• @Rapidcreek
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    Sen John Fetterman (D-PA) on today’s Senate impeachment proceedings:

    “I want to thank the Republicans for bringing the Jerry Springer show over to the Senate”

    He calls it “performance art”

      • BigFig
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        142 months ago

        Meaning? Do explain

        • @TropicalDingdong
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          192 months ago

          Fetterman campaigned as a progressive. He was funded largely through small dollar donations and rejected money from organizations like AIPAC. Here is a 2022 article about him rejecting PAC cash.

          Since then, Fetterman has take a 180 degree pivot from his previous political association and stances, rejecting the term progressive. He’s after taking AIPAC monies, he has effectively adopted a neoconservative/ neoliberal set of policy positions (Times of Israel’s warning, but that puts you on the map to where things stand).

          From the (linked below) Guardian:

          Congress members who were more supportive of Palestinian causes or more neutral prior to being elected, like Senator John Fetterman, Representative Maxwell Frost and Senator Raphael Warnock, shifted to take more pro-Israel positions after pro-Israel groups made donations, or threatened to get involved in a race. The Guardian found Fetterman and Warnock to be more supportive of Israel following the 7 October attacks, while Frost had a mixed response and has signed onto a resolution calling for a ceasefire.

          Guardian article

          So it was all a show and Fettermans stance on progressive positions was purely performative. He’s a turncloak and its not clear he believes anything really. For me, this makes him a ‘cypher’ in the same way that Biden or Buttigieg can be a bit of a cypher in that they just adopt the policy positions of their largest donors. There is no ‘there’ there in regards to their policy positions. They are hollow in this way, and simply perform to whatever the policy positions of their donors are.

          • HopeOfTheGunblade
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            72 months ago

            The way he changed, so quickly, suggests to me that the stroke might have caused some alterations to his personality.

              • HopeOfTheGunblade
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                22 months ago

                I have nearly no evidence of that happening, and strokes changing personality is a well studied phenomenon. I could, of course, be wrong. Do you have any evidence to support this hypothesis?

                • @[email protected]
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                  The history of left wing leaders in the Americas and the plethora of chemicals that present as stroke like symptoms (sometimes by just, you know, causing strokes)

                  While strokes can impact memory and personality they usually don’t make a person with a campaign and aides forget the policy positions they’ve had for years. Or someone can remind them, and they can say “Oh, I’ve changed my mind” not “I’ve never said this easily verifiable thing and I don’t know why you’re calling me a progressive just for campaigning as a Democratic progressive”

          • BigFig
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            12 months ago

            Interesting, I haven’t kept up with him post election so I’ll have to read more about this

      • GladiusB
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        22 months ago

        “I know you are but what am I?” was also acceptable.

  • @kescusay
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    432 months ago

    They’ve killed the second and adjourned the trial. It’s over. What a stupid and unnecessary waste of time.

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      What a stupid and unnecessary waste of time.

      Yep, that applies to the entirety of the Republican controlled House during the 118th United States Congress.

      • @Passerby6497
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        You have to go back a hell of a lot farther than just one Congress session to find anything they’ve done that wasn’t ultimately stupid and a waste of time.

  • Billiam
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    252 months ago

    “The Democrats aren’t taking us nominating noted lawyer and legal scholar Marjorie Greene as impeachment manager with lots of evidence seriously!” whined shitbag insurrectionist Josh Hawley.

      • Billiam
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        72 months ago

        Some say he’s still running to this day!

        …mostly from his Constitutional duties.

  • [email protected]
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    I can’t follow any of what’s going on in this impeachment. Are republicans just wasting everyone’s time or is there something to this?

    • Billiam
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      272 months ago

      Are republicans just wasting everyone’s time or is there something to this?

      The answer to this question will always be “yes”.

      Essentially the GOP is mad they can’t find any reason to impeach Biden, so they blame their racist takes about border security on Mayorkas despite literally tanking a border security bill.

    • @stoly
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      They are actually on the record saying that they decided that Mayorkas would be the fall guy and that it is fully for political purposes. This really is a tit-for-tat thing, very much “how dare you impeach MY president, we’ll get one of yours now”.

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    After the Senate voted to dismiss the articles, Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., and his GOP leadership team issued a strong rebuke to Democrats.

    “By voting unanimously to bypass their constitutional responsibility, every single Senate Democrat has issued their full endorsement of the Biden Administration’s dangerous open border policies," the GOP leaders said in a statement.

    Boo fucking hoo.

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      “By voting unanimously to bypass their constitutional responsibility, every single Senate Democrat has issued their full endorsement of the Biden Administration’s dangerous open border policies,"

      That means a lot from the leader of the party that protected an anti-constitutional fascist and did everything in their power to protect his dementia riddled ass from the legal consequences of his actions.

      Republicans talking about rule of law is about as meaningful as a pedophile talking about the best ways to keep children safe.

      Which, thinking about it…

  • Xhieron
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    72 months ago

    Aaand it’s gone.