OPINION: "On a surreal day of GOP-generated alternate reality, every Senate Democrat tried to get America to awaken out of the Matrix but only one succeeded, says @jaymichaelson

.@jaymichaelson "As someone who has researched and written about this network for seven long years, I couldn’t believe my ears. I literally choked up."

"Because finally, finally, amid hours of sanctimonious bullshit from the Republican Party ... here was someone actually telling us what was going on," he adds thedailybeast.com/at-amy-coney-b…

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