Pelosi has found McConnell’s ultimate “pressure point.” Donald Trump

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Go and ask your father   Every mother in history

Anybody remember a couple of days ago, before the impeachment vote yesterday, when I wrote that one of the options that Democrats were already exploring to put pressure on Ditch, I mean Mitch McConnell to hold a fairer trial in the Senate was by holding back on submitting the articles of impeachment over to the Senate until they got some concessions? It turns out tht it was constitutional scholar Lawrence Tribe that counseled the Democrats on the wisdom of the idea, and it appears that they may agree.

This turns out to be just another shining example of the brilliance of the stupidity and arrogance of Trump, McConnell, and the rest of the GOP, and they may end up paying for it. McConnell was so arrogantly sure of his stranglehold over his caucus, and Leningrad Lindsey so fawning in his slavish devotion to Trump, that both wrote checks with their mouths that their bodies might not be able to cash. It turns out that the Democrats did a better job of selling their impeachment articles than the GOP thought, and now 71% of Americans, including 64% of Republicans want to hear more, and from witnesses and documents at trial. Those are the kind of numbers that vulnerable incumbents like Collins, Gardner, and McSally can’t afford to ignore and hope to survive.

But it turns out that there is an even better reason why this tactic can be successful and that’s His Lowness himself. As with all things Trumpian, there are actually two reasons why Trump went along with this whole impeachment thingy, a hard facts, cold reality reason, and a head-up-his-ass, untethered to reality fantasy reason.

On the cold, hard reality side, there was the simple fact that there wasn’t a goddamn thing Trump could do about it. The Democrats have control in the House, and as long as Speaker Pelosi could hold her caucus together, there was nothing Trump could do about it, he was going to become only the third President in American history to be impeached by the full House. But that’s not the important reason here.

On the head-up-his-ass, untethered by reality side, Trump went along with this because blundering toadies like Moscow Mitch and Leningrad Lindsey assured him that once the dirty, despicable deed was done, he would gain complete, almost immediate absolution and exoneration from the Senate. And that is exactly what Trumpenstein wants and expects, nothing less will do.

For the first time in his pathetic, misbegotten life, Donald Trump is being held personally responsible for something, and he doesn’t like it. Not one bit. Bankruptcies and extramarital affairs are one thing, and easy to dismiss as business as usual, but being credibly accused of being a criminal President is something else entirely. Somehow or other, the screamed insistence of a witch hunt just doesn’t quite have the same effect when there’s an official piece of paper to offset it. Trump needs the total exoneration of a Senate acquittal to be able to successfully claim that it was all bullshit in the first place. And since he’s purely transactional, he needs it this instant.

But he can’t get it now, not if Pelosi makes good on her threat. A judge can’t impanel a jury and hold a trial until the court clerk gets either the charging documents or the unsealed indictments, and Pelosi is threatening to play coy with them. And every day that passes by without Pelosi turning the articles of impeachment over to McConnell for disposition is another day that Trump has to suffer the indignity of impeachment without acquittal. And McConnell can’t even scream about the defendants right to a fair and speedy trial, since he has spent the last month reminding all and sundry that the Senate trial is a purely political process, and not an actual judicial proceeding.

It’s funny, but both Trump and Pelosi want the same thing, but for different reasons, and both reasons suck for McConnell. Pelosi wants witnesses and documents that will buttress the Democrats case against Trump, broadcast in an official trial on national television. And Donnie Depends has been clamoring for a long and gaudy show trial, with inflammatory witnesses, like a season finale of The Apprentice. And neither one of those options is in McConnell’s best interests, nor Trump’s actually, but just try telling him that.

And stuck in the middle are the Senate “jurors,” especially the GOP incumbents. The Democrats are united on a fair and thorough trial, but the GOP incumbents have darker motives. Vulnerable incumbents need at least the appearance of a full and fair trial, especially in the face of the most recent polling. But at the same time, what they don’t need is to have the trial become some kind of circus free-for-all, with clown witnesses like Kato Kaelin littering the landscape.

This is the real problem for McConnell. The full Senate will have to vote on the rules for the trial, and it only takes four GOP Senators to side with a united Democratic caucus to make McConnell’s life, and Trump’s trial, a living hell. For instance, four Senators like Collins, Gardner, McSally, and either Murkowski or Romney could vote for Democratic witnesses and documents that they think must appear for the trial to be considered fair, and yet deny the appearances of freak show witnesses lie Joe and Hunter Biden, Adam Schiff, and the whistle blower, that would turn the process into a partisan carnival.

And looming over it all is The Great Pumpkin, calling up McConnell every hour on the hour, angrily demanding that he get this whole fucking trial thing over with, so Trump can start trying to sap a coat of greasepaint of that huge scarlet “I” on his chest. Every day that goes by without Pelosi turning those articles of impeachment over to McConnell is one more day for Trump to turn the insanity knob up another notch. It will be interesting to see how much of this McConnell can take especially when his own caucus starts feeling the heat from the constituents back home.

This is the whole problem with wild animal acts, as Siegfried and Roy so tragically found out. You can go along peacefully for years, thinking that you have the dumb beasts firmly under control, but at their heart, they’re still wild creatures, and eventually they’re going to act out. Trump’s anger and disgust with being held personally responsible for his actions especially publicly, is going to make him crazier every day that it goes on. And Pelosi has the power to make it go on for quite a few days to come. And in the middle stands Mitch McConnell. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

To know the future, look to the past. before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of  President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange  are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen

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Liz
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“And in the middle stands Mitch McConnell. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”

I wouldn’t want to be the person who stands between Nancy Pelosi and anyone, let alone tRump!

Thank you and happy holidays, Murfster!

jan4insight
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What delicious analysis of where we’re at! Well, my money is Pelosi … and methinks it’s advisable to stock up on popcorn for the days & week ahead 😉

michaelscott
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I have always thought Romney will shiv Fat Donnie with glee.
He has his seat locked for the next 5 years and so much to hate him for and as the Klingon proverb says, “Revenge is a dish best served cold”.

Jack Cooper
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Insightful piece. Will share with everyone I can.

Bareshark
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And Pelosi will do it too. The ultimate outcome may be preordained but she’s going to make it work for her party as much as possible. The real jury was never the Senate but the American voters. And 2020 is going to provide lots of opportunities to persuade them to nail Trump and the GOP at the ballot box.

Calmdown
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That’s what it has always been. A duly elected President put there by the voters. What I see is that Pelosi is in a no win situation of her own making. The voters are now seeing an unwillingness on the part of the Democrats to put these flimsy charges before the Senate because they know the whole circus will be exposed for what it is, a partisan political play. The voters were told impeachment had to be done at the earliest possible moment or the country was in danger of imploding. Now they are being told it’s not all that… Read more »
Bareshark
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Thank you for reciting the current bedtime story being bandied about in conservative circles. I didn’t ask for it, think it’s full of the magical thinking that saddled the GOP with Trump in the first place and uses way too many words to justify its existence…but thank you nonetheless.

Joseph
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Trump was NOT “put there by the voters.” He was put there by a group of 300+ relatively unknown individuals, selected by their state GOP parties to vote for Trump (in many cases–Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio–without Trump’s having won a majority of the state’s actual votes). I swear. Do you EVER come here to post a comment that does NOT come off as a “both sides share the blame but Democrats are more at fault” piece? You seem to go out of your way to cast as much aspersion as possible on the Democrats without denouncing Trump every single time I’ve… Read more »
Calmdown
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You must have misunderstood. I’m certainly not indicating that Republicans share the blame here. It’s all on the Dems. And if you are honest with yourself, you would admit that nobody in this forum has had anything good to say about Trump or Republicans since before Moses was a corporal. 63 million voters put Trump into office in a process that has been in effect since the founding of this country. Those electoral voters were given direction by the voters and saying that he didn’t have enough votes to gain the electoral votes in the states you mention is delusional.
Bareshark
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Oh, there’s no misunderstanding…we just know you’re full of it.

Calmdown
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Excellent Argument. You win.

Bareshark
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**Heisenberg voice** You’re goddamn right.

p j evans
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How nice – you know everything we’ve ever said.
Try being truthful: you’ll get farther in life.

Concinnity
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He’s spent so long estranged from the truth, over in Trumplandia, he wouldn’t recognize it anymore.

dana fairfield
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It is true there are plenty of Democrats who have had nothing good to say about Republicans in general. It is also true that plenty of Republicans have had nothing good to say about Democrats in general. Republicans were so desperate to go after Obama they had to resort to criticizing a tan suit and mustard. Trump has been one major ethical breach after another. The latest issue of Christianity Today has it correct. I cannot imagine why Joseph says Trump did not have the votes to win the Electoral College. He won the Electoral College with 0.05% of the… Read more »
dana fairfield
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Everything is not a matter of cold political calculus. The charges are far from flimsy, and if it were a Democratic president, the House would have impeached and a GOP Senate would have convicted. Your characterization of the situation is par for the course. Voters are NOT being told that impeachment is not all that pressing an issue; they ARE being told that McConnell’s and Graham’s open lack of impartiality are unacceptable. This is twice that the GOP has made a mockery of impeachment, probably the most serious of congressional responsibilities. The first time, as Ursula points out, over sanctimony.… Read more »
Calmdown
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Hey Dana. Let’s take the flimsiest article which is “Obstruction of Congress”. Our government is constructed of three equal branches of government. When there is a dispute between Congress and the Executive, the remedy is to go to the courts to sort it out. That is exactly what this administration did and every administration in our history has done. The Executive is not required to hand over each and every demand from congress. Who knows, perhaps there was something in the material or testimony of administration personnel that would have bolstered the case for impeachment. I doubt it, but the… Read more »
dana fairfield
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Three equal branches? Maybe you should remind McConnell about that. I am not a lawyer, but even I see a bunch of legal and constitutional fallacies in your justifications. However, the two reports submitted by the Democrats deal with all those fallacious arguments and the way evidence actually works. https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20191216/CRPT-116hrpt346.pdf and https://judiciary.house.gov/sites/democrats.judiciary.house.gov/files/documents/HCM%20FINAL%20v.3.pdf Maybe the lawyers among us will take the time to refute all that propaganda, item by item. Trump will not let the most likely exculpatory, first-hand witnesses testify. You are very close to suggesting that deductions from evidence and testimony that benefits Trump is acceptable, but deductions from… Read more »
Calmdown
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You’ve managed to completely turn my words around. Trump has claimed protected communication concerning witnesses that Schiff and Nadler wanted to call. The lower courts actually decided in the Dems favor, yet the Supreme Court is now sitting in judgement. If the Dems had followed the Constitutional process they may very well have forced Trump to comply. But, they were in a rush and didn’t let the courts do their job. What the Dems have left themselves with is limited to what they have in their impeachment process derived from the House. If there was any double standard it was… Read more »
dana fairfield
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Read the reports. They will answer your questions about the courts, the Republican witnesses, and cross examination.

Speculation? Yeah, right.