Tuesday, January 28, 2020

It Isn’t Just Arrogance

As I’m sitting here listening to Trump’s low rent mouthpieces squeaking on television like one of my cat’s toys, and making protozoa look intelligent, I’m thinking to myself, What if they’re not the dummies, what if we are? Let’s look at this weekend, and what happened, shall we? I along with a whole lot of other people, had a ball this weekend with the Trump defense team’s atrociously short presentation to the Senate on Saturday, which took under 2 hours from start to finish. Dear Lord, a $250 an hour, $450 an hour court time lawyer is just finishing introducing himself and his client to the jury at the two hour mark, but these guys are off for a sauna and a massage. No great loss though, since they didn’t have much of anything to say. But then look what happened on Sunday. The Sunday morning talk shows hit the air, starring the GOP talking heads, especially the supposedly “neutral” GOP Senate jury members. Sweet Jesus, you could almost see the Australian sheepdog, running around behind them and barking to herd them into their seats at the table. And sure enough, Baa-baa-baa, Trump’s defense team is brilliant! Baa-baa-baa, they demolished the Democrats feeble case with their powerful arguments. And that’s when it hit me. I’ve spent a good deal of time, and a couple of articles over the last week, blasting Trump and the GOP Senate for their arrogance. Arrogance against the constitution, arrogance against the rule of law, and arrogance towards us. But after the events of this weekend, I realized that it isn’t just arrogance. It’s much more. What we’re seeing on the part of Trump, his low loge defense team, and the GOP Senate is nothing less than total fucking contempt. Contempt for the constitution, contempt for the rule of law, and contempt for us. Trump has total contempt because he honestly believes that his vaunted base of mouth breathers and bed wetters is enough to get him back into office in November. The GOP Senate caucus has nothing but contempt for the process, because His Lowness is leading them around by the balls, and his contempt is their contempt. And Trump’s defense team is filled with contempt because they realized that they actually didn’t have to put up a valid defense. They could stand there at the podium for 24 hours and read Ulysses, and it wouldn’t matter. Although they’d embarrass themselves by tripping over the larger words. It doesn’t really matter what they say or don’t say, because the fix is in. So, fuck it. Once this pathetic kangaroo court fiasco is over with, this is what the Democratic candidates, all of them, have to hammer home to the voting public. The simple fact that the GOP has nothing but contempt. Contempt for the constitution, contempt for the law, contempt for the process, and most importantly, contempt for them. The Democrats spent three days putting up a compelling case of conclusive evidence, and the GOP’s only response was Fuck all a y’all. Cuz there’s nothing you can do about it! It’s funny when you think about it, but a sleazy little weasel like Mick Mulvaney could actually end up playing a pivotal role in the election. Because, come the fall, when the Democrats play their devastating commercials showing the GOP’s utter contempt for everything but their power, the Democrats […]

Trump’s ‘Flashy Series Finale’ To Impeachment Won’t Happen w/Bolton’s Script Change In the Works

I love the smell of a Trump panic tweet in the morning — it smells like impeachment. I hope I’m not counting chickens before the eggs are hatched, but damn, this development of Bolton’s manuscript has definitely been a plot twist and it potentially could wreck the best laid plans of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and all the other mice in power in the Senate. Trump was contemplating an Oval Office address to proclaim his vindication, but that was long before this weekend’s events. In any event, it appears certain at this time that Trump’s plans to celebrate his in-the-bag acquittal and do an extended victory lap, are now going to be retooled a bit. Perhaps quite a bit. Politico: Trump has not settled on a specific plan yet, but the internal machinations show the extent to which the president remains focused on the details and optics of his ongoing impeachment trial — from the TV slot in which his lawyers argued his case to the performance of his legal team to the look and feel of a speech or ceremony marking the end of the months-long saga. “The president is giving a lot of thought to where he goes when he is acquitted and vindicated,” a senior administration official said. “This isn’t a one-and-done moment. This will be a sustained exit from a long dreary impeachment process and a great reset to 2020 — not just the 2020 reelection but the 2020 domestic and international arena.” […] White House aides had been hoping to use the State of the Union address to lay out Trump’s agenda for the rest of the year as well as a potential second term, and lately Trump has tried to cast impeachment and the investigations into his conduct as one of his many accomplishments for the country. “I consider what I’ve done here, with this whole witch hunt, from day one — with the insurance policy; with the horrible statements made between Strzok and Page; and McCabe; and Comey, who lied to Congress and did so many other bad things,” he said during a press conference at Davos last week. “He lied and he leaked. When I finish, I think that this is going to go down as one of the greatest things I’ve done for our country. These are bad, corrupt people. These are bad people, and very bad for our country.” Trump was all ready to primp and preen around the hen yard and now it looks like his plans for a celebration of himself are premature. This isn’t the first time, either. Trump hosted a victory lap in the Rose Garden after the House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare — and you recall what happened in the Senate, with John McCain and the thumbs down. Be glad you’re not a coffee pot or a television set in the White House. Legend is that they don’t fare too well when Trump gets frustrated and if his Twitter feed is any indication, he is far from serene right now.    
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Mitt Romney Jumps On Bolton-as-Witness Bandwagon

This is vintage Mittens. .@SenatorRomney tells reporters just now: “I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton.” — Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 27, 2020 Now it’s “us.” Romney is part of the “us” that thinks that John Bolton should be heard from. As if it was his idea all along. But even though it’s a day late and a dollar short, and classic Romney fence sitting, we’ll take what we can get. This is good news. More good news: Lindsey Graham abruptly cancelled a press conference scheduled for this morning. That is yet another weather vane reading, showing that the wind has changed direction. More good news, still: Conservative columnist Byron York wants Bolton to testify. This is no small thing. York writes for the Washington Examiner, a very pro-Trump paper — at least at one time — plus he’s a Fox News contributor, plus he authored a book called “The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.” When a guy with credentials like this is saying game over on suppressing the Bolton testimony, it just might be game over. Much talk about WH claims of privilege if Bolton testifies. But Bolton has already changed the game. He has put down his account on paper. That written account has circulated. Cat is out of the bag. Public needs to see it now. — Byron York (@ByronYork) January 27, 2020 We can’t agree more. It isn’t every day I see eye to eye with the Washington Examiner, but this is the second time in one week. The first time was when an op/ed writer praised Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to the skies for his summation of the impeachment trial, and now this. This feels like a baseball game when somebody hits a homer in the bottom of the eighth. Dare we hope to actually turn this game around and win? It’s a good sign that Romney is claiming that hearing Bolton’s testimony was his idea all along. Romney never skates out on the ice alone. He only commits to something when it’s already a fait accompli and the entire crowd is on board. Then he claims it was his idea in the first place. This is a very good sign indeed.  
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Fox & Friends Mourns ‘Devastating Timing’ Of Bolton’s Manuscript Release, While Trump Lies Mount

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day, Monday, Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way. — Mamas and the Papas It’s always a good idea to listen to what Fox News is saying, just so one can take the temperature of current administration thought — namely that of the Viewer in Chief, who exists in a perpetual feedback loop with the network. He listens to them to get all of his talking points for the day, and to form his “policies” such as they are. This morning that temperature is high, shooting to the critical zone, as the denizens of the curvy couch lament the fact that “this thing was on the fast track to closing out without witnesses” and now there’s this pesky consideration of a percipient witness to Trump’s malfeasance, John Bolton, publishing his memoirs about Ukraine, and how are you gonna ignore that? Brian Kilmeade says John Bolton's book manuscript being "leaked out" is "more evidence that people within the administration are against the administration." Kilmeade also says it's "devastating timing, because this thing was on the fast track to closing out without witnesses." pic.twitter.com/SytTnCQ53g — Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 27, 2020 The Bolton manuscript is going to make it difficult for senators who vote this Friday to have no witnesses, when the book drops on March 17, and people begin to ask these senators, why didn’t you want to call this witness when you had a chance to do so? How could you vote to acquit without doing so? These are tough questions. Now former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart doesn’t think this new Bolton development is going to matter all that much, because he believes Republican senators will be “willing to take a short-term hit” when the time comes. Raw Story: “It’s obviously more likely that there will be witnesses, but that’s only because of as of Sunday afternoon, there was no chance there were going to be witnesses, ” Lockhart explained. “I think Republicans were clearly signaling it all day Sunday that they had won this fight and they were willing to swallow the whatever bad press they’d get.” “I still don’t know that it makes it extremely likely,” he cautioned. “Remember, the president’s defense, you say at the heart of the president’s defense, the president’s defense has changed a dozen times. This is just the most recent one. It does go to the heart of whether this is first-hand information. But I think most Republicans, probably the four that we have been concentrating on have made up their mind they just want this over and they’re willing to take a short-term hit.” “We’ll see,” he added. “We’re going to see from the White House defense today, you know, whether they now bury this defense. We’re going to see it in the hallways.” And what is the White House defense? The Democrat controlled House never even asked John Bolton to testify. It is up to them, not up to the Senate! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020 The House asked and Trump replied with his executive privilege scam and ordered Bolton not to testify. Bolton said he would only testify pursuant to a subpoena, if a court weighed in on the issue and the House gave up, not wanting to incite a […]

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Donald Trump is all a flutter, as well you might expect, over the New York Times piece on Sunday, revealing that the White House is in possession of a manuscript wherein John Bolton tells all about Ukraine, to wit, that $391 Million in aid was withheld, pending investigations of Trump’s political rivals. Axios: What he’s saying: “I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book,” Trump said. “With that being said, the transcripts of my calls with President Zelensky are all the proof that is needed, in addition to the fact that President Zelensky & the Foreign Minister of Ukraine said there was no pressure and no problems. Additionally, I met with President Zelensky at the United Nations (Democrats said I never met) and released the military aid to Ukraine without any conditions or investigations – and far ahead of schedule. I also allowed Ukraine to purchase Javelin anti-tank missiles. My Administration has done far more than the previous Administration.” And it goes without saying that Bolton’s commentary on Trump freezing $391 million in assistance to Ukraine until officials there “helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens” is fuel for the impeachment fire, providing a sound basis for Bolton to testify before the senate.  Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump’s claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden. Trump strongly denied Bolton’s claims early Monday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has already seized on the story, tweeting: “John Bolton has the evidence. It’s up to four Senate Republicans to ensure that John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, and the others with direct knowledge of President Trump’s actions testify in the Senate trial.” The seven House impeachment managers echoed those sentiments, saying in a joint statement: “There is no defensible reason to wait until his book is published, when the information he has to offer is critical to the most important decision senators must now make — whether to convict the president of impeachable offenses.” Mitch McConnell went to great lengths to run out the impeachment clock by Friday, but it’s the wee hours of Monday morning in Washington at the time of this writing, and it will be interesting how McConnell, Cipollone or any of them find a way to whitewash this sufficiently to where it doesn’t look like what it is, a blatant attempt to keep as much pertinent evidence and testimony blocked from ever reaching the senate. Trump’s minions had planned to ignore facts and spin a public relations story — which is all their two hours of “defense” on Saturday was. Now it looks like it’s going to turn into a liars contest between Bolton and Trump — and actually, that may work out just fine. The only way that we could know for sure if Bolton is lying about what Trump said or didn’t say, is to put him on the stand. It’s going to be a lonnnng week. No matter what happens, it will be one of the […]

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