The stupidest timeline continues.
Polls in Georgia are open today for the state's primary election, and David Perdue, the former senator who's challenging incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary, has mostly been campaigning on Donald Trump's Big Lie, suggesting Kemp helped evil Democrats steal the 2020 election. Polling suggests that's not going so great, even though Donald Trump endorsed Perdue. Also he's closing his campaign out by being an out-and-out racist to Stacey Abrams.
But as NBC News reports, Perdue is padding his righting crazy cred with some extra culture war bullshit, fighting against construction of a huge electric vehicle factory slated to be built on farmland in Morgan and Walton Counties about an hour's drive from Atlanta (a round trip is well within the Rivian R1T pickup's 314 mile range). Yep, the site is so big it's in two counties.
The factory is expected to create about 7,500 full-time jobs, plus jobs in construction and support, but Perdue claims the Rivian truck plant might also fill Georgia with scary woke cooties, because Rivian is based in California, which is where Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff are from! Even worse, to attract the $5 billion plant, being touted as the biggest industrial project in Georgia history, Kemp and the state lege offered $1.5 billion in tax incentives.
Predictably, Perdue couldn't be satisfied with asking whether that's a good use of state money. You see, wingnut boogeyman George Soros owns a small share in Rivian, so Perdue has been insisting Kemp handed your taxpayer money personally to Soros, "minority shareholder" be damned. And everyone in the Republican base knows what that means. (Jews. It means "Jewish Puppetmaster" to their target audience.)
See how scary these puppetmaster pickups are?
So you see, kids, these Rivian pickups and SUVs are truly the $80,000 light trucks of the woke socialist radical Great Replacement apocalypse. And it's true, there really is a plan to replace your internal combustion cars and trucks with clean vehicles with terrific torque and lower maintenance costs. Oh, the horror!
Perdue complains that going ahead with the Rivian factory will bring Globalist Taint to Georgia, because OMG California and EVs!
“It’s a woke California company whose mission is to turn the world green,” Perdue said this month while stumping with local activists trying to stop the plant. “They aren’t interested in this part of the country. They just want to make money off of us.”
(Just an aside here, but Wonkette's Evan who is editing this and who lives in Memphis notes that they are building that multi-billion dollar megasite an hour east of Memphis where Ford will make its woke electric F150s, and you know what Republican electeds here are doing? Tripping over their dicks to take credit or at least make sure you know they are part of it. All of this is to say sheesh, David Perdue is an idiot.)
Another Trump-endorsed Georgia candidate, Vernon Jones, who's already tried to benefit from Trump-style racism and immigration panic in his campaign for Congress, went even further in his attack on Rivian. In a Facebook post back in December, when the deal was announced, Jones accused Kemp of selling out Georgia voters and trying to turn the state into a woke hellhole!
Governor Brian Kemp’s campaign’s email claims that he wants to stop “Hollywood, liberal billionaires & “woke mob” from turning Georgia into the next California or New York. Today, he welcomes a company whose corporate attitude is seemingly inconsistent with Georgia values. I’m asking Brian Kemp to release the details of the incentive package & how much tax payer money was used to bring Rivian to Georgia. This company is Woke. Their vaccine mandate limits the jobs Georgians can’t get, since many Georgians are not vaccinated. Not to mention they have a large focus on diversity & inclusion; including transgender benefits. Again, Kemp’s campaign promises don’t match his actions. Are you part of the Woke Mob or stopping the Woke Mob?
Oh no! vaccines! Diversity and inclusion! How horrifying! Maybe the "T" in the Rivian R1T stands for transgender, you ever think of that?
NBC News says the Rivian foofaraw represents a "a growing rift inside the GOP between its traditional pro-business wing, embodied by Kemp, and an ascendent populist wing, embodied by Perdue," and also predicts — accurately, we're afraid — that it "underscores the challenge the entire country will face in transitioning to a greener economy."
In fact, the local opposition to the plant has pretty much nothing to to do with culture war stuff. With the precise planning for the facility still only in the early phases, there are a lot of local concerns about how a giant industrial development will impact the area, what with increased traffic, light pollution (the area is home to a Georgia State observatory), and potential environmental effects. Any big factory can pollute, even if it's building a green product. Also, this is Georgia, where environmentalism is a dirty word. But even if the production process can be kept clean, a great big factory on former farmland could affect wildlife and local quality of life. If Rivian is successful and reaches its goal of producing 400,000 vehicles a year, the plant could become a hub for more manufacturing in the area. Paradoxically, until the US actually gets more clean heavy trucks on the road, the factory is sure to at least temporarily mean more pollution from diesel trucks, too.
Based on polling statewide, it seems unlikely the combination of culture war panic and local opposition to the Rivian plant will be enough to win Perdue the nomination, but the whole stupid "green is woke and bad" thing feeds off the same buttheaded resentment that has fueled dumb reactionary crap like diesel truck owners "rolling coal" (spewing thick smoke) on bicyclists and Prius drivers. So we can look forward to more of the same, no doubt upgraded to accusations that EVs promote the Gay Agenda and cause kids to read banned books. We can probably expect vandalism of solar panels, keying the paintjobs of EVs, and the occasional torching of any Teslas that haven't caught fire on their own.
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Let’s all relish Perdue’s humiliation tonight.
Donald Trump’s sock puppet David Perdue has ended his racist campaign for Georgia governor with a racist attack against Stacey Abrams. This is hardly a surprise, but it’s still repulsive. Here’s what the white former senator told a crowd of white people about the Black Democratic candidate:
“Did you all see what Stacey said this weekend?” Mr. Perdue said from the stage. “She said that Georgia is the worst place in the country to live. Hey, she ain’t from here. Let her go back to where she came from. She doesn’t like it here.”
Last week, Ms. Abrams — not “Stacey,” you racist prick — said she was tired of Republicans boasting about Georgia "being the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live.” CNN called this an “eyebrow-raising comment,” which is only true if you didn’t listen to her full remarks:
“Now, somebody’s going to try to Politifact me on this — let me contextualize,” Abrams [said]. “When you’re No. 48 for mental health, when you’re No. 1 for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate that’s on the rise and wages that are on the decline, then you are not the No. 1 place to live in the United States. But we can get there. You see, Georgia is capable of greatness. We just need greatness to be in our governor’s office.”
This is objectively true, and it’s not as if Republicans only ever run campaigns rooted in rah-rah patriotism. During his 2016 campaign, Trump often derided America, saying things like “The world is laughing at us. We don’t win at the borders. We don’t win with taking care of our vets. We don’t win with anything. We don’t win anymore. We will start winning again like you’ve never seen before."
But Trump is a white man who criticized the country when a Black man was president. That’s his constitutional right. Minorities, especially women of color, enjoy conditional citizenship at best. If they call out America’s failings under white male leadership, that’s tantamount to treason. They should “go back” where they came from. Abrams was born in Wisconsin and spent most of her childhood in Mississippi. However, her family moved to Atlanta in 1989. Of course, this isn’t about actual Georgia residency. Perdue is just invoking segregation-era “outside agitator” rhetoric.
On Monday, Mr. Perdue said: “When she told Black farmers, ‘You don’t need to be on the farm,’ and she told Black workers in hospitality and all this, ‘You don’t need to be,’ she is demeaning her own race when it comes to that. I am really over this. She should never be considered material for governor of any state, much less our state where she hates to live.”
Perdue’s comments were so gross that even the New York Times called them “racist” — not racially charged, racially tinged, racially inflected, but straight-up racist. This crawling piece of slime dared suggest Stacey Abrams is “demeaning her own race”? No, Perdue’s the one doing that — and not just white people. The entire human race should feel shame for sharing ancestral DNA with David Perdue.
Racists aren’t known for their intellectual honesty, so it’s hardly a surprise Perdue has misrepresented Abrams’s past remarks. She never singled out Black farmers and hospitality workers. During her 2018 campaign, she pledged to create well-paying clean energy jobs for all Georgians.
Last night on MSNBC, Abrams didn’t bother responding directly to Perdue. She said simply, "Regardless of which Republican it is, I have yet to hear them articulate a plan for the future of Georgia.”
Abrams won’t need to waste her time thinking about Perdue after his eagerly anticipated ass-beating in tonight’s primary. Of course, Perdue probably won’t go away quietly. When asked if he’d accept the inevitable results, he said that depends on if there’s “fraud in the election.” It’s true, though, that there’s a fraud in this election, and it’s David Perdue.
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Were the other guys even trying?
Today’s the GOP Senate primary in Georgia and Herschel Walker is expected to win decisively, crushing his opponents who all possess more political experience then he does, but unfortunately have never played college football. Recent polling averages show Walker with 63.6 percent of the Republican primary vote. That’s more than enough to avoid a runoff or, worse, someone on Walker’s staff having to explain to him what a “runoff” is.
Maybe the polls are all wrong, though? That’s the last refuge of the truly desperate. Andra Gillespie, political science professor at Emory University, doesn’t think Walker’s opponents should expect any miracles.
"The fact that it’s different kinds of polls, public polls and partisan polls, polls with sampling methodologies I trust and ones whose sampling methodologies I don’t trust, they all come up with the same numbers,” she said. “I don’t see how someone could think they could get Walker below 50 percent."
It’s not just that Republican primary candidates can’t beat a woefully unfit candidate who’s admitted to playing the home version of Russian roulette. They can’t even prevent a majority of voters from casting a ballot for him.
Walker’s strongest competitors are Gary Black, Georgia’s commissioner of agriculture, and Latham Saddler, a former intelligence official. Black’s averaging 7.7 percent of the vote and Saddler 3.1 percent. The remaining candidates are under three percent.
These guys are actually campaigning, we guess. They must have posters and yard signs with their names on them. Yet they're still losing to this guy.
Saddler's called out Walker for skipping debates. He claims voters “don’t respect that,” although there’s no evidence of this in the polls. We guess Black and Saddler assume Democratic incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock is more formidable than the two of them combined, because they keep saying Walker’s current strategy of coasting on name recognition won’t work in the general election.
Walker is not without scandal. He reportedly once threatened to blow his ex-wife’s brains out, and his current wife Julie Blanchard might’ve voted illegally in 2020. He’s also made repeated false claims about his business dealings and academic credentials. No wonder Donald Trump likes this guy. Get the two of them together and maybe 10 percent of what they say is actually true.
And there’s more! The Grio reports that last December, Walker filed paperwork that listed his and his wife’s joint earnings as $927,886, but we guess it must’ve just slipped his mind that he’d also earned $3.2 million from H. Walker Enterprises, bringing his total earnings from late 2020 to the end of 2021 to $4.1 million. He tweaked his candidate report last week, days before the primary.
It was also recently revealed that Walker heavily embellished his involvement in a veterans program. He’s at different times claimed he’s founded, co-founded, and even directly operated a program called Patriot Support, which he says has taken him to military bases around the globe.
“About 15 years ago, I started a program called Patriot Support,” Walker said in an interview with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt last October. “People need to know I started a military program, a military program that treats (thousands) of soldiers a year,” he told Savannah TV station WTGS in February.
According to the Associated Press, Walker was little more than a glorified celebrity spokesman for Patriot Support, a "for-profit program that is alleged to have preyed upon veterans and service members while defrauding the government."
Nonetheless, University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock predicts, "I think this is going to get called really early on election night. It may be the first thing statewide that does get called."
Black, Saddler, and the rest will be the first to lose tonight. That’s something to tell the grandkids: “No one lost quicker than we did.”
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean Warnock has an easy race ahead of him. No matter how ridiculous Walker’s candidacy seems, he still poses a serious threat. The Real Clear Politics polling average has Walker with 47.3 percent of the vote to Warnock’s 46.8 percent. The world is absurd.
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A terrifying Sunday shows rundown!
Republicans are so sure they're going to retake control of Congress in November, we can only assume they're already measuring for drapes in current Democratic lawmakers' offices. This overconfidence is the only way we can explain their total lack of subtlety in their villainy.
Let's take a look at the Sunday shows so you can see what we mean.
Ronna Romney McDaniel on 'Fox News Sunday'
The Republican National Committee (RNC) chair appeared with host Martha MacCallum:
MacCallum mentioned Donald Trump's brilliant advice for Dr. Mehmet Oz to declare victory in the Pennsylvania GOP primary despite not actually winning yet. McDaniel knew who was really to blame:
MCDANIEL: What I will say is the Republican legislature in Pennsylvania put forward an election integrity bill that Governor [Tom] Wolf vetoed earlier this year. If that bill had been passed, we would not be in this situation. President Trump is right, and others, that we should not have no excuse absentee voting. This influx of mail-in voting is clearly showing that systems are not ready for that and Pennsylvania is a case of that right now.
Of course! It must be the mail-in voting! Of course, the Democrats had their own primaries and everything was fine, and it's simply not possible the Republicans are just having a really close election.
MacCallum tried to nail down whether McDaniel was accusing any Republican candidates of doing anything untoward with mail-in votes, or what she was even talking about:
MACCALLUM: But -- so the former president is suggesting that another Republican who is supported by people who used to work in his administration is searching for votes or doing something that is -- that is untoward?
MCDANIEL: Well, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this year, and the RNC very much supports, that ballots should not be counted without a date. I think that's the law in Pennsylvania. [...] And we certainly do not think that ballots without dates should be counted, because how do you know when they came in?
Postmarks: What are they?
MacCallum asked McDaniel about soon-to-be former GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn's whole "Dark MAGA" manifesto, which spouted off about the "Rise of a New Right."
McDaniel played very dumb.
MCDANIEL: I don't know what "Dark MAGA" is.
MACCALLUM: It sounds scary.
MCDANIEL: It sounds like the Star Wars thing, like the dark side of the force. I don't know. I don't know what that is.
It does sound ridiculous, but so did Nazi and KKK terminology like "Grand Wizard" and "Eagle's Nest," when taken out of context. Maybe the congressman whose bucket list included going to Hitler's mountain home shouldn't be ignored, despite sounding like bad fanfiction.
Rick Scott on 'Face The Nation'
The senator from Florida and former (current?) Gentleman demon spoke to Margaret Brennan:
When Brennan pointed out polling showing a large number of Americans see the GOP as "extremists," Scott babbled about Joe Biden:
SCOTT: The president is slow to react, whether it's the border, whether it's inflation, whether it's gas prices, even Ukraine.
Those are big problems. There would be bipartisan support for solving them, if the GOP actually cared. But as we've seen with gas prices and baby formula, the GOP likes to use the pain of Americans for political purposes, with zero intent to actually fix things.
When asked about unproven claims of fraud during the 2020 election, Scott did a low-fat version of the Big Lie:
SCOTT: You know, what I have seen, Margaret, is people want to know that the election's going to be fair and their votes are not going to be diluted. [...] There's -- there is clearly people that are still concerned about what happened in 2020, and they would like the facts to come out. And they -- and they want to know what happened, why it happened.
"Diluted." By having more people vote against the white supremacists? We are curious about this word choice "diluted."
Brennan, surely tired of this same old bullshit, just plain asked a direct question:
BRENNAN: Just -- OK, just to be abundantly clear, you have recognized President Biden is the duly elected president of the United States, correct?
SCOTT: Absolutely. Absolutely.
BRENNAN: OK. So, let's just move on from there.
And so they moved on from there.
Finally, Scott had a whole lot of mealy-mouthed lip service about concerns of rising white supremacy:
SCOTT: Well, clearly, we ought to all condemn any hatred.
We ought to condemn any white supremacy. We -- I mean, we've got to figure out how to come together. I believe we got to stop all this racial politics.[...] We ought to judge people by their character, not the -- not their skin color.
So, we've got to figure out how to bring people together.
Yeah, Rick Scott tried to "All Lives Matter" white supremacy.
They don't want to admit it, but these people know what drives their base.
Have a week.
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