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Thu May 18, 2017, 05:43 PM

Senate Democrats reject Lieberman for FBI director

By BURGESS EVERETT and SEUNG MIN KIM 05/18/2017 06:18 PM EDT

President Donald Trump may be dramatically miscalculating how much support Sen. Joe Lieberman has among his former Democratic colleagues to become FBI director.

Some Senate Democrats hold a grudge against Lieberman for his rightward turn and opposition to some of President Barack Obama's agenda late in his Senate career. Others say even though they respect Lieberman, the FBI director should not be a former politician. And all Democratic senators interviewed for this story said the former Connecticut senator lacks the kind of experience needed for the post.

Republicans are lining up behind Lieberman, who left the Senate in 2013 after four terms. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) called him a "person of unquestioned integrity and that's what we need." Added Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has spoken to Lieberman about the job: "If the president picked Joe Lieberman he’d be doing [the] country a good service and I think the FBI a good service."But Republicans seem to be overstating Lieberman's Democratic support. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) predicted Lieberman would get 100 votes, a near impossibility.

But Lieberman’s relationship with Democrats is damaged. After he left office, he urged senators in his own party to reject Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, infuriating Democrats. And his relationship with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Graham — the trio were known as the “three amigos” — tilted the Senate in a more hawkish direction during the first four years of Obama’s presidency. In 2008, Lieberman endorsed McCain over Obama for president.http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/joe-lieberman-fbi-director-senate-democrats-238570

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Reply Senate Democrats reject Lieberman for FBI director (Original post)
octoberlib May 2017 OP
Warren DeMontague May 2017 #1
onit2day May 2017 #50
calimary May 2017 #54
sandensea May 2017 #66
Warren DeMontague May 2017 #59
onit2day May 2017 #69
SharonAnn May 2017 #63
Agschmid May 2017 #2
Chemisse May 2017 #3
Duppers May 2017 #43
Ken Burch May 2017 #60
Me. May 2017 #4
mopinko May 2017 #17
Me. May 2017 #19
MyOwnPeace May 2017 #20
LiberalLovinLug May 2017 #57
mopinko May 2017 #58
Demsrule86 May 2017 #34
eleny May 2017 #5
rzemanfl May 2017 #6
hatrack May 2017 #7
vanlassie May 2017 #8
MyOwnPeace May 2017 #23
vanlassie May 2017 #24
vanlassie May 2017 #41
BeyondGeography May 2017 #26
NYC Liberal May 2017 #40
vanlassie May 2017 #42
Salviati May 2017 #53
ThoughtProvoker May 2017 #9
tblue37 May 2017 #10
Thrill May 2017 #11
larwdem May 2017 #12
Phoenix61 May 2017 #13
Goodheart May 2017 #14
Ilsa May 2017 #35
MedusaX May 2017 #15
flotsam May 2017 #16
MurrayDelph May 2017 #46
yardwork May 2017 #62
InAbLuEsTaTe May 2017 #18
Leghorn21 May 2017 #21
Samantha May 2017 #44
irisblue May 2017 #22
tiptonic May 2017 #25
Cha May 2017 #27
VigilantG May 2017 #28
MyNameIsKhan May 2017 #29
Demsrule86 May 2017 #33
MyNameIsKhan May 2017 #38
Demsrule86 May 2017 #48
Hoyt May 2017 #30
Demsrule86 May 2017 #32
Hoyt May 2017 #36
Demsrule86 May 2017 #37
Eliot Rosewater May 2017 #51
Hoyt May 2017 #55
Alice11111 May 2017 #65
Demsrule86 May 2017 #31
WoonTars May 2017 #39
Demsrule86 May 2017 #49
JI7 May 2017 #45
JCanete May 2017 #47
Panich52 May 2017 #52
Lucky Luciano May 2017 #56
mark fromelko May 2017 #61
onecent May 2017 #64
bucolic_frolic May 2017 #67
SunSeeker May 2017 #68

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:44 PM

1. Yeah, no thanks.

Rumply moralizing right-wing fucko.

If it were a blowjob between two consenting adults, I'm sure ol' Joe-mentum would be all over it in terms of breathy outrage.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:37 PM

50. Besides the fact he killed the Public Option in the ACA

He is not really a democrat but a member of the tainted trio of war mongers. He has no experience or qualifications for the job of FBI director except he is easily controlled by the cons. He has a perverted sense of justice since he is incapable of relating to anyone who is not wealthy.

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Response to onit2day (Reply #50)

Fri May 19, 2017, 01:19 PM

54. And he turned his back on the party that saw fit to embrace him as vice president on Al Gore's

ticket. Eight years after Gore/Lieberman, there he is at the republi-CON convention, addressing them as their keynote speaker, endorsing John McCain over Barack Obama. And when he ran for reelection to the Senate in 2006, he was primaried, but then abandoned his party to go independent. He won another term, but by then he was starting to show so many more leanings toward the CONS that he gave it up by 2012 - when he proved extremely unpopular with his Connecticut Democratic constituents. That's why we've since had the terrific Chris Murphy in that seat, thank goodness.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Lieberman

He always claimed it was for the good of the country, but he just started leaning too far to the wrong end of the spectrum, and I'm not surprised his service in the Senate didn't last. But when he made that speech at that convention, and sided with the GOP nominee over the party that supported him, continued to open its doors to him after he spurned them, and sought to bestow the vice presidency upon him, that was certainly it for me. He seemed to morph into a public servant who cared more about himself staying in power than about his constituents. I worked hard to support the Gore/Lieberman ticket. Put my faith in him as well as in Al Gore. And I eventually found I could not ever trust him again. Evidently that's what the voters in Connecticut thought, too.

An elephant isn't the only creature that never forgets.

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Response to calimary (Reply #54)

Sun May 21, 2017, 05:24 PM

66. Hence his well earned nickname:

Traitor Joe.

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Response to onit2day (Reply #50)

Fri May 19, 2017, 04:10 PM

59. I had forgotten his barftastic turn at the '08 GOP convention, even.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #59)

Mon May 22, 2017, 11:14 PM

69. The man proclaimed John Hagee as the new Moses

Believes 144K Jews must convert to Christianity for Jesus to return to Jerusalem. He's a whack job. Trump always picks the worst person for the job. Always

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Sun May 21, 2017, 12:26 PM

63. He's not a person a real Democrat can support.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:44 PM

2. Good.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:45 PM

3. He sucked badly even before he went over the cliff for McCain.

There is no way he is or could be objective. He is slime.

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #3)

Thu May 18, 2017, 11:45 PM

43. +100

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #3)

Fri May 19, 2017, 04:35 PM

60. What he did in 2006, running as an indy after losing the primary, was unforgiveable.

And Trump thinks the party Holy Joe screwed over would let him have a job where he can launch "investigations"and "Comey" our nominee right before the NEXT election)?


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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:51 PM

4. You'd Think, For Once

They'd do their homework. They thought Dems would get behind the Comey firing, now they misjudge this.

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Response to Me. (Reply #4)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:36 PM

17. they figured he was a member of the club.

that no senator would vote against another senator.
wrongo.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #17)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:41 PM

19. That's What I Mean

One or 2 questions would've revealed that he's regarded as a turncoat

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Response to mopinko (Reply #17)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:42 PM

20. They don't

have enough experience or clues to have ANY IDEA of what they should do next!
They are tied-up hound dogs that have finally been cut free and are running at - well, they have NO CLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to mopinko (Reply #17)

Fri May 19, 2017, 03:24 PM

57. Also I think its a political move to corner the Dems

So that if the Dems reject Lie-berman, the GOP can counter all the bad press the GOP has that it is in disarray and say "See how the Democrats can't even support a pick even if its from one of their own ranks!". And if he gets appointed they will double down and use this every time Joe comes out and says "nothing to see here folks" for his law firms client Trump, which is very possible. They will say "look how unwilling to compromise the Democrats are, they can't even come together for support for one of their recent colleagues and one-time Democratic VP nominee"

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #57)

Fri May 19, 2017, 03:49 PM

58. i think they are stupid enough to think that is how it will work.

but fershrisakes, the guy is 75. he is gonna serve till he is 85? please.

and the only way this comes in out of left field is because he is a trumpster.

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Response to Me. (Reply #4)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:04 PM

34. Can we stop Lieberman...I hope so.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:52 PM

5. K&R with much thanks for some goold news today

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:53 PM

6. Before I get accused of ageism I will disclose I am about to turn seventy.

Lieberman is 75. He would be at least 85 at the end of a ten year term.

So again I ask WTF?

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:53 PM

7. Also, learn to fucking TALK, Frog-Voice

Lieberman. Jesus Christ on a pogo stick.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 05:55 PM

8. I seem to remember some comedian doing Lieberman.

With this whiny voice... who was that?

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #8)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:44 PM

23. O!M!G!

Can you imagine what Jon Stewart would be doing with all of this?
Between Joe Lieberman, Lindsay Graham, Kelly, Spicer, and, of course, Cheeto himself, I'd be up past 1:00 AM every night, still laughing!

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #23)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:21 PM

24. Wait. Was it a DOG cartoon?

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #8)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:24 PM

26. He has the face of a melted clown

Stole that from somewhere, don't know where. Spot on.

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #8)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:38 PM

40. Jon Stewart always compared him to Droopy Dog

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #40)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:41 PM

42. Hahaha!

Beat me, barely!

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Response to vanlassie (Reply #8)

Fri May 19, 2017, 01:08 PM

53. Jon Stewart always used the Droopy Dog voice when mocking lieberman.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:00 PM

9. Hmm....

I had realized he had taken such a turn right lately. Interesting.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:03 PM

10. And he campaigned for McCain vs. Obama in 2008. nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:03 PM

11. They should. He's a weasel

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:18 PM

12. birds of a feather

both are traitors

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:19 PM

13. Yeah!!!

He is not even close to being a good option.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:26 PM

14. You really have to ask yourself why Cheeto would pick a 75 year old has-been?

And, of course, you can give yourself an easy answer: this is one of those deals... just like the Comey firing... where he's stupid enough to believe that Democrats will fall for his self-serving maneuvers. If Lieberman is nominated he's tainted, it's as simple as that.

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #14)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:08 PM

35. "That fossil is older than me!" nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:27 PM

15. Gee, he only has a tiny conflict of interest...

It isn't as if his law firm has Trump as a client ...

Oh, wait... it is exactly like that...

https://qz.com/987062/donald-trumps-top-pick-for-fbi-director-joe-lieberman-works-for-a-law-firm-that-represents-trump/

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:29 PM

16. Remember Obamacare's public option?

During debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as the crucial 60th vote needed to pass the legislation, Lieberman's opposition to the public option was critical for its removal from the resulting bill.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Lieberman

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Response to flotsam (Reply #16)

Fri May 19, 2017, 01:17 AM

46. Which was more than a little douchebaggy

His wife works for a healthcare logging firm. A public option would have cost them (and him) money.

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Response to flotsam (Reply #16)

Sun May 21, 2017, 08:59 AM

62. Then why are Hillary and Obama blamed for that?

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:38 PM

18. Thank goodness.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:42 PM

21. ...couple o' sweet tweets:

@morninggloria

a sentence that begins "joe lieberman emerges" should finish with the phrase "from bog" or "from pile of old tires." *not* "as frontrunner"


@mtracey

In a time of such division and turmoil it's heartening to know that we can all still unite in disdain for Joe Lieberman.

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #21)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:01 AM

44. Count me in

I can't stand the man. When I heard he was being considered, I could not believe it. When Trump said he was the preferred candidate, I couldn't help but think he could not have made a worse choice. Now that I have said that, I am sure he will dig up someone worse....

Sam

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:42 PM

22. Sen Sherrod Brown, Ohio, in the Politico article

was pretty clear he would be a no vote. WTG!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:15 PM

25. Mole

He was a mole for the republicans, his entire career. Enough said..

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:24 PM

27. LIEberman for FBI Director.. even sounds

ridiculous. Wth would he know about it?

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:47 PM

28. Lieberman is from Trump's go-to law firm, FFS!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:52 PM

29. When will this weasel go away, he was the one why we do not have public option...

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Response to MyNameIsKhan (Reply #29)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:02 PM

33. Stupak who actually tried to keep abortion coverage out of the ACA and his buddies

in the house derailed any shot at single payer in the house...what Lieberman did was stop medicare for those above 50 or 55 which is bad enough...it would have made a big difference in premiums to have those folks under Medicare...he is a tool. But we have no power...those who couldn't abide 'emails' have left us in this predicament.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #33)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:04 PM

38. thanks for your correction... anyhow this guy is not trust worthy...

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Response to MyNameIsKhan (Reply #38)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:21 AM

48. I am not arguing...he is untrustworthy and not qualified...he is a Trojan Horse.

I don't see how we can stop him though if Trump wants this...and Lieberman will be Trump's guy in the FBI.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:52 PM

30. We'll probably end up with Giuliani or something. I'd rather have a career type, not politician.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #30)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:58 PM

32. Giuliani would be way worse than LIberbman and is in involved in the scandal as well.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #32)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:09 PM

36. That's my point. If we are going to get a politician, Lieberman is probably as "good" as we'll get.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #36)

Thu May 18, 2017, 09:17 PM

37. I agree with you...we won't get any better out of Trump and people who think we can stop the GOP if

they are united are wrong. My worry is that Lieberman is not up to the job in terms of terrorism...putting aside the Trump investigation. The fact that Lieberman works in a firm with lawyers who represent Trump is not good.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #36)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:40 PM

51. It all comes down to who will commit treason, who wont. Trump group are all

guilty of foreign espionage, maybe treason.

Obviously.

So whoever he picks is either easily willing to sell his soul or not. Joe is a complete ass, but not sure if he would sell his soul to this narcissist child.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #51)

Fri May 19, 2017, 01:46 PM

55. That's a good point. Wish we could have all the vetting in public so Trump won't ask

them whether they are willing to support espionage/teason/election fraud, or even worse.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #32)

Sun May 21, 2017, 05:12 PM

65. I can't stand Lieberman, but there are worse ones he could

Pick. Gulianni is much more aggressive
Lieb will follow orders. He is not qualified or capable though. BFF w McCain.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 08:57 PM

31. I don't like Lieberman...and four years in the 80's as Connecticut's

AG does not cut it for an agency like the FBI...we need law enforcement. Consider terrorism...I can't imagine that Lieberman could handle that...but I don't see any way to stop the GOP from putting him in as FBI director.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 10:12 PM

39. Good. Hope they hold their ground. Fuck Joe LIEberman.

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Response to WoonTars (Reply #39)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:23 AM

49. We can't stop him...anymore than we could stop Devos...

we are out of power... we can make him illegitimate and watch him like a hawk...for he surely will attempt to save Trump.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:16 AM

45. I would Rather have Former Senator Lugar who is a republican .

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 02:02 AM

47. Good, I hope some former ones are on that page too after campaigning for him


against his primary opponent...looking at you Boxer.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 01:00 PM

52. Heard comnentator also use "integrity" as Dem opinion of

Lieberman. Certainly not a word I'd use to describe the DINO.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 03:12 PM

56. Capo Joe. nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 11:04 AM

61. Remember how he campaigned WITH McCain in '08?

 

Eff off, Joe!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 12:29 PM

64. He is ALSO 75 years old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Mon May 22, 2017, 12:46 PM

67. Weasel

Trump will pick him, suits the goal of undermining head of every agency

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Mon May 22, 2017, 09:43 PM

68. Fuck no, Traitor Joe.

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