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Here’s Mitt Romney, breaking away from the pack and criticizing Trump for letting the Turks pwn us:

And here is my prediction from November 2018 that Pelosi will make a deal with the Republicans to let Romney serve out the rest of Trump’s term. Some of this prediction didn’t hit the bullseye but I stand by my Romney thingy. It’s plausible:

Ok, so here’s my wildly improbable scenario. Mueller continues to do his thing. The truth gets very close to coming out. Trump strikes out like a cornered animal and someone finally realizes that when the Senate comes back, the numbers may not have changed all that much but the players have. There are a couple of wild cards in there now. Some of them are pretty ambitious people. Ambitious people with experience in running an executive branch. Ambitious people who may have been humiliated by Donald Trump. I’m talking about Romney. It’s too soon to tell whether he’ll be another Jeff Flake.

But what if he wouldn’t have to be? What if Pelosi and Republican Senators make a deal? Get Trump and Pence out of office and let Romney serve out the rest of Trump’s term. Sort of a Gerald Ford shuffle remix.

This has several advantages to the Democrats. First, they get rid of the big orange and his bootlicker. Second, the pundits get the President they always wanted. Third, Pelosi looks like a practical peacemaker and the Democrats get political capital for brokering a deal that spared the country a lot of turmoil. We only have to wait two years before we run against him. Fourth, whatever dark secret Trump is hiding, and I’m betting it’s a very big one, may never see the light of day. It might be one of those secrets that we would all be better off not knowing, like Oumuamua really was a interstellar sunsail engineered by intelligent lifeforms from a planet orbiting the star Vega, which is only 25 lightyears away from here.

Ok, my brain is a little busy tonight.

I might want to revise this prediction. Maybe Nancy has enough info on the Republicans that she can broker whatever deal she likes.

And there’s the risk that Romney would run for his own term in office – and win. As BiFF would say, “He’s got executive hair.”

Sooooo, there’s that…

Moar Innoculation

First, this Mulvaney quote should be rolled out any time the Republicans scream bloody murder that impeachment inquiries are “political”, as if that was a baaaaaad thing.

I’m not saying that Democrats are being political when it comes to impeachment inquiries. At this point, I think they have bigger concerns than politics. But let’s not let Republicans get away with it anymore.

Second, Trump and his party, that he owns, lock, stock and barrel, seem to think that ALL politicians have the same smarmy motives and practice the same unscrupulous behavior. Clearly, this is not the case or we would see a lot more indictments of Democrats for doing unethical, unconstitutional, cheating and backstabbing. We just don’t see it.

That doesn’t mean that Democrats are perfect or smarter than everyone else. But it does suggest that their motivations might be more intrinsic than extrinsic. Maybe more Democrats go into politics because they like public service more than Republicans. That’s a theory I would like to see tested or data collected or something.

But to assume that all politicians behave this way and that it’s ok to craft foreign policy around elections, in spite of the head of the FEC saying this is definitely NOT allowed is flat out lying.

You’d have to look long and hard to find anyone but Trump and his party who does it to this degree and I would challenge anyone to find evidence that even one Democrat has EVER done it.

Elijah Cummings (1951-2019)

Elijah E. Cummings, a Democratic congressman from Maryland who gained national attention for his principled stands on politically charged issues in the House, his calming effect on anti-police riots in Baltimore, and his forceful opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump, died early Thursday morning at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate in Baltimore. He was 68.

The Post reports that he died after a procedure for a long standing condition. In all likelihood, he was already dealing with this condition when he delivered this message to Michael Cohen last May:

We will miss his no-nonsense yet compassionate voice.

Let’s hope Trump doesn’t say something inappropriate.