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Welp. She tried. HAHA JUST KIDDING no she didn’t.

We have not yet addressed the resignation of Rachel Brand, the very smart and talented number three at the Justice Department. It’s bad for a variety of reasons, all of which are that if Donald Trump gets a horsefly up his rectum and decides to go ahead and fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for insufficiently adoring Donald Trump and/or refusing to cover up crimes for Donald Trump, oversight of the Robert Mueller investigation would fall to Brand. Or it would’ve, if she hadn’t decided to depart Justice for greener pastures. Now that honor would fall to either Solicitor General Noel Francisco, or maybe somebody else the president arbitrarily chooses. Would those people be more willing to obstruct justice and murder their professional reputations by obeying an order to fire Mueller? Maybe!

When news of Brand’s resignation broke, we tweeted this, because we are hilarious, and also half-psychic:

OK, so we didn’t get it EXACTLY right. It wasn’t Costco, it was Walmart. And she definitely wasn’t leaving to be a common checker or greeter, she is taking a great big powerful job that is higher than greeter!

But um, well, perhaps nobody has told Rachel Brand or she doesn’t care, but America and the rule of law are hanging on by a thread, and we kind of need her right now.

NBC News reports today on why Brand left, and while’s it’s pretty much exactly what we thought, it also pisses us off, because her reasons are just a perfect salad of cowardice and selfishness. Who is the hero we want and the hero we need? Not Rachel Brand! Why? OMG CHOKING ON DOLLAR SIGNS.

Coward:

Brand grew frustrated by vacancies at the department and feared she would be asked to oversee the Russia investigation, the sources said.

Selfish:

She will be leaving the Justice Department in the coming weeks to take a position with Walmart as the company’s executive vice president of global governance and corporate secretary …

Coward:

As far back as last fall, Brand had expressed to friends that she felt overwhelmed and unsupported in her job, especially as many key positions under her jurisdiction had still not been filled with permanent, Senate-confirmed officials.

Coward and also selfish:

Should Rosenstein be fired, Brand would be next in line to oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, thrusting her into a political spotlight that Brand told friends she did not want to enter.

In times of great crisis, there are people who run toward the burning building, and there are those who run away from it. Then there is Rachel Brand, who is not only running away, she doesn’t even seem to know or care that the building is on fire, but anyway she is going to Wally World, which isn’t on fire, yay Wally World!

In NBC News’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, a commentator said of US figure skater Mirai Nagasu that sometimes when she sees the ice, she just wants to run away, but then she gets mad at herself and says oh fuck you, I am going to show that ice who its real dad is. Nagasu this weekend became the first American woman to land a triple axel in the Olympics. In an interview, sexxxy US luge guy Chris Mazdzer said he decided not to play it safe in his competition, and that either he would crash or he’d win a medal. He won silver.

The qualifying round for Rachel Brand’s Olympic event, which is called Protecting and Preserving American Democracy, is going on right this minute. Unfortunately, she decided she had bone spurs and wanted to go to Walmart instead, so she didn’t even show up.

Asshole.

Here, have a Rachel Maddow clip about how fucked up this all is. The part where Maddow shows everybody how seething mad she is at Brand comes at the end.

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  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    I haven’t read this yet. Is there any reason I should care about Rachel?

    • Jeffery Campbell

      Well, not since we started dismantling those confederate thingies.

  • La forza del resistino

    It takes Donald and the 15% employee discount at Walmart to entice the #3 at the DOJ to flee.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Queen of France: super fancy, but you could get beheaded.
    Walmart exec: probably won’t get beheaded, but not that fancy.
    DOJ: not fancy, probably will get (figuratively) beheaded.

    • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

      Could I get a career that’s not so beheadedy?

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Headsman?

        • BearGHAZI

          The more accepted nomenclature is now ‘termination associate’

      • Daniel

        Brother of the Byzantine Emperor?

      • texcynical

        Head headhunter.

      • george lastrapes

        Glen Headl

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Counterpoint: People who run into burning buildings without proper breathing apparatus are dangerously stupid, and cause better trained, better equipped people to be put in danger to rescue their stupid asses.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Countercounterpoint: Sometimes you just need to rescue that bottle of booze.

      • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

        Speaking of which, it’s almost wine o’clock.

        • MynameisBlarney

          *looks at nonexistent watch on wrist*

          Hmm…that’s weird…
          Lookin like Bourbon:30 here.

          • Blackest Noobs

            it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

          • puredog

            The glory of the time zones.

          • IMPOed

            4:20…..

          • MynameisBlarney

            Its 4:20 somewhere.

          • SterWonk

            At our office, we have 16:10 on Fridays. It’s alcohol, not weed, so a bit before 4:20. And it’s “16” and not “4”, because we’re engineers, and Unix works in 24-hr time.

  • Indiepalin

    There’s no way to delay that trouble coming every day

  • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi
    • Jeffery Campbell

      Sigh……my boyfriend. Wait, what, uh sorry, must have dozed off there for a sec.

    • GoutMachine

      What a cool picture!

  • Tetman Callis

    So, Rachel was not one to be a burning brand?

    I’ll see myself out.

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      Maybe she was worried about how everyone keeps saying the Millenials are all into Brand awareness?

  • Scooby

    The Waltons are offering her a killer salary so Trump can install a lackey. I thing she getting more than $1000 signing bonus.

    • Ellie

      So she’s moving away from one pack of thieves to work with another pack of thieves?

      • LiberalANDProud

        It’s what we here in capitalist America call “talent reassignment”.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      That sounds about right. Our corporate masters are smoothing the way for him.

      • Scooby

        Then when Trump puts a tarrif on Chinese goods they will be sorry they did this.

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          Or this is the price of no tariff.

          • Scooby

            That assumes Trump will stick to his word. Never safe.

    • LiberalANDProud

      $1000?? Please, I’d take $1,000 just to simply consider taking the offer.

  • h4rr4r

    It is fun to pretend we would do different. However the reality is most folks would not want to keep a soul crushing job just to end up being fired with 5 other folks and not having mattered in the least.

    • Terpsichord

      I have been in a similar position in state government. The stress on the people involved and their families is unbelievable. I am disappointed she left but if I found myself in the same position I was in a couple decades ago, I would quit this time and not stick it out.

  • beingreleased

    Sorry, but this is always on topic:
    https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/963149234248720389

    • OrdinaryJoe

      So funny. I started hearing about him when he was still a second year student at Harvard Law School. By the time he graduated, everybody there, I mean everybody from fellow students to faculty to alumni, had tabbed him as a candidate to be the first black politician elected president.

      • beingreleased

        The article says “On May 26, 1996, Mariana Cook visited Barack and Michelle Obama in Hyde Park as part of a photography project on couples in America.” They must have caught the New Yorker’s attention somehow because generally speaking, the New Yorker doesn’t randomly show up at your house.

        • jowgajen

          They were already an exceptional African American professional couple.

      • Red Richmond

        I remember setting and hearing him give the Democratic rebuttal to one of dubya’s state of the union addresses (can’t remember the year) and thinking how much more presidential he sounded than the talking jackass he rebutted. Damn he was something else. Still is.

        • OneYieldRegular

          The month after that address I was flying through Honolulu airport and saw a copy of Barack Obama’s book in a gift shop. I pointed to it and said to my European partner, “That man there will be the next President of the United States.” She laughed.

          She’s not laughing now. She’s out marching in the streets against this current bullshit.

    • jowgajen

      I think that’s one of them demonic idols on the side table there.

    • Jeffery Campbell

      I just want to burst into tears every time I see the Obamas.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I’m not quite ready to criticize someone who took a job expecting it to be tough and quit after finding out she had to do it without any staff. That may change as we learn more.

    • Anarchy Unicorn

      I think I’m with you on this one. If you are in a shit job and there is no chance of change for years it makes sense to GTFO.

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    Qu’elle surprise! A person doesn’t want to face the heat in her well paid gov position and help maintain our democracy (why THE FUCK did she get into PUBLIC service in the first place???), and decides to go work for the BIGGEST FUCKING CORPORATE WELFARE organization in the US, as a big shot highly paid shill.

    Cowards, the fucking lot of them.

  • An Outhouse for the résistance

    If not Rachel Brand, maybe Russell Brand would be willing to fill in.

    • Jeffocaster in the West

      How about a ranch brand? Right in the ass (with votes)? A big fucking T!

      • MynameisBlarney

        And not one those sissy ass brands with just one letter, either!

        But the one like “Shorty McAllister’s Ranch, Albuquerque, New Mexico.”

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Martyrdom isn’t for everyone.

    • Daniel

      I say “no martyr” you say “yay martyr”, let’s call the whole thing off.

  • Blackest Noobs

    well Trump did appoint her, so not surprised she was a fucking selfish coward.
    In the service, we ran toward the gun fire, cuz that was our job, to face the danger for those that cannot, or will not, public service, as a soldier or a civvy servant, is to do that which help all not just the individual.

  • JayGoldenBeach

    Brand was a lawyer on the Bush v. Gore legal team in 2000. She worked in the Bush 43 regime at DoJ where she helped draft the (anti-) Patriot Act.

    Good riddance.

    • Me not sure

      Agreed.

  • Malaclypse

    I heard on one of the talk shows while I was driving around last week that Rachel Brand stepping down could be a benefit to protecting the Mueller investigation. The reasoning was along the lines that as the next highest ranking senate confirmed officials, if Rod Rosenstein is forced out, there would be no remaining senate confirmed officials of a high enough rank to be able to end the investigation.

    I’ll hold out hope that there’s some bit of truth in this.

  • janecita

    Rachel Brand is also a Republican. In the Republican mind party trumps country.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Brand

    • OutOfOrbit

      That is bitchin right up the Walton ass

    • IMPOed

      She doesn’t want to sully her image by enforcing the rule of law.

    • Justme

      Rosenstein is a Republican too. And even if you’re a Republican who thinks that party trumps country, how much better would it be for the Republican party to get rid of Trump than to keep him?

  • Iron Monkey

    She hated her job and she quit for a different/better one. It happens. I doubt if Brand cares what Rachel Maddow thinks about her decision.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    If Donald thinks he’s going to “end the Russia probe” by firing Mueller, he’s got another think coming to him, which should not be surprising, as he apparently does not think, period.

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    OT: Five hours of hr shit – and I thought 7 hours of law lectures was bad. Oye

    • jowgajen

      HR is like a side branch of law where everyone is even crazier.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        Crazier…and with FORMS,

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          …many many forms.

          • Blackest Noobs

            wait, wait, you finally got a full time gig…with benefits and shit?

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            Yeah buddy! Place I intern hired me for entry level-ish job!

            What about you? You had an interview recently, right?

          • Blackest Noobs

            yes, i got my job too. no more public library for me in, um, i think 13, maybe 14 days.

          • Doug Langley

            YAY!!

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            no way, congrats to you! I know you HATED your current place.

            Super awesome man.

          • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

            WE LOVE FORMS! We have forms for everything! We even have forms when you misplace the original forms.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            Lol. I should have put different answers to the same question on different forms – but I need that first check on time!

          • MynameisBlarney
          • PubOption

            Jared, is that you?

          • LiberalANDProud
          • efoveks

            And not ONE of them in the form of a nekkid sexy lady. Not even on the sexxxyy harassment form! HR has NO sense of humor.

            Super glad to hear you landed a jerb!!!!! (Autocorrect calls that a “herb” – haha) Congratulations!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111!!!!!!!!!11111!

        • Magma Cardhole jesterpunk
    • Rebel Scum with permit

      It’s the worst. Don’t ever go there.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        Mandatory new hire shit.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          99% of all HR problems would be avoided if people simply did their freaking jobs. Which typically don’t include sexually harassing other employees, trying to convert others to your religion, hazing, race bating, etc.
          I meant try to avoid a law firm that does hr cases. They’ll be interesting, but yeesh.

    • Doug Langley

      I have become totally convinced that the explicit job of H.R. is to stop people from getting jobs. Seriously.

  • IMPOed

    Republicans are winning with fear and intimidation, “cleaning house” in the FBI by charging anything Comey as treason so they leave!
    This proves just how chickenshit our whole system is, rule by fear and hate and run like hell when you get threatened!
    “We got the government we deserve.”

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    If she stayed and was put in the position of having to fuck up the Mueller investigation and refused she would’ve been fired eventually anyway. If she stayed and did fuck up the Mueller investigation she’d be the second most reviled person in the country.

    Rock meet hard place.

    • puredog

      Being fired for doing right is IMHO more noble than fleeing before the issue arises, but you may have captured her thinking here.

    • OutOfOrbit

      Country
      Duty
      Honor

    • Ellie

      “Things are tough so I’ll go work for the Walton family.”
      No sympathy from me for her difficult position.

      • Daniel

        “I’m your supervisor, John-boy.”

    • Shawn Charniga

      Remember Robert Bork?

      Remember how the Senate told Reagan to GTFOH after he nominated Bork to the Supreme Court?

      Rumor has it that Brand wants to be a judge one day.

      Good luck with that now, lady…

      • puredog

        Except Bork actually pulled the trigger, while she has tossed the gun on the ground and fled. I think a life in the judiciary is still open to her.

        • Shawn Charniga

          I disagree. Turning tail and running speaks to character, albeit to a lesser degree than agreeing to do the corrupt bidding of lawless human slime.

          If I was hired to do oppo in some future race against her, “she refused to stand up for America and against Donald Trump!” is the first through 99th thing I’d poleaxe her with.

          Hell, even Sarah Palin bothered to show up for the first two years of her term.

  • Impatient

    tRump (or tRump’s mental stand in):

    Hey, we need Brand out of the way, so we can fire Mueller. She’s wavering, so…

    Wealthy donor family:

    Hey, we’ll offer her a high-paying job with no risk! Would that help?

    • Shawn Charniga

      BOY THAT’S A REALLY REMARKABLE KOINKY-DINK.

  • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi

    Branded!
    Marked with a coward’s shame.
    What do you do when you’re branded,
    Will you fight for your name?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV-7D4io1Rs

    • RickyG

      “Nobody these days has that kind of chin.”

      • Daniel

        Fake News!

        -Donald Trump Jr, verified account

  • Justme

    These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    Foodies, trump has gone too far!

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Chile – and especially green chile from Hatch – is growing in popularity but farmers are having problems keeping up with the demand.

    Kristie Garcia, a spokesperson with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, told KTSM, “With our latest statistics which were 2016, chile had a value of over $50 million dollars which was up from $41 million in 2015.”

    Garcia said labor is a problem everywhere because of the difficulty associated with working in a field.

    She said, “As far as labor in New Mexico, with the crops, that’s going to depend on individual operations.”

    Some say farmers are having problems because of President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration.


    Sean Harris works at the Hatch Green Chile Store, a family-owned business that sells green chile year round and believe Trump’s stance on immigration could also impact the labor shortage.

    He told KTSM, “I would say anytime there’s a new administration that wants to implement a new immigration policy, there’s definitely a change in the overall feel of the area.”

    Harris added, “Stricter immigration policies are harmful to the agriculture industry. (Workers) are worried about getting picked up on the way to work. Immigration is really important to the agriculture industry and southern New Mexico as a whole.”

    Farmers say they only use employees who are allowed to work in the United State legally but even that has become increasingly difficult.

    Scott Adams runs Adams Produce in Hatch and told KTSM that green chile is his most popular crop.

    Adams said, “We grow about 400 acres of green chile and most of that is packaged here locally.”

    He said if he isn’t able to find people to work in the fields, he may have to use a guest worker program and hire people from Mexico.

    Still, Adams said getting people from another country can be complicated and expensive.

    According to U.S. Government Accountability Office, workers from more than 60 nations are eligible to H-2A visas but more than 90 percent are given to Mexican nationals.

    That program also requires farmers to provide free housing to any H2-A workers and provide them three meals a day.

    According to Adams, growers may pass those costs onto customers.

    Adams said he’d like to see a better guest worker program without all the requirements and paperwork but want to make sure people he hires can pass a background check.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      I thought the plan from the Trump Administration was to starve out and displace as many Puerto Ricans as possible so that they would immigrate to the US and become a cheap labor source.

      • efoveks

        They’re brown, they speak Spanish… you may be on to something.

      • Me not sure

        They vote here for President and Congress. He’d better think twice.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      A forester recently told me that it is affecting logging operations. Tree-planters in the NW are generally sub-contractors who employ lots of Mexican nationals. The expense and uncertainty is limiting the amount of tree-planting being done, which in turn keeps the logging operations from closing out old contracts which prevents them from landing new ones.

    • armed_bears

      This is true, and dairy and alfalfa here are both likewise impacted. (And New Mexico says hi, BTW.)

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/460ba7b8300d983843c51c3abc417a609f5508a1606b1dc0dfaff3a85c717ee3.jpg

      • SeriousSummer

        A Texan
        A Texan

      • Cock Blockula

        I thought the Wonkette (TM) brand of chiles only came in HOT!

        Or do they go out that way? I’m confused…

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      The whole immigration/worker problem was created by the United States when the 1942 Bracero program was cancelled on paper in 1964. Since then we’ve had a purpose-built slave class living in the shadows. So of course the Trump administration solution is to blame the workers, since they have the least power to defend themselves. Facing up to our history in creating the current situation would require, at a minimum, someone willing to learn what that history is.

  • IdiokraticKulturKommissar

    You maybe haven’t seen this one yet. https://twitter.com/AnnTelnaes/status/963141239280254976

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Rats, sinking ship &etc.

    • Me not sure

      A smart rat assesses the captain, not the ship. If the captain sucks they leave before setting sail.

  • Iron Monkey

    She is a Republic apparatchik who got off the government payroll and onto the Walmart gravy train. Hardly some to expect to be a hero when things get tough

    • little miss high and mighty

      exactly- who’d trust a weakling oportunist?

  • jowgajen

    While it’s always nice when someone does the heroic thing, in my experience it’s usually painful and accidental. People don’t often think “oh, I’l sacrifice literally my entire career and good name in the interest of this heroic ideal”.

    Those people who do are either delusional, crazy, or inspired — often all three. And they pay a heavy price 99% of the time — ask them and they will say, I didn’t think about it. I did what seemed best. I’m no one special. They won’t say, oh I was planning on giving up everything. Gosh this was such a great idea to get shot, give up my private life, lose my job, etc.

    A sane actor will do what’s in their best interest, this is kind of the basic premise of government and the law in general. I am uncomfortable criticizing a woman for doing what’s perfectly normal and expected of her.

    • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

      “Frank, do you know what a hero is? Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, he’s somebody who’s tired enough and cold enough and hungry enough not to give a damn. I don’t give a damn.” – Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce.

  • lucidamente
    • YoBunnyBunny

      Who wouldn’t want a discount on Faded Glory brand oversized night shirts??? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, too!

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Hi Benjamin,
      Who the fuck are you?

  • La forza del resistino

    OT: Poot Lips presser. WH reporters aren’t buying and are tweeting ‘ delete your job Sarah’

  • Aileen

    I sort of understand hating on Brand right now, but also, skipping town pales in comparison to what everyone else near Trump is doing. Like, they are all, to a one, deeply vile human beings. It would be great if she was the one to take a stand, but at least she’s not deporting dads of kids with leukemia, covering for domestic abusers, impugning the character of war widows, killing hundreds of Puerto Ricans with an insufficient disaster response, shooting elephants for funsies, privatizing our penal system for fun and profit, etc etc etc.

    • Jacob DiCiaula

      This administration is graded on a curve

    • cmd resistor

      Yeah, I have been kind of surprised at the level of hatred thrown her way. Perhaps because she isn’t a complete asshole like all those others you mention people have higher expectations than they should have. She didn’t sign up to be the hero but at least she’s not an active demon. Problem is decent people already aren’t attracted to this administration or sought after and those who are kind of out there (wasn’t she somewhere in DOJ already) who could be drawn upon weren’t in it to destroy the world, nor do they feel up to the challenge of stopping the demons from doing so. Look at those we sort of expected to be “adults” who aren’t — Kelly, for one.

  • Blackest Noobs

    O/T: general question to everyone.

    wifey and i had an argument, well, discussion, i said the American public knew of the threat Osama Bin Laden posed before 9-11, she says they were not aware of it.

    where do you guys side on it?

    • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

      I don’t know if the public knew the severity of the threat. The public certainly knew he was a threat thanks to him bombing our embassies in Africa in 1998 (which was what got OBL put on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list).

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I don’t think the general public knew much of him. His name came up in connection with the WTC bombing and the embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, but I don’t remember him being all that notorious, among the public.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Well, speaking only for me, I remember he tried and failed to blow up the WTC before 9-11.
      But that was back in my 24/7 party-times, hell-raising, beer drinkin’ days. So I wasn’t particularly paying much attention to anything that wasn’t involved in chasing after womernfolk and gettin’ wasted.

      • little miss high and mighty

        Ramsy Youseff, not OBL on the first WTC attack
        He’s in Florence Prison now

        • MynameisBlarney

          Ah, yeah. Right.
          Toldja I wasn’t payin much attention back then.

          • little miss high and mighty

            apparently , you’re not alone on that score

          • MynameisBlarney

            I was in my early 20’s.
            Politics and world events didn’t really start to matter to me until a few years later.

          • little miss high and mighty

            Both Bin Laden and Youseff were somehow under the radar yet all the secrets people knew all about them.
            (OBL was one of our Mujad’een in Afghanistan against oour old , old enemy, Russia , well Sov. Soc, Rep.-type Russia)

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      I had only vaguely heard of him. I had read about the missile launch, and that there was a reward for his capture. I’d also read about the oppression of women by the Taliban.
      But I think the average American was Osama who? Afghaniwhere?
      Americans were still talking about Bill Clinton’s blow jobs. I remember that as the big topic of political conversation a year after Clinton had left office.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      His PR firm before 9-11? Pitiful. Nope, little name recognition.

    • cmd resistor

      Probably as many as remember that he was our pal when we funded him when he was working against Russia in Afghanistan? (Meaning, not too many.)

      • Ellie

        I remember both.

    • Brian Fowler

      He was definitely on the top of America’s Most wanted list. In fact, in the movie Hannibal, (which came out in February 2001) there’s a scene where they show the in movie version of that list and Bin Laden’s photo’s right there.

    • Meccalopolis

      UBL was my first thought when I heard about the towers. USS Cole and the African embassy attack were still in the public mind

    • TJ Barke

      I don’t think he was well known to the general public.

    • Notreelyhelping

      I think news junkies knew his name, but a great majority of less afflicted folks did not.

    • handyhippie65

      to be honest, i never heard of him before that. but i spent the mid to late ninties in bed, pilled up with a ruptured disc in my spine. some days i didn’t remember my name. vicodin is a hell of a drug. good thing i don’t have an addictive personality.

    • Doug Langley

      I don’t recall much, may have heard of him, but didn’t follow politics as closely as I do now.

    • Shawn Charniga

      A relative was on the Cole when his people blew it up.

      A relative was at work in the WTC the first time his people blew it up.

      Yes, Americans knew who he was and what he was capable of prior to 9/11.

      The stupid ones (ahem, GWB and Co.) just didn’t take him seriously.

    • SomeBigRedDog

      I was 26 and drunk mostly so no.

  • Asterix

    I don’t blame her for getting the hell outta Dodge while she can.

  • greyXstar

    Trump is going to find a way to get rid of Mueller whether she’s there or not. We’ve gotten too wrapped up in the concept that the investigation relies on him being in charge of it. It will go on regardless.

    • greyXstar

      Seems like 5,000 years ago.

      • TJ Barke

        789,576 to be exact.

      • Harry Nuggets

        Seems like the otherside of a wormhole to me. A completely different universe.

    • IMPOed

      Did you see their portraits unavailing this morning?
      Michelle Obama apologized to the artists for having to go into the oval office, not sure why they went in there, but it was awesome.. ;>)

    • TJ Barke

      But lots of manufactroversy.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Totes stealing “manufactroversy.”

        • TJ Barke

          That’s okay, cuz I stole it also.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      BWAAAAHHAAAAAWWWWAAAAAHHHHHH
      sniffle
      sob
      I just . . . I just . . . I . . . .
      BWAAAAAHHHHAAAAAAAWWWWWWWAAAAAAHHHHH

  • LiberalANDProud

    C’mon, let’s be fair. You don’t expect her to risk her reputation and future career opportunities to do something as pointless as protect the country, do you?

    I mean, she might want to run for President some day.

    • OutOfOrbit

      Patriotism is a mighty rare element when it comes to greed

      • LiberalANDProud

        She is simply another product of the “Me” generation that we’ve promoted in this country.

        Every book on advancement stresses one thing. It’s all about ME, and fuck everyone else. There is no “greater good”. The greater good gets taken care of by having the individual simply be a selfish prick.

        It’s like trickle down economics for morality.

        • yyyaz

          Ayn Rand condensed.

        • Notreelyhelping

          And also all those kids need to get off the lawn.

          • LiberalANDProud

            Yeah, they should all be off playing travel sports and having no fun at all.

        • OutOfOrbit

          The “Me” problem was on the tips of my fingers when I hit Send

      • Jacob DiCiaula

        I think a recalculation of what is patriotic is appropriate when we look back on this administration

  • Paperless Tiger

    I’m not sure I would want the task of cleaning up after Rosenstein. Frankly, I can’t see why anyone would work for Trump’s criminal regime. Sooner or later there will be hell to pay.

  • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi
    • MynameisBlarney

      “Oh look! A penny!”

      • handyhippie65

        at that speed, how could you tell if it were a penny or blood splatter from the last crash?

        • MynameisBlarney

          Practice?

    • Thiazin Red

      Face luge seems like a ridiculous idea someone made up on a dare.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Hell, alpine skiing does too.
        “Here! Strap these boards to your boots take these walking sticks and haul ass down that snowy, avalanche prone mountain, or yer a big’ ol chicken!”

        • YoBunnyBunny

          “Not until they catch that tree that’s killing everybody!”

      • bupkus231

        LOL – I think “face luge” is more commonly referred to as “skeleton”

  • Brian Fowler

    Stupid question, but how do Germans pronounce last names ending in “stein”? Do they pronounce it as “stine,” like R.L. Maddow says Mr. Rosenstein’s name should be pronounced in the video, or do they say it as “steen,” like Hannity does?

    I’m asking because it seems like such a weird mistake to (repeatedly) make, that I can only imagine two reasons people would consistently pronounce Rosenstein’s name incorrectly; either this is a nazi dog whistle, or “Young Frankenstein”.

    And for some reason, I’m a little skeptical about the Young Frankenstein reference.

    • Roadstergal

      ei = i
      ie = e

      Generally

      • Teecha

        I was going to say you pronounce the second vowel. Yours is simpler

      • handyhippie65

        that’s how it goes with my last name.

    • jowgajen

      Germans pronounce it “stine”.

      Individual American families have a tendency of pronouncing their foreign origin last names any goddam way they want.

      • OutOfOrbit

        schtine?

        • little miss high and mighty

          you got it!
          Shhh all s’s after consonants- where convenient.

      • Brian Fowler

        I guess, but in the video Rachel Maddow was referring to how the Reich Wing said Rod Rosenstein’s name, not how Mr. Rosenstein pronounced it himself.

        And if German’s pronounce it as “stine”…

        You know what, I’m thinking about this way too hard. For all I know the Reich wing just do it because they heard trump pronounce it that way, or they think they’re being funny.

      • little miss high and mighty

        to prove their rube cred, right?

    • Granny Sprinkles

      I honestly think Schmannity pronounces it “steen” so it’ll sound all Jewy Jewenstien, and the rest sing along as required.

      But there’s a small (not small) chance he’s stupid and can’t be taught.

      • Brian Fowler

        Like I said, I was probably looking too hard, expecting to find a method in ignorance.

        • Granny Sprinkles

          “Hey was that weird thing Hannity said a dogwhistle?” is a safe starting point.

      • Erala Contratista

        Number two, Granny, for the win.

    • La Cieca

      “shtine”

      • Captain Kraut

        Yeah, that’s probably the closest we’ll get with English phonemes.

  • Jacob DiCiaula

    I guess I’m torn. I’ve fled toxic work environments- I’m guessing most folks have and know how liberating it feels. On the other hand… this was public service. Shit, it’s far more difficult then mine in terms of the stakes and the consequences. To just throw your hands up and walk away to a job where you’re monitoring slip and fall claims and sitting in corporate meetings and banking 6 figures? It says something

    • Meccalopolis

      Stick it out until you can resign in protest, be a hero and write your own ticket. Doesn’t seem like such a hard choice

  • Msgr_MΩment

    I am usually loathe to criticize people for not being heroes, particularly if I’m asking them to make a decision that I will never have the opportunity to sweat through, but we’re kind of in our present predicament because of a lot of people not being that guy who stands up and says No. We need more of those guys.

    • OutOfOrbit

      Doing one’s duty is not heroic, but sometimes it does take real steel

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      “I’m sorry. I realize you can’t do your current job — which has nothing to do with the Mueller investigation — because you lack staff, but you have to stay and tread water because of the possibility that you might have to take over Rod Rosenstein’s job. Rachel Maddow has been breathlessly informing us of his imminent firing for several months now, so she’ll be really disappointed if you quit.”

      • Ling Ling

        Snark of the day nominee

  • mancityRed6

    I heard about this on the NPR this weekend? or was it last weekend? on my drive south. yeah, I know, but there are very few good radio stations down there.
    my main thought was “how long until the alex jones’ of the world tie her new job at wallyworld in with Hillary?”

    • La forza del resistino

      Arkansas > Walmart > Paula Jones > Bill > Hillary. Brilliant Alex

      • Granny Sprinkles

        You left out underground FEMA detention centers.

        I’m sorry but I’ll have to deduct points.

  • BaconzShanz

    Baconzgood’s family used to own a boat, keep in mind this was just on the Monongahela river (but the saying is still the same). RATS FLEE A SINKING SHIP.

    • La forza del resistino

      the way the local team is going, it’s a Sinking Pirate Ship.

      • BaconzShanz

        I’d be offended if I was a Bucs fan. But for some reason, and beyond any of my friends/family/strangers in town. I’ve always, apparently before I could walk, was a Cubs fan.

        That’s the only Pittsburgh team I don’t like the fave. And I worked at PNC for a whole season sweeping up peanut shells, pulling the tarp, cleaning up executive suites, batting cages, mowing grass etc. Etc.. lovely park.

        But… CUBS WIN, CUBS WIN, CUBS WIN!

        I went bananas when the won the world series….7th game 10th inning…I kissed a stranger.

        • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

          I like the Pittsburgh Panthers. I think they is good at sportzball.

          • BaconzShanz

            PITT kicks WVU and Penn States ass.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      That’s true although rats jump onto sinking ships on the Allegheny River, so it all evens out.

      Non-locals may not know this but the Allegheny and the Monongahela join at the confluence (as sportsball announcers call it) or at The Point (as true Yinzers call it) to form the GenackGenack River.

  • Lefty Wright

    The problem is that Trump could easily fire Brand, rearrange the hierarchy at DOJ to move someone else in the replacement position for Rosenstein, or just put her in a different position entirely. If Trump is going to fire Rosenstein, there is no reason he would not do one of the above three things. Especially if Sessions just reassigned her. The Republicans in congress would fall all over themselves to say “see, no obstruction, no obstruction, you’re the obstruction”. Sessions was just improving efficiency.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Isn’t there a point down the command chain where they hit Civil Service rules?

      • yyyaz

        Yeah, but they have to go through about 200-300 assistant AGs and federal judges first.

      • Jon Sussex

        Generally, attorneys are in the Excepted Service and have fewer appeal rights.

    • bupkus231

      I think you overestimate how “easy” it would be for Rump ( and/or Sessions ) to just overthrow the hierarchy at DoJ – especially without legal challenge.

  • La forza del resistino

    She could have been US AG in 6 months. Wait until she finds out her neighborhood Sam’s Club closed last week.

  • YoBunnyBunny

    Yeah, it may not be fair to criticize Brand for what seems like an obvious choice to leave a shit job.

    However, anybody who hops their ass into a government position to work FOR THE PEOPLE deserves to be criticized for peacing out when shit gets real. It’s not like you take a government job NOT knowing that you’re representing the people. They’re not just walking away from a toxic work environment but also the general public when they resign like this.

    (Granted, one can serve the public without working in a public sector job, and one can serve the public while working in a private-sector job, but we’re talking about an explicit relationship to public trust.)

    • OutOfOrbit

      *clapping furiously*

    • Claire

      I don’t disagree, but the “general public” voted Trump into office. I wouldn’t work for those fuckers either.

  • TJ Barke

    They’re going to get away with it.

  • Gummitch

    I’d be careful, Evan. Judging from that photo, Rachel Brand can rip off your head and crap down the hole. Best to stay on her good side.

  • JayGoldenBeach

    The Old Days – when the FBI boss kept the President in check.
    #MAGA – LoL

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f1e439df0da1f6443bcf648adc3819e88ccf2656ec7aae60e28abbcf35449d4f.jpg

  • Ling Ling

    Government service is a tough place these days. I do a fair amount of work for DoD and the vacancies/lack of direction is amazing. They have been on autopilot since before the election. It is easy to criticize the lifers for not taking a bullet, but (IMO) people not choose civil service for the excitement.

  • TootsStansbury

    “When danger reared its ugly head
    She bravely turned her tail and fled
    Ms. Rachel ran away”

  • canes_pugnaces

    Left the DOJ, to avoid the Russian probe, and to work at Walmart. What is there left to know?

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • puredog

      I’ve always been amused by the alleged similarities between Hungarian and Finnish. Seems so random.

      • Ling Ling

        Magyar completely different. From almost anything. Some would say “alien”

    • P’jama Pahnts

      Wow. I can see how a close similarity between seeing something and fucking it could be problematic. “Did you see your sister yesterday?”

      • Msgr_MΩment

        The Finnish are very shy people. I can see how making eye contact with another person could be considered an awesome level of intimacy.

      • Impatient

        Maybe that’s a concise statement of tRump’s problem. So little space between see and fuck.

        • Opalescent Riddles

          Caesar: veni, vidi, vici.
          Trump: vidi, vici, veni.

    • Changeling

      Wow. I’m a Finn and this never occurred to me. Because why would anyone confuse a and ä?
      “Naitko sitä?” actually means “Did you fuck it/her/him?” What that tells about us, I don’t know.

  • lots of profiles in courage in the Trumpenshow.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    The best part about principles is pointing out other people you think lack them.

  • Rachel Brand: Appearing soon on the popular shaming website ‘People of Walmart’.

  • little miss high and mighty

    Seriously, she showed her true innards and they are found lacking
    Who’d want that representing our interests in taking over an investigation?
    She’d likely have taken the baton and dropped it somehow or quit frustrated after that appointment or even something worse.
    We need competent back up service not Rachel Brand

  • Gorillionaire

    Ran away from principle to take a money gig. That’s a Republican for ya.

  • goingohm

    I’m OK with this. Cause Rachel knew she was going to be asked to Bork or not to Bork. Not even conservatives in their original packaging want to Bork. She was gonna Bork.

  • JohnBull

    Wal Mart executive VP for global governance? Is that even possible? The fact is Wal Mart operates in very few countries because it does such horrible things to the communities it’s in. Even Russia stopped these fuckers in their tracks.

    • TootsStansbury

      Not anymore. Opening stores in Russia is probably part of the deal. I mean business plan, yeah that’s it, business plan.

    • Captain Kraut

      I’m happy to say that Wal Mart sunk quite a lot of money in a futile attempt to expand to the German market.
      And the culture of greeters, bagging and enforced friendliness didn’t go over well with either employees or customers hereabouts.
      They got some hard judicial slapdowns as well when they tried to transplant their corporate culture, one judge declared it a clear violation of human dignity (Article 1, Grundgesetz).

  • akryan

    I have a hard time blaming anyone for leaving this administration. it’s easy to pass judgment until you’re staring down the pipe of your reputation and career being caught in the dumpster fire that’s destroying everyone else associated with this administration. I also bet it was just really frustrating trying to do a job in which she hadn’t been given the resources or people she needed to do the job. making a gazillion ameros for Walmart would seem like a pretty good deal. a job like that doesn’t just show up in your inbox one day either. she must have been in contact with them for several months now (which is it’s own flavor of sketch), so it seems like as soon as she got there she figured out just how fucked it was and decided to bail and I really can’t blame anyone for that.

    • Brian Fowler

      She should have known it was a dumpster fire when she realized the man who bragged about “grabbing women by the pussy” and getting away with it wanted to appoint her to a position.

      • akryan

        you would think.

      • Daniel

        “What position?”
        “A legal one!”
        “Oh thank Christ!”

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      “It is pleasant, when the sea is high, and the winds are dashing the waves about, to watch from the shore the struggles of another.” — Livy

  • MynameisBlarney

    MAGA?

    Yeah…how’s that workin’ out for ya?

    https://twitter.com/Amy_Siskind/status/962764288246140929

    • TJ Barke

      For the corporate raiders? Pretty well.

    • msanthropesmr

      The Economist is liberal fake news.

      • MynameisBlarney

        So the email is fake then?

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      To be fair, the Economist makes clear that they didn’t base this on Trump’s election. It was more our increasing political dysfunction, and specifically this sentence: “We now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.”

      Thanks, Anthony Kennedy.

    • OrG

      Should have happened before now.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Like as soon as 4/5 s swindled his way into office.

    • Claire

      Didn’t they do that a long time ago? I feel like it happened even before the 2016 elections.

      • MynameisBlarney

        I don’t know to be honest.

  • Me_And_My_Arrow

    If she went to work for Wal-Mart, she doesn’t care about America.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      She has a very bad feeling about where the Trumptanic is going so she decided to give up her first class berth. Soldiers who act above and beyond the call of duty get medals. Appointed bureaucrats who do that don’t even get a commemorative coffee mug, they are just part of the body count. Can you blame her for leaving?

  • MynameisBlarney

    Speakin’ O the Rusher investigation…

    https://upload.democraticunderground.com/100210221392

  • YoBunnyBunny

    More Trump-Russia Fun Times Newses!!!

    https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/961945177521901568

  • yyyaz

    Dear Ms. Brand:

    Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
    Hot ashes for trees?
    Hot air for a cool breeze?
    Cold comfort for change?
    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

    Sincerely,
    R. Waters and D. Gilmour

    • Msgr_MΩment

      /not wishing she was here

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      My favorite tune by them.

    • Meccalopolis

      or this:

      You fucked up old hag
      Ha-ha
      Charade you are

    • King Beauregard

      Pink Floyd, wow, that’s DEEP for a fourteen-year-old.

      So, when did Brand sign up to be your self-sacrificing hero, willing to work in a probably toxic environment until it destroyed her, for the sake of your entertainment? (Yeah, I’m calling it entertainment.)

      She even told friends MONTHS ago that the job was taking a toll on her. At least she tried. At least she held on for a while.

  • Ninja0980

    She’s a Federalist Society hack.
    Why would anyone expect her to do the right thing?

    • Barbara

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    • george lastrapes

      I suspect she and King Beauregard are accomplices, had different avatars the day or two before, but that train of thought has gotten me in trouble. t’d hate to think Wolf Tracker got 10x better and has a cadre with him? Russian trolls? targeting ME?

      • King Beauregard

        There’s a simpler explanation: I have a degree of sympathy for people trying to do their job in a White House that is increasingly consumed in chaos. When someone can’t stand it any more and leaves, my response is to say: “man, it’s a shame you had to go through that”. The response of almost everyone else here is, “I DON’T CARE HOW TOXIC AN ENVIRONMENT IT IS, YOU OWE IT TO US TO SUFFER FOR US, A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF WHOM COULDN’T EVEN BE ASSED TO VOTE!”

        Shit people is as shit people does.

        Now, it’s possible that Rachel Brand really is deserving of wrath, and it turns out that people’s efforts to dehumanize her are accidentally on-target. But I’m going to wait until someone can actually make the case that she is a terrible person.

        • george lastrapes

          I even feel sorry for Trump. He is barely coming to understand how miserable he is. Literally the saddest man on earth. Melania? She’s Jocasta. Barron then is Oedipous. Illiterate spellchecker says Oedipus.
          My upset? Read my profile. Last three days. Use ‘view in discussion’ frequently. Know that something like this had never happened to me, and happened twice in what– 48 hrs? Know that I am very ill, in Hospice care, meds and my homegrown mental probs making my life — as you might imagine. Or perhaps caused.
          Know that I’m sane enough to think that there’s only an I would guess 40% chance, I think,that I’m right. Think of Carrie in ‘Homeland’. Know that antidepressants make the cycles worse, and know that the Hospice seems to think I should increase the dose and then they’d work. Read it. Or don’t, I won’t know the difference.

        • george lastrapes

          OT but I think the story about Stalin and the Shostakoviches, the crime (the 4th Symphony) and the atonement (the 5th symphony), would make a good and hopefully not unbearably grim film.

  • Rick Hill

    Completely underfunding and understaffing our government? It’s ok, power vacuums seem to fill themselves.

    • TJ Barke

      It’s almost as if they’re trying to sabotage our government on behalf of a hostile foreign power…

      • Lord Jim

        Or hostile DOMESTIC powers. Also, too.

  • Notreelyhelping

    On the one hand, standing tall and toughing it out is the admirable path. In reality, not everybody is cut out for that, and there comes a point where you simply can’t function. Until we get a greater understanding of the situation, I’m withholding judgment. You can’t judge the shell-shocked without walking in their shoes.

    • Manders

      I would feel better about the decision if she weren’t *also* running for gobs of money at a fairly evil company at full speed.

      • You should ice that burn

        She is a republican, so..

  • HogeyeGrex

    Draining the swamp.
    Scaring any and every decent human being out of government service so they can be replaced by toadies whose only talents are destruction and grift.
    Are we great again yet?

    • Lord Jim

      Still brown people living here, so, no…

  • Harry Nuggets

    Its looks and feels like a madhouse in this country. One can only imagine what it looks like to those in other countries looking on. We’ve always had a problem preaching values we follow ourselves on an inconsistent basis. But now we have a flat out banana republic.

  • Cock Blockula

    Maybe they should just consider hiring her brother, Russell, as a replacement?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/066468acee54d55de644ea24bce659c960d676807a17d8abcdcaf37da88c3b3c.png

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    Did TLM stop by for a brief, fleeting moment? Buttholes and cake stories.

    • TJ Barke
      • Lord Jim

        So, what are you saying? :P

    • Doug Langley

      That’s just what I was going to ask!

    • MynameisBlarney

      Aw man!

    • OrG

      Banhammered before I could reply.

      • gnomemansanisland

        Same here

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        Dammit, so much buttsechs, so little time.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          That’s what HE said.

      • Doug Langley

        There he is again!

        • OrG

          And gone.

          • Doug Langley

            Not so fast! There’s a third post!

          • Anna Rompage

            And gone

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      And like a fart in the wind TLM is gone!

    • gnomemansanisland

      I really think it’s either Eric or Don Jr.

      • MynameisBlarney

        No, can’t be.
        The spelling and grammar is too good to be one of those morans.

    • IMPOed

      I believe TLM changed to LAT.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        You can’t spell LAT without T and L.

    • Dutchman

      Awww, man! I missed it!

    • Mehmeisterjr

      A brief, fleeting moment, you say?

      ♫ Do not forget (ahem)
      That once there was a gem,
      Of crazed Santorumed looneyness,
      We knew as TLM. ♫

      (I tried to work out the whole thing but life is short and lyrics are shorter )

  • OneYieldRegular

    One on one hand, yes, dammit, we could sure use a hero or three right now. And leaving to work for Walmart? Just. No.

    On the other hand, this person has had to work for JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD SESSIONS III as her boss for a YEAR.

  • Proud Liberal
    • TJ Barke

      It’s all about destroying our right to redress our grievances against private capital.

      • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

        I honestly wonder what corporations think ordinary people will do once our right to redress is taken away. Just accept it?

        Having no right or basis of legitimate redress is the core of basically every armed rebellion and revolution, ever.

        • yyyaz

          As long as there is food on the table and gas in the SUV, there will be no revolution.

          • MynameisBlarney

            Well, they keep deporting the people that agribusiness depends on to harvest our food, so that’s going to start showing negative effects soon I’m thinking.

          • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

            True, but if history is any judge, corporations are horrible at planning for the future when it conflicts with profiting from the now. And when they slip up and those conditions aren’t fulfilled, even for a moment, the explosive amount of suppressed discontent comes out.

        • TJ Barke

          They think we’re sedate, complacent and atomized enough that nothing will happen. And they’re learning to manage us, via social media, like livestock.

          • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

            Then they’re fools. People have risen up in rebellions even in the times of monumental ignorance and religiosity like the Middle Ages. We aren’t nearly as oppressed, and thanks to our lax gun laws, are way better armed.

            The U.S., without a meaningful democracy or social safety net, is a magazine ready to blow.

          • TJ Barke

            I’d like to believe so, but I don’t.

          • Ready to blow, but targeting the wrong people. They have been conditioned to blame minorities for their misfortunes.

          • TootsStansbury

            And liberals, we’re evil incarnate.

          • Claire

            I’m looking around the US, and I’m not seeing any sort of meaningful rebellion brewing. People on the right are all about the direction the country is moving, and people on the left are too dedicated to nonviolence not as the first-choice strategy but as the only acceptable strategy, ever. Your magazine won’t ever blow if the only message you’re getting is “We’re keeping our powder dry.”

            As for better armed, a tiny minority of the US owns most of the guns. Guess which side they’re on? They frothed at the mouth for eight years about Obama’s ostensible tyranny and never did anything, but now they’re going to take to the streets to defend multiculturalism and the extension of civil rights to people they don’t like? I’m having trouble seeing that happening.

      • TootsStansbury

        If they get their way, it will be a global takeover by the plutocrats. They aim to crush liberal democracy and mine us and the planet to line their pockets. Look at Russia now, look at China.

        • TJ Barke

          Yeah, and we’re fucked.

  • William Bourdeau

    I don’t know if anyone’s ever said it like this but I believe that being brave does not mean not being afraid. It means being scared to fucking death and yet knowing what needs to be done and damn well doing it as you’re shaking in your boots.

    • Toomush Stability

      That is so awful. The few times I was brave, I wanted to run away at the fastest speed I could make. My knees shook…

    • gene108

      From what I have read / seen on TV is she got fed up with the department being understaffed, and thus increasing her workload, as well as fears of being pressured to fire Mueller.

      Keep in mind the higher ups in the DOJ during the Watergate era Saturday Night Massacre resigned in protest at Nixon’s orders.

      They did not stay in their jobs and tell Nixon to pound sand.

      I am not sure how much a DOJ appointee can tell the President to fuck off and still be on the job, as the President would be able to fire her.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        She might have managed a more noble exit had she not gone to… fucking Walmart!

        It’s as if Sydney Carton delivered his “It is a far, far better thing” speech and then took a job with Fox News.

  • Ling Ling

    Damn. He had me at “deviant”

    • Anna Rompage

      No kidding, I wish someone had the stamina to fill me up with gallons of splooge….

      • MynameisBlarney

        Wouldn’t that hurt a bit?

        • Anna Rompage

          Nah, what ever doesn’t fit just spills out…

  • TJ Barke

    Stop deleting TLM’s posts and ban his fucking profile already.

  • Jon Sussex
  • gene108

    Anybody, who thinks the person, who fires Mueller will destroy his/her career is being overly sentimental.

    Robert Bork fired the Watergate Special Prosecutor, on behalf of Nixon, and was confirmed to the DC Court of Appeals later on, and nominated by President Reagan to be on the SCOTUS.

    Republicans will, in the end, look to reward anyone, who helps them maintain power.

    • Proud Liberal

      Republicans have significantly changed since then.

      • TJ Barke

        Yeah, they’ve gotten even worse.

        • IMPOed

          Exponentially!!

    • Toomush Stability

      However, Bork did not make it through that process and was somewhat humiliated, as I recall…(of course 40 of the 42 votes for confirmation were from Republicans)…

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Thus the misapplication of borked as used by the right.

      • Erala Contratista

        And he is still burnt.

  • Covfefe

    If I were Robert Mueller, I’d get out of there myself.

    • Proud Liberal

      After he issues the indictments.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    This is NOT the Open Thread? I feel like a Pee Hooker with her knees knocking, waiting for a john.
    Well, maybe that’s just me.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Turgid Love Muscle had graced us. That is why you feel that way.

      • Marion in Savannah

        Oh noes! I missed a visit from TLM? [sob] How’s he doing?

        • Mehmeisterjr

          Same as usual. Obsessed with anuses.

          • MynameisBlarney

            And large dicks.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          I had the egg nog on the fireplace for him too. Was hoping he’d make my stockings turgid.

      • Erala Contratista

        She did!!!! And I missed it!
        Oh noes!

  • Unstable Genius Roni Raven

    I guess I’m the only one that thinks Brand might also have left so she can be a witness for Mueller against Trump.

    • MANGO CRIMES

      I also think that. If she’s a witness to something, and she’s still employed by the DOJ, Rosenstein would have to recuse himself (as I understand it).

      edit: I also think that this is possible. Chances are equally good that she’s a coward or w/e.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      I doubt it unless she is wearing a wire into Walmart strategy meetings.

      • Unstable Genius Roni Raven

        No, about stuff that has already happened with Trump.

  • thewalkindude
    • Parakeetist

      U got cooties

  • BadKitty904

    Sure looks like cowardice. Let’s remember that…

  • Bitter Scribe

    I think this is awfully harsh. I wouldn’t blame anyone for not wanting to be part of this shitshow of an administration.

    • IMPOed

      The DOJ is NOT supposed to be part of the administration, by ANY measure!!

      • Claire

        Sure – but under the Trump administration, they are. At some point you have to deal with the world as it is, not as it’s supposed to be.

  • yyyaz

    Jeez, when you have lost the Federalist Society, what’s next, the Birchers?

    • IMPOed

      IKR?

    • TootsStansbury

      They’ve embraced Nazis. Birchers are a natural constituency.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Trump hasn’t lost the Federalist Society. Brand is just trying to knock the other women and children off the lifeboat.

  • data_ninja

    She’s just trying to re-Brand herself is all. It’s quite popular with the kids these days!

  • Parakeetist

    This whole thing reminds me of this charming ditty.

    https://youtu.be/wDk6fvkEp2k

  • Brand was associated with the Antonin Scalia School of Law, I can’t say I am sorry to see her go.

    • Lord Jim

      I’m starting to form the impression that it wasn’t so much a reluctance to fire Mueller that prompted her exit, but a concern that doing it might make her unmarketable.

      • Erala Contratista

        Oh.
        Too late.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Yep. She’s up to her eyebrows in shit and hoping to wipe it down to her neck before anybody notices.

      • meanlawyermom

        Was just coming here to say the same thing.

  • Red Bird on a Shithouse

    53% of women voted for Trump. That is all.

    • Catstro, Very Stable Girther

      53% of white women

    • Ms.Moon

      White women

  • ken_kukec

    Brand to U.S.: “Unh-uh, outta here!”

  • Mart

    Not only is Brand a chicken, she hates justice for little people (cut and paste from an Esquire Charlie Pierce link): “Under the revised policy, Ms. Brand said, the Justice Department will
    not “use its enforcement authority to effectively convert agency
    guidance documents into binding rules.” Moreover, she said, Justice
    Department lawyers, who represent federal agencies in court, “may not
    use noncompliance with guidance documents as a basis for proving
    violations of applicable law.”

    Have fun, Ms. Brand, stomping on employees hurt by Walmart.

  • Chris Hall

    Or possibly kompromat? Maybe there’s something on her or hubby that could be used as leverage if she were put in the Muller firing position, bailing at this point would be the only real way out.

    • Boscoe

      This is what I’m thinking. There’s something she knows would be very embarrassing or devastating to her personally that she’ll get slimed with if she ends up between the media and Drumph’s crosshairs…

  • SonOfSamAdams

    too bad. trump must love this. boasting to his male captives “I told u, never hire a woman to do a tough job because when the going gets tough the women go shopping… at walmart” I have mixed feelings about this. I’m sure trump would have slimed her and everyone in her personal circle if she didn’t resign

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Brand is a Federalist society member. She’s doing whatever any Federalist society freak would do: Look out for #1.

    • Spurning Beer

      Don’t tread on me. Tread on him.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Don’t bother Treading on Them. I’ll Tread on Them and You.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        You want to tread on that person over there*

        *Ben Carson probably…

  • Cock Blockula

    Good lawd, these people! They aren’t even using dog whistles any more. Just going straight for the airhorn…

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sessions-sheriff-anglo-american-heritage-policing-law-enforcement

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Good thing Donnie and the Turtle and ZEGS gave the Walton family all those billions in tax cuts. Now they can afford to return the favor and buy off anyone standing in the boy king’s way without even putting much of a dent in their new windfall…

  • Last Hussar

    Think the quote about being “unsupported” should be given weight. Sounds like she’s sick and tired of being fucked over by incompetents. Civil and public servants at all levels do it. Teachers leave teaching because the can’t stand the stress, no matter how many kids they’ve raised up. Nurses look at the insane shift and think “that job there is easier”.

    Arsehole leaders break the people who make them look good.

    • Kooolest G

      maybe she means us. seriously. it’s not her fault trump is president, it’s ours. maybe she feels “unsupported” because slightly less than half the country doesn’t support her. we all knew trump was shady, hillary even told us that putin was trying to get him elected, but some of us thought that was ok and a lot of us didn’t show up on the one day when we could have stopped it. it’s like all of america decided to eat tide pods and now we’re mad because the ambulance driver isn’t driving fast enough.

      • Claire

        Exactly. Even if she’d stayed in her position, she couldn’t have single-handedly fixed everything wrong with America that led us to this disaster.

    • Tony Prost

      if she feels unable to do her job, she ought to leave. Trump ruins the lives, careers and reputatiions of everyone who works for him. Why should she be a Trump casualty?

  • BillEGoatSmirk

    Are we sure about Noel Francisco being next in line? Previously, it was Dana Boente who was also US Attorney for EDVA (who is now General Counsel at FBI). And I thought that after Boente, it started going down the list of US Attorneys for some reason.

    • yyyaz

      That was what the second “order of succession” issued by Capt. Bullshit said. Then there is the current scuttlebutt that says he can appoint anyone he wants.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    On the other hand, do we want a selfish coward in a position where she might be responsible for firing Mueller? At least we found out about her sooner, rather than later.

  • Swiper Fox

    Where are the Sally Yates of yesteryear?

  • Stulexington

    Trump interviewing a replacement: will you fire Mueller?
    candidate: Well I don’t think it’s app…
    Trump: NEXT!

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Someone this craven would have fired Mueller at Drumpf’s request. So buh-bye.

  • AnneBonny

    Watched the Nagasu clip a few time expecting to be awed, then realized I cannot actually perceive a difference between a triple axel and a triple lutz.

    • Opiwan

      The axel is the only one you can easily tell apart from the others, because it’s actually a half rotation greater than what it’s named. So a triple is actually 3.5 rotations. You don’t have to be able to count them in real time, the axel is the one where the skater lands facing the opposite direction from when they took off. As for the difference between loop, toe loop, salchow, persimmon, flip, guayana, and brexit jumps, I have no idea.

      • AnneBonny

        Is that really “easy to tell apart” if you’re not, like, a skater? I know what the differences ARE, but I don’t instantly register the difference between 3 rotations and 3.5. I’ve never done any sort of skating jump so the difference between going forwards or backwards or which edge you use is not something that impacts me.

        • Opiwan

          Well, only in the case of the axel, because if they start . Everything else is start <- and end <-. For everything else, I just listen to what Johnny and Tara tell me it is and nod stupidly.

      • EvanHurst

        yes, the thing about they land facing the other direction! otherwise, nobody can tell them apart besides the most devoted fans, who are also figure skaters.

  • Kooolest G

    oh and matt miller, go fuck yourself. you used to work for the democratic party, you worked on the kerry campaign, now you work for vianovo, a company who does this “Vianovo is a strategic advisory firm that specializes in high-stakes brand, policy and crisis issues. Drawing upon high-profile work and relationships from presidential elections, the White House, Capitol Hill, corporate boardrooms and Wall Street, our team moves at campaign speed to win for clients.” one of it’s clients….exxon mobil. so after you climb down off your high horse, you can tell rachel brand what job she should take

    • Lynn A Myers

      Now be nice. Matthew Miller is one of the good guys.

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    Can I play devil’s advocate for a moment and ask, why should this one person fall on her sword and watch her career implode by staying on? I don’t see that we’ve asked it of anybody else. It’s not like we like her policies, anyway.

    Whoever’s on the watch when the order to fire Mueller comes down is the person to take the sword in the gut, whomever that may be.

    Lastly, the fewer people actually showing up to work for this Administration on any given day, the less they can fuck things up. Let the whole damn thing grind to a halt.

    • HazooToo

      Could Trump fill the spot Brand just left, himself? He’s the one who put HER in that slot, isn’t he? So if he could put someone else there, who says it won’t be someone who would be ready and willing to fire Mueller without even needing to be asked? This isn’t just anyone in the Trump administration, is my point.

    • Anna in PDX

      I agree. She held the line as long as she did. Leaving a job is something we all have the freedom to do, taking a job that pays a lot more is a thing anybody would do, not sure why we should be calling any people who refuse to martyr themselves cowards or selfish.

    • I get the impulse to dump this in her lap. But at the end of the day we don’t know crap about what’s going on behind closed doors and she has the right to not walk the plank for the rest of us. We are the ones who will need to fix this. Call, write, protest. There are no knights coming to save us.

    • eggs ackly-wright

      Thank you for using less and fewer properly.

  • Cletus Safari

    No self-respecting horsefly would be caught dead up Cheeto Mussolini’s rectum.

  • SadDemInTex

    Dumpster fire just goes higher and higher. 45 is corrupt daughterfucker, water is wet, and space is a vacuum.

  • azeyote

    either you’re connected to the truth and have a quality to stand up for it – or you don’t

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Dems are such pussies, they should have told Trump “fuck you, you lying, treasonous POS, we’re releasing our memo because YOU are a threat to national security.

    • TundraGrifter

      Don’t let the bastards drag you down into the gutter. Then you’re no different then they are.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        We bring a pillow to a gunfight, and get our asses handed to us all the damn time. Republicans are undermining the media, the rule of law, societal norms, etc… When I was a kid I wondered why the Jews didn’t leave Germany before Hitler went completely nuts, and now I see why. Fascists keep crossing the line gradually, while waiting for pussies like us to stop them, but we don’t. We just tell ourselves we are better than them, while they rob us blind financially, and shred the Constitution. I’m sure Republicans will graciously give up power when they are voted out of office, just like they did when they lost the governorship in NC. once they finish packing the judiciary full of unqualified loons, this country is finished.

        • TundraGrifter

          In ancient China one of the warring states was preparing to attack another. Half their army was due to go home – to be replaced by new soldiers on their way to the battlefield. The generals went to the Marshall and suggested they hold back the troops scheduled to return home to strengthen the army.

          The Marshall heard them out and said no – they had given their word to those men that they could go home. Their wives and mothers and daughters were waiting for them. “You cannot accomplish an honorable end by dishonorable means.”

          The new forces arrived, the soldiers promised leave were sent home, the army attacked and they won the battle.

          And if you are dim enough to think this is just a legend – during the American Civil War when the Union Army was besieging Petersburg, a portion of the Army of Potomac had their enlistment expire. Before the enemy they left camp to go home – and the remaining soldiers cheered them as they did so.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            I used to believe in high ideals. Remember when Antononin Scalia screwed us out of a president who had won the election, both popular vote and electoral college? We ended up with huge debts, two endless wars, 5000 dead Americans, and hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, ISIS, world economic collapse, etc… Remember when Mitch McConell screwed us out of a SC justice and we got Neil For such? Fuck it, fight fire with fire, or get burnt.

          • TundraGrifter

            Your premise is mistaken. It doesn’t make sense to bring a knife to a gunfight. And it doesn’t make sense to bring a gun to a beanbag toss.

            If you have to cheat to win you aren’t winning.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Sure, I’ll remember that when the United States of Christianity takes away my right to vote, have an abortion, and to drive. It’s smart to let a bully keep punching you in the face, because eventually their arm will get tired.

            If you’re smart, you bring a gun to a gunfight, because then you’ve got a 50% chance of not getting killed.

          • TundraGrifter

            “It’s smart to let a bully keep punching you in the face, because eventually their arm will get tired.” Uh, no. That’s dumb.

            It’s also dumb to use an axe to remove a fly from a friend’s forehead.

            And never trust a naked bus driver.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Since you are the one suggesting that we roll over for Republicans, and keep our high ideals, while they repeatedly fuck us, I’ll agree with you, that is extremely dumb.

          • TundraGrifter

            No, I am not suggesting that we roll over for Republicans. That’s nonsense. You have trouble following a logical train of thought. You are absolutely correct that I intend to keep my high ideals. My integrity is not for sale – and I’m certainly not giving it away.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Weird that you are the only person here who has accused me of not being able to follow a logical train of thought. You might want to go back and read this thread, and you’ll see that what you wrote has nothing to do with what I said.

            PS – Enjoy your integrity when you’re arrested for being an enemy of the state.

          • TundraGrifter

            You accuse me of posting something I didn’t write. That displays an inability to follow a logical train of thought – or to engage in an adult conversation about the issues – or to frame an argument using facts, reason and logic.

            “Reductio ad absurdum” isn’t one weird trick to lose pesky belly fat.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Thanks for mansplaining!

          • TundraGrifter

            Are you a South Pole elf?

            Logic? How does that work again? When you’re losing an argument, just start calling the other person random names and insult them. Works every time!

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            You’re the only person who thinks we’re having an argument. I thought your original post was dumb, and the subsequent ones even dumber. I’m quite good at both math and logic, and I haven’t seen you exhibit the tiniest bit of logic, but thanks again for pointing out my imaginary flaws.

          • george lastrapes

            Someone asked the little ejit why he kept hitting his head with a ball peen hammer. “Cuz it feels so good when I quit’, he said.

    • President in Exile Firefly

      Long game here. Trump’s refusal to release the Dem response is another brick in the obstruction wall.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I’ll bet you $50 Trump is not impeached, does not serve a day in jail, and suffers zero repercussions when he fires Rosenstein and/or Sessions. He has the full support of the GOP, and could probably declare martial law without too much of a kerfuffle.

        • President in Exile Firefly

          God, I hope you’re wrong.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            I also hope I’m wrong.

        • Maybe

          Maybe not after November 2018.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Yeah, unfortunately we’ve been losing our lead because people got a $20 tax cut, so now they like Trump. The stupider ones have no clue they just kissed Social Security good bye.

          • Maybe

            It’s a little unnerving, but there are still a lot of positives for Dems.

            A lot more Repub governors than Dems are up for reelection, so Dems should be able to pick up seats. That could be huge for redistricting.

            The Dems do still have a generic lead and new administrations typically lose lots of seats in their first midterm. The fact that so many Repubs aren’t running, especially in the House, is a plus. And the generic poll doesn’t account for the actual quality of the candidates. Once they are picked things can change. The Dem candidates are higher quality than usual.

            The Dems are fielding candidates almost everywhere. In the past they often didn’t even try in deep Red districts. A week or so ago they ran for 4 seats in Missouri and astonishingly won one. That’s a good sign: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/7/16984836/missouri-special-election-results

            For stats and info I go to 538:
            https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-happened-to-the-democratic-wave/

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            They still have the edge over us in the midterms, only because we’re defending more seats. I’m hoping Trump continues to be a huge asshole, because that will help.

          • Maybe

            They have the edge in the Senate, but the Dems have an excellent chance to take the House and some Governorships. The most recent special elections have looked good.

            I don’t think you need to hope that Trump continues to be a huge asshole–that’s a given. I think it will help, though for some reason it also still helps him with his base..

    • Delu

      So ignore Trump in the same spirit as him ignoring the votes of Congress?

      While that would be the Golden Rule in effect, it kind of shits all over the framework of regulatory processes.

      If Democrats don’t have any problems doing that the way Trumpians do then I suppose they should.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        We do the rtight thing, and repeatedly get fucked in the ass with no lube. See: Garland, Merrick and eleventy million other examples. I hope the first thing the next Dem does is give Gorsuch a pink slip, and install Garland.

    • Maybe

      But at least they are pussies who respect the intelligence community and are willing to work with them.

      Nice pussy.

  • Claire

    On one hand, I feel like leaving basically any job to work at Walmart tells me everything I need to know about a corporate attorney.

    On the other… I don’t think it should be incumbent upon any one person to dig the American people out of the shithole we’ve dug ourselves into, with 40% of the American population and 90% of Republicans coming along behind that person with a backhoe. Why should it be Rachel Brand’s job to rescue the American people from their own stupidity? If that high a percent of the voting Republic is that dumb, why shouldn’t she cash out and retire to Bermuda? You can’t fix stupid, or racist, or paranoid, or fearful. If someone steps up to get us out of this mess I will applaud them and throw flowers in their parade, but I’m not going to point fingers at anyone for throwing in the towel.

  • I think about it this way: how could a die-hard Republican possibly continue in this administration and maintain their integrity? She is one, and she can’t. And if she remains, it means she becomes the heel of her party by obstructing “her” president and “her” Congress. How to deal with it and still remain able to look yourself in the mirror and keep your cocktail party friends? Leave. It’s logical. And yes, cowardly. And, human.

    • You should ice that burn

      The logic falls apart if an independent judiciary is something you feel protects a fragile democracy.

      • I don’t disagree. I’m just saying there’s a certain internal logic from a personal, selfish perspective – it certainly doesn’t serve the country.

      • Tony Prost

        contempt of court is administration policy

      • jixter

        It’s also possible that, late in her career, she realized that she didn’t have any ‘greatness’ within her – and so she didn’t persist. Leaving DOJ would then be the only honest move left for her to make. But to Walmart?

        • george lastrapes

          If Putin is mixed up in this, and Mrs Brand has nears and dears-‘twould be unwise to rule that out, and unwiser yet to talk about it.

  • Delu

    To be fair, anyone in her position would feel pressured to leave such a job for personal reasons.

    I can understand that.

    Americans are asking her to make a sacrifice for the allegedly “greater good” by staying on. And who knows whether or not she will even be able to rise to that if she does?

    Are they truly worthy for her to do so? Is the country itself worthy?

    If there is anyone here who can truly say that they, when in her shoes and in her position, can, despite all the reasons to leave the position, stay on and do their BEST for “the good of the country” even at personal cost, (and remember, I don’t think the job requirement actually specifically stated things like “Must make sacrifices and be a hero to the people and to justice” or something along those lines) let them be the ones to cast the first stone with “Coward” on it, and the second with “Selfish” on it.

    • Rags

      Been there, done that, like, I suspect, the editrix and friends and many other wonkettes. Stones earned.

    • subatomic

      Maybe we should just call this whole experiment in democracy a bust and move on?

    • OppressedMass

      I’ve been gassed, arrested and whacked with billy clubs for what I thought was right. Got a few stones right here…

      • Maybe

        But did you accomplish anything other than bruises?

        • OppressedMass

          Well, black people can vote in the South. Women can get a legal abortion and have access to birth control and day care. Marital rape is a crime. Yeah, I think you could say we changed the world….

          • Maybe

            I don’t think you can take credit for all that.

            Nor is the job done. We have voter suppression, especially in the South. Women in many areas cannot get a legal abortion, nor do they have access to birth control and day care. Marital rape is a crime, but it’s an under-reported one, nor are law enforcement and judges always prone to follow the law.

            BTW, the world is always changing, one way or the other. You can’t take credit for that either.

  • Shibusa
  • TundraGrifter

    Let’s look at this from a somewhat different point of view. Let’s say President Trump orders Rod Rosenstein to fire Robert Mueller and Mr. Rosenstein says “Nah” so he’s fired. Ms. Brand is next in line. She won’t fire Mr. Mueller so she has to resign, as well. So she quits now while the getting is good and she has a job offer or she waits and has to resign because she’s not going to do the wrong thing.

    Personally, it’s hard to not bail now.

    • subatomic

      I believe it is cowardice to bail now. We need patriots willing to stand up and be fired if necessary in order to point out the injustice of what is happening. Ms. Brand is taking the path of least resistance at the expense of the country.

      • TundraGrifter

        Perhaps by leaving now she is focusing attention on the situation – prep’ing everyone for the potential next step.

        • subatomic

          If that were true then why leave without making a statement to such? This argument makes little sense. This is not the behavior of someone acting altruistic.

          • TundraGrifter

            I wouldn’t go with “altruistic.” I suggest “practical” is a better word. As Pappy Maverick said, “If you can’t beat ’em and they won’t let you join ’em you’d best leave the county.”

  • Dudleydidwrong

    I’m late to the party and this may have been said a thousand times downstream, but my first–and continuing–thought when I read that Brand is leaving is that this is a put-up process by the Trump crew to remove someone who might act honorably when Rosenstein resigns/is fired when he won’t fire Mueller. Trump (his minions) get Walmart to offer her this golden job to get her out of the picture so he can put someone into #3 who will do his bidding. Trump doesn’t know his ass from his elbow but someone read a picture book on the Saturday Night Massacre and said “Duh, we need to plan ahead here” and this is their plan.

    It might also mean that, when Trump acts to get rid of Mueller, Brand is a candidate for being thrown under the Trump bus by having her wonderful new job abolished.

    I know, I’m fucking paranoid. But you know what they say about us paranoids….

    • Bebecca

      I think that makes sense but trump would have to have planned this and I truly believe he us incapable of any type of thought process beyond saying the first derogatory comment about a person, any person that comes into his line of vision. Bannon was able to think big, no one else can. They’re a band of evil dumbnesses and they win elections.

      • Snowbound Ron

        There’s still a couple of monsters left in the WH who could have arranged this.

    • Zyxomma

      You know who used to serve on the Board of Directors for Walmart? It rhymes with Killary.

      • george lastrapes

        Reminds me of ’07 when the Banks were bankrolling ads accusing Obama of being in bed with the Banks. I think this is Zyxomma’s whole M.O.

    • Petunia Cat

      That was my thought exactly. Corporate asshole loony Walmart family helping out the Trumpster. ☹️

  • Rags

    She is evidently a far right. So her calculus might be that if she stands up to 4-5 her clan ostracizes her; if she does the deed, she’s public enemy number one with most of the us. It’s all about her.

    • Maybe

      Why shouldn’t she make choices that are about her?

      Given the two choices you offer then her leaving seems quite sensible.

      • george lastrapes

        Because no man is an island. Nor woman. And we need a few heros.

        • H0mer0

          “unhappy is the land that needs a hero”

          • King Beauregard

            Brecht’s Galileo, right?

            And Brecht called it exactly right. People who demand that someone else do all the suffering, do not deserve whatever is gained by the suffering.

          • george lastrapes

            Unhappier yet the land which can find none.

        • Maybe

          So go be a hero.

          • george lastrapes

            Go find your misplaced sense of empathy.
            And to look upon your appalling callousness and live—- that may be heroic.Quite probably fatal, though. Know your Greek mythology? Do you have snakes instead of hair?

          • Maybe

            I was empathizing with your feeling that we need a few heroes–starting with you.

            Nor did I display callousness when I suggested that Brand has the right to make her own choices based on her view of the situation rather than obey yours. I was empathizing with Brand.

            I do know Greek mythology. Looking upon Medusa turned people into stone. I have no idea how that fits into this discussion, but my suggestion is Don’t Look.

            So I repeat: If you want a hero, then go be a hero. Don’t whine and volunteer someone else for the job.

          • george lastrapes

            Trying to talk some love peace and happiness into your actuarial reptile brain was close to heroic, heroically useless.

          • Maybe

            Well, you got the useless part right. You are. You’re all talk about what other people should do.

            But you are no hero.

            And if your notion of talking love, peace and happiness into someone’s brain is to be abusive then you’re being sensible.

          • george lastrapes

            When someone’s heart has stopped, CPR can break a rib or two. ‘Twould be churlish to contemplate filing assault charges, henh?
            What I really wanted to see you get angry. You should have been seething over my images of Celestine and the pit bull. You failed the Turing test AND the Voight-Kampff test. And why is King not furious with me on your behalf? Or on his own behalf? Do you and he share nervous and circulatory systems? Can you not tell that I just may yet be repursuaded that the two or three or one of you may yet be my friend? If I am utterly wrong about this, why are the one, two, three whatever still here whenever I look? Needy is perfectly cool, I am myself, but for Crissakes lets be adults (i.e. honest about it)

          • Maybe

            Get angry? You’re not worth the powder to blow you up.

            Do you really have no idea how silly you sound?

          • george lastrapes

            “B’duh b’duh snonk” (SPIT) Scratches dandruff and catches small multilegged thing, eats it–“Hunh?? Whatchew trineta say?????”

          • george lastrapes

            Called tough love. But I kinda like you, Hepburn to my Bogart.

  • Debra Dassow

    My son-in-law worked for corporate Walmart in Bentonville, AK, his job was to handle all their job discrimination lawsuits, he left after 1 and 1/2 years. It is an awful company, so she must have been given a shit load of money.

  • Courser_Resistance

    Since the nice Matthew Miller Android-man says it’s okay to be mad then great, I’m mad as hell. Then again, that’s kind of my natural state these days.

  • Jezzam

    The obstruction got too close to Brand so Walmart jumped in to the swamp to save her. Murica

    • Monty Market

      Bork fired the special prosecutor, and it likely cost him a Supreme Court slot: no way the Dems would later pass on him after his actions in the Saturday Night Massacre. (OTOH, wasn’t Hillary once on the board of Walmart, and look where she ended up!)

      Brand did substantial damage already to the country whilst serving in her position in DOJ. So, good riddance.

  • mfp, not sotu

    yeah, i’m stunned 🙄 the first clue was ‘took a job at walmart’…ok, i get it, greener pastures, coward, blahblahwoofwoof…but fucking WALMART?!?11?!1?!!

    khaa-ryst

    • earring

      Yeah. Counselor Brand will get to be among the small minority of Walmart employees who aren’t also getting food stamps. Big Win!

  • Maybe

    Calling Rachel Brand a coward for leaving seems to assume that if she’d stayed she actually could have done something even with Trump sabotaging and berating her at every turn. If she didn’t do what Trump wanted then he would have gotten rid of her, after putting her through seven kinds of hell first.

    You might as well accuse someone of cowardice if they decline to step in front of a fast-moving train to try to stop it.

    • george lastrapes

      It’s called le beau geste. Something which you do willingly which kills you, because if you weren’t killed, if you lived on, then you couldn’t survive the dishonor. But you don’t attack that train just to die, you do your damnedest to destroy it because it is a threat to all that you hold dear.
      Hard to explain. Easy to understand if the choice is right in front of you. She could have been a hero.

      • King Beauregard

        Yeah it’s always very easy to demand someone else be the hero, right? So what if this is a woman working in the Trump White House, which has got to be a toxic environment, and she was telling friends months ago that she was “overwhelmed” by the shit she was going through: what matters is that she owes it to us to suffer until she wrecks herself, right?

        And also, I’ve been wondering about this, and maybe it’s appropriate I ask someone who goes by the name “George LastRapes”: is this yet another case of demonizing women who can’t live up to standards we’d never hold men to?

        • george lastrapes

          I am not demanding anyone else be a hero. I suspect she has done the best she could for as long as she could. And when I put it that way I would call her heroic. Any war produces its share of heros. I probably couldn’t be a hero.
          Since the matter in Our Capital– calling it that, hoping not to offend , not knowing your allegiance in the matter — is unresolved, I have a feeling that we (meaning those who think and hope as I do) will need at least a few more heros, who may give their lives, as happened so tragically of late in Virginia.
          As for my name, I am the third: George Finlay Lastrapes III. The name, as you may guess, was also my father’s name, his father’s as well. Other men have borne that last name at least to the 16th century in southern France; it is of Basque origin, and to ask what it ‘means’ might well require more study than my lifespan will allow!
          You say you have been “wondering about this” — my name, why I “GO by it”— that’s peculiar. Or maybe you have too much time on your hands. Don’t be offended, but I don’t have a clue as to who you are, or care. The Internet is full of crazies, I’m one, aren’t we all?
          Amusing, your gibe! I first heard it in the fifth grade, last– I think– in the seventh. Amusing, I said, not funny. So, not a name with which to demonize women. And Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a hero to me. Or a heroine. Whichever is her choice, or whim!
          You have an interesting name. King— but constitutional monarch who reigns (not rules) by dint of his ‘subjects’ love, or a despot who claims By ‘Divine Right’ that he may rob, torture, rape, kill… no need to go on….
          I won’t ask which King you are but which one you fantacize yourself to be. And no I do not want to know the answer.. If this is a ‘wonkonym’ (as the kids nowadays call them–Of course it is, I was trying to be polite. I don’t even know your gender, can’t tell from a ‘wonkonym’!)

          • King Beauregard

            Okay, sorry, I thought you were joining in the pile-on and expecting her to wreck herself like everyone else seems to. Heroism sure is easy when it’s the other person who’s doing all the suffering.

            I couldn’t imagine why you’d choose the screen name “Lastrapes”, but if it’s a family name, fair enough. My real last name left me open for name-calling too.

          • george lastrapes

            SCREEN NAME? Google. Know then that my nomen familale predates screens-IF you mean “movie” screen. If you mean ‘arras’, then I ‘spose ya got me thar, podnuh. Are you claiming to know me? Perhaps to have even seem me naked (thus the sly innuendo that) I am qualified to be a PORNSTAR? I have gone to the gym. Swum naked or nekkid if you’d rather. And then you’re one of thousands or TENS of thousands or (large music festival by a lake) HUNDREDS

          • King Beauregard

            You’re losing me here. I initially thought that you picked the screen name “george lastrapes” because it was a pun of some kind, and perhaps the use of all lowercase was intended to leave the parsing of the name ambiguous. I called that wrong; sorry.

          • george lastrapes

            You suffered for your last name? Let me guess—–
            BOOGERBRAIN
            UNFUNNYCUNNY (better)
            DATFATYATHAT (meaningless gibberish

            Okay. Childish of me, and in public as well. Truce..?

          • King Beauregard

            I thought we truced a while ago, dude! I was satisfied you weren’t a jerk, and apologized, when you said you didn’t expect her to be a hero.

            You = cool by me.

            As for my last name, I’ll say only this: someone on this thread more or less called me my last name already. Yeah.

          • george lastrapes

            Not God please no not smith

            will erase in i min if you do’nt respond

          • george lastrapes

            Sorry but you know -what?- my name, family tree, politics (to the left of you) I was downright mean to Maybe (hell she’s an ethical imbecile ( i might get banned just for that ) fuck you probably figured out Im cyclothymic trouble controlling meds backfirin

          • george lastrapes

            Starting to wonder if you’re ‘Smith’ who Im forbidden to speak to.
            I’ll ask Sysop,better yet show him (Cops mentioned elder abuse)

          • george lastrapes

            Why the hell is Maybe (M or F?) not spittin mad at me? Is her first language Fortran? Are you two a team? Using the same phrases, Are you one and the same? Why aren’t YOU pissed at me? I’m drubbing you in public and you are letting it happen. Are you trying to put something right?

          • King Beauregard

            I’m not really following this thread, except when I see a reply in my mailbox. And even then, I don’t mind taking a few punches when arguing, especially when I am full of the imperviousness that comes with being right. So, drub away!

            Plus, I think you’re being straight with me, rather than trying to bullshit. I respect honest opinions, even if sometimes I disagree. Like with beau gestes: the thing about a beau geste is, we honor and respect them as noble acts of self-sacrifice, because they are deeds where a person went well above and beyond. With that in mind, it’s never fair to expect or demand that the other person engage in beau gestures. Anyway, Rachel Bland staying until she’d wrecked herself would be a noble deed, perhaps, but it would be 100% up to her, and 0% up to us.

            I read from your responses that you’re going through some serious shit — hope you are doing much better soon, as much as is reasonable.

          • george lastrapes

            Say, beaux gestes. Pluralize the whole phrase.
            I have told lies, to that other fellow who is not you, lies — tactical and strategic, which it would benefit and comfort to him to know of. But why the fuck would I do that? If he were 1% of the man I mistook him for, he would have already been honest and said he was going to kill me slowly, or deliver an inadequate apology to an old sick guy he had no business poking with a stick ’cause old sick guys can turn unexpectedly vicious and also it’s just plain wrong.

          • King Beauregard

            “Say, beaux gestes. Pluralize the whole phrase.”

            Verdammte Franzoesisch!

            You know, I’m all for being a jerk if the other person is a jerk. But if the other person can show some decency, honesty, or a human level of humility, I’ll treat him (or her) with a modicum of respect. ::shrug::

            Like, when you said you weren’t expecting Brand to destroy herself, I immediately calmed down with you and (I think) have been at least tolerable. That’s how I roll.

          • george lastrapes

            Who don’t I have compassion for? Putin, I suppose. Trump Jr is hard to love, that’s how he got to be that way. But Melania is Jocasta, Barron , Oedipus. Somebody once called me ‘Mother Teresa’s bastard son with rabies’ and I kinda like that.
            And Mrs. Brand- I said that I thought Shostakovich’ wife must have worn the same expression, fearing for Dmitry,her husband and Russia’s preeminent composer; for herself, and two children— fearing that Stalin would kill them all (more than capable of it) if he happened to think the theme- the very notes -of that symphony — were insulting him. As he had done to others. You will know what anguish and pity are if you listen to the symphony. And I hope that Sweet Baby Jesus goes to hell when Putin dies just to make sure Putin’s head is snugly up Stalin’s ass, and Stalin’s head up Putin’s ass, forever and ever amen. Sweet Baby Jesus having done this one small thing fsyu chelovestvu will of course leave.

          • King Beauregard

            … maybe Baby Jesus and Teenage Jesus can team up with Adult Jesus and rampage through hell.

          • george lastrapes

            Earth first.

          • george lastrapes

            If Putin wanted Mrs Brand to leave, and Mrs Brand has nears and dears–think of familia Shostakovich– and the Brands— and then never speak of them again. you should read this post and I should destroy it.

          • george lastrapes

            it’d be just lik’em. Caint hide bad blood.

          • george lastrapes

            That’s who I am. At times I judge harshly. But you can see I love my country! Would Maybe like that? could you tell her? And don’t tell her I like her! But I do like strong-willed people. I know she hasn’t revealed her gender , for a good reason, I’m sure. If I assumed she was a woman, would she resent it?

          • george lastrapes

            What has perplexed me for some time is that my tormentor of before has stationed his floozy-lize sportsteam avatar just a short distance from where we speak. Just one post! How unlike him to not be all over the place, posting away, roughly as frequently as you. Perplexed, I said………………………..Did I say perplexed?
            And I might’ve mispelled fleur-de-lis.

          • george lastrapes

            Ever seen nom de porno that was in the least subtle? Me neither. And I like to think I’m rather subtle. No rebuttal? What’ll you say?

      • Maybe

        If you make such a gesture you end up dead without having in any way improved the situation. Since you’re dead you can’t even revel in the honor of the way you died.

        Personally I’m more pragmatic. I know I can’t destroy trains. If I step out of the way for the train I’m still alive to fight in some other way.

        Pick your battles.

        • george lastrapes

          I guess you don’t have the slightest idea what I’m talking about. Sorry I had too much faith in you.
          You see, I peeked your post just as I was about to say my faith in human nature was something something.

          • george lastrapes

            Now I see a young woman in the park, standing. A few feet away, on a blanket, lies a female child, 9 mo, 4 da. old Fukkit cuttothechase—as briefest

            …. Her calculator shows that if she tries to rescue little Celestineshe has a 97% chance of success but a 13% chance of scuffing her foot as she runs, but that if she does nothing to save her daughter the rabid pittbull will be so occupied mauling Celestine that she can simply walk calmly away with 0% chance of damage.
            Being a pragmatic girl who picks her battles wisely, ***** doesn’t look back as she calmly walks away. Celestine’s dying cries are somewhat unnerving, but **** wanted a boy anyway and she smiles at the prospect

          • Maybe

            You said, “I peeked your post just as I was about to say my faith in human nature was something something.”

            And you complain that I don’t understand you?

            I stick with the train metaphor, by the way. If you doubt it’s truth then go stand on the tracks.

          • george lastrapes

            The train: simile, metaphor, symbol,or just a train. NO, Maybe, you can’t mark all the boxes.

          • Maybe

            I certainly can’t mark boxes that don’t exist. Where are you seeing boxes?

            Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes a train is something that will smash you into jam if you think you can step in front of one that is moving and thereby stop it.

          • george lastrapes

            I looked at your public post as it was being written, THINKING that by saying ‘peeked’ I would get that response from you. Passive-aggressive boohoo is as human as you’ve been yet.

        • george lastrapes

          A hero is not someone who goes looking for opportunities to be a hero. Someone, possibly quite ordinary, man or woman, finds self in a situation and does something which may or may not be of great benefit to just one creature (a stray kitten?) or to millions of people. And thereby, live or dead, gains the admiration respect everlasting fame &c&c&c Which epitaph would be nobler- ‘She turned back the Thrognite onslaught at the expense of her life&c&c&c’ or ‘She was careful and never caught headlice’. (Notice I said head lice, not any other kind, so as not to trigger you)—

  • Zyxomma

    TY, Evan.

  • george lastrapes

    OT as usual. My wealthiest relative, no name provided, told Fr James, a priest, a guest at the family dinner, that economics made perfect sense to him. Poor people needed less money because they were poor, while on the other hand, rich people needed more money because they are rich.
    The silence that followed was like nothing I’ve ever heard.

    • Postpaleo

      Invite me next time, I can break that silence. I would have stuffed the desert up his ass for starters.

      • george lastrapes

        First time I’ve laughed since being the most banned man on the Internet!

      • kLo
        • H0mer0

          that’ll work*

          *H0mer0 abhors violence, but this douchebag being introduced to how “superior” he really is a worthy exception.

        • george lastrapes

          Why the lack of respect of those antifaz— they’d probably be just as mean to that nice Mr. Hitler that young man was talking about!

      • Rooster Cogburn105

        “One wafer-thin mint, Monsieur?”

        • george lastrapes

          Does wafer thin mean razor-sharp?

      • george lastrapes

        we’d have to bring some dessert to replace what was- what was– how to say it?

  • Postpaleo

    Well, look at it this way, if she had no guts to stop what might be coming, what’s the harm with her gone. There is no 100% future sight in any of this. But one thing I would bet, Mueller is no fool and I’ll bet a buck he knows what could happen and has a plan on if it does.

  • Dollop of Gruel

    I’m glad she left. She saw the writing on the wall, and there is nothing she could do to stop it. Trump is going to do what he is going to do regardless of whether or not Rachel Brand takes Rosensteins place. He would like nothing more than to give a smart, successful woman an ultimatum and then fire her for not doing the wrong thing. He would “fire her ass” and then brag about “getting rid of that c–t.” You know he would get a fuckin’ hard-on doing it, too.

    Glad she didn’t give him the pleasure of doing so.

  • Petunia Cat

    Even if you decide not to call Rachel Brand a coward the point is she ran away when she was needed. What was she needed to do? Help Rosenstein reenact the Saturday night massacre. Refuse to fire the special prosecutor because there’s no justification for it. Uphold the law. So that Trump has to illegally fire EEEEEVERYONE. So it’s on the record and undeniable. And because that’s what happened in the original Saturday night massacre. Including the AG resigned rather than fire the special prosecutor, then the assistant AG did. But those two and solicitor General Robert Bork had got together and decided all this. Including that Bork would not resign, would fire the special prosecutor and then preserve all of the investigation materials in hopes that a new one would be appointed. And that’s what happened. We need the investigation to be preserved.

    Who’s Noel Francisco? According to Maddow last week he’s some big Trump loyalist. He’s not going to preserve the investigation he’s going to be doing Trumps bidding like another one of those mobster pals.

    PS ‘Noel Francisco’ 😂 sounds like a character from Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. I can see him in the first novel, a kind of out of it bisexual guy working in a soup café who ends up going into PR.

    • Brian Fowler

      I really don’t get Italian or Spanish (or Hispanic) loyalists for racists like Trump. Don’t they realize that if these guys really did get to throw out “the Mexicans” and “the Muslims,” that they would eventually become next?

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  • Riley Whodat Venable

    She had a job in the Trump administration. It sucked. She quit.
    Not greed. Not cowardice. Good sense.

    Never be the last rat to desert a sinking ship.

    • BreakingDeadMen

      Well, yes, if you are a rat.

  • King Beauregard

    You know what? Screw you people for declaring her a coward and greedy and so forth. Have you ever tried working in an environment that had turned toxic because of drastic shifts in management? It’s at least as likely as anything else that that’s what motivates her leaving.

    This is what Evan cites to call her a “coward”:

    “As far back as last fall, Brand had expressed to friends that she felt overwhelmed and unsupported in her job, especially as many key positions under her jurisdiction had still not been filled with permanent, Senate-confirmed officials.”

    See? She was telling her friends months ago that the job was taking a psychological toll on her. As far as I’m concerned, she stuck with it as long as she could.

    Screw every last one of you who is demanding she do a job that I doubt you would voluntarily take on.

    • You are forgetting where she runs away before she gets to the hard part to go be a CEO at WalMart.
      If it were anywhere else, almost, I would see it your way. But this has “bought out by the Waltons so Trump has to appoint someone new” all over it.

      • King Beauregard

        I keep forgetting that people are obligated to wear a hair shirt and abase themselves if they dare disappoint the Left.

        Very simple question: if you had the skills to fill the DoJ position in question, would you sign up to take the job she is vacating? We both know you would not.

        • Talis

          To stop the fascists yes I would take the job. The fact that you admit you would not take the job to stop fascism shows that you are also a coward just like Brand.
          I guess all that talk of right-wingers being super Patriots is just bullshit.

          • King Beauregard

            Yeah I don’t believe you for a second. It’s always so damn easy for you armchair heroes, who don’t actually suffer but demand that others do.

            There is nothing weaker than a principle that has never been tested. That’s you.

          • Talis

            You asked the question Bubba. I answered it. It is apparent that you accept no answer unless it jibes with your right wing thinking.

          • King Beauregard

            You gave the answer of somebody who has never actually risked himself, ever, yet assumes that anyone else who isn’t willing to endure a toxic environment for months is a coward.

            All right, great hero, please tell us what you have actually done that would make us think you’d actually put yourself through some small form of hell for your principles. Because you sure as hell aren’t at it right now.

          • Talis

            I’m pretty sure I was drafted when you were still peeing in your diapers Bubba

          • King Beauregard

            DRAFTED. You didn’t volunteer. Should I call you a coward?

          • Talis

            Stop projecting

          • george lastrapes

            You mentioned ‘letting the thread go’— that could be interpreted a coupla different ways. You will do as you must, but you know where to find me. Tell Maybe I’d miss her too, wouldja, bro?

          • george lastrapes

            But-but- he roots for the right(stutters)fffootball team—–

        • george lastrapes

          Hell yes *I* would I’d do so goddam much damage leak so much secret or embarrassssment look for or make my own kompromat &c&c&c&c what lefty resister wouldnt MY DREAM JOB What side you on BEAU???????

    • kLo

      I tried to empathize and thought about what I would do in her shoes. And then I realized our least favorite Keebler elf has been constantly bullied by Trump and he hasn’t left his post.

      • Maybe

        It is said that Sessions loves his job, if not his boss. Sessions gets to deport lots of people and gut civil rights protections, so of course he want to stay.

        • george lastrapes

          Just this very once I agree with you! Ever hear of the hundred monkeys typing? I didnt think so. Too busy reading Finnegans Wake, were you.

      • george lastrapes

        what I would in KellyAnnes shoes: puke.

        • BreakingDeadMen

          I would love to puke in her shoes

          • george lastrapes

            The idea is to puke INTO her shoes. What makes the joke work is the careless use of ‘in’ to mean ‘into’

          • george lastrapes

            That’s the romanticist in you talking!

    • Kurt Weil

      She’s going to work as an exec at Walmart. Walmart.

      She has a fundamental character flaw.

      • King Beauregard

        She also put up with the Trump administration a lot longer than a lot of other people did.

        I’m sorry she didn’t impoverish herself to make the Left happy.

        • BreakingDeadMen

          I’m sorry she abrogated her sworn duty to America because her fee fees hurt and she had a chance to cash out. She’s not even showing the courage to tell us this stuff herself, it’s all through intermediaries. So this is the opposite of principle, IMO.

          • King Beauregard

            “fee fees hurt”

            Do you know anyone who stayed in a toxic work environment for too long, and broke themselves? I do. I live with one, in fact. She has PTSD from the experience and hopes to be able to work again someday. But the last time she tried to force herself to apply for a job, she cried through the whole interview; that’s how much long-term damage a toxic work environment can inflict upon a person.

            So, fuck you and your “fee fees hurt” bullshit. You sure are fine with other people suffering for your entertainment.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            I have worked in toxic environments, and it does mess you up. But this is not a civilian job, and she clearly is not having trouble carrying on in the workforce. So, fuck her and fuck you too, asshole.

          • King Beauregard

            “But this is not a civilian job, and she clearly is not having trouble carrying on in the workforce.”

            Oh, so she should have worked until she broke herself.

            How eager you are for others to suffer for your entertainment. You are human garbage.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            Whereas I would frame it as “She should have tried to hang on a little longer to try and stand in the way of an abomination of justice or at least sound alarms on the way out instead of take a cushy job because she doesn’t want to do the dirty work.”

          • george lastrapes

            I am aware that I’m in this conversation anachronistically, but it seems almost as though it’s realtime! Do you notice it, ManFromTwoHoursAgo?

          • BreakingDeadMen

            I still get replies to things I posted five years ago.

          • george lastrapes

            But not to things you will post five years hence?

          • BreakingDeadMen

            I just got a comment on a post about President Harris

          • george lastrapes

            Then you may already have this comment, in which I say, ‘brilliant!’!

          • george lastrapes

            Uh-oh. Read the below. again. it mysteriously changed, as if it somehow corrected itself.

          • george lastrapes

            Perhaps he overstated a bit, as we each and every seem to be doing.

          • King Beauregard

            Indeed, and it includes me. I would not literally put BDM in a Heftie bag and leave him on the curb. I do think he’s shitty, though, at least on this topic.

            On the other hand, I look at this pile-on against Brand — starting with the original article — and I have to wonder what is WRONG with people. I get that we want as many people as possible to hinder Trump, but does that mean they are obligated to break themselves for our principles? It reminds me of nothing so much as the Dubya fans who pushed for the Iraq War and then didn’t give a shit how much hell the troops went through. Our soldiers are not little green army men who exist to be abused, and neither is Brand.

            Yeah, going off to work for Walmart is a bad look. But if a bad look mattered in my world, I wouldn’t have supported Hillary, because sometimes she said or did things that did not meet my exacting armchair standards.

          • george lastrapes

            what is wrong what is wrong is wrong with me too. I must start looking at the time stamps of posts if that is the right word, to get it all in sequence otherwise it makes no sense. Or I mean less sense than usual.

          • george lastrapes

            If everybody blocked everybody simultaneously, would everybody just pffft cease to exist???

          • BreakingDeadMen

            We can only hope

          • george lastrapes

            I wouldn’t be so absolute. We can’t all be each and every in all situations ready for anything &c&c&c&c. I think she possibly held on long as she could and had to leave. Look at the tilt of her mouth, it says without speaking she has been in misery for quite some time.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            Fair enough. But fuck OP anyway, for being a douchebag

          • DM

            Apparently it makes you into a rabid commenting mess of a person. Jesus Fuck dude.

          • King Beauregard

            Right, because everyone else here is being perfectly sane and reasonable.

            In any other context, people here would know to say, “Jesus, it must be rough for a woman to work in the Trump administration”. Except in this one case, where a woman quits because she’s overwhelmed by the trash fire she’s in the middle of … and suddenly she’s a coward, she is just mad because of “fee fees”, and so on.

            I may be a bastard, but so is everyone else here. And unlike them, I happen to be right.

          • DM

            OK Rachel, have a nice night.

          • george lastrapes

            The Divine RIGHT of Kings. so WRONG. Better you go for the royal wee.

          • King Beauregard

            Oui!

          • george lastrapes

            You know French? Just like someone I met online recently? Quelle coincidence.

          • King Beauregard

            Nur ein bisschen.

          • george lastrapes

            An Zufall, glaube ich nicht.

          • george lastrapes

            Now you be nice to my new best friend Ring— I mean, Kiley—
            not his fault if he’s got rabies…..And you: 2 comments, 1 vote. That kind of track record makes some people think you were invented on the spot, then forgot.

          • Maybe

            Perhaps she saw it as her sworn duty not to be an enabler of the Trump administration in a situation where she had no power to fix the problems.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            Right, and that’s fine for the Walter Shaub’s of the world, who continue trying to do their duty from where they think they can be more effective; this reads less bravely than that.

          • jixter

            Sure does. Sounds like ‘American History’ called her on the telephone and she let it go to voice-mail. Not to dig too deeply into paranoia, but I’ve begun wondering which one of Walmart’s trump supporters offered her the ‘out’ in order to create this convenient job opening at the DOJ.

          • Maybe

            Perhaps, but you are reading this from a very long distance. You don’t know Brand. You don’t know what her job is like right now. You don’t know the difficulties she is facing. You don’t know what she knows about what Rosenstein is going through right now. You don’t know if she is a good fit for a political job.

            And you don’t know how the future would change if she decided to stay. It could be worse. Remember that Trump has no respect for women and especially enjoys being nasty to them.

            PS, Shaub resigned his ethics position last July. Why aren’t you criticizing his bravery or lack of it.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            Shaub left the government, but he continues to speak out. If Brand shows similar integrity, I will revise. Based on what I am seeing, there is no comparison.

          • Maybe

            She hasn’t even left yet, so at this point her behavior is very much like Shaub’s.

            Just what are you seeing other than a skilled woman decided to change jobs for reasons best know to herself?

        • george lastrapes

          The Left doesn’t concern itself so much with people who do have money, being concerned, as they are, and as the Sermon on the Mount urges, concerned with people who do not have money.

          • King Beauregard

            Except when they get all purity-testy. And that’s exactly what’s going on here.

          • george lastrapes

            Thought you had decamped.

          • King Beauregard

            I had, for the most part. I hold that, after a while, it’s time to let a thread go. But you responded to me, so I responded back.

            I already said most of what needed to be said already, once or twice. That’s enough repetition, probably.

          • george lastrapes

            I fear that responding to you may get me blocked or even booted off Wonkette. So I think I may decamp.

          • george lastrapes

            I’m not purity testy. Just testy.

        • george lastrapes

          Hey. I respect Evan, think I’d like him if we met, agree with his editorializing sometimes, sometimes not. But he’s not the Pope of the Left, that’s the best thing about the left, antiauthoritarianism.
          I can be my own Pope, the Pope of Me, George III, even excommunicate myself if it blows my cassock up.

        • Maybe

          I’m not sure this was particularly about money. From what has been said about her she does not have the personality type to be a politician. She hates the idea.

          Rosenstein’s job in any administration would be partly political, but under Trump it is all politics and all nasty.

          Odd how so many pro-choice people on this site deny that she has the right to make this one.

          • King Beauregard

            I’m sure people here would deny that being pro-choice has anything to do with this, but what is the central pro-choice argument? Oh yes, that a woman has the right to make choices about her life, and doubly so when her well-being is jeopardized.

            It would be swell if Brand could keep doing the job longer and save the day and so forth, but if she’s reached her limit, that’s for her to decide.

          • Maybe

            I totally agree.

            Pro-choice is generally considered to be about reproductive choices, but it also means that people have the right to make all personal choices for themselves unless there is a strong reason to limit such choice. There is no reason for random posters to choose what job Brand holds anymore than she gets to choose jobs for them.

      • earring

        Better to find out now she doesn’t have the muscle for the job. Good luck at Walmart, that job will also need muscle, Supposedly this chickensh*t aspired to a scotus seat. We have dodged a bullet.

        • george lastrapes

          Shouldn’t she look smug, self-satisfied? I would imagine Shostakovich’ wife had that expression on her face, knowing that Stalin was considering killing the whole Shostakovich family because he thought that the very notes in the opening theme of that symphony were meant to insult him.
          Sorry, we poorly-educateds tend to go off on tangents.

      • Maybe

        Don’t we all?

        You know, some people condemn total strangers based on a few paragraphs of incomplete information.

        • george lastrapes

          Some enlightenment sneaking up on you? Self realization that you might be one of those ‘some people’?
          I didn’t think so.
          ‘Don’t we all’ in no way included you.

          • Maybe

            It did not include me.

            I did not call you a coward or say you had a fundamental character flaw or even make some weird comment about “WOMANIZE the DEMON.” I didn’t even call Weil those things. I didn’t label either of you in any way.

            If you felt that my “some people” generalization (which refers to behavior and is not a label) fit you then that’s up to you. Though I suspect you’re right.

          • george lastrapes

            You seem to use language as an AI does, no knowledge of the semantics, nothing there which knows. You see, a computer KNOWS NOTHING, having nothing by which to know. Disagree, and you tend to prove my hypothesis. Or you could be a severely afflicted autist, albeit high functioning. Or you could be a very bad actor or actress, as you seem to be reading the same script as King— womanize the demon?demonize the woman? Innocent wordplay. My last name? Last/Rapes? I haven’t heard that kind of STOOPID brilliance since the 7th grade. What is extremely odd is that ‘King Beauregard’ is almost certainly intelligent enough to know what he said is STOOPID. Does he think I’m stupid? Or is he calling for help, saying ‘I this prank has gone too far, and I am trapped here with an ethically challenged colluder guy/gal who sat indifferently as a rabid pit bull savaged daughter lovely Celestine……..

          • Maybe

            I use language the way an English major does, actually. Yours sounds like bad stream-of-consciousness.

            And what are you talking about with the “Last/Rapes” crack? Are you hearing voices in your head or something? I certainly never wrote that.

            Also, what’s with the ‘King Beauregard’ conspiracy theory? And Celestine? Your references makes no sense.

          • george lastrapes

            Hypothetical persons are used in Ethical Calculations, as notional Crash-Test Dummies. It may be a legal requirement. So nobody ‘real’ gets run over by a train.

          • Maybe

            They do if they step in front of a moving one. That was kind of my point. There are ways to fight that make sense and there are ways to fight that make jam.

          • george lastrapes

            What I am talking about, everything is fiction! The bystanders, the passengers, the train, the tracks, the engineer! The question is something like, which outcome is ethically preferable, the one in which the fifteen drunken soccer fans die or the one in which the 97-year-old great-aunt of Duchess Phyllida dies, and with her, the seccession of VonVonsky royal blood or whatever! Sometimes they pose real ethical dilemmas and sometimes they are just silly, and begging to be parodized, as I tried to do!

          • george lastrapes

            I like your cat avatar. Reminds me of my kitkat kid’s clock, the black-and-white one, the eyes and the tail swung back-and-forth? Maybe before your time, but you can still get them.I just might get one. Taking early sleeping pill. Say hi to King for me, hope to see you tomorrow.

          • george lastrapes

            ‘Twas King who made the Last/Rapes crack. with my (at least) 400-yr. old name. And Celestine was one of those ‘notional’ crash-test dummies.

          • george lastrapes

            I tried some poetry……………………………………….pretty juvenile, I guess

            Ilsa flips a coin in Casablanca

            Expressions on her face
            Chased each other
            like shadows of birds
            on early flowers
            on late snow
            on the day before
            the first day of spring.

          • george lastrapes

            If you are playing a role as a severely mentally and ethically challenged individual,M or F, I say, ‘Brilliant’!!!
            If you are in actual fact that severely mentally and ethically challenged individual, M or F, I say, ‘Poor soul’.

          • Maybe

            I am not acting.

            Sadly, neither are you. You have posted often enough that you have given a good picture of who and what you are.

            I’m not sure why you have decided that coherent English must somehow be computer-generated, but it fits with the rest of your notions.

            BTW, I am sorry for you, so I’m clearly not a computer.

          • george lastrapes

            I am criticised for my “archaic” English, excessively rich vocabulary, overly complicated sentence structures, use of supposedly needless subjunctive/concessive or modal constructions— yes, they try to make me seem stupid and it HURTS.

          • Maybe

            And here am I criticizing you for your failure to communicate well.

            Your chosen style doesn’t make you seem stupid. It makes you seem unreasonable. Your purpose does not seem to be to communicate.

            Maybe you should switch to poetry?

            Please feel free to criticize me as much as you please. Of course, since I am a computer it won’t hurt me at all.

            Or did you decide I was a Medusa after all?

          • george lastrapes

            I am unreasonable, and overly rational. sometimes simultaneously. I paint portraits in a 17th century style, write unappreciated music in a modernist style, and havedesigned a few (small) houses in a peculiar geometric style, made very good money writing papers etc back in university days, And that’s just the start. Want to know more, you probably will. Some poetry for you to inspect in another post.Okay, I’ll put it here. I know, Juvenile.

            Ilsa flips a coin in Casablanca

            Expressions cross her face
            and chase each other
            like the shadows of birds
            on late snow
            on early flowers
            on the day before
            the first day of spring

          • george lastrapes

            Once someone paid me a compliment: “George, you have a marvelous command of the English language!”
            To which I replied, with becoming modesty, “Thankew, but I don’t command it! I ask it nicely and it does whatever I want it to do.”

            And I hate how hyberbolists ruined such useful (even indispensible) words as marvelous, awful, awesome, wonderful, terrible, stupendous, &c&c&c. What we need them for– the expression of what their meanings were hundreds of years ago– the very lack of those powerful words makes what I’m trying to say very hard, seeming to prove my point! What this means, I think, is that we have turned to increasingly violent and vile images, think of the merging o pornography and butchery in films which even children are allowed to see— to simply feel what had been once within the power of language.

            Sorry for the rant, I get that way when I think I’m right.

            I don’t know what you look like, but if you did have snakes instead of hair, they would be friendly, pretty, and easy to style. Haha? Of course you’re no Medusa– I told King I thought you must be attractive, and he didn’t disagree! Is he jealous? Seriously, he is a helluva fella and I would hate myself if I hurt his feelings.

            -m

          • george lastrapes

            Wordplay is by its nature weird. Words are taken from where they belong, fitted into new slots because of shape instead of meaning spurious readings multiply kaleidoscopically–WHEW– no wonder, when a little lady (or young gentleman) such as yourself, who hopes one day to go to junior college, just doesn’t understand!

          • Maybe

            Your judgment is as bad as your verbiage.

            The only time I went to junior college was to teach there. That would be after I got my three degrees.

          • george lastrapes

            You were a black belt?

        • george lastrapes

          You honestly don’t include yourself in those some people who condemn total strangers based on a few paragraphs of incomplete information?
          That’s…adorable.

      • george lastrapes

        Not in full agreement (the Jesuits would caall me a casuist) but so well said, so well said.

    • stablegeniusahughes798

      Wasn’t Brand appointed by Trump? If so, why would she protect anything Mueller or Rosenstein are doing? I agree with King Beauregard. Screw the “coward” bullshit. Since when do we condemn women for taking better jobs for more money? Or for leaving a job that has an extremely toxic(and may I remind you, gropey and rapey) management? Fuck that shit. What about all the males who have run, screaming, from that shit-hole? Are they greedy cowards, too?

      • King Beauregard

        Yeah, it sure is funny how quick people are to demonize the woman.

        • Maybe

          True. I don’t remember McCabe being called a coward when he resigned. I suspect he was in some ways forced, but he could have held out for being fired.

  • WhoCheckedRussia’sVoterID

    Thanks for this interesting piece. This attorney is horrible and does a disservice to America. The fact that she is running to become a corporate shill is beside the point. Glad she is gone and hope she never returns.

    • Maybe

      So making a decision that she is entitled to make means she is horrible? You don’t even know what factors led her to make this decision, yet you condemn it.

      She has worked for both Republican and Democratic administrations and has an excellent reputation. Apparently President Obama didn’t think she’s horrible.

      • WhoCheckedRussia’sVoterID

        Read about her career. Then we will talk.

        • Maybe

          The fact that you apparently disapprove of her career does not mean she doesn’t have the right to choose what job she will take. That would be a double standard.

          • WhoCheckedRussia’sVoterID

            H’uh boy…

  • Xylem

    I’ll take Coward for $100, Alex.

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