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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Paul Singer Donated Money to Devin Nunes... So What?



Per the irrepressible Scott Dworkin:

Devin Nunes' Campaign Donor Was Original Funder Of Trump-Russia Dossier

Republican Congressman Devin Nunes received a $5,400 contribution to his campaign committee from the owner of the Washington Free Beacon, the original funder of the Trump-Russia Dossier. The contribution was made on April 7th, 2015. It was reported in the NY Times in late October that Paul Singer’s conservative website originally funded the research for what became known as the Dossier.


I've gotta give this one a big yawn... first, the donation was a year and a half before #TrumpRussia was a thing.

Second, Singer has since come around on Trump. He put up a million dollars for his inauguration.

Singer gave to every Republican and his (nearly every one was male) mother in the 2016 cycle -- a total of over $25 million in contributions.

The list includes:


  • Joan McCarthy Lasonde
  • Dean Heller
  • Ed Royce
  • Jenniffer Gonzales Colon
  • Orrin Hatch
  • Scott Tipton
  • Scott Jones
  • Darryl Glenn
  • John Kennedy
  • Jason Chaffetz
  • Kelly Ayotte
  • Dave Reichert
  • Bruce Poliquin
  • Dave Joyce
  • Don Young
  • Jack Martins
  • John Bergman
  • Erik Paulsen
  • Denise Gitsham
  • Justin Fareed
  • Susan Brooks
  • Virginia Foxx
  • Mike Lee
  • Todd Young
  • Dan Carter
  • Kevin Brady
  • Peter Roskam
  • Thomas Earl Emmer
  • Kelli Ward
  • John Thune
  • Kevin Yoder
  • Will Hurd
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Don Bacon
  • Taylor Griffin
  • Daniel Innis
  • Roy Blunt
  • Marco Rubio
  • Pete King
  • James Lankford
  • Jerry Moran
  • Paul Ryan
  • Scott Walker
  • Erin Houchin
  • Ted Cruz
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen
  • Ryan Zinke
  • Ann Wagner
  • John Faso
  • David Jolly
  • John McCain
  • Mia Love
  • Chuck Grassley
  • Mike Crapo
  • Tim Scott
  • Sean Duffy
  • Pat Meehan
  • David Valadao
  • Kenneth Buck
  • Carlos Curbelo
  • Adam Kinziger
  • Ryan Costello
  • Ileana Ros-Lehitnen
  • Darrell Issa
  • Bob Dold
  • Mario Diaz-Balart
  • Mike Coffman
  • Devin Nunes
  • Charlie Dent
  • Dan Donovan
  • Rodney Davis
  • Frank Lobiondo
  • Jeff Denham
  • Joe Heck
  • Mimi Walters

He gave millions to the RNC and a number of Republican PACs as well.

So, yeah, there's a bit of irony here, but that's not the story... the story is that someone thought it was worthwhile to buy off basically every Republican elected official in the country. And after last week, I'd have to agree.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Cashing Out

I've been looking for a good way to say this for a while, and Joy Reid's got it:


This bill is essentially an endgame. Every Republican in the House and Senate could lose their seats and be provided with a job that pays them a million dollars a year for 30 years by the Koch Brothers alone and just the estate tax repeal would net the Kochs over $20,000,000,000. And this tax heist saves the Kochs and people like them trillions. So you can pretty much rest assured that any Republican who loses her or his seat will have a cushy job waiting for them at Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity, or in some other corporate or "think tank" office.

These guys will be laughing all the way to the bank with their Viagra-fueled dicks inside this country.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Trump May Be Ending American Democracy, But...






... so is the rest of the Republican Party, and that shouldn't be forgotten. And in his book, the Despot's Apprentice, Brian Klass seems to do that:


Critics call Klass partisan, but he says that throughout the book he uses something he calls the "McCain, Romney test”—referring to the past two Republicans nominees Senator John McCain and businessman Mitt Romney—to gauge Trump’s behavior.
“Anything that they would do, I don't criticize,” Klass says. “I’m genuinely advocating for the things that two years ago, before Donald Trump’s arrival in the political scene, would have been viewed as universally accepted opinions, both in the Republican and Democratic party.
“I focus on violations of democratic procedure, democratic norms. I focus on things that we should all value: a free press, a rule of law society, the idea that people should be hired not because they are family members but because of their merit.”


McCain helped push us to war in Iraq and voted for the horrendous GOP tax bill. He nominated Sarah Palin, the Proto-Trump, as his potential Vice President. Mitt Romney elevated Paul Ryan, one of the people behind that tax bill, and a major Trump enabler, to the same position.


This sort of thinking lets the rest of the GOP, who will try to run away from Trump as soon as it's no longer politically expedient to support him, off the hook. We can't allow that.



If the time of reckoning ever does come for those who backed Trump, there should be no lifeboats waiting for Mitt Romney and John McCain.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The #GOPTaxScam Fallout

Is Lawrence O'Donnell right?



I'm often Pollyannish on this stuff, but I don't think Lawrence is right. My understanding is that this bill is going to zoom through conference. I hope I'm wrong.

Other people's reactions so far today:











Yup.

Saturday Morning Twitshit


Huh. Not gloating quite as much as I'd expected...




I wonder why? This same guy bragged incessantly when the House passed the ACA repeal months ago, and then it went nowhere. This doesn't seem right. 1. This one's a lot closer to all done than that one, and 2. Trump doesn't learn lessons.

So what gives?

Friday, December 1, 2017

New Addition to the TGC Blogroll -- Leah McElrath




Watch her space. She was one of the first people I followed after the election, and she's terrific.

Also, drop her a few shekels if you can:

History




Earworm of the Afternoon -- Prison Sex

Friday Morning Twitshit

Just yesterday I was saying that I was finding writing these deflating. Not today. Today's tweets from the Fontange Fuhrer are not as notable as the ones that don't exist.

He starts his morning by screaming about his favorite things -- false accusations against people of color:



"Obama border." Heh.


On to the tax bill he's trying to force through with the sheer volume of his fingers:


But Flynn?



Should be a good afternoon when he releases what he's been holding in...

In Like Flynn

In prison, that is...

What a nice thing to wake up to:


He's charged with one count of lying to the FBI about Russia, and he's pleading guilty. That may mean he's made quite the deal. Stay tuned!