Obama is Baiting Trump

Two columns and a Facebook post caught my attention this morning: Obama Lives in Trump’s Head by Charles Blow (NYT) This is why Trump is back to attacking Obama by Jennifer Rubin (WaPo) Obama is a master of strategy by David Gerrold (Facebook) The gist of all three is that Obama is still getting under…

Do You Suppose McConnell Asked His Wife?

In the last day or so, Moscow Mitch has been trying to help Trump shift the blame for the coronavirus to the Obama administration by claiming that they didn’t leave them any kind of pandemic game plan. As we all know (those of us outside the Fox/OANN bubble), Obama not only left them a game…

How Many Bidens Does it Take to Get a Bolton?

New story up from the Washington Post: Senate Democrats privately mull witness trade in impeachment trial: A Biden for Bolton Several Senate Democrats are privately discussing the possibility of calling Republicans’ bluff on witnesses, weighing an unusual trade in President Trump’s impeachment trial: the testimony of Hunter Biden for the testimony of a key administration…

Trump's Is an Incompetent Crook – and That Makes it Worse

The mess we’re in didn’t start with IMPOTUS. The GOP and the 1% have been working for years to turn our democracy into an oligarchy where the rule of law is at best a platitude that they pay lip service to. Their plan has always been to keep the Republican party in power and keep…

Breaking: McConnell Reveals Rules to Keep the Trial a Sham

McConnell lays out ground rules for Trump’s impeachment trial and compressed schedule to consider the charges In a four-page resolution, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the opening arguments would begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, with each side given 24 hours to present their case over a two-day period. The Senate will vote…

Trump Wants House Clowns on His Impeachment Defense Team

WaPo Politics has a new story out: GOP leaders spar over adding House members to Trump’s impeachment defense team A turf war over who should defend President Trump in a Senate impeachment trial is raging behind the scenes in Congress, as House Republicans push to join Trump’s legal team — an idea that piques the…

Pelosi is Using Chinese Water Torture on Trump

The big story right now is about the unredacted memos that Kate Brannan at Just Security just got hold of.  Included in them is the previously redacted message from OMB associate director Mike Duffey to Elaine McCusker at DOD, sent the day after Bolton, Pompeo, and Esper all met with Trump to try to get…

The Subtle Speaker Strikes Again

Speaker Nancy Pelosi chooses her words very carefully. It may not have gotten much attention in all the shouting today, but when she said she might hold up sending the Articles to the Senate, she did NOT make that contingent on there being a fair trial. Roll Call reports on her statement last night: The…

McConnell Defies Trump

Politico reported this about an hour ago: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear on Tuesday that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s pick for a Senate seat will have the full backing of the Republican establishment, sending a clear message that anyone who challenges Kelly Loeffler will face the full weight of the GOP machine. Further……

Republicans Are Disgusted – But Silently

There have been several stories lately about how  disgusted Congressional Republicans have become over Trump. The latest is a CNN report this morning on Charlie Dent, former R-PA: Ex-GOP House Member Reveals What Republican Lawmakers Say About Donald Trump In Private Ex-Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) acknowledged in an interview on “CNN Newsroom” that Republicans are…

A Secret Senate Vote on Impeachment?

Juleanna Glover offers a surprising scenario in Politico Magazine: There’s a Surprisingly Plausible Path to Removing Trump From Office. (She was an adviser to George W. Bush, among other Republicans.) She argues that there’s nothing in the Senate rules that prevents it from requiring a secret vote on impeachment, and all it would take is…

MCCONNELL Calls Out Trump Over Syria!

The Washington Post just published an op-ed by Mitch McConnell himself: Mitch McConnell: Withdrawing from Syria is a grave mistake Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake. It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances. Sadly, the recently announced pullout risks repeating the…

Breaking: McConnell Tells Trump: Don't Pull Out of Syria

WaPo: McConnell joins other Republicans in rebuking Trump’s Syria withdrawal Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly rebuked President Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria, saying that a supermajority in the Senate disagreed with the president’s abrupt announcement. “I urge the President to exercise American leadership to keep together our multinational coalition to…

Are We Replaying the French Revolution?

Submitted for your approval (because we are living in the Twilight Zone): Rebecca L. Spang, a history professor at Indiana University, has a column in today’s Washington Post: What the French Revolution teaches us about the dangers of gerrymandering Her point is that gerrymandering is one of the things that leads the public to lose…

Mitch McConnell: Obama's ancestors also owned slaves

You know, if you go back far enough, most people today probably have ancestors who “owned” slaves. Slavery was rampant in the ancient world, after all. But with regard to reparations, here’s what’s important: Some people ***cough, cough, white people*** continue to benefit from the institutional racism that followed slavery and continued until ***checks watch*** now….