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Meet The RNC's Unstoppable Hillary-Destroying FRENCH Squirrel Of Principled Free Market Opposition To Keynesian Theory (Updated!)

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This nugget of 2016 Campaign Intelligence from Patrick Caldwell at Mother Jones tells us that the race is getting serious: The Republicans have deployed their first Furry against the still-not-official campaign of Hillary Clinton. Named "HRC Squirrel," the mascot tells you at a glance everything you need to know about the threat Hillz poses to the American way of life, because like the former Secretary of State, squirrels are... they... you just associate them with...??? Oh, right, you have to read the T shirt, which says "Another Clinton in the White House is Nuts." Oh, that's quite clever. Because squirrels eat nuts. We get it!


Actually, maybe the critter is more of a meta commentary, since the squirrel is accompanied by handlers distributing flyers that say stuff like "Benghazi is Still the Defining Moment of Clinton's Tenure" ad so on. And this is obviously a clever play on how, to Republicans, "BENGHAZI!" is every bit the distractor and conversation-ender that "SQUIRREL!" is in the Disney/Pixar motion picture Up. So really, you can't possibly fault the logic of using a big orange squirrel to make people think of Hillary Clinton -- it's just so obvious when you give it a little thought.

Terribly Important Update! From the Tip Line: Drudge Sirens! An alert Wonket Operative informs us that the Squirrel costume COMES FROM FRANCE!!! We weep for what our once-great nation has become!

[MoJo]

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Look, it is your afternoon Nice Times at the Supreme Court! It is also your WUT and HUH Times, with Justices Thomas, Sotomayor, Kagan and Gorsuch joining in an opinion by RBG tossing a challenge to Virginia's new, fair districts. Go know!

After the 2010 Census, Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates did what they do best -- they stole more elections, redrawing the electoral map to ensure themselves a supermajority for all eternity. Why let the voters choose their representatives when the representatives can pick their own voters as the founders intended, right? Voters in 12 of the affected districts sued the Virginia State Board of Elections in 2014 to invalidate the districts as illegal racial gerrymanders, and the House of Delegates intervened in Bethune-Hill v. Va. State Bd. of Elections to support the Board and defend its own power.

After extensive litigation including a trip up to the Supreme Court in 2017, the District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia tossed 11 of the districts as illegal racial gerrymanders and ordered the maps redrawn in 2018. At which point, the Commonwealth of Virginia noped out and quit defending the old, craptastic districts, which should have been the end of it.

BUT NO. The Virginia House of Delegates, which is still held by the GOP despite their party netting nine percent fewer votes than Democrats in the 2017 election, vowed to fight on.

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