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New Love/Hate


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The only thing Republicans fear and hate more than a liberal old white woman is a young brown one.

The GOP has been bashing Hillary Clinton since 1992. They’ve gaslighted the nation to the point that most people who hate Clinton can’t state anything factual to hate her over. They’ve been at Nancy Pelosi since the Bush 43 era and argue she’s too old to be Speaker of the House, despite the fact their Senate Majority leader is only two years younger. Elizabeth Warren is a fairly new target for them, but they can’t go at her without exhibiting racism. I’ll give you one guess why they hate Maxine Waters.

Maybe they’re getting bored with the women listed above because they’ve recently taken to attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will be the youngest member in the history of the House of Representatives when she assumes office in January. Ocasio-Cortez defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in a primary and will represent a district that covers parts of Queens and the Bronx.

Ocasio-Cortez has everything Republicans need to hate. First off, she’s a she. We know how Republicans feel about women. She’s a self-described Democratic-Socialist, which really freaks out people who equate that with Venezuela instead of Norway. She’s a millennial, and they hate people who resemble their constituency. Finally, she’s a minority, and…yeah. The future of America is going to be a lot browner than white and that scares the living daylights out of the GOP. They can’t gerrymander fast enough to prevent it.

With the way the GOP is trying to destroy her, you would think she was a major presidential contender or possessed the Donald Trump pee tape. A day doesn’t seem to go by without some GOP flunky going after her on Twitter or Fox News.

Ocasio-Cortez revealed her plight of being unemployed for three months before she takes office and being unable to afford an apartment in Washington. Fox News, which is made up of millionaires, mocked and derided her for lacking affordable housing options. They failed to notice that this problem truly makes her a representative of America. They also failed to mention that around 50 Republican congressmen sleep in their offices because they claim they can’t afford a D.C. apartment.

There was a scandal over her wearing nice clothes to her orientation at the capital, which was a brouhaha Washington hadn’t seen since Obama put mustard on a cheeseburger.

Fox News’ resident Nazi-sympathizer Laura Ingraham ran a segment on Ocasio-Cortez threatening our nation with healthcare.

An editor for Daily Caller, Virginia Kruta, attended an Ocasio-Cortez rally and was petrified that the crowd was eager for healthcare, an education, and a living wage being a human right and accepting that the government has a responsibility to provide them. She wrote, “They talk about things that everybody wants, especially, like, if you are a parent.”

The Right isn’t sure how to handle her because she’s good with social media, and she fights back. A Washington Examiner columnist deleted his tweet after attacking her wardrobe.

Sean Hannity ran a segment, trying to scare his audience, listing her agenda of Medicare for all, housing as a human right, federal jobs guarantee, gun control, criminal justice reform, and end to private prisons, abolishing ICE, immigration justice, solidarity with Puerto Rico, fighting Climate Change, clean up campaign finance, higher education for all, women’s rights, and support of LGBTQ. Is Hannity bashing her or creating her campaign ads?

What they’re really afraid of is that she understands struggling in this nation and that giving more of our money to billionaires isn’t going to help the majority. She has a voice, and she knows how to use it.

When Mike Huckabee falsely accused her in a tweet of comparing her election victory to the moon landing, she hit back with, “Leave the false statements to Sarah Huckabee. She’s much better at it.”

She used Twitter to point out that as a member of Congress, she gets to pick her health insurance plan, and as a waitress, she had to pay twice as more than as a member of Congress. She tweeted, “It’s frustrating that Congressmembers would deny other people affordability that they themselves enjoy.”

That’s the voice of reason and understanding that scares Republicans. Hopefully, in their fear and hysteria, they’ll keep pointing it out. If she’s kicking their asses at 29, imagine what she’s going to do after she gains some experience.

What should scare them most of all is that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the future, and she’s not alone.

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Ditching Pelosi


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As the Democratic Party readies itself to take control of the House of Representatives, a small group of the party is talking about a need for fresh leadership.

There is not a debate that Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011 Nancy Pelosi is up there in years. At 78 years of age, she’s two years older than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and six years older than Donald Trump. Of course, no one is arguing about replacing those two old guys. They’re not even arguing about replacing 67-year-old Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who lost seats in the midterms.

But the House, which gained 37 seats (and still counting) under her leadership, is debating about replacing Pelosi. If I didn’t know better, I would think there’s a little sexism involved here.

I think Pelosi’s critics have a good argument about fresh faces, new blood, and a younger generation to lead the party. But, I think there’s a better argument for experience.

Right now, there’s only speculation on who would replace Pelosi. A better question would be; who has the ability to lead the House? Who can count? Who can herd cats? Who is best to weather juvenile personal attacks in presidential tweets?

Pelosi is really good at all the above. Obamacare never would have passed without Pelosi. In case you have a short memory, let me remind you that Obamacare has only recently become popular among the general public. It was detrimental to the Democratic Party and President Obama’s poll numbers back when it was passed. The Democratic Party lost 63 seats and the House in the 2010 midterms, largely in part to Obamacare. You can probably blame Pelosi for some of that, but you can give her credit for herding Democrats to vote for Obamacare at the risk of losing their seats.

There has been much gaslighting about Pelosi, much like Republicans have done for over two decades to Hillary Clinton. She has been a boogeyman for them in campaigns and the face of all that is wrong with the Democratic Party. Yet, most Republicans couldn’t give you a specific reason why they don’t like her, except that she’s effective. If Republicans hate her, maybe Democrats should keep her.

Will Republicans use her in future campaigns? Most likely, just like they did during the last midterms, which didn’t work out for them.

I’m arguing for youth and experience. We need more youth in Congress, but they need to learn from those who are experienced. Pelosi should remain the Democratic Party’s choice for Speaker, for now. The younger members of Congress should pay attention and learn from her. If they don’t, they’ll end up with Speakers like John Boehner and Paul Ryan, who are two of the most ineffective and inept Speakers in the history of Congress. Democrats don’t need to pull a Boehner. Don’t give Donald Trump an easy foil.

Pelosi may not be as inspiring or energizing as an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but she delivers. Hopefully, in her next term as Speaker, the more youthful in the party will learn how to do the same.

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What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you. 
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Like A Glove


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The Democratic National Committee is suing Wikileaks, Russia, and the Donald Trump presidential campaign for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 election in favor of Trump.

Republicans say this lawsuit is frivolous and without merit and seek to have it dismissed. While the House committee studying collusion between Trump and Russia say there isn’t any evidence, the facts say otherwise.

While on the campaign trail, Trump publicly asked Russia to get involved in the election and to hack into Clinton’s email. The Trump campaign hosted Russians in Trump Tower who were promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. Don Jr. and Roger Stone were both communicating with Wikileaks. Wikileaks even asked Don Jr. to provide some of Trump’s taxes, so they could release them and make it appear as though they weren’t playing favorites. That’s collusion and a conspiracy.

The best part about this is it allows discovery for the Democrats to seek internal documents and testimony from the Trump campaign. Republicans can claim it doesn’t have merit, but it’s a fact the Democrats’ computer system was hacked.

Republicans and Trump are also allowed discovery and will seek information about the Clinton campaign’s financing of the dossier, written by a former British spy, detailing Trump’s connections to Russia. The only problem with them seeking discovery about the dossier is, it’s already been discovered and it’s not illegal. Conducting an investigation on your opponent isn’t illegal and it’s done by every campaign. Case in point, the Trump campaign inviting Russians to Trump Tower (though, that one might have been illegal).

If the GOP fights this in court with the same intelligence they’ve exhibited in defending Trump’s collusion with Russia, they’re in trouble.

The Democrats are seeking millions from the defendants for their conspiracy. Donald Trump is now a co-defendant with Vladimir Putin. Sure, it’ll be tough, if not impossible, to get the Russians and Wikileaks to cooperate in the lawsuit, but that will probably weaken Trump’s defense even further. Plus, Russia is probably too busy to defend themselves from charges of hacking the 2016 election in favor of Republicans while they’re busying themselves by hacking the 2018 elections in favor of Republicans.

There is precedent for this. In 1972, the DNC sued the Nixon reelection campaign for the Watergate break-in. Republicans called that suit frivolous also, yet they settled for $750,000 on the day Nixon resigned from the presidency in 1974.

The suit doesn’t name Trump as a defendant, but it targets Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Manafort’s deputy during the campaign, Rick Gates. The suit points out that these individuals were aware of Russia’s attempt to meddle in the election and instead of reporting it to law enforcement, they gleefully accepted the help. Manafort will have to get permission from courts (that’s plural) to leave his house to defend himself in court. He’s already wearing TWO ankle bracelets because he’s a huge flight risk.

Before Trump makes history by being the first president taken down by a porn star, he’ll make it by being the first president required to wear an ankle bracelet. Maybe Ivanka can design matching bracelets for Trump, Don Jr, and Jared.

This case isn’t frivolous. The Russians hacked the DNC and it’s very clear Trump was their choice. The problem for Trump and the Republicans is that there is a bloody glove…and it fits.

Here’s the video.

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Grabbing By The Bush


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Former president George W. Bush has been making the rounds  of talk shows promoting his new book, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.” which  is a collection of individual portraits and a group mural which Bush painted, from photographs, of sixty-six physically and/or mentally wounded Armed Forces veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. From what I’ve seen it’s actually really good.

Bush is a good artist. He was a bad president. Not bad in the Jimmy Carter bad. Bad in the god-awful Millard Fillmore, Ulysses Grant, Herbert Hoover bad.

Bush started two wars financed by tax cuts and let an American city succumb to weather, snakes, and alligators. Compared to the present occupant of the Oval Office, or Mar-a-Lago, wherever he is at the moment, Bush is downright refreshing. We’d take those snakes and alligators.

Bush was silent during the Obama presidency but looking at the current and impending disaster, he poked his head out of his cave. He probably felt that he’d be welcomed again. He was right.

Bush has gone on Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel’s show talking about his affection for Michelle Obama, and cracking jokes. He’s a likeable guy. He’s a real guy who does respect the presidency. He was never a hater. His fault at times was that he didn’t care and allowed himself to remain ignorant on so many details.

I wouldn’t mind giving Bush a hug. I think at this point America would be afraid to let go. He’s no Obama, but I’m sure most Americans would prefer to turn on the TV and see President Bush over Donald Trump. At this point they’d probably take Fillmore, Grant, and Hoover.

This cartoon is kinda sort of a sequel to the cartoon I drew the day after election day which had Uncle Sam clinging to President Obama’s leg.

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The Democrat Diss


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Supporters of Bernie Sanders felt slighted during the Democratic primary with many feeling the system was rigged. It didn’t help perceptions that Donna Brazile fed Hillary Clinton debate questions before the debate and it’s true that the Democratic establishment heavily favored Clinton over Sanders which leaked emails (hacked by Russians) revealed.

On Saturday night the Democratic party elected former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new leader over Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison. It would be a fantasy world if the Republican leadership choice came down to a Hispanic and an African-American Muslim. For the party of diversity, not so much.

The perception of a rigged system and a party that’s ignoring the more liberal and millennial element will continue after the election of Perez. While Perez has bonafide liberal credentials, Ellison was the candidate who supported Sanders early in the primaries (second congressman to do so), and was endorsed by him for the leadership position.

For those Sanders supporters, whose support for Clinton in the general election was lukewarm, and those who didn’t support her at all, this is another slap in the face as Perez won by only 30 votes. They feel the party, which has lost nearly 1,000 seats from the White House to state houses in the last decade, is continuing the establishment’s pattern which has given them so many losses.

Perez has his work cut out for him. The Democratic party is the party of diversity. They better play to it.While they do need the establishment and start to appeal to rural whites, they can’t ignore the voices of minority and millennial voters. They better give them a seat at the table. Healthcare, free college, and even legal marijuana, needs to be added to the platform and fought for vigorously while also opposing Trump’s travel ban on Muslims and his racist deportation policy among other things.

In the era of Trump those voices and votes are needed now more than ever. They better pay attention to The Resistance.

Personally, I think Ellison, a voice of The Resistance, would have been the best choice for the party of the future. I also think he would have been a bad choice in that he’s an elected official. People who hold office should not be simultaneously holding a partisan position. Do you work for the party or your constituents? How do you vote and sponsor bills while being a spokesperson for an entire party? Do you ever buck the party in your position as an elected official or do you just ignore the job your district and state sent you to do (which a lot of representatives do anyway).

The Democrats have the numbers on their side to win elections. So why aren’t they winning elections? What they’ve been doing obviously is not working. It is now Tom Perez’s job to figure it out and make a change.

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Herding With Pelosi


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I may have been watching too much of The Simpsons marathon that’s playing nonstop for nearly two weeks. I’ve been flipping back and forth between my usual news channels and FXX and I think I’m burning out on Homer. But I do love that crazy cat lady.

Congressional Democrats apparently love her too. Nancy Pelosi has been Congressional leader of the Democratic Party since 2003 (Speaker of the House from 2007-2010).

There are arguments the party needs new blood to win back disaffected voters and working-class Americans. Ohio’s Tim Ryan opposed Pelosi arguing he could lead the party to win back Trump voters. Many have analyzed that the party is coastal and ignores Middle America and issues that affect them, like eating.

On Wednesday House Democrats cast secret ballots and selected the 76-year-old San Franciscan over the 43-year-old Ohioan. The problem for Ryan is that he hasn’t really presented a plan to lead the party and he failed to deliver his own district to Hillary Clinton. His other problem is that Pelosi is actually good at her job.

Pelosi knows how to herd cats and she’s an effective administrator, whether you like her politics or not. John Boehner had great difficulty as a manager when he served as Speaker and could have taken a lot of notes from Pelosi.

The problem the Democrats still have is that their leader, though a good manager, is an old liberal lady from San Francisco. She’s not capable of relating to moderates in the Midwest. While she led her party to take the majority in the House in 2006, she hasn’t been able to retake it since 2010.

The real issue is the party needs new talent. Not so much that they have to be young, but the Dems leadership is several years younger than the GOP’s. Their next big decision will be selecting a chairman of the party who will attempt to woo Trump voters. It’s a bit bizarre you want to win the type of people who voted for Trump when you actually won the majority and you have the right message. They need to focus on the electoral college, laws that restrict voting rights, and fighting fake news.

The Democrats are the only defense against Trump’s tyranny and plans to turn our nation into a hillbilly theocracy that worships millionaires. They also need to focus on the midterm elections in two years and eventually getting Trump out of the White House in 2020, or Mike Pence in case Trump gets impeached by February.

But don’t blame me. I voted for Kodos.

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Jilted Democrats


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I’m going to be accused, again, of being in Hillary Clinton’s camp. I’m not. In fact, there was a time I couldn’t stand her. That was back in the 1990s and to be honest, she wasn’t the only one who changed.

I like Hillary Clinton. I like Bernie Sanders too. I love there is a dialogue. Liking one does not mean you have to hate the other. Promising not to vote for the nominee because they beat your candidate is immature, childish, and extremely stupid.

Oh, you don’t trust Hillary? You question her judgement over her vote for war with Iraq? So do I. I also question Bernie’s judgement in believing the gun industry is the only American industry that shouldn’t be held liable in a court of law. So there.

Al Gore beat George W. Bush in the 2000 election. If all those Ralph Nader voters had voted for Gore then the election never would have been handed to the Supreme Court to then hand it over to the son of the guy who appointed a lot of them. We would probably still have had a recession, but we wouldn’t have doubled then tripled down on it with a war financed by tax cuts for the rich.

Keep supporting Bernie all the way to the convention. After Hillary gets the nomination, grow up. Stop being a baby. Stop whining. Get serious. Because despite the stupid and goofiness of the Republican party, they are serious. And what they have in store for this country is a hell of a lot worse than what Hillary or Bernie could ever inflict upon it.

Be smart. It’s kinda important.

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