Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Who Gives a Shit About Liz Cheney?


The story of Liz Cheney and her fealty to the "old" Republican Party and her "principled" stand against Trumpism is laughable and ridiculous. You can be well assured that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is getting rid of her to alleviate pressure being brought by people who want to keep the money flowing to the party apparatus. It's all theater. It's all about 2024.

Cheney represents the corporate/national security people who attended their briefings and realized two things. 

One, Trump and his cronies walked off with the Republican National Committee's money and left them high and dry. And, as has been pointed out, this is more about the criminal enterprise behind Trump rather than Trump himself. He's an ambulatory bag of meat. He has no idea what's actually happening. But, what's behind him is a blackmail machine that controls the flow of money into the GOP.

Two, Liz Cheney is hard wired into the national security establishment and knows how deep Trump's ties to Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are and what's being kept under wraps until it's time to let all of that stuff out of the vaults. She's betting that there's enough being held back to finish him off (I doubt it, but who knows anymore?)

The other Republicans aren't mad at Cheney for opposing Trump. They're mad that she got there first and paid attention in those national security briefings. They don't want her to be able to lecture them about anything. That's why they are kneecapping her this week (or at least trying to do so). If she keeps speaking up, the money will dry up. That's the only plausible reason for getting rid of her.

They'd be stupid to get rid of her. But that's the problem--they are all so fucking inept and incompetent that it will take a miracle for them to win anything going forward against a popular president. They are hell bent on doing the wrong thing and can't help but eat one of their own. 

Cheney doesn't care about anything. She thinks that the American people exist in order to serve her needs. She believes that sending troops overseas is the thing to do if it protects the business interests of everyone willing to give her "campaign" money. I'm surprised she even went into politics. It would be so much more lucrative to be the CEO of a defense contractor at this point, but oh well.

She has no ideology, no firm convictions, no belief in America as anything other than a cash machine that her family can use to build up a massive amount of established, untouchable wealth. She wants to ensure her father's legacy and set it up so that her children and grand-children will be running this country when she's gone. This is what American fascism really looks like--it's bland, it has no charisma, and it weaponizes the right kinds of information. Old man Dick must sit around all day, wringing his hands, hoping Liz can pull it off. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Putin Actually Does Kill People


Vladimir Putin is responsible for an untold number of murders. He kills his own people. He kills people who aren't even Russian citizens. He kills because the West lets him get away with it.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is just telling the truth here:

ZAKARIA: President Biden was asked if he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer and he said yes. Was that too undiplomatic of him? There were people who criticized him saying well, look, you've got to deal with this guy and this is going to make any kind of cooperation more difficult? 

CLINTON: I think he told the truth. And I think that if he had equivocated or dodged the question, that would have also had repercussions. You know, there are tens of thousands, probably millions and millions of Russians who know they're being badly governed, who want more, who want to be part of the, you know, broader modern world, who leave Russia if they can in order to live in the United States or Canada or Europe, you know, seeking not only freedom but opportunity. 

And so for a United States president to have brushed aside what everyone knows to be true would have been demoralizing. Now he still has to deal with him. We know that. He talks to him on the phone. They may end up meeting. We did that through the Cold War. We did that with the Soviet Union. We did that with, you know, communists who had been part of Stalin's purges and murderous communist regimes. 

Of course, we will have to keep talking. But that doesn't mean we should sugar coat the damage that Putin has done both to Russia and to countries and people outside. His killing machine run by, you know, the intelligence and military services of his country have killed across Europe, have killed as we know very clearly inside Russia. 

And I just think that we've got to call it for what it is and give some -- you know, give some hope and support, even by long distance, to the many, many Russians who know they deserve better. 

What should bother people about this exchange is not what Clinton says but rather the fact that more people don't take her analysis seriously. She's absolutely correct and providing support to the new Biden Administration. She's also adding tremendous value to the debate because of her skills and expertise.

No, the real tragedy here is that America had a chance to put her in charge of things and, instead, went with what we've had for the last four years. So many things need to be fixed and so much of what went on represents a huge hole in American foreign policy. There is no possibility of understating just how wrong things went in 2016.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Toilet Swordsman Cometh


This is the guy who hid in a toilet stall with a Civil War era sword when the U.S. Capitol was invaded by Trump supporters:

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas hid on a toilet with a sword during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January, according to a New York Times article published Monday.

 The U.S. House chamber was evacuated Jan. 6 as pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol. The siege came after former President Donald Trump hosted a rally where he called for his supporters to "fight like hell”against election results and invited them to walk to the Capitol.

After being evacuated, Westerman and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy reportedly hid in McCarthy’s office. But when rioters began breaking into the building, McCarthy’s security detail had him leave Westerman behind.

 “For protection, Mr. Westerman said he commandeered a Civil War sword from an office display, barricaded himself in Mr. McCarthy’s private bathroom and waited out the siege while crouched on the toilet,” The New York Times reported.

During the riot, Westerman tweeted, "Americans will always disagree on politics, but violently storming our nation’s Capitol is absolutely unacceptable. People are getting hurt. Enough."
It is unknown if Westerman was in McCarthy’s bathroom at that point. His spokesperson said he was unavailable on Tuesday to comment on The New York Times' report.

I really don't care about Mr. Westerman or the obviously ridiculous and hypocritical things he has (probably) said since January. I don't care about these people because they have abandoned any pretense of being serious adults who are committed to the defense of this country and to our democracy. I think there are probably numerous stories like this that could be told and, really, who gives a shit?

Nobody in the Republican Party cares about governance anymore. It's a smash and grab for the cash that has been left on the table. They are living in safely Gerrymandered districts now and have a permanent place at the trough that shovels money into their campaigns (which is usually siphoned off and used to pay mistresses, hookers, and drug dealers but that's only if you're a tool like Matt Gaetz).

The ludicrousness of thinking that a Civil War era sword would protect him against people ostensibly there to ensure that Trump is kept in power is what sticks out to me. They're on your side, jackass! But, in the case of mistaken identity or the howling outrage of a mob, what do you do when you're just some hick from the backwoods? How's that sword gonna save you when they crush you in a doorway and hose you down with bear spray? How's it going to work when someone takes the American flag to your skull?

Not everybody can be a star on Hannity one night and a darling of OAN on another night. Not everybody can be a picture of hardass manly ability in one respect and a wearer of soiled suit pants the next. It's hard out there for a GOP rep with no fame or fortune. Won't someone think of the lowly backbenchers next time they call down a squirming mob of domestic terrorists?

If you want proof that there is no shame left, think of the long career this asshole will have. He'll get re-elected every time he goes before the voters. They'll send him back to Washington D.C. again and again. This is why our democracy is actually failing. No one has the courage to realize how cowardly they are in the face of a real insurrection.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Rich Are Living on Borrowed Time


The disparities between the poor and the rich in places like Mexico are laid out for you if you know where to look. On one side you have luxury and on the other side you have falling-down slums. Never has the empty phrase "it is what it is" meant so much in terms of explaining why this happens in our world. The walls that divide the classes exist because the rich are tolerated and protected with guns and the rule of law and the poor are handed empty promises of a better tomorrow if they would only stop being stupid and lazy. 

Here in America, we already know there are distinct separations between three groups--the increasingly mega-rich, our dwindling Middle Class, and then everyone else. We are approaching an inflection point and this is where President Joe Biden has thrown down the gauntlet:

President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate for wealthy individuals to 39.6% to help pay for a raft of social spending that addresses long-standing inequality, according to people familiar with the proposal.

For those earning $1 million or more, the new top rate, coupled with an existing surtax on investment income, means that federal tax rates for wealthy investors could be as high as 43.4%. The new marginal 39.6% rate would be an increase from the current base rate of 20%, the people said on the condition of anonymity because the plan is not yet public.

A 3.8% tax on investment income that funds Obamacare would be kept in place, pushing the tax rate on returns on financial assets higher than rates on some wage and salary income, they said.

The second Trump term in office would have obliterated most of the remaining taxes on wealth in this country. Health care would be rare, unsafe, and expensive. We would have seen a theoretically GOP-controlled House and Senate pass tax cuts in 2022 that would have made even the Chamber of Commerce blush like a schoolgirl. Had it not been for the fact that Trump was an scrotum-necked gasbag who got high on his own stash and beat the help, they probably would have skated to re-election and not lost the House in 2018. Alas, it all turned to shit and we know how it happened. A reasonably competent version of Trump would be right where George W. Bush was in 2005. Deluded, confused, and convinced he was going to have the political capital to end Social Security.

Raising taxes is what keeps Rupert Murdoch in business. The outrage machine has to be stoked otherwise all of those slowly fading Fox News viewers will suddenly start to like what Sleepy Joe is selling them. The best way to steal the thunder of a populist is to hurt the people who haven't been hurt in a good long while. Brother, the filthy rich in America have it coming.

Biden will make these announcements and then take a tax hike closer to 35% as a compromise. The money people in this country will beat their chests and make empty threats about taking their money overseas. Many already have and many more already know that, if they do, they'll lose it because foreign banks are either corrupt or hold wealth hostage in order to prop up failing governments. Sure, take your money to Cyprus. Good luck getting it out of there when everything goes sideways.

I mean, honestly. Every single wealthy person in America (anyone with more than $50 million in assets) has already spent a decade or more hiding their money from the tax man and paying so very little that I doubt whether doubling the rates or even tripling them would make much difference. The government would have to go to Europe, the Caribbean, and wherever else and confiscate this money to make a difference. 

There are no honest people holding onto more than a billion dollars in this world. You can bet on that. And you can bet on the notion that taking it from them would be harder than putting your Grandma safely on Mars by next Tuesday.

I like this new future. I like the idea of the rich having to come out of their compounds and live in the real world where the Federal government actually pays for keeping human beings alive. More of this, please.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Relentless Bullshit From an Incompetent Bunch of Idiots


The absolute worst coverage of the Biden Presidency is actually coming from Politico these days. To be fair, most of the coverage is of low quality and ignores Republican obstructionism, lawlessness, and conveniently forgets the abject cruelty and incompetence of the last president.

Here, a roundup of reactions from people who should know better attempts to make President Biden seem as bad and as out of touch with "regular" Americans as former California Governor Jerry Brown.

Brown inherited a massive fiscal problem, environmental disasters, and a state undergoing rapid social, economic, and cultural challenges. Not only did he get re-elected, he left office after doing a better than average job of addressing the problems. You'll note that he did not create a cult of personality, end democracy in California, jail his enemies, and avoid making hard decisions.

So, I'm not sure why Politico thinks comparing President Biden to Governor Brown is a bad thing. In their world, of course it's an awful, sick burn. But what they fail to grasp is that, when everything goes wrong, you want a Democrat in office instead of a Republican. You want leadership that at least has a grasp on real problems. If you look at what has happened in California during COVID-19, there's no way to conclude that Gavin Newsom has done everything the right way. But, if you compare him to Abbott in Texas, Kemp in Georgia, and DeSantis in Florida, there's no way you'd pick any of them over any Democratic governor in the country. 

Nothing in this country is ever solved instantly and that's why political hacks don't understand how to govern and lead complex governments. They don't understand that making structural reforms, setting an agenda that provides guidance to state or Federal agencies, and making difficult budget choices is what Democrats routinely do in a far better manner than their GOP counterparts. 

And I really don't think people get this point--there is no cult of personality around President Biden. When he screws up, his only effective critics are fellow Democrats. Yes, I want him to raise the cap on refugees, stand up to our foreign adversaries, pull our troops out of Afghanistan, and punish everyone who stormed the Capitol on January 6. I want him to pack the courts, raise the minimum wage, and do whatever it takes to deliver COVID-19 relief to people in this country and around the world. I am sorely disappointed when he doesn't do what I think is the right thing. But he is a million times better than Trump or anyone Republican. There's no comparison to what we just went through as a country.

Maybe I'm still feeling traumatized, but, up until the moment Joe took office, I was pretty concerned for our future. Now, I can see the long game and the slow approach rooted in common sense and following the law that President Biden has chosen and I am learning to be patient. And grateful, too. But I am not blind to the fact that there are still far too many people in this country who are inventing bullshit out of thin air in order to cause our country to fail.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Why Isn't This Man Crazy?


Senator John Cornyn is upset that President Joe Biden is a stable, functioning adult:

For some people, this historic defeat of American fascism last November left them with a bad taste in their mouth. They missed the insanity of the previous four years when a reasonable person entered the White House. They don't know what to make of it because they had gotten used to being held hostage by a lumpy, drug-added, pants-shitting rageball with man boobs who couldn't stop making everything about himself.

I'm of the opinion that Cornyn just doesn't know how to function in American politics anymore. He should be actively stoking the flames of resentment and working to ensure that American fascism stages a mighty comeback so that he can step on the faces of all those oppose his bloodlust for money and power. He should be working to make THE DEFICIT the biggest issue EVER. He should be lining up his fellow Republicans to stake positions on the issues that are wildly irresponsible and completely out of the mainstream. Instead, he's just writing fan fiction that got old halfway through 2017.

Hell, if you're the Senator from Texas, your meal ticket is big oil and defense spending. Cornyn should be milking that for all its worth and, instead, he's heavily inserted into the ass-end of Russian grievance politics. 

Your garden variety Republican can't do politics anymore. They've grown accustomed to the Gerrymandering that guarantees them an income they could never win if they had to compete in the private sector for a real job. A full ninety-five percent of the Republicans who hold office at the Federal level are unemployable. Many couldn't even bluff their way into a part-time job sucking coins out of a condom vending machine. They just can't handle anything that doesn't involve appearing on camera with pre-printed bullet points at hand. In any sort of normal democracy, they wouldn't have jobs at all. They'd be fighting over the scraps at the county level, unable to convince an extra 12 people to let them be on the local advisory board for well water regulation and drainage ditch abatement.

Our media complex expects every Democrat to be perfect and laughs when they aren't. They expect every Republican will smack them in the mouth if they ask a tough question about competency or decency so they flatter and smirk instead. There is no shame anymore, and when you're as stupid as Cornyn, that's a good thing. It used to be that shame would be enough to force an early retirement. Instead, it's a lack of shame that allows you to weasel your way on TV again and again.

God help us, but the only thing they can complain about when it comes to President Biden is that he's good at his job and doesn't do stupid shit. This is driving all of them batshit crazy.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The Long Game


You can't expect a bunch of rich white racists to not flip on one another:

At least one of the Capitol riot defendants has flipped against the Proud Boys, agreeing to provide information that could allow the Justice Department to bring a more severe charge against the group's leadership, according to an attorney involved in the case. 
The development is the first indication that people charged in the insurrection are cooperating against the pro-Trump extremist group. Federal prosecutors have made clear they are focused on building conspiracy cases against leadership of the Proud Boys and paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers. 

Court records have made murmurs for weeks about cooperators and plea deals in the works, and prosecutors revealed that a rioter wearing an Oath Keepers hat was in talks to cooperate earlier this week.

There are different ways to approach the identification and legal destruction of Trumpism. First, you have to figure out who these people are and what their organizations look like. I would much rather see the government get a handle on how many Proud Boys there are and what they are doing as far as their leadership and ties to right-wing business interests are. There is a lot of money flowing into these organizations because, let's face it, none of this is a labor of love for these people. The leaders are fairly well off but they're not about to use their own money. The low level scrubs that are being compelled to flip are poor and not as well connected. This is how the right wing rage machine exploits and consumes its own.

Second, you have to have airtight legal cases and strong prosecution. That takes time and resources. We might be concerned about future attacks and other endeavors from these groups. The government is likely surveilling them and looking for white knights - people who come to their aid or offer to help them restructure and defend themselves. That takes skill and deep pockets and anyone willing to risk their status in Trump world is probably already being watched. 

Third, the goal is not to put Joe Blow from Dogshit, Kentucky in jail for 3.5 years. The goal is to take figures like Roger Stone and turn them all inside out and bankrupt them so that they have to plead for more funds. That, in turn, shakes the tree and more people are caught in an ever-widening investigation that is following all of that money through the financial system. I would think that the forensic analysts are having a field day, tracking how the financing for pro-Trump hate activity is being funded in this country.

It's a long game they're playing and it's fun to watch.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Baseball Billionaires Who Give Money to the GOP


Finally, something that I can support. Finally, a great idea from Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. And, finally, a great idea is resurrected by two of the stupidest Senators to ever serve.

This is basic conservative ideology in 2021. The government should pick who wins and who loses. And unless you do what Republicans want, you're going be a loser. It's as if Cruz and Lee forgot that they are in the minority and can't do jack shit. It's all posturing and preening for the rubes. This is about shaking money out of the tree and nothing more. Helluva way to represent your constituents.

Revoking Major League Baseball's anti-trust exemption would go against the precedents established by the Supreme Court and foul up the sport's ability to run things the way that it has always run things. It would be a massive advance for labor rights, for example. So, if Cruz and Lee want to do that, hey, have at it.

I mean, what would happen if a bunch of billionaires suddenly went bankrupt?

In its one-paragraph opinion, the Toolson Court provided two main justifications for maintaining baseball’s antitrust immunity. First, the majority noted that Congress had been aware of the Federal Baseball ruling for 30 years, but yet had not taken any steps to apply the antitrust laws to MLB. Indeed, Congress had just held extensive hearings regarding baseball’s antitrust status about a year before the Toolson case reached the Supreme Court, hearings that concluded without the passage of any legislation subjecting MLB to the Sherman Act. This suggested the legislature may have intended for baseball to remain protected from antitrust law.

Second, the Court feared that any decision reversing baseball’s antitrust immunity would unfairly subject the sport to retroactive liability, holding MLB legally accountable for activity that it had reasonably believed was beyond the scope of the antitrust laws. Because any monetary damages in federal antitrust suits are tripled, the Court may have even feared that MLB could potentially be driven into bankruptcy if countless current and former players affected by the reserve clause were freed to file their own antitrust lawsuits against the league. In light of Congress’s inaction and these retroactivity concerns, the Toolson opinion closed by declaring that any change to baseball’s antitrust exemption should come from the legislature, not the judiciary.

Take the group that now owns the Atlanta Braves. They would be driven out of business. Some thanks! The Liberty Media Group has given a lot of money to political candidates from both parties over the years, most notably to Donald Trump. I guess Cruz and Lee are ready to go forward with their Quixotic presidential campaigns without any money at all from a protected class of American billionaires and ownership groups that all have deep pockets. The Democratic Party would be happy to sweep up those donations, I'm fairly certain.

All throughout the country, billionaires should be paying attention to what the Republican Party says it will do to anyone who believes in social justice and standing against hatred and bigotry. Is this who you want to give money to? Is this worth the hassle of boycotts and having Rachel Maddow explain why you suck? Some of these people have to live in communities where there are activists and real leaders. It's one thing for Cruz and Lee to shit all over the people who elected them. It's entirely something else when your business might fail because of a single well-organized boycott. You can either tell more than half of the people who want to do business with you to go fuck themselves or you can act like an American citizen who believes in democracy and decency. You can't do both.

Watching Republicans shit themselves as the culture leaves them behind is as good as watching a ballgame anyway.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Henry Olsen is a Ridiculous Buffoon


I'm going to give you one guess when it comes to Henry Olsen's party affiliation:

Good Friday’s jobs report was good for the country. But it may be bad news for President Biden’s agenda.

The unemployment report showed that the economy is springing back as more Americans get their covid-19 vaccinations. It had long been obvious to anyone paying attention that pandemic restrictions, more than financial distress, have been keeping the economy down. Most of the missing jobs were in sectors such as education or restaurants, which were wholly or partially shut down by efforts to keep the virus in check. It stands to reason that as those restrictions are relaxed, jobs would return. That’s exactly what happened last month, as more than half of the 916,000 new jobs were added in the hard-hit entertainment and leisure and education sectors.

These increases occurred before a single dollar of Biden’s stimulus package found its way into Americans’ bank accounts. It follows that increased employment will naturally occur as more pandemic-based capacity controls end, and as more Americans are vaccinated and feel comfortable resuming their pre-pandemic lives. Biden’s $1,400 per-person checks may make those people likelier to spend more, but they won’t change the underlying employment dynamic. That was always being driven by government regulation and social fear. Instead, the new money will likely make Americans more willing to pay more for things they would have bought anyway. There’s a word for that: inflation.

So, more jobs in America means bad news for President Joe Biden. Got it.

An increase in Americans working means oh, shit, Democrats are in trouble! I don't think so.

Less economic pain means BAD NEWS for Sleepy Joe. Yeah, right.

Let's explain something here.

If more Americans are going back to work, Joe Biden doesn't care who gets credit for that. He's probably happy for those folks no matter what. More people working means we're a step closer to getting out of the ditch that a failed Jamaica Estates real estate developer put us into.

If the stimulus package didn't send those folks back to work, then wait and see when it really starts to kick in and restore the economy. I'm going to go out on a  limb here and say that we created more jobs recently because the U.S. government isn't being led by a pie-faced screaming bag of meat who makes everything about himself and works on behalf of idiots, toadies, Russia and his assorted incompetent billionaire shit head friends. We might be creating more jobs because people are finally seeing the effects of competent leadership.

Inflation? Sure, why the hell not? When you tank the economy, there are bound to be problems. But, news flash. President Biden didn't tank the economy. He's actually fixing the economy. And Americans approve of the job he's doing in overwhelming numbers.

So, sit down, Mr. Olsen. Take your buffoonery somewhere else. We're not buying you kind of crazy around here.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Matt Gaetz Is Totally Not a Pervert At All


When this appeared on social media last November, people were rightfully disgusted by how a sitting member of Congress could get away with leering at the president's daughter. It seemed to exist on a plane that none of us wanted to live on--a permanently horny man horn dogging his way through life at the intersection of Republican politics and sweaty desperation.

It is disgusting behavior.

Representative Matt Gaetz is in the kind of legal trouble pervy dudes get into when their house of cards comes down around them. One too many binges, one too many weekends spent ignoring the folks back home in order to get into the good graces of the only person on Earth who could give him a pardon for his crimes (It's entirely possible that Gaetz was given a "secret" pardon by Trump and we don't know what it is. I'm thinking that this probably wasn't done because Gaetz is facing an array of crimes that could be prosecuted in different jurisdictions).

This kind of shittiness exists because Republicans vote for horrible people. That's entirely our problem right now! The worse the moral character of the person, the likelier they'll get a lot of GOP voters to send them money and pull the lever for them on Election Day.

Personally, I love the fact that no Republican anywhere can lecture me on anything. Everything they believe is bullshit and they will never, ever have the moral high ground on any issue ever again. Their world is gone and it isn't coming back. All they have now are the scumbags and people of low character who are waiting for the knock at the door.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A Vast Criminal Enterprise


The American media complex is never going to fully accept that it created a situation where Trump could be president and usher in four straight years of criminal activity. It will never accept that it looked at the Clintons and the Trumps and said that one was unacceptable and one was perfectly fine because it brought in better ratings. We're never going to see them admit they were wrong.

What we do need to understand is that dislodging these people from power will take the full weight of the criminal justice system. It is no easy thing to get a Republican politician out of office by shaming them into resignation. They just don't understand the basic concept of shameful conduct in office. Their Dear Leader had plenty of chances to resign for the good of the country and he said fuck it and never did.

Ben Rhodes is on to something here:

Mediocre people don't cross state lines and have sex with teenage girls. They don't assault women at beauty pageants. They don't rape and extort and carry on brutal relationships with damaged individuals. They don't steal millions of dollars and align themselves with the Russian government. And they certainly don't act or look like Trump or Matt Gaetz. Oh, good Lord. If they were mediocre we could certainly handle them.

No, these are extraordinarily talented grifters and con-artists. They are playing the media like the Devil wields a fiddle. Look at every Sunday show. You'd think it was 2013 all over again. The Trump people are not collapsing so much as they are growing a newer, slimier exoskeleton that will allow the media to see them as possible statesmen and sober realists when they are, in fact, just the same old screaming bags of ambulatory meat that couldn't govern this country if they tried. They have figured out how to make our system of government ring like a cash register that is permanently ejecting cash money into the air. They are also stupid enough to think they'll never get caught. That's the flip side of our experiment with four years of Trump.

It was all a vast criminal enterprise. There was nothing more to it than that.

This so-called "long run" is what I agree with. American politics is a long haul, a view into the past that allows us to see how people and character will develop over time. You can look at Joe Biden and see a man who failed to win the presidency twice or you could look at someone who had to go through fire to be ready to win it at the most critical juncture of American history. Biden's belief in always trying to get better "in the long run" is why people are now being vaccinated and treated rather than dying abandoned in their homes. It's why we have some hope instead of four more years of watching criminals run out the door with money drifting through the air behind them.

It is nothing to see a Democrat forced to resign or tried and convicted. No one screams about conspiracies and gets the media to see it their way. When the Republicans begin to appear before judges and when the indictments start, you'll see a version of reality that will harden in the media--this is revenge, not justice. This is the criminalization of political ideology. It's flat wrong, of course, but we're going to need to build more jails before this is all over.

Monday, March 29, 2021

The Derek Chauvin Trial


The Derek Chauvin trial is probably going to tear the city of Minneapolis apart.

All eyes are on Minnesota this week as the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin gets underway.

Mr Chauvin faces two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, last May in Minneapolis.

Protesters crowded the streets in Mr Floyd's name in cities across the US and around the world over the summer.

An African-American political hopeful, a Minnesota resident and a retired police veteran shared their thoughts on Day One of the trial.

I have a sense that we are not going to see justice in the criminal case. I don't care how much money the city gives the family of George Floyd. The point is not to make it so this one family can get something from a place that has done them wrong. The point is to make damned certain there are no other families who have to endure such a thing ever again because of an out of control police officer. Chauvin had 26 different complaints against him and the only reason why he was able to commit murder at 38th and Chicago is because the Minneapolis police union protected him from accountability.

I hope I'm wrong about not seeing a fair and just verdict.

The thing about this case that will probably lead to a not guilty verdict is the fact that Floyd was not a healthy person. This will give the jury in the case enough of a reason to let Chauvin off the hook; or, I should say, it will lead to a deadlocked jury. I'm not a lawyer or an expert, but I just feel like it is going to go that way.

The political aspects of this are just awful all the way around. How is the city supposed to rebuilt trust in a police department where the union creates a situation like this? Chauvin, like more than a few officers, should never have been on the force. You can't move the case to outstate Minnesota because you won't get a fair trial, plain and simple. You can't risk another round of riots and civil unrest like what happened last summer because the city has suffered so much. The Floyd family has suffered as well. It's a whole city full of suffering because no one had the courage or the common sense to fix the real problem.

As I see it, every police department in the country has to make a decision as to whether or not they want to go through what Minneapolis has had to live through. They have to fix the way they police their citizens and deal with a society that is going to have to change. This isn't a time for patience or waiting. Everything has to change now.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Freedom in Hong Kong


This is a terrific primer on democracy and freedom in Hong Kong:

Beijing has been chipping away at Hong Kong’s freedoms since the handover, experts say. Over the years, its attempts to impose more control over the city have sparked mass protests, which have in turn led the Chinese government to crack down further.

“In the fifteen years after the handover, there was a series of official initiatives aimed at enhancing Beijing’s control in ways that would undermine both the autonomy and the rule of law,” Michael C. Davis writes in his book Making Hong Kong China.

For instance, in 2003, the Hong Kong government proposed national security legislation that would have prohibited treason, secession, sedition, and subversion against the Chinese government. In 2012, it tried to amend Hong Kong schools’ curricula to foster Chinese national identity, which many residents saw as Chinese propaganda. And in 2014, Beijing proposed a framework for universal suffrage, allowing Hong Kongers to vote for the city’s chief executive but only from a Beijing-approved short list of candidates. Protesters organized massive rallies, known as the Umbrella Movement, to call for true democracy.

In the years following the 2014 protests, Beijing and the Hong Kong government stepped up efforts to rein in dissent, including by prosecuting protest leaders, expelling several new legislators, and increasing media censorship.

My hope is that the Biden Administration can call out every single aspect of China's brutal crackdown against religious and ethnic groups, the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, and the overall lack of freedom in the country as a whole. We have been shut out of an active, engaged foreign policy as it relates to China and the brutal suppression that it practices against the Chinese people. That has to stop. We need to be aware of what's happening and have a plan that goes beyond engaging in stupid trade wars and empty rhetoric.

Sherman Did Not Finish the Job in Georgia


Georgia is all-in on the suppression of the vote and the disenfranchisement of African-Americans:

Former President Donald Trump's campaign of lies about a stolen election just delivered a huge victory with a new Georgia law that could suppress the votes of many of the citizens who helped eject him from the White House.

Republican state lawmakers rushed through a broad law Thursday making it harder to vote that disproportionately targets Democratic and Black voters in a battleground vital to the 2020 election and future presidential and congressional contests.

The move confirms the Peach State as the epicenter of the fight for American democracy that raged through Trump's presidency and during the insurrection he incited against the US Capitol -- and now threatens to taint future elections as Republicans in multiple states pursue new laws to limit voting.

"What I'm worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It's sick. It's sick," President Joe Biden said at the first news conference of his presidency that afternoon.

A group of mediocre white men in the photo above were able to stand in front of a painting of an old Southern slave plantation and sign into law a series of un-American voting rights restrictions because we have been asleep for too long. The only way the Republican Party can survive is by taking away the votes of African-Americans. 

Will Bunch was kind enough to break all of this down here. But what is even more sinister about it is that the media won't care and the State of Georgia is going to be safely Gerrymandered for years to come. The only saving grace of any of this will be to further engage the great people of Georgia who are not going to stand for this bullshit. We should remember that, in every single Southern state, there are people who have been disenfranchised and marginalized for too long. They need to be supported and shown some love. The Democratic Party establishment needs to hear their cries for help and make voting rights a critical issue of the 2022 Mid-term Election.

But that moment where they signed the legislation in secret, in front of a painting like that, was no mere accident. It was a clarion call for action. It was a revival of Jim Crow and racism and bigotry. It was un-American, anti-democratic, and foolish beyond comprehension. Waking up millions of people to the idea that this country won't let them vote because of the color of their skin is going to create an anti-Republican backlash that will make the last two elections look like cake walks.

Monday, March 22, 2021

This is the Reason Why We Chose Joe


You knew there were going to be days like this:

President Joe Biden is dispatching top U.S. officials to Mexico and Central America as a crisis on the southern U.S. border persists with a surge of asylum-seeking migrants who are fleeing their countries.

The unfolding crisis at the border has created a difficult situation for Biden, who is caught between his promises to progressives to establish a more humane immigration system and pressure from conservatives to send a tougher message to deter migrants from traveling to the U.S. to seek asylum. The recent influx has overwhelmed border facilities and filled the national conversation on immigration.

Roberta Jacobson, the National Security Council official overseeing border issues, will travel to Mexico on Monday to jointly "develop an effective and humane plan of action to manage migration," NSC spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement on Monday.

In addition, Juan Gonzalez, the White House senior director for the western hemisphere, plans to travel to Guatemala to discuss the "root causes of migration in the region and build a more hopeful future in the region," Horne said.

Ever since the Reagan Administration, the Republican Party has used the flow of immigrants from Latin America has a cudgel against the Democratic Party. That effort continues to this day. When George W. Bush tried to come up with a solution, he was politically weak and they tore him apart for it. When his brother said that the act of coming to this country was "an act of love," the GOP ripped him to shreds. When President Obama tried to solve the problem, he was met with the obstructionism of the Senate.

There is no quick and easy solution to the influx of people coming here. It takes policy changes, long term economic support for Latin America, and the infrastructure to receive, process, and admit people into this country.

What you're not going to hear is that the Biden Administration is trying to handle the issue without triggering an avalanche of human beings flowing north. What you're never going to see is any sort of context with regards to how it is handling the issues at the border in light of the fact that Trump and his criminal regime broke the process and carried out acts of criminal indifference. We elected Biden to be the sort of president who handles the tough issues and he's never going to get it a hundred percent right or move faster than the law or Congress will allow. There is a substantive difference in approaches here, and the Biden approach is to fix the system, mitigate the effects of the problem, and reverse the trend of evil. 

Vice President Kamala Harris is there to help guide the policy choices along with a functioning, capable administration filled with people who work hard and give a shit. That's a million times better than anything we've had in four years.

There's another reason why we elected him, and that's for accountability. If Biden doesn't hire the right people, there will be pressure on him to fire those responsible. If he doesn't do his job, he knows he'll get fired in four years. When you elect a Republican, they are expected to get away with everything, be mediocre at best and personify the worst of the worst. When you elect a Democrat, they have to do everything perfectly and they can't make anyone feel bad for being wrong.

Biden is going to solve this problem like he's being asked to solve all the other problems. You and I may not like the result, but I trust in his efforts to get us where we need to be going forward.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

What is Going on Here?


There is a sickness to the Internet that needs to be fixed and cured:

After his team's loss to Oral Roberts in the NCAA Basketball Tournament on Friday, Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell says he was the victim of threatening messages on social media. 

The 20-year-old, who finished with a team-high 23 points, missed a free throw in the final seconds of No. 2 seed Ohio State's 72-75, opening round loss to 15th seeded Oral Roberts.

"Honestly, what did I do to deserve this? I'm human," Liddell wrote on Twitter after the loss, with images of two separate threads of messages he says he received. 

"Comments don't get to me but I just wanna know why. I've never done anything to anyone in my life to be approached like this," Liddell wrote. "This is not me saying anything negative about Ohio State fans. I love you all dearly and I've felt nothing but appreciated since the first day I stepped on campus."

Online comments need to be associated with the actual person who makes them. The people saying these things--and I'm not posting the screenshots because they represent a particularly twisted sort of person who should be moderated into oblivion--are as wrong as they could be. 

We already know that there is a serious problem with how women are treated online. It's true for the LGBTQ community as well. Virtually every category of people who are even the slightest bit different from an outdated concept of "normal" attracts negative or hateful commentary. 

No one should be subjected to this kind of abuse, regardless of what they have done in the public sphere. So, the technology that allows this to go on is something that requires stricter regulation and protection because online hate keeps getting worse and worse. It is escalating past the point of being contained by self-regulating communities, moderation, and the development of communities online that were originally supposed to reject that type of content.

It's just a basketball game. The act of hiding behind a screen and ruining this kid's life over a mistake made in an amateur athletic event should be something that is easy to track down, prosecute, and end. And I realize that the person making these threats is usually underaged and immature, but this has to stop. The threats made to women are often terroristic and driven by unhinged rage. These threats, directed at a college kid, are just beyond the pale as well.

I'm all for the limits that are needed, the changes in the technology, and the struggle to reconcile free speech that has to happen here. I think that, at another point, I would have argued that we cannot limit free speech on the Internet. Those days are long gone and the self-regulating possibilities were abandoned long ago. 

All in all, what a disgusting thing. It has nothing to do with being a fan. It has everything to do with letting the most twisted kind of human being have more power and access than they should ever be allowed.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

President Joe Biden Has a 62% Approval Rate


We used to talk about these things all of the time because it really does matter when a majority of the American people do not approve of the job a president is doing. It matters because President Biden and his administration are actually accomplishing things and dealing with terrible problems:

Politico-Morning Consult poll:

Biden approval

62% approve

34% disapprove

Handling virus

66% approve

27% disapprove

COVID relief bill

72% support

20% oppose

Biden uniting the U.S.

55% more to unite

30% more to divide

The reason why you are seeing tangible results is because no one is talking about how Biden is the greatest thing since sliced bread. When your president is not a raging narcissist, it is actually possible to get things done.

I think it has been a hallmark of Biden's quest for the presidency to ignore the far left Twitter commentary and to work overtime on substantive change that cannot easily be criticized or defeated. The reason why he did not snap his fingers and fix everything on January 20th is because the pandemic has to be dealt with, legal solutions have to be developed, and the entire Executive Branch needs to be re-staffed with qualified individuals. 

There are horrific problems, specifically with how immigrants are being handled at the border and on the foreign policy front. A solution for Afghanistan is long overdue. A response to Russia should come sooner rather than later. And that's not even forgetting the economy needs to be rebuilt and people need jobs and help. The difference is, Biden is getting a bit of a honeymoon and is being given a fair assessment in terms of how fast he has to solve all of those problems. His numbers will go down if he does nothing.

So far, I see him and his administration doing the exact opposite of nothing. They are working hard and smart. They are attacking every problem with highly qualified and capable people. That's all you can hope for.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Did the FBI do a Fake Background Check on Brett Kavanaugh?


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse would not be saying these things unless someone had already tipped him off:

The FBI is facing new scrutiny for its 2018 background check of Brett Kavanaugh, the supreme court justice, after a lawmaker suggested that the investigation may have been “fake”.

Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic senator and former prosecutor who serves on the judiciary committee, is calling on the newly-confirmed attorney general, Merrick Garland, to help facilitate “proper oversight” by the Senate into questions about how thoroughly the FBI investigated Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

The supreme court justice was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and faced several other allegations of misconduct following Ford’s harrowing testimony of an alleged assault when she and Kavanaugh were in high school.

Kavanaugh denied the claims.

The FBI was called to investigate the allegations during the Senate confirmation process but was later accused by some Democratic senators of conducting an incomplete background check. For example, two key witnesses – Ford and Kavanaugh – were never interviewed as part of the inquiry.

Among the concerns listed in Whitehouse’s letter to Garland are allegations that some witnesses who wanted to share their accounts with the FBI could not find anyone at the bureau who would accept their testimony and that it had not assigned any individual to accept or gather evidence.

“This was unique behavior in my experience, as the Bureau is usually amenable to information and evidence; but in this matter the shutters were closed, the drawbridge drawn up, and there was no point of entry by which members of the public or Congress could provide information to the FBI,” Whitehouse said.

I keep going back to the fact that Senator Mitch McConnell wanted Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett instead of Kavanaugh and that the GOP was more than ready for the avalanche of evidence that was readily available when they went into the confirmation phase.

Kavanaugh wasn’t their first choice to begin with. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly told Trump in July, while the president was deliberating, that he’d have a harder time confirming Kavanaugh than other judges on Trump’s short list (Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman) because of his paper trail as a staffer on the Clinton impeachment investigation and in the Bush White House.

In retrospect, given the allegations against Kavanaugh, it looks like McConnell was right all along for a very different reason. According to the Washington Post’s Robert Costa, factions supporting various alternatives to Kavanaugh were already maneuvering last week to press for their picks.

Maybe Republicans should go with Kethledge or Hardiman after all; maybe former short-lister Amy Coney Barrett would be a good pick to replace a man accused of misogyny; maybe Amul Thapar, reportedly McConnell’s early favorite, might be more appealing to Trump than he was last time.

Don't buy the suggestion that the Bush White House paper trail was anything worth getting upset about. The real issues were Kavanaugh's drinking, his behavior with women, and his finances. Going into this process, Kavanaugh's life was a mess. He had been a political entity for years before they stuck him on the court, which even then took some effort. Someone had to pay off his enormous, status-driven debts and cover that up (this might be what Whitehouse also wants the FBI to answer for). But, more importantly, Kavanaugh's atrocious and criminal behavior with women has been evident for all of his adult life. 

The GOP people pushing his nomination had already done their deep dive into his past in order to get him onto the court in the first place. It was likely known that he had "issues" when working in the Bush White House if not before. Sticking him on the court in the mid-2000s was a way of rehabilitating him and giving him a position that would keep him out of trouble. 

Kavanaugh had severe money problems and a massive amount of debt that just "disappeared" when Justice Anthony Kennedy decided to retire. Someone was already on the case, ready to grease the skids and stick Kavanaugh on the court. The FBI probably didn't even look at his financials. 

More importantly, the FBI did not interview everyone they should have and they did not get an extensive number of comments from people who have been ready to speak about his criminal conduct as it relates to women. The fact that he is on the Supreme Court is an obscenity. The possibility that he is there because the FBI didn't do what it was supposed to do is worth hearings.

I believe this ends with Kavanaugh having to resign before being impeached. There's a great chance he could be impeached but not removed as a way of sticking it to the Democrats. But that would severely weaken any chances of the court being seen as legitimate and that is all Chief Justice John Roberts cares about.

Monday, March 15, 2021

John Oliver Knows Who is Destroying America


The great John Oliver has correctly identified Tucker Carlson's White Power Hour as a blight on our country's political discourse:

Last night, John Oliver addressed the elephant (farting) in the room (making it smell like absolute butt): The fact that Tucker Carlson continues to exist on millions of people’s television screens, spewing barely coded white-nationalist talking points and misinformation through a veneer of befuddlement. During the main segment of Last Week Tonight, Oliver charted Carlson’s underwhelming and opportunistic history in broadcast media, including a particularly lame interview with Britney Spears in 2003 (Oliver: “She is the definitional diva of the 2000s … put some respect on her name, and of course, #freebritney”). He also brought to light the ways in which more explicit white supremacists, like David Duke and James Allsup, follow and praise Carlson.

To paraphrase Marco Rubio, let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Tucker Carlson doesn't know what he's doing. He knows EXACTLY what he's doing. His pretense of being befuddled about what's happening is just icing on a really shitty cake.

One of our significant threats right now is that of the American disinformation networks, specifically Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax. Carlson is trying to sustain Fox by appealing to a white nationalist crowd that has drifted away to the two more severely racist networks that are lined up to bring a pro-Trump, anti-democratic message to a confused and starving audience of deplorables.

I don't know how you can look at what Oliver explains in his segment and not conclude that the Republican Party and the conservative media establishment are all-in on a white nationalist agenda. They are going to hype these fears and try to win back some semblance of power in 2022 on Election Day. Which is ironic because they people hate democracy and want nothing to do with it. 

I am hoping and praying that they will fail and one of the ways to ensure that happens is to remind people that white nationalists want to kill as many people as possible. Sounds crazy, but it's true. It really is.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

They Are Stealing From People Who Give Money to Dog Rescue Charities Now


The daughter-in-law of a Jamaica Estates man who once was president just got caught stealing from a dog rescue organization and what's funny is that we don't have a corrupt Attorney General who can make these things go away anymore.

A dog rescue charity that has links to Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, has spent almost $2m at Trump properties in the last seven years, according to US media reports.

While other companies and groups have distanced themselves from the Trumps since the 6 January attack on the capital, the Florida-based Big Dog Ranch Rescue is expected to spend another $225,000 at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club for an event this weekend, according to a permit filed with the town of Palm Beach, which was reported by HuffPost.

The former president has been living in the club full time since leaving the White House in January following his election defeat.

HuffPost reported that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filings show that the charity has spent as much as $1,883,160 on fundraising costs for events at Mar-a-Lago and a nearby Trump golf course since 2014. Lara Trump, who is married to Eric Trump, has been a chairwoman for charity events since 2018.

These people don't even like dogs! And that's who they are stealing from now. It's incredible, it truly is.


Oh, and the people running the dog rescue aren't even honest or legitimate people, either. It's filthy and cruel all the way through.

Friday, March 12, 2021

I'm Sick of This Guy


It's time for the Andrew Cuomo show to come to an unceremonious end:

The majority of House Democrats from New York on Friday called on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign from office in the wake of sexual harassment allegations and his handling of Covid-19 deaths at state nursing homes.

The New York congressional members had been largely silent as Democratic state lawmakers were leading the calls for Cuomo's resignation in the wake of the allegations

The stunning, coordinated announcements sent shockwaves through the state and could signal a turning point in the scandal. Cuomo has vigorously resisted calls for his resignation, brushing them off as political maneuvers by his rivals. But the congressional group demanding he step down includes members from across the party's ideological lines and included both senior figures connected to the state political establishment and younger progressive lawmakers. Their decision follows another, less than 24 hours earlier, by Democrats in the state Assembly to launch an impeachment investigation that will be carried out concurrently with the state attorney general's independent probe.

At least a dozen House Democrats from New York on Friday said Cuomo must resign, arguing that the allegations have impeded his ability to effectively govern and serve the people of New York.

The way that Cuomo has treated women is reason enough to call for him to resign. There's no room for bullying, no room for overt misogyny, no place for an abusive, sexist boss. There is no room for this in any aspect of our society. Not in a decent country. Not in the Democratic Party. Shame on us, as a people, for ever tolerating anyone like Andrew Cuomo. His behavior automatically disqualifies him from being part of the party's future. It absolutely means that he should resign from office.

There was never a chance that Cuomo would end up being a serious contender for the presidency. He carved out a place as governor of New York simply by out hustling everyone and not having any serious competition. He was always awful on the real issues that Democrats care about, sort of a meaner version of Rahm Emanuel, if that's even possible. He had great political instincts as long as we're confining things to Albany but even then, he's surrounded by enemies who are bringing him down one paper cut at a time.

If there was an award for harboring petty jealousies and ruining your political fortunes, Cuomo would get it. He has been sitting in a terrible place for some time now. He has mismanaged New York's handling of the pandemic as it relates to nursing homes and he's been making enemies everywhere he can find them. He always comes down on the shitty side of an argument that any normal Democrat could win. And now they have a slate of accusers that are taking advantage of the fact that, since the end of his personal relationship, he's been running around like a bull trying to find someone to mate with.

To say that Cuomo is an outsized version of a misogynistic, toxic male would be an understatement. This man has been wearing his loneliness and uselessness as a badge of honor. His chief of staff should have appointed someone to watch him and keep him from going after state employees and anyone else unlucky enough to fall into view. What has happened is every bit a failure of a man's staff to ensure that he does not end up ruining everything through his wretched personal conduct and behavior. They should have called him out on it and they should be the ones developing the exit strategy right now. Instead, they're going after the accusers, hoping to find something to hang their hat on.

The man needs to go. He's a sideshow. He's detracting from the good work of the Democratic Party. He's outlived any political future he might have had. What he needs to do is go find a girlfriend who won't put up with his shit and go into serious counseling. He probably has serious civil and criminal jeopardy ahead of him. That's the end of that dynasty.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Moving at the Speed of President Biden


The American people need help so President Joe Biden is going to sign the COVID-19 relief package into law as soon as possible.

President Joe Biden will sign his sweeping $1.9 trillion Covid-19 economic relief package into law on Thursday afternoon, the White House said. He had originally been expected to sign it on Friday.

Congress on Wednesday passed the relief package, which has been Biden's first and most pressing legislative priority since taking office in January. 

White House chief of staff Ron Klain said the enrolled bill arrived at the White House on Wednesday night, "so @POTUS is signing it today -- we want to move as fast as possible."

Klain added: "We will hold our celebration of the signing on Friday, as planned, with Congressional leaders!"

Previous occupants of the White House might have waited for the ceremony and the arrival of good press. Others might have made it entirely about their own greatness and benevolence. Who cares? Sign the damned bill and get people the help they need. 

Democrats have always been on the hook to do the hard part of governing and so they never get credit for doing the right things. If this gets money into someone's hands a day earlier, that's literally the only thing that matters when you're in the middle of a crisis.

The Biden Administration is moving faster than people realize. Change doesn't happen in an instant unless you don't give a shit about the results. Here, the results are all that matters. Here, being ready to be held accountable is what drives the agenda. 

If you're sleeping better at night, thank President Biden and his team.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Yeah, Baby


Let us now praise the New York Times for framing this in exactly the right way. Congress has approved the bill and the benefits are going to hundreds of millions of Americans. This is not a "risk" for the Democratic Party. It's a promise kept.

I'm sure the Times will fuck it up, but let's celebrate the fact that the American people are finally getting the help from their government that they deserve and that they voted for. If the Federal election in November and the Georgia special election hadn't gone the way it did, we wouldn't be talking about anything good right now.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Helping the American People Survive is Not Risky


The only way that Politico can tell this story is to frame it as a "risk" to the future of the Democratic Party because they cannot conceive of a reality where being a party full of horrible human beings is ever a bad look for the GOP:

Democrats are readying a final vote on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package as soon as Tuesday, executing on the measure in less than eight weeks — and making a political bet on mammoth federal spending to boost the economy.

In the House, which will send the bill to Biden's desk, Democratic lawmakers and aides acknowledged that a passage vote could slip to Wednesday as Senate officials race to prepare necessary paperwork. But they vowed a one-day delay would not have an impact on boosted jobless benefits set to expire this weekend.

“We’ll pass it, it’ll get signed into law by the 14th and we’ll get people relief,” Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), a member of Democratic leadership, said when asked if Congress might miss its March 14 deadline to extend the extra federal jobless aid.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her leadership team, who spent the weekend working the phones with their members, are confident they will have the votes for one of Congress’s largest-ever economic relief bills. They're set to once again contend with unified GOP opposition that will brand Biden's rescue package as a Democratic offering ahead of next year's midterms, when Republicans could recapture the majority by flipping just a handful of seats.

Pelosi shrugged off Republicans' lack of support for the Covid aid plan, telling reporters that "I feel sad for them" and painting them as "oblivious to the support that this bill has among Republicans across the country."

Saving the economy is "risky?" Really?

Lifting millions out of poverty is a bad thing? Honestly?

Sometimes I can't even figure out why it has to be this way.

You would think that they would start with the fact that Republicans are boxed in by an insane former resident of Jamaica Estates who can't get off the golf course long enough to explain why he broke as many laws as possible while in office. They could have framed this in the more obvious way--why risk being able to get re-elected by acting like a dick? 

Why not lead with the fact that there is a wave of GOP retirements in the Senate? Or with the fact that Republican officials all over the country are screaming for this relief bill?

Politico has to frame everything in a way that favors the narrative that the Republicans are the serious, thoughtful Daddy party and it's your fault if he gets mad and slaps you around. What a bunch of idiots.