June 2019

During her weekly press conference on Thursday, Nancy Pelosi was asked what Congress should do about E. Jean Carroll’s rape accusation against Trump. She replied, “I don’t know the person — it doesn’t matter if I did or not. I respect that, but I don’t know what Congress’s role would be in this.” 

It is a technocrat’s answer. Pelosi had an excellent opportunity to use this latest charge of abusive behavior to throw shade at the man. But instead she ‘lawyered’ it. She chose to be right rather than passionate — which is rarely a winning strategy in politics.

It is said of Democrats that they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. In large part because they insist on looking long and carefully at whatever issue is at hand. And while they are looking the Republicans are passing some law to restrict women’s rights, minority rights or voter rights and another to give more money to rich people.

And when the Democrats aren’t dithering, they are a set of warring tribes demanding orthodoxy to whatever flavor of liberalism they have embraced. It is a losing strategy. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, the Democrats must, indeed, hang together or, most assuredly, they will hang separately.

Chuck Schumer must have some skills that are apparent to his fellow Senators, but in public, he comes across as a tsk-tsking schoolmarm. He certainly doesn’t inspire or lead with passion. And I wonder how many liberals could pick him out of a lineup?

In the House, on the other hand, Nancy Pelosi has proved to be resilient and a party politician of great skill. She was written off before the 2018 mid-terms as too centrist, too incremental, too indebted to establishment money and (whispers) too old. If the US had a House of Lords, the calls would have been overwhelming to have her kicked upstairs to irrelevance. In effect replicating the later career arc of conservative icon Margaret Thatcher.

But she united the new centrist, white, male Representatives who had taken their seats in traditionally conservative districts with the new darker, female, furniture throwers. And during the honeymoon, she kicked Trump’s ass to general liberal satisfaction.

But all was not lollipops and sunshine. Impeachment loomed. Pelosi was against it. Whereas freshman Representative, Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), summed up the feelings of the activists with her pithy prediction “we’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!’”

The anti-impeachers worry that it is a political albatross. They demand more evidence. They cleave to process and the careful building of a case, brick by brick. Democratic leadership is looking at the impeachment process through the lens of the 2020 election. But that’s a mug’s game.

Perhaps impeachment will boost Trump. Perhaps not impeaching him will promote the Democrat. Or maybe it is the other way around. Either argument can be made. And one will be right. But it is better to fail by doing something than it is by not doing something. 

The defeatist wing of the anti-impeachment sect has another bucket of cold water – “what’s the point, the Senate won’t throw the bum out.”

Who gives a tinker’s dam what the Senate might do. Why give them a de facto veto over the House’s business? Let the House start an impeachment investigation. Who knows what will fall out of the tree. 

The Watergate investigation is not a perfect analogy as it was a Senate Committee that got the congressional ball rolling. But the process is sufficiently similar to prove instructive. It was during a hearing that White House assistant, Alexander Butterfield, revealed the Oval Office was equipped with an automatic taping system — and Nixon’s goose was cooked. 

The House eventually voted for three articles of impeachment: ‘obstruction of justice’, ‘abuse of power’ and ‘contempt of Congress’. It still resonates. Let today’s House do the same and force GOP Senators to make a choice. Do the right thing — or go on record condoning Trump’s behavior.

The most compelling argument for starting impeachment hearings is that the House has a constitutional mandate to do so. They are part of the American system of checks and balances — all the time, not just when it is politically expedient.  The House represents the people — and the people have a right to know that their President is not a crook. Or in the case of that sentiment’s author that he is a crook.

So let not last night’s food fight debate be the image of the Democrats. Let them stand resolute and united in the face of an unprecedented assault on the institutions and dignity of the United States — and ‘impugnar al hijo de puta’.


Really? 6.26.19

June 27, 2019

Trump confuses Fox Business host, Maria Bartiromo. During a telephone interview by Fox Business host, Maria Bartiromo, Trump addressed his concerns that Robert Mueller‘s investigation may have been tainted by machinations of “the two pathetic lovers” Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. Bartiromo reasonably pointed out that the authorities had all their texts so there were no secrets. “Well, Peter […]

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Really? 6.21.19 Trump Dithers on Iran. The UK’s Trump. Zom

June 21, 2019

Trump is ready to attack Iran, but then he doesn’t. Trump is famous for changing his mind. Denying he changed his mind. Claiming he never held a position he did. And lying that he said one thing when he said another. So it should come as no surprise that after tough talk on the Iranians […]

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Trump Starts His 2020 Campaign By Attacking His 2016 Opponent

June 20, 2019

Trump start to 2020 In an event designated as the official start of his 2020 re-election campaign, Trump gave the largely old white crowd usual whining they have come to know by heart. Call it the fast food of political exegesis.  So similar was it to his usual pity party of complaints, whining and woe-is-me […]

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Really? 6.11.19

June 11, 2019

San Francisco swelters in record heat. Where are the science deniers? Whenever there is a cold snap in winter, science-deniers gleefully ask ‘where’s your global warming now?’. And venerable Senators bring props to Congress, such as the winter when Sen. Jim Inhofe ‘crushed’ the science of climate change by bringing a snowball into the Senate […]

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A Narcissistic Sociopath Reacts to A Gun Massacre (Anatomy of a Trump Tweet).

June 11, 2019

A disgruntled employee takes his second amendment rights down to his place of work and massacres 12 people. The reactions are typical, liberals demand action, conservative offer mealy-mouthed pap. Not to be left out, Trump weighed in with a tweet this morning, a day after the event: Spoke to Virginia Governor @RalphNortham last night, and the Mayor and Vice Mayor of Virginia […]

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Scott Warren Faces 20 Years in Prison for Giving Water to an Immigrant.

June 11, 2019

The Trump administration decided to send a message to desperate people trying to seek sanctuary in the US: ‘Come, and we will torture you. We will rip your families apart. We will let your kids perish in our custody. And we will punish any American who tries to keep you alive if you are dying.’ […]

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