UPDATED” Weekend Open Thread: Will OC Republicans Jump Off the Trump Train?

Look, this is very strange, but I’m playing along with it. I was preparing a story on the possibility of Trump going Caligula on his own party, to loosely paraphrase a story in “TheHill.com,” when all of the sudden smoke started coming out of my computer, there was a flash of red light and a sound like the tusks being sawed off of a dead elephant, and a TRANSOM just APPEARED out of nowhere above my monitor — and suddenly the message below popped up onscreen!

This image came with the transom phenomenon. Every time I try to replace it, it comes back, but with everyone but Trump more blurry. I’m not going to test it further.

I’m not going to mess around with this “Baugh Humbug” memo. (I take it from his being listed first that “Future Baugh” is its likely author.) I’m just going to publish it and then try to get the hell out of here before another one comes!

* U * R * G * E * N * T * ! *
SENT: DECEMBER 24, 2022
RECEIVED: JUNE 24, 2022
FROM: YOUR FUTURE SELVES!
TO: SCOTT BAUGH (CA-47), ERIC CHING (CA-38), YOUNG KIM (CA-40), MICHELLE STEEL (CA-45), CHRISTOPHER J GONZALES (CA-46), BRYAN MARYOTT (CA-49), MITCH CLEMMONS (SD-30), KELLY SEYARTO (SD-32), RHONDA SHADER (SD-34), JANET NGUYEN (SD-36), MATT GUNDERSON (SD-38), PHILLIP CHEN (AD-59), RAUL ORTIZ JR (CA-64), SOO YOO (AD-67), MIKE TARDIF (AD-68), TRI TA (AD-70), DIANE DIXON (AD-72), STEVE CHOI (AD-73), AND LAURIE DAVIES (AD-74)
CC: BRIAN DAHLE, ANGELA E. UNDERWOOD JACOBS, ROB BERNOSKY, LANHEE CHAN, JACK M. GUERRERO. NATHAN HOCHMAN, LANCE RAY CHRISTENSEN, AND MARK MEUSER

RE: 10 DAYS TO JUMP OFF THE TRUMP TRAIN!

THIS IS A MEMO FROM YOUR FUTURE SELVES. WE ARE CONTACTING YOU ON CHRISTMAS EVE -- YES, LIKE IN DICKINS.THE CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY PHYSICS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING FEVERISHLY ON TECHNOLOGY ALLOWING MESSAGES TO BE SENT BACK IN TIME, TO WARN THE TRUSTEES NOT TO HIRE JOHN EASTMAN AS LAW DEAN. THEY ARE ALLOWING US TO TEST THE SYSTEM WITH A 6-MONTH REACH.

BY JULY 4, YOU WILL BE PERMANENTLY TIED IN VOTERS' MINDS TO FORMER PRESIDENT D. J. TRUMP. (WE NO LONGER USE HIS FULL NAME.) THE JAN. 6 COMMITTEE HEARINGS WERE DEVESTATING. TRUMP TURNED ON FELLOW REPUBLICANS. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SAY MORE; TOO BIG OF A TIMELINE RIFT.

WE BEG OF YOU, AS THE ONES WHO WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH YOUR DECISION, CLEARLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY STATE THAT YOU ARE NOW OPPOSED TO TRUMP AFTER THE REVELATIONS ABOUT HIM FROM BACK IN JUNE. THE BEST PLACE FOR YOU TO LEAVE YOUR STATEMENT IS APPARENTLY ON THE ORANGE JUICE BLOG'S FACEBOOK PAGE, OR ON COMMENTS TO THE POST WHERE THIS MESSAGE WILL HOPEFULLY OCCUR. WE ASK THAT READERS POST THIS PLEA ON THE SITES OF YOUR VARIOUS CAMPAIGNS TO MAKE SURE YOU SEE IT.

Well, we don’t know what the hell that is about, let alone how it gone here, but we’re doing as they say. Republican campaigns: contact us to state whether you abjure Donald Trump in all of his manifestations!

Among other things, this is your Weekend Open Thread! Talk about that, or whatever else you want, within broad bounds of decency, decorum and —

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ONE MORE THING. YOU SHOULD ALL ENDORSE DAVID DOBSON FOR BOARD OF EQUALIZATION. WE ARE TOTALLY SERIOUS ABOUT THAT. 

DAMN, that transom is scary as hell! Chapman Physics team you really need to fix thaAAAAAAAAAAA

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HELLO PREVIOUS ME! THIS IS MICHELLE STEEL! I TOOK CONTROL. JUST WANT TO REMIND YOU, THEY SAID NOT TO GIVE INTERVIEWS AND NOT MEANS NONE! NOT! EVEN!! ONE!!! STUPID YOU.

UPDATE 6/30: When I woke up today and checked my computer — though I luckily averting another encounter with the transom — I found this additional message:

SORRY, WE WEREN'T PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS HAPPENING DURING THE WEEK AFTER THE ONE TO WHICH WE SENT OUR MESSAGE. NO WONDER YOU'VE BEEN BUSY, YOU POOR BASTARDS. AGAIN: JUMP OFF THE TRUMP TRAIN NOW! THIS GETS WORSE! DO NOT PRESUME THAT DEMOCRATS WILL ALWAYS BE TOO DUMB TO SHARE THIS POST!

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)