Of all the memories of what a vile waste of space of a human being Jesse Helms was, this detail jumps out at me the most: That he taunted Senator Carol Moseley-Braun by whistling "Dixie" at her. I think it's because we're so often piously told that the symbols of the Confederacy that are embraced by some wingnuts are about "heritage" and "history" and "pride", you know, and not hatred of black people and a longing for a racial caste system or even slavery. I love it when you get glimpses of evidence that people don't believe their own bullshit.
Republicans in California are spending the weekend meeting in San Diego for their 2021 fall convention, following their decisive loss in the recall campaign against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The schedule included regional meetings, analysis sessions and campaign training efforts. Special guests included Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) and Rep. Ronnie Jackson (R-TX), who was Trump's White House physician.
Hanging over the whole weekend was the fact the GOP failed to recall Newsom, as they had done with Gray Davis 18 years earlier. Larry Elder, the leading GOP candidate, captured only a small minority of the vote.
"California Republicans, stinging from their lopsided loss in this month's recall election, sought to regroup and focus on the upcoming midterms at their party convention this weekend," Seem Mehta reported for the Los Angeles Times. "Typically a boisterous gathering, the three-day meeting in San Diego was among the grimmest in recent memory."
As longtime California journalist Carla Marinucci of Politico noted, Elder just blew off the convention to party in Florida.
—After telling GOP “we've got a state to save," @LarryElder skips grassroots meetings at weekend's big @CAGOP convention to hit Florida coast https://t.co/Qf5bkzGuix
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) September 26, 2021
EDITOR'S NOTE: The author of this article worked campaigns for then-Sup. Newsom when he was a local elected official in San Francisco.
Attorney Sidney Powell suggested recently that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was designed to give the U.S. Supreme Court time to stop Joe Biden from being certified as president of the United States.
Powell made the remarks on Friday's episode of The Stew Peters Show. The comments were shared on Twitter by Ron Filipkowski.
According to Filipkowski, Powell's interview "suggests that the purpose of the insurrection was to DELAY the electoral college certification to give [Justice Samuel Alito] time to intervene on this legal challenge. But, Powell says they didn't anticipate Pelosi reconvening Congress that day."
Powell said that while then-President Donald Trump was inciting a riot at the Capitol, her team was filing a "12th Amendment constitutional challenge to the process the Congress was about to use."
"Justice Alito was our circuit justice for that," she recalled. "And we were suing the vice president to follow the 12th Amendment as opposed to the Electoral College Act."
Powell alleged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned of the lawsuit and rushed to have Congress certify the election despite the ongoing attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"Everything broke loose and she really had to speed up reconvening Congress to get the vote going before Justice Alito might have issued an injunction to stop it all, which is what should have happened," the attorney said.
Watch the video below.
In other news, Capitol rioter Pauline Bauer, who was hauled off to jail screaming last week, appeared before a judge on Friday to seek her release pending trial. It didn't go well, though, as Bauer continued to insist that she isn't subject to a federal court's authority.
Bauer, a Pennsylvania pizzeria owner who has previously used rhetoric associated with the "sovereign citizen" movement, began her argument Friday by saying, "I Pauline ... a living soul. ... He gave man dominion over the land..."
Capitol rioter melts down before judge in ‘uniquely and profoundly self-destructive episode’ youtu.be
Glass-house resident Donald Trump Jr. learned an important lesson over the weekend.
You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger, and you don't mess around with Ana Navarro.
Trump Jr. had lamely attempted to slur the commentator Friday after Navarro and co-host Sunny Hostin, who are both fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 just moments before Vice President Kamala Harris was to join them on set.
Trump Jr. tweeted: "Given the Ana Navarro news, I think it's time for a national conversation about the dangers of Covid-19 & obesity."
Navarro, destroyed him Saturday with this:
"I don't have COVID. Fortunately for you, if you want to have a conversation about the effects of obesity on people with COVID, your dad is a phone call away…assuming he answers your calls. Or just ask your sister to call him for you."
That triple-bank shot should have reminded Trump Jr. of Navarro's far superior command of the language. But in case his memory is failing -- for whatever reason -- this is just the latest in a long line of memorable zingers Navarro has delivered at his expense.
Back in 2017, early in the Russia scandal, Navarro said this to CNN's Don Lemon:
"When I read his statement where he was admitting that he had met with this Russian lawyer for the purpose of receiving information against Hillary Clinton, I thought, 'My God, this kid was dropped on his head as a child!' "
Then there was this time in 2019 when Navarro was filling in on the View, as noted by People Magazine:
"Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, joked in the beginning of this Friday's episode that she needed to "disinfect" where she was sitting because it was the same spot where Donald Trump Jr. sat the previous day for a contentious joint interview with girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Also in 2019, after Don Jr. likened Trump's border wall to a zoo fence, Navarro had this to say on CNN:
He's an "entitled, rich, spoiled little brat whose only call to fame is being his daddy's son." "[D]addy kept Fredo back home...Who cares what [he] says. I don't want to talk about that entitled little brat."
Newsweek reported that Navarro on Saturday tweeted that she was "feeling good" and hoping Friday's test result was "just an inopportune, very public false positive." She added: "Please get vaccinated and stay safe folks, so we can beat this damn thing, once and for all."
In other news, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that President Joe Biden would not invoke executive privilege to prevent Trump White House documents from being handed over to the House committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots. WATCH:
Biden won't invoke executive privilege to protect Trump from Capitol riot committee www.youtube.com
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