The Washington Generals of Politics

2021 April 18
by bc3b

Establishment Republicans are much like the Washington Generals. Like the Generals were to the Harlem Globetrotters, establishment Republicans are willing to lose every game and be humiliated on a daily basis just to be on the court and have a uniform (even though as I remember the  Generals’ uniforms weren’t very spiffy).

The latest case in point; Senator John Thune (RINO-SD) stating that Republicans aren’t offering greater opposition to Joe Biden because many have a personal friendship with Biden and consider him to be a good guy. Let that sink in for a minute: Thune and many other RINOs are perfectly willing to let Biden and those pulling his strings destroy the country because of a personal friendship and they think he’s a good guy.

Compare that with the way Schumer, Pelosi and other Democrats treated George Bush. Bush didn’t send mean tweets, He didn’t mock his enemies or fight back. Bush bent over backwards to accommodate the Democrats and they crapped all over him every chance they had.

Several GOP senators told The Hill on Saturday that they’re losing ground against Biden’s radical left-wing agenda to transform America, and part of that reason is because Biden is “affable” and a “first-rate person.”

“I don’t think we’ve done a very good job because he’s getting away with defining himself and rolling out this stuff that we’re borrowing every penny for it, and the public is buying it,” Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said. “We’ve got to find ways to articulate and scuffle in a better way, and I don’t know that we’ve found that.”

No. 2 Senate Republican John Thune (S.D.) admitted that many of his colleagues actually like Biden, which makes is more difficult to define him as a radical.

“His tone is moderate and he’s an affable person, he’s a likeable individual and a lot of us know him, have relationships with him and it’s probably harder to attack somebody who is relatable and likeable,” Thune said.

“Moderate” tone? Biden has repeatedly characterized the Georgia voter ID law as “Jim Crow 2.0”.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (K.y.) even sad he and Biden “have been friends for a long time”, and Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) called him a “nice person.”

From The Hill:

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), in a recent stop in Kentucky, accused Biden of leading a “left-wing administration” but added that he was a “first-rate person.” 

“I like him personally, I mean, we’ve been friends for a long time,” McConnell said. 

GOP senators say Biden’s “nice guy” reputation and moderate tone have helped insulate him politically. 

“I think right now he’s in a little bit of a honeymoon period because he seems like a nice guy, which he is. But people think just because you’re a nice guy you’re sort of a moderate person, and he’s not governing like a moderate,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). 

“It’s always harder to fight against a nice person because usually people will sort of give him the benefit of the doubt,” he added. 

In less than 100 days occupying the White House, Biden has created the biggest immigration crisis in U.S. history, destroyed thousands of U.S. jobs, caved to China on the world stage, stoked racial tensions, and vowed to curtail the Second Amendment.

But to Republican leadership, Biden is just a “nice guy” and a “first-rate person.”

For clarity, Biden has frequently ridiculed voters over the years, calling one man “fat” and a “liar”, and another auto worker “full of shit” for accusing him of wanting to restrict the Second Amendment.

Not to mention Republicans still can’t land effective attacks against Biden despite his daily dementia-ridden gaffesfaux pas, and outright PR disasters.

This is why the Republicans always lose, why Democrats have been gaining ground at light speed, and ultimately, why Donald Trump is not in the White House.

Hat tip:

Never Trump's Bed Wetters and Washington Generals

Typical establishment Republican

32 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 April 18 9:35 am
    bc3b permalink

    Our son’s furnace is out and, since it’s in the 30s every night recently (eat your heart out Texans), he is staying with us. Two years ago we would have been watching the Tigers game this afternoon. Today, we won’t.

  2. 2021 April 18 10:52 am
    gnqanq permalink

    bc3b – I have two minds while reading this piece.

    First it is the Hill, as you stated in the other thread, 10% truth. It is a narrative to paint Biden as a Moderate, which he is not. He was the one in the Obama who pushed Gay Marriage and other radical points (further than Obama). What he has done so far is further left than any other administration. As far as him being likeable, the man is a Reprobate. If that is likeable, then it tells me all that I know about those in DC (nuke it from orbit).

    The second mind, is that you are right about the GOPe Establishment. As said before, same bird, just the left wing & right wing. Or as the Russians use to say, “Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum”. I have seen more damage at times by Republican Administrations. It took until the 2nd term before the Republican base turned on Bush. With Liberals when they do something, we scream & holler. With Republicans we hold our breath (that has been turning).

    End of the day, it is a Hill piece to paint Biden as moderate and reasonable when in reality he is neither and the man is a Reprobate. And yes, Republicans would rather sit on the sidelines and collect the money and benefits and are very little difference between the two (except the GOP has to run in conservative areas and hide what they really are – look no further than the Freedom Caucus who could not get the votes to remove Ryan).

  3. 2021 April 18 11:02 am
    bc3b permalink

    gn –

    The media has painted Biden as a moderate, which he never has been. We all know Biden isn’t the one actually coming up with these decisions. The far, far left controls Biden.

  4. 2021 April 18 11:45 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “The latest case in point; Senator John Thune (RINO-SD) stating that Republicans aren’t offering greater opposition to Joe Biden because many have a personal friendship with Biden and consider him to be a good guy. Let that sink in for a minute: Thune and many other RINOs are perfectly willing to let Biden and those pulling his strings destroy the country because of a personal friendship and they think he’s a good guy.”

    Its a big club, and we ain’t in it.

  5. 2021 April 18 11:55 am
    Eph permalink

    Laughable to think GOPeeee takes Congress next year.

    In fact, Dims should add to their numbers.

  6. 2021 April 18 12:16 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Sadly, Eph is correct in 5.
    Recall how the Dems treated former Repub Senators who were nominated for cabinet posts, such as the awful Jeff Sessions. They published photos of him talking to Russian diplomats as if it was meaningful. There were any number of similar photos of Chuck Schumer with those diplomats.
    Sessions did NOT get any of the Dem votes for confirmation.
    That’s how Dems played the game.

    The refusal of the Repubs to give any support to their traditional American supporter-base is not something I can remember seeing in any of the history that I’ve read …

  7. 2021 April 18 12:17 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Waiting for PRPs take on the crypto sitch.
    Back up the truck and load up? Or wait for dust to settle, don’t try to catch a falling knife?

  8. 2021 April 18 12:45 pm
    mpt permalink

    Getting away from depressing politics (but, not too far), NASA on Friday selected SpaceX to provide the lander portion of the upcoming Artemis moon landing program. The value of this contract is $2.9 billion and will consist of an unmanned demo followed by a single manned mission, but follow-up missions using the same hardware are expected. This is a bit surprising because SpaceX was seen as having no chance with its monstrous Starship proposal, compared to the National Team (an old-space contracting consortium led by new-space Blue Origin) and Dynetics (another old-space contractor) which looked more like Apollo LEM redux. Boeing was tossed out of the running months ago when it was found they were attempting to put their thumb on the scales resulting in the NASA head of human flight operations losing his job.

    From what I’ve been able to gather, the reasons for the surprise selection are numerous and sound. First, the other two contractors were just about flags and footprints on the moon again, which NASA did 50 years ago. NASA wanted a partner who presented a vision and plausible steps towards a permanent presence on the moon. SpaceX won hands down as it sees the moon as the last rest stop on their way to Mars. They are more than happy to throw rockets at the moon on NASA’s dime. Furthermore, NASA wanted the selected partner to have a plausible commercial market for the research/development they would be funding and the National Team and Dynetics failed to demonstrate any use of their hardware beyond this mission. For SpaceX, they are already developing Starship and its associated infrastructure specifically for commercial purposes, with or without NASA’s help. Finally, there are a large number of technical reasons for the selection — mostly having to do with SpaceX being able to demonstrate, test, and debug nearly all risky parts of the mission in low-Earth orbit prior to the moon missions whereas the other contractors would leave some critical testing until the actual missions themselves.

    Another surprising thing about this is that SpaceX is costing this development for Artemis at $2.9 billion (although their Lunar Starship is piggy-backing on their own investments in Starship to a major extent), but the other contractors were somewhere between $6 to $8 billion for a much less capable, partially re-usable systems. Starship, if it works, will be capable of delivering 100+ tons of material to/from the moon and be fully reusable if SpaceX delivers on working Starship tankers. Whereas the National Team and Dynetics were only marginally more capable than the LEM that Armstrong and Aldrin flew on with less than a 1 ton up/down capability.

    The political aspects of this are somewhat fun as well. The Democrats, to screw Trump and prevent an aggressive space program to return to the moon in 2024, purposely underfunded Artemis to such a degree that many people thought the program would be outright canceled. Or, if it went forward, it would force NASA to a much more conservative approach using old-space contractors. However, these contractors were essentially priced out of the bidding leaving SpaceX as the only option NASA could afford.

    SpaceX gained a lot of credibility with NASA with its handling of commercial crew. They bid commercial crew at $2.6 billion for Dragon 2 versus the $4.2 billion Boeing got for Starliner. They may have been forced to such a low bid because there was a lot of pressure via Congress (and old-space lobbyists) to only select Boeing based on their “experience” with manned missions over the six past decades. Although both were late, SpaceX delivered Dragon 2 in 2020, two years before Boeing which will likely fly men in 2022 (that is if the current tests go well).

    For NASA to now select SpaceX for the Artemis lander, it is a huge stamp of approval by the world’s premier space organization on the SpaceX Starship infrastructure. There are still lots of risks involved (SpaceX is still blowing up Starship prototypes on fields in Texas), but it seems SpaceX is inspiring NASA to once again take some risks for tremendous potential payouts down the road.

    I realize Elon Musk isn’t everyone’s cup of tea here at BJG, but he is greatly responsible for bringing some much-needed vision as to what America can and should be doing in space. As a child of the 60’s and growing up on Star Trek, this is greatly appreciated by me.

  9. 2021 April 18 1:04 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #6 –

    “That’s how Dems played the game.”

    RINOs are playing two-hand touch while the Dems are playing Oakland Raiders smash-mouth football of the 1970s.

  10. 2021 April 18 1:33 pm
    justrand permalink

    I like Elon Musk more every time he shows up Establishment ANYTHING…which he does routinely.

  11. 2021 April 18 2:22 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    15% corrections dont concern me. Ive always thought 100k by mid summer.

  12. 2021 April 18 2:30 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    In ny there is a human rights law that your pronouns must be used, and some people according to nytimes are using dozens of personalized neopronouns.

  13. 2021 April 18 2:50 pm
    mpt permalink

    #7, for me it’s slow and steady. Just completed the first 50% of my planned crypto purchases earlier today. Happy to buy the dip, but won’t sweat it if additional purchases in the coming weeks are at a higher or lower price.

  14. 2021 April 18 4:04 pm
    bc3b permalink

    mpt –

    How’s life in the garage? Did you take my advice and buy a mini fridge for the beer?

  15. 2021 April 18 4:06 pm

    Don’t worry though cause S.J.Lee says nothing to see here…:roll: which itself suggests that there is more to this story – which nobody will follow up on.

  16. 2021 April 18 4:39 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    “In ny there is a human rights law that your pronouns must be used, and some people according to nytimes are using dozens of personalized neopronouns”

    It’s like that old Monty Python humor skit where the guy’s name is something simple like “Smith” but he tells people “Yes, it is spelled ‘Smith’ but it’s pronounced ThroatWarblerMangrove”

    The Python’s were not as whacko as woke Progs though. They had a character who wanted to “be a woman”. And the other characters agreed that although he couldn’t be a woman (due to biology he had no womb, etc) he did have a Right To Be A Woman”. So they handled it in Prog fashion, but with at least a nod to reality.

  17. 2021 April 18 4:45 pm
    mpt permalink

    How’s life in the garage?

    Things have smoothed over. I’m on probation. 🙂

  18. 2021 April 18 4:59 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    One word – Bordello.

  19. 2021 April 18 9:51 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    I mentioned last week there is no incentive to announce yield curve control

    this video mentions it as well, there might be a secret soft yield curve control going on given the how quickly the 10 year fell and got squeezed

  20. 2021 April 19 6:13 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Soft, hard, off the cliff, any yield curve control is an attempt to maintain control. 18mos from now what the Fed has unleashed will not be controlled. Since Nov, the price of copper alone has risen 50%. Gas is already at its summer peak of last year, so it going nowhere but to the stratosphere.

  21. 2021 April 19 6:18 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Yep, last time the folks with the white picket fences got upset, an entire continent burned and 26m people died.

  22. 2021 April 19 6:27 am
    gnqanq permalink

    drdog – #21 – let this set in. Go back through European history and you fill find out that “White People” PERFECTED Ethnic Cleansing.

    Just saying.

  23. 2021 April 19 6:28 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    The new push takes shape.
    Governments decide who gets financial services

    New Zealand Introduces Climate Change Law for Financial Firms in World First

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -New Zealand has become the first country to introduce a law that will require banks, insurers and investment managers to report the impacts of climate change on their business, minister for climate change James Shaw said on Tuesday.

    All banks with total assets of more than NZ$1 billion ($703 million), insurers with more than NZ$1 billion in total assets under management, and all equity and debt issuers listed on the country’s stock exchange will have to make disclosures.

    “We simply cannot get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 unless the financial sector knows what impact their investments are having on the climate,” Shaw said in a statement.


    “I think he means we can’t get to communism without tightening the grip on banks and financial institutions.”

  24. 2021 April 19 6:31 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Not just NZ.
    Of course

    Investor group calls for banks to set tougher climate targets | Fox Business

    A group of investors managing $11 trillion in assets has called on banks to set tougher emissions targets ahead of a meeting of world leaders aimed at accelerating efforts to fight climate change.

  25. 2021 April 19 6:44 am
    justrand permalink

    everything is “infrastructure”…if the Democrats say so.

    everything is an “existential threat”…if the Democrats say so

    The Democrats and the lapdog media control the nomenclature, and thus they control the dialogue. Yesterday “Biden” declared that his policies are “Bi-Partisan”, even if NO Republicans in Congress vote for them. And the media IMMEDIATELY echoed that.


  26. 2021 April 19 7:14 am

    Idaho Legislature Considers Absorbing Part Of Oregon

    Little surprised it doesn’t include some pieces of eastern WA as well.

    It’ll likely never be allowed to happen, just like state of Jefferson, but fun thought. 🙂

  27. 2021 April 19 7:18 am

    24 – Meanwhile even Barry’s climate guy says ignore the propaganda, and that there is little cause for hysteria and the little juice we’d even get from all the insane proposals isn’t worth the squeeze.

  28. 2021 April 19 7:26 am

    biden~~~~~~ hillary with a smaller dick

  29. 2021 April 19 7:36 am

    Things your FIB\DOJ are wasting resources instead of investigating more meaningful matters, example #42,125.

    So he allegidly reverse engineered US new and world reports’s algo for ranking school, and then manipulated numbers best he could to make his school look better for the rankings ( rankings that nobody takes seriously anyway). This sounds like standard practice in about every school public or private (college or highschool) in my lifetime, not to mention businesses, or for that matter politicians or other groups who “manipulate” data for their own advangate. I’m not even sure I see a federal crime here, unless someone actually lied to an fib agent at some point.

    …But they ain’t got no time to looking to election fraud – anywhere.

  30. 2021 April 19 8:24 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Crypto to soon cause Hard Drive and SSD Shortages
    “The new cryptocurrency is called Chia, and it was created by Bram Cohen (Chia Network), who is best known for developing the peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol. As Tom’s Hardware reports, Chia uses a proof of space time model rather than Bitcoin’s proof of work model. That difference means Chia relies on storage rather than processing performance to mine, and it means a lot less wasted electricity in the process.

    Although Chia isn’t being traded yet, prospective miners in China are preparing by purchasing as many hard drives and SSDs as they can afford, meaning all 4TB to 18TB drives are in high demand. Pricing is already expected to increase, and ultimately we are probably going to see shortages, unless manufacturers can react quickly enough to keep up. Performance SSDs are already selling out, and manufacturers are set to respond by both restricting sales to miners and increasing production where possible.

  31. 2021 April 19 8:47 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “… Performance SSDs are already selling out, and manufacturers are set to respond by both restricting sales to miners and increasing production where possible.”

    Boy that is a crock. Purpose is the most fungible thing on the planet. I say I am a ‘research firm’ on the order, but I shove them all into mining equipment in the basement.

  32. 2021 April 19 10:09 am
    bc3b permalink

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