Monday, July 2, 2018

Dr. Doolittle

I live in the "South" which means I live with the praisers of Jesus, the lovers of the supreme, as in the white one and the color green means more than any other color on the spectrum.  The vanity, the superiority, the moral injustice, the mythology and victimization martyr are the largest personality types on the personality spectrum. The concept of Southern Hospitality is like another myth and the ability to contradict themselves in mid sentence describe the communication skills that defy the amazing writing and gifted talents that have somehow emerged, no escaped, from the oppression that envelops you like the humidity.   I see why food is a such an escape here as it prevents people from talking.  Talking requires thinking and that is hard when education is viewed like a suspect in a Law & Order line up.  And on that color spectrum the love of the color blue always follows green.

As the midterm elections begin after the last elections, the special elections, the major elections and everything in between we have learned that money means power and power means you have power to do absolutely not a goddamn thing. 

We already know that the Trump family are the Grifters in the White House and their interest is their own but what about other elected officials that are there doing the bidding of Turmp et al?

Let's start with Mitch McConnell the chinwagger in chief of the Senate.  Name three pieces of legislation that he has been responsible for? Name one then.   He is like the horses that Kentucky is infamous for, a stud who drives the money up for a chance to breed a champion.  McConnell is not much better than the remaining Paul twin but at least he is interesting as he is nuts.  That is a common trait in the South, we always go for the nuts to find the ones most interesting and of course expensive. Cashews anyone?  Peanuts are the lowest on the scale in the mixed nut plate and peanuts are largely boiled and salted and infamous from the South as well.  I bet Mr. Peanut has a story or two.

But McConnell is a true special breed of a Senator who has done bum fuck nothing but put forward an agenda, dove when the bullets hit and he still stands like Mr. Peanut a symbol of another time.  This editorial about him from his biographer says all you need to know about the head of the line of do nothings.

This Is the World Mitch McConnell Gave Us

By Alec MacGillis
The New York Times|Opinion|June 28 2018

There is an unusual space in the basement of the University of Louisville library, in the large anteroom to the official archives for Senator Mitch McConnell. The space is called the Civic Education Gallery, but it is, essentially, a kind of shrine to the political career of Mr. McConnell, not unlike the exhibits on Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron you’d find at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The mere fact of the shrine is curious enough, given that it memorializes a politician who shows no sign of leaving the stage any time soon. What’s most unusual, though, is what it chooses to highlight. There are a few artifacts from Mr. McConnell’s youth — his baseball glove, his honorary fraternity paddle — but most of the exhibits are devoted to the elections Mr. McConnell won, starting with high school and on up through Jefferson County executive and the Senate.

When I visited the room while researching my 2014 biography on Mr. McConnell, I was struck by what was missing: exhibits on actual governing accomplishments from the Senate majority leader’s four decades in elected office. That absence confirmed my thesis that Mr. McConnell, far more even than other politicians, was motivated by the game of politics — winning elections and rising in the leadership ranks, achieving power for power’s sake — more than by any lasting policy goals.

Well, that was then. Four years later, it is becoming increasingly clear that Mitch McConnell is creating a legacy for himself, and it’s a mighty grand one.

Mr. McConnell has created the world in which we are now living. Donald Trump dominates our universe — and now has the power to fill the second Supreme Court seat in two years. Mitch McConnell, who has promised a vote on whomever the president nominates “this fall,” is the figure who was quietly making it all possible, all along.

First, there was Mr. McConnell’s vigorous defense, going back to the early 1990s, of the role of big money in American politics, which would help Mr. Trump not so much in terms of funding his campaign, but in helping shape the conditions for his appeal.

While Mr. McConnell has long cast his defense of campaign spending as a First Amendment issue — money is speech — he made no secret of his motivation for fighting so hard on the issue. Namely, that he was well aware that he, as someone lacking in natural campaign talents, and the rest of the Republican Party, as more business-oriented than the Democrats, would need to maintain the flow of large contributions to be able to win elections. “I will always be well financed, and I’ll be well financed early,” he declared after winning his first race for county executive, in 1977.

His crusade against campaign finance reform culminated in the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling eliminating limits on corporate spending on elections, which Mr. McConnell followed up by blocking legislation to disclose the identity of large donors. Even before that ruling, the spread of big money in politics had done so much to sour the public on government, creating a ripe target for the Tea Party and, later, for a billionaire populist running against “the swamp.”

Mr. McConnell laid the groundwork for the right-wing insurgency of 2009 and 2010 in another way, too, with his decision to withhold Republican support for any major Democratic initiatives in the Obama years. This meant that Republicans had less influence on the final shape of legislation such as the Affordable Care Act than they would have had as fully willing negotiators.

But Mr. McConnell, prioritizing elections over policy, calculated that by blocking or delaying Democratic legislation, above all through aggressive use of the filibuster, Republicans would create a tedious gridlock that voters would blame the Democrats for. After all, weren’t they the ones in power?

Mr. McConnell was right. This strategy helped to foment opposition to the health care bill, and to drive huge Republican gains in the 2010 election. But it also fueled the rise of the Tea Party, which was motivated substantially by the notion that Mr. Obama was “ramming things down our throats” — that is, passing legislation on a partisan basis after Mr. McConnell withheld any Republican negotiation. Of course, Mr. McConnell proceeded to have plenty of headaches managing the far-right contingent in his own caucus, but it was a contingent he helped produce.

His role in the election of Mr. Trump was even more direct. Most notable was his refusal to hold a confirmation hearing, let alone a vote on Merrick Garland, Mr. Obama’s nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, despite the fact that the nomination was made a full 10 months before the end of Mr. Obama’s term. This refusal exploded norms and dismayed Beltway arbiters who had long accepted Mr. McConnell’s claim to be a guardian of Washington institutions. It also provided crucial motivation to Republicans who had grave qualms about Mr. Trump but were able to justify voting for him as “saving Scalia’s seat.”

Mr. McConnell’s other form of aid for Mr. Trump was more hidden. As The Washington Post reported a month after the 2016 election, Mr. Obama had been prepared that September to go public with a C.I.A. assessment laying bare the extent of Russian intervention in the election. But he was largely dissuaded by a threat from Mr. McConnell. During a secret briefing for congressional leaders, The Post reported, Mr. McConnell “raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.” The Obama administration kept mum, and voters had to wait until after Mr. Trump’s election to learn the depth of Russian involvement.

Now, with the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, it is evident just how much of a lasting legacy Mitch McConnell’s will leave the country: Donald Trump will have at least two lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. The president has — and will now enjoy — greater latitude in filling those seats as a result of Mr. McConnell’s doing away last year with the 60-vote requirement for Senate confirmation, to get Neil Gorsuch seated. In the day and a half before Justice Kennedy’s announcement, the impact of the Scalia seat was made plain again, as the court issued 5-4 rulings in favor of Mr. Trump’s “travel ban” and anti-abortion groups, and against public employee unions.

The abortion and union rulings had an ironic resonance, as far as Mr. McConnell goes. In the 1970s, when he ran for county executive in Louisville, he secured the pivotal endorsement of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. by pledging to back collective bargaining for public employees (a promise that went unfulfilled), and while in office he worked effectively behind the scenes to protect abortion rights locally.

But that was a long time ago, before Mr. McConnell saw the rightward swing of the Reagan revolution and decided to hop on board for his own political preservation as a Southern Republican. These days, Mr. McConnell has made explicit, with taunting tweets among other things, that he views long-term conservative control of the Supreme Court as his crowning achievement. It’s not hard to see why: Holding a long-term majority on the court greatly aids his highest cause — Republican victories in future elections — as recent rulings on voting rights and gerrymandering demonstrated once again.

Whether Mr. McConnell decides to add an exhibit in the Civic Education Gallery documenting his role in the rise of Donald Trump is another matter. The final historical judgment on that score will not rest with him, in any case.

And here in Tennessee we have a motley crew of Trumptards currently in office or electing to run from Marsha Blackburn to my personal favorite cunt, Diane Black.   Google either of those broads to understand what women are like in the South.  These are the classic battle axes that dominate the landscape offering you a Deviled Egg and a Sweet Tea, while smack talking you behind your back.  Bless You're Heart, bitches!

The siren call of the Trump also finds men lining up for their share of the power and riches by yelling border wall, no sanctuary cities, no abortions and I am not of the swamp while simultaneously managing to hire Immigrant labor, have girlfriends whom they encourage to abort if they get knocked up (Jesus thinks birth control too is murder dontcha know) and hide their money in offshore accounts just like Trump, so the swamp is fairly crowded apparently.

Here we have Randy Boyd who has to be the biggest douche I have heard on the parade of ads and the less I know of him the better but that seems to be impossible.   Heard of the "double Irish"? No it is not a wrestling hold (loving Glow this season btw) but a tax loophole that enables Boyd to avoid paying taxes.   Gosh what is next a fake charity?   Oh wait he has the biggest faker in America trumping for him, the dad of none other than the squawking press secretary, Mike Huckabee!  Praise JESUS! 

Bill Lee whose commercial for Governor has him sitting in a church pew apparently praying for God to stop abortions, immigration or Democrats or that anyone finds out about illegal campaign contributions,  shows again he is a true Southerner.  

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee donated $1,000 to Phil Bredesen’s campaign in 2004, when the current Democrat candidate for U.S. Senator was gearing up to run for his second term as governor of Tennessee, and did not contribute to Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, according to reports filed with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance and the Federal Election Commission.
A spokeseperson for the Lee campaign confirmed to The Tennessee Star that Lee donated $1,000 to Bredesen in 2004, but noted that Lee also donated $1,000 in 2006 to his Republican challenger that year, Jim Bryson.
The spokesperson also confirmed what a review of Federal Election Commission records by The Star revealed: Lee did not contribute to Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign. The spokesperson was quick to add that Lee voted for Trump in 2016 and attended the January 2017 inaugural.
 Then we have varying other idiots lining up to clean the swamp with Donald Trump.  Their overwhelming idiocy explains why Trump loves the uneducated.  And as it has been repeatedly said that many poor and working class believe that is how rich people act and behave and that is how they would act and behave if they were rich.   Glad to know that meritocracy has failed.  Praise JESUS!

But the Trump seal of approval seems to vary on success rates and he is winning!  So is Charlie Sheen, wait how did that work out?

This from CNN fake news analyzes the idea that during these odd rambling incoherent rally's ostensibly to promote a blessed candidate it does not seem to be quite as effective as one would believe.   Well Mitt Romney may be the exception as he is the Siamese Twin to Trump when it comes to vacillating.   Or is that a Pushmi-Pullyu?

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