Ass-kicking, bubble-gum chewing, backwards, high heels.
Kamala Harris is now the vice president of the United States. It's a great day, especially when you consider the fly trap she replaced: Mike Pence, who Democrats spent two years trying to make president (weird, right?), wouldn't even dine alone with a woman, lest Jezebel tempt him from mother's embrace. While some conservatives claimed the “Pence Rule" was the only way a powerful man could avoid sexual harassment charges from vengeful hussies, then-Senator Harris slammed this sexist bullshit.
I disagree with [Pence] when he suggests it's not possible to have meetings with women alone by himself. I think that's ridiculous ― the idea that you would deny a professional woman the opportunity to have a meeting with the vice president of the United States is outrageous.
Harris has famously stated that she “eats 'no' for breakfast," and the dumb “Pence Rule" demonstrates how her words weren't just a catchy slogan for a coffee mug. (Though I'm sure you can buy one somewhere, Wonkette's offering for now remains "I'm Speaking.") It's a governing philosophy in a world where male insecurity erects barriers for women at all levels.
The best mentors are those who've successfully walked the uncertain path in front of you. They won't tell you it's easy, because they aren't as invested in believing it's easy, that anyone could pull it off if they just tried.
Chock full of goodness!
President-elect Joe Biden rolled out his first major legislative proposal last night, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus response plan aimed to get the pandemic under control, to help people who have lost their jobs because of it, and to rebuild the economy. It's nothing like the fairly timid stopgap stimulus Congress passed in December, and which Donald Trump held up for a week just to be a dick about it. The plan is aimed at using the economic power of the federal government to kick-start the economy with good old Keynesian deficit spending for the good of American workers and families. Max Berger, former director of progressive outreach for Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign, praised Biden for refusing to "be cowed by the bad faith deficit scolds."
Wonkette shall be referring to the bill exclusively as the MONEY FOR MERICA PLS JOE BIDEN bill, because that is a very good name.
Here's Biden's speech announcing the plan; as he notes, the day he's inaugurated will be exactly one year since the announcement of the first coronavirus case in the US. And finally getting serious about controlling the pandemic is the only thing that's going to get the economy going again. While he's at it, he wants to address the economic inequities that the pandemic and the crash have made all too obvious.
Officially called the American Rescue Plan (and almost certainly not "ARP"), the MONEY FOR MERICA PLS JOE BIDEN proposal builds on ideas from last March's CARES Act and the House Democratic relief plan from May, the HEROES Act, which Mitch McConnell never considered in the Senate. And good golly, it's got "ambitious" written all over it. CNN has a nice rundown of what's in it; we'll hit a few of the highlights here.
We mean it in the nicest possible way!
In what has to be one of the easiest pieces of legislation for anyone to support ever, a bipartisan group of members of Congress have introduced a bill to honor Eugene Goodman, the Black Capitol Police officer who faced an angry mob of white insurrectionists who had just invaded the US Capitol on January 6. One of the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Florida) put it plainly in a statement about the move to award Goodman a Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation's highest honors for a civilian.
He's a hero! The United States Capitol was under attack by armed, violent extremists, and Officer Eugene Goodman was the only thing standing between the mob and the United States Senate. I shudder to think what might have happened had it not been for Officer Goodman's fast thinking and commitment to his duty and his country. While some will remember last Wednesday for the very worst in our country, the patriotism and heroics of Officer Eugene Goodman renew my faith and remind us all what truly makes the United States great.
And you'd better bet that last line was a rebuke to the MAGA chuds whom Goodman led away from the Senate, almost certainly saving lives of those who were in the chamber.
You've almost certainly seen the viral Twitter video by HuffPo reporter Igor Bobic, showing Goodman facing down the mob as they chase him up flights of stairs. Let's have another look at Goodman's exceptional quick thinking and grace under pressure:
Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way out… https://t.co/Q7MfKCbFE3— Igor Bobic (@Igor Bobic)1609963774.0
Michigan AG Dana Nessel comes through.
For your "damn well about time" Nice Times story today, the Associated Press is reporting that the Michigan attorney general's office is getting ready to announce new criminal charges in the ongoing Flint lead poisoning crisis. Among those to be charged will be former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, former state health department director Nick Lyon, and other Snyder administration officials involved in decisions that led to widespread lead poisoning in the mostly Black city of Flint. Snyder and his administration were widely condemned for inaction on the crisis, with many pointing out there's not a chance he'd have moved so slowly had a wealthy white community like Grosse Point or Ann Arbor suffered widespread lead poisoning
On top of the lead poisoning, Flint's water was also blamed for an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease that infected at least 90 people across Genesee County, killing 12.
The news was leaked by "two people with knowledge of the planned prosecution," who let the AP know Tuesday that the AG's office "has informed defense lawyers about indictments in Flint and told them to expect initial court appearances soon." A lawyer for Snyder says nope, nuh uh, witch hunt etc. The AP reports it didn't yet know what exactly the charges will be. Let's hope they get the book thrown at them — ideally a great big medical tome on how lead harms child development, on which they'll have to do a book report weekly, forever.