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Rep. Ilhan Omar Recklessly Accuses Lindsey Graham of Being 'Compromised'

People are losing their damn fool minds in the midst of Putin paranoia.

On Tuesday evening, one of the newest and most controversial Democrats in Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D–Minn.), asserted breathlessly on Twitter that the explanation for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) careening so violently in his approach toward Donald Trump between 2015 and now is that some nameless but powerful "they" have "compromised" the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Challenged on CNN this morning to back up her startling claim with evidence, Omar instead employed a sloppy circumstantial standard we've seen all too often in American political discourse these past four years: Well, what else explains behavior and policy positions I don't like?

Huh? ||| CNNCNN"Over the last three years we have seen many times where Senator Lindsey Graham has told us how dangerous this president could be if he was given the opportunity to be in the White House," Omar said. "And all of a sudden he's made not only a 180 turnaround, but a 360 turnaround. And so I am pretty sure that there is something happening with him, whether it is, ah, you know, something that has to do with his funding when it comes to running for office, whether it has something to do with the polling that they might have in his district, or whether it has to do with some sort of leadership within the Senate. He is somehow compromised, he'll no longer stand up for the truth, and to make sure that he is fighting to protect that oath that he took in serving the American people."

Emphases mine, to illustrate how easy it is for the rhetorically reckless to journey via the transitive property from political hypocrisy to possible treason.

Repeatedly prodded to provide a more factual case, Omar closed with this smiley little hand-wave. "The evidence really is present to us, it's being presented to us, in the way that he's behaving," she said. "My tweet was just an opinion based on what I believe to be visible to me, and I'm pretty sure there are lots of Americans who will agree on this."

There are plenty of reasons to criticize Lindsey Graham—today, tomorrow, 20 years ago, last week (when I did twice). But it requires neither a lurid imagination nor a loose smear to locate a theory for what might be happening with the senator. Like many Republican elected officials, including his longtime antagonist Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.), Graham is trying to navigate his political career and relationship with a mecurial president he once competed against, in such a way to further his policy goals and preserve his job. The process is definitionally degrading—look what has happened to the House Freedom Caucus, for example—and involves not-infrequent compromise, philosophical switcheroos, and embarrassment. And it's how Washington politics have worked for pretty much my whole adult life.

But that explanation's no fun, amirite? Apparently, rather than entertain the possibility that Lindsey Graham is a not-very-principled opportunist like most politicians on Capitol Hill, various anti-Trump members of the political class would rather take a page out of 1950s politics and hint heavily about Graham's possibly deviant sexuality. Here's Jon Cooper, chairmain of The Democratic Coalition ("the nation's largest grassroots Resistance organization"), going right there earlier this week:

These are some dark roads we're hurtling down, America.

Not a day goes past in these fraught times without a gold-plated member of the #Resistance—such as former FBI director James Comey earlier this week—invoking the famous 1954 quote from Army attorney Joseph Welch to commie-hunting Sen. Joseph McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" To which one might append to its 2019 quoters, "Have you forgotten sir, at long last, that McCarthy's biggest sin was making false, career-damaging accusations that people were in cahoots with the Kremlin"?

So John McCain accuses Rand Paul of "working for Vladimir Putin." Daily Kos Political Director David Nir criticizes 2020 presidential contender Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D–Hawaii) for her "adoption of Putin's talking points." NBC News asserts that two-time Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein "has long been criticized for her support of international policies that mirror Russian foreign policy goals." In his "18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset," the Washington Post's Max Boot includes, among the more serious details that have emanated from the Mueller investigation, a bunch of foreign policy emphases indistinguishable from those of Trump's ideological precursor, Pat Buchanan:

— Trump supports populist, pro-Russian leaders in Europe, such as Viktor Orban in Hungary and Marine Le Pen in France, just as the Russians do....

— Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, handing that country to Russia and its ally Iran.

— Trump has effectively done nothing in response to the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships in international waters, thereby encouraging greater Russian aggression.

This is what happens when you degrade evidentiary standards at a time of heightened political emotion. Not only do powerful individuals get hit with proofless accusations, the policy preferences of us plebes, too, are increasingly viewed through the heavily distorting lens of whether Moscow would cheer them on. "How do we know this is not a Putin shutdown," asked former Nixon White House counsel John "Worse and Worser Than Watergate" Dean this week. "[I]t is difficult to believe Trump isn't doing it to impress Putin, and give him hard evidence of the failure of democracy." Now do the 20 shutdowns before Trump.

I'm not convinced that the best way to contain Vladimir Putin is by seeing his shadow every time an American politician does something even half-unusual under the sun. Nor is lowering the bar for public accusations of being compromised. America is on the verge not just of individual injustice, but of a haphazard, bad-faith narrowing of what policy ideas and political alliances can be acceptably spoken out loud.

We can do evidence-based discourse and criminal prosecutions, even in the midst of a panic. We're going to have to keep reminding ourselves how.

Photo Credit: Glen Stubbe/TNS/Newscom

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  • Grakus||

    The chick who married her brother?

  • Just Say'n||

    That's not fair. She's known for other things. Like being an unrepentant antisemite

  • TuIpa||

    Damn, is there anybody you won't cry about?

  • $park¥ the Misanthrope||

    Irony.

  • TuIpa||

    I don't know what that word means.

  • Zeb||

    It's like goldy or bronzey, only made of iron.

  • Just Say'n||

    That was a silly joke, but I still laughed

  • ||

    The one I always chuckle at is, "adj. having the ability or quality of making shirts flat."

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    I enjoyed that.

  • Zeb||

    The ability to detect irony and humor are not among "Tulpa"s strongest traits.

  • $park¥ the Misanthrope||

    More irony.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I do wonder who is left of the old commenters. The originals, I mean. Some serious personality changes have occurred, otherwise. Or maybe it's all Trump.

  • BYODB||

    Depends who you consider an 'original' I guess. Zeb hasn't changed much, in my view.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Not, Zebulon. And I think Tulpa is admittedly not the original, though I don't know for sure.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oops. I meant "Not Zebulon."

  • TuIpa||

    I come from glibertarians regularly to grace all the trash here with my presence and shit all over the comments.

  • Just Say'n||

    ^ Sparky

  • JackAttack09||

    Incorrect.

  • $park¥ the Misanthrope||

    I don't sock.

  • TuIpa||

    Anyone who's been around here long enough knows me as the diabeetus-ridden librarian who write sick porn stories about old politicians.

  • $park¥ the Misanthrope||

    No one cares.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yeah, not SF. Back when I was active, and not intermittent and GBMish, I could recognize a good number.

  • TuIpa||

    Back when I was active, and not intermittent and GBMish, I could recognize a good number.

    Oh I don't post here regularly anymore. I just stop by to shit on everything because why not.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Nah, SugarFree had personality.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    I think it's just you and John, bud.

  • Pro Libertate||

    John is John, definitely. There are a few others that sound right, too.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Sparky's version of Tulpa is nothing close to the original Tulpa. The original Tulpa had class and pizzazz - Sparky/Tulpa is a desperate, sad version of Tulpa.

    It's like 1985 Madonna vs 2018 Kayne West, imho

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I do wonder who is left of the old commenters.

    Yes, the Old Ones.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I just know that I miss Citizen X, wherever he is.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I old enough to remember when Fist was first and thin.

  • Pro Libertate||

    More complex than Fist. Much superior. I was left here by the old ones.

  • Ray McKigney||

    I've commented very intermittently since the days before they had threaded comments. Back when you didn't have to register, I used all kinds of names ... I got a few laughs as Al Gore, among others. Golly, those were the days. Post-registration, the name I used the most -- back in Obama's first term -- was Hash Brown. But I've never commented so frequently that anyone's likely to remember me as a personality.

  • Jake W||

    I've also been here since the days of unthreaded unregistered shitfests. Doubtful anyone knows me since I comment about once a year if that.

  • SIV||

    Is she the one or is it the other one?

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Show of hands, who here was expecting her response to questioning to be a little more explosive than it was?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    You know what else I was expecting to be a little more explosive last night?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Your boyfriends orgasm?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Pocahontas's beer?

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    It's actually spelled Fauxcahontas.

  • perlchpr||

    That post gallon of applesauce diarrhea?

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    *raises paw*

  • ||

    I'm surprised she didn't behead someone.

  • BYODB||

    Uh, check out the genetic makeup of your average Pakistani. It seems that Islam has no problem with incest, starting with their own prophet. And, just to be clear, that's fine with me. I'm not entirely sure why incest is illegal in the first place since ultimately it's sort of a self correcting problem.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    Giving birth to a child of incest creates a person who has a strong possibility of being developmentally handicapped.

    I'm fine with making it illegal to engage in activities that can harm innocent third parties, as long as it's an obvious and forseeable harm. That's a more straightforward case than making it illegal to ever smoke cigarettes anywhere, like your own car.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    So, criminalize women getting pregnant over 40? Risks increase by 4000%

  • BYODB||

    So we should also prohibit people from having children when they carry known genetic defects as well? Or mandate that everyone should be screened for such before being certified to breed?

    I suspect the real reason why incest is illegal is because of the whole 'wife daughter' thing more than any concern over the products thereof, but I'm also no expert on the history of that particular bit of legislation.

  • CLM1227||

    This just shows how far we have deviated from the whole concept of what marriage was.

    You couldn't get a marriage license if both applicants had tay-sachs, sickle cell, and venereal disease. It only affected marriage, not who you had sex with. Because of offspring, mostly.

    The thing is, the requirement limits how many children are born with problems. It doesn't stop it, you just get less of it.

    Same with incest laws. You get less of it because, generally speaking, people are law abiding.

    I know libertarians hate the "social engineering" thing, but it works. So... freedom to marry and get more kids with issues that we will increasingly foot the bill for OR keep it illegal and limit the occurrence.

  • CLM1227||

    Changing the definition of marriage away from being the best way to produce and raise kids makes incest laws moot.

    Which was my chief argument to why we shouldn't change the definition of marriage.

    Some thought I was arguing ad absurdum, but here we are...

  • ThomasD||

    "Giving birth to a child of incest creates a person who has a strong possibility of being developmentally handicapped."

    This is only reliably true when, for a given population, the undesirable traits are genetically recessive. The mirror image is when desirable traits are recessive, in which case inbreeding can result in what is called hybrid vigor.

    Absent either then inbreeding tends to be a wash. Which is not surprising when you consider that, prior to the modern age, most all populations exhibited a fairly significant degree of inbreeding. Not necessarily at the sibling level but close enough, from a population perspective, as to be indistinguishable.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Emphases mine, to illustrate how easy it is for the rhetorically reckless to journey via the transitive property from political hypocrisy to possible treason.

    So writes the secret leftist editor at large for a treasonous online magazine...

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    They still publish a print magazine I think.

  • BYODB||

    What is this 'print' or 'magazine' of which you speak?

  • SIV||

    RTFM(asthead)

    Welch isn't a real editor anymore. Matt is an Editor Emeritus . He writes the occasional piece between frames of shuffleboard while livin' it up on that sweet Koch pension.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    RTFM(asthead)

    No you.

  • BigT||

    Welch does this a bit on the Reason podcast or The Fifth Column, but less so in print. He tones down the TDS here.

  • ||

    So writes the secret leftist editor at large for a treasonous online magazine...

    I liked you better when you were snatching inspirations for SugarFree's musings out of today's headlines.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I never liked you.

    HA!

  • $park¥ the Misanthrope||

    Slap fight!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    By the way, as an openly gay man myself, I couldn't care less about Lindsey Graham's sex life (gay, straight or otherwise). However, Graham is the Senate Judiciary Chair and there's a strong likelihood that he's being blackmailed by the Russians. If so, that needs to be revealed.
    — Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) January 14, 2019

    I agree with @joncoopertweets. We cannot allow closeted individuals to have ANY security clearance or position of influence.

  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    Closeted as in invisible, as in wearing a head scarf or burqa?

  • Sevo||

    "However, Graham is the Senate Judiciary Chair and there's a strong likelihood that he's being blackmailed by the Russians."

    I'm sure Mueller had the evidence, right? But he's just not sure how to tell anyone about it.

  • Rat on a train||

    He's saving it for the season finale, or maybe it will be a cliffhanger and we will have to wait until next year.

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    "This is what happens when you degrade evidentiary standards at a time of heightened political emotion."

    This is hilarious. Suderman does this same shit on the podcast every week, and you never say a damn thing.

  • Zeb||

    Maybe he doesn't listen.

  • Just Say'n||

    Does anyone listen to Suderman?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Mrs. Suderman?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Sadly, no.

  • Ryan (formally HFTO)||

    He certainly cuts Nick off enough

  • BigT||

    Indeed, Suderman is awful.

  • BearOdinson||

    "And all of a sudden he's made not only a 180 turnaround, but a 360 turnaround.

    So, he is back against Trump? I really hate when people get this wrong.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    He turned 360 degrees and moonwalked right into the Kremlin.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    He's turn so far around that he's right but for the wrong reasons! The horror!

  • perlchpr||

    Oh, like how all of the people who were against us going to Syria in the first place are aghast that we're leaving because it's Trump doing it?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    There should be a geometry section on the citizenship test

  • Just Say'n||

    The Russia smear was always a pro-war talking point, which is why it's weird that it's being employed against Graham. When they called Rand a stooge of Putin at least it made sense since he's not a war booster.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    It's always trivial to create some foreign other who masterminds all of the downfalls in our society and lives.

    And if war happens and foreigners die, well they weren't voting for them anyway.

  • Just Say'n||

    I'm just glad that Putin got Trump to pull us out of an illegal war in Syria and ordered Trump to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Um, he said he would. But my friend is still in Syria.

  • Just Say'n||

    You got to keep up with your fever dreams. Troops are being pulled out of Syria and four of them were just killed yesterday by ISIS and this is proof that Trump is working for Putin, according to totally not insane, but clearly insane media personalities.

  • Zeb||

    As with many talking points, everyone's going to use it however they can when it suits their purposes.

    Now, apparently, you can throw it at anyone who is even a little bit supportive of Trump.

  • ||

    As with many talking points, everyone's going to use it however they can when it suits their purposes.

    It's a pretty solid foil to the pro-immigrant, anti-racist, open borders bullshit, IMO.

    ICE accidentally jailed a guy who set a hospital on fire for an extra three days but if we ever find those Russians who posted on Facebook well... they better just be glad they live in Russia.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    So we have a radical Muslim democrat in college guess calling out actual Americans?

    FFS, this shit is absurd. It's time to get rid of all these scumbags. Marxist, Progressive.......whatever the fuck they want to be called. Fuck this NAP. bullshit too. When the enemy declares war on you, you declare war too and hit back hard enough to wipe them all out.

    I know there are people here who prefer whining, handwringing, and pantshitting. Please just shut up and stay out of the way when shit gets real.

  • Dizzle||

    This should be a case study to everyone who thinks all these cute little Latin Americans want to just come here and become good upstanding citizens with American values. Minnesota has one of the countries largest Muslim populations, and i believe the countries largest Somali population. And these are the politicians they support and want.

    People need to wake up and realize many, possibly a majority, of these "immigrants" don't want to assimilate. They want the economic freedoms of America with the social and cultural norms of whatever shithole they came from. And their too damn ignorant to realize the social and culture norms of their past shithole ARE the reason it was a shithole.

    Also how about we pass a law that says if you're here on any kind of visa or temporary status...if you're caught sending more than 15% of your income out of the country you get instantly deported. At least if these assholes wanna vote for socialist bigots well keep some more of their tax money.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Even then, the illegals and radical Muslims are the symptoms, not the problem. None of this stops until progressivism stops.

  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    I can't imagine how much fun Putin is having over this shit.

    I'm sure they have their own versions of bat shit crazy, but this kind of stuff must at least be a great change of pace.

  • Ron||

    Putins tiny investment in facebook adds is paying off in the billions for him, I'll bet he never thought he'd get this much traction unless Hillary told him he would since the Dems would not let that bone go

  • ||

    I was listening to NPR this morning and they were talking about ISIS in Syria. The host asking the SME about whether they thought the bombing was an effort to gain media attention and leverage that attention against Trump in an effort to recruit. When the SME affirmed I thought "So, technically, this interview the Western version of ISIS' recruiting propaganda?" They make Ron Burgundy seem like a visionary documentary.

    So, I changed the station.

  • Qsl||

    During the Aqua Buddha "scandal" with Rand Paul (and the implication his campaign was funded mainly by "outside sources"), Democracy Now! took a break and discussed in ominous tones how Rand was named after (pregnant pause)... Ayn Rand, and what dark implications that could have being raised as an objectivist.

    Beyond the obvious smear or the ideological witch hunt, what offended me most was the inability to do the 15 seconds of journalism and confirm the origin of his name.

    Of course here, he gets pilloried as a cosmotarian and Trump sycophant in the same breath. Brother can't catch a break.

    Anyhoo, I pretty much gave up public radio after that.

  • BYODB||

    I was a Rand Paul guy in the primaries, and it remains true today. He's not perfect, far from it, but he's perhaps the best chance of getting any libertarian values whatsoever into the White House.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Amen to that.

    #IStandWithRand

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Rand is good, and if you wait for 'perfect', you will end up waiting as a long decomposed corpse.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    The likelihood that they're creating a self-fulfilling prophecy has never occurred to them. That global superpowers interfere in each other's leadership transfers is nothing new. That Democrats are suddenly so aghast at Russia trying it, after mocking Romney for having a "1980s foreign policy" is the height of irony.

  • Rossami||

    People who say "360 turnaround" are too stupid to waste time listening to.

  • IceTrey||

    You'd think they'd be too stupid to get elected but here she is.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    They're not ballsy enough to say he pulled a 720.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    With a McTwist

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Nancy Pelosi has pulled a 360 turnaround. And driven further off the commie cliff.

  • Uncle Jay||

    Well, if you can't call someone a fascist or a communist, then you'll have to call him a sexual pervert.
    That's all that's left in the insult box.

  • Just Say'n||

    The biggest problem that I have with this is that insulting Lindsey Graham was our thing. Now the warmongers have appropriated our culture.

  • TuIpa||

    Keep crying.

  • Just Say'n||

    I will. I find their appropriation of this smear to be depressing

  • Ron||

    Ironic that the left can insult people for their sexuality without repercusions

  • BYODB||

    They are the gatekeepers of what is considered good or bad sex, don'tchaknow.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Bring back dueling, and all this silliness will stop.

  • perlchpr||

    I have access to a Thunderdome, and I'm sure I could convince the rest of the crew to help out with this.

  • Ron||

    the evidence is clear to me just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't real evidence. all things should be resolved that way. so much for the party of science

  • Just Say'n||

    The "boofing" truthers strike again with a super serious-y accusation, absent any supporting evidence

  • TuIpa||

    ""boofing" truthers"

    I'll bet you think this is the greatest thing you ever made up.

  • Cathy L||

    And he didn't even go with "boofing troofers."

  • Cathy L||

    And he didn't even go with "boofing troofers."

  • Just Say'n||

    "Cathy and Tulpa, sit'n in a tree...two boofing truthers as happy as can be"

  • TuIpa||

    We all know you prefer a good stiff cock up your ass, dummy.

  • $park¥ the Misanthrope||

    You act like there's something wrong with that. Everyone should enjoy a little rough trade now amd then.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    These are some dark roads we're hurtling down, America.

    Maybe so, but it's all the GOP's fault. If they kept nominating patriotic, respectable conservatives like McCain we wouldn't be in this position. Alas, they had to go with Drumpf. Someone who is not only an opponent of the Koch / Reason immigration agenda, but is also literally an agent of a hostile foreign power that hacked our election. Therefore it's natural to ask how many other prominent Republicans are taking orders from Putin.

    Luckily Robert Mueller and the Democratic House will remove this illegitimate puppet regime by the end of this year.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Also, it's disappointing to see Reason attacking Rep. Omar. We libertarians should be celebrating Muslim women in Congress.

  • BigT||

    Is this the result of FGM?

  • Johnimo||

    Can we bet on this? I know it's a brand new year, but this kind of nonsense is VERY similar to the "stuff" I heard at the beginning of the last year when ....

    Excuse me, I can't finish writing this. I've just been contacted by my Russian controllers, requesting an immediate reprogramming of my psyche.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Not bad. B+

  • albo||

    Why is anybody paying attention to the views of congressional freshmen? We didn't in the past. Why now? They don't know anything.

  • Just Say'n||

    This one wears a hat

  • BYODB||

    But is it a jaunty hat?

  • Just Say'n||

    To use her phrasing about Israel, her hat has "mesmerized" the press

  • BYODB||

    Ouch. I'll say this, I have no problem with Muslim's being elected to higher office (and no one should, since religious tests for office are a big no no). In fact, if they keep electing this particular brand of Muslim we'll see a whole lot less of them in office.

    It's amazing how many out-and-out racists there are in Democrat circles. It's perhaps the greatest thing about their intersectionality approach: they feel no qualms about putting racists in front of the camera for everyone to see. At least Republicans feel compelled to disassociate themselves from the KKK, even if they actually are racists.

  • Just Say'n||

    I have no problem with Muslims being elected to office. I do have a problem with a warmonger and an antisemite being in office. She's both and deserves nothing but derision

  • BYODB||

    You're one of the few reasonable one's left, so I wouldn't think you'd be in favor of religious tests. Farrakhan has proven pretty well that you can be completely and utterly racist and it's not an issue as long as you put the right letter in front of your name.

    'Anti-Termite' is something that quite literally could have been penned by Adolph himself.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    'Anti-Termite' is something that quite literally could have been penned by Adolph himself.

    "The Unconventional Fascism of the Orkin Man"

  • AZ Gunowner||

    Yep, seeing people elected to office who claim allegiance to a "religion" that advocates death to all who don't follow that religion is good sign of our increasing "diversity".

    Also, its a good sign of our increasing "diversity" that our elected officials are denouncing the Catholics who have been nominated for the bench. Can't have that kind of diversity can we?

    Dark roads indeed.

  • damikesc||

    Hell, looking at Labour in the UK --- the Left has a massive problem with hating Jews.

    Jews, sadly, do not see it. Even though they aren't even trying to hide it.

  • Sevo||

    "This one wears a hat"
    That's a rag, not a hat, and it serves no "hat" purpose.
    It's an idiotic bleever signal.

  • Dizzle||

    It's a rag imposed on her my a patriarcal religious system intended to stifle and supress women, minorities, homosexuals, and all non believers.

    Where are the feminists protesting her man appointed head rag and clothes? This woman should be free of the oppression of man.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It does seem like they are getting better committees these days.

  • H. Farnham||

    In a perfect world, ALL congressmen would be freshmen (term limits)... and also, yeah, nobody would pay attention to them.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Media narrative--"STRONG POWERFUL MINORITY WOMEN CHANGING THE FACE OF AMERICA!"

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    One lie at a time...

  • Mazakon||

    However, Graham is the Senate Judiciary Chair and there's a strong likelihood that he's being blackmailed by the Russians. If so, that needs to be revealed.

    So the fact that Graham has for better or worst been consistently against Trump's supposed "pro-Russia" foreign policy moves, including last month means nothing? I mean, I find Graham as loathsome as the next guy but still.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    He has turned some i * 180 degrees away from Trump and is not to be trusted.

  • Ron||

    This is actually worse than Bush's "if your not with us your against us". with the dems today if you deny you must be a spy and need to be investigated and if you support anything we dissaprove of then you must be investigated this is McCarthyism at its worse

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    You mean what the democrats and the leftist press called McCartyism. Real McCarthyism was a good thing.

  • damikesc||

    Yeah, McCarthy got a very unfair rap.

    At the very least, he wanted to do his investigation is closed session to avoid unfairly tarring people who might be innocent. Democrats said no.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    Where's the "without evidence" crowd on this one? After all she is saying that without evidence.

  • Jerry B.||

    I look forward to the cage match between Ilhan Omar and AOC for the title of Progressive Tweeter-in-charge.

  • Mongo||

    AÖC = Alexandria Öyster Cult.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Please don't sully them by association with her.

  • Mongo||

    No kidding -- one of my fave bands.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I suppose she is making a career of evil though.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    I hear she really just wants more cowbell.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    ME262 - Problematic?

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    If AÖC has her way, we'll all be "Dancing in the Ruins."

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Godzilla

    No particular reason. Just - Godzilla.

  • Lawn Darts||

    Ilhan Oh man & Alexandria Occasional Cortex --> Thunderdome

  • perlchpr||

    I could make this happen, I'm just saying.

  • Mongo||

    Omar is my representative. She's pretty middle-of-the-road. A total square.

  • AZ Gunowner||

    If that is middle of the road then you must be driving in the left hand ditch.

  • Tony||

    The likely story is that Graham is suffering from "the cycle," as in he's up for election in 2020 in a red state.

    That's not to say that if you wanted to blackmail him, there wouldn't be stuff. The only question is how kinky.

  • Just Say'n||

    Pretty sure he got upset when your buddies accused his friend Kavanaugh of being a gang rapist without evidence. And so naturally you guys decide to smear him too. You realize you and your friends are the bad guys, right?

  • Tony||

    I have no problem with whatever Graham gets up to in private consentually. It's not people like me he has to worry about, it's the mouth-breathing retards he depends on to get elected. They're the bad guys!

  • Just Say'n||

    Graham is always the bad guy. But, warmongers who spread salacious rumors against their political opponents are evil and your party has jumped the shark on evil.

  • TuIpa||

    You two should stop fighting and fuck already. You both know you want it. At least up until Tony has to be disappointed by you little sardine.

  • Just Say'n||

    Seriously, get fucked Sparky. I imagine you have a very weird and small penis and that's why you're weird like this.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    You guys, stop all the turn on talk!

  • Tony||

    Graham is a warmonger who had plenty to say about Trump before he was in his cycle. I don't even know what you're talking about. Like Republicans never have an unkind word to say about Democrats. Oh the smelling salts.

  • Just Say'n||

    Your party's foreign policy is indistinguishable from Graham's now. The only difference is that you want intersectional drones or whatever collegiate bullshit made-up words your pushing this week.

  • Tony||

    Both parties suffer from platform makers who don't know fuck-all about foreign policy and so defer to the establishment, which in the case of a bona fide fucking moron like Trump, or a genuine torture-and-occupy party, is probably the best we can ask for right now.

    You know what the most consequential decision on the table as far as world peace is, as far as I'm concerned? Trump's flirtation with ending the US's association with NATO, the thing that has been in place instead of world wars for the better part of a century. And there's good reason to believe he came to this decision no by careful use of brain cells, but because noted psychopathic warmonger Putin "gently" asked him to.

    Jesus, people, eye on the fucking ball.

  • BYODB||


    Both parties suffer from platform makers who don't know fuck-all about foreign policy and so defer to the establishment...

    Word salad. The platform makers are the establishment, genius.

  • Tony||

    Not Trump. Not Elizabeth Warren. Not Obama, which is why things stayed fairly status quo under his watch. The ones you have to watch out for are members of the establishment who get big ideas like Cheney.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Not Obama, which is why things stayed fairly status quo under his watch.

    LOL. Obama being part of the establishment is precisely why things stayed fairly status quo, you moron.

  • Mock-star||

    Wait....you think asking Europe to contribute more of their own money towards NATO is a Putin plot?

  • BYODB||

    If you don't know what he's talking about, why reply to him?

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Obama gets a Nobel Peace prize for bombing the shit out of the middle East.

    Trump contemplates pulling out of NATO and gets crucified as a Putin puppet.

    WTF is wrong with this picture?

  • BYODB||

    Obama's prize was hardly the first award given out to someone that was utterly useless, it just one of the more obvious one's given that he then turned around and did things that should have had it revoked after the fact.

  • Tony||

    He got the award for not being Bush, which was also why he was elected, and frankly it was a good enough reason for both.

  • Sevo||

    Tony|1.17.19 @ 5:53PM|#
    "He got the award for not being Bush, which was also why he was elected, and frankly it was a good enough reason for both."

    Yep, being Bush^2, with more lies tossed in, is jutification to a shitbag like Tony.

  • Jake W||

    Consentually

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Hee hee

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    ""He got the award for not being Bush, which was also why he was elected,"'

    Bush wasn't running. All the candidates were not Bush.

    But going down that road you could say Trump was elected because he was not Obama.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    But we know Trump was elected because he was not Hillary.

  • damikesc||

    Umm, we have been voting for him for years.

    Your side is obsessed with his sex life. We do not seem to really give a shit.

    You know, like you claim you want.

  • MasterThief||

    I think this is the most reasonable explanation. Still, the shift has been more dramatic than usual so I'd be open to considering there is some extra influence

  • Jake W||

    Reasonable?

    Drink!

  • MasterThief||

    Definitely a temptation after using that word to describe a Tony post

  • Page 7||

    Well in the confusing world of intersectional identity oppression, you have to to see how each one stacks up. In this case being gay isn't as oppressed as being black AND Muslim. Therefore any criticism is unfounded since you can't be homophobic if you are coming from a position of a more oppressed identity.

    Honestly, someone needs to make a color wheel to keep track of it all.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    You can't say "color" anymore.

    Diversity wheel, please.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    You need an amorphous, 6-D chart to keep track of it.

  • drisco304||

    A 360 turnaround? OK, so she's math-challenged. Interesting considering we derived our number system from the Arabs. Not from Ilhan Omar, though. Thankfully.

  • Juice||

    These are some dark roads we're hurtling down, America

    Oh, the drama!

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Matt, stop watching cable news. Everyone else has.

  • Longtobefree||

    Is DC one of those anti-gun jurisdictions where anyone can get anyone else committed 'for observation' just because they spew insanity in public? This person needs some serious help.

  • Rockabilly||

    Democrats have been pissed at Russia since they dissolved the USSR, proving once again, the total failure of socialism.

  • Jake W||

    That wasn't Real Socialism (tm)

  • TangoDelta||

    That sure sounds like she has first hand knowledge that the deep state certainly exists and there's no reason to think that deep state operatives don't work both ways. Huh, essentially she's admitting that it's more likely than not that the deep state was after Trump.

  • perlchpr||

    And all of a sudden he's made not only a 180 turnaround, but a 360 turnaround.

    Gosh, a lefty democrat can't math. How shocking.

  • Salero21||

    It wouldn't surprise me at all if one or both of these 2 Mohammedan women now in Congress becomes a Suicide Bomber. They better watch out there in the HR. Is part intrinsic of their religion, is in the Koran.
    That one Rashida has proven herself to be not only ugly but very Vulgar to say the least.

  • Conchfritters||

    Yes, 100% likely. Can you mail me some of that shit you're smoking? The stuff I have only makes me laugh at H&R comments, and makes me hungry for tacos.

  • Conchfritters||

    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D–Minn.), asserted breathlessly on Twitter that the explanation for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) careening so violently in his approach toward Donald Trump between 2015 and now is that some nameless but powerful "they" have "compromised" the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    [any sane person who has a pulse]: that's one of the dumbest fucking things I have ever read.

    [Salero21]: Hold my beer.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    At least she didn't call for Graham to be thrown off the roof of the Capitol building.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    ..yet.

  • Jake W||

    This is actually an idea that would elicit my full support. Perhaps the landing site could feature a large wood chipper.

  • Lloyd Clucas||

    "People are losing their damn fool minds in the midst of Putin paranoia."

    Matt: When one is a raghead political female, I wonder if there is an actual mind to lose? Yeah, I know how repulsive that sounds.

  • Sevo||

    'Take that goddam rag off your head'
    I did not say that in London a couple of years back, since it seemed likely to get me arrested. But, holy cow: TAKE THAT GODDAM RAG OFF YOUR HEAD!

  • Conchfritters||

    The ghost of McCain will come bomb her district in Minneapolis, as soon as they can get the F-35 cleared to fly.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    asserted breathlessly on Twitter

    How?

  • MasterThief||

    The implication here is likely completely wrong and solely politically motivated. Typical of politicians and especially democrats to push the big lie.
    Still, it is remarkable how Graham went from anti-Trump and semi-reliable vote with democrats on major issues to a vaguely conservative firebrand. My bet is on it being nothing but posturing (even if I completely agreed with him on Kavanaugh)

  • colorblindkid||

    Everything wrong in this country right now comes down to our press being a fucking arm of the Democrat party. That is why we're stuck with Trump. They are why everybody hates everybody. They are why there is so much division.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    There is also so much division because America is divided.

    American Socialists vs other Americans.

  • Jake W||

    Party of useless social programs and perpetual war vs. Party of slighty lower taxes, no drugs, and perpetual war.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    If all the progressives leave, then there will be no more division.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    'Socialists versus Americans'

    FIFY

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Everything wrong in this country right now comes down to our press being a fucking arm of the Democrat party.

    That's backwards, actually. The Democratic party is the political arm of the mass media complex, not the other way around.

    That's why progressives get so bent out of shape about Fox News. No deviation from their viewpoint should be tolerated.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Rep. Ilhan Omar Recklessly Accuses Lindsey Graham of Being 'Compromised'

    I accuse her of being a brother marrying Muslim terrorist bent on destroying our American Constitutional Democratic Republic.

  • awildseaking||

    Graham isn't compromised, America is because we're electing openly subversive representatives like Omar and Tlaib and celebrating it. I'd rather be called a bigot than dead.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    And I would rather be called bloodthirsty amd vicious than countenance a nation filled with and run by marxists.

    They need to go.

  • ||

    Omar closed with this smiley little hand-wave. "The evidence really is present to us, it's being presented to us, in the way that he's behaving," she said. "My tweet was just an opinion based on what I believe to be visible to me, and I'm pretty sure there are lots of Americans who will agree on this."

    Okay. Omar. Let's talk about what's visible to people. Let's start with Arab Palestinians strapping bombs to themselves and killing innocent people. Or how they use children as human shields. Or how about all the anti-semitic rhetoric you and your cohorts in the DNC and activist organizations like to pretend isn't real?

    You really want to play this game?

    C'man.

  • Adina123||

    OMG, "He not only made a 180...he made a 360!"
    These progressives only advance the stereotype that women can't do math. They are holding us back.

  • ejhickey||

    "My tweet was just an opinion based on what I believe to be visible to me,"

    she is in her own world. Usually , we call this a delusion and put the person in question under observation and remove sharp objects from their presence . However, as a Congressperson , she gets a pass.

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