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“My neck is too big to be wearing a tie. I'm not wearing a tie, they know that..." -Herschel Walker.
Obama: “Mr. Walker has been talking about issues that are of great importance to the people of Georgia like if it’s better to be a vampire or a werewolf... This is a debate that I must confess I once had myself... when I was 7.”
Newt Gingrich: “Republicans must learn to quit underestimating President Joe Biden. We dislike Biden so much, we pettily focus on his speaking difficulties, sometimes strange behavior, clear lapses of memory, and other personal flaws.” But in the end, Gingrich said, Biden’s record speaks for itself: “The Biden team had one of the best first term off-year elections in history. They were not repudiated.” – Market Watch
“No, You Do Not Have a Constitutional Right to Post Hunter Biden’s Dick Pic on Twitter-Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi’s First Amendment follies... While normal humans who denied Republicans their red wave were enjoying an epic sports weekend, an insular community of MAGA activists and online contrarians led by the world’s richest man (for now) were getting riled up about a cache of leaked emails revealing that the former actor James Woods and Chinese troll accounts were not allowed to post ill-gotten photos of Hunter Biden’s hog on a private company’s microblogging platform 25 months ago... On Friday, Elon Musk promised to reveal “what really happened with the Hunter Biden story suppression by Twitter.” It turns out that he had provided a trove of internal corporate documents to the Tulsi Gabbard of Substack, Matt Taibbi, who said they amounted to a “unique and explosive story”—revealing the juicy details inside Twitter’s decision to suppress the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story, which had previously been rejected by such liberal outlets as Fox News and the Wall Street Journal due to its suspicious provenance...
...In reality, all they really had was a digital erection. The offending material that Taibbi revealed was removed by Twitter at the Biden campaign’s request turns out to have been a bunch of links to Hunter Biden in the buff. hey include a picture of Hunter Biden smoking crack and getting his feet rubbed and a link to a Hunter Biden sex tape... And that’s the big hubbub. Social media company removes unwanted dick pics: News at 11... To sum up what we learned: Big penis, little news, First Amendment not under threat. Musk and Taibbi have promised more editions of the “Twitter Files” in the coming days, maybe next time they won’t come up so limp...” Bulwark, Tim Miller
"What happens to a political party when it becomes unhinged from objective truth? Robert Draper reports on today’s Republican Party- In March of 2020, I sat in a federal courtroom in Utah and watched a man stand before the judge and murmur through sobs, “This wasn’t me. This wasn’t me.” The defendant, a 55-year-old health-insurance salesman named Scott Brian Haven, wasn’t protesting his innocence. He openly acknowledged that over the two-year period before his arrest in the summer of 2019, he had placed 3,950 calls to the Washington offices of various Democratic members of Congress, spewing profanities and threatening violence against them. But as the prosecutor listed a sampling of Haven’s vile threats in the courtroom, the defendant—a devout Mormon who served meals to homeless people in downtown Salt Lake City—seemed unable to recognize those sentiments as his own. One of the objects of his harassment had been Jerrold Nadler, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. “I’m at his office,” Haven had said in one call to Nadler’s office. “I’m right behind him now. I’m going to shoot him in the head. I’m going to do it now. Are you ready?” ...
...After his arrest, while languishing in a federal jail cell, Haven learned that the Democratic representative was a father and grandfather, just like he was. When he shared this revelation with the judge during his sentencing, he marveled, “There’s so much more to know about people than we hear about in the news.” Haven, as it turned out, got his news from the conservative talk-radio-show hosts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh—and, of course, from the president he so admired, Donald Trump. But as my reporting proceeded through the tumultuous end of Trump’s presidency and beyond the madness of January 6, 2021, I frequently encountered Republicans who, like Haven, could not conceive of Trump’s adversaries possessing human attributes. Instead, they viewed Democrats, government bureaucrats, and members of the media like me as any combination of Communists, traitors, swamp creatures, and human scum... The Atlantic
“Convicted fraudster Joel Greenberg, who cooperated extensively with prosecutors investigating GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, was sentenced on Thursday to 11 years in prison by a federal judge in Orlando, Florida. Greenberg, a former Seminole County tax collector, previously pleaded guilty to underage sex-trafficking, wire fraud, stalking and three other felony charges. As part of his plea deal, Greenberg provided information to investigators about Gaetz related to the sex-trafficking probe.” CNN
“Politically, I've always considered myself conservative because I believe in freedom and a more limited and restrained government. I'm no longer a Republican because this Republican Party believes in a big, authoritarian government ruling over the private sector and punishing its enemies." – Joe Walsh for presidential candidate
“They voted against infrastructure, gay marriage, baby formula, affordable insulin, protecting the planet and providing healthcare for our vets. And now they’ve voted against sick leave for rail workers. Don’t let Republicans tell you they’re “for the people.” Because they are not.” Tweet
"I mean, it’s the worst Republican Party in history. You cannot find a Republican Party since 1854 that has so many positions that are against the health, safety, and economic interests of children, of women, of workers, of small taxpayers, of communities all over the country, of consumers, of patients. This is a vicious, callous, inbred, ignorant, corporate indentured, corrupt party. What are the Democrats? They lose to them. — Ralph Nader
"A Letter to the DeSantis Fan-Boys From a Real Never Trumper- "You might forgive those of us who've spent seven years fighting Trump if we are not super thrilled to jump on board with someone described... as being not just from the 'Trump Wing' of the party but the Trump fuselage, wing and landing gear.'" Tim Miller,
Never Trump republican at Bulwark on DeeSantis
"We were not just making a choice about a candidate but opposing the movement that coagulated around Trump." Tom Nichols
“Congress names Nancy Pelosi "Speaker Emerita" in a show of gratitude for all she has done for this country as the “most consequential Speaker in American history” and a "legendary legislator, notorious negotiator, and a fabulous facilitator.” THANK SPEAKER PELOSI! Occupy Democrats
“The Speaker is a constitutional office, in line for the presidency. Should someone like McCarthy who objected to legal and correct election results be Speaker? Shouldn’t Democrats offer to join a few decent Republicans to support a non-election denying Republican for Speaker?” -Bill Kristol
“Donald Trump is demanding that Kari Lake be installed as governor of Arizona. In America, governors aren't installed. They're elected. By winning elections. If you lose an election, you're not elected. You're not installed. You're a loser. You're Kari Lake. Or Donald Trump.” Middle Age Riot
“In Atlanta the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit said that the district court had no jurisdiction to block the U.S. government from using the records it seized in the criminal investigation of former president Trump. That is, when U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon allowed Trump’s request for a special master to review the documents seized by the FBI in its search of Mar-a-Lago on August 8, she assumed power the district court did not have. Special Master Raymond Dearie will be dismissed, and the criminal investigation of the former president will go forward. The panel noted in their decision that they were unwilling to “carve out an unprecedented exception in our law for former presidents...” Heather Cox Richardson
Election deniers lost a lot of races, but still won too many-In the U.S. House alone, at least 150 election deniers won. The inspiring news from this month’s midterm elections — at least for those of us who are fans of democracy — is that voters in key battleground states rejected Trump-endorsed election deniers running for secretary of state. It’s not hyperbole to predict that if those candidates had won, they could’ve morphed from election deniers into democracy destroyers. here’s the alarming part. As detailed by States United Action, which describes itself as “a nonpartisan organization advancing free, fair, and secure elections,” while eight Republican election deniers lost their races for secretary of state, such candidates won in Alabama, Wyoming and Indiana. And it gets worse. The Washington Post has confirmed that more than 170 of the 291 election deniers who ran for Congress or other statewide elections this year were elected. In the House alone, at least 150 GOP election deniers have won...” Dean Obeidallah, MSNBC Opinion Columnist
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