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11/15/2022

Mitch McConnell To Face Challenger

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:59 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Sen. Rick Scott confirmed today at a GOP luncheon that he will indeed be running to unseat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In a letter sent to senators:

“Like each of you, I am deeply disappointed by the results of the recent election. Despite what the armchair quarterbacks on TV will tell you, there is no one person responsible for our party’s performance across the country. I know there is no shortage of people who are eager to point fingers and assign blame here in Washington, but I won’t be one of them.”

Oh. Okay.

–Dana

80 Responses to “Mitch McConnell To Face Challenger”

  1. I don’t think he stands a chance.

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. Hope Scott wins. What Mitch did in Alaska and otger winnable states is inexcusable.

    NJRob (ba8f28)

  3. My guess is that Trump gave the order and Scott said, “Yes, sir!”
    It’ll go nowhere, because there’s no savvier operator in the Senate than McConnell, and benching him would be foolish and stupid.
    Bottom line, this was sop to the sap at Mar-A-Lago.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  4. @2. Mitch just blamed ‘candidate quality’ again in a presser and whipped out his August excuse. So you see, it’s the candidates fault, not his for failing to back his party’s team. Mitch’s ‘Paths of Glory’: –you go to war with the army you have and when they fail on your strategy and you fail to properly back them- it’s their fault for not ‘taking the Ant Hill’- eh, Mitch?

    DCSCA (6e5b01)

  5. A first-term Senator to challenge Mitch McConnell for the Senate leadership. Right. After he wins the Miss America pageant. This is Trump’s doggie yelping in defense of his master.

    nk (5c60ce)

  6. If Scott/Trump wins, he looks strong. If Scott loses, Trump looks weak again.

    Let’s see if the narrative shifts or the glide downhill accelerates.

    Appalled (e3b62d)

  7. this was sop to the sap at Mar-A-Lago.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8) — 11/15/2022 @ 1:42 pm

    🤣

    Thankfully, I was between sips.

    norcal (a1f318)

  8. Desatan says his election in floriduh ignoring rubio did similar was because of him and is the model. Model: since 2018 250,000 new voters registered gop in floriduh moving there from other states and democrat registration actually down 10,000 dixiecrats changing to gop. So all the other states get 250,000 goppers to move to your state. Texas maybe ;but latinx did not much turn gop there.

    asset (adb800)

  9. Rich Lowry nails it regarding Trump and the candidates he supports.

    Trump didn’t win a majority in either of his presidential elections, even the one he won; he was never anywhere close to 50 percent in the RealClearPolitics polling averages in either of his races; and his average job-approval rating during his presidency never approached 50 percent, either.

    ********

    At the end of the day, he’s a plurality, not a majority, candidate. And he’s drawn to other plurality candidates, who, lacking the advantage of running in races with an Electoral College or against Hillary Clinton, tend to lose. Winning with 46.1 percent worked for Trump in 2016, but it’s a formula for failure for everyone else.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/11/dont-count-trump-out-yet/

    The bolded part is mine.

    Blaming McConnell for the losers Trump supported is just another dumb MAGA talking point.

    norcal (a1f318)

  10. Tim Scott would have made sense.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  11. On Sunday, Senator Cotton said there was no challenger,

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  12. On further thought, the GOP establishment standing chin-deep in a pool full of “Trump”, gently murmuring “Don’t make waves, don’t make waves, …!” hasn’t worked out all that well, either. Maybe a little splash is in order.

    nk (5c60ce)

  13. I suspect this is a tag-team effort with Trump, to coincide with Trump’s BIG announcement.

    Trump needs to get the stink off himself after the midterm drubbing his candidates took. What better way than to scapegoat and target McConnell?

    norcal (a1f318)

  14. Hope Scott wins. What Mitch did in Alaska and otger winnable states is inexcusable.

    Rick Scott actually wants to end Social Security and Medicare. I can’t imagine a worse move going into 2024. Take the cohort that always votes, and tends to vote GOP and attack the one thing that they absolutely rely upon.

    (And, no, children, they didn’t have 401ks and IRAs when they were your age)

    Kevin M (90f346)

  15. Hara-kiri was considered the most honorable way in Japan.

    nk (5c60ce)

  16. As far as McCarthy having to negotiate with the wackjob Trumpies to get his speakership, he could always negotiate instead with Pelosi. There’s really no reason for MTG (or some of the others) to have a committee assignment.

    Would this split the GOP? Isn’t it about time?

    Kevin M (90f346)

  17. Hara-kiri was considered the most honorable way in Japan.

    Trump could always go for the ice-floe thing.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  18. Here’s my sunset plan for Medicare and Social Security: Everyone over 50 will get these as they are until they die. Taxes will continue on everyone, at the current rate, until the funds are actuarially sound, but if you are under 50, you won’t get any ever.

    If you see the flaw in this, then you understand why they will continue.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  19. Trump could always go for the ice-floe thing.

    Kevin M (90f346) — 11/15/2022 @ 5:21 pm

    Well, he has enough blubber to keep him going for quite a while. 😛

    norcal (a1f318)

  20. Apparently Scott is unaware of Reagan’s quote about the closest thing to eternal life on earth being a government program.

    norcal (a1f318)

  21. Rick Scott actually wants to end Social Security and Medicare. I can’t imagine a worse move going into 2024. Take the cohort that always votes, and tends to vote GOP and attack the one thing that they absolutely rely upon.

    (And, no, children, they didn’t have 401ks and IRAs when they were your age)

    Kevin M (90f346) — 11/15/2022 @ 5:16 pm

    Ending a ponzi scheme that’s on the verge of collapse that I’ve been paying into for most of my life, but I know I won’t see a dime from.

    He has the right idea.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  22. Here’s my sunset plan for Medicare and Social Security: Everyone over 50 will get these as they are until they die. Taxes will continue on everyone, at the current rate, until the funds are actuarially sound, but if you are under 50, you won’t get any ever.

    If you see the flaw in this, then you understand why they will continue.

    Kevin M (90f346) — 11/15/2022 @ 5:26 pm

    Here’s mine.

    Anyone who can earn 100k from other means doesn’t get a dime. Anyone who has combined assets with social security gets some until that 100k.

    You’re like Biden where you make the cutoff to benefit yourself and no one else.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  23. Kevin,

    they had pensions which was a dream to my generation.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  24. NJRob (eb56c3) — 11/15/2022 @ 5:35 pm

    I think Chile had the right idea years ago when it required people (via mandatory payroll contributions) to invest in their own retirement accounts.

    norcal (a1f318)

  25. There is more internecine warfare among Republicans (the party that just won the House) and among Democrats (the party that just lost the House.)

    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem expressed significant skepticism Tuesday about Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel remaining in her job following the party’s poor performance in last week’s midterm elections.

    “Who loses this much and gets to keep their job?” Ms. Noem asked during an interview on the sidelines of the Republican Governors Association three-day meeting that started Monday. “We’ve got to evaluate the leadership of the Republican Party.”
    ………
    Rep. Lee Zeldin, who just lost a surprisingly competitive campaign for New York governor and was credited for boosting GOP turnout in the state, is also reportedly being urged to run for the RNC post.

    Ms. Noem said she hadn’t spoken with Mr. Trump for “weeks and weeks.” She was then reminded by Corey Lewandowski, a former top strategist to Mr. Trump who now helps the governor, that the former president had actually called her on election night to congratulate her on winning her second term.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  26. Correction:

    There is more internecine warfare among Republicans (the party that just won the House) than among Democrats (the party that just lost the House.)

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  27. Ending a ponzi scheme that’s on the verge of collapse that I’ve been paying into for most of my life, but I know I won’t see a dime from.

    You know, I thought the same thing back in the 80’s. But guess what? They “saved” it by tripling my taxes and delaying my access. After paying through the nose for the next 30 years, my attitude changed about collecting.

    Yours will too. Just be glad that you have those 401k thingies that I didn’t see until the late 90s. My generation didn’t have good options.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  28. There is more internecine warfare among Republicans (the party that just won the House) than among Democrats (the party that just lost the House.)

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 11/15/2022 @ 5:42 pm

    It’s hard for the Democrats to have internecine warfare when they’re so busy celebrating the results of an election in which they did much better than expected.

    norcal (a1f318)

  29. they had pensions which was a dream to my generation.

    Dream to mine, too. The Boomers generally didn’t have those either unless they worked for a big union or for the government (birm).

    Kevin M (90f346)

  30. Kevin M (90f346) — 11/15/2022 @ 5:49 pm

    You were a federal employee, right? Didn’t you get in under CSRS?

    norcal (a1f318)

  31. “Killer” Kristi Noem could have been talking about Arizona’s Kelli Ward or, of course, the orange loser.

    But I doubt she’s that in touch with reality.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  32. @22:

    You think that $100K is enough to retire on? OH BOY are you in for a shock. At 5% interest (someday we may have that again), that gets you about $400 a month. Tell you what — live on $400 for the next month, covering all expenses, and come back and we can discuss this some more.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  33. But I doubt she’s that in touch with reality.

    Jim Miller (85fd03) — 11/15/2022 @ 5:57 pm

    I volunteer to give her reality lessons. She’s a dish. Best-looking female politician out there.

    Sorry, asset and JVW.

    norcal (a1f318)

  34. You were a federal employee, right? Didn’t you get in under CSRS?

    Never. I’ve been an R&D engineer for small companies most of my career. Never saw a 401k until the late 90s, and those had a low cap for a while after that. Sure, I saved some money (less now in this market), and I own my house. But even then my life would change a LOT without Social Security or Medicare.

    Of course, if the gave me my FICA taxes back, with interest, that would be a different animal. But they won’t.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  35. Kevin,

    that’s 100k in annual income. I said income, not assets.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  36. But we’re off the point: Rick Scott is anathema to Boomers. Utter FYATHYRIO show-stopper. If you want people who always vote to always vote against you, that’s the way to go.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  37. What does it mean when social security goes bankrupt? I know do you>

    asset (adb800)

  38. You said “assets” quite clearly. That you conflated assets and income does not help you.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  39. It’s hard for the Democrats to have internecine warfare when they’re so busy celebrating the results of an election in which they did much better than expected.

    norcal (a1f318) — 11/15/2022 @ 5:50 pm

    But they still lost. Nobody wants to be a backbencher, especially when the opposition will be continually bashing their President, and one lead by a geriatric group like the House Democrats:

    Nancy Pelosi-82
    Steny Hoyer-83
    Jim Clyburn-82
    David Scott (Agriculture)-77
    Rosa DeLauro (Appropriations)-79
    Bennie Thompson (Homeland Security)-74
    Peter DeFazio (Transportation)-75
    Maxine Waters (Financial Services)-85
    Carolyn Maloney (Oversight and Reform)-75
    Eddie Bernice Johnson (Sience and Space)-86
    Richard Neal (Ways and Means)-73
    etc.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  40. What does it mean when social security goes bankrupt? I know do you>

    Social Security is not in any real danger. The scary old numbers from 20 years ago were based on low births among Gen X, but [legal] immigration has mostly been into that cohort, and immigrants all work. Maybe delaying benefits by a year and maybe extending the income cap a bit (or alternatively the tax rate a bit) and it’s fine.

    MEDICARE on the other hand is going to have to go the Medicare Advantage route for most people. It has real problems, and the basic, no premium, benefits are going to get scaled back. Or maybe the Democrats will hide it all under the carpet labeled “Medicare for All.”

    If there is any current stress on this system, it’s that both Obama and Biden have allowed easy entry into disability programs which drain these trust funds. That should really stop.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  41. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 11/15/2022 @ 6:10 pm

    You have a problem with gerontocracy or something? 😉

    norcal (a1f318)

  42. Kevin,

    I said anyone who can earn 100k from other means.

    That’s the quote. You misinterpreted it. I don’t know where you get assets from earnings.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  43. NJRob (eb56c3) — 11/15/2022 @ 6:22 pm

    Do you want to means-test Social Security? That’s not very conservative. It’s not a far cry from that to Lizzie Warren’s wealth tax.

    norcal (a1f318)

  44. I do see my 2nd line as confusing. For that I apologize. To clarify it means if you get 75k in earned income, from a pension, 403b, 401k, part time job, etc, then your social security would cap at 25k. And so on.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  45. norcal,

    I want to phase out social security. It’s bankrupt because our corrupt politicians spent it. The living are spending the young and unborn into debt slavery. But it’ll take time. In that time we need to cap social security and create a program of I(k) for people.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  46. That’s the quote. You misinterpreted it. I don’t know where you get assets from earnings.

    You said, in full:

    Anyone who can earn 100k from other means doesn’t get a dime. Anyone who has combined assets with social security gets some until that 100k.

    Did someone else write that second sentence?

    Kevin M (90f346)

  47. Do you want to means-test Social Security? That’s not very conservative. It’s not a far cry from that to Lizzie Warren’s wealth tax.

    Social Security is taxed if an individual makes an additional $34K ($44K for married).

    Kevin M (90f346)

  48. It’s bankrupt because our corrupt politicians spent it.

    1) No, it isn’t.
    2) Any excess spending is on young people who have schemed their way into the system as “disabled”, with Democrat assistance.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  49. https://twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX/status/1592553350129909762?cxt=HHwWhIDQhbK18ZksAAAA

    God bless. Finally someone acknowledges what’s really happening.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  50. After 2035, Social Security could still pay roughly 80 percent of scheduled benefits using its tax income even if policymakers took no steps to shore up the program. Those who claim that Social Security won’t be around at all when today’s young adults retire and that young workers will receive no benefits either misunderstand or misrepresent the trustees’ projections.

    (emphasis mine)

    https://www.cbpp.org/research/social-security/what-the-2022-trustees-report-shows-about-social-security

    The Trust fund is slowly declining. If nothing changes, it will be depleted in 2035. That does not mean that benefits will be zero as there is significant FICA tax income, enough to pay 80% of promised benefits. So, no, it’s not broke and it never WILL be “broke.”

    The question is, will there be the political will to make the small changes necessary to cover the annual shortfall (of about 2-3% of benefits paid)? It really would not take much UNLESS everyone waits until 2035 and they have to choose between:

    1) a sizable FICA tax increase, or
    2) a sizable benefit cut.

    Neither will be popular.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  51. Meanwhile, in the real world:

    https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#media

    More hydrogen leaks. And now, two guys are literally risking their lives torquing nuts on a live, fueled bird. THAT is nuts. More work arounds. And incredibly dangerous.

    This rocket is not ready to fly.

    DCSCA (008acd)

  52. they have to choose between:

    1) a sizable FICA tax increase, or
    2) a sizable benefit cut.

    Neither will be popular.

    Kevin M (90f346) — 11/15/2022 @ 6:49 pm

    Hence politicians who say one thing and do another.

    norcal (a1f318)

  53. Anyway, where were we?

    McConnell will win this going away.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  54. “there is no one person responsible for our party’s performance across the country”

    it’s trump’s fault, cuz nevertrump just suddenly right now decided to stop blaming voters

    JF (71cebd)

  55. Anyway, where were we?

    McConnell will win this going away.

    Kevin M (90f346) — 11/15/2022 @ 7:10 pm

    Scott will fail just like Trump’s frivolous lawsuits. Winning isn’t the point. It’s just grandstanding for the suckers.

    norcal (a1f318)

  56. Andy Biggs (NSDAP-AZ) just lost to McCarthy, 188 to 31, for leadership of the House GOP conference.

    nk (5c60ce)

  57. And the tumbleweed on a fencepost from South Dakota is right that Ronna McDaniel should be fired, though for the wrong reasons.

    nk (5c60ce)

  58. Lets say I’ll be making more than $100K when I take SS at the latest possible moment. All that means is that I am paying into SS and taxes in an amount that exceeds my monthly SS payment. It is inefficient for sure because I’ll deposit my SS check and then send it back to Washington, but rest assured, Uncle Sam is getting that money back.

    steveg (edef14)

  59. Andy Biggs (NSDAP-AZ) just lost to McCarthy, 188 to 31, for leadership of the House GOP conference.

    The Insurrection Caucus is now saying that McCarthy needs to negotiate with them if he wants their votes on the floor. Me, I think they he’d get a better deal with Pelosi and denying the Insurrectionists committee assignment might just be all he needs to do.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  60. Lets say I’ll be making more than $100K when I take SS at the latest possible moment.

    Well, if that’s the case (and I assume you mean inflation-adjusted) then great. You may lose out *some* money but they call Social Security INSURANCE (OASI) for a reason. And it’s not certain you will lose out — you will probably live longer given all that Medicare money having been spent on the diseases of the aged.

    But here’s the thing: trying to find work after your late fifties — no matter how you’ve done up to then — can be a problem, so it can also work the other way. I know a number of people who thought they were all set, but found themselves on the beach at 60 and burned through their 401ks waiting for a job that never showed up. Bad stuff can happen, too.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  61. Congrats to NASA; Orion has successfully completed the TLI burn and is now on a trajectory to the moon.

    Finally.

    Outstanding. Well done, kids.

    DCSCA (e05cab)

  62. I think a trump Desantis ticket. With the understanding that Trump will resign in his 3rd year. Leavind DeSantis with the chance to serve almost 10 years.

    Only parh either one has to 1600..

    EPWJ (650a62)

  63. Tom Cotton Nominates Mitch McConnell for Leader After Vote to Postpone Election Fails

    The motion to postpone the Senate leadership election failed by a reported vote count of 32-16. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) put forward the motion, which Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) supported.

    The election is still scheduled to proceed Wednesday. After the motion to delay was squashed, Cotton and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) nominated McConnell for reelection, according to NBC News.
    ………
    Hours later, McConnell stated he had the votes to be reelected. If McConnell is reelected, he would be the longest-serving Senate party leader in history.
    ……….

    TrumpWorld not amused.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  64. McConnell easily holds off Scott in the Republican leadership fight.
    ………
    Meeting behind closed doors for more than three hours, Republican senators sat at desks in the Old Senate Chamber, a semicircular room adorned with marble columns and an ornate central table hung with crimson fabric, to hash out their differences and vote. In a final tally of 37-10, with one person voting present, Mr. McConnell easily defeated Mr. Scott.

    Mr. Scott, who led the party’s unsuccessful campaign effort to reclaim the majority, portrayed Mr. McConnell as the face of the status quo. Many Senate Republicans instead held Mr. Scott responsible for the poor midterm showing.

    Mr. McConnell, who months ago raised “candidate quality” as a problem for his party in the midterms, said the Republican losses signaled a badly damaged party brand that had alienated crucial voting groups.
    ……..
    When the next Congress convenes in January, Mr. McConnell will set the record for serving the longest in a Senate leadership role, surpassing Mike Mansfield of Montana.
    ###########

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  65. 62…June 14, 2027? “I promise ot to serve a day past my 81st birthday. You saw what happened during that last year of Biden. It was awful what they put him up to but I he choose it not us”.

    urbanleftbehind (21f983)

  66. @64. Insanity on parade:

    McConnell’s Approval Sinks To New Low In New Poll. (11/15/22)

    Mitch McConnell is one of the most unpopular politicians in the country. A new Civiqs poll found only 7% of Americas have a favorable view of Mitch McConnell.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/mcconnells-approval-sinks-new-low-new-poll/

    DCSCA (8f4a7c)

  67. @62. Trump/DeSantis 2024… in the immediate. They’ll bury the hatchet. Yep. But then, remember the Ds all but had Cuomo in the paddock for a run for the roses until he imploded, too. Alas, my poor Nikki is fading some.

    Trump/DeSantis 2024… “Yeah, that’s the ticket!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyp9fh-u4w8&t=1s

    DCSCA (8f4a7c)

  68. tulsi gabbard vs biden that would scare democrats. (probably republicans too!)

    asset (1c1525)

  69. they have to choose between:

    1) a sizable FICA tax increase, or
    2) a sizable benefit cut.

    Neither will be popular.

    Kevin M (90f346) — 11/15/2022 @ 6:49 pm

    They can fund Social Security partially from general revenues, which might mean borrowing, or levy a special unusual tax to make up the difference that the fellow behind the tree (to quote Russell Long) pays

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  70. Kevin M (90f346) — 11/15/2022 @ 11:40 pm

    Me, I think they he’d get a better deal with Pelosi and denying the Insurrectionists committee assignment might just be all he needs to do.

    But what will Trump say? Pelosi, by the way, will probably stay in Congress, like ex-Speaker Joe Cannon after 1911. (or Dennis Hastert for one term. Pelosi gave him a special office. This is before his decades old pedophilia and his being blackmailed became known)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/14/us/politics/mccarthy-speaker-gop-midterms.html

    Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who has said she will support Mr. McCarthy and predicted he would give her a significant amount of power in a Republican-led House, asked Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the party’s No. 2, whether he would commit to investigating Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Justice Department for their treatment of defendants being held at the D.C. jail without bail in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

    Mr. Scalise said he would, Ms. Greene later told reporters…

    …But in an interview with Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser, on his podcast, Ms. Greene called attempts to challenge Mr. McCarthy for speaker “risky” and a “bad strategy,” arguing that it could empower Democrats.

    “Here’s the harsh reality,” Ms. Greene said. “There are Republicans in our conference that would make a deal with the Democrats and cross over.”

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  71. I don’t think that MTG can bring along the rest.

    Here s what the NYT wrote about Gaetz:

    Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida asked Mr. Scalise about comments he made on a private conference call days after the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, in which he agreed with Mr. McCarthy that Mr. Gaetz’s comments about conservatives he deemed insufficiently loyal to Mr. Trump had been dangerous and “potentially illegal.”

    Mr. Scalise apologized and said he should have waited until he had more facts to comment, according to two people familiar with the exchange who described it on the condition of anonymity.

    This is the earlier NYT article the NYT linked to:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/26/us/politics/mccarthy-republican-lawmakers.html

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  72. Nancy Pelosi-82
    Steny Hoyer-83
    Jim Clyburn-82

    Number 4 (or is it still Number 5) is:

    Hakeem Jeffries – 52.

    https://jeffries.house.gov/about

    Number 4 is Katherine M. Clark – 59.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  73. norcal (a1f318) — 11/15/2022 @ 5:40 pm

    I think Chile had the right idea years ago when it required people (via mandatory payroll contributions) to invest in their own retirement accounts.

    The problem with Bush’s proposal awhile back was that he used different estimates if economic growth to estimate personal investments (because ultimately stock prices depend on economic growth) and Social Security revenues.

    You can’t make an assumption of high economic growth for one option and low growth for the other.
    .

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  74. There are lots of different news stories – but cable covers the same ones over and over

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  75. @73 Read about what happened to the workers of chile when it was tried and also the corruption it incurred.

    asset (1c1525)

  76. @68. JVW would approve; am increasingly impressed w/Tulsi, myself. She may become my new Nikki.

    DCSCA (d5c776)

  77. 62…June 14, 2027? “I never said that. The video you just showed is a lie, because I never said that!”

    Kevin M (90f346)

  78. They can fund Social Security partially from general revenues, which might mean borrowing, or levy a special unusual tax to make up the difference that the fellow behind the tree (to quote Russell Long) pays

    The moment they do that it becomes welfare instead of a paid-in insurance program.

    (yes, I know that the government doesn’t have to do what it promises, but still…)

    Kevin M (90f346)

  79. @70, 71:

    MTG has already gotten what she wants from McCarthy — her committee assignments back and then some. She won 2-1 in her district, so she seems a legitimate representative of her district’s citizens as wacky as that might seem.

    Kevin M (90f346)

  80. Speaking of Congressional leaders, 82-year old Pelosi is not running for a leadership position, and I was expecting this whether her husband was assaulted or not. Time for some fresher-faced leaders there, and in the White House.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

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