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K.I.S.S.

KISS stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. It’s a corollary of Occam’s Razor, which can be summarized as “The simplest solution is most likely the right one.”

You could apply the above to the first day of the Impeachment hearings as well. Let’s take a look at they arguments:

1.) Bill Taylor and George Kent: These two career diplomats were alarmed to find that Donald Trump had created a shadow state department in Ukraine. This shadow state was tasked with putting pressure on the new government of Ukraine to get damaging information on Hunter Biden in exchange for Congressionally allocated funds to Ukraine for arms and other non-combat aid.

The result of this bribe was to put Ukraine in a weakened position with respect to peace negotiations with Russia, which had invaded and taken possession of approximately 7% of Ukraine’s territory. That doesn’t sound like a lot of land but as real estate experts say, “location, location, location”. Crimean ports on the Black Sea are crucial to a largely land locked Russia.

Annnnnnd that’s it! Trump withheld money that was already allocated to Ukraine in exchange for dirt on his political opponents, resulting in damaging the security of the region and, by extension, Western Europe.

2.) The Nunes narrative. Ok, I listened to it and I still have no idea what the f#%* he’s talking about. Judging by the expressions on the witnesses’ faces, neither did they. The story is complex and improbable. Take for example the proposition that all these insane machinations on Ukraine’s part were to help Hillary Clinton and hurt Donald Trump. Well, that didn’t work out so well even if any of this actually happened the way Republicans say it did.

When I was a kid, there was a joke that went like this:

Q. If you’re flying in a canoe and the wheels drop off, how many pancakes does it take to cover a house?

A. None, because there are no bones in ice cream.

That’s how Devin Nunes sounds. It’s worse than a Chewbacca Defense because that we acknowledge does not make sense. But the Nunes defense not only doesn’t make sense it’s supposed to confuse you. If you’re confused and can’t follow what your Republican congressman is saying, you’re less likely to watch the hearing. And if you’re less likely to watch, you’ll miss how simple this all is.

The president bribed a foreign government asking for damaging information on his political rival in exchange for desperately needed arms that the Congress allocated for it. Trump put our national security at risk by not thinking this through.

And here’s the cherry on top: The whistleblower was very effective because as soon as the jig was up, the money to Ukraine was released – and not a second sooner. So, Trump et al were perfectly fine to have Ukraine twisting in the wind, until they were caught.

At some point, Nunes and friends are going to have to tell us why Trump couldn’t use the American intelligence agencies to look into corruption in Ukraine if he was so adamant about getting rid of it.

So, there it is Niles. The simplest explanation is that Trump committed an impeachable offense. There’s no real counter argument that makes sense, and there are additional witnesses coming up who will make Trump look very, very bad. These are people with first hand knowledge.

But if you don’t want to watch it’s because you really don’t want to know.