ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.
If you voted in Indiana today, share your experience in comments: lines, campaigns, local color?
And for the rest of you this is an updated open thread with primary results from the Hoosier State.
Primary open thread below...
Senator Ted Cruz went off the rails today, I guess in response to Trump claiming his father murdered JFK, and in a very acidic press conference tore the Donald apart.
Then when he opened it up to reporters, he refused to answer MSNBC's Hallie Jackson's question about whether he'd support Trump as the GOP nominee.
When Ted Cruz wrapped up his presser, he brought up the movie Back To The Future II, and said, "We are looking, potentially, at the Biff Tanner Presidency."
Hallie Jackson jumped in as the first questioner and asked, "Senator, these are some of the strongest words you’ve used against Donald Trump yet. You know I have been with you, I heard you talk about him. Today feels different for you. So, I’m going to ask you a question and you’re going to say I sound like a broken record, and you’re going to say that Donald Trump is not…"
Ted Cruz cut in and said, "If you sound like a broken record, does someone else have a question?"
"But Senator, why not say once and for all..."
Cruz dissed Hallie because he's refusing to say he'll endorse Donald Trump as the nominee.
Good pestering, Hallie.
"You have asked one already, Hallie."
"Will you support him as the nominee? I don’t understand why you won’t answer the question, Senator. If you say he’s a liar, Jess, I’m sorry, but if you say he’s a pathological liar and you say...."
North Carolina's Republican government deemed it necessary to protect its fringe right-wing voters from a problem that doesn't exist, so they created HB2. The bill 'protects' the god-fearing lunatics from non-existent transgender predators who might prey upon unsuspecting victims in bathrooms. Governor McCrory's asinine bill has negatively impacted his reelection campaign, and rightfully so, as there's been no incidents that would mandate such a bill.
Unfortunately, there is no shortage of conservative reactionaries who fear phantom, mythological, transgender bathroom perverts. Should we expect anything any less crazy from the wife of Mat Staver, Kim Davis' lawyer, than a tweet as unhinged as this? She too is an attorney. But if you look at her Twitter profile, first and foremost, she is a 'Christian.'
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 3, 2016
Rachel Maddow unearthed an ad from 1964, where actor Bill Bogert spent 4 minutes of TV time telling his fellow Republicans why Barry Goldwater was scary.
And then she actually found Mr. Bogert, who sat down with her for an interview, where he told her he was just as terrified of Donald Trump. More, even, because Trump has no experience in government.
But for me, the most fascinating thing was the 1964 ad itself, which featured Mr. Bogert speaking to a camera as if he was speaking to the people in their living rooms watching. Telling viewers Goldwater was scary, and that the people behind Goldwater were just as scary as he was.
Close your eyes and listen to him for a minute and see if you can tell whether he's saying these things in 1964 or 2016.
His one hope was for the Republican Party to "regress" a bit, to become the party he supported before the Goldwater contingent took it over.
I doubt that will happen in Mr. Bogert's lifetime, but every voter considering Trump should close their eyes and listen to him talk before they reconsider that vote.
It's been a puzzling few days for Radiohead fans. This weekend the band deleted all posts from their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Word was out that they had "disappeared themselves" from the internet.
— The AV Club (@TheAVClub) May 1, 2016
This new video may remind American viewers of Gumby and Poky, Davy and Goliath, and other stop action animations of the 1960's. But it's actually more like a British children's show Trumpton. The same spool characters inhabit both worlds.
Donald Trump got into a heated debate with CNN's Chris Cuomo about the use of his harsh language and how he's been applying it to Hillary Clinton and China and then complaining to Fox News that she was "inappropriate" and mean to him and all "men" in the world.
Trump didn't like being forced to defend his tactics and although Donald didn't call out Cuomo directly, since he's been on with him throughout this campaign season, but he slyly slimed the network Cuomo works for by calling it "the Clinton network."
Cuomo said, "You also said something, that I thought was curious, to FOX yesterday. You said I think Hillary Clinton saying that to me or about me is inappropriate. How can you find her saying that inappropriate, but saying that China's raping the U.S. is -- that's appropriate for you to say that she's playing the woman card. That that's appropriate for you to say, but her saying she knows how to deal with men who go off the reservation, that's inappropriate. How do you see that?"
Trump replied, "Well, she's taking -- she has been taking a lot of heat for that statement, not from you, obviously, but they do call it the Clinton network. But she has taken, from others, a lot of heat having to do with that statement and I think it's a very harsh statement."
The 2016 GOP presidential primary fight in Indiana has gone off the rails in a big way today, as Ted Cruz and his people are desperately trying to turn the tide towards his campaign.
In a press conference, Cruz went ballistic on Trump, even describing his battle with venereal disease, but before that presser, on CNN, Steve Lonegan, Cruz' New Jersey State director, dived exuberantly into a misogynist pit, filled with bile and hatred of women.
You may remember Steve Lonegan, water carrier for Americans for Prosperity, who ran against Cory Booker.
CNN's Kate Bolduan was discussing with Barry Bennett, now a Trump supporter, and Lonegan, about how the delegate breakdown will play out in Indiana.
Lonegan explained how Trump had attacked Ronald Reagan's foreign policies as bad deals, "Those are the deals that brought the Soviet Union to its knees."
Then he took it much farther than anyone could have imagined. "This is a battleground for the conservative future of this country cause, if Donald Trump does win tonight and pull out half the delegates, you're gonna see a very different Donald Trump tomorrow."
He continued, "Donald Trump's gonna look a lot like more like Hillary Clinton than he does like Ronald Reagan."
During a press conference in Evansville, Indiana, moments ago, Senator Ted delivered some of the harshest criticism he's every used against Donald Trump so far on the campaign trail.
In a last ditch effort to resurrect himself as the go-to 2016 GOP presidential nominee, Cruz unleashed a flurry of vicious attacks on Donald Trump, including citing him as a bully of women.
Cruz said, "and his strategy of being a bully, in particular is directed at women. Donald, has a real problem with women."
He played his own version of the "women's card," up during this interlude and melded it into Trump's braggadocios nature on infidelity.
Cruz continued, "Donald, is terrified by strong women - he lashes out at them." He continued to pound on Trump's support of convicted rapist, Mike Tyson.
He's alluding to HRC at this point and then praised his support of all the strong women around him. He then explained that the president has a massive bully pulpit to influence our children.
"Think about the next five years, the boasting, the pathological lying. Picking up the National Enquirer and accusing people of killing JFK. The bullying. Think about your kids, coming back and emulating this."
I would think parents are the strongest influence that kids have, but I digress.
"Donald Trump, is a serial philanderer and he boasts about it."
Last week Former Speaker, John Boehner, called Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh." Today Fox News host, Kennedy, compared Donald Trump to ISIS.
The GOP has had a tough election cycle, with it's top 2 candidates being compared to a litany of fictional characters and extremist groups that murder people based on their religion, race, skin color or sexuality.
In the clip from Fox, Kennedy says:
"KENNEDY: It's like Al Qaeda with a marketing degree, and ISIS has figured out how to brand themselves, and do it pretty efficiently. And, it's almost like, and this is not making a metaphor ideologically, but Donald Trump using technology to further his presidential campaign while spending very little money. ISIS has done essentially the same thing.
HARRIS FAULKNER (CO-HOST): But you're not comparing those two?
KENNEDY: I'm not comparing those two at all. What I'm saying is they have figured out how to use technology to move their message forward."
Not "comparing" in the typical "let's look at A and B and see what they have in common" sense, right? Just talking about how these two things are *similar* uh huh.
Let's list the other hate groups that Trump could be compared to:
Hezbollah. They rely heavily on YouTube propaganda videos as well. Free marketing! Their goal, like Trump, is the entire expulsion of a race from a country (Israel). They haven't talked about a wall, though.
If "Hell is a half-empty auditorium" as Robert Frost said, then "Lucifer in the flesh" Ted Cruz must have felt right at home in Fort Wayne, Indiana this week.
h/t Driftglass, the so-called "rally" would be sad if it weren't so funny. Come tomorrow morning, will they have Rafael Ted Cruz to kick around anymore? Not in Indiana. Nevermind, the Hoosier State will always have that awesome Hillary Hater "protesting" by himself on the Fort Wayne sidewalk!
Ya think that guy gets a lot of swipe-right on RepublicanPeopleMeet.com?
I know we accurately blame cable news for the rise of Trump. We can also blame the crop of truly pathetic opponents the GOP league sent to the field. It's difficult to know which came first, a political party that gave up on governing, or a leadership in that party so vapid that a know-nothing carnival barker could wipe them all out in their own primaries.
A grainy, half-century old photo with a man who may or may not be Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz' father, was enough for the National Enquirer to concoct a story linking him to Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of John F. Kennedy.
And that was more than enough for Donald Trump to bring up the discredited story, completely unsolicited by the kids on the couch at Fox & Friends.
Source: Daily Mail
Donald Trump slammed Ted Cruz's father Rafael Cruz for his attempts to court the evangelical vote in Indiana, which hold its primary today, and even brought up a tabloid report that links the elder Cruz to the Kennedy assassination.
'I think it's a disgrace that he's allowed to do it,' Trump said of Rafael Cruz's vocal attempts to recruit Body of Christ evangelicals in the Hoosier State.
But then the billionaire went a step further.
'You know his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being shot,' Trump mentioned. 'The whole thing is ridiculous ... and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it.'
Nevada lawmaker and Bundy family best friend and personal cheerleader, Michelle Fiore, has some excellent advice for gun owners. Aim your guns at anyone and everyone! Law enforcement pulls a gun on you, then she says you are totally within your right to challenge them to a Texas (or Nevada, in this case) style shootout!
I wonder how the local and state law enforcement feel about this recommendation. Their law enforcement officers have now been put on notice that if they pull a firearm on a potential law breaking citizen, that Michelle Fiore has advised them to pull their firearm and point it back at said law enforcement.
Her exact words:
“I would never ever point my firearm at anyone, including an officer of the law, unless they pointed their firearm at me, but once you point your firearm at me, I’m sorry, then it becomes self-defense. Whether you’re a stranger, a bad guy, or an officer, and you point your gun at me and you’re gonna shoot me and I have to decide whether it’s my life or your life, I choose my life.”
David E's Fablog - Bruni on Hastert;
Eclectablog - what emergency managers?
The Hunting of the Snark - minions of a lesser god;
The Rude Pundit - Andrew Sullivan, still a douchebag;
Zandar vs. The Stupid - no bad idea left behind in Boston.
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In a desperate attempt to be relevant, Rush Limbaugh is focus-group testing new themes against Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump to use in the days to come.
Today's test is one that every woman who has ever worked her ass off to get to the next goal has heard: She'd be nowhere without that man paving the way for her.
Except, it's pretty ridiculous. Check out Rushbo's "argument," such as it is.
"In fact, Hillary Clinton has never gotten a job, a position, that wasn't due to Bill. That was not due to her husband," Rush said, as a declaration that the little lady clung to hubby's coattails for everything she ever got.
He continued, "I mean, she marries Bill. She knowingly gives up on her own life and career path and decides to hitch up with Clinton for whatever reasons but among those we know that she intended to follow everywhere he went and take over at various stages. And to make his career hers. And then as he cheats and goes off that reservation, she stands by him, thereby indebting herself to him and the Democrat Party for as long as she lives. By not leaving, by not even blaming him, by trying to blame the vast right-wing conspiracy, she makes sure that Clinton's reputation holds."
By now even those among you who don't follow football - excuse me, soccer - have probably heard that Leicester City has rocked the world by winning the English Premier League title. You've maybe heard what a huge upset it was. Except you probably still can't grasp the magnitude, because here in the US lesser teams win titles all the time. ALL the time. (By the way, it's pronounced LES-ter. Not LIE-ches-ter. And certainly not LAY-cast-er.)
But in the Prem the 12th best team doesn't get into the playoffs.
Because there are no playoffs. There's a 38-game season, during which you play each of the other 19 teams home and away, and whoever posts the best record over that span wins the cup. Period. No miracle runs by #8 seeds. No wildcard teams winning the Super Bowl. No instances where a team you already beat twice gets one more shot.
Best. Team. Wins.
Fine. So how big an upset was it? Well, prior to the season the Foxes were something like 5,000-1 dogs. In other words, if they had been contesting this competition since the dawn of time, Jesus would have been around, statistically speaking, roughly 3,000 years after the last time it happened. You know, like, 500 years before the Great Pyramid at Giza was built. Roughly. Statistically speaking something of this magnitude might happen again in the year 7016.
Open thread below...
Since Donald Trump's campaign is based on nativism and racism, he's been rooting around the bowels of his limited language skills to come up with an excuse to say, "everybody does it so I'm not a bad person."
In this case, Hillary Clinton made an offhand remark to Jake Tapper when she said, "I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak. "I'm not going to deal with their temper tantrums or their bullying or their efforts to try and provoke me."
Pretty quickly, the Clinton campaign issued an apology:
“Divisive language has no place in our politics,” tweeted Amanda Renteria, Clinton’s national political director. “Hillary Clinton meant no disrespect to Native Americans. She wants this election to be about lifting people up, not tearing them down.”
But The Donald saw this as an opportunity to try his hand at some weird kabuki on "man sexism."
"I thought it was a terrible answer -- and what was the word? Go ahead, she used a certain word. 'Men off the reservation.' And I said to myself that's a horrible expression."
"Now if I would have used that expression -- maybe in the opposite form -- it would have been a front page story. She uses it and gets away with it. That's a very demeaning remark to men in my opinion."
Joy Division played Birmingham University, England on this day on May 2nd, in 1980. It ended up being their last gig ever with singer Ian Curtis. He committed suicide two weeks later.
Back in my high school days of the 1980s it seemed every brooding person when through a Doors phase. According to my son, all the high school brooders today go through a Joy Division phase.
What are you listening to tonight?
As promised, Fox News' Jesse Watters went on Bill O'Reilly's show tonight to discuss his "scuffle" with Huffington Post's Ryan Grim.
It was pretty anti-climactic, actually. After showing some of his own "ambush" clips from the WHCD, Watters said he regretted the incident, and that he never punched Grim, or as BillO called him, the "far left guy."
Amanda Terkel, on the other hand, had a lot to say about what happened. She also put up the video Grim shot from his phone.
The video above (which contains some explicit language) shows the minutes leading up to the confrontation. Grim tried to get Watters to bury the hatchet with me regarding a 2009 incident in which he ambushed and harassed me while I was on vacation because I’d dared to write a critical post about Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. Grim walked up to Watters — while filming with his phone — and asked him to come over and apologize to me. Watters refused. I also said I wasn’t interested in talking.