In tonight’s “too little, too late” department: Harry Reid is dropping some truth bombs about Sharron Angle. Politico, being wingnutty, takes a skeptical tone towards Reid’s accusations that Angle speaks in code and wants to eliminate the vast majority of the federal government, with a special eye towards services that it actually provides people. It is, of course, absolutely true. Anyone who has been paying attention since before the primaries knows that Angle started off as a hard core Christian libertarian who wanted to eliminate Social Security, unemployment, the Department of Education, basically anything and everything that could conceivably call an “entitlement”. And even after the Republican party got a hold of her and explained very carefully that while it was great that she believed those things, she needed to lie about her beliefs to get elected, she still had a tendency to slip up frequently in public. She called people who suffered from layoffs and had to collect unemployment “spoiled”, and implied they just didn’t want to work.
What’s funny is Reid’s assertion that he’s never run against anyone who speaks in code before. I don’t believe that. Let’s hope that Reid is just fudging the truth for rhetorical purposes here, because I’d argue that speaking in code is the Republican code. What Angle brings to the equation is a particularly weak ability to sell her code as anything but code. Every time she says something like “privatize Social Security”, you can just tell that what’s going on in her brain is, “That’s the phrase, right? The one that will get me elected?”
I’m glad Reid is impatient, and I know that he’s a busy man, but I’m just sad that we’re seeing this so late in the game. If it had been a relentless drumbeat of this kind of thing—explaining to the public that “privatize” means “destroy”, or better yet, explain that it means “take your hard earned money and give it Wall Street so they can flush it down the toilet”—then it probably would have been able to dampen the damage of Angle’s “fear the immigrants” cascade of ads. As it stands, once you get people into the irrational hate zone, getting them out is pretty damn hard. This is reflected in the polls, where Angle is coming out ahead.
But hey, it’s a few more days. Maybe Gawker will publish a tell-all story accusing Angle of getting drunk and making out with dudes. Certainly would have mattered more than doing it to Christine O’Donnell.
Soccer star slams Trump for attacking her teammate: He hates women he ‘cannot control or grope’
On Wednesday, U.S. Women's Soccer champion Ali Krieger rebuked President Donald Trump for his attacks on her teammate Megan Rapinoe, saying that the president feels threatened by women that he "cannot control or grope":
In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.
Bernie Sanders: ‘I intend to be the Democratic nominee’
Bernie Sanders intends to be the 2020 Democratic nominee - and he's not planning to back down anytime soon. Not even with 23 other Democratic presidential hopefuls in the running alongside him.
MSNBC's Kasie Hunt spoke with Sanders for an interview prior to the first Democratic debate night where he plainly said, "I intend to be the Democratic nominee."
In the interview, Sanders also discussed his plan to end student loan debt and Medicare for all. But before that, he said there was another pressing issue.
"Our goal right now is to win it," Sanders said. "And by the way, as you you may know, poll after poll shows what against Trump? Shows me beating Trump by 8, 9 or 10 points. We're going to beat Trump, we're going to win the Democratic nomination."
Justice Department sues Omarosa Manigault Newman over financial disclosures
The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who campaigned for President Donald Trump and later worked for him in the White House, alleging she failed to file a required public disclosure report after she left 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, claims Manigault Newman "knowingly and willingly" failed to file the financial disclosure report after corresponding multiple times with attorneys for the White House. It accuses her of violating the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA) by not filing the report, which was required because her salary exceeded $124,406, despite several oral and written reminders from White House ethics lawyers.