Doctor: You are the filthiest human I’ve ever seen Patient: I want a 2nd opinion! Doctor: OK, you’re bone stupid too
Boy, talk about must see TV! If you’re at home at 9 EST, and you have cable, you have to be tuned into MSNBC…Once again, Rachel Maddow has pulled off the greatest journalistic scoop since Noah interviewed God about the weather report. Rachel’s guest tonight will be none other than Lev Parnas, and his attorney.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t read uch about Lev’s little treasure trove of dirt, mainly because I can seldom read anymore, I have to wait for somebody to read it to me over the boob tube. And what I’ve heard, although at least partially uncorroborated, is terrible for Glorious Bleater. But however bad it gets, it doesn’t even touch the core of the problem.
The real core of the problem is brainless, automatic, knee jerk arrogance. Rex Tillerson nailed it when he said that Trump is a fucking idiot. But Tillerson missed the most critical word, which is that He’s a congenital fucking idiot! Jesus Christ! How many times do you have to swat the puppy over the snoot with the newspaper before he figures out the purpose of the doggie door?
It isn’t just that Trump is such a stupid criminal that he couldn’t rifle the church poor box while the place was empty, it’s that he’s arrogant about his stupidity. He’s arrogant because his brain dead arrogance has never substantially cost him before. But now he’s got Mitch McConnell n his knees, begging him like the world’s worst motivational coach to Help me…Help you…Help yourself…
What is killing Trump and the GOP is the simple fact that, being an outsider to politics, Trump never learned that the tasteless, colorless, odorless goo that greases the wheels of official Washington DC is a little thing called plausible deniability/ The solution to every problem in politics is to set it up in a way that allows you to either deny it, explain it away, or lead ignorance. And instead, Trump brags about creatin the problem in the first place.
Here’s what I mean. As I wrote in an earlier article today, the greatest fear of every GOP incumbent is crossing Da Boss. And yet, in the gratuitous killing of Soleimani, Trump couldn’t be bothered to even try to create a scenario with plausible deniability in it. And as a result, as much as nobody wants to cross His Lowness, the prospect of having their constituents blame them for getting the US into another endless Middle East ground war, there is bipartisan support to invoke the War Powers Act to rein Trump in.
The same is true for Trump’s impeachment trial, which hasn’t even officially begun yet. No matter how cavalier Trump is about impeachment, the fact is that the rest of the country takes it pretty seriously, and they expect their Senators to take it seriously too. And having the defendant in the trial bragging publicly how his tame pound puppies are gonna leave the cell door unlocked for him is not the persona that vulnerable GOP incumbents want portrayed to their constituents. And as a result, you have Susan Collins of Maine leading an effort to allow witnesses that neither Trump nor McConnell want, just to project an aura of fairness.
And the simple fact of the matter is that, believe it or not, things can actually still get worse for El Pendejo Presidente. How’s this for a true Trumpageddon scenario. One of the things that will have to be decided by a motion vote at the trial is the manner and method of the eventual vote. There are two ways that this can be done, an oral roll call vote, with each Senator responding verbally to vote, or a secret ballot, as in a basic criminal trial. McConnell is desperate to have a voice roll call vote, to use the pressure of having to stand up and declare your vote to keep antsy GOP incumbents in line. But if those GOP Senators actually do cross over to vote with the Democrats to have witnesses and document production, and things go badly for Trump, especially in the public opinion arena, those same Senators could cross to vote with Schumer for a secret ballot vote. And if that happens, all bets are off.
Cast your mind back just a bit, Months ago, before official impeachment hearings were convened, when impeachment was a hot topic, multiple reporters reported that multiple GOP Senators, speaking anonymously had told them, that if it came down to an anonymous ballot, the vote to remove Trump would be a minimum 70 votes. And if Trump starts to look like a total loser in public polling, what better way to get that anchor off of your neck than to take a secret vote, and claim your innocence afterwards?To be clear, I’m not saying that this is what will happen, in fact I find it a rank outside possibility. But every day, it seems more and more like Trump’s bottle of drink me is just about used up, and if there’s one thing we know about Trump, it’s that he won’t stop pushing, no matter how many times he’s bopped across the snoot.
As I said, this is all speculation. But the ground has already shifted. You have one GOP Senator who has already made a base political calculation that her only path to survival is to stand up to Trump and pray. And apparently she’s bringing close air support with her. Once that step is taken, if things go south fast and hard, is it really such a preposterous leap to consider that there may once again be GOP Senators that take that long walk up Pennsylvania Avenue, to tell our generation’s Richard Nixon that the game is over? Don’t say anything. Just sit back and watch, all will be revealed eventually.
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