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Women Of Democrat Party Strangely Silent On Andrew Cuomo Sexual Harassment Scandal


High ranking women of the Democrat party are conspicuously silent about the sexual harassment scandal engulfing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

What happened to me too? What happened to believe all women? Where are the woman Democrats who shrieked about all of this during the Kavanaugh hearings? Was it all just for show? Was it all just about politics?

It sure looks that way.

The New York Post reports:

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Leading Democratic women silent on Gov. Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal

Leading female Democratic pols largely stayed silent Thursday on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo — even though some have been outspoken on the subject in the past.

Vice President Kamala Harris was among the elected officials who didn’t respond to requests for comment on the claims made by former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan.

Harris had notably called on Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota to resign in 2017 when she was a senate colleague from California.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the usually voluble Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx, Queens) were also mum following inquiries from The Post.

Former New York senator and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t respond to a similar request for comment, Fox News reported.

During a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she hadn’t read Boylan’s allegations.

It’s almost like the whole MeToo thing was really just a cynical political move.

Democrats are giving Cuomo a pass because he is a Democrat. It’s obvious.

Cross posted from American Lookout.





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With one word, Mitch McConnell again shows his allegiance to party before country


So when Baier first asked McConnell about 2024, he saidI’ve got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president, plus some governors and others. There’s no incumbent. It should be a wide-open race and fun for you all to cover.” But pressed directly on his position if Trump became the nominee, McConnell was crystal clear: “The nominee of the party? Absolutely.”

And that’s not just sucking up for McConnell. The Republican Party and its power is his first and foremost concern, always.

Former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty,” McConnell said after voting to acquit him.

If Trump is nominated in 2024, “absolutely” McConnell will support getting him into a position where he’ll again have a duty to derelict.

The leader of the free world cannot spend weeks thundering that shadowy forces are stealing our country and then feign surprise when people believe him and do reckless things,” McConnell said.

But the Republican leader in the Senate can and will back a nominee who he knows for a fact will do exactly that, apparently. McConnell has told us that Trump incited an insurrection, but he is willing to subject the nation to that again out of loyalty to his party. McConnell may think he’s swearing loyalty now because he has a handle on things and won’t ever have to follow through on supporting Trump. He may not. But he’s also showing that, as Kerry Eleveld recently wrote, he doesn’t realize the Republican Party as he knew it is dead. McConnell thinks he can reconsolidate his leadership, but all he’s done recently is follow the extremists of his party.





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Blue Collar Voters Are Flocking To The Republican Party


In recent years, Democrats have embraced the radical left and there are consequences for this.

Blue collar, working class people are now flocking to the Republican party. Is there any wonder why?

As one of his first acts as president, Joe Biden wiped out thousands of jobs.

NBC News reports:

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The GOP is rapidly becoming the blue-collar party. Here’s what that means.

The exit of Donald Trump has brought back a more normal rhythm to politics in Washington, but outside the Beltway, deeper forces are reshaping the partisan landscape.

Data from the NBC News poll shows that the composition of the two major parties is changing, and one massive shift is coming in employment: the kinds of jobs Democrats and Republicans hold. There are signs across racial and ethnic demographic groups that Republicans are becoming the party of blue-collar Americans and the change is happening quickly.

If the movement continues it could have a large impact on the future of the GOP. Consider the scale of the change overall.

In the last decade, the percentage of blue-collar voters who call themselves Republicans has grown by 12 points. At the same time, the number in that group identifying as Democrats has declined by 8 points. Among white-collar voters, the numbers have remained stable, with Democrats seeing a tiny increase and Republicans seeing a tiny drop…

With those voters, the numbers mirror that large-scale shift — a 12-point gain for the GOP.

This is a major political shift and it includes minorities, too.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Blue-collar voters made a major shift from the Democratic Party to the GOP under former President Donald Trump, including those from Hispanic and black demographics.

The percentage of blue-collar voters who associate themselves with the Republican Party has grown 12 points over the last decade, an NBC News poll found. During that same time frame, the number of blue-collar voters calling themselves Democrats declined by 8 points.

The shift holds true across demographic lines, with more Hispanic and black blue-collar people identifying with the GOP.

This could have a major effect on the elections of 2022 and 2024.

Cross posted from American Lookout.





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Party leaders rip Republicans who voted to convict Trump


The moves are the latest in a series of censures and disciplinary actions doled out to lawmakers deemed to be critical of the former president in the wake of the Capitol riot. Trump, acquitted Saturday of inciting the insurrection, still has broad support among Republican voters and state and local parties have lashed out at elected officials who have been critical of his actions.

In Wyoming, the state party voted to censure Rep. Liz Cheney for her House vote to impeach Trump. The Arizona Republican Party recently censured Republican Gov. Doug Ducey after he opted not to back Trump’s bid to subvert the election results. The Arizona party also censured Cindy McCain, GOP Sen. John McCain’s widow, and former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake after they backed Joe Biden for president.

Sen. Ben Sasse, one of the seven Senate votes against Trump, is also facing potential censure from the Nebraska GOP central committee for his harsh criticism of the president’s efforts to overturn the election results.

Sasse, who was also censured by the committee in 2016 for being insufficiently supportive of Trump, responded last week by releasing a direct-to-camera video denouncing a brand of politics marked by “the weird worship of one dude.”

Yet it was Cassidy who received the harshest rebuke Saturday.

Four days earlier, the state party described itself as “profoundly disappointed” when Cassidy joined five other Republicans to vote that the Senate trial was constitutional. Cassidy defended that vote, arguing Trump’s defense team did a “terrible job.”

The Louisiana GOP’s executive committee said Saturday in a statement that it voted unanimously to censure Cassidy for his vote to convict.

“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen. Cassidy to convict former President Trump,” the party added in a tweet. “Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted of the impeachment charge filed against him.”

Cassidy defended his vote in a two-sentence statement.

“Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person. I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty,” the senator wrote.

The chair of the North Carolina Republican Party called Burr’s vote to convict Trump “shocking and disappointing.” Burr, who is not running for reelection in 2022, was the only one of the seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump who voted earlier in the week that the trial was unconstitutional.

“North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution and his vote today to convict in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing,” Michael Whatley wrote in a one-sentence statement.

Burr said he still thinks the trial was unconstitutional, but since the Senate voted the trial was constitutional, he respected that vote as “established precedent.”

“As I said on January 6th, the President bears responsibility for these tragic events,” Burr said in a statement Saturday explaining his decision. “The President promoted unfounded conspiracy theories to cast doubt on the integrity of a free and fair election because he did not like the results. As Congress met to certify the election results, the President directed his supporters to go to the Capitol to disrupt the lawful proceedings required by the Constitution. When the crowd became violent, the President used his office to first inflame the situation instead of immediately calling for an end to the assault.”

Lawrence Tabas, Pennsylvania GOP chair, was also critical of Toomey’s vote.

“I share the disappointment of many of our grassroots leaders and volunteers over Senator Toomey’s vote today,” Tabas wrote in a statement. Tabas called the trial an “unconstitutional theft of time and energy that did absolutely nothing to unify or help the American people.”

Toomey, who is not running for reelection in 2022, explained his decision in a lengthy Twitter thread, saying that he voted for Trump for president in November because of his administration’s “many accomplishments” but that Trump betrayed the Constitution and his oath of office.

“A lawless attempt to retain power by a president was one of the founders’ greatest fears motivating the inclusion of the impeachment authorities in the U.S. Constitution,” Toomey wrote. “Unfortunately, his behavior after the election betrayed the confidence millions of us placed in him.”



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Chris Harrison Defends Rachael’s Antebellum Party Pic


“I am not the ‘woke police.'” Uh, yeah, no kidding, Chris Harrison.

This season of The Bachelor has seen its fair share of drama — and we’re not even halfway through the season yet! From bullies to sex shaming to dildos, we’ve seen it all. But the most hot-button topic has been centered around Rachael Kirkconnell.

Recently, photos have emerged of Rachael attending what appears to be an Antebellum-themed party back in 2018:

Photos have now emerged of Rachael Kirkconnell at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018 #TheBachelor #BachelorNation

This has obviously caused quite the stir among Bach Nation:


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1. Because of the racist implications that come with the Antebellum South.

2. Because Matt James is our first Black Bachelor.

3. Because of the current political and racially charged climate we’re living in.

Now, Rachael herself hasn’t made a comment on these photos — though she has deleted them and turned off her Instagram comments — but don’t fret, because Chris Harrison went on Extra to talk with Rachel Lindsay about the whole ordeal:


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Actually, do fret. Because it did NOT go well.

From the jump, Chris’s language seemed a lil’…too forgiving. Now, I’m not putting words in the man’s mouth, but it sounds like he’s confusing “getting canceled” with “asking someone to take accountability for their actions:”

We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion, because I’ve seen some stuff online…Again, this ‘judge, jury, executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into…her parents’ voting record…it’s unbelievably alarming to watch this! I haven’t heard Rachael [Kirkconnell] speak on this yet, and until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say [anything]? You know, I saw a picture of her at a sorority show five years ago and…that’s it! Boom, this girl is in this book now and she’s now in this group and I’m like, “Really?”

Rachel Lindsay, however, was not letting Chris ride off on the high horse he thinks he came in on:

And then, for some reason, Chris thought that this was the appropriate response to Rachel L.’s statement:

Live footage of my reaction to Chris’s response:


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Is this the HILL YOU WANT TO DIE ON CHRIS????

If you look up the definition of “hitting the nail on the head,” you’ll find Rachel L’s response to Chris’s, IMO, asinine response:

The topic of if/when Rachael will speak about this came up, and Chris has every confidence that her response will be eloquent but not good enough for social media:

It’ll be interesting to see when she does speak — and I know she will — [what the reaction will be], because you will not please everybody, you’re not going to ‘cure’ this, there is not a way to unwind it. Now, I think she’ll be able to give an eloquent enough reason for most reasonable people, but reasonable people aren’t on social media, and that’s who you’re dealing with.

Rachel L. brought up the point that this isn’t the first time The Bachelor has had something like this happen — and implied that it won’t be the last — and asked Chris if the franchise is going to make an official statement about the matter:


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Like, I know that’s true, but it still felt like a punch in the gut when he said this.

Overall, I agreed with one thing Chris said in this interview:

Here are the “serious opinions” on Chris’s interview from “social media” users:

We can leave grace and space for learning while still demanding accountability. I feel like @chrisbharrison expresses more empathy for people who romanticize the confederacy than people who are harmed by white supremacy in this clip. So disappointing. https://t.co/Lw2BabkLpb


Twitter: @emmaladyrose

Chris Harrison’s interview with Rachel Lindsay was disturbing and unsettling. At one point, I wasn’t sure if he was only defending Rachael’s racism or his own. Lindsay deserves a raise.


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Is Your Super Bowl Party a Superspreader Event?


If you’re the host of the party, keep the guest list as small as you can, ideally just one or two people from outside your household. Alternatively, if you’ve been invited to a party, try to find out how many people will be attending and what size party you would be most comfortable with. Don’t feel pressured to stay for the entire game; Dr. Marr suggested dropping by for the length of a quarter to diminish your exposure to others.

Finally, make sure the windows and doors are cracked open. “Even just a few inches can make a big difference to improve ventilation,” Dr. Marr said.

If you gather with others, the C.D.C. says there are general precautions you can take to stay as safe as possible. Try to avoid shouting, cheering loudly or singing, which can increase the amount of respiratory droplets in the air. Instead, clap, stomp your feet or use noisemakers.

The C.D.C. also recommends bringing your own food, drinks, plates, cups and utensils.

If people drink too much alcohol, they might let their guard down or relax the rules. So be mindful of how the people around you are behaving and control how much you’re consuming so that you can keep a clear head.

Finally, don’t get lulled into a false sense of security. Even if everyone has been fully vaccinated, it can take a week or two after the second shot to build peak protection. And while vaccinated people are less likely to get severe Covid-19, experts don’t yet know if they can still spread the virus to others, said Dr. Asaf Bitton, a primary care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital who specializes in public health.

Finally, remember that negative coronavirus tests are no guarantee of safety. The virus may not have been detectable on the day of the test or the result could be a false negative.

“One test at one point in time is just not going to give you the clarity that you need to know that it’s safe for your groups to get together,” Dr. Bitton said.



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Search Party Refresher: What to Remember Ahead of Season 4


Season two:

Following the discovery of Chantal, the Search Party crew moves quickly to bury Keith’s body, which they put in a loud zebra-stripped suitcase. As they return to their lives in the city, Dory and company convince Chantal—who is oblivious to the murder—to lie about her whereabouts, so they aren’t connected to Montreal in any way.

While Dory, Drew, Elliott and Portia attempt to act normal, they each struggle to move on. Specifically, Dory finds herself connecting with Keith’s ex-wife, Portia joins a play about the Manson family murders, Elliott’s body becomes covered in hives and Drew attempts a relocation to China.

The drama worsens when Dory and Drew’s neighbor April (Phoebe Tyers) blackmails the group, having recorded their murder confession thanks to a paper-thin apartment wall. She demands $60,000 for her silence.



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Search Party Season 4 Preview


Search Party has had a weird history befitting the overall nearly indescribable tone of the show. After airing on a pseudo-binge schedule for two seasons on TBS, the third season was filmed for TBS, then shifted over to HBO Max. Meaning Season 4, which premieres on HBO Max on Thursday, January 14, will be the first season fully produced for the streaming service.

So how did crafting the series for a streamer differ from producing it for a cable network? Not that much, it turns out.

“It changed it in that we didn’t write commercial breaks,” Search Party creator Sarah-Violet Bliss told Decider, laughing, over the phone.

In fact, the series had previously been releasing slightly longer online cuts — 23 minutes, instead of the 21 favored by TBS — so now that the series is completely online, there’s no shorter version available.

The dark comedy starring Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds, John Early and Meredith Hagner started relatively simply. Bored, and without much direction in life, Shawkat’s Dory Sief discovered that a college acquaintance had seemingly gone missing, and set out in search of her (hence, Search Party). Three seasons later, and Dory has been involved in two murders, became famous, gotten herself found not guilty, and was captured by her biggest fan, Chip (Cole Escola).

As the show has continued, it’s only gotten darker… Something that has led to a delicate balancing act for a series that is ostensibly supposed to be a comedy.

“This season is definitely our darkest season yet,” co-creator Charles Rogers said. “In writing it we set out to also make it our funniest season, in that the comedy was just as pronounced as some of the darker moments.”

Still, even with that carefully walked line, things change from the writing to when the director calls “action,” as the team noted.

“I remember there’s a scene where… Ann Dowd is in it and it’s just so dark,” Rogers said. “We wrote it to be dark of course, but then when we were directing it, I remember being like ‘This is so dark’ and really being like ‘oh my god, this is so insane.’”

Bliss agreed, adding, “there are times when, to us, it’s funnier on the page than when we’re in the room.”

“Seeing people act it is different,” Rogers said, laughing.

That darkness is definitely brought to the foreground by Escola’s Chip, who was first introduced in Season 3. Initially seen in shadow, the season slowly built up to the appearance of the character, and Chip’s subsequent, seeming death. Chip is not dead, though, and in fact very much dedicated to becoming Dory’s best friend. So much so that Chip kidnaps her, something her friends slowly start to realize over the course of Season 4.

“We had very little planned out for what Chip would be like in Season 4 when we wrote him into Season 3,” Rogers recalled. “So, we kind of threw a bunch of ideas up in the air, like that Chip would send Dory dolls and that Chip wanted to be Dory’s best friend, but we didn’t really know what that would mean for Dory being in captivity.”

The season carries its influences on its sleeve, most notably Misery, the Stephen King novel and movie adaptation about a writer being captured by his biggest fan.

“We were like, we’ll get to that Misery season when we get there, but we want to make sure that we cast somebody that we’re really excited about,” Rogers said. “There were so many different ways that Dory’s stalker could go and we’ve known Cole for a long time and everyone’s friends with [them]. So, going into Season 3 it was like well, I guess it’s Cole.”

Search Party returns with three episodes on HBO Max on Thursday, January 14.

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Ex-Defense Secretary Slams Trump’s Hold On GOP: ‘Maybe It’s Time For A New Party’



Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, a Republican who served in the administration of Democratic President Bill Clinton, told CNN Thursday that Donald Trump is a shameful manipulator who will continue to control the GOP behind the scenes even after he leaves the Oval Office. 

“The current occupant of the White House is a ringmaster, and what he expects to do is to snap his whip, and all of the elephants jump on the chairs,” Cohen said, calling out fellow Republicans who are sycophantic toward Trump. They include Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who announced Wednesday that he will object to the Electoral College certification of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 6.

Cohen has previously said that Trump’s administration was leading the U.S. down a path toward dictatorship. He said Thursday that those who insist on appeasing Trump need to understand that the 45th president will “continue to snap the whip whether he’s in office or out of office.” 

“And every time they’re going to have to jump up and sit on that stool in order to satisfy him and his supporters,” Cohen said.

Asked about Trump’s desire to maintain control of the party — which would break from the tradition of previous one-term presidents — Cohen said that Trump has a “pathological” desire for power, and those who insist on supporting him are “diabolical.”

The former defense secretary also argued that there is a major division in the Republican Party between those who hold allegiance toward Trump and centrists such as Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah). Romney has argued in recent weeks that Trump’s voter conspiracy theories have damaged America’s international image.

“Maybe it’s time for a new party,” Cohen said. “One that abides by the rule of law, abides by balanced budget opportunities, fiscal responsibility, but also faithful to the people of this country who vote to elect them.”





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No autopsy. No soul-searching. The GOP embraces its status as party of racist misogynist fascists


“The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself,” read the document. “We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue. Instead of driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac, we need a Party whose brand of conservatism invites and inspires new people to visit us.”

Honestly, the document was shockingly cogent and insightful, and the Republican party that ever endeavored to produce it no longer exists. 

Eight years later, not only are Republicans skipping the soul-searching exercise, they are perfectly comfortable with the entrenched minority status Donald Trump helped solidify for the party. Given the built-in advantages of Senate representation, they clearly figure they stand a good chance of continuing to control the upper chamber no matter how rancid their politics. And who knows? They’ll win the White House every now again with someone who’s equally as racist, sexist, xenophobic, and anti-democratic as Trump, but just slightly more palatable.

In the U.S. Senate, Republicans are already leveraging their majority to continue spreading Trump’s election fraud lies, recycling them from the epic string of his campaign’s failed court cases in order to give them new life.

And in more than two dozen interviews with local/state GOP officials and members of the RNC, Politico found that “far from reassessing its embrace of Trumpism,” the party is “hell-bent on more of the same.”

As far as Jennifer Carnahan, chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, is concerned, Trump “absolutely grew” the party given the increased GOP turnout and down-ballot wins. “He totally advanced our party,” Carnahan said, “I think that as Republicans, we just need to continue to remain on the course.” 

Ah, yes, stay the course—more conspiracy, more vile targeting of women and people of color, more fascism and anti-democratic sedition, more shredding of the Constitution, more attacks on First Amendment and voting rights, more vitriol, bellicosity, and violence… just more. 

“As far as I’m concerned, everything’s great,” said Stanley Grot, a district-level Republican Party chair in Michigan, where Trump lost ground to Democrats over the course of four years.

One thing Republicans are intent on changing is all that easy access to mail-in voting. That’s the real problem with the 2020 outcome for Trump. Of course, they’re also back to hanging out in that epistemic bubble again, drinking the Kool-Aid and luxuriating in the fever swamps.

“It wasn’t a matter of our candidate,” said Bill Pozzi, chair of the Republican Party in Victoria County, Texas, told Politico. “It was a matter of the process.” 

Hey, let’s face it—sometimes a good look in the mirror is just too painful. 





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