Look. I know I have a difference of opinion with some of y’all. Once I got off of my fainting couch in 2016, and looked at the numbers, I realized that the actual national polling was spot on for the election, it was 77,000 puddle heads in three states, less than 1% in each state […]
No, no. Life will not be stopped. Life finds a way. Ian Malcolm Jurassic Park Recently, in an article about voting, I pointed out that while the GOP was trying everything in their power to suppress voting in every way they could, there were also others, including NBA superstar LeBron James were using their unique […]
In this brave new world of near-mindless Trump fanatics who’d rather kill millions than go against their cult leader, it’s refreshing to see a high-ranking Republican go against Der Fuehrer’s orders on behalf of the people he governs. Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) should never had had to do what he did. In a sane society, under a sane federal government, Hogan, like every US state and territorial governor, would have received as many Covid-19 tests and PPE items he could have asked for. That’s not what happened. Hogan had to reach out to South Korea for a “midnight requisition” of 500,000 tests, in a mission he titled “Operation Enduring Friendship.” On Saturday, First Lady Yumi Hogan and I stood on the tarmac at @BWI_Airport to welcome the first ever Korean Air passenger plane, carrying a very important payload of LabGun #COVID19 test kits which will give MD the capability of performing half a million coronavirus tests. pic.twitter.com/Elf0ADIRnJ — Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 20, 2020 (I learned about “midnight requisitions” from a wonderful book, Warm Bodies, which I read for the first time at about age 10. The senior officers on the lowly Navy LST would sneak aboard larger and better-provisioned destroyers, cruisers and the like while in port and “requisition” items they wanted or needed but couldn’t get through the usual labyrinthine logistical routes. Go find the book, if you can.) Hogan has been walking a tightrope on behalf of Maryland’s citizens, as so many others have done in times of crisis to avoid bruising Trump’s swollen and fragile ego — and suffering the consequences Trump will inflict upon said citizens. But his efforts were doomed to failure, and he knew it. Hogan endorsed Trump’s impeachment in 2019. After that, it was inevitable that Trump would look for an opportunity to hurt Hogan in retaliation. And what better way than to kill the citizens Hogan was elected to govern? So, a month ago, Hogan decided to take matters into his own hands. His wife, Yumi, is South Korean. She spoke in Korean with Lee Soo Hyuck, South Korea’s ambassador to the US. Yumi Hogan capitalized on her status as the first Korean-American first lady in US history to ask for assistance. “We made a personal plea, in Korean, asking for their assistance,” Hogan recalls. “That call set in motion 22 straight days of vetting, testing, negotiations, and protocols between our scientists and doctors, eight Maryland state government agencies and our counterparts in Korea.” He says negotiations took place almost nightly, and “sometimes, it seemed like all night.” Hogan and his officials began securing — quietly — the necessary approvals from a variety of federal agencies so that the chartered Korean Air flight could land unmolested at the Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport. Why the secrecy? Hogan freely acknowledges that he feared the federal government would seize the tests and spirit them away to God knows where. Hogan declines to say what steps he took to keep that from happening. Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, harshly criticized Trump after Hogan’s story went public, saying the administration’s response to the pandemic has been “so slow, and so ineffective, that the Governor of Maryland — a Republican — had to turn to South Korea to get badly-needed tests.” Hogan later adds: “Each part of this international collaboration […]
Let’s acknowledge right up front that the people we’re welcoming to our bosom today are not our friends. George Conway III is a corporate lawyer and a proud member of the Federalist Society. Reed Galen is a veteran political consultant who helped inflict George W. Bush on the Oval Office. John Weaver is another political consultant who tried to give us John McCain and John Kasich as presidents. Steve Schmidt is the political consultant who thought the best choice for vice president in 2008 was Sarah Palin. Rick Wilson, another political consultant, gave us a truly brutal campaign ad that tried to tie war hero Max Cleland to Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. In normal times, we would be pillorying them for the damage they helped inflict on our country. These are not normal times. These five are board members of The Lincoln Project, the “hive mind” of what the mainstream media has giddily dubbed the “Never Trumpers,” a loose coterie of Republicans who have taken what they say is a principled stance against the modern GOP, because it “has abdicated” the responsibility of serving the people and respecting the Constitution, “and instead pledged their loyalty to one person.” I agree completely, but damn, y’all. Sarah Palin? George W. Bush? Sarah Palin? Let’s let them explain a bit: Patriotism and the survival of our nation in the face of the crimes, corruption and corrosive nature of Donald Trump are a higher calling than mere politics. As Americans, we must stem the damage he and his followers are doing to the rule of law, the Constitution and the American character. … Congressional Republicans have embraced and copied Mr. Trump’s cruelty and defended and even adopted his corruption. Mr. Trump and his enablers have abandoned conservatism and longstanding Republican principles and replaced it with Trumpism, an empty faith led by a bogus prophet. … [Between now and November], our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. Yes, indeed. I agree absolutely. And in normal times, I would continue with a “But” or a “However,” and qualify this new-found resistance to Republican criminality and excess with a reminder of how they were involved and complicit with the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush administration and other nests of GOP wrongdoing. I’m not going to do that for today. In fact, I’m not going to do it between now and November. Because these are not normal times. The five members of the Lincoln Project wrote an op-ed published on April 15 that reads in part: This November, Americans will cast their most consequential votes since Abraham Lincoln’s reelection in 1864. We confront a constellation of crises: a public health emergency not seen in a century, an economic collapse set to rival the Great Depression, and a world where American leadership is absent and dangers rise in the vacuum. Today, the United States is beset with a president who was unprepared for the burden of the presidency and who has made plain his deficits in leadership, management, intelligence and morality. So they’ve taken a step unprecedented in modern American history. They, prominent Republican movers and shakers all, have turned their backs on their party and endorsed Joe Biden […]
You load 16 tons, and what do you get? Another day older, and deeper in debt With the length and stridency of the closing statements of Schiff and Nunes today, it seems likely that these were the final two witnesses we will be seeing. And while Eric Swalwell just said on MSNBC that while the live testimony hearings are over, the investigation will continue. So, what’s next What happens next appears t be pretty clear cut, but what happens after that is much more interesting, and much more unclear. After the holidays, the committees will wind up their investigations, and submit their final reports to the Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee will read the reports, consider, and if necessary draft, articles of impeachment, ad then vote to pass them from committee to the floor for consideration and a vote. Assuming they pass, the House will debate the articles of impeachment and then vote to pass them on to the Senate. Reporting is saying the House would like to be done with this by the holidays. If the House passes articles of impeachment up to the Senate, then Senate Majority Leader Ditch McConnell will hold a trial in the Senate. There have been rumblings and fears expressed among Democrats that Yertl McTurtle will dispatch with it quickly, holding a sham trial. As much as I hate to admit it, I think that Moscow Mitch is smarter than that. He doesn’t have to “rig” the trial, simply because he’s already rigged the result. He can hold a clean trial, leaving himself blameless for the result of a corrupt jury. My biggest intrigue with the trial in the Senate is the ultimate final total. These hearings have proven popular, at least as far as viewership is concerned. The Democrats have hammered the GOP with facts, while the GOP’s response has been largely half baked conspiracy theories strictly for consumption by the base. McConnell may be left with the situation that as long as the Democrats don’t get 67 votes, he may have to allow some defections. Corey Gardner in Colorado already looks like a dead man walking, and the primaries haven’t even been held yet. Martha McSally complained in 2018 that Trump’s healthcare stance was killing her in her district, and in fact she lost her actual election in 2018. Mark Kelly looks to be at least as formidable as Kyrsten Sinema was. And Susan Collins in Maine is already on the Democrats “prime list” for 2020, and already struggling with her Brett Kavanaugh vote. And that’s before serious polling on public opinion for impeachment comes out after the hearings have wrapped up. Obviously McConnell would love to hold the desertion rate to 2, allowing for a majority acquittal of Trump. At 3 defections, he still has a tie that allows Pence to cast the tie breaking vote. But how far does McConnell go if not only his position as majority leader is threatened, but he could be faced with a mutiny backlash for his continued tour as minority leader if the Democrats win the White House and Senate? At this point, I think we can safely conclude that Trump will be impeached in the House, but cleared by the Senate. But that Senate vote could change everything for 2020. One of the big reasons that Pelosi was so […]
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