true that Corker has done a lot of fucked up things. The race-baiting ads he ran against Harold Ford Jr. in his first campaign come to mind! He is not a hero. But he is doing something important right at this moment. We feel like both of those things can be true at the same time, no?

We see people out there (some of whom we like very much!) suggesting people are “canonizing” Bob Corker for clapping back at Trump. Really? ARE WE? We haven’t taken roll of every liberal in America this morning, but we’re fairly certain nobody is looking at Corker and asking, “Who IS this man from Nazareth????” NOBODY.

We should acknowledge, though, that while Corker’s been a real piece of shit in the past, and while it would have been nice if he had done this DURING THE CAMPAIGN, how significant it is that a very powerful senator from Trump’s own party, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who was a huge Trump supporter during the campaign, is saying “fuck all this” and reading the president for filth. Sure, Corker is retiring, but he’s got FIFTEEN MONTHS left. He can still do a lot of damage.

Most sane people know Donald Trump is an existential threat to the planet. Perhaps Corker is just now understanding this, or perhaps he’s just now willing to understand it OUT LOUD. We’ve been hearing off the record comments in the Fake News for months about how unnamed elected Republicans, especially in the Senate, are privately horrified by Trump. Now we finally have a Republican senator forcefully going on the record, saying Trump is a liar, a piece of shit and a danger to humanity. We need to let this moment happen, and we need to encourage Corker to keep talking, and start acting, and convincing his GOP colleagues to do the same, because they’re the ones with the power to actually do something about Trump right now.

With that being said, after Corker’s clap-back, he talked to the New York Times and said about a million more nasty, hilarious and pointed things about Trump. Here’s some of that:

Senator Bob Corker … charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”

“He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”

Y’all, that is just the first three grafs of the NYT interview. It only gets nastier from there.

Corker flatly states that Trump is lying through his teeth about Corker “begging” for his endorsement, and reaffirms that the Trump White House is the exact kind of “adult daycare” he said it was:

“I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Mr. Corker said in a telephone interview.

Corker is also pissing all over the idea that Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, one of many living humans who thinks Trump is a “moron,” are playing some sort of good cop/bad cop game with North Korea, stating that it’s “just not true.”

Anything else, Senator? Wanna tell us some dirty gossip about just how much disdain your GOP colleagues in the Senate have for the GOP president? You do? Hooray!

All but inviting his colleagues to join him in speaking out about the president, Mr. Corker said his concerns about Mr. Trump were shared by nearly every Senate Republican.

“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” he said, adding that “of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.”

TRANSLATION: With the exception of the stupidest people in the Senate (probably Chuck Grassley, we are guessing), literally everybody hates Trump. Join Bob Corker out here in the sunlight, Republican senators! We promise, you’ll be OK! And even if you’re not, this is about AMERICA, and not about your re-election prospects, you fucking dicks.

Call Trump a liar again, Bob Corker:

“I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are not true,” he said. “You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does.”

Because he’s a sick, stupid man. Simple as that.

Toward the end of the interview, Corker struck a backhanded high note by saying “we’ll be fine” as long as the “good guys” — John Kelly, Jim Mattis, Rex Tillerson — are there to talk the baby off the ledge when he gets “spun up.” The inverse of that statement, of course, is that if the “good guys” aren’t there, OH GOD WE ARE SO FUCKED. Like we said, back-handed.

Keep talking, Bob Corker. You’re neither the hero we want nor the hero we need, but we’re more than willing to giggle and point and laugh while you fuck that idiot the fuck up with words. (AND THEN ACTIONS, PLEASE AND THANK YOU.)

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  • Oblios_Cap

    Stick a corker in all that!

  • BigCSouthside

    I think a lot of these guys might know some stuff about Trump’s mental health.

    Also today

    We are dropping out of a clean energy act (cuz the black guy did it)

    And the Jones act waiver ended last night and isn’t being renewed (cuz a lady made fun of Donald?)

    • Bad Scooter

      shhhhh … don’t distract us with the important shit.

  • jodyleek

    This is all well and good (and hilarious). But at the end of the day, the GOP leadership knows Trump will sign anything they get under his fat, ugly head and they won’t do a god damned thing to oust him.

  • Gorillionaire

    More retiring GOP senators, please.

  • kindness

    I’m waiting for Corker to start voting correctly before I proclaim him the next Jesus. So far this term, Corker’s votes have been more Judas like to the American people.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      Well, just because the president is a moron baby doesn’t mean that the rich don’t need a tax cut.

    • therblig

      some say judas did do the right thing eventually, although without him, jesus wouldn’t have had his shot at greatness.

  • GoutMachine
  • DerrickWildcat
  • arglebargle

    Alternate headline…

    Dick Calls Asshole Tainted

    • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

      Taint that the truth.

    • MynameisBlarney

      They’re both nuts!

  • Cogswell – In a Mirror, Darkly

    Off topic but on the upside, I still have Friday in the Rexit Pool.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Smerc speculates Corker building 25th Amendment case against trump.

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029690270

    • PubOption

      Interesting.

    • elviouslyqueer

      “Planting seeds?” Jesus fucking Christ. There’s a whole field of fucks that’s been plowed up. GET TO IT.

      • MynameisBlarney

        No fuckin’ shit!

        Chop Chop, motherfuckers!

    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      It’ll take more spine replacement surgeries than are humanly possible in DC, I suspect.

  • Stulexington

    Cheering Corker on is one of the many things that separates us from the RWNJ brigade. Just because he’s an evil fuck doesn’t mean he’s incapable of occasionally doing a good thing, and we should recognize when evil fucks do a good thing because it runs counter to the intense polarization that’s helping to rip the country apart.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Right, this and Walnuts’ possibly brain-tumor-influenced healthcare vote are examples of broken cuckoo clocks being right at least twice a day. Every now and then you get a rare bipartisan unicorn vote, or a “crossing of the floor” as it’s described in parliamentary legislatures. Canada’s cons even joined the Liberals in telling Russia to fuck off (Magnitsky Act of the North), and I seriously doubt Dame Lesser Thatcher in the U.K. has any respect for the crown jewel of Yankee jokers either. Or, in comparison to something progressively worse, at least a partial rehabilitation of previous villains. Even Nixon authorized the E.P.A., and it’s looking more and more like Shrub really was a complete fucking moron who served as a figurehead for Darth Cheney’s regime and the PNAC agenda. There is literally nothing redeemable about Trump.

  • LesBontemps

    Is it just me, or does Corker give off a Garrett Walker vibe?

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy.

    • marxalot

      But the cloakroom slapfight is tres amusing.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Talk is cheap, Bob. Impeach the motherfucker already. And then impeach the MOTHER fucker already.

    • Bad Scooter

      uhhh … would that leave Paul Ryan in charge? this is a slippery slope.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Not remotely on topic, but, whilst perusing ebay for single player pc games, I discovered there are “Farming Simulators” available.

    WTF?

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Yes. There are also Paintball Simulator Games.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Ok, THOSE make some sort of sense.

        But truck driving sims and farming sims?

      • Oblios_Cap

        Some people will do anything to avoid going outside or having human face-to-face interactions, I reckon.

        • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

          What are these things?

        • GoutMachine

          Can’t say I blame them, given that some of those humans voted for Trump.

    • Raan

      It’s relaxing.

      What?

    • MrTusks

      I just started playing Stardew Valley on the Switch, and it’s literally just about doing chores and going grocery shopping.

      I LOVE IT

    • keinsignal

      That shit is hardcore, man. Hard. Core.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEJHrmliVQw

  • An Outhouse for the résistance

    Trump is the result of the disintegration of the Republican Party you ass wipes. This was caused by you and your ideological policies of non-governance. Impeach the bastard and then go die in a fire with votes.

    • bbayliss

      But, but, but, democrats are in disarray.
      They can not agree on the best way to get health care to all Americans.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        And thus you have one of the reasons for my nym.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Cato the Elder ?

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Aye. It’s the DC media village, though.

          • Oblios_Cap

            I agree w/ you there.

    • ManchuCandidate

      Pathologies, not policies.

  • bubbuhh
    • Phoenixdoglover

      Fuckin’ A.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      MAFiA

    • Bad Scooter

      fucking fuckers.

  • Jgb979

    Ever since nuance was violently murdered in its sleep around approximately 2010, it’s been far too easy to view things exclusively in binary turns.

    Larger picture: still fuck bob corker. I’d vote some garbage dem against his successor 100 times out of 100

    Smaller Picture: you can be my fav senator the next 13 months

  • OT: In “Wow, I didn’t see that coming” news, the young troubled son of radio talkshow host “Delilah” committed suicide. I can’t stand her program (Delilah’s an evangelical), but my deepest sympathy goes out to this heartbroken mother all the same.

    • BosGrl

      Oh no. :(. To be honest, there are times I wish I had faith and could believe our loved ones are waiting for us somewhere, which is something this mom will have. All the healing energy for Delilah today.

      • I am a person of deep faith, I’m just not religious. My stepbrother, a brilliant nuclear physicist and also schizophrenic took his own life when he was just 25. It’s something you never get over. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce016280ceed770d3806996d407b597cf2193ca4fb6e77880d8b95786eb93d5b.jpg

        • BosGrl

          He looks like a man worth knowing. I’m sorry for your loss, actually the world’s loss, but you’re the one who has to feel it. Hugs, Little Bear. Love for your brother.

          • Thank you so very much, BosGirl.♡♡♡

        • Three Finger Salute

          That’s awful, Little Bear. Handsome guy too. Science needs to figure out a way to decouple high intelligence from a greater risk of mental illness. John Forbes Nash of A Beautiful Mind fame is the first person I thought of, although in a really cruel twist of fate he died in a car accident along with his wife after having survived a number of suicide attempts over the course of his career. David Foster Wallace, brilliant writer. Bipolar disorder, suicide at 46. Vincent van Gogh, of course, literally the poster child for the tortured genius, suicide at 37. Schizophrenia and possible lead poisoning from the material in his paints. “The world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta2NsD5FeMk

          • That song is PERFECT. Thank you ever so much TFS♡♡♡. I loved my brother immeasurably and I knew how much he suffered inside. He was so tender-hearted and vulnerable, abandoned by a terribly sick schizophrenic mother when he was only two.
            That he shot himself in the heart was very telling.

          • Bad Scooter

            hugs.

          • Thank you! ♡♡🐥

    • Three Finger Salute

      I actually liked Delilah’s show because I’m a sucker for sappy romantic soft rock, and didn’t know she was a churchy type. But this is so sad. Deepest sympathies going out to her and her family.

      • I did listen to her show decades ago when it first came on air, and I always appreciated her efforts to uplift people. Such a positive woman. That’s why this is such a shock.

  • SayItWithWookies

    It took this much of Assmouth’s daily divisiveness to pry even one Republican senator out of the omerta promise they all seem to have made — I hope this is just the drip before the dam bursts — and if there’s one person who can unite all of the people who should’ve been his allies into a coalition against him, it’s our tangerine nightmare.

    Also, I can’t help thinking that the much-abused Mitch McConnell has encouraged Corker in his latest truth-telling — he’s been Assmouth’s most frequent target in the Senate, and if this has his backing, we could be in for some long-term fun.

  • jesterpunk

    is Ted Cruz one of the people who like Trump?

    • bubbuhh

      Ted Cruz doesn’t even like himself.

  • jesterpunk
  • Ricky Gay

    Wow, when you lose the respect of a fellow asshole who is even willing to break the Reagan Rule on you, it’s bigly!

  • Mr. Blobfish

    What really chaps Trump’s dick is that people don’t quake in fear before him. Mere senators call him a liar. Late-night Harlequins make jest of his appearance. The laboring class march in the streets, challenging his authority. What’s the point of being president if you can’t crush your opposition?

    • therblig

      and that spanish island mayor lady who might be a 6 if she took her glasses off, didn’t immediately fall to her knees in his presence.

    • Stulexington

      Why do you think he was happy as a pig in shit in PR? Everyone was walking on eggshells because they were afraid he’d withhold any more FEMA funding if they told him what a colossal asshole he was being to his face.

      They were scared of him abusing his power and he loved every minute of it.

  • Phoenixdoglover
    • therblig

      maybe trumpy will fire chao if yertle doesn’t beat up corker.

  • Oblios_Cap
    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      LOL! Right, because that’s what the senate does when it dislikes what one of its members says – it just bum rushes them out the door. I remember that time Ted Cruz was tossed out on his ear, never to be heard from again.

      Trump has absolutely NO fucking idea, how government works.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        As Al Franken says in “Giant of the Senate:” “I like Ted Cruz more than most of my Senate colleagues. And I HATE Ted Cruz.”

    • elviouslyqueer

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I would love for somebody to explain to him that this isn’t how that works. At all.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        He is BEYOND stupid, that’s why the GOP base loves him so much – “look ma, an actual idiot is running the country, he’s just like us!”

      • Stulexington

        By now they know how this dance works (I hope) they say “yes Mr. President, we’ll get right on that” and then do sweet fuck all, giving vague status reports when asked and wait for him to either loose interest or for Corker to retire on his own.

      • Arolpin

        Maybe John Kelly needs to sit him down, strap him to a chair, take away his phone and start from the beginning. You are the President, you control the executive branch. Senator Corker is a Senator, which is part of Congress, that is the Congressional Branch. There is a 3rd branch, called the Judiciary Branch. They are separate, and they were designed to be separate. Do you understand? No, ok, time for the hammer of loving correction. . Are you ready to try again…..repeat ad nauseum.

        • GoutMachine

          Hell, I’d support that even without the civics lesson.

        • Dudleydidwrong

          Trump would still, while strapped down, bang his head on the back of the chair, bang his little feet on the chair’s legs, scream, and then, if that failed, do what one of our kids used to be good at, upchuck on demand to try to change the subject.

          • Arolpin

            Well, I’m not cleaning him up, so he can sit there covered in vomit. I actually like that idea, as long as I can leave the room.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      This is the stupid motherfucker who can’t count to 51 and blames the filibuster instead.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Does the Senate work like that?

      “All Signs Point to ‘No, you stupid Orange Fuckwit’.”

    • GoutMachine

      He really does think he’s king, doesn’t he?

      • Rocket Pony Ron

        ‘The Madness of King Donald.’ Should be an interesting movie.

    • Daniel

      CANNOT SEE!

    • elviouslyqueer

      Also too, I’m not wishing an aneurysm on anybody, but Orangina is about two short steps away from having a gigantic epic rage-stroke.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Sadly I don’t think we are that lucky, with votes of course.

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      Kick him out of what?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        the Senate lunchroom?

      • Dudleydidwrong

        Several possible answers:
        1) Trump’s playroom
        2) the backyard sandbox
        3) the secret club that hates girls

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      He does not know how any of this works. Sad. Loser. Fail.

    • Bad Tom

      Trump still thinks he is CEO of AmeriCo.
      ——-
      Dictators attempt to dissolve their Congress all the time. Why would Trump be any different?

  • Scooby

    He must have learned something bad this week to suddenly start talking like this. China has already positioned its military in preparation for war with the US. They have even laid this out in the Chinese press.

    If anyone is able to read this it’s terrifying.

    http://www.81.cn/zggfs/2017-01/20/content_7463766.htm

    • MynameisBlarney

      Uh…

    • jesterpunk

      Well at least the lady who was prepared wasn’t elected because reasons. I hope Susan Sarandon is happy.

    • mancityRed6

      I dunno if the google translate is correct or not, but it reads like a disjointed epic

      • Scooby

        Google translate sucks. But it describes how extensive the preparations have been for China to go to war with the US. Due to Trumps rhetoric they now see it as inevitable.

        • Bad Tom

          Yes. Terrifying.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Corker may just be aware that Mueller will have TrumpCo behind bars before Corker makes his exit. Corker will look like a brilliant visionary if Trump is ousted.

      • Bad Tom

        I hope, for the world’s sake, you are right.

    • GoutMachine

      Here’s what I learned from that story:

      Reserve forehead, Hainan Province Lingshui Li Autonomous County People’s Political Department of Xing Jincheng, depending on the post such as the battle, and the sea militia together, courageous, dare to defend, always guardian “ancestral sea.” He said: “For the construction of world – class army, everyone should fight for whom to pay or even sacrifice.

      Precisely!

      • laughingnome

        Trump’s speech to UN?

      • Bad Tom

        In 2005, I travelled to Tibet. We stayed in a hotel one night.

        A sign in the room declared “Please to place all valuables in the head stage.” We did not get it.

        My husband, Paul, got it after we got back to Boston.
        Head Stage == Front Desk.

        Ergo:
        Reserve Forehead == Vice Chairman

        Google translate doesn’t do idiom well.

      • Bad Tom

        Here’s what I learned from that story:

        The possibility of war increases.

      • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

        I concur!

    • Oblios_Cap

      It was all Greek to me.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      I know that China does not want to go to war. War is bad for business. But by now they have to be figuring that sooner or later Donnie is going to throw the first rock, and they need to be prepared.
      And now I’m thinking of the lives that would be wasted, in a pointless war over nothing at all, started because Two Scoops hates being criticised.

      • Bad Tom

        War with North Korea would be terrible.
        War with China is terrifying.

      • Scooby

        I agree, part of the problem they don’t know how to read Trump, and sadly neither doI.

    • Bad Tom

      Google translate does a credible job. You have to reassemble the syntax yourself.

      • Scooby

        If google translate becomes too good I am out of a job!

        • Bad Tom

          Ideographic language and idiom seems to be the double-bane of Google Translate. Idiom is merely the bane.

          Back in the ’70s, what we have was considered impossible. (It was, given the computing state of the art.)

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Talk is one thing. Caucusing with Schumer is another thing altogether.

    Corker needs to walk the walk.

  • An Outhouse for the résistance

    Dr. Frankenstein is shocked, SHOCKED, that the monster he created was crazy in the head and dangerous to society.

  • therblig

    speaking of republicans who haven’t learned the lessons life has shown them, scumbag scalise tells dead brightfart that banning bump stocks is a “slippery slope”:

    ““The Second Amendment really predates the Bill of Rights. Our Founding Fathers believed strongly in gun rights for citizens. Frankly they thought it was an assumed right; they didn’t put it in the Constitution because they didn’t think it would ever be in jeopardy.”

    shithead.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      After Trump loses in a massive landslide in 2020: “Trump was a RINO, everyone knew he was a secret Democrat.”

      Meanwhile, in the real world, we’ve got Neil Gorsuch for the next thirty years.

      • mancityRed6

        and a year after that it will be “who?”

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          See: Bush, George W.

          They didn’t even invite him to their conventions.

          • mancityRed6

            and it will be the same for tRump. I’m hoping because jail

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        Dn’t ya mean, after Pence or Ryan loses in a massive landslide in 2020?

        • Botlrokit

          *raises hand*

          And who’s going to beat them? Ferfuxake we had a wrap on the last election. An incumbent President Asshole can “October-Surprise” the fuck out of the next election campaign. I bet we’ll have a trade war with Portugal or something, because their foreign minister will do a “up high! down low! TOO SLOW” on Trump at some meeting.

          *puts hand down*

          • Bad Tom

            Russia.
            That is all.

    • ManchuCandidate

      He has the Backfire effect.
      Getting shot (not votes) made him claim that it was just the “price” of freedumb not the actual pain of his short sighted and dangerous policies.

      Cognitive disorders is a serious problem among the extreme (which is most) GOPers

      • Covfefe

        Steve Scalise – the myrtar brung back to life by Jesus

        • Bad Tom

          And here I thought it was the docs and the ICU.

          • alpacapunchbowl

            And the lesbian cop who risked her life for him.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Hellfire vs D.C. and Tony Fishscales (piss be upon him) “judicial interpretation” basically legalized hoarding your own personal nuclear arsenal if you’ve got the money to build a reactor and acquire uranium. Scientific ethics? That’s for sissies.

    • Marion in Savannah

      I haz a confooze — how can something that is PART of the Bill of Rights PREDATE the Bill of Rights?

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        Because of Jesus.

        • Oblios_Cap

          If you have to ask, you’ll never know…

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Presumably, he’s referring to Sec. 13 of the Virginia Declaration of Rights.

        • Bad Tom

          Which was not a direct predecessor of the U.S. Constitution.

          None of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights was invented ex nihilo by the Founding Fathers. All of them were based on ideas long circulating in society. Otherwise how could any of them be conceived of as rights?

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            That’s the beauty of “textual originalism” — you can pull a quotation from some prior writing to support almost any argument.

    • jesterpunk

      Rand Paul said the second amendment is for shooting congress critters.

      https://twitter.com/randpaul/status/746022114042478592?lang=en

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        “Oh, when did politics become so polarized?”

        “Why are black people protesting at football games, and why do they hate the flag, and America?”

        ~Every Wingnut I Know

      • Msgr_MΩment

        “If not now, when?”

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Since it says the “Right to bear Arms”, not specifying firearms, I want an M1A2 SEP v.2 tank with CROWS Remote Weapons System and a crew of 3 cute hardbodies for me to command, ASAP.

      • Covfefe

        Query: Does the 2 Amendment give the Koch Bros. the right to form and arm mercenaries to topple the next Democrat president?

        • Anna Elizabeth

          I don’t think so, but what do the Koch Brothers care?

      • Bad Tom

        But what it REALLY means is the government can’t cut off your arms.
        Without probable cause, that is.
        And it says NOTHING WHATEVER about legs, you notice.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Ahh, you are correct, Sir!

    • Phoenixdoglover

      Yes of course: what is not in the Constitution is implied. Why didn’t I think of that? There are so many possibilities.

    • Bad Tom

      I thought the Bill of Rights was specifically the first ten amendments.

      Precisely the same argument can be made about the First amendment, too.

      • therblig

        9 are amendments, the 2nd is a Commandment

        • Bad Tom

          Except for the first four words, which are apparently written in magic ink which disappears only in a court of law.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      The very first thing they drummed out of us in law school was using slippery slope arguments.
      Slippery slope arguments are what you resort to when you don’t have a single good argument to make.
      Fuck that gunhumper bigot.

  • ManchuCandidate

    “As you know, you go to war with the GOPer you have. They’re not the GOPer you might want or wish to have at a later time.”

  • laughingnome

    Dumb liberal here but wondering if these GOP senators and representatives should perhaps impeach the dangerous idiot before he blows up the world?

    • DainBramage

      Yeah, the fact that it is not unreasonable to wonder if Trump will start a war just to salve his fragile ego is crazy.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Nope. The Dominionist wing will kill the bill because they want their rapture wet dream to come true. Just not the Debbie Harry version. Too many blah people, local disco people, and illegal criminal aliens like the man from Mars.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHCdS7O248g

      • Anna Elizabeth

        I like you. :) In my next life I want to be Debbie Harry.

      • Daniel
        • Hollandaise

          What is “how I figured out I’m bi, Alex?”

        • marxalot

          One of the only 11 minute songs I will forgive its entire runtime.

    • MynameisBlarney

      That sounds like cawmie talk!

    • jesterpunk

      They still haven’t gotten over Nixon almost being impeached. They won’t impeach Trump.

      • Bad Tom

        Mueller’s report will change the balance.

        • Michael Smith

          I agree. They weren’t going to consider impeaching Nixon until all that insane testimony started coming out about him. Then they were mostly for it, because the public was. What people forget is that it wasn’t really because of the Watergate break-in, which most conservatives considered a liberal media screwjob in which the press was obsessing over something that the Democrats “do all the time.” In the hearings, you had Nixon ordering people to commit crimes, to pay hush money, using foul language – not only in the testimony of others, but in actual voice recordings.

          Now, Trump got elected despite saying “grab her by the pussy,” so it may take more to shock America these days. But maybe there’s more there.

          • Bad Tom

            Actual treason may do it.
            And I believe Trump’s behavior rises to that level.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Why do you hate tax cuts, and America?

      • GoutMachine

        How much time you got?

    • Michael Smith

      Unfortunately, there’s no way they will do it right now. Senator Corker can speak his mind because he doesn’t care any more what his constituents say, and I’m sure right now his office is fielding plenty of threats and hateful phone calls from them. A good chunk of the American public still supports Trump and sees any attempt by politicians to check him as “the swamp fighting back.” Politicians care most about being reelected, so they won’t go against their constituents’ desires like that.

      In a darker sense, they want to avoid a situation in which the most heavily armed and rage-driven portion of the citizenry, many of whom are current or former military, current or former police, start to think that the government is violating democracy and a revolution is justified.

      This situation has happened before, but after months of devastating testimony on his many crimes, abuses and general immoral acts, American conservatives started to realize that Nixon wasn’t the man they thought he was and that he wasn’t worth taking up arms to save.

      We need Mueller.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    I think Bob Corker is an asshole. I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the spectacle of his break with Trump, or the fact that the scales have fallen from his eyes on this at least, and he is willing to say publicly what I have no doubt virtually all GOP lawmakers would privately concede – that Uncle Dotard is a deranged, unstable narcissist who is an extreme danger to the United States as long as he remains in office. Corker is 100% right about that, and his odious political views and behaviour do not alter the fact. Want to rage at someone? Rage at the ones who are still aboard, and enabling, the Trump Train.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Corker also isn’t going to go along with tax cuts that increase the debt, so he has two choices – raise taxes on the middle class to pay for tax cuts for the rich, or just buck his own party in a stand of fiscal conservative courage. I’m pretty sure he’s going to run for president in 2020.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Mic drop:
    https://twitter.com/mersmom8/status/917414773322670081

    Apparently it’s shopped. Crap.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Damn right.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      He’s practically BEGGING Trump to say something. But the coward probably won’t.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      that looks photshopped

      • Daniel

        It is.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        LeBron called Trump a “bum” so I wouldn’t be surprised if he wore it.

    • bubbuhh

      Nice sentiment, but it is a photoshopped image. It first appeared in the comments section on TPM yesterday under the “Report: August FBI Memo Called ‘Black Identity Extremists’ New Terror Threat” article.

      • Daniel

        There is a picture of Kaepernick wearing that t-shirt though, and it’s genuine I think.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        What the fuck does “Black Identity Extremists” even mean?

        • bubbuhh

          All folks ID’d as non-white who are uppity.

        • Edith Prickly

          Black people who don’t enjoy being shot for no reason?

    • Photoshopped. No credit. I hate fake shit® (I invented the term).

      • No, I did*.

        * Fake news.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Nonetheless, the message is completely on-point.

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher
    • mancityRed6

      1 out of 10, no visible 6 pack.

      • Oblios_Cap

        And the hands are too big.

      • MrTusks

        I like how Ben can give him a discernible chin, a reasonable waistline, and adult-sized hands, but knows there’s no flattering way to draw the hair.

    • therblig

      seems like kimmy’s getting the best of trumpy there.

      • Rachel Book Harlot

        Too, true. Also the twitter on his phone while sitting in the Oval office where he should be working. Is that supposed to be flattering to Trump? What a dumb fuck.

        • therblig

          wonder if this one will get pulled when the howler monkeys realize it shows weakness on trumpy’s part. or redrawn to show kimmy splattered.

        • Daniel

          He’s been distracted from tweeting by an actual international problem calling for great leadership.

          So he’s still got twitter open, obvs.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        In the next panel you see Uncle Dotard wheeling an ICBM up to the WH and blasting it into a smoking crater surmounted by a mushroom cloud.
        #Winning! #MAGA!

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      But if he swats it, won’t it explode? Gawd, this dude is terrible.

      • Daniel

        Also, this is the easiest opportunity he has to swat him, and he hasn’t done so.

    • Daniel

      So in this excellent cartoon, Garrison is showing that Trump has a flyswat to deal with a nuclear bomb.

    • Oblios_Cap

      He refuses to draw the “Old Elvis” Trump.

      • GoutMachine

        Old Elvis libelz! He had talent, at least.

    • Ben Garroted.

      Also, who’s the guy in the red tie? Doesn’t look like anyone I know.

    • Stulexington

      NK is not distracting him from twitter, it’s the opposite.

    • Daniel

      So for Ben Garrison, if the POTUS wasn’t tweeting he’d be doing… nothing?

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      “Lame” is the only arrow in Ben’s quiver.

      • ariel_gee_398

        He’s got plenty of baffling, too.

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          including consistently drawing trump built like an army sgt.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      Forgot to add:
      Don’t blame Trump. Blame Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Obama.

    • marxalot

      Those… eyebrows

    • TJ Barke

      That boy ain’t right.

    • Bad Tom

      The fly swatter should be a Red Button.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      wow, TWO cartoons in a row with no mention of the bilderburgs or the rothschilds…I’m starting to think my theory that he includes them in EVERY cartoon may be wrong — hang on let get a magnifying glass and exmaine the drapes…it has to be in there somewhere!

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      WARNING NSFW******
      No Ben, you dumbass this is what is really going on
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3ca285076bfd0b8c01186103caf845be63c77855d54d0eb2e50ed40f0e15b373.jpg

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    And put in your ear plugs
    Put on your eye shades
    You know where to put the Cork-er

    (Donnie can you hear me)

    • Msgr_MΩment

      DJT = Uncle Ernie.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Next thing you know old Corker will repudiate Marsha Blackburn for the POS dolt supporter that she is…Hah! He’s running scared. I wonder what is in his closet that has him repudiating Putin’s candidate?

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Naw, he’s not scared- he’s setting himself up for a 2020 POTUS run and wants to be on record rejecting the boy king before it was cool

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I’ve been thinking the same thing, plus he probably knows what’s going on with Mueller’s investigation.

      • Robyn Ryan

        And being the first to break sets him up as leader of whoever is left after the 2018 bloodbath.

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        Hopefully the rest of the future republican’t Presnitial field will join in…all eleventy hundred of them.

        • Botlrokit

          Goddammit I hope they ALL run and get 0.067294% of the dumb vote

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          it wouldn’t surprise me in the least

  • Courser_Resistance

    Corker may be a shit, but I’ll take it. He’s a senior member that people pay attention to. This may be the first crack in the old, “You shall speak no ill of another party member” thing. McCain, Merkowski and Collins aren’t playing along anymore, either.

    This is already an *extremely* shitty Monday. I wanna go back to bed and pull the covers over my head.

    Also too, some asshole hit my Lyft car in a parking lot while I was taking a pee break. It’s pretty minor, but I’m offline until it gets cleared and it’s going to cost me.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      You’re a Lyft driver? That’s pretty cool. I was trying to get an unemployed friend to give that a try.

      • Courser_Resistance

        That’s me. My last contract ended on 8/25 and I started driving Lyft 3 weeks ago. In Denver, they have an arrangement with Hertz so that you can rent a car to do Lyft. And anything else you want. If you don’t have a car and need one, it’s possible to make enough to cover your rental cost. It works just like any rental car, the car is yours to drive, even out of state. You just can’t drive Lyft out of state. My other car is an old Nissan pickup truck.

        I don’t kill myself driving. I drove morning & afternoon rush hour M-F the first two weeks and managed to clear ~$200/wk in about 25 hours total (I think). There’s a learning curve for your city, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy and people are nice. I think you can make really good money driving bar-closing time if you don’t mind dealing with drunks. I’m not a night person anymore and while tipsy, happy people are fun, drunks generally are not.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          I read an article about it, and they said a lot of the money was to be made around bar closing time. My friend’s comment was “what if people throw up in my car?” I said “bring a bucket.”

          The author of the article said it takes a while to learn to maximize your money earning, but once you do, you can make about $20 an hour, so that’s not bad!

          • Courser_Resistance

            Well, to be perfectly honest, my night vision is going too. I really have to get new glasses ASAP and I hope that helps, but I’ll be 59 next month, so…

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Yeah, I hear ya, I’m 57. I used to stay out partying until 4 AM (and that was ten years ago!), and now I’m asleep by 9PM.

          • Courser_Resistance

            If someone messes up the back of your car, call Lyft and they’ll help pay to get it cleaned up. I’m not sure if it works but when I called to report the damage to my car, they took my report right then and there before I left the parking lot.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          I just talked to a retired lady over the weekend who was driving for Uber. I’d thought about it but I can’t lift suitcases. Maybe there’s not much of that?

          • Courser_Resistance

            No one’s wanted me to lift suitcases for them. Not even the women. People seem perfectly happy to put their own bags in the trunk, if needed. I haven’t had to lift anything for anyone in the 3 weeks I’ve been driving. I don’t think it’s a requirement for either Lyft or Uber. I drove airport shuttle vans for a year back in ’02 and there was an expectation that I would load luggage and preferred to. Car share is a different experience and I don’t think anyone expects you to handle their bags for them. Also too, I only get a few airport rides a week. Mostly, I drive people to and from work and bars, etc, in the early evening – no baggage involved at all.

          • Rebel Scum with permit

            Good to know. Thanks.

    • Marion in Savannah

      Sorry. Mr. MinS used Lyft when the car had to be in the shop for half a day, and he just loved how well it worked and how nice the drivers were. Hope you’re back up and running ASAP.

    • Bad Tom

      It is far from the first crack. It is an accelerating trend.

  • Botlrokit

    Corker’s opinions may be shared by the “vast majority of our caucus”, but they still didn’t vote with McCain in opposition to Trump’s stupid healthcare. Twice. It’s hard to tell who the RINO in the room is at this point, but they will still circle-jerk their own entrenched members first.

    Thanks, Corker. Go pound sand while you refresh your dwindling Twitter trend among liberals. And #fo please.

  • Flashman

    Just for the record, I have to say, yeah, glad for the epiphany, Bob, but what in the bloody hell do you know now that you didn’t know 18 months ago? I mean, the ability to sniff out douchebags like Trump is fairly fundamental to the survival of the species, isn’t it?

    • Proud Liberal

      Hear, hear!

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Actually, as someone downthread points out, you gotta wonder what, as head of the FR committee, he did in fact learn this week.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      A) It was the fucktard Republican citizens of this once fine nation who gave Trump the nomination. Many many GOPers tried to hard stop it and failed.

      B) Of course he’s gonna want his team to get elected. Everybody was hoping for the best and now that it is clear that DOTUS is incapable of the pivot to being presidential they are starting to say things like this.

      I think it is a Very Good development and realistically we can’t ask for anything more (without a fucking revolution, which would be worse, they are almost always worse).

      C) We despise most all Republican legislators. I don’t hate Corker more or less than the rest so, for me, there is no point in focusing on it.

      • MrTusks

        The GOP probably sent out the guy who was quitting anyway to test the waters for anti-Trump sentiment among the base. If this isn’t met with a wingnut riot maybe they will feel safer using it to their advantage.

  • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

    it would have been nice if he had done this DURING THE CAMPAIGN

    I know, right? If only there had been some kind of warning sign, back then, that Trump was unfit for office.

  • Msgr_MΩment
  • chimpevil

    Corker is a massive piece of shit who I am glad is dumping all over Trump. See, no cognitive dissonance there!

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Hmm. I’ll watch and nod approvingly, but that’s all Corker gets from me.

    If you and your buddies case my house, then plan a burglary, then you drive them to my house, then sit in the get-away car while they steal my shit, you don’t get any credit from me when you talk back to them after one of them criticizes your driving. It’s great that you’re mad enough to trash-talk them, but if it doesn’t get me my fucking TV back, it’s just noise.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Deliciously apt metaphor.

  • Dudleydidwrong

    I’ve been dealing with poetry this morning (Wilfred Owen, good but sad stuff) so I noticed in Evan’s writing he used words like: “campaign” and “disdain.” Those words rhyme with “shit stain,” which about summarizes my feelings toward Trump; maybe Corker’s getting there as well.

    Keep writing the poetry, Evan.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    He was for Trump before he was against him.

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    Thanks, Evan. I agree with your stance and you are, of course, much more articulate than I in stating it.

    Let’s remember people that impeachment begins in the House, and it won’t, and they’re waiting for Mueller in any case, but is Corker building a case to 25 DOTUS?

  • Bright Bart
  • Lyly Sirivong

    Of course Republican congressmen hate him. If only because everyone else thinks they’re morons by association. Sorry… I mean fucking morons.

  • Vincent Ricola

    Corker is no bigger douchebag than any other Republicans, so I’m okay with him being the face of the movement away from Donald. But holy shit friend of Russia award-winner Rex Tillerson is considered a “good guy” in 2017 America and that will always be hard for me to accept.

  • Bad Tom

    It is very important that people who formerly supported Trump now disdain him. That means the needle of support is moving.

    Criticising the needle for moving (i.e., people changing their minds,) is dumb. Moving that needle is literally the only way we are going to win.

    • Daniel

      Indeed. We’ve seen the needle and the damage done.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I see what you did there, and this post needz moar upfists!

        • Eileen Besse

          Me, also too!

        • Daniel

          Then may I offer you Canadian Thanks in keeping with the nature of the day, and the joke. Grumpy Canadian Thanks.

      • Bad Tom

        A little part of it in everyone
        But every junkie’s like a settin’ sun.
        ——-
        I hope we get there before the sun goes down.

    • SisterArtemis

      Yep, you are absolutely right. We may differ from these folks on policy, and at times ethics, but in this particular situation, the enemy of our enemy is, in a limited scrinch-up-yer-eyes-and-hold-yer-nose kind of way, our ally.

    • Marceline

      You’re right but at the same time I hate seeing my fellow lefties who are saying things like “I hope this opens the floodgates” or “Maybe now they’ll impeach him” as if they’ve learned nothing about Republicans operate.

      Bottom line: there are no good Republicans.

  • OT: From Steve Paddocks court testimony against a Casino he sued because he slipped on a tile (?) floor in his flip-flops (because he doesn’t know how to walk on slippery tile floors in flip flops 😀)…

    Paddock described himself as something of a rolling stone who split his time among California, Nevada, Texas and Florida, traveling at one point “maybe upwards of three weeks out of a month.”
    His de facto home was often one of the casinos, where he stayed in rooms that were provided for free “95% of the time.” Hotels often provide free rooms and amenities to big gamblers to entice them back to their casinos.
    At the Cosmopolitan, he said he had opened a bottle of sake in his room, possibly on the night of the incident, but did not drink much.
    A lawyer asked him to explain why he would open the beverage but not drink it.
    Paddock explained that everything in his room was “comped” or free, “so, yes, I would open all sorts of things.”

    You people who are smart at math don’t know what it’s like getting something free–that you don’t want or need but you already paid for with your losings–and spit in it.

    Now that’s living! 🙄

  • MynameisBlarney

    OT, but one of these things is not like the others.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQOUY7eWcAA5Yx2.jpg

    • Anna Elizabeth

      xD

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      yay! good to see ya – was asking after you yesterday.

      • MynameisBlarney

        I heard, thanks!

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          i gu ess all this “doing stuff” keeps me on a different schedule than you.

          Speaking of which – off to class.

          Fuckin hell.

          • MynameisBlarney

            lol
            have fun!

        • puredog

          Blarney is always with us, I am pleased to say.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
      • sarafina

        Or adult coloring books.

    • SisterArtemis

      Ok, but DON’T you call those other band logos conformists, because they do not EITHER all look the same!!!

      • MynameisBlarney

        Close enough that most are illegible!!!

      • They all wear black clothes because they’re Rebels

    • Baconzgood

      One is a (Wolf King) “Slam Rock” band from Utah. The rest are “Death Metal” or “Hard Core” bands from LA, Chicago or the East coast.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Slam Rock?
        Back when I was into metal, there were only 3 kinds. Slayer, Metallica and Anthrax.
        Seriously though. So many new genres, so little time.

        • Baconzgood

          “Slayer”=death metal(?) Anthrax= hard core (?). Primus= Slam rock (definatly).

          Check out Christian Fitness album Slap Base Hunks. They are a new band of English teens that are pretty awsome. Worth the 39 minutes of listening to.

        • Lance Thrustwell

          That is so. fucking. cool.

          I’ve had dreams of a death metal band – in the middle of their set at a death fest – suddenly playing, without explanation, a completely non-metal song. Like, the wimpiest soft-rock song ever. Like “I’m all out of love,” or “Up, up and away.” And then watch the horrified looks spread over the faces in the crowd.

          It is my dream. I would pay hundreds.

    • Lots of pointy things.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Even his tie be saying, THIS is how you knot a motherfucking tie, yo.

  • Baconzgood

    So like I used to like like Trump…but he was all like “do you ‘LIKE’ like me an’ I was totally like, “I kinda’ “LIKE” you now but I don’t like “LIKE LIKE” but I coulda’ maybe then I was told by Mike that Don was calling Rex like ALL THE TIME, then, like Chris Christie was caught me in the girls room and said “he’s a total player”. So now I just won’t ever talk to him.

    And BACONZ while sitting in study hall (who was a nerdy blued haired punk rocker who was just a fly on the wall) goes…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/297b79658c56e962f95365e4d895337c157492c26c8a898837f5944f6eef32f9.jpg

  • BMW

    These public comments might have beem useful 12 months ago.
    Aww, who am I kidding? They would have just made Trump stronger.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      His tongue was too far up Trump’s orange ass to get the words out clearly.

    • sw19footrub

      Back then, the GOP were still suffering from the “we’ll be able to control him” delusion.
      Just like if the Democrats were rallying around Richard Simmons.
      (no disrespect to Mr Simmons, but YKWIM)

      • IdRatherBeDancing

        Or there is no way he is going to win mindset.

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

    It almost seems like yesterday when Corker was suggesting Ivanka Trump for VP:

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/politics/bob-corker-vice-presidential-list/index.html

    Corker also suggested a running mate for Trump: his daughter, Ivanka.

    “His best running mate, by the way, would be Ivanka,” Corker said. “I know that would not pass muster, but she’s most impressive.”

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      but she’s most impressive…in the chest area.

      Finished it for him.

      • IdiotsforPalin

        Beat me to it……

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          : D

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        augmented, aftermarket chest area. (sorry former surgical assistant here.)

  • Rags

    4-5’s approval rating is only 3 points higher than Nixon’s when he resigned. And corker’s remarks should give cover to many to finally renounce the bastard.

    • Baconzgood

      Hey…he’s going to be the YOOOUGEST GREATEST FAILURE OF A POTUS. IT WILL BE A BIG AND BEAUTIFUL WONDERFULLY CLASSY FAILURE.

      • Edith Prickly

        Nobody fails like me. I have the best failures.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        You know what, I’m gonna let him go ahead and have his bragging rights on this one.

    • natoslug

      Unfortunately, many are still working on their group autobiography, Portraits in Cowardice. It’s going to take more than this to get them to pretend to show a little spine.

  • Edith Prickly

    I’m assuming Corker’s motives are entirely selfish, but I’ll take it. This still doesn’t let him or any of his Quisling colleagues off the hook for not stopping the Trump shitshow before it got this far. Looking forward to them getting Hulksmashed by the electorate in the mid-terms.

    • Maybe

      I think they’re selfish, but for him selfish has changed because he’s not running for reelection.

      • puredog

        It has been whispered that he is auditioning for 2020.

        • sarafina

          For which party? Neither the Rs nor Dems will have him. Maybe Jill Stein will sit that one out.

        • Maybe

          So is Pence, of course, but he has chosen a different path. Pence’s NFL stunt would be amusing if it weren’t so divisive and disgusting.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist
      • Edith Prickly

        EXACTLY like that.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” he said
    1. Which makes their silence all the more unforgivable.
    2. I’d love to know who those few people are who haven’t figured out that POTUS is a head case.
    3. Oh, for fuck’s sake.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      There’s a lot of morons still attending Trump’s rallies. Can someone make sure they get another copy of the memo?

      • CripesAmighty

        One assumes they are capable of reading it. Facts not in evidence.

    • Maybe

      Especially 3.

  • Paperless Tiger

    The lame ducks are coming home to roost.

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Corker is a faily moderate conservative 9in the context of the current GOP) and, well of course we would think is voting record is shitty, but he’s not a naked partisan hack. E.g., He did not join in with the 47 assholes to sign Cotton’s letter to the Iranian PM to politically embarrass O’Bummer — he thought it a bit unseemly. He’s also not given to partisan hyperbole — so for him to say this (much too late IMHO) is something that should carry some weight.. Of course, he’s merely validating what we libtards have always known and what HRC said repeatedly.

    • Maybe

      In the context of the current GOP Genghis Khan would be a moderate.

      And Reagan would be a RINO.

      • I argue this point frequently, so, soapbox time.

        Reagan was a monster. An evil, horrible shithead. He governed as far to the right as he could, but due to congressional constraint he was merely fucking awful.

        He opened his campaign talking ‘state’s rights’ in one of the most klanified regions in the U.S.

        He fired the ATCs because they dared to ask for money, training, and more fucking ATCs.

        He gleefully ignored the blossoming AIDS crisis. Hell, they was only queers.

        Had he been given the opportunity, he’d have ruined this country much more thoroughly than the Orange Herpe – he had more competent people running his office. And while in reality, that statement seems like a stretch – Haig? Christ wearing a tickler… – in comparison, yeah, they were more competent.

        Reagan was exactly as bad as these pricks. And I don’t think that I am violating commenting guidelines, if such things existed for a website without comments, when I say that my bucket list includes pissing on his grave.

        • Maybe

          I don’t disagree with anything you say about Reagan. The only time I ever registered as a Repub (briefly) was so I could vote against him in the California Republican primary. I don’t even remember who I voted for.

          But I still don’t think he was as bad as Trump. I think he and Nixon were the parents of Trump, but their offspring is worse than either of them. Trump would do any and all of the things you cite above and more and he would brag about doing them.

          • I think he and Nixon were the parents of Trump

            Look, I’m not exactly a sane person. I’ll slash anything for the hell of it; Kirk/Scotty (Kotty), Iron Fist/package of Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes (Twincest), Sheldon Cooper/Meryl Streep (Sheep).

            But Rixon? Or, perhaps, Neagan? No. Simply fucking no. Do not will do. Gahhhfuckity.

          • Maybe

            Perhaps it’s easier to think of Trump as a sequel.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          I like the cut of your jib, sir. I have a similar bucket listing, only it involves dead scalia.

          • I love your nym, and am wondering if you have some form of newsletter, electronic perhaps?, that explores more of your philosophy. Ideally with video.

            Please? 8)

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            I’ll have to work on that, I’m kind of busy with my lesbian adult video game mods I am helping make at the moment.

  • calliecallie

    You go to impeachment with the hero you have, not the hero you wish you had.

    • Maybe

      We definitely need more heroes in the House, which initiates impeachment.

  • Vorhees

    this is about AMERICA,

    Republicans: Sure, of co-

    and not about your re-election prospects

    Republicans: AHAHA THATS CRAZY TALK AHAHAHA

  • Maybe

    Now if all the other Repub ‘leadership’ would start pointing out that the Emperor has no clothes–or brains or knowledge or sane temperament–perhaps that would be the first step towards reestablishing the Repub party.

    Most of them still think they can placate Trump and get some good out of having him as President. What is more likely is that in 2018 Breitbart (and probably the Russians) will do everything they can to produce a Trumpier Congress. Note that they are far more likely to pick up a seat in a Red area, not a Blue one. Establishment Repub incumbents should be running scared.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      I really don’t like the Democratic strategy of encouraging Breitbart extremists because they believe it’ll result in swing seats. It didn’t work well in 2106.

      • Husband Of Mrs God

        And it didn’t work last year, either.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          Now that’s a proper screen name.

      • Maybe

        I’m not sure if you’re responding to my post or just posting a related comment. I was urging the establishment Repubs to fight back against the Trumpsters and Breitbartists.

        That said, I agree that these extremists should be swatted at every opportunity, not encouraged.

        But I don’t recall Dems particularly encouraging Breitbart extremists in 2016. I’m sure some did in hopes of getting an easier opponent, but it didn’t seem to be a DNC strategy. Clinton referred to them as a “basket of deplorables” or some such.

        Let us hope that 2018 will not work out the way 2016 did. And the establishment Repubs better hope that too since their necks are on the line.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          I wasn’t privy to the strategy of the upper echelons of the DNC, but I remember that there were many commentators who speculated that Hillary’s preferred opponent was Trump. If, and that’s a big if, that was the case, it didn’t turn out so well.

          • Maybe

            I do remember some of that.

            The sad thing is that in a rational world it would have been perfectly logical.

            And there is still the extra 3 million votes she got, the Russian intervention, and Comey’s political garbage. In a rational world she won.

  • nightmoth

    “Others immediately chimed in to remind us that Bob Corker is no angel. And they’re correct! But maybe they are missing the point?”
    Thank you. Could the left just stop it with the purity tests, okay? Particularly with other progressives, but right now, with saner-than-the-rest Republicans. That’s one of the things that got us into this mess.

  • Panika MCD

    hell, their re-election prospects might be better if they did. they could take that “straight talker/non-PC” thing they love to reference when they talk about POTUS to the next logical level.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    When Schwarzenegger was elected governor, my younger brother had a moment of total epiphany and said, “the stupid damn voters thought they were electing The Terminator.” I fear exactly the same thing happened again in 2016, people voted for the reality show guy who was going to fix everything by firing Gary Busey and a few others. We would all laugh and by the time we got back from taking a pee during the commercial, everything would be fixed.

    • BeachBum

      As a CA native I know that only too well. It was very strange. The Dem legislature did nothing he wanted. So he took his case to the people in a special election on his 6 initiatives. None passed. So the people of CA re-elected him for 4 more years. Again, 5 ballot measures were defeated, including a tax on Indian casinos. We wanted the Terminator but didn’t want him to do anything. I still don’t know why.
      Still, he managed to do a lot of damage.

  • WIDTAP

    The Atlantic has an interesting piece on how now is Corker’s opportunity for a Fulbright moment – a man who may be flawed on many policies, but has the tools in hand to steer the country away from disaster:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/corker-trump/542385/
    It’s What Bob Corker Does Next That Counts – The Atlantic

  • BeachBum

    Rant of the Day: I don’t think the Founding Fathers would be too surprised about Trump after hearing about all the crap on social media. They had little faith in the common man governing himself. The Senate was supposed to represent state legislatures. We ruined that.
    Supposedly democratic House was to only represent 1/2 of 1/3 of the entire Federal Govt.
    So 1/6 was to be a pure and fair democracy. We effectively ruined that by gerrymandering. We also ruined the final safeguard against a tyrant getting elected president, the Electoral College. We even changed how we got our vice president. By original intent, Hillary should be our VP.
    None of this was supposed to work this way. It truly is a Grand Experiment, and the current state of affairs should take us back to the drawing board. Ok, I’m done for today. I think.

    • WIDTAP

      The founding fathers were very straightforward that they designed a Republic, not a democracy.

    • Cat Cafe

      Yes, I agree. The Founding Fathers needed to anticipate even further how shitty people can be, and put more safeguards in. They should have established a non-partisan body that draws districts, an electoral college with extremely clear constitutional guidelines, or no electoral college at all. They should also have defined the 1st Amendment more finely, to exclude hate speech and provable lies, and perhaps even to require “news” reports to actually be true. Other countries, who’ve seen where this leads, have figured this out (Germany, England).

      I also wish they had somehow anticipated ballot-counting machines and required ballots to be on paper and counted by hand by a non-partisan body. If all those spittle-flecked “originalists” can insist that the 2nd Amendment must be interpreted exactly as it was in the 18th century, we should at the very least be able to require ballotting be done the same as well. There were bugs in the system from the very beginning. I look at Canada and am beginning to wonder if the whole American Revolution itself maybe was the wrong path.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Wow, and just think of what the GOP probably could have accomplished if they had just decided not to be total assholes to Hillary Clinton.

    • sarafina

      Nothing. They would have continued the same obstructionist bullshit against HRC they did against Obama. Even now, Mitch is doing his dirty deeds while Corker distracts from what’s happening behind the curtain.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        But if they didn’t, I mean. Like, if they hadn’t decided back in the 90s to be horrible people.

        • sarafina

          I like to read fantasy for entertainment, but this shit is too horrible be entertaining.

  • When two assholes get into a fistfight, rooting for the both of them to simultaneously knock each other out is the proper response.

    • Jamoche

      The enemy of my enemy is my cannon fodder.

  • Bitter Scribe

    OK, Republicans, this is your Profiles in Courage moment. You will be forever remembered by what you did, or didn’t do, to rein in this clown.

    • HooverVilles

      ^^^^THIS^^^^THIS^^^^THIS^^^^

    • HooverVilles

      I have thought this as well many others I am sure. This so well stated, may I repost your comment elsewhere?

    • Toledo Window Box

      So far, 99% of them have failed miserably, and many of them are complicit.

  • Nasty Candy Apple

    I wish the “good guys” weren’t there, to be honest. The sooner this regime implodes, the better for all of us; with Mattis and Kelly there to prop up King George III, it’s just gonna get dragged out longer, possibly even into a second term.

    Just rip off the bandaid now.

    • Except this band aid has nukes and has threatened to use them.

    • Charon_69

      Tourniquet? Grenade pin?

      • Husband Of Mrs God

        Train him to throw his own grenade pin.

        • Parakeetist
          • Husband Of Mrs God

            I dunno, those instructions seem too complicated.

          • Vacuous Virgina

            3, sire 😂

    • 3V3

      Please don’t. I like it when things like World War III don’t happen.

    • Toledo Window Box

      I completely agree. This idiot country does not jump to action unless something shocking happens.

    • dshwa

      If imploding didn’t possibly also involve nuclear fallout, I’d agree 100%. Even a second term is better (barely, but better) than that.

    • Maybe

      I’m okay with implode. It’s the potential (nuclear) explode that has me worried.

  • Jamoche

    Ask A Manager on what to do when you’ve been caught calling your boss a moron

    “Too often, people in toxic situations working for terrible managers start behaving poorly — because the dysfunction of the situation pushes them to that point,” Green said. “When that happens, it’s important to get out of there.”

    And how do you tell if your work situation is toxic?

    “If multiple people in your office are leaving under fraught circumstances, and if your boss routinely shows no loyalty or respect to people, the problem is your workplace and its leadership,” she said. . . . Hypothetically, of course.

    Totally hypothetically. Absolutely.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/10/04/rex-tillerson-secretary-bleeping-state-chaos/TyU9L2FmqJBkpJcNcui5VJ/story.html

    • Maybe

      True. But the downside in this case is if these guys leave Trump will choose someone worse.

  • CATMAN

    It is obvious what it takes for a Republican to oppose Trump: a death sentence–one political (retirement) or one medical (glioblastoma)

    • Toledo Window Box

      Or true integrity. There have been many Republicans from the very beginning, the escalator ride into hell, that have strongly voiced their opposition.

      • sarafina

        And then they just voted the party line. Not much integrity there, imo.

      • Maybe

        Some did during the primaries, but then fell in line. And some still do, but I don’t know of any that are running for reelection.

      • Mike Steele

        (R) pundits, perhaps…Surely you don’t mean his primary opponents, who endured relentless and personal abuse, then ceded – and proceeded to kiss his fat orange ass? Cut me a fuckin’ break…

        • Toledo Window Box

          I meant pundits and those on the safe (and near-safe) fringes of the party. There was an appalling lack of revulsion other than for a day or two around pussygate.

  • Poly_Ester

    Its more Improv Comedy, than reality TV. There is no script for donnie to ignore.

  • catnmus

    As much as I appreciate what Corker has been saying lately, I want to know more about how and when he became an “early supporter”, and why. It would help more if he were saying very specifically something like “I know I used to support him, for reason X and Y and Z. But I was wrong.” Kinda like making your child not just say “Sorry” but to explain exactly what they’re sorry FOR. He would not be agreeing with the Dems, but rather disagreeing with his past self. It’s less “emasculating”.

    (I’m just trying to figure out a good, fast way for us to get ourselves OUT of this mess.)

    • sarafina

      There is an obvious way, and if commenting were allowed I’d share it with you.

      • CafeenMan

        I don’t know… calling Trump and rationally explaining to him that he’s really not suited to the job and he should resign and move out of the White House probably won’t work. Maybe if you catch him in the right mood…

        • sarafina

          You are just adorable!!!! Silly, but ADORABLE!!!!

    • Maybe

      Well, short term there’s gin or weed. Your choice (until they’re outlawed).

      • Vacuous Virgina

        OR? I think not 😇

    • CafeenMan

      Have you tried Thoughts n’ Prayers(tm)?

      You could be the one unique person who it will work for.

      • catnmus

        Satan hasn’t been taking my calls lately.

  • Bad Scooter

    brb, i need to browse over to the survivalist shopping site. i knew i should have started building my underground bunker last November.

    • CafeenMan

      A bunker may keep you alive during a nuke attack but that’s about it.

      In an apocalypse situation, all the people who didn’t think ahead and prepare are going to drag you out of your bunker and take it over. There is no way for one person to really defend it.

      I watched several people building bunkers on YouTube and realized that when other people come along and see what you’ve got then you have no chance at all of actually defending it and keeping other people out.

      If it were me I’d be prepared to leave it pretty quickly with my ass intact.

      • Bad Scooter

        well, there would be two people with guns defending it (me being one of them) if the zombies get past the bombproof security door. but i get your point: make room for neighbors or have a secret exit. check.

  • Toledo Window Box

    To all the partisans that are trashing Corker because he’s retiring, therefore we should discount what he says, I offer up the “deathbed confession” exception to the hearsay rule.

    At trial, “hearsay” is an out-of-court statement offered to prove the truth of the matter asserted. It’s not allowed, because it’s not trusted.

    There are exceptions, however, one being a confession against ones interest made when you know you are dying. These are out-of-court (obviously), but are allowed, because we’ve found people tend to tell the truth in these situations, when they have nothing to lose.

    What Corker is doing now is similar, and should be given weight because of it.

    • Maybe

      I think most of us agree that Corker is being brave and truthful. We just wish he’d done it a year ago.

      • blaid droog

        Brave? He’s just reacting to a slur upon his person. A brave republican would be one that rallied the party against the sonofabitch that they all supported last November. Corker is, always has been and always will be a right wing sack of shit. He doesn’t give a fuck about right and wrong. He just wants to fuck trump up because it makes him into a martyr.

        • Toledo Window Box

          Romney and others tried it.

        • Maybe

          The Repub party is now a cult. It is at least sort-of brave for anyone to speak out against their cult’s leadership (assuming they can even get past the brainwashing). They can find themselves shunned.

          Corker is not running for reelection, but I bet he plans to use his political contacts in his future life. He doesn’t qualify for Profiles in Courage, but he’s showing some.

          With Repubs you have to grade on the curve.

    • Mike Steele

      Exceptionally well-made point; likewise, McCain votes. What is SAD!, however, is that his colleagues value the power conveyed by their position over the sanctity of our democracy and the future of our planet.

  • sarafina

    I’m just pleased a current Republican senator is speaking like this. Of course, the proof is in the votes, but this is a nice interlude.

  • You’re neither the hero we want nor the hero we need

    Nor a hero in any sense of the word. And like all weasels, he did marginally correct things only out of convenience under the freedom of an impending retirement, facing no consequences, and then too in restrained terms.

    I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are not true

    Like there. A slightly less of a weasel would have said “I do not know why the president lies”

    Here, when asked about birtherism in 2009:

    In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Monday, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he thinks that the question of whether President Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen is “a settled issue.”

    “It appears to me that our president is a citizen,” Sen. Corker told host Chris Matthews.

    But Tennessee’s junior senator said he was glad folks have the freedom to raise the question.

    “We’ve received lots of letters in our office from birthers,” he said. “They’re heart-felt. I happen to feel differently about the issue, but I’m glad we live in a country where people can raise issues that concern them like that.”

    Familiar, right? He used those racist ads against Harold Ford Jr. with a similar level of ambivalence, and he only now turns on Drumpf after considering being his VEEP not too long back, and keeping his mouth shut against all the racism, misogyny and xenophobia.

    Fück this guy!

    • Toledo Window Box

      Corker is a Profile in Courage.

      There is no other Republican at his level or higher that is so direct and critical in his very public shaming of Trump. We should support him for this. It’s badly needed.

      The birther thing, this doesn’t bother me. He’s not a birther. He has a strange constituency that have certain rules. That’s all this is.

      • Racism brothers me. Perhaps it does not bother you. Perhaps you have rationalized bittherism to not be racism. Turning your back to it because your constituents like it and your seat might be at stake is not courage.

        it is the definition of cowardice.

        There is nothing he has done other than mildly push back against insults from Drumpf. And that comes after he considered being his Veep and had taken this “courageous” stance after her had nothing to lose politically.

        • Toledo Window Box

          I agree – not pushing back on the birther crap was not courageous.
          But I could not call it cowardice. I’d call it reality. There is literally no other way to play that down there, and win an election. Given that reality I think what he said was fine.

          He’s taken a principled courageous stand here against Trump, we should admire him for that. It’s okay to be happy with one deed, you’re not instantly endorsing every other thing that person has ever done.

  • bullet2

    Corker unchained is the best Corker ever.

  • KenTFM

    I’m going to reserve my opinion until site editor Doktor whatever the fuck tells me what to say.

    Lord knows I would not want that asshole to dedicate another entire post to me because my opinion left him butthurt. Can’t upset this gentle cupcake.

  • phoenix00

    …. Boehner 2.0?

  • SeeTrain65

    George Voinovich did the same thing before he retired, too.

    Still didn’t make up for all the damage he did as Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor and Ohio senator.

  • The Librarian

    I would never vote for Mr. Corker, but I applaud him saying out loud with comprehensible words just how bad Trump is for America. WWIII, indeed. I will never learn to stop worrying and love the bomb.

  • John Hollingsworth

    This is one of the reasons I want out of this alternative reality. I have always thought the guy was a monster, even back when he ran against Harold Ford, Jr, but now I am forced to say ‘yay!’ to something he says. I know before this whole thing stumbles towards its bitter and pathetic end, I’m going to wind up saying ‘You know, Rush Limbaugh has a point…’ God I hate this.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      I felt that ever since I was forced to like a tweet posted by – and I still shudder to think it – former Rep. and deadbeat dad, Joe Walsh.

  • Beawild

    Corker is a DB, but these are trying times, I’ll take my laughs wherever I can get them. Besides, the enemy of my enemy, etc…….

  • javadavis

    Wait – when he gets “spun up.” ? Have I got some bad slang here? If not, is he talking about when Trump gets all “sniffy”?

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