Open Thread | Nancy Smash Is Trying To Tell You

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is trying to tell folks. Nancy Smash is all about what she can get the House, and what needs to be presented that will keep the Democratic majority. So, when she gives interviews like this, pay attention.👏👏

Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) Tweeted:
When I asked Speaker Pelosi if she favors a wealth tax, she didn’t say yes or no, but called for “bipartisan” tax changes that unwind the “dumb” Trump tax cuts of 2017.

Nancy Pelosi knows how to count. She knows how to count the votes in her own caucus, and she knows how to count the Electoral College. Remember what winning back the House meant for the country. It saved the American Social Safety Net. This is NOT a left-leaning country. And, the person from one of the leftest leaning districts would know. Listen to her.😒😒

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126 Responses to Open Thread | Nancy Smash Is Trying To Tell You

  1. eliihass says:

    Steve Kornacki …Ugh.. Always, ugh…

    Broken mirrors, ravens, Steve Kornacki..

    Even for those not superstitious.. bad omens..

  2. rikyrah says:

    The transcripts are being released and contain damning evidence of Trump’s guilt so Lindsey Graham has decided to stop reading the transcripts— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 5, 2019

  3. rikyrah says:

    Media Alert:

    The Live Production of THE LITTLE MERMAID is tonight on ABC.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Fighting over the Trump demo: Why liberals need to stop grandstanding over PAC money
    By Spandan Chakrabarti

    Recently Joe Biden’s campaign finally gave the green light for Super PACs that might support his candidacy.

    That’s good, and not just because Trump and the Republicans are already targeting Biden with millions of dollars in fake social media ads.

    Individual donations – the numbers, the amount, the frequency – have become not just a qualifying factor but a litmus test in the Democratic primary race for president over the last couple of cycles. The litmus test is being pushed this cycle generally by the top “progressive” white Democrats in the race, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (except it doesn’t count when a super PAC supports one of them). With the impression created that anyone who doesn’t rely on individual donations alone must be compromised, other candidates are being squeezed and bullied into limiting the base for their resources.

    It’s silly, it’s racist, and it needs to stop.

    Joe Biden is accepting the support of outside PACs, and I am glad about that. Other candidates should be doing that too, especially Kamala Harris.

    Here’s why: the universe of individual political contributors in the United States is tiny, it highly skews toward men, and systematically disadvantages candidates with the highest support among communities of color. It particularly disadvantages black women, the base, soul, and backbone of the Democratic party.


    While in the 2018 cycle, women and people of color made strides in fundraising, particularly from women and in competitive races, black women candidates were consistently at a disadvantage. According to a study on how race and gender of a candidate affected their fundraising numbers, the Center for Responsive Politics found that Black women candidates raised half as much their white and Asian counterparts. While white women raised more than white men (this is largely because Democrats ran more women in more competitive races), black women had the weakest fundraising numbers.

    The CRP study also finds that white Democratic women tend to raise more from women. Take this, along with the facts of Trump’s fundraising numbers among women (it’s a safe assumption that they are almost exclusively white) and the fact that top tier Democratic candidates with limited appeal among people of color are attracting more female donors. The evidence points in one direction: candidates whose major base consists of people of color, and especially black women – are at a systemic fundraising disadvantage not because of their message but because of the high degree of favoritism built in for candidates focused on attracting white support.

    It naturally begs the question, why should Democrats limit themselves to collecting money from a universe that is both sparingly small and essentially the Trump demo? They shouldn’t.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Kyle Cheney @ kyledcheney
    WOW: Kurt Volker TEXTED to a top Ukrainian official the script they wanted Zelensky to read to announce the Burisma (i.e. Biden)/2016 election investigaitons.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Chris Hayes: The transcripts are as damning as expected

    Chris Hayes looks as what we learned from the transcripts of the testimonies of former top State Department Official Michael McKinley and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Maria Yovanovitch.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Fmr. Ambassador: Pompeo disrespecting foreign service officers with Ukraine scandal

    Wendy Sherman tells Lawrence O’Donnell that reading the transcripts from the impeachment investigation depositions made her blood boil and that Secretary Pompeo seemed more concerned with running for Senate in Kansas than overseeing the State Department. Lawrence also discusses with Mieke Eoyang and Evelyn Farkas.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Lawrence: No defense of Trump from Republicans in newly released impeachment depositions

    In the first batch of transcripts released from the impeachment investigation depositions, House Republicans make no attempt to defend Trump and fail to undermine the expert witnesses who testified.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Great thread about the ousted Ambassador’s deposition

  10. rikyrah says:

    Judges not buying DOJ rule barring indictment of a president

    Rachel Maddow points out that not only does Donald Trump continue to lose court cases in which he claims immunity from investigation, but federal judges are repeatedly making known their low regard for the DOJ’s OLC memo that asserts that a sitting president cannot be indicted.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Mia Brett (@QueenMab87) Tweeted:
    .@KamalaHarris is tied for 4th overall and is 2nd with black voters in SC but the media is running with stories that her campaign is over while Buttigieg is blaming his problems on homophobia in the black community. Do not let the media set this narrative

  12. rikyrah says:

    Previous Trump, Ukraine transactions mirrored later quid pro quo

    Rachel Maddow looks at new reporting in the New York Times that suggests that there was an earlier, successful quid pro quo between Donald Trump and Ukraine that served to quash cases related to the Robert Mueller investigation.
    Nov. 4, 2019

  13. rikyrah says:

    Indicted Giuliani associate will testify for impeachment inquiry

    Rachel Maddow shares reporting that Lev Parnas, indicted Rudy Giuliani associate whose criminal case runs parallel to the Trump impeachment inquiry, has agreed to testify before the House impeachment committees.

  14. Our little sweet baby told his mom, call granny! When he talked to me on the phone, he said “hi granny”. I said “hi Carson, my sweet baby. Granny loves you”. Carson went quiet. He didn’t say another word to me. He asked his mom, where’s granny? Carson didn’t recognize my voice because I sounded horrible. I’ve been sick and my voice is gone. Carson didn’t want to talk anymore. Poor baby! I must get better. Our baby doesn’t even know me….

  15. rikyrah says:

    Amene (@Ange_Amene) Tweeted:
    Doesnt matter.

    Kamala’s ground game is amazing. You dont think he knows that?

    Warren doesn’t have shit to steal. Styer doesn’t want Bernie’s database. Who knows what Biden’s looks like.

    Kamala’s building a network of Black voters and Sims knew who to get it from.

    Be worried.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Amene (@Ange_Amene) Tweeted:
    Making light of Kamalas polling numbers doesnt detract from that fact that none of the other 2020 candidates had something to steal.

    Kamala Harris is building a network of voters & it’s a formidable valuable list to have because its ripe with voters who are interested in the BW.

  17. rikyrah says:

    None at all. They’re basically saying “he stole it but tried to cover it up by ‘alerting’ the SC Dem Party” while not actually copping to what happened at all.

    — Liz Mair (@LizMair) November 5, 2019

  18. rikyrah says:

    Alternative headline: Mediocre dude takes short cut by stealing from hardworking black woman in order to get ahead

    — Meena Harris (@meenaharris) November 5, 2019

  19. rikyrah says:


    Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) Tweeted:
    Calling a Black POTUS married 25 yrs to 1 wife with 2 children, no mistresses, affairs or scandals, ‘the antichrist’ but a white POTUS married thrice, 5 kids by 3 women, mistresses, affairs & scandals, ‘God‘s anointed,’ proves your religion is white supremacy, not christianity.

  20. rikyrah says:

    jen (@jenmendez_) Tweeted:
    @IanSams I think we need a stronger statement than that, and officially from the campaign. It’s not “unfortunate”, it’s a deliberate attempt to steal from someone who has put in the work, and it’s despicable and gross, and 100% disqualifying.

  21. rikyrah says:


    Simon Moya-Smith (@SimonMoyaSmith) Tweeted:
    Trump rejects Native American Heritage Month, proclaims November “National American History and Founders Month.”

  22. rikyrah says:

    Amene (@Ange_Amene) Tweeted:
    The aide for Tom Steyer wanted BLACK voter info.


    He figured he would steal the voter file info of a BLACK woman so he could give it to the campaign to do BLACK OUTREACH.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Kim Wexler’s Ponytail (@MadisonKittay) Tweeted:
    Pete Buttigeig seems to have decided to believe the gushing white media coverage of him and fed into it by smearing the entire base of the Democratic party by releasing a focus group of 24 undecided black voters. He is both coasting on and feeding into white supremacy.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Once again for the bleachers..
    The number of regular Democratic Party voters that were denied the franchise due to VOTER SUPPRESSION was at LEAST THREE TIMES the margin of Dolt45’s ‘victory’.😠😠😠

  25. rikyrah says:

    Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) Tweeted:
    This @TomSteyer mess is really bothering me. All these campaigns work extremely hard. And I know how hard @J_WashingtonSC and her team are working. To steal our work product, is inexcusable.

    I told you @KamalaHarris was going to have to work 2x as hard. Another example.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Mia Brett (@QueenMab87) Tweeted:
    .@PeteButtigieg said he believed that trump was going to pass a major infrastructure bill, uses “heartland” dog whistles, and has said positive things about working with Pence. There are good reasons he’s not doing well with black voters

  27. rikyrah says:


    CJ Carrell, Länskrim Malmö (@DrCJCarrell) Tweeted:
    @charlasek @dontboohvote @Ange_Amene @blackwomenviews Tom Steyer’s top aide, who is a former head of the SC Democratic Party, stole Kamala Harris’ SC voter files. As such he has been banned from all DNC computer systems.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Amene (@Ange_Amene) Tweeted:
    The white people on the left are on conceding what they see as acceptable changes that make sense to their own lives. Not for the betterment of Black and POC.

    White people on the right are suppressive due to racism.

    White people are trying to suppress change.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒🙄

    Karoli (@Karoli) Tweeted:
    I think it’s interesting how Yang is promoted by the mainstream boyz even though he’s polling even with Harris. They ignore and minimize her and get wide-eyed over the libertarian who oozes corporatism.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) Tweeted:
    And Mayor Pete’s biggest problem with Black voters isn’t that he’s gay, it’s that his police department murdered a Black man and Pete’s response was mealy-mouthed all lives matter glurge.

  31. rikyrah says:


    Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) Tweeted:
    “Is there a lot of discrimination against gay people in the US?”

    White Americans: 54%: yes; 41%: No

    Black Americans: 73%: yes; 22%: No

  32. rikyrah says:

    🗣 Put Some Respeck on Thanksgiving (@byst) Tweeted:
    It irks me that a lot of white people made Mayor Pete a thing.

    He unabashedly reaches out to white supremacists and y’all want to force feed Black, Brown and queer people that logic.

    Foh. I mean that.

  33. rikyrah says:

    👑 Black Professor 👑 (@Wonderbitch82) Tweeted:
    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris lead in the Black vote.

    Kamala Harris and Julian Castro lead in the Latino vote.

    Kamala Harris has the most w endorsements from the Congressional Black Caucus & now she gets the coveted invite from powerful Nevada Union.

    This with 3% media coverage.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Tell it👏👏

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) Tweeted:
    .@HillaryClinton: “Bernie goes around telling young people he’s gonna give them free college. Well I wish it were so. But you go and read the fine print, which everybody should do — anytime somebody makes a promise about something being FREE!”

  35. rikyrah says:

    Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) Tweeted:
    Trump is beating Biden, Bernie, and Warren among white non college voters by the same margin that he beat Hillary by in 2016. Can we go ahead and say this never was or is about economic anxiety. It is about culture. And about anger over a changing face of America.

  36. rikyrah says:

    Absolutely, totally inappropriate call1. CIA General Counsel made criminal referral to Justice Dept2. Inspector General made criminal referral to Justice Dept3. Director of National Intelligence made criminal referral to Justice Dept4. NSC tried to bury the transcript— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) November 3, 2019

  37. rikyrah says:

    The erasure of black women is real. Let’s talk about Kamala Harris.

    Editor’s note: today, we have an important post from a member of our community. Those who have been engaged in the comment section know ‘Master of My Universe’. We are proud to provide this perspective on what is a critical issue in the Democratic primary: the voice, the power, and the erasure of black women. – Spandan Chakrabarti.

    Kamala Devi Harris is an accomplished black woman. She is a United States Senator, a former District Attorney and a former Attorney General for the state of California and now a presidential candidate. Kamala Harris is not the first black woman ever to run for president, but she is the first woman of color to have a decent shot at the Oval Office. Simply put, her candidacy is historic!

    Yet, it is being erased in front of our very eyes.


    As soon as people began to notice that Harris was gaining momentum, a campaign of negativity started in the press to undermine her candidacy, especially among black men. We saw the misogynistic accusations of sleeping her way to the top with a former mayor of San Francisco, the insidious attack on her blackness because she is married to a white man, and let’s not forget the unending murmur of “she’s a cop!” As a black woman, I can tell you that some brothers were not going to back her whether she was married to a white man or not. Kamala is an educated, beautiful and smart black woman. Some find that threatening, and reason enough not to vote for her. They consider her to be out of their league.

    Earlier this year, Jason Johnson of claimed that “Kamala has a black man problem” on AM Joy. I disagree. I think that some black men – especially on television – have a Kamala Harris problem.

    Here is the thing. Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar is also a former prosecutor, and no one is going around talking about how Klobuchar has a “black man problem.” Klobuchar’s background in law enforcement is seen as a positive. Not so for Harris. A not-so-subtle subtext has emerged that a black woman enforcing the law, in and of itself, is a disqualifier, and that a black woman should not become a prosecutor because she may have to convict a black man. We cannot discount the horrible things that have happened to people of color in this society under a criminal justice system in sore need of massive reform. But Kamala Harris did not simply prosecute crimes. She was a pioneer among prosecutors of any background in spearheading and executing programs to help correct the systemic injustice the marginalized face in our criminal justice system – beginning with giving children a better shot.

    Russian bots are having a field day with the “Kamala is a cop” meme, and the media continues to erase Kamala while elevating three white men and one white woman of whom only one has limited support among the African American community. Pete Buttigieg has a South Bend problem, but how often do you hear that being spoken about in the press?

    Elizabeth Warren talks a good game about the inclusion of people of color. Warren goes after Facebook and Wall Street and is praised. Kamala Harris asked Warren to help her in her quest to hold Twitter accountable for Trump’s use of the platform to denigrate women of color and inspire literal public safety threats (like the terrorist attack in El Paso), and Warren said No. The media went gaga over Warren and ridiculed Harris – who raised an urgent public safety concern – for what it dubbed as a “terms of service” issue. That begs the question, do liberal white women actually support women of color other than with talking points? It could be assumed that since Warren was willing to go after Facebook that she would also go after Twitter. I guess we all know what ‘assume’ stands for.

    • rikyrah says:

      Population of South Bend-102,000
      Population of San Francisco – 884,000

      Kamala Harris has been the DA of San Francisco.
      The Chief Law Enforcement Officer of a state, that, if were a nation, would be the WORLD’s 5th largest economy.
      Senator from the Largest State in the Country.

      And, someone thinks that I’m supposed to take Mayor Pete seriously?

      As a Black woman- professionally- dollars to donuts – every Black woman has had an experience with a Mayor Pete. And, it wasn’t positive. And, it doesn’t have shyt to do with him being gay. Not one iota.

  38. rikyrah says:

    The head of Russia’s State Security Service, the FSB, just made the surprising announcement that Russia and the United States have resumed cooperation on cybersecurity. If true, this has incredibly dire implications — far beyond the 2020 election.— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) November 4, 2019

  39. rikyrah says:

    Update on previous story:

    Employees at Naperville Buffalo Wild Wings fired after customers described racist incident at the restaurant
    NOV 04, 2019 | 6:47 AM

    Multiple employees were fired from a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville after some customers said their group was asked to move to another table because of the color of their skin.

    Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson Clarie Kudlata in an email late Sunday said the company conducted a thorough, internal investigation and “terminated the employees involved.” She said a service manager and shift manager were fired.

    “Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind,” Kudlata said.

    A reporter called the Naperville location Sunday and the manager, a male who would not identify himself, said “there were employees who were terminated and who quit.”

    He directed further questions to Buffalo Wild Wings’ corporate communications team.

  40. rikyrah says:

    Bad day in court for Giuliani associate Igor Fruman

    Rachel Maddow reports on the difficult day Rudy Giuliani associate Igor Fruman had in court today as his lawyer tried to ease some of the restrictions of his bail with a less-than-convincing argument that Fruman’s one-way plane ticket was not an indication that he was trying to flee the United States.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Flynn play for Trump sympathy not well suited to fact-based court

    Rachel Maddow reports on disgraced former Trump NSA Mike Flynn’s embrace of right-wing conspiracy theories about his case and Fox News-style lawyers, likely as a means of setting himself up for a pardon from Donald Trump, but not helping his legal situation in court

  42. rikyrah says:

    Impeachment inquiry moves closer to Trump’s inner circle

    Rachel Maddow reports on the first invitation for testimony before the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry by a member of Trump’s cabinet: outgoing energy secretary Rick Perry.

  43. rikyrah says:

    Trump may have worked a previous Ukraine quid pro quo: WaPo

    Rachel Maddow looks a thesis put forward by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius that Donald Trump exacted personal favors related to the Paul Manafort case from the government of Ukraine in exchange for granting a June 2017 meeting to Ukraine’s then-president Petro Poroshenko.

  44. rikyrah says:

    lips so pursed

    Natasha Bertrand @ NatashaBertrand
    When Ambassador Yovanovitch sought advice from Gordon Sondland, he recommended that she tweet her praise of Trump. She testified.

  45. rikyrah says:

    Fate of Trump’s abettors may not be aligned with impeachment

    Rachel Maddow looks at new reporting that Trump counselor John Eisenberg sought to hide the record of Donald Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky on a secret server upon learning that Trump’s conduct was improper, and talks with Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, about what happens to the peripheral players who help commit or cover up a president’s wrongdoing.
    Nov. 1, 2019

  46. rikyrah says:

    For those still on the

    ” But the Katie Hill relationship was CONSENSUAL”..

    The CEO of McDonald’s just got fired for a CONSENSUAL relationship with an employee.

    Your parents told you long ago:

    Don’t 👏shyt👏where👏 you 👏eat👏

    • Liza says:

      Yep. Katie Hill needs to think long and hard about all the resources it took to get her elected. All those people volunteering their time to canvas, make phone calls, etc…and all the people who donated to her campaign.

    • majiir says:

      I don’t like misogynists, no matter where they come from or who they are. The only reason I can surmise that explains the disparaging things he says about Sen. Harris is because he’s jealous.

  47. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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