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Sunday News: Michelle Wolf at #WHCD Freaks Out Spicey, Huckabee Sanders, etc.; Trump Back to Unhinged Campaign Rallies; “Five questions for Roanoke voters”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, April 29.

  • Quizzical

    The Army Corps of Engineers has a $1.7 billion plan for flood mitigation in Norfolk
    I suspect that that doesn’t include the cost of raising highways and roads

    Anyway, tell me again what was wrong with the carbon tax proposals. Something about, what was it anyway? Taxes?

    Now it is becoming clear that we have to spend a couple billion on every coastal city on the East Coast.

    • How about we spend the $1.7 billion on a crash program to switch Virginia to clean energy???

      • Quizzical

        Trouble is, all these coastal cities have multi-billion dollar plans to build great flood barriers, but no funding yet. The plan for Norfolk will be completed in 2019 and then submitted to Congress. That will be right about the time the real costs of the Trump tax cuts and spending bills become painfully clear. Maybe because of the naval base, Norfolk’s project will be funded, but to me it seems like the federal government has blown the money already in a stupid spending spree.

        • We should take that money, plus every fossil fuel subsidy, plus revenue from a carbon tax, and pour it into a rapid/emergency transition to clean energy.

  • Pragmatic Progressive

    I watched the coverage of the dinner. Thought the jokes by the comedian were very nasty and inappropriate and it makes our side look bad.

    • benjgc

      She’s not an elected official; she’s a comedian who’s well-known for unflinching and unforgiving comedy. They knew what they were getting. I personally loved it, even (perhaps especially) when she held the press to account.

      • Exactly. Also, I defy anyone to identify one thing she said that was inaccurate.

        • Pragmatic Progressive

          The joke about abortion was the worst. Should have left that out.

          Attacking Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s looks was the same bullying that Trump does.

          The F word was unnecessary. The sexual jokes were unnecessary.

          • Agreed on the abortion “joke.” Blech. And I say that as someone who is strongly pro-choice.

            What was the comment about Sanders’ looks?

          • CliosFanBoyNeeWoodrowfan

            she didn’t make one, but the righties are claiming she did by deliberately misreading a joke about eye shadow….

          • Right, I checked and didn’t see anything about Sanders’ appearance. Here are the comments Wolf made about Sanders:

            “And, of course, we have Sarah Huckabee Sanders. We’re graced with Sarah’s presence tonight. I have to say I’m a little star-struck. I love you as Aunt Lydia in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.'” (LOL – spot on!)

            “Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get: you know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams. ‘It’s shirts and skins, and this time, don’t be such a little b—-, Jim Acosta.'” (Not necessarily hilarious, but nothing offensive or inaccurate against Sanders)

            “I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. Like, she burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she’s born with it; maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.” (The quote the righties are apparently misreading)

            “And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You know, is it Sarah Sanders? Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Is it Cousin Huckabee? Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know: Aunt Coulter.” (Edgy and debatable as to its humor value, but not an attack on Sanders’ appearance)

          • Pragmatic Progressive

            Those are what I heard as being the same type of bullying attacks that Trump does.

          • Southern Liberal

            Correct. Those are personal attacks.

          • Rustbelt Democrat

            I think she could have made fun of Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling lies and misinformation without resulting to making fun of her makeup. This left-winger agrees with the others and felt that was way too personal and over the top and not helpful.

          • Pragmatic Progressive

            I totally second that!

          • Matt Yglesias’ snarky comment resonated with me: “Political correctness in this country is out of control. Student snowflakes need to grow up and get ready for the real world. Also, nobody should make mean jokes about senior White House officials.”

          • And Rob Reiner’s comment as well: “I attended the WHCD last night. Donald Trump has so poisoned the atmosphere by attacking the disabled, gold star parents, Muslims, Mexicans, Blacks, women, the press, the rule of law that a comedian who simply tells the truth is offensive? She’s joking. He’s not.”

          • Pragmatic Progressive

            The White House Correspondents Dinner is meant to be light hearted and fun, not mean spirited. We liberals and progressives shouldn’t be stooping to Trump’s level, which is what our side did last night. I have no problem at all with calling out the blatant lies from SHS but getting personal isn’t just class-less – it also gives ammo to the right. They think of us as being smug and elitist. This kind of thing hurts us.

          • Pragmatic Progressive

            President Obama’s routine in the past is what I prefer – class, dignity and pure wit.

          • Pragmatic Progressive

            My 8-year-old daughter was watching with me and the rest of my family and even she thought Ms. Wolf was cruel.

          • Rational Lefty

            Pragmatic makes a good point. The White House Correspondents Dinner is basically a charity event where the admin comes for some good hearted ribbing. Nastiness isn’t called for at this event and on top of that, it allows the Trumpsters to play the victim and justify what they say about the left.

          • Southern Liberal

            It was more than just the Sarah Sanders thing. Where was the humor in dropping multiple F bombs? Where was the humor in her abortion joke, yanking it out? Where was the humor in the tasteless comment about the exploding SW Airlines engine? These remarks were out of place in any venue, especially one in which the White House Correspondents Association is presenting its face to the public.

          • Pragmatic Progressive


          • Princess Leia

            He needs to Google a picture of “Aunt Lydia”, then tell us it’s not a Trumpish insult about looks.

          • Southern Liberal

            It’s not just the “righties” upset. Some of upset are left-wingers.

          • Pragmatic Progressive

            Exactly! My family and I are lifelong Democrats and we thought her performance was vulgar.

          • Princess Leia

            Some of us who read this blog are moderate lefties. While the more hardcore left is playing the attacks on Sanders as the press secretary getting what she deserved, we don’t subscribe to that idea.

        • Rational Lefty

          I second what Pragmatic has said. My take was the same assessment as this: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/29/politics/michelle-wolf-whcd-takeaways/index.html

          • Pragmatic Progressive

            That CNN article nails it!

          • I stopped reading that at “Chris Cillizza” (worst/dumbest “mainstream” political pundit in America?).

          • Southern Liberal

            I agree with the others. You may not personally like Chris Cillizza, but I also feel that he nailed it regarding Ms. Wolf’s speech. Some of her jokes were funny but she crossed the line with personal attacks. A lot of her jokes were on the level of Trump. We Democrats shouldn’t be stooping to that level.

  • This is nauseating on almost every level. First of all, it isn’t “just” politics – this is not a light-hearted game or a joke or whatever. Second, batshit-crazy/extremist Dave Brat? Seriously? Third, the LAST thing Virginia needs is an equivalent of the White House Correspondents Dinner. Fourth, the concept that we’ve got real “transparency” in Virginia, let alone to the degree worth “celebrat[ing],” is just….no. Finally, I’d again point out that VPAP is heavily funded by Dominion and other big corporations, plus the corporate Virginia media, plus major political parties/officials, so this kind of says it all. Barf.


  • Henry Howell III asked me to post this comment for him:


    The Korean Peninsula is on the verge of reuniting and becoming an economic powerhouse with China as its partner, not the United States. Trump is way down the learning curve and is responsible for this diplomatic breakthrough only because he has isolated the United States and abdicating the economic power of the United States to China.

    Remember the slow moving armored train that Km to Beijing to meet the new Chinese Emperor for Life, President Xi. Xi explained the Chinese plan to reunite Korea as part of the ascendancy of China as the economic power of the world. Trump and his administration will get no credit, and Xi may well get the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Let’s celebrate one good thing that has come out of Trump’s incompetency.