Tuesday, March 28, 2017

More Filth From Valued @MSNBC Contributor Joe "Deadbeat" Walsh

Clearly MSNBC believes that "Racist Asshole" is a profitable demographic that can and should be pandered to.

Broke Burke Mountain

They just can't quit him!

Now that the Party of Reagan has passed through another molting season and shed another layer of fake respectability to become an even more openly depraved version of what it has always been, all the Respectable Conservative Pundits who have spent their careers laying the predicate for the emergence of a party run by con men on behalf of oligarchs to the applause of imbeciles and racists...

...those Respectable Conservative Pundits want to flee from the DayGlo Orange Fascist nightmare that all their hard work and dedication have made manifest.  

But flee to where exactly?

They can't go Left because the Left is dark and scary and full of Liberals.  And Respectable Conservative Pundits have spent their careers preaching the gospel that we Liberals a buncha fuzzy-headed, Murrica-hating maroons who apparently spend most of our time yelling at Charles Murray and ruthlessly enforcing neofascist speech codes and America's institutes of high learning.  

At least that's the hogwash that Respectable Conservative Pundit Andrew Sullivan has been troweling out for the past few weeks. Which is why, when Mr. Sullivan got around to populating the political cosmos with Public Persons Who Have Failed Him --
One of the features of living in Washington is that one is rarely unmindful of humanity’s capacity to disappoint. I’ve long tried to be an optimist in these matters — because Washington contains plenty of individuals who are genuinely devoting their lives to the common good. (I swear. I know many of them, on both sides.) But watching previously rock-ribbed conservatives slowly give in to the pull of utter expediency these past few months has been a truly deflating experience. The grossest are those like Stephen Moore (or Mike Pence!), who were for decades a near-parody of ideological purism, and yet overnight saw the populist light.

But the lamest of the enablers are the anti-anti-Trumpers, those conservatives who know full well the depravity of this president, and yet focus on his opponents (I’m looking at you, National Review, with a few honorable exceptions). So much hysteria, these knowing right-wingers sigh. Ignore the character flaws, they urge...
-- and Public Persons Who Have Performed Nobly --
But there have also been Republican writers who have bravely and clearly stood their ground. Avik Roy risked a lot to come out against Ryancare. Reihan Salam and Ross Douthat have not wavered from their prescient belief in reforming the GOP, while keeping Trump at a clear, distinct distance. My friend David Frum has had a real moment. George Will has been fired by Fox. David Brooks hasn’t caved. I even find myself in the odd position of being smack-bang at Bill Kristol’s side as he resists. Super-neocon Eliot Cohen has pulled no punches. Jen Rubin at the Washington Post is on a roll. Rod Dreher at The American Conservative believes the whole world is ending, but he still won’t acquiesce to Trump. Ditto Daniel Larison on foreign policy. David French, however, deserves a minor medal for this moment of dissent in National Review...
-- the Alert Reader might notice that Mr. Sullivan's political cosmology bears a comical resemblance to Dante's Divine Comedy.    

Especially the Inferno 

Like the narrator of the Inferno, in Mr. Sullivan's political cosmology, he is the Good Man who has perhaps strayed an entsy beentsy bit. but is back on the right path.  And his journey to be reuinted with his Beloved Burke takes him through a hellscape populated almost entirely with Mr. Sullivan's old Conservative cronies and running buddies who have failed to live up to his standards.

As he ascends through Purgatorio we meet the Late-Repentant --
The Late-Repentant includes (1) those too lazy or too preoccupied to repent (the Indolent), (2) those who repented at the last minute without formally receiving last rites, as a result of violent deaths, and (3) the Negligent Rulers. These souls will be admitted to Purgatory thanks to their genuine repentance, but must wait outside for an amount of time equal to their lives on earth.
-- which, in this case, is basically every other Conservative Mr. Sullivan has ever hired or been on a panel with.

And being an Alert Reader you will also not fail to notice that Liberals in Mr. Sullivan political cosmology are much like Irishmen in Dante's Inferno: they simply do not exist (although, as I alluded to earlier, one suspects that in Mr. Sullivan's imagination, Liberals are to be condemned to a minor malebolge deep in Hell's eighth circle where "The Bell Curve" is read aloud by Laura Ingraham on an endless loop for all eternity.)

Nope, not a single Liberal in the bunch.  Because there can't be.  Because once you start down that road, you quickly end up having to acknowledge that the Left and been right about the Right all along, and the world would have been much better off of the entire Conservative movement -- from Rubin to Sullivan to Moore to Brooks -- had all been fired into the sun decades ago.

And speaking of David Brooks...

Despite expressing open horror last week at the unholy health care Repeal-And-Fuck-You monstrosity that his Republican party pushed and sweated and tried to give birth to --
I opposed Obamacare. I like health savings accounts, tax credits and competitive health care markets to drive down costs. But these free-market reforms have to be funded in a way to serve the least among us, not the most. This House Republican plan would increase suffering, morbidity and death among the middle class and poor in order to provide tax cuts to the rich.

It would cut Medicaid benefits by $880 billion between now and 2026. It would boost the after-tax income for those making more than $1 million a year by 14 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center. This bill takes the most vicious progressive stereotypes about conservatives and validates them.
-- this week Mr. Brooks is back flying in formation.  He simply cannot give up his toxic Broke Burke Mountain fantasy that behind the bestial insane Republican clown posse that now controls all three branches of the federal government, there is some other, invisible Republican party that yearns to  rally and pivot and reform and get right with Conservative Jebus:
Can Elephants Learn From Failure?
And what better way to  rally and pivot and reform and get right with Conservative Jebus than to all come together and, for the good of the country. strike a deal with Moderate Democrats to cut David Brooks' taxes!

Sure there might be risks.  The way ahead may be fraught with peril.
By the time legislation is crafted, probably in early summer, the good basic framework could transmogrify into something completely ugly — a bill that explodes the national debt while handing massive benefits to the rich. Then we’d be back where we were with health care reform, with a bill that benefits very few and which no one likes.
But really, isn't the prospect of cutting David Brooks' taxes and putting a win on the board for David Brooks' Republican party and it's DayGlo fascist halfwit leader worth that risk?
Tax reform probably won’t survive if the Republicans try to do it the way they tried to do health care — staying within the lines of Republican orthodoxy while veering over to the extreme right in the hopes of winning the Freedom Caucus. Tax reform will probably only pass with bipartisan buy-in, if there are enough potential yes votes that you can afford to lose some off on the extremes.
Because it turns out that cutting David Brooks' taxes and putting a win on the board for David Brooks' Republican party and it's DayGlo fascist halfwit leader may be the last, best hope for our Land of the Free!
Tax reform is one of the few issues where Republican and Democratic thinking overlaps. It’s one of the few ways to significantly boost growth. If Republicans can learn from their errors, they can get this done. If, on the other hand, tax reform fails, the G.O.P. majority is forfeit and Washington will descend to utter dysfunction. 
Of course, as any honest citizen could tell you, Washington descended to utter dysfunction long ago.  It was led there step-by-step by Mr. Brooks's Republican party, aided and abetted every inch of the way by the sleazy little con men of the High and Holy Church of Both Siderism.

A guy named Barack Obama got himself elected president several years ago and tried his damnedest to lead Washington out of it's deep, Republican-induced dysfunction but his every effort was gleefully sabotaged by the same party that just made a DayGlo fascist halfwit the leader of the free world.

So no, Mr. Brooks, and no, Mr., Sullivan.  There are no "good" Conservatives left in the public square and there are no "good" Republicans left in the Party of Trump.. 

There are merely Conservatives who are so desperate to survive the political implosion that Liberals have warned them was coming for decades, that they're now willing to steal the vocabulary of those of us they were calling "traitors" just a few years ago while never even acknowledging that we exist.  

Monday, March 27, 2017

It's a Trump!

File under "Once again, Liberals were right about the Right all along."

Trump’s Trainwreck

For seven years — seven years — Republicans thundered about the evils of Obamacare, yearned for the day when they could bury it and vowed to do precisely that once the ball was in their hands.

Last week proved that this had all been an emotional and theatrical exercise, not a substantive one. The ball was in their hands, and they had no coherent playbook. No real play. They scurried around the Capitol with their chests deflated and their tails between their legs.

For the entirety of his campaign, Donald Trump crowed about his peerless ability to make deals, one of which, he assured us, was going to be a replacement for Obamacare that would cut costs without leaving any Americans in the lurch.

Last week proved that there was no such swap, that he hadn’t done an iota of work to devise one and that he was spectacularly unprepared to shepherd such legislation through Congress. As his promise lay in tatters at his feet, he gave a delusional interview to Time magazine about what an infallible soothsayer he is, then tried to shift the blame to Democrats, who, he said, would soon be the ones hankering for an Obamacare replacement.
I don't know about you, but if your "Once again, Liberals were right about the Right all along" file is getting as vast as mine, we're all going to have to start investing in warehouse space, forklifts, and OSHA certifications sooner rather than later.

Before Your Next #Resistance or #Indivisible Meet-Up, Watch This

(h/t Alert Reader Andrew)

Learn to fight effectively or learn to love losing, because there is no third alternative,

Sunday Morning Party Line

"Ordering off the nouvelle cuisine menu" Edition.

When it comes to the business of breaking bread, while I don't need a Flintstone's car-tipping slab of ribs, on most occasions I would like what is on my plate to resemble, y'know, a meal and not a Willard Wigan micro-sculpture.

And yet, on other occasions, a small but elegantly presented main course is just exactly right,

And so, in this Sunday's recapitulation of the Gasbag Cavalcade, you will find in two short exchanges that perfect crystallize of everything that has been irredeemably horrible about the format for decades now.


CHUCK TODD:  Welcome back, panel is here. Tom Brokaw, Grand Poobah of NBC News here. Eliana Johnson of Politico, Joy Reid, host of MSNBC's AM Joy, and always a joy to have you here. And Hugh Hewitt, host on the Salem Radio Network. Alright, Hugh. I'm gonna start with you because this is what the Washington Examiner headline is: GOP Cave on Obamacare Repeal is the Biggest Broken Promise in Political History, was the top of, I believe, Phil Klein's, analysis. Is he right?

HUGH HEWITT:  No, it's overstated. We had a very good week with Neil Gorsuch, he's going to change the balance of the Supreme Court for 30 years and so President Trump has a huge win to put on the table this week. It was a big loss, but I agree with the autopsy that Director Mulvaney just put out there - that loss isn't on the president, it isn't on Paul Ryan...
Nothing Hugh Hewitt just said there true.  It was the worst week any president has had possibly ever, and it is entirely Donald Trump and Paul Ryan's fault.

And while is was nauseating enough to see this psychologically malformed freak smirk into the camera and lie and lie and lie before the election, since the election he has abased himself so completely on behalf of his new Dear Leader -- has become so fully Donald Trump's creature -- that it is positively creepy as fuck to watch.

But it is also important to remember that America's Most Famous Cyborg Sent From The Future To Destroy America is doing  exactly what NBC is paying him to do (with emphasis tossed in here and there):

CHUCK TODD:  Charlie Dent said that, Hugh. He basically said this was just all about trying to finance a $2 trillion tax cut hoping that they could make it deficit neutral.

HUGH HEWITT:  Charlie, who is a friend of mine, lives in a marginal district. He has to be very careful with every vote. The half of the Freedom Caucus that killed this live in very safe, red districts. Obamacare is the timeshare that the Democrats bought that they cannot admit the cost of, that they keep telling themselves was a good idea. It is in a death spiral. Joy and I have had--

JOY-ANN REID:  Is not.

HUGH HEWITT:   --many disagreements about that.  But it is in a death spiral.

JOY-ANN REID:   It is not.

CHUCK TODD:  It's not the definition of an economic death spiral yet.

HUGH HEWITT:  The New York Times yesterday pointed out that there are, and the president of Aetna, that you will lose coverage in many places in America for everyone. And that is, to me, a death spiral for those people. Joy disagrees. I know she should jump in here.

JOY-ANN REID:   Yes, yes.

CHUCK TODD:  She wants to, but I appreciate her reticence.

JOY-ANN REID:  And let's not take Aetna's word for it. Because we know that Aetna lied. We had already a federal judge say that they lied. Aetna wanted to do a merger with Humana. They were told no. They pulled out for other reasons. Insurance companies raise premiums. It's what they do. That's what they're in business to do. But the Congressional Budget Office made it quite clear the Affordable Care Act is not, not collapsing, not in a death spiral, just not.

CHUCK TODD:  I want to quickly get to Paul Ryan here...
No, Mr. Hewitt, it's not that Joy-Ann Reid "disagrees" with you.  It's that she is telling the truth and you're simply lying.  


And to complete the farce, rather than stand up for the integrity of his own house and his own profession (and before the presence of scary facts make Mr. Hewitt go all Devil's-Rain-melty-face) our moderator intercedes to "quickly" move on to some other subject!

Because these staged Sunday morning disputations are really nothing but political kabuki in which.a fake "moderator" pretends to referee a series of vignettes between carefully selected liars (who will never be allowed to lose) and carefully curated truth-tellers (who must never be allowed to win.)

I appreciate Ms. Reid's persistence and think she is currently the most credible, critical thinker anywhere on cable teevee.*

But Hugh Hewitt is not an asset.  He does not represent a legitimate political point of view.  He is simply a stooge who, in a healthy democracy, would have has no business on the public airwaves.  Another dead-eyed, dissembling log in the road, placed there by NBC corporate to create scripted, artificial conflict.

*Thanks for the catch!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

President Stupid Tries To Hide Behind Fox News Lady. Sad!

Suddenly President Stupid needs a Fox News crackpot stalking horse to do his name-calling for him.


From HuffPo:
Judge Jeanine Calls For Paul Ryan To Quit — Hours After Trump Plugged Her Show!

“How could you possibly misjudge this?”

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

There Is No "C" In "Loser"

From the Washington Post (with emphasis added):
“The beauty,” Trump continued, “is that they own Obamacare. So when it explodes, they come to us, and we make one beautiful deal for the people.”

My question for the president: Are you really willing to wait to reengage on health care until the Democrats come and ask for your help?

“Sure,” Trump said. “I never said I was going to repeal and replace in the first 61 days” — contradicting his own statements and that of his own adviser, Kellyanne Conway, who told CNN in November that the then-president-elect was contemplating convening a special session on Inauguration Day to begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act...
And, for good measure...

A pathetic and pathological liar to the end.

Ron Fournier is a Fundamentally Ridiculous Person

America's Sad Clown of Centrism is Sad.

Thanks to Walt for sending this along (Mr. Fournier blocked me ages ago for pointing out that he is a Fundamentally Ridiculous Person.)


Professional Left Podcast #381

"If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him."  
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