US Politics May 2021: Joe Manchin's Choose-Your-Adventure Book

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No one else stepped up, so I stepped in.

sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Saturday, 1 May 2021 17:58 (five days ago) link

Update on Schumer’s imaginary friends

The key part of this conversation with Chuck Schumer, to me, is the way his thinking on the median voter has changed. https://t.co/27UpHiVFQ8

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) April 30, 2021



Now he thinks these voters, "Joe and Eileen Bailey," just want government to help them, and they don't care who else it helps. And so the political path for Democrats is to do anything and everything so these voters feeling helped by the government, right now.

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) April 30, 2021

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 1 May 2021 23:43 (five days ago) link

They've got footage:https://www.npr.org/2021/05/01/992713857/oregon-lawmaker-who-opened-state-capitol-to-far-right-protesters-faces-charges
A few highlights:
Shortly after that breach, demonstrators scuffled with state troopers and Salem police. One man is accused of spraying officers with bear mace, allowing the crowd to make their way further into the building. Several people were arrested before the Capitol was cleared, and members of the crowd went on to shatter glass doors and assault journalists outside the building. Nearman, meanwhile, promptly walked around the building and entered on the opposite side.

At least three people who participated in the Salem protest went on to participate in the attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
...Nearman suggested in the statement he was the victim of a political attack, and that he was being subjected to "mob justice."
...In 2017, his then-legislative aide gave a gun to a convicted felon, who then brought it to a pro-Trump demonstration at the Capitol, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Court records show the aide, Angela Roman, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the incident.

...On Saturday, he's slated to appear at a Salem rally in support of gun rights alongside former congressional candidate and QAnon conspiracy theory supporter Jo Rae Perkins, according to a flyer for the event.

dow, Saturday, 1 May 2021 23:45 (five days ago) link

Newman is slated to appear, not the aide (although maybe the aide will be there too).

dow, Saturday, 1 May 2021 23:47 (five days ago) link

“The era of big government is over,” POTUS Bill Clinton famously declared in his 1996 State of the Union address.

versus:

Biden has consciously cloaked himself in the legacy of FDR, to hark back to an earlier age of liberalism when government pulled the country out of despair.

— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) May 1, 2021

Waiting for the “shit, I didn’t mean to say New Deal liberalism worked!” retraction.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 2 May 2021 03:38 (four days ago) link

Coming from Sen. Cornyn that is one weird tweet.

sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Sunday, 2 May 2021 03:43 (four days ago) link

Twice in the last month John Cornyn has posted tweets that are directly copied and pasted from published articles (in Politico and the NYT respectively) without any attribution whatsoever. A really strange look for a US Senator. pic.twitter.com/jqlOYD1AhQ

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 1, 2021

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 May 2021 03:50 (four days ago) link

That makes sense, he was probably trying to send a link to someone and can’t figure out how it works.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 2 May 2021 04:04 (four days ago) link

Cornyn has never given the impression of being intelligent.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 2 May 2021 09:40 (four days ago) link

here you go:

In his first 100 days, the President has proposed $6 trillion in new spending—about 4x our total federal budget! That amount of spending jeopardizes our kids' future and saddles them with decades of interest costs. pic.twitter.com/Ta5OYgUKfi

— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 29, 2021

there's also tweet after tweet about cHiNa

rob, Sunday, 2 May 2021 15:00 (four days ago) link

whew, thanks

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 2 May 2021 15:09 (four days ago) link

Give this man a rubber ball nose and giant red shoes

Quote from Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) on his opposition to vaccine waiver: pic.twitter.com/j0AVqGNCip

— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) May 2, 2021

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 2 May 2021 16:16 (four days ago) link

American exceptional ism, folks

Filibuster Poindexter (Neanderthal), Sunday, 2 May 2021 16:20 (four days ago) link

Q-Trump vanguarder crashing party leadership in South Carolina:
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/05/02/lin-wood-south-carolina-race-485189

dow, Sunday, 2 May 2021 18:29 (four days ago) link

“Brain worms” is usually a joke but Lin Wood might actually actually have some heretofore undiscovered neurological disease.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 2 May 2021 18:34 (four days ago) link

My own diagnosis of Lin Wood is 'utterly shameless power-hungry publicity-chaser' with a large dash of sociopathy to help it go down more easily.

sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Sunday, 2 May 2021 18:51 (four days ago) link

i like how Trump endorsed the incumbent but it doesn't matter - Wood is banking on Trumpiness as a concept overriding Trump as a person.

JoeStork, Sunday, 2 May 2021 19:55 (four days ago) link

he may be right! some (mostly old white) people just like the idea of an old white guy who maintains the status quo and sorts us into good and bad. like jesus. or santa.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBAh6o4Ak9M

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 2 May 2021 19:59 (four days ago) link

Zuri got so big!! lol <3

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Sunday, 2 May 2021 21:23 (four days ago) link

right?!?

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 2 May 2021 22:34 (four days ago) link

Presidential fact-checker David Dale on the first hundred days of this administration:

"Biden is averaging about 1 false claim every 3.5 days.

In the last year I counted Trump before I had to quit the tally because it was too much to handle, Aug. 2019-July 2020, Trump averaged about 8 false claims every 1 day."

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 3 May 2021 04:23 (three days ago) link

into this

The bottom 95% of earners will not see a tax increase under Biden's proposal. Almost all of the changes would affect the top .7% of earners. https://t.co/L4Gwgelgza

— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) May 4, 2021

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 17:03 (two days ago) link

"caught"

Scoop from @kadiagoba: Kevin McCarthy caught on hot mic bad-mouthing Liz Cheney https://t.co/vpFxZ9qVX5

— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) May 4, 2021

Politicians don't say anything into a microphone they don't expect people to hear.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 17:42 (two days ago) link

whom will this surprise, though? He's said that shit aloud.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 17:43 (two days ago) link

I mean also, Liz Cheney is not our friend. Liz Cheney still sucks.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 17:45 (two days ago) link

they rehabbed W I’m sure Luz will be a shoo in

Washington Generals D-League affiliate (will), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 18:13 (two days ago) link

Lulz

Washington Generals D-League affiliate (will), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 18:13 (two days ago) link

Lol Chaney was a monster too

Politicians don't say anything into a microphone they don't expect people to hear.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/that-awkward-moment-when-peter-dutton-realised-the-mic-was-on-29499733.html

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 18:18 (two days ago) link

Lol Chaney: Underrated Cure Member

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 18:29 (two days ago) link

Saw Lol Chaney Jr. walking with the queen.

henry s, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 19:14 (two days ago) link

Pretty much being a d1ck is a 'must have' when buying your own conservative politician world wide.

earlnash, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 21:31 (two days ago) link

Trump’s new social media platform is just a feed on his website to approximate him tweeting.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 21:45 (two days ago) link

I love the image of him ranting at Mar-a-Lago wedding guests about the 'verrry interesting' recount happening in AZ... magic memories for the happy couple

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 22:45 (two days ago) link

Trump’s new social media platform is just a feed on his website to approximate him tweeting.

― Joe Bombin (milo z), Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:45 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

it's incredible

gotta admire the commitment to shitposting

honestly good for him. every time I see an online “libertarian” or strict cOnStItuTiOnLisT whining about corporations like Twitter or FB finally kind of enforcing their TOS my first thought is why the fuck don’t you Pull Yourself Up by Your Own Bootstraps and make your own platform, dipshit. and by george this soup-brained asshole did it.

Washington Generals D-League affiliate (will), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 23:53 (two days ago) link

(obv Twitter & FB are terrible and deserve to be broken up at the very least, if not outright nationalized)

Washington Generals D-League affiliate (will), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 23:54 (two days ago) link

Trump’s new social media platform is just a feed on his website to approximate him tweeting.

― Joe Bombin (milo z), Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:45 PM (one hour ago)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e5td7-Bpvc

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 00:12 (yesterday) link

Are you talking about the "news" section on 45office.com? Or something else? I kind of want to gaze in horror at whatever it is, at least for a minute.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 00:12 (yesterday) link

this thing is amazing - it has permalinks that don't work, "hearts" that don't do anything, and "share" buttons that copy only the first 55 characters into a tweet for you, or on video posts, don't work.

rong thread though, unless this useless sack of fermented meat juice does anything to do with politics, let's keep him to his own C/D isothread

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 00:16 (yesterday) link

unperson: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/desk

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 00:16 (yesterday) link

christ what an asshole

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 00:59 (yesterday) link

nope not clicking

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 01:06 (yesterday) link

Paid for by Save America JFC

visiting, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 02:29 (yesterday) link

More like "Save America, KFC."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 12:23 (yesterday) link

He's railing against Facebook and yet there's a little Facebook 'share' logo on the right of the post

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:13 (yesterday) link

CNN has been going on--on TV, and on their site--about Liz Cheney and Kevin McCarthy for 48 hours now, like the fate of the world hinges on this. (MSNBC too, I'd bet.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:32 (yesterday) link

I want to not care about this but it’s still disturbing, in that it’s further confirmation that the GOP platform is still Trump and nothing else. I like to think that this means the GOP is willingly allowing Trump to be an anchor tied around their necks, but time will tell.

epistantophus, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:40 (yesterday) link

Well, it definitely would not be a good thing if all the remaining normal assholes in the GOP were forced out and replaced with outright lunatics, esp. if the GOP got the house back. Which is not outside of the realm of possibility, either of those things

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:57 (yesterday) link

I don't care.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:02 (yesterday) link

Spend the hour analyzing the infrastructure plan. Liz Cheney, a horrible human in other contexts, is irrelevant to me.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:03 (yesterday) link

yea I found the booing of Mitt Romney in Utah to be kinda chilling

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:03 (yesterday) link

I get it -- the Beltway class loves this shit

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:03 (yesterday) link

If they want to hitch their wagon to Trump, have at it:
* the first incumbent seeking reelection to see his party lose the White House, Senate, and the House of Representatives since Herbert Hoover
* Per Gallup, he left office with the lowest average approval ratings in the history of the modern Presidency

Not exactly a political juggernaut, but they can't quit him

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:12 (yesterday) link

To be fair, it's not like any of their alternatives are looking any more promising.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:17 (yesterday) link

yeah the GOP has kind of reached their logical endpoint, they've left themselves no other option but triple down

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:22 (yesterday) link

i really want to hope that by doing this their influence will just start to whither, but I live in the USA and know better

akm, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:26 (yesterday) link

this will continue to be a problem until democrats take concrete action on any number of voting issues, which they have shown zero interest in doing so far

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:26 (yesterday) link

mass disenfranchisement opens the door to these GOP crazies

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:27 (yesterday) link

xp to Alfred- yeah I don’t give a shit about Liz Cheney, I’m more thinking about what this means for the GOP- again I kind of don’t give a shit, but I was hoping Trump’s loss would lead them to look beyond his particularly toxic brand of politics and move on. But if not… interesting, disturbing, maybe that’s a good thing if it backfires for them or if it proves out that he’s an anchor dragging the GOP out of power. But time will tell! Disturbing in that the GOP is bound to win some elections going forward no matter what, so if we’re looking at Trumpy candidates going forward instead of Romney/McCain type candidates for the GOP… I’m disturbed.

epistantophus, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:28 (yesterday) link

It's more the duration of the story than the story itself I was posting about. Report on it, yes. But two days later, it's basically the same headline--GOP fracture, "hot mic," Cheney will be voted out. Until there's something new to add, move on. Which I realize is a bigger complaint about the media in general.

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:32 (yesterday) link

epistantophus and clemenza both tom

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:37 (yesterday) link

otm too

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:37 (yesterday) link

Lol

epistantophus, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:40 (yesterday) link

I think I'd like to be Tom Seaver--epistantophus?

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:43 (yesterday) link

Tom Hagen

Hongro Hongro Hippies (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:52 (yesterday) link

this guy gets it

I truly think it will have absolutely zero effect one way or the other on their electoral prospects. https://t.co/WqFR4gPFsJ

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 5, 2021

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 18:12 (yesterday) link

the thing is though republican voters will not vote for a democrat. and there a lot of them so the potential for another crazy motherfucker winning the presidency is high enough for me to hope the republicans figure their shit out

Heez, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 18:29 (yesterday) link

I think I'd like to be Tom Seaver

Today's Tom Seaver he gets high on you

Frumious Cumberbatch (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 19:15 (yesterday) link

Considering how histrionic some of the state GOP reaction has been, there is a deep well of crazy out there. I think it is just T-minus so many days until something goes down that will make what happened on 1/6 look like a kegger.

Maybe it will die down, but there are too many people funding and making money off the lunacy. It is not even like Fox News or any of the profit centers fleecing this audience has changed, if anything they are doubling down on the whackamole lunacy.

earlnash, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 20:35 (yesterday) link

Hayes is otm of course but it should be said that this sort of lunacy does seem to help the Democrats - 81 million people voted for Joe Biden for God's sake

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 20:41 (yesterday) link

I dunno, when there are only two parties, and one of them is packed with lunatics, anything less than total obsolescence makes me a little nervous. I don't know how much this helps the Dems, but I also don't know how much it hurts the GOP. It fact, more lunatics and less regular losers might even *help* them at the polls these days, or at least help them enough.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 20:44 (yesterday) link

does it help enough to overcome the immense structural advantages that the republicans currently have and are working day and night to make even bigger?

xp

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 20:45 (yesterday) link

Thank you for your honesty, Senator.

This is the whole ballgame. McConnell said this almost verbatim during the Obama era. Time to learn from our mistakes. We have the majority, let’s use it and not worry about pandering to a party that just admitted it’s not interested in governing.pic.twitter.com/8hwfngH9OP

— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 5, 2021

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 20:47 (yesterday) link

does it help enough to overcome the immense structural advantages that the republicans currently have and are working day and night to make even bigger?

xp

― the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili),

It helped enough to get Biden elected but not enough to lose 12 House seats. President Manchin needs to support voter reform.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 20:53 (yesterday) link

Whew.. I was worried McConnell was gonna yammer some platitude about cooperating across the aisle for the good of the American people...

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 20:58 (yesterday) link

I've said it several times before but thinking the Republican party will go away is pure fantasy. Roughly 40% of the country has a conservative mindset; they will vote for anyone who is to the right of Democrats.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 21:36 (yesterday) link

40% of ILX is conservative

Filibuster Poindexter (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 21:46 (yesterday) link

more lunatics and less regular losers might even *help* them at the polls these days

I feel like four years ago GOP paired Trump with Pence, to try to mitigate a bit of Trump's bluster and braggadocio with some midwestern churchiness. Now that they've discovered that batshit bluster *is* what sells to their base they'll abandon any semblance of "normalcy" and go full-on lunacy party. Bring on Trump/Gaetz 2024.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:19 (yesterday) link

they'll abandon any semblance of "normalcy" and go full-on lunacy party.

They road tested that one in Alabama with Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones. It went poorly enough that Alabama sent their first Democrat to the US Senate in ages. That's in Alabama, mind you. The R's biggest problem rn is that Republican primary voters will continue to embrace full-on lunacy, even when it delivers general election losses.

sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:49 (yesterday) link

DT peed in that coffee.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:51 (yesterday) link

Roy Moore is the bottom of the barrel, and even he lost to Doug Jones by only about 1.5%. That is not a margin that make me comfortable.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:52 (yesterday) link

And then Doug Jones got beat by the human equivalent of a deflated football.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:53 (yesterday) link

Can we stop discussing Trump

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 22:55 (yesterday) link

i believe that coach tuberville is just the man to win the war. yeah, we were down before in the earlier quarters. we lost some battles. but now it's 4th and long, and we're on the 40-yard line and it's a little too long for a field goal. but coach says it's just as well because america doesn't tie in wars, america wins the football game. and coach says we don't even need time outs to win back this nation. we just need to keep our air game solid and make sure we get out of bounds and save some clock time.

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 23:00 (yesterday) link

us politics 2021: drenched in sweat, we love you coach

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 23:01 (yesterday) link

what about me
it isn't fair
I've had enough now I want my share

Filibuster Poindexter (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 23:11 (yesterday) link

President Tuverville is fucked if we have to invade Bear Bryant Stadium IIRC

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 23:24 (yesterday) link

Tuberville? More like Mr. Potato Head.

Because his name is "tuber" and he has a potato for a brain.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 23:30 (yesterday) link


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