David Gilbert at Vice profiles one of the ringleaders of the January 6 attempted coup, Amy Kremer, who now wants to conduct an Arizona-style "fraudit" of the Georgia vote. She does get around, I'll give her that -- she does a lot of pro-Trump rallies and events relying on financing of, shall we say, indeterminate source. And she's somehow just "a regular mom who loves (her) country" and a founder of the Tea Party, meaning she's been deeply involved in far-right causes for the last dozen years, including, you guessed it, birtherism. I wonder how her kids are doing.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) announces his intention to resign after a damning sexual harassment investigation and at least one criminal complaint, and Tim Murphy at Mother Jones reminds us that he was "a petty, corrupt bully." He only gives a few examples, but I'm sure the historians will have a much longer story to tell of the man who governed badly and covered it up with bluster and threats, though that's an ever-more familiar story, amirite, Trumpholes? My guess is we'll remember him as a meaner, grabbier Evan Bayh.
Suddenly faced with a mayoral candidate not of their choosing, the Buffalo Democratic party is seriously mulling getting rid of the Mayor's office just so actual liberal India Walton doesn't win. All together now: waaaaaaaaaah! Doesn't anyone have any damn shame anymore? And sadly, their machinations could defeat Ms. Walton -- as those familiar with Upton Sinclair's 1934 run for Governor of California, or Matt Gonzalez's run for Mayor of San Francisco in 2003, or Nina Turner's recent run in the Ohio 11th Democratic House primary, already know. Read the whole thing for some of the truly non-explosive charges against Ms. Walton.
In the wake of Senate passage of a $3.5 trillion budget resolution, Republicans ready their big spender charges against Democrats. The ad is total horseshit, as you would expect -- "record inflation" is to laugh if you're over 40, and without an ounce of shame they call letting Medicare negotiate its own drug prices "control(ling) what medicines you can get"! But ooh, ooh! I know what to say in response: my Republican opponent would overthrow the government just because his guy lost and he's a big crybaby; do y'all want to be represented by a big crybaby? You're welcome, Democrats.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D?-WV) voicing "serious reservations" about the budget resolution he'd just voted for is just another dull moment in American politics. Look at his stilted, repetitive diction and you'll see nothing "serious" about his argument, just as you saw nothing serious about his argument against the For the People Act which named exactly zero things he didn't like about the For the People Act. Recall that he also took the American Rescue Plan hostage for 10 hours at the beginning of this year so he could posture about "irresponsible" spending. Maybe Kyrsten Sinema is right, and Joe really does love the attention.
Finally, folks are telling a lot of stupid stories about the "Biden economy" -- folks who complain about gas prices have no memory of gas prices more than doubling under George W. Bush, apparently -- but it does some good to confront Teh Stupid. Case in point: the North Carolina restaurant owner who claims he spends $200 more every week just for mayonnaise, which some Twitter users happily calculated means this clown goes through at least 250 gallons of mayonnaise every week, which sure seems like a lot of chicken salad and Caesar salad dressing. Which reminds us, once again, that the only way to beat scare numbers is to do the math.