Showing posts with label Decency. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Decency. Show all posts

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour


This is what everyone needs to fight for if they want to have their country back:

President Joe Biden on Friday is expected to introduce his proposal to raise the federal hourly minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. Biden will begin the process by requiring that everyone working for the federal government be paid a minimum of $15 an hour.

Organized labor and its supporters have been agitating for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for nearly a decade, but shifting political winds, the embrace of populism by both parties and widespread financial pain for Americans at the bottom of the income spectrum make a minimum wage hike a policy whose time may finally have come.

“If the federal minimum wage were to be raised it would provide a much-needed financial shot in the arm for many of those still in a position of financial fragility,” said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at

Resistance to raising the wage floor has waxed and waned over the years, he added. “Before the erosion of the political middle ground in recent years, the idea of a federal minimum wage was far from controversial. It was seen as helping the economy and also reflected a statement that labor was valued.”

There are symbolic acts that mark the end of Trumpism and then there are substantive changes that could be made to lift people out of poverty and make the lives of working Americans better. We all need to fight for a raise in the minimum wage. No compromises, no wishy-washy tactics, no leaving anyone behind. The right to work 40 hours a week and get paid a living wage is a great place to stake a claim on the future of America.

Remember that every time someone raises the minimum wage, jobs don't disappear. When they argue that it will hurt the economy, laugh and tell them that the pandemic has done more damage than anything else. When they argue people don't deserve it, remind them that lifting single mothers and their kids out of poverty is worth every penny.

In terms of what the government pays out in SNAP assistance and other benefits, raising the minimum wage takes pressure off of those programs and frees up resources. Raising it to $15 an hour helps people live their lives with dignity.

We gotta fight for this and we have to support every effort to get it as close to $15 as possible.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Birther Movement Returns

If you were waiting around to see what the right-wing media complex would coalesce around in terms of opposing Senator Kamala Harris, look no further:
Interestingly, this recitation of the original meaning of the 14th Amendment Citizenship Clause might also call into question Harris' eligibility for her current position as a United States senator. Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution specifies that to be eligible for the office of senator, one must have been "nine Years a Citizen of the United States." If Harris was not a citizen at birth, we would need to know when (if ever) she became a citizen. Her father's biographical page at Stanford University identifies his citizenship status as follows: "Jamaica (by birth); U.S. (by naturalization)." But there is some dispute over whether he was in fact ever naturalized, and it is also unclear whether Harris' mother ever became a naturalized citizen. If neither was ever naturalized, or at least not naturalized before Harris' 16th birthday (which would have allowed her to obtain citizenship derived from their naturalization under the immigration law, at the time), then she would have had to become naturalized herself in order to be a citizen. That does not appear to have ever happened, yet without it, she could not have been "nine Years a Citizen of the United States" before her election to the U.S. Senate.
This is all racist, bigoted nonsense. John Eastman is using the faded legitimacy of Newsweek to air out nonsensical legal arguments against Harris as a way of launching a million Republican birther fantasies.

His reading of the law is a fever dream:
Harris is a citizen of the United States and has been since birth.
She was born in Oakland, California, on Oct. 20, 1964, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Her parents were both immigrants — her father from Jamaica and her mother from India.
By virtue of her birth in California, Harris is a natural-born U.S. citizen.
The Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment provides that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
And that's not dependent on their parents' citizenship. "Anyone born on U.S. soil and subject to its jurisdiction is a natural born citizen, regardless of parental citizenship," according to the Cornell Legal Information Institute.
Parental citizenship is relevant to an individual's citizenship status only if the individual is born outside of the United States.
In other words, Eastman knows he's wrong but he doesn't care. What a fumbledick.

And, due to the fact that people like Chris Cillizza, et al, remain in positions of influence at large media organizations (and thus, know nothing), we are about to be subjected to months of this garbage. We will see variations on this theme from here on in because, no matter how many times you discredit these people, they keep finding a way to ooze out from under the rug and look for useful idiots in the media to amplify their message of hate and intolerance.

You're telling me that Kamala isn't an American and probably isn't even legally a United States Senator? And this is the guy picked to deliver that message? Expert takedown by the great James Fallows here:

What a bunch of horseshit. Thanks to Trump, this is what people like Eastman are going to get away with from now on any time a person of color appears on a national ticket.

The 14th Amendment is a relic of an outdated time. You can be born somewhere else, come to America, end of loving this country and what it represents when it is run the right way, and you should be eligible to run for president. There is nothing more American than that.

This latest trial balloon is going to be recycled through numerous outlets and it will be swatted down, you can bet on it. That's because racist attacks on a person's legitimacy and right to hold office is a thing you can pull from the standard Republican playbook. Anyone who isn't white is not a citizen, and they will beat that fucking drum until they can't beat it anymore.

What a disgrace these people are to the idea of democracy and decency.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper is ripping Trump to shreds before our very eyes, and her ability to mock and satirize him is stealing his powers of persuasion.
Cooper’s disdain for Trump is clear, MAGA true believers have praised her work: “I really thought I was going to get a ton of hate mail. [But] that hasn’t happened because, on some level, they’re entertaining to his supporters as well. I don’t know how to feel about that.” Cooper suspects that Trump himself has watched. “I think he thinks I like what he’s saying,” she says, half whispering the dark notion. “Maybe! If you’re a sociopath, you don’t get emotional cues.”

Cooper says she would never parody Trump’s cruelest remarks, like his implication that late representative John Dingell was “looking up” at him from hell (“Just evil,” she says, shaking her head), or his most poorly timed failures: “He messed up several words at a Memorial Day speech and people were like, ‘You should do that!’ But no. It’s still a sacred day.”

It is an absolute truth that if you can properly mock a fascist, you'll make him look like a ridiculous fool. Trump trades on an ability to transmit cruelty to his base and inflict it on anyone who opposes his agenda. It is also true that the victims of his cruelty end up being the people who love him for it anyway.

Sarah has grabbed a piece of his rotten soul and torn it to pieces in order to make Trump look like an ignorant ass clown. Everything about this is absolutely correct and proper for the times in which we live.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

What About the People?

This tubby bitch is always worried about the wrong thing:
During the tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters, Trump was asked by a reporter what measures he was considering to help offset the widespread economic and social impacts of the crisis. The president responded by saying the seasonal flu was worse with 36,000 deaths in the U.S. last year, compared to 240 confirmed cases of COVID-19. “When I first heard this I was shocked,” he said. “As of the time I left the plane with you we had 240 cases, that’s at least what was on a very fine network known as Fox News, don’t you love it? That’s what I happened to be watching and, how was the show last night? Did it get good ratings by the way?” he asked as he turned to a Fox reporter. “I don’t know,” the reporter responded. “Oh really, I heard it broke all ratings records, but maybe that’s wrong,” he continued. “But what happened if you look at the number, by the time we left, it was 240 cases and 11 deaths. That’s what it has been. Now, you look throughout the world and other countries—South Korea, Italy and particularly China, have many.”
What about the suffering? This president focuses on TV ratings instead of people. You would think that a media complex that is easily outraged would make hay out this. Nah, just a shrug.

It's all Obama's fault, who could have seen it coming, and no, we didn't fire all the experts who were in place to deal with this pandemic. The lies keep coming, the horror continues, and innocent people are dying because of Trump's incompetence.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Joe Biden is a Centrist

You can ignore anyone freaking out about this. Joe Biden is running as a centrist, and he's trying to appeal to as many people as possible without alienating anyone. This is called "trying to win the presidency" in a time of polarized political discourse.
Joe Biden told voters in New Hampshire on Monday that he would consider choosing a Republican as a running mate, but added, "I can't think of one right now." 
Biden discussed the possibility after a woman told the former vice president that if he is the nominee, he will "have to pull out all the stops." 
"Our 21-year-old son said the other night, 'I wonder if Joe Biden would consider choosing a Republican as a running mate," the woman added. 
"The answer is I would, but I can't think of one now," Biden replied. "Let me explain that. You know there's some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here's the problem right now ... they've got to step up."
If that sounds out of touch, it is. If that sounds naive, it is. And if it sounds like Biden is pandering to as many people as possible in order to get them to vote for him, he is.

People on the left will hate him for saying it, but Biden really believes that there will be a core group of Republicans who will give him their votes if he wins in November. They won't, but he can believe it all he wants. He remembers the Senate from a decade ago, and he has forgotten how awful things are under Mitch McConnell. 

Biden should have said, "if you can find one that isn't crazy and doesn't support Trump and is willing to switch parties, I might consider it." This is a great way to respond to anyone in the press who asks, "what are you going to do to unite the country?" Biden can hold up his offering to the other side as reason enough to believe him when he says that he will work hard to bring Americans back together. 

In reality, he'll have to deal with whatever GOP opposition is out there, and he'll be hamstrung by Democrats in the Senate who will try to return the institution to normalcy if they take it back this fall. Democrats will bend over backwards to undo McConnell's vandalization of the Senate's rules. And that's the other mistake that might get made here. Biden shouldn't expect Republican support and Senate Democrats should just continue with McConnell's rules and practices in place.

Statements like this can be used to deflect criticism. Biden can say, "look, I'm trying to unite the country and reach out to the other side. Trump's not doing that. I'm reaching across the aisle."

In point of fact, Biden would only pick a Democrat who could deliver electoral votes. He would pick Beto O'Rourke if there was a shot at putting Texas in play (and there is, believe me). He would pick any Democrat from a southern or purple state who could help him (hello, Stacey Abrams). And he wouldn't seriously consider any Republican. This is just a way to float the idea that he's a centrist in comparison to Trump.

And, no, he won't pick a Republican. End of story.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Starts a Movement

This is what I like to see. This is what I’ve been waiting to see.

On a Monday night, about fifteen months before the next presidential election, you have Senator Elizabeth Warren standing in front of 12,000 people who are there to hear her talk about policy and the future. You have the enthusiasm that will carry us forward, and allow the Democratic Party to regain control of these things — democracy, this country, the presidency, decency and the moral high ground.

When President Obama caught fire with the people in 2008, his rallies looked like this. People were tired of the Bush presidency. They were tired of war, economic chaos, and incompetence. The electorate, right this minute, is sick to death of the wildly unpopular racist presidency of Trump and they are eager to throw his ass out of office.

It’s hard to overstate just how awful Trump is at governing, but there you have it. The cruelty and the racism go hand in hand. Turning a blind eye to the defense of the country is unforgivable. Let’s not forget the widespread corruption, the relentlessly inhumane policies, the indifference to the dying of the planet and the kind of stumblebum incompetence that only a Republican could enjoy make up the bulk of what we see every day. These are the hallmarks of a failed presidency.

Trump is in a special category of failed president. He will become persona non grata when it is all over, and someone like Elizabeth Warren will have to spend the majority of their time in office undoing all of the damage that has been done. You will go the rest of your life and the only people you will meet who will admit to voting for Trump will be the proud racists who can’t stop gnawing on their own hands once their straitjackets come off.

But, like I said, this is what you want to see. Enthusiasm, engagement, and a desire to connect with a candidate. This is a well organized campaign event months and months out from any real engagement would be expected from the voters. Warren’s campaign staff were able to put this together, and give her the biggest audience to date, if

I like this a lot.


Just so we’re clear, I will vote for the Democrat in 2020. It may not be Warren, and it may be a ticket that I don’t currently support. I will vote for it, enthusiastically.

As of right now, I don’t know who I’ll be voting for in the primary.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Standing Up to the Sadists

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doing exactly what every single male in Congress should be doing—she is standing up up for the weak, the oppressed, and everyone who is living at the mercy of what seems to be a veritable gang of thugs and sadists:

Democratic members of Congress decried the treatment of detained immigrants in border detention facilities following a tour of one such building here that has come under scrutiny following reports of squalid conditions. 

In a series of tweets, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said after touring a separate facility earlier in the day, "People (are) drinking out of toilets, officers laughing in front of members Congress."

"I brought it up to their superiors," she said in one tweet. "They said 'officers are under stress & act out sometimes.' No accountability.

Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with CNN that she did not feel safe.

"In the last facility, I was not safe from the officers," she told CNN's Natasha Chen on her way into the Clint facility. Ocasio-Cortez grew frustrated during the tours. She screamed at Border Patrol agents for trying to take selfies with her before she toured one facility, according to her spokesman Corbin Trent.

Ocasio-Cortez is seeing through the bullshit, and she is doing the Lord’s work in trying to get people to realize how bad things are for the people being held in these facilities. If she were a man, no one would be complaining about her language or demeanor. This is sexism 101.

Up til now, she’s been spot-on in her assertions and observations about things, so I have no problem going out on a limb to say that what she is seeing is probably as bad, if not worse, than what we’ve already been told. She has something very few people do right now, and that’s credibility.

She wasn’t alone, of course, but the pussies who are crying out that the mean little woman from New York City who yelled at them can’t cover up all of their crimes against humanity:

Lawmakers congregated in front of the beige facility Monday afternoon and decried the conditions, as protestors chanted over them. Chairman Joaquin Castro, flanked by his colleagues, said, "The system is still broken." Posters saying #Free the Children and "Humanitarian Aid Is Never a Crime Drop the Charges" floated overhead.

"It's not just about money, it's also about the standards of care," Castro told CNN. "We're going to have put a hell of a lot of pressure on the Trump administration, through appropriations, through investigations, to get them to change what they're doing."

In an interview with CNN, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán expressed frustration about not getting sufficient answers from officials. "We're not getting any answers on some of the programming, like (Migrant Protection Protocols)," she said. The MPP policy requires that some asylum seekers wait in Mexico for the duration of their immigration hearings.

Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania tweeted "conditions are far worse than we ever could have imagined" and that "this is a human rights crisis."

"(Fifteen) women in their 50s- 60s sleeping in a small concrete cell, no running water. Weeks without showers. All of them separated from their families," Dean wrote on Twitter.

This is the work of sadists, top to bottom. You cannot let situations like this get so far out of hand that members of Congress end up seeing the results for themselves. That is inexcusable, and for these people to fail to understand that it is the right and the privilege of members of Congress to inspect their facilities and see how taxpayer dollars are being spent is just impossible to comprehend. What did they think would happen?

Did they really think they could house people in filth and no one would say anything? Do the men and women running these facilities have no decency or self-respect? And do they not realize that if they’ve broken the law, they are going to be tried and punished? What the hell were these officials thinking? Congress is now going to bring the walls down around them if they find more evidence of wrongdoing and criminal behavior. Hell, this goes to the level of a massive human rights violation, right here in the United States of America. If these were white college girls from the University of Alabama being housed like this, they’d bury these guards under the goddamned jail.

What country do they think they live in? Just because Trump and the Republicans are in power, that does not excuse anything they’re doing, nor will the stain of what they’ve done be washed away.

There is, to be quite honest, hell to pay.

So, the Federal Government and the alt-right are trying to run a disinformation campaign against a group of Democratic members of Congress. Good luck with that.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Go West, Representative

The policies and the ideas of the Democratic Party are actually very popular. Were it not for the propaganda, the racism, and the bullshit, they would be even more popular than they are now. Our country, structurally, cannot handle the power and the presence of smart women speaking truth to power.

When you read this story, remember the fact that one member of Congress has very little actual power, but if they have great ideas and if they work hard, they’ll have an outsized impact everywhere they go:

Last month, a clip of New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went predictably viral after she forcefully responded to one of her colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee when he called climate change an "elitist" concern. "Wanting clean air and water is not elitist," she said.

In response, Kentucky Republican congressman Andy Barr invited Ocasio-Cortez to come meet coal miners in his state "who will tell you what the Green New Deal would mean for their families, their paychecks." His concern, he said, is that the Green New Deal would phase out U.S. reliance on coal and fossil fuel, which would wreak havoc on the lives of people who work in those industries. Ocasio-Cortez accepted, saying she'd be "happy" to go, adding that the Green New Deal was written to fund coal-miner pensions. "We want a just transition to make sure we are investing in jobs across those swaths of the country," she said.

All in all, it seemed like an uncharacteristically cordial exchange for two members of Congress. And not even a month later, that cordiality is out the window: Barr attached a rather inhospitable and obnoxious demand to his invitation, writing in a letter posted to Twitter that she should "apologize to [Texas representative Dan Crenshaw] prior to coming to visit Kentucky," for a completely unrelated event before meeting with miners. The public scolding over purported incivility, along with the random call for an apology to a colleague from a completely different state, leaves the impression that the Barr might not want her to come to Kentucky after all.

By all means, go to Kentucky. Go out to all fifty states. One of the best things that ever came out of Howard Dean’s failed run for the presidency was his Fifty State Strategy, which was bashed by the consultants but laid the groundwork for a few victories before it was abandoned in the Obama era. We need Ocasio-Cortez out there, doing her thing because she has a powerful voice and the moral authority to carry a populist message to everyone who is ready to hear it.

Ocasio-Cortez absolutely owns the GOP right now. They go crazy talking about her because they don’t understand her substantive take on things. The Republican Party is an anti-intellectual circle jerk right now, and they cannot handle anyone who is good at social media who actually has real ideas and convictions.

She should go everywhere and talk to everyone. Really, this is a battle of ideas we’re fighting, and why shouldn’t we expose the GOP for the bankrupt, screaming fiasco that it truly is?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Everything is About to Get Less Awful

Last night, I almost wrote a very typical post about what a monster this asshole Kurt Schlichter is but I lost the plot and moved on.

Not caring about others is typical of the conservative mindset. They pride themselves on indifference to others. If you complain, you’re a snowflake or worse. If you call them on it, they retreat into their bankrupt ideology and their low-grade sociopathy. But if one of them drops dead, sees a severe reversal in fortune, or experiences life as we know it, well, you’re a monster if you don’t automatically rush to their aid. Poor creatures.

I don’t know how to live without some measure of consideration for others, and I don’t know how to care about people who celebrate their indifference to human suffering, so I leave it at that. Nothing Schlichter has to say about anything will ever matter again because he is incapable of living in a society where we’re supposed to have empathy and understanding. Writing about him is a fool’s errand because he wants you to condemn him, challenge him, or engage in a “debate” about the issues.

Yeah, to hell with that.

The road ahead should really be about how the Democratic Party saves this country from itself and from Trump. Those who shit on what this country used to be about are largely irrelevant now that a handful of prominent Democrats have the power of the subpoena and can investigate the vast corruption that has engulfed the Federal government. They are going to watch everything they tried to build unravel before the unflinching stare of the rule of law. I don’t care how many judges Trump throws out there, it won’t be enough.

In a few days, everything gets less awful.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Democrats Can Win Everywhere

Mike Revis won his election because the American people want to vote for Democrats more than they want to vote for anyone else. They want competence and they want it now. There's an enthusiasm gap, and Democrats are exploiting it everywhere. The American people are angry at the Republican Party and they hate Trumpism with a passion:

Democrats flipped a Missouri House seat in Tuesday’s special election in a district that President Trump won by 28 points in 2016, signaling problems for the GOP ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrat Mike Revis won the election with nearly 52 percent of the vote while Republican David Linton received 48 percent. Tuesday’s election marks a 31-point swing to Democrats in the district compared to the 2016 presidential election.

“Representative-elect Mike Revis’s victory tonight will undoubtedly send another shockwave through the GOP as we continue to run the best candidates focused on addressing local issues and improving their neighbors’ quality of life,” Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post said in a statement.

This is why I think Beto O'Rourke can beat Ted Cruz this fall. This is why I think a lot of state legislatures are going to flip Democratic as well. This is why I pound the desk when I see people saying, "well, the Democrats don't have a message."

Hello? The message is clear. Trump is not the answer to what ails this country. Cutting taxes for the rich isn't going to help anyone get a job. And if you want health care, why the hell would you vote for a Republican? 

I don't think Democrats make a big enough issue out of voting rights and protecting people from discrimination. I think we have to make economic reform, education reform, and police reform into issues that are appealing to people. We have to deliver good jobs, affordable education, and communities that aren't under siege. We have an enormous opportunity that is slipping away from us--crime has never been lower, but the police act like they have to shoot everyone. Something has to be fixed here.

Of course, if you want to live in a world with clean drinking water, renewable energy, and real, actual functioning parks, you have to vote for Democrats. Every day that we are not reducing our carbon footprint is a day closer to seeing coastal areas under water and resources becoming scarce. 

Why the hell would anyone vote for a Republican? I just can't see it, and strong candidates like Mike Revis are coming out of the woodwork. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Mark Hamill Responds

This is not going to end well for Ted Cruz:

Mark Hamill struck back at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after Cruz tried to use the actor’s “Star Wars” movies to defend net neutrality.

“Luke, I know Hollywood can be confusing, but it was Vader who supported govt power over everything said & done on the Internet. That's why giant corps (Google, Facebook, Netflix) supported the FCC power grab of net neutrality,” Cruz tweeted at Hamill earlier Sunday, using the incorrect Twitter handle to direct the tweet at the actor.

“Reject the dark side:  Free the net!”

The actor quickly hit back, telling Cruz, “Thanks for smarm-spaining it to me.”

“I know politics can be confusing, but you'd have more credibility if you spelled my name correctly. I mean IT'S RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU! Maybe you're just distracted from watching porn at the office again.”

Ted Cruz is probably the second most unlikeable politician in America, right after Donald Trump. Cruz is the Roy Moore of 2018, but the difference is very telling. Moore goes after teenage girls and Cruz goes after show tunes. How this guy holds on to a Senate seat in 2018 is really going to challenge all of my beliefs in decency.

Notice that Cruz appropriates the idea of "freedom" when it comes to net neutrality. If you're in the process of dismantling net neutrality, you're not on the side of freedom. You're on the side of corporations who want to jack up costs for consumers and drive out competitors. Imagine having to pay an extra $10 or $20 a month just to be able to keep Netflix or some other streaming service. Imagine a world where everything is throttled and controlled by a handful of companies.

That would suck. That would suck as bad as waking up to find out Cruz can stay in the Senate another 6 years.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Trump Sticks it to the People of Puerto Rico

I don't think anyone really thought Trump was going to do anything decent for Puerto Rico, but this was just another low-down dirty trick:

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump casually told Geraldo Rivera on Fox News that the United States would have to wipe out $75 billion in debt owed by Puerto Rico to bondholders around the world. 

Wall Street promptly freaked out, sending Puerto Rican bonds into a tailspin and leading the White House to move swiftly to clean up Trump's seemingly offhand remarks.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration indicated it has no current plans to take the unprecedented, politically dangerous and probably illegal step of wiping out the owners of Puerto Rico's bonds in the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation. Trump’s own budget chief quickly walked the president’s comments back.

“I wouldn’t take it word for word with that,” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN. “We are not going to deal right now with those fundamental difficulties that Puerto Rico had before the storm.” 

Added Mulvaney: “Puerto Rico's going to have to figure out how to fix the errors that it’s made for the last generation on its own finances.”

Mr. Mulvaney sure knows how to blow that racist dogwhistle, doesn't he? It would appear that Trump desperately needed some good press so he said the first thing that came to his mind, which was that Puerto Rico's debt would have to be "wiped out." Everyone cheered! Hurray! He's finally being presidential at last! 

Yeah, no.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Loser Decides to Act Like a Loser

If Sally Bradshaw ends up on Donald Trump's radar, it will only end in tears.

Jeb Bush's top adviser, Sally Bradshaw, has left the Republican Party to become an independent, and says if the presidential race in Florida is close, she'll vote for Hillary Clinton.

Bradshaw, who's been close to the former Florida governor for decades and was senior adviser to his 2016 campaign, officially switched her registration to unaffiliated. She told CNN's Jamie Gangel in an email interview that the GOP is "at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist -- a misogynist -- a bigot."

No one outside of a few insiders has any idea who Bradshaw is and even they probably don't care about this story. That's because it isn't a story--Bradshaw is not the Speaker of the House or the Senate Majority Leader. She's not a big state Republican governor and she's not someone who wields any power or influence. When Trump calls her a loser, insults her looks, and makes a Jeb Bush joke, no one who supports him will change their minds about a Goddamned thing. 

The real problem here is that Trump's behavior has been well known for decades, and it mirrors that of most of the white males in the Republican Party (everyone look sideways at Roger Ailes, okay?). The Republicans voted en masse for Trump because he's the logical extension of polite white supremacy in America. He brings in the blue collar voters who, theoretically, will form the bulwark of cannon fodder when the revolution starts. Someone has to field an army of poor whites to smash the power of the state. Might as well get Joe Sixpack in on the deal.

Bradshaw helped write the GOP's 2012 autopsy report. She should have left the party when her old boss Jeb Bush lost South Carolina, which, as you may or may not know, was ground zero for his own brother's vicious racial attack on the parentage of John McCain's daughter. Fuck the idea that these people weren't already racist as hell and smarter about it than Trump has been.

Where were these courageous people when he was announcing his candidacy over a year ago? When Trump was making fun of disabled people, why did you cover your ears and say "naah-naah-naah! I can't hear you!"

Where the fuckity fuck were you when this man was traipsing through the dusty corners of his own mind trying to find the President's birth certificate? Moreover, where were you when he and his dad were discriminating against African-American renters?

To denounce Trump now is a demonstration of how rotted out the Republican Party truly is. Only now is it safe to bail on a losing campaign that is being run straight into the ground by external proxies like Roger Stone and Corey Lewandowski.