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Charlie: I’m a paid subscriber of several years. In that time your “shots” has changed from a source distinct from the pod cast to a derivative of all the other contributions to the daily posting. I’ve begun to skip it as I can listen to the pod or read the posting(s). I miss the original content.

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"First, [Nikki Haley is] saying more unambiguously that Trump is a loser,..."

What does she mean by that? When people call someone a "loser" they mean one of 2 very different things: (1) One who loses, but doesn't necessarily deserve to lose, or (2) one who deserves to lose, but hadn't necessarily lost (yet). And often they are deliberately vague on which one they mean.

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Please reach out to Joel Greenburg's lawyer. Get an interview. He is under some kind of gag order. In an iterview I recall he hinted at massive Republican corruption in Florida that was uncovered in that investigation.

It is time he speaks a bit more freely.

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I just wanted to thank Charlie for bringing up the word normalcy on the podcast. It was so fun to hear someone mention that Warren Harding coined this instead of the word normality, and it has bugged me ever since I learned that 50 years ago lol. I hate the word normalcy, but I’ve learned to tolerate it. The little things.

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Jan 30·edited Jan 30

As a matter of geopolitics, it is good for the United States for Ukraine to succeed against Russia and for Israel to defeat Iran’s murderous puppets in Gaza. Beyond geopolitical concerns these things are good as matters of human decency and fidelity to the principles America is supposed to stand for. I think it was wrong for the Republicans to make giving more help to Ukraine and Israel contingent upon Democrats agreeing to desirable but unrelated changes to law and policy on the border. National security should be something politicians from both parties take too seriously to be playing their usual games with. However, if the stories are true, and the Republicans have been offered what the wanted on the border and are walking away from the deal because Trump told them to do so, their behavior goes beyond only wrong to crazy and despicable. They would be putting making sure Trump has a campaigning issue he wants ahead of national security and being forthright about doing it. On the cheap shots I hope Liz Cheney keeps the heat on her former colleagues, and Kari Lake somehow fades away. I don’t know anything about Alina Habba except that she is willing to work for Trump, which is a mark against her. However, I think it is fairly likely that she was joking with her silly remark. (It is kind of a reverse of Ron White’s advice in one of his routines to marry an intelligent women since you can fix the appearance, but you can’t fix stupid.) Many people have difficulty giving those they disagree with on politics any benefit of the doubt. Many of those whose lives are too wrapped up in politics seem to find it impossible.

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I have a different take on this; one, if one were to speak with my friends and family, would confirm. I’ve been saying since Newt that the Republican Party is headed where it is now. Trump expedited this and consolidated the Party. Maybe they’re not happy to be here under Trump but the GOP is where it wants to be: all about power, money for the oligarchs (and themselves), constant and consistent lies to maintain the “illusion”, demonizing their opponents. Policy means nothing. Decorum even less. Just power and the spoils from it. Fixing an election (Trump projection) is just dandy for the GOP. They may not like the leader (someone else could offer a better to chance to save the coup) but are more than happy with the direction.

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Prediction: Nikki will come home to Mar-a-Lardo, singing TFG's praises louder even that Tim Scott. He'll keep her around as the court jester.

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Sorry, but I know through 5 years of personalAND politically how Texas is not American. Who else would re-elect Abbott? Think what you like. No I’m nowhere near Trumpists but recognize the 10’s of thousands who are in Texas. Worst state in the union.

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A few comments….

1) It sure is nice to see such a compilation of the monetary damages levied against Trump. But the one that I am waiting for ends in “years in prison”.

2) And it sure is nice to see Haley upping her game, especially when it directly flies in the face of the “Trump can’t get a fair trial in NYC” talk. I figure that her game plan is to try to get Trump to say something even more unhinged than normal against her to try to illustrate her electability claim. But I think that’s a fool’s errand. I think we’re in “shoot someone on 5th Avenue territory” now.

3) I don’t agree on much with Liz Cheney. But I do admire her willingness to call out the hypocrisy of the Trumplicants. I know that such hypocrisy is extremely easy to see (really, they don’t make any attempt at hiding it). But clearly there’s not that many folks (not working at The Bulwark) willing to walk down that path.

4) I ran across this video regarding Alina Habba. Take it for what it’s worth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KvoIDkEsiw

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Edward Simpson said

“And that seems to be a way to campaign, it seems to be what puts Trump on tilt. Joes' surrogates should ridicule Trump at every opportunity...”

Michele said

“I believe there are more of us, more that want a Democratic Republic than an orange orangutan pounding on his pulpit. We have to stand up and claim it.”

Please look at Jim Carville’s recent posts on YouTube. He's encouraging EVERYONE to get out there and be creative in ridiculing Trump.

Yesterday, looking at Twitter’s #TrumpDerangementSyndrome thread, I thought quite a few people were taking his advice. The thread is funny.

It's time for the Bulwark to do another podcast with Carville.

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The Cost of Lies (from Chernobyl):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSDqgBT_qz4

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Does anyone know the answer to this question? Could Trump continue to fleece his followers, LEGALLY, to pay-off his lawsuit debts? It’s ironic that this “stable genius”, “businessman” has to resort to “Go fund me” tactics for all of his bullying, raping, & lying! His bloviating & bloating of his supposed net worth may come back to bite him in his rather large, orange @#$&*!!!! Seriously, does anyone know the answer to the legal question?

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I think that he can possibly run a "gofundme" appeal which would be heavily supported by the misguided ignoramuses out there.

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If I remember correctly, he can't use campaign funds to pay for personal legal bills, bribes, etc. And I can't believe that NONE of the Rs running are screaming about the fact that the RNC is broke because of the Orange Snake's demands to pay HIS bills.

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THANK YOU for calling attention to the origin of “normalcy”! Nothing to do with the issues or the merits, but grateful for the distinction.

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Why is this a surprise that the GOP cannot solve a problem? If they solve anything then that is one less thing to whine about. That is all the GOP does now is whine because if they solve a problem then they cannot whine about it.

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Alina habba no pretty, as well as no smarts.

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Really? I am not a guy or a Lesbian, so, I could have no idea but, I thought she was, kinda exotic looking too

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You can’t have it both ways. It can’t be an historic crisis that demands immediate action but can wait until after your guy wins. I have to say I think Biden is doing some political jiu jitsu here too. He’s putting republicans on the defensive about border security, making them look squishy on the issue, and then calling their bluff to send him a bill. I love it.

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I hope he makes this a thing at the SOTU next month. It’d be great if he could spar with them again, like last year. He’d win. Facts are on his side.

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Biden came off like a middle school principal at an assembly in the previous SOTU. Which is a good thing.

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Stammering yammerers.

That's what ol' Joe is turning Congressional Republican into...

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You don’t hear much about Biden being senile these days, either. Trump slurring his words and forgetting who is president. Another thing that Biden is neutralizing, although that remains a vulnerability.

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