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Jeez, are you all that young? Palin was a blip. The original was Newt Gingrich, "The Man Who Broke Politics" (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/newt-gingrich-says-youre-welcome/570832/ - by McKay Coppins, the same author who has written the new Mitt Romney book. The article doesn't do his damage justice; in Dana Milbank's book "The Destructionists", Gingrich gets the first 3 chapters, a sickening litany of everything from circulating a list of 65 pejoratives for Republicans to use to demonize Democrats (How to Talk Like Newt, 1990) to routinely making up damaging stories about people he wanted to take down, including throwing his weight behind the ridiculous narrative that the Clinton's had had Vince Foster killed - which ended up with sufficient legs that Republicans, including Trump, were still using it in 2016. He introduced government shutdowns and impeachment as political weapons, among other "innovations".

Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh were contemporaries and complementary, and there's a steady growth of the right-wing alternate-reality echo chamber from their day to now.

Reading Milbank's account of Gingrich's escapades, the parallels with Trump are sobering. Oh, and BTW - while Newt was rabidly publically moralizing about Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, he was having his own affair with a 22-year-old house staffer (in 1999 he divorced his second wife, and married the staffer in 2000).

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Thanks for the mention of Wilfred Owen - one of my favorites and who I immediately thought of upon hearing Senator Stupid's take.

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WOW you must have met him? "how did you put up with 'tuberville", to bad, and i mean for you. please tell me how you put up with ,all the"STUPID " that came from him?. it's not anything I could do WOW! I hope you gave him ("tuberville') the WORKS if you need help i'm here for you.

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Does the research department at the Bulwark have any data on how many subscribers are Republicans are now turned off, or at least becoming undecided, and might just vote for Joe Biden in 2024? How about doing a poll of Bulwark's audience to find out. Is anybody reading any of the Bulwark's stuff who haven't already made up their mind to never vote for a Republican again? If not, the Bulwark is just preaching to the choir, and all this good stuff isn't going to make a difference. Is Trump having anybody read the Bulwark to him?

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On stubby Tooberville, we’ve got trouble, trouble…Yes! We’ve got trouble in River City…Poooolll tabbbblllees…right here in River City…Moron and his voters are even dumber!!

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In letters he sent to my mother when my dad was stationed at an Air Force base during WWII, he sent her poems he wrote in his spare time in the barracks. At the base, they...gasp...actually played classical music over the base PA system on Sunday evenings so the GIs could relax and write home.

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If Tuberville knew what I have done on Navy ships, he wouldn't be obsessing over "poetry." I was doing - wait fot this - calculations! The math & science kind. Following the evidence where it led, not where I wanted it to lead. And resisting all temptations to fudge, cherry-pick, etc. Mark my word. There's nothing the MAGA cult hates and fears more than that. Don't believe me? Ask a bunch of them how old the earth is, and compare their answers (& evasion - looking at you, Rick Perry). You won't even have to get to climate change, vaccinations or the 2020 elections to see the games they play. Oh, and never assume they personally believe what they are hell-bent on selling to the rubes in their paranoid "culture wars."

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So with all this stupidity and support of a coup by the “deplorables” I see nothing about keeping the rest of us safe. It’s clear that the existing laws, traditions and guidelines of our land aren’t going to be enough. We have a criminal protected by a DOJ “guideline” who will be protected from prosecution/trials/charges 60 days out during “election season.” I’d like to know what the non-Republican coup stopping plan is for protecting the elections and transfer of power in 2024. The Republican/coup party has told us they will not accept any outcome that is other than them being victorious. They have told us they will shoot and kill us. I believe them. Don’t all of you? What’s the plan for us? Existing laws don’t include them, look at Texas and the Rio Grande -the barriers remain until 9/15 (WTF) - should have been removed immediately and Mississippi decides it doesn’t have to redraw a district (yes I read where they have a master coming to help the map makers). TFG publically and continuously bleating his coup plan and quid pro quo’s in defiance of the courts.....tuber aiding and abetting the enemy with obstruction....

What’s the plan - more court appeals and trials that fall way after election season. We are the hunted fools.

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Your opinion of Scott Adams is up to you, but the failed insurrectionist has said he'll pardon many of the J6 criminals so, unless there is context, Adams isn't incorrect, just focused in the wrong direction.

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"Half a league, half a league,

Half a league onward"

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"a fine of up to $25,000 or three times the amount gained through the racketeering, on top of any penalties for the actual underlying crimes themselves" (from link to Forbes article from link to 'Fani Willis Blasts... re Jim Jordan) (https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2023/08/15/rico-charges-what-to-know-about-the-organized-crime-law-used-to-charge-trump-and-18-allies-in-georgia/?sh=713ec9365cf7)

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Mr Sykes,

Can you, or any other Bulwark reader, answer a question or point me to where I can find the answer? Allegedly, Jack Smith is investigating potential mail fraud by the Apricot Arthropod for his grifting on the Big Lie. If this is so, and if charges are brought against TFG, and if he is convicted (lots of ifs, I know, but there you are) can the GA RICO fine include a portion of the amount deemed illegally gained in the federal court? Thanks.

fnord

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Ramasmarmy keeps exposing himself. It's beyond cringeworthy.

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I was particularly amused at Navarro's statement that people like him should never be forced to testify to Congress. It's probably an accurate expression of his beliefs, even if he did not make exactly the point he was trying to make.

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I'm an old, and can't always keep up with what the youngs are up to. So could someone explain to me how "owned" became "pwned", and why?

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Great people do great things when its not expected. When i was 16 I was introduced to Eleanor Roosevelt in a receiving line. For about 30 seconds I was the most important person in the room to her. The next person I was introduced to was the U S ambassador to Norway. He looked over my shoulder to see of anyone important was behind me. I’ve forgotten his name.

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Of all the Republican officials out there to pounce on; it’s hard to pounce on one single one (Rubio, McCarthy, Tuberville, etc) , but gun to head it’s Jordan. He has to be the most deplorably incoherent and annoying man in America. And none too smart as he demonstrates with very vowel from his mouth

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