Sarah Palin Not Invited to McCain’s Funeral

It would have been better if she hadn’t been invited as his running mate but ok I guess:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has reportedly not been invited to attend funeral services for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), her onetime running mate.

NBC News reported Wednesday that Palin had not been invited. A source within the Palin family told NBC News that “out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point.”

When the Bar for Decency is So Low You Can Accidentally Trip Over It

One of the clips that is being used around the internet and twitter to illustrate what an honest guy McCain was is this clip from the 2008 campaign when some racist white woman says Obama can’t be trusted because he’s an Arab:

And good for John McCain to immediately shut her down (we’ll ignore for the moment that his clumsy response implies that you’re either an Arab or a decent person), but it’s just sad that we have to take a moment when a politician stops one of his supporters from smearing his opponent with an egregious lie and herald this as a shining moment of honor.

GOP House Majority Leader Confuses his Twitter Settings with Censorship

The entire GOP is just really, really dumb.

More Than Two Dozen Democratic Senators Call on Franken to Resign

From Politico:

More than a dozen Democratic senators, including the top Senate Democrat, on Wednesday called on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first of Franken’s fellow Senate Democrats to take that step and was quickly followed by more than two dozen others. The first batch of resignation calls came from female senators, followed by a slew of male Democrats and eventually the majority of the 48-member caucus.

Franken plans to make an unspecified announcement on Thursday, according to his office. The state director for his Minnesota colleague, Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, said in a statement that Klobuchar spoke with Franken directly early Wednesday and offered no further comment beyond pointing to Franken’s planned announcement.

Al Franken is expected to resign tomorrow. So the Democrats are ousting their known sexual assaulters and the GOP is fully supporting theirs.

A Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate seat on Thursday, the official tells MPR News.

The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken’s staff. A staff member told the official that Franken had gone to his Washington home to discuss his plans with family.

I Guess It’s Not the Lowest Moment in American Politics But

In light of the news of John McCain’s cancer, people have been sharing this video as evidence of his decency and integrity:

Good grief! Our political discourse is at such a low point that a video of a Republican correcting one of his dumb-ass racist voters shouting out a conspiracy theory is considered praiseworthy. It’s also a bit cringeworthy when he corrects her assertion that Obama is an Arab by saying, “no no, he’s a decent guy.”

But considering that we basically elected the orange version of that woman to the Presidency maybe I should give him a pass on that.

I’m not a fan of McCain’s politics but I wish him a speedy recovery with the help of our healthcare system so that he may return to the Senate where he can continue to fight alongside the rest of the GOP to take healthcare away from everybody else.

Confronted By Voters, Dem Sen. Explains Support Of Some Trump Nominees

From Talking Points Memo:

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) fielded hours of questions Sunday from constituents angry at his supposed cooperation with the Trump administration, even moving to the open air when the middle school auditorium he had booked for a community dinner reached capacity.

Hours after speaking at a rally against President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order, Whitehouse was confronted by many of the same demonstrators at a planned event at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence, according to the Providence Journal.

Whitehouse’s constituents pressured him on his support of some Cabinet-level appointees to Trump’s administration. The senator has voted to allow Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense; for Gen. John Kelly for secretary of of homeland security; for former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; and for Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) as CIA director.

It was Whitehouse’s vote for Pompeo, who refused to rule out waterboarding in a Senate Intelligence Committee questionnaire, that received the harshest words from constituents.

“I will concede right off the bat that I may have been wrong,” Whitehouse said, according to the Providence Journal. “This is not one of those areas where I think it’s black-and-white.”

Still, he defended his support of Mattis, saying he felt “that it was important to get people into position to form basically a cordon of maturity of people who had experience in these areas around the White House in this very dangerous opening period.”

After pressure from the assembled crowd (the Providence Journal reported he answered questions for two-and-a-half hours), Whitehouse listed the Trump nominees he would oppose, to cheers.