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"It's going to take a scandal," McCain Tells Chuck Todd

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In a discussion of the role of money - and the pipe dream of campaign financing reform -- in campaigns and politics, something spilled out of John McCain's old, white pie-hole that made sense. Worlds apparently collided when we were watching the intelligent and informed peoples.

"It's going to take a scandal," the senator fake-mourningly shook his head with a whisper of regret and a shrug of his shoulders to MSNBC's Chuck Todd … who is headed for Meet the Press. Humph.

 

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No sympathy for McBombBombs, he's got plenty of plenty. Plus he made that Palin thing happen to us.

 

This is where lumbering gridlock and champion partisanship run mutually amok, hit each other head-on and produce a brief period of bruising Reality.

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Gov. Cuomo Under the Morning Joe Schmoe Guns

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To start off with a degree of honesty, what Andrew Cuomo has been up to in Albany doesn't appear to early bird eyeballs like it's going to end well, New York state ethics commissions are traditionally riddled with contradictions. And arrests.

To put it generously.

This week, however, it appears that the Right -- from Fvx Noise hate radio to whatever Joe Scarborough purports to be besides a country law-yer -- is ready to pounce. Cuomo, like his father before him, has the unenviable task of overseeing a government in Albany that in turn keeps an eye on the rivers of cash that flow through Wall Street and supposedly water the nation and the free world.

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This is all the perfect climatic environment for corruption. Now we generally flock to those who fight corruption, that's our designated role as Americans.

Even when another New York state gubernatorial scandal dispensed with Eliot Spitzer, there were still echoes of respect for the bulldog he had been about cleaning up some of Wall Street's more glaring putrid pockets of ethics gone bad.

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However. When the entire Morning Joe Schmoe and Morning Mika roundtable piles on Cuomo with the absurd conflation that if Chris Christie were in Cuomo's shoes, the media would be going gonzo … it's time for some pushback.

Check the vultures out, it took a while for Joe to get the tortured Huey Long metaphor fixed in place.

Memo to Scarborough, Robert Penn Warren you ain't.

 

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Chris Hayes had a delicious segment 12 hours after Morning Schmoe and Mika gunned it.

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The Lure of Scandal … drifts into a juicy The New Yorker Spy Story

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I came late to the party to two major political dramas highly prized by the liberal community, but sure am having a delightful time catching myself up. If you enjoy either of them, described briefly below, you'll enjoy this long form but magnetic real-life spy story over at The New Yorker.

It even has an Albanian plot line for Russia parallels, with Ukraine and Putin being a hot topic.

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Now House of Cards, that was virtually Binge By Imperative. You guys catching this Netflix creation? I tried watching only three at a time, no way José, or no way Robin Wright Penn, as it were.

It didn't help so much that I had seen the Brit version, but tried to erase that mentally and just take the unusual camera and actor exaggerated interaction with a grain of salt.

What did translate beautifully to American politics was the loving attention to minutiae and the gratuitous sexually provocative moments ... like when Kevin Spacey got in on the Secret Service cutie-patootie mènage his wife was indulging in to make it an authentic party of three.

GIF courtesy JEOBOX.com

GIF courtesy JEOBOX.com

Certainly as complex in plot lines and underlining the politically scandalous exceptionally well in regular television -- network, even, go ABC for apparently this one show and whatever else folks are hooked on from genius and some kind of modern cultural oracle, Shondra Rhimes -- with Olivia Pope and her cohorts on Scandal.

 

As stated, if you enjoy either show, have a gander at this piece at the New Yorker, just excerpting a generous paragraph below, but the entire piece is so worth the time.

Macintyre tells Philby’s story through the prism of his longtime friendship with another young star of M.I.6, Nicholas Elliott. The two men were of a piece. Elliott’s father, Claude, was the headmaster of Eton. According to Macintyre, the elder Elliott “loathed music, which gave him indigestion, despised all forms of heating as ‘effete,’ and believed that ‘when dealing with foreigners the best plan was to shout at them in English.’ ” Like Philby, Elliott went to Trinity College, Cambridge, and did not join public service so much as he was ushered into it. A family friend, Sir Nevile Bland, “simply told the Foreign Office that I was all right because he knew me and had been at Eton with my father.” (Sir Nevile’s words of advice to Elliott: “In the diplomatic service it is a sackable offense to sleep with the wife of a colleague,” and “I suggest you should do as I do and not light your cigar until you have started your third glass of port.”) Elliott trusted and revered Philby. Their families vacationed together. Elliott modelled himself on his friend, Macintyre writes: “his spycraft, his air of worldly irony, his umbrella with an ebony handle. . . . They were as close as two heterosexual, upper-class, mid-century Englishmen could be.”

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Guess who spent over $1 million in legal fees since '12? Hint: Scott Walker's campaign.

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It seems like a day doesn't go by that there isn't some news involving Wisconsin's slimy Governor Scott Walker and the infamous John Doe investigation into possible illegal coordination between Walker’s campaign and several conservative groups. Just the other day, we here at TPC posted this: Subpoenas issued in WI John Doe probe, so GOP tried to change law. (And right after that, in an unrelated matter, we learned that the WI GOP may allow cameras next: Poll watchers already allowed 3 feet from voters.) Welcome to Walker World. The latest installment concerns the legal fees Walker's campaign has been racking up. No surprise there.

Per the Wisconsin State Journal's piece regarding a campaign finance report, we find out that since 2012, Team Walker has spent more than a million smackeroos on said legal fees. Wowzers, they must be rich! Oh, but I kid the Big GOP Spenders:

The report, which covers the first six months of this year, doesn’t specify what the money was spent on. But Walker’s campaign has been entangled in a John Doe investigation into possible illegal coordination among conservative groups and Republican political campaigns during the 2012 recall election. [...]

Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff called the amount of money the campaign has spent on legal fees “completely stunning.”

“The bipartisan (John Doe) investigation isn’t over yet, and we have every reason to believe Walker will spend tens of thousands more, but the staggering amount already spent should be a huge concern for every Wisconsinite who cares about good government,” Baldauff said.

More at the link. Stay tuned, or as Rachel Maddow likes to say, "Watch this space."

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