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August 14, 2018 07:02 AM UTC

Tuesday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”

–Leonardo da Vinci


10 thoughts on “Tuesday Open Thread

  1. Bit of a “At Least He Isn’t Your GOP Candidate” out of Missouri. In a Four way race Steve West won the primary for State Representative in District 15. He has said among other things that, “Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it.” Yes, the dog whistle is about the Jews. He also has spoken at other times about Jewish cabals selling baby parts from Planned Parenthood. The Kanas City Star has the full story

    1. Who knew that someone could make Dr. Chaps look not-quite-so-bad!

      And he apparently owes upwards of $12,000 in back child support although he claims that does not detract from his commitment to family values. (His ex-wife would probably disagree.)

      Aren't domestic relations court orders what tripped up a couple of Colorado family values Republicans this election cycle?

  2. Paul Krugman of the New York Times lists the "achievements" of the Republican House Speakers since Newt Gingrich.

    Newt Gingrich was a blowhard who shut down the government in a failed attempt to blackmail Bill Clinton into cutting Medicare, then led the impeachment of Clinton over an affair even as he himself was cheating on his wife.

    Dennis Hastert, we now know, had a history of molesting teenage boys. Personal behavior aside, the “Hastert rule,” under which Republicans could support only legislation approved by a majority of their own party, empowered extremists and made America less governable.

    John Boehner didn’t do much except oppose everything Obama proposed, including measures that were crucial to dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis.

    And Paul Ryan, the current but departing speaker, is a flimflam man: a fake deficit hawk whose one legislative achievement is a budget-busting tax cut, a fake policy wonk whose budget proposals were always obvious smoke and mirrors, pretending to address the budget deficit but actually just redistributing income from the poor to the rich. In the final act of his political career he has also shown himself to be a coward, utterly unwilling to stand up to Trump’s malfeasance.

    Heroic achievements all, right Nutlid?

  3. Here's the basic problem Coffman, Buck and Tipton (with a side order of Stumbleton) face in this year's election:

    Normally, a party that gives away $2 trillion without worrying about where the money will come from can buy itself at least a few votes. But Donald Trump’s tax cut remains remarkably unpopular, and Republicans barely mention it on the campaign trail — in fact, Democrats are running against the tax cut more than Republicans are running on it.

    Nor are Republicans talking much about Trump’s trade war, which also remains unpopular.

    What, then, does the G.O.P. have to run on? It can hype the supposed menace from illegal immigrants — but that hasn’t been gaining much traction, either. Instead, Republicans’ attack ads have increasingly focused on one of their usual boogeymen — or, rather, a boogeywoman: Nancy Pelosi, the former and possibly future speaker of the House.

      1. If he's still in office, Trump's campaign will revive Hillary and all her "crimes" for 2020, and how he had the biggest Electoral College majority since Lincoln, and would have won the popular vote, blah blah blah…

  4. Even Sarah Huckabee Sanders isn't foolish enough to vouch for Donald Trump

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had not heard President Donald Trump utter a racial slur, although she could not guarantee that Trump never used a derogatory term for African-Americans.

  5. Kellyanne Conway's husband definitely has a way of describing Trump in a very succinct manner

    George Conway@gtconway3d

    Interesting analogy. Likewise, what if a CEO routinely made false and misleading statements about himself, the company, and results, and publicly attacked business partners, company “divisions” (w/ scare quotes!), employees, and analysts, and kowtowed to a dangerous competitor?

    Philip Bump@pbump

    How would the board of a company react if the CEO told them that he hadn't fired an unqualified employee who was disliked by coworkers because the employee constantly praised him? …

    7:02 AM – Aug 14, 2018

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