Progressives have continued to criticize the Democratic National Convention for another night of Republicans dominating the convention.
On Tuesday, the satirical publication The Onion published a hard-hitting piece headlined, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Upgraded To Full DNC Speaking Slot After Announcing Support For Iraq War.”
That joke came only hours before the DNC announced that Iraq War accomplice Colin Powell would be addressing the convention — and would be given more time than the 60 seconds given to AOC.
Here’s some of what people were saying about the scheduling priorities:
They waited till AOC prerecorded her message to drop these 💩 nuggets. pic.twitter.com/tXAPYuHFFc
— David Doel (@daviddoel) August 18, 2020
It is really funny how out of step dems are with what they think republicans care about. They don’t give a shit about Colin Powell anymore. The modern republican owns three Zumiez franchises and believes Netflix is turning people bisexual
— nick ciarelli (@nickciarelli) August 18, 2020
He's been supporting Democrats for four election cycles now and reminds people of the Iraq war. https://t.co/jczNlJ4qQ8
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 18, 2020
Biden’s acceptance of the war was fundamentally political. It’s notable that he framed all his actions, from the summer of 2002 to the October vote to to the invasion, as an effort to bolster Powell. Had Powell opposed the war, Biden, chairman of Senate forn reltns, would’ve too
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) August 18, 2020
The DNC will have, by far, like not even close, WAY more war criminals speaking than the RNC.
— The Debt Collective (@StrikeDebt) August 19, 2020
why do the republicans get two conventions https://t.co/qzL4rURcGD
— Erin GARGAMEL Ryan (@morninggloria) August 18, 2020
The last time Colin Powell supported a Republican presidential candidate was 16 years ago in 2004.
— David Chalian (@DavidChalian) August 19, 2020
DEMOCRATIC PARTY: “America is a right-leaning nation.”
The message is clear: Republican voters get to decide the direction of our nation.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) August 18, 2020
Outrage against Dianne Feinstein as potential Judiciary chair comes out against Senate reform
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received harsh criticism on Monday after coming out against Senate reform of the filibuster.
“I don't believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose," Feinstein argued.
"It is not often used, it's often less used now than when I first came, and I think it's part of the Senate that differentiates itself," Feinstein falsely claimed.
Feinstein is in line to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Democrats regain the Senate, despite never attending law school or having ever tried a case.
Lindsey Graham announces embattled Sen. Joni Ernst will vote for whomever Trump nominates to replace RBG
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday announced that GOP members of the body would be united in voting for whomever President Donald Trump nominates to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The nominee’s going to be supported by every Republican in the Judiciary Committee," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, as reported by The Washington Post's Aaron Blake.
If Graham is correct, that would mean that Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) would be backing the nomination, despite trailing Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.
A Never-Trump Republican changed her mind — then crumbled when she tried to explain why
In a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, Republican Danielle Pletka declared that despite the fact that she refused to vote for Donald Trump in 2016, she now feels compelled to support him in 2020. The piece quickly caught fire online, inspiring ridicule and sympathy from differing corners and triggering a surprising amount of discussion.
In one sense, it’s hard to see what the big deal was. The Post publishes opinion pieces in support of Trump frequently, and this one was not particularly special. Pletka herself is not a particularly notable figure. Like many op-eds, it was sloppy and unpersuasive, making huge leaps of reasoning and glossing over critical points in the argument. It didn’t take seriously any compelling counterarguments. It was, in other words, a mere display of partisan loyalty from a Republican who would prefer to be inside the tent than outside of it.