Open thread October 25, 2019 Dan Crawford | October 25, 2019 7:35 am Tags: open thread Comments (10) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
This is scary.
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says she will focus on her White House bid and not run for reelection to her congressional seat. The congresswoman from Hawaii made the announcement early Friday.
While lagging behind in a crowded Democratic presidential field, Gabbard has gotten renewed attention lately after a heated argument with former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.”
She can’t win, and the thought that the fight between her and Clinton somehow will help her is kind of silly. She also cannot believe she would be anyone’s choice for VP, so this choice is weird.
Scary because of a third party possibility, which would be exactly what trump wants. In that case, Clinton’s accusation becomes valid.
From what little I’ve read about her, it seems like a 3rd party run would attract more right-wing votes than Democratic votes.
This is correct. The GOP and Trump do not care about anything but tax cuts, separating children from their parents and stopping all abortions. That is the extent of their desires.
“The news that Attorney General William Barr’s worldwide snipe hunt has now been transformed from an administrative nuisance to a criminal investigation is as unsurprising as it is terrifying. After all, Barr’s entire career in government has been marked by a fealty to executive power and by an apparently irresistible drive to keep Republican presidents from ever bearing the consequences of their offenses against the Constitution. It was Barr who advised President George H.W. Bush to murder the Iran-Contra investigations by pardoning everyone except Shoeless Joe Jackson on Bush’s way out the door.
Now, though, Barr is on active duty, spanning the globe to find corroboration of El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago’s most dearly held conspiracy theories. (Italy told him to get stuffed.) And anyone who expected Barr to behave differently than he has—sabotaging the release of the Mueller Report and, now, concocting a cover story out of pure paranoid moonshine—should not be allowed to carry their own money or cut their own meat.
(By the way, I’m not inclined to give John Durham, who is the putative head of this investigation, the benefit of the doubt, either, no matter how many of his pals from the DOJ appear on TV to pump Durham’s bona fides. We heard the same things about William Barr.)
But the perils in this latest twist are profound. It’s become plain this week that the political defense of an indefensible presidency* is going to wreak havoc all through the government. We have had the Juicebox Meatheads crashing a closed committee hearing. We have had Senator Lindsey Graham, that reliable White House castrato, proposing a meaningless Senate resolution condemning the House investigation, and now this latest abomination. We already have branches of government at war with each other and, to be honest, that was sort of the idea behind the Constitution’s structure in the first place.
But it’s also clear now that the Republican Senate is going to war with the Democratic House. It also become clear that the internecine war in the House is going to be savage and bloody. This new investigation exists only to provide the Republican side of all those conflicts with a weapon that can be deployed at any time. This administration* is willing to burn everything down rather than surrender its power. This president* is willing to bring all the temples down on his own head. I don’t think anybody really understands how terrible the coming reckoning will be.”
It occurs that “saving” the impeachment option until after the elections might be a good idea — when we have more Democratic Senators. Might be the only thing that might save us if some catastrophe like a third party sneaks Trump by. Meanwhile we can keep digging deeper and deeper into Trump’s world wide corruption to reinforce a case that might swing more Republican senators with moral suasion. A Democratic senate majority along with a few honest Republican senators could go a great way toward checking the Donald via veto override.
I cannot remember the last time there was one, let alone more, honest Republican Senators.
The House has to follow the rule of law. That means impeach.
The silence by republican Senators is over whelming with an emphasis on the r.
Meanwhile, Gabbard’s next run for office will be as a Republican. She is almost there now. Imagine backing up the ludicrous protests of “process” from the GOP. Time for her to fade away.
“Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday evening to criticize the House’s impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.
“I don’t know what’s going on in those closed doors,” Gabbard said. “We as members of Congress do not have access to the information that’s being shared. I think the American people deserve to know exactly what the facts are, what the evidence is being presented as this inquiry goes on.”
Gabbard running third party reminds me of a woman who ran fake opposition to Putin last time around. She was related to a big supporter of Putin. Not sure whom she fooled. If Gabbard runs third party I wonder where they (Trump) got the idea from. Mmm.
Get ready to print up a lot of big Gabbard/Putin buttoms.
Potential Manchurian Candidate?
In the early 70s in New York City I was a street peddler. My first items were square (as opposed to round) buttons with varying designs. The most popular was “Love On the Beach”, with a boy and girl standing before the sea and smooching — followed by “Indiana Love”, a reproduction of an artist named Indiana I believe. Bought them for 25 cents and sold for 50.
I can dream up Gabbard/Putin with Gabbard’s name on top in red and Putin’s in blue on a white field. Alternately, two pics side by side — pics work perfectly with square shape.
Best of all: Trump and Putin versions. Buy ’em wholesale, give ’em away at subway stops, colleges, etc.