A great example of conservatives’ willingness to vote for party over person comes from conservative radical Linda D. Schauer, director of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota. In her letter to my local paper yesterday urging people to vote for Dusty Johnson over Tim Bjorkman for Congress, Schauer acknowledges that Bjorkman “seems like a really nice man.” (Read carefully: that weak compliment is still more than she says about the candidate she’s endorsing.) But rather than cite actual policies, positions, or personal characteristics expressed by either Johnson or Bjorkman, Schauer shows that her vote is based on partisan labeling and lazy parroting of talking points provided by national conservative media:
Democrat candidate for U.S. House Tim Bjorkman seems like a really nice man and has nice TV ads. But I’m concerned that a vote for Bjorkman is a vote for the party of search and destroy. The Democratic Party lacked civility, as seen in the recent confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
During these hearings, the Democrats displayed rude disruption of the Constitutional process. The Democratic Party sought to destroy a man’s good character. They bullied and threatened senators and their families, then screamed at them in the halls of the Senate, in their offices, restaurants and even at their homes.
These protesters shrieked in the Senate gallery during the confirmation vote for Kavanaugh. They cursed and spit at Kavanaugh supporters. These leftists are so outraged they banged and clawed on the doors of the Supreme Court during Justice Kavanaugh’s first day on the court.
I’m voting for Dusty Johnson to keep a Republican majority in the U.S. House [Linda D. Schauer, letter to the editor, Aberdeen American News, 2018.10.16].
Schauer shows she’s not really concerned with what’s really happening in South Dakota. She’s just clinging to partisanship and the boogeymen provided her by out-of-state propagandists who help ignore the actual words and deeds of the South Dakotans on our ballot.
TIm is pro killing a baby in the womb.
What is Tim’s stance on innocent until proven guilty in court or in public opinion?
Tim Bjorkman would help bring law to the lawless nature of what Washington has become. When trump praises the Saudi’s, who attacked us in 2001 and killed 3,000 innocent souls on American soil and then opened their killing spree in Yemen, we have a problem of leadership that has run aground. I have not forgotten 9/11 as republicans seemed to have. We need a representative that will put the brakes on the mass killings with our taxpayer money and instead use that money for our own social needs. We cannot keep destroying ourselves to allow Saudi Arabia to destroy others just because they gave trump millions and millions of dollars personally. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-45857729/yemen-could-be-worst-famine-in-100-years
We are doing this killing of the innocent, Tim can help put brakes on that.
“Democratic candidate”, first. Bad English is a shallow GOP/limbaugh slur propaganda. Dems dont do this sheit.
Second, damned right people of conscience are outraged.
Third, Dusty hasnt done anything for the real people of SD. He has no real resume for the job. Just like Ravensborg. Just like Kavanaugh who violent white supremacist fight clubs lionize (“shreiked, cursed, spit” oh my. Antifa knocked off a MAGA cap so a dozen trumpists pummeled and kicked 3 protesters on the ground. Schauer supports hate crimes to maintain GOP control.
Fourth, Bjorkman has a POWERFUL resume of seasoned professional service and fairness to the public for several decades.
Last, Dusty is still just a 40 ya kid, most recently duped by russians to place a sexy agent in a position of influence to our teens. Lock her up!
A GOP spokeswoman labels Dems as “search and destroy” Party after Leader McConnell destroyed Judge Merrick Garland’s constitutional right to Senate Advice and Consent under the Constitution so Constitutionalist Judge Kavanaugh could usurp the SCOTUS swing vote. Who destroyed the Supreme Court? Her GOP!
Spinelless “he seems like a nice man”. Such dysfunctional “kicking under the table”. Christian singer par excellance song writer Davi Wilcox’s COVERT WAR
If I had been Schauer, I would have quoted from the platform/positions on Bjorkman’s own campaign website and then endorsed Dusty. Tim’s a liberal Democrat and CWA (and Dusty) aren’t. That doesn’t mean Tim isn’t smart or a nice guy, BTW.
Right, Jason. What is Trump’s stance on “innocent until proven guilty”? Hillary = “Lock her up.” Nancy Pelosi = “Lock her up.” Dianne Feinstein = “Lock her up.” Sound familiar? Of course not. Republicans are TONE DEAF!
She mut have sent out an “all-call” letter. Same screed appeared in today’s RCJ.
What’s a CWA ??
Your fight isn’t with Linda, look at EVERY U.S. Senate race in Americanthat wasn’t already deep blue, and see what Americans, all of them, think of the behavior of those Democrat radicals and misfits in the Kavanaugh hearings. You can spit, curse, and name call, but Kavanugh and the rest of America just aren’t what you think or describe. Tim’s a good person who will loose far worse than he should, solely because you have a party that’s abandoned some pretty basic principles of a free republic.
So Lee you call us radical.
Wasn’t McConnell radical in his bid to take over the judicial appointment process? Boehner radical in his total ACA and Obama obstruction? Radical GOP billionaire biased, voter suppressing gerrymandered Koch Bros science denying platform. Women raising voices to Grassly’s rant. Trump embracing NaziKkkWhite supremacy. Conservative radicals.
You have no credibility. Shame on your “mobbing” us.
CWA Christan Women Assoc and Lee S. All willing to dispense with ethical conscience and smear us with GOP talking points in order to hang onto the teat. But “he seems nice” because Tim is stunningly qualified and could win.
Well,well,well wingnuts. You do realize protesting is a constitutional right? You do realize it is the orange MAGAT in the Kremlin Annex that has consistently called for violence against protesters at his Nazi rallys? It is the same orange MAGAT that shows no respect for women, not even the ones he is married to? This orange MAGAT believes laws exist only to further, not hinder, himself and business dealings? He is not at all above injecting himself in criminal cases to sway juries and affect the outcomes of trials yet held? He is a master of obstructing justice, is a pathological liar and doubles down on his lies when they are proven to be lies.Plus he is the albatross around wingnut necks, not liberals.
CWA Concerned Women For America. Christian Non Profit politcal organization. Country clubbers :)
Lee, would you consider Dr. Ford’s behavior “a rude disruption” of the Kavanaugh hearing, or is that evaluation focused only at the protesters?
Would you say that rudeness is solely attributable to Democrats, or do Republicans also slip into incivility? I think about the earliest co-opting of the Tea party, and the fervor of the right’s passion. I do not like the tone of discourse in our nation; that bile-filled tone extends beyond “politics.” I am just not as sure that the blame for that tone resides exclusively at the feet of the Democrat political party.
I also do not think the GOP doubling down on the Kavanaugh hearing being the key to capturing the “woman vote” will work out as you hope.
Face it: anyone aligned with the democrats today as seen as radicals he’ll bent on tearing down our home. This is all how I have told you and now you have since to the level of trashing a woman that simply expressed the vision you have given her through your own words and actions. Your party, Democrats, have destroyed themselves. No, there will be no blue wave but there very well may be a massive ass kicker instead. Your fault.
Kavanaugh l was far ruder and more partisan than anyone questioning him on the committee. Leaving aside anything he did or didn’t do in his out-of-control drinking days, his behavior in committee was rude, partisan, uncivil, ill-mannered, injudicial, and unbefitting a high judicial position. But what’s new The radicial right-wing ladies have always aligned themselves with whatever and whomever the ultra-right wants.
I remember the 2000 election recount where wingnuts sent busloads of staff from DC to Florida to interrupt the vote recount and cause general mayhem.
I remember the Kavernmouth hearings where wingnut Sinators went all 2 year old on the process and were later outdone by the three year old with dirty diapers in the Kremlin Annex.
Wingnuts demand civility from Dem protesters but not a damn thing from the supposed adults in their party. Why is that?
leslie–yes, I have nothing against country clubbers, but these are RTLers and Phyllis Schlaflys and John Birchers and white supremacists and white nationalists. We oldsters have dealt with them for decades.
Can hardly wait for OldSwizzlesticks to jump in and remind the world he is one of the worst disruptions to civil discourse the world will ever see. And he is a certified nutcase wingnut.
And yes, I do know who our fight is with. The CWA is Concerned Women for America, and they’ve been around for a long time. John Birch, Tea Party Auxiliary, Joe McCarthy admirers.
Didn’t the Tea Party exercise the same tactics ??
While most of the Senate is home campaigning, there are four wingnuts in DC holding judicial hearings on extreme right wing judges getting them ready to be installed on circuit courts.
Not a thought for bi-partisanship. Party first is the way wingnuts flow. Winning is all that matters.
Republicans, it seems, are afraid of the people, and the rights given to the people in the US Constitution. People who protest have a right and a duty to do that, just as they have in voting, a duty, by the way, that Republicans take away from minorities, young people and the elderly through various voter suppression mechanisms. If you don’t want people to peacefully protest and to vote, you Republicans better get ready for the “2nd Amendment solutions” you are always talking about. That, of course, isn’t “mob” behavior when it’s your mob.
I didn’t see Democrats scared of going to town halls when the Tea Party activists were up in arms about Obamacare. They went and took the verbal beating. That’s democracy in action. But Republicans are chickens**ts and snowflakes. They can’t handle the truth, can’t handle the rights of the people. And so they have to try to suppress them in exactly the way that Lee “Hitler” Schoenbeck tried above, and which we see in Republican hate ads as they get more and more desperate.
A majority of US citizens voted for Hillary Clinton, but the Electoral College, a holdover from the slave days, installed Donald Trump as President. Republicans aren’t satisfied with that bit of undemocratic behavior. They want to take away every right you’ve got. Better vote or people of the ilk of Schoenbeck will stomp you into the ground like the little Nazis they are.
When I read these GOP tomes to behaviorist conditioning, I am reminded of its effects on Maoist China. Someone would call out “American,” and the people would respond “running dog of capitalism.” Here someone mentioned “Democrat” and the response is “search and destroy” and “uncivil.” They respond with the lessons they have learned in their 15-minutes-of-hate drills. They almost forgot “baby-killer,” but the first commenter rescued them.
The Democrats were so uncivil as to take seriously the letter from Professor Blasey Ford about an encounter she claimed to have in high school with Kavanaugh. It was so rude of them to wonder if his adolescent proclivities might reflect on the character he has developed. It was so unfair to wonder if the partisan determination he exhibited as a character assassin in the political arm of the George W. White House might carry over into his judicial decisions. How rude it was not to call Dr. Ford a liar and tell her to haul her ‘Horseface,’ ‘Lowlife,’ ‘Fat, Ugly’’ ass back to California and keep her mouth shut like good women are expected to do.
What the Democrats did to Kavanaugh was horrendous. Senators Grassley, Cornin, Graham and Kavanaugh himself put on performances that showed the Democrats what decorum is. Kavanaugh so politely and rationally pointed out that Ford was merely avenging the Clintons and showing resentment that such a princely fellow as Trump won the 2016 election.
The Democrats aren’t stopping there. The Senate committee and the White House tried to stop them from further embarrassing themselves, first by withholding documents concerning Kav’s White House work, and then by restricting the FBI from further interviewing Kavanaugh and Ford or following up on the score or more of people sho contacted their offices and said they were witnesses. But the Democrats and some members of the fake news press persist. They are digging into documents and tracking down those witnesses for interviews a out what they have seen and know. All together now, boys and girls: “Fake news, fake news, fake news!” And don’t forget.
Well at least we know Lee is a real person so the truth may have some impact, unlike Ryan, jason and Oldsarge who likely are bots, trolls or whatever new malicious russian collusion device GOP has allowed for 2018 by obstructing adequate “hacking” defense by intell agencies and state partisan voting officials.
I meant Lindsey Graham of course @12:16.
Republicans, in the middle of tax cuts 2.0 (passed by the House with a yes vote from Nome), have noticed that the deficit is increasing. Their solution: cut Social Security and Medicare. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/17/17989354/federal-deficit-social-security-medicare-2018-midterms
I have to remind myself not to get drawn into the screeching about screeching; that is only to distract us all from the inept governance of the GOP.
Are The Concerned Women for America concerned about deficits and cuts to Social Security and Medicare? I am.
Sorry, “Noem.” Spellcheck wrecks me on the Representative’s name every time.
By Mr. Schoenbeck’s logic, Republicans own the Rise Above Movement, the Proud Boys, Unite the Right, and Richard Spencer. You own it Mr. Schoenbeck.
On January 25th of this year, armed, screaming Trump supporters gathered in front of the Arizona State Capital and confronted any dark-skinned individual they saw, demanding to know whether that person was a legally registered citizen in a clear and blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment. One of these people stopped Arizona State Representative Eric Descheenie and demanded proof of whether he was in the country illegally. To his great credit, Descheenie stood and stared the woman down, refusing to react to her screeching and preposterous demands. Descheenie is Navajo. Do not speak to me about unruly left-wing mobs.
It seems to me that death threats by the Right on Dr. Blasey and her family are pretty uncivil. Stalking her and forcing her and her family to move to an undisclosed location for their own safety isn’t very nice either.
Of course their “good people” who ran down and killed a counter protestor at a white supremacist rally were a little out of line.
Propaganda is a cruel tool, but the Right is highly skilled with it.
Back to Linda’s generic “endorsement”.
“I’m voting for Dusty Johnson to keep a Republican majority in the U.S. House.”
Can’t get much more tepid than that.
People, Johnson has obviously got Nothing to offer You. It’s just the Swamp in DC that wants him. They don’t care about you or your state. Tim Bjorkman cares about his fellow South Dakotans very much and has real, concrete plans to improve your lives right here in SD.
Vote Tim Bjorkman!!!
The nice ladies also object to same sex couples holding hands:
“”On TV and various places there’s couples holding hands, same sex couples, they want to normalize this behavior,” Florence Thompson, a member of SDPIE, said.” The Rapid City School Board voted to prohibit transgender and gender-nonconforming discrimination. https://www.blackhillsfox.com/content/news/School-board-adds-controversial-section-to-WDT-discrimination-policy-497692631.html?fbclid=IwAR1yngxErz3-BPetkkTVWEJHFJOdT_rPs5OXQ2PZoxuRsMkhmKq4MUKfklc
It is true that the libbie name-calling and venomous hate spilled over and resulted in Mr. Trump getting elected. It is my theory that the rude out-of-staters dominating this blog will have a minor effect of turning out more conservative voters. Probably not a huge effect, but some, depending on how many people read the bloggings here.
“libbie” How long have you been using that one, Grudz? Generally, I don’t stoop to your level, but why should we sit and listen to elitists call people a mob for using their First Amendment rights, and not fight back. You don’t like that, go to Russia, where you’ll feel more at home, you snowflake.
Didn’t the Tea Party commit the same “offenses?”
Didn’t the Tea Party indulge in the same tactics and commit the same “offenses?”
Not only is Lee “Hitler” Schoenbeck wrong on the constitutional issues involving peaceful protest, but he’s wrong on the politics. Wisconsin is a purple state that voted (barely) for Trump in 2016. Tammy Baldwin is going to win re-election hugely.
So, his hallucinations about spitting aside, he’s is absolutely right that women are fed up with “grab their pussy style” raping male big shots of the likes of Trump and Kavanaugh. And they let the all white all male Republican flunkies on the Judiciary Committee know that. About effing time, don’t ya think. And the Republican men couldn’t handle it. Lindsey went so far off the rails that I thought he was having hot flashes. It was clear the gutless, lying Kavanaugh was running scared, because he engaged in every male trick in the book, but particularly gaslighting while he was shouting his innocence. And they have to call these women “a mob,” because they are chickens^^ts, who don’t want to hear the truth. And they have to run TV ads about “mobs” because they are too chickensh^^t to go to town halls and say it in person.
I hope these “mobs” of women show up every time and every place these chickes^^t men are, even if they are having dinner with their paramours in a restaurant. They better hope the ain’t packin’.
Jason soils another comment section by starting us off with a lie.
Michael, yes, your approach would have been a far superior way to offer actual reasons to vote against Tim, for actual things he has done and said. Schauer makes no effort at rational argument. She just distracts from the issue with her prefab talking points. If she were writing a persuasive paper for English class, she would fail for ignoring the topic.
I’d respect Michael’s honest argument against Bjorkman’s positions. I can’t respect Schauer’s disingenuous distraction any more than I can Jason’s all too frequent and predictable distractions.
Lee, have you not noticed the effort Bjorkman has made to distance himself from the party?
And you acknowledging that Linda’s “endorsement” is really just a call to ignore the person and just vote for the the party… or against the party Fox News has demonized?
You have all become nasty mouthed bullies. I am glad most of you do not live in our state of South Dakota.
Indeed, Mr. OldSarg. I have to wonder how many Aberdeenites read the bloggings here and get really pissed off at the rudeness.
Mr. Pay, unlike Randy Seiler you are not a life-long South Dakotan. That’s a choice you made. The church crushed much of your life out of you.
Mr. Pay’s goats are rare, and shaved nicely, and I shall name this one Beth and put in a separate fenced area from all of the goats I have from Mr. Lansing. His goats suffer in conditions the USHS complains to me about in daily letters.
Debbno makes a point worth discussing. Schauer’s endorsement of Johnson is tepid. She doesn’t say one good thing about Dusty himself. Has Dusty turned out to be a worse candidate than we thought? I’ll admit, my radar may be off, because I’ve been paying far more attention to Sutton than Bjorkman. But is my attention indicative of something broader? Have Sutton and Noem sucked up all the public attention? Are Dusty and Tim lighting any fires, drawing any crowds, driving any conversations?
They have been having conversations with donors: including Q3, Epp says Johnson $1.3M, Bjorkman $674K. Paula Hawks didn’t break $250K in all of the 2016 cycle. Bjorkman has a shot.
Mr. Bjorkman is a polite and thoughtful fellow. He treats people with respect. Mr. H, as do I, feels he has a shot and perhaps a fat one. I still think Mr. Dusty will win, but we cannot and should not criticize Mr. Bjorkman for the campaign he has run so far. grudznick thinks him a respectable fellow.
Grudz, have some real courage. You hide your identity but try to complain about those of us who give our names and states of current residence, standing behind what we believe, while you hide your self-righteous, sniveling little self behind a pseudonym.
Some rhino ought grab Linda’s (and Shoenbeck’s) kitty, or her/his mothers, or sisters, or daughters. Crass? Not my original idea. What is fundamentally wrong with folks who vote against their interest. This is exactly the type and part and parcel of the reductionist and apologist behavior that allowed fascism to over-take earlier democracies in western Europe. These people do not believe in the rule of law. They worship ruling, even minority rule, not a republic nor democracy.
Ms. Geelsdottire, you are rude and from out of state. Your vote does not count and your voice does not matter to real South Dakotans. You left, instead of staying and fighting for what you believe. Coward.
Grudz, you can call me by time because I do not hide. You do. You are a sniveling coward.
“by name.” Stupid autocorrect.
BTW, you spelled it wrong, Mr. Coward.
Got me another goat. A good night for grudznick.
She got your goat, Grudzie. You’re fumbling all over trying to defend yourself. You know. Like a bald headed chicken. Squawk Squawk Squawk.
Porter, when you’re called out and ya got nothing, like Grudz here, you follow the recipe:
Declare victory and RUN LIKE HELL!!!
Back to the topic.
Clearly nobody thinks Johnson has anything to recommend him, other than no direct connections to scandals Yet. Did the SDGOP pick him because he’s the most malleable, least spine or brain?
That could be, Debbo. Dusty is clearly the most insider of the three nominees the GOP had last spring. Krebs played up her Trumpiness, but she seems to have an independent streak, and some in the party still grumble about her upsetting the Gant apple cart, rotten though it obviously was. Tapio has no cred in the party, not because he’s a paranoid bigot, but because he takes no direction from the state party machine. Dusty has been a good soldier for the party throughout, and that may have carried many GOP primary voters to his column.
But what does Dusty offer anyone else? Why can’t Linda Schauer find anything good to say about him?
Here’s a story about party and persons.
He said if the Bredesen campaign called tomorrow to rent the room, he’d say yes. It’s business for a small business trying to eke out a living.
Courtney said he initially didn’t endorse the candidate, and just was being a businessman, but after what he’s been through he can support only Blackburn.
“I’m one who votes for the person, not the party,” he said. “But with everyone saying they are going to boycott my restaurant because Marsha came here to treat my employees and customers, I can’t even fathom people like that.”
Jason. Posting Powerline proves why you were never accepted in a college. We are what we read and you’ve become just a wasted pile of cells.
Concerned Women of America positions defending wife-beating and rape of teenaged girls is nothing new. They pat themselves on the back over their fake “Christianity,” but they have been front and center defending rapists for a long, long time.
I remember the fights over reform of sexual assault and domestic violence laws in South Dakota in the 1990s. The right, especially Concerned Women of America, were lobbying very hard against strengthening these laws. You would have thought wife beating and rape were Christian sacraments. They defended men who beat their wives and girlfriends. In their twisted religion, men rule over women and have a right to rape and abuse. CWA lobbied against reform of sexual assault laws that would protect girls and women from rape, and especially if it was done by Daddy. Such laws, they said, would interfere in “Biblical family values.” They are sick people, so when they defend rapist Kavanaugh, understand where they are coming from.
Regarding Kavanaugh, we had a discussion not long ago about the evidence against him and whether the inability of Dr. Ford to remember the date of the party where she was attacked mattered. His partison defenders said it did and I pointed out that it didn’t.
Today in the RC Journal there is a story about the conviction of a fellow named Trevor Lone Hill on two counts of sexual abuse. One conviction is based on an act that occurred “sometime between July 2010 and November 2014,” while the second conviction is based on an act that occurred “sometime between January 2014 and March 2017.” In other words, as I explained in the earlier thread the date of an attempted rape or act of sexual abuse is not an important factor and should have been a relatively unimportant detail in assessing Dr. Ford’s credibility.
But party propaganda was used to demonize Dr. Ford and minimize her allegations against Kavanaugh based on this rather weak detail of the assault. I wonder if we will hear the same outrage from our DFP posters who supported Kavanaugh about the Lone Hill convictions – but I doubt it given the propensity to come to factual conclusions, however erroneous, based only upon political goals.
What was the evidence in the case?
Jason, my point was that an open date is not required for a conviction. The Journal reports that he pled guilty notwithstanding the lack of a specific allegation as to when the illegal acts took place on a particular date. If a more specific date was required, as has been argued in Kavanaugh by his supporters, Mr. Lone Hill’s lawyer could have succeeded on a motion to dismiss regardless of the other evidence against him.
Don, as someone who was on the ground working in domestic violence shelters, I can attest to the frustration and grief we felt that there was a certain group of women, led by CWA, that were so mentally and emotionally compromised that they opposed the new laws we finally got passed. The CWA leaders were simply the female version of some of the hate mongers we’ve been seeing mostly on the male side. They loved power and influence. Schlafly was an evil and nasty woman.
BBC, nearly all those who so savagely attacked Dr. Blasey didn’t know, or care to know, the effects of trauma/PTSD on the brain. It’s profound and long lasting but does respond to persistent treatment. “On or about” is common parlance.
All in all the entire Kaveman affair was a vicious attack on women. I am certain Pootiepublicans gravely underestimate the effect of that trauma they deliberately inflicted. We women can’t.
Sorry BCB. Autocorrect insists you are British tv.
Debbo, maybe you will help me win an “emmy” for my comments!
Meanwhile, it is too bad party/tribal loyalty leads to such blind irrational anti-women arguments when defending a male member of one’s tribe. By the way, I often wonder where was the “presumption of innocence,” and demand for “corroborating evidence” when Trumpist were yelling “lock her up?”
Kavanaugh and his supporters did not say Ford had to name a specific date.
The American public has said she needs corroborating evidence which she did not produce.
Linda Schauer produced no evidence about Tim Bjorkman in her letter.
Mr. H, I think your blog provides all the evidence necessary about the Democrat Party being the party of rudeness and a noteworthy lack of civility. Not you, sir, as you are a respectful fellow, as I try to be. But your out-of-state sycophants sure put a bad light on your bloggings.
Dear Grudzilla, your orange mangled monster in the Kremlin Annex does enough damage to America’s reputation around the world and shows nothing but disrespect to women, Muslims, Gays, minorities, etc that maybe you should clean your own house before worrying about words from out of state.
You are a sicko phant wingnut and Drumpf is all yours. Own him!
Point, set and match to Mike.
Grudzilla, suck on this, Drumpf lover- http://www.startribune.com/trump-praises-montana-congressman-who-body-slammed-reporter/497997231/
Libbie violence? Or did you mean violins?
Funny thing is, Grudz, out of all the speakers here from whom you wish to derive a far-too-sweeping generalization about the good people on your ballot, the only commenters I see who are running for office are me, Kurt Evans, Stace Nelson, Lee Schoenbeck… any others?
Here’s another gollywhomper for you to ponder, Oh Grudzillaone-
Hate group Family Research Council wants the law passed so they can abuse children. Walk with pride, Grudzie. These are your party members.