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The week ahead: trials and oil

1.) This is the week that Nancy sends her articles of impeachment to Mitch. We know what to expect from him. It’s the rest of reality we can’t predict.

Does the intelligence committee have information it hasn’t divulged? (probably) Is there a possibility that Bolton will testify for the House? (Remote but not out of the realm). Will Susan Collins do the right thing? Doubtful)

I think it’s hard to overestimate how much Trump is loathed by the “not Republican” voter. From what I hear, he’s a disgusting, immoral criminal. If he wins the White House in 2020, it will be solely by the red states and the few guys out there who are irrationally convinced that the only thing standing between them and the Iranian Quds force busting down their doors is a fat, stupid, reckless, conscienceless orange coward in the Oval Office.

2.) In spite of all the turmoil in the Middle East, oil prices haven’t budged a lot. Question: has Trump been dipping into the strategic oil reserves that are supposed to be used for emergencies? Let’s not forget that even Obama didn’t do that during the worst of the high oil price days. The best he did was rescind the oil tax. And we paid for it. Heavily. 2013 was a very expensive fuel year.

The strategic oil reserves are supposed to be off limits. You know, sort of like a cistern in case there is a siege. So what gives? I hate paying for high gas prices too (that’s why I take a bus to work). But if we drink our own milkshakes, what’s going to happen when OPEC decides to screw us good?

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  1. Maybe impeachment will take people’s minds off of this horrible primary we’re having. Bernie, of course, is having his volunteers going around trashing everybody and Warren needs to quit acting like Bernie’s abused wife and start standing up for herself.

  2. Betting line, if there were one, would be that the Senate will quickly acquit. No witnesses, or maybe one each, not Bolton. There is nothing in the recent histories of the Republicans to expect that we will see a change now. Get him acquitted, let him bluster and boast at the State of the Union, run a billion dollars of ads saying that he was completely exonerated. They are all about specific ends, the Republicans. Conscience, facts, democracy do not factor in. So I would be stunned if there is any reasonable semblance of a fair trial.

    The only realistic thing I am hoping for is that enough Democrats can get to the microphone (unless McConnnell bars it) to complain vehemently about the sham trial. I still wish that Pelosi had held onto these a few more weeks, but of course some of her Democratic colleagues were anxious to have another kick at Lucy’s football. And the media wanted action! For just a few days, then on to Iowa! If Trump wins, viewership of cable news is going to drop by half, since many people will just give up, or will at least not want to watch any more news for four years. I wonder if the media has factored that in, or is arrogant enough to think that they are must-watch in any circumstances?

    Your comments about the oil reserves are very interesting, and it should be looked into. I went out and bought a tank of gas the day after the killing, and I was quite surprised to see no increase. Trump will do ANYTHING to win, and that includes destroying the economy while trying to hide the damage for another year. Gas prices always go up at the slightest opportunity, so tit is very strange to see them stable now.

    • Schumer is apparently going to be able to force a vote on witnesses. So whether are not there are witnesses Republicans are going to have to go on the record as opposing them.

      • I was at least hoping for that. They need four Republican votes. I think that 50-50 means a “no” on any motion in this situation. So by Republican pragmatics, they can afford to lose three votes, maybe allow two or three Senators to protect their election chances by going on the record to vote for witnesses. That is what Republicans call a win/win. We will hope for a welcome surprise.

        • Judging by what Trump is rage tweeting about I would say McConnell does not have the votes to keep witnesses out. No, 50/50 means they lose is what I understand since there is no Pence to break a tie, the tie is not a loss but a win.

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