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Friday Talking Points -- History In The Making

[ Posted Friday, April 8th, 2022 – 16:36 UTC ]

History was made this week, as Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman ever confirmed to a seat on the Supreme Court. It's rare that such a milestone is reached, and it is unquestionably worth celebrating when it does finally happen. Especially since the first Black woman ever to become vice president was the one presiding over the Senate as it cast this historic vote.

In unrelated news, the nation's first Black president visited the White House this week for the first time in five years to give a speech at a signing ceremony for an executive order which will close a loophole in the Affordable Care Act. This will provide access to health insurance for more than one million Americans, so it is also well worth celebrating.

Congress even actually managed to do something this week, too (right before disappearing for yet another multi-week vacation), as the Senate unanimously passed two bills sanctioning Russia for its brutal invasion of Ukraine which are now heading to President Joe Biden's desk. For all the talk from Republicans about Biden somehow "moving too slowly" on aid to Ukraine, it's worth noting that this is the first time Congress has gotten its act together on the crisis since before it began. All previous attempts to legislate any sanctions or aid at all have failed, due to Republican resistance.

And in a little-noticed highpoint to the week, a Republican governor spoke to the lighthearted Gridiron Club dinner and called Donald Trump "crazy." Well, he actually went a bit further than that (note: emphasis and substitution with dashes are both in original):

[New Hampshire Governor Chris] Sununu set up his joke at the Gridiron dinner by citing the possibility that Trump would return to the presidency after the 2024 election. He cited the "experience," "passion" and "sense of integrity" [Donald] Trump demonstrated in his tweets.

"Nah, I'm just kidding," Sununu said. "He's f---ing crazy."

Sununu added: "The press often will ask me if I think Donald Trump is crazy. And I'll say it this way: I don't think he's so crazy that you could put him in a mental institution. But I think if he were in one, he ain't getting out."

Sununu was the featured Republican jokester at the event, while Representative Jamie Raskin spoke for Democrats. Raskin began with: "That was a total riot, by which I mean a normal tourist visit. I haven't heard a Republican use the f-word that much since the Nixon administration."

Meanwhile, it is becoming more and more evident that Trump's new social media network "Truth Social" is going down in flames. Executives are fleeing the sinking ship like the rats they are, but so far Devin Nunes has stuck around to supervise the miserable failure.

In other Trumpian news, both Jared and Ivanka have now testified before the January 6th committee.

So all in all, a pretty good week all around!

The Senate confirmation vote for Jackson was actually surprisingly bipartisan, with three Republicans (Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney) joining with all the Democrats in making history. Of course, some Republicans were not happy about this at all, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene, who tweeted in disgust:

Murkowski, Collins, and Romney are pro-pedophile.

They just voted for #KBJ.

Now, you'd think that would almost automatically win the "stupidest and most vile thing a Republican said all week" award, but she had plenty of competition this week. Like this gem from Lauren Boebert:

Next year, the woke Disney lobbyists will ask Congress to extend Micky [sic] Mouse's trademark.

I think not.

Of course, many chimed in to point out that there's a whole song that just about everybody knows by heart that teaches exactly how to spell Mickey's name correctly, but the real facepalm part of Boebert's comment is that she was quite likely talking about Mickey's copyright, not his trademark. And the obvious fact that Republicans have now completely gotten on board with the idea of "using government power to punish corporations for exercising their free speech rights," which is just downright bizarre when you consider how hard the GOP fought to create this right in the first place. Free speech for corporations (and lots of campaign donations from them, of course) is fine and good, as long as they agree with you -- but woe to those corporations who don't. And, proving for the umpteenth time that pretty much anything the Republicans ever accuse Democrats of is nothing more than pure projection, what Boebert is obviously rooting for is to "cancel" Mickey Mouse. Or "Micky"... whatever....

Then there was this, from Representative Lisa McClain, who has only served 14 months and has already developed the ability to just shamelessly lie, straight through her teeth. As a warmup speaker at a Trump rally, she told the whopper that Osama Bin Laden was killed while Donald Trump was president (it was actually Barack Obama), and spewed this jaw-dropping falsehood as well: "We went from an economy that was booming to a shambles. What we have now is a shambles. It's a complete mess. Unemployment? Forty-year high." Um, no. It's the opposite, in fact -- unemployment is approaching an all-time low.

Greene had to up her game, obviously, which she did with this other entry for the stupidest thing a Republican did or said this week. We find that we cannot improve upon the level of snark in the Daily Beast report about it, so here you go:

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) downplayed the violence at the Capitol, voted against awarding congressional medals to Capitol Police officers injured in the insurrection, and ranted that the agency is like the "gazpacho" (presumably a reference to Nazi Germany's Gestapo). But now she wants to them to devote resources to investigating comedian Jimmy Kimmel's joke that Will Smith should slap her. "[T]his threat of violence against me by @jimmykimmel has been filed with the @CapitolPolice," she tweeted Wednesday. Greene has, among other things, harassed a school shooting survivor, posted a mock-up pic of her holding a machine gun near lawmakers' heads, and liked a Facebook post about executing Democrats.

Maybe we should just start calling it the "Utterly Shameless GOP Award," for brevity's sake. Or, in this last case, maybe the "GOP Snowflake Award"?

Let's see, what else has been going on? Top Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino were both held in contempt by the House of Representatives and referred to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution, adding their names to the list of those who feel they have some sort of right to just blatantly ignore subpoenas (spoiler: they don't).

But we're in such a good mood this week that we think we'll end it by noting that there was some "fox news" from the U.S. Capitol this week, as an actual fox was finally caught who had been aggressively biting people for days. Upon testing the fox was discovered to be rabid and had to be put down. [Readers should feel free to make their own comparisons with the capitalized version of that phrase which appeared in quotes. Ahem.]

 

Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week

Since (as we have previously noted) Ketanji Brown Jackson is supposed to be apolitical, we cannot in good conscience give her an award with "Democrat" in the title. We could give the nod to Joe Biden for nominating her or for Barack Obama for finally appearing at the White House again, but this week we've got something better.

Two Democrats this week, speaking from their respective chambers of Congress, showed how Democrats should be painting the Republican Party in general, and individual members in particular.

The first came from Representative Jamie Raskin, but we're going to save the actual content of what he said for the talking points section, so we'll just hand him an Honorable Mention and move on.

The second is the hands-down winner of the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week, Senator Brian Schatz of Hawai'i. He spoke during the debate over the two anti-Russia measures (which both eventually passed unanimously), and he absolutely dismantled the supposed opposition to the idea of sanctioning Russia which came from Senator Josh Hawley. The entire video is well worth watching, even though it is over two minutes long.

For those who don't have the time, here is the full text of what Schatz had to say:

So, what Senator [Josh] Hawley wants is to go through his litany of criticisms of the Biden administration, and the truth is that every senator has that right without blocking the logistics guy from the Department of Defense. He could've brought his floor charts out here and given a withering speech about all of the things he thought went wrong.

But he's doing a very specific thing. He is damaging the Department of Defense. We have senior D.o.D. leaders, we have the Armed Services Committee coming to us and saying, "I don't know what to tell him, I don't know how to satisfy him, but he is blocking the staffing of the senior leadership at the Department of Defense."

And this comes from a guy who raised his fist in solidarity with the insurrectionists. And this comes from a guy who, before the Russian invasion, suggested that maybe it would be wise for Zelenskyy to make a few concessions about Ukraine and their willingness to join NATO. This comes from a guy who just about a month ago voted against Ukraine aid! He's saying it's going too slow. He voted "no"! He voted "no" on Ukraine aid and now he has the gall to say it's going too slow!

And this final insult is that until, what, Secretary [Lloyd] Austin resigns? That's not a serious request. People used to come to me during the Trump administration all the time. "Do you think Trump should resign? Do you think Tillerson should resign?"

That's a stupid -- "Of course I think all the people I disagree should quit their jobs and be replaced with people I love. Of course I think they should all resign." That's not how this world works. That is not a reasonable request from a United States senator that "Until the secretary of defense quits his job, I'm going to block all of his nominees." That's preposterous!

And coming from a person who exonerated Donald Trump for extorting Zelenskyy for withholding lethal aid? They withheld lethal aid until, unless Zelenskyy would release false smears against Joe Biden's son. And then he voted to exonerate President Trump for this. And so spare me the new solidarity with the Ukrainians and with the free world because this man's record is exactly the opposite.

I yield the floor.

When interviewed later, Schatz described what the writer called the "loudness gap" between how the two parties manage to get their messages out to the people:

"Democrats need to make more noise," Sen. Brian Schatz told me. "We have to scream from the rooftops, because this is a battle for the free world now."

. . .

Schatz, for his part, points to some vexing complications. Biden was elected president in part to turn down the volume in our politics, and surely moderate voters want this. But one side hasn't gone along.

"The central selling proposition for a lot of moderate voters was that they could put Biden in place and then stop worrying about politics," Schatz told me. Yet the noise from "the MAGA movement continues to grow."

This obliges Democrats to raise the noise level themselves, Schatz continued, particularly when occasions such as this Hawley moment present themselves.

"Voters who pay a normal amount of attention to our politics take their cues from elected officials as to how outrageous something is," Schatz told me. "If we don't seem particularly perturbed," he continued, then they'll assume that a given standoff or situation is "no big deal."

He's right. Democrats need to rediscover the power of righteous indignation and shout it from the rooftops much more often and effectively than they have so far managed to do.

We're with Schatz: let's close the loudness gap. The media is just never going to address this stuff unless you draw their attention to it in dramatic fashion. Which Schatz did, admirably well. Which is why he's our easy choice this week for the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week.

[Congratulate Senator Brian Schatz on his Senate contact page, to let him know you appreciate his efforts.]

 

Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week

We were all prepared to hand the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week to Andrew Cuomo this week, but as it turns out he did not actually file the necessary paperwork to throw his hat into the ring in the Democratic primary for governor (his old job), so we are left without anyone to give the award to.

No other Democrat massively disappointed us this week, so we're putting the award back on the shelf until next week, unless (as usual) someone's got a nomination to suggest in the comments.

 

Friday Talking Points

Volume 657 (4/8/22)

Our talking points are fairly negative this week, perhaps to counterbalance the positive nature of the rest of this column. Enjoy responsibly, and we'll try to be a bit more upbeat next week, we promise.

 

1
   History calls, only three Republicans answer

Obviously, this is the biggest political news of the week.

"I am proud and pleased to see the first Black woman successfully confirmed to the highest court in the land, as are tens of millions of my fellow Americans. We made history this week, smashed a glass ceiling, and Joe Biden fulfilled a campaign promise to make the Supreme Court a lot more representative of what America truly looks like. The Republican Party -- what was once a very long time ago the 'Party of Lincoln' -- fought this nomination tooth and nail, however. When history called, only three Republican senators answered. The other 47 are now on the record on the wrong side of history, plain and simple. The attacks against her nomination sunk to a new low and were both scurrilous and completely unjustified. She weathered this storm with poise and composure, which are exactly the qualities I would like to see more of on the high court. I just hope that a day comes when the Republican Party realizes what a huge mistake it made this week by standing firmly against progress and against Black women, but I'm not exactly going to hold my breath waiting for it, if you know what I mean."

 

2
   The Trump-Putin axis

This is where we return to the aforementioned Jamie Raskin.

"While Jamie Raskin was speaking in support of legislation to punish Russia for its inhuman invasion of Ukraine, he was actually heckled by (you guessed it) Marjorie Taylor Greene. His response was, and I quote:"

The gentlelady said something about the Russian hoax -- I accept the heckling, Mr. Speaker. If she wants to continue to stand with Vladimir Putin and his brutal, bloody invasion against the people of Ukraine, she is free to do so, and we understand there is a strong Trump-Putin axis in the gentlelady's party.

"He's right. That's exactly what it is -- a Trump-Putin axis. And it has infected the Republican Party to an alarming degree. This week a nonbinding resolution was passed by the House stating America's support for both NATO and for democracy. An astounding 63 Republicans voted against it. This should be shocking, but these days -- sadly -- it is not. It is just another indication of the moral decay which has infected the GOP right down to its very core. The Trump-Putin axis within the Republican Party is wrong, it is frightening, and it is downright dangerous, period."

 

3
   Fraud, fear, and fascism

Raskin wasn't the only one coming up with brilliant snappy slogans this week.

"Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison had a different way of putting it this week, one that also gets right to the heart of the matter. He condemned the Republican Party as a whole by stating: 'It is a party built on fraud, fear, and fascism.' That sounds like overblown rhetoric or hyperbole, but upon examination it is neither. It is the honest truth, these days. Republicans not only believe that anything they can do to grab or retain political power is fair game, but that when they do get such power they should begin exercising it by punishing their political enemies to the absolute maximum. The way to tell whether their party's leader is lying is to note whether his lips are moving or not. They have doubled down on the Big Lie that caused the January 6th insurrection. They are absolutely shameless in proclaiming up is down and that their emperor's new clothes are gorgeous, instead of non-existent. The entire substance of their campaign strategy is to whip up fear over non-existent boogiemen they use to scare the voters. So Harrison is right -- the Republican Party these days is built entirely upon fraud, fear, and fascism, and nobody should be shy in calling it out."

 

4
   No moral redlines at all

They'll even prove it, if you listen closely.

"Mitch McConnell was interviewed this week and asked point-blank where his moral redlines were. He had no answer. None. He was prompted to explain how he could reconcile denouncing Donald Trump's 'disgraceful dereliction of duty' on January 6th and stating baldly that Trump was 'practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day' with now being able to support him if he becomes the 2024 nominee of his party. Again, McConnell had no answer to this at all. There it is in plain language, folks -- McConnell and far too many of his fellow Republicans will put party over country in a heartbeat. Nothing matters to them but gaining political power. There simply are no Republican moral redlines left -- anything goes, as long as it is coming from a fellow Republican. This is so disgraceful and disgusting it is hard to even find the words to describe such spinelessness and ruthlessness, but that's what the leader of the Senate GOP just flat-out admitted."

 

5
   More voting fraud found!

When it comes to projection, this one just seems to keep popping back up over and over again.

"The Republican Party is convinced that if they just look hard enough, somehow they'll find a widespread conspiracy to commit massive voter fraud. Well, of course the 'massive' part just doesn't exist, but what's interesting to me is that as more individual cases of voter fraud appear, all of them seem to be committed by Republican voters. And not just anonymous voters either, but ones very close to the Republican leadership. A few weeks ago it was revealed that Mark Meadows, Donald Trump's former White House chief of staff, is under investigation for committing fraud by registering to vote in North Carolina when he had no residence there at all. This week we find that another former Trump administration official voted twice in the 2016 primary -- in two different states! At the time, he was Chris Christie's campaign director, so it's pretty hard to argue he didn't understand the voting laws. He's now running for a House seat, because no Republican is ever going to denounce any actual voter fraud coming from within their own party -- they're too busy looking for some non-existent grand conspiracy by Democrats. Whenever Republicans loudly accuse Democrats of anything underhanded, it's a pretty sure bet it's nothing more than projection, because they feel so guilty about stuff they themselves are wantonly doing."

 

6
   Speaking of projection...

This one is ugly and brutal -- but Democrats certainly weren't the ones who opened this can of worms, so it has to be seen as fair game at this point.

"In the Supreme Court hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson, the phrase 'child porn' was used a total of 165 times. Also mentioned repeatedly were 'pedophile' and 'predators' and 'prepubescent.' Contrast that to the sentence handed down this week to a former Republican National Committee aide and GOP staffer who admitted to being part of a child porn trading ring, possessing over 150 child porn videos, both receiving and distributing such images, seeking out images of the rape of children (some as young as babies), and fantasizing online about killing children while abusing them. He will spend the next twelve-and-a-half years in prison -- a sentence handed down by a judge appointed by a Democrat. So maybe if Republicans are obsessed with jailing kiddie porn criminals, perhaps they should clean their own house first."

 

7
   Hard to imagine...

Speaking of unspeakable images...

"This week, Ted Cruz spoke about an upcoming appearance he will be making at Yale University. At first he seemed to suggest that the university would require him to be in a 'smoking jacket with maybe a Sherlock Holmes pipe and maybe some Madeira,' but then he mused about what he really envisioned: 'Or, I don't know, has it gone more hippie than that? Like, nude and taking peyote or something?' Trust us, Ted, nobody wants to see that. In fact there are many who are already convinced you are the personification of a bad acid trip -- so please, for everyone's sake, keep away from the psychedelics and keep your damn clothes on. Please!"

-- Chris Weigant

 

Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigant

Cross-posted at: Democratic Underground

 

73 Comments on “Friday Talking Points -- History In The Making”

  1. [1] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    Nice how you fit TP3 about Republikillers whipping up fear right between talking points designed to whip up fear of Republikillers.

    The part about the Emperor's new clothes that Deathocrat supporters also do about their party was a nice garnish to that shit sandwich.

  2. [2] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    @cw,

    it's okay, you can give most disappointing to andrew cuomo any time you like.

    JL

  3. [3] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    p.s. you've still been horribly remiss in refusing to address the political applications of pie.

  4. [4] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    Why should CW waste time on the applications of pie when he is so good at the application of propaganda?

  5. [5] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    because pie is yummy.

  6. [6] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I just don't get it ... I mean, everyone loves pie, of some sort, right?

  7. [7] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    yes.

  8. [8] 
    Michale wrote:

    “Today, Michiganders and Americans — especially our children — are living through the normalization of political violence. But we must be honest about what it really is: the result of violent, divisive rhetoric that is all too common across our country. There must be accountability and consequences for those who commit heinous crimes. Without accountability, extremists will be emboldened.”
    -Michigan Governor Whitmer after failure to convict 4 men charged in kidnapping and conspiracy charges..

    Shit, Gov.. You Democrats have been "normalizing political violence" for the past 22+ years (collectively) with your Democrat BLM and AntiFa riots..

    If you want to see what the problem is when it comes to normalizing political violence.. Look in the mirror.. :^/

  9. [9] 
    Michale wrote:

    Since I know ya'all don't like it when I post entire articles, allow me to sum up the following for you...

    We are witnessing the final days of reproductive freedom in America
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/08/oklahomas-move-to-ban-abortions-is-a-prelude-of-america-without-roe-v-wade

    "Waaaaaaaaaaa WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa We won't be able to kill innocent defenseless babies!! Waaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaa We won't be able to SHOUT OUT our abortions!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAA WWWAAAAAAAAAAA We won't be able to CELEBRATE our infanticide WAAAAAAAAA wwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"

    That sums up the article for you...

    This has been a public service announcement from Weigantia.. :D

  10. [10] 
    Michale wrote:

    Remind me again how Democrats are going to be fine in November??

    A sour and angry America poised to punish Dems this fall

    Biden and his top advisers know that the window to change the economic narrative through executive action is rapidly closing.
    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/09/angry-voters-biden-inflation-midterms-00024218

    I seem to have forgotten.. What with all the FACTS that prove the contrary.. :D

  11. [11] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Okay, I have absolutely no memory of tapping out [7] ...

  12. [12] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    ... I mean [6].

  13. [13] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I'm pretty sure I didn't do it. I was in bed at that time.

  14. [14] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    That doesn't even sound like something I would tap out, no offense to pie lovers.

  15. [15] 
    Michale wrote:

    Whoaa.. That's creepy :D

  16. [16] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Very.

  17. [17] 
    Michale wrote:

    Maybe you have split personality.. Maybe when you sleep your alter ego takes over and professes their love for President Trump.. :D

  18. [18] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Good God!

  19. [19] 
    Michale wrote:

    hehehehehehe

  20. [20] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    (17)-
    Kind of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde except it is changing from one Mr. Hyde (supporting the Deathocrats) to another Mr. Hyde (supporting the Republikillers). :D

  21. [21] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    Pie is magical

  22. [22] 
    Michale wrote:

    Abcarian: Amid Florida's fight with Disney over trans rights, a Disney family member comes out as trans
    https://news.yahoo.com/abcarian-amid-floridas-fight-disney-100029466.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

    And this Groomer ^^^ wants to force trans pain and hurt on 4, 5 and 6 yr olds.. :^/

    What *IS* it about Democrats that they hate kids so much??

  23. [23] 
    Michale wrote:

    'Meet The Press' panel slams Democratic messaging on 'culture wars': 'Real problem for Democrats' in midterms

    Democrats 'allow their messaging to almost be defined by the other side,' one panelist said
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/meet-the-press-panel-slams-democratic-messaging-on-culture-wars-real-problem-for-democrats-in-midterms

    Like I said.. Not MY predictions..

    It's DEMOCRAT predictions.. :D

  24. [24] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    there are people literally dying in ukraine. that anyone whatsoever even cares what disney thinks of gender identity is what ought to be offensive.

  25. [25] 
    Michale wrote:

    JL,

    Agreed...

    So get Disney to stand down, quit interfering in the affairs of the state of FL and just concentrate on entertaining people..

  26. [26] 
    Michale wrote:

    California, New York handled COVID-19 lockdowns the worst, Florida among the best, a new study shows

    Some liberal states 'had high age-adjusted death rates and high unemployment'

    A new study has graded states by how well they handled the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent restrictions and lockdowns, showing a stark contrast between liberal and conservative states.

    The Committee To Unleash Prosperity study compared state performance on metrics including the economy, education, and mortality from the virus, and examined how states and their respective governments handled the pandemic response.

    "Shutting down their economies and schools was by far the biggest mistake governors and state officials made during Covid, particularly in blue states," Steve Moore, co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, told Fox News Digital. "We hope the results of this study will persuade governors not to close schools and businesses the next time we have a new virus variant."

    New York, California, New Jersey, and Illinois were among the worst in dealing with the coronavirus, performing "poorly on every measure," the report said.

    These states "had high age-adjusted death rates; they had high unemployment and significant GDP losses, and they kept their schools shut down much longer than almost all other states," the report added.
    https://committeetounleashprosperity.com/committee-to-unleash-prosperity-coronavirus-response-scorecard/

    Shutting down schools?? Stoopid

    Shutting down economy?? Stoopid

    Masking Children?? Stoopid...

    Democrats did more harm than good with their covid hysteria...

    This is documented FACT...

  27. [27] 
    Michale wrote:

    Irony at it's finest..

    Democrats' 2022 midterm election scare tactics: this desperate move won't save them

    Democrats are beginning to really worry about the 2022 elections. And they should..
    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/democrats-2022-midterm-elections-scare-tactics-newt-gingrich

    The ONE thing Biden could do to help Democrats in November is the ONE THING that the Democrat Party won't ALLOW Biden to do.. :D

    Thereby dooming the entire Democrat Party in November..

    I love the smell of irony in the morning.. :D

  28. [28] 
    Michale wrote:

    Covid Could Be Surging in the U.S. Right Now and We Might Not Even Know It

    The rise of Covid cases in some regions of the U.S., just as testing efforts wane, has raised the specter that the next major wave of the virus may be difficult to detect. In fact, the country could be in the midst of a surge right now and we might not even know it.

    Despite groundbreaking scientific advances like vaccines and antivirals, public health experts say the U.S.’s Covid defenses appear to be getting weaker as time goes on, not stronger.

    "We're in a worse position," said Julia Raifman, an assistant professor of health law, policy and management at Boston University School of Public Health. "We've learned more about the virus and how to address it, and then we haven't done what we need to do to address it.”

    In late February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began relying on hospital admissions and ICU capacity to determine community-level risk. That was a change from relying on Covid case counts and the percentage of positive tests, which are widely considered a better snapshot of how much virus is circulating in a given community. Several states, including Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Ohio have now completely stopped reporting daily Covid data to the CDC, making it more difficult to gauge the progression of the pandemic in those states.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/covid-could-be-surging-in-the-u-s-right-now-and-we-might-not-even-know-it/ar-AAW3wzG

    Democrats have decreed that the COVID political action has now become a DETRIMENT to Democrat chances in November..

    Due to this reason, Democrats have decreed that COVID is no longer a threat..

    COVID.. The First Official POLITICAL Pandemic...

  29. [29] 
    Michale wrote:

    So as it went in Pennsylvania, so as it goes for the rest of the country.. :D

    Pennsylvania's dramatic shift rightward is a warning sign for both parties about overreach

    JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania — When Ken Miller changed his party registration from Democrat to Republican in September 2020, he said he wasn’t doing it for Donald Trump. He had not voted for Trump or Hillary Clinton in 2016. Rather, he said, he was doing it for himself and his community after watching Democrats govern during the pandemic.

    “I am tired of what I am seeing," he said. Democrats appeared to ignore people like Miller, viewing his vote as replaceable by someone in their theoretical ascendant Democratic coalition of young people, women, intellectuals, and nonwhite voters. But the thinkers in Washington may have been too clever by half.
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/pennsylvanias-dramatic-shift-rightward-is-a-warning-sign-for-both-parties-about-overreach

    Democrats are going to be massacred in November and it's their own damn fault...

    It's what happens when their political Party went with the Hate America and Hate Cops agenda...

  30. [30] 
    Michale wrote:

    I mean, let's face reality, people..

    The House is gone.. It's going to go GOP.. This is nearly universally accepted as fact by EVERYONE with more than 2 brain cells to rub together...

    The Senate?? That's as good as gone as well..

    Democrats face steep odds in bid to keep Senate

    Democrats are staring down an increasingly difficult Senate landscape as national political headwinds threaten to sweep away what they believe is their best chance to hold at least one chamber of Congress.

    With hopes for holding their House majority dimming quickly, Democrats see this year’s Senate map as a relative bright spot, given the fact that they’re defending fewer seats than Republicans and believe they have a strong class of candidates.

    But nationally, they’re up against a brutal political landscape — President Biden’s approval rating is well underwater, inflation is the highest it’s been in decades and Republican voters appear far more motivated than Democrats — raising the prospect that some factors that will determine the Senate majority are outside the party’s control.
    https://thehill.com/news/3262798-democrats-face-steep-odds-in-bid-to-keep-senate/

    The chances of Dems keeping the Senate will depend on Biden's approval numbers..

    Apparently, those numbers have not found the bottom yet.. :D

    So it's looking like Democrats can kiss the Senate good-bye as well.. :D

  31. [31] 
    Michale wrote:

    LATEST ELECTION POLLS
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/elections/

    Look at all the RED in those polls!!!! :D

    Just a few little blue specks in a sea of RED... :D

    Yep, that's what November is going to look like for Democrats..

    A few blue specks in a tsunami of RED... :D

  32. [32] 
    Michale wrote:

    The Hunter Biden Laptop...

    The GIFT that KEEPS ON GIVING.. :D

    Hunter Biden frequently covered family expenses, texts reveal
    https://nypost.com/2022/04/09/hunter-biden-frequently-covered-family-expenses-texts-reveal/

    Now that WaPo and NY TIMES has authenticated the laptop, the floodgates are opening.. :D

  33. [33] 
    Michale wrote:

    As it turns out, clamping down on guns won't impact Crowd Based Mass Shootings...

    Sacramento sheriff: Downtown shooting that killed six is result of 'treating criminals like victims'

    Sacramento shooting suspect was released from prison after serving less than half his sentence
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/sacramento-sheriff-downtown-shooting-is-result-of-treating-criminals-like-victims-and-victims-like-criminals

    But clamping down on Democrat Party Anti-Cop Pro-Criminal policies WILL prevent or help prevent Crowd Based Mass Shootings..

  34. [34] 
    Michale wrote:

    "The best predictor of future behavior is past conduct, and violent people, they're going to be violent when they get out, and that's what we've seen here.

    Every crime has a victim and these victims are racking up, sometimes minorly and sometimes catastrophically, like we saw in Sacramento [on April 3]. This is the latest, but it unfortunately won't be the last. Because if we don't change the way California and the rest of this nation treats criminals… then this is only going to be a continuing trend."
    -Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones

    The problem here is Democrat Party's PRO-Criminal and ANTI-Cop policies...

  35. [35] 
    Michale wrote:

    Looks like Elon's goal is to take over Twitter.. :D

    Elon Musk scares liberals, Twitter as he pursues free speech

    Establishment liberals are not happy, as a recent Washington Post column demonstrates
    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/elon-musk-scares-liberals-twitter-free-speech-liz-peek

    It's going to be SOO MUCH FUN to see President Trump re-instated to Twitter and see Twitter grovel before the great man.. :D

  36. [36] 
    Michale wrote:

    "Musk’s appointment shows that we need regulation of social-media platforms to prevent rich people from controlling our channels of communication."
    -WaPo Columnist Ellen Pao

    Says the Left Wing Moron who works for Billionaire Jeff Bezos' Washington Post.. :^/

    What *IS* it about Democrats that they are stark raving MORONS???

    Anyone?? Anyone?? Buehler??

  37. [37] 
    Michale wrote:

    So get Disney to stand down, quit interfering in the affairs of the state of FL and just concentrate on entertaining people..

    I mean, as things stand now, Disney is on track to lose it's special status in FL which will cost Disney TENS OF BILLIONS a year in taxes and fees...

    Which will go to enriching the great state of Florida.. :D

    WIN WIN :D

  38. [38] 
    Michale wrote:

    Elon Musk declines to join Twitter board of directors

    'I believe this is for the best,' Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said
    https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/elon-musk-declines-to-join-twitter-board-of-directors

    Twitterati just got played by Elon Musk!!! :D

  39. [39] 
    Michale wrote:

    Let's make baby-killing fun and easy for everyone!!! :^/

    Maryland Dems override governor's veto to fund abortion training, allow non-doctors to perform abortions

    The law establishes a $3.5 million program to make sure there are enough 'health professionals to provide abortion care'
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/maryland-dems-override-governors-veto-to-fund-abortion-training-allow-non-doctors-to-perform-abortions

    Over 80% of Americans support abortion restrictions..

    Democrats wonder why they are going to be booted out of office en-masse in November??

    It's mind-boggling...

  40. [40] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    again, real people are getting killed, why the preoccupation with the deaths of human goldfish?

  41. [41] 
    Michale wrote:

    again, real people are getting killed, why the preoccupation with the deaths of human goldfish?

    Real people are getting killed.. Why the Democrat preoccupation with celebrating a completely and utterly racist event???

    The war in Ukraine is completely and utterly the fault of Joe Biden and the Democrats..

    Disney's woke policies are completely and utterly the fault of Joe Biden and the Democrats..

    You see the connection??

    Everything BAD in this country is because of Joe Biden and the Democrats..

    Once they are removed, then America can start being great again...

    why the preoccupation with the deaths of human goldfish?

    Interesting way of mitigating infanticide.. :^/

  42. [42] 
    Michale wrote:

    Democrats risk repeating errors from VA gov race by siding against parents' rights

    The Democrats’ nationwide push against bills like the one backed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may not resonate with Americans
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/democrats-risk-repeating-errors-from-va-gov-race-by-siding-against-parents-rights

    Picture perfect textbook Democrat insanity..

    Trying the same thing over and over hoping for a different result.. :^/

  43. [43] 
    Michale wrote:

    https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2022/04/918/516/cartoon-041122.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

    Yea.. Let's cause a BIGGER catastrophe at the southern border..

    That will sure endure Americans to the Democrat Party.. :^/

    Apparently, Democrats have made the calculus that they can overcome American voters with illegal immigrant voters..

    Great plan! :^/

  44. [44] 
    Michale wrote:

    Pie is magical

    People are dying in Ukraine!! How can you talk about magical pie when Ukrainians are dying!!!???

    :D

  45. [45] 
    Michale wrote:

    The Memo: Bad economic news haunts Democrats ahead of midterms
    President Biden and other Democrats are confronting a stark truth — they’re getting blamed for what’s bad in the economy and getting no credit for what’s good.

    The dynamic could spell electoral doom in November.

    The Democrats’ failure to get voters to recognize the upside of the economy is not for lack of trying.
    https://thehill.com/news/administration/3263015-the-memo-bad-economic-news-haunts-dems-ahead-of-midterms/

    Americans simply DON'T LIKE DEMOCRATS... And, come November, Americans will express that dislike with their votes..

    When ya'all Democrats hate on America, Americans take that personally..

    As Democrats will learn in November..

  46. [46] 
    Michale wrote:

    When the GOP take over Congress, will they play by the PTDS infused rules that Democrats created???

    The Debasement of our Professional and Political Classes

    Leftist professionals in politics, government, and private enterprise debased themselves for short-term political gain, or in furor at their bogeyman Trump, or in anger at the unwashed.

    Will Republican magnanimity suffice to shame the Democrats to be more professional in the future? Or will tit-for-tat deterrent reciprocity alone ensure a return to norms? Specifically, will Biden be impeached Trump-style, after losing the House in November? Say, to give just one possible example, for deliberately not enforcing and, indeed, undermining U.S. immigration law?

    Will Speaker Kevin McCarthy, in Pelosi-fashion, start yanking troublesome radical Democrats off House committees?

    Will a conservative Robert Mueller-like “wise man” head a $40 million, 22 month-long special counsel investigation of the Biden-family influence-selling syndicate—arrayed with a “dream-team,” “all-star,” and “hunter-killer” right-wing lawyers to ferret out “Big Guy” and “Mr. Ten Percent” quid pro quo profiteering?

    Would a Republican-led House set up a special committee to investigate the racketeering and “conspiracies” across state lines that led to a near “coup” and “insurrection” marked by “the riots of 2020?” Would such watchdogs offer up criminal referrals for all those responsible for attacking a federal courthouse and torching a police precinct or for setting an historic church afire? Or causing $2 billion of damage, over 30 deaths, and 1,500 law enforcement officer injuries—while carving out illegal no-go zones in major downtowns?

    Given the need for “accountability,” the “threats to democracy,” and a need for “transparency,” would another congressional committee investigate the Afghanistan fiasco of summer 2021? Will it learn who was lying about the disaster—Joe Biden or the Joint Chiefs—and how and why such a travesty occurred?
    https://amgreatness.com/2022/04/10/the-debasement-of-our-professional-and-political-classes/

    Oh gods, I hope so!!

    I WANT to see a monthly impeachment of Joe Biden..

    I WANT to see House Committees that crawl up Joe Biden's ass, Hunter Biden's ass and Nancy Pelosi's ass for the corrupt dealings and 6 Jan incompetence respectively...

    It's going to be a fun 2 years of Biden impeachments and Democrat-targeted investigations..

    All topped off with the 2024 election that will see President Trump back in the Oval Office...

    It's gonna be fun!! :D

  47. [47] 
    Michale wrote:

    Would a rebooted January 6 committee reconvene under new auspices—with Democratic members limited to those selected by a new Speaker McCarthy—to revisit the lethal shooting of Ashli Babbitt, to review thousands of hours of released surveillance video, to subpoena all email communications between the previous congressional leadership and the Capitol police, to demand the lists of all the FBI informants in the crowd, and to interrogate the sadistic jailers and overzealous prosecutors who have created America’s first class of political prisoners subjected to punishment without trial? Such a multifaceted legal inquiry would eat up most of Biden’s final two years in office. As accomplished leakers, Republicans then would also supply “bombshells” and “walls or closing in” special news alerts on cable TV, the fuel of supposedly “imminent” and “impending” indictments, based on special counsel leaks to conservative media.

    Following the Democratic cue, should the Republican-majority Senate consider ending the “disruptive” and “anti-democratic” filibuster? Should there be a national voting law rammed through the Congress, overriding state protocols, and demanding that all national election balloting must require a photo ID?

    Yes.. yes.. yes.. Let's make it ALL so....

  48. [48] 
    Michale wrote:

    Will the new Washington apparat likewise adhere to the Democratic Party’s new precedents?

    Perhaps a newly appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs can reassure a Republican majority that its primary mission is not battle readiness—and certainly not climate change or “white rage”— but rather ferreting out service personnel with known ties to radical groups like BLM or Antifa or other “subversive” and “racist” organizations?

    Will a conservative Lois Lerner emerge from the IRS shadows to start slow-walking nonprofit-status applications from left-wing organizations on the eve of a presidential election?

    Will the FBI become a Republican retrieval service to hunt down and keep inert embarrassing lost laptops, diaries, and hard drives of absent-minded conservative grandees?

    In the middle of a campaign, will the CIA Director believe it is his duty to inform the senior Republican leaders in the Senate that he has good “information” that leftists are intriguing with foreign governments to warp the election?

    Yes.. yes.. Make it ALL happen..

    Show Democrats and America haters they kind of world they created...

    "afw'ein Mnhei'sahe"
    -Romulan Proverb, roughly translated to the latin term "sans humanite" which means, "I will give them no pity, they deserve no mercy and it serves them right!"

  49. [49] 
    Michale wrote:

    Here's An Idea, Harry
    [ Posted Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 – 17:11 UTC ]

    http://www.chrisweigant.com/2012/05/15/heres-an-idea-harry/

    Ahhh the Golden Age of Weigantia... :D

    Funny thing is, I haven't changed a bit since then.. :D

    It's a good read.. Especially JL's Monkees pun.. :D

  50. [50] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    People are dying in Ukraine.

    Yet the Deathocrats want to increase military spending, but according to Republikillers it should be more.

    "War.....what is it good for?

    Making lots of money- say it again!"

    But we can't blame Deathocrats and Republikillers for that.

    We have to blame ourselves for voting for them.

    Thus the obsessions with Disney, laptops and pie to avoid having to admit your own culpability.

  51. [51] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    Speaking of the Monkees, when the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan Davy Jones was also on the program as part of the cast of Oliver.

    When that was over he stayed in the US and I found out later on that he had actually attended my high school.

    I know this because when I got to high school I ended up with his locker. :D

  52. [52] 
    Michale wrote:

    Democrats weighed down by Biden scramble for message

    Democrats are scrambling for a message to break through to voters as the days tick down to the midterm elections and President Biden’s approval rating remains mired at around 40 percent.
    https://thehill.com/news/senate/3262997-democrats-weighed-down-by-biden-scramble-for-message/

    Biden as President is the WORST thing that has happened to the Democrat Party since Odumbo.. :D

  53. [53] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    My Dear Michale, it looks like you invested six hours into posting right-wing crap that no one here reads. Why bother? Are you trying to win hearts and minds? Or is this about owning the Libs? Or what?

  54. [54] 
    Michale wrote:

    Daily Beast contributor accosts Asian man at bar, mistakenly thinking he's Andy Ngo

    "I just ran into Andy Ngo at a bar in New Orleans," Benson reported to Twitter. "I politely told him he's a 'garbage person.' Lol." The man was not Andy Ngo.
    https://thepostmillennial.com/daily-beast-contributor-harasses-asian-man-at-bar-mistakenly-thinking-hes-andy-ngo

    What IS it about Democrats that they are such hateful morons???

  55. [55] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    Pie would bring the war to a swift and decisive end.

  56. [56] 
    Michale wrote:

    Yer obsession with pie is offensive considering all the death that is occurring in Ukraine..

    Pie won't stop Russian aggression...

    Only NATO can stop Russian Aggression...

    But Biden has contaminated NATO...

    NATO was stronger with President Trump at the helm, pie be damned!!!

  57. [57] 
    Michale wrote:

    Israeli forces under 'no restrictions' against Palestinian terrorists - Gantz

    The IDF's involvement in stifling terror is "dictated only by the operational need," Defense Minister Benny Gantz said.
    https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/article-703857

    As it should be..

    Israel has a blank check to deal with terrorism up to, but not including, terrorism itself..

    Given that Democrats and Palestinians support terrorism, Israel will always have the moral, ethical and LEGAL high ground...

  58. [58] 
    Michale wrote:

    There are no restrictions on the use of Israeli force against Palestinian terrorism suspects, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday, adding that the scale of the IDF's involvement in stifling terror is "dictated only by the operational need."

    However, Israel is trying to distinguish between those who support and plan to carry out terror attacks to the broad Palestinian population, the defense minister stated.

    "We try to differentiate between the population and the perpetrators of terrorism and between the different geographical environments," Gantz said. "Terrorist activity is prevalent in the Jenin area, which is why Jenin is under extensive operational activity, including a direct hit to its economy."

    Israel will try and limit collateral damage..

    But, considering that THIS is the "government" that the Palestinian people choose, Israel is really under no moral obligation to make any major effort to protect the people who CHOOSE a terrorist government.....

  59. [59] 
    Michale wrote:

    But, considering that THIS is the "government" that the Palestinian people choose, Israel is really under no moral obligation to make any major effort to protect the people who CHOOSE a terrorist government.....

    Dresden comes to mind...

  60. [60] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    Yer obsession with pie is offensive considering all the death that is occurring in Ukraine..

    Perhaps, but not nearly as offensive as your obsession with human goldfish, or with Mickey Mouse's sexual identity, or Don's obsession with, well, himself.

  61. [61] 
    Michale wrote:

    Perhaps, but not nearly as offensive as your obsession with human goldfish, or with Mickey Mouse's sexual identity, or Don's obsession with, well, himself.

    Which simply shows the obsession of political agenda's that ya'all entertain that are anti-America....

    I, of course, don't suffer from that as my Pro America bona fides are well established.. :D

    The would have been NO Ukraine War is Joe Biden had lived up to his duties as POTUS..

    But incompetence in Afghanistan beget Ukraine..

    Democrats need to accept responsibility of their incompetence...

  62. [62] 
    Michale wrote:
  63. [63] 
    Michale wrote:

    LinkedIn reinstates Air Force vet's post after wrongfully calling it 'hate speech,' apologizes
    Air Force vet says 'freedom has been secured' after LinkedIn reinstates wrongfully removed post

    https://www.foxnews.com/tech/linkedin-reinstates-air-force-vets-post-hate-speech-apologizes

    It's amazing that it's almost ALWAYS Conservative PRO AMERICA accounts that are ALWAYS restricted by Left Wing social media...

    There is a reckoning coming...

  64. [64] 
    Michale wrote:

    Elon Musk not joining Twitter's board could lead to 'Game of Thrones' style battle: analyst

    Musk owns a 9.2% stake in social media platform, making him company's largest shareholder.
    https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/elon-musk-twitter-game-of-thrones-style-battle-analyst

    I LOVED Game Of Thrones!!!

    Bring it on!!! :D

  65. [65] 
    Michale wrote:

    For you, MC... :D

    The Democrats Are Not Dead Yet

    Despite conventional wisdom, the party is not doomed in November’s midterm elections. The economy, Covid-19, the invasion of Ukraine, and the January 6 insurrection are all wild cards.
    https://newrepublic.com/article/166065/democrats-not-dead-yet

    Just to give ya hope to see it dashed when nothing breaks the Democrats' way... :D

    I am cruel that way... :D

  66. [66] 
    Michale wrote:

    And for Democrats..

    Axios, Bloomberg, others forecast 'nasty' March inflation report: 'Number likely to be ugly'

    'Looks to be a doozy,' Axios warned
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/media-forecasts-nasty-march-inflation-report

    The hits just keep on comin'!!! :D

  67. [67] 
    Michale wrote:

    Philadelphia reimposes indoor mask mandate in response to rising omicron BA.2 cases
    Philadelphia appears to be the first major city to reimpose an indoor mask mandate

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/philadelphia-reimposes-indoor-mask-mandate-rising-omicron-ba-2

    Democrats just DON'T want to give up totalitarianism...

    This is why they will lose in November..

    Americans are sick and tired of Democrat dictatorship....

  68. [68] 
    Michale wrote:

    NJ Gov. Murphy willing to 'entertain' changes to gender identity lessons for 2nd graders

    Gov. Murphy says parents 'deserve' say in gender lessons
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/phil-murphy-new-jersey-gender-identity-school-education-elementary

    Anyone who wants to teach sex education and gender issues to 4, 5 and 6 yr olds is a Groomer...

    Pure and simple...

  69. [69] 
    Michale wrote:

    http://mfccfl.us/TheLeft.jpg

    How can ya'all help but not be... disgusted... at what the Democrat Party has become?? :^/

  70. [70] 
    Michale wrote:

    Because THAT ^^^^^ is how patriotic Americans see today's Democrat Party....

  71. [71] 
    Michale wrote:

    NJ sample lesson plans push videos for 5th graders on graphic sex-related content

    Video tells kids masturbating 'a few times a day' is healthy way to relieve stress
    New Jersey public school students as young as 10 could be taught that puberty blockers are an acceptable way to "manage" puberty and that masturbating "a few times a day" is a healthy way to relieve stress, according to sample lesson plans being reviewed by state school districts.

    New Jersey public school students as young as second grade will be getting lessons related to gender identity under state sex education guidelines that will take effect in September. Multiple sample lesson plans, which were given to parents at the Westfield Board of Education's Feb. 22 meeting, appear to be reflective of the state's new, broader sex education curriculum.
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/nj-sample-lesson-plans-push-videos-5th-graders

    Obviously no one here who would find this acceptable is a parent.. :^/

  72. [72] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    In NYC masks are optional now, but most of us are still wearing them.

  73. [73] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Here, too.

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