Ertebolle

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Ertebolle,

Congratulations to South Carolina on being the first state to elect two gay Senators.

Ertebolle,

I don’t believe in hell, but if I did Reagan would be enjoying a golden shower there for the rest of eternity.

Ertebolle,

Being incredibly guilty and having a jury that's going to have to come back next week if they don't finish by 8pm is a dangerous mix.

Ertebolle,

Jonah Hill. Or Josh Gad. Or Daniel Day-Lewis comes out of retirement and acts the fuck out of a fat 30-year-old man-child crypto scammer.

Tuberville staffer asks anti-abortion groups to float primaries against Republicans who oppose military holds (www.politico.com)

Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s spokesperson asked anti-abortion groups to “make clear” GOP senators risk primary challenges if they support an effort to overcome his military holds over a Pentagon abortion policy, according to an email obtained by POLITICO....

Ertebolle,

This... doesn't seem like it would work - "Senator blahdeblah voted for 300 military promotions and also abortions are bad and for some complicated reason we can't explain in a 30-second clip those two things have something to do with each other, so anyway please vote for me, a sentient pair of truck nuts, instead"

Ertebolle,

xkcd still has the best approach to this; four random common words

Ertebolle,

And this was only like the 3rd worst thing to happen to O'Brien that day

Ertebolle,

Second worst McCarthy in the history of Congress

Ertebolle,

Not really, no - there's not really any scenario where this ends up with a Speaker who's significantly to the right of McCarthy, and in fact it seems likely that whoever does come in next will have much less reason to compromise with the far right, because it's clear after this experience that they're unreliable partners; better to act maybe 20% more polite to Democrats than McCarthy did and get them to provide the necessary abstentions to defeat a future Motion To Vacate (or the necessary votes to take away the ability for random members to make those motions).

Ertebolle,

An under-appreciated point here is that with McCarthy gone, the math for somebody else to become Speaker is that much harder, and the odds of that person needing to rely on Democratic votes - and to make major, major concessions to get them - commensurately higher; in other words, just because McCarthy wouldn't make a deal with Democrats to remain Speaker, it doesn't mean that somebody else won't eventually make one to become Speaker.

Ertebolle,

Well that's why they demand the Republicans hold up their end first - the would-be Speaker and a couple of his/her allies sign a discharge petition to implement whatever it is they agreed to, and only after that passes do the Democrats support them.

Exclusive: John Kelly goes on the record to confirm several disturbing stories about Trump | CNN Politics (www.cnn.com)

In the statement, Kelly is confirming, on the record, a number of details in a 2020 story in The Atlantic by editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, including Trump turning to Kelly on Memorial Day 2017, as they stood among those killed in Afghanistan and Iraq in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, and saying, “I don’t get...

Ertebolle,

That train left the station a loooooong time ago, Johnny boy

Ertebolle,

I think the judge gives him an extremely stern last-chance warning tomorrow and if he does it again, he gets cited for contempt. Doesn't have to be much, chuck him in a private cell in the Manhattan Detention Center for 1 night with Secret Service outside the door, but it seriously hurts the rule of law to have him able to get away with this sort of crap with no consequences.

Ertebolle,

There's legitimately not enough space for everyone to bring a carry-on, especially on smaller planes; until that changes, carry-on fees are as good a way to allocate that space as any.

Ertebolle,

This is great + well-deserved, plus it has the side benefit of making some of the world's worst people really, really mad.

Ertebolle,

The other side of the argument is that McCarthy is the GOP’s greatest fundraiser, and getting rid of him would help Democrats take back the House. No replacement for McCarthy would have the same set of relationships and the donor network and political operation.

This is, to me, the winning argument - it hurts them politically, both by taking away their best fundraiser and by replacing him with somebody who's likely to be even more extreme and so do even more dumb things the Democrats can campaign against. A McCarthy replacement is even likely to shut down the government in 45 days than McCarthy is, and for Democrats that's probably a good thing - Republicans screwing up air travel right before Thanksgiving and taking away government employees' paychecks right before Christmas.

Is it good for the country, maybe not, but Republicans losing the House in 2024 will do several orders of magnitude more good for the country than whatever harm might be done by that short-term idiocy.

Ertebolle,

Chuck Grassley is 90, and he was just re-elected in 2022, which means he'll still be there when he's 95. The life expectancy of a 90-year-old man is 3.72 years. And, thanks to Senate seniority bullshit, he's on Judiciary.

So it is more likely than not that Grassley will keel over (or resign) before he completes his term, which means that breaking this precedent now would have almost certainly backfired on them in the next few years.

Ertebolle,

My point is that the likelihood of the Democrats immediately turning around and using that new standard themselves is quite high here. It would be equivalent to what would happen if Thomas or Alito dies in the next few months and the Democrats promptly announce that they're going to go ahead and confirm his replacement in an election year just like Republicans did for Ginsburg, except with the actuarial odds of a 90 year old instead of a 75 year old.

Ertebolle,

Congratulations to rat #1, may your journey away from the sinking ship be slightly less cold and wet and miserable than the next rat's.

McCarthy’s last-ditch plan to keep the government open collapses, making a shutdown almost certain (apnews.com)

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s last-ditch plan to keep the federal government temporarily open collapsed in dramatic fashion Friday as a robust faction of hard-right holdouts rejected the package, making a shutdown almost certain....

Ertebolle, (edited )

I almost planned a trip to DC with the kids for Columbus Day, glad I didn't.

(probably not a good idea to plan to fly anywhere in October, actually - possibly November too)

Ertebolle,

Single-issue anti-vaxxer voters might trust him more than they trust Trump. (and none of them were going to vote for Biden anyway, so probably at worst a wash for Biden)

Ertebolle,

41 percent of Democrats have an at least somewhat favorable view of Kennedy

Yeah, no. I'd guess that only a single-digit % of Democrats - mostly Extremely Online ones - have any idea who he is; this is a survey where they pressed for lukewarm responses from mostly-uninformed voters and then pretended that it actually reflected public opinion in a meaningful way.

Ertebolle,

Kissinger is outside the frame, scowling at the scoreboard as the Grim Reaper's total goes up by 1.

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