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We do love it when they fight. The Hill has a delicious article on how Republican senators haaaaaaate White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and wish that walking dandruff flake would get out of the way and let the adults govern already.

"There is a feeling that the Freedom Caucus may be on the wane in the House, but it's on the ascendency in the West Wing," lamented one anonymous Republican senator. Mulvaney came to prominence as a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, protecting our liberty to go bankrupt from medical debt while starving the government of funds to keep the US a first-world nation. Turns out that deficit panic shit is great for turning out the rubes, but it's a lousy governing strategy. Go know!

Ditto for "letting Trump be Trump," especially when Trump is a nasty old racist who believes that Puerto Rico got $91 billion worth of aid (it didn't), and he's willing to tank a disaster recovery deal if it includes money to rebuild the island.

Does he understand that the GOP doesn't have to vote for the BAD DEMOCRAT plan, since his party lost the House in November? Oh, bless our little hearts, we are silly on Fridays! We're talking about a guy who thinks Lincoln lost the Civil War.

"We could have passed something with 90 votes in the Senate in March and the House would have accepted it by a voice vote," the [Democratic] source added.

Instead it's May, and we're still dicking around while PR still faces intermittent power outages and the Real Muricans in Iowa and Nebraska are trying to clean up after historic flooding. MAGA!

About the only time Mulvaney is spurred into action is when Trump tries to do something effective. The chief of staff couldn't unbuckle his pants fast enough to poop on the party when Trump promised Chuck and Nancy $2 trillion for infrastructure spending. Collapsing bridges make us freeeeee.

Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby has had enough of Mulvaney's bad babysitter act -- no homework, all Mountain Dew! -- so he sat His Eczemacy down for a "candid" chat the other day on getting shit done in the real world. And Mike Pence got an earful Tuesday from Senate Republicans who need to raise the budget cap and work out the disaster deal with Democrats, who are already pissed off that they negotiated in good faith last time only to have Trump make an end-run around Congress and raid defense spending for his stupid border wall.

Turns out being an erratic, orange sack of greed with zero impulse control makes it hard to govern effectively. And to raise money! Vanity Fair's Gabe Sherman reports that Don Jr. is pushing the panic button about his father's fundraising numbers for the last quarter. With Trump under water in the upper Midwest and stumbling into a trade war with China, big money donors are keeping their wallets shut for now.

Sources say the anemic fund-raising is being driven by several factors. The biggest is Trump himself. Trump's shambolic governing style and endless tweeting are exhausting donors. "There's Trump fatigue," the longtime Republican donor told me. "The 2020 bumper sticker should be: 'Same Policies, but We Promise Less Crazy.'" Then there's Trump's difficult re-election pathway. According to a source, some donors aren't stepping up because Trump's numbers in must-win states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin continue to disappoint.

Trump fatigue, you say? Your Wonkette can relate. But if you want "less crazy," then Mick Mulvaney is not your man. If there were ever grown ups in the White House, they have long since left the building. This shit gets worse before it gets better, so go enjoy your weekend Wonkers.

[The Hill / VF]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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