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(Yahoo)   According to Woodward's new book, McConnell was so worried about Trump throwing a temper tantrum if Biden called him after the election that he got word to Biden to not make that call. Still voted to leave Trump eligible to run in 2024, though   (ca.movies.yahoo.com) divider line
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2021-09-15 8:34:42 AM  
What better reason to call fat boy.

"Hi,  this is Joe Biden. I just wanted to congratulate you on getting your ass kicked by ME. The whole country it laughing at you because you are a LOOOOOSER. Have fun in prison fat boy. "
 
2021-09-15 8:45:56 AM  
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2021-09-15 8:53:02 AM  
Well, fortunately Biden took McConnell's advice so Trump took it well and there was no temper tantrum at all.
 
2021-09-15 10:37:28 AM  
You don't concede, you don't get the call. Quid pro quo, understand?
 
2021-09-15 10:45:18 AM  
The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.
 
2021-09-15 10:55:10 AM  

Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.


There's also that bit about Mike Pence being so worried about keeping Trump's approval that he almost overthrew the election, even though he knew he shouldn't.  Only Dan Quayle talked him out of it.

We were frighteningly close to losing our country, and we're still not out of the woods yet.
 
2021-09-15 10:55:54 AM  
In a decent situation, it should have been Trump calling to congratulate Biden and start discussing transition stuff. The winner calling the loser seems odd.
 
2021-09-15 10:56:04 AM  
This is some of the greatest "both sides of the fence" action i've ever seen.

Turtleboy literally played this so that he could protect what was important, but do so in a way that still made it look like he was supportive of the leader of his party.  Because protection is an important thing, yes.  But he still needs to maintain his power and control in the party.  Which he would have lost if the party (the rubes in the public) knew what he was doing.
 
2021-09-15 10:56:17 AM  
McConnell exists to interfere with Democratic politicians.  Anything he says should thus be viewed as an attempt at manipulation towards those ends... and even listening to him is just asking to be manipulated.

I'd never take a call from him I wasn't forced to take, there are no benefits only costs.  Better not to know what he would say anyway, you never know with a weasel like that what he's specifically looking to achieve and you'll just waste time trying to divine what his true intentions are if you hear him out.
 
2021-09-15 10:56:23 AM  
That's because Mitch McConnell really isn't a turtle.

He's a worm.
 
2021-09-15 10:57:25 AM  

Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.


I mean it's a running gag now, but there's a reason eight GQP lawmakers spent July 4th in Moscow in 2018; what transpired there meant the GQP and Trump were inextricably linked together at that point.  It's why they can't ignore his missives and ramblings now; he is their emperor.
 
2021-09-15 10:57:35 AM  
We tried telling everyone that Trump was a lunatic before he was even elected.
 
2021-09-15 10:58:33 AM  
Is there going to be any part of this book that isn't its own headline? Not going to be anything left to read by the time it comes out next week.
 
2021-09-15 10:59:21 AM  
Wasn't Lindsay Graham the one who told Trump it was a good idea to give Woodward WH access? Someone should remind Trump that Lindsay set him up to make him look bad by having Woodward report accurately on him.
 
2021-09-15 10:59:36 AM  
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2021-09-15 11:00:38 AM  

Klivian: Is there going to be any part of this book that isn't its own headline? Not going to be anything left to read by the time it comes out next week.


The copyright and/or dedication?
 
2021-09-15 11:01:17 AM  

durbnpoisn: Turtleboy literally played this so that he could protect what was important...


Nothing is important to Moscow Mitch beyond his own wealth and power.
If he stopped Biden from calling trump, it wasn't out of some desire to help the country.
He feared trump's tantrum would affect him personally in some way. That's all.
 
2021-09-15 11:01:59 AM  
McConnell was worried that a call from Biden would launch Trump into a fury, Woodward and Costa write in "Peril," which is set to be released next week.

So he asked GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas to ask Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, who has a close relationship with Biden, to tell the president-elect not to call Trump, the excerpt says.


That's...pathetic.  McConnell: evil, and chickenshiat.
 
2021-09-15 11:03:31 AM  

Magorn: Second; That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.


They're looking out for themselves first and last. If they can walk the tightrope that gets his dedicated voters to pull the lever for them while not alienating the more sane parts of the country, then they get to reap the total rewards in terms of both donations and power.

They don't care if he destroys the country; they care that they get re-elected. Preventing the destruction and/or cleaning up the mess is somebody else's problem. Like usual:

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Though this needs to be updated to show the elephant not nudging the vase but hurling it against the wall at full force while screaming about BLM/antifa/Mexicans/etc.
 
2021-09-15 11:05:48 AM  
Yeesh. Amazon is selling the book pre-order for $31 so that it doesn't qualify for free shipping. So skeezy. When will the warehouse workers and drivers just lock the management out and run the place themselves? Seizing Amazon would be easy.
 
2021-09-15 11:07:20 AM  
Normally, the loser is supposed to call the president elect to concede.

If Biden had called Der Drumpenfehrer to force him to concede, would the Orange menace have seen it as a concession? I can hear it now.

"Last night, Joe Biden called me to wish me condolences. He's a loosah. He knows he lost. That's why he called me. But, he wouldn't concede. He knows he lost but wanted me to concede anyways. What a loosah. He knows the vote was rigged and was trying to stop it." Yadda yadda yadda.
 
2021-09-15 11:10:12 AM  

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2021-09-15 11:10:20 AM  

OldRod: Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.

There's also that bit about Mike Pence being so worried about keeping Trump's approval that he almost overthrew the election, even though he knew he shouldn't.  Only Dan Quayle talked him out of it.

We were frighteningly close to losing our country, and we're still not out of the woods yet.


I knew during the last two lame duck months of Trump's presidency, there was some hair-curling shiat going on behind the scenes that would come out once he was safely out of power.  Mark my words: this is just the start of it.

I fully expect by the end of the year, we will hear stories about a raging, slavering Trump making a lunge for the nuclear football and being taken down to the floor of the Oval office by his senior staff to keep him from nuking Atlanta.
 
2021-09-15 11:10:28 AM  

SpectroBoy: What better reason to call fat boy.

"Hi,  this is Joe Biden. I just wanted to congratulate you on getting your ass kicked by ME. The whole country it laughing at you because you are a LOOOOOSER. Have fun in prison fat boy. "


I hate to say it, but I agree with McConnell. This call would have been made prior to Biden being sworn in.

Making the call while Trump is still president could have national security implications.  He literally could pull some sort of nuclear option.

If I were Biden I'd just postpone the call till after I'm sworn in.  Then watch and laugh as he throws a tantrum of impotent fatso rage.
 
2021-09-15 11:10:59 AM  
The little baby was going to throw another trumper tantrum.
 
2021-09-15 11:11:49 AM  
While I realize part of Woodwards goal is to make a buck, it annoys me that he is waiting to publish this book till September 21, three days after the 18th.  Maybe nothing happens on Saturday.  Maybe its 1/6 all over again.  Maybe shiat blows up in state capitals and federal buildings around the country.  Maybe nothing.

But people need to realize how damned close it was.
 
2021-09-15 11:12:11 AM  

NeoCortex42: In a decent situation, it should have been Trump calling to congratulate Biden and start discussing transition stuff. The winner calling the loser seems odd.


This is also my main takeaway. What we got instead was another example of Trump refusing to do his job as everyone except Trump understood his job to be. And not really getting called on it.

Certainly not by McConnell. McConnell can't be trusted to enforce norms at this point, and if he tries to he should be laughed at. The beltway press will probably continue to treat him as a statesman anyway. That's annoying.
 
2021-09-15 11:15:46 AM  
McConnell

Is a piece of shiat, and if we ever have the chance to have someone run against him, even a moderate, you all better stfu.
 
2021-09-15 11:17:00 AM  

freakay: While I realize part of Woodwards goal is to make a buck, it annoys me that he is waiting to publish this book till September 21, three days after the 18th.  Maybe nothing happens on Saturday.  Maybe its 1/6 all over again.  Maybe shiat blows up in state capitals and federal buildings around the country.  Maybe nothing.

But people need to realize how damned close it was.


It's smart marketing. January 6th is so far in the rearview mirror that only partisans with an axe to grind even think about it any more. The rest of the country has moved on to NFL and masked dancer/singer/trapeze artist etc on the idiot box.

On the 18th, at a minimum you're going to have wall to wall news coverage. At worst, you'll have full-blown gun battles in the streets across the country between right-wingers and law enforcement. In either case, people will suddenly care again, and guess who has a book that just came out to help feed the sensationalist urge?
 
2021-09-15 11:20:29 AM  

emersonbiggins: Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.

I mean it's a running gag now, but there's a reason eight GQP lawmakers spent July 4th in Moscow in 2018; what transpired there meant the GQP and Trump were inextricably linked together at that point.  It's why they can't ignore his missives and ramblings now; he is their emperor.


and what depresses me, is that we KNOW this is true, hell we have the email from Russian Spy Maria Butina's boyfriend SAYING he was creating a back channel between Russia and the GOP using the NRA as a conduit, and to about 35% of the population it just. doesn't matter.
 
2021-09-15 11:21:24 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: Yeesh. Amazon is selling the book pre-order for $31 so that it doesn't qualify for free shipping. So skeezy. When will the warehouse workers and drivers just lock the management out and run the place themselves? Seizing Amazon would be easy.


Wat

It's on amazon for pre-order for $22.49 plus tax, hardcover
 
2021-09-15 11:23:10 AM  

Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.


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This aged like a fine milk.
 
2021-09-15 11:23:17 AM  

Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.


They didn't kill him, so they literally did not.
 
2021-09-15 11:30:08 AM  

Magorn: emersonbiggins: Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.

I mean it's a running gag now, but there's a reason eight GQP lawmakers spent July 4th in Moscow in 2018; what transpired there meant the GQP and Trump were inextricably linked together at that point.  It's why they can't ignore his missives and ramblings now; he is their emperor.

and what depresses me, is that we KNOW this is true, hell we have the email from Russian Spy Maria Butina's boyfriend SAYING he was creating a back channel between Russia and the GOP using the NRA as a conduit, and to about 35% of the population it just. doesn't matter.


It's really infuriating that the DOJ and FBI appear to be among that 35%.
 
2021-09-15 11:30:32 AM  

lolmao500: OldRod: We were frighteningly close to losing our country, and we're still not out of the woods yet.

But eh, some of us who were saying how farking close we were to civil war, especially when Trump started firing everyone at the Pentagon and putting loyalists were called conspiracy theorists and nutjobs.

Suuuuuuuuuuure. Trump might have tried to overthrow the election but if he did, I wonder what the cowards in congress would have done... probably nothing but strong worded letters.


I imagine the end game of January 6, had it been successful, would have played out like Saddam Hussein's 1979 Baathist purge of the Iraqi parliament.

Insurrectionists would have taken hostages and executed the democratic leadership.  One by one, the survivors would be required to certify Trump as the winner of the election or face the same fate.  Once his win was certified, Trump would have declared victory with the backing of congressional Republicans and the party.  The Democrats would respond with lawsuits, but it would be too little too late.

And that, my friends, would've been that.
 
2021-09-15 11:31:06 AM  

lolmao500: OldRod: We were frighteningly close to losing our country, and we're still not out of the woods yet.

But eh, some of us who were saying how farking close we were to civil war, especially when Trump started firing everyone at the Pentagon and putting loyalists were called conspiracy theorists and nutjobs.

Suuuuuuuuuuure. Trump might have tried to overthrow the election but if he did, I wonder what the cowards in congress would have done... probably nothing but strong worded letters.


They wouldn't be alive.  The only ones left would be unfrozen cave woman, sweaty child molester, salmonella Barbie, and that shiatbag from Arizona who's family campaigned against him.

The rest would have been executed.  Even green eggs and spam.
 
2021-09-15 11:36:00 AM  
McConnell

Is a piece of shiat, and if we ever have the chance to have someone run against him, even a moderate, you all better stfu.


Did you already forget that they ran a pro-Trump Democrat against him? I don't blame you if you did, it was a terrible idea
 
2021-09-15 11:41:56 AM  

whidbey: McConnell

Is a piece of shiat, and if we ever have the chance to have someone run against him, even a moderate, you all better stfu.


How about someone who says McConnell doesn't support Trump enough?
 
2021-09-15 11:42:19 AM  

OldRod: Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.

There's also that bit about Mike Pence being so worried about keeping Trump's approval that he almost overthrew the election, even though he knew he shouldn't.  Only Dan Quayle talked him out of it.

We were frighteningly close to losing our country, and we're still not out of the woods yet.


The military would have stepped in in a coup.

There are millions of Americans who would have stopped it if the military would not outside the rule of law.

America's enemies would have pounced on us in a heartbeat if they thought the country was highjacked and a madman with nukes could start a war in a fit of rage against them or their allies. Preemptive strike.

The fact that the people most responsible are facing zero repercussions from their actions means that the insurrection is ongoing and disaster is just an election away.

I wonder just how close America's enemies were to attacking us. From what I am reading with China...real farking close.
 
2021-09-15 12:15:12 PM  

gunga galunga: That's because Mitch McConnell really isn't a turtle.

He's a worm.


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2021-09-15 12:25:45 PM  
So pretty much the entirety of the GQP leadership knew that Trump was a petty little manchild, and did there level best to keep him placated so he wouldn't throw a tantrum... and this was seen as good leadership qualities?

Hot damn, that is pathetic.
 
2021-09-15 12:37:04 PM  
Now there's a face we can trust!

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2021-09-15 12:37:22 PM  

Unsung_Hero: McConnell exists to interfere with Democratic politicians.  Anything he says should thus be viewed as an attempt at manipulation towards those ends... and even listening to him is just asking to be manipulated.

I'd never take a call from him I wasn't forced to take, there are no benefits only costs.  Better not to know what he would say anyway, you never know with a weasel like that what he's specifically looking to achieve and you'll just waste time trying to divine what his true intentions are if you hear him out.


This.

Also, vis a vis Ex-President Useless farkwad, trying to figure out the motivations of a narcissist is usually a waste of effort. Most of the time, THEY don't know why they're doing or saying something, so there's little chance you'll be able to figure it out, much less say something exactly the way they would like it in such a way that you'll get no pushback. People like that live to be aggrieved so you can't possibly do anything good enough for them. Ever.
 
2021-09-15 12:46:52 PM  

SpectroBoy: What better reason to call fat boy.

"Hi,  this is Joe Biden. I just wanted to congratulate you on getting your ass kicked by ME. The whole country it laughing at you because you are a LOOOOOSER. Have fun in prison fat boy. "


"So how 'bout that election, you piggly sunofab***h? I had a blast. How'd you do?" -Click-
 
2021-09-15 12:49:30 PM  
"The nation's top general, Mark Milley, was "certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election,"

^^^this -- and Pelosi and Milley calling him literally "crazy" behind his back??

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2021-09-15 1:13:18 PM  

yagottabefarkinkiddinme: OldRod: Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.

There's also that bit about Mike Pence being so worried about keeping Trump's approval that he almost overthrew the election, even though he knew he shouldn't.  Only Dan Quayle talked him out of it.

We were frighteningly close to losing our country, and we're still not out of the woods yet.

The military would have stepped in in a coup.

There are millions of Americans who would have stopped it if the military would not outside the rule of law.

America's enemies would have pounced on us in a heartbeat if they thought the country was highjacked and a madman with nukes could start a war in a fit of rage against them or their allies. Preemptive strike.

The fact that the people most responsible are facing zero repercussions from their actions means that the insurrection is ongoing and disaster is just an election away.

I wonder just how close America's enemies were to attacking us. From what I am reading with China...real farking close.


It sounded to me like China was afraid they would be attacked.
 
2021-09-15 1:32:55 PM  

OldRod: Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.

There's also that bit about Mike Pence being so worried about keeping Trump's approval that he almost overthrew the election, even though he knew he shouldn't.  Only Dan Quayle talked him out of it.

We were frighteningly close to losing our country, and we're still not out of the woods yet.


Pence overthrowing the election? Try to have a little better understanding of the VPs role as it pertains to certified election results than do the right wing nutters that stormed the Capitol do
 
2021-09-15 1:58:37 PM  

OldRod: Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.

There's also that bit about Mike Pence being so worried about keeping Trump's approval that he almost overthrew the election, even though he knew he shouldn't.  Only Dan Quayle talked him out of it.

We were frighteningly close to losing our country, and we're still not out of the woods yet.


Dan Quayle. Dan farking Quayle, hero of the hour. Reality no longer has any meaning.
 
2021-09-15 2:48:31 PM  
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2021-09-15 4:04:25 PM  

Grungehamster: Magorn: The two excerpts from the Woodward book are terrifying on two levels.  One is that both the Chair of the Joint Chiefs and the Majority leader of the US Senate were so concerned about the mental stability of the president, that they took steps to limit the damage he could do to this country or world in a fit of rage.   They were literally treating him like the Mad King.

Second;  That while the GOP acknowledges his dangerous instability, they are doing NOTHING to prevent his
return to power.

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This aged like a fine milk.


I remember this quote.  My bet is they knew he would try literally anything, and was dangerous, but didn't want to raise any suspicions.
 
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