The decline of the DNC

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This thread has been a long-time coming. Like the "Decline of the GOP" thread which is sort of a catch-all thread of all the corruption, bizarre decisions and just plain stupidity of individuals within and the party at large, it just seems to make sense to have a similar thread for the other side of the aisle.

I can't think of a more appropriate start to this one than Matt Taibbi's answer when pressed about why he doesn't pay much attention to Republicans:

1) There is a enormous army of MSM reporters already going after them from every angle, with most major news organizations little more than proxies for the DNC, to the point where stations hire Biden spokespeople as anchors;
2) The Republicans have very little institutional power nationally. It’s not their point of view prevailing in schools, on campuses, in newsrooms (where over 90% of working reporters vote blue), and especially in the intelligence and military apparatus, which has openly aligned itself with Democrats. Even if Donald Trump were a “threat to Democracy” he lacks the institutional pull to do much damage, which can’t be said of Democrats;
3) The Democrats’ ambitions are significantly more dangerous than those of the Republicans. From digital surveillance to censorship to making Intel and enforcement agencies central players in domestic governance — all plans being executed globally as well as in our one country — they are thinking on a much bigger and more dangerous scale than Republicans. I lived in third world countries and the endless criminal indictments of people like Trump and ongoing lawfare efforts to prevent even third party challenges are classic authoritarian symptoms. The Republicans aren’t near this kind of capability;
4) Last and most important, the Democrats are being organized around a more potent but also much dumber, more cultlike ideology. People like Yuval Harari and his Transhumanist “divinity” concept scare me a lot more than the Rs, and I was once undercover in an apocalyptic church in Texas. Ask your average Russian or Cuban what overempowered pseudo-intellectuals are capable of.

I have a pretty good record of picking dangerous phenomena ahead of time. I feel confident on this one, and that’s before we get to the demographic/class shifts in the parties.
Enjoy the thread, gang! Oh, and you're welcome!
 
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Surely, a Yale grad could not possibly be one of the biggest morons in the country. She's a great example of the "frequently wrong but never in doubt" mentality. And she's been in Congress about 30 years. Scary stupid, but Congress is full of such critters.

 
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I remember when Bill Clinton left office and He and Hillary started "The Clinton Foundation". The Republicans screamed foul, saying "They'll be able to take foreign money and the Chinese will be able to donate to the future (hardly a secret) Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign! That's illegal!!"

I remember it sounded like, to me at the time, they were just angry because they thought they were losing their billionaire money edge. But then, I also remember, they suddenly got quiet. I can imagine the thoughts they were having. "Should we presecute? Could we? Could we win? Man, sure looks like a lot of money! Isn't that what we're all about?"

Next thing I know, they're all taking Russian (and god knows who else's) money and openly talking to each other on recordings saying "I've heard Putin pays him". One can see how one might think they could take dirty money and never be in real trouble because the GOP was always seen as so anti-Russian and that impression would never change with voters. The GOP would always be seen as being patriotic and fiercely supportive of our allies. My, how times have changed!

Once you're a little bit dirty, you're owned. It's like the player who takes money to shave points. You might think you're in control and you're not hurting anyone or especially your team. But if they can compromise you with your personal life or if you ever owe them, as I said, now they own you. They can make you do anything and everything.

I know this may be violating the spirit of the thread but I don't hear much about the Clinton Foundation and illegal foreign money anymore.
 

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I watched this clip last night. The look on her face when actual reason slapped her in the face was quite a scene. Kudos to the interviewer for doing her job well in that moment. I'm all for asking all of these jokers hard questions.
Its not trumps fault people didnt listen him and inject disinfectants and bleach while shoving UV lights up their butt. That could have blunted the effects of covid on unemployment.
 
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I give you the future of the Democratic Party. A bunch of goofs that won’t condemn Hamas and won’t support Jewish students just trying to go to class. Instead they support people busting out windows, taking over buildings, and shutting down entire universities where people pay to go.
Dems have been pointing and laughing at how divided the GOP has been (and rightfully so) but their turn is coming. I will mourn the death of classical liberalism; at this point it’s inevitable.
 
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Dems have been pointing and laughing at how divided the GOP has been (and rightfully so) but their turn is coming. I will mourn the death of classical liberalism; at this point it’s inevitable.
FIFY. Classical liberalism is already dead.

It had been sick for a long time, starting with the hearings for SCOTUS nominee Robert Bork and getting progressively worse since then. Finally gave up the ghost on January 6, 2021.
 

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One of my favorite clips of all time. The admiral testifying handled himself in the most professional manner I’ve ever seen.
I need to jog my memory where Maxine Waters was grilling somebody on economic issues. She was, of course, grandstanding and incorrectly using economic terminology. She has zero knowledge on the subject. The poor guy being dragged before the House committee was extremely polite and kept trying to gently educate her. I think he was more embarrassed for her than anything. else. Of course, as Maxine demonstrates, the overarching problem with stupid people is that they never realize how stupid they are.
 
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Here's a classic dedicated to @Bazza. Big Corrine has two graduate degrees, so you know she's smart. I picked the clip with subtitles in case English is your first language.

Our best and brightest, folks. I remember this. I also remember asking myself at the time just how in the world do people with a room-temp IQ get elected to any office. Later that day, I saw some half-wit trying to push her way through a door that was clearly marked "pull" and it occurred to me that this person probably votes and that eliminated the mystery.
 

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