Trump Fires Scaramucci/
Press Conference Thread

Breaking.

Update: The official statement said that Trump wanted to give his new Chief of Staff a "clean state," but CNN is claiming that John Kelly wanted Scaramucci out. Who knows, maybe he insisted on that as a price of taking the job.

So, the rumors I hear, which are just rumors and I have no idea if any of this is true, is that Jared and Ivanka wanted Scaramucci in. Their plan was that Scaramucci would be part of some palace jockeying to get Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon out.

They got the first half of that, but Bannon stayed. Now their pick for Comms Director is also fired.

It's a strange thing that Reince and Steve Bannon were (per this rumors) allies, but I guess maybe they were tactical allies just against the Jared/Ivanka wing.

At any rate, while I wasn't a fan of Priebus, I'm even less of a fan of the Jared/Ivanka liberal wing.

Press Conference: Livestream here. So far, McMasters and Mnuchin have each taken a turn to denounce the auto-gulpe in Venezuela and announce personal sanctions on the dictator Maduro, freezing his personal assets in the US, and threatening to impose similar sanctions on anyone assisting in the coup against democracy.

They did not (unless I missed it) announce the US would embargo all Venezuela oil.

Update: No, I didn't miss it; they did not announce any embargo of our oil to Venezuela (do we have to refine it for them?) or any of Venezuela's to the US. They did allow they would "monitor" the situation and left the Oil Card on the table, but it sounds like they don't want to do it.

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1 LOL

Posted by: Gaylord Farkemall at July 31, 2017 03:00 PM (+dsLj)

2 People popping a cold one at the news:
Sean Spicer
Reince Preibus
Michael Flynn

Sucking own cock:
Steve Bannon

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 03:01 PM (kerX3)

3 Mooch got whacked? You don't say...

Posted by: The Chin at July 31, 2017 03:01 PM (uVtfw)

4 Do we believe this, or is it NYT / SNL wishcasting?

Posted by: sunny-dee at July 31, 2017 03:01 PM (GiG8f)

5 3rd

Posted by: Scuba Dude at July 31, 2017 03:01 PM (WsJuq)

6 Yeah If Trump can just go and fire Congress while he's at it, that'd be greaaaaat.

Posted by: That Guy From Office Space at July 31, 2017 03:01 PM (+dsLj)

7 Bad divorce coming. When it is over he can be hired.

Posted by: Lester at July 31, 2017 03:02 PM (LfJIn)

8 Enough with the drama. Get some important stuff done. Like a tax cut! And stop spending so much freakin money.

Posted by: Glenn John at July 31, 2017 03:02 PM (LilNs)

9 Deja vu all over again

Posted by: undocumented illegal Fusion GPS at July 31, 2017 03:02 PM (e8kgV)

10 Maybe I just have to make up that bingo card my own darn self.

Posted by: bluebell at July 31, 2017 03:02 PM (UoSKV)

11 I can't say i'm surprised. and His wife wasn't helpful either.

Posted by: willow at July 31, 2017 03:02 PM (FKrah)

12 Dang it!

Is that a record Mooch set?

Posted by: Scuba Dude at July 31, 2017 03:02 PM (WsJuq)

13 "Posted by: A realistic commenter"


Thanks. Early night tonight?

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (OD2ni)

14 Note to self: Next time, don't humiliate your boss the week you're hired.

Posted by: Mooch at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (df+Zi)

15 I thought he had just got this guy???

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (mpXpK)

16
* adds 'BSG' to whiteboard *

Posted by: Steve Bannon at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (EgwCt)

17 SNL is frantically re-writing this Saturday's show.

Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (EgOr3)

18 Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 03:01 PM (kerX3)
Don't knock it until you've tried it, breh.

Posted by: Steve Bannon, Nantucket at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (eXSOZ)

19 Well that escalated quickly.

Posted by: DocJ at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (NYS7S)

20 My money is on Scaramucci getting drunk and trying to Motorboat Ivanka.

Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (hLhtd)

21 Put a gun against his head
Pulled his trigger now he's dead

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (LAe3v)

22 Must've been the Billy Batts thing.

Posted by: Roy at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (7n4KQ)

23 People popping a cold one at the news:
Sean Spicer
Reince Preibus


I don't really see where Reince has room to celebrate, its not like he's getting his old job back. Yeah there's some sense of cold satisfaction seeing the guy that pushed you out being fired, but you're still out of a job.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (39g3+)

24 >>>Is that a record Mooch set?

10 days, going to need to dig through the books.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (kerX3)

25 I'm just a rich boy, nobody loves me
(HE'S JUST A RICH BOY, WITH A PISSED OFF FAMILY!)

Posted by: Scaramouche at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (y2z/9)

Posted by: DocJ at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (NYS7S)

27 Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (y7DUB)

28 Scaramucci's book will look like Cliff Notes

Posted by: undocumented illegal world police at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (e8kgV)

29 Anybody stupid enough to marry your Secretary deserves that as an ex-wife that will probably cost you a hundred million.

She honestly wasn't anything to write home about considering what he's worth.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (ycAdZ)

30 Didn't Trump run on his ability to hire the best/brightest? When can we expect him to start doing that?

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (UBzPO)

31 Thanks. Early night tonight?
Posted by: Benji Carver at July 31, 2017 03:03 PM (OD2ni)
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I think he meant because we've been talking about this in the last thread for a while.

Posted by: bluebell at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (UoSKV)

32 My head is spinning.

Posted by: T at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (Vgw1E)

33 Must have been because of his "unprofessional behavior".

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (mpXpK)

34 Are we sure that Trump did it?
Is there any evidence?

Has Trump tweeted yet?

Does Trump even know it happened?

Itsa coup! The White House is being taken over by the Generals.

Posted by: Mystified in Mystic at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (m9X4Y)

35 27
Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references.

Posted by: Captain Hate



No no no no no no
Mamma Mia Mamma Mia

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (LAe3v)

36 17 SNL is doing a new show in August? Remind why I should care.

Posted by: Glenn John at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (LilNs)

37 >>My money is on Scaramucci getting drunk and trying to Motorboat Ivanka.

That's actually on my bucket list.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (/tuJf)

38 SNL is frantically re-writing this Saturday's show.

Best comment of the day. You can be damn sure that's what they are doing. A good gag would be Trump hiring bizarre random people and firing people based on something crazy like rolling dice or horoscopes or something. That's a goof on what's happening that isn't about politics, just being silly with current events.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (39g3+)

39 Just claim that Scaramucci as a summer intern

Posted by: undocumented illegal Clinton Truffer at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (e8kgV)

40 Breaking.

Not my heart. Must be something else.

Posted by: t-bird at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (2z74n)

41 Looks like Jack Koehler only held the position for 11 days

Posted by: Notsothoreau at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (Lqy/e)

42 I think Trump has a disinclination towards Italian-Americans. He stiffed Giuliani and Christie after loyal service. Coming from NY construction world, he should be surrounded by guys with olive oil voices and guinea charm, but other than a brief appearance by Mooch, none that I can think of. Even Ordierno can't find a job...

Posted by: tommylotto at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (oozmg)

43 Let this be a lesson:

Always get a Pre-Nup.

Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (hLhtd)

44 We doomed him with referencing him as mooch.

Posted by: willow at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (FKrah)

45 I blame Russia

Posted by: brak at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (5iU/N)

46 Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references.

I take this as a challenge to take up Princes of the Universe lyric jokes.

Posted by: Sporkatus at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (eXSOZ)

47 Scaramucci's book will look like Cliff Notes

I'm still waiting for If They Had Only Listened to Me by any number of Obama's former staffers and lackeys.

But I guess they're more loyal than that.

Posted by: Lance McCormick at July 31, 2017 03:06 PM (u0s1P)

48 >>>I don't really see where Reince has room to celebrate, its not like he's getting his old job back. Yeah there's some sense of cold satisfaction seeing the guy that pushed you out being fired, but you're still out of a job.

Reince goes on to a job that's a better fit. CoS was always a bad fit. He gets out, watches guy who shivved him get shivved, and chuckles about it.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 03:06 PM (kerX3)

49 Remind ME why I should care dammit. Didn't proof read one
sentence.

Posted by: Glenn John at July 31, 2017 03:06 PM (LilNs)

50 I saw Motorboat Ivanka open for Ace of Base at Joe Louis Arena back in 1999

Posted by: Roy at July 31, 2017 03:06 PM (7n4KQ)

51 Ironic, Mooch was brought in to put the screws to Priebus, Priebus quits, Kelly comes in, and puts the screws to Mooch.

Reminds me of that old nursery rhyme about the old lady who swallowed a fly...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQHmZMf6zwo

Posted by: Croak at July 31, 2017 03:06 PM (r8wIS)

52 Good.

Posted by: AgathaPagatha at July 31, 2017 03:06 PM (PtE6F)

53 We doomed him with referencing him as mooch.
Posted by: willow at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (FKrah)
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I'm pretty sure that's what he calls himself. Like the Fonz.

Posted by: bluebell at July 31, 2017 03:06 PM (UoSKV)

54 I think Trump has a disinclination towards Italian-Americans.


Jared Kushnero

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:06 PM (LAe3v)

55 37
>>My money is on Scaramucci getting drunk and trying to Motorboat Ivanka.



That's actually on my bucket list.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (/tuJf)

Mine too. Except the dunk part. I want a crystal clear memory of each second.

Posted by: davidt at July 31, 2017 03:06 PM (XoldI)

56 Meh.

Drunken tirades are a type of communication.


Just probably not what President Trump was expecting...or wanting.

Scaramucci out. And it's his own fault.


Sad.

Posted by: naturalfake at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (NyJwR)

57 Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references.

Naw, we'll be "Under Pressure" to do better.

Posted by: Lance McCormick at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (u0s1P)

58 Good he needed to go. Trump made a mistake bringing him in IMO.

Posted by: The Great White Scotsman at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (Qc5mO)

59 Didn't Trump run on his ability to hire the best/brightest? When can we expect him to start doing that?

****************************

He's a businessman, not God. Not all his hires are going to be gold,so the important thing is that he has a track record of getting rid of them if they don't produce results.

Posted by: Gaylord Farkemall at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (+dsLj)

60 TL, DR

Posted by: Bosk at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (n2K+4)

61 Hey, at least he didn't 'Arkancide'
Keep the broader perspective, folks

Posted by: DASTARDLY DAN at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (yqxcZ)

62 Didn't Trump run on his ability to hire the best/brightest? When can we expect him to start doing that?
Posted by: Brian in New Orleans

________

At this point, I'm still with my original theory that Trump is simply a Molotov cocktail being thrown at DC. Something that badly needed to be done.

But the guy clearly has no organization and just flies by the seat of his pants.

Maybe Kelly changes things but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he doesn't last either.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (ycAdZ)

63 42
I think Trump has a disinclination towards Italian-Americans. He
stiffed Giuliani and Christie after loyal service. Coming from NY
construction world, he should be surrounded by guys with olive oil
voices and guinea charm, but other than a brief appearance by Mooch,
none that I can think of. Even Ordierno can't find a job...

Posted by: tommylotto at July 31, 2017 03:05 PM (oozmg)

He fired the Fat Man because he lied to him.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (mpXpK)

64 I saw Motorboat Ivanka open for Ace of Base at Joe Louis Arena back in 1999

God but do I love this place.

(hat tip)

Posted by: DocJ at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (NYS7S)

65 It would be worth being the next press secretary just for the hell of it.

Note that the wiki entry for press secretary never even got him added to the list yet...

Posted by: TexasDan at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (yL25O)

66 Reverting, sadly, to my "Trump? He's a fucking clown!" answer whenever someone asks me about this administration.

Schadenboner Status: Still Cuts Diamonds, But . . .

Posted by: Sharkman at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (T4kyF)

67 I stand by what I said in the previous thread about this:

Soap Opera Government.
Middle School Politics.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Find the Dark Linings in the Silver Clouds at the Outrage Outlet! at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (hLRSq)

68 Throwing bolts of lightning
Trump is very, very frightening

Posted by: t-bird at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (2z74n)

69 @27: "Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references."

I hope you like Simpsons references.

#Scarapoochie

Posted by: Walter Freeman at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (3Vlkn)

70 Now, Long Island can have their asshole back.

Posted by: Roy at July 31, 2017 03:08 PM (7n4KQ)

71 >>That's actually on my bucket list.


Needs more Pee.

Posted by: Ex-British Intelligence Agent at July 31, 2017 03:08 PM (hLhtd)

72 I take it Kelly wasn't intimidated by Scaramucci's Gotti act.

Posted by: Tentotwo at July 31, 2017 03:08 PM (yhf6w)

73 "58 Good he needed to go. Trump made a mistake bringing him in IMO.

Posted by: The Great White Scotsman"


I agree. A mistake that is now corrected.

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 31, 2017 03:08 PM (OD2ni)

74 Pelosi sent out a fundraising email today about the failed Obamacare vote, saying "the resistance is working."

Posted by: Bicentennialguy at July 31, 2017 03:08 PM (Ojc/L)

75 The Mooch, like Icarus, flew too close to the sun.

Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 03:08 PM (G0vdT)

76 I saw Motorboat Ivanka open for Ace of Base at Joe Louis Arena back in 1999




Pffft. I saw impacted colon re-open for a reunion tour after they had been closed for twenty years. It was a shit show.

Posted by: Mystified in Mystic at July 31, 2017 03:08 PM (m9X4Y)

77 Note that the wiki entry for press secretary never even got him added to the list yet...
Posted by: TexasDan at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (yL25O)
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He was Communications Director. The press sec reported to him. I think that's why Spicer resigned, because he didn't want to report to him.

Posted by: bluebell at July 31, 2017 03:08 PM (UoSKV)

78 Reince goes on to a job that's a better fit.

He was great at being a GOPe mole that worked to slow and stimey Trump. Remember, he's one of the guys that stabbed the Tea Party candidates in the back.

Didn't Trump run on his ability to hire the best/brightest? When can we expect him to start doing that?

He's done some of it, but I agree, not as much as I hoped he would. Still, I expect by next year he'll be doing things more smoothly. Learning on the job.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (39g3+)

79 I forgot, or maybe never knew, that James Brady was Reagan's press secretary.

Posted by: TexasDan at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (yL25O)

80 My theory on Mooch was that this gig was intended to be a stepping stone for a run at NYC mayor.

Posted by: Serious Cat at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (krtEM)

81 57
Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references.

Naw, we'll be "Under Pressure" to do better.

We could always just talk about some Fat Bottomed Girls.

Posted by: Tom Servo at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (y2z/9)

82 So was he "fired-fired" or just "fired?.

"It was not clear whether Mr. Scaramucci will remain employed at the White House in another position or will leave altogether."

As per the NYT if they can be believed about anything anymore.

Posted by: geoffb5 at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (d3wbb)

83 Anyone have any hunches as to what happened?

Mine: Mooch mouthed at his boss. My experience in the workplace is that attack dogs almost always eventually (sooner or later) make the mistake of treating the boss like they treat everyone else.

Posted by: qdpsteve at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (eMKNe)

84 I think Trump has a disinclination towards Italian-Americans. He stiffed Giuliani and Christie after loyal service.

*****************************

I think he stiffed them because they were being assholes at the end, which just happens to be a distinctly Italian trait.

I say that as an Italian myself, but I am cognizant of my own assholishness.

Posted by: Gaylord Farkemall at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (+dsLj)

85 He got rid of rince, so 'mission accomplished"

Posted by: Jean at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (9TU00)

86 >>Now, Long Island can have their asshole back.

You've clearly not spent much time on Long Island. It's an anatomical wonder. It has assholes everywhere.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:10 PM (/tuJf)

87 80
My theory on Mooch was that this gig was intended to be a stepping stone for a run at NYC mayor.

Posted by: Serious Cat at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (krtEM)
Interesting . . . you might be right.

Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:10 PM (EgOr3)

88 YES WE WILL LET HIM GO!!

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:10 PM (7+uJ1)

89 72
I take it Kelly wasn't intimidated by Scaramucci's Gotti act.

Posted by: Tentotwo


Yeah, no, that would be like Patton being intimidated by Lucky Luciano.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:10 PM (LAe3v)

90 "God bless Mommy, I know that's right,
And wasn't it fun in the bath tonight,
The cold's so cold and the hot's so hot.
God bless Daddy, I quite forgot.
And what was the other I wanted to say?
I said, 'Bless Daddy', so what could it be?
Now I remember: God bless me".

Posted by: undocumented illegal Clinton Truffer at July 31, 2017 03:10 PM (e8kgV)

91 Pelosi sent out a fundraising email today about the failed Obamacare vote, saying "the resistance is working."

Apparently she's right.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at July 31, 2017 03:10 PM (39g3+)

92 At this point, I'm still with my original theory that Trump is simply a
Molotov cocktail being thrown at DC. Something that badly needed to be
done.
---
How did zombie put it?

Drunken ape with a chainsaw and a flamethrower?

In any case as long as he makes life miserable for DC and it's supporters, I will try to be content.

Posted by: Methos at July 31, 2017 03:10 PM (XQvuQ)

93 He fired the Fat Man because he lied to him.
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at July 31, 2017 03:07 PM (mpXpK)


Fat RINO Bastard is so easy to smoke out as a self serving fuck that I'd bet DJT had him pegged immediately.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:10 PM (y7DUB)

94 Seriously?

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (KUaJL)

95 When Trump moves, he slices like a frickin' hammer.

Posted by: Moron in a Leopard Snuggie at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (ismre)

96 Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references.

-
I don't know. We're so Mercurial.

Posted by: I'm Anonosaurus Wrecks and I approved this message at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (Nwg0u)

97 Gorilla Pundit for White House Communications Director!

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (/tuJf)

98 He was awesome for an hour or two.... Then not so much. If only he could have kept it in his pants

Posted by: SOMEASSHOLESTOLEMYPEN at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (nQHw/)

99 That's the problem with hiring billionaires to work for you. They don't need the job.


Posted by: Mystified in Mystic at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (m9X4Y)

100 Anyone have any hunches as to what happened?

Mine: Mooch mouthed at his boss. My experience in the workplace is that attack dogs almost always eventually (sooner or later) make the mistake of treating the boss like they treat everyone else.
Posted by: qdpsteve

________



You can't ever tell a billionaire what to do. That should be obvious to anyone.

Nobody is every going to bend the knee when they have that kind of money.

It was doomed from the start.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (ycAdZ)

101 82 As per the NYT if they can be believed about anything anymore.


Posted by: geoffb5 at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (d3wbb)

Fox is carrying the story as well.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (mpXpK)

102 He was great at being a GOPe mole that worked to slow and stimey Trump.
Remember, he's one of the guys that stabbed the Tea Party candidates in
the back.
==============================


I don't know where you are getting this information. Certainly not from Wisconsin.

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (lwiT4)

103 Yeah, no, that would be like Patton being intimidated by Lucky Luciano.

Or that Monty Python sketch. "Nice Army base you have here. Would be a shame if--" *knocks over something*--"something happened to it."

Posted by: Lance McCormick at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (u0s1P)

104 Well the raucus of "Russia Russia Russia" has certainly died down though.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (jxbfJ)

105 So when does the reduction in drama come, and the new era of actually presidenting begin?

I'm eager to get to the bit where we're tired of all the winning.

And all the legislative accomplishments n stuff.

Posted by: need a plumber at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (R/pr8)

106 Reince isn't gone because it's personal. He was a lifeline to Congress, and they've spectacularly proven themselves useless. Trump probably still likes the guy, and in turn Reince is not going to slag everyone. I can't remember the last time I saw a disgruntled Trump man.

As for Scaramuci, it is probably the same thing. Yes he was a new hire, but if Kelly is the new chief then he gets to pick the staff he works with every day. I would have liked him to work with Scaramuci, but I can't say I care either way...

Posted by: trev006 at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (IbaEw)

107 "the resistance is working."

Bravely fighting to keep billions and billions of dollars flowing thru Democrat hands. It's inspirational work they're doing.

Posted by: t-bird at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (2z74n)

108 My theory on Mooch was that this gig was intended to be a stepping stone for a run at NYC mayor.

But for his drunken phone call after being served divorce papers (speculation, but seems likely)... might have worked. And really how much worse could he be than Bloomberg?

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (39g3+)

109 So half of the last thread just got willowed?

Posted by: bergerbilder at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (lIZQs)

110 mooch deleted all his old (liberal?) tweets and said to disregard them
(like that US has 5% of world population but 60% of guns, so obvious we need some form of "control")

so now we can easily disregard his liberal tendencies, and his mouth. He deflected the blame for removing Priebus ... moving on now.

Posted by: illiniwek at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (b+0FS)

111 Can we fire Nimrata Haley next? And replace her with Tulsi Gabbard!

Posted by: Moron in a Leopard Snuggie at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (ismre)

112 Gen Kelly, throwing down the gauntlet early.

Is Kelly an establishment globalist? Where does he fit in politically speaking?

Posted by: Jollyroger at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (t06LC)

113 Trump made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Posted by: I'm Anonosaurus Wrecks and I approved this message at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (Nwg0u)

114 Trump gave Priebus a chance because he did a good job considering the circumstances of weathering the storm in helping Trump win, so it was assumed he could help bridge relations between Trump and the GOP to help get things done, an opportunity Priebus promptly pissed away.

I actually think Trump was right to hire him initially even if he proved to be an asswipe at the end.

Posted by: Gaylord Farkemall at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (+dsLj)

115 29 Anybody stupid enough to marry your Secretary deserves that as an ex-wife that will probably cost you a hundred million.

She honestly wasn't anything to write home about considering what he's worth.
__________________

She was a secretary at his hedge fund, but I don't think she was his secretary. He probably just saw her around the office, and thought "I could hit that." He probably should have spent a little more time talking with her before he knocked her up the first time. He would have recognized that she wasn't his intellectual equal before it cost him an arm and a leg, and probably a good relationship with his two youngest sons.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (gNgc6)

116 When Kelly was named as CoS to replace Priebus, there was noisy rejoicing in many parts of the dextrosphere. To the effect that, well, *finally*, we're going to have a tough squared-away former Marine running things. Shipshape at last! Iron discipline! Booyah!

Let us recall that "Diamond" Don Regan was himself a former Marine officer. And yet his tenure as White House chief of staff under Ronald Reagan was a string of disasters.

The administration lost control and coordination of fiscal and interest rate policy to where the 1987 "Black Monday" crash occurred. The Iran-Contra fiasco was allowed to metastasize to where it actively imperiled all of the rest of Reagan's second-term presidency. And, per Regan's later memoirs, every single decision of any consequence in the West Wing was having to first be filtered via Joan Quigley, Nancy R's consulting astrologer, an absurd practice which Regan was unable to stop. A parade of horribles.

Posted by: torquewrench at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (ujwCG)

117 I don't know where you are getting this information. Certainly not from Wisconsin.

Wow, people's memories are short. 2014 wasn't that long ago.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (39g3+)

118 As my willowed comment said, Mooch was also facing very, very, very nasty divorce with Wife who just delivered a baby and is barring Mooch from visits, IIRC. I'll bet very nasty and public allegations against Mooch will follow with the pressholes associating it all with Two Scoops. Just a guess.

Posted by: oddnot is fed up at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (g1MTt)

119 I think Mooch did set a record. There have been a few Cabinet Secretaries who quit at 11 days, have to dig to find info on every admin member, but 10 days is a tough one to beat. Nice job!

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (kerX3)

120 Guessing he won't be on this year's Christmas Card list.

Posted by: sybilll at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (R/WTL)

121 111 Can we fire Nimrata Haley next? And replace her with Tulsi Gabbard!
Posted by: Moron in a Leopard Snuggie at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (ismre)


Now, why did I read that as "Nina Hartley?"

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (mbhDw)

122 You've clearly not spent much time on Long Island. It's an anatomical wonder. It has assholes everywhere.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:10 PM (/tuJf)
=============================

Amen to that. I'm looking at you, Suffolk County.

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (lwiT4)

123 Eh, goodbye to an insufferable loudmouth prick. It was a weird hire that never made much sense.

Posted by: Ernie McCracken at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (eVZyP)

124 Trump Fires Scaramucci

Breaking.

Posted by: Ace


Breaking the narrative?

Breaking open some skulls?

Breaking the Dems' capacity to even keep track of what;s happening?

Posted by: zombie at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (DQ4Fv)

125 My theory on Mooch was that this gig was intended to be a stepping stone for a run at NYC mayor.
Posted by: Serious Cat at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (krtEM)

His association with Trump--however brief--pus paid to that idea.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (7uYFy)

126 27
Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (y7DUB)
So, you're not good with "Another One Bites the Dust?" :-)

Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (EgOr3)

127 You've clearly not spent much time on Long Island. It's an anatomical wonder. It has assholes everywhere.

*********************

Finding someone on Long Island who isn't an asshole would be like trying to find Atlantis.

Posted by: Gaylord Farkemall at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (+dsLj)

128 And really how much worse could he be than Bloomberg?

He might actually be an improvement on De Blah Blah.

Posted by: Basement Cat at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (3C9q2)

129 Mooch is out? Mooch is out?!!!

-
I see that LA has been awarded the 2028 Olympics. Another fine thing Obozo couldn't do.

Posted by: I'm Anonosaurus Wrecks and I approved this message at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (Nwg0u)

130 "I take it Kelly wasn't intimidated by Scaramucci's Gotti act.

Posted by: Tentotwo"


I guess not. According to reports Mooch was escorted from the WH grounds.

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (OD2ni)

131 Changing my nic to reflect my new, shiny, willow-like power of thread-ending.

Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (QDnY+)

132 Mooch's love is eternal. The perfidious media. Trump is nuts.

Posted by: 13times at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (WHVu+)

133 >>Trump gave Priebus a chance because he did a good job considering the circumstances of weathering the storm in helping Trump win, so it was assumed he could help bridge relations between Trump and the GOP to help get things done, an opportunity Priebus promptly pissed away.


I'll ask this again because nobody making this claim has given a single example. What exactly did Priebus or Ryan or even McConnell do to thwart Trump? McCain, Collins, the Coke Queen, sure but what have the others done cause I'm not seeing it at all.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (/tuJf)

134 Amen to that. I'm looking at you, Suffolk County.

*******************

Hold my beer.

Posted by: Nassau County at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (+dsLj)

135 Not the book thread but the references remind me of the scene in the book Hot Springs by Stephen Hunter.

The protagonist, Earl Swagger is confronted by a mob character and proceeds to knock his ass out. Later you find out it was Bugsy Siegel. Earl Swagger was a honey badger and dont give a crap.

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (7+uJ1)

136 In before fandango.

Posted by: Don at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (ZPLQs)

137 So half of the last thread just got willowed?
Posted by: bergerbilder at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (lIZQs)


Willowed is such a perfect internet term that I've been using it elsewhere in the hope that it becomes generic in short order and willow becomes a legend.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (y7DUB)

138 It's a bold strategy, Cotton.

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (mf5HN)

139 Gorilla Pundit for White House Communications Director!

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:11 PM (/tuJf)


He's already press secretary so I think he'd be a perfect fit.

Wise.
Erudite.
Can rip your arms off and beat you to death with them.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Find the Dark Linings in the Silver Clouds at the Outrage Outlet! at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (hLRSq)

140 Also from the NYT then.

"The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci, who had boasted about reporting directly to the president not the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, came at Mr. Kelly's request, the people said. Mr. Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge."

Two hatchet men walk into a room and only one comes out whole.

Posted by: geoffb5 at July 31, 2017 03:16 PM (d3wbb)

141 Now, why did I read that as "Nina Hartley?"


Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:13 PM (mbhDw)

--

Um, because Nikki has been publicly gobbling Neocon knob for the past 6 months?

Posted by: Moron in a Leopard Snuggie at July 31, 2017 03:16 PM (ismre)

142 Try Mooch offers resignation to new CoS Kelly so he can hire his own guy. Asks to be considered for Ex-IM Bank.

Once Kelly was in this was a forgone conclusion.

Posted by: Marcus T at July 31, 2017 03:16 PM (6MSTi)

143 Trump gave Priebus a chance because he did a good
job considering the circumstances of weathering the storm in helping
Trump win, so it was assumed he could help bridge relations between
Trump and the GOP to help get things done, an opportunity Priebus
promptly pissed away.



I actually think Trump was right to hire him initially even if he proved to be an asswipe at the end.

Posted by: Gaylord Farkemall at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (+dsLj)
================================

I agree with much of what you say, with the addition that Priebus was meant to be a bridge between Trump and Ryan. That turned out meh

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:16 PM (lwiT4)

144
I can be Comm. Dir.

"FYNQ."

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:16 PM (mbhDw)

145 Scaramucci . . . the Man With the Golden Microphone.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at July 31, 2017 03:16 PM (zpYxD)

146 Reminds me of the bank robbery at the beginning of The Dark Night, when henchman sequentially bump each other off once the other guy completes his task.

Posted by: regular joe at July 31, 2017 03:16 PM (O50yS)

147 I'll ask this again because nobody making this claim has given a single example. What exactly did Priebus or Ryan or even McConnell do to thwart Trump? McCain, Collins, the Coke Queen, sure but what have the others done cause I'm not seeing it at all.
Posted by: JackStraw

______

How about Paul Ryan not being able to endorse Trump for President after winning the nomination?

Or the leaked video where he tells House members he's cutting Trump loose and no longer defending him?

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:17 PM (ycAdZ)

148 Ignoamus one, CBD zero.

Posted by: choogle at July 31, 2017 03:17 PM (ib3HQ)

149 141 Posted by: Moron in a Leopard Snuggie at July 31, 2017 03:16 PM (ismre)


Nikki Haley (if that is who you are referring to) has so far been PDT's most outstanding pick.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:17 PM (mbhDw)

150 >> Now, why did I read that as "Nina Hartley?"


Why have you forsaken me, J.J.Sefton?

Posted by: Hyapatia Lee at July 31, 2017 03:17 PM (hLhtd)

151 Uh, the sell on Pence was he could work with Congress to get things done. He's been an empty suit.

Posted by: Marcus T at July 31, 2017 03:18 PM (6MSTi)

152 Still my opinion Preibus wasn't fired but resigned on his own.

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:18 PM (7+uJ1)

153 126 27
Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (y7DUB)
So, you're not good with "Another One Bites the Dust?" :-)
Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (EgOr3)


Well, if Shep Smith exits the planet....

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:18 PM (mbhDw)

154 >>How about Paul Ryan not being able to endorse Trump for President after winning the nomination?

Has absolutely nothing to do with what has happened since the election. What specifically has Priebus or Ryan or even McConnell done to thwart Trump's agenda since Trump has been in office?

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:18 PM (/tuJf)

155 Loose cannons are loose, I guess.

I kinda liked Scaramucci, but, yeah, probably being the comms guy, probably better if he was good at comms.

Posted by: blaster at July 31, 2017 03:18 PM (ckY2x)

156 Is Kelly an establishment globalist? Where does he fit in politically speaking?
Posted by: Jollyroger at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (t06LC)

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He spent 45 years in the USMC...he only retired about a few years ago.

Pretty sure he's not a globalist.

Posted by: SMFH at July 31, 2017 03:18 PM (s5Kql)

157 Well he had a good run, now it's time to spend more quality time with his family. Wait, what?

Posted by: regular joe at July 31, 2017 03:18 PM (O50yS)

158 I think he stiffed them because they were being assholes at the end, which just happens to be a distinctly Italian trait.

I say that as an Italian myself, but I am cognizant of my own assholishness.
Posted by: Gaylord Farkemall at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (+dsLj)

Christie is just an asshole. Giuliani has lost his edge--gotten older. Ten years ago, Rudy would be AG right now.
But yeah, we Italians end up fucking ourselves up at the end....

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (7uYFy)

159
He's already press secretary so I think he'd be a perfect fit.

Wise.
Erudite.
Can rip your arms off and beat you to death with them.
Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Find the Dark Linings in the Silver Clouds at the Outrage Outlet! at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (hLRSq)

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The other day, the GP he ripped something other than arms from a peer. Then again, heck, perfect for dealing with Acosta.

Posted by: auscolpyr at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (suO/a)

160 So, you're not good with "Another One Bites the Dust?" :-)
Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (EgOr3)


That one's kind of funny and tbh, on the rare occasion when one of my sports teams is the last dog standing I put on "We Are the Champions" an embarrassingly excessive number of repeat plays.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (y7DUB)

161 I'll ask this again because nobody making this claim has given a
single example. What exactly did Priebus or Ryan or even McConnell do to
thwart Trump? McCain, Collins, the Coke Queen, sure but what have the
others done cause I'm not seeing it at all.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (/tuJf)

Ryan was clutching his pearls so hard after the 'pussy' tape that his fingers still have a lovely luster to them.

Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (Enq6K)

162 150 >> Now, why did I read that as "Nina Hartley?"


Why have you forsaken me, J.J.Sefton?

Posted by: Hyapatia Lee at July 31, 2017 03:17 PM (hLhtd)


"....my penis turns its lonely eye to you,
woo woo woo...."

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (mbhDw)

163 >>Um, because Nikki has been publicly gobbling Neocon knob for the past 6 months?


6 Months?


Piker.

I was in the first Porn Vic ever saw. It was scrawled on a cavern wall!

Posted by: Nina Hartley at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (hLhtd)

164 Scaramucci was attracting too much attention.

Posted by: davidt at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (XoldI)

165 Trump gives Kelley power and Kelley exercises that power. Seems pretty standard stuff.

Posted by: LASue at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (hZ+us)

166 Mikey -

"He's already press secretary so I think he'd be a perfect fit. "

Huh? Press Secretary is Sarah H Sanders?

Posted by: need a plumber at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (R/pr8)

167 Can rip your arms off and beat you to death with them
===========

*sobs*

Posted by: Michelle Fields at July 31, 2017 03:20 PM (vg8iE)

168 Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:17 PM (ycAdZ)

Ryan endorsed Trump in June 2016.

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:20 PM (7+uJ1)

169 I'll ask this again because nobody making this claim
has given a single example. What exactly did Priebus or Ryan or even
McConnell do to thwart Trump? McCain, Collins, the Coke Queen, sure but
what have the others done cause I'm not seeing it at all.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:15 PM (/tuJf)
==================================

I don't think Priebus did anything to thwart Trump. I think Ryan thwarts Trump by being a passive-aggressive no-show on the things Trump wants done. I could smack the smug off his snotty little face right about now, and I worked on two of his campaigns. McConnell seems to be at least trying, so I haven't yelled at him yet.

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:20 PM (lwiT4)

170 I just hope we don't come to the point where he has to say, "You know what? Don't launch the missiles after all."

Posted by: MikeCLT at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (JtYuh)

171 Trump should fire Elaine Cho next. MCConnell could get republicans to agree on an order from McDonalds. He hasn't punished anyone in the caucus for making an asshole out of home and Trump on healthcare. By now Collins and Murkoski should be cleaning the toilets on Capital Hill. Yet nothing.

Posted by: Marcus T at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (6MSTi)

172 Has absolutely nothing to do with what has happened since the election. What specifically has Priebus or Ryan or even McConnell done to thwart Trump's agenda since Trump has been in office?
Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:18 PM (/tuJf)

Maybe you have it backwards. It's not what they DID to thwart Trump's agenda. It's what they DIDN"T DO to advance Trump's agenda....

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (7uYFy)

173 "In any case as long as he makes life miserable for DC and it's supporters, I will try to be content."

"Do you know what nemesis means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by an horrible c*nt...me."

Posted by: Brick Top at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (yqvys)

174 I'll ask this again because nobody making this claim has given a single
example. What exactly did Priebus or Ryan or even McConnell do to thwart
Trump?


Wrong question I think. Those guys are all politically savvy, so they wouldn't simply come out and oppose Trump. Instead, they simply failed to use all of the tools of persuasion at their disposal to get the desired results (I'm thinking blackjacks), all while pretending to be allies. You are correct that if they're really good at it, it's tough to tell they're doing it. However, I don't think anyone thinks those guys are Trump's friends.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (LAe3v)

175 Scaramucci was either going to be spectacular or flame out immediately. Seems the second option was taken.

I don't expect Trump to always pick perfect people for every job, in my experience the people who are actually competent at their chosen profession are at best a plurality of the population.

The trick is don't hesitate with the guillotine, and try again.


Posted by: West at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (1Rgee)

176 Mikey -

"He's already press secretary so I think he'd be a perfect fit. "

Huh? Press Secretary is Sarah H Sanders?

Posted by: need a plumber at July 31, 2017 03:19 PM (R/pr


Not in the world of the Golden Scalp Weasel.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Find the Dark Linings in the Silver Clouds at the Outrage Outlet! at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (hLRSq)

177 This would have been a great place for Ace to re-post his The Apprentice Parody.


I will never think of Blackie Lawless the same way, again.

Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (hLhtd)

178 Maybe you have it backwards. It's not what they DID
to thwart Trump's agenda. It's what they DIDN"T DO to advance Trump's
agenda....

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (7uYFy)
This x 1000

Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (EgOr3)

179 All pre-election matters are pre-election.

Ryan is the Speaker of the House. He can get bills brought up or not. What about funding the wall? Where is that?

Posted by: blaster at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (ckY2x)

180 He still can put "White House Communications Director, 2017" on his C.V., right?"

Posted by: Semi-Literate Thug at July 31, 2017 03:22 PM (pg+6K)

181 "151
Uh, the sell on Pence was he could work with Congress to get things done. He's been an empty suit."

Yeah, not like that last VP we had, Biden. Now there was a real go-getter!

Posted by: Tom Servo at July 31, 2017 03:22 PM (y2z/9)

182 It's old.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at July 31, 2017 03:22 PM (QQ+il)

183 168 Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:17 PM (ycAdZ)

Ryan endorsed Trump in June 2016.
Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:20 PM (7+uJ1)

===============

And then promptly turned his back on him when the Billy Bush tape surfaced, stating that he was focused on limiting the damage to the GOP caucus

Posted by: Jackal at July 31, 2017 03:22 PM (sbtOn)

184 I saw Neocon Knob open for Junior Brown back in 1998.

Posted by: Moron in a Leopard Snuggie at July 31, 2017 03:22 PM (ismre)

185 I'm tired of all the winning.

Posted by: Well Oiled Machine at July 31, 2017 03:22 PM (VL3Ls)

186 Has absolutely nothing to do with what has happened since the election. What specifically has Priebus or Ryan or even McConnell done to thwart Trump's agenda since Trump has been in office?
Posted by: JackStraw


_____


You really think its a stretch for people to come to the conclusion that because a sitting Republican Speaker of the House can't endorse the Republican nominee for President, and even tells his members to cut ties with Trump that he's going to not work well and even undermine President Trump?


This seems pretty basic to me.

Ryan should have resigned right after Election Day.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:23 PM (ycAdZ)

187 Drops a Mooch bomb, GOPe rats scurry, Spicer out, Priebus out, leakers getting garroted in the coat room.

Kelly comes in to initiate phase 2. Squelches Mooch. A week of media narrative down the drain. All part of the plan.

Posted by: most deplorable Ghost of kari - certified sidebar at July 31, 2017 03:23 PM (nXCp4)

188 >>I don't think Priebus did anything to thwart Trump. I think Ryan thwarts Trump by being a passive-aggressive no-show on the things Trump wants done. I could smack the smug off his snotty little face right about now, and I worked on two of his campaigns. McConnell seems to be at least trying, so I haven't yelled at him yet

But he hasn't actually done anything to stop the agenda. Ryan is a midwest nice gosh golly gee kinda guy and always has been. I'm not surprised Trump who is just a tad different isn't exactly his cup of tea.

But they seem to work pretty well together. Go back to the Rose Garden celebration when the House passed the repeal bill and watch the interaction between the two. If there is any real hostility, Trump sure as hell isn't showing it and he does tend to show hostility from time to time.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:23 PM (/tuJf)

189 >>Drops a Mooch bomb, GOPe rats scurry, Spicer out, Priebus out, leakers getting garroted in the coat room.

>Kelly comes in to initiate phase 2. Squelches Mooch. A week of media narrative down the drain. All part of the plan.



You went to school with Sally Kohn, didn't you?

Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (hLhtd)

190 >>>Posted by: Brick Top at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM

I like guys who don't get shot in the face.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (kerX3)

191 It's not what they DID to thwart Trump's agenda. It's what they DIDN"T DO to advance Trump's agenda....

---------------

That's my feeling. I just couldn't put it into words.
Thank you.

Posted by: Mystified in Mystic at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (m9X4Y)

192 I suspect Trump wanted him out about 4 minutes after that New Yorker piece hit last week. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to call a reporter with your drunken rants.

Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (EgOr3)

193 Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:14 PM (EgOr3)


LOL!

Posted by: bergerbilder at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (lIZQs)

194 If you didn't see this MOH ceremony earlier, then you owe it to yourself to strap down your hearts and keep your breathing regular. Where do we find these guys?

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5526933158001/?#sp=watch-live

Posted by: goon at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (EaQ6/)

195 At least under Trump's leadership,.when people screw up there is a consequence.

Posted by: Fen at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (XjHw4)

196 Posted by: Brick Top at July 31, 2017 03:21 PM (yqvys)
No sugar for Mr. Trump. He's sweet enough already.

Posted by: Sporkatus at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (eXSOZ)

197 I am noticing a theme here that nothing is ever the fault of Trump. Not that I think he should be piled on like the Horde did Bush but a little less knee jerk defense might be nice.

Commence firing.

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (7+uJ1)

198 "[Kelly] spent 45 years in the USMC...he only retired about a few years ago. Pretty sure he's not a globalist."

Dunno. I had previously reposed the highest of hopes in Jim Mattis. For similar reasons.

Then upon donning a civilian suit and being sworn in as SECDEF, Mattis began insisting on ridiculous stuff like trying to hire Obama apparatchik and Muslim Brotherhood partisan Anne Patterson.

A bad comedown.

Posted by: torquewrench at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (ujwCG)

199 So, I guess a greasy, garlic-breathing spaghetti bender in a sharkskin suit and a fvck-you attitude wasn't the answer.

God bless John Kelly.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (4AVeu)

200 Now, why did I read that as "Nina Hartley?"


Why have you forsaken me, J.J.Sefton?

Posted by: Hyapatia Lee at July 31, 2017 03:17 PM (hLhtd)



*pats sofa*

Come, sit by me.

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (mf5HN)

201 The Mooch goes down! The Mooch goes down! The Mooch does down!

Posted by: GuyfromNH at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (Gs5TH)

202 I like guys who don't get shot in the face.
========

Pfffft. Face shots are the best.

Posted by: Shep! at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (vg8iE)

203 Priebus was meant to be a bridge between Trump and Ryan. That turned out meh
Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:16 PM (lwiT4)


Exactly; it was the last chance for the GOPe to do things the easy way where legislators actually work together to fulfill their campaign promises and craft bills the country wants and don't fuck around with endless fishing trip investigations which are like what you'd get with the opposition party in control.

Now we do it the hard way, which we always knew would happen.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (y7DUB)

204 Someone who worked with Trump said that he expects results every time. Not an unreasonable position but probably rare today, especially among politicians who are good at making excuses.

Preibus, and certainly Ryan and McConnell have not produced results.

Posted by: LASue at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (hZ+us)

205 But he hasn't actually done anything to stop the agenda.

When you're in politics and sit in the big chair, neutrality is not an option. You're either fighting for something, or opposing it.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (LAe3v)

206 Jackstraw, it's pretty clear Priebus didn't have the respect of the WH staff. People couldn't keep mouth shut.

Posted by: Serious Cat at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (krtEM)

207 FBN: WH: Scaramucci leaving to give COS Kelly ability to build team.

Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (Enq6K)

208 Drops a Mooch bomb, GOPe rats scurry, Spicer out, Priebus out, leakers getting garroted in the coat room.

>Kelly comes in to initiate phase 2. Squelches Mooch. A week of media narrative down the drain. All part of the plan.



You went to school with Sally Kohn, didn't you?
Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (hLhtd)

I don't know. This kind of makes sense.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:26 PM (7uYFy)

209 I saw Neocon Knob rise up in the face of a hostile crowd at the arena in '69. They laid down some tracks, man. Got the tape.

Posted by: Mystified in Mystic at July 31, 2017 03:26 PM (m9X4Y)

210 200
*pats sofa*

Come, sit by me.
Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (mf5HN)


*imitates the Buzzard from Bugs Bunny*

"No, no no no!!!"

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:26 PM (mbhDw)

211 NYT questions whether or not Mooch is all the way out.

It was not clear whether Mr. Scaramucci, who is known informally as "The Mooch," will remain at the White House in another position or will leave altogether. The White House had originally said that his official start date as a government employee was to be August 15, although he appeared to begin performing his duties immediately.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/us/
politics/anthony-scaramucci-white-house.html

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 31, 2017 03:26 PM (pvjTE)

212 Git yer programs here! Can't tell the players without a program!

Posted by: Strobe at July 31, 2017 03:26 PM (ACaL2)

213 Spaghetti bender?

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:26 PM (mf5HN)

214 jack sock,

Trump is our Savior. This was the flight 93 election. If you put down the savior you endanger the nation. Please don't be like the DeepState Alt Left.


Posted by: Jim at July 31, 2017 03:26 PM (VL3Ls)

215 12 Dang it!

Is that a record Mooch set?
Posted by: Scuba Dude at July 31, 2017 03:02 PM (WsJuq)

No, I think it was Sheriff David Clarke. He accepted the position a week before he was turned down.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 03:27 PM (4dz1m)

216 Trump is our Savior. This was the flight 93 election. If you put down
the savior you endanger the nation. Please don't be like the DeepState
Alt Left.


Sarcasm? I hope so.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:27 PM (LAe3v)

217 I always get a little teary-eyed when I see John Kelly.

I remember an interview or something where he described going to his door and seeing James Dunford standing there in his dress uniform. Kelly knew immediately his son had been killed.

He's an extremely brave, honorable, and decent man.

I just wonder how he's going to rein in the Trump family's constant access to PDT.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 31, 2017 03:27 PM (PY9jH)

218 Kelly took over as chief of staff Monday and likely made firing Scaramucci one of his first moves. Scaramucci was never officially sworn in as White House staff.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/ycl89vmo

Posted by: gNewt at July 31, 2017 03:27 PM (0uRNV)

219 McConnell seems to be at least trying, so I haven't yelled at him yet.
Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:20 PM (lwiT4)


They need Jake Arrieta for the win!

Posted by: Basement Cat at July 31, 2017 03:27 PM (3C9q2)

220 215 12 Dang it!

Is that a record Mooch set?
Posted by: Scuba Dude at July 31, 2017 03:02 PM (WsJuq)

No, I think it was Sheriff David Clarke. He accepted the position a week before he was turned down.
Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 03:27 PM (4dz1m)



Technically, I'm still waiting to get my press pass from Sean Spicer....

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (mbhDw)

221 8 Enough with the drama. Get some important stuff done. Like a tax cut! And stop spending so much freakin money.
Posted by: Glenn John at July 31, 2017 03:02 PM (LilNs)




While that does need to be done in Trump's Presidency, Priority One should be undoing any and all Obamunist Acts. Repealing Obamunist care failed? Try try again.

Just by the mere act of removing the Obamunist boot heel, business is starting to recover and the stock markets are at new highs. If we get an economic slowdown, THEN Trump can lower the tax cut boom.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (ujg0T)

222 *imitates the Buzzard from Bugs Bunny*

"No, no no no!!!"
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:26 PM (mbhDw)



Shhhhhh. Shhhhh, don't listen to the foolish man.

I am here for you both in this time of struggle and abandonment.

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (mf5HN)

223 >>It's not what they DID to thwart Trump's agenda. It's what they DIDN"T DO to advance Trump's agenda....


It was neither Ryan nor McConnell that tried to stop the repeal effort. They seemed to work pretty damn hard to get it to happen.

And if you understand the process of reconciliation one of the down sides is that things have to proceed in a sequential fashion. That's why Obamacare repeal was first on Trump's agenda to be followed by tax reform which they are already working on.

I put the blame on the 3 Senators who sunk this, McCain, Collins and Murkowski. They are the ones working to derail the agenda.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (/tuJf)

224 When the original Mooch NYer thing came out, Morons were saying it was all scripted, and Bannon was in on it.

Was this part scripted too?

4d chess bitches!

All just swamp-draining preambles to DJT bringing some mad presidentin' skills to the table, and then it's nonstop WINNING

Posted by: need a plumber at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (R/pr8)

225 CNN: Scaramucci "escorted off the WH property"

You take it with a grain of salt, but that's a funny mental image.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (10LGw)

226 Trump is our Savior.


It's not like we have a cult of personality going on around here.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (QQ+il)

227 "Instead, [the Priebus-Ryan-McConnell axis] simply failed to use all of the tools of persuasion at
their disposal to get the desired results (I'm thinking blackjacks), all
while pretending to be allies."

Worse yet, they lavishly promised results on the Obamacare overhaul, to a guy who sets great store by delivering results, and then they didn't deliver a goddamned thing.

Trump can't fire Lyin' Ryan or McClownhell, but Priebus could be rudely launched out the door with a size thirteen shoe print on the seat of his pants, and was.

Posted by: torquewrench at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (ujwCG)

228 Posted by: torquewrench at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (ujwCG)

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DC is a swamp. *shrugs*

Liable to catch something.

Posted by: SMFH at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (s5Kql)

229 I don't think Priebus did anything to thwart Trump. I
think Ryan thwarts Trump by being a passive-aggressive no-show on the
things Trump wants done. I could smack the smug off his snotty little
face right about now, and I worked on two of his campaigns. McConnell
seems to be at least trying, so I haven't yelled at him yet. Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:20 PM (lwiT4)
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Budget, budget, budget. Ryan has messed that up for years. Rumors are now swirling that he will go with another continuing resolution.

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (MIKMs)

230 Repealing Obamunist care failed?
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Our resistance is working.

Now, please send money.

Posted by: Shitbag Pelosi at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (vg8iE)

231 I've said it before, I'll say it here again: if your theory of Trumpness requires 11-dimensional chess and quantum tunneling then you need to reevaluate. You can make a case that he's learning on the job -- that's my theory -- but it does look bad.

Posted by: joncelli, Longbow Afficianado and Phalangist at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (RD7QR)

232 201
The Mooch goes down! The Mooch goes down! The Mooch does down!

Posted by: GuyfromNH at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (Gs5TH)

No she don't. And a good thing, too, with that nasty underbite.

Posted by: Barry at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (XoldI)

233 But he hasn't actually done anything to stop the agenda. Ryan is a midwest nice gosh golly gee kinda guy and always has been.
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Yes. Which is exactly why he should not be Speaker. If the chamber were made up of nice midwestern Republicans, Ryan would be great. But as it is, he can't get the job done. He can't make the sale. And I really don't think he even wants to on some elements of the Trump agenda.



Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (lwiT4)

234 207 FBN: WH: Scaramucci leaving to give COS Kelly ability to build team.
Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (Enq6K)

==================

Hmm, that dovetails nicely with the theory that Mooch was brought in as a hitman to get Preibus out...

Posted by: Jackal at July 31, 2017 03:29 PM (sbtOn)

235 225 CNN: Scaramucci "escorted off the WH property"

You take it with a grain of salt, but that's a funny mental image.
Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (10LGw)


Two burly guys named Dominic or a Chinese gal from Geisha To Go?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 31, 2017 03:29 PM (mbhDw)

236 Exactly; it was the last chance for the GOPe to do things the easy way where legislators actually work together to fulfill their campaign promises and craft bills the country wants and don't fuck around with endless fishing trip investigations which are like what you'd get with the opposition party in control.

Now we do it the hard way, which we always knew would happen.
Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:25 PM (y7DUB)

The GOP is making a huge mistake thinking they can dis-associate themselves from Trump in the voter's minds. They are too stupid to realize that Trump had a big hand in the GOP retaining both houses and that if he's wounded, they'll be wounded. If he goes down, they are going down too.
And billions of dollars of Donor money goes down the drain.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:29 PM (7uYFy)

237 You went to school with Sally Kohn, didn't you?
Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (hLhtd)

Haha no I just get a kick out of larping as an "EVERYTHING IS 7-DIMENSIONAL CHESS" Trumper sometimes.

You do have to admit, Mooch came in and started flipping tables and putting his cigarette out on people. Then Kelly takes the helm as Chief of Staff: he's all class: cool, calm, collected, and none of the baggage of having axed the GOP minions.

I mean, do you really think that call to Ryan Lizza was a mistake? At what point do we have to take a look at how staged managed everything is?

Posted by: most deplorable Ghost of kari - certified sidebar at July 31, 2017 03:29 PM (nXCp4)

238 First his wife throws him out, now Trump throws him out. Guess he picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Posted by: CSMBigBird at July 31, 2017 03:29 PM (jsWA8)

239 No she don't. And a good thing, too, with that nasty underbite.
Posted by: Barry at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (XoldI)

eeeeeeeeyikes.

Posted by: most deplorable Ghost of kari - certified sidebar at July 31, 2017 03:29 PM (nXCp4)

240 Yes, it could seem like "it's all 11-D chess and this all helps Trump" - I suspect that some of it was planned, some not. Scaramucci in to drop a horsehead in Priebus' bed? Flush out Spicer? I can see it.

Spectacular flameout calling up the New Yorker and saying what he said? No, I don't see that as planned at all. The plan might have been to bring him in then out to shake up leakers, but the call to Lizza was not part of the genius strategery there.

Posted by: blaster at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (ckY2x)

241 30 Didn't Trump run on his ability to hire the best/brightest? When can we expect him to start doing that?
Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (UBzPO)




if we have learned anything in the last seven months, it is that Loyalty matters even more than that.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (ujg0T)

242 225
CNN: Scaramucci "escorted off the WH property"



You take it with a grain of salt, but that's a funny mental image.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (10LGw)

I'm surprised CNN didn't add...."By 4 marines, each holding him by a limb."

Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (Enq6K)

243 So, I guess a greasy, garlic-breathing spaghetti bender in a sharkskin suit and a fvck-you attitude wasn't the answer.



God bless John Kelly.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (4AVeu)

*quietly puts the garlic bulbs and spaghetti away, ashamed of himself*

Posted by: Kinley Ardal at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (6JL3d)

244 I am noticing a theme here that nothing is ever the fault of Trump. Not that I think he should be piled on like the Horde did Bush but a little less knee jerk defense might be nice.

Commence firing.

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (7+uJ1)


He hires people. Some of his hires have worked out well - Mattis, Haley - and some have not - Scaramucci. I don't get into the jumping up and down aspect that so many do with either the intense despite or the intense apologist.

Overall I am liking where things are starting to head so I am good. The soap opera "Days of Our West Wing" stuff really doesn't interest me at all.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Find the Dark Linings in the Silver Clouds at the Outrage Outlet! at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (hLRSq)

245 Drops a Mooch bomb, GOPe rats scurry, Spicer out, Priebus out, leakers getting garroted in the coat room.


RINO hunter got his limit.

Posted by: Under Fire at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (mcI77)

246 CNN: Scaramucci "escorted off the WH property"

You take it with a grain of salt, but that's a funny mental image.
Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (10LGw)

Leave it to CNN to make proper and usual protocol sound like something sinister....

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (7uYFy)

247 Priebus is a question mark, but clearly it was not working.

I do think Priebus was the source of a lot of leaks and my memory was one person in his staff was specifically fired over leaks already.

The fact that not a single bad thing ever came out about Priebus tells me he was the one behind the narrative.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (ycAdZ)

248 Report out saying the Mooch told Kelly he didn't report to him.

Kelly said "You're gone".

Nothing like telling a General to F*** off.

Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (G0vdT)

249 Who gets kicked out of the clown car next?

Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (pUDQf)

250 White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/ycl89vmo

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Heh.

Posted by: SMFH at July 31, 2017 03:31 PM (s5Kql)

251
Mozart!


MOZART!!!


MOZART!!!!!!!!!




Posted by: Scaramucci is old and angry at God! at July 31, 2017 03:31 PM (NyJwR)

252 Trump can't fire Lyin' Ryan or McClownhell

McConnell should make it his mission to make Collins', Murkowski's, and Capito's lives utterly miserable. Sure, they might bolt to the Dems, but at this point, that's probably the only way to convince the base the GOP takes their demands seriously. It might even save the '18 election cycle.

McCain is untouchable, of course.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:31 PM (LAe3v)

253 So...does this mean that Bannon is the real power broker?

Mooch went after Preibus and Spicer and won...and he went after Bannon and got his ass kicked?

Posted by: 18-1 at July 31, 2017 03:31 PM (eSx+E)

254 248 Report out saying the Mooch told Kelly he didn't report to him.

Kelly said "You're gone".

Nothing like telling a General to F*** off.
Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (G0vdT)

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Yeah, they do love that.

Posted by: SMFH at July 31, 2017 03:31 PM (s5Kql)

255 >>"escorted off the WH property"


Heh - I got 'Escorted' all over White House Property. Ol' JFK had nothin' on this Arkansas boy.

Posted by: Bill Clinton at July 31, 2017 03:31 PM (hLhtd)

256 233 But he hasn't actually done anything to stop the agenda. Ryan is a midwest nice gosh golly gee kinda guy and always has been.
===================================


Yes. Which is exactly why he should not be Speaker. If the chamber were made up of nice midwestern Republicans, Ryan would be great. But as it is, he can't get the job done. He can't make the sale. And I really don't think he even wants to on some elements of the Trump agenda.



Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (lwiT4)

========================

Bingo, Grammie. He's not a skull crusher. The fact that he's floating another continuing resolution is reason enough to boot him. If McConnel lets McCain and the Planned Parenthood sisters get away with their shit without payback then he needs to go as well.

Posted by: Jackal at July 31, 2017 03:31 PM (sbtOn)

257 Nothing to see


No chaos here


All is well

No chaos at all, no sirree; everything is going according to plan

Posted by: need a plumber at July 31, 2017 03:32 PM (R/pr8)

258 Very hard to say whether the Hill GOPe has helped/hurt Trump's "agenda" on the first big item through the pipeline - O-care - because the WH has signaled from the outset that they'd sign just about anything. No must-haves, no red-lines. Very, very, very odd approach for a WH on gigantic politically central legislation. Trump only demanded "something", the Hill GOP tried to send him "something".

Yeah, yeah, could be the "phased" strategy the WH talks about - which is real, and does reflect process reality in terms of reconciliation and the rest - but I'm stunned that nobody at the WH realized the politics of this (zero GOPe credibility) required some confidence-building measures up front.

From years of collateral info on their behavior and preferences, it's reasonable to guess that both McConnell and Ryan will hamper more than help Trump on his bit items - because he was elected primarily *because* of these big items, and these are the issues on which the GOP has utterly failed, and on which the GOPe was most horrified by Trump's candidacy.

Everyone raise your hands, with cites from inside-the-Beltway actions and statements, who thinks the GOP leadership will enthusiastically work to restore rule of law in immigration, or a more aggressive less passive trade policy. Thought so. Those saying here that the leadership's "thwarting" consists mostly of not fighting seriously for something are almost certainly right. Or will be right, as things unfold.

Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:32 PM (QDnY+)

259 I'd love to see the weasels from the MFM (and Shep, too) locked in a room with John Kelly for about an hour.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 31, 2017 03:32 PM (PY9jH)

260 Didn't Trump run on his ability to hire the best/brightest? When can we expect him to start doing that?


Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (UBzPO)

He didn't say he would keep them

Posted by: MAC SOG at July 31, 2017 03:32 PM (QPdNE)

261
Commence firing.
Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (7+uJ1

I leave that up to the media, hellywood, congress, senate much of the gope.
I can just watch I don't need to add a thing.
(we already knew he wasn't going to look pure)

Posted by: `willow at July 31, 2017 03:32 PM (FKrah)

262 The Mooch went after a made man (Bannon). That was the end for him.

Posted by: josephistan at July 31, 2017 03:32 PM (7HtZB)

263 at kelly's behest.

no more chaos. no more leaks.

that's the general idea.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 31, 2017 03:32 PM (WTSFk)

264 McCain is untouchable, of course.
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Heh.

Posted by: God at July 31, 2017 03:32 PM (vg8iE)

265 General Kelly as Captain McCluskey
Scaramucci as Michael Corleone

Kelly--"Why you little punk..Stand him up! Stand him up straight!!"

POW!!

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:33 PM (7uYFy)

266 It's not like we have a cult of personality going on around here.
Posted by: Grump928(C) at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (QQ+il)



*shifty eyes*

No. Of course, not.

*shifty eyes*

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:33 PM (mf5HN)

267 "Scaramucci was either going to be spectacular or flame out immediately. Seems the second option was taken."


It's better to burn out than to fade away.

Out of the blue and into the black.




Posted by: Neil Young (eat it, Freddie) at July 31, 2017 03:33 PM (lIZQs)

268 If McConnel lets McCain and the Planned Parenthood sisters get away with their shit without payback then he needs to go as well.

Posted by: Jackal at July 31, 2017 03:31 PM (sbtOn)
Does McConnel have the balls to do it, though? I don't think I've heard him get passionate and worked up about anything..but maybe he operates like a cold snake?

Posted by: IC at July 31, 2017 03:33 PM (a0IVu)

269 CNN: Scaramucci "escorted off the WH property"


Should've dragged him off a United flight. Then they could offer Italian take-out as well as Chinese.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (SRKgf)

270 You want a blast from the past?

I had completely and utterly forgotten about this.

http://articles.latimes.com/1987-02-20/news/mn-3135_1_white-house-communications

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (mf5HN)

271 Everyone raise your hands, with cites from inside-the-Beltway actions and statements, who thinks the GOP leadership will enthusiastically work to restore rule of law in immigration, or a more aggressive less passive trade policy. Thought so. Those saying here that the leadership's "thwarting" consists mostly of not fighting seriously for something are almost certainly right. Or will be right, as things unfold.
Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017

-- GOOD POST I'LL ADD, which IS wHY THEY GOT tRUMP!

AND COOL NIC , LOL.03:32 PM (QDnY+)

Posted by: `willow at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (FKrah)

272 >> It's not like we have a cult of personality going on around here.

*Whispers*

The Empress is Right There, man.

Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (hLhtd)

273 As a lifelong Republican, I am continually mortified by the chaotic Trump administration. Working families deserve stable leadership, and Mr. Trump's erratic behavior is deeply troubling.

I can't help but wonder if Ms. Clinton would've been more effective in guiding our country through these perilous times.

Posted by: Susan Olivia Cuthbertson-Klein at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (ismre)

274 "I put the blame on the 3 Senators who sunk this, McCain, Collins and Murkowski."

Except that they, and lesser lights such as Grahamnesty and Cory ("Chauncey") Gardner were all known well in advance to be impediments. It's not like that suddenly came out of the blue.

Yet despite this knowledge, Majority Mitch failed to either work round them, cajole them, or threaten them to where they fell in line.

McTumor is an outlier. He is going to stubbornly spend whatever remains of his life doing whatever he can to monkeywrench Trump, who succeeded where he failed in winning the Oval Office. That can't be changed.

But no one can plausibly claim that a brazen pork queen like Lisa Morecokeski can't be bought off to get a big bill through the Senate. Weird Sister Susan similarly.

Posted by: torquewrench at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (ujwCG)

275 >>Yes. Which is exactly why he should not be Speaker. If the chamber were made up of nice midwestern Republicans, Ryan would be great. But as it is, he can't get the job done. He can't make the sale. And I really don't think he even wants to on some elements of the Trump agenda.


Yea, I gotta disagree. Ryan actually did get the Repeal bill through the House. And he has had a repeal Obamacare and tax cut agenda long before Trump came along.

Trump hasn't exactly been perfect in this process. I don't remember a single Obamacare repeal only speech since he's been in office. Obama gave over 40 of them when they were passing Obamacare. And he tends to be somewhat mercurial on what he wants, often changing positions in the course of a day.

If I see Ryan working to actively thwart Trump I'll agree but I haven't seen it at all.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (/tuJf)

276 264
McCain is untouchable, of course.

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Heh.

Posted by: God at July 31, 2017 03:32 PM (vg8iE)

Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (EgOr3)

277 253 So...does this mean that Bannon is the real power broker?
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Shhh..... Careful. Don't want Trump to hear you saying that.

If you like the America First stuff, the smart comment is: "Which one's Bannon, again?"

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (10LGw)

278 McConnell should make it his mission to make Collins', Murkowski's, and Capito's lives utterly miserable. Sure, they might bolt to the Dems, but at this point, that's probably the only way to convince the base the GOP takes their demands seriously. It might even save the '18 election cycle.

McCain is untouchable, of course.
Posted by: pep


________

The Democrats would NEVER let a few "mavericks" get away with that shit.

McConnel could have crushed Murkowski when she pulled her write in campaign bullshit after losing the GOP primary but he didn't do a damn thing

Gave her all her plum committe jobs back

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (ycAdZ)

279 Well, he wouldn't do the fandango...

Posted by: The Bohemian Hat at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (vBeA5)

280 I don't think I've heard him get passionate and worked up about anything..but maybe he operates like a cold snake?

Posted by: IC at July 31, 2017 03:33 PM (a0IVu)


He was pissed off at the Tea Party. Everything else, meh. He is worthless.

Posted by: Under Fire at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (mcI77)

281 >>Is that a record Mooch set?


I'm thinking Obama's Ebola Czar is the record - he may have never actually made it to his first day? The appointment was announced with him starting 30 days or so from the announcement, so...

Posted by: Lizzy at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (NOIQH)

282 Finally we'll be rid of those fucking Queen references.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (y7DUB)



We May be we May not

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (493sH)

283 Interesting point about Collins/Murkowski and party-switching, pep. Murk's already there technically as an independent (that's how she thwarted her own party's primary process last time), can't imagine Collins would hesitate to change labels.

All of which, like everything else, just points back to what has always been the key point about '18: increasing a majority of serious/reliable GOP senators by going after vulnerable Dem incumbents.

I have yet to see any step, a single one, out of the standard playbook, from either the WH or the Senate GOP that indicates any interest in targeting these vulnerable Dems. Bizarre (well, at least in the case of the WH).


Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (QDnY+)

284 I was hoping Scaramucci would have made good on his threat of firing everyone in the Comm Shop, and hired a bunch of no name private sector professionals. Hire some people used to dealing with confidential financial information, where they know that if they screw up, they WILL get fired, and then have the SEC all up in their asses.

Too bad.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 03:36 PM (4dz1m)

285 sorry

Posted by: `willow at July 31, 2017 03:36 PM (FKrah)

286 >>>Who gets kicked out of the clown car next?

I hope we make it to Labor Day without incident. But I think some people should discreetly take personal items home now.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 03:36 PM (kerX3)

287 We May be we May not
Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (493sH)

Not THAT Queen. I can't stand them.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:36 PM (7uYFy)

288 Did Obama ever fire anyone? Or was incompetence the reason for hiring them in the first place?

Posted by: Tentotwo at July 31, 2017 03:36 PM (yhf6w)

289 I love it when a thread evolves(devolves?) into a discussion of Art on Nina Hartley's Cavern walls...

Posted by: USMC8541One Shot to Slay them all at July 31, 2017 03:36 PM (xGZ+b)

290 The fact that not a single bad thing ever came out about Priebus tells me he was the one behind the narrative.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM (ycAdZ)
================================

There was that time when his dog got loose on Highway E. Whether it was up to date on its vaccinations is still cause for debate.

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:36 PM (lwiT4)

291 General Kelly as Captain McCluskey
Scaramucci as Michael Corleone

Kelly--"Why you little punk..Stand him up! Stand him up straight!!"

POW!!

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:33 PM (7uYFy)



So Kelly shouldn't agree to meet Scaramucci at any restaurants?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (493sH)

292 Worse yet, they lavishly promised results on the Obamacare overhaul, to a guy who sets great store by delivering results, and then they didn't deliver a goddamned thing.
______________

Did you see the article over the weekend, where the late unlamented toady Eric Cantor admitted that the GOP a-holes who were voting to repeal Obamacare during the Obama administration all knew that it was nothing but kabuki failure theatre, and that they'd never actually repeal it, but they wanted to use the rubes' (i.e. GOP voters') anger to generate contributions, so they kept going through the motions.

Confirming, as if more confirmation were needed, what we've known all along about these fraudulent asswipes: they're nothing but a bunch of liars and thieves.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (gNgc6)

293 I don't think Kelly wanted a communications director that swore like a Democrat.

Posted by: I'm Tucker Carlson and I will destroy you at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (mJob9)

294 Report out saying the Mooch told Kelly he didn't report to him.



Kelly said "You're gone now go get yer f***ing shine box".


FIFY

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (LAe3v)

295 *Rolls eyes at CNN trying to make something that is likely SOP for leaving WH staffers sound like something sinister*

Posted by: Jackal at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (sbtOn)

296 And pep, can't say how Patton would react to Lucky Luciano, but FDR and the FBI negotiated with him (he was in prison) during the war, as you probably know. East coast port operations were too critical to the war effort to tolerate labor actions. Luciano - for a price - delivered "labor peace" on the docks until the Axis surrendered. So Patton's logistical base, actually, owed something specifically to Luciano being treated as a serious power base by Patton's bosses.

Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (QDnY+)

297 Didn't Trump run on his ability to hire the best/brightest? When can we expect him to start doing that?


Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at July 31, 2017 03:04 PM (UBzPO)


Got to find them first. Now Trump may be screwing the pooch, but OTOH it's better to deal immediately with a personnel problem than to let it fester. Bad news early is good news; if you realize someone isn't working out, give 'em the boot right away, and keep doing that until you get someone who DOES work out.

Consider that Lincoln went through, what, half a dozen commanders of the Army of the Potomac, but didn't shitcan those commanders quickly enough, and the war continued, and a lot of men died, because he waited.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (SRKgf)

298 On chaos - Trump seems to like generating chaos. I wonder if it is to put up a smokescreen to cover what he is actually doing (twenty minutes worth of tweeting gets 20 hours worth of coverage on the tweets and nothing else); or if it is just because he likes chaos for the sake of chaos and scrapping, and all of that?

Or a combination of both?

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Find the Dark Linings in the Silver Clouds at the Outrage Outlet! at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (hLRSq)

299 >>I love it when a thread evolves(devolves?) into a discussion of Art on Nina Hartley's Cavern walls...



Turns out it wasn't a fire, but some guy's hazard lights!

Posted by: Plato at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (hLhtd)

300 To some extent, the chaos is to be expected I guess. Trump is just so different from most politicians and he comes from the private sector where hiring and firing happen more commonly than it ever does in the public sector.

Posted by: IC at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (a0IVu)

301 Report out saying the Mooch told Kelly he didn't report to him.

---

Apparently Kelly agreed.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (KUaJL)

302 Hired, publicly humiliated, divorced, and fired in the span of a few weeks. Put Mooch on suicide watch.

Posted by: S at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (poT2p)

303 Dayammm. Even I've never been fired that quickly.

Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (Xuv2G)

304 Was not sure why he was hired in first place but backing. Flynn

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (pPKG5)

305 CNN: Scaramucci "escorted off the WH property


Tom, could you get me off the hook? For old times' sake.

Tell the Don it was just business. I always liked him.

Posted by: Tony "Greasy Thumb" Scaramucci at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (Mouru)

306 >>But no one can plausibly claim that a brazen pork queen like Lisa Morecokeski can't be bought off to get a big bill through the Senate. Weird Sister Susan similarly.

I have no idea what backroom deals were offered to win her support. I do know that Zinke called from the administration and made some threats about from his position running the Interior department which just got her to cancel some hearings to bring some of his team onboard.

I think some of you overestimate the power to bribe some of these Senators. I don't think there is a person on the planet that can get McCain to do something he doesn't want to do. They don't call him Maverick for nothing.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (/tuJf)

307
Did you see the article over the weekend, where
the late unlamented toady Eric Cantor admitted that the GOP a-holes who
were voting to repeal Obamacare during the Obama administration all knew
that it was nothing but kabuki failure theatre, and that they'd never
actually repeal it, but they wanted to use the rubes' (i.e. GOP voters')
anger to generate contributions, so they kept going through the
motions.



Confirming, as if more confirmation were needed, what we've known
all along about these fraudulent asswipes: they're nothing but a bunch
of liars and thieves.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (gNgc6)

I would greatly appreciate a link to said article, if at all possible, or even the publication that put it out.

It basically confirms everything I ranted about for years ;_; well, all of us really. But yeah, more locally, I'm going to need to crow about this one really loudly.

Posted by: Kinley Ardal at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (6JL3d)

308 I added this:

Update: The official statement said that Trump wanted to give his new Chief of Staff a "clean state," but CNN is claiming that John Kelly wanted Scaramucci out. Who knows, maybe he insisted on that as a price of taking the job.

So, the rumors I hear, which are just rumors and I have no idea if any of this is true, is that Jared and Ivanka wanted Scaramucci in. Their plan was that Scaramucci would be part of some palace jockeying to get Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon out.

They got the first half of that, but Bannon stayed. Now their pick for Comms Director is also fired.

It's a strange thing that Reince and Steve Bannon were (per this rumors) allies, but I guess maybe they were tactical allies just against the Jared/Ivanka wing.

At any rate, while I wasn't a fan of Priebus, I'm even less of a fan of the Jared/Ivanka liberal wing.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:39 PM (8rNrN)

309 If I see Ryan working to actively thwart Trump I'll agree but I haven't seen it at all.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (/tuJf)
=====================================

I'll watch for it on my Facebook feed. Like a double-ought spy.

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:39 PM (lwiT4)

310 >>>Did you see the article over the weekend, where
the late unlamented toady Eric Cantor admitted that the GOP a-holes who
were voting to repeal Obamacare during the Obama administration all knew
that it was nothing but kabuki failure theatre, and that they'd never
actually repeal it, but they wanted to use the rubes' (i.e. GOP voters')
anger to generate contributions, so they kept going through the
motions.

I sure did, and plan to post it.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:39 PM (8rNrN)

311 If I see Ryan working to actively thwart Trump I'll agree but I haven't seen it at all.

Posted by: JackStraw


And you won't. One can make reasonable inferences, though.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:39 PM (LAe3v)

312 I've looked at Trump from both sides now,
From win and lose, and still somehow
It's Trump's illusions I recall.
I really don't know Trump at all.

Posted by: undocumented illegal Scaramucci at July 31, 2017 03:39 PM (e8kgV)

313 Haley has done a lot better than I expected, so let's keep her.

Posted by: Boulder terlit hobo at July 31, 2017 03:39 PM (jMXjc)

314 301 Report out saying the Mooch told Kelly he didn't report to him.
---
Apparently Kelly agreed.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (KUaJL)


Late breaking thread winner.

Posted by: USMC8541One Shot to Slay them all at July 31, 2017 03:39 PM (xGZ+b)

315 Was this all just a sneaky way to get Scaramucci's wife to file?

Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 03:40 PM (Xuv2G)

316 Hmm Scaramucci out eh?

Well . . . apparently he could NOT do the fandango

Posted by: Publius Redux at July 31, 2017 03:40 PM (Fb9aZ)

317 268 If McConnel lets McCain and the Planned Parenthood sisters get away with their shit without payback then he needs to go as well.

Posted by: Jackal at July 31, 2017 03:31 PM (sbtOn)
Does McConnel have the balls to do it, though? I don't think I've heard him get passionate and worked up about anything..but maybe he operates like a cold snake?

Posted by: IC at July 31, 2017 03:33 PM (a0IVu)

++++

What exactly would you have McConnell do? He can't remove McCain from office and since it is highly unlikely that McCain will run for election 5 years from now, McConnell can't even threaten to fuck with that. So, how does he hurt or even threaten to hurt McCain?

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 31, 2017 03:40 PM (FUu/Z)

318 But no one can plausibly claim that a brazen pork queen like Lisa Morecokeski can't be bought off to get a big bill through the Senate. Weird Sister Susan similarly.

Posted by: torquewrench at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (ujwCG)



This is where they needed Scaramucci to tell them either their brains or signature went on the repeal of Obamacare

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 31, 2017 03:40 PM (493sH)

319 It's a strange thing that Reince and Steve Bannon were (per this rumors) allies
===========================


Eh, not so strange

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:40 PM (lwiT4)

320 Like my ex-girlfriend used to say....That didn't take long.

Posted by: Malcolm Tent at July 31, 2017 03:40 PM (GiRFl)

321 >>I sure did, and plan to post it.


It's old now.

Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:40 PM (hLhtd)

322 ace called it, that the GOPe were running failure theater AND that they had no intention of repealing Zero Care.

Posted by: Boulder terlit hobo at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (jMXjc)

323 On the other hand Scaramooch shouldn't meet Kelly on a battlefield, M-1 tracks leave a big mark.

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (pPKG5)

324 At this point I will support Senator Blutarski.

Posted by: Strobe at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (ACaL2)

325 grammie, did you see that the Cubs gave Steve Bartman an actual World Series ring?

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (mf5HN)

326 Scaramucci? Never heard of him.

Posted by: Charles Gibson at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (ismre)

327 If Trump wants to continue hiring unstable people with impulse control problems, I understand that Kathy Griffin is available. Maybe Roseanne Barr? Rosie O'Donnell?

Because, again, this is the kind of vibe that the Trump White House is trending towards.

It's like The View, with nuclear weapons.

Posted by: RobM1981 at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (lV1tZ)

328 >>>I don't think Priebus did anything to thwart Trump.

The rumor mill has it that he was a leaker and often leaked to Joe and Mika.

Rumor, again. No idea what's true. I hear a lot of crap and have no idea what's true and what's just some disinfo being put out there to undermine people.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (8rNrN)

329 Did Scaramucci do the fandango?

Posted by: Amy Schumer at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (Mouru)

330 General Kelly as Captain McCluskey
Scaramucci as Michael Corleone

Kelly--"Why you little punk..Stand him up! Stand him up straight!!"

POW!!

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:33 PM (7uYFy)



Nah.

Scaramucci was an impediment, who thought otherwise.


Possibly Fredo or maybe, Moe Green.

Posted by: naturalfake at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (NyJwR)

331 The Scaramucci hire was inscrutable at the time, and even more so in retrospect.

Even though unlike so many here, I can enjoy the meaningless hijinks and atmospherics of current times without confusing them for things of importance, this hire was stupid. The guy calls an MSM type and unloads in profane personal manner on top WH officials (for no apparent reason)? WTF? Comms director? Hilarious, but ridiculous too.

Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (QDnY+)

332
283 Interesting point about Collins/Murkowski and party-switching, pep. Murk's already there technically as an independent (that's how she thwarted her own party's primary process last time), can't imagine Collins would hesitate to change labels.

All of which, like everything else, just points back to what has always been the key point about '18: increasing a majority of serious/reliable GOP senators by going after vulnerable Dem incumbents.

I have yet to see any step, a single one, out of the standard playbook, from either the WH or the Senate GOP that indicates any interest in targeting these vulnerable Dems. Bizarre (well, at least in the case of the WH).


Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (QDnY+)

In 2014 and 2016, Mitch, the Bitch McConnell was more interested in keeping his senile and pliable buddies around, rather than electing fresh young Conservative Republicans like McDaniel in Mississippi.

McConnell was willing to slander McDaniel as Raaaacist in thr primaries, all to make sure geriatric Thad Cochran continues to piddle in his US Senate seat. Ditto Roberts from Kansas.

It is the Establishment uber Alles.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (4dz1m)

333 296
And pep, can't say how Patton would react to Lucky Luciano, but FDR and
the FBI negotiated with him (he was in prison) during the war, as you
probably know. East coast port operations were too critical to the war
effort to tolerate labor actions. Luciano - for a price - delivered
"labor peace" on the docks until the Axis surrendered. So Patton's
logistical base, actually, owed something specifically to Luciano being
treated as a serious power base by Patton's bosses.



Posted by: rhomboid/willow


IIRC, he was taken over to Italy to make peace with the local Mob so as to ensure minimal difficulties with logistics, etc. I believe he got time off his sentence or some other payoff.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (LAe3v)

334 Fire everybody. Save for a competent headsman, of course.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (XUcIQ)

335 I don't mind the circular firing squad so much in the press room.

But there are hundreds of Obama leftovers who need to be flushed from other departments. If Trump wants to fire people he can do it en masse.

Too much attention is being paid to the wrong areas. Sessions is too busy reminding people why Republicans were voted out to go after Hillary and the rest of the criminal conspiracy that was the Obama administration. He can't even get the DOJ to stop its jihad against the Little Sisters of the Poor.

All while Trump floats fantastic ideas like cutting off ACA subsidies for Congress, but doesn't ever follow through.

OT: I saw where my insurance agent, Lamar Alexander, floated a proposal to let people in my county out of the ACA because there will be no plans available here on the exchange starting next year. I doubt that will happen for the same reason Charlie Gard had to die. You can't let a person escape tyranny, or before you know it everyone will want out. We will be sacrificed for the "greater good."

Posted by: thatch at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (GxTZq)

336 Did you see the article over the weekend, where
the late unlamented toady Eric Cantor admitted that the GOP a-holes who
were voting to repeal Obamacare during the Obama administration all knew
that it was nothing but kabuki failure theatre, and that they'd never
actually repeal it, but they wanted to use the rubes'
-------

most of us figured this out, which is why trump now.

all of them play shill , and we buy it, until we realize the game.

Posted by: `willow at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (FKrah)

337 At any rate, while I wasn't a fan of Priebus, I'm even less of a fan of the Jared/Ivanka liberal wing.


This. It will be interesting to see how Gen. Kelly deals with them.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (PY9jH)

338 What exactly would you have McConnell do? He can't
remove McCain from office and since it is highly unlikely that McCain
will run for election 5 years from now, McConnell can't even threaten to
fuck with that. So, how does he hurt or even threaten to hurt McCain?



Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 31, 2017 03:40 PM (FUu/Z)
I don't really know what he could do. But he is the majority leader so surely he can appoint or remove senators from committees and such, for starters.

Posted by: IC at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (a0IVu)

339 @ace I discount all the Jared/Ivanka are the real puppetmasters stories.

Scarmucci was in because Trump wanted him in. He had drawn blood on CNN and he wanted his comms office to do just that.

Posted by: blaster at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (ckY2x)

340 >>>
Eh, not so strange
Posted by: grammie winger

...

they're certainly on opposite sides in the Establishment-Populists battle.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (8rNrN)

341 grammie, did you see that the Cubs gave Steve Bartman an actual World Series ring?

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (mf5HN)
=============================

WHAT ??!!! No I did NOT !! Oh wow - good for him. That poor guy has suffered enough. Granted, some of that suffering was my doing, but still....

Thanks!

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (lwiT4)

342 ... thing is, i think the chaos comes from trump.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (WTSFk)

343 Trump is just so different from most politicians and he comes from the private sector where hiring and firing happen more commonly than it ever does in the public sector.
Posted by: IC
______


This is a shit show.

It has nothing to do with private sector vs public sector.

If you're a business hiring and firing people in lofty positions every 10 days you're not going to last long.

I still say constant purges of people Trump himself hired is eventually going to give voters the impression he's just passing the buck and refuses to take responsibility or even knows what to do.

How about instead purging all the Obama holdovers? There's plenty that Civil Service laws don't protect.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (ycAdZ)

344 Scaramucci was banging the cocktail waitresses two at a time. The customers couldn't get a drink at the tables!

Posted by: Moe Greene at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (Mouru)

345 Ace wrote a good post back in the "bad ole days" talking about how all of the news stories about Obummer weren't about policy, rather they were a McGuffin in a plotline of the hero President.

I wonder if lately the same thing has been happening with discussions of Trump. With Trump as the hero or the villain depending on the plotline the writer wants.

It doesn't help that a lot of the motivations of the news stories DO seem to have a personal emotional motive against Trump.

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/345514.php

"This is a movie. And Barack Obama is the Hero. And the Republicans
are the Villains. And policy questions -- and Obama's myriad failures as
an executive -- are simply incidental. They are MacGuffins only, of no
importance whatsoever, except to the extent they provide opportunities
for Drama as the Hero fights in favor of them.




Watching Chris Matthews interview Obama, I was struck by just how
uninterested in policy questions Matthews (and his panel) were, and how
almost every question seemed to be, at heart, about Obama's emotional
response to difficulties-- not about policy itself, but about Obama's
Hero's Journey in navigating the plot of President Barack Obama: The Movie.

As with a MacGuffin in the movie, only the Hero's emotional response to the MacGuffin matters."

Posted by: goodluckduck at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (yqvys)

346 >>And you won't. One can make reasonable inferences, though.

And why won't I? Now we are supposed to think that Ryan is secretly doing stuff to sabotage Trump but Trump, a guy who has been known to speak his mind a time or two, says nothing at all? Have you heard Trump bitching about Ryan? I haven't. I have heard him praise him quite a few times. .

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (/tuJf)

347 Who will take care of the Cohen problem.

Posted by: Under Fire at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (mcI77)

348 226 Trump is our Savior.


It's not like we have a cult of personality going on around here.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (QQ+il)

When you say "Trump" I assume you refer to the God Emperor

Posted by: Jollyroger at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (t06LC)

349
I would greatly appreciate a link to said article, if at all possible, or even the publication that put it out.
_____________________

Here you go:


https://tinyurl.com/y8z9ry8o

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (gNgc6)

350
In 2014 and 2016, Mitch, the Bitch McConnell was
more interested in keeping his senile and pliable buddies around,
rather than electing fresh young Conservative Republicans like McDaniel
in Mississippi.



McConnell was willing to slander McDaniel as Raaaacist in thr
primaries, all to make sure geriatric Thad Cochran continues to piddle
in his US Senate seat. Ditto Roberts from Kansas.



It is the Establishment uber Alles.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (4dz1m)

This must never be forgotten

Posted by: Kinley Ardal at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (6JL3d)

351 they're certainly on opposite sides in the Establishment-Populists battle.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (8rNrN)
=======================

I think they are both loyal people.

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (lwiT4)

352 I'd be okay with continuous continuing resolutions if they came with a 1% real cut across the board. Including entitlements.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (2lndx)

353
I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the fandango?
Trump's Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me
Galileo, galileo
Galileo, galileo
Galileo figaro - magnifico

But I'm just a poor boy my wife doesn't love me
He's just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come easy go - will you let me go
Trump! no - we will not let you go - Kelly let him go
Trump! no - we will not let you go - Kelly let him go
Will not let you go - let me go (never)
Never let you go - let me go
Never let me go - ooo
No, no, no, no, no, no, no -
Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go
Beelzebub has the devil put aside for me
For me
For me
For me

Posted by: CSMBigBird at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (jsWA8)

354 what needs to happen is that Jared/Ivanka need to go -- put Ivanka back in charge of Trump businesses -- and Don Jr. needs to be brought in.

i figure he wants some family in there, someone to trust. I'd rather have Don Jr. in that role if we must have family involved.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (8rNrN)

355


Here you go:





https://tinyurl.com/y8z9ry8o

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (gNgc6)

Many thanks, indeed

Posted by: Kinley Ardal at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (6JL3d)

356 ... and his amateurism.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (WTSFk)

357 There can only be one Trump.

No mini-me peeps allowed.

Posted by: Meremortal at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (3myMJ)

358 Oh, I think the repulsive idiocy and arrogance of that typical Beltway empty suit Cantor is evergreen, so ace, post the highlights.

Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (QDnY+)

359 Did Scaramucci do the fandango?

Posted by: Amy Schumer at July 31, 2017 03:41 PM (Mouru)



Yes. He does.

Does he still want his tickets for "The Emoji Movie" at 8:15 pm this Thursday?

Posted by: Fandango at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (NyJwR)

360 283 Interesting point about Collins/Murkowski and party-switching, pep. Murk's already there technically as an independent (that's how she thwarted her own party's primary process last time), can't imagine Collins would hesitate to change labels.

All of which, like everything else, just points back to what has always been the key point about '18: increasing a majority of serious/reliable GOP senators by going after vulnerable Dem incumbents.

I have yet to see any step, a single one, out of the standard playbook, from either the WH or the Senate GOP that indicates any interest in targeting these vulnerable Dems. Bizarre (well, at least in the case of the WH).


Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:35 PM (QDnY+)

Murkowski is a Republican. She went indy in the 2010 election, but in 2016 she was elected as a Republican.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (pvjTE)

361 316
Hmm Scaramucci out eh?

Well . . . apparently he could NOT do the fandango


Posted by: Publius Redux


Sorry, just never gets old. I laughed.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (LAe3v)

362 So, who are the candidates for Comm's director?

Obviously Trump wants someone loyal to him and only him. He scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (G0vdT)

363 244 I am noticing a theme here that nothing is ever the fault of Trump. Not that I think he should be piled on like the Horde did Bush but a little less knee jerk defense might be nice.

Commence firing.

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:24 PM (7+uJ1)




Trump hasn't offered us Scamnesty. Trump hasn't expanded Medicare Part D, forerunner to more Obamunist messes, Trump hasn't plunged us into a Nation Building Quest for which we were just not ready.

He may fail in his execution, but not in his policies.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (ujg0T)

364 >>i figure he wants some family in there, someone to trust. I'd rather have Don Jr. in that role if we must have family involved.



I'd hate to see those tits go, though.

Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (hLhtd)

365 246
CNN: Scaramucci "escorted off the WH property"



You take it with a grain of salt, but that's a funny mental image.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (10LGw)



Leave it to CNN to make proper and usual protocol sound like something sinister....

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:30 PM

This jab is at the guy who they had to fire three staff over. Scaramouche may sue them for libel after all.

Posted by: Lester at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (LfJIn)

366 If Reince was playing underhanded and leaking to joe and mika, what would they have gotten out of it?
why would He have backed and helped him win? which he did?
you could have policy agreements re Trump But Trump would still be the best vehicle for conservative values as He had won. Unless they never were actually into the values they espoused for decades.

which is possible

Posted by: `willow at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (FKrah)

367 I don't think there is a person on the planet that can get McCain to do something he doesn't want to do.
Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (/tuJf)



Ah, I beg to differ.

Posted by: North Vietnamese interrogator at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (SRKgf)

368 ... thing is, i think the chaos comes from trump.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 31, 2017 03:43 PM (WTSFk)


I agree - but the question I have is why.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Find the Dark Linings in the Silver Clouds at the Outrage Outlet! at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (hLRSq)

369 I still say Laura Ingraham would be great as communications director.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (PY9jH)

370 OT: I saw where my insurance agent, Lamar Alexander, floated a proposal to let people in my county out of the ACA because there will be no plans available here on the exchange starting next year. I doubt that will happen for the same reason Charlie Gard had to die. You can't let a person escape tyranny, or before you know it everyone will want out. We will be sacrificed for the "greater good."


First things first, Corker has to go in 2018.

Posted by: Malcolm Tent at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (GiRFl)

371 What exactly would you have McConnell do? He can't remove McCain from office and since it is highly unlikely that McCain will run for election 5 years from now, McConnell can't even threaten to fuck with that. So, how does he hurt or even threaten to hurt McCain?

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous

__________


At the very least, the fact it was a "surprise" at midnight how McCain was voting is all we need to know that McConnell is clueless.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:46 PM (ycAdZ)

372 Obama gave over 40 of them when they were passing Obamacare.

Every time the JEF talked about 404Care he sounded like a 7th grader who watched porn instead of studying for a test and the public support for it subsequently declined. It wasn't Trump's fault that squishy assholes like Rob Portman switched their votes from when Gaylord Focker was running the shit show.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 31, 2017 03:46 PM (y7DUB)

373 what needs to happen is that Jared/Ivanka need to go
-- put Ivanka back in charge of Trump businesses -- and Don Jr. needs
to be brought in.



i figure he wants some family in there, someone to trust. I'd rather have Don Jr. in that role if we must have family involved.





Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (8rNrN)
No kidding. I could not agree more. Those two give me the willies.

Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:46 PM (EgOr3)

374 This jab is at the guy who they had to fire three staff over. Scaramouche may sue them for libel after all.
Posted by: Lester at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (LfJIn)



Did CNN escort THEM off the premises?

Posted by: North Vietnamese interrogator at July 31, 2017 03:46 PM (SRKgf)

375 >>>367 I don't think there is a person on the planet that can get McCain to do something he doesn't want to do.
Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:38 PM (/tuJf)


Ah, I beg to differ.
Posted by: North Vietnamese interrogator

...

dark lulz.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:46 PM (8rNrN)

376 >>Those two give me the willies.


They give me...something.

Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:47 PM (hLhtd)

377 Why does Trump need a Communications Director?

Posted by: Roy at July 31, 2017 03:47 PM (7n4KQ)

378 Priebus is a Dark Sith Lord. How a person could prefer him over anyone is beyond me.

Posted by: Red at July 31, 2017 03:47 PM (8hsIY)

379 I heard Trump fired Scaramucci because he couldn't do the fandango.

Posted by: Amy Schumer at July 31, 2017 03:47 PM (ckY2x)

380 Well, I'm glad he's gone. Everytime I'd hear "Mooch," I'd think is Michelle Obama in the news again?

Posted by: Abby Normal at July 31, 2017 03:47 PM (cQO95)

381 *flamethrows Meremortal*

>> It's not like we have a cult of personality going on around here.

*Whispers*

The Empress is Right There, man.
Posted by: garrett at July 31, 2017 03:34 PM (hLhtd)



Watching, always watching.


grammie, here's a link to the Bartman getting his ring, he put out a lovely statement - http://www.latimes.com/sports/mlb/la-sp-cubs-bartman-20170731-story.html

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:48 PM (mf5HN)

382 Seriously, people, why does Trump need a Communications Director?

*rimshot*

Posted by: Amy Schumer at July 31, 2017 03:48 PM (Mouru)

383 blaster for the win here.

I don't think Jared/Ivanka are of any importance to any issue of importance (note the words chosen here).

Scaramucci was the new teen craze for Trump based on his successful smackdown of CNN (and who knows what else - how long has Trump known him, didn't he know him from NYC business days too?).

Yeah, stupid hire. Mistake. And inconsequential.


Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:48 PM (QDnY+)

384 "No kidding. I could not agree more. Those two give me the willies.
Posted by: Peaches"


Ivanka gives me a woody.

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 31, 2017 03:48 PM (OD2ni)

385 >>>377 Why does Trump need a Communications Director?

Look at the damage Ben Rhodes did. It's a key strategic position.

BtW, I don't know if Ben Rhodes was actually comms director but he definitely was high in the comms chain.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:48 PM (8rNrN)

386 what needs to happen is that Jared/Ivanka need to go -- put Ivanka back in charge of Trump businesses -- and Don Jr. needs to be brought in.

i figure he wants some family in there, someone to trust. I'd rather have Don Jr. in that role if we must have family involved.

Posted by: ace

_____
I'd agree with that.

Let's be honest Jared and Ivanka both probably voted for Obama twice. Not a good influence. At least Don Jr seems like a conservative.


Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:48 PM (ycAdZ)

387 If this whole thing had more male nudity, I'd think we were watching an HBO show rather than news.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (KUaJL)

388 So Kelly shouldn't agree to meet Scaramucci at any restaurants?
Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (493sH)


Not any with the red and white gingham tablecloths.

Posted by: Neil Young (eat it, Freddie) at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (lIZQs)

389 "379 I heard Trump fired Scaramucci because he couldn't do the fandango.
Posted by: Amy Schumer"


LOL. Never gets old.

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (OD2ni)

390
310 >>>Did you see the article over the weekend, where
the late unlamented toady Eric Cantor admitted that the GOP a-holes who were voting to repeal Obamacare during the Obama administration all knew that it was nothing but kabuki failure theatre, and that they'd never actually repeal it, but they wanted to use the rubes' (i.e. GOP voters') anger to generate contributions, so they kept going through the motions.

I sure did, and plan to post it.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:39 PM (8rNrN)

_____________

Excellent. Instapundit had it up over the weekend, which is where I first saw it, but it absolutely deserves more coverage.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (gNgc6)

391 >>*rimshot*


Haven't have one of those in years...

oh, wait. I read that as 'Rimjob'.

Posted by: Bill Clinton at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (hLhtd)

392 IIRC, he was taken over to Italy to make peace with the local Mob so as to ensure minimal difficulties with logistics, etc. I believe he got time off his sentence or some other payoff.
Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (LAe3v)

Luciano got deportation to Italy instead of life in prison in the US. That was the arrangement.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (7uYFy)

393 Unless they never were actually into the values they espoused for decades.



which is possible

Posted by: `willow at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (FKrah)
==================================

From what I've seen from Reince in local politics and in conversations with him, he always struck me as very earnest about conservative values. I remember one time he was trying to chart something out for me prior to an election, and he was so into it, he started to sweat a lot.


That's what I think when I see Reince on TV - "I wonder if he's all sweaty?"

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (lwiT4)

394 if Paul Rubens is still looking for a quiet place to fap, a weekday matinee of Emoji Movie seems like the place to do it

Posted by: Boulder terlit hobo at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (jMXjc)

395 I follow Ben Rhodes on Twitter, total dick.

Posted by: Dr Spank at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (4e+hS)

396 So Kelly shouldn't agree to meet Scaramucci at any restaurants?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (493sH)





Not any with the red and white gingham tablecloths.

Posted by: Neil Young (eat it, Freddie) at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (lIZQs)
Especially nothing with "Clam Bar" in the name!

Posted by: Peaches at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (EgOr3)

397 "388 So Kelly shouldn't agree to meet Scaramucci at any restaurants?
Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (493sH)"


Try the veal. Its the best in the City.

Posted by: Mooch at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (OD2ni)

398 Bravo has this series going on 'The Shahs of Sunset' - the only time I watch it is when I am at the gym - all this WH drama reminds me of that.

Posted by: IC at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (a0IVu)

399 I think Trump is putting family into government slots so the family gets some experience on how government operates. An inside perspective, so to speak.

Everything is political now, and if the family business is going to prosper, you need family in government.

Posted by: Pious Lee Smith at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (m9X4Y)

400 Off, discusting anti-Amercan canuck scum Neil Young sock.

Posted by: bergerbilder at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (lIZQs)

401 >>>387 If this whole thing had more male nudity, I'd think we were watching an HBO show rather than news.
Posted by: joe, living dangerously

SOON

Posted by: The Angry Boner of Scaramucci at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (8rNrN)

402 This guy cost me money. I had Sessions first in my deadpool.

Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (Xuv2G)

403 380 Well, I'm glad he's gone. Everytime I'd hear "Mooch," I'd think is Michelle Obama in the news again?
Posted by: Abby Normal at July 31, 2017 03:47 PM (cQO95)

I first heard about the firing from following mlb trade deadline deals.

On the live feed all the 'reporters' were talking about how MOOCH IS OUT and how even if the damn yankees traded for Trout, Mooch's ouster would still be on the front page.

I tried FOREVER to figure out who in the blue sports world hell 'Mooch' is, but to no avail.

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (72PAC)

404
366 If Reince was playing underhanded and leaking to joe and mika, what would they have gotten out of it?
why would He have backed and helped him win? which he did?
you could have policy agreements re Trump But Trump would still be the best vehicle for conservative values as He had won. Unless they never were actually into the values they espoused for decades.

which is possible
Posted by: `willow at July 31, 2017 03:45 PM (FKrah)

President Trump threatens the Washington DC gravy train. He actually wants to get shit done.

The Washington DC Establishment don't want to do shit, just keep getting elected, getting richer, and keep those contributions coming in.

President Donald Trump and his desire to ACTUALLY KEEP Campaign Promises is an existential threat to the pretend Conservatives in the GOP Establishment.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (4dz1m)

405 Everything is political now, and if the family business is going to prosper, you need family in government.

You also need to settle all of the family's business.

Posted by: Michael Corleone at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (Mouru)

406 just clearing a sock

Posted by: blaster at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (ckY2x)

407 I

Posted by: Ignoramus at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (+7/1f)

408 grammie, here's a link to the Bartman getting his
ring, he put out a lovely statement -
http://www.latimes.com/sports/mlb/la-sp-cubs-bartman-20170731-story.html

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:48 PM (mf5HN)
=========================

You're a gem, ATC! Going to watch .....

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (lwiT4)

409 Scaramucci.....Kelly's bitch.

And if he would do this to Mooch wonder what Kelly will do to The Leakers?

Posted by: Malignantly aggrieved at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (oBuXO)

410 So Kelly shouldn't agree to meet Scaramucci at any restaurants?
Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 31, 2017 03:37 PM (493sH)


Not any with the red and white gingham tablecloths.
Posted by: Neil Young (eat it, Freddie) at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (lIZQs)

But if he DOES go, don't let Mooch go to the bathroom alone.
And, oh yeah, order the veal. It's the best in the city.

Posted by: Zombie Virgil "the Turk" Scolazzo at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (7uYFy)

411 Venezuela getting first billing on this press conference

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (pPKG5)

412 I don't really know what he could do. But he is the majority leader so surely he can appoint or remove senators from committees and such, for starters.

Posted by: IC at July 31, 2017 03:42 PM (a0IVu)

++++

Except McConnell would lose the support of his constituency: the 51 Senators (not counting himself) who make up his voters. And, I guarantee you, committee assignments get brokered when they are deciding who the majority leader will be. If McConnell start removing Senators form their plum committees, McConnell will be the one losing his plum job.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 31, 2017 03:52 PM (pvjTE)

413 Alcohol and communications director don't mix. Pretty boyz gonna be pretty boyz, no matter what. Good riddance. Hire someone who hasn't been so privileged for such a long time, Donald, and you'll be way ahead of the game. Hire some folks that actually need a good job. dip!

Posted by: goon at July 31, 2017 03:52 PM (EaQ6/)

414 If this whole thing had more male nudity, I'd think we were watching an HBO show rather than news.
Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (KUaJL)


I don't want to see any of these people naked.

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:52 PM (mf5HN)

415 Let's not start sucking your own dick just yet, Mooch

Posted by: Winston Wolfe at July 31, 2017 03:52 PM (ats44)

416 From what I've seen from Reince in local politics and in conversations with him, he always struck me as very earnest about conservative values. I remember one time he was trying to chart something out for me prior to an election, and he was so into it, he started to sweat a lot.


That's what I think when I see Reince on TV - "I wonder if he's all sweaty?"
Posted by: grammie winger

________


You just never know.

Before McCain ran against Bush in 2000 and became the "maverick" he basically had the same voting record as Jesse Helms and nobody really questioned his conservative bona fides.

Much of this is personal and not ideological. People get into "tribes" and then run with that.

In McCain's example, his vote was 100% over Trump hate. Had say Kasich or Rubio been President with the same exact bill, he would have voted for it.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:53 PM (ycAdZ)

417 This guy cost me money. I had Sessions first in my deadpool.
Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (Xuv2G)


I have McCain next in my dead pool.

Posted by: God at July 31, 2017 03:53 PM (lIZQs)

418 This is where they needed Scaramucci to tell them either their brains or signature went on the repeal of Obamacare
Posted by: TheQuietMan at July 31, 2017 03:40 PM (493sH)

----

Things Mooch would say, $10,000 pyramid category.

Posted by: auscolpyr at July 31, 2017 03:54 PM (suO/a)

419 I think the FBI also agreed to lay off certain mob activities as part of the deal with Luciano, again for the duration. In any case, a pretty extraordinary little known part of the massive effort known as WWII. Washington could conquer half the world and invent nuclear weapons, in a relatively short time - but still needed to do a deal with a mobster sitting in prison.

Posted by: rhomboid/willow at July 31, 2017 03:54 PM (QDnY+)

420 WH briefing.....Secy. Mnuchin announcing that the Treasury dept. has frozen Venezuela's assets.

Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 03:54 PM (Enq6K)

421 346
>>And you won't. One can make reasonable inferences, though.



And why won't I?


Because savvy politicians like Ryan don't make that mistake. His schtick is the squeaky clean nice guy. He wants plausible deniability, because those who leave fingerprints usually end up losing out. Nevertheless, he has his own agenda, and he's doing everything he can to see it enacted.



Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:54 PM (LAe3v)

422 >>>>Alcohol and communications director don't mix. Pretty boyz gonna be
pretty boyz, no matter what. Good riddance. Hire someone who hasn't been
so privileged for such a long time, Donald, and you'll be way ahead of
the game. Hire some folks that actually need a good job. dip!
.
.
.Yep and his divorce is about to get real ugly and Trump does not need that kind of distraction every day.

Posted by: The Great White Scotsman at July 31, 2017 03:55 PM (0pcwX)

423 Oh gosh that was hard to watch again.

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 03:55 PM (lwiT4)

424 414 If this whole thing had more male nudity, I'd think we were watching an HBO show rather than news.
Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 31, 2017 03:49 PM (KUaJL)

I don't want to see any of these people naked.
Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:52 PM (mf5HN)

Melania and Ivanka.

Posted by: Insomniac - Not Disappointed, Just Angry at July 31, 2017 03:55 PM (0mRoj)

425 The real sanctions against venezeula would be a full embargo against their shitty oil.

I guess we're not doing that.

Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:55 PM (8rNrN)

426 sIGH


Looks like I picked the wrong day to be busy

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 31, 2017 03:55 PM (5y11N)

427 Look at the damage Ben Rhodes did. It's a key strategic position.

BtW, I don't know if Ben Rhodes was actually comms director but he definitely was high in the comms chain.
Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:48 PM (8rNrN)

Yep. But Rhodes had a complicit media. He could just drive around with one finger on the wheel.

Posted by: golfman at July 31, 2017 03:56 PM (48QDY)

428 oh, wait. I read that as 'Rimjob'.

A "rimblow" steering wheel is one of those things that's way less sexual than it sounds. It's just a '70s style wheel that you grip with the tips of your fingers until...

Actually, I guess it is kind of sexual.

Posted by: Sporkatus at July 31, 2017 03:56 PM (eXSOZ)

429 386 what needs to happen is that Jared/Ivanka need to go -- put Ivanka back in charge of Trump businesses -- and Don Jr. needs to be brought in.

i figure he wants some family in there, someone to trust. I'd rather have Don Jr. in that role if we must have family involved.

Posted by: ace

_____
I'd agree with that.

Let's be honest Jared and Ivanka both probably voted for Obama twice. Not a good influence. At least Don Jr seems like a conservative.


Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:48 PM (ycAdZ)

Ivanka seems to be Donald's Favorite. Also she is not instrumental in running Trump Inc. Therefore she got first choice, and chose going to work in DC.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 03:56 PM (4dz1m)

430 In McCain's example, his vote was 100% over Trump hate. Had say Kasich or Rubio been President with the same exact bill, he would have voted for it.
Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:53 PM (ycAdZ)



That's some serious statesmanship right there: vote against the country's interests to settle a personal score.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 31, 2017 03:56 PM (SRKgf)

431 "Much of this is personal and not ideological. People get into "tribes" and then run with that.

In McCain's example, his vote was 100% over Trump hate. Had say Kasich or Rubio been President with the same exact bill, he would have voted for it.
Posted by: Maritime"


Well said. McCain would vote against bills during the Bush years out of pure spite.

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 31, 2017 03:56 PM (OD2ni)

432 McCain's vote against repeal of obamacare was payback for Trump's insulting McCain's war hero persona.

Remember that? Something about Trump like war heros who don't get captured or something.

Posted by: Pious Lee Smith at July 31, 2017 03:56 PM (m9X4Y)

433
In McCain's example, his vote was 100% over Trump hate. Had say Kasich or Rubio been President with the same exact bill, he would have voted for it.
Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:53 PM (ycAdZ)

McCain became a 'Maverick" at around the same time 24/7 cable news became a thing. He loved being on Chris Matthew's and other shows.

Posted by: Zombie Virgil at July 31, 2017 03:56 PM (7uYFy)

434 Sanctions are on Maduro. I missed what they were.

Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 03:57 PM (Enq6K)

435 Is the Italian Food in this Italian restaurant any good?

Posted by: Captain McClusky at July 31, 2017 03:57 PM (lIZQs)

436 The idiots manipulating these WH jobs are delusional. It's not like they are doing brain surgery or launching rockets or fixing a sink or a blocked toilet! All they have to do is not step on every goddamn land mine that they encounter. They just need to play dumb instead of being dumb!

Posted by: goon at July 31, 2017 03:57 PM (EaQ6/)

437 At the very least, the fact it was a "surprise" at midnight how McCain was voting is all we need to know that McConnell is clueless.

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:46 PM (ycAdZ)

++++

I think that was part of the show. On the one hand w have reports that McConnell was shocked by McCain's vote. On the other, we have reports of Senators trying to convince McCain to change his mind before the vote. It is hard to believe that both things are true.

McConnell's shocked face was part of the Kabuki.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 31, 2017 03:58 PM (FUu/Z)

438 411 Venezuela getting first billing on this press conference

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (pPKG5)

So the election went the way Maduro wanted it?

Surprise, surprise.

A Constituent Assembly made up of left-wingers. What could go wrong?

They'll be setting up a guillotine in the city square any day now.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at July 31, 2017 03:58 PM (4ErVI)

439 >>Because savvy politicians like Ryan don't make that mistake. His schtick is the squeaky clean nice guy. He wants plausible deniability, because those who leave fingerprints usually end up losing out. Nevertheless, he has his own agenda, and he's doing everything he can to see it enacted.

Eh, I think you're stretching. Nothing happens in DC that doesn't eventually leak out. And more, what exactly would be his motive? His agenda pretty much is Trump's agenda. He even had $1.6 billion in last weeks spending bill for the wall.

Again, if I see Ryan do something or even hear a well placed rumor of him doing something I will start to believe it. Until then it just sounds like more of the RINO screaming without a lot of evidence.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 03:58 PM (/tuJf)

440 434 Sanctions are on Maduro. I missed what they were.
Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 03:57 PM (Enq6K)

All Citgo fill-ups are submitted to the Dept of the Treasury?

Posted by: josephistan at July 31, 2017 03:58 PM (7HtZB)

441 OT a bit though it's about another hire. Any problem with Jon Huntsman as the Russian Ambassador?

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (7+uJ1)

442 Much of this is personal and not ideological. People get into "tribes" and then run with that.


Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 03:53 PM (ycAdZ)

McCain's tribe is singular.

Posted by: golfman at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (48QDY)

443 I said late last week that Tony Mooch wouldn't last a week.

Mooch is a great self-promoter, but he's more of an auto-fellater. He's been working on joining the administration ever since Trump won, but, in his words, got clock-blocked by Priebus and Bannon back in January. He used his success against CNN to get Trump to see that he was just the guy to take care of the leakers.

He started strong last week and I wanted to like him.

The he went unhinged. That's because this little prick saw himself as a Trump mini-me. It all went to hell, and fast.

What wasn't widely known is that he had a son earlier last week by the wife who served divorce papers on him later last week. Which explains his rant to The New Yorker mid-week. And some of you believed this was scripted. If he wasn't drunk or coked up, he should have been. He embarrassed himself and Trump. He even leaked that Priebus would get fired.

The Mooch's bigger issue was that a Chinese outfit with mysterious government connections, which Big US Banks won't deal with, wants to overpay for his business. The Mooch still needs the same kind of approval that Hillary got for that uranium sale -- which is why the Mooch hadn't yet officially joined the WH. And he wants favorable tax treatment that he's no longer entitled to. This was a scandal waiting to happen, and the Mooch didn't do himself (or Trump) by making himself so hot so early.

So Trump realized he made a mistake, and Kelly is cover.


Posted by: Ignoramus at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (+7/1f)

444 420 WH briefing.....Secy. Mnuchin announcing that the Treasury dept. has frozen Venezuela's assets.
Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 03:54 PM (Enq6K)


Cut 'em off from the Strategic Toilet Paper Reserve.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (SRKgf)

445 I'm not going to wishcast scenarios where Trump was playing 4 dimensional chess, but it would be pretty funny if Scaramucci wanted his wife to be the one to file for divorce because of some pre-nup or other legal angle and that was the main reason he was hired. "hey old buddy Trump, can you give me a very public job temporarily to push my harpy wife over the edge so I can save some millions in getting shed of her, I know she hates the fact of you being prez so me taking a job in your admin would probably tip her over the edge"

I'm not FNM journolist and I don't doubt that there was real turmoil in the West Wing the past month or so, but my quirky sense of humor just thinks it would be funny if Trump wanted some "squirrel" for the FNM to chase and Scaramucci wanted to cut ties to a lefty wife with minimum cost.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (eASYU)

446 Melania and Ivanka.
Posted by: Insomniac - Not Disappointed, Just Angry at July 31, 2017 03:55 PM (0mRoj)



Well, there are nekkid pics of Melania.

As far as Ivanka, I don't want the nice men with the nice black suits and the nice sunglasses and the nice earpieces coming by to say hi so LOOK SQUIRREL!

Speaking of the Secret Service, I was watching Trump's election night victory speech again the other night to cheer myself up and the looks on the faces of the Secret Service guys when he goes into the crowd are striking. They are now protecting the most important man in the world and they know it.

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (mf5HN)

447 McCain's vote against repeal of obamacare was payback for Trump's insulting McCain's war hero persona.

Remember that? Something about Trump like war heros who don't get captured or something.

Posted by: Pious Lee Smith


Probably also prefers them to put the national interest above their own egos.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Abbot of St. Costello-on-the-Hurlingbone at July 31, 2017 04:00 PM (AM1GF)

448 Except McConnell would lose the support of his
constituency: the 51 Senators (not counting himself) who make up his
voters. And, I guarantee you, committee assignments get brokered when
they are deciding who the majority leader will be. If McConnell start
removing Senators form their plum committees, McConnell will be the one
losing his plum job.



Posted by: Anon Y. Mous


Ordinarily, I'd agree. But I think there is now enough bad blood that the rogues could be given the Pear of Anguish by McConnell and it would be widely applauded. Most of the Senators are probably worrying that this signal failure could cost them their seats.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 04:00 PM (LAe3v)

449 "440 434 Sanctions are on Maduro. I missed what they were.
Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 03:57 PM (Enq6K)

All Citgo fill-ups are submitted to the Dept of the Treasury?
Posted by: josephistan"


Is that a-hole Joe Kennedy still getting paid to shill for Venezuela?

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 31, 2017 04:00 PM (OD2ni)

450 In McCain's example, his vote was 100% over Trump hate. Had say Kasich or Rubio been President with the same exact bill, he would have voted for It.

-----------

True. President Trump's problem is he isn't Establishment.

That is also why he was elected.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 04:01 PM (4dz1m)

451 OT a bit though it's about another hire. Any problem with Jon Huntsman as the Russian Ambassador?
Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (7+uJ1)

Perhaps PDT wanted to have enjoy dinner in Huntsman's wife's company?

Posted by: golfman at July 31, 2017 04:01 PM (48QDY)

452 In order to embargo Venezuela's oil, they need to pump it out of the ground and be able to ship it first.

Posted by: Roy at July 31, 2017 04:01 PM (7n4KQ)

453 405 Everything is political now, and if the family business is going to prosper, you need family in government.

You also need to settle all of the family's business.
Posted by: Michael Corleone at July 31, 2017 03:51 PM (Mouru)


Not until the third act.

Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (Xuv2G)

454 Mo Brooks wants McYertle to step aside as Senate leader.

Posted by: Under Fire at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (mcI77)

455 That's some serious statesmanship right there: vote against the country's interests to settle a personal score.
______________________

McCain also betrayed his own voters in AZ with that vote. Not for the first time, of course, but it still pisses me off.

When McCain was campaigning here in 2016, he was promising that he would "lead the effort to repeal Obamacare." At town halls, he would rail about how O-care was causing our premiums in AZ to skyrocket (I can personally vouch for that), and how 14 of 15 AZ counties only had one O-Care provider.

But when it came time to follow through on his promises, McCain betrayed AZ, as always. He has pulled this same shit on border security for decades.

Why Republicans here keep voting for the sleazy liar is beyond me.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (gNgc6)

456 McCain's tribe is singular.





Posted by: golfman at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (48QDY)


Another one-man wolf pack?

Posted by: Alan at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (JO9+V)

457 Just leave Venezuela alone. We don't have to do a damn thing there. They have already slit their wrists, so just wait, sit back, be patient, they will bleed out soon enough. Besides, 90% of their population hates us, just like everyone else does, so fvck'em.

Posted by: goon at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (EaQ6/)

458 You do have to admit, Mooch came in and started flipping tables and putting his cigarette out on people. Then Kelly takes the helm as Chief of Staff: he's all class: cool, calm, collected, and none of the baggage of having axed the GOP minions.

I mean, do you really think that call to Ryan Lizza was a mistake? At what point do we have to take a look at how staged managed everything is?

Posted by: most deplorable Ghost of kari - certified sidebar at July 31, 2017 03:29 PM (nXCp4)

^
Got a nice ring to it.

Posted by: gNewt at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (0uRNV)

459 Budget, budget, budget. Ryan has messed that up for years. Rumors are now swirling that he will go with another continuing resolution.

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 31, 2017 03:28 PM (MIKMs)


To be fair, Ryan's hands were tied, and he's only had years as a leading bona fide fiscal conservative to think about budget priorities, but I'm sure that as soon as we have the "right" kind of GOP Establishment President in office (and hold the House and Senate), Speaker Ryan will present a simply fabulous budget for consideration!

Posted by: Hrothgar at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (gwPgz)

460 First press reports in Venezuela will blame all the ills of Venezuela on the sanctions

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (pPKG5)

461 >>> that the rogues could be given the Pear of Anguish

Better that the Pineapple of Despair.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (kerX3)

462 McCain is untouchable, of course.

-
Untouchable, a leper. Tomayto, tomahto.

Posted by: I'm Anonosaurus Wrecks and I approved this message at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (Nwg0u)

463 Don't tell me, Huntsman speaks 5 words of Russian.

Posted by: Under Fire at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (mcI77)

464 Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (eASYU)

I don't think they were buddies. Scaramucci had a few choice words to say about Trump before he became the nominee.

Maybe a buddy of Jared's. They may have worked together donating to the Obama campaign in 2008.

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (7+uJ1)

465 Sarah Sanders up now.....

Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (Enq6K)

466 >>Most of the Senators are probably worrying that this signal failure could cost them their seats.

All the more reason that Ryan and McConnell working to thwart Trump doesn't make a lot of sense. What these guys care about more than anything else is getting re-elected. How does this help Ryan and McConnell?

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (/tuJf)

467 Sanctions on Maduro.


Worked well with Cuba.

We could try Obama and Hillary's Syria plan and smuggle guns into Venezuela for the dissident's. It almost worked in Syria.

Posted by: Pious Lee Smith at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (m9X4Y)

468 LOL, Sarah Huckabee Sanders! just told the press, "you all just wasted all your questions by asking the same one over and over."


Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (8iiMU)

469 True. President Trump's problem is he isn't Establishment.

That is also why he was elected.
Posted by: rd

______


This doesn't let McCain off the hook, but I will concede Trump's antics were incredibly childish sometimes and it probably cost us some real reforms on Obamacare

So McCain decided to also do something childish that hurt the entire nation so he could poke Trump's eye one last time

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (ycAdZ)

470 417 This guy cost me money. I had Sessions first in my deadpool.
Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (Xuv2G)

I have McCain next in my dead pool.

Posted by: God at July 31, 2017 03:53 PM (lIZQs)

as a concerned Christian I find this post to be ....Extremely funny!

Posted by: USMC8541One Shot to Slay them all at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (xGZ+b)

471 Another one-man wolf pack?
Posted by: Alan at July 31, 2017 04:02 PM (JO9+V)

The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.

Posted by: Ned Stark at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (72PAC)

472 Speaking of the Secret Service, I was watching Trump's election night victory speech again the other night to cheer myself up and the looks on the faces of the Secret Service guys when he goes into the crowd are striking. They are now protecting the most important man in the world and they know it.
Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 03:59 PM (mf5HN)


I would hate that job. Someone else gets sloppy and I'm expected to take the bullet. Eff that!

Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (Xuv2G)

473 So far it's what Melania, Pence/Mrs. Pence are doing.

Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (Enq6K)

474 This is getting beyond ridiculous. Even his most ardent supporters are going to get tired of this Amateur Act soon. Trump needs to get his shit together or step aside.

Posted by: Mitchell at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (BvNzB)

475 Was Scaramucci just an apolitical New Yorker who didn't understand that business as usual, one hand scratches the other, omertà, and all the other NYC cliches go out the window once it's reporter vs republican? He was like Pesci in Goodfellas. Only he got clowned.

Posted by: Why...back in my day... at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (0m0zi)

476 Venezuela is murdering their own citizens, no world policeman thats what you get.

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (pPKG5)

477 Is that a-hole Joe Kennedy still getting paid to shill for Venezuela?
Posted by: Benji Carver at July 31, 2017 04:00 PM (OD2ni)



We need a GoFundMe to buy him a private airplane, a fast car, a few lift tickets, etc., and then let Nature take its course.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (SRKgf)

478 The real sanctions against venezeula would be a full embargo against their shitty oil.

I guess we're not doing that.
Posted by: ace at July 31, 2017 03:55 PM (8rNrN)


Their shitty oil is probably much better than Canada's shitty tar sand "oil" and can reach th gulf coast refineries without a Keystone XL pipeline. That's a problem.

Posted by: bergerbilder at July 31, 2017 04:05 PM (lIZQs)

479 Just saw this on the Babylon Bee:


"Seeking to shake things up at the White House, President Trump accidentally fires himself from the job."



haha reminds me when ace self-banned

Posted by: grammie winger - 5 pounds heavier but with a great tan at July 31, 2017 04:05 PM (lwiT4)

480 449 . . . Is that a-hole Joe Kennedy still getting paid to shill for Venezuela?
Posted by: Benji Carver
________

I want to know when that dimwit is going to donate toilet paper to the Venezuelan people.

Posted by: Furious George at July 31, 2017 04:05 PM (j+dfT)

481 All the more reason that Ryan and McConnell working to thwart Trump doesn't make a lot of sense. What these guys care about more than anything else is getting re-elected. How does this help Ryan and McConnell?
Posted by: JackStraw

________

You also think it would make sense for a sitting Speaker of the House to endorse his Party's President, but Ryan couldn't even do that.

I honestly think there's a large amount of Republicans that would be A-Ok with being in the minority and watching their entire agenda crater all so they could scream from the rooftops "See, I told you so!!!"

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 04:06 PM (ycAdZ)

482 All the more reason that Ryan and McConnell working to thwart Trump doesn't make a lot of sense. What these guys care about more than anything else is getting re-elected. How does this help Ryan and McConnell?
Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (/tuJf)

I think this has more to do with the Susan Collins than the two leaders. I agree with upthread. Take those like her off committees and the voters take the hit. That will send the message.

Posted by: golfman at July 31, 2017 04:06 PM (48QDY)

483 And now for something completely different. This is very cool.


http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/roman-road-subway-map-underground-londinium

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 04:06 PM (mf5HN)

484 No, I didn't miss it; they did not announce any embargo of our oil to
Venezuela (do we have to refine it for them?) or any of Venezuela's to
the US. They did allow they would "monitor" the situation and left the
Oil Card on the table, but it sounds like they don't want to do it.

======


I believe they said that Trump didn't want any sanctions that hurt the people of Venezuela.....that may be the reason for not embargoing our oil to them.


Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 04:06 PM (Enq6K)

485 361
316

Hmm Scaramucci out eh?

Well . . . apparently he could NOT do the fandango




Posted by: Publius Redux

Sorry, just never gets old. I laughed.


Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 03:44 PM (LAe3v)

****Thanks -
Making that joke is just too tempting - It's like getting the high hanging curve ball as a hitter - you simply have just GOT to crush it . . . you can't help yourself.

Posted by: Publius Redux at July 31, 2017 04:06 PM (Fb9aZ)

486 466 >>Most of the Senators are probably worrying that this signal failure could cost them their seats.

All the more reason that Ryan and McConnell working to thwart Trump doesn't make a lot of sense. What these guys care about more than anything else is getting re-elected. How does this help Ryan and McConnell?
Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (/tuJf)


If the ACA repeal went through every poor person who waited too long to deal with his diabetes because he didn't have money was going to show up in a campaign ad.

Ace is right - Obamacare was a one-way event. It may get renamed or changed around the edges, but Americans now have the expectation the government pays for their health care. So it's not going away.

Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 04:07 PM (Xuv2G)

487 I would hate that job. Someone else gets sloppy and I'm expected to take the bullet. Eff that!
Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (Xuv2G)


And imagine if your job is to protect Obongo, Moochelle, Hillarhoid, or someone like that. That would be like being George Soros's bodyguard.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 31, 2017 04:07 PM (SRKgf)

488 Same with the NORK's. Let those boyz do themselves in. They'll never fire a shot at us. They can talk all that nasty shit all day long, but if we just remain patient they will commit suicide just like their mentors in the communist movements of old did. Besides, who needs L.A.? It's a first choice kind of place to sterilize, if ya' ask me.

Posted by: goon at July 31, 2017 04:07 PM (EaQ6/)

489
I have no idea whats going on in the WH, could be some 7th level chess, but sure looks like a flustercluck to me. But hell, if the media is concentrating on this, they are probably missing some good stuff that we would like that Trump is doing.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at July 31, 2017 04:08 PM (r+sAi)

490 McCain's vote against repeal of obamacare was payback for Trump's insulting McCain's war hero persona.

Remember that? Something about Trump like war heros who don't get captured or something.
Posted by: Pious Lee Smith at July 31, 2017 03:56 PM (m9X4Y)

Yes and what PDT, then Candidate Trump said was wrong, BUT BUT BUT McShit attacked then Candidate Trump first before that comment

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 31, 2017 04:08 PM (5y11N)

491 Eh, I think you're stretching. Nothing happens in DC that doesn't
eventually leak out. And more, what exactly would be his motive? His
agenda pretty much is Trump's agenda. He even had $1.6 billion in last
weeks spending bill for the wall.


Always a possibility, but the argument that Ryan is tough on immigration because there is wall money in the bill doesn't convince me in the slightest. He's pro-amnesty, or whatever euphemism he's now employing. He wants a budget, and has been made plain by the Freedom Caucus, if there's no wall money, there's no budget.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 04:08 PM (LAe3v)

492 Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (8iiMU)

I like Sarah Huckabee Sanders a lot!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 31, 2017 04:08 PM (iVOAv)

493 Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt of court

PDT should pardon him and then hire him.

Posted by: Under Fire at July 31, 2017 04:08 PM (mcI77)

494 470
417 This guy cost me money. I had Sessions first in my deadpool.

Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 03:50 PM (Xuv2G)



I have McCain next in my dead pool.



Posted by: God at July 31, 2017 03:53 PM (lIZQs)



as a concerned Christian I find this post to be ....Extremely funny!



Posted by: USMC8541One Shot to Slay them all at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (xGZ+b)

***
I'd like to have McCain dead . . . in my pool . . if you know what I mean

Posted by: Publius Redux at July 31, 2017 04:08 PM (Fb9aZ)

495 Too frigging late now, but I wish I had tagged Obama's arming of the terrorists to fight in Syria as
"the Bey of Pigs".

Posted by: Why...back in my day... at July 31, 2017 04:08 PM (0m0zi)

496 Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt.

Unbelivable.

I hope Trump pardons him

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 04:09 PM (ycAdZ)

497 Well I guess we don't have to worry about which "Mooch" we're talking about anymore ha?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 31, 2017 04:09 PM (5y11N)

498 488 Same with the NORK's. Let those boyz do themselves in. They'll never fire a shot at us. They can talk all that nasty shit all day long, but if we just remain patient they will commit suicide just like their mentors in the communist movements of old did. Besides, who needs L.A.? It's a first choice kind of place to sterilize, if ya' ask me.
Posted by: goon at July 31, 2017 04:07 PM (EaQ6/)



Nah. Berkeley. Nuclear-free zone? We'll see about that.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 31, 2017 04:10 PM (SRKgf)

499 Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt of court

That's a misdemeanor, yes?

Posted by: Grump928(C) at July 31, 2017 04:10 PM (QQ+il)

500 Same with the NORK's. Let those boyz do themselves in. They'll never fire a shot at us. They can talk all that nasty shit all day long, but if we just remain patient they will commit suicide just like their mentors in the communist movements of old did. Besides, who needs L.A.? It's a first choice kind of place to sterilize, if ya' ask me.
Posted by: goon at July 31, 2017 04:07 PM (EaQ6/)

That Ain't happening . The NORK's are as fanatical about their race as the Mooselimbs. They have old hatred for China. ( That's why Kim doesn't listen to them) Still mad at ROK and the US.

Posted by: golfman at July 31, 2017 04:10 PM (48QDY)

501 Reporter to Sarah: After some rambling "Is there chaos at the white house?"


Sarah: "You wanna see chaos, come to my house with 3 pre-schoolers. This doesn't hold a candle to that." "Wait...that's not an open invitation for you all to come to my house....but if you want to volunteer to babysit....."

Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 04:11 PM (Enq6K)

502 McCain went Maverick when The Party and conservatives chose Bush over him in 2000. Every move of his since then can be explained with this.

Posted by: davidt at July 31, 2017 04:11 PM (XoldI)

503 auto-gulpe[/]???

Posted by: DaveA at July 31, 2017 04:11 PM (FhXTo)

504 >>Ace is right - Obamacare was a one-way event. It may get renamed or changed around the edges, but Americans now have the expectation the government pays for their health care. So it's not going away.

Parts will stay. I've been saying this since Medicaid expansion was put in place. It's not just poor people, it's governors across the country, many of them Republican like Kasich, who have been fighting to keep it since day 1. Hell, it's been obvious this is where we were heading since Reagan signed EMTALA decades ago.

But parts will change. Have to. The system is breaking down and there is no way to make it work. Should have happened now but it will happen.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:11 PM (/tuJf)

505 496 Unless its a Federal court DT can't help him..

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 04:11 PM (pPKG5)

506 >>>>>If the ACA repeal went through every poor person who waited too long to
deal with his diabetes because he didn't have money was going to show up
in a campaign ad.



Ace is right - Obamacare was a one-way event. It may get renamed or
changed around the edges, but Americans now have the expectation the
government pays for their health care. So it's not going away.
.
.
.The Medicare expansion was bullet proof the minute it passed. obamacare and the mandates may go away, but not the expansion.

The only ray of hope I see is that Kentucky elected Bevin who ran on a very narrow platform which specifically included the repeal of the Medicare/Medicaid expansion in the State and he won big time and then kept his promise and shut it down.

So there may be some hope.

Posted by: The Great White Scotsman at July 31, 2017 04:12 PM (0pcwX)

507 I'm really loving Sarah as press sec.

I'd never have the patience. I would have already throat-punched half of the bastards.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 31, 2017 04:12 PM (PY9jH)

508 No, no Trump "antics" cost us anything on O-care, or anything else.

The fainting and pearl-clutching and lack of understanding of Beltway realities will get no rest during the Trump years.

There are real problems, real disastrous problems, created by real clueless irresponsible cowardly unintelligent people, and a real disconnect between the electorate and what happens in the Beltway. And as the O-care thing illustrates (not the "failed" vote, the whole thing - the lack of any GOP seriousness on the issue, their desire to bail-out insurers, and keep the expanded welfare river flowing, the complete lack of any specific agenda of reform that will actually help), the GOP's failures are not in any way a by-product of Trump's histrionics.

Trump's existence partially illustrates the breadth of this disconnect. But ephemeral personnel issues or "tweets" are no part of the problem.


Posted by: rhomboid at July 31, 2017 04:12 PM (QDnY+)

509 Yeah, pretty chickenshit to appropriate "Mooch" like they did. Now, whenever anyone says, "Mooch" we have to think of two different idiots and figure out the context and everything. I long for a simpler time, back when there was only one "Mooch" and only one "Mooch" idiot!

Posted by: goon at July 31, 2017 04:13 PM (EaQ6/)

510 So Sanders confirms that "everyone in the White House" will be reporting to Kelly. (Including Jared and Ivanka)

Hmmm.

Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 04:13 PM (G0vdT)

511 >>Ace is right - Obamacare was a one-way
event. It may get renamed or changed around the edges, but Americans now
have the expectation the government pays for their health care. So it's
not going away.



Parts will stay. I've been saying this since Medicaid expansion was
put in place. It's not just poor people, it's governors across the
country, many of them Republican like Kasich, who have been fighting to
keep it since day 1. Hell, it's been obvious this is where we were
heading since Reagan signed EMTALA decades ago.



But parts will change. Have to. The system is breaking down and
there is no way to make it work. Should have happened now but it will
happen.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:11 PM (/tuJf)

Nothing the nation's 401k cannot solve.And denying old people treatment.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at July 31, 2017 04:13 PM (P/kVC)

512 Yes and what PDT, then Candidate Trump said was wrong, BUT BUT BUT McShit attacked then Candidate Trump first before that comment
Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 31, 2017 04:08 PM (5y11N)


Was Trump wrong? Not everyone who puts on a damn uniform is a hero. I wish people would stop debasing that word. Sgt York was a hero. Roger Young was a hero. John McCain was a man who served honorably and became a casualty in the line of duty.

Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 04:13 PM (Xuv2G)

513 505 496 Unless its a Federal court DT can't help him..

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 04:11 PM (pPKG5)

++++

It is.

http://tinyurl.com/ycz46yrr

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 31, 2017 04:14 PM (FUu/Z)

514 Trump needs to get his shit together or step aside.
Posted by: Mitchell at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (BvNzB)


I'm happy with how the things that matter are going. I don't really "support" politicians, just observe and react as needed. Had to do some of that with Obama. Haven't had to adjust anything with Trump, yet.

Posted by: Meremortal at July 31, 2017 04:14 PM (3myMJ)

515 "I don't think Jared/Ivanka are of any importance to any issue of importance (note the words chosen here)."

Has anyone talked his way into such a visible position and then blown himself up so quickly and spectacularly, than Tony Mooch.

Doesn't reflect well on Ivanka, nor on Jared, who the Mooch called a latter-day Alexander Hamilton.

Ivanka is in the WH because Trump needs a kind of friend. Jared goes wherever Ivanka goes. I agree that they don't have real pull.

Tony Mooch is over. If he doesn't get his company sold at the inflated price the Chinese have offered, he won't be worth that much. He will never be wanted in any political circle ever.

But as a divorced guy of means he will get lots of dates, when he's not self-fellating.

Posted by: Ignoramus at July 31, 2017 04:14 PM (+7/1f)

516 Name 1 Democrat givaway ever taken away by Republicans.

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 04:14 PM (pPKG5)

517 466
>>Most of the Senators are probably worrying that this signal failure could cost them their seats.



All the more reason that Ryan and McConnell working to thwart Trump
doesn't make a lot of sense. What these guys care about more than
anything else is getting re-elected. How does this help Ryan and
McConnell?

Posted by: JackStraw


Because they (Ryan and McConnell) honestly don't understand what Americans want? They want things to go back to "normal". That won't happen.

In the meantime, GOP senators up for reelection this year are soiling themselves.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 04:15 PM (LAe3v)

518 >>i figure he wants some family in there, someone to trust. I'd rather have Don Jr. in that role if we must have family involved.


Amen!
Don Jr. is conservative and also, a fighter.
Ivanka is chummy with all sorts of Lefties.

Posted by: Lizzy at July 31, 2017 04:15 PM (NOIQH)

519 >>Always a possibility, but the argument that Ryan is tough on immigration because there is wall money in the bill doesn't convince me in the slightest. He's pro-amnesty, or whatever euphemism he's now employing. He wants a budget, and has been made plain by the Freedom Caucus, if there's no wall money, there's no budget.

That would be the one area they don't seem to line up all that well. But Trump used to be pro-amnesty to. After the 2012 election he was calling Romney dumb and said deportation was "mean". People can and do change.

Maybe they'll have a big break. Doesn't sound like it will be on taxes which Sanders just said they are working closely with the leaders of the House and Senate and it doesn't sound like it will be over the House budget which Mulvaney, a guy who used to work on the House budget, just endorsed over the weekend, but there could be something. We'll see.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:16 PM (/tuJf)

520
Hillary up by 8 in NC. Looks like an early exit for Trump.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at July 31, 2017 04:16 PM (xAnaP)

521 So Sanders confirms that "everyone in the White House" will be reporting to Kelly. (Including Jared and Ivanka)

Hmmm.
Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 04:13 PM (G0vdT)

"But, Dad! That's not fair!

Posted by: Ivanka at July 31, 2017 04:16 PM (7uYFy)

522 Name 1 Democrat givaway ever taken away by Republicans.
Posted by: Skip

______

Welfare reform in the 90s. And it was incredibly popular with Clinton taking credit.

But obviously once entitlements are given, very hard to take away.

Which is why after 2012 wth Obama getting elected, real obamacare repeal was probably dead

Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 04:16 PM (ycAdZ)

523 Willoewed:

Their shitty oil is probably much better than Canada's shitty tar sand "oil" and can reach the gulf coast refineries without a Keystone XL pipeline. That's a problem.
Posted by: bergerbilder at July 31, 2017 04:05 PM (lIZQs)

Posted by: bergerbilder at July 31, 2017 04:17 PM (lIZQs)

524 492
Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM (8iiMU)



I like Sarah Huckabee Sanders a lot!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 31, 2017 04:08 PM (iVOAv)

I like her too.
Was listening to WGN one afternoon and a guy was talking about 'curse words' (like 'darn', and 'geez', etc.) Another example was "Shut the front door". ANYWAY, he said "Sarah Huckabee Sanders!" also sort of rolls off the tongue like a curse word.

I thought it sort of funny, so I write 'Sarah Huckabee Sanders!' in an ironic way.....

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at July 31, 2017 04:17 PM (8iiMU)

525 In the meantime, GOP senators up for reelection this year are soiling themselves.
Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 04:15 PM (LAe3v)



Wait, there's an election in the Senate this year?

Why do none of you ever tell me anything?

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 04:17 PM (mf5HN)

526 "It's not like we have a cult of personality going on around here."

You know, I kind of have to disagree. The only reason Trump pulled this off in the first place is due to the modern-day tendency toward a cult of personality.

Posted by: artemis at July 31, 2017 04:17 PM (AwPyG)

527 "Name 1 Democrat givaway ever taken away by Republicans."

You might a few in those 840 Obama-era regs and executive orders that have been rescinded.

But then, Trump's not really a Republican.

Fortunately.

Posted by: Meremortal at July 31, 2017 04:17 PM (3myMJ)

528 If this whole thing had more male nudity, I'd think we were watching an HBO show rather than news.

Miss me yet?

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at July 31, 2017 04:17 PM (3C9q2)

529 I just want to see Trump force Congress on to O-care. That would be delicious!

Posted by: Strobe at July 31, 2017 04:17 PM (gbWkA)

530 Trump needs to get his shit together or step aside.
Right, because "stepping aside" in the context of staff positions also makes total sense in the context of the presidency... or something.

Your concern is:

[ ] Other than noted
[X]Noted
[X]Folded, spindled and mutilated

Posted by: Sporkatus at July 31, 2017 04:17 PM (eXSOZ)

531 Y'know, i'm liking Sarah Huckabee-Sanders as press secretary so far. More so than Spicer. She seems to let the snark fly...

Posted by: Jackal at July 31, 2017 04:18 PM (sbtOn)

532 >>>as a divorced guy of means he will get lots of dates, when he's not self-fellating.

Self-fellating seems to be more efficient, especially with respect to time and money. Perfect for the busy guy.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 04:18 PM (kerX3)

533 But as a divorced guy of means he will get lots of dates, when he's not self-fellating.

Posted by: Ignoramus at July 31, 2017 04:14 PM (+7/1f)

Self-fellating is a rare talent. Very rare.

Posted by: Mandingo at July 31, 2017 04:18 PM (7uYFy)

534 Name 1 Democrat givaway ever taken away by Republicans.

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Slavery?

Posted by: Pious Lee Smith at July 31, 2017 04:18 PM (m9X4Y)

535 525
In the meantime, GOP senators up for reelection this year are soiling themselves.

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 04:15 PM (LAe3v)





Wait, there's an election in the Senate this year?



Why do none of you ever tell me anything?

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas


D'oh!

Posted by: pep at July 31, 2017 04:18 PM (LAe3v)

536
So McCain decided to also do something childish that hurt the entire nation so he could poke Trump's eye one last time
Posted by: Maritime at July 31, 2017 04:03 PM


I have not yet begun to poke!

Posted by: John Paul McCain at July 31, 2017 04:19 PM (IqV8l)

537 533
But as a divorced guy of means he will get lots of dates, when he's not self-fellating.



Posted by: Ignoramus at July 31, 2017 04:14 PM (+7/1f)



Self-fellating is a rare talent. Very rare.

Posted by: Mandingo at July 31, 2017 04:18 PM (7uYFy)

I'm surprised he would leave the house.
I don't, except to poop and pee.

Posted by: Dog That Licks His Own Balls at July 31, 2017 04:20 PM (8iiMU)

538 So, this Sarah girl is a Huckabee AND a Sanders?

Things are crazier than I thought...

Posted by: Meremortal at July 31, 2017 04:20 PM (3myMJ)

539 Smart move.

Make 'em sing, General Kelly. Clean house and let's roll!

I had read, from "sources" or "sauces" or "something" that sometimes, my flying monkeys, there are "cleaners" sent in to rid the corporate world of leaking and crappy workers. Unknown if Scarymooch was this, as ten days seems a bit short...but I shed no tears over Prebic.

I hope General Kelly, first Marine to become general in the battlefield since Chesty, kicks ass. I love the guy.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, Infidel Queen, is tired of dis at July 31, 2017 04:20 PM (J5mzk)

540 Name 1 Democrat givaway ever taken away by Republicans.
Posted by: Skip


Free operations for trannies in the military?

Posted by: JoeF. at July 31, 2017 04:20 PM (7uYFy)

541 Apparently ride share Lyft has added ValJar to it's board of directors.

Posted by: josephistan at July 31, 2017 04:20 PM (7HtZB)

542 "Self-fellating is a rare talent. Very rare."

Tell me about it.

Posted by: Ron Jeremy from Nantucket at July 31, 2017 04:20 PM (+7/1f)

543 I would reshuffle every committee. Mc Stain would no longer be on the Armed Services committee and the same for the other two.

Posted by: Ben Had at July 31, 2017 04:21 PM (NthhF)

544 Trump needs to get his shit together or step aside.
Posted by: Mitchell at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (BvNzB)

Is that you Vice President  Pence?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 31, 2017 04:21 PM (iVOAv)

545 I honestly think there's a large amount of Republicans that would be A-Ok with being in the minority and watching their entire agenda crater all so they could scream from the rooftops "See, I told you so!!!"

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Doesn't affect their perks, pensions, and payoffs.

Might be hard on their constituents. So what, Fuck the peasants, they are revolting.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 04:22 PM (4dz1m)

546 Ivanka should report to me. I'm not saying that spanking should be the first option, but it's not the worst option.

Posted by: goon at July 31, 2017 04:22 PM (EaQ6/)

547 Jim Acosta is such a tool. He's insisting that the White House is in turmoil and that Sanders is lying.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:22 PM (/tuJf)

548 ***finds out about "fellatio cafe" coffee shop in Switzerland***

Well, there goes that business plan!!!

***throws composition book in trash***

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 31, 2017 04:22 PM (kerX3)

549 Trump needs to get his shit together or step aside.
Posted by: Mitchell at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (BvNzB)

"Mitchell. Even the name says 'Is that a beer?'."

Posted by: MST3K jokes at July 31, 2017 04:22 PM (7HtZB)

550 No, no Trump "antics" cost us anything on O-care, or anything else.

The fainting and pearl-clutching and lack of understanding of Beltway realities will get no rest during the Trump years.

There are real problems, real disastrous problems, created by real clueless irresponsible cowardly unintelligent people, and a real disconnect between the electorate and what happens in the Beltway. And as the O-care thing illustrates (not the "failed" vote, the whole thing - the lack of any GOP seriousness on the issue, their desire to bail-out insurers, and keep the expanded welfare river flowing, the complete lack of any specific agenda of reform that will actually help), the GOP's failures are not in any way a by-product of Trump's histrionics.

Trump's existence partially illustrates the breadth of this disconnect. But ephemeral personnel issues or "tweets" are no part of the problem.
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THIS.

Plus.. the MSM reports everything as if we are just a hairsbreath away from complete anarchy and if Trump fires just one more person, OMG, CIVIL WAR PEOPLE!!!!

It this was Obama, or Hillary, the press would either be ignoring the story, or covering for them.

Posted by: shibumi at July 31, 2017 04:22 PM (aT+Bx)

551 Hillary up by 8 in NC. Looks like an early exit for Trump.
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at July 31, 2017 04:16 PM (xAnaP)

Sorry. That reminds me of that day in early November when I woke up from my nap about 830 PM and saw the chyron that had Sir Shankalot leading NC by 1%.

*shudder*

Posted by: golfman at July 31, 2017 04:22 PM (48QDY)

552 This is a movie review of 'Game of Thrones' isn't it.

Posted by: Pious Lee Smith at July 31, 2017 04:23 PM (m9X4Y)

553 Sanders is done. Yeah, she's pretty good.

Two things I've noticed, she's gives as short an answer as possible, not allowing the press to parse her statements.

Second, she limits her time for questions, precluding the press from asking the same dumb questions ten different times. They have to get the important questions out or not have them answered at all.

Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 04:23 PM (G0vdT)

554 I want to see McCain sitting in his office chair fingering ball bearings and muttering about strawberries.

Posted by: Strobe at July 31, 2017 04:24 PM (gbWkA)

555 When the left stops squealing about everything the President is doing, then I'll worry. Until then, he's doing a fine job.

Posted by: Weasel at July 31, 2017 04:24 PM (Sfs6o)

556 543 I will give you that

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 04:24 PM (pPKG5)

557 Trump needs to get his shit together or step aside.
Posted by: Mitchell at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (BvNzB)

Actually, I think Trump probably has his s***. together. If he's a germaphobe, he's probably quite tidy and punctilious in that respect.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 31, 2017 04:24 PM (iVOAv)

558 "Mitchell. Even the name says 'Is that a beer?'."
My, my MY, Mitchell...

Posted by: Sporkatus at July 31, 2017 04:24 PM (eXSOZ)

559 I honestly think there's a large amount of Republicans that would be A-Ok with being in the minority and watching their entire agenda crater all so they could scream from the rooftops "See, I told you so!!!"


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OK with being the minority?

The vast majority WANT to be the minority.

Nothing expected of them, nothing gets done, and their only reponsiblity is to vote the way their lobbyists tells them and to get re-elected.

Posted by: shibumi at July 31, 2017 04:24 PM (aT+Bx)

560 There is some other good news, Arab butt-boi leftover from Gaylord's admin has resigned as head of the Counter Violent Extremism department at DHS. Apparently he got tired of being schlonged by Trump officials, he much prefers being schlonged by CAIR.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at July 31, 2017 04:25 PM (aT5ia)

561 "I have not yet begun to poke!
Posted by: John Paul McCain at July 31, 2017 04:19 PM (IqV8l)"


McCain can now join his old buddy Hairy in the Pirate bar. For little while.


Posted by: bergerbilder at July 31, 2017 04:25 PM (lIZQs)

562 I want to see McCain sitting in his office chair fingering ball bearings and muttering about strawberries.
--

He won't be doing that.

He'll be too busy vomting and sleeping.

Posted by: shibumi at July 31, 2017 04:25 PM (aT+Bx)

563 531 Y'know, i'm liking Sarah Huckabee-Sanders as press secretary so far. More so than Spicer. She seems to let the snark fly...
====

Agreed! She rolls her eyes at dumb questions and mutters stuff like, "I don't see why this is so hard to understand."

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at July 31, 2017 04:25 PM (10LGw)

564 Venezuela has heavy, sour crude that is refined in the southern United States and the various islands of the Caribbean. China MAY have the capacity now to refine such crude but even so, factor in the transportation costs, and ask yourself, is it worth it? It's possible that even China is blanching at such cost, with oil where it is currently priced.

Mr. Trump is looking more and more like one of the worst people I have ever worked for in the military: a guy who changed his mind on things multiple times in a single day on a given issue and believed that violent, day long temper tantrums were great tools for leadership. Oh well. I voted for Neuman in disgust with both candidates and was excoriated for doing so. People ached for Mr. Trump. And yes, while he is NOT HRC (and HRCWNBPOTUS!!!), at this point I am going to need the teensiest bit more than that for him to earn my vote in 2020.

Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at July 31, 2017 04:25 PM (tGcV2)

565 Trump needs to get his shit together or step aside.
Posted by: Mitchell at July 31, 2017 04:04 PM (BvNzB)

Actually, I think Trump probably has his s***. together. If he's a germaphobe, he's probably quite tidy and punctilious in that respect.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 31, 2017 04:24 PM (iVOAv)



Okay, everyone, back out of the room slowly. Make sure Fenelon can see your hands. DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT.

Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 04:26 PM (mf5HN)

566 Jim Acosta is such a tool. He's insisting that the White House is in turmoil and that Sanders is lying.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:22 PM (/tuJf)


The only thing in turmoil in Acosta's world is his underwear. What an idiot.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 31, 2017 04:26 PM (PY9jH)

567 Second, she limits her time for questions,
precluding the press from asking the same dumb questions ten different
times. They have to get the important questions out or not have them
answered at all.

Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 04:23 PM (G0vdT)

After Mnuchin and McMasters were finished, she took the podium and said, "You guys wasted all your time with them asking the same question over and over."

Posted by: Tami, Public Ineffectual at July 31, 2017 04:26 PM (Enq6K)

568 Ivanka is chummy with all sorts of Lefties.
Posted by: Lizzy at July 31, 2017 04:15 PM (NOIQH)

Maybe, Used to be...but they way they are going after her Father...I would not put so much stock in that anymore

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 31, 2017 04:26 PM (5y11N)

569 >>There is some other good news, Arab butt-boi leftover from Gaylord's admin has resigned as head of the Counter Violent Extremism department at DHS. Apparently he got tired of being schlonged by Trump officials, he much prefers being schlonged by CAIR.

Speaking of CAIR, you know who they haven't said a word about? Imran Awan. Not a peep and nothing on their website.

That seems interesting.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:27 PM (/tuJf)

570 Nood. Awan

Posted by: shibumi at July 31, 2017 04:27 PM (aT+Bx)

571 Is an auto-glupe the same as sucking your own dick?

I am so confused. This is worse than JJ's punishing headlines in the morning report. Sometimes I have to just give up and read the article to figure out his headline.

Posted by: Gentlemen, this is democracy manifest at July 31, 2017 04:27 PM (LWu6U)

572 John McCain was a man who served honorably and became a casualty in the line of duty.

He was tortured, yet passed on the chance for an early propaganda release.

Whatever else he's done, he was a hero then.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at July 31, 2017 04:28 PM (QQ+il)

573 Posted by: Ace's liver at July 31, 2017 04:13 PM (Xuv2G)

How you conduct yourself as a POW could certainly support the tag, Hero. Whether McCain's conduct qualified has been questioned.

Posted by: Jack Sock at July 31, 2017 04:28 PM (7+uJ1)

574 I so love it when a random troll shows up here.

Posted by: dagny at July 31, 2017 04:28 PM (wZuWv)

575 496 Unless its a Federal court DT can't help him..
Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2017 04:11 PM (pPKG5)

__________________

It is a federal court. Susan Bolton, federal district court judge is the one who did it. It is a misdemeanor.

And yes, Trump should pardon Arpaio. The illegal alien-pimping a-holes in the Maricopa County attorney's office have been after Arpaio for years, because they can't stand that he was actually trying to enforce the law in AZ.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 31, 2017 04:29 PM (gNgc6)

576 Okay, everyone, back out of the room slowly. Make sure Fenelon can see your hands. DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT.


Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas at July 31, 2017 04:26 PM (mf5HN)

It's o.k. I'm not going to examine anyone. ;^) It's just that "get their sh** together" always seemed like a very odd expression to me, and particularly more in regard to Trump since the whole pee-pee dossier stuff.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 31, 2017 04:29 PM (iVOAv)

577 "Plus.. the MSM reports everything as if we are just a hairsbreath away from complete anarchy and if Trump fires just one more person, OMG, CIVIL WAR PEOPLE!!!!"

------------------

At this point, I say fine...

I won't start it, don't want to start it.
I won't be the first.

But, God Willing, I will be standing on the pile of skulls at the end.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 04:29 PM (4dz1m)

578 "The drama continues, but hopefully we're going to be in the reducing-the-drama phase now."
"I hope we can finally get down to some actual Presidenting now."

Last week sure does seem like a long time ago, doesn't it? Have you ever considered that "all drama, all the time" is the way this administration operates?

Posted by: Doctor Catface at July 31, 2017 04:30 PM (Qi1S0)

579 "Where is Scaramucci now?" people are asking.

Uh oh...

https://tinyurl.com/ycollslx

Posted by: qdpsteve at July 31, 2017 04:30 PM (eMKNe)

580 his was all planned weeks ago.

Mooch was brought in to:

1) emasculate the establishment GOP (which Trump hates) by firing their guy, Priebus, in the most humiliatingly way possible
2) march around like the big bad wolf, the White House villain, until the new chief of staff arrived
3) get sacked by Kelly, so the CoS could look strong and be the white knight hero while sending a message to anyone else thinking of leaking to the press.

Posted by: Che Pizza at July 31, 2017 04:31 PM (JA/HG)

581 So, in this "cleaning" of dead wood...McAint, who may have lethal radiation beams aiming at his noggin as I type. I would say something cheerful, but that would be hypocrisy, something I am not known for. I would bless his heart, but...

80 yrs old, at 1:30am, cackling like a banty rooster in the hen house, two weeks post near frontal lobotomy... wanders around Congress voting on various things like repealing healthcare. An issue he ran on when it did not matter, as Obathouse was in orifice. But when it counted, nope! He wanted the spotlight on his swansong. And he got it.

He preened like a cockatoo, accepting calls from Ole Joe Biden, backslapping Schumer, earning the adoration of libs and N. Vietnamese. All while multi-tasking and crapping his Depends with the foul-traitorous odor of failure. Failure to be elected President and jealous as hell over President Trump. It was rumored that after the vote he said "Let's see you make America great again after that, Donald!" to the laughter of Dims. This only makes me fonder for the traitor.

As I said a few days ago, the only thing that would have made his vote ok would be if he crapped his Depends during his aisle-crossing (that he is so proud of, the wet start), dipped his hand into his nethers, and smeared rancid feces on Schumer and the others as they sold the country some more of their brand of torture.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, Infidel Queen, is tired of dis at July 31, 2017 04:31 PM (J5mzk)

582 510
So Sanders confirms that "everyone in the White House" will be reporting to Kelly. (Including Jared and Ivanka)



Hmmm.

Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 04:13 PM (G0vdT)

And that's the problem with stacking White House jobs with family members. You'll never convince me that his daughter answers to anyone except dad.

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at July 31, 2017 04:32 PM (UBzPO)

583 People ached for Mr. Trump. And yes, while he is
NOT HRC (and HRCWNBPOTUS!!!), at this point I am going to need the
teensiest bit more than that for him to earn my vote in 2020.

Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at July 31, 2017 04:25 PM (tGcV2)

"President Kamala Harris."

Posted by: davidt at July 31, 2017 04:33 PM (XoldI)

584 >>Maybe, Used to be...but they way they are going after her Father...I would not put so much stock in that anymore


Nah, she was just in the Hamptons with a bunch of progressives.
Her best friend is apparently Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife, and she hangs with people like Tony Blair, Eric Schmidt.

Posted by: Lizzy at July 31, 2017 04:33 PM (NOIQH)

585 It's like that scene where Indy shoots the guy with the sword.

Posted by: Bluedog803 at July 31, 2017 04:33 PM (zlT2P)

586
Mooch the Greater & Mooch the Lesser

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at July 31, 2017 04:34 PM (xAnaP)

587
566 Jim Acosta is such a tool. He's insisting that the White House is in turmoil and that Sanders is lying.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 31, 2017 04:22 PM (/tuJf)

The only thing in turmoil in Acosta's world is his underwear. What an idiot.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 31, 2017 04:26 PM (PY9jH)

------------------------

Sarah Sanders should make it the Whitehouse Communications Team's goal to drive him insane, and out of his job.

Whatever it takes. Lie, slander, feed him total BS, freeze him out, something every single hour of his existence.

Pick a target, freeze it, isolate it.

A good tactic is something you have fun doing.

Posted by: rd at July 31, 2017 04:36 PM (4dz1m)

588 Is Kelly an establishment globalist? Where does he fit in politically speaking?
Posted by: Jollyroger at July 31, 2017 03:12 PM (t06LC)

---

He spent 45 years in the USMC...he only retired about a few years ago.

Pretty sure he's not a globalist.

Posted by: SMFH at July 31, 2017 03:18 PM (s5Kql)



Kelly is a Globe & Anchorist.



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at July 31, 2017 04:37 PM (v5iqM)

589 I think he stiffed them because they were being assholes at the end, which just happens to be a distinctly Italian trait.

I say that as an Italian myself, but I am cognizant of my own assholishness.
Posted by: Gaylord Farkemall at July 31, 2017 03:09 PM (+dsLj)

Yep and if I forget the wife reminds me.

Posted by: Cannibal Bob at July 31, 2017 04:38 PM (O5bec)

590 "Nah, she was just in the Hamptons with a bunch of progressives. Her best friend is apparently Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife, and she hangs with people like Tony Blair, Eric Schmidt."

Don't forget her being squired around various Manhattan gatherings and shows by Justin Trudeau.

Posted by: torquewrench at July 31, 2017 04:41 PM (ujwCG)

591 Now here this:

All employees in the West Wing of the White House MUST report for 6am formation in the White House parking lot. Weather is no excuse. Lateness will not be tolerated. Marine Corps calisthenics will follow.

Posted by: Viator at July 31, 2017 04:42 PM (Ueq18)

592 Actually, I think Trump probably has his s***. together. If he's a germaphobe, he's probably quite tidy and punctilious in that respect.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke

Okay, everyone, back out of the room slowly. Make sure Fenelon can see your hands. DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT.
Posted by: alexthechick - summons the Parallamas


It's the Mistress of the One Finger Death Stroke. Nobody is safe.

(Seriously, I hope the sitch with FenelonSon is improving at least somewhar...)

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Abbot of St. Costello-on-the-Hurlingbone at July 31, 2017 04:44 PM (AM1GF)

593 521
So Sanders confirms that "everyone in the White House" will be reporting to Kelly. (Including Jared and Ivanka)



Hmmm.

Posted by: WisRich at July 31, 2017 04:13 PM (G0vdT)



"But, Dad! That's not fair!

Posted by: Ivanka at July 31, 2017 04:16 PM

This. I think both of them are getting bored. Ivanka drags her kids to work a lot probably to get more face time with grandpa Trump. They thought their "portfolios" were big stuff but it is really small beans. And getting dragged before a hostile Congress to testify on Russia was not what they were counting on. The adoration has fizzled too.

Posted by: Lester at July 31, 2017 04:49 PM (LfJIn)

594 563 531 Y'know, i'm liking Sarah Huckabee-Sanders as press secretary so far. More so than Spicer. She seems to let the snark fly...
====

Agreed! She rolls her eyes at dumb questions and mutters stuff like, "I don't see why this is so hard to understand."
Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at July 31, 2017 04:25 PM (10LGw)

=============

This is something that even establishment pukes can learn from: Hire a mother of 3 small children as press sec, they're not dissimilar jobs...

Posted by: Jackal at July 31, 2017 04:56 PM (NiR1r)

595 "No, I didn't miss it; they did not announce any embargo of our oil to Venezuela (do we have to refine it for them?) or any of Venezuela's to the US."

The Lyondale Citgo plant in Houston is built to refine the sulfur heavy crude from Venezuela. We also export crude to them so they can cut it to make it easier to refine.

Posted by: DanMan at July 31, 2017 05:09 PM (XTiHL)

596 Venezuela crude is very high in sulfur. The only refineries within reasonable distance to them that can refine for profit are in the Gulf Coast, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Literally no other country have the facility to process this stuff for profit.

Posted by: BigFire at July 31, 2017 05:18 PM (PzKK9)

597 At least we got "Rancid Penis" out of it.

Posted by: Brass Bancroft at July 31, 2017 05:27 PM (Al42J)

598 1. 'heavy' means the crude oil is thick, viscous, dense; it takes more energy to raise its temperature to the 'cracking' point where it can be separated into gasoline/kerosene/other types of fuel/and filter out the harmful residue. 'Light' is the opposite.

2. 'Sour' means the crude oil has a lot of sulfur and other things - that means that you have a lot of eco-trash to sequester and deal with once you're done and since that costs money to do that cuts down on your bottom line - to say nothing of it taking up valuable space in the concoction.

Libya, for example, has 'light, sweet' crude and is very highly prized thus the desire to destabilize the place so some European functionary could take it over.

Posted by: Ingot9455 at July 31, 2017 06:32 PM (HetVs)

599 Mooch got the hook because he made it all about HIM.
I thought we needed to purge the WH of demos.
He voted for jugears twice,ffs.
Just a foul mouth New yawker who barely had his placard on the door,going on a drunken rant...to the New Yorker rag reporter.
Bye!

Posted by: Infidelishous at August 01, 2017 12:17 AM (swCSp)

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