Wonkette Weekend Live Chat Doesn’t Need A Supermajority To End Debate

I thought I might have had Covid this week but it turns out I might have an oat allergy. Running eyes, scratchy throat symptoms turn up shortly after a bowl of granola. That’s probably better than the risk of long Covid, but nonetheless, my body is failing me.

While I can’t have my pre-livestream oatmeal raisin cookies, I’m still raring to go. Robyn and I will discuss the filibuster fraud, democracy, and Kyrsten Sinema’s delusions of grandeur. (Girl supposedly thinks she can be president.) The party starts at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET.

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SCOTUS Would Love To Help Workers/End Pandemic, But They've Got An Administrative State To Destroy

Good Morning! The Supreme Court is dog shit. Let's discuss!

After having been shamed for issuing so many decisions on the "shadow docket," the Court agreed to an expedited hearing in two vaccine mandate cases on January 7. This first case, National Federation of Independent Business v. OSHA, involved an “emergency temporary standard” issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandating that every business with more than 100 employees require vaccination or regular testing to prevent the spread of COVID at work. In the second case, Biden v. Missouri, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) required that all health care workers at federally funded sites be vaccinated.

The decisions came down yesterday afternoon, and we lost the first and won the second. And by "we," I mean those of us who would like life to go back to normal and appreciate that we might actually have an obligation to give up something to protect the health and safety of other human beings to get there.

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Mitch McConnell Serpent-Talking Maryland GOP Gov Larry Hogan Into Running For Senate

Democrats have no room to spare with their Senate majority, and although we’d all love it if they flipped more seats this year so we don’t have to care about Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, the reality is many of our pickup opportunities are reaches, such as Ohio and Florida, both of which Joe Biden lost in 2020. Worse, we’re on the defensive in Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, and now possibly Maryland.

You read correctly: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has his beady little eyes set on Maryland, the state Biden carried by 33 points. It makes no sense. Has McConnell’s evil finally pulled him into the pits of madness? Well, maybe not yet: McConnell thinks Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan could defeat incumbent Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, who you just realized existed. That’s what happens when you don’t play dice with democracy like Manchin and Sinema. You never get booked on “Meet the Press.”

Here’s some recent footage of Senator Van Hollen. He’s a nice guy who should remain in office.


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F*ckin' Elite Strike Force Idiot Out Here Talkin' About Human-Animal Hybrid Sports Teams

If you have forgotten, Jenna Ellis was the idiot-ass young evangelical member of Donald Trump's Elite Strike Force of election-overturning superlawyers. You probably thought of her as the dumbest one, differentiating her from Rudy Giuliani (most senile); Sidney Powell (most Kraken); and Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing (most "hairball").

She's so, so stupid. During the campaign, she wanted to sue CNN for releasing polls the Trump campaign didn't like. She was the one who called Trump's team of lawyers an "Elite Strike Force."

And of course, she's a white super-bigot, which usually goes hand-in-hand with being dumb. One time she called Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock a "false teacher," and accused him of spreading "heresy," as if any God gave her that right, and as if Matthew 7:22-23 wasn't literally about her. She intentionally misgenders Dr. Rachel Levine, President Joe Biden's assistant secretary for Health. She's just garbage.

So don't you want to hear her thoughts on ... trans-mammal sports teams?

Oh hell yeah you do, don't lie.

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History Facts

Remembering The Dr. King Conservatives Find So Damn Inconvenient

Facts over right-wing fantasy.

If Republicans were capable of shame and intellectual consistency, Martin Luther King Day would prove uncomfortable for them. After all, they insist America’s founding was not rooted in white supremacy, and that the nation itself was never actively, aggressively racist. If that’s true, why do we need to celebrate Dr. King as a transformative figure?

Conservatives' favorite MLK quote — possibly the only one they know — is “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The key words here that conservatives ignore is one day, meaning it hadn’t happened yet. If America was already a post-racial utopia, Dr. King would've just been a guy who gave speeches. We might as well have a national holiday for the Four Tops.

Happy MLK Day! Prager U Sings The Praises Of Great Conservative Thinker, Dr. King

But let’s not waste time today dragging hypocritical statements from Republicans who’ll take a break from suppressing the Black vote to claim that if Dr. King were alive today, he’d resent almost everyone who’s Black and presumably host one of the Fox News prime time hours.

Instead, let’s appreciate Dr. King’s own words, which are more prescient than ever.

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They Tried To Kill Us, We Survived, Let's Vote

You know what time it is.

This weekend, my husband and I are flying to Michigan, where we will not be seeing ANY of you because I don't know if you heard but there is a global pandemic! We are taking a week off work and just hanging out to see if we would like to live in Detroit, or in Ann Arbor, or neither and we have to start looking at Milwaukee and shit.

Because we can't stay in Montana any longer.

"Oh waah! The country is getting more polarized because the people are sorting themselves politically and somehow that is bad!" say idiots who have not had to live in Montana. It's the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Sometimes I want to weep just looking out my window at the mountains past the lake.

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Media/Entertainment

OAN Gets Cancel Cultured. Dang.

Yeah, we're real broke up about it.

Pour one out for the One America Network! OAN is getting dropped by DirecTV, its most important carrier, responsible for a reported 90 percent of the network's revenue.

Bloomberg was first to report that the wingnut news outlet was getting cancel cultured, depriving your granny of her nightly fix of 4chan in news format, minus all the fancy production values.

DirecTV's decision comes on the heels of a blockbuster Reuters story in October highlighting the role DirecTV's parent company AT&T played in funding OAN and making it a thing.

“They told us they wanted a conservative network,” OAN's owner Robert Herring Sr. said during a 2019 deposition, describing being approached in 2013 by AT&T executives. “They only had one, which was Fox News, and they had seven others on the other [left-wing] side. When they said that, I jumped to it and built one.”

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