This Christmas Prayer makes more sense than most, praise Jeebus.
Happy Hour News
In a development that shocks absolutely
everyone er no one…
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans attempting to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to take up their lawsuit, three days after it was thrown out by the highest court in the battleground state.
In the request to the U.S. Supreme Court, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of northwestern Pennsylvania and the other plaintiffs are asking the court to prevent the state from certifying any contests from the Nov. 3 election, and undo any certifications already made, such as Biden’s victory…
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on Saturday night threw out the lawsuit, including an order by a lower court judge blocking the certification of any uncertified races.
Justices cited the law’s 180-day time limit on filing legal challenges to its provisions, as well as the staggering demand that an entire election be overturned retroactively.
In the state’s courts, Kelly and the other Republican plaintiffs had sought to either throw out the 2.5 million mail-in ballots submitted under the law — most of them by Democrats — or to wipe out the election results and direct the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to pick Pennsylvania’s presidential electors.
I’m not a lawyer, but I don’t understand how Kelly has standing to demand that an entire state’s election be thrown out, but such are the questions only lawyers of the highest calibre like [checks notes] Rudy Giuliani can understand.
I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if the SCOTUS agrees to hear this.
Axios, which sprang fully formed out of Politico tells us that Politico is about to have competition from yet another group of employees leaving the gossip death star:
Three of Politico’s biggest reporting stars plan to launch a competitor to the company’s Politico Playbook franchise, sources tell me.
Why it matters: Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan will launch a daily newsletter in 2021 as a stand-alone company, the sources say. In effect, they will be competing against the Playbook franchise they helped create and grow.
[Ed. Note: just like when Jim VandeHei and Mike ‘Payola’ Allen left Politico, which they co-founded, to co-found Axios…]
- The newsletter will include a heavy focus on Capitol Hill reporting, given the expertise of the trio, but it’s not designed to be a carbon copy of Politico’s flagship newsletter Playbook.
- The new venture will include other offerings aside from the newsletter.
- Sherman and Palmer have been soliciting emails via social media to get set up quickly after they depart.
Seriously, how many gossip sheets does one company town need?
Thumbhead, er, Sean Hannity interviews crazy conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell…
Jeebus, the stupid, it burnssssss!
So I guess the Whitey House is determined to super-spread some holiday cheer along with the Trump-Virus, but YOU ARE NOT INVITED!!1! Bet you’re sorry now, LOSERS!!1!!!
Anyway, from the Villagers gossip pages at Politico’s email thingie (emphasis theirs):
THERE HAS BEEN DISCUSSION in the White House of excluding the following Hill Republicans from the W.H. Christmas party this year: Sens. SUSAN COLLINS (Maine), MITT ROMNEY (Utah), LISA MURKOWSKI (Alaska) and BEN SASSE (Neb.) and Reps. ADAM KINZINGER (Ill.) and LIZ CHENEY (Wyo.). We’re told this has been reversed — that they may get an invite — but this has dominated West Wing chatter in the last few days. WaPo’s Josh Dawsey on the extensive plans for W.H. Christmas parties
Boy, you’ll regret that you didn’t invite our temper-tantrum-in-chief to your birthday party now, huh?
Well, Donnie’s is gonna be bigger and better, with ponies and magicians and clowns, and YOU ARE NOT INVITED, and he didn’t want to go to your stupid party anyway.
Why it matters: Trump Jr.’s first of many advertisements in the Georgia Senate races argues the race isn’t just about electing the Republican incumbents, but also about preserving President Trump’s agenda.
Between the lines: The ad comes as President Trump continues to criticize Georgia officials over the handling of the presidential election results, something many Republicans fear could threaten the party’s ability to win the Senate races.
Amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell tries disguises to sneak around town.
Prznint Stupid’s Stupidest Lawyer ™ Rudy Giuliani is in the news again. The NYTimes:
“Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer who has led the most extensive efforts to damage his client’s political rivals and undermine the election results, discussed with the president as recently as last week the possibility of receiving a pre-emptive pardon before Mr. Trump leaves office.
“Mr. Giuliani’s potential criminal exposure is unclear. He was under investigation as recently as last summer by federal prosecutors in Manhattan for his business dealings in Ukraine and his role in ousting the American ambassador there, a plot that was at the heart of the impeachment of Mr. Trump.”
$20,000 Ameros-per-day to lose every case AND a prznintial pardon seems like a major win in the billable hours sweepstakes.
Remember: Pardons are considered confessions, and while you cannot be punished for the underlying crime, you no longer have 5th Amendment rights.
Axios tells us that Professional Republican word person Frank Luntz is offering advice on how to talk about the Trump-Virus (emphasis theirs):
Why it matters: Much of the language being used by the government, business leaders and the media to discuss the virus politicizes the issue, even if done inadvertently. This is causing large swaths of the population to tune out of information about the pandemic, veteran GOP pollster Frank Luntz told Axios.
Unsaid, but worth remembering: Prznint Stupid has been lying about the Trump-Virus just disappearing like a miracle and refusing to distance or wear masks. Do continue.
This is particularly true for Republicans, according to a new study that Luntz conducted in conjunction with the de Beaumont Foundation.
- The polling suggests Republicans tend to take the coronavirus less seriously, in part because the vocabulary used to describe safety measures feels invasive of their constitutional rights.
- It also finds that the language used to talk about the virus is often too impersonal to be effective.
And now, the suggest vocab:
A few simple wording changes can help improve the public’s perception.
- Lockdowns: Survey respondents had a much more positive reaction to the term “stay-at-home order.” “Calling it a lockdown brings to mind jailing your population,” Luntz said.
- Safety measures: The data shows that Americans have a more positive reaction when rules and regulations to address COVID-19 are called “protocols” as opposed to “mandates,” “directives,” “controls,” or “orders.”
- Responsibility: The research finds it’s better to use the term “personal responsibility” rather than a “national duty.” References to the federal government should be replaced with more localized solutions, especially as many Republicans support stronger state rights.
- Naming the virus: Leaders should use the word “pandemic” instead of “coronavirus,” because it helps humanize and personalize the situation. Overall, Americans consider a “pandemic” more “significant, serious, and scary” than “COVID-19” or “coronavirus.”
- Numbers: Health experts often refer to hospitalization rates, but this feels distant and impersonal to the average person, Luntz said. Instead, they should focus mostly on talking about deaths, since that’s universally understood.
- Getting rid of the virus: Saying “eliminating” or “eradicating” the virus is more impactful than using “defeating” or “crushing” the virus, because war-like language can politicize the issue.
- Vaccines: Emphasis on the speed of vaccine development turns the public off, Luntz said. People are looking for something safe, assured and effective, and the administration’s framing around “Operation Warp Speed” to get a vaccine out quickly undermines the public’s trust that the vaccine is safe, he notes.
- Agencies: Research shows people respond better to calling federal bodies “public health agencies” rather than referring to the government itself, because government often elicits feelings of bureaucracy and red tape, not personal safety.
- Defining policies: Saying that policies to combat the pandemic are “fact-based” is more effective than saying they’re based on “science,” “data,” or “medicine.”
There’s a lot of good in this. Luntz might be on Team Evil, but he knows how to manipulate through words, especially to the mouth-breathers in his caucus, and let’s be honest: They are the problem.