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Jul 9 16 tweets 5 min read
"To many increasingly frustrated Democrats, Biden's slow-footed response on abortion was just the latest example of a failure to meet the moment."

This is the "Dems in disarray, White House dysfunctional, base demoralized" article to end such articles.… "'Joe Biden’s goal in responding to Dobbs is not to satisfy some activists who have been consistently out of step with the mainstream of the Democratic Party.'"

That's the White House Communications Director. No wonder activists are pissed off. LMAO.…
Jul 9 4 tweets 2 min read
Gas prices are definitely going down. The station I pass on the way to/from the movie theater was down to $4.77. But are any other prices going down? I haven't heard anything about milk or eggs becoming cheaper. Or meat, or any of that stuff.… "The June consumer price index on Wednesday is expected to show headline inflation, including food and energy, rising above May's 8.6% level."

If inflation goes up even as gas prices are dropping, yeesh.…
Jul 8 12 tweets 4 min read
Are there any journalists whose memories are longer than a goldfish's? I've been reading this exact same tweet/story since 2014, but apparently I'm the only one who remembers. September 11, 2018. Paywalled, but I think you get the idea from the headline.…
Jul 8 8 tweets 4 min read
I can't agree more with what @SeanTrende says in this thread. And one thing he gets absolutely right is that it was the attempt to cram Jeb! down the base's throat that turned a widening fissure into an irreparable rupture. I could like and retweet every tweet in the thread a zillion times. But I'll just do this one. This was pure hubris. Hubris invites nemesis. And boy did the GOP establishment get nemesis like you'd never believe. Bigly nemesis.
Jul 7 4 tweets 2 min read
Time for another spate of "Democrats are frustrated with Biden" articles. First, this one from the AP.… "Critics say his measured approach simply does not meet the moment, leaving him struggling to inspire his supporters and allies to action."

This is the NYT's third or fourth variation on the theme.…
Jun 24 7 tweets 2 min read
Yeah, fuck Anthony Kennedy, amirite? Mark Tushnet's "Abandoning Defensive Crouch Liberal Constitutionalism" may well go down as the most spectacularly backfiring blog post in history. A total and catastrophic error of judgment. Hubris that would make Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides blush.…
Jun 24 5 tweets 1 min read
First SCOTUS decision of the day is in the California Medicare case. I don't understand the issues, so I won't summarize. But the lineup is interesting. It's 5-4, with Kagan writing for the liberals plus Thomas and Barrett. Kavanaugh dissents for the other conservatives. What the case was about. One more opinion coming at least, by either Sotomayor, Alito, Thomas, or Roberts.
Jun 24 4 tweets 2 min read
Independents registered as Republicans are already accounted for in polling, so I'm not sure what argument this guy is trying to make. Liz Cheney doesn't crack 30 percent with them. She'd be even lower without them.… "Cheney's campaign and proponents have bet big on winning hearts and minds through the incumbent's leadership role in the high-profile select committee hearings and the body's revelations about the Capitol Building attack."

LOL. Pure delusion.…
Jun 23 5 tweets 2 min read
Total flip-flop by Cheney, who said this winter she wouldn't seek Democratic support. Not that it matters. The math totally sucks for her. In 2018, 118K Wyomingites voted in the GOP primary. 19K voted in the Democratic primary. There simply aren't enough Dems to save her. Liz Cheney averaged 27 percent in the two most recent polls of the GOP primary. That translates to a little over 32K votes. Throw in all 19K Dems. That gives Cheney about 51K votes. Harriet Hageman, per the polls, gets 56 percent. That works out to 66K votes. See the problem?
Jun 23 17 tweets 3 min read
In its first opinion of the day, the Supreme Court rules that North Carolina legislative leaders are entitled in the NAACP's suit against the state's voter ID constitutional amendment. 8-1, with Gorsuch writing and Sotomayor dissenting. At least one more decision to come. *entitled to intervene
Jun 23 5 tweets 2 min read
"Biden's job approval rating has registered 41% since April and has varied by no more than one percentage point from that level all year."

Biden's ratings have been stable his whole term. Last year they were stable at 53. This year, they're stable at 41.… "Americans' approval ratings of President Joe Biden and the U.S. Congress remain stable at 54% and 31%, respectively."

Very stable ratings. The most stable ratings.…
Jun 22 4 tweets 2 min read
Joe Biden's job approval drops to 33/57 (-24) with adults and 35/58 (-23) with registered voters, setting new highs for disapproval with voters and net disapproval with adults and voters, in the new Quinnipiac poll.… I won't do the full rundown, but Joe Biden's strong disapproval ratings are 17/47 with adults, 18/49 with voters, and 13/48 with independents. Those numbers suck.…
Jun 22 5 tweets 2 min read
LOL. This is like changing a show's timeslot and postponing its remaining episodes until the summer, when no one's watching. Oh, right. Out with a whimper. Eight hearings, then six, then five, two in primetime, then one, then whatever. What a farce. What a bust. Apparently they were going to have two more hearings next week. Right when the Supreme Court is going to release its biggest opinions of the term, including Dobbs. Bennie Thompson is an incompetent dope. An so's Liz Cheney.
Jun 22 5 tweets 2 min read
"'Well, I'm back,' he said." I just want you all to know - and I'm only going to repeat this once - report me all you want, I am never going to stop retweeting cat photos.
Jun 22 4 tweets 1 min read
Didn't someone accuse Kevin Kruse of doing just that the other day? Indeed, someone did. Here's the original accusation. And if you read the rest of the tweets, you'll see that the details match those in tweets responding to the quoted tweet above. This is a serious claim, and clearly people know more than they're saying.
Jun 17 14 tweets 4 min read
The January 6 committee going from 8 hearings to 6 to 5, with the first one held in primetime, and the last scheduled for primetime also, only to be quietly moved to daytime, should be a huge story. But given how much the media hyped it, I get why it has uttered nary a peep. "Blockbuster prime time hearings at 8pm on June 9 and June 23."

It says so right there. That was the schedule. That's what we were promised back in May.
Jun 17 8 tweets 3 min read
"As inflation keeps rising and recession fears loom, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that Joe Biden is currently in the worst shape of his presidency."

Opening sentence, and that's as good as it gets for Biden.… "Since Biden took office, no previous Yahoo News/YouGov poll has shown him trailing Trump . . . One year ago, Biden led Trump by 9 percentage points."

Now, Trump leads 44-42. Within the margin of error. But still.…
Jun 17 5 tweets 1 min read
"Jurassic World: Dominion" was alright. But it never really tackles what's supposed to be its central conceit, i.e., humans and dinosaurs living in the same world. Instead, we get this locusts maguffin that is kind of undercooked, since it's never clear what the goal is. I'd rate "Dominion" the best of the three "Jurassic World" movies. Though in many ways that's simply by default, as the first was a "bigger, better, new and improved" rehash of "Jurassic Park," and "Fallen World," well, the less said the better.
Jun 16 4 tweets 2 min read
Both days have January 6 hearings. And there's a good chance we'll get one of the big ones next week. So either it'll be released at the same time as the hearing that day is going on, or will steal its thunder before it begins. Everything is Tuesday and Thursday next week because Monday is Juneteenth. Also, I'm checking the schedule, and it looks like the hearings will begin at 1 p.m. both days. But Thursday was supposed to be a primetime hearing since it would be the last one. What happened?
Jun 16 5 tweets 2 min read
The main takeaway from this story is that even Trump's advisors know that whenever he announces for 2024 (if he does), getting the nomination isn't the sure thing it was a few months ago.… "More than 10 Trump confidants, advisers and aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity said they have personally advised the 45th President to hold off on a formal campaign launch until next year."…
Jun 15 16 tweets 3 min read
In its first opinion of the day, SCOTUS rules against a veteran who was discharged for schizophrenia in 1975 who wanted his rejection of disability benefits by the VA reviewed. ACB writes for a 6-3 majority with Sotomayor and Gorsuch dissenting, along with Breyer. Unusual lineup. A clearer explanation.