I have written before, and I say it again now, Donald Trump never wanted to be President. That was obvious from the start. He looked around, saw 16 other at least marginally qualified political candidates running for President on the GOP side, and said, “Qhat the hell. Let’s run for President! Throw my name around in the media, get some face time, and fuck with everybody else. Besides, it’ll get me out of the house, and on the prowl for the next Stormy. What could go wrong?” If you have any doubts onthat score, just remember that Trump never bothered to wrote a victory speech for election night. I rest my case. But, if his running for President was supposed to be the ultimate branding exercise, then his actually winning the Presidency has been the anti-Christ for all of that. In response to his selfish, sexist, bigoted rantings and ravings as our Commander in Chief, stores have dropped his lines of shit, memberships at his gold courses are down, hotel occupancy rates suffered, and Trump branded properties have seen actual residents revolt, forcing the owners to remove his name from the buildings. He went from being a more or less universally approved of television reality star to a President whom only about 37% of the country can stomach the sight of. I’m starting to wonder, is Trump tired of all of this “winning” yet? But it’s about to get worse. A whole lotta worse. Pretty much from the time that Trump unpacked his silk BVD’s in the White House residence, he has been beset by scandal, most notably the Robert Mueller investigation. Trump of course required legal representation to deal with inquiries from the probe, so he hired lawyers. On our dimes ladies and gentlemen. As long as Mueller was investigating the President, then “we the people” are footing the tab to try to keep his plush bottom ass out of the crossbar Hilton. Wth the election of a Democratic led House last November, the White House Counsels office just bulked up with at least 14 new staff lawyers, just to deal with the expected incoming requests for information from the committee investigations. And yeah, you and I are going to be turning our pockets inside out to pay for them too. But here’s where the rubber meets the road. The chickens have a funny way of coming home to roost. And what’s the defining characteristic of a hen house? Chicken shit of course. Thanks to Michael Cohen’s House testimony, we now know that the Southern District of New York prosecutors are looking into a bevy of past Trump misdeeds, many of them likely having nothing to do with his tenure as Toddler in Chief. The New York Attorney General’s office is taking a pair of rusty pliers to the fingernails of Trump’s alleged charitable foundation. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has already publicly stated that they have opened their own inquiries into possible criminal malfeasance, and the New York state Financial Services Division just served Trump’s insurance agency with a subpoena for every communication they have had with Trump going all the way back to 2001. Guess what kiddies? Trump is going to need some serious legal representation, and a lot of it, to fight off this circular firing squad of investigations, with […]
The old saying goes something like “Hang separately or hang together.” And boy, oh boy, are we ever getting a full length feature film on that principle right now. And if “elections have consequences,” those consequences are pounding the GOP into the ground right now. To say that the GOP controlled congress of the last two years was useless would stretch the definition of “understatement,” 1,000 monkeys pounding away on 1,000 typewriters could actually produce the complete works of William Shakespeare before the GOP congress could rename a lousy post office. But there was a necessary and comforting symbiosis there for the Republican congress. The GOP House was useless The GOP Senate, confirming judges, which is a purely Senate function excluded, was useless. There was no light between the two, and their joint uselessness gave each individual branch cover. But then the equation changed. The Democrats picked up 40 seats in November, Nancy Pelosi took over the Speakership, and all of a sudden one of the legislative branches is functioning again. This was no bueno for the GOP, because it set a bar, and it also provided a comparison point. Which is going to be terrible news for McConnell. Because he’s now a man on an island of uselessness. When you have double digit numbers of GOP House members voting with the Democrats to reopen the government, you’ve got a problem. I heard an interesting take on McConnell’s reticence to bring the House bills to the floor for a vote that may have some merit. The theory was that McConnell was “taking one for the team” in refusing to bring the bills to the floor, sparing his 2020 incumbents from a no-win vote, piss off the voters, or piss off the Trump base. This has some political sense, but I find it more likely that Yertl the Turtle is nothing more than a craven toady. But the pressure is now squarely on the Senate. And I think that people may be looking at the wrong kind of pressure. Right now, everybody is keying on the pressure that Pelosi, the Democratic led House, and the public at large is putting on McConnell and the GOP Senate to end the Trump shutdown. But I think that there;s another, as yet unspoken pressure point that may have just as much effect. Shame. Yep, plain old, everyday shame. If you listen closely, you’re starting to hear it from Democratic lawmakers in both chambers. They are highlighting the fact that while Trump may have shut down the government, McConnell is underwriting it. They point out that the US Senate is a co equal branch of government. By refusing to bring bills to the floor that he thinks that Trump won’t sign, McConnell is abrogating his constitutional responsibility to legislate. Shame on Mitch! How dare you not do your job to save His Lowness from having to do his? Shame on you Mitch! This can be effective. As you should all know by now, Senators think that their shit don’t stink. They proudly call themselves “the club of 100,” and hearing themselves referred to as the “greatest deliberative body in the world” gives them nocturnal emissions. An yet here they are, unable to stand in front of a lectern and deliberate, make pompous sounds and spew important sounding word salad, […]
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