Everything He Touches, Dies

As our country’s political apparatus continues to reflect well known parodies from both written media and television, a certain orange grifter is doing everything he can to delay and circumvent the multitude of legal indictments that are facing him, including the federal cases brought by Special Council Jack Smith related to his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The lawyers for “Agent Orange”, with a straight face, have argued that “Orange Julius” didn’t do what he is accused of and that his position as president at the time gives him full immunity from prosecution for breaking laws. They are resting their flimsy argument on the fact that “Diaper Don” was already impeached and acquitted for his actions by the US Congress, a process that is purely political and has no legal basis in a court of law. Most hilariously, after reading today’s Letter From An American newsletter, comes this fantastic pair of paragraphs:

A number of Republican Senators—including then Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)—agreed, saying they would acquit Trump but expected him to answer to the law rather than the political system. “We have a criminal justice system in this country,” McConnell said. “We have civil litigation. And former Presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one.” 

Interestingly, Trump’s argument that he cannot now be charged with crimes makes the Republican senators who voted to acquit him complicit. It’s an acknowledgement of what was clear all along: they could have stopped him at any point, but they repeatedly chose not to. Now he is explicitly suggesting that their behavior shields him from answering to the law. 

Heather Cox Richardson

What an utter asshat. I honestly can not wrap my head around what makes “Mar-A-Lardo” appealing to people.

A Call To Sanity

Image Credit: NY Times

I have to wonder if Pelosi’s smart move to hold submission of the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate will maybe make those in the GOP to take a step back and really think about what they have in front of them. Maybe when others in the GOP start to vocalize a strikingly logical perspective, like what Jeff Flake penned in the WaPost, some sense of sanity will start to sink in. Or does nothing truly matter anymore?

But what is indefensible is echoing House Republicans who say that the president has not done anything wrong. He has.

The willingness of House Republicans to bend to the president’s will by attempting to shift blame with the promotion of bizarre and debunked conspiracy theories has been an appalling spectacle. It will have long-term ramifications for the country and the party, to say nothing of individual reputations. 

Nearly all of you condemned the president’s behavior during the 2016 campaign. Nearly all of you refused to campaign with him. You knew then that doing so would be wrong — would be a stain on your reputation and the standing of the Republican Party, and would do lasting damage to the conservative cause.

Ask yourself today: Has the president changed his behavior? Has he grown in office? Has the mantle of the presidency altered his conduct? The answer is obvious. In fact, if the president’s political rally in Michigan on Wednesday is any measure, his language has only become more vulgar, his performance cruder, his behavior more boorish and unstable.

Jeff Flake, OpEd, The Washington Post – 12.21.19

Bubba

Man, Bubba loves the spotlight of politics (posting this after watching him at the DNC in Denver this evening). I think if Bill Clinton had his way, he would have repealed the two term limits on Presidents and ran for a third term. Hell, he could be onto a 4th term by now, unless of course his “slick little Willy” got him in more trouble than the Lewinsky/cigar episode.

Wesley Clark

Since we share the same sir name, i am hoping to find some “Clark for President” t-shirts and banners to keep for posterity. I’m in no way endorsing Wesley Clark’s candidacy for President, but it is not often that a guy with your name runs for the top office in the land. :-)