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Iran

Here we go.

To everyone about to lose their lives on either side, we are very sorry. We tried to stop him but not hard enough it seems.

Just realized that Bolton really despises Trump

Even if he doesn’t testify, as the late Cokie Roberts would say, “it’s out there”.

If Mitch rams a quick trial through without calling witnesses, we’ll all wonder how damning Bolton’s testimony would have been.

He can drip, drip, drip teasers all the way to Election Day.

If he does testify, what he knows is going to make it really hard for Trump to look good.

So, in a way, he doesn’t need to say anything at all. Nancy can send the articles over and let satiable curtiosity do the rest.

Birdseye View

Let’s assess the week so far:

1.) Trump’s defense department is in disarray. Probably most of his cabinet level departments are but they aren’t getting attention yet. The department of defense has had several secretaries and who knows how many political appointments in crucial areas. With the bungled letter yesterday indicating that we are going to pull out of Iraq (no we’re not, yes we are), we are finally starting to see and fear what Trump’s chaotic, ignorant, strong man belligerence has done. The place is falling apart. This is not the projection of strength to the world that we want. Pretty soon, our allies are going to sanction us.

2.) Bolton. He’s the next biggest narcissist after Trump. He was the precursor Trump, a rude, belligerent rule breaker who hated the UN when he was appointed ambassador there. He loves wars. The more wars, the better. I don’t know if that’s because he’s got a lot of friends at Lockheed Martin or whether it’s because he just enjoys being a master strategerist taking down the bad guys or whether that’s just Republicans.

But he is a Republican first and foremost. Make no mistake about that. He is no friend to Democrats at all. The question is, does he love his country more than he loves his party? The Republican Party IS the party of Trump after all. He might see Trump as a dangerous global threat. Is it possible that one track mind Bolton sees Trump on the same level as Assad? Or Saddam Hussein? Or Kim Jong-un? I suspect that this is what is really motivating Bolton.

But he’s still not going to make it easy for Democrats who manage the impeachment trial. He’s unpredictable. He’s just as likely to score points against them as he is against Trump. I don’t think we need this bullshit to be honest.

If I were Nancy Pelosi, I’d grey rock him. They both know they haven’t got time for theatrics with Trump’s finger twitching on the nuclear football and all the Jaime Lannisters fired. She may have to go into the Senate with what she’s got with a big warning that if the Senate doesn’t take this seriously, then whatever follows when Trump thinks he’s off the hook will be their responsibility.

3.) Julian Castro endorsing Elizabeth Warren. I saw that coming a mile away. They are simpatico and with them both on the ticket, they will have covered a lot of territory geographically and diversely (is that a word?).

The addition of his executive experience with her legislative experience could be very powerful.

She is the alternative to Bernie. Maybe that won’t be helpful in Iowa with the caucuses but when they get to New Hampshire, the prospect of nominating Bernie might give primary voters pause. He can’t win. But she might. She’s fresher than Biden and Castro’s endorsement is big.

Thots?