The Greatest Show On Dearth

Anybody who watches sports will get this analogy. You’re channel surfing, and catch a football or basketball game coming out of a commercial break. As the announcers are yammering away to fill time, the cameras show the two teams. One team is huddled, with the coach furiously marking the whiteboard and talking earnestly. The other team is just standing around, yakking and taking a chill. You know two things without ever seeing the scoreboard. You know that the game is a blowout, and you know which team is getting waxed. That’s the way these hearings are going, heating up in week two. The GOP is furious, and desperately throwing up Hail Mary’s trying to get back in the game. And the more that they try, the further they fall behind. The Democrats are like a team with the other team’s playbook in their pocket. They’re calm, self assured, handing off flawlessly, cracking jokes, and demolishing on demand every attack their opponents try. “Muddy River” Jordan hammered Lt Colonel Vindman for bypassing his direct supervisor to go to the NSC Counsel, despite the counsel’s invitation that he do so. The Democrats immediately follow up on that by showing that Vindman’s supervisor also bypassed his boss in going directly to the NSC Counsel.  GOP inquisitor put up a huge stack of paper showing all of the transcripts of depositions, to make the point that not a single witness had used the word bribe in their testimony, and the Democrats rebutted it with a humorous quip about the cops having to let a shooter go free because the victim only described his wounds and the fact that he could identify the shooter, without advising the cops that is was attempted murder. The GOP tried to accuse the Democrats of a bait-and-switch, by changing their accusation from quid pro quo to bribery, after which Adam Schiff reminded the world that a quid pro quo was a necessary component of bribery. It just went on and on like that. By far, the GOP’s worst mistake was their attempted smear of Lt Colonel Vindman’s loyalty and patriotism, pressing Vindman on some kind offer made by a Ukrainian official for Vindman to become their Defense Minister. Not only did Vindman make light of the offer, and use the opportunity to remind all and sundry that he had immediately reported the offer to his superiors, but the Democrats immediately highlighted Vindman’s service, including his Combat Infantryman’s Badge, as well as his Purple Heart.Only the Republicans could find it advantageous to compare a man who received a medal for having his body pierced by metal spurs with the sniveling President Bone Spurs. I think that “Midnight Run” Nunes may have finally gotten the memo. If a future witness shows up in a streets and san uniform to testify, I think Nunes will probably refer to him as “Assistant Sanitation Engineer Thomas.” The GOP can’t seem to stop doing this, stepping on their cranks. Every time they try to demean or belittle a witness, all they accomplish is to allow the Democrats to show how honest, dedicated, and honorable these witnesses are, with no logical reason to lie of obfuscate in their testimony. Here’s how it breaks down. The Democrats have a clear, concise, and compelling narrative, and each witness has compelling testimony, with evidence to back it up, and often corroborate each other. The […]

The GOP is falling back to the rhetorical “bunker” on Trump’s collusion and obstruction of justice.

You know, one snowflake is just a snowflake. Ten snowflakes is a flurry, and one hundred snowflakes is a blizzard. But when it comes to Trump, and his collusion and obstruction of justice problems, it’s starting to look like his GOP lackeys are staring into potential whiteout conditions. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Trump’s newest nut warmer, Lindsey Graham, looked so damn cute the other day, huffung and blustering about Andrew McCabe, and the “deep state conspiracy” of actually investigating the President of the United States! “9 Iron” Lindsey looked like a Pekingese cornered by a puma when he threatened to haul McCabe in front of the judiciary committee to explain himself. Suggestion. Before he wastes the time, money, and risks looking like an even bigger dick than normal on national television, Graham may want to ask Chuck Grassley why he never brought him into the loop when McCabe briefed the Gang of Eight on the probe when it started. Remember the “6 P Rule” Lindsey. Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performances. The Republicans in congress are now at the dessert table at the A;; You Can Tweet Buffet. They’ve gone from there was no collusion with Russians to we were too stupid to collude with ourselves much less Russians, to OK, maybe we colluded with Russians but collusion isn’t a crime, to maybe collusion is a crime, but it’s just a “process crime,” to OK, maybe collusion is like, an actual crime, but he’s Donald Fucking Trump fer Crissakes! Give the guy a break, will ya?!? But, as more and more pebbles keep piling on top of each other, turning into a political Great Wall of China on Trump, collusion, and obstruction of justice, the GOP is retreating to the bunker, and pulling out the big gun. They’ve moved away from the “process crime” mantra. And just like the dessert bar at the buffet, they’re hoping that you’re already stuffed, and eating it out of habit, so you won’t notice that the flavor ain’t that great. I’ve noticed the new talking point come to the forefront in the last couple of weeks. Conservative Alphonso Aguilar used it again today on MTP Daily, when he said something akin to, “The Democrats have been hammering this collusion, and this obstruction of justice line nonstop, and if the Mueller report comes out, and if the investigations complete, and there’s no ‘smoking gun’, then the Democrats are going to have some serious explaining to do to the people of the country.” Ahhhhh, the old “smoking gun” nonsense. That’s like naming your kid William Williams, a complete and total lack of creativity. It is also complete and total bullshit. I hate to break it to Alphonso, and all of the rest of the GOP bib droolers, if it took a “smoking gun” to convict someone, there would be no reason for criminal justice reform, and private prison companies would be filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy left and right. The vast majority of people convicted in this country are convicted without the presence of any “smoking gun,” or cell phone video, or any of that other shit. They are convicted largely with circumstantial evidence, combined with direct evidence. Most people confronted with a “smoking gun” are smart enough to try to cop to a lesser plea to save time […]

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