Jesus Mary and Joseph why on Earth would anyone vote for a Democrat who says we're stuck with the Trump tax "reform" for the next three decades? I thought Jon Tester might survive in 2018, but if hopelessness in the face of corruption and evil is all he's got, he's toast, even if the House Rep lately convicted of assaulting a reporter runs against him. His fellow Democrat Senators are little better, falling all over themselves not to say what needs to be said: that we have to tax the rich and corporations a lot harder than we've been doing. (I also think the Bard College economist's idea of getting rid of the corporate tax altogether and just "imputing the profits to shareholders" won't work, because it's still not really the shareholders' income. Sheesh, just tax the rich already, and stop playing 13-dimensional chess.)
Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo is of course entirely correct that Republicans have never really cared about government deficits, and I understand why he hates current media reporting suggesting that Republicans have somehow "changed" on deficits, but I also know people hate admitting they're wrong, particularly when they've been so wrong for so long, and I also think there's some benefit to the "liberal" media finally framing Republicans as something other than the "fiscal hawks" they pretend to be when Democrats are in power. That's true even if it took a scolding from Rand Paul to make it obvious.
Ho hum, President Trump says Britons were out in the streets marching against their single-payer health care system, when they were actually out in the streets marching for it, and also demanding that their Tory government fund it properly. You know, I wondered if he was watching Fox and Friends, for many years the stupidest show on TV, right before he twittered out that fecal blast, and I'm sad to report that I was right. Even the Tory Health Secretary responded to Mr. Trump by saying no one wants "to live in a system where 28m people have no cover," by which he means our system, extolled by morons as TEH WURLDZ GREATESTEZ!!!!!!
Also ho hum, President Trump still isn't reading his Presidential Daily Briefs, supposedly because getting an oral summary is supposedly "his preferred style of learning." After all, they call it a "brief" because it's a thousand pages long and has all kinds of information the President doesn't need! No use saying at least Messrs. Mattis, McMaster, and Tillerson get one, because he's going to throw any or all of them under the bus if Fox and Friends tells him to.
Finally, Stephen Mattson at Sojourners instructs us that "Conservative Christianity is Now Everything That It Once Hated: Post-Modern, Morally Relative, and Post-Truth." This has, of course, been happening for a long time -- didn't Cal Thomas, of all people, discourse at length about how the Moral Majority had failed Christian values back in 2005? Why, yes, he did -- but of course it's worse now that right-wing evangelicals rush from one manufactured outrage to the next just like their more secular right-wing comrades, and have such a disgusting human being as Donald Trump as their standard-bearer. Remember: Tony Perkins gives Mr. Trump a mulligan, as long as he creates "religious conscience" exemptions allowing corporations to discriminate.