Thursday, April 14, 2022

Bill Maher name-checks Manchin and Sinema in his latest New Rule

Happy Throwback Thursday! I was having trouble finding a recent video featuring Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, the subjects of the most read entry I haven't covered yet in my series of retrospectives about the top posts of the eleventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News until I watched New Rule: Bath Salt Conservatism | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), heard Bill say "For all of you who get frustrated because Manchin and Sinema don't vote like true liberals, because they never were," and saw the image I screen-grabbed above. If the pair can't make the news on their own lately, maybe they can look good in comparison to the current crop of Republican candidates.

If you think the Left has gone looney in recent years, wait'll you see the current crop of kooky Republican candidates.
I think Bill still regrets his part in making Christine O'Donnell ever more of a laughing stock than she already was. He genuinely likes her. That's more than can be said about the rest of the subjects of last Friday's New Rule.

By the way, Manchin and Sinema are the two most moderate/conservative Democratic U.S. Senators as the above chart from Voteview shows. The blue dots to the left of their names shows their ideological positions according to DW-Nominate, the same source I used to rank Democratic presidential candidates from left to center. Just to emphasize the point, Manchin's page calls him "the most conservative Democrat of the 117th Senate" and Sinema's page describes her as "more conservative than 97% of Democrats in the 117th Senate." Sinema was also the most conservative Democrat in the 115th Congress when she left the House of Representatives in 2018. Neither were ever true liberals, despite Sinema being a member of the Green Party.

Follow over the jump for the top posts last year about Congress and its members, including an event that happened before Congress.

I shared Meyers and Colbert take closer looks at Manchin and Sinema from October 1, 2021 at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page at the beginning of October 2021. That helped it become the fifth most read entry during October 2021 according to its ~1,090 default page views, fourth according to its 1236 raw page views. It ranked fourteenth according to its ~1,250 default and twelfth with 1,832 raw page views during calendar year 2021. It's continued to earn page views, as it ended the blogging year with ~1,240 default and 2,392 raw page views on March 20, 2022 to rank seventeenth according to the former measure and eleventh according to the latter, and has ~2,490 raw page views now.

I also shared Colbert's live monologue after the State of the Union plus reactions from Kimmel and FiveThirtyEight from March 2, 2022 at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page. That helped it earn ~2,220 default and 2,333 raw page views by March 20, 2022, enough to rank eighth according to the former and twelfth according to the latter for the blogging year. That came before the end of March 2022, when it had earned ~2,260 default and 2,430 raw page views, ranking it third for the month, second among entries actually posted that month.

The third most read entry about Congress and what happens in it was Meyers and Colbert take closer looks at Marjorie Taylor Greene's permanent Twitter suspension and CNN's New Year's Eve party from January 4, 2022. It earned its ~1,210 default and 1,353 raw page views during January 2022 after I shared the link at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, which placed it second among the entries posted that month. It ended the eleventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News with ~1,320 default and 1,357 raw page views, tying it for fifteenth place with Trevor Noah and 'The Daily Show' explain why gas prices are so high according to default page views and twenty-fifth overall, twenty-second among all entries actually posted during the blogging year just ended.

I tweeted Colbert, Meyers, and Kimmel take more closer looks at Matt Gaetz on April 18, 2021, when it earned 1,194 impressions, second for the month, and 9 engagments, third for the month, including 3 link clicks, 3 hashtag clicks, most for the month, 3 replies in 1 thread, 1 like, and 1 profile click.

That's it for the top posts last year about Congress and its members. Stay tuned for another retrospective tomorrow for Flashback Friday.

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