We aren't quite sure we've finished throwing up yet in reaction tothis Politico piece about that mean bitch Gabby Giffords, who has made some very cruel, unfair ads about the issue of gun control for some reason:

Gabby Giffords, irreproachable figure of sympathy, has fashioned an improbable new role for herself this election year: ruthless attack dog.

The former Democratic congresswoman, whose recovery from a gunshot wound to the head captivated the country, has unleashed some of the nastiest ads of the campaign season, going after GOP candidates in Arizona and New Hampshire with attacks even some left-leaning commentators say go too far. And Republicans on the receiving end are largely helpless to hit back, knowing a fight with the much-admired survivor is not one they’re likely to win.

Good lord, what a mean, underhanded thing to do -- suggesting that the availability of guns is somehow a bad thing? And it's especially despicable for her to trade on the fact that everyone knows that she WAS SHOT THROUGH THE HEAD, as if that gave her some sort of special perspective, somehow. Take for instance, this completely unfair attack ad from Giffords' PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions. It's aimed at Arizona Republican Martha McSally, who's running for Giffords' former seat in Congress. The seat is currently held by former Giffords aide Ron Barber, who was injured in the January 2011 attack on Giffords.

In the ad, a Tucson woman recalls the murder of her husband and daughter by the daughter's unhinged ex-boyfriend, and a voice-over says that Martha McSally “opposes making it harder for stalkers to get a gun.” Which she does. She opposes expanding background checks for gun shows, and that is one place where stalkers can get guns. (We were unable to find information on McSally's position on proposals to restrict gun ownership by misdemeanor stalkers; in general, she tends to oppose any additional restrictions on guns).

And the "left-leaning commentators" who say the ad goes too far? That's the editorial board of the Arizona Republic, which apparently is now a leftist publication. The editors published an editorial saying the ad went too far. We know the Arizona Republic. We used to subscribe to the Arizona Republic. It's no left-wing rag, unless maybe you ask the John Birch Society.

The Politico piece paints Giffords as pushing a particularly "emotional" agenda on guns --again, god only knows why:

Giffords’ frustration with Washington’s failure to advance gun control legislation is playing out in her 2014 efforts.

In the days following the December 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting, where 26 people lost their lives, she testified before Congress, telling senators that “too many children are dying.” On the day the Senate voted down a bill to expand background checks, she stood behind President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden as he told lawmakers their rejection was “shameful.” She would later write that she was “furious” over the vote.

What is with this Gabby Giffords and her emotional reaction to having been shot in the head in an incident that killed six others, including a little girl? It truly is one of the great puzzles of our time.


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CLEAR YOUR CALENDARS FOR FEBRUARY 7! And then fill them back up with whatever the fuck you want, because Michael Cohen has announced through his lawyers that he is too scared to testify before an open session of Congress that day, citing threats to his family from Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani.

Wonkette has no reason to believe Cohen isn't being serious here, and NBC News reports Cohen's wife and father-in-law are particularly concerned about their safety if the man who used to call his boss MIS-TURRRR TWUMP goes to Congress and tells the truth this time. Still, we must pause to note that this is the same guy who said this to NPR reporter Tim Mak, back when Mak was at The Daily Beast:

"I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we're in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don't have," Cohen told Mak [...] "And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know."

"So I'm warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I'm going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?"

It's not so fun when the shoe is on the other foot, IS IT, MICHAEL?

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Did Nancy Pelosi do something to give Donald Trump the mistaken impression he has leverage here? We don't remember her doing anything like that!

Trump sent Pelosi a letter this morning to say that, despite how she told him to stay the fuck out of her House because of his government shutdown, he would still be coming to the House on January 29 to deliver his State of the Union address. And for some weird-ass reason, Trump and his advisers in the White House actually thought she would back down. It's both hilarious and alarming that Trump and his people are that stupid, isn't it?

Anyway, Pelosi took the dare. She took the dare. Was there anybody besides those dumb fucking idiots in the White House who thought she wouldn't take the dare?

Pelosi sent a letter right back to Trump to kindly explain to him that no means "go fuck yourself," and that if he'd like her to stick her foot further up his ass and kick it around a bunch, he's welcome to test her some more:

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