Monday Open Thread

“When all else fails there’s always delusion.”

–Conan O’Brien

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Duke Cox says:

    Here is a prediction.

    Trump is done. 

    Much noise will be made, but his support is slipping, and when the GOP finds a new champion…the Orange King will find increasing objection to his presence. 

    I am accepting wagers…

    • kwtree says:

      Duke, I agree that Trump as a viable candidate is done. ( except for the grifting for a phantom campaign, which will continue.)

      It’s been so sweet to not have to hear his voice or see his persona on the news. Most normal media outlets seem content to publish summaries, e.g.Trump spoke at CPAC- same old lies. 

      But “Trumpism”, as a system of alt-facts, ginned-up rage and victimhood, seems likely to continue for years. 

    • The realist says:

      I think the question is, how long will the division in the Republican Trump Party last? If we allow the rational side of our brains to answer we assume the party will move on relatively quickly. But I'm not so sure.

      Right now Trump runs what's left of the Republican Trump Party. Many Republicans have left, both before the November 2020 election and after the January 6th insurrection. Right now the question seems to be, who inherits the Threepercenters, the Boeberts, those who currently worship Trump. I think those folks stick with Trump for longer than the experts suspect i.e. there is no one inheriting anything for now. And, we have to remember (no matter how distasteful it is) Trumpism seems to be dominating state and local Republican Trump parties.

      So what do more traditional Republicans do to prepare for 2022? Big donors might dictate the answer to that question. 


    • JohnInDenver says:

      I’m certain his appearance at CPAC didn’t help.  Articles described the speech as

      • 50-60 minutes late in starting,
      • highlighting those who opposed him and not pre-empting other possible candidates by pointing out how they supported him,
      • continuing to stress how he and the Republicans really won the elections, and
      • not specifically announcing a campaign, but ending with a lame prediction of a “triumphant” return of a Republican president in four years, he added, “I wonder who that will be. Who, who, who will that be, I wonder.”

      Even among the CPAC faithful,

      Trump took the stage immediately after the release of a 2024 presidential straw poll of conference attendees, conducted by Trump campaign pollster Jim McLaughlin. It found that 68 percent of attendees wanted Trump to run again, and 55 percent supported Trump’s election in 2024, if he ran, with 21 percent supporting Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. No other contender hit double digits.

  2. davebarnes says:

    Today is Casimir Pulaski Day

  3. Colorado Pols says:

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    • kwtree says:

      What is the sum of 10?

      That’s the question on your spam stopper screen. There appears to be no correct answer. I’m not having trouble with it today, but did yesterday

      I don’t know what the sound of one hand clapping is, either. . 


  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Gawdess it’s nice to have a First Lady again who has a heart.

    Where Jill Biden drops by for a cup of coffee can make quite a statement

    It was such a surprise that no one in his family even thought to get a picture with her. “We were so caught off guard, we did not do probably what we should have done in that regard,” he says, laughing. It was just one of an emerging pattern of unannounced dropbys at small businesses that the first lady has been making that seem anything but random. The stop on Wednesday was the third in recent weeks at a Black- or immigrant-owned small business.

    Biden came to Richmond to visit Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University downtown. There, on a panel discussion, she acknowledged that communities of color have been “carrying a heavier share” of the country’s more than 500,000 deaths to covid-19, and she spoke with doctors about ways to get more minorities into clinical trials and cancer research. “It’s time to address the health disparities in this country,” she said.

    But just as resonant as her public remarks was her detour to Brewer’s Cafe, a Black-owned, family-run establishment located on a side street in Richmond’s Southside, a gentrifying, majority-Black neighborhood that Brewer likens to “Southeast D.C. 20 years ago.”

    It was her third “casual” pit stop as first lady. The others included a trip to pick up Valentine’s Day treats at the Sweet Lobby, a popular D.C. bakery that happens to be owned by Winnette McIntosh Ambrose, who originally hails from Trinidad; and a visit to the Newsroom, a D.C. bodega and newsstand run by a Stephen and Ana Maria Bota, a husband and wife from Kenya and Guatemala, respectively.

  5. itlduso says:

    Jason Crow is not on the DCCC support list of vulnerable Dem candidates. He did win reelection by 17 points, after all.

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    To give credit where credit is due, today is March 1 (and by most of us she means the brain trust at Mar-a-Lago).

    A book could be written on the things she has no idea about. 

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Brevity, dear Q-bie, . . .

      "It's March 1, 2021 and most of us still have no idea."

      . . . and, added bonus, in your case it would work across a vast spectrum.

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