More Stupidity From The GOP

I know what to pick since every time they open their mouths stupid flies out.

This may become a regular post for IST….we need to know the level of stupid that one party can sink to….

Let’s start with Minority leader in the Senate….McConnell……

The big issue for the Senate is the filibuster…..

Abolishing the filibuster is not a road Democrats should even consider going down, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Tuesday. The Republican said that if Democrats do away with the legislative filibuster, as some progressives are pushing for, the Senate would become a “100-car pileup.” He vowed that Republicans would bring the chamber to a standstill by withdrawing consent on routine issues. “Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin … to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said, per the New York Times. “None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity, and this is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon.”

McConnell’s warning came the day after Sen. Dick Durbin said the filibuster, which requires most legislation get at least 60 votes to pass, was “making a mockery of American democracy” and should be abolished, Axios reports. McConnell said that if Democrats get rid of the filibuster and Republicans regain the majority, they would erase liberal policies and bring in “all kinds of conservative policies with zero, zero input from the other side.” Abolishing the legislative filibuster would require 50 Democratic votes, and Sens. Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin have said they would oppose the move, the Hill reports. When asked earlier this month if he would reconsider, Manchin told a reporter, “Never! Jesus Christ, what don’t you understand about ‘never’?”

Once again this is about party and not the country…..typical for a group that lies continuously about their love of the country.

Then their is one of Wisconsin’s senators, Ron Johnson, trying to defend his wildly racist statement….

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin took much flak last week when he told interviewer Joe Pags that he was never concerned about his safety during the Capitol riot. “Now, had the tables been turned—Joe, this could get me in trouble—had the tables been turned, and President Trump won the election, and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned,” said Johnson. Critics accused him of racism, but Johnson is now defending himself in a Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined “I Won’t Be Silenced by the Left.” For starters, Johnson argues that the vast majority of those at the Capitol on Jan. 6 were peaceful protesters, and he accuses Democrats “and their media allies” are pushing a false narrative that “all present were ‘armed insurrectionists’ determined to overthrow the government.”

These “false narratives” extend to BLM protests in various US cities throughout 2020, Johnson writes. He argues they were more violent and destructive than his critics are willing to acknowledge. “It was also sadly predictable that liberals would hurl the accusation of racism,” he writes. “This isn’t about race. It’s about riots. The rioters who burned Kenosha weren’t of any one ethnicity; they were united by their radical leftism.” Read his full column. For a counterpoint, see Chris Cillizza at CNN, who thinks it’s ridiculous to argue that BLM protests were more dangerous than the Capitol riot. For him it boils down to this: “The vast majority of rioters on January 6 were White. The crowds at the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020 were not predominantly White. That’s it. That’s the difference Johnson is talking about.” Read Cillizza’s column.

My thought if this turd did not fear the crowd then why not show leadership and try to calm the situation…..or is it that he agreed with their insurrection?

More Ronnie lunacy…..

Let’s move to the games being played in the House…..

Since the GOP is afraid to attack the success that Biden has had they choose to go South to the border….

The pandemic may still be issue No. 1, but another topic is fast becoming a major issue for both parties—the border. Republicans say looser immigration policies under President Biden have created a crisis, while Democrats blame Donald Trump for leaving behind a broken system. Coverage:

  • GOP critics: “There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy upon a visit to Texas on Monday, per USA Today. McCarthy said border patrol agents told him suspected terrorists were trying to cross, and Newsweek reports that GOP Rep. John Katko echoed that claim.
  • Pushback: Democrats disputed the allegations about terrorists and demanded evidence, reports the Washington Post. “Weird as the Chairman of the subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations and a border state member of Congress haven’t heard anything about this,” tweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat. “Gonna ask for a briefing. Pretty sure he is either wrong or lying,” he said of McCarthy.
  • The politics: NBC News sees this as a strategic shift by Republicans to turn immigration into a hot topic ahead of the 2022 midterms. That makes sense given that Biden is getting generally high marks for his handling of the pandemic, notes an analysis at the Post. “The Republicans will turn around and use this for a political weapon against Democrats—that we’re weak on the border, we’re not doing enough, we’re letting everybody in,” says moderate Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar. “I’ve been warning the party and the administration: Don’t let this get out of hand, because all you’re going to do is you’re going to give Republicans an issue.”
  • Democrats, too: Cuellar isn’t the only Democrat worried, notes the Hill. “Whatever message was sent—it was sure interpreted the wrong way,” says West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, referring to Biden’s unwinding of some Trump immigration laws. “It’s a crisis—oh, it’s a crisis.” In terms of signals from Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said last week that Central Americans “see him as the migrant president.”
  • Numbers up: Illegal crossings are way up since Biden became president. More than 100,000 detentions were logged in February, up 28% from the previous month. And as of Sunday, the Border Patrol was holding 4,200 unaccompanied minors, up 31% from the previous week, reports CBS News. (The issue of minors is particularly acute.)
  • In defense: “The Biden administration is trying to fix the broken system that was left to them by the Trump administration,” Nancy Pelosi said Sunday House press chief Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that the administration is facing “a significant problem and a significant challenge, and I think we haven’t … been hiding about that.”

They have NOTHING else.  So they will return to the lies and misinformation on the border…..it is easier than having policies.

Move to the state of Alaska…..and the GOP vs Murkowski…..

The Alaska Republican Party previously censured Sen. Lisa Murkowski for voting to convict former President Trump after his impeachment trial and now doesn’t want her to identity as a GOP candidate in next year’s election, a member of the party’s State Central Committee said Tuesday. “The party does not want Lisa Murkowski to be a Republican candidate,” said Tuckerman Babcock, immediate past chairman of the state party. The vote to censure Murkowski was 53-17 at a Saturday meeting in Anchorage, he said. “It went further than censure, which was strong,” Babcock said. “But it also directed the party officials to recruit an opponent in the election and to the extent legally permissible, prevent Lisa Murkowski from running as a Republican in any election.”

The censure resolution also faulted Murkowski for supporting Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior secretary and for demanding Trump’s resignation after the riot at the Capitol. It’s a watershed moment for GOP politics in Alaska, the AP reports. Murkowski has been in the Senate since 2002, when her father, former Sen. Frank Murkowski, selected her to finish his unexpired term after he was elected governor. A Murkowski has represented Alaska in the US Senate since 1981. Babcock said he couldn’t speak about how the party will recruit a candidate, but said he would wait to see who Trump might endorse in the race and see if that person is a viable candidate. Murkowski hasn’t said whether she will seek another term in 2022. In 2010, she won as a write-in candidate after losing the Republican primary.

I say screw them….she should do what her conscience tells her to do….something the GOP cannot tolerate….a thinking politician.

Then there is the idiot from Arkansas, Tom Cotton, who has a hard on from Columbia University for their graduation ceremonies….

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton caused an uproar Tuesday by blasting the multicultural graduation ceremonies offered by Columbia University as “segregation.” He was apparently outraged by a Fox story that said the university would host “six separate graduation ceremonies based on income level, race, ethnicities.” Cotton and other commenters seemed to believe the university was separating students by race and income for different commencement ceremonies, when the different ceremonies are in fact optional additions to the main April 30 commencement ceremony and have been offered for years at Columbia and many other universities, the Columbia Spectator reports. Cotton slammed Columbia as a “woke university embracing segregation” and said it was part of a bigger “problem” that also involved schools, corporate HR departments, and the Biden administration.

The six extra ceremonies at Columbia, which do not overlap with each other or with the main ceremony, include Native, Asian, Latino, and Black graduations, along with the Lavender graduation for LGBT students and one for first-generation, low-income students, USA Today reports. Members of the latter group spent years pushing for their own ceremony before the first one was held in 2017, the Spectator notes. Columbia tweeted that the separate ceremonies, which will be held virtually this year, are voluntary and in most cases “evolved from ceremonies originally created by students and alumni.” Fortune reports that Columbia chemical engineering professor Faye McNeill strongly criticized the “disingenuous and bile-filled” take on graduation events. “It takes a special kind of negativity” to target these events, especially after the very difficult year students have just endured, McNeill tweeted.

Seems the GOP is still rudderless as always…..and they continue to play games instead of formulating policies to move this country forward.

Most are motivated by hate disguised as concern for the country.

Time for Americans to kick these useless slugs out of government and never let them return.

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More GOP Lunacy

The once proud political organization we know as the GOP has become a comical bunch of old white guys desperately trying to look like they are relevant……they are not….not anymore.

Their decline began with the conservative god, Reagan…..and it has been in steady decline from 1994 and came to a head with the election of that other guy.

Let’s begin with recent lunacies…like Wisconsin’s senator, Johnson…..

On a radio program Thursday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he wasn’t scared during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 that left five dead, but his reasoning for why he wasn’t in fear as supporters of former President Trump stormed the building has led to accusations of racism and prompted calls for him to resign. CNN reports his most recent remarks on the matter came Thursday during The Joe Pags Show, when he revealed he “wasn’t concerned” and “never really felt threatened” as rioters rushed the Capitol. “Even though those thousands of people that were marching to the Capitol were trying to pressure people like me to vote the way they wanted me to vote, I knew those were people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law,” he said, not acknowledging that more than 300 people have since been charged for actions that day, which included violence such as police officers being assaulted.

Johnson continued: “Now, had the tables been turned—Joe, this could get me in trouble—had the tables been turned, and President Trump won the election and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned.” The outcry over Johnson’s remarks came swiftly. “What, white people love this country and Black people don’t? That’s exactly what he’s saying,” Wisconsin state Sen. LaTonya Johnson (no relation) tells the Journal Sentinel. Jessica Floyd, head of the American Bridge Democratic super PAC, wants Johnson to resign, calling his comments “racist and unacceptable.” “Apparently for Ron Johnson, simply being Black is a bigger offense than launching a violent insurrection,” she says, per the Hill. Johnson tried to defend his remarks to the outlet by citing a report showing 570 protests last summer turned violent. The Hill notes those only made up 5% of the protests, which were overwhelmingly peaceful.

Out of the mouths of fools comes manure.

Then there is that freshman Representative. Taylor Greene…..the court jester of the House…..she tries to play a game that she has no idea what she is doing other than running her worthless mouth.

When Democrats took the rare step of stripping Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments last month, she responded with a defiant tweet. “I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats … are for giving some one like me free time,” she wrote. Greene, it turns out, has been making good on her threat—through repeated use of a procedural maneuver that’s gumming up the works in Congress, if only for an hour or so at a time. Coverage:

The move: Greene has forced the House to vote on a motion to adjourn four times in recent days, most recently on Wednesday, reports USA Today. Any member of the House can call for such a vote, which requires all members to drop what they’re doing, report to the House chamber, and cast their vote.

Defiance: Greene, who accuses Democrats of “ramming through” legislation too quickly, tells the Washington Post her critics can expect more of the same. “These are tactics I will definitely use, and I’ll have more tactics to use,” she says. “You see, the difference in me is I’m not one of those that gets in line and says ‘Yes sir’ and does as I’m told.” Greene has been naming Republicans who vote against her and labeling them members of the “Surrender Caucus.”

Possible target: A post by Allahpundit at HotAir wonders if Greene’s real target isn’t Democrats, giving that she’s publicly naming fellow Republicans who vote against her motions. “Is it really the libs she’s after, then? Or is she just looking for an excuse to provoke a populist/moderate squabble within the party?

Again….out of the mouths of fools comes manure.

Let’s go to the House and the GOP leader Kevin McCarthy……a Trump sycophant that looks for games rather than policies…..

His newest stupidity is around a harsh critic, Eric Swalwell…..

The Republican House leader says he’ll call for a vote to remove Rep. Eric Swalwell from the chamber’s Intelligence Committee, saying his relationship with a suspected spy for China makes him a security threat. Rep. Kevin McCarthy tweeted Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had again named Swalwell to the committee. “Based on the briefing she and I received together, Swalwell should not be on the panel in charge of guarding our nation’s secrets,” he posted. McCarthy said he’ll introduce his resolution next week. Pelosi has said she has no worries about having the California lawmaker on Intelligence, the Hill reports. A Democratic aide said McCarthy’s request is a “waste of time,” noting that no one has accused Swalwell of wrongdoing, per CBS.

Axios had reported in December that Christine Fang, or Fang Fang, working for China’s civilian spy agency, established herself in Bay Area political circles, raising money for Swalwell’s reelection campaign. US intelligence officials did not think she obtained classified information. Swalwell ceased to have any contact with her after being told of her activities in 2015, and she left the US after an investigation of her had begun. After McCarthy’s tweet, Swalwell answered with: “I’m eager to continue the important work of protecting Americans and supporting the hard-working heroes of our Intelligence Community, and I thank Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff for their support and confidence.” Last month, Pelosi also put Swalwell back on the Homeland Security Committee, per Fox News, which he’d served on previously for one term.

After hearing this I think it is a good idea.

Why?

It would set a precedent so we could remove some of the influence that all lobbyist hold over the actions and votes of the politicians.

We could remove people from committees with deep ties to the defense industry or the oil industry and so on….

BY now everyone knows about the attempts of the state GOP leaders to limit voting ……but as they say….not to worry there is more…..

Elections shouldn’t be about getting as many eligible voters as possible to choose a candidate, according to Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh, chair of the state House’s Government and Elections Committee. The Republican defended moves to restrict voting in the state Thursday by arguing that making it easier to vote leads to more fraud, CNN reports. “Democrats value as many people as possible voting, and they’re willing to risk fraud,” he said. “Republicans are more concerned about fraud, so we don’t mind putting security measures in that won’t let everybody vote—but everybody shouldn’t be voting.”

“Not everybody wants to vote, and if somebody is uninterested in voting, that probably means that they’re totally uninformed on the issues,” said Kavanagh, who criticized Democratic voter registration drives. “Quantity is important, but we have to look at the quality of votes, as well.” Kavanagh argued that ballots shouldn’t be sent out automatically because ballots sent to people who have moved or died could lead to fraud, though he admitted the concerns were “anecdotal,” the Hill reports. A bill to remove people who haven’t participated in two consecutive election cycles from the permanent early voting list is among 24 measures restricting voting rights Arizona Republicans have introduced since January.

Finally….out of the mouths of fools comes manure.

This silliness is far from over.

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Was CPAC The End Of The Line?

CPAC was a joke for American politics……it had very little to do with conservatism and everything to do with the worship of an orange god.

You don’t think that he is a god?  Then are these mental midgets praying around the idol?

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How sick is that?

As I thought there was NO vision for the GOP….all they did was relive the 2020 election…and worship of the Orange god they created…..nothing on the GOP horizon for the future.

Could the GOP be wallowing in the muck and mire of an end stage?

We are living in a time of bad metaphors. Everything is fascism, or socialism; Hitler’s Germany, or Stalin’s Soviet Union. Republicans, especially, want their followers to believe that America is on the verge of a dramatic time, a moment of great conflict such as 1968—or perhaps, even worse, 1860. (The drama is the point, of course. No one ever says, “We’re living through 1955.”)

Ironically, the GOP is indeed replicating another political party in another time, but not as the heroes they imagine themselves to be. The Republican Party has become, in form if not in content, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union of the late 1970s.

I can already hear the howls about invidious comparisons. I do not mean that modern American Republicans are communists. Rather, I mean that the Republicans have entered their own kind of end-stage Bolshevism, as members of a party that is now exhausted by its failures, cynical about its own ideology, authoritarian by reflex, controlled as a personality cult by a failing old man, and looking for new adventures to rejuvenate its fortunes.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/02/the-republican-party-is-now-in-its-end-stages/618132/

I love it!

After all the grief I took as a radical in the 60s and 70s the GOP is now being compared to the Russian Communist Party…how delicious is that?

There is NO unity within the GOP….we have wings…the intellectual wing and that of the ‘stump jumpers’…..

Will the party wither and die and be reborn as something unholy…more so than it is today?

Fueling the divisions within the party……https://lobotero.com/2020/11/02/gop-enemy-within/

The right wing is now wanting to control social media…if successful then real and true conservatives will no longer have that voice that this country needs.

The anti-tech fervor took center stage on Friday morning, with Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R–Calif.), and Donald Trump, Jr., each of whom presented their case against social media with claims of censorship and bias against conservatives.

“With our base, across the country, this is probably a top 3 issue,” Trump Jr. declared. “It’s not free market, because they’re getting so many benefits and protections from the federal government that they cannot discriminate so flagrantly the way they have against conservatives.”

Hawley agreed. “We’ve got to make sure that we get the fair treatment that everyone else does,” he said, noting that Facebook, Twitter, and Google should not be getting “special deals from government.”

This was a reference to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which lets companies remove user-generated content without being held liable for the millions of daily third-party posts on their platforms. Anti-230 activists often claim that dead-tree publishers are legally responsible for the posts they put out, so Section 230 draws an unfair distinction between publishers and platforms. But that dichotomy is entirely false and remains one of the biggest misconceptions about the law. Section 230 does not delineate between “publishers” and “platforms”; it applies to anyone who runs a site with user-generated content.

‘Conservatives Will Cease To Exist Online’: CPAC Speakers Fret About the Tech Bogeyman

They want to control the content of the very platform that brought their worthless asses to prominence….

Will the GOP morph or just eventually disappear?

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The “Grand Old Party”

Before I bring you my post on the final day of CPAC….I would like to know what do people know about the GOP…..that is beyond the party of Lincoln and Trump….

You probably know that there are two major political parties….the Dems and the Repubs…..and right now there is a big debate going on within the GOP because of the influence of Trump.

But let us look at the history of the GOP.

What do you know about the party?

Most people know the Lincoln was the first GOP candidate and later president…..but there is so much more….

Trying times spawn new forces. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 divided the country at the 36° 30′ parallel between the pro-slavery, agrarian South and anti-slavery, industrial North, creating an uneasy peace which lasted for three decades. This peace was shattered in 1854 by the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Settlers would decide if their state would be free or slave. Northern leaders such as Horace Greeley, Salmon Chase and Charles Sumner could not sit back and watch the flood of pro-slavery settlers cross the parallel. A new party was needed.

Salmon Chase
Salmon Chase

Where was the party born? Following the publication of the “Appeal of Independent Democrats” in major newspapers, spontaneous demonstrations occurred. In early 1854, the first proto-Republican Party meeting took place in Ripon, Wisconsin. On July 6, 1854 on the outskirts of Jackson, Michigan upwards of 10,000 people turned out for a mass meeting “Under the Oaks.” This led to the first organizing convention in Pittsburgh on February 22, 1856.

The gavel fell to open the party’s first nominating convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 1856, announcing the birth of the Republican Party as a unified political force.

https://www.ushistory.org/gop/origins.htm

Know the history of the party that you pretend to support…..

The GOP was a noble party that had a great run…..that is until about 1980 when it started weaponizing religion and hatred…..

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Closing Thought–16Feb21

Now this is rich!

I seems that one of Trump’ sycophants has turned on him…..her name is Nikki Haley.

She has had an epiphany……

 

Nikki Haley refused to criticize Donald Trump for months while he claimed the election had been stolen, but her stance shifted dramatically after the Capitol riot, according to a lengthy Politico profile published Friday. On the day after the Jan. 6 attack, Haley, who served as UN ambassador in the Trump administration for two years, told a Republican National Committee meeting in Florida that Trump had gotten his words “badly wrong.” “And it wasn’t just his words,” she added. “His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.” On Jan. 12, she told Politico chief political correspondent Tim Alberta that she was angered and disappointed by Trump’s treatment of Mike Pence after “the loyalty and friendship” the vice president had shown. “I’m disgusted by it,” she said.

“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.” Haley told Alberta that she was “deeply disturbed” by Trump’s behavior since losing the election. “Never did I think he would spiral out like this.” Haley, seen as a possible 2024 White House contender, said she considers impeachment a “waste of time,” but she doesn’t think Trump will run for office again. “I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture,” she said. “I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.” Alberta notes, however, that 13 days after the interview, Haley told Fox News that people should “give the man a break.” With a likely presidential campaign launch still two years away, Haley still has time to rekindle her “warm relationship” with Trump,” he writes.

Seriously?

After 4 years of carry water for Donald the Orange and she just now learned what he was all about?

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The reality is that she has eyes on a run for the presidency in 2024 and she is trying to save what little dignity she has left after being a toadie for Trump.

She is transparent….at least to anyone with an IQ about 50…..which does not include Haley.

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A GOP Split?

Happy Mardi Gras….for those that celebrate……

For years now I have been telling my readers that the GOP was heading down a dangerous path….a path that could not bode well for the Party.

Like I said for years….https://lobotero.com/2020/07/08/is-the-gop-collapsing/

After 4 years of Trump the GOP is divided…..true conservatives and the Trumpites….so is the GOP over?

The GOP’s dire need for an alternative reality is well-founded. Demographics are changing. The number of people of color is increasing and whites will be in the minority in a bit over 20 years. Despite Hispanic Americans’ increased tilt towards Trump in 2020, unless Republican Party completely overhauls its platform and outreach efforts, most POC won’t vote for these politicians who stand in stark contrast to their interests.

Trump intuitively knew something that past Republicans didn’t get. Today’s conspiratorial and overtly white supremacist wings of the Republican Party, formerly disconnected from and disillusioned by the GOP, needed a proper welcoming in order to win elections. From Charlottesville’s “very fine people on both sides,” to the Proud Boys’ “stand back and stand by” comments, Trump signaled very clearly that these hate groups are embraced as part of the GOP.

The GOP Is Over

The GOP is losing donors by the barrel….one of their biggest donors…one of the largest is the Chamber of Commerce and they have cut ties with the GOP…others will follow….

The popularity of the Lincoln Project has given rise to the idea of conservatives forming a new party to counter the authoritarianism of the Trumpites.

Just how divided is the Republican Party? Divided enough that some 50 former Republican officials are on board to form a third US political party to serve as a counter to a GOP under the thumb of a wannabe autocrat, according to Reuters. The outlet cites “four people involved in the discussions,” said to involve former elected Republicans as well as officials who served in the past four Republican administrations. Evan McMullin, the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference who ran as an independent in the 2016 presidential election, tells Reuters that more than 120 people—including former Rep. Charlie Dent—participated Friday in a Zoom discussion about a center-right party that would focus on adherence to the Constitution and rule of law. McMullin notes that about 40% of those on the call supported the idea.

“Large portions of the Republican Party are radicalizing and threatening American democracy,” McMullin says, noting call participants were shocked that so many Republicans in Congress voted to block certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. An “extremist” wing led by former President Trump “has taken the [GOP] over,” McMullin tells the Washington Post, adding that some officials believe the party is “irredeemable.” Asked to respond, Trump spokesman Jason Miller tells Reuters that those involved in the talks are “losers [who] left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Biden.” The Republican National Committee has a very different take, however, pointing to a recent statement from Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. She noted infighting would distract from the 2022 elections, and that winning is only possible “if we come together.”

I like the idea….maybe now the voter can have a real choice….but then that may be just my wishful thinking.

Apparently most Americans would like to see a third party as well…..

“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me,” Ronald Reagan famously said after becoming a Republican in 1962. According to a new Gallup poll, a record number of Republicans now feel their party has left them. The poll found that 62% of Americans feel the two main parties “do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed.” That’s the highest proportion since Gallup starting asking the question in 2003, and it now includes a majority of Republicans. Some 63% of Republicans now believe a third party is needed, up from 40% in September last year. Among independents, support for a third party was at 70%, while 46% of Democrats would like to see a third major political party, down from 52% in September. The poll also found that a record 50% of Americans now identify as independents.

ut while most Republicans now desire a third party, it would take more than one extra party to encompass their views. Some 40% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said the party should become more conservative, while 24% wanted it to become more moderate and 36% felt it should stay the same. Some 68% of Republicans wanted Donald Trump to remain as party leader, compared to just 47% of GOP-leaning independents. Among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, 34% wanted the party to become more liberal, 34% felt it should become more moderate, and 31% wanted it to stay the same. No third-party candidate has carried a state in a presidential election since segregationist George Wallace won five Southern states in 1968, though Ross Perot took 18.9% of the vote nationwide in 1992.

Any thoughts on the GOP?

Any thoughts on a new party?

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“To Convict” Retaliation

The impeachment trial of Trump has ended with an “acquittal”….and 7 GOPers voted to convict and now their bravery for stepping up for the country is being rewarded badly back home…..

Republican senators who voted to convict former President Trump in his impeachment trial are hearing about it from party officials back home. Sen. Bill Cassidy was promptly censured by Louisiana party leaders, the Hill reports. The state party condemned Cassidy’s vote in a tweet, adding, “Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted.” North Carolina Republicans ripped Sen. Richard Burr’s vote, per the New York Times, with some backing censure. “Wrong vote, Sen. Burr,” tweeted Mark Walker. “I am running to replace Richard Burr because North Carolina needs a true conservative champion as their next senator.” Ten GOP House members had voted to send the article of impeachment to the Senate, and Rep. Liz Cheney faced down calls to resign.

The chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party expressed disappointment with Sen. Pat Toomey’s vote to convict. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is the only one of the seven who expects to run for reelection in 2022, but she might be less worried about the party’s influence after winning a write-in campaign last time. She said after voting that Trump “failed to uphold” his oath of office. The other GOP votes to convict were cast by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, per CNBC. Collins said Trump’s actions involving the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol were an abuse of power. Romney said Trump incited the insurrection and violated his oath. Sasse cited his own oath to the Constitution in explaining his vote, while Toomey said Trump betrayed the Constitution. Cassidy defended his vote by saying: “I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.”

I was afraid that the GOP would retaliate against anyone who did not follow party BS….I have a new respect for those that did what needed to be done.

Then on the other hand most of them that voted to convict will not run for re-election so they have very little to lose.

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The Spineless GOP

First have you noticed that the GOPers that are most in Trump’s circle came in with the Tea Party in 2010?

Just a thought!

One last post on day 2 of the Trump impeachment trial……

The Dems offered up some very compelling and scary videos of the breaching of the Capitol…any true American watching them should be terrified the Trump brought us to this point in our history…..but not the d/bags in the Senate….most not all….they see nothing that makes them take notice…

After a second day of searing evidence in former President Trump’s second impeachment trial—including previously unseen video footage showing how narrowly some lawmakers escaped the mob—most Republican lawmakers still seemed unwilling to vote to convict. GOP senators including Ted Cruz said that while the scenes of violence were horrific, it hadn’t changed their minds on whether Trump is guilty of inciting the insurrection. To convict the former president, at least 17 Republicans will have to vote with the chamber’s 50 Democrats. “I think you get at best six Republicans—probably five and maybe six,” Sen. Tim Scott told CNN. More:

  • “The result of this trial is preordained.” Cruz said the trial’s result is “preordained” and Trump will be acquitted, the Washington Post reports. “I’ve said many times that the president’s rhetoric is at times overheated. But this is not a referendum on whether you agree with everything the president says or tweets,” Cruz said Wednesday. “This is instead a legal proceeding, assessing whether the president has committed high crimes or misdemeanors.”
  • “Painful to see.” GOP Sen. James Lankford, one of numerous senators who became emotional while watching the footage, said video of a Capitol police officer being crushed in a set of doors was “painful to see,” the New York Times reports. “Who in God’s name thinks, ‘I am going to show that I am right by smashing into the Capitol?'” he said. Senators said, however, that they would not let emotion influence their decisions.
  • “There’s no question it’s well done.” Like many of his colleagues, Sen. Kevin Cramer praised the House impeachment managers’ presentation as “well done” but said he would not change his vote. “Senators are, you know, pretty analytical, as a matter of just a profession,” the Republican said, per the Post. “So it doesn’t affect me in terms of how I feel about the president’s culpability. That’s what’s on trial.”
  • No pressure from McConnell. Republican senators say there has been no pressure from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to acquit Trump, the Hill reports. Sen. Rob Portman says McConnell has said, “I think this is a vote of conscience.” McConnell, one of 44 GOP senators who voted against proceeding with the trial on Tuesday, has said he is still undecided.
  • A chaotic ending. Politico reports that there was a confusing ending to proceedings Wednesday when GOP Sen. Mike Lee objected to impeachment managers citing a news report about him receiving a call from Trump on Jan. 6 that was intended for Sen. Tommy Tuberville. After an argument over Senate rules, lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin agreed to withdraw the evidence. “This is much ado about nothing because it’s not critical in any way to our case,” he said.
  • What’s next. Democrats plan to wrap up their case after the Senate reconvenes at noon Thursday and Raskin has signaled that more video from the Capitol attack will be presented, the New York Times reports. Trump’s lawyers have focused on the constitutionality of the trial and it’s not clear how strongly they intend to counter allegations that Trump incited the riot.

AS I said gutless dickheads.

It is time for the people of the US to rid ourselves of these types of venomous scum….if not then we have many long years of double dealing antics that accomplish nothing for the people of this country….they are self-serving twats.

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All This Voter Fraud

Closing Thought–08Feb21

WE have heard so much manure spread by GOP lackeys about all the voter fraud…..and it has been going on for decades….anytime a Repub loses then it must be voter fraud…..and then they spend their time in office trying to eliminate voters that would vote Dem…..(think gerrymandering)…..

In all those years of accusations most of those arrested and convicted of voter fraud have been in the GOP……like this toad…..

A pro-Trump lawyer who vehemently defended the former president’s claims of election fraud is under investigation for possible voter fraud in Georgia. The office of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says it’s investigating Lin Wood, who was based in Atlanta, after he told a reporter he’d been living in South Carolina, per NBC News. “I have been domiciled in South Carolina for several months after purchasing property in the state in April,” Wood told WSB‘s Justin Gray, who was reporting on whether Wood’s law license would be revoked. (Wood claims the state bar wants him to complete a mental health exam, per the AP.) Raffensperger’s office will look into whether Wood broke the law in voting early in the November election as a Georgia resident. The title doesn’t apply to a person who “removes to another state with the intention of making it such person’s residence.”

Wood tells WSB that he only changed his residency to South Carolina on Monday. On social media site Telegram, he claims he only did this because Georgia “falsely accused me and shunned me,” per NPR. “I was domiciled in Atlanta in October of 2020 and was a resident of Georgia at that time,” he continues, per WSB, adding he did not vote in this month’s runoff elections. Wood, who filed numerous dismissed lawsuits challenging Georgia’s election results, adds the investigation “is pure harassment by the Georgia Secretary of State because I have revealed credible evidence of election fraud on the part of Brad Raffensperger.” Wood, a QAnon supporter, spread other baseless election fraud claims like this on Twitter before he was banned for encouraging violence at the US Capitol on Jan. 6.

If the GOP was truly pissed about voter fraud then they would be more heavy handed of their own that commit this damnable sin.

But they are not and totally ignore the slugs that commit voter fraud.

And some donors are falling for the scam of voter fraud…..

President Donald Trump’s post-election litigation was, in legal terms, a flop. In financial terms, however, it was an unparalleled success, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in donations. While a small percentage of that money was spent on doomed legal challenges, much of it went to pay off the campaign’s debts, straight to the Republican Party, or to finance a leadership PAC that Trump can use to fund his future ambitions. More than $2.7 million flowed from the Trump campaign to individuals and firms involved in the January 6 rally in Washington, D.C.

The former president isn’t the only one who cashed in on manufactured voter-fraud panic. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., have both fundraised off the lie.

https://theintercept.com/2021/02/06/election-deniers-profit-lawsuits/

“A fool and his money are soon parted”…..

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Cheney/Greene Drama

The GOP is about to make history…..will they censure a fellow Repub for voting to impeach or will they show guts and take decisive action against the little blonde Nazi, Greene?

House Republicans decided Wednesday to stand by two GOP lawmakers who have polarized the party, voting to retain Rep. Liz Cheney as their No. 3 leader and saying they’d fight a Democratic push to kick Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off her committees, the AP reports. In a 145-61 secret-ballot vote, House Republicans overwhelmingly rebuffed a rebellion by hard-right conservatives to toss Cheney, R-Wyo., from leadership after she voted last month to impeach then-President Donald Trump. Hours earlier, after Democrats slated a House vote for Thursday that would remove Greene from her committees, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy ridiculed them for it. His comments signaled he was dismissing bipartisan demands that the hard-right Georgia Republican be punished for her online embrace of racist and violent views and bizarre conspiracy theories.

The moves were typical of McCarthy’s preference to avoid ruffling feathers as he charts his path to someday becoming House speaker. “You know what that’s going to mean?” he told reporters after the lengthy evening meeting. ”Two years from now, we’re going to win the majority. That’s because this conference is more united. We’ve got the right leadership team behind it.” But each of the GOP’s wings remains concerned that the other is leading them down the wrong path, and to some, the day’s outcome seemed more an uneasy truce than a full-on peace treaty. As for Greene, attendants said the conspiracy theories she’s embraced came up during the spirited closed-door meeting. Some said Greene apologized to her colleagues, though there were conflicting, vague versions of exactly what she’d said. The Hill and other outlets report she received a standing ovation when she finished speaking.

There will be a floor vote on Greene in the House today…..

Democratic leaders in the House are set to hold a vote Thursday on whether Republican newcomer Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene should be removed from her two committee assignments. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that his Republican counterpart, Kevin McCarthy, is not ready to remove Greene from her spots on the budget and education and labor committees, the Hill reports. “It is clear there is no alternative to holding a floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep. Greene from her committee assignments,” Hoyer said in a Wednesday statement. “The Rules Committee will meet this afternoon, and the House will vote on the resolution tomorrow.”

 

Greene has garnered controversy for embracing far-right conspiracy theories and false claims of election fraud, as well as for a video that recently surfaced that shows her mocking a survivor of the 2018 Parkland school shooting in Florida. Also, in 2018 and 2019, Greene indicated support for executing Democratic politicians in several social media posts, per CNN. “A member of this House is calling for assassinations. That’s the new precedent,” Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern, chairman of the Rules Committee, said at a meeting Wednesday, per the Washington Post. “If that’s the standard that we remove people from committees, I’m fine with that.”

Will Cheney be penalized for her honest vote?

Will Greene be penalized for her actions and words?

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