Stop Being Shocked, SHOCKED at Trump, Republicans

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From Jon Perr at PERRspectives:

With their national convention in Cleveland now less than a month away, Congressional Republicans and many in their amen corner among the right-wing media are horrified by their party’s 2016 presumptive nominee for President. As well they should be; Donald Trump may not just cost them the White House, but their Senate majority and potentially dozens of House seats as well.

But if the GOP’s best and brightest are panicked that over 13 million primary voters and the overwhelming majority of Republican delegates picked the racist and xenophobic snake oil salesman to top the ticket, they shouldn’t be surprised.

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How the Polls Could Be Wrong

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From Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg View:

Let’s stop and figure out what the presidential polls are telling us and what they can’t tell us.

Right now, Hillary Clinton has a solid lead. This is according to four constantly updated “poll of polls” sites — that is, compilers of polling averages. HuffPollster’s current estimate has Clinton’s lead at 6.0 percentage points. The RealClearPolitics average gives her an edge of 4.8 points. The New York Times has her leading by 5 points, and FiveThirtyEight’s “nowcast,” which looks at the polls to date rather than projecting to November, has her up by 4.7 points.

So is it over? Absolutely not.

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Trey Saudi

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From driftglass:

Because wingnuts are congenitally incapable of admitting error, each time another one of their ridiculous lies blows up in their face, rather than providing them with a valuable lesson about not going through life as a brick-stupid chump, it only serves to “prove” that the Very Big Conspiracy To Which Only They Are Privy must go even deeper than even they had originally suspected.

And so this week, as Benghaaaazi — the last, great Kenyan Usurper conspiracy to which so many idiots pledged to their Lives, their Fortunes, and their sacred Twitter accounts — finally gave up the ghost, the Pig People did what the Pig People always do.

From the WaPo:

Benghazi conspiracy theorists turn on Trey Gowdy

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So, How is that Trumpster Fire Doing?

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From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:

If I treat the question “Is the Trump Campaign for real?” as answered in the affirmative, then the Trump campaign is a staggeringly weird one, and just one day’s worth of material is probably fodder for a dozen blog posts about it’s awfulness. I have simply never encountered such an embarrassment of riches regarding the awfulness of a campaign before. It’s legendary, in a way.

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No Exit

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From nojo at Stinque:

In the week since the Brexit vote, we’ve read a number of analyses about why the Brits — or Little Englanders, to be more specific — chose to secede from the European Union, and what that portends for the world’s current English-speaking empire.

Not to put too fine a point on it: They’re White. And they’re angry.

From there, comparisons with current United States politics are straightforward. We’ll even grant that they’re true. But we find them insufficient.

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Obama, Trump & Improved View Other Countries Have Of US

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From Ted McLaughlin at

George W. Bush seriously hurt the image of the United States with other countries (including our best allies). But thankfully, President Barack Obama restored our image among other nations. And currently, the United States enjoys a very favorable view with other nations…

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Independence Day 2016

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From Dorian de Wind at The Moderate Voice:

While on July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies proclaimed their independence from Great Britain, the war to cement their independence had already been fought for a year and would continue for another seven years, claiming the lives of approximately 25,000 Patriots.

Sadly, the War of Independence would be just the first of a score of wars and major conflicts that would follow to maintain the independence, unity and security of the new nation at a cost of more than 1,300,000 patriot lives.

Today, 240 years after that first Independence Day, our patriots are still serving in every corner of the globe and still dying for us.

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Is Trump trying to lose this election?

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From Chad Selweski at Politically Speaking:

With about two weeks to go before the Republican convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump’s continuing inability to mount a serious, nationwide presidential campaign effort makes one wonder if he never expected to get this far.

The reasons why nervous GOP leaders wonder if Trump never planned ahead are fairly basic: Lack of funding, lack of staff, lack of organization and a lack of institutional support as the underlying distaste for Trump among elected Republican officials begins to surface.

The question becomes: Why doesn’t Democratic standardbearer Hillary Clinton have a much larger lead?

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Sorry, Elizabeth Warren: Trump Hates Native Americans

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From The Intersection of Madness and Reality:

Donald Trump is racist, and there’s no disputing this fact. As I’ve pointed out, Trump was a racist asshole well before Barack Obama stepped onto the scene. Yes, Trump’s racism predates his alleged hiring of investigators to look into Obama’s birth certificate. Trump’s racism also predates his insults of Latinos, Muslims, and even racist insults hurled at Elizabeth Warren. Again, Donald Trump is racist – and, he can’t help himself.

However, I’ve been questioning whether Trump’s attacks on Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage by referring to her as “Pocahontas,” as another example of his racism.

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Wexit, Brexit, Koch, UN Black Trucks, Sit-in, Romney, Aliens

  • The Big Empty watches George Will walk away from the Republican Party, renouncing membership, changing registration, making a public announcement, and reflects on how poor Mr. Will helped create the problem he deplores.
  • Vincent at A wayfarer’s notes does not know whether the vote to leave the European Union was wise, suggesting it was largely unknowable because of a lack of reliable non-biased propaganda. He does celebrate that the vote could happen at all, a reflection of the value of democracy. He seems to be saying that part of the price of freedom is the ability to exercise bad judgment.
  • Nothing succeeds like success, right? Determination, the willingness to knock down and destroy any obstacle, gets a portion of our weekly worship. Jack Jodell at The Saturday Afternoon Post takes a different view as the Koch brothers apply that ethic to knocking down and destroying the primary obstacle to profits. That chief obstacle being democracy itself.
  • tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors notices Sarah Palin asking hard questions about UN trucks spotted going through Virginia. So tengrain investigates by – you know – reading, and comes up with answers.
  • nojo at Stinque examines the frustrating institutional ritual of ceremonial post-shooting grief in Congress – everybody bows heads for a moment of silence – then reviews the John Lewis led sit-in. A little hope can go a long way.
  • At Crooks and Liars, Frances Langum assures conservatives that the blog’s endorsement earlier in the year of Mitt Romney for President – replacing Donald Trump – was an April Fool’s joke. Republicans can stop trying to make the joke real.
  • Let’s be clear. James Wigderson is pretty much always a superb writer supporting, as he does, conservative causes. When he strays from politics to entertainment, he becomes more entertaining than the entertainment itself. For example, his review of Hamlet and the drama surrounding the filming of it.
  • Jerry Wolfe at Dog Bless Us One And All goes to the movies and discovers he really doesn’t like the sequal to one sci-fi flick about aliens re-invading the earth. When will they ever learn?