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Superb article. One can't overestimate what a huge help Republican Kelli Ward

has been in helping to turn Arizona blue:

Why did Kelli Ward lose the GOP nomination to McSally? Because Ward is just awful. She liked to pal around with Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka. She won praise from white nationalists. She associated with alt-right figures like Mike Cernovich. A day after McCain’s announcement of his illness, she suggested that McCain should resign and the governor should appoint her. The day that McCain announced that he had stopped treatment, she claimed that the announcement was timed to hurt her Senate campaign. McCain would die a day later. Her husband is infamous for such acts as spitting on one of Ward’s former volunteers for switching allegiance to McSally.

With baggage like that, surely the state GOP would want nothing to do with Ward, right? Wrong: Five months after losing the primary, Ward was elected the chairwoman of the state GOP. Ever since, Ward has made headline after headline in the Arizona press for her ridiculous actions, outrageous tweets, and mismanagement—not to mention an allegation of corruption. In a fundraising email from last September, Ward wrote that “we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks.” This is grotesque. Kelly, the Democratic nominee, is nationally famous in his own right for being a NASA astronaut (and the twin brother of another NASA astronaut) but also for being the husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head at point-blank range in an attack that nearly killed her and did kill six others.

Next up: we need to get rid of Ducey.

Thanks for posting!

I lived in Los Angeles when this happened:

The North Hollywood shootout was a confrontation between two heavily armed and armored bank robbers, Larry Phillips Jr. and Emil Mătăsăreanu, and members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California, United States on February 28, 1997. Both robbers were killed, twelve police officers and eight civilians were injured, and numerous vehicles and other property were damaged or destroyed by the nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired by the robbers and police.[1]


After this shootout occurred I remember the police saying they were outgunned by criminals (although these were bank robbers, the police also were beginning to be "outgunned" by drug gangs/cartels in Southern Cal too) and there was a push to equip them with heavier armaments. This was a huge story in Southern California; I don't know if it was part of the push to militarize, but it's' hard to overstate the impact this shootout had in our area. It completely changed the conversation Law Enforcement was having with civic leaders.

Or, rather than shame, try to get them to see how they've been "let down" or used by Trump

This is what the FBI behaviorists attempt to do with a cult; for example, trying to peel Branch Davidians away from David Koresh.

Howard Stern actually tried this when he pointed out to Trump supporters in his audience that Trump despised people like them, and that if they went to Mar-A-Lago they wouldn't see a single person who actually looked like them.

Shaming feels gratifying in the moment but we really want to find techniques that actually work and end up as votes for Biden, not drive Trump supporters deeper into Trumpland. They are already so invested that it's going to be humiliating for them to admit they've been wrong all along. So if we can allow them to save face we'll have better luck.

It's a bad case of hero-worship

Graham has always been infatuated by more powerful, charismatic people, even to the point of embarrassing obsequiousness. He's consciously or unconsciously trying to become Trump, like the character Vukovich slowly becomes Richard Chance in the movie To Live and Die in L.A.

Just my theory.

Well, I know that when I blackmail somebody, that's the person

I call in the middle of the night to express my anxieties and innermost thoughts, fears and frustrations, and then to seek advice from on foreign policy decisions. And he's always overjoyed to see me and hear from me, and brags about it to anyone who will listen.

I don't mind this being a talking point if it bothers Lindsey Graham, but...

He's not that hard to understand. If you read Bob Woodward's book, Fear, he presents this relationship as fulfilling an inner need Graham has always had to have the attention of and validation from a more charismatic, more powerful politician. He loves being the guy that Trump calls in the middle of the night in the middle of an anxiety attack. He loves pontificating and actually having someone take him seriously, and he loves giving advice to Trump on what to do with our troops and sharing his grand vision of foreign relations (probably a lot of which he borrowed from John McCain, who fulfilled the mentor role before Trump did).

Someone also explained Lindsey Graham as being like a pilot fish that attaches itself to a whale for the safety and shelter it provides. That's a good analogy too. Graham is amoral, so he can shift allegiances easily. He loves the attention and adoration of the most powerful man in the world. It's just another peak experience for Graham.

He really is that person.

Ann Applebaum nails it in her mandatory-reading essay History Will Judge the Complicit

For those who have never experienced it, the mystical pull of that connection to power, that feeling of being an insider, is difficult to explain. Nevertheless, it is real, and strong enough to affect even the highest-ranking, best-known, most influential people in America. John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, named his still-unpublished book The Room Where It Happened, because, of course, that’s where he has always wanted to be. A friend who regularly runs into Lindsey Graham in Washington told me that each time they meet, “he brags about having just met with Trump” while exhibiting “high school” levels of excitement, as if “a popular quarterback has just bestowed some attention on a nerdy debate-club leader—the powerful big kid likes me! ” That kind of intense pleasure is hard to relinquish and even harder to live without.

Lindsay Graham is, for want of a better term, a Groupie.

Your point about the Lincoln Project ads is spot on.

They are profoundly effective but if they are not getting beyond Twitter and like social media platforms and MSNBC they are all but useless exercises in self-indulgence.

We need that kind of ad content (Lincoln Project/the Bloomberg ads) but sprayed the way Bloomberg placed his ads, on often-accessed television channels, plunked down in the middle of major televised events and so forth. This is so basic it shouldn't have to be stated.

Trump Illegally Eliminates Protections for First and Only Monument in the Atlantic Ocean

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
June 05, 2020

Teeming with ancient coral, marine mammals, seabirds, and undiscovered species, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is no place for commercial fishing.

Just one day after issuing an executive order that allows polluters to skirt bedrock environmental laws, President Trump signed an order today—in the middle of a nation in crisis—this time stripping essential protections from the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Located off the coast of southern New England, these nearly 5,000 square miles in the Atlantic are home to more than 1,000 remarkable species. Today’s decision is an illegal attempt to open the region up to industrial fishing and to pad Trump’s record as the most environmentally-destructive president in the nation’s history.


The Trump administration claims the decision to roll back protections will boost jobs and grow the fishing economy in the wake of COVID-19. These claims are empty. As a Washington Post report revealed, the administration’s own staffers intentionally hid information in 2017 that undermined their case for opening the monument back up—specifically, the fact that fishing vessels near the monument generated a mere 5 percent of their annual catch from within the monument. And the government’s own data shows that revenues and catch in the relevant fisheries are up or the same since the monument’s designation.

But regardless of the impact on industry, the president simply does not have the authority to issue such a rollback. “A significant change to the monument or its protections, such as allowing commercial fishing, must be done by Congress, not by the president,” Sewell says. “The Antiquities Act gives the president power to protect special areas for future generations, not the opposite power to abolish those protections.”

The monument’s status has already been defended by the courts, including in 2019 by an attack from fishing industry groups. “We are prepared to sue the administration to protect these ocean treasures from harm and exploitation by commercial fishing and other extractive industries,” Sewell says.

Read more: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nrdc/trump-illegally-eliminates-protections-first-and-only-monument-atlantic-ocean

I really hope this isn't a virus that can trigger ME/CFS

The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is still unknown. But mounting evidence suggests that an underlying biological process, such as an immune dysfunction, triggered by an infection, plays an important role in the onset of disease.

Not surprisingly, CFS is often referred to as an immune dysfunction syndrome. It frequently appears in people who have been sick. An estimated 50% to 70% of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome report that their symptoms started after they had a viral-like illness 2 or infection. 3


That would be a hellish price to pay on top of getting a terrible virus.

Rudy vs Piers Morgan: Partial Transcript

This is a quickly put-together transcript of the exchange from this post which documents an interview between Rudy Giuliani and Piers Morgan that goes completely off the rails. I just felt like doing this for the pure joy of it.

Thanks to kingofalldems for the original post.

"Rudy Giuliani goes off"

There’s crosstalk between Rudy and Piers, so some of the dialogue is missing.

Rudy: You’re a disgrace! This interview is over as far as I’m concerned.

Piers: You sound completely barking mad. You know that.

Rudy: No I don’t!

Piers: You’ve lost the plot.

Rudy: You are a big liar!

Piers: You’ve lost the plot. And it’s sad to see.

Rudy: You, you, you’re the one that got thrown off the television!

Piers: Yeah?

Rudy: Because you had ratings that were about a 2! So don’t tell me I’ve lost anything!

Piers: Keep going, Rudy.

Rudy: I know what happened to your show, Piers! And I remember the mistakes you made!

Piers: I remember…

Rudy: And I remember how you (“sucked” or “f#$ked”) up! So don’t give me that stuff, I know who you are!

Piers: Well, we’d like to apologize for the language.

Rudy: You can say anything you want about me, but you’re defaming my president, and you are helping to create violence in this country (by) the way you’re covering this.

Piers: When I used to interview you, you were an intelligent, reasonable man. And you’ve gone completely mad, and you sound deranged… It’s really sad to see what’s happened to you.

Rudy: It was really sad to see the way your career imploded in the United States, Piers!

Piers: Yeah?

Rudy: If you think I have any respect for you after this. Well, maybe you don’t care. But everyone in America knows you’re a failed journalist!

Piers: Really? Well you know what?

(Three people talking over each other, then they argue about the lack of gun control in the U.S.)

Rudy: But I tried to keep my mouth shut about you because I liked you.

Piers: Well you’ve come on here.

Rudy: You were thrown out of your job!

Pies: You’ve come on here, you’ve been rude and abusive, you sound unhinged, you’ve been using profanity.

Rudy: I haven’t been rude!

Piers: And you were somebody I used to admire, Rudy.

Rudy: I didn’t use profanity! Tell me what profanity I used?

Woman: Okay. Rudy Giuliani, thanks very much indeed.

Rudy: What profanity did I use, liar? What profanity did I use!

Woman: Well I don’t think we can repeat it, unfortunately.

Rudy: I didn’t use any profanity!

Woman: Well, what words did you use that we misheard in the studio?

Rudy: You tell me the profanity that I used! That’s exactly what you do to President Trump!

Woman: Rudy Giuliani, thank you very much indeed.

End Interview

Sorry for “Woman” but I don’t know who this third person is in the interview.

(Any mistakes are mine alone).

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