“Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.”
–William S. Burroughs
(D) Joe Biden*
(R) Donald Trump
(D) Diana DeGette*
(D) Joe Neguse*
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(D) Adam Frisch
(R) Ken Buck*
(R) Doug Lamborn*
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“Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.”
–William S. Burroughs
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Really good WOTD from MusicianinLA at DailyKos: “Tough talk on dealing with repairing the damage to SCOTUS“
Are we finally ready to shitcan the old "bipartisan bargain" we claimed was fair…and there is some standard we cannot violate but our opponent can do repeatedly?
The Republicans are worse than despicable.
"The Republicans are worse than despicable."
Sorry to disappoint you, Duke. I looked in the mirror a hour ago, when shaving, and I did not see a despicable person.
Yeah – my mom's a terrific person too.
What does she like about the Republican Party?
Is she a RINO, or does she believe in the Republican platform?
Trick question. There is no Republican platform.
But there is an extensive collection of tweets from 1/20/17 to date.
Hah! But, I wasn't trying to be tricky. It is a serious question from a baffled left-winger.
Aside from the (non) existing voted-on Party platform, what about the Republican Party's ideas, principles, projects, programs are appealing.
I asked CHB, resident expert on all things Republican, what is his definition. He hasn't yet answered me. Perhaps we can get him to tell us about his vision of the Republican party and where it differs from the personality cult that is the 45th presidency.
@Duke: I’m not a “resident expert” in anything. I’m just a piece of foam on the ebb and flow of the tide of life.
You are not a Republican according to todays’ definition. Trumplican©=Republican.
If you are not with your party, you probably find a different path and a different appellation. You are not a Republican…you may be what Trump refers to as “the lowest form of human life”…RINOs.
Whatever and whoever you are is of no concern to me, and I am certain it is a mutual attitude…but, dude…your political party is a goner.
"today's definition….." You mean Duke's definition.
Doesn't Ttump claim he has a 98% approval rating amongst the party faithful? I think the folks at The Lincoln Project are responsible for peeling off something close to 10% of the party from the Ttump cult.
PS: David's mom should be on the national stage.
Let's hear yours.
You guys are like the Resistance living in Nazi-occupied France in the early 1940's. I don't know if you will ever get your party back, but keep fighting the good fight!
But CHB, you're what I call "an old-fashioned Republican"; Do what's good for business and stay out of people's bedrooms. Your kind mostly disappeared when the Dixiecrats took over the party in the mid-'70s and early '80s. Then the religionists hijacked what was left of it. You're a throwback to an earlier time. I wish there were more like you, but alas.
The Republican Party is the Trump/Fox News Party. It is completely dominated by white supremacists, evangelical extremists, corporate interests, misogyny and cultural warriors. Explain to me how moderate voices have ANY influence against the propaganda machine.
The future of the US will be decided on a bi-partisan agreement from all portions of the Democratic Party.
@ParkHill: start with The Lincoln Project, Republican Voters Against Trump, The Bulwark dot com; Republicans for the Rule of Law, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Citizens Against Government Waste (this one, I think, was started by the late Senator John McCain).
I’m aware of a couple common sense green conservative groups on the way. But their web sites aren’t active yet. Yes, I have a couple “fingers” in certain of these pies (but not the Lincoln Project).
Policy shops, activists and organizations. A news site.
I'm not being snarky, but none of these have any actual influence in the GOP, do they? Do they actually represent Republican voters?
Have they put forward any candidates to compete for votes with the Republican Base?
I mean, most of the "moderate" Republicans have been purged from office if not from the Party, right.
Look at the 2018 mid-terms. Many of the seats taken by Dems from Republicans were taken from moderates.
RVAT.org represents voters. And, yes, in the past, like the past 20 years, certain green conservative organizations have had influence. Prior to the Great Recession in 2008, a group called Republicans for Environmental Protection did annual scorecards of the voting records of Republican congressionals and publicized the heck out of them. That was called “shining the light of day” on their actions, both the conservation champions and those who weren’t so good.
I think expanding the court may be more useful as a threat than an action.
As an action, it might not get enough votes in Congress. And if it does get enough, it may be viewed soo poorly by a significant number of voters that the Republicans regain at least the Senate.
However, as a threat:
I agree we need to do something. However, I think Biden's commission could well come up with something that works better than increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court. Because even if it grows, and grows again, there is something very anti-democratic about an appointed group having final say on legislation.
And we'll never get the genie back in the bottle where the court found a law unconstitutional once every 50 years. Liberal or Conservative, it's become a law-making body.
Wise words, David. The far left predicted the sky would fall on us all when Gorsuch and Kavanaugh were confirmed. That hasn't happened.
Still, vigilance is in order now that there is a 6-3 Federalist Society margin on the SCOTUS, for a country that is basically centrist.
CHB…what part of the sky remains intact? Are you saying we aren’t at a critical, pivotal moment. Of course, you appear to have no problem with what Trump and McConnell have done. After all., you identify as ” conservative” and a 6-3 court, legislating from the bench is a thing Conservatives (big C) have been lusting for forever.
You are happy now…no?
"Of course, you appear to have no problem now……"
I'm lovin' it. You live to mis-quote me and put words in my mouth that never came out.
I am sorry I misunderstood you. I didn’t catch your criticism of the Merrick Garland treachery. If you believe what Mitch and Donnie have done is reprehensible, please, just come right out and say so.
Again, I apologize for misreading your comments. Please answer my question…What is your perception of what the Republican party represents? Are you on board? A company man…team player?
Are you OK with APB on the SCOTUS?
If not, how can you continue to call yourself a Republican?
Perhaps if you weren’t so petulant and clever with your answers. If you were to hold off on the assholery, and just answer the fucking question.
Maybe I don't want to answer your question, Duke. But I do accept your apology.
You could help by being more straightforward, and stop making assumptions about "lefties".
This is the most conservative court since the early 1900s, the lovely court that gave us Lochner. The current court has given us ridiculous decisions, including Shelby and Hobby Lobby. Since the GOP denied even a vote on Garland, it has altered the court for pure political power reasons, and admission that the court is fair game for politics. Time to stop pretending that SCOTUS is an august neutral body. It isn't. Never has been. It's time to expand the court to 15. And any time a justice reaches 80 without retiring, a seat is added. Also, with 15 justices the court could hear more cases, instead of the trifling numbers it hears now.
@spaceman65: so you disagree with the 5-4 SCOTUS decision that upheld the treaty rights of native Americans, living on the Wind River Reservation in WY, to hunt outside of the state’s seasons on their own sovereign property? Neil Gorsuch cast the 5th and deciding vote.
Considering that the country’s population now approaches 330 million, that by itself could be a reason to justify a modest expansion of the SCOTUS.
I don't disagree with that decision. But there should be a Justice Garland, and there isn't. And Gorsuch, who I know, is much more conservative than Garland. And Kavanaugh is more conservative than Gorsuch (despite going to the same HS as Gorsuch). And Barrett is a shill who's been appointed to the 7th and now SCOTUS by Trump. The GOP has played politics with the court, and the nation is suffering because of it. And that will only get worse. We've placed too much power in the court, and as a consequence it is more politically-charged than ever. None of the far right justices cares much about stare decisis because they're "originalists" (i.e., judges playing bad amateur historians). As a liberal, and a lawyer, I think there is no reasonable solution except to expand the court. Or start stripping SCOTUS (and the lower federal courts) of jurisdiction.
I promise, really promise for sure this time, Charlie Brown that I will hold the football until after you kick it.
Don't throw me in that briar patch, br'er fox. Serious governing based on nonpartisan love of country is something I could never, ever get over. I just couldn't stand it and would never over step or even be able to get back in power.
The McConnell standard is clear – do what is possible not what is comfortable or reasonable. Possible is the only standard to apply when evaluating a vision for America. Possible is whatever is in the Constitution of the United States.
Anyone who thinks a D congress showing restraint and statesmanship will be rewarded in the mid-terms or any future election with anything other than the same kind of mid-term love Obama got in 2010 – you are the problem with the party. And you may as well forget 2024.
More Cowbell!! That's the ticket!
Time for Dems to play hardball. I I don’t know if that involves adding to the court, or term limits , or what. Can The Senate just change the “McConnell rule” so that election year vacancies within 6 mo or x amount of time wait until after election?
I'd favor increasing the number of SCOTUS justices as well as doing away with life tenure by imposing term limits of federal judges with no opportunity for a re-up once a term expires. The former could be done via legislation, while the latter requires the near-impossible, a federal constitutional amendment.
Jurisdiction stripping? Meh. Not really a fan. It's well established that the jurisdiction provisions in the constitution are not self-executing, so Congress can limit federal jurisdiction over just about anything except the types of cases that fall within the Supreme Court's original jurisdiction. Three things, though.
First, there have been hundreds if not thousands of jurisdiction stripping bills introduced in Congress. The failure rate is so spectacularly high that it really isn't worth the effort.
Second, jurisdiction stripping can work against you as easily as it can for you. Remember all the wingnut jurisdiction stripping bills designed to keep federal courts from hearing abortion and Establishment Clause cases? Fuck that noise.
Third, state courts can decide federal constitutional questions and interpret federal statutes as well. Congress has no authority to limit state court jurisdiction, so neutering the federal courts would mean that, as to the issues stripped out of federal jurisdiction, the U.S. Constitution and federal statutes have vastly different effects depending on what state you're in.
Kidnapping and execution is a remedy according to someone: "I mean, we'll have to see if it's a problem. Right? People are entitled to say maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn't,"
Today is National Oatmeal Day.
The real national election guide that matters arrived in my e-mail in-box a couple minutes ago: Your 2020 Cannabis Election Guide, from Hoban Law Group.
Seriously, Cannabis; and hemp; should be legal everywhere that tobacco is legal. It's that "freedom thing."
"Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:
heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote"
US Federal Government (https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling)
So, while I agree with your libertarian approach in this are of American jurisprudence , the boundary is more likely to move the wrong direction, especially if the question ends up in the federal courts.
Hemp was removed from Schedule I in the 2018 Farm Bill and reclassified as an agricultural crop following 80 years of Prohibition. Biden has evolved on marijuana and supports, at a minimum, decriminalization. I know an old poster here, Whisky Lima Juliet, has had significant (and ongoing conversations) with #TeamBiden on the cannabis/(failed)War on Drugs conversation. I expect we'll see significant marijuana reform in the next Congress.
Up yours, Fluffy.
hemp never belonged on the list – can I blame Monsanto?
"substances" is the one that always bothers me
If I like to drink coolant – who are the DEA to say I shouldn't?
I used to drink Coors Light – no one stopped me.
I’d love to – but Monsanto didn’t exist in 1937 (although their new parent company Bayer AG did).
We can lay the 1937 blame on DuPont, Hearst and Rockefeller. You can thank Tricky Dick for his disastrous, racist War on Drugs and the placement of hemp on Schedule 1 in 1970.
If you're looking for something enjoyable – The Queen's Gambit is the best series I have seen in years. The only thing I can think of that is as good is Money Heist (first 2 seasons).
My wife & I stayed up till midnight finishing it the second night we watched. It's brilliant.
Don't have Netflix. Funny thing is that in the 7+ months of pandemic, I've watched far less TV than in the months prior.
Been re-reading David Weber books. Soon to start again on Tony Hillerman's Navajo Nation books. Then maybe the National Park, and other, mysteries by Nevada Barr.
If you enjoy Hillerman, you may also enjoy a series by J. Michael Orenduff .
"The Pot Thief who Studied Billy the Kid is J. Michael Orenduff's sixth book in his Pot Thief series"
That's next on my list after I finish Borgen.
Borgen is very good. Interesting trivia note on it, the actual female prime minister of Denmark stopped watching it when it first came out, because she found it was affecting her decisions.
Recommendation seconded! That series is superb. In addition to all its other merits, it brought back memories of my duffer/woodpusher days from decades long gone, days that involved quite a bit of USCF tournament chess.
I’ll have to check it out. I used to coach a middle school chess club. I found that some of the kids with severe ADD were actually very good at the kind of global “big picture” thinking chess requires.
It was fun to escort my cadre of inner city tough guys in their long tees and shorts to go up against private school preppies, who would always underestimate them. We would place in the top three more often than not.
Ok, my estimate for the election (you heard it here first):
I’ll err on the side of conservatism, and be pleasantly surprised if there is more.
Dems get a net gain of four Senate seats, putting them at 51. Biden regains PA, MI, WI, adds IA, and becomes President-Elect Biden.
AZ, FL, GA too close to call just now, but Biden is in good position. NC better for Biden. TX stays R, thanks to voter suppression (1 ballot drop box per county, meaning 1 box for couple million voters in Harris County).
My main source: the Election Project by The Economist. Their electoral vote projection; updated in the last hour; is Biden 353, Trump 185.
I think the voter suppression efforts may be backfiring. I saw an interview with an African-American male in Georgia (or South Carolina) after he waited in line 7 hours to vote.
When asked why he waited so long his answer was he was not going to let the games being played take away his vote. It was too important. I think a lot of people are seeing this for what it is and are going through whatever it takes to get their vote cast.
It's become a badge of honor to overcome all the obstacles & cast a vote.
I think I saw a graphic that showed TX current early vote total at >90% of 2016 total vote. Even Trump knows that turnout like that can't be good for Republicans.
Their only chance now is to get the counting to stop at 8:15 pm local times on Tuesday.
Y’all need to make an election results prediction thread. Or maybe Pols will. I’m afraid that voter suppression may keep Biden’s margin very small to nonexistent in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But I still think he’ll win.
I’d like to see a virtual Pols meetup, either before or after November 3. Any takers on hosting it? Cook, I know you said that your wife Karen might like to host a Pols zoom shindig. A watch party might be fun, too. Drinking games, celebrating or cursing the returns, plotting actions to respond to $rump’s likely shenanigans….
Here we go, kweetree. Here’s the Zoom link for Pols Election Night Watch Party. I’ve kept a copy and will repost the link Monday or Tuesday during the day. Hope to see lots of us there: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86144126796?pwd=UDdvdU9Ea3JkYUJKWFgzWEtWMlQ1UT09
Thanks, cook! Should be fun.
Thanks, cook! Let me know if you want me to make a diary about it or help you
dododo so on Tuesday.
I hope I'm done with my gig working the election by 10 pm on November 3, so doubt I will be able to be there.
Perhaps another election meeting AFTER the final day — maybe the following Sunday evening, when results will be much more known.
Sure, we could do that, JiD. You'll be lucky to be out of there by 10:00. We worked the 2008 election and we were at the church until after 9. I headed out at least 25 tickets to people in line at 7:00. Karen's Zoom account is all set up for her work-at-home. It doesn't matter how much she uses it.
We might should wait a week, cook. Pols is doing some kind of live event on election night- they promised on the Get More Smarter show that details would be forthcoming- but haven’t seen these yet. But it looks as though it will be a live streamon Twitter that people can comment on.
So if ours is interactive like a zoom meeting a week later, we should know more about final results and reactions.
and the president is decided when?
Since I’m expecting Yammie-pie to scream and cry and pound his fisties and kick his feeties, then go running to “his Justices” if he loses, I’m betting closer to December 4th.
Josh Marshal at TPM on why Trump is abusing Martha McSally “Flesh Carnival of Trumpism”:
I wasn't there, but I've read books, seen movies, plays and opera and it sounds like that is just how it goes at the royal court.
My guess is that the same is generally true in the conference rooms and negotiating sessions at Deutsche Bank, Panamanian llc.com, and the associated courtrooms.
@ParkHill: the MSNBC interviews with Mary Trump, the president's niece, in recent weeks have been quite enlightening along those lines from TPM.
Joe Biden has been elected President?
Our long national nightmare is over?
Trump has been spotted in Moscow?
Praskoveevka in Gelendzhik or perhaps Bulgaria.
They've been two weeks away from bigly announcements for 3.5 years. <yawn>
Last night he was saying the vaccine would be distributed "momentarily."
Two respected pollsters yesterday released results in Wisconsin. Marquette University showed a Biden lead of 5 points (48/43, likely voters, 4.4 MOE). Washington Post/ABC showed a Biden lead of 17 points (57/40, likely voters, 4 pt MOE).
You might say, good it’s locked up. I say, WTF?!? How can polling be that far off so close to the election?
Yesterday I noted how Trump can pull off an Electoral College tie by losing WI and MI, but winning other states like PA, TX, FL, OH, GA, NC. All states he won in 2016.
Given the bizarre polling in WI, no one should be assured of a Biden win much less a landslide. Could it happen? Sure. But I don’t think we know shit.
The election may very well be a Biden blowout, but it has to be. Any result that is remotely close will ensue in all sorts of Trump shitbaggery, cheating, lawsuits, etc. in an attempt to tip the scales. It has to be so far apart so as to render the Trump campaign completely hopeless. So yes, GOTV.
And, if this election is stolen from us, we need to get out our old copies of Edward Abbey's "The Monkey Wrench Gang". It's a novel about how a intrepid band of pranksters do all sorts of disruptive activities against developers in Southern Utah (like pouring sand in the gas tanks of bulldozers and blowing up the Glen Canyon Dam, if I recall correctly.) That is, throwing a monkey wrench into the gears of the federal government. If they succeed in violating norms like counting all valid votes, then there are other norms like, say, filing accurate tax returns, that could also be violated. Let's hope for a blowout.
Not directly related to Colorado but interesting none the less….
Doesn’t he understand that the discovery phase of the case will be all about the pool boy and Falwell’s other sexual peccadilloes.
Bring on the depositions!
No one ever said you need to dress like a slob to work on the class struggle…..
And to think, they used to call Kyrsten Sinema the “Prada Socialist.”
PS Who knew Q-bert shopped at Macy’s? I would have pegged her for Murdoch’s.
OUAT, in a different life in Chicago – I met a few local politicos.
One of my faves wore a suite and tie over a white shirt with black shoes 100% of the time. Every day.
I am pretty sure it was the exact same suit and shoes for the years I knew him.
I liked him because he was great for his neighborhood. So great, I used to push on my alderman to be more like that guy. Which allowed him to acknowledge that he aspired to be as awesome as that guy.
Clothes don't matter.
Well, this might freak y'all libruls the hell out, but there may have been, how you say – chicanery or less than honorable intent – in the whole Hunter Biden story: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/how-fake-persona-laid-groundwork-hunter-biden-conspiracy-deluge-n1245387
But does Biden have bank accounts in China like Trump does? Inquiring minds want to know.
He probably does, but you'd better ask Martin Aspen
Let me echo your recommendation about this book. I can't tell you how many times someone has said to me, " Hey, Duke!", only to follow with, " have you ever read that book? The protagonist, of course, is George Hayduke. He is quite a character.
And it is a helluva good story.
Loaned "Monkey Wrench Gang" out 8-9 years ago and never got it back (a reason why I seldom loan out books). Need to replace it.
Ad suggestion: I wonder how long Iraqis had to wait in line to vote and get their purple finger. My guess is that it’s less than the 4 or 6 or 8 hours Americans have had to endure thanks to GOP voter suppression.