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July 08, 2021 10:40 PM UTC

Friday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“I think that America will not trust a party to defend America that isn’t willing to defend itself.”

–James Carville


24 thoughts on “Friday Open Thread

  1. Carville's quote is still relevant.  If one party is willing to allow the other to steal an election (2000) and a SCOTUS pick from it, without so much as a whimper, while also building a stacked electoral system to systematically deny their votes – without much more than whining from the Dems.  People will stop trusting and fighting for that party.

    1. A problem with Carville's diagnosis is he apparently thinks a party needs to defend itself from BOTH outside attacks AND from internal dissension — especially dissension that disagrees with his preferred view of what the party ought to be.   As he said in an interview during the 2020 campaign

      Sean Illing:  Give me an example of what you mean by distractions.

      James Carville: We have candidates on the debate stage talking about open borders and decriminalizing illegal immigration. They’re talking about doing away with nuclear energy and fracking. You’ve got Bernie Sanders talking about letting criminals and terrorists vote from jail cells. It doesn’t matter what you think about any of that, or if there are good arguments — talking about that is not how you win a national election. It’s not how you become a majoritarian party.

      1. Anyway what does Carville know? 

        He's just the guy who engineered the repositioning of the Democratic Party in 1992 away from the McGovern-Mondale formula for "success" that worked so well in the '70's and '80's.

        Well, at least we now have a former cop who has seen the racism of the NYPD up close now on track to become the next mayor of New York City. Maybe he will give the Dems some protection against the "Defund the Police" movement.

      2. Oh for sure Carville is smack dab in the middle of the Clinton/DLC veering right.

        Nevertheless, the analysis surely applies to the Dems now.  It is not clear what they'd actually fight – fight – for.

      1. The guy's a drug dealer.  Except instead of heroin, his clients are addicted to angry crazy shit.  The good news for him is that instead of getting sick and dying or going to jail, his clients just want more and more and more.

  2. Here at the headwaters of the Republican River everyone is a buzz over the army of Biden Brown Shirts headed our way to force vaccinations upon the unwilling. 

    I’m old enough to remember when they lined us up in the school hallway and the brown shirts county nurse administered our MMR shot sans mass protest. 

    How times have changed. 

    1. Hospital ICUs are filling up with COVID deniers and anti-vaxxers. I feel compassion for their professional caretakers….but very little for the sick themselves, since they deliberately chose to live in Trumpworld and believe propaganda. 

      It is heart-wrenching to see unvaccinated individuals come into the hospital with regret," Dr. Ryan Dare of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock told NBC News.

      He told the network the hospitalizations are "nearly 100 percent preventable. He noted treating clients who, "if they could do it all over again, would have had the vaccine in a second."

      1. Fauci: 99 percent of Americans who died of COVID-19 last month were unvaccinated

        In June, more than 9 out of 10 Americans, or 99.2 percent, of those who died from COVID-19 had not gotten vaccinated.

        In Maryland, 100 percent of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who died were not vaccinated, with 93 percent of those with new cases or those being hospitalized also are unvaccinated, The Washington Post reported.

        With the rise of the new delta variant in certain regions, the urgency of getting vaccinated has been placed in the spotlight once again.

        1. Any you know that many of them will scream that this is conclusive evidence that the disease was engineered by the Chinese in collaboration with George Soros and the people who killed Seth Rich to target unvaccinated MAGAts.

          Where they go one, they go all. Like lemmings.

  3. Looks like they are still hosing out the elephant poop in D.C.

    Biden fires head of Social Security Administration, a Trump holdover who drew the ire of Democrats

    Last year, the court ruled that a law protecting the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from presidential supervision violated the separation of powers, leading Biden to remove Trump’s appointee his first day in office. The court issued a similar decision in late June, ruling that the president has the authority to remove the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Biden replaced the Trump-appointed agency head on that same day.

        1. Yep, I pay for the Denver Post and until early this year, paid for a couple non-free parts of the New York Times.

          Yahoo News is my default news site. Sadly, there is only so much time in the day for reading all the interesting stuff on line. Then I have to factor in some weekly & bimonthly print subscriptions……….

          1. NYT, WaPo, TPM. Next would be the Colorado Sun. It is about funding good journalism, as much as my own interest. Since NYT & WaPo are well-funded, they'd be the first I would drop (frickin' both-siderism tendencies) but I do find really good articles amidst the compromises. 

            NYT is worth it for the photography, alone.

            1. The Wa-Po comes gratis with my Denver Post subscription (It makes sense as they crib so much from them). I picked up the NYT to read all the links from it that get dropped here. I also pay for the Sun. Some of the best writers from the Post and the RMN migrated there.

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