Author Topic: It Lost Black Voters. Now It’s Losing Latinos. What’s Left Is a Broken,White GOP  (Read 3502 times)

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
About that 'invasion caravan'...

Didja know that this troop deployment is costing the American government up to $220 million  plus these dedicated soldiers are gonna miss Thanks-for-Taking with their families?!

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
"Hee hee hee! A win for democracy!"
Friday (thank gawd, it's...)Friday, 16th November 2018
Puppetine lost both the House of Representatives & to CNN
by Paul Farhi



A federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of CNN and reporter Jim Acosta in a dispute with emperor puppetine, ordering the Executive Manison to temporarily restore the press credentials that the puppetine empire had taken away from Acosta last week.



Would You Like To Know More?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/judge-hands-cnn-victory-in-its-bid-to-restore-jim-acostas-white-house-press-pass/2018/11/16/8bedd08a-e920-11e8-a939-9469f1166f9d_story.html?utm_term=.912127168eb5

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Wednesday, 26th December 2018
Bone Spur Doc’s Daughter: Dad Wrote puppetine Diagnosis as a Favor
Daily Beast


The New York City podiatrist who gave puppetine a letter stating he had bone spurs on his heels—which enabled him to dodge the Vietnam War draft—issued the document as a favor to puppetine’s real-estate developer father, Fred, from whom his office space was rented, the doctor’s daughter has told The New York Times.

“I know it was a favor,” said Elysa Braunstein, now 56, who said the implication from her father was that the future president did not have a disqualifying foot ailment.

Braunstein’s surgical office in Jamaica, Queens, was owned by the drumphf family until 2004.

Braunstein said that after the letter was issued, her father received preferential treatment from his landlord.

“If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately.

That was the small favor that he got.” Larry Braunstein died in 2007.

A second podiatrist, Manny Weinstein, who was also allegedly involved in testifying to puppetine’s condition, was a close friend of Braunstein’s, she said. Weinstein lived in two apartments in Brooklyn owned by Fred drumphf.

He moved into the first space during the year puppetine received his exemption.

In an interview with the Times in 2016, puppetine said a doctor provided “a very strong letter” about the bone spurs in his heels, which he then presented to military draft officials.

He said he could not remember the doctor’s name. “You are talking a lot of years,” puppetine said.

He had been declared available for service two years earlier and underwent a physical exam, records show.
Officials again declared him available for service in July 1968, by which time he had exhausted four education deferments and finished college.

However, the last-minute diagnosis of bone spurs, which has been widely mocked, kept him out of military service.




Would You Like To Know More?
https://www.thedailybeast.com/bone-spur-docs-daughter-dad-wrote-trump-diagnosis-as-a-favor
« Last Edit: December 26, 2018, 11:08:43 am by Battle »

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Friday, 5th June 2o2o
BLOCKED!!!
by Harper Neidig




A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a decision blocking the Executive Mansion from suspending a reporter's press pass after an altercation last year during a Executive Mansion event.

A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Executive Mansion press office failed to provide adequate notice to Brian Karem, Playboy's Executive Mansion correspondent, that his behavior could result in a suspension.

In a 19-page opinion, the panel said that the decision would not inhibit the Executive Mansion from banning reporters who engage in especially egregious conduct, rejecting trunks's argument that it would be powerless to hypothetically remove a journalist who "mooned" the person pretending to be an American president.

"In any event, the Executive Mansion can rest assured that principles of due process do not limit its authority to maintain order and decorum at Executive Mansion events by, for example, ordering the immediate removal of rogue, mooning journalists," Judge David Tatel, a Clinton appointee, wrote for the panel.

Karem's attorney, Theodore Boutros Jr., applauded the decision.


"We are very grateful for the powerful opinion from the D.C. Circuit and are proud to stand with Brian Karem against an administration that regularly demeans and seeks to chill freedom of the press," Boutros said in an email.

"Particularly today where journalists are facing attacks from all directions across the country, this case should let journalists know that the courts will not tolerate these unconstitutional actions."

A Executive Mansion spokesman did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

The court ruled that the Executive Mansion must establish clear conduct standards for its press corps in order to sanction reporters for questionable behavior.

Karem was suspended last year after getting into a shouting match with Sebastian Gorka, a right-wing pundit and former trunk aide, during a social media summit.

The reporter sued the Executive Mansion and won a preliminary injunction blocking the suspension 18 days into the 30-day ban.

The ruling on Friday prohibits the Executive Mansion from enforcing the remainder of the suspension while the legal challenge continues.

The Executive Mansion suffered a similar courtroom loss in 2018 when CNN sued after its correspondent Jim Acosta had his press pass suspended after a testy exchange with the person pretending to be an American president at a press conference.

The Executive Mansion restored Acosta's press badge after he won a preliminary injunction.

















Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10430
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Tuesday, 17th November 2o2o
The republican Party Is Racist and Soulless. Just Ask This Veteran gop Strategist.
by David Corn






When individual-1 decided to back-burner the COVID-19 crisis and reboot his reelection campaign with superspreader events in June, he headed to an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to present his case for four more years.

In front of an audience of maskless fans standing side by side, individual-1 performed his usual routine.


He threw out buzzwords (“law and order,” “left-wing radicals”).

He boasted.


(“I have done a phenomenal job” responding to the pandemic.)


He denigrated his opponent as “Sleepy Joe.”

He obsessed over personal grievances and slights, devoting much time to slamming news outlets that had recently shown video of him walking gingerly down a ramp after delivering a commencement address at West Point.

What was mostly missing from individual-1’s speech: ideas.

Although he referred to his tax cuts for the wealthy, his appointment of conservative judges, and his “beautiful” wall on the US-Mexico border, individual-1 had little to say about economic policy, national security, health care, education, housing, the environment, and other subjects.

Moreover, he offered no agenda for a second term other than vague promises of making everything swell.


Days later, during a friendly fox News “town hall,” Sean Hannity asked individual-1 to spell out his plans for a second term.

He replied by rambling on about his inauguration and attacking John Bolton.

All this was nothing new for individual-1, who approaches the presidency more as performance artist than policymaker.


But in the Oklahoma crowd were many unmasked republican senators and House members, who clapped along and looked delighted to be props for The Side Show.


Once upon a time, republican legislators and party leaders claimed they cared deeply about certain foundational issues—the deficit, family values, free trade, hawkish foreign policy.


Now they were cheering a twice-divorced adulterer who had run up the federal debt, sloppily imposed tariffs, and embraced the anti-American autocrats leading Russia and North Korea—a man devoid of serious thought and guiding policy principles, a self-fixated candidate who presented no intellectual framework for his presidency.

Had the gop become the party of no ideas?

This seemed a premise worth exploring, so I thought I would check in with veteran republicans who once were attracted to the party for its conservative ideals but who have become individual-1 critics.

First on my list was Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid.

I should note that I feel a bit awkward when I talk with Stevens.

Plenty of people have asserted that my exposé of the “47 percent” tape in 2012—remember Romney denigrating nearly half of Americans as freeloaders who want the government to take care of them? — played a part in his defeat.


But Stevens has always been gracious when we have crossed paths.

And this time was no exception.

It turned out Stevens had much to say on the current state of his party.

Actually, enough for an entire book.

Asked if the republican Party in the individual-1 years has become an outfit free of governing ideas, Stevens went even further:

“It was all a lie.”

He noted that this was word-for-word the title of his forthcoming book, It Was All a Lie: How the republican Party Became individual-1.

The modern gop, he said, never truly cared about the ideas it claimed to care about.

This was a stunning indictment coming from a longtime political consultant who had toiled on five republican presidential campaigns and numerous Senate and gubernatorial races.

“The republican Party has been a cartel,” Stevens said excitedly.


“And no one asks a cartel, ‘What’s your ideological purpose?’ You don’t ask OPEC, ‘What’s your ideology?’ You don’t ask a drug gang, ‘What’s your program?’ The republicans exist for the pursuit of power for no purpose.”

He huffed that the republican Party had not merely drifted away from its core positions, as sometimes occurs with political parties:


“Fair trade, balanced budgets, character, family values, standing up to foreign adversaries like Russia—we’re all against that now. You have to ask, ‘Does someone abandon deeply held beliefs in three or four years?’ No. It means you didn’t ever hold them.”

He added: “I feel like a guy who was working for Bernie Madoff.”

Stevens, an erudite fellow who is also a novelist and a travel writer, has become an emblematic ex-Republican.


He once believed in gop ideals and ideas.

Now he saw it all as a huge con.

His new book is a confession and cri de coeur.

The first line is blunt:


“I have no one to blame but myself.”

In these pages, Stevens self-flagellates, calling himself a “fool” for his decades of believing—and lying to himself—that the Republican Party was based on “a core set of values.”


Acknowledging his role, Stevens writes,

“So yes, blame me. Blame me when you look around and see a dysfunctional political system and a Republican Party that has gone insane.”

The book offers one overarching prescription for the gop: “Burn it to the ground and start over.”

In our conversation, Stevens exploded with loathing for the party he once faithfully (and lucratively) served.


He rejected the common view that individual-1 had hijacked the GOP.

No, he explained, the triumph of know-nothing individual-1ism marked the culmination of an internal conflict that had existed for decades between the party’s “dark side” and its professed ideals.


Even William F. Buckley Jr., often hailed as a grand public intellectual and the founding father of the modern conservative movement, was “a stone-cold racist” in the 1950s, Stevens pointed out.


(Buckley at that time considered white people more “advanced” and more fit to govern.)

“A lot of us in the party liked to believe the dark side was a recessive gene, but it’s a dominant theme,” Stevens, a seventh-­generation Mississippian who was named for confederate Gen. Jeb Stuart, told me.



“And it’s all about race. The republican Party is a white party and there still are more white people than non-white people.”

So that is whom the party aims at—even if this will eventually be a losing proposition as the nation’s demographics continue to shift.


ronald reagan achieved a landslide victory in 1980 by bagging 56 percent of white voters; 28 years later, John McCain lost with 55 percent of white voters.

Perhaps the party’s fixation on white voters can work one more time with individual-1 in 2020.

“But we’re talking about the Confederacy—literally,” Stevens said.

And Nazi Germany.

On his own, with no prompting, Stevens went straight to the Defcon-1 analogy:

“I tell my gop friends, ‘It’s crazy to say it’s 1934 in Germany…when it’s clearly 1936.’”


He insisted that the 1930s are important for understanding the current moment.

“When there was rising anti-Semitism, isolationism, and pro-Nazi sentiment, why did the US not become fascist?” Stevens asked.

“Because of FDR. Leaders matter, and the GOP has now completely abdicated its role.”


Instead, the party has yielded completely to demagoguery and race-baiting to exploit the racism and resentments of certain white voters.

Throughout his decades as a republican, Stevens considered this racist element a bug in the system.

He now realizes it has been a feature.

In 2012, Romney enthusiastically sought and accepted individual-1’s endorsement, though individual-1 had been championing the racist birther conspiracy theory.

But for Stevens, the decisive moment when the party embraced its ugly heritage came in December 2015, when individual-1, then the leading republican presidential candidate, called for a ban on Muslim travelers to the United States.


As Stevens now sees it, Reince Priebus, then the chair of the republican National Committee, should have declared that the gop did not support such bigotry and staked out a moral position.

Perhaps individual-1 would still have marched on to victory, but such a move might have distanced the party from a racist candidate.

Instead, the party kept mum and eventually folded to individual-1.


(Romney would go on to be the only GOP senator to vote to remove individual-1 from office at the end of his impeachment trial.)

Stevens now argues that individual-1’s rise was not a fluke that the party can sidestep or survive.

“This is the complete moral collapse of a governing party of a major superpower,” he remarked.


He wonders how he could have been blind to the gop’s racism and turpitude for so long.

“It is hard to see this when you’re in the middle of it,” he said.


“The only analogy I can find is the collapse of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, when the difference between reality and what is believed became so disjointed. I should’ve seen this. I did see this, but I wanted to believe the crazies were a minority.”

Stevens conceded that had individual-1 not come along, he still might not have been fully aware of the structural immorality of the gop:

The republican Party was “a comfortable place for a lot of us. If individual-1 had lost, I’d probably still be working for a republican candidate. But individual-1 made it impossible to deny what the party is. I just don’t get why these republican senators don’t stand up to him. What’s the worst thing? You’ll be an ex-senator? They are the individual-1 Generation. It’s how they will be remembered. Like the segregationists of old.”

It was hard to slow Stevens down as he spoke.

He had so much to confess.

He forecast a bleak future for the party.


Citing the demise of the republican Party in California (where more voters are now registering “no party preference” than republican), he observed that the gop was becoming a “regional/Sun Belt party.”


And he shared his fear that young political operatives working for the party have drawn the lesson that a candidate must emulate individual-1 to win—that what most matters is not policy ideas but the ability to attack and exploit fears, divisions, tribalism, and resentments.


“Elizabeth Warren can articulate a coherent theory of government,” Stevens said.

“There is no coherent theory of government for republicans right now. Usually a coherent theory versus an incoherent theory carries the day.”

“It’s really incredible how this had happened,” Stevens told me, as I realized I had received far more material from him than anticipated.

“This is the last book in the world I wanted to write. It is tough to come to terms with this, and incredibly depressing. If we say we believe in personal responsibility, you have to take personal responsibility and start with yourself. We created this. It didn’t just happen.”


Stevens was not pleased or satisfied with his epiphany: Ideas are not the currency for today’s gop and never truly were.

And individual-1 alone could not be blamed for that.

“republicans only exist to elect republicans,” Stevens remarked with sadness.

“They are down to one idea: How can we win?”