President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to concede the election is bad news for many reasons. One is that it all but guarantees that some portion of his followers will refuse to recognize the Biden administration’s legitimacy—just as some people did not recognize the Trump administration’s legitimacy, or the Obama administration’s legitimacy before it. President-elect Joe Biden is promising a return to normalcy, but the perception by some substantial part of the electorate that the American president is illegitimate is no longer an aberration in American politics. It is normal. This may have all started with Bob Dole. Although people tend to think of the former Senate majority leader, now 97 years old, as an old-school Republican of the pre-scorched-earth era, he was as early as 1993 a chief source of chaos and destabilization. When Bill Clinton routed the incumbent George H. W. Bush in the 1992 presidential election—bringing the Democrats to the White House for the first time in 12 … [Read more...] about What Bob Dole Hath Wrought
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The Republican candidate for governor of Arizona told a big rally on Sunday she was not going to speak even metaphorically about the size of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ’ testicles. “My staff always says whatever you do, do not say balls, so I’m not gonna say it,” Kari Lake said when introducing DeSantis at the Unite and Win rally at the Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix. She tried saying instead, “That guy has a backbone made of steel…” But this was apparently not ballsy enough. “I’ll tell you what he’s got,” Lake then said. “I don’t know if you heard of this, but he’s got BDE. Anybody know what that means? Ask your kids about it later.” The roar from the crowd indicated that many of those in attendance knew without having to ask their children that BDE stands for Big Dick Energy. Lake spoke—one would hope—metaphorically about the size of DeSantis’ penis. “I call it big DeSantis energy, right?” she continued, though she had on many occasions said that talk of … [Read more...] about Kari Lake Says DeSantis Has Big Dick Energy. She Got One Word Right.
A federal judge ruled against a motion by Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s to quash a subpoena compelling him to testify to a grand jury about former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis subpoenaed Graham in July 2022 as part of a grand jury investigation into a pressure campaign directed against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Graham spoke with Raffensperger by phone twice shortly following the 2020 election. “T hough Senator Graham argues that he is exempt from testifying as a high – ranking government official , t he Court finds that the District Attorney has shown extr aordinar y circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony on issues relating to alleged attempts to influence or disrupt the lawful administration of Georgia’s 2022 elections ,” Northern District of Georgia Judge Leigh Martin May wrote in a Monday … [Read more...] about Federal Judge Says Lindsey Graham Has To Testify In 2020 Election Investigation
Democratic New York Rep. Jerry Nadler instructed all members of the House Judiciary Committee to mute their microphones during a Wednesday hearing after someone was heard cursing in the background. During a roll call vote on an amendment to the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act , the office of an unknown member could be heard via a teleconference application. A person then apparently spoke into the application, “Where did that fucking go?” The comments interrupted the roll call, forcing Democratic California Rep. Karen Bass to repeat her vote. “I remind all members to mute themselves,” Nadler said. WATCH: The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which creates new offices within the Department of Homeland Security, passed out of the committee along party lines. Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives has given members the option to participate in hearings remotely since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has also instituted proxy voting, … [Read more...] about Rep. Jerry Nadler Tells Members To ‘Mute Themselves’ After Someone Curses Into Hot Mic