Weekend Open Thread

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

–Arthur Conan Doyle

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  1. davebarnes says:

    Saturday is National Rhubarb Vodka Day

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

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  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Meanwhile in Georgia…

    TRUMP: It's a rigged election! So go out and vote!

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    Alexandra Petri has a fair amount of snark in her column the other day:

    How I assume Georgia Republicans’ get-out-the-vote is going

    One slight hiccup: I noticed that a slogan Sen. Perdue has been using is “Totally Exonerated." This seems like a bad slogan to me. The first thing that slogan makes me think is, “Of what?” You know? If someone’s campaign slogan is “Don’t worry, they found the real killer!” I get worried. I start having a lot of questions I didn’t have before. “This man didn’t do any of the crimes that people say he did!” I feel like you’re doing the opponent’s work for him. Has he done anything positive for the people of Georgia that you could highlight instead? Maybe he helped one Georgian make a lot of money!

    Can’t wait for those slogans!

  5. harrydoby says:

    National crisis with more people dying every day than on 9/11?  Moscow Mitch is on it!

  6. Duke Cox says:

    Did I mention I hate that guy?

  7. JohnInDenver says:

    Colorado Republicans in Congress are falling in line with the vast majority of their Republican colleagues.

    Just 26 congressional Republicans acknowledge Biden’s win, Washington Post survey finds

    Just 26 congressional Republicans acknowledge Joe Biden’s win over President Trump a month after the former vice president’s clear victory of more than 7 million votes nationally and a convincing electoral-vote margin that exactly matched Trump’s 2016 tally.

    Two Republicans consider Trump the winner despite all evidence showing otherwise. And another 221 GOP members of the House and Senate — nearly 90 percent of all Republicans serving in Congress — will simply not say who won the election.

    The two committed to fantasy are Reps. Paul A. Gosar (Ariz.) and Mo Brooks (Ala.)

     

    • Duke Cox says:

      This is where the rubber meets the road for the GOP. Currently there are only a couple of, so called, “conservative” Republicans in congress. The rest are Trumplicans©, and likely to remain so, their protestations of the appellation, notwithstanding.. Bailing on the failing one after accommodating and enabling him for 4 years won’t save your sorry asses now.

      It appears Jan. 6th is becoming a watershed date. That is the day congress certifies the vote of the electoral college, I gather, and that will be his last chance for someone…anyone… to overturn this election.

      Will he go as far as Maduro? I think he would, if he could.

      I wonder if Fluffy and the Powerful Pear are fully “tactical” and ready to waste libs? What say, fellows? How is the militia training coming along?

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        Fluffy is a coward hiding in granny’s basement with his collection of provocative photos of Michelle Bachman, Michelle MalkIn and Cynthia Coffman.

        Roger is still pissed off with Douglas County GOP for not delivering in his RTD district.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Wash. Post is now behind a pay wall.

  8. kickshot says:

    Filed with "The things you never learned in civics class":

    "The simple fact is, "we don't need the courts" Giuliani declared. "The United States Constitution gives sole power to the state legislature to decide presidential elections."

     

     

  9. harrydoby says:

    Can a Martial Law declaration be far behind?

    President Trump called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Saturday morning to urge him to persuade the state legislature to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state and asked the governor to order an audit of absentee ballot signatures, the latest brazen effort by the president to interfere in the 2020 election.

    Hours before he was scheduled to hold a rally in Georgia on behalf of the state’s two GOP senators, Trump pressed Kemp to call a special session of the state legislature to get lawmakers to override the results and appoint electors that would back him, according to a person familiar with the conversation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private call. He also asked the governor to demand an audit of signatures on mail ballots, something Kemp has previously noted he has no power to do.

    Trump is oblivious to the fact that neither Gov. Kemp, nor the legislature have the authority to do what he demands, even if they wanted to.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      That what you get when you back a candidate with no background in policy, politics, or law (except, maybe bankruptcy). He demands that lawyers do impossible, or even illegal things.

  10. kwtree says:

    Trumper Councilwoman’s tearful video is cut with original footage showing why her hubby was fired for intimidating a journalist.

     

    This is what it’s going to take to stop these white supremacist terrorists- they have to have real world consequences.

  11. kwtree says:

    At last…real motivation for following CDC guidelines for the MAGA crowd:

     

  12. davebarnes says:

    Sunday is National Microwave Oven Day.

  13. Duke Cox says:

    This morning, Chuck Todd of NBCs’ Meet the Press used the term “tin pot dictator” in reference to our favorite president.

    I have a serious question. How close to sedition or treason has the behavior of the president become? I heard him say he doesn’t want to wait 4 yrs., he wants to go back 3 weeks. He does not want to be a candidate in 2024. He wants to be an incumbent, preparing to accommodate a chosen successor.

    Let us not forget the name of his idol.

    Vladimir Putin.

  14. JohnInDenver says:

    This morning's reminder from someone in the Democracy Docket twitter feed.

    Sunday summary of Trump & Co. lawsuits

  15. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Two can play the game. Could the Dems have sued in FL & NC as Trump’s win in each was close?

    • kickshot says:

      Just like the networks and AP have analysts who strenuously analyze, the Ds do as well (maybe the Rs do but they're pissing in the wind this cycle). The states have their own limits set for triggering auto recounts. That threshold was not met in FL or NC apparently.

      In short, the Ds more readily accepted the reality of those losses.

  16. kickshot says:

    POLITICS Trump says Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus

    Can Powell, Ellis and the Michigan whackjob witness be far behind?
    Stay far from Ghouliani’s behind.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      That’s truly bad news . . .

      . . . the poor fucker was already leaking badly out of both ends, and there’s no way now Ttump’s gonna’ be able to come up with any replacement who’s less competent.

      PS. Anyone seen any definitive studies as to whether or not the coronavirus can be transmitted through flatulence? . . . Asking for an elite strike force team . . .

  17. kwtree says:

    The Georgia debate between Reverend Warnock and Rep. Loeffler was tonight. 
     

    You could watch it, but it’s mostly Warnock talking policy and calling out Loeffler’s shady stocks deals,  while Loeffler calls him a radical liberal socialist. I’d say he won. I hope that they managed to get all the purged Georgia voters re-registered. 

    CBS has a good summary

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