Big wheel keep on turnin’, Proud Mary keep on burnin’. Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river Proud Mary
Rachel Maddow put it perfectly a while ago, and I’ve referred to it repeatedly. In following a presidential administration run by a screeching howler monkey, who will say anything to satisfy his thirst for attention, Rachel admonishes Don’t watch what they say, watch what they do. This is useful for a bunch who use words like the spiel of a street corner three card Monte dealer while he manipulates the cards.
What they did was as comical as it was ridiculous. Congressman Matt Gaetz, yet another rich, pampered GOP man child, whose last paying job was, I believe, as a smudge pot holder on a Florida orange grove, led another two dozen Salvation Army Thrift Store clad stumble bums down to the SCIF to disrupt the scheduled deposition, of yet another government employee properly telling Trump and Tubby the Ewok to pound sand.But like everything else these IQ cripples try, and of which Glorious Bleater wholeheartedly approve, it was short sighted and doomed to failure. Although I do give House Intel Chair Adam Schiff major kudos. Personally, I would have had their scruffy asses walked out there in a perp walk conga line.
So, that’s what they did. But at this point, as Trump’s impeachment plows full-steam-ahead towards the dock. As much as I agree with Rachel that we need to watch what they do and not what they say, I think that we also need to start watching what they’re not doing. And in this case, when I say they, I am specifically speaking about the GOP members of the US Senate.
Before I go any further, let me put a little perspective on this. As you know, there are two legislative branches, the House and the Senate. The House is generally referred to as “The Peoples Chamber.” In theoretical terms, the House is the more common, passionate, loud body, and the Senate the more deliberative and sober body. Basically, the House thinks shit up, and the Senate decides whether it’s good shit or bad shit. And that’s the way that Senators actually tend to look at it. The House is Missy Molly’s Daycare, while the Senate is Harvard.
Up until about a month ago, many GOP members of the Senate were still fairly cocky, and more than willing to opine on the prospect of the impeachment of Donald Trump. That was because, for them at least, it was still a largely theoretical exercise. Based on a long history, they still had full faith in the Democratic House’s ability to snatch-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory. And also, from everything they had seen, there was nothing that the Democrats would ever turn up that wouldn’t allow them to mealy mouth their way out of having to vote to convict Trump, in other words, there was no smoking gun.
But then the bottom fell out of the boat, and Shit Just Got Real! First, there was the whistle blowers complaint, which turned out to have uncomfortably sturdy legs. And then Trumplethinskin decided to voluntarily turn over the smoking gun call summary that graphically shows him shaking down the President of the Ukraine. And then, beyond all belief, department employees started telling Trump’s White House where to stick it, and complying with House subpoenas to give depositions. And the straw that broke the camel’s back was when the Democrats finally got their shit together, and stayed on a simple, cohesive, coherent message. Trump is going to be impeached in the House.
These days, when it comes to the GOP Senate, this is what they’re not doing. They’re not running away from the cameras anymore. But they’re not talking about it either. And what they’re not talking about is what is going to give Trump night terrors, and lead to the next 3 am covfefe Twitter meme. They’re not defending His Lowness, and worst of all, they’re not slamming the Democrat’s process in running the impeachment inquiry. All of a sudden, the GOP Senate, from Mitch McConnell on down, has decided to take a sober and serious approach to this.
And in a handful of cases, they’re approaching heresy. Retiring GOP Senator Lamar Alexander, in the way he expressed his concern over this matter, all but enshrined the legitimacy of the impeachment inquiry. Senator Mitt Romney is laying bread crumbs hinting that he could actually be convinced to convict Trump, and even the racist dickhead Lindsey “Trump is being lynched!” Graham said that if a quid pro quo could be established, that would be a matter of grave concern before the Senate.
But mostly, what they’re saying is nothing. Not no words, but nothing substantive, which is in itself telling. Most Senators, now on both sides, when asked about impeachment, respond the same way, “I really can’t talk about that, since it’s quite possible that I may end up being a jury member of the impeachment trial and I can’t say anything that may interfere with the legitimacy of the proceedings.”
Shit Just Got Real. It’s no longer just a theoretical exercise in semantics for the GOP in the Senate. Trump is gong to be impeached in the House, and there is going to be a trial in the Senate, and Chief Justice Roberts is going to brook absolutely no bullshit from Yertl McTurtle. There is every likelihood that the Democrats are going to be able to produce both witnesses, as well as documents that conclusively prove that the sitting President of the United States engaged in a criminal activity. And then it will be up to them. Their vote, their reputation, and their legacy. And if you think I’m kidding, just remember, they fondly refer to themselves as The Club Of 100. They really need a reality check that the rest of us just ain’t that into them.
I will leave you with this. I still find it highly unlikely, with everything I’ve said, and everything that the House Democrats will say and show, that you’ll get 20 Senate Republicans to pull the flusher on Trump. But you know what? In reality, you don’t need 20, you only need 4. Four Republican votes, say Romney, Collins, Murkowski, and Gardner is all it takes for the majority of the US Senate to vote to remove Trump from office. And while it is not enough to remove Trump from office, neither is it an acquittal,since the majority actually voted to convict. And there’s no way that Trump can spin his way out of that one, he’s fatally damaged goods in the eyes of the electorate. All it takes is 4. Don’t touch that dial.
To know the future, look to the past. before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen