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The Democrats Did Well. Too Well?

Alright Ma! I heard ya the first 3 times!   Every kid When you’re using a lousy joke to set up your best joke, those moans and groans give you tingles, and the laughter from your best joke makes the moans and groans worthwhile. And when you want to incite the villagers to storm Trumpenstein’s castle, their anger and outrage is music to your ears. And so, When Adam Schiff’s reference last night to a CBS News report about Trump talking about “Heads on pikes” last night, was greeted with an audible response, including a squeaky “Not true!” from Susan Collins, or one of the dozens of other female GOP Senators, it had to give him a rush. That wasn’t the first time a Democrat had elicited a response from the Senate chamber over the last three days, just the most noticeable. Congressman Hakeem, Jeffries got some nice chuckles from the well of the Senate in response to his light hearted quip about baseball yesterday. And Schiff has repeatedly gotten non verbal responses when his oratory has soared, the quiet rustles of cloth, and soft squeaks pf bodies shifting, like the sound when you search through your coat pockets for something. If you’re a Democratic cases manager, those sounds are your version of a standing ovation. Because the Senate GOP caucus has spent the last year running from the truth like a kid running from his medicine before bedtime. It took the congressional version of sending them to a corner, but you finally have them trapped, and have their attention. The Democrats did exactly what I had hoped they’d do in their three days of presentation. They laid the case out chronologically, and they buttressed their arguments with documents and witness testimony. They hit the same point from multiple angles, again providing different corroboration to tie Trump to the acts described. Basically, they nailed him to the wall. And the GOP Senators had to sit there and listen to it, with occasional prompts of patriotism and even shaming from the Democrats as they made their points. But the question is, did the Democrats do the job too well? After all, McConnell had a damn good reason for wanting the initial presentations to take place before the Senate voted on witnesses and documents. And that was the hope and expectation that the thorough Democrats would provide an airtight case. Which was music to McConnell’s ears. Look, the GOP is under the gun here. It has been reported that His Lowness wants this thing wrapped up by next Friday. If witnesses are approved and called on, there is no way that will happen. But it was the Democrats themselves that may have just provided the quislings in the GOP Senate their out to cast votes against calling witnesses. Why do we need to call witnesses? The Democrats spent three days doing an incredibly effective job of laying out their case against Trump. They had documents of their own, and testimony to back up their contention. Why would we need to see or hear anything more will be the GOP’s lame ass excuse to keep America from getting a full and fair trial. As a point in fact, in the last twenty minutes, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst tweeted out something quite similar to my theoretical statement above, […]
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Pompeo responds to reports of rage-filled tirade against reporter with lie-filled statement

The non-impeachment bombshell of the week was NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly's interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the interview in which he...

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Here we go, more polarization in government, but this story isn’t about the diametric opposition of the Republicans and Democrats, it’s about the ongoing War on Truth waged by the current administration against the press. Here with a gasoline can is Mike Pompeo, to make his contribution to the fray. If you missed the back story, Pompeo was interviewed by NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly, wherein he said to her, “Do you think anybody cares about Ukraine?” and used the F-word. Plus, he insulted her intelligence, saying she couldn’t even find Ukraine on a map. Now, Pompeo is livid that she didn’t keep his abuse off the record, but instead told it to Ari Melber. The Hill: “NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice. First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record,” Pompeo said in a statement released by the State Department. “It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency,” he continued, calling the incident “another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration.” “It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity,” he added. Somebody’s unhinged, that much is certain, and I doubt it’s this NPR reporter, who was keeping things on and off the record long before Donald Trump and coterie ever came on the scene. It’s the knee jerk reaction of everybody in Trumpworld these days to excuse their actions by invoking a smoke screen of deep state paranoia, like it was a genie called on to protect them. None of them are doing anything wrong, ever, it’s just that there’s a conspiracy to make everybody associated with Trump look bad, oh no. So much for the party of personal responsibility,
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