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Sunday :: Aug 19, 2018

Faint Hope for a Trump Resignation

by paradox

As the easily possible Democratic Party takeover of the House of Representatives looms ahead of us it’s a perfectly good mental and political question to ask of what to do with our orange felon Russian plant of a President if we win: impeach him or not?

Already the question has gelled Democrats into two camps, the Pragmatists and the Impeachers. Markos Moulitsas and Amanda Marcotte are firm pragmatists, we’ll know impeachment is a vast mountain of an issue we’ll just ignore and then start, or impeachment won’t be chosen because serious ongoing political damage is enough, impeachment isn’t an option with a certain Senate loss.

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Friday :: Aug 10, 2018

Would Mueller Nail Someone in Early September?

by Deacon Blues

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley said today he would commence confirmation hearings on Trump Supreme Court nominee and get-out-of-jail-free card Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, September 4th. He's going with that date even though the National Archives said they couldn't possibly assemble all relevant background documents on Kavanaugh until late October.

This is the same Chairman Grassley who conspired with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deny Obama SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland any hearing at all for almost a year.

One key question that Democrats will insist Kavanaugh answer is whether or not he believes a sitting president can be indicted or held judicially accountable while serving as president. Kavanaugh has already said he believes a president should get a pass, and you can take it to the bank that Trump picked him for this reason.

It has been broadly assumed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III would adhere to DOJ practice and not take any action in the last 60 days before the midterms that could have an effect on those elections. Sixty days before the midterms is September 6th.

In my alternate universe, Mueller drops a bomb on someone close to Trump in early September before the 6th.

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Trump Gets Rolled by North Korea

by Deacon Blues

Is anyone surprised that Kim Jong Un has played Donald Trump so well that not only has Pyongyang resisted all US proposals since Singapore to denuclearize, but is even angling to get another photo-op summit from Trump for their chicanery?

And have no doubt, Trump will give Kim another summit, while Russia, China, and Iran laugh their asses off at him.

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Thursday :: Aug 9, 2018

Democratic NonVoters Gave 2016 to Trump

by Deacon Blues

The Pew Research Center released a report today on the 2016 election which confirmed one important suspicion: the people who put Donald Trump into office were not his base across those three key states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Instead, it was the nonvoters in the 2016 election who did so. And guess who they were?

Compared with validated voters, nonvoters were more likely to be younger, less educated, less affluent and nonwhite. And nonvoters were much more Democratic.

And Phillip Bump of the Washington Post makes a point about these results that should be remembered for 2020:

Clinton nonetheless won the popular vote. But an increased turnout of under-30 voters in, say, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan could easily have changed the results of the history.

I'll resist the clear implication here that perhaps too many Bernie Sanders' voters stayed home on Election Day and delivered the White House to Trump because those young, disillusioned darlings just couldn't bring themselves to vote for Hillary, especially after Vladimir Putin and the RNC told them on Facebook to stay home after James Comey kneecapped her.

But the other takeaway here is that the next time you see or hear a pundit tell you that Trump can win again in 2020, remember that getting these nonvoters off their asses in those three states will ensure that they, plus the college-educated and suburban women across the country will instead guarantee a Democratic landslide.

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Wednesday :: Aug 8, 2018

Stalling for September

by Deacon Blues

I hope that Robert Mueller's team realized months ago that Rudy and Trump have been doing nothing but running out the clock towards September with their alleged "negotiations" towards any presidential interview with the Special Prosecutor's office.

It's been clear to me for weeks now that Giuliani thinks that Mueller will adhere to the DOJ practice (up to Comey anyway) of not inserting themselves into anything 60 days prior to an election that may affect the outcome. Rudy assumes that all he has to do is hold Mueller off until as close to Labor Day as possible, thereby counting on Mueller to not then subpoena Trump for his grand jury testimony in the weeks leading up to the election. Rudy, I believe, actually thinks the energy and rationale for the inquiry dissipates after the midterms, because he has falsely believed that the only reason for Mueller's inquiry was to damage Trump and the GOP.

Let's hope Mueller has other plans.

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