Plus: Liz’s smackdown.
"A once-respected, apparently normal Republican politician looks in the mirror one day and decides, to hell with it, I’m going all-in on the insanity." YES YOU ARE CORRECT... Mike Lee is a creep in person and is only interested in kissing the ring and hoping for some kind of administration appointment if his so-called king once again hoodwinks the voting public and grabs the presidency for a second time :-(
"Lee’s descent into conspiracism raises familiar questions. Our former colleague Andrew Egger writes: 'Hard to think of a worse heel turn in all of politics than Mike Lee suddenly realizing getting ‘base’ was the way to the heart of the world’s dumbest people and becoming a willing accessory to whitewashing January 6'.”
Lee finally figured out what Elon Musk did a year or 2 ago, and what Trump merely "fell into by accident" a decade ago. That the paranoid authoritarian "masses" are the easiest people to scam. They never need no stinkin' evidence for anything they desperately want to believe. You can even tell lies that are obvious to any liberal or old-style conservative. Heck, you can even contradict yourself, and still have them eating out of your hands I first notced that with the anti-evolution movement decades ago. It would be comical how peddlers of evolution denial can'r agree among themselves which of the mutually-contradictory, long debunked alternatives is the correct one. It would be, if the "masses" didn't just gobble it up and ask for more.
Susan Sarandon went over the intellectual cliff and never came back...
Come on man; Buckley wasn’t writing like this in the late 60s and 70s; everyone changed during that time; you picking something like you have isn’t the sum of the man.
Some of them are followers of the Steve Bannon strategy of destroying a government in order to bring in an authoritarian.
Charlie, in your cheap shots you post a tweet suggesting that it was a "lie" to suggest that an Israeli helicopter killed Israel civilians. In fact, that has been confirmed by an Israeli police investigation as reported by Haaretz. https://www.haaretz.co.il/news/politics/2023-11-18/ty-article/0000018b-e1a5-d168-a3ef-f5ff4d070000 I think a retraction or some sort of acknowledgement of that fact is warranted.
Charlie awesome job. I for one would love an even more in depth review of ‘pocket constitution’ guy when the mood strikes. Maybe something about zealots or cuckold senators, or a time he pulled that pocket bible out on someone? You always know best!
Wow. Susan Saradon of Thelma and Louise fame. When did she decide to kneel to Trump's fat ass? Too bad. I thought she was smart.
"Apple and IBM, two of X's biggest tech advertisers, both said they would pause advertising on X. Lionsgate, Disney, Comcast/NBCU, Paramount, Warner Bros. Discovery and other firms also paused their marketing."
Ok, Musk plans on going thermonuclear on MMfA, this must be his new bugaboo (yet another truthteller holding him to account). I still wonder when he will try to shift the blame onto the ADL, and Jews in general, for his mismanagement and destruction of Xitter, not just their contributions to his loss in revenue and the extreme devaluation of the company -- for which he also blames them, not just Media Matters.
Everyone knows that if it weren't for the Libs, Leftists and Jews Xitter would not have lost valuation, it would actually be worth much more than his purchase price. He can't be held accountable because... richest man in the world. Plus, he is such an astute businessman that everything he touches turns to gold and achieves perfection like his previous god: the Amber Australopithecus -- before he threw his support over to DeSantis.
Speaking of Elon...I'm suddenly getting email ads to
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This just in, the guy who played a key role in plotting the paperwork coup, AKA the conspiracy to overthrow our republic, would like you to know that the act intended to be its concluding crescendo, the would-be coup-de-grace, may actually have been a plot by the FBI. Not a plot by Trump, who openly exhorted his supporters to come to the Capitol on Jan 6th, telling them that they had to "fight like hell" or else they weren't "gonna have a country anymore". And certainly not a plot by him.
In particular, he's very upset that the Jan 6th committee didn't spend their time staring at the Jan 6th footage just enough to spot little imaginary clues to trigger conspiracy theories that they would then not attempt to debunk. He's not a big fan of Occam's razor, you see, especially when it would lead to investigators spending their time looking at who sent what text message to whom and whatnot. For example, the text from Lee to Mark Meadows about how Lee was “spending 14 hours a day” trying to figure out how to turn an election loss into a win by force of will. Or say, this one, also from Lee to Meadows:
“I’ve been calling state legislators for hours today and am going to spend hours doing the same tomorrow. I’m trying to figure out a path I can persuasively defend...We need something from state legislatures to make this legitimate and to have any hope of winning. Even if they can’t convene, it might be enough if a majority of them are willing to sign a statement indicating how they would vote,” Lee said.
What was Lee trying to accomplish here? How about what's that shiny object over there? Why isn't anyone paying attention to the shiny object I just noticed someone on the internet notice on the Jan 6th tape, which seemingly shows from the inside what we all saw happen on the outside. Remember, what you're seeing and reading isn't what's happening. Everyone knows the FBI is woke bastion of Trump-hating communists, and that twinkly-dink there is clearly possibly maybe a badge from the organization that dragged its heels on this investigation so hard it had to have a handful of politicians dig up all the evidence for them so that they could prosecute him two and a half years later.
The American people have questions, and Mike Lee wants them to know he has answers. Much better answers than the real answers they've already been given, because these answers don't make him appear to be a traitor to his country.
Okay, so Mike Lee goes full conspiracy, posts something anyone with Google could debunk and then doubles down.
He'll make a fortune on this. There is no disincentive. There are lots of incentives. He can have that Senate seat as long as it suits him, just like Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and the rest of them.
Here's what I'd like to see: someone from the Reality-Based World get on Fox News or NewsMax or OAN or any of the other places Mike Lee's voters get their news and actually say something about this. And then, probably won't happen, but get Mike Lee to address the actual facts of this case.
Why are so many of our country mates mentally ill.?. It is not just that there are people angry about their financial problems. This is a capitalist society where the really rich are not even paying taxes. But the people like me, a Democrat who is not rich by any means is not angry. Actually, I would not want to be rich and spend the rest of my life worrying every day about the stock market. So, what is it? Are they starving? I don't see Mike Lee starving. I don't envy the MAGAS and Mike Lee. They are so filled with hatred that one day they will implode. I don't think that they can even enjoy life, how could they?
Maybe it has to do with religion. They thought that if they prayed their lives would be suddenly great. But it did not happen, and now they lash at the world. Life is not easy, it is filled with challenges, sorrow, disappointments, but we the sane accept that and most of all enjoy being alive. We are capable to look at a sunset, or a bird, or a beautiful tree and feel rich because nature is making us rich. I don't live in La La Land, this world is scary, I just vote Democratic and gather strength from nature for the days to come that may be very ugly.
Mike Lee is the perfect example of those who are tested and reveal they never had any true integrity.
Regarding the ruling on Trump's eligibility in Colorado, this may not turn out well for him in the end. Sounds like the judge wants someone else to make the ruling that he is not eligible. That's the legal part of the ruling, which is what the state supreme court and possibly SCOTUS will be looking at and deciding whether to overrule. The factual part of the ruling, which appellate courts usually give great deference to, was that he is an insurrectionist. So any appellate court merely has to agree with that fact and just make the opposite determination on whether it disqualifies him.