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I am deeply saddened to see the GOP in such disarray. Truly. I don't like seeing it. I would much rather see the party burned to the ground and reduced to ashes for what they have done and continue to do to this country and its democracy. They are the enemy of our democracy and need to be perceived and treated as such.

What the hell is the mindset of the Beltway media? Are they so lacking in self-awareness that they are functionally unable to see the bullshit skew they are indulging in?

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good Q!

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Speaking of beltway media....even as Woodward's Ginni Thomas bombshell dropped, he was on Morning Joe declaring "both sides are extreme" and Biden must bring them together. He must "do something....Trump voters are 73 million strong! ...The left is just as extreme." Refreshingly, Joe - and Eugene Robinson - pushed back by pointing out Democrats follow rules and bring briefing books to knife fights.

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For decades Woodward has been the consummate Villager who does whatever it takes to keep his sources happy.

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Outstanding! Well-said.

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I don't know if the GOP is unwilling or simply incapable of breaking up with Trump. They're clearly along for the ride as the Trumpmobile goes careening down a mountain road sandwiched between a rockface and a fatal plunge. Both the Brooks un-endorsement and Trump's Florida lawsuit against everyone he doesn't like literally stink of the pissy resentment of a man afraid that someone somewhere might ignore him for one second.

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incapable. that’s my take

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Not when so many GOP voters still worship him.

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All about the polling numbers… :/

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They can’t win without winning the primary and the asylum has opened its doors when it comes to GOP candidates. If they squeak through they will try to run the Youngkin playbook but it won’t work with voters (with the media of course it will!). That was a one trick pony.

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Don’t be so sure that it won’t work with voters, especially those suburban voters who turned against Trump in 2020 but still voted for Republicans down ticket. Those voters got scared by the media’s amplification of the voices of a tiny minority who supported defunding the police and “socialism”. That amplification gave those voters the case impression that the majority of Democrats support those ideas.

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Trump has long lived by suing folks. It is the hallmark feature of who he is. The NYT ran an article prior to the 2016 election about the propensity of Trump to sue, is spite of the likely outcome against him. Trump would also claim victory after losing lawsuits. Mind Boggling.

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This Florida lawsuit makes him look even more foolish than he normally does. It is every ounce of his obsession with revenge but through a filter of childishness.

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Incapable, most likely. His cult following has taken over the party and will not go away anytime soon.

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The laughable thing about Trump's endorsements is that you know he has no clue who the people he is endorsing are, just that they are wearing knee-pads. One would think Trump was on the GOP ballot for the Senate in Ohio based on the TV ads, which are endless loops of the candidates wailing about "ILLEGAL immigration," Biden wrecking the economy, and professions of loyalty to Trump. One candidate's closing tag is "Pro God, Pro Gun, Pro Trump." Based on the campaigns, Ohio's candidates are sure Trump is still the chief of the Red tribe.

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agreed! he’s clueless abt all of it

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Mar 25, 2022·edited Mar 25, 2022

Same in PA. I haven't see her ads in quite some time, and I can't remember her name, but there is a woman running who served in the trump admin and her ads say he was the greatest president of her lifetime, she was honored to serve in his administration, she's a proud maga conservative. And then we have a couple of other idiots who go on and on about those same things you mentioned. And then of course there's NJ resident running in PA Dr Oz. When his opponents mention him in their campaign ads they call him by his first name...Mehmet. Gee, wonder why they would do that?

Can't wait to vote for Fetterman!

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LOL possibly because Mehmet is the Turkish form of Mohammed.

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I was being facetious because I know that's why they mention it.

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EXACTLY this. And those candidates he’s “endorsing” have to know he doesn’t know or care about any of them. The sad part is the minute they stray from him, he will 100% sell them out.

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This is a man who will sell out his family to save himself. I can see him talking to his grown children you will fall on the knife for me right 😂😂 .

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Yup!! LOL!!

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I don’t know how much of a toll it’s really going to take on the Republicans, though. If the party’s goal was for most people to vote for them it would be devastating, but that hasn’t been the goal for decades. There are plenty of parts of the country that hate America enough to would for Putin himself if the other candidate was a Democrat. Whether that’s enough for a majority is up to voter suppression and gerrymandering. That’s how they operate, not through having ideas to make your life better. Hence the press skepticism, which is justified; I just wish they’d point out that that’s what the GOP is doing.

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I also wish press would tell truth abt GOP

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The press is not giving enough attention to the the signs that Trump’s influence is diminishing. Image is all Trump has. If he hadn’t been perceived — falsely — as a powerful, successful businessman he would never have gotten the nomination in 2016.

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After yesterday...Trump suing Hillary and anyone else who hurt his widdle fee fees, Ginny Thomas texts and Republican Senators playing Boys In The Hood with Judge Jackson...I'm just waiting for this afternoon's news dump...

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The fact that Trump can still find lawyers to file his frivolous lawsuits shows the attorney governing bodies (generally the state's highest court) have been too lax in enforcing the Rules of Professional Conduct. Rudy and Sidney Powell shouldn't be just suspended - both should have already been disbarred. If that had happened, the lawyers that Trump approached to convert his grievances into a lawsuit would have faced the choice of pleasing the guy who will likely stiff them on a fee, or being tossed from their chosen profession. And Ginny Thomas' wingnut activism should have required Clarence Thomas' recusal in dozens of cases, but he is as tone deaf and unethical as the other partisan hacks on the Court (looking at YOU, Sam Alito).

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Especially after this!

Mark Meadows admitted to Ginni Thomas that Sidney Powell 'doesn't have anything' on election fraud

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that among the bombshell texts between former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and far-right activist Ginni Thomas was an admission from Meadows that infamous "kraken" lawyer Sidney Powell, one of the key figures trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election, had no evidence to back her claims of fraud.

https://www.rawstory.com/sidney-powell-2657034060/

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Here in NC we are waiting to see what happens to Meadows and his wife for voter fraud. Both claimed they lived in a rusty old trailer in NC so they could still vote in our election. They had moved to SC. Now there is also evidence that Meadows’s wife also filed not one, but two false voter forms.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/23/debra-meadows-appears-have-filed-three-false-voter-forms/

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"No evidence? No problem. Jesus is MAGA."

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This latest lawyer, I believe, comes from a strip mall in Florida. No one with any standing will go near these lawsuits. Which is surprising since DA’s seem unwilling to prosecute trump for any of his crimes. The current batch of lawyers are just using him to creat name recognition for themselves.

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Good point. I knew a lawyer in Cleveland who decided to represent an utterly corrupt Congressman, suspecting he'd likely be stiffed on his fee, but believing that elevating his profile was worth it. Long story short: it wasn't worth it. Lawyers who litigate lost cause cases are not perceived as good lawyers. They're looked at as opportunistic chumps. At least that's what happened to my guy as he had to close down his practice.

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There are also serious penalties for lawyers who file frivolous lawsuits.

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Better call Saul

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Mar 25, 2022·edited Mar 25, 2022

Timing on Hillary suit: more distraction from Thomas? Or is that giving TFG ‘too much credit’…

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Maybe one explanation for why the media sees disarray among Dems but not Repubs is that, at least in the Senate, the Republicans have lockstep discipline - 50 votes against every time McConnell says “nay.” The Dems, however, can’t reliably muster their 50. If Manchin doesn’t like Ketanji Brown Jackson’s first name, down goes Biden’s nomination. While it is a little facile to spin a narrative of party disarray across the board from Schumer’s inability to guarantee 50 on every measure, it certainly adds to a familiar feeling about the Dems.

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Mar 25, 2022·edited Mar 25, 2022

Jackson will be confirmed even without a single Republican vote. The noise the GOP has been generating at the confirmation hearing has to do with influencing the midterms. They're playing on the QAnon trope, that the Democrats are child molesters and human traffickers eager to put a liberal judge on the SC - one they falsely claim gives light sentences to child abusers.

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Yep. Marycat is right. And the press rewards them, highlighting the most disgusting and ambitious of the bunch and salivating over their prospects.

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Mar 25, 2022·edited Mar 25, 2022

It's a manifestation of the GOP's willingness to welcome blatant racism as its platform. And the media's failure to cry out, "holy shit!"

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Mar 25, 2022·edited Mar 25, 2022

But it must shortchange their actual constituents? I’d want my Senator to vote their own conscience, personally. Aren’t they hollowing out their own (Senatorial) ‘brand’… ?! …(that said, works great in the short term, though)… :/

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You assume they have a conscience. They sold that with their soul. It’s about power, money, and control. That is ALL these mendacious GOP miscreants care about.

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And they are still generously given a platform - as the D’s still pretend we’re all playing the same game… It’s sad that it’s ‘OK’ to publicly smear someone -because you feel like it.

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The D’s don’t pretend but they are well aware of the media imbalance and that anything they do or say out of the ordinary will be portrayed in the worst way. Trump was nasty on a regular basis to individual reporters and they shrugged. Biden calls one out and oh my the pearl clutching!

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Wish people would start seeing through it more regularly…. Getting old

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We'll see how much juice Trump has left after the midterms. If his anointed ones lose either in primaries or the general, the few sane corners of the GQP might take the opportunity to dump him. I used to think that we would be rid of him because of criminal indictments, but with the craven actions by Alvin Bragg (bribed or threatened, which is it?) and the continued silence of Merrick Garland, I no longer have faith that his lifelong record as a criminal would finally do him in.

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Midterms will def be telling….and GOP primaries this spring

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I disagree. Many of Mango Mussolini’s picks didn’t win in previous elections. For the base it’s all about him. Nothing penetrates their bubble of adoration. They still believe he’s going to get back in the White House before 24. The question for the primaries is just how far right the base wants to take its craziness. Keep these bozos or go all in with the QAnon dregs.

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Maybe Bragg is just didn’t want to anger the Wall Street crowd who hate to see any rich person held accountable for financial shenanigans. I bet a lot of them were big donors to his election campaign.

The previous Manhattan DA, Cyrus Vance, overruled his own prosecutors to let Ivanka and Don Jr. off the hook for real estate fraud despite having solid evidence of their guilt. Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz, one of Vance’s biggest donors, negotiated directly with Vance. Vance returned Kasowitz’s donation but just a few months later Vance received an even larger donation from him.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-ivanka-trump-and-donald-trump-jr-avoided-a-criminal-indictment

Unfortunately New York’s state district attorneys are elected. To win in the Manhattan district takes money from big, powerful donors.

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He ran on the issue. IMO he is a spineless coward who worries more about his own ego and reputation than actual justice.

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His reputation with whom? By declining to prosecute he has almost certainly ensured he will not be reelected in the very liberal Manhattan District. The only thing that makes sense besides outright corruption is that he is more concerned about his reputation with the powerful Wall Street crowd that hates prosecutions for tax evasion.

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So, bribed then. Or maybe a couple of Russian mobsters paid him a visit? Or both?

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I'm not convinced of the republicans in disarray argument only because they do agree to support treason, mass murder, bigotry, and rape. The question is who leads them.

That said, a note on Biden: Harry Reid told him to ignore the critics and stay in the basement, so to speak.

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Many mental health professionals such as Psychiatrist Justin Frank and others describe Trump as a psychopath with the same basic personality make-up as someone like Putin. In his 2017 book "Trump on the Couch", Dr Frank described Trump (at the time) as having an internal conflict between his view of himself as a "builder" and his compulsive need to be destructive. Recently, he changed his assessment to describe Trump as having completely given in to his destructive side.

Here's a quote from Dr Frank in a 2021 interview in Salon: "Trump is full of rage. Trump has destructive impulses. The problem with a destructive impulse is that it cannot be satisfied for long. Once a person (like Trump) starts breaking things, it is very hard to stop. Trump's drive to destroy is relentless."

Dr Frank also warns the public that, however comical and ridiculous we think Trump's behavior is at times, it is no laughing matter. He is and always will be a serious threat to the stability of this nation as long as he has any power. When asked what would happen to the country if Trump were to somehow get reelected, this was Dr Frank's reply: "There would be carnage in every city. The country would be in ruins. But it would happen gradually. The news would slowly stop, and the American people would not know what was really happening. The United States would become a totalitarian society."

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I get what you’re saying and what everyone else is saying but for my part I rather enjoy thinking about the GQP imploding in the dark and the Democratic Party taking a majority in the Senate and holding the house. That vision suits me fine.

In other matters, the lack of criminal indictments against tRump leaves me feeling pretty hopeless

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I share your frustration over the lack of criminal indictments. Frankly, I think many people in the Criminal Justice System are intimidated by Trump and his cult of gun-toting lunatic supporters, afraid that they may target them and their families for violent retribution.

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No I think it’s very difficult to gather the evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, especially when issues revolve around state of mind. DOJ is conservative (small c) and prosecutions are never a slam dunk. Having said that I want to see these seditionists and grifters behind bars and hope main DOJ is on this.

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Mar 26, 2022·edited Mar 26, 2022

Sorry, I have to disagree. I believe that many citizens in the USA have been overestimating the strength and integrity of our governmental institutions for a very long time. What Trump and his cabal of authoritarian criminal cohorts have done is show everyone just how weak that infrastructure really is, in much the same way the fragility and deep corruption of our financial infrastructure was revealed in 2008.

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Press,like GOP can’t break up with Trump. For them TFG is ‘easy’/‘lazy’ journalism. So is GOP immolation. Biden and D’s are both boring and require too much work to cover. Unfortunate situation.

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I think the term is ‘they can’t quit him’…?! 😒

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Gee I wonder why the press isn't asking why Super Chicken Clarence is hiding in the hospital?

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Imagine the headlines and constant news cycle if the spouse of a liberal justice had pulled a Ginni Thomas.

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Oh we know 19th Century Fox would be in meltdown mode over that.

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“19th Century Fox” - I laughed so loudly.

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Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead...

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LOL I still think George and Kellyanne Conway are the weirdest marriage in politics.

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I don’t watch reality TV... but if them two had a show during 45s run, I’d have taken days off to watch. Just to see George when KellyAnne walks in the house and George says “what the hell is the Bowling Green massacre?”

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James Carville and Mary Matalin also spring to mind.

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But they're normal people. Kellyanne is totally batshit.

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Hoo boy. Big Fox insanity

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I wonder if he is in the hospital because she is threatening to expose his secrets as revenge for her leaked text messages. I have thought for several years she was in power in the "relationship", not him.

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From everything I have read about them they are very close both personally and intellectually. They will never betray each other because they are soulmates in their anti-democracy, pro-theocracy ideology.

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May I suggest “Rudderless Republicans” or perhaps “Revanchist Republicans"— both have the all-important alliteration that our Failed Political Press ™ requires?

Controversy gets clicks and views and makes money for the owners of the media, and that’s all that counts. And as unpopular as it is to say this, but it was people like me on the Left that were clicking on all those outrage-of-the-day articles during the Trump misadministration. We trained them to cover the Carnival Barker in Chief. We have not given them anything new to latch on to.

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Honestly, WHY would anyone vote GOP today?

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Because they are so brainwashed by RW talking points. Most places in the country, Fox is the only cable news you can find and Christian/RW radio dominates the airwaves.

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On a positive media note, Chauncey DeVega at Salon has done a really good job of helping the Mental Health profession to keep their tremendous concerns about Trump's psychological dysfunction in the news. Here's one of his articles from last year, an interview with Psychiatrist and author Dr Justin Frank. https://www.salon.com/2021/07/06/dr-justin-frank-laughing-at-trump-is-unhealthy-and-it-wont-protect-us-from-reality/

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Trump lost in 2020 by 7 million votes. The GOP was a hot mess then, and it's a hot mess now, reduced to pandering to the lunatic fringe in hopes they'll stay relevant. They're the party of the perpetually pissed off subculture that hangs out in midwest diners (and Klan rallies). Trump attracted them because they have racism, misogyny and the belief that they've been cheated in life, traits that Trump shares. Inadequacy doesn't make a very strong platform for what's left of a political party. Trump might run unless he feels he cannot bear the humiliation of possibly losing during the primaries. And if he wins the nomination, he won't win. It will be more humiliating than 2020. Remember, Trump is still harping on the "stolen" election because he cannot bear to face the fact that he lost.

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