Monday, January 11, 2021

Regrets, they've had a few

 "In the spirit of healing and fidelity to our Constitution, we ask that you formally request that Speaker Nancy Pelosi discontinue her efforts to impeach Donald J. Trump a second time," some Republican members of Congress wrote to Joe Biden.  I don't know whether the healing or the fidelity is more amusing, but it doesn't seem to be having any effect.  (Note the implied "man to man, gotta put the brakes on this crazy broad, right?")  The impeachment vote is scheduled for Wednesday, plenty of time for even slow readers like Marjorie Taylor Greene to get through the single article, "inciting violence against the government of the United States."  

Just as religious minorities are always in favor of tolerance, political minorities discover the virtues of healing, bipartisanship, cooperation, or whatever you want to call "but think of our feelings!"  Now that Trump has systematically lost them the White House and the Congress, the boys want to share the sandbox.  In return, they promise not to call the Democrats a branch of the Chinese Communist Party at least until the middle of February, mostly.  And hardly any violence like the unfortunate actions of a few malcontents in Sacramento, Austin, Salem, Atlanta, Frankfort, Lansing, Denver, Phoenix...

I'm all in favor of healing.  Trouble is, they want to sing "Kumbaya" when what we need to hear is "All You Fascists Bound To Lose."  They have not moved an inch.  

This morning the Supreme Court ruled against fast-tracking five more election suits.   In the spirit of healing, surely they would have been dropped by now.

Last Tuesday the Republican Attorneys General Association sent a robocall urging Trumpists to gather at the Capitol.  They call this the Rule of Law Defense Fund, but nobody now wants to put her/his name on it, not even Ken Paxton.

Yesterday, the other white meat Roy Blunt (R-MO) said Trump should be "very careful" for the next ten days but there's no reason to impeach or 25 him:  "The president touched the hot stove on Wednesday and is unlikely to touch it again."  It's a paraphrase of Susan Collins's "he's learned his lesson" after the last impeachment.

Today a House resolution calling on Mike Pence to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment was blocked by Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV).  Pence and Trump have not spoken since the riot.  Meanwhile Trump is apparently handing out Medals of Freedom to Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes and the 145 others who objected to certification in the House.

Darrell Issa says inciting the riot in which five people died was a "misstep" and insists that Democrats are "overplaying" it.  As he certainly did not do about BENGHAZI!! for four years.  Trump is the real victim because he lost his Twitter account.

He also lost the 2022 PGA Championship.  Those radicaliberals don't want to be associated with the Bedminster, N.J., course.  Cancel culture, huh?

Melania's having a sad, too.  "I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me" (a reference to the Stephanie Winston Wolkoff feud).  She hardly had time to enjoy her personal success in ending online bullying when her husband's accounts disappeared.  And though she doesn't say so, she can't be loving the Kamala Harris Vogue cover.  

Trump never did find another Roy Cohn.  Why is Giuliani not Cohn?  1. Cohn was not an idiot.  2. Cohn was never disbarred.  

The murder of Officer Brian Sicknick is turning into a damn Moebius strip.  According to the New York Post Sicknick was a big Trump supporter, so it's hypocritical of liberals to mourn his death.  On the other hand, he stayed at his post and tried to protect the Capitol when fellow officers definitely did not, and putting duty ahead of political loyalty is exactly why Mike Pence and Brad Raffensperger are in hiding.  What's unquestionable is that Trumpites killed him.  Trump, who loves "our great men and women in blue!" has yet to say his name; the White House flag was belatedly lowered yesterday just before the funeral procession passed the Capitol.  Probably on orders from Pence, if he can still get into the building.

Did Kevin Greeson, 55, Alabama, really taser himself in the junk Wednesday?  Snopes says no.  But they have no information on Rosanne Boyland, 34, who (it's said) was trampled to death while carrying a "Dont Tread On Me" flag.  She lived in the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and she died for Q and Trump.  You've gotta give me this one, Snopes.

Freshman Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) regrets not bringing his gun to Washington.  He also acknowledges Biden's victory, so he may need it.

The Capitol Police had information from the FBI and the NYPD warning of violence last Wednesday.  They probably regret not taking is seriously.

After describing "the sheer unmitigated, gold-plated, steel-belted gall" of Republicans like McCarthy and Cruz calling for "unity," Charles P. Pierce demands televised hearings into last week's atrocity.  I second.  All in favor?



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