Thursday, November 02, 2017

Pelosi-- Away From The Mic: "The Proof's In The Putin"


Pelosi isn't happy about Tom Steyer's $10 million worth of impeachment ads. Neither is Trump. Pelosi says the ad is "a distraction." Her latest desperate strategy is a new slogan: "No Drama Democrats," which is supposed to make someone think that the Dems, in contrast to the chaotic Republicans, are the natural governing party. "While not an official slogan," wrote Heather Caygle, "Pelosi has discussed the strategy broadly in recent leadership and caucus meetings, urging members to avoid talk of impeachment and resist taking Trump’s bait on whatever topic is dominating his Twitter feed that day."
Pelosi and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD.) both issued cautious statements Monday after former Trump campaign aides were indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. The House Democratic leaders reiterated their calls for an independent commission while carefully avoiding any speculation about Trump’s potential collusion with Moscow in the 2016 campaign.

...[Pelosi] is encouraging her rank and file to take a measured approach to all things Trump, banking on the strategy that the president and congressional Republicans will bomb big with voters on their own by next November... [S]he has encouraged Democrats to stay focused on policy battles, telling members at their caucus meeting last week they “will be in the majority” if Republicans head into the midterms without a single major legislative accomplishment... Pelosi has encouraged lawmakers to talk up what a Democratic majority can deliver for voters, plugging their economic message on repeat in hopes that it will eventually break through with voters.

It probably won't. It's too amorphous and tepid, purposefully so, in order not to offend the New Dems and Blue Dogs who have nearly as much in common with Republicans as they do with progressives. You think I'm exaggerating? Kyrsten Sinema, the grotesquely corrupt Arizona Blue Dog (head Blue Dog in fact) was, until recently when she started trying to clean up her act, sporting a ProgressivePunch score of 20, indicating that on crucial votes she was voting against progressive legislation 80% of the time. And although Sinema is certainly the worst Democrat in Congress-- the reason Upchuck Schumer hand-picked her to run for the Arizona open Senate seat next year-- she's hardly the only Democrat who votes with the GOP more than with Democrats on crucial roll calls. Look at this bunch of 10 freaks Pelosi is trying to accommodate, turning off millions of Democratic voters. Each one has an "F" rating:
Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ)- 37.39
Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX)- 39.36
Collin Peterson (Blue Dog-MN)- 39.62
Jim Costa (Blue Dog-CA)- 43.33
Charlie Crist (Blue Dog-FL)- 44.05
Al Lawson (D-FL)- 45.76
Sean Patrick Maloney (New Dem-NY)- 47.43
Josh Gottheimer (Blue Dog-NJ)- 49.18
Cheri Bustos (Blue Dog-IL)- 50.56
Tom O'Halleran (Blue Dog-AZ)- 50.82
I bet Pelosi devoured Gabriel Sherman's Vanity Fair piece on impeachment though, even if it made her uncomfortable. "Until now," wrote Sherman, "Robert Mueller has haunted Donald Trump’s White House as a hovering, mostly unseen menace. But by securing indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and a surprise guilty plea from foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Mueller announced loudly that the Russia investigation poses an existential threat to the president. 'Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,' said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg. 'Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower. He’s fucked.'"

And Nunberg isn't exactly the only Trump worrying that that the fascist edifice Trump and Bannon built is hollow and about to tumble over. Impeachment is now something everyone at the White House is thinking about. Trump blames his mental midget son-in-law, although maybe he should have known Jared is a moron years ago. Everyone else who knows him does.
Speaking to Steve Bannon on Tuesday, Trump blamed Jared Kushner for his role in decisions, specifically the firings of Mike Flynn and James Comey, that led to Mueller’s appointment, according to a source briefed on the call. When Roger Stone recently told Trump that Kushner was giving him bad political advice, Trump agreed, according to someone familiar with the conversation. “Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history,” Nunberg said. “I’m only saying publicly what everyone says behind the scenes at Fox News, in conservative media, and the Senate and Congress.”)
And Bannon is revving Trump up with tales of McConnell and Ryan waiting to stab him in the back at the first chance. You thought the White House was an insane asylum before?

On Halloween, the NY Times published a column by Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, A Readers Guide To Impeachment to promote his new book, Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide. Despite Pelosi's wishes, this is going to be a super-charged year until Election Day, 2018.

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At 12:49 AM, Anonymous ap215 said...

Step aside Nancy you & your tepid, inept establishment pals are gone for good.

At 4:27 AM, Blogger Thomas Ten Bears said...

If I'm forced to retire at sixty-two, why are these asses still working?

At 6:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

money, folks. love of it. love of chasing it. love of the ACT of earning it.
And, love among the rest of the party of getting it from her.

The Pelosi/scummer party machine won't impeach. She wouldn't impeach in 2006 hoping that cheney/bush would screw the pooch so badly that voters would sweep in big majorities in 2008. They were worse than even she hoped and she got her wish (as 300 million suffered greatly, which she was and is indifferent about).

2018 is shaping up like 2008. All we lack is another sudden economic upheaval, which the ryan tax cuts might create (look for a sizeable democrap cross-over for a bipartisan passage). pelscummer won't need another lehman collapse. Maybe only a loss of 3 million jobs will do it.

So the democraps flip 20-25 seats in the house for a slim majority. Then what? Well, Pelosi is "BANKING" on corporations and billionaires ripping open their wallets and paying the democraps BILLIONS to NOT enact ANY of the voter mandate. She will particularly hold MFA hostage for YOOOOGE ransom.

The senate will likely not flip, so she'll have that cover for not enacting anything. But if the senate DOES flip, scummer certainly will need to have the Rs use that filibuster a lot... more perhaps than harriet reid did in 2009.

So we'll have a repeat of the obamanation admin with refusals to enact the mandate and D voters getting so sick up and fed with that corruption and betrayal that they quit the party forever... 15 million in 2010. Look for a similar number in 2020. But that is a presidential year... so what that likely means is trump or someone much worse is elected and congress flips, probably permanently, for the Nazis.

But Pelosi, scummer and their team will have their billions. And 330 million will get the ratfucking they truly deserve. again.

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing that irks me the most about this ridiculous national government travesty is how determined the Democrats are to do nothing about it. It should be obvious why.

If the Republicans are exposed as the corruption they are, then the Democrats stop receiving those huge checks to throw all elections and investigations which might correct the difficulties the nation has been suffering at least since Nixon. This is a big deal for Republicans, since there are small signs that the public is restive and beginning to want to end corporatism.

Are we still all capitalists here, Nance?


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