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(CNN)   If Burr, Toomey, and Portman jump off a bridge, would Thune, Johnson, Shelby and Grassley? Signs point to yes   (cnn.com) divider line
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2021-01-27 3:12:44 AM  
Too many in their late 80s*. Time for you to retire last century.

*80s imperial = 80s metric
 
2021-01-27 3:14:24 AM  
Well, they all have bridges for sale.
 
2021-01-27 3:15:01 AM  
thoo thoon thoo thay?
 
2021-01-27 3:17:48 AM  

nytmare: Too many in their late 80s*. Time for you to retire last century.

*80s imperial = 80s metric


Have you seen the latest batch of Republicans waiting to replace them?
 
2021-01-27 3:22:47 AM  
"I'm not a fan of this place," Johnson said of the Senate. "I think this place is horribly dysfunctional."It doesn't have to be if you did your job instead of being an ass about everything. That goes for the rest of your class too./they will never get it, will they?
 
2021-01-27 3:34:25 AM  
If there aren't any bridges close by, might I suggest a tall building or moving car,
 
2021-01-27 3:39:35 AM  

Snapper Carr: nytmare: Too many in their late 80s*. Time for you to retire last century.

*80s imperial = 80s metric

Have you seen the latest batch of Republicans waiting to replace them?


My dad is a dyed in the wool republican. Has been since the 70s, and he votes purely along party lines because he truly believes politics is a team sport and the only way to get things done is total consolidation behind a single party.

When he challenged me on why I'm not a republican, one of the things I've told him was "whatever you think republicans are have been dead for a while, and the next generation of conservatives are genuinely frightening."

This was back in 2017. I wonder if he's thought about that at all, after the capitol riots. Then again, since The Unite the Right rally wasn't a watershed moment for him, then probably not.
 
2021-01-27 3:46:50 AM  

nytmare: Too many in their late 80s*. Time for you to retire last century.

*80s imperial = 80s metric


Roughly 600 dog years.
 
2021-01-27 4:22:20 AM  
I mean who cares what they fall off? liftshaft, bridge, well, capitol dome, all works fine.
 
2021-01-27 4:26:34 AM  
2022 is already a somewhat favorable map for Dems. This could help, but it could also bring in some serious wingnuts.
 
2021-01-27 4:29:29 AM  
Alabama is a no-go, but the others are battleground states or close to it, and there are some other possible pickups on the map as well. If Dems can get some good things done they'll have a good argument to make for strengthening their majority.
 
2021-01-27 4:34:44 AM  
So the Senate in 2022 will either be very Democratic or very Q. No pressure America.
 
2021-01-27 4:36:35 AM  
What worries me is the tendency for the GOP to replace these openings with people that are even worse than their predecessors.

God help us all when we start seeing republicans that make Qanons look moderate.
 
2021-01-27 4:37:50 AM  

saturn badger: "I'm not a fan of this place," Johnson said of the Senate. "I think this place is horribly dysfunctional."It doesn't have to be if you did your job instead of being an ass about everything. That goes for the rest of your class too./they will never get it, will they?


fark this guy. And fark Thune thoo.
 
2021-01-27 5:27:48 AM  
Toomey? That would warm the cockles. I worked on the campaign against him when he first ran. Was it Joe Sestak? Anyway, Pennsylvania senator always seemed like a lifetime appointment and I'd be happy to see Toomey go.

Nominate Fetterman.
 
2021-01-27 5:34:18 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Toomey? That would warm the cockles. I worked on the campaign against him when he first ran. Was it Joe Sestak? Anyway, Pennsylvania senator always seemed like a lifetime appointment and I'd be happy to see Toomey go.

Nominate Fetterman.


I'd encourage all my brown, gay, illegal im'grunt, abortion performing BLANTIFA friends (I get the newsletter) to fraudulently vote for him as many times as they can from out of state.

/stiggit, farkers
 
2021-01-27 5:44:03 AM  
Honestly, taking a look at the top candidates jockeying to replace Shelby makes me root for him to hang in there.
 
2021-01-27 5:44:16 AM  

Gawdzila: Alabama is a no-go, but the others are battleground states or close to it, and there are some other possible pickups on the map as well. If Dems can get some good things done they'll have a good argument to make for strengthening their majority.


Ohio has become Alabama, with worse weather.
 
2021-01-27 5:52:37 AM  
I'm thinking maybe there should be an age limit on our elected representatives and senators and presidents. Nobody over 70 is allowed to run, either for election or reelection. We need people that can kinda maybe understand a change with the times.

As an aside, did you guys know Pelosi keeps beer in her office fridge? Our local area Raider of the lost Election was busted for stealing some while doing his illegal tour of the capitol.
 
2021-01-27 6:10:05 AM  

ghostfacekillahrabbit: So the Senate in 2022 will either be very Democratic or very Q. No pressure America.


That's the way politics is going to be for a while now. "Conservatism" has been a losing game for a while, kept alive by Jim Crow, gerrymandering, the electoral college, culture wars and now QAnon. The average American's policy views are significantly to the left of where electoral politics is.
 
2021-01-27 6:20:17 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Toomey? That would warm the cockles. I worked on the campaign against him when he first ran. Was it Joe Sestak? Anyway, Pennsylvania senator always seemed like a lifetime appointment and I'd be happy to see Toomey go.

Nominate Fetterman.


You been living under a rock for the past 4 months?
 
2021-01-27 6:23:25 AM  
Every Senator in Terrorist Party knows that Trumpistas will kill them if they don't do what Trump wants. They're retiring because they can't live with three constant fear. Don't count on them making principled votes now; they'll do what there Trump mob wants, and then leave Washington.

All Republican Congresspeople are only operating to try to appease the Trumpistas.
 
2021-01-27 6:31:00 AM  

TheSopwithTurtle: ghostfacekillahrabbit: So the Senate in 2022 will either be very Democratic or very Q. No pressure America.

That's the way politics is going to be for a while now. "Conservatism" has been a losing game for a while, kept alive by Jim Crow, gerrymandering, the electoral college, culture wars and now QAnon. The average American's policy views are significantly to the left of where electoral politics is.


If they don't vote that way then it doesn't matter, eh? Words are worthless.
 
2021-01-27 6:38:42 AM  
So basically, voting in line with the demands of their Q loving voter base is distasteful enough to cause them to retire, but not distasteful enough to cause them to do anything meaningful to fix their party.
 
2021-01-27 6:53:45 AM  

MattytheMouse: Snapper Carr: nytmare: Too many in their late 80s*. Time for you to retire last century.

*80s imperial = 80s metric

Have you seen the latest batch of Republicans waiting to replace them?

My dad is a dyed in the wool republican. Has been since the 70s, and he votes purely along party lines because he truly believes politics is a team sport and the only way to get things done is total consolidation behind a single party.

When he challenged me on why I'm not a republican, one of the things I've told him was "whatever you think republicans are have been dead for a while, and the next generation of conservatives are genuinely frightening."

This was back in 2017. I wonder if he's thought about that at all, after the capitol riots. Then again, since The Unite the Right rally wasn't a watershed moment for him, then probably not.


I have a similar father.  Even when told things like "Trump IS worse than Nixon", his response is, "well, you are better read than I am.  But I still believe what I believe"

This, of course, is the problem.  Much like religion, nothing will change the mind of one who truly believes.  Because letting go of that faith is to let go of one's soul.

Or something.

In any case, no one EVER wants to admit that they were wrong.  They certainly don't want to admit that they've been lied to, and the believed the lies.  These are pills that are entirely too hard to swallow.
 
2021-01-27 6:57:01 AM  

Snapper Carr: nytmare: Too many in their late 80s*. Time for you to retire last century.

*80s imperial = 80s metric

Have you seen the latest batch of Republicans waiting to replace them?


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2021-01-27 7:32:14 AM  

Gawdzila: 2022 is already a somewhat favorable map for Dems. This could help, but it could also bring in some serious wingnuts.


Everywhere. Not just at the Federal level but many state houses as well.
 
2021-01-27 7:44:01 AM  

mofa: Every Senator in Terrorist Party knows that Trumpistas will kill them if they don't do what Trump wants. They're retiring because they can't live with three constant fear. Don't count on them making principled votes now; they'll do what there Trump mob wants, and then leave Washington.

All Republican Congresspeople are only operating to try to appease the Trumpistas.


If they're retiring, why not vote a straight "fark you" ticket?
 
2021-01-27 7:51:28 AM  
I believe 22 Republican Senators are up for re-election in 2022 and 14 Democrats. With the GOP Senators retiring instead of running again things do not look good for their party. Which is fine by me.
 
2021-01-27 7:53:48 AM  

El_Dan: So basically, voting in line with the demands of their Q loving voter base is distasteful enough to cause them to retire, but not distasteful enough to cause them to do anything meaningful to fix their party.


They're cowards.
 
2021-01-27 8:03:08 AM  
We made this problem and now the job sucks so we're running away.

But before we go we shall continue to make things worse
 
2021-01-27 8:09:08 AM  

flondrix: mofa: Every Senator in Terrorist Party knows that Trumpistas will kill them if they don't do what Trump wants. They're retiring because they can't live with three constant fear. Don't count on them making principled votes now; they'll do what there Trump mob wants, and then leave Washington.

All Republican Congresspeople are only operating to try to appease the Trumpistas.

If they're retiring, why not vote a straight "fark you" ticket?


If they had the moral conviction to vote against their party they wouldn't be Republicans.
 
2021-01-27 8:13:30 AM  
Grassley's grandson is the majority leader in the Iowa House. I'd bet anything he'll walk right into grandpa's Senate seat without breaking a sweat and stay there for 40 years.
 
2021-01-27 8:18:10 AM  
Hopefully, this indicates a willingness to vote for conviction.
 
2021-01-27 8:22:01 AM  
Thune would be interesting. He's probably most likely to be GOP Senate Leader in time. Though, I'm sure he can make $30-50 mil working at private firm of some kind.

Why be in the minority when you can be filthy rich?
 
2021-01-27 8:56:10 AM  

ghostfacekillahrabbit: So the Senate in 2022 will either be very Democratic or very Q. No pressure America.


The party in power almost always loses in off-year elections. And the Dems won't have Trump to rally voters against. So look forward to even more traitors in Congress in 2 years.
 
2021-01-27 9:01:19 AM  

RasIanI: Hopefully, this indicates a willingness to vote for conviction.


Hi there, I've got this bridge I need to sell. Would you be interested in buying it? I can let it go cheap!
 
2021-01-27 9:36:59 AM  

saturn badger: "I'm not a fan of this place," Johnson said of the Senate. "I think this place is horribly dysfunctional."It doesn't have to be if you did your job instead of being an ass about everything. That goes for the rest of your class too./they will never get it, will they?


"I've helped make this place horribly dysfunctional, and now I'm leaving to let someone else clean up my mess."
 
2021-01-27 9:52:12 AM  
Richard Burr out, Bill Burr in?  It's not like he can tour right now...
 
2021-01-27 9:58:12 AM  
As much as I hate the geriatric-ward senators, I'm much more concerned about the QaMAGs who will replace them.
 
2021-01-27 10:04:24 AM  
Love how they hate Washington DC for the dysfunction, but they and their party are the cause of that dysfunction.
 
2021-01-27 10:31:12 AM  

thorpe: I believe 22 Republican Senators are up for re-election in 2022 and 14 Democrats. With the GOP Senators retiring instead of running again things do not look good for their party. Which is fine by me.


Those senators don't want to get primaried
 
2021-01-27 10:55:11 AM  
Thune is a tool. The only question is who's got his handle.
 
2021-01-27 11:06:56 AM  
When Ron Johnson was first elected, he said we wasn't going to do more than 2 terms, so it wouldn't be surprising if he did not run again. What would be surprising, is if he actually kept his word. It would be the first good thing he has done for Wisconsin since he got to the senate.
 
2021-01-27 11:13:32 AM  

saturn badger: "I'm not a fan of this place," Johnson said of the Senate. "I think this place is horribly dysfunctional."It doesn't have to be if you did your job instead of being an ass about everything. That goes for the rest of your class too./they will never get it, will they?


How about don't vote Mitch Mcconnell as part leader?

These guys complain about the dysfunction of a system they created.

The only thing that frustrates me more is knowing there is a good chance they will be replaced by fools like Jim Jordan.
 
2021-01-27 1:01:36 PM  

phoenix352: saturn badger: "I'm not a fan of this place," Johnson said of the Senate. "I think this place is horribly dysfunctional."It doesn't have to be if you did your job instead of being an ass about everything. That goes for the rest of your class too./they will never get it, will they?

How about don't vote Mitch Mcconnell as part leader?

These guys complain about the dysfunction of a system they created.

The only thing that frustrates me more is knowing there is a good chance they will be replaced by fools like Jim Jordan.


Exactly.  These guys could "fix" the partisan problem in the Senate in a five minute conversation and a couple of statements on the Senate floor.  But no.

Just like with anything else, it's not the partisanship that is the problem.  They think that's fine.  What they really are saying "we're not winning the partisan battle anymore so it no longer fun".
 
2021-01-27 5:44:42 PM  

thorpe: El_Dan: So basically, voting in line with the demands of their Q loving voter base is distasteful enough to cause them to retire, but not distasteful enough to cause them to do anything meaningful to fix their party.

They're cowards.


Among other things.
 
2021-01-28 7:41:47 AM  

nakmuay: If there aren't any bridges close by, might I suggest a tall building or moving car,


Elevator shafts full of bullets to land on are available.
 
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