Weekend Open Thread

“Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.”

–Eric Hoffer

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  1. kwtree says:

    Ballots Mailed

    Election offices across Colorado began mailing ballots yesterday, October 8, for the November 21 Coordinated Election. Ballots must be returned by Tuesday, November 2, at 7 pm. Voting in person is available at locations determined by County election offices. Check Colorado Secretary of State’s
    Office
    for your closest ballot drop box or in-person voting location.

    Ballot issues
    No on 78 – this would politicize the use of grant funds by requiring legislative approval to spend them. Colorado’s pioneer “free IUD and birth control” program, which is credited with lowering pregnancy and abortion rates for teens by 60%, was funded by grants. It likely would have been too controversial to pass the Legislature.
    No on 119
    It sounds good, but would still allow public money to go to private schools. It probably would also hurt legal cannabis businesses by making it cheaper to buy on the black market.
    No on 120
    It takes money away from schools and government services. Hard pass.

    Lakewood Ballot issue 2D Nope. Same reasons as for 120 – plus, it funds “marijuana education”, which I saw in action in Brush. Searches of student lockers, mandatory pee tests for all extracurricular activities, penalizing those who use cannabis for medical reasons.

    School Boards
    You know how I feel about the Jeffco School Board- Vote the Slate!: Danielle Varda, Paula Reed, and Mary Parker.
    I’ll endorse Dave’s recs for DPS School Board and Denver ballot issues, with the exception of Scott Esserman. If the union endorses him, I’m for him. Dave has an X by Esserman’s name, which I guess means “No”.

    The main thing is to vote in this municipal election.
    I don’t know that “All politics is local”, but all politics starts at a local level.

    Lakewood City Council Candidates
    Info on all candidates and judges in
    Lakewood Community Connection, Looking@Lakewood
    Candidate forums at

    Lakewood.org/Elections

    Ward 1
    Cathy Kentner
    Ward 2
    Sophia Mayott-Guerrero
    Ward 3
    Rebekah Stewart
    Ward 4
    Christopher Arlen
    Ward 5 (vote for 2)
    Wendi Strom and Tom Keefe

    • DavidThi808 says:

      Any thoughts on the ballot issues?

      • Mr. L. Prosser says:

        School board elections in Mesa County Valley School District 51 have become exercises in partisan bloc voting. One candidate in the conservative bloc has admitted he is a security officer (bouncer) at a local strip club. 

      • davebarnes says:

        Yes,

        I have had a 2-page doc all prepped for the last month.

        Colorado

        ✖︎ Amendment 78: Transfers the power to appropriate custodial funds (state revenue not generated through taxes) from the state treasurer to the state legislature.

        ✖︎ Proposition 119: Creates an out-of-school education program and a board to govern it and increases the marijuana retail sales tax by 5% to partially fund the program

        ✖︎ Proposition 120: Reduces the residential and non-residential property tax rates; authorizes the state to retain and spend $25 million in revenue above the state's TABOR spending cap, which it would otherwise be required to refund to taxpayer

         

        Denver

        Referred Question 2A (Denver Facilities System Bonds): $104 million for Denver facilities projects like repairs and improvements at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Bonfils Theater Complex and the Denver Zoo; two new libraries; renovation of a city-owned youth empowerment center; and accessibility upgrades for city buildings.

         

        Referred Question 2B (Denver Housing and Sheltering System Bonds): $38.6 million for housing and shelter projects like building or renovating shelters for the homeless. City officials could also use the money to buy buildings or convert structures into shelters.

         

        Referred Question 2C (Denver Transportation and Mobility System Bonds): $63.3 million for transportation projects like expanding Denver’s sidewalks; renovating existing bike lanes and adding new ones; rebuilding stretches of the Morrison Road corridor to add a cultural and arts district; and building an urban trail downtown.

         

        Referred Question 2D (Denver Parks and Recreation System Bonds): $54 million for parks projects in northeast and south Denver; restoring athletic courts and fields; replacing playground and recreation equipment; and rebuilding the Mestizo-Curtis Park pool.

         

        ✖︎ Referred Question 2E (National Western Campus Facilities System Bonds): $190 million to build a new arena at the National Western Center campus and to renovate the existing 1909 Building.

         

        ✖︎ Referred Question 2F (Safe and Sound): When the Denver City Council approved new group-living rules for the city in February allowing up to five unrelated people to live in a single home, Safe and Sound Denver opposed the move. Now, the group is asking voters to repeal the council’s decision. Voting to repeal the group living change would also overturn the council’s decision to expand the number of available plots in the city for halfway homes, which previously were only allowed in industrial areas.

         

        Referred Question 2G (Fill Future Vacancies for Independent Monitor): The Office of the Independent Monitor is responsible for overseeing all disciplinary investigations into Denver’s police and sheriff’s departments, for recommending policy changes and investigating other incidents like how police handled the George Floyd protests in 2020. The position is currently appointed by the mayor, but this measure would instead put that appointment in the hands of the volunteer Citizen Oversight Board.

         

        Referred Question 2H (Election Day Change): Proposed by Denver Clerk and Recorder Paul Lopez, the measure would move up the city’s general election from the first Tuesday of May in odd-numbered years to the first Tuesday in April. The move would give the clerk’s office more time to send mail ballots to people traveling or living abroad in case of a June runoff election.

         

        ✖︎ Initiated Ordinance 300 (Pandemic Research Fund): This measure would increase Denver’s local marijuana sales tax from 10.3% to 11.8% in an effort to raise around $7 million annually for the University of Colorado Denver CityCenter, the university’s partnership with the city and local businesses. The money would be used to research technology that could be used to keep people safe during a pandemic and other preparedness and recovery methods. Three-quarters of the money would be spent researching personal protective equipment, disinfection and sterilization technology, and design features of physical spaces. The remaining quarter would be earmarked for researching public policy and planning. No more than 8% of the money raised by the tax increase could be spent on administrative expenses.

         

        Initiated Ordinance 301 (Parks and Open Space): This would require voter approval before any commercial or housing construction could begin on any parks or city-owned land covered by a conservation easement. This would include the 155-acre Park Hill Golf Course property, where the developers and property owners at Westside Investment Partners want to build.

         

        ✖︎ Initiated Ordinance 302 (Conservation Easement): A countermeasure to the Parks and Open Space measure. This measure was proposed by Westside Investment Partners and would amend the definition of “conservation easement” to apply only to those reviewed and approved by the state Division of Conservation. This would effectively allow development on the Park Hill Golf Course property, currently covered by an easement.

        ✖︎ Initiated Ordinance 303 (Let’s Do Better): This measure, proposed by Garrett Flicker, chair of the Denver Republican Party, would ban anyone from camping on private property without written permission from owners. It would also allow sanctioned camping sites in up to four places on public property, requiring amenities like running water, restrooms and lighting. The measure would require city officials to enforce the camping ban within three days of receiving a complaint and allows people to sue the city if it fails to clear up the camp

        ✖︎ Initiated Ordinance 304 (Enough Taxes Already): Also proposed by Flicker, this measure would cap Denver’s aggregate sales and use tax rate at 4.5%, down from its current 4.81%. It would also require the city to reduce any other new sales and use taxes if voters approve new ones above that 4.5% cap

         

        Denver School board – At-large, representing the entire city

        ◘ Marla Benavides

        Benavides describes herself in a campaign video as a homeschool mom concerned about literacy rates in the district. She sells books as an independent contractor.

         

        ✖︎ Scott Esserman

        Esserman is a Denver Public Schools parent who previously worked as a teacher in public and private schools. He currently volunteers as the chair of the district’s accountability committee. Endorsed by teachers’ union.

         

        ✖︎ Vernon Jones Jr.

        Jones is a Denver Public Schools parent and executive director of the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone, a group of autonomous schools in the district. He previously ran for a school board seat in 2009 but did not win.

         

        Jane Shirley

        Shirley is a former teacher and principal in neighboring Aurora Public Schools and the former head of a school leadership program. She now works at a management consulting firm.

         

        ◘ Nicky Yollick

        Yollick is a community activist who has worked on Democratic political campaigns and helped found several Denver-based education advocacy groups

        • Voyageur says:

          What do your symbols mean, dave?

          i assume your x is a “no” and the checkmark a yes, correct?  

          so what do the goofy boxes on benavidez and yollick mean?

          On the whole, you did an excellent job. If you will add a legend explaining what your symbols mean, Pols should promote it.

          • Voyageur says:
            • A Dufus Duet of tax hikes:
            •  
            •  Initiated Ordinance 300 (Pandemic Research Fund): This measure would increase Denver’s local marijuana sales tax from 10.3% to 11.8% in an effort to raise around $7 million annually for the University of Colorado Denver CityCenter, the university’s partnership with the city and local businesses. The money would be used to research technology that could be used to keep people safe during a pandemic and other preparedness and recovery methods. Three-quarters of the money would be spent researching personal protective equipment, disinfection and sterilization technology, and design features of physical spaces. The remaining quarter would be earmarked for researching public policy and planning. No more than 8% of the money raised by the tax increase could be spent on administrative expenses.
            •  
            • Talk about Stupid: A tax on a single small group to research anti-Pandemic measures to benefit the whole world?  The merit  of this program should be judged by the state Joint Budget Committee or the Federal Centers for disease control.  This is like taxing chewing gum to raise 2$ million annually for new tires on Denver Police cars. Not only No but Hell No.
            •  Proposition 119: Creates an out-of-school education program and a board to govern it and increases the marijuana retail sales tax by 5% to partially fund the program.

              This is at least a worthy idea to help low-achieving students.  But why should only marijuana users pay for it?

              Instead of this back-door prohibition, why not pay for it with a $20 tax on every Bible sold or given away in Colorado?  Oh, that is also an unfair and stupid tax?   Yeah.

              I don’t smoke weed but voted to legalize it for those who do. Taxing it exorbitantly only drives buyers back to the black market.

              Again, vote not only No but Hell No.

              Then, smoke ’em if you got ’em.

               

               

               

          • davebarnes says:

            The goofy symbol means "meh". Neither positive nor negative. I really am not in love with any of the school board candidates, but I have to pick one.

            • Voyageur says:

              Thanks for clarfying, Dave.  I still have a grandson in a dps charter school and mostly want to block the anti-reform jihadists from wrecking the sysyem.  I already had two kids and one grandkid graduate from DPS.

        • notaskinnycook says:

          Thanks for the thumbnail, Dave. I'm not in election mode yet, but I'm hanging on to this cheatsheet.

          • harrydoby says:

            Help preserve the conservation easement protecting the last large open space in Denver — the former Park Hill Golf Course by voting Yes on 301, and No on 302, the developer's carveout to exempt the conservation easement Denver paid for PHGC from the definition of a conservation easement.

            High density, mixed use development is happening next to this open space which makes perfect sense, so developing potential park space would be a huge loss to the neighborhood and the entire north side of Denver.

            Also, the Blue Book description of the measures is very misleading on the impact of both measures.  Even though they are identically worded, somehow the fiscal impact is supposedly different.  I think you may see more in tomorrow's Denver Post on the city's attempt to place a heavy thumb on the election scale.

        • Dano says:

          Sorry, my Denver ballot is "No" all the way down. Denver's "Tax and spend" thought process has to have limits. I know damn well nearly all the referenda will pass, but I won't help them.

          I generally don't vote for school board because I simply don't know enough about the people or issues to make an intelligent decision. (my kids never when to school in Colorado, and they have been out for several years in any event)

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        “Any thoughts on the ballot issues (initiatives)….”

        Yes, vote NO on all.

        Having said that, I have voted YES on a few initiatives, but don’t try to remember from election to election.

        I don’t live in Denver, so have little interest in its initiatives and school board candidates.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      The marijuanas will be on the Wray city ballot.  The local CBD extractor asked the city to drop the moratorium put in place after the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012 so they could extract THC-rich biomass from the Front Range.  This was an extraction-only request, not cultivation, distribution, or retail (all covered under the moratorium). The extracted product (THC) would be returned to a licensed manufacturer in Denver.

      The council, with a private, unrecorded vote rejected the request even though the hearing room that evening was overwhelmingly for the enterprise (including both local bank presidents).  The enterprise would generate seven figures for the city.  We’ll see if the council really is aligned with the desires of the community. 

      • Duke Cox says:

        "Provincialism R Us"  🙂

        • MichaelBowman says:

          If only we could teleport ourselves back to Mayberry! 

          • Duke Cox says:

            What a scenario. Gomer fashions a time machine out of a 1942 Chrysler, and in the process of sending Ernest T. Bass back in time by a half hour so he could snitch an apple pie out of Aunt Beas' windowsill before she gets home from Andys' office, something goes wrong.

            Ernest T. winds up traveling through time and space, appearing in Josef Stalins' chair at Yalta, while Stalin suddenly appears as the proprietor of Floyds' barbershop. Much fun is had while Barney tries to solve the riddle of…where's Floyd?

            The plot twists could be epic.

            • MichaelBowman says:

              🤣🤣🤣  we could give Schitts Creek some stiff competition! 

            • Diogenesdemar says:

              First yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes

              Second, I'm now wondering maybe if your storyline really hasn't actually happened?? . . .

              Gomer started out, innocently enough, trying to clone himself to save on having to work unpaid overtime down at Wally's.  The gas pedal on his clonoChrysler got stuck, and it went wildly out of control and began cranking out the Republican Party.  In yet another unexpected twist, Opie while playing accidentally discovered that when shifted into reverse Gomer's clonoChrysler also turned out to be a temperamental kind of wayback machine . . .

              Ernest T, not wanting to have to share any of Aunt Bee's stolen pie with the exponentially growing herd of Gomers, hid himself in the trunk of the rebuilt Chrysler that Opie had left in reverse and did get transported back to Yalta.  And, in an homage to The Fly, Ernest T's genetic material somehow did get co-mingled in a three-way with Stalin's and some of the fruit from the pie — the resulting monstrosity ending up as some orangish autocratic cretin in the White House, . . .

              . . . and, an aged and Barney with onset dementia is now trying to figure it all out all these years later, after having failed out of rehab, between suffering bad flashbacks caused from Otis's lead contaminated home-brewed moonshine which had been hidden in the jailhouse water cooler, under the secret agent alias of "Mike Lindell"???

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    I don't know if this would be a better approach, or a hot mess. And it's unlikely it would ever be implemented. But I think it's interesting…

    What if for our 8 U.S. representatives, the positions are all state wide? And when we vote, we do ranked choice voting (i.e. we select our first choice, second choice, etc.).

    And then this is the key part. Say DeGette comes in first with #1 votes with 150 votes (small numbers to make this easy). But she only needs 100 votes to be first. Then 1/3 of her votes get assigned to the #2 vote recipients. But it doesn't take a random 50 of the votes, it takes 1/3 of the #2 vote from each ballot that had her as #1.

    In this way no ones vote is wasted until you get to whoever comes in at #9 and lower. In '22 we would end up with 5 dems and 3 repubs. And a dem in Grand Junction will have their vote be useful as will a repub in Denver.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Is anyone with a GED going to be able to understand this math? . . . 

      (. . . asking for a friend Representative, . . . umm, . . . Party?)

      *******************
      Seriously,

      I think that there should be some kind of statewide consideration for Representatives.  But, beyond the theoretical abstract proportionally equal “fairness” to everyone discussion, you’ve got the problem of geographical Congressional Districts and the idea of “equal representation” — not sure how we’ll ever get past the issue of a voter in a Denver geographical district voting for, or having any say — even a fractional one, in a Congresscritter to represent the Craig geographical district?

      ******************
      Now back to being me,

      OTOH what do you think about the idea of redrawing the fifty states’ boundaries every ten years, based on the current census, in order to ensure equal population representational numbers among Senators in the US Senate?

      • Duke Cox says:

        A novel approach.

        Would not the changing of state lines necessitate that all states have the same statutes, so that citizens are not adversely affected every decade?

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          Details, details, details . . .

          . . . a snarky illustration of the Congressional redistricting/voter representation question taken to its (il)logical boundaries — not a serious proposal. (e.g., me being me).

          . . . Florida, however, would still look just as flacid as the other guy.

        • DavidThi808 says:

          I don't think so. It would just be Colorado deciding how to elect it's representatives. I'm sure if it was passed in legislation there would be a major lawsuit.

          One interesting thing that would happen. Both parties would almost certainly run 8 candidates each. Neither wants to admit they will only get 5/3 seats. And an opponent can blow up.

          But… that means that you could get a different 5/3 than what we presently have. No one is going to primary any rep (except Qbert), but this allows someone to run merely saying "pick me."

          So incumbents will likely hate this idea.

      • DavidThi808 says:

        I checked the constitution. It does not say they have to have districts. It just says Colorado gets 8. 

        As to changing state boundaries, that would be a horrible mess on the ground as cities get moved to different states and all their state level laws, state support (like DOT), sales tax rules, etc. change.

        Basically it's impossible to make work.

        • MattC says:

          5/3?

          Colorado state wide elections last cycle were essentially 100% Democratic winners.

          State wide congressional district – ala Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming – would result in less representation and increased partisan dominance.

        • Voyageur says:

          Dio’s idea is wholly unconstitutional, since you can’t change a state’s boundaries without its consent.

          As for at-large races, they have occasionally been used in states where redistricting broke down.  To the best of my knowledge, however, all those were regular votes.  I.e., In Colorado you could simply vote for eight reps.

          as for your ranking voting, eight seats, idea, I’m not sure we have enough math majors to pull it off.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          Part of the problem with Colorado’s congressional districting, maybe the single biggest problem with representational equity, is that Denver gets treated as some sacrosanct immutability, while every other municipality and county is divisible at some dictate of convenience in order to keep Denver whole??

          ************************************

          . . . And again, the senate/state boundaries question was a joke.

          • Voyageur says:

            How about a constitutional amendment apportioning senators by population, except that each state is guaranteed one senator, and, additionally, banning the designated hitter rule.

            That gives Wyoming one senator, Colorado two and California 6.

          • JohnInDenver says:

            Commissioners got told "The Colorado constitution further requires that districts be contiguous.  The districts must also preserve communities of interest and whole political subdivisions  (like counties, cities, and towns) “as much as is reasonably possible”"

            Denver gets treated as a whole because of existing boundaries AND the very close approximation of its population with the numeric requirement.  El Paso county is essentially the same this cycle. 

            Trying to get around the centrality of Denver as a political whole would cause howls — whatever split you would propose would need to drag in "contiguous" populations that would object. 

          • Dano says:

            This time around every effort was made to NOT divide cities unless they were already divided by a county line, and then only divide it along that county line.

            Denver was the one city that actually had to be divided because it was larger than a CD and having Glendale in the middle of it added even more population. But the Commissioners did try to cut as little as possible.

    • 2Jung2Die says:

      It seems to me as if ranked choice for Colorado's congressional seats would favor the candidates who run in noncompetitive districts. My guess is a lot of people might give the congresscritter from their neck of the woods their number one vote, and so a Lamborn or DeGette might get a lot more first votes than either of the 2 major-party candidates who might finish close to 50-50 in the new 8th district. Am I high?

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        I dunno', . . . 

        . . . it sure looks pretty swell on paper . . .

        What could go wrong?

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        The problem is that no voter has any idea how their vote ranking might affect outcomes outside their own district (and no idea how others’ voting from outside their district will affect their representation).

        I live in Buck’s district (nice place to live — shitty place to be represented in) — here’s how I’d probably rank vote today, the biggest unknown being the new district candidates:

        1. Anti-Buck

        2. Anti-Boebert

        3. Anti-Lamborn

        4. Crow

        5. Neguse

        6. Perlmutter

        7. CD-8 Dem

        8. DeGette

        Clearly, almost all voting will be party-line.  Third party candidates need not apply.

        But should I vote the new district Dem higher?  Should I vote incumbent Ds higher, even though I despise the incumbent Rs more? I’m probably voting some incumbent Ds lower than I should, because I’m assuming they’re relatively “safe” in their districts, but who knows if anyone’s safe?

        Should I face the fact, as much as I hate it, that Buck (and Lamborn) are in safe districts, and vote those races lower?

        The polling on tight races might lead me to want to vote those races higher, is that polling worth spit? How does anyone even design polling for this mess? Do we want voters voting someone’s polling or candidates?

        What have I done?

        What a cluster show . . . now, toss in a few algorithms, and mathematical formulas, apply those to a few million voters each casting votes in one of the 10.3M different possible ballot combinations (if I did the math correctly), and no one will have any confidence, none, zip, nada, zilch, in any Congressional Representative from Colorado as having been duly elected??

        And, finally, does anyone think more people, or fewer people, will be voting in what looks to them to be nothing more than tossing darts at a wildly spinning wheel, in a game they likely don’t really understand and don’t really trust; when voting is no longer simply about choosing a representative, but becomes an exercise in high-stakes game theory?

        A defeated candidate, probably the 9th place whoever, requests a recount — statewide? splain’ that?

        • 2Jung2Die says:

          "cluster show" – I've heard that expressed in saltier language… but I think you've given like a dozen valid reasons to question why people are reflexively falling all over themselves to switch to ranked choice.

          • Diogenesdemar says:

            It might might(?) have some usefulness in selecting from multiple candidates running for a single position (e.g. a primary slate), or maybe(?) even for multiple candidates running for a few open seats in a (supposedly) non-partisan election (e.g., student council, school board) where there are no geographical representational districts??

            But for a state’s entire slate of congressional seats — every two years???  . . . Aye carumba, No!

  3. davebarnes says:

    October 9, 1981 – President François Mitterrand abolishes capital punishment in France.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Nothing like a good mud wrestling match between a couple of MAGA faithful! 

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Your friendly reminder that Louis DeJoy is still our Postmaster General.  The good news?  We're dipping our little toe back into postal banking.  It's a crumb, but a start.  If Democrats are serious about effective change in our rural communities with common sense initiatives this is the place to start. We had the opportunity to fix this long ago and punted.  Let's don't lost sight of the ball this time. 

    USPS Begins Postal Banking Pilot Program

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) has taken the most dramatic step in a half-century to re-establish a postal banking system in America. In four pilot cities, customers can now cash payroll or business checks of up to $500 at post office locations, and have the money put onto a single-use gift card. It’s the most far-reaching executive action that the Biden administration has taken since Inauguration Day.

    The move puts the USPS in direct competition with the multibillion-dollar check-cashing industry, which operates storefronts to allow unbanked or underbanked residents to cash their paychecks.

     

  6. MichaelBowman says:

    Meanwhile in Iowa at today's Bootstrapper Rally

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      This would have been the appropriate year for Grassley to announce his retirement and give a nice little speech like Rob Portman did.

      Instead, he spends the end of his political career kissing the ass of delusional, orange-haired, ADHD-ridden, neo-Nazi just to hang on for one more term.

      What is that saying? There is no dignity at the end.

      Just ask Bill Barr.

  7. MichaelBowman says:

    Fact > Fiction 

    Lin Wood calls Empty G a communist.  Empty G responds that they pray to different gods (we're making progress, at least she's admitting there's theoretically more than one)

  8. davebarnes says:

    Today (Sunday) is Powers of Ten Day.

    And, V is still struggling with the concept of fractional powers.

  9. RepealAndReplace says:

    Guess who is the latest MAGA to contract COVID?

    Why none other than one-time Florida Congressperson and future Texas gubernatorial candidate Allan West.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/576095-texas-gubernatorial-candidate-allen-west-says-he-has-coronavirus-related

    Apparently his wife is vaccinated but he is not. But cheer up people, he is already taking the cure.

    "'Col. West will be available through virtual means to do events until his family's health issue is rectified. He is already taking Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin protocols,' the tweet read." 
     

    • JohnInDenver says:

      untweeted (by West's account and his allies) but apparently true:  West has gotten the Trump treatment:  he "has received monoclonal antibody injections."

      • All of these monoclonal antibodies received emergency approval for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in people 12 years or older who tested positive for the coronavirus and are at high risk of severe COVID-19.
      • Each injection is about $1,250 for the product (medical injection costs and care are separate)– a cost picked up by the federal government.
  10. Duke Cox says:

    The truly stomach churning hypocrisy displayed by Chuck Grassley last night at the MAGAA rally in Iowa started a conversation on MTP this morning about how the Orange Destruction manages to keep his hold on the Republican (now Trumplican©️) party. Much headscratching ensued.

    Non dementia-affected readers will remember my contention has been all along that Fat Donnie will rule his party until the opposition has a leader. The scattered attempts at resistance to the Orange Horde by real patriots in the Republican party WILL NOT succeed unless and until a leader steps forward to challenge Trump. 

    Any bets?

     

    • kwtree says:

      The Republican leadership is a basket of crazy, sleazy, and morally bankrupt. The Democratic leadership is pretty solid.

      . However there are some DINOs that may finally switch to their true colors, keeping the same donor base they’ve always had:

      Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Synema for starters. Tulsi Gabbard, former Democratic Congresswoman and the only one to vote “present” on Trump impeachment, is sure positioning herself to run for something.I know Pear would be pleased to see it. 

      Her Twitter feed gets further right every day. 

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        To call Sinema a DINO is an insult….to DINOs.

        Manchin, of course, is a DINO and should switch parties since he has much more in common with the GOP than the Dems. (And then the Democrats would have a good explanation for their inability to enact any legislation.)

        Back to Sinema. She is not a DINO but a nut case. She started her political career as a Green Party activist. When she was in the House, Republicans called her the "Prada Socialist." She is an ideological invertebrate. And to think, we used to make fun of Mitt Romney for having no convictions.

        And now Sinema wants to gut the environmental stuff out of the reconciliation bill? (That's most important part of the frigging legislation.)

        He may be further to the left than I would like but I say bring on Ruben Gallego.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      I missed his dance routine last night.  No Guilfoyle, either.  SAD!

  11. MichaelBowman says:

    OAN or NewsMaxxx must be running a piece on a possible US pilot strike because of SleepyJoe’s mandates.  Had a text from an OAN-watching relative that told me I better have alternatives for my flight plans between now and the end of the year.  I was assured “it was going to get ugly”.  

    A quick internet search gives me a hit from three days ago that 250 American Airlines employees protested outside their Dallas headquarters (that is 0.00186986 of their 133,700 employees, the vast majority already vaccinated). Another article about a small, whiny group of Southwest pilots (again, the vast majority of SWA employees already vaccinated).  

     

  12. kwtree says:

    Dan Scavino has been served. Mark Meadows and Kash Patel are “engaged” with the Committee investigating Trump’s actions on January 6. Bannon is claiming executive privelege, but that won’t stand.

    Tick Tock. 

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