Friday, May 12, 2017

Is Impeachment Looking Inevitable Yet?


As you probably know by now, Wisconsin shit-eater Paul Ryan has rejected a call for a non-partisan, independent investigation of the Putin-Gate scandal-- just as the Turtle did. No independent commission and no special prosecutor decreed Ryan, who probably wouldn't be so arrogant if the DCCC hadn't been sabotaging every single Democrat who ever tried running against him. "I think the intelligence committees [which his and the Turtle's stooges control] are the ones that should do this, because, don’t forget that the methods and sources of our intelligence gathering are also at play here and we have to be very sensitive so that we don’t compromise that information as well."

Ryan's attitude may have something to do with the eye-popping results from the new Quinnipiac poll that show that "by a 54-38 percent margin, American voters want the Democratic Party to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the widest margin ever measured for this question in a Quinnipiac University poll, exceeding a 5 percentage point margin for Republicans in 2013."

Other findings from Quinnipiac that reflect badly on Ryan's leadership include how much more voters dislike Republicans than they dislike Democrats, who, to be fair, in many people's minds are still the party of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rahm Emanuel. Voters disapprove the way congressional Republicans are doing their job 71-22%. (They disapprove of Democrats too but by 58-34%.) That 16 point disparity between those who want to see Democrats take over the House and those who want Ryan and the Republicans to keep control is gigantic-- and the poll was taken before Trump fired Comey and before Ryan and McConnell nixed the idea of a credible, independent investigation.

It's also worth noting that the poll found that disapproval of Trump's personal qualities has been collapsing even before the Comey firing.
 61-33% that he is not honest, compared to 58-37% April 19
 56-41% that he does not have good leadership skills, little change
 59-38% that he does not care about average Americans, compared to 57-42% April 19
 66-29% that he is not level-headed, compared to 63-33% last month
 62-35% that he is a strong person, little change
 56-41% that he is intelligent, compared to 58-38%
 64-32% that he does not share their values, compared to 61-35%.

Like many people-- most?-- Frank Rich, thinks the Comey firing may be the beginning of the end for the Regime. An independent, no-partisan investigation that neither Ryan, McConnell nor Sessions could control would, in all likelihood, lead to impeachment, especially if the Republicans are dislodged from their control over Congress in 2018. Rich:
Let’s assume the worst immediate scenario for the moment. That the Vichy Republicans in D.C.-- whether Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, or the big-bark-no-bite John McCain and Lindsey Graham-- either block or pocket veto the Democrats’ calls for an independent prosecutor. And that somehow Trump and Jeff Sessions (who claims to have recused himself from all matters Russian, but clearly has not) ram one of their personal toadies through the Senate as the next FBI director: Rudy Giuliani perhaps, or Michael Mukasey, or, heaven knows, Jeanine Pirro. Nonetheless, the new director’s attempts to further derail the ongoing investigation will be met with revolt by the career professionals within the organization-- an unwinding that may already be happening. There will be chaos. There will be leaks. There will be resignations. There will be synergy, clandestine or otherwise, with the Senate and House investigations into Trump and Russia. There will be blood. After the news of the firing broke last night, McCain called the scandal “a centipede” and made an unassailable prediction: “I guarantee you there will be more shoes to drop, I can just guarantee it. There’s just too much information that we don’t have that will be coming out.”

Anyone in criminal jeopardy will be out to save his or her own butt, not to protect Donald J. Trump. This includes Michael Flynn-- whom Trump is trying to hush up by continuing to sing his praises in public, presumably because Flynn knows enough to blackmail Trump (just as Russia knew enough to blackmail Flynn). My guess is that Flynn, who took such delight in calling for Hillary Clinton to be locked up, does not want to go to prison. Nor, I imagine, do the other White House hands who may be implicated in the 18-day gap that separated Sally Yates’s informing the White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was lying about his dealings with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Flynn’s exit.

The White House will be outwitted and outmaneuvered at nearly every turn by the events to come. Let’s not forget the good news that came out of the Comey firing: It turns out that Trump, who has no idea of what is required to be a competent president sitting on top of the vast federal government, also turns out to have no idea of how to be a competent gangster sitting on top of what increasingly seems to be a somewhat-less-vast Trump-Kushner family criminal enterprise. Trump actually thought that Americans could be duped into believing that the abrupt Comey firing was triggered by Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation. He actually thought that Democrats, some of whom blame Comey above all others for Clinton’s defeat, would go along with the firing at a time when the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign’s collusion with a foreign foe to sabotage the election in the Republicans’ favor. And, as we saw from all the frantic White House scurrying last night, Trump and those around him were shocked-- shocked!-- to discover that the firing precipitated an uproar in Washington and beyond.

A White House gang this insular, this politically naïve, and this transparent in its maladroit efforts at deflection and deception is a gang that can’t shoot straight. No one in the West Wing apparently even considered that it might look bad to time this debacle on the eve of a day when Trump’s only scheduled official event was an Oval Office meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. No doubt these same brilliant masterminds now think that Washington will go back to business as usual. You know: The all-male, 13-member Senate task force will produce a new version of Trumpcare that the House will buy and the president can sign; that new tax legislation benefiting Trump, his billionaire cabinet, and his donors will speed on a glide path through both chambers; that right-wing federal judicial nominees will be rubber-stamped; and that new White House–devised press stunts, executive orders, and tweets will quickly change the subject after each indignity, inducing the press and the public to move on to the next outrage. None of this was in the cards even before the Comey firing.

Now that Trump, by his own actions, has shown that the Russia investigation is anything but the “total hoax” that his tweets have claimed-- now that everyone knows he sees himself in criminal jeopardy-- he’ll be engulfed in 24/7 whack-a-mole as the “fake news” rolls out one revelation after another. And those revelations won’t just be about Russia, but about the entire family enterprise. It should not be forgotten that the week’s other news has included the revelation that Jared Kushner’s sister, Nicole Meyer, took advantage of a freshly minted Trump law to market U.S. immigration visas to Chinese customers in exchange for $500,000 investments in a Jersey City real-estate development. What’s the story with Nicole Meyer? What else has she been up to? We are soon to find out.

There will be no resumption of order in the capital until after the 2018 midterms, or there is a credible resolution of the Russia story-- whichever comes first. And there’s at least the possibility we won’t make it to the midterms. Richard Nixon, a far more devious criminal mastermind than Trump could ever be-- just ask Roger Stone-- fired the special Watergate prosecutor closing in on him on Saturday night, October 20, 1973. He was in that helicopter fleeing the White House the following August 9. is one of the world’s largest online sportsbooks and they have some interesting odds they're offering going into the weekend. They just posted the following betting odds for James Comey’s replacement as F.B.I. Director. If Trump picks Kellyanne Conman you can make a bundle.

Meanwhile, the gambling firm points out that "with the latest F.B.I. news, POTUS Donald Trump’s odds to win the 2020 Election decreased today from 2/1 to 11/4. Ivanka vs Kanye! Or maybe they can run on the same ticket!

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At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word is out that der fuhrer asked comey for a pledge of loyalty (to which comey did not tell him to go fuck himself, as he should have, he promised only "honesty") before he fired him.

So whoever it is, it'll be a pre-pledged dipshit toady. I'm thinking Christie, guiliani, Donnie jr., eric or Kushner.

The real test is whether the senate would confirm someone like Kushner or someone named "t-rump".

At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing any "special prosecutor" could do would compel the house Rs to impeach. In fact, it's becoming apparent that no amount of lunacy and despotism from the orange-utang will compel the house to impeach.

Maybe all the house Rs have already signed der fuhrer's loyalty pledge. I imagine several democraps have or would also sign.

Remind anyone of someone from history? anyone? What, do the kardashians have to tattoo swastikas on their tits for someone to pay attention?

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Thomas Ten Bears said...

I cut my hair when Nixon quit. I cut my hair when Bush the CIA Agent was fired. I haven't cut my hair since an ideologically stacked court of life-termed non-elected judges appointed the scion of a Hitler financing Robber Baron family with a notable lack of intelligence, limited education and no practical experience to the highest office of the land. I don't see it happening, but if Trump and Pence, Sessions et al are removed I will cut my hair. Park the Harley, put the guns away.

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TTB, my hair started falling out when the charlatan Clinton got elected. I wonder if there is a subliminal thing going on there.

Maybe if Bernie hadn't been defrauded of the nom and had trounced the orange-utang, my hair would start growing again.

It'd be white now, but I'd still take it. And not for the hair. Just for the restoration of even a baryon's amount of hope.

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Daro said...

Corey Booker at 20/1? As the PhRMA people say... easy money.


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