Prayers for Rep. Steve Scalise. Jay and Mona speak of the divisions in the country and whether this moment may lead to healing.

Mona reports from her home state’s primary, and Jay considers what U.S. policy in Egypt means for human rights.

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  1. Profile photo of BD1 Member

    In 2013, Ken Cuccinelli was written off by the Republican establishment.

    Jim Geraghty: “Barring one of the great all-time upsets, Terry McAullife will beat Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia’s governor’s race today. If this result comes to pass, it will reflect some hard lessons for the candidate and the state party….”

    Cuccinelli ended up losing the Va. governor’s race by 2 percent.

    Establicons have always loved Gillespie, though. And they are already laying out a Trump’s-fault alibi for him should he lose.

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    • June 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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  2. Profile photo of dicentra Member

    The reason that the beltway crowd behaved decently is that one of “theirs” got shot. Had the shooting taken place outside the beltway and the victims had been “civilians” (as opposed to beltway denizens), all of the usual rhetoric, fundraising, and positioning would have continued as usual. The beltway critterage REGULARLY sets aside its differences in private as they have cocktails to celebrate the latest bloated bill that they passed; the only thing that happened today was that their private chumminess was displayed in public.

    For that reason, this moment will NOT serve to heal the nation but rather widen the widening chasm.

    Because Twitter?

    Same old battle lines; same old partisan garbage.

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    • June 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm
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  3. Profile photo of George Townsend Member

    While I rarely disagree with Mona, I think she was wrong to even joke, of the Health Care bill that came out of the House, that a lot of people are saying it was Obamacare-like. I don’t think that at all. A few people are saying that. Many of the people, who are on our side, and who know about health-care, are saying it is a pretty good bill, and just needs a little tweaking.

    And, referring to what dicentra said, I think it is very cynical. Attacking people is the left’s style. Why can’t we just assume that these people are genuinely sad? Sure, they are politicians, but they are people too.

    This cynicism that Trump tapped into, and brought with him to the White House, has got to stop. We are all God’s children, and, when we forget that, we do so at our peril.

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    • June 15, 2017 at 10:17 am
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  4. Profile photo of dicentra Member

    Yes, what I said was very cynical, but if you’re not being cynical about politicians, you’re just indulging in cheap feel-goodism that obscures the truth about whom we’re dealing with.

    Pelosi just tweeted that the Alexandria shooting has its roots in the 1990s, when the GOP decided to engage in the politics of personal destruction. Hello? That was the CLINTON era, and anyone who was sentient at the time knows that “politics of personal destruction” was coined to describe the Democrat tactics with respect to Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork, not to mention the “bimbo eruptions” wherein Bill Clinton’s accusers were smeared as liars and worse by POTUS on down.

    We may all be God’s children, but many of God’s children are malignant narcissists and sociopaths. Sorry, but there it is.

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    • June 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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  5. Profile photo of George Townsend Member

    My answer: Everything you write is true – up to a point. This does not mean that we should paint everyone with the same brush. Cynicism does not make for a happy life, nor a good one. Included amongst God’s people are the kinds of snakes you describe. But also included are a lot of good people. Is Paul Ryan a snake? (Please don’t say yes? I cannot deal with people who think like that. Or have respect for them.)

    Madam Nancy is a dim bulb. Aside from not being very bright, she is a partisan hack, who will never say anything to ruffle the feathers of her not-very-bright California district. But for every Nancy Pelosi, there is a Paul Ryan. For every Barack Obama, there is a Mitt Romney. And so forth.

    I’ve always believed that being a conservative meant thinking of people as individuals. The answer to people like Nancy Polosi, Hillary Clinton, and all the like, is to keep defeating them – with articles, essays, and the ballot box. Not being cynical about politicians may be cheap feel-goodism to you, but being cynical is cowardly, in that you don’t feel brave enough to answer the vultures. Cynicism is also defeatism, and then we lost the country men and women have died to keep.

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    • June 16, 2017 at 10:17 am
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  6. Profile photo of Nick Baldock Member

    Would it be an interesting exercise for Ricochetti to make a list of those on the Left we actually do respect and admire? Assuming that we don’t actually believe that virtue inheres solely on the Right.

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    • June 20, 2017 at 1:09 pm
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