To hell with them (party before country division)

Stunning new numbers from the Quinnipiac poll today, with Donald Trump plunging to a new low. American voters disapprove 61 to 33 percent of the job he is doing; say 54 to 26 percent that they are embarrassed to have him as president; say 57 to 40 percent that they believe he is abusing the powers of his office and 60 to 36 percent that he believes himself above the law.

71 percent say Trump is not levelheaded; 62 percent that he is not honest; 59 percent that he does not care about average Americans; 63 percent that he does not share their values.

By 58 to 37 percent, American voters believe Trump “has attempted to derail or obstruct the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election,” something 63 percent believe did occur.

So to hell with whom? Those scum Republicans, who approve of his performance 76 to 17 percent, and who–61 to 30 percent–don’t believe that the Russian government interfered in our elections in 2016. If Ebola had an (R) after it, they would vote for Ebola.

I see you shiver with antici …

Political Animal reports that people in the Pentagon felt nine minutes of consternation this morning. Note the timing of the tweets below (presented as block quotes, since I will not follow or link to the author):

8:55 am
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow …

9:04 am
Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

The (not “his”) generals and other military personnel, you see, couldn’t be sure that the cretin-in-chief wasn’t using Twitter to announce a military strike against North Korea or some other response to provocation. Oops! Way to keep the U.S. military in suspense!

As for the transgender ban? Cruel and stupid red meat thrown to the yahoos and likely to be smacked down by the courts, but that’s all he ever has to offer. Anybody want to rate the patriotism and bravery of America’s thousands of transgender servicepersons against that of the V.D. Vietnam dodger?

To hell with them

Incredible fact from Public Policy Polling: More than half of Trump voters do not believe that Donald Trump, Jr., met with Russians, despite both Junior’s and Dad’s statements in writing that he did. Think about that when you read the nine millionth article about “How can Democrats [grovel and debase themselves trying to] attract Trump voters?” News flash: They can’t, and they shouldn’t try.

The Rude Pundit‘s language is, as always, rude on the subject, but right: “This is the newest wrinkle in the genre: What do stupid people think about something they don’t understand at all?”

So we’re treated on an almost daily basis to articles and stories about Trump voters and what they think about some issue and whether or not Trump’s evil, batshit incompetence is enough for them to bail on the Orange King. Every single one of these stories is the same: Here are some assholes who voted for Trump. Let’s treat them with reverence, as if they have hard-won wisdom because they shovel shit or work at Wal-Mart. Let’s tell them about all the fuckery that Donald Trump has been up to and see what they think. Oh, look, they don’t give a shit because he still hates the Mooslems and Messicans. And what might change their minds about Trumpochet? “I don’t know what he would have to do…I guess maybe kill someone. Just in cold blood.”

That’s an actual quote from an actual person in a Tennesseean article on Wayne County, Tennessee, an almost entirely white rural area with less people than my neighborhood…

Every single person who voted for Donald Trump knowingly and deliberately voted for a racist, corrupt, lying, unqualified, un-American thug. By all means let’s promote good, fair policies that will happen to benefit them, unlike the cruel, pluto- and kleptocratic policies of the fat cats who rule the GOP, but to think that the Democratic Party should try to court these people is obscene.

The pro-discrimination league

Tengrain notes that being classified as a hate group in 2016 by the Southern Poverty Law Center didn’t stop the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) from hosting Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, that racist gnome who happens to be Attorney General of the United States, for an address in which he promised that “We don’t serve your kind” will soon be the law of the land. Please don’t retire, Justice Kennedy.

Self-incrimination? More like self-immolation

As Mock Paper Scissors says, Charles Pierce is required reading on today’s stupendously revealing publication of Russian emails by Donald Trump, Jr.:

The email chain makes it clear that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. [Junior] incriminated himself. He incriminated [Kushner and Manafort]. He made a lie out of practically everything that the Trump camp has said on the subject for over a year. He landed a clean shot below the waterline of his father’s administration.

…Is Team Jared out for blood? Is there some sort of weird Oedipal thing playing out with Junior? Is Tiffany behind it all, bred from birth for vengeance like Mordred to Marla Maples’s Morgan Le Fay?

I spit Diet Coke out my nose at that last bit.

They really are the Know-Nothings

Aren’t Americans supposed to aspire to higher education for their children? Both Driftglass and No More Mister Nice Blog weigh in on the new Pew survey that reveals Republican voters hate colleges and universities, as well as the news media, while favoring Wall Street bankers over labor unions. I like the latter blog’s “This is why I don’t hold out much hope for attempts to Springsteen-ize the Democratic Party,” as Berniesque candidates are

…going to talk about haves vs. have-nots, and Republican voters prefer the haves. Republicans do hate rich people if they’re from Hollywood, but generally speaking, the GOP electorate thinks a typical college professor is more of an elitist than a financial-industry muckamuck who makes a thousand times as much money per year.

Proud, malignant ignorance. That’s all they have to offer.

No longer leader of the free world

I forget the name of the fatuous attorney on “Ally McBeal” who, whenever office conflict arose or people were absolutely furious about something, would pat the air and say over and over, “Bygones, people! Bygones!”, refusing to allow any discussion or expression of feeling or discussion of consequences. It’s clear, however, that that’s all Team Trump’s been doing since their hero, we’re told, made the briefest, most apologetic, hate-to-raise-the-subject mention of Russian meddling in our election in his meeting with Putin, instantly accepting Vladi’s claim of innocence and getting back to the job of impugning our own intelligence agencies on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Times reports that Donald Trump, Jr., was offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of an invitation to a June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer, which he, Jared Kushner, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort immediately accepted. Stand by your puppet, Trump fans.

Cue Russians sharing vodka toasts and laughing their asses off

So Vladi’s My Daddy will meet with his man-crush today and proceed to be played like a violin. A little transparent flattery here, a little “you’re right, bold leader, keep standing up to the haters” there, and does anyone seriously doubt that Trump will not give Putin exactly what he wants, and anything he wants? Photographers will not be present only to avoid the images of our president lying on his back kicking his leg while Putin rubs his stomach. Digby has a quote:

“Trump is just about a sociopathic narcissist,” said Glenn Carle, a retired CIA interrogator and analyst. “That’s not to denounce him, just an assessment of the guy….”

Um, I would think that’s cause to denounce him, but what do I know?