Monday, March 19, 2018

Collusion As Far As The Eye Can See-- You Don't Even Need Binoculars To See All The Collusion


When Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intel Committee, got caught colluding with the White House on the investigation and pretended to recuse himself, Mike Conaway (R-TX) supposedly took over as acting chair in all matters Putin-Gate. Conaway represents TX-11, a west Texas district (Midland, Odessa, San Angelo) so red that the PVI is R+32. Trump beat Hillary there 77.8% to 19.1%. In 2012 Obama took 19.6% of the vote. Conaway usually gets reelected with around 80%. He had no Democratic running against him in 2012, 2014 or 2016. It hardly matters to him how imbecilic his sounds. He constituents are even stupider. Yesterday on Meet The Press he admitted that the reason the committee didn't find any collusion was because they weren't looking for any. Nunes and Trump have been running around yelling "no collusion, no collusion." Look at the crazy orange chimp:

On Saturday, Trumpanzee was at it again: "The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime."

Conaway, yesterday, a slow-witted dullard doing his first Sunday morning talk show: "We were focused not so much on that, as it feeds into the collusion issue. Our committee was not charged with answering the collusion idea. So we really weren't focused in that direction." In fact a few days ago, Conaway said on a conference call that "we believe that the broader evidence available to us was that they [the Kremlin] favored her [Hillary] over him [Comrade Trumpanski], and the main issue was to sow discord." Watch Chuck Todd interview the poor stumbling, mumbling, simpleminded Conaway:

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) were on CNN yesterday, warning Señor T that he better not fire Mueller and that he had to allow federal investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to do their jobs. Graham said it was very important that Mueller be allowed to proceed without interference and that many Republicans share this view. Flake said it appeared the baboon’s latest comments were aimed at the firing of Mueller.
“I don’t know what the designs are on Mueller, but it seems to be building towards that, and I just hope it doesn’t go there, because it can’t. We can’t in Congress accept that,” Flake told CNN’s State of the Union.

“So I would expect to see considerable pushback in the next couple of days urging the president not to go there. He can’t go there.”

In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump accused the FBI leadership of lies, corruption and leaking information. He called the Russia probe a politically motivated witch hunt.

... “The only reason Mr. Mueller could ever be dismissed is for cause. I see no cause when it comes to Mr. Mueller,” Graham said on CNN. “I pledge to the American people as a Republican, to ensure that Mr. Mueller can continue to do his job without any interference.”

“As I have said before, if he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we’re a rule of law nation,” Graham said... "As I have said before, if he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we’re a rule of law nation."

...Senator Angus King, an independent, also warned Trump against trying to fire Mueller.

“This is a serious investigation, and if the president tries to terminate it prematurely, I think it will be a true constitutional crisis,” he said on CBS.

Trump also drew criticism from fellow Republicans on Sunday over the firing of McCabe, who said he believed he was targeted because he corroborated Comey’s claims that Trump tried to pressure Comey into killing the Russia probe.

“I don’t like the way it happened. He should’ve been allowed to finish through the weekend,” Senator Marco Rubio said on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Rubio, who supports the special counsel probe, said the decision to fire McCabe was made before the release of the Justice Department inspector general’s report that Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited in his dismissal.

Flake said the Senate Judiciary Committee would look at the report, which Sessions said concluded McCabe leaked information to reporters and misled investigators about his actions.

“I’m just puzzled by why the White House is going so hard at this, other than that they’re very afraid of what might come out,” he said on CNN.
Rubio seems to be really scared of Trump, like a child afraid of a stove after he's burned his little hand on it. No one can count on him to oppose Trump no matter what he does. Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown was also on Meet the Press yesterday with an interesting way of phrasing that kind of mentality. "I hear so many Republican senators grumble about Trump’s ethics, about his name-calling. … At some point Republican enablers in the House and Senate are going to say publicly what they’ve been saying privately. And that’s when things change and we see a president back off this kind of name-calling, not telling the truth, sending out these tweets, all that." We'll have to see if that ever happens-- at least before November. Speaking of which...

By a pretty big 50-40% margin, registered voters want to see Democrats win the congressional midterms in November. Two even more important numbers are that voters over 65, by an 11 point margin, want Democrats to win and Independents, by a 12 point margin, also want Democrats running the House and Senate. Seniors vote in midterms more than any other group. And, in terms of districts not as red as Conaway's, independents, decide the races. So in basically all the Republican districts outside off the Deep South, it could be curtains for congressional Republicans. This is a doomsday scenario building for GOP members like from Maine (Bruce Poliquin) to all of them in New York and New Jersey and more than any Democratic strategists was counting in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Ohio... I wonder if any of them will jump off a bridge or a building. They really should based on what they've been doing to allow Trump to run rabid and wild.

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At 5:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We keep waiting for Republican Senators to act for the benefit of the nation and do something about Trump, yet when they get their chances to do so they suddenly remember that Eleventh Commandment of St. Ronnie Raygunz and bow down in supplication. Maybe this is due to the people having given up because of the "democrats" being so useless.

But when it comes to any elected official at the top levels of national government, they only heed the will of Big Money (see: Gillens & Page), which right now backs the excesses of Trump as a means to create new profit streams for them. There will be no rescue of We the People from any of them. We the People are completely on our own to deal with this mess we allowed through our slavish watching of FAUX and not being informed voters.

At 6:08 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

Still, these polls show how many people continue to be fine with Trump and the Republicans. While not a majority, it is a sizable number. This in itself is sickening and frightening.

Also, this does not bode well for a crisis. Trump will likely create one soon anyway as another distraction and to beat his chest with power. He has been letting his id loose as he has seen that no one is stopping him from his rampage against democracy. If we get into a real pickle internationally with North Korea, Iran, Russia, and/or who knows where else, or if something else significant occurs such a a Wall Street crash, he may well gather more support, not less, although of course he will only make matters worse.

History shows that there are no guarantees. Our democracy and our country have survived crises because of great leaders at critical times. Trump is definitely not a Washington, Lincoln or FDR. Most of us know that he is the total opposite. Johnson and Bush were bad enough with their horrible wars but they did not try to destroy the country and its institutions. Johnson actually looks great when you remove Vietnam from the equation, although of course, you can't. Even Nixon looks ok in many ways compared to Trump. Trump is the devil incarnate.

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hone, trump is America's hybrid of Joe McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Chuck Barris.
No, he's not even in the same time zone as our worst previous 5 presidents (polk, hoover, Reagan, cheney/bush and obamanation -- note 3 of them are recents).

He's worse than all of the components of the hybrid.

But we elected him. We elected the republicans who are his firewalls. We elected those who installed the 5 on the court. We never, ever insisted that anyone fix any of the evils done by all who we've elected. We, even today, can't find any traction nor path toward a remedy to this one. Our system of laws and enforcement are dormant and we cannot bring ourselves to insist on resuscitation. We distract ourselves with god, gays, women and other "others" rather than address anything substantive.

History shows we survived previous crises because we got lucky. FDR ran and was elected as a 'better elite' before becoming FDR. Had he run as the Keynsian federalist that he became, we would not have elected him.
I might argue that Lincoln was also quite lucky that R.E. Lee didn't crush his much larger but ineptly led Union Army before attrition weakened him such that even the Union Keystone Cop army could defeat him.

It would seem that "WE" regularly dig ourselves a large hole and willingly jump in with gusto. But only through luck have we been saved from ourselves thus far.

Our luck may have run out.

We certainly are not going to save ourselves unless we ditch the democraps and coalesce around a true left movement. And even YOU refuse to consider that drastic an idea.


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