Cronyism and Donald Trump- Russia, Roseanne, and Public Corruption.

Nasty Women?

Trump found time to call his crony Roseanne to congratulate her on her ratings. But on the ejection of sixty Russian diplomats, words failed him.

They’re not going to fail us, however. In fact, there is one specific word that describes the appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications.

That word is cronyism. It used to be a crime.

There are many different examples of this taking place in the Trump administration; two exceptions are Jared and Ivanka. They’re family, so giving them jobs they can’t handle should properly be called nepotism. It is another type of corruption practiced by civil servants.

At any rate, it all comes back to the fact of Trump being the president.

If he were still just the slob king of Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower, it would be fine to fill the most important positions around with incompetents and the criminally disabled. Sad as it might be to watch, it is not illegal to run your life into the ground in America.

What remains to be seen is if the law will prevent him from running everyone else’s life into the ground as well.

Trump warned his personal staff to speak softly on the subject of the closing of the Russian consulate in Seattle. He wanted to make sure not to upset Putin. He congratulated Putin on his sham victory and was furious that his national security advisers put the words “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” in all caps in his memo.

Recently former CIA director John Brennan spoke strongly of his opinion that the Russian tyrant has something on him. And just earlier today, when his advisors said they want to see him take a tougher line on Russia, he made a point of saying he is unconvinced that is the way to go.

In related news, the Presidential Personnel Office is said to be overwhelmed. Their efforts to place qualified people in key posts across government has been badly curtailed.

If this agency is unfamiliar to you, don’t be surprised. It’s a completely obscure White House office. But it is responsible for recruiting and vetting thousands of Trump administration political appointees. These have always suffered from inexperience and a shortage of staff made all the worse by the fact of they themselves being cronies.

Every White House faces personnel challenges. But the shortcomings of this office and Trump’s appointment process, in general, are far and away the most pronounced in memory, according to presidential scholars.

No administration has done it as poorly as the current one,” said Max Stier, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan group that teamed up with The Post to track appointments.

Cronyism, nepotism, and in our opinion treason. That’s what this administration is made of. Everybody knows it. The Trump voters too. They just didn’t care.

Ann Coulter actually admitted exactly that earlier this week, in an interview in which she expressed massive disappointment in the man she’s written hymnals full of praise about. “I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus,” she said. “I just didn’t care.”

The Roseanne revival is portraying Trump supporters as people just worried about their families or the country. Good people, mired in economic instability and desperate for any sort of change, voted Trump because he offered them hope. Plenty of white people in that situation did just that.

That is the biggest cop-out in the world.

Just like Ann Coulter, every one of Trump’s voters knew what they were getting themselves into. Like her, they just didn’t care. This is not like George Bush or Richard Nixon, who seemed like decent enough guys on the surface.

Everyone in America heard him boasting about molesting women, about grabbing them by their very genitals. But they turned a blind eye, for the chance to feel like they could go back in time, to a set of good old days that never even existed. That is deplorable. In every sense of the word.

At the end of the day, you can never go back again, for better or for worse. You can’t unmake bad choices. In the end Roseanne bullies Jackie into voting for Jill Stein, and here we are. As this was going to publishing, the real-life Roseanne was making headlines again, thanking the President for freeing “Children from Pimps.”

It’s looking like words are going to fail us, after all.

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Bernie’s Weak on Gun Issues, Still Hijacks March For Our Lives.

Bernie's presence at this march was a bad joke and insult.

On Saturday, March 24, people from New York to Mumbai took to the streets under the banner titled “March For Our Lives” to protest for stricter gun laws.

The mass demonstrations were instigated by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, and they got big. In D.C. alone they were joined by an estimated 800,000 people.

These young people, who have experienced gun violence firsthand, want to ensure that no more innocent lives are going to be lost to gun violence, like the shooting experienced at the school on February 14. That’s the only way they can ever bring justice to their murdered friends.

They came to deliver a strong and eloquent message to the large crowd and they did. However, ten days prior, at the nationwide school walkout held on March 14, they were nearly overshadowed by an unexpected and uninvited guest.

Bernie Sanders showed up uninvited, to do some articulating of his own.

The manner in which he conducted himself is astonishing. It even appears that he brought his own cheering section, as the Parkland students specifically did not invite him because of his record on gun control. They are said to be very upset that he crashed their party.

An excellent description the way he conducted himself during the event was found on Twitter by one of our contributors, and we decided it was worth including whole.

Even aside from this revolting display, the casual observer might be tempted to scratch his head. Bernie Sanders? Doesn’t he have a really weak history on gun control legislation? Didn’t he vote against the Brady Act, to implement background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases?

BERNIE SANDERS: “Thank you to the young people throughout this country who are walking out today and who have the courage to do what the United States Congress is not doing: lead us forward to stop the slaughter that we have seen from coast to coast due to gun violence.”

Okay, fine, but- What are YOU doing to lead the stopped slaughter forward, Bernie?

There is a very specific word of caution to make in this article. Just because a cause is worthy doesn’t mean its leaders are good people. In fact, it is often just the opposite. The Parkland students are the cause of these protests and the ones that people came to hear. But they’re not the ones running the organization.

For years, Bernie Sanders has been showing up to take credit for things that aren’t his. This Millennial Democrats contributor remembers people talk endlessly about “Bernie’s dreams” and “Bernie’s ideals” during the 2016 election cycle.

But where is he when it matters? He goes down to Florida to grandstand in front of the kids, but in the past when he has had the chance to vote on a policy to stop something like this from happening again, he was nowhere to be seen.

One example that sticks with me is when the daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal who was killed during the Newtown massacre, asked Bernie to apologize to the victims for “putting the gun lobby above our families.

Sanders dodged making any sort of apology at all, instead making a lame-duck excuse to the effect that he recognizes his constituents’ preferences, and so does not make gun control a priority.

If you want to know how Bernie feels about guns, look no further than his voting record on the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, a landmark piece of gun control legislation.

The Brady Act mandated that everyone who wanted to buy a handgun had to wait five days while local law enforcement ran criminal background checks; Sanders voted against it numerous times.

He also voted against an amendment that would have ended state waiting periods, while still voting for an amendment giving those denied a gun the right to know why.

The final compromise version of the Brady bill was an interim five-day waiting period while installing an instant background check system; Sanders voted against it.

Bernie took a lot of heat for this during the 2016 election cycle, and he equivocated at every turn, wriggling like a worm on a hook.

That’s just what he did again, last fall, when he hijacked the Women’s March. He knows full well that he has never done a thing for women’s rights, but that didn’t stop him from accepting a chance to be the keynote speaker at last year’s Women’s Convention.

When it was found out what they were pulling, women got so mad, so fast, that Bernie backed out as fast as his legs would carry him.

But he left his proxies behind. And they were quick to announce their intent.

Linda Sarsour, for example, tweeted out late in the primary season that “Bernie had changed her life” along with a picture of her framed with the Sanders family.

There are people in this country who make a living out of protesting everything, and a number of them have shown up to co-opt the efforts of the Parkland students to seek justice and change.

We’ve met them before, of course- they’re the very same people who did this to the Women’s March.

The “March for Our Lives” permit application for D.C. was actually filed by Deena Katz, the co-executive director of the Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation. The application identifies her as the “person in charge” of the event. She is also listed as the president of the “March for Our Lives Fund.”

In this capacity she works right alongside Sarsour, who has made a career out of viciousness and vulgarity.

These are some of the opinions espoused by Ms. Sarsour as collected by the New York Times.

“Nothing is creepier than Zionism,” she wrote in 2012.

From 2015- “You’ll know when you’re living under Shariah law if suddenly all your loans and credit cards become interest-free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?

The March for Our Lives and the Women’s March are too important to sit out just because a few of their organizers are corrupt.

As Democrats, i.e. persons with a conscience, we realize fully how important it is that we be there to stand in support of these crucial issues.

But it’s equally important that we do everything we can to raise awareness as to what is going on. Progressive causes are being co-opted and hijacked all over the country for the use of Bernie Sanders and his devotees, and it is hurting them. The people doing it need to be shut down.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that we’ve got to Occupy those organizations before their current leaders can run the perceived legitimacy of their causes into the ground.

The Betrayal of Roger Stone-Guccifer 2.0 Is A Russian Agent.

His boss is a crook.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that Roger Stone has finally crossed the line.

He has now made himself into something much worse than merely dishonest. Finally, he is making Lee Atwater proud.

Recently it was discovered that the hacker who claimed responsibility for the Wikileaks release of those DNC emails last summer, Guccifer 2.0, is a Russian intelligence officer whose name and location are both known to Robert Mueller.

Roger Stone had always been very proud of his friendship with Guccifer. He has boasted about it many times. He wrote on August 14, 2016, “Delighted you are reinstated. F–k the State and their MSM lackeys.”

Stone also published an article on Breitbart News, saying, “It doesn’t seem to be the Russians that hacked the DNC, but instead a hacker who goes by the name of Guccifer 2.0.”

But just recently, the amazing Guccifer made a mistake. He failed to activate the VPN that he’d been using to mask his location from American authorities, and they found him. And now, all of a sudden, Roger Stone has begun backpedaling.

Stone recently made a statement, saying: “To reiterate, I myself had no contacts or communications with the Russian State, Russian Intelligence or anyone fronting for them or acting as intermediaries for them. None. Nada. Zilch.”

Not long after that one, he reversed himself completely.

“Did in fact have a short and innocuous Direct Message exchange with Guccifer 2.0.”

Stone also had what he insists is a “Perfectly Legal” back channel to Wikileaks criminal Julian Assange. He sent a tweet out right before Wikileaks dumped the DNC emails the supporters of Bernie Sanders rioted in the streets over, saying “Trust me, it will soon be the Podesta’s time in the barrel.

An independent observer will remember that “time in the barrel” is the exact same term he used when he cooked up a scandal with Fox News host Leeann Tweeden to hurt the former Democratic Senator Al Franken from Minnesota, the other big time he got some dirt from his KGB friend Guccifer.

Criminally acquiring dirt and boasting. This is the M.O. of Roger Stone.

That was all over the Roy Moore scandals, which were an inescapable disaster for them. They knew that Al Franken would be accused of sexual assault hours before the story actually broke.

“Let’s just say Sen. Franken’s time in the barrel is about to come,” Stone told The Daily Caller over text early Thursday morning, hours before Leeann Tweeden came out with her claims.

Stone did not care to elaborate to TheDC exactly how he knew Tweeden was going to come out with her claims. But he did. And that means it was plotted out.

The news that Roger Stone spearheaded the effort to get rid of Al Franken last year is not new. We already know what kind of a guy he is. Roger Stone is the perpetual wannabe, the crony hatchetman who’s always trying to prove how tough he is.

The news that one of the women said to be accusing Franken of sexual harassment in Minnesota wasn’t even talking about Franken is new, but just the same. It’s the latest in a long line of sneaky and dishonest political moves in the career of a guy who made his bones being sneaky and dishonest.

Many have wondered why Stone isn’t already in jail. He’s been pulling this crap since the 70’s. He’s got a huge picture of Richard Nixon’s face tattooed on his back. He’s always been a thug who walks close to the criminal line, but he’s always managed before not to cross it.

That day has now come and gone.

Stone has repeatedly rejected the notion that it would be treasonous if President Trump‘s campaign coordinated with WikiLeaks to release emails from rival Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“I’ve been accused of being a dirty trickster. There’s one trick that’s not in my bag: That’s treason,” Stone, a longtime GOP operative and informal adviser to Trump, said on MSNBC’s “Meet The Press Daily.”

“For it to be a treasonous act, Assange would have to provably be a Russian asset, and WikiLeaks would have to be a Russian front. And I don’t think that’s the case,” he continued, referring to the founder of the anti-secrecy group.

One is not visually taxed, to imagine the smug look on his face as he emphasized the word “provably”.

Proof was always the key here. We’ve all figured for a long time. Now we know for sure. This is one more example of the Russian/Republican alliance that we’re seeing the outline of more clearly, now that the dust of 2016 is finally settling.

At any rate, the chances of Stone escaping this without punishment aren’t good. He’d been relying on former Trump staffer Sam Nunberg to protect him, but that guy suffered a major malfunction earlier this month. It was pretty funny, actually. It provided some of the best laughs we’ve had since they fired Spicey.

There’s a lesson to us all here. If you try hard enough to get yourself into trouble, you are bound eventually to succeed. For Roger Stone, that lesson is going to get learned the hard way.

At this stage of the game, it is really just a matter of time until Robert Mueller sends him to slip-and-fall school. Here’s hoping it’s sooner rather than later.

Hillary Clinton Is Needed More Now Than Ever.

#NeverTrump

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is at it again. For the first time in this cycle, they have launched ads attempting to tie Senate Democrats to the woman they most love to hate- Hillary Clinton.

A number of new digital ads released Monday are to run in the 10 states won by President Donald Trump in 2016 where Democratic senators are seeking re-election.

The videos will be seen on Facebook, which has joined Russia and the Republicans in unjustly treating Democrats time and again these last few years. What a surprise.

At any rate, while Fox News has been focusing on kicking around a private citizen, Stormy Daniels broke records on Sunday night on CNN. Twenty-two million people tuned in to hear her tell the awful story of what it was like to have an affair with America’s sleaziest man- its president.

It was a powerful story that made for a powerful retelling, and it highlighted the growing trend of awareness of women’s rights and women’s issues. In that awareness, Hillary Clinton’s name has been pulled back into the newspapers, as Fox News turns to the one strategy that has never failed it- attacking her.

Clinton recently said Trump’s campaign platform was “looking backwards”, and the videos highlight this. That’s good, since it was true.

They also highlight her saying during the 2016 race that half of Trump’s supporters could be put into a “basket of deplorables”, another undoubted fact.

For someone who they call crooked, she sure seems to make them awfully mad for telling the truth. This is what has led to Fox News giving Hillary Clinton and Stormy Daniels equal airtime this whole last week and weekend, although one was making television records while the other was living a private life.

Former State Department spokesperson Marie Harf, who is now a Fox News Contributor, made a number of nasty remarks on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on March 18, while the Daniels interview was going on, about how she ought to “go away”.

Sometimes it is hard to understand people.

Hillary Clinton gave every day of her life to the people of this country. She subordinated her own needs and pride and self-interest to act for the good of her country and her party. Why is it so hard for them to just say thank you?

The 2016 election proved to us that institutionalized sexism is still very powerful, and the thirty years worth of hit jobs and slander that the right wing conspiracy machine cooked up over the years is still a potent brew.

It wasn’t anything rational that led to such a self-destructive decision on the part of a large minority of American people last year. It was irrational anger born from living in a confused and post-truth reality. People stopped listening to each other, the lines of communication broke down, and the worst case political scenario actually happened.

Since then not a day has gone by when we aren’t vividly reminded of how much better a place the United States would have been to live in today if Hillary Clinton was our President.

Our national conduct would befit that of a superpower, instead of a bumbling infant. Our economy would have stayed strong. We would not be internationally reviled for pulling out of the Paris Accord.

We would have been making strides toward the future, doing good for as many people as we could have, for as long as we could have.

There will come a time when we get to try again. America is an empire of magnificent strength. It was built to survive a great deal worse than Donald Trump. In the meantime, however, in our hearts, we know that she was robbed. That single fact alone has done more to disrespect this country than anything that has happened since Bush vs Gore.

Hillary Clinton is one of the most competent living Americans, and the fact of her exclusion from the halls of power in Washington is to the detriment of every man, woman, and child who calls this country home. She would have brought the country honor at all the same junctures that Trump has debased it. She is missed and she is needed more sorely than ever.

Furthermore, it is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that it’s only right to stick up for someone who is being slandered unfairly, and all the more so when they have spent a lifetime sticking up for you.

No matter how much mud they sling at her, we will never turn our backs on Hillary Clinton.

Stormy Speaks Out- A Look at Donald Trump’s True Nature.

#TrumpIsACrook

Once upon a time, Donald Trump used to look like a real all-American guy. The apple pie grin, the big house on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, yucking it up with Robin Leach- It fit America’s image of itself, an image that the Republicans went to great length crafting and selling in the 80’s.

This is the reason Trump has ended up inheriting the mantle of Ronald Reagan. He looked the part.

Unfortunately for everyone, appearances can be deceiving, and often are.

In a stunning interview on 60 Minutes Saturday night, actress Stormy Daniels told a very ugly story.

Daniels, the adult film actress who alleges that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, went public with the full story of intimidation, bullying, and misogyny that she was put through by the slob who is now our President.

He went so far as to send thugs around to the gym she worked out at in 2011.

“A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,’ ” Daniels told journalist Anderson Cooper. “And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.”

She ended up accepting money through a Trump attorney to remain silent because she was scared for her family. Absurdly, that attorney, Michael Cohen, recently has been claiming that the money belonged to him.

Good old human generosity.

The hush agreement allowed her to protect her career and her family, she said, according to a transcript of the show. What a bullying thug.

At the end of the day, we cannot allow the triumph of the way of thugs and threats. Trump is nothing but a wannabe Mafiosi. He’s always going around boasting and making cheap threats, but ultimately all he can really do is revile his enemies on Twitter. He would do much worse if he were able- that is proved clearly by his Putin fascination- but as things stand today he is only a would-be dictator.

The “60 Minutes” broadcast comes just 72 hours after another woman came forward about her own alleged affair with Trump before he was elected president.

Former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal has sued to break free of a confidentiality agreement that was struck in the months before the 2016 election.

She signed her contract with the parent company of the National Enquirer, which one of Trump’s cronies happens to own. They bought the story to bury it.

Both women say their relationships with Trump began in 2006 and ended in 2007 and that they were paid for their silence in the months before the 2016 presidential election.

Representatives of Trump have dismissed the allegations of McDougal and Daniels, saying that the affairs never happened and that Trump had no knowledge of any payments.

These events, combined with a judge’s decision this week to let a defamation lawsuit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, who alleges Trump groped her, move forward, have intensified the spotlight on the president’s history with women.

Perhaps above all else, Trump’s history with women gives us the best look at the manner of man holding our highest office.

He didn’t look at Stormy Daniels as being a person, with feelings and a consciousness. That is how he’s always treated women, and in fact, how he’s always treated everyone who isn’t Donald Trump.

He boasted to her of not sharing a room with Melania, to whom he had been married for only two years and to whom he had an infant child with, as if that makes it any better.

Donald Trump is a man who doesn’t even consider matters of conscience or morality. The word for that is nihilism. It’s Russian.

Millennial Democrats would like to express our best wishes and solidarity with Ms. Daniels. Thank you for your courage in showing us the way.

Going forward, we can continue to repeat the message until it finally begins to sink in. Our president is a criminal, and the country has to rid itself of him to be set right.

Spread the Word! #GOPTaxScam Is Part of a Crippling Long Game.

Hard times coming, if the GOP gets its way.

If top income tax cuts worked, then the middle class would have been gaining since 1980 instead of declining.

The last time the Democratic party held enough of a majority in all 3 branches of government for long enough to get a lot done was under Johnson in the 60’s.

They ended segregation in schools. They passed the Voting Rights Act so that black folks could vote. Passed the Civil Rights Act including provisions to protect those who aren’t old white men in the workplace. Passed Medicaid and Medicare which has helped all lower income a great deal. Secured critical funding for education infrastructure.

Since that time Republicans have been in power most of the time, and/or have held at least one branch in order to block the Democratic party from doing more. We Democrats did not even get two complete 2 year periods with a filibuster-proof majority.

Bill Clinton lost his after the first year, and Obama just barely had a filibuster-proof majority for a few months. The special election in Massachusetts caused Republican Scott Brown to be elected, which ended the filibuster-proof majority.

Even during this minuscule amount of time, they did an incredible amount of good work. The much-maligned bill that Bill Clinton passed on welfare reform is actually what got federal funding for many work and education programs, besides being absolutely necessary

It got more poor people into good paying jobs than any program ever has in the history of this country.

During Obama’s presidency, Nancy Pelosi alone did more good than all the Republicans to be elected since the 1960’s combined.

The $840 billion stimulus package, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank banking-reform bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the Waxman-Markey climate bill all stand out as examples of the skill and professionalism that she has and they lack.

Millennial Democrats would like to send the following message to extremists of all shapes and sizes: It would be wiser to vote than sit out unless you want Republicans to keep making your lives harder. They’ve got an encyclopedia full of dirty tricks with which to do it, and they put all the mechanisms in place with Trump’s tyranny of a tax plan.

Top income federal tax cuts mean more taxes and cost increases for everyone else. The State doesn’t just do without lost revenue from top income, in a show of stately love toward citizen.

It is instead replaced at the local and state level through backdoor tax increases on low and middle income.

Reducing regulations just means allowing top income to take advantage of more people. Government regulations are all that protects low and middle-income people, especially wage earners.

Most of us read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle in high school; for those who didn’t, it was about a factory worker from Poland eaten alive by the meatpacking industry of Chicago. The reason people aren’t living like that now is government regulation.

Be that as it may, however, there is a tendency on both ends of the political spectrum to revile government. To label all government as tyranny or fascism is to make the terms useless. There are people out there who benefit from the existent state of polarity. People have been taught to hate their government for a reason, by specific people.

Charles and David, the Koch brothers, are the sons of Frederick C. Koch, who co-founded Koch Industries. It has grown to be the second-largest privately held company in the United States, of which they own 84%. If their individual fortunes were combined in one place, they would likely represent the wealthiest person on earth.

They have used this gargantuan wealth to subjugate one of the two parties and subordinate it to an ultra-conservative and authoritarian agenda. They have spent a fortune on it.

Most estimates show numbers of more than a billion dollars, every one of which proves the rise of the Tea Party movement was far from an accident. It was orchestrated, and it was well funded.

It also had a deliberate aim: to destroy Washington’s ability to pay for its social programs, which would be to break Washington itself.

What we are seeing now is part of a long game. They know full well the Blue Wave is coming. They know Trump will not last long. There is a reason that they all retired as soon as the tax atrocity was passed.

It’s not about the near future. It’s about what’s going to be happening decades from now and what kinds of limitations Democratic leaders will face in the near future.

The tax plan was forced on us like saddlebags on a racehorse. It was meant to handicap and even cripple our long-term prospects as a democracy. An understanding of this going forward is where discussions of policy must begin. The long-term goal of Republicans is to shrink government until it is so small it can be drowned in a bathtub, in the words of tax-cut crusader Grover Norquist.

Let’s try and keep our heads above water, just the same.

Stand Up for Nancy Pelosi! Dedicated Democrat, National Treasure.

Stand up for those who have stood up for you.

Nancy Pelosi is a hero. Plain and simple. There is simply no other way to say it.

This person has stood firm for us for years. That is why she has been the target of the Republicans, for years.

This Millennial Democrats contributor happens to remember that Bill O’Reilly was on the radio the night of Obama’s victory in 2008 calling her “dangerous”.

This is why National Review, Breitbart, and Townhall have got Google locked down this morning when you type in her name.

The treatment of Nancy Pelosi as of late by the far left, in particular, is despicable. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that to bite the hand that feeds is the behavior of a spoiled child. This person has been one of our most dedicated and historical leaders.

What is driving this need to savage one of our most gifted and able leaders? It certainly isn’t any fault of hers. Pelosi is one of the most skillful political tacticians in America.

She and Chuck Schumer even had good luck for a while, talking sense into Trump on the DACA deal, until Sean Hannity was allowed to overrule them.

In 2005, when becoming House Speaker was still a hope rather than a reality, Pelosi played a central role in destroying efforts by George W. Bush to try partially privatizing Social Security. When fellow Democrats asked her when she might release a competing plan of her own, her reliable answer, according to one aide, was, “Never. Does never work for you?” It worked. Bush’s effort was a fiasco.

But it wasn’t until Pelosi became Speaker of the House and had the support of a Democratic White House that the conditions arose for her to truly become a legend.

The Atlantic’s Andy Kroll wrote that “Pelosi muscled through one major piece of legislation after another: the $840 billion stimulus package, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank banking-reform bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the Waxman-Markey climate bill.”

She has a talent for organizing a cohesive caucus that is without equal. “You build your consensus in your caucus, and when you’re ready, you set the date to bring it to the floor,” she has explained, drawing a contrast between Democrats and Republicans. “This isn’t something where we ever go in and say: here’s the bill, now we need you to vote for it the day after tomorrow. That isn’t the Democratic Party. Some people criticize us for being such a Democratic Party, but that’s who we are.”

Building up that consensus is the part of the handiwork that the public doesn’t see. Only few can manage it, and none without decades of experience.

Nancy Pelosi got her degree in political science back in 1961. Whosoever wants to throw away that kind of skill and professionalism at the exact time when the country needs it most is, to put it mildly, lacking a thorough knowledge of the subject.

It has become a cliche to try and distance oneself from her or to say some crap about how she’s got “baggage”. This is what you call cowardice. It’s indecent. Period. It joins the Republicans and the loony left extremists in slinging filth at someone who doesn’t deserve it.

Republicans will be running nasty campaign ads linking Democratic candidates to Nancy Pelosi, whether or not she is still Speaker. That’s what they do. Long after she’s retired, that will be a dirty trick they use.

So stop falling for it! Stick up for your friends! Stick up for those who have helped you! Attacking your own side is good for no one but your opponents.

Nancy Pelosi has led Democratic resistance to Donald Trump since the day he won the election.

We are very proud of her.

And we will never give her up.

Channel 4 Busts Cambridge CEO- God Save The Queen!

#MillennialDemocrats

Thank you, Great Britain.

Alexander Nix, the chief executive of data mining company Cambridge Analytica, the company at the center of the Facebook data breach, has been caught on tape boasting of using honey traps, disinformation campaigns, and Kompromat campaigns to swing election campaigns around the world, a new investigation reveals.

Executives from Cambridge spoke to undercover reporters from Channel 4 News about the dark arts used by the company to help clients, which included entrapping rival candidates in fake bribery stings and hiring prostitutes to seduce them.

In one exchange, the company chief executive, Alexander Nix, is recorded telling reporters: “It sounds a dreadful thing to say, but these are things that don’t necessarily need to be true as long as they’re believed.”

Joseph Goebbels thought much the same. So does Vladimir Putin.

The Channel 4 News investigation, broadcast on Monday, comes two days after the Observer reported Cambridge Analytica had unauthorized access to tens of millions of Facebook profiles in one of the social media company’s biggest data breaches.

Cambridge Analytica has been using the exact same disinformation techniques that the Russian Internet Research Agency has.

Instructions were given to the staff of that company to post political content on US social media sites and “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them).”

The New York Times and the Observer newspaper in Britain revealed Saturday that Cambridge Analytica got hold of the personal information of 50 million Facebook users and used it to craft ads and messages for President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

So how exactly did that happen? Why was it even allowed?

Those are not questions that have convincing answers. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that Facebook is far from on the up and up. Democrats have been silenced on Facebook with impunity from the start. The same people who’ve been silencing us, let these people get away with murder.

Facebook has a tremendous culpability in this matter. It’s good that they’re suspending Cambridge from having any further access, especially after hearing their CEO bragging about how he uses sex workers and bribes to corrupt and ruin rival politicians.

Again, this technique is Russian in origin. They call it Kompromat- the gathering of compromising evidence on someone in order to exert leverage.

We have come to quite an impasse. Russia’s tyrant is actively working to help the Republicans keep power in America. They’ve certainly got plenty of Kompromat on them.

For an example as to the way they gather this Kompromat and what sort of dirt they want can be, we can look to Ralph Shortey, a 35-year-old married father of three. He resigned in disgrace from the state legislature in March.

He was Trump’s campaign chair from Oklahoma, a man who carefully cultivated a strong ‘family values’ man type of image. He also just pled guilty to seven federal counts. Child sex trafficking, felony child prostitution, transportation of child pornography, and production of child pornography.

pleads guilty to Meanwhile, former Campbell County District Judge Timothy Nolan, Trump’s campaign chair in KY, has pled guilty to a similar set of charges. Sex trafficking of minors. 21 counts against 19 victims. Felony trafficking of a minor, felony inducing a minor to engage in sex, and a third count of giving alcohol to a minor.

One wonders if, like his grandfather, Trump has a sex trafficking racket along with his Russian money laundering racket? Just asking .

The president and his closest associates not only know of these efforts but are doing their best to coordinate with them.

Meanwhile, Trump, the president, not only does nothing but lies to the people every day. And when he found out that the FBI was looking into the whole mess, fires the person running the investigation in hopes of putting an end to it.

This is not a movie. This is where the nation stands. The Justice Department has an investigation in full-tilt, with the best guys in the country recruited to get the job done, and the president is doing all he can to find a way to get rid of it.

“The fact pattern that continues to emerge is amazing,” said Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant who stood among the first to question Trump’s ties to Moscow during the GOP primary campaign. “When I was a young cold warrior, back at the dawn of time, we had a healthy suspicion of Russia.”

In the meantime, Trump recently did what he’s never done before and directly taken aim at Robert Mueller on Twitter.

Robert Mueller himself has been a Republican all his life. That does not seem to be something Trump likes to bring up. It certainly did not stop Trump from nearly firing him last June, on a conflict of interest beef relating to, of all things, golfing fees. The whole thing has degenerated to the level of a kindergarten in the DeVos school system.

Is this what we want for our country? Aren’t we fed up yet? How much farther do we have to go? It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that most of us are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Thank God for Great Britain, is all I can think of to say. If it wasn’t for them, we’d be in this alone, and up to our necks. I personally have learned not to take them for granted. Thank you, Brits.

There is a sign of light on the horizon, however. It’s called a #BlueWave. The way it works is really simple, too. Vote Democratic, and the nightmare ends. Vote Democratic, and professionals come in and start cleaning up the mess. Vote Democratic, and America is certain to remain America, because the best will make sure it is.

If you’ve had enough of living in the zoo, vote blue.

Misguided Idealism- Bernie’s Brand Is Too Far Left To Win Elections.

#TheBlueWave-2018!

Bernie Sanders has endorsed Marie Newman in her battle to defeat Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. The Sanders boost comes as early voting has already started in Illinois. It’s possible he will visit the district to rally voters, cut commercials for her, and help her raise funds.

This came a day or so after Nancy Pelosi made it clear that Democrats will continue to stand by the representative chosen by the voters, and support Lipinski.

Just this morning, Marie Newman repaid that favor when she said she might not support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi(D-Calif.) as the Democrats’ leader.

“I would have to see who’s running,” Marie Newman told The New York Times when asked if she would back Pelosi as Speaker if Democrats seize control of the House.

Nancy Pelosi is a national treasure who suffers the slings and arrows of half the country on a daily basis. Marie Newman is indecent in the extreme for attacking her in this manner.

Sanders knows that in backing Newman he is doing his best to start an ugly fight. And one would think he’d know that he’s bet on a losing horse again- his stepdaughter just lost her election for the mayorship of Burlington, VA– and for the same reason as always.

Bernie Sanders is too far left. Radically too far left.

The hardcore extremists who are propping up Bernie would like nothing better than to view the Newman/Lipinski contest for the 3rd Congressional District as a test of the political purity of far-left extremists against the Democrats who have always protected and stood up for them.

They point to Lipinski’s anti-abortion stance, which undoubtedly is repugnant, as a reason why attacking an elected Democrat ought to be considered acceptable.

But what about Heath Mello, early last year? He was perfectly willing to compromise on woman’s reproductive rights. Bernie took all kinds of heat for this at the time. He just didn’t care.

Bernie also refused to endorse Governor Ralph Northam’s campaign in Virginia. Again, we have to ask why?

The only answer is sour grapes. Northam easily beat his primary contender, Bernie’s man Tom Perriello. He, of course, was for Bernie last year. Perriello, however, is far from an ideal progressive. He’s another one of Bernie’s anti-abortion candidates.

It was also not so long ago that Perriello boasted of his A rating from the National Rifle Association, which was a result of his opposition to an assault weapons ban.

Let’s get real here. Bernie didn’t endorse Perriello because of his policies. He did it because Perriello is one of his cronies. Northam was not.

Dan Lipinski is also not a crony of Bernie’s, and it is the firmly held conviction of Millennial Democrats that is the only reason he has decided to stick his nose where it doesn’t belong in Chicago.

Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. It all comes down to that. Everything he does makes perfect sense, once you’ve considered that he isn’t on our side. He has a really mean and overcompetitive side to him. That was clearly visible by last June, by which time he had ceased to resemble Mr. Rogers.

It is that unfortunate tendency that keeps him from helping real Democrats. He thought he was just going to show right up and start taking over the show. Unfortunately for Senator Sanders, we have made it quite clear to him that he and his fanatic followers are not at all going to waltz in here and take us over, regardless of the disgraced and terminated Cenk Uygur and his insolent hashtag, #WeWillReplaceYou.

Time for some real talk. Bernie is bitter about losing. He tried to hijack the Democratic party. He never intended on joining us for a second, although he lied all the way through both 2015 and 2016 and said he would. He hates Democrats and always has. He once said that JFK made him nauseous.

That is what this is about. Nothing else. It is why Bernie was so appealing to the Russians.

 A February 2016 memo to Internet Research Agency staff. The instructions given were to post political content on US social media sites and “use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them).”
No wonder his people don’t want him to touch “the Russia thing”.
This is solid confirmation of what we have been saying all along. The specific mention of Trump and Sanders shows that the Russian government decided early on to oppose Clinton. We can guess why Bernie would not vote to sanction Russia. Half the things they did in 2016 were on his behalf!
This Bern-interference has become an all-too-familiar refrain over this past year, and particularly in this primary season. He has shown up to split the left and sow discord everywhere he goes.
So-called progressives are getting together all over the country, hijacking local chapters of the Democratic Party. They are attacking our candidates everywhere.

There has never been a set of midterms so crucial. Everyone on every side knows this. The best chance we’ve got of getting rid of Donald Trump before 2020, except maybe for the 25th Amendment, is to turn the Congress blue. The guys we’ve got in there now would never have impeached Nixon. We need Democrats in the legislative branch to impeach Trump. Period.

Our electoral road to success is an uphill battle. Twenty-five Senate Democrats are up for reelection this year, for example, as opposed to only eight of the reds. A plausible path to control of the Senate has arisen since Doug Jones’ stunning upset of the perverse Roy Moore, but it’s still going to be very hard.

In spite of all this, there’s a certain element in the party that refuses to care about any of this and instead insists on fighting their own people.

I saw a good point in an article today about progressive energy at the local level; awesome. It takes us all. Working together, and not against each other. It’s not about rejecting progressive ideas; we’re all progressives. The 2016 platform was progressive to a magnificent degree. Time to start focusing on the positives and putting the past to bed.

It’s insane to have a primary where Democrats are fighting each other in a year when every cent is needed so desperately to fight the real enemy. Anyone who is forcing us to waste time and money thus, and worsening the interparty divide in the process, should be viewed as extremely suspect.

In related news, Conor Lamb’s stunning victory in Pennsylvania this month in a district Trump won by more than 20 points sent a strong message to Republicans as to how revolted America is by their president. It was a clear and present harbinger of an overwhelming #BlueWave.

But there was also a strong message sent by his victory to us Democrats.

It means that being a calm, thoughtful and polite moderate is a winning strategy once more.

It also means that being constructive is very important to American voters after years of chaotic hatefulness on both far sides of the political divide.

The political spectrum of America is like a pendulum, swinging back and forth from right to left. It always has and it always will. However, despite all kinds of tectonic social upheavals and political reorientation, most Americans are ultimately part of a large political center.

Going too far left in primaries to appease this assumption makes the road back to that political center a long one.

There are some very noisy people in both extremist camps who get famous using vitriol, wild rhetoric, and radical views. Lamb’s victory proves that you have the better chance to win by exhibiting your intelligence self-control. We’ve had enough of screaming about a revolution.

In order for the Blue Tsunami to keep sweeping over this country in 2018 and 2020, our candidates have to understand that we cannot win unless we appeal to Independents in the national electorate and moderate Republicans in right-of-center congressional districts or states. Misguided idealism and purism is not going to help us get rid of Donald Trump.

And neither is Bernie Sanders.

 

 

Oval Upheaval! The Flood of Firings Continues.

Oval Upheaval!

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, two days before he was to retire and become eligible for full pension benefits. This is how Donald Trump says thank you to those who help him.

McCabe took the reins of the agency during the crazy days after the firing of James Comey and is about to be called as a witness in the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.

McCabe has been attacked by President Donald Trump constantly, even though he’s a Republican who stepped down as deputy director in late January. The firing places in jeopardy a federal pension the man has been earning for twenty years. That is so petty and ugly that no one but Donald Trump could have even come up with it.

Narcissists love firing people, and Trump is certainly no exception. But at least they usually fire people to their faces. Trump can’t even do that. These people all found out via Twitter.

This is far from the only high-profile firing to take place recently. It’s been like watching a flooding river. Rex Tillerson was also just fired from his post as secretary of state.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly is also rumored to be departing at some point, though the exact timing remains uncertain.

Kelly, who used to be the adult in the room around Trump’s White House, has been going around boasting about how he fired Rex on the toilet.

It’s like the Oval Office air itself is corrosive to the human brain. They’re all going mad in there, at varying rates of degeneracy.

Meanwhile, at least one Republican is already planning to oppose the CIA director Mike Pompeo, Trump’s nominee to succeed Tillerson as Secretary of State.

And Trump’s new nominee to run the CIA, Gina Haspel, is giving agita to Senate Republicans because of her role in overseeing an interrogation and detention program.
 H.R. McMaster, whose fate as national security adviser is in doubt, according to several sources.
In fact, the news story actually broke a few days ago that McMaster was already on his way out when all of a sudden the White House reversed itself on the matter.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who former Trump aide Sam Nunberg described as “unattractive” and a “fat slob” now claims Trump “likes” working with the three-star general.
The national security establishment is panicked about the potential of hardliner John Bolton replacing him in that capacity, and the rest of the world should be too.
Richard Painter, the former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, blasted the prospect.
“John Bolton was by far the most dangerous man we had in the entire eight years of the Bush Administration,” Painter tweeted on Friday. “Hiring him as the president’s top national security advisor is an invitation to war, perhaps nuclear war.”Painter ended his post with the apocalyptic words: “this must be stopped at all costs.” One is reminded of Ramsay Bolton, the psychopath who skins people on Game of Thrones.

All of this has led to a tremendous consternation among Senators, who among everything else are becoming overburdened with too many nominations.
“With everything else we have to do around here, having the prospect of two additional confirmation fights perhaps is going to be a challenge,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican.
This should have been over and done with a year ago.
In spite of those precautionary words, Trump is signaling he’s eager for a shake-up. He said Tuesday he is “getting very close to having the Cabinet” he has envisioned and has privately vowed to purge the “deadweight”, according to one administration official.
Millennial Democrats can’t help wondering- Why didn’t he pick the Cabinet he wanted in the first place? Choosing one’s own Cabinet is a right that the president has.
At any rate, these plans for a broader shake-up has created even more of a cloud of chaos in the White House, where it’s said that everyone is really on edge. Numerous White House sources reportedly told CNN they feel “left in the dark” and are said to be more than a little uneasy about who will be fired or forced into resignation next.
That uncertainty has contributed to low morale, which has plagued the White House since the day of its monstrous birth anyhow.
Low morale. That one, at least, seems like a no-brainer. We were writing articles about all these guys on their way in. Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, Rex Tillerson, Reince “Fly-Killer” Priebus, etc. None of them made it eighteen months. And now that even retiring isn’t enough to ensure that you- and your career’s pension- will be peacefully allowed to go, one can only imagine. They must feel like they are being held hostage, which in fact they are.
Going forward, it’s important to realize that a tumultuous tempest of a time is in store for us, no matter what manner of monster he tries filling these posts with. We cannot let it split the left. All of this is being cooked up, like one great big festering neon distraction.
Good thing millennials listen to Tool.