Today is probably the final day of the Trump impeachment trial as Republicans are almost certain to vote to end the trial without witnesses and give Trump a pass on his anti-American behavior.
I can barely stand to watch this debacle and possible death blow to our democracy. But it’s history in the making so…
It’s streaming via The Washington Post below.
I thought this cartoon worth sharing:
Just as I hear a high whirring sound whenever a fire-and-brimestone preacher is speaking (in my mind, that’s Jesus spinning in his grave), I’m now hearing the same sound whenever a GOPer speaks (in my mind, that’s Lincoln spinning in his grave).
Less than a year from now, a brand new administration will be in place, EVERYTHING will be revealed, indictments will be burying Trump and his cronies… and the entire Republican Party as it has fallen will be irretrievably broken. All the king’s men wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance of putting it back together.
Scooter, we will have an election this year, and it’s a matter of who shows up to vote. The reason Clinton lost in 2016, and that Abrams and Gillum lost in 2018, was because millions of voters stayed home in key areas rather than showing up. Sure, Kemp tried to purge voter roles in Georgia and make it harder for 50K voters – so the response is that you overwhelm his goons with 500K voters and you make sure those people are prepared to stay ALL DAY to get their votes counted. People need to be prepared to take the day off work if that’s what it takes. Assuming that there’s no point in voting is frankly nonsense.
Eyes, I agree with you that Murkowski probably just destroyed her ability to be re-elected. Her post was inane in the extreme. After telling everyone she was taking all night to really read everything over and think carefully, she wound up repeating some infantile Fox News talking points. But I don’t agree with you that the election is over already with Trump.
If voters show up to the booths this year, particularly in the swing states, and don’t stay home and hide under their beds because it’s just too tough, the Dems can prevail and we can send the Pence White House packing. That is a simple FACT.
There’s a popular hashtag #DemocracyDiedInTheDark. Of course that’s not true. Democracy just died in broad daylight. Even Senator Murkowski in her ridiculous spew of lame Twitter excuses for violating her oath claimed one of them was Congress is completely broken so why bother.
Watching the Democratic primaries unfold, I’m getting more and more depressed over our hopes of tossing Trump from office in 2020. Maybe we have a shot at the Senate of after this spectacle of GOP corruption. But can we ever go back to normalcy (as problematic as it seemed at the time) or is it a case of Trump proving American democracy is a failure? Because ultimately the problem isn’t Trump or the Republicans in Congress. It’s too many people who put them into office themselves are morally bankrupt and our government reflects it.
Kevin – what makes you believe we’ll ever have another fair election? I have no confidence in that supposition. We could outnumber them by gazillions and they’ll cook the books and claim victory. Short of bloodshed and full blown revolution, there’s nothing to stop them. I’ve lost my faith in America and Americans today.
Kinda reminds me of a tweet Tina Fey put out that first hooked me into Twitter. Asked whether everything about her was identical to Sarah Palin, like for instance her vagina, Tina said she replied “They look pretty similar but my vagina is WAY more intelligent.”
*Actually, a real political party in Britain. Not nearly as ridiculous as America’s GOP.
Also, I’m not surprised that we will not get witnesses but it’s terribly depressing just the same.
There are more important takeaways here:
1. No matter what, the Pence White House and its childish spokesman have been impeached. They can never undo this, no matter what spin they wish to foam about. They did wrong, they were called out for doing so, and Republican senators were forced to admit they’d done wrong.
2. Republican senators have put themselves in a terrible position for this year’s election, in that they’ve pre-judged the case by sticking their fingers in their ears and yelling at the top of their lungs. If Dem voters show up in enough states, this is the kind of thing that could flip the Senate out of GOP control.
3. The revelations will continue to roll out, as Bolton continues to leak what’s in his book and Parnas continues to leak the tapes of Trump and Giuliani openly discussing their malfeasance. As the election campaign grinds on, it will be more and more difficult for the Republicans to keep shouting “Fake News!” without being dismissed themselves.
4. Sadly, the next Democratic President can expect the Republicans to move with fury to impeach him or her as fast as they can – for ANYTHING. Could be for wearing a tan suit. Or for picking up the wrong pen. Granted, they tried this with President Obama, but at this point, I would prepare yourselves for the Right Wing to simply invent a narrative out of whole cloth – just like they did with the Bidens here.
Let’s hope there’s a backlash so big the GOP is run out of power for decades.