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Impeachment summary 2: of honeymoons and resumés

How many of you caught the exchange between Chuck Todd and Senator Ron Johnson on Press the Meat yesterday? Of all the journalists on TV, Todd wouldn’t have been my first choice for pulling the GOP up by the short hairs to make it answer the damn question. (You only have to watch up to the 3:10 mark):

That’s long overdue. The rest of journalism should follow suit. We’ve had three years of Kellyanne and Lindsay and every other Trump flying monkey getting on TV and spewing absolute nonsense about how it’s actually Lisa Page and Peter Sztrok (sp) who are responsible for Trump’s bad behavior. Or they pulled back the curtain on Trump’s bad behavior. It’s like there is an assumption that Trump is entitled to defenses that the rest of us can only dream about.

Besides, impeachment wouldn’t look good on his resumé. He doesn’t have to be impeached. He can always resign first. One wonders why a “billionaire” would be concerned with a resumé in the first place.

The rest of us can only marvel at the amazing talents of this ignorant, bloated, ugly, man with the integrity of a leaking orange pool toy. That’s not being disrespectful of The President. He hasn’t earned respect. For all we know, he isn’t the president at all. Don’t make me go into how incredibly improbable it is for him to barely squeak by in the electoral college by 80000 votes and yet lose the popular vote by 3 million. I’m sorry, but that will never feel statistically probable to me. 3000 votes? Maybe. 3 million? Nope. Never.

Which brings me to this little exchange from the transcript about just how mean we’ve been to poor Donald:

He’s asking Johnson to repeat and elaborate on what Johnson told the Wall Street Journal: A high-level diplomat, Gordon Sondland, who appeared to be doing Trump’s bidding in Ukraine, according to text messages, privately told Johnson that military aid was tied to Ukraine agreeing “to get to the bottom of what happened in 2016.”

“At that suggestion, I winced,” Johnson told the Wall Street Journal. “My reaction was, ‘Oh, God. I don’t want to see those two things combined.’ ”

Todd wants to know why Johnson was unhappy with that. Johnson doesn’t answer the question. He responds by lamenting that Trump didn’t have “some measure of well-wishes from his opponents” and that his administration was “sabotaged” and brings up former intelligence officials whom Trump has made conservative lightning rods. He is, in other words, reiterating Trump’s talking points rather than criticizing the president.

It’s hard to know where to start with this. It would make me enumerate another list of outrageous behaviors by Trump that clearly show that Donald Trump didn’t deserve “well wishes from his opponents” or ANY decent American for that matter. None of his opponents want any part in this. We don’t condone it and we haven’t been given a good reason for why we should taint ourselves by being in the vicinity of his toxic waste pool.

His administration hasn’t been “sabotaged”. It’s that Trump has asked us all to not object to offenses against our values, morality, dignity and sense of honor. If Republicans want to put everything they stand for on the table to defend this guy, that’s up to them. But they should be aware that the rest of us are witnesses to the lengths they will go to in order to defend the indefensible.

Meanwhile, the honeymoon is over with the press. Todd appears to be one of the first who has decided the press has had enough of the abuse where it is expected to be respectful of lies and conspiracy theories that make it complicit.

I expect to see some backsliding but in general, this is progress.

I’ll take it.

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It seems that we have fucked the Kurds again. Turkey is beginning to invade northern Syria and will take this opportunity to deal the Kurds a crushing blow in the meantime.

You remember the Kurds, right? They were our partners in Iraq? They bravely fought off ISIS on their own territory? We provided military aid but they did the heavy lifting. They were the ones that quashed the ISIS caliphate in Raqqa?

Yeah, those guys.

Trump has decided that we will step aside and leave the Kurds to their fates against their nemesis, Turkey.

I’m not entirely blaming Trump for this. Obama should have interceded in Syria with air support when it had a chance. It was a big mistake then.

It doesn’t justify what Trump is doing now. But then again, he’s lost his generals and has only an acting secretary of defense, likely a Trump toady. So this is what we can expect.

The world will never trust us again even when Trump is kicked to the curb.

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  1. It’s hard to know where to start with this. It would make me enumerate another list of outrageous behaviors by Trump that clearly show that Donald Trump didn’t deserve “well wishes from his opponents” or ANY decent American for that matter. None of his opponents want any part in this. We don’t condone it and we haven’t been given a good reason for why we should taint ourselves by being in the vicinity of his toxic waste pool.

    It’s amazing that when the Democrats start to act like Republicans have acted since the mid-90s The Rs start to whine.

    Meanwhile, the honeymoon is over with the press.

    I hope you are right, but one call out doesn’t begin to prove it to me.

    • It’s just a coincidence that everyone that has a problem with Trump is not a Republican. You don’t have to be a Democrat to despise what he’s done or think that it’s immoral. There are plenty of independents and otherwise unaffiliated voters who don’t condone Trump’s incompetence.
      But it is telling that Republicans seem so determined to overlook just about every violation.

      • Never forget, Russian intelligence broke into the computers of both major parties–but they only revealed some things they found on the Democratic computers.

        What does that tell us about what Putin is doing with the data they must have found on the Republican computers?

  2. Ah, the media. I never can abide Todd, so I am glad that he may have actually stood up to a Trump lackey in an interview. According to what I read, most of them on the Sunday shows just let them make their ridiculous defenses of Trump and attacks on Democrats, and say nothing. Why that is, would require a much-needed and bold book. Gene Lyons and Joe Conason wrote one after the Gore vs. Bush election, and I skimmed it in the store (too depressing to actually buy and fully read), and it said what most do not even dare to say, about how biased the media was against Gore, almost reveling in it. It was even worse with Hillary, of course. It is not a bug, as the computer people like to say.

    Trump is veritably destroying this country, and yet there must be this “respect” shown to him. He has called Biden and Waters crooked and stupid; he calls Schiff a traitor, and I guess it’s okay. Hillary said “deplorables,” and was excoriated for it.

    Yes, no one will trust us again Trump supports all dictators, and that’s apparently okay with the media, too. If there were a fascist elected as president, someone who wanted to align with other fascists to form a consortium, which aided each other financially, and helped to snuff out all forms of protest, it would look very much like Trump.But the media can’t or won’t see what is at stake here. Are tax breaks that wonderful that the cost is giving up the American democracy? Can one imagine what a Trump second term, or even a Pence or Mark Sanford term would look like? Like France before the Revolution, most likely, or perhaps Dickens’ London. The media cannot stop itself from holding Democrats to an infinitely higher standard in discourse and behavior. And rest assured that if we nominate Warren, as now seems likely, the entire campaign will be about the feasibility of her proposals, we will be on the defensive throughout. Corporate America values its wealth more than anything else. Trump has given them massive tax cuts and breaks, and that is apparently enough to obviate all the rest of the horror. I am much afraid that with an apparent chance to win the field, we are about to send the troops off a cliff because the view toward the other side looks inviting.

  3. How likely is it that a country that has been a participant in one of Trumps extortion attempts will turn tables on Trump and extort him and in return, U. S. Interests or they will reveal more impeachable offenses so as to increase likelihood of his impeachment and conviction? Trump will do anything to stay in power. I imagine this may be the genesis of Trump all of a sudden allowing Erdogan to invade Syria and get rid of his long time nemesis, The Kurds! Or maybe the Russians have again blackmailed Trump. It is all very likely. The sooner he is impeached the better. I am sure the schemes of Trump go way way beyond trying to smear Biden. And now he has left himself and this country vulnerable to being coerced to abandoning allies and long held positions of trust.

  4. Just to add, after viewing Ron Johnson on MTP. Remember when it was said that “Johnson is a moderate Republican? As if that meant something. We were told that “Toomey is a moderate, Tillis is a moderate.” What does that even mean in pragmatic/voting purposes? It never did, and Trump’s regime has just accentuated that. They all follow in right behind Trump, parrot all of his wild conspiracies and attacks on the FBI and CIA, repeatedly demonize Democrats. I always have said, at least for the last 20 years, that voting for one Republican is like voting for them all, and this is being borne out. Yet enough credulous voters in certain states will continue to insist that their particular Republican legislator is different from the rest of them, so it’s okay to vote for him or her. Maybe these are people who become engaged during campaign season, and then tune out during the actual terms of these people, so as not to realize how they vote in Congress, or what they say on TV programs.

    • Remember when it was said that “Johnson is a moderate Republican? As if that meant something. We were told that “Toomey is a moderate, Tillis is a moderate.”

      Remember when Goldwater was a radical Republican… by today’s standards he would be a center left Democrat.

      • Remember when Goldwater was a radical Republican… by today’s standards he would be a center left Democrat.

        Which is an indication of problems with *both* parties, BTW.

  5. It seems that we have a dictatorship now, where the Congress has no oversight role. That seemed to end when the Democrats won the House. Before that, there were investigations galore, dozens of hours of hearings on Benghazi and such things. Now the House cannot get witnesses to a very crucial matter, the policy toward Ukraine, to testify, because the President blocks them. And none other than the corrupt and slimy Jim Jordan explains that this is because the House leadership is “biased.” That is, is of the other party. So Republicans can always investigate and compel witnesses, and Democrats cannot, because they are biased against Republicans.

    Andrea Mitchell does not think this is right, what to do? She spent 80% of her airtime in 2016 talking about Hillary Clinton’s emails, which directly led to Trump holding this office and now trampling over every law and precedent. She wasn’t the only one who did that. Anybody with the capacity to look outside their own strange hatred or disdain of Hillary, could have seen that Trump wanted to be dictator. But they just couldn’t let it go, even though the emails were the biggest red herring in political history.. Colin Powell had the same server and deleted millions of emails. No one hacked Hillary’s server. None of this is discussed now, everyone is aghast at the fact that we have a dictatorship where the President answers to no one. Maybe a requirement to be in the media should be having taken some courses in political science and history, so they actually might know something.

    Does anyone wonder how this can ever be put back together? Republicans have no rules other than “What we want.” If Democrats do the same, there is no government. If they act more morally, they are fighting a foe which has no morals, and is unfit to hold any positions whatsoever.

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