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The Republican’s Guide to Etiquette

We owe a debt of gratitude to the New York Times editorial boardScreen Shot 2017-10-10 at 1.18.02 PM for compiling a list of bad acts performed by the president of the United States that his fellow Republicans appear to be just fine with.

Republicans used to care a lot about how a president comports himself, and whether he acts at all times with the dignity his station demands.

But hey, that was then! In 2017, there’s a whole new bar for tolerable conduct by the commander in chief. Our original guide cataloged several dozen examples. Almost five months later, it’s clear that an update is necessary. This expanded list is meant to ensure that Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans never forget what they now condone in a president.

If you are president during these dark days you may: “Mock a foreign leader with a demeaning nickname and threaten his country with nuclear annihilation over Twitter; call for the firing of ‘son of a bitch’ athletes who choose to exercise their right to free speech”; and refer to the White House as a “real dump.”

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How the Republican Party’s Standards Have Fallen

“Republicans used to care a whole lot about how a president comported himself, and whether he acted at all times with the dignity his station demands. … But hey, that was then! In 2017, there’s a whole new bar for tolerable conduct by the commander in chief. Our original guide cataloged several dozen examples. Almost five months later, it’s clear that an update is necessary. This expanded list is meant to ensure that Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans never forget what they now condone in a president.”

New York Times editorial board

Poetic Justice

O, Hypocritical Evangelicals

Anthony Scaramucci has got chutzpah and aplomb,
And he’s quickly implementing a Capitol leakers pogrom.
But don’t Trump’s evangelicals
Look quite hypocritical
Considering how often “The Mooch” drops an F-bomb.

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No Zest to Investigate

As the White House devolves into chaos and confusion,
And Team Trump responds with rebukes and accusations,
Why hasn’t the Congress
Moved to address the mess?
And where is the Republicans’ old zeal for investigations?

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Republicans Didn’t Win a Mandate

Last night, Paul Ryan, jubilant with the prospect that his long dream of dismantling the state may be finally at hand, called the election ‘a repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies.’ This morning, going further, he insisted Trump ‘just earned a mandate.’ The rule of law entitles Ryan and his party to exercise the power they have won. But Ryan is seeking something more — the deference of a party that is seen as embodying the will of the people. He is not entitled to that. … Trump’s election cannot be called a decision by the voters to repudiate the liberal status quo because, for one thing, it was not a decision by the voters at all. The voters supported Clinton over Trump. The decision was made by the Electoral College, which as a matter of opinion can be called archaic, and as a matter of objective fact can be called anti-democratic. Again, the rules are the rules. But it remains the case that Ryan and his party have power not because of the will of the voters but despite it.

Jonathan Chait

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GOP Senators Running on ‘Irony’ Platform

The game is the Republican presidential primary, and no fewer than four senators are playing. They have discovered that tying the Senate in knots is a cheap and easy way of gaining attention. But a casualty of their game is governing: turning Congress, already barely functioning, into a legislative mess. It is no small irony that Republicans are running for president by proving that their party can’t govern.

Washington Post

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Anti-Gay Gay Republican Outs Himself Via Grindr

That’s what gay guys do on gay sites, don’t they? That’s how things happen on Grindr. It’s a gay chat site. It’s not the first thing you do on that site. That’s what we do, exchange pics on the site.

— North Dakota State Rep. Randy Boehning (R), confirming he was “Top Man!” on Grindr and saying he doesn’t think sending a graphic photo of himself to a stranger is a lapse in judgment, as Grindr is an adult site where users often exchange such images, reported Mediaite. After Rep. Boehning voted against a bill that would have expanded anti-discrimination rights for LGBT citizens, the Fargo Forum published a front page featuring his photo and the photos of every representative who voted against the bill. Dustin Smith, a 21-year-old Bismarck resident, recognized Boehning as a Grindr user named “Top Man!” who’d been flirting with him for a year and sending him pictures, some with his face, and at least one dick pic.

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Kasich Questions Conservative Republicans’ Christian Faith

I was saying how amusing it is to me that the conservative movement — a big chunk of which is faith-based — seems to have never read Matthew 25.

— Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), quoted by National Journal, on the New Testament passage where Jesus admonishes his followers to aid the less fortunate.

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Louisiana Lawmaker Says Obama Defended ISIS

I was very disappointed, although not surprised. The president has said many things that just seem so unpresidential, and this was no exception. … Not only did he vilify Christianity, but he actually made a case to defend radical Islam, that’s killing people around the world. He actually defended what they were doing, and tried to draw some sort of twisted equivalency, moral equivalency, between what they’re doing today and what Crusaders did 800 years ago. It really, it was really weird.

— Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), asserting that President Obama’s speech to the National Prayer Breakfast last week in which he drew a historical comparison between atrocities committed by Islamic State fighters and past “terrible deeds in the name of Christ” were “unpresidential” and actually defended ISIS, BuzzFeed reports.

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Terrible Deeds: Thousand of People Have Been Burned Alive in Christ’s Name

Templar Knights leader Jacques de Molay being led to the stake where he will be burned alive
Knights Templar leader Jacques de Molay being led to the stake where he will be burned alive

The right wing’s anti-Obama outrage-du-jour comes in reaction to the president’s comment at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday about the excesses of religious extremism:

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