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I Believe The Term Is “Celebrity Whores”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:14 pm

[guest post by Dana]

I missed this little nugget from a report about Donald Trump’s meeting with Senate Republicans this past week:

All the Senate Republicans who attended the meeting also took turns taking a photo with Trump, with the presumptive nominee giving a thumbs-up in all the pictures, another source familiar with the meeting said.

Here is a list of the Republican senators present at the meeting: Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, John Thune, John Barrasso, Roy Blunt, Roger Wicker, Orrin Hatch, Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, Deb Fischer, and Jeff Sessions.

Amusingly, the report notes that while three of McConnell’s four counsels to leadership (Capito, Fisher and Portman) were invited to the meeting, the fourth, Sen. Mike Lee was not.


85 Responses to “I Believe The Term Is “Celebrity Whores””

  1. Is there a more powerful intoxicant in our culture than that of celebrity?

    Dana (0ee61a)

  2. This reminds of the Congressional hearings on steroid use in professional baseball and congressmen ranted at Mark McGwire about the lack of integrity in the game, yet clamored to get their photo taken with him.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  3. I have this weird idea that Mike Lee is not going to be on Trump’s short list to replace Scalia.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  4. I will stand with Mike Lee over those people, and over Trump, every day of the week — and even on any fictional eighth day of the week you might happen to make up.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  5. Patterico, I doubt Trump even knew who Mike Lee was until he was told that a senator came out in support of Cruz, and he asked who it was.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  6. Fischer? Wait, just today Powerline is linking a Politico article about how supportive of Sen. Sasse she has not been

    kishnevi (9cb6b5)

  7. Ilya Somin has an interesting piece up about political ignorance over at CNN, of all places. He’s one of my favorite contributors over at Volokh.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  8. “Is there a more powerful intoxicant in our culture than that of celebrity?”

    This is precisely the reason that I’m reluctant to read too much into Shorty’s success.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  9. failmerican senators are the lowest form of political life in the whole whirl

    happyfeet (831175)

  10. nonono.

    the problem’s not failamerican senators, what are like kale and about as popular.

    the problem is piggypiggy whorepeople what take money and don’t do their jobs.

    you find them not in the produce section, but in the spraytan and orange hair dye section, next to the trumpsteaks and trumpwater and trump university brochures.

    you can’t hate failamerican senators without hating richyrich toupee boy with daddy issues.

    this is clear to anyone who has done the analysis.

    ‘less you buttsnuffle too much.

    worriedfeet (7b192a)

  11. Like I said in the other thread, they need the Trumpkins for close elections on the downticket.

    nk (9faaca)

  12. worriedfeet,

    Your habit of including proper punctuation at the end of your sentences is distracting from the verisimilitude. Good effort otherwise!

    Patterico (89b937)

  13. oh huh that was NOT a good effort it was lacking all the vermisillitude plus it was very derogatory towards Mr. Trump

    let’s elevate that tone, people

    happyfeet (831175)

  14. Looks as if team republican has chosen sparklers instead of torches for the convention on the Cuyahoga.

    mg (31009b)

  15. nuh huh i elevate the tone more than eurotrash hookers can elevate spraytan peepees and cocaine

    anyway trump is a pooper

    a pooper who is a poopstanky piggypiggy at the public trough

    but here is braggy shouty spraytan hair dye’s new gal: lisa rinna deals with pee-stank in a way that makes poopstanky trump proud like apple pie and the american flag.

    so we all know what poopstank is getting pee-stank for sweetums day!

    its morning in America.

    sadfeet (2708f4)

  16. bubble is like a dyson sphere,

    the last time I recall lisa rinna was on the first season of veronica mars,

    narciso (732bc0)

  17. sadfeet,

    You too need to eschew the ending punctuation.

    Otherwise excellent.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  18. The problem is that Trump is now the presumptive nominee. I don’t like him, I wish he’d go away, but he’s there, and GOP leaders cannot exclude him anymore.

    Rich Rostrom (d2c6fd)

  19. yes, they insist on a futile delta house move, but trump is eric stratton, so there will be a problem there,

    narciso (732bc0)

  20. The deal with Shorty, and it ties in with his celebrity status, is that he is a “statement.” candidate, as was Obama. Obama voters were making the self-aggrandizing statement “Look at me, I’m cool and not a bigot because I voted for Obama.” The problem with these statement voters is that it gave Obama carte blanche – regardless of what he did in office, you could never take away his blackness so he couldn’t dissappoint. Another aspect of this is that there is no wonkish calculation involved: one never has to even consider whether Obama is performing well in his ostensible duties or even keeping his promises. Life is simple for an Obama voter.

    Shorty isn’t so lucky. The statement Shorty voters are making is a Cartman-like “scr3w you guys!” Part of that statement is predicated on Shorty’s jerk persona and part of it is based on the now clearly erroneous belief he will stick it to Washington. I hold out no hope that Shorty will ever stop being a jerk, but there is considerable reason to believe that once he takes office, he’ll be a conventional sellout to K Street. He is a self-styled deal maker, after all. The latter, I view as the probable outcome and it is becoming clearer and clearer that this is what Washington insiders now expect (this is what he told the NY Times, isn’t it?). Shorty will simply be another Governor Schwarzenegger – in the long run, celebrity didn’t save the Governator and it won’t save Shorty. True believers may want to cling to his unremitting jerkiness as proof of the sagacity of their vote, but that won’t be enough.

    Our job and the job of Ted Cruz and like-minded pols is to continually remind the nation and especially Trump voters of the pathological perfidy of Lyin’ Don.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  21. Greetings:

    Perhaps “Celebrity justice-involved sex workers” would also be appropriate even though my understanding, from other than personal experience, is that “whores” prefer to get paid beforehand which may have, in fact, have happened.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  22. elitist harvardtrash lifeydoodle snothole ben sasse got spanked like a dimunitive and submissive beta male tranny today

    The Vote was around 400 to 8!

    oh my goodness

    i feel embarrassed for him but he really only has himself to blame

    happyfeet (831175)

  23. I guess that depends on the eye of the beholder, Happyfeet. I feel embarrassed for the 400 who are bending over and grabbing their ankles for an authoritarian leftist.

    JD (7fd277)

  24. nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

    e. e. cummingsfeet (bfd5cd)

  25. elitist whartontrash chippie enthusiast snothole hawker of crap goods trumpet got spanked four times by bankruptcies like a dimunitive and submissive biff tannen running back to daddy’s estate for money

    that’s what should run failamerica, except old lady pants will tell him “youre fired” and send him back to shop for more east european chippies

    plus trumpet will get a new show: the yugest loser

    snarkyfeet (46554b)

  26. Mr. Trump is the best choice cause of the only other option is pee-stank Mr. JD.

    There is a disturbing moral vanity at play here i think and it’s disturbing primarily cause of how myopic it is.

    If Mr. Trump does just one thing for example and replaces fascist dyke gina mccarthy with someone who doesn’t hate jobs and workers, then he’ll have already validated his election. But that’s just one appointment – purging failmerica’s bureaucratic brothel of just 5% of its most egregiously diseased rapists will pay huge dividends of prosperity and freedom.

    Pee-stank loathes prosperity and freedom.

    But you have too look past whatever cowardly slut you put in your laughingstock white house and see that it’s not so much the white house that has so much impact on failmerican lives – it’s the whole administration. And Mr. Trump will make much better staffing choices than pee-stank.

    90% of appointees in a pee-stank administration have already bought their jobs through the Clinton Global Criminal Cartel.

    happyfeet (831175)

  27. But you have *to* look past whatever cowardly slut you put in your laughingstock white house i mean

    happyfeet (831175)

  28. yesyesyes disturbing moral vanities are doubleplus bad

    they are everywhere when you turn on the lights

    but the first thing to come to my gary oak like mind when my ears hear “disturbing moral vanity” would be yelly braggy lielielie coward what only has daddy money to give him stature

    snarkyfeet (46554b)

  29. “Mr. Trump will make much better staffing choices than pee-stank.”

    There is no evidence for this. Wishful thinking.

    JD (7fd277)

  30. yes yes there are many evidence

    you can tell a lot about appointments by looking at who is donating to Mr. Trump and who is donating too pee-stank

    it’s a big difference!

    happyfeet (831175)

  31. who is donating *to* pee-stank i mean

    happyfeet (831175)

  32. why Mr JD!

    you know trumpet always picks the very best men

    well, so long as they are incompetent thugs and conspiracy nuts

    its a feature

    snarkyfeet (46554b)

  33. I’m listening to Chris Wallace grill Reince Priebus about Trump’s history, policies, etc.

    By virtue of his job description and requirements, Priebus is now, effectively, an involuntary conscript to the Trump Brand,™ Marketing Division.® He is official Pig Lipsticker for the Grand Old Party. And he’s struggling to do his best at it, but the pig won’t hold still, and the result is black, black comedy.

    This is another reason why Trump has always had, and will always have, such a low ceiling on his possible support, and why he’ll never be able to mount an effective general election campaign: Unless you’re as brazen a liar and fraud as Trump himself — i.e., unless you’re willing to sell your soul and become a thorough-going Trumpkin shill, like the regular Trumpkin shill supporters who comment here — you just can’t carry off the charade. You can’t say the things one’s required to say, in order to defend Trump or even just change the subject, with any shred of credibility or conviction.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  34. Patrick, I suggest a poll of your commenters as to which of the following best describes each of us:

    – #NeverTrump (meaning, do not expect to “get over it” and reluctantly vote for him)
    – #NeverHillary (meaning dislike Trump but will vote “for” him to stop Hillary)
    – Pro-Trump, pleased that he is (presumptive) nominee
    – Other

    Mitch (bfd5cd)

  35. All these feets need some competition.

    happydick (31009b)

  36. Never hillary.

    narciso (4777d8)

  37. Trump is a politically inexperienced man with deep flaws but Cruz had deeper flaws, or “a” very much deeper flaw which was that he couldn’t beat Trump.
    I understand the sour grapes, for example I heard that Louie Gohmert is furious with Trump for labeling Cruz as lying Ted and Gohmert refuses to back Trump.
    The Bush family aren’t fans and the feeling is mutual. I like Gohmert and I like GWB and am irritated with Trump for his nastiness towards teammates, but I’m not upset that he gutted Jeb.
    Jeb had a big flaw, and the flaw was that he could be gelded in public by Trump.
    Trump has a unique gift for quickly finding the flaw of his adversary and exploiting the heck out of it. It’ll be an interesting 4-8 years if he gets elected.
    On his electability, I think Trump might be able to pull enough Blue Dog democrats to make up for losing the #NeverTrump people and win. He’s already probed Hillary with the knife stick of “Crooked Hillary” but I don’t think that’s his final knife stick or label

    On another level, like at some blogs, this wailing and gnashing of teeth reminds me of when fans of schools like Florida would complain because Miami and Florida St. had lower admissions standards, when the real problem was that Florida wasn’t landing enough of the top recruits with good academics. They were out there, but Florida wasn’t getting them. Then the Gators started to recruit better under a new coach, they started to win big and the subject was changed to what a bitchin dynasty they had built.

    PS. Priebus has been in over his head since before Trump entered the race. Priebus is a liability.

    steveg (fed1c9)

  38. NeverHillary

    steveg (fed1c9)

  39. Jeb had less than zero self-awareness go into this

    maybe he learned something from it

    happyfeet (831175)

  40. thinking happydick has a foot fetish… i’m guessing his own left foot is a T and the right foot is G and its very confusing picking which restroom to use each day, standing? or sitting? and always unrequited

    steveg (fed1c9)

  41. do not trust content from happydick

    happyfeet (831175)

  42. Patrick, I suggest a poll of your commenters as to which of the following best describes each of us:

    Mitch (bfd5cd) — 5/15/2016 @ 10:53 am

    I’ll go first, Mitch: #NeverTrump.
    Now, within your for narrow categories, where do you stand?

    Bill H (971e5f)

  43. steveg 40,

    How is it Cruz’s “flaw” that he didn’t win? Candidates should do their best and that’s all they can do — unless lying and pretending to be someone you aren’t and being hypocritical about your beliefs is what politics is supposed to be. It clearly is to people who support Trump and Hillary.

    But I agree with one thing you said: Trump needs to find Democratic votes to replace NeverTrumps like me. He especially needs them in Texas and other red states. Trump should forget about bullying and berating conservatives, except when he’s bored and needs a Twitter fix. His time would be better spent pivoting to the big government views he actually supports.

    DRJ (15874d)

  44. …..your for narrow….

    Apparently English is not my home language. That should be “four”.

    Bill H (971e5f)

  45. cruz kids are remarkably uninterested in figuring out why cruz lost

    happyfeet (831175)

  46. There are many theories regarding why Cruz lost. I think the SEC primaries were what hurt him, and the fact he was able to hold on so long is amazing. And there are other theories.

    But what matters now is how Trump plans to win and it’s obvious he thinks his willingness to say whatever he feels at any given moment is all he needs, because his supporters love him and will embrace anything he says and does. That and fundraising and establishment money so he doesn’t have to spend his own. So get busy and start giving, hf. The Donald needs you!

    DRJ (15874d)

  47. I’m #NeverHillary.

    Mitch (bfd5cd)

  48. the fact he was able to hold on so long is amazing

    how does this track with the idea that he was the only one who could beat hillary

    happyfeet (831175)

  49. #NeverHillary and still hoping and praying Trump implodes and is replaced before the end of the convention,
    One big bomb or Fox treating him like they did Cruz is all it would take.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  50. That ship sailed, hf. You need to focus on what Trump has to do to win. You don’t seem to have a clue.

    DRJ (15874d)

  51. #NeverHillary and also hoping and praying that Trump implodes, thereby creating an opening for someone else.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  52. To win all Mr. Trump has to do is get more votes than a sleazy squelchy criminal pee-stank.

    The way he do this is by not smelling like pee all the time.

    happyfeet (831175)

  53. Mr happyfeet, the Titanic is sinking, and you’re talking about how the steward forgot to change out your linens this morning.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  54. he didn’t forget he hates me cause I told him his bernie button makes him look like he’s desperate to look younger than he is

    happyfeet (831175)

  55. But Mr happyfeet, as the ship is sinking, it’s not going to matter how old or young everyone looks—there simply aren’t enough lifeboats to accomodate everyone. By the way, don’t you think the deck chairs would look nicer if they spaced them a little differently? (LOL)

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  56. it’s not going to matter how old or young everyone looks – there simply aren’t enough lifeboats to accommodate everyone

    of course it matters the younger you look the more better chance you have of getting in a lifeboat

    do you not have cable

    happyfeet (831175)

  57. Mr happyfeet, as employees of the ship, the stewards would be among the last people to even be considered for a lifeboat.
    Besides, women and children first.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  58. i feel sorry for him but that’s what you get for being a berntard

    happyfeet (831175)

  59. Mr happyfeet, I wonder if they had tranny lifeboats.
    “Attention everyone, don’t panic…it’s women and children first, followed by, uh, thissss, uh, gent—er, woman.” (LOL)

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  60. trannies aren’t yet approved as flotation devices by the uscg

    happyfeet (831175)

  61. Yes I’m dealing with people who confuse feral with wild.

    Últimos Caballos Salvajes de Europa

    Steve57 (eca648)

  62. Mr happyfeet, that was 1912. Some of the bloomers that women were wearing back then were flotation devices all by themselves!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  63. Horse peeps. listen up. Maybe I’m sitting the horse wrong. Whatever. After about an hour I’m about to surrender to whatever entity shows up. It has been hammering me where the good Lord Split me. I’ve got tears in my eyes, at this point. I can’t romanticize the abuse nor can I blame the horse.

    Steve57 (eca648)

  64. It haz, hurtz…!

    Steve57 (eca648)

  65. i’m sorry about what the horse did to your butt

    happyfeet (831175)

  66. No one gives or has ever given a flying f*ck what Nebraska Republicans think about anything – for good reason.

    This is obvious to anyone willing to do the analysis.

    Leviticus (632ae7)

  67. you said that just to be hurtful

    happyfeet (831175)

  68. I bet it will never occur to my opponents how I found any of this out.’

    Or that I can’t sit a horse for more than an hour without my hips crying out means I hate horses.

    The horse ain’t the bad actor.

    Steve57 (eca648)

  69. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America’s most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy.

    pee-stank doesn’t offer this luminescent and comforting quality, this drive to bring the people the cheap plentiful energy, to nurture the jobs, to stop the demonization of our friend the carbon dioxide molecule

    *only* Mr. The Donald does (not pee-stank)

    he’s a plum lolly, Mr. The Donald

    happyfeet (831175)




    I’ll be posting this at my site where I profess to hate Mexicans.

    Steve57 (eca648)

  71. Haven’t you heard, HF? Trump no longer has policies, only suggestions.

    kishnevi (9cb6b5)

  72. well pee-stank for sure has policies

    mostly the same as food stamp’s

    and that’s not something i support

    happyfeet (831175)

  73. Lee is to Cruz what Lorre was to Bogart.

    DCSCA (a343d5)

  74. So the Republican leadership, in the Senate and in the House, is cozying up to Tiny Donnie and seems eager to give him everything he wants including photo-ops. If this does not prove that he really is a Democrat, I don’t know what does.

    nk (dbc370)

  75. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America’s most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy

    The presumptive GOP nominee doesn’t have an energy policy yet? Lovely. And his drilling expert is a Norh Dakota Congressman. North Dakota politicians are well-known energy experts … to New Yorkers.

    DRJ (15874d)

  76. yay climate change skepticism!

    that’ll help america make more jobs and it’s a huge difference from the sorts of policies pee-stank wants to do on people

    Mr. Trump seems pretty serious about helping America get back on her feet.

    happyfeet (831175)

  77. It’s May 16, we’ve had maybe two or three days above 70 degrees, with not all that many more above 60 degrees, and you still don’t believe that Obama kept his promise to end global warming? Skeptic!

    I, for one, am a believer. Thanks, Obama!

    nk (dbc370)

  78. we’ve had maybe two or three days above 70 degrees, with not all that many more above 60 degrees, so far this year

    nk (dbc370)

  79. @ DRJ, re New Yorkers thinking someone from North Dakota would be their go-to resource on all matters energy (#78): You’re spot on, as usual.

    It hasn’t bothered me too much during the past seven years that Obama hates Texas more than any other state. It’s almost certainly mutual. It would be disappointing and frustrating, though, for a Republican POTUS to continue the campaign of systematic disrespect and mistreatment that Texans have endured from Obama.

    I no longer have any confidence that the GOP can carry Texas in November, especially if (as I fully expect) Hillary picks Julián Castro as her running mate.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  80. Agreed. All this talk about Trump carrying Ohio, Florida or Pennsylvania is irrelevant if he loses Texas, as I think he will.

    DRJ (15874d)

  81. Texas would never have been possible for the Democrats if anyone else had been the GOP nominee. What better way to seal the deal than Castro?

    DRJ (15874d)

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