Daily Briefing: The Republicans' Sophisticated Campaign

Vote Or Die Bush declares Iraqi election a "resounding success": "The world is hearing the voice of freedom from the center of the Middle East." Zogby: "We shouldn't get hysterical with hyperbole, we shouldn't have a 'mission accomplished' moment." [WP, NYT, WT, USAT]

Kerry credits 9/11 with Bush's win, keeps '08 open: "I won the [total] popular vote in the battleground states by two percentage points. We just didn't distribute it correctly in Ohio." [WP, NYT]

Congressional Republicans launch sophisticated campaign to inform voters about need for Social Security reform, but leaders still divided; each have 104-page playbook titled "Saving Social Security" that advises on keywords ("personalization" over "privatization") and instructs to "talk to simple language." [WP, WT]

Administration wants responsibility of health care to shift to workers. Gingrich: "My view is that this is absolutely the next big thing. You are going to see a continued move to trying to get people involved in the process by owning their own health accounts." [LAT]

Reid, Pelosi offer pre-emptive attacks on SOTU. [NYT, USAT]

One-sentence provision in law about public relations efforts has been open to interpretation. [WP]

Amid uncertainty, National Intelligence Director position goes unfilled. [WP]

Chertoff's role in determining legal interrogation methods after 9/11 questioned. [WP]

Fowler gets endorsement of the Association of State Democratic Chairs' executive committee. [NYT, WP, LAT]

Sharansky buzzes. Bush: "I felt like his book just confirmed what I believe. He writes it a heck of a lot better than I could write it, and he's certainly got more credibility than I have." [NYT]

Media firm used by SBVFT hired for Supreme Court battle by conservative supporters. [WT]

Dowd, Lockhart duel. Lockhart: "Well, I've been to an AA meeting, and I've been to a Democratic caucus, and AA meetings are more fun." Dowd: "That's because they're realistic." [USAT]

Some lawmakers wait for hours to shake Bush's hand at SOTU photo op. [WT]

[Photo by Erik De Castro/Reuters]

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We know, the thing we said in our headline is a thing you can say every day, but it's really intense today, maybe because Donald Trump is now filled with fear of the inescapable reality that millions of Americans who have not read the Mueller Report are going to see Robert Mueller testify on live TV on July 17, and Donald Trump will be exposed. Maybe the Big Mac vending machine next to his golden toilet is on the fritz and he hasn't had gotten to eat a Big Mac on the poop chair since last night. Maybe he's just a weak and sad person, a collection of shithole cells God meant to throw in the garbage, but accidentally implanted in Mary Trump's turkey incubator. We imagine that'd lead to a pretty constant state of anxiety and ennui.

Whatever it is, he's totally fucked right now. We were going to write a nice post about Trump's batshit interview on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo, but we were busy, and by the time we got to it, he had performed so many batshit feats that we're just going to stick them all in this one post.

Let's start with the fight he's trying to wage with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who in a now-viral video stated that she has no fuckin' interest in going to the White House to meet that idiot. He got into a quarrel with her on Twitter ... or at least with a Twitter account that didn't belong to her. It's now been replaced, in order that the adult president may shit-tweet at the soccer superstar who hurt his feelings, but Splinter grabbed the original:

The rant continued:

Right. And Megan Rapinoe just said win or lose, she has no interest in meeting your crusty ass, because no decent American would consider that an honor.

Besides, she has already been to the White House to meet a legitimately elected president:

By the by, the owner of the incorrect Megan Rapinoe account saw Trump's whining and told him to grow a dick and set it on fire:

Ya burnt!

But as we said, it was a whole day of batshit from Trump, so let's continue.

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DING DONG THE WITCH IS ... quite likely to land on her feet. But for today, the New York Times reports Dana Loesch is out of a job, the latest casualty in the war between the NRA and its longtime advertising company Ackerman McQueen. But every cloud has a silver bullet lining, since Dana will have more free time now to spend on her favorite hobby. We can't wait to see which cartoon character she photoshops Klan hoods onto next. Maybe she'll branch out and start putting Nazi armbands onto Buzz Lightyear. Oh, we would be so triggered!

As one of the most visible characters on NRATV with literal hundreds of viewers for each of her fascist rants, Dana Loesch was a tireless advocate for the gunhumpers lobby, always ready to call out "tragedy dry-humping whores," threatening to "fist" or perhaps "fisk" the New York Times, and expressing her hope that the Mueller Report would die in an "AIDS fire."

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