Are Younger Democrats Sharpening Their Knives?

Posted by Keeley on June 26, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Nancy Pelosi said this recently:

When it comes to issues, we are united in our concerns ...

"We" being the Democratic Party. And then she suggests it's merely the messaging that needs to be tweaked. Not the messenger, she being the messenger that younger members of her party (and it still is her party for now) are criticizing on camera or on record now. All this since the Ossoff's defeat in the Georgia 6th special election to replace Tom Price.

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Georgia's 6th - the GOP Are Getting It Done

Posted by Keeley on June 21, 2017 at 7:17 PM

With at least 83% of precincts reporting at this time, let's count up the 5 things to watch in Karen Handel's victory over Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District in what is by now the most expensive House campaign ever.

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Bret Stephens Want to Deport Native Born Americans

Posted by Keeley on June 20, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Bret Stephens - having moved from the Wall Street Journal to the NYTimes recently - has a piece on you. Maybe on you, that is. Or maybe not. A column on anyone who is an American, born in America that is, and insufficiently productive or civic in Stephen's view. Well he's a little less subtle than that. Here's some of his article:

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The Shooting - Keeping the Faith Together

Posted by Keeley on June 15, 2017 at 6:24 PM

We can debate if baseball is the perfect game, and perhaps disagree or agree. But there is something perfect about an afternoon or evening game of baseball. The loose t-shirts, the smudged uniforms, the bat held casually in the evening heat. That rhythm and pacing that slows down and expands time and creates those moments so unique to baseball. They could have been any of thousands of home-league teams practicing for the big game against their rivals.

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Fear not Democrats - There's Always the Hotel

Posted by Keeley on June 13, 2017 at 6:09 PM

The Russia collusion story has been mostly a dud so far. The obstruction of justice narrative may not give the Democrats enough ammo to try and win back the House, mostly because the evidence so far suggests the President (see liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz's tweet storm that reasonably points out that the evidence is not there) has not come anywhere close to obstructing justice. They will try to use it nonetheless, although where the obstruction story is in six months, never mind a year, is an open question.

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What Comey Will Be Asked on Thursday Matters

Posted by Keeley on June 7, 2017 at 6:32 PM

Apparently Comey will not accuse President Trump of trying to obstruct justice when he appears before the Senate in what will be the most media-hyped proceedings since Anita Hill was brought before the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 to dish the dirt and try to sabotage Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation.

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Reality Winner - the 25 Year Old NSA Subcontractor/Leaker

Posted by Keeley on June 6, 2017 at 8:10 PM

Have you heard of Reality Leigh Winner? You will. Just like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, Reality will seep into your consciousness. The 25 year old with (now rescinded we hope) Top Secret clearance who worked for an NSA subcontractor called Pluribus International Corporation. And who apparently admitted to the FBI over this past weekend that she had indeed photocopied or printed out classified material and mailed said material to an online news outlet.

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Turning the Constitution Into a Suicide Pact

Posted by Keeley on May 31, 2017 at 1:31 PM

In a terrifying essay, the National Review's Andrew McCarthy explains what's really at stake with Trump's Executive Order on immigration. The one that recently was deep-sixed by the 4th Circuit, because of the president's supposed animus against Muslim immigrants. Based not on the wording of the order, but on who ordered it.

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Is the Saudi Arms Deal Transactional?

Posted by Keeley on May 23, 2017 at 5:19 PM

So this presidency is transactional apparently. All about business and, it goes almost without saying, making deals. That way we can frame the latest arms deal with the Saudi's as a trade-off between jobs created and products sold on the part of America, and promises to fight islamic (or radical, which seems to be the suddenly acceptable term for the White House) terrorism on the part of Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern states.

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Rosenstein Hearings - Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh

Posted by Keeley on May 19, 2017 at 12:39 PM

So, Rod Rosenstein walks into the Senate Bar & Grill this Thursday, where reporters and cameras are barred from the hearings and Senators are set to grill him about the last few weeks and days and the Russia investigation. (Silence) There's no bad-dum because the drummer is wearing a pink hat at some demonstration somewhere in greater DC. (More Silence)

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President Trump Has to Learn to Play Chess - DC Style

Posted by Keeley on May 17, 2017 at 6:24 PM

This is almost like triangulation. A virtual Dealey Plaza, but with the president standing up in his limousine so the shooters (let's assume there's more than one) can get a better shot. That's what it feels like after the latest revelation: Trump made tapes. Comey took notes.

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Blood in the Water - Comey and the Campaign That Won't Ever End

Posted by Keeley on May 12, 2017 at 7:07 PM

This is troubling, not necessarily for the same reasons that Democrat Senators are invoking the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox by Nixon back in 73, which led to resignations from Nixon's administration and indicated that the Watergate scandal was reaching it's final, epic phase. And even if this time around the firing of Comey is giving Democrats and some Republicans an opportunity to increase their cries for a special prosecutor. Not to lament a fired one.

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The AHCa's Still Alive and Kicking

Posted by Keeley on May 5, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Who were the moderate, Tuesday Group GOP House members who voted against the AHCA? Take 'em down in their next primary so we can put a real Republican in their place! Who were the moderate, Tuesday Group GOP House members who voted for the ACHA? Invade their constituency meetings with iPhones blaring out Jimmy Kimmel's viral story! And take 'em down next time they're up for re-election! And put a real Democrat in their place!

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100 Days - Walking Backwards Away From Manufactured Scandal

Posted by Keeley on May 1, 2017 at 7:05 PM

It will be 100 days in a few hours as this gets written. We are flooded with 100-day evaluations of Trump's presidency. Most of them sorted along a deep partisan divide. But here's another way to look at Trump's first one hundred days in office as President of America.

Backwards.

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Schumer Offers GOP a Deal

Posted by Keeley on April 26, 2017 at 7:23 PM

What a deal. Democrats have offered to let Congress spend about $15 billion more on defense in exchange for keeping Obamacare's Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSR's) in place. Thank you Chuck Schumer. How can we not be grateful? The CSR's were placed on the table by the White House as a bargaining chip to force Democrats to agree to a budget deal. So this has worked out well hasn't it?

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