A Bus Ride Through Fly-Over Country…

I have nothing against the people of Minnesota, Arkansas or heartland Iowa, and I have a son who was born in the South. My beef is with the conservative philosophy that begins with the dismissive words ‘I spoke to people in the Midwest and they say…’ Listening tours, town halls and meet and greets at…

Biden Comms Director Shreds NY Times for Op-Ed by “a “discredited right-wing polemicist.”

In a two page letter to NY Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Biden Campaign Comms Director Kate Bedingfield slammed the paper for amplifying Don the Con’s phony controversy against Joe Biden Op-Ed by running an Op-ed written by “discredited right-wing polemicist”  Peter Schweizer, who pushed the now debunked Uranium One “scandal” against Hillary Clinton in the Times in 2015 and later…

NYT: Second Ukraine-related whistleblower may soon come forward

And this one may have more info than the first. Two sources have told The New York Times that a second Ukraine-scandal whistleblower is “weighing whether to file his own formal whistle-blower complaint.” And this guy reportedly has more direct information about Trump’s corrupt intentions. According to the report, the potential whistleblower was interviewed by the…

Tiger Beat Outlines Joe Biden's Super Tuesday Fortress Strategy.

According to Tiger Beat, the Biden campaign is building a Super Tuesday fortress strategy.  There are far more delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday than in the first four contests (1300 delegates Vs. 155).  A number of the states on Super Tuesday have high concentrations of black and more moderate voters, so Biden is…

The Ukraine Scandal presents an unusual, specific challenge for the Biden campaign

Much has been written about whether and how Trump’s Ukraine scandal/potential impeachment will affect the campaign of Joe Biden (and other Democratic candidates for that matter).  But I think this scandal will present a separate, undiscussed challenge to Mr. Biden’s candidacy (maybe for good or for bad). Oddly to some (including me), Mr. Biden has made it an explicit…

Geraldo wants to beat up 'rotten snitch' whistleblower for Trump

When Fox & Friends wants to ratchet up the rank stupidity a notch or two, they recall Geraldo Rivera from the Smithsonian’s Hall of Old-Timey Mustaches and put him on the air for a few minutes of fatuous, barking-mad pseudo-tough talk. And he doesn’t disappoint. This morning, he claimed he wanted to beat up the…

Hillary: Trump knows he's an illegitimate president

Oh, my. This could kill him. He might swallow his tongue. And it’s not even a Chicken McNugget. The Washington Post: The former secretary of state, who lost the presidency to Trump, offered a scathing assessment of the president, his 2016 win and the latest allegations that he tried to obtain incriminating information from a…

Spilling the Tea

My first thoughts are a direct result of a joke by comedian Paula Poundstone.  Recently I heard her say that the little sticker you receive after you vote should be followed by a question mark; at first, I laughed then I frowned. With the startling, but not an unexpected revelation, that the President of the…

Confused Fox News not sure how to spin Trump's admitted Ukraine collusion

Fox News has never cared about having a coherent and consistent message. As a propaganda and disinformation network, it's not Fox News' job to make sense: It's Fox News' job, these days, to cover for Donald Trump. Yet in the wake of the unfolding Ukraine collusion scandal, where Trump has admitted to pressuring a foreign country…

The Benghazi, E-maily, Ukrainey… Thingy

The first oversight hearings of the Benghazi affair were held two days after the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others at the Iraqi Consulate in September of 2012. The calculated misstatement of fact and intent of the Republican Party was to first disrupt the re-election of Barack Obama then sabotage Hillary Clinton is…

How the press keeps helping Trump spread his crooked Ukraine conspiracy

Tapped to handle damage control on the stunning revelation that Donald Trump aggressively tried to pressure a foreign country to dig up dirt on his possible 2020 Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo engaged in reckless bouts of misinformation during appearances on Sunday morning shows yesterday—and the hosts did nothing to stop him. In…

Mnuchin says doing business with foreigners is okay for Trump's family, but not Biden's

Steve Mental Munchkin was on State of the Union with Jake Tapper this morning when, out of nowhere, the feculent fumes of rank hypocrisy suddenly filled the studio. Attempting to defend Trump’s clearly impeachable attempt to strong-arm Ukraine’s president into investigating Joe Biden, Mnuchin swallowed hard and proceeded to tie himself into a series of soft, salty pretzels….

The Kyiv Post: “Get Lost Giuliani.”

Last month the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s oldest English Language newspaper, made use of an old  American colloquialism when it told Hizdizzhoner Rudy Giuliani in no uncertain terms to Get Lost! “On Aug. 21, The New York Times reported that Giuliani had met with Andriy Yermak, a key aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky, and urged him to…

NYT signs up to help Trump campaign with endless false equivalency

Oh, look! A Biden scandal, once removed, that kind of looks like something resembling a scandal — even though it’s already been thoroughly debunked by numerous fact-checkers! Let’s spend the next six months navel-gazing about it. Hey, it worked with Hillary! She’s not president, is she? x Here's @kenvogel of the New York Times saying on…

WSJ: Trump asked Ukraine's president *eight times* to investigate Biden's son

Wow. This story is like a Minnesota 12-layer salad. Stomach-churning, yes. But oddly appealing. And so much unadulterated awfulness to gawk at. The Wall Street Journal is piling on now, reporting that Trump repeatedly pressured Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky in July to investigate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. And by “repeatedly,” I mean eight fucking times. WSJ:…

WaPo: The mysterious whistleblower complaint against Trump involves Ukraine

This is breaking. Needless to say, if this story is nailed down, Trump will look more crooked than ever. Washington Post: A whistleblower complaint about President Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter, which has set off a struggle between Congress and the executive branch….

NBC/WSJ Poll: Biden in Lead, But Warren Support Continues to Grow.

NBC/WSJ latest polls shows that Biden is still in the lead (31%,+5 points since July), but Warren support continues to grow (25, +6 points since July). There is the usual breakdown of who is supporting who.  I think you can guess that Biden is getting most of the moderate and black voters, while Warren gets…

Biden Signals How He Will Take On Warren And Sanders In Tomorrow's Debate.

Not that Warren and Sanders had not already figured this out, but CNN reports that Biden will obliquely criticize Warren — and IMO Sanders — with the line “We need more than plans” from the eventual Democratic nominee.  According to Biden, you need someone who knows how to get things done and has a proven track record…

Joe Biden Shoots Himself In the Foot With False War Story.

This reminds me of that cliche about old dogs and new tricks.  From the Washington Post: As he campaigns for president, Joe Biden tells a moving but false war story As the Post reports: HANOVER, N.H. — Joe Biden painted a vivid scene for the 400 people packed into a college meeting hall. A four-star…

The media's obsession with Democratic 'gaffes' in the age of Trump insanity

Gearing up for another Democratic primary season, journalists have already settled into the “gaffe” newsbeat, posting extensive updates on verbal miscues and how they could supposedly doom certain candidates. Specifically, the media narrative is that Joe Biden's gaffes will hurt him if he is the nominee against Donald Trump in the general election. Quick question,…

Warren essentially tied with Biden in new Economist-YouGov poll

It’s not just the Daily Kos straw poll that shows Elizabeth Warren surging. At least one poll has her in a statistical dead heat with our ostensible frontrunner, Joe Biden. The Hill: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by just 1 point in a new Economist–YouGov weekly tracking poll. Biden sits at 21 percent support in…