At this point, I think that the only military officer President Trump still likes is Colonel Sanders General James Mattis
It was nice to see the military finally stand up for itself. Don’t get me wrong, a “code of honor” in the active military backing its Commander in Chief’s play is one thing, but to have retired flag officers like Mattis and McRaven make it clear that not only is the President a moron, but when he’s making our military look like a bunch of craven, cowardly weasels, is important to the morale of the troops, to know somebody will do the public bitching that they can’t. And author Stephen King is rapidly becoming a national treasure every time he opens his mouth. You’ll notice that King didn’t compare Giuliani to any of his famous monsters, sadly The Ghoul Man lacks the moral character to make the grade. And just an FYI, if the upcoming Dr. Sleep movie is anywhere near as good as the novel, it should become a classic.
So, the impeachment inquiry is now a whopping three weeks old, huh? Congratulations Democrats, the impeachment inquiry has now officially lasted as long as the “happy days” in any one of Trump’s marriages. Or, knowing him, as long as all three combined. But since after three long years of nonstop Trump scandals, the public’s attention span is about as long as Trump’s marital bliss ratio, it might be time to kick things into another gear.
So, what happens next? Well, if the Democrats are smart, this week in the House investigation will be “housekeeping week.” Look, you already have every diplomat that ever set foot in the Ukraine testifying that “the Three Amigos” looked more like “The Three Stooges” bumbling around Zelensky and Kiev, and that it was His Lowness that ordered them to work around and outside of the State Department. You already have Trump’s signed confession in the phone log, and Mulvaney fingered Trump at the scene of the crime. Wrap it up, after all, while the Harry Potter gooks were great, The Deathly Hallows dragged on longer than my divorce, and was about as satisfying at the end. Wrap it up.
Use this week to get your ducks in a row. Start laying out the parameters for the impeachment hearings in the House, and start deciding how many actual articles of impeachment you want to draft. And for God’s sake, start releasing some of the earlier, redacted depositions to the public. Right now all the public has is your word for how damaging the testimony was, and the GOP is still making the “secret partisan proceeding” argument. Put it out there, let the media start breaking it down for people, and let the Republicans start ruing the day they were born. And by the end of the week, announce the start of the schedule for open hearing witness testimony to start the next week.
Because tempus does fugit, and right now it’s fugiting quickly. All of the media poli-sci empty vessels are busy gabbling about how the Democrats in the House are up against a strict time limit, and time limit is the upcoming 2020 primaries next year. Boy, that just goes to show you what $100k in education combined with $0 in common sense will get you. Because the time limit they’re actually up against is much tighter, but easy to attain, and with a very high cost/benefit ratio attached to it if they do attain it.
The real time limit that the Democrats in the House are up against is the congressional holiday schedule. They need this wrapped up, and articles of impeachment voted on by the time the House breaks for its Thanksgiving recess. This is due to the public’s attention span, not any congressional necessity. Because, on the day that congress flees the coop to go stuff their fat faces everybody else is going to be thinking about their holiday plans too, and they aren’t going to stop thinking about them until after New Year’s!
So right now, this minute, while you have their full attention, the Democrats in the House need to damn Trump for all time in the minds of the public as being as guilty as original sin of these high crimes and misdemeanors. It isn’t hard. You don’t need every damn witness who gave a deposition, just pick the ones that do the most damage, and keep it short and to the point. Have them testify publicly, and cross reference their testimony with statements and documents already made by Trump, Mulvaney, Giuliani, and the rest of that band of idjits. If you want to throw in the whole Trump Doral mess, that should only take one witness. Call in professor Lawrence Tribe to testify to the blatant unconstitutional nature, under both the foreign and domestic emoluments clause, and let the GOP try to counter that. In other words, poison the fucking jury pool!
Do it. Do it, and then let those little GOP weasels, both House and Senate, go home, face their constituents, and then buy out the Tums display at their local Walgreen’s. Let the ironclad nature of Trump’s guilt be the dominant topic of conversation at every Thanksgiving dinner table, and all these GOP ballot rats hear while they’re standing in line with their kids to see a movie. And by the time congress reconvenes, and Yertl McTurtle has to deal with this meshugass, let the words Trump impeachment immediately evoke the mental response of Oh, that guilty asshole in every voting mind.
Let’s be honest. No matter what the House does, it may well never be enough to get the craven GOP cowards in the Senate to convict Trump, no matter what the impeachment polling looks like. But what the House Democrats can do is to make Trump so toxic in the public mind that having a (R) after a candidates name on a ballot in 2020 becomes the political equivalent of an ebola virus outbreak. And since the ultimate goal is to remove Trump’s orangutan ass from office, what difference does a few more months make, especially if it cleans out the Senate too?
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