A never-ending trial with Tweets and mean names.

Yeah okay, so, the Senate voted to let Trûmp keep on squatting in the White House. Which is hardly a surprise. I’m just annoyed they didn’t spend longer on the trial. So, for the case of the GOP Senators who almost without exception (Mitt Romney being the exception!) toed the Trûmp Party line, I have a new theory which is probably wrong but it’s no sillier than the shit that’s actually happening on this timeline, so hear me out: Trûmp is literally ordering hits on elected officials.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Oh) writes in NYT that his colleagues turned the impeachment into a non-trial because they’re all skeered of getting in trouble:

Late in the evening on day four of the trial I saw it, just 10 feet across the aisle from my seat at Desk 88, when Mr. Schiff told the Senate: “CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that Republican senators were warned, ‘Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.’” The response from Republicans was immediate and furious. Several groaned and protested and muttered, “Not true.” But pike or no pike, Mr. Schiff had clearly struck a nerve. (In the words of Lizzo: truth hurts.)

Look, there’s a lot of hearsay in this. A lot of he said they said somebody else said someone’s threatening people. There are several degrees of separation between Sen. Brown and any statement that could be proven true or false. However? As he is in fact a Senator, there’s also a lot more proximity to the problem than most of us will ever have.

So, from his place at Desk 88 in the Senate chamber, the GOP peeps’ motivation looks especially pathetic. Sen. Brown continues:

They are afraid that Mr. Trump might give them a nickname like “Low Energy Jeb” and “Lyin’ Ted,” or that he might tweet about their disloyalty. Or — worst of all — that he might come to their state to campaign against them in the Republican primary. They worry:

“Will the hosts on Fox attack me?”

“Will the mouthpieces on talk radio go after me?”

“Will the Twitter trolls turn their followers against me?”

And again I ask: are there actual, identifiable Senators saying this shit? Are these clowns seriously afraid of the Dampnut’s Twitter account? Or is this just Sen. Brown’s speculation? Getting a little more specific:

In private, many of my colleagues agree that the president is reckless and unfit. They admit his lies. And they acknowledge what he did was wrong. They know this president has done things Richard Nixon never did. And they know that more damning evidence is likely to come out.

So watching the mental contortions they perform to justify their votes is painful to behold: They claim that calling witnesses would have meant a never-ending trial. They tell us they’ve made up their minds, so why would we need new evidence? They say to convict this president now would lead to the impeachment of every future president — as if every president will try to sell our national security to the highest bidder.

 

  1. Calling witnesses would mean a never-ending trial: well, yes, it would have taken at least a few weeks to hear out the people on the list. Are they afraid witnesses would have led to more witnesses, and then another tier of witnesses from them? Maybe. Yeah, and, as Senators, it’s their job to deal with that. I expect the real anxiety is how some of their constituents would’ve acted out during that never-ending trial with Trûmp calling them mean names on Twitter.
  2. They’ve made up their minds, so why would they need new evidence? So again, my question to them would be, why have you made up your minds already? Oh, right, we all know the Refuglican Party has collectively abandoned the pretense of actually giving a fuck about America, but then I’d like to know why they would say, in as many words, to a Democratic colleague, that they’ve made up their minds already. If this is what they’ll say out loud to someone on the other side, what are they covering up?
  3. To convict this “president” now would lead to the impeachment of every future president: now this is just sad. Those numb-nuts don’t even believe this shit. They may believe everyone else is just as corrupt and amoral as they are, but they do not actually think this trial would set a precedent that would set up every future POTUS for impeachment. They just say this because they’re covering up something much worse.

So, going back to the “he said/they said” from Rep. Schiff, my silly theory is that the “head on a pike” warning is a threat of actual death. Trûmp and his minions are making serious threats of lethal violence on elected officials who step out of line. They’ve done it often enough and credibly enough that the GOP Senators are seriously unwilling to challenge the Trûmp occupation and unwilling to explain why.

Either way, I know the GOP is the true Red Menace and the rightwing element in America has collectively lost its goddamn mind.

We progressives can’t make them see reason…but we can outvote them this November.

A little advice

If we’re in a discussion about the event of Trumpty Numpty’s election…

…and your argument includes the “white working class” as a group in which the left needs to invest more understanding and sympathy…

…I simply cannot take you seriously when you complain about “identity politics” as a syndrome on the left.

 

 

I just can’t get excited over a steak

Everyone’s talking about the travesty that is Trumpty Numpty ordering a $54 steak well-done and covering it in ketchup. And sure, that sounds obnoxious, but Kate Harding on Facebook posted a photo of a guy holding up a sign at a protest rally: “HE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A DOG.”

I mean…that tells you so much more about the SCROTUS’s character than how he eats a steak. Even Nixon had a dog! I have this headcanon where Trumpty Numpty is so gross, even my brother’s dog wouldn’t get close enough to accept a treat from him. He and Melania once got a little pooch for Barron, and that dog was Barron’s best friend whenever his dad was away, but it turned into a little killing machine whenever The Donald showed up, so they had to give it back. Cats are just as bad; they constantly try to escape the penthouse, and they’d rather fall off the top of Trump Tower than stay one more minute in that man’s presence. Cats love Melania (although I don’t let her off the hook), and dogs love Barron, but all companion animals flee at the sight of Commander-in-Cheeto.

 

A friendly bit of advice to the new dictatorship, I mean administration

First: do not do anything that will make the DC Metro system run any worse than it does already. If I cannot use the Metro, then I will have no choice but to find a new job closer to home, and if I no longer have to spend 2.5 hours per day in transit between work and home, I will have more time to get together with the other lefty pinkos around here and figure out how to fuck shit up. I live in Greenbelt; you can’t throw a rock around here without hitting a weirdo. Don’t give us more time to collude and collaborate. You have plenty of opponents already living in the District, and when we suburbanites want to get downtown for protests, we’ll find ways to get there. Might as well be on the Metro.

Second: do not fuck with our Internet access. You wanna censor the information we can access? Whatever, I’ll find it anyway, but if we cannot use high-speed wifi at home, then we cannot stream TV shows, and if we cannot watch the new season of Game of Thrones next summer, that’s ten weeks we’ll spend fucking shit up.

Third: do not fuck with my electricity. If I can’t use mass transit, that’s bad enough, but I can still entertain myself at home. If I can’t access the Internet, that’s even worse, but I’ll still find things to do. If I cannot charge my laptop, then I’ll have no choice but to go outside and fuck shit up. I live within spitting distance of USDA property, I’m good with animals, and you’d be surprised at how far I can walk. If I were y’all, I’d be legalizing weed and handing out free Netflix accounts like candy at a parade.

In which he demands the rope to hang himself

If I were in DJ Rump’s position, I wouldn’t be calling attention to the legality of an election that I, ultimately, won.

Especially if there were lots of people already suggesting there was some funny business involving the Russian government involved in some of the battleground states where I won.

I get that he’s sore about losing the popular vote by literally millions, but he still won the Presidency, Seven help us all.

But, sure, President Pussygrabber, go on and put even more scrutiny on the election that put you in the White House! Let’s see what other fun and colorful things we learn about the validity of your victory. Here’s some rope. The gallows are other there.

 

We are well past the “dialogue” stage.

If you’re a white woman who voted for Obama but stayed home rather than vote for Hillary, you helped elect Donald Trump and you don’t get to blame Susan Sarandon for your inaction. That’s on you.

THAT SAID, certain news media sources and celebrities did contribute to the problem in this election. Example:

Referencing this:

Referencing this:

Yeah, no. People who voted for Trump are, by definition, not our allies. I’ll be open to dialogue with any Trump voters who admit their mistake within the next four years. But they are not the priority. My priority is the well-being of the people who get screwed over by the actions of the Trump administration. It’s not on us to “reach out” to people who decided we should eat toxic waste for dinner. Susan Sarandon, and everyone else who discouraged people from voting for Hillary, are not entitled to an opinion in this matter.

The problem is with us.

Rebecca Solnit at the Guardian says exactly what’s been on my mind since the election: the problem is not that Hillary Clinton wasn’t a good enough candidate. She was not a sub-par candidate who had the Democratic primaries rigged in her favor. (I can’t believe this is actually a thing I’m hearing from otherwise reasonable people.) She was an outstanding candidate and the climate surrounding the general election was unfairly stacked against her in tactics going back decades. Rebecca explains:

You can flip that and see that Trump was such a weak candidate it took decades of scheming and an extraordinary international roster of powerful players to lay the groundwork that made his election possible. Defeating Clinton in the electoral college took the 2013 gutting of the Voting Rights Act by Republican appointees to the supreme court. It took vast Republican voter suppression laws and tactics set in place over many years. It took voter intimidation at many polling places. It took the long Republican campaign to blow up the boring bureaucratic irregularity of Clinton’s use of a private email server into a scandal that the media obediently picked up and reheated.

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Confession: I am an apathetic voter.

I DID vote this year. Buuuuuut? It took some effort to convince myself to do so.

If most other young liberals feel the same way I do, that explains much of the low voter turnout, which in turn goes some way to explain many of the left-wing losses. I just…had nothing to get excited about in this election. Even now, I look at my fellow lefties wringing their hands about the election results, and I’m just like, “…meh.”

Like, here in Maryland we have a new Republican governor. Other MD liberals are getting all upset and surprised. I don’t see why they’re surprised. We’re not THAT liberal a state. We’re basically a handful of densely populated, liberal jurisdictions and a whole lot of rural, conservative ones. O’Malley’s predecessor, Bob Ehrlich, was a Repub, and I’m not a fan of the guy, but we survived. Maryland has had Republican governors before, and we’re still here. Of course I’d rather have more like O’Malley and fewer like Ehrlich, but my point is that the Bob Ehrlichs have happened and will continue to happen. Governor-Elect Hogan can thank all the apathetic liberals who couldn’t be bothered to vote this year for his victory.

I asked myself in 2012 whether it was worth the trouble to vote. I figured: my state is going to go for Obama with or without me, so what difference does my vote make? (Non-voters are sort of like anti-vaxxers that way; we depend on other people doing what we don’t want to.) What got me to the polls then was the state ballot initiative Question 6, which legalized same-sex marriage. Every single vote counted for the ballot initiative, so I dragged my ass to the polls, and I was pleased as punch to find out that not only did my state approve marriage equality by popular vote, but my county was among the districts that broke for Yes. Just barely! But that just proves the point! My vote counted.

But this year? There just wasn’t anything going on that really got me excited for the election. I didn’t even see Lt. Gov. Brown’s campaign for Governor of Maryland, and I’m hearing now that he ran a really weak campaign. I’ll have to take their word for it, as whatever campaign he did run didn’t even reach me, and sure enough, he lost. It didn’t get liberals excited enough to drag their asses to the polls.

This year, there was nothing happening that I genuinely cared about. Ultimately, I remembered that the people who vote for the losing side are still counted, and so no matter what happened, my vote would mean something to someone. President Obama is aware of the percentage of the electorate who voted for McCain and Romney, and Gov. Hogan will be aware of the number of Marylanders who voted for Brown. I have no idea how that knowledge will affect his governance, but it’s still important that he knows how many people voted for the other guy. There are people who keep track of how many people voted for what and whom. Those numbers are a matter of public record. The losing side still counts. Always.

The point of this post, though, is that I do understand why some people, sometimes, don’t bother to vote. We need to have something to vote for. The left wing, this year, didn’t show us something worth fighting for.

Left-wing politicians: up your game.

Louis Gohmert is letting words out of his mouth.

This guy is talking the way words go through my head as I’m falling asleep.

The Texas Republican argued that the amendment was more about protecting wildlife than minorities and other groups.

“There is nobody in this chamber who is more appreciative than I am for the gentleman from Tennessee and my friend from Michigan standing up for the rights of race, religion, national religion of the Delta Smelt, the snail darter, various lizards, the lesser prairie chicken, the greater sage grouse and so many other insects who would want someone standing for their religion, their race, their national origin and I think that’s wonderful,” Gohmert quipped.

He added that the original Republican bill would actually “protect interests” of minorities because it provided for greater transparency.

“It will not allow for some conservative or radical right-wing administration or group in the fish and wildlife to cut a deal with some right-wing radical group and we never know about it so nobody can intervene and stop it,” Gohmert insisted. “So you don’t have some group that is directly aligned with somebody in the administration at that point coming together, cutting a sweetheart deal between themselves, to the determent of the race, religion and national [origin?] of snail darters and other animals and fish and wildlife.”

But…what? Is your brain scrambled? I don’t even know what exactly the message is you’re trying to get across. Did you forget your meds? It’s not fair to people with cognitive impairments or mental illness to lump Gohmert in with them, but I think a neurological disturbance would go a long way in explaining his speech patterns.