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Idaho GOP Convention Pretty Much A Glorified Slap Fight, Really

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So we guess the Idaho state GOP convention was held last weekend, and we are SO PISSED that Dok Zoom didn't go there on a fact-finding mission, because the entire thing sounds like an amazeballs shitshow. Near as we can figure, nothing got done, and no one got elected, there may or may not actually be any delegates left, and regular old Republicans and Tea Party Republicans are perhaps going to light each other on fire. Congrats at being the very best at sucking at participatory democracy, Idaho GOP!


You may recall that a few weeks back, Idaho held its GOP primary, and it was not a good time to be a Tea Partier, because they got fucking walloped by run-of-the-mill only 90% awful Republicans. Those regular Republicans should have remembered that the Tea Party does not forget a slight, probably because it is too busy actually forgetting a whole bunch of other things like math, science, and history, so something like last Saturday was really bound to happen.

The Idaho state GOP convention collapsed on Saturday as the presiding Republican U.S. congressman called a halt to the proceedings amid infighting and walk-outs by delegates.

Saying the party had hit “rock bottom,” 1st District Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador adjourned the convention without electing a chairman, establishing a platform or completing any of its scheduled business [...]

The three-day convention dissolved into acrimony as various factions representing the Tea Party and the libertarian wing battled over unseating delegates.

This only gets funnier when you remember that Raul Labrador wants to be the next Majority Leader now that the mighty Eric Cantor is out.

Labrador has billed himself as the candidate who can facilitate unity between House leaders and the tea party, but he faces long odds against House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who started rounding up support among republicans last Wednesday.

Just imagine how the entire House will be enhanced by some of Labrador's can't-do spirit. We can expect more episodes like this.

When the 15 people selected to represent Bannock County arrived in Moscow, eight other county residents were already at the convention claiming the delegate selection process in Bannock County was flawed. Similar challenges were filed against the Ada County Republicans and its delegation [...] When the dust settled, Bannock County's entire delegation had been unseated.

No one from an entire county seated. No new chairman. No new platform. No anything, basically. Quite a nice and super-functional political party you've got there, Idaho GOP.

Believe us when we say that we are fans of any parliamentary maneuvers that result in this sort of Republican gridlock. We will always cheer a Republican civil war, partially because it could benefit us, but mostly because it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people. Never say die, never surrender, and hopefully never get elected.

[HuffPo/Raw Story/Idaho State Journal]

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What did we say this morning? Something about how "They want a war with Iran," and "Please do not listen to news reports about Trump telling his people to cool their jets with the Iran talk, because they want a war with Iran, and all they are looking for is their trigger"?

News came out early this morning that Iran shot down a US drone in the Strait of Hormuz, outside Iranian waters. Let's see what our president and his war-bonering GOP shitmouths in Congress have had to say about that:

Great. Just great. So what's happening now?

Awesome. Just splendid. Trump is having a cuddle party today with John Bolton (who's had a hard-on to bomb Iran since the Bush administration); Mike Pompeo (who's been making the rounds lying and saying Iran and al Qaeda are best friends, thus implying that it's very legal and very cool for Trump to strike Iran without congressional authorization, based on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Congress voted for five days after 9/11); and Patrick Shanahan, the outgoing acting Defense secretary, who will make way for another acting Defense secretary, because who needs real Defense secretaries? (The new guy, Mark Esper, is part of the meeting too.) And as Senator Schatz points out above, Trump is emotionally unstable and doesn't know dick about foreign policy, so it's just great that he's having an emergency meeting with these unhinged hawks about this right now.

Tell us what this all means, unhinged hawk Lindsey Graham!

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