End of the work week, yet the work never seems to find an end.
Despite it all, apparently there was indeed a big-blue wave on Tuesday — I guess the horror of the T-Rump sours feeling any kind of a sweet victory, even a fairly-big one, like winning back the House — in retrospect, a stand-back afterwards approach to putting all this shit together, plus current counting of votes, all the votes, crucial in Arizona, Florida and Georgia and tipping in the Democrats favor, has at least created a better-feeling mood.
The midterms also fully exposed our frightful predicament as America the country.
So, most-likely a rough, shitty ride ahead.
Baffles my tiny mind how anyone could vote any-kind of Republican; the label’s entire clubhouse is highly-infected, and highly-contagious for a certain segment of our population — 30-percent, give-or-take. and depending upon locale. Although we cast more votes than them, we’re still stuck in the weird, pathological hatred inbred in the brand.
Just an example; In my post yesterday, I noted newly-elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talking about how she will need to wait for her congressional salary to kick in before she can afford to rent an apartment in D.C.
Well, the organ of the T-Rump jumped on the whole concept (The Hill):
A Fox News panel laughed on Friday as they discussed the incoming freshman lawmaker’s finances.
Fox News contributor Judy Miller claimed that Ocasio-Cortez’s admission was a political move her base would love.
“I think what she’s talking about is all of the money in Washington, all of the wealth in Washington, all of the power and a little, simple person like her from New York can’t find a place to live,” Miller said. “It is a brilliant political line.”
Ocasio-Cortez popped straight-back. tweeting, ‘“very revealing to see how gleefully Fox News hosts crack jokes about working-class people.”‘ and, ‘“It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis,” Ocasio-Cortez added in a second tweet.’
The main problem is the lies, and the nasty, nasty vibe, the cruelty. Ocasio-Cortez ‘worked as a bartender before pulling off a stunning defeat of top incumbent Democrat Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.) in the primary election in June.’
The shit forms from the top, though. Another day of the T-Rump acting like a petulant asshole on live TV. He slapped-dashed questions this afternoon from the media at a press conference before leaving for Paris, and immediately climbed on his high-horse with reporters and their inquiring questions (via the New York Times):
“When you’re in the White House, this is a very sacred place for me, a very special place,” Mr. Trump said as he left Washington for a brief jaunt to Paris.
“You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the presidency with respect.”
Aides to Mr. Trump said that he was most bothered by reporters who, in his view, spoke to him in a belligerent manner, and that his willingness to take questions — he did so for about 25 minutes on Friday — made him more open to scrutiny than past presidents.
On Friday, the president lashed out at Mr. Acosta again, calling him “a very unprofessional guy.”
He went on to insult other members of the White House press corps, including April D. Ryan, the correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and one of a small number of African-American reporters who cover the administration.
“You talk about somebody that’s a loser; she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing,” Mr. Trump said of Ms. Ryan, in an unprompted diatribe.
“She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise or a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty. And she shouldn’t be. She shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.”
Mr. Trump also laced into another African-American journalist, Abby Phillip of CNN, who asked the president if he wanted the new acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, to “rein in” the investigation being led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.
“What a stupid question that is,” the president replied to Ms. Phillip.
“What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot — you ask a lot of stupid questions.”
In a statement, CNN said Ms. Phillip “did not ask a ‘stupid’ question today at the White House.”
“In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day,” the network added.
And the real horror is the T-Rump’s losing his shit, which in his personality disorder, highly dangerous.
Meanwhile, back to the big-bad Blue Wave. Republican Jennifer Rubin is one of a few in that clan that has been calling the Trump an asshole. Although Rubin backed George W tooth-and-nail, she hates the T-Rump.
In an op/ed at the Washington Post this morning, she displayed the midterm in one massive sentence:
If you then turn to exit polls, voters said by big margins: they disapprove of Trump (54 percent to 45 percent ); regard the GOP unfavorably (52 percent to 44 percent); think the country is on the wrong track (54 percent to 42 percent), thought Trump’s immigration policies were too harsh (46 percent, with 33 percent saying they were about right and 17 saying not tough enough); favor tougher gun laws (59 percent to 37 percent); think his foreign policy makes the country less safe (46 percent to 38 percent); disapprove of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh (47 percent to 44 percent); want to uphold Roe v. Wade (66 percent to 25 percent); think it is somewhat or very important to elect more minorities (72 percent to 24 percent) and somewhat or very important to elect more women (78 percent to 20 percent); think sexual harassment is a big problem (84 percent to 14 percent); and are more concerned about people being denied the right to vote than voter fraud (53 percent to 36 percent).
And onward into the weekend…