JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he expects to repeal Obamacare in the new Congress. They're going to repeal it and not replace it with anything, just like we knew they would. People will die.

Meanwhile, Democrats did manage to elect Maggie Hassan, Catherine Cortez Masto, Kamala Harris, and Tammy Duckworth. We need them. I'm so sorry their Senate debut will be under the leadership of the He-Man Woman Haters Club.

Finally, it may not be any consolation but gun stocks tanked today because, as it turns out, Clinton won't be taking our guns.

I'm sorry, that's all I've got today. I'm so numb I could barely even post this. I can't promise I'll have anything to say tomorrow, but once this numbness wears off I will. I have thoughts about the millions of people who stayed at home and didn't vote.

  • Aynwrong

    It seems that Democrats are already signaling their willingness it work with Trump and the new congress at least when it comes to infrastructure spending. That alone proves what the media has been saying for eight years straight was always dead wrong. Both sides have never been the same. Mitch McConnell & John Boehner and the God damned GOP refused to work with Obama on even the most basic forms of governance for eight God dammed years straight. And now they’ve been rewarded for it.

    When Thomas Mann & Norm Ornstein, two political scientists wrote a book that stated the GOP had become a radical outlier that was no longer interested in the basic norms of governance and didn’t try to blame the D’s as well they were effectively blackballed by the beltway media and in particular the Sunday morning news shows.

    I suppose Dems like Elizabeth Warren & David Obey are doing what I normally respect in saying such. But I for one and fed up and sick and tired of my political party being the adult in the room by being willing to work with BIGOTS AND TRAITORS .

    • Victor the Crab

      It would have been sooooo different had Bernie not been kneecapped by those evil Dims wanting Crooked Hillary to be their nominee. Bernie would have bitchslapped Drumph with his huge dick and swept to power and implemented everything we wanted from him with no obstruction whatsoever. So instead, we stayed home or voted for Jill Stein ort someone other than Crooked Evil Hillary. Now that Drumph’s president, WE’RE BLAMING IT ALL ON YOU POOPYHEADS FOR NOT LISTENING TO US SO SMART PEOPLE, SO BLAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!

      • Aynwrong

        Yeah…pretty much.

    • mnpollio

      Pretty much sounds like what most people feared (including myself). The Dems will show how adult they are and preach about taking the high road, hoping the media or the Republicans will notice and comment accordingly. No one will. They will be continually demeaned and branded as weak, while they do their whole reaching across the aisle and singing hymns with their political opponents. Someone will trot out the tired old nutshell of how St. Ronnie (may he burn in hell) and Tip O’Neill disagreed but would then have drinks and yuk it up. The importance of civility will be stressed, but will overlook the fact that civility only works if you have members of both sides on the same page. This has gone on for so long that I truly wonder if anyone left labeled as a Democrat knows how to fight for anything. There seem to be a marked dearth of scrappers in this Party and the few they do have get marginalized or scolded for trying to fight for the people. I hope the label of being “the adult” keep the Democrats warm at night, because Trump and his minions are about to rain hell down on America while the Dems sing kumbaya in the hope the Repugs will see reason.

      • Aynwrong

        Exactly right and well said.

  • Michael B. Conway

    We survived Dubya because we had Cheney as back-up. Trump is as bad as Dubya, but now we have Pence, who actually believes Earth is 6,000 years old and Noah’s Ark is a history book. We are soooooo screwed.

  • I’m so depressed today, even worse than yesterday. I may need to take a break from all news in order to recover. It’s just too horrible to contemplate.

  • mnpollio

    Of course, they cannot get away with much of anything if the Dems take a page from the Repug playbook and obstruct, obstruct, obstruct. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of them will bother with that and will be too busy singing the let bygones be bygones/let the country heal/let us sing hymns while they burn down the country routine. Sadly, unless they obstruct and throw wrenches in everything every way possible, pretty much every advance over the last 50 years will be gone by the time the Orange Anus leaves the White House.

    And sadly, as opposed to those who voted third party or stayed at home, there were plenty of idiots who went out to the polls and voted the wrong way. I have a former work colleague who is a nurse (but still a stupid woman) and kept touting how she was “undecided”, who is being raked over the coals by everyone who knows her for voting Trump. Her reasons are ridiculous with the whole “I did not like either of them…and Dad always voted Republican…and Dr. So-and-so that I used to work for voted for him…and what about her e-mails!” Yet when confronted about what these e-mails showed, she has no answer. And she claims to be oblivious to more than half of the Trump scandals, which makes me wonder under what rock she has been hibernating. Her grand advice is that we all need to have “hope.” Sweetie, hope died when idiots like you pulled the lever for Trump with little or no information inside your empty heads.

    Then again, perhaps I should not be surprised. This nurse is one of that special brand of women who always despise another woman being in charge of them and seem only to respect/respond to certain authoritarian men. That taken into consideration, perhaps her decision is not surprising at all.

    • If they’re allowed the opportunity, I believe the Senate Dems will do what they can to filibuster. I don’t think the Republicans will give them the opportunity. The filibuster will be nuked because Mitch McConnell is a hypocrite who gleefully hurts others.

    • ninjaf

      Well, she did say that when she was undecided she looked to authoritarian men in her life: her father and her former boss. *sigh*

    • Ken Kohl

      Meh, sounds like she was the submissive type regardless of her professional creds.

      After voting and breakfast with wife (who is registered ‘R’ but voted straight ‘D’ in suburban Buffalo) I stopped in for coffee at corner gas station. Clerk and other customer were talking election when I walked up to counter. Clerk (they have to be wishy-washy not to offend customers, but Tom (5 yrs older than me and I’m 65) knows damn well where I stand said “voting for either candidate is a mistake’. i told him that “some mistakes are more egregious than others”. The other customer, an aging hippie, long graying hair in ponytail said that he voted a ‘protest’ candidate. I didn’t challenge him because, a) I didn’t know him and b) his vote was already cast.

      And to be honest, I didn’t really give a fck what he did, since NY was solid Clinton. Later, I thought about other “protest voters; those who voted for Stein/Johnson/no one. What egocentric pricks they are (regardless of gender) to be so self centered that if neither major party candidate was up to their purity standards, they’d take their precious vote elsewhere. What a fucking abdication of civic duty so they can masturbate their egos. Goddamn these people.

      • KanaW

        From people I’ve spoken to, many of the “protest” voters actually wanted Trump to win so things would get bad enough for a “revolution” and the unicorns shitting rainbows would magically appear. They were just too fucking cowardly to actually vote for him and show the world what fuckwitted cockwombling shitgibbons they are.

    • Aynwrong

      A brief list of people that Jill Stein voters sold out:

      • The right of African Americans who live in a red state to vote.
      • The right of Muslims to feel safe in their own homes.
      • Marriage rights for the LGBTQ community.
      • The ability of transgendered people to use public bathrooms.
      • The right of the impoverished to afford healthcare insurance.
      • The right of Latinos to feel safe in their own homes.
      • Families of undocumented workers to not being ripped apart.

      I suppose I’ll write off Johnson voters as people who never cared anyway seeing as how Libertarians are people who tend to think the Voting Rights Act is “Big Government.” Right now I’m with Chez Pazienza. I hate this fucking country.

  • Aynwrong

    “I have thoughts about the millions of people who stayed at home and didn’t vote.”

    It’ll be well deserved. Particularly for the Stein voters. I mean FUCKEN A MAN!!…

    • ninjaf

      “I am the one who knocks!” needs to be our mantra (in a nod to your photo above).

  • Aynwrong

    I’m lucky enough to have my health. To all those who genuinely needed the ACA I am so very sorry. You were betrayed by your fellow citizens. As were so many more for various reasons. I’m a straight white male and will never have to worry about the threats people of other backgrounds do. The only sense of betrayal I feel is upon my sense of basic human decency. I’m not particularly religious but on occasion I do say a prayer. For what it’s worth, you’ll be in mine.

  • The glee with which that fuckstick McConnell announced the repeal makes me sick with anger.

    • Draxiar

      Our number one priority should be to make President Pumpkinhead Pussygrabber an ineffectual, flash-in-the-pan, flaccid president. Filibuster everything they want to do unless it’s part of our platform and to fuck-all with bipartisanship with these people. I’m fucking angry and maybe it’s not the best approach to the next four years but I’m having a hard time giving any semblance of a fuck. I’m not a better man than that right now.

      • Victor the Crab

        And the Liberally Biased Mainstream Media™, led by the likes of Chuck Todd, Wolf Blitzer, and Mark Halperin, will be on the warpath 24/7 screaming bloody murder that the Democrats are attempting to cripple the United States by filibustering every single thing that the Republicans are trying to do in the name of American decency. And Democrats will back off sheepishly like they always do.


  • Georgie

    My response to all this, stay strong, we need to keep up the good fight, let’s take it back for the midterm elections.

    • Victor the Crab

      Yeah, because our side is soooooo serious about mid-terms. FUCKING NOT!!!!!

  • Nefercat

    “People will die.”
    My significant other (18 years) will be one of them. He will die. He really will actually, literally die.

    Normally after an election, well, we’ll get by. Issues can cause great damage or pain, but we will all somehow get by and fight for a better day.

    Not this time. They are going to kill him. They are gleeful about it. They can hardly wait to take away his health insurance, and that of millions of others.

    I just don’t feel American any more. I don’t think I can ever again stand to hear the national anthem.

    Winter”s coming and with it, darkness and SAD. I hope I can climb out of this pit that just opened up wider and deeper than ever, but right now, I just can’t think of a reason to bother trying.

    Geez, sorry about the whining.

    • Scopedog

      Don’t apologize. A lot of us are in the same boat when it comes to our insurance being taken away. Even being in a blue state won’t matter much.

      That said…I’m going to try to climb out of that pit–because I don’t see any other option but to do so.

    • Georgie

      I’m so sorry, hugs to you and yours, take care.

    • JMAshby

      I’m so sorry.

    • You aren’t whining and I’m so sorry. A very old friend of mine will die without it too. It’s breaking my heart and I too feel like a stranger in a strange land. For what it is worth, you really aren’t alone.

    • HeartBrokenLiberal

      I am so sorry about your significant other and the ACA. What we need to do is start sending your story and others to Congress using any means possible (Twitter, letters, faxes, flaming arrow, etc). This needs to be personal. We also need to use the NC model and start hitting the corporations that support the Rethugs. Any company or rich person that gives to McConnell and any other Rethug needs to get hit in the wallet hard.

    • ninjaf

      So sorry to hear this. I have nothing to offer but my concern.

    • swift_4

      I think the only other option for Americans is to run up huge credit card bills and then default on them. Declare bankruptcy. Tell them Trump is your idol and you do things like him.