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Dave Kopperman
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Posted: 25 January 2023 at 8:23pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

There's an interview clip with Kevin McCarthy about George Santos with one quote that really, really bothered me.  When asked by a reporter as to whether he was going to take any action against Santos due to the allegations about him, McCarthy replied "what are the charges against him?"

It's clear that McCarthy thinks that by flipping the conversation from allegations or extensive admitted and documented falsehoods and associated grifting to 'charges,' it's a burn on the reporter. But it's more like a self-burn... or a burn on Democracy.  Because the direct implication here is that in order for a member of his coalition to face any penalties from the party, actual criminal charges need to have been filed - a real lowering of the ethical Limbo stick.

LINK (Seth Meyers.  Whole thing is worth watching, but the money shot is around the 12:30 mark.  Apologies for secondary sources - can't find the original CNN interview).
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 01 March 2023 at 5:44pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

So it begins... A police officer outside a Ron DeSantis book event in Leesburg, Florida was told to remove anyone wearing Trump from the line.



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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 01 March 2023 at 6:29pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

For decades I've seen people in the U.S. vote clearly against their own self interest with Republican candidates. It still floors me. Somebody in Ohio worried about the effects of the derailment pollution on them, or the all for student loan forgiveness and availability person, are only now waking up to the 'oops, waitaminit' thing... okay, so you get bicycle lanes and don't ride a bike, but if you detail what the GOP means for you personally, even though not a targeted minority, it's usually not at all good for 90% of people.

The Supreme Court is absolutely rigged now, by the Orwellian (and sometimes literally billionaire) bozos who whine the most about things being rigged. I'll be shocked if they take credit now for the EPA and rail maintenance cuts they crowed about not long ago, or do anything to balance or stop the educational arms race rigged in favor of the wealthy. Man of 'faith' Ted Cruz buggering off while people froze to death in Texas is the true face of the GOP these days to me, and DeSantis is a huckster of anti-Fauci memorabilia. Quit empowering people working feverishly against your own interests if nothing else. Everyone for themselves, poor to no infrastructure, and lack of regulation is what defines a backward no-hope banana republic, not the greatest anything.
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