Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, July 26, 2019

Shorter McConnell/Trump: Russia's Meddling In Our Elections Is No Big Deal (Because We Benefit)

The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, an effort more far-reaching than previously acknowledged and one largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time.
Some administration officials have suggested that the issue is not getting enough high-level attention because President Trump equates any public discussion of malign Russian election activity with questions about the legitimacy of his victory.
There are GOP senators, notably Ricahrd Burr, the chairman of the committee, who are not buying that they should close their eyes to Russian meddling because it benefits Trump, but McConnell is not one of them.

You can bet your farm that if a true Trumpist senator was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, that this first report would never have seen the light of day. More are coming.


Nangleator said...

It occurred to me a while ago that the only way to get Republicans to care about international ratfucking is if all the countries that hated Putin and his puppet realized that they could pool their resources to buy an American president, just like Putin has done. The combined effort of 100 countries would make a difference, no?

I'm told that while it would indeed be treason to invite that, it's not at all prosecutable. Right, conservatives?

Also, seeing that gerrymandering is a bit of a problem, couldn't all Democratic politicians announce that they are Republican? And every Democratic voter could change to Republican, as well? This would eliminate the downsides of a two-party system AND gerrymandering at one stroke. Of course, voters would have to work a bit harder to understand who is who, but it's better than just surrendering the country to bad actors.

Sikhandtake said...

@ Nangleator:
In theory, that counter to gerrymandering would work, but in practice, the GOP generally draws districts along racial lines, so actual registration would only matter in mostly white areas.

I've been wondering what would happen if a state passed a law stating that all fertilized eggs older than, say, three months, were persons (and therefore eligible to be counted in a census). If that state were 'blue', might enough zygotes stored longer than the three months give that state more House seats in the next census?

dinthebeast said...

You can draw your districts by independent commission like we do in California.
The supreme court ruling said legislative fixes were a-ok.

-Doug in Oakland