You, big time lawyer: "Do we really want the precedent that the president can be sued for libel of a private citizen?"
Me, Twitter crank: "Does the presidency of Trump challenge institutional norms based on presumptions of sane adult behavior?"
I'm so old I remember when the assumption was a new administration would respond to how Trump stress tested executive power to make sure it can't happen again.
Wasn't the problem with Trump that his DOJ kept him in endless supply of Get Out of Jail free cards no matter how recklessly he used them?
Their side: Pedo Dems are living on the blood of babies.
Our side: Actually there's a perfectly sound legal explanation why we must protect Trump.
Love people answering this with the perfectly sound legal explanation. The decision on E. Jean Carroll wouldn't feel so demoralizing if there was a sense that the DOJ was otherwise determined to expose how Trump and Barr misused it. But instead we're hearing "moving on" talk.
Just as a base motivation strategy, when every bit of news coming out of the DOJ regarding the previous administration is about protecting it, loyal Democrats are going to feel some heavy Bill Barr deja vu. People need to feel like Dems in power means justice along with normalcy.
As a Democrat, seeing a party that wishes you dead flourish by flouting all rules and norms, it’s a little tough to take when your party clings to those rules and norms. “We don’t want to be like them,” only can hold the line so long.
I think the only thing that prevents the next justice department from going off the rails is consequences to the last one for it. But this DOJ seems to believe setting a good example will do it.
Covid year should have been a painfully vivid lesson that when politics is treated like an entertaining game on one side and an ossified institution on the other, the rich get richer and the poor die. And yet.
If we're not there yet, we will be soon, where the majority of Covid deaths each day are people who made a conscious decision to, "Take my chances because this guy on Fox said it has a 99% survival rate."
I mean, I know there's a subset of people who can't get the vaccination for good reasons, but when half the Republicans say they're not getting it, I suspect these deaths will not all be unavoidable tragedies.
I read two different stories today of people who refused to get the vaccine for non fact based reasons and are now dead.
Imagine if the dumb ass energy Fox News and GOP politicians were putting into mask hysteria was put into talking their followers into getting the vaccine. But that would be admitting Covid is real, which could damage Trump's 2024 run, I guess.
I think the GOP and Fox aren’t exactly clear on what it means when a writer says you have to, “kill your darlings.”
I'd like someone to explain to me how what Fox is doing is any different than if at the height of the AIDS crisis CBS news did stories night after night glorifying unprotected sex.
Has anyone ever checked the company Johnson brother-in-lawed his way into running for any, shall we say, suppliers from the world of transnational crime ? Maybe there's a Trumpy explanation for his odd loyalties.
Florida 167 deaths per 100k. California 158 as of today. Which when you multiply out by these big state populations is a lot of people alive in CA that wouldn’t be if Newsom followed the DeSantis example.
And I know there’s so many rumors of Florida cooking numbers that have been vehemently denied, but I would like to know if it’s true that visitors from out of state who were infected thanks to a wide open tourist industry weren’t counted.
I get the eye rolls at “blame Russia for everything.” But I don’t get the posture that they’re never up to anything. Or that they’re not clever enough to use the weakness that is systemic racism against us. That level of denial just seems disingenuous to the point of suspicious.
Do these people tour the Spy Museum like an atheist in a Creationist museum?
I don’t get the out of hand dismissing that Pres. KGB would absolutely be open to engage in low cost, low risk, high reward efforts to destabilize his rivals. He’s willing to dispatch assassination squads, but he’d draw the line at screwing around with propaganda on Facebook?
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping." - Kevin McCarthy, relitigating the past