Culture Wars

Peter Doocy Just Asking: Why Is Joe Biden Trying To Cancel Christmas?

Why, Santy Claus? Why?

It's late October, so you know what that means: War on Christmas! In keeping with the times, this year's festive rightwing panic is focused on demanding that Joe Biden fix all the weirdness of the world's pandemic economy right now, especially disruptions to the global supply chain. If he doesn't, maybe Christmas just won't come at all! For a particularly eye-rolling example, here's Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) insisting that people are calling 2021 "Biden's Blue Christmas." You've heard that, haven't you? Of course you have; Joni Ernst just said it.

Ernst added that she sure hopes the supply chain problems, caused by Joe Biden personally, don't extend all the way to the North Pole, or a lot of good little boys and girls will be very sad.

We're calling it now: The big wingnut trend this Christmas, whatever the economic reality by December, will involve rightwing parents telling their little children, "Sorry honey, Santa couldn't find the toy you wanted, and it's Joe Biden's fault. Here's a block of scrap two-by-four, maybe you can pretend it's a doll or a truck or a video game. This is what happens under socialism. Santa was cancelled."

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January 6

F*ck Around And You Gonna Find Out, Fa-La-La-La-La, La-LOCK HIM UP

SING ALONG!

As Wonkette said in a recent post explaining the ins and outs of the Steve Bannon contempt subpoena, Bannon was about to go through some things. And that starts now, as long as the Biden Department of Justice and the US Attorney's office in DC aren't total chickenshits.

The full House voted yesterday to hold Bannon in contempt for failing to cooperate with subpoenas from the January 6 Committee. The vote was All Democrats Plus Nine Republicans vs. a bunch of rotting garbage that thinks white Republicans shouldn't have to follow laws. (The vote was 229 to 202.) There is absolutely no argument that says Bannon had any legal justification for blowing Congress off. None. And Congress made this vote happen real damn fast.

Now it goes to the DC US Attorney's office, which will have to decide whether Congress is allowed to do its job, or if there are serious separation-of-powers issues to be considered between the House of Representatives and whatever rancid steam smells waft off of Steve Bannon's voluminous grundle mound.

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Congress

Let's Watch Angus King's Barn Burner Speech On Voting Rights!

'We are at a hinge of history.'

Yesterday, Senate Republicans blocked the bipartisan Stop Republicans From Cheating bill that Joe Manchin had worked so hard to craft in a way that would win approval from Republicans. This is because Joe Manchin is far more committed to the fiction of bipartisanship than to any objective reality. For all Manchin's absurd fantasies that Republicans might vote to prevent their own party from cheating, the bill itself is actually quite good, and it really ought to become law.

Tuesday, with that vote still pending, Sen. Angus King, the independent from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, delivered one hell of a speech on why we need the bill — and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — to protect democracy from some very real threats. It was passionate in all the right ways, invoking the long struggle to make democracy work, and pointing out just how easy it is for democracies to fail. If you have 24 minutes to feel inspired about saving American democracy, give it a watch, and if you don't read what we wrote about it below!

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News

That's Not Jen Psaki, That's Karine Jean-Pierre!

Live on WonkTV!

It's true, Jen Psaki has the day off or something, like that is even allowed, so today it's Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Watch it. Learn things.

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