I’m watching the trial. They take a break. She calls. How was your day she asks. I say all good. I say how was your day, what you been up to? She says “really”? pic.twitter.com/UyvNb0UC3S
— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) January 30, 2020
That awkward feeling when you’re a Supreme Court Justice that just got #warrened by @ewarren. pic.twitter.com/CiYa9OHjfb
— Adam Mordecai (@advodude) January 30, 2020
Warren’s best mom voice: I’m not mad at you, I’m just very, very disappointed with you.
And I missed this, Wednesday:
Omg, Kamala Harris incorporated a quote from the Access Hollywood tape into her question pic.twitter.com/UVOUWYzHFI
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) January 29, 2020
This is indeed a very dangerous situation in terms of our democracy, but it is still not a dictatorship. Do not minimize the power that taking back the House has given us. It has prevented more damage to healthcare & has facilitated investigations.
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) January 30, 2020
I’d also just point out that most of the military and state security services f*cking loathe the guy, which ain’t exactly ideal conditions for seizing power indefinitely. https://t.co/VjlDAfBYjZ
— Peter Wolf (@peterawolf) January 30, 2020
One of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen from the WSJ Editorial Board—and I’ve read it for 15 years straight.
This isn’t even within the bounds of reasonable disagreement. It’s just stupid. https://t.co/93dKLbysAD
— Heath Mayo (@HeathMayo) January 30, 2020
For a country that survived the wholly necessary and tragic Civil War, to say we can’t sacrifice a corrupt and greedy official because facing the partisan divide would be too challenging is quite something. https://t.co/COYxBdfMm7
— Impeachable if Not Memorable (@FlyingMezerkis) January 31, 2020
“Did you take Professor Dershowitz’s class at Harvard Law?”
“No. That’s why my arguments are cogent.”
Here’s Chuck Schumer bodying Alan Dershowitz at the end of this morning’s news conference pic.twitter.com/ln1e13W6H7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 30, 2020
Damn. Schumer with the slam.
Anybody have any idea where Peter Wolf gets this? I would be very surprised if this was true considering the general political lean in our armed forces.
Good on Schumer, but her question is why Kamala should still be in the race.
My fear is that our voters will be disappointed when Democrats aren’t as unified when we take back the government.
@OzarkHillbilly: yeah, some creditable documentation of that claim would be nice.
I’ve seen polls that’s he’s underwater with enlisted troops.
@Baud: By our voters do you mean the ? twitter
They will push the propaganda, but too many people beyond them are susceptible to it.
@Baud: Here’s the poll. Of course, it wouldn’t have been complete without a reference to Obama.
Jackels: get your flu shot. It’s not too late.My sister who goes to China all the time already has. My other sister who works for a pharmaceutical company on a college campus has not. Go figure.
Yeah, I think I disagree with this. You can’t cordon off Democrats from the increase in executive power and the decrease in congressional power. It’s true that’s not the fault of Democrats, but it doesn’t matter. Not congressional Democrats fault, very much congressional Democrats problem.
When Republicans decided to hand congressional power to Trump, they weakened the whole branch.
In fact, I would even argue that claiming “Democrats” in Congress are somehow not affected will just cause Democratic voters to blame Democrats for the weakened state of the institution and branch.
There’s the executive and then there’s the legislative. The legislative branch is now dramatically weaker and that includes Democrats in that branch. It has to. And it has. We’ve all seen it.
We’ll look back on Hillary Clinton’s hours of testimony on Benghazi and think “remember when they used to do that?” They’ll simply refuse to appear and refuse to turn anything over. They already mostly do.
@satby: I don’t have polls, but since the ’70s the polls done generally showed enlisted leaning Democratic and officers leaning Republican. All the usual civilian reasons applied and I see little reason for it to be different now.
@Baud: I have seen some polls like that too, but 2 things make me ask:
#1, he said “Most” which means “to the greatest extent.” I am always careful to never use the word when speaking of a majority, like 52%. Maybe once it gets above 66%, 75% without a doubt, and certainly something short of 99%. He may well have a different threshold than I. I’d like to know what it is.
2nd of all, he said “Loathe”. I don’t remember ever seeing a poll where one of the questions was, “Do you loathe…” Considering our military’s general political lean, I really doubt it applies.
Good Morning, Everyone ???
You don’t get retweets with bland, sober analysis.
I am not mad at the trial. It is going the way that I thought it would.
The GOP is a party full of traitors ?
Should never be forgotten, and folks need to act accordingly in November.
We may not be living in a dictatorship (yet) but I am definitely going to revise my 5th grade curriculum on separation of powers and balance of power.
Good morning from beautiful Santa Fe!
Yep. Our people did yeoman’s work. It’s up to us now.
Congress has X power. When congressional Republicans hand 80% of it to the executive branch, and set that precedent, congress has less power. The whole branch. Democrats can’t just hang onto their own, independent of the institution as a whole. The thing itself is weaker.
I agree with the tweet about the importance of November 2018.
None of this would be happening without that election.
So if this is the poll he’s using, most isn’t even a majority. I am surprised the “very unfavorable” is as high as it is. The article doesn’t give it but I wonder what the commissioned officer/ enlisted personnel breakdown is. I wonder if the Eddie Gallagher pardoning had an affect in officers’ opinions.
@Baud: I suspect he’s talking about senior leadership where if even if their personal politics leans reactionary they probably find Trump personally detestable. Small enough community that anecdotes aren’t as obviously flawed a metric as otherwise.
he may just be assuming that to know Donald is to loathe him something I suspect is true but if he’s basing it on that then it’s definitely not a supported assumption.
I took the Bernie Bro in my house out to dinner last night and then we watched “Arbitration” on tv. It’s a movie.
I swear I didn’t pick it for this reason but Susan Sarandon is in it. I couldn’t resist- “oh, Susan Sarandon. She’s a Bernie Bro. Like you”
I can’t resist.
@Van Buren: Excellent! At least some children somewhere can still get an education in civics.
My wife teaches 7th grade science, and in her school they barely even touch on the subject.
I’m a politically active adult primarily because of my AP Government teacher and the week long trip to Washington DC she took our class on.
To the extent that the increase in executive power has been growing for a long time, during GOP and DEM presidencies and congresses, the blame is on both parties. trump is just the next step.
@OzarkHillbilly: Agreed, but note that the tweet says military “and state security service.” I’m not sure what he means by that, but if he’s referring to CIA and other such agencies, Trump’s constant denigrating and questioning of those agencies probably has had a corrosive effect on his standing with them.
@Baud: Heh, maybe that’s why I’m not on twitter? Yeah, that’s the reason, I’m bland, sober and give reasoned analysis. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Gross hack Dershowitz is on Twitter defending his work. He won’t answer the “President arrests his political opponents” question though, because he’s a fraud.
People never know when to quit. Have you noticed that? Lamar Alexander could have retained his unearned reputation as some kind of moderate statesman if he had simply quit instead of staying on until he was 80. He’s a multimillionaire. He would have been fine. They hang around and hang around and eventually they have to actually do something and that reveals them.
@Kay: He grew up with you in the house. I am sure he is used to this.
I think so too. Huckabee was on stage last night with Trump complaining that Democrats were running political campaigns in Iowa. She objects to that. Only the Trump and Huckabee families should be permitted to speak.
I’m making progress. He’ll vote for the nominee if I’ll vote for the nominee, and I will. Even Bernie.
I think that’s fair and I think he does too.
Ahh, that 2nd part slipped by me. Thanx.
@Kay: Then he’s better than Susan Sarandon.
I’m sure this is fine:
Now that the DOJ functions as the White House’s legal arm rather than an independent law enforcement agency, what’s to stop Barr and his appointees from prosecuting Trump’s political and business rivals and letting allies who break the law off the hook?
@Kay: That’s rich.
Trump to send Betsy DeVos, Rick Perry and scores of others to Iowa on caucus day
He doesn’t even have a challenger. I wonder why he is sending the “big guns”? s//
Same thing that’s stopped him so far.
Gin & Tonic
@Kay: Dershowitz reminds me of those heavyweight boxers who stay in the ring too long. Flabby, out of shape and ultimately depressing as hell.
We went down to the airport late last night to pick up the Warren volunteer we’re housing until after the caucuses. She came via DC and my congresswoman was on the same flight. She recognized me with her broad smile. Of course. Somehow, I keep giving her larger checks than I had intended. What’s not to love about me?
She may not be as progressive as I would like but is more than many in her evenly divided district are comfortable with. She’s first term and one of the hardest working politicians I’ve seen. Cindy Axne is working for flood relief in her most conservative areas. I hope they can see that.
@rikyrah: Come Monday morning there are injunctions on Bolton’s book and he has restraining order not to speak about what he talked to trump about.
Voting suppression comes next.
@OzarkHillbilly: The military’s a pretty racially diverse group, dissatisfaction with Trump is not overly surprising.
But where does she stand on guns and Jesus?
@OzarkHillbilly: In the olden days there was something called the hatch act, but that’s been erased.
Not a damn thing.
At this point I’m wondering if there’s anything at all that’s off limits, down to and including ordering sites like this one to be shut down. In the public interest, you know?
Success beyond Barr’s unitary executive dreams! As for “what comes around, goes around”, if certain measures are taken to ensure a Democrat never again wins the presidency, what’s to worry about?
The Portland, Maine, paper is headlining that Collins will vote for witnesses and documents. I suppose that means only that the outcome is predetermined and thus she can “look” independent, but I thanked her anyway.
@JPL: I’m sure their visits will be strictly nonpartisan.
Yeah, that was what the Lamar Alexander announcement was about.
So which two Republicans will be given a pass to vote for witnesses knowing there won’t actually be witnesses?
I suspect that it will be only mildly beneficial as no Republican will vote to convict.
@OzarkHillbilly: They probably loathe him because he’s a loathsome, no-nothing vulgarian but that doesn’t mean they don’t support his odious policies. Why else are his fired or resigned generals all silent, specially Mattis?
From the Iowa Caucuses thread downstairs:
I wonder what her 7 yr old did to deserve such a hateful punishment?
@Skepticat: she still needs to go.
@Kay: my oldest nephew, in Columbus, blew his first ever vote by voting for Nader. He is wiser now. He has an immigrant father ( a Republican??!) and an immigrant wife. And an American born baby. This stuff isn’t unimportant to him.
Just seeing Kamala Harris’ beautiful face at the top of the post pisses me off about our campaign industry so very much. Millions wasted, useless stupid debates, misogynior + propaganda and she was out well before a single vote could be cast. I still hate this week.
@Kay: He was on Morning Edition this morning being defensive about people understanding what he said and what it means. He kept trying to talk over the interviewer, but she kept interrupting him. She didn’t ask the “can he arrest his opponent” question, though. I wish someone would ask Dersh if Trump could use the full power of the Justice Department to launch investigations of his opponents. https://www.npr.org/2020/01/31/801515969/alan-dershowitz-clarifies-a-point-made-in-the-trump-impeachment-trial
@Sab: how is everyone in your family holding up?
O. Felix Culpa
@OzarkHillbilly: The mom doesn’t have a babysitter? I think the larger discussion was about how caucuses effectively discriminate against women and people with disabilities, given how much time the process takes and how few accommodations there are for them.
Old Dan and Little Ann
@John S.: Nice! My wife teachers AP Gov and she hears from former students often on how she inspired them to pay better attention to politics. She also takes her class to D.C. ever year. Cheers!
@OzarkHillbilly: on our dine, I’m sure.
@Kirk Spencer: Well, the ending of the draft has resulted in a non-representational, self-selecting slice of the population joining the armed forces. IIRC, this has slowly led to a significant demographic shift in who enlists.
There’s an interesting corollary to this, which is Veteran preferences in Federal hiring. Military composition changes over time, service is a conduit to government employment, the Federal Government slowly begins to look less and less like the average American.
@Soprano2: Looks like Dershowitz is on a clarification tour to rehab his image. Last night he was on Twitter challenging people to publicly debate him like a common Charlie Kirk. What bullshit. He said what he said, and he made that preposterous argument in service to a vile kleptocrat.
I’m a long-time lurker. I just wanted to thank all of you for helping keep me sane over the last few months/years. I also want to say, as someone who has cared about this stuff for more than 50 years, that while our current circumstances are really scary, we have ways to oppose the slide toward authoritarianism, both within and outside of the political system. Unlike 4 years ago, we have some idea of what may be coming with voter suppression, and the pick-ups in crucial states in the Midwest in the last election makes it harder for the bad guys to steal this thing than it would have been four years ago.
So best to all of you on this troubling day.
Excellent comment, bird. Post more often.
@Anya: I got hauled over coals for pointing it out early and often than none of T’s generals were noble. If they were they wouldn’t have enabled him like they did.
Couple of threads back I said my BIL had died. Many jackals responded. I hadn’t been through this before. Your comments meant a lot
Anyone notice I can’t spell jackel after 10 + years on this website.
English spelling rules suck.
@satby: So far okay, but it is early. Also haven’t heard from Baton Rouge. He is sort of out of the loop since so far away geographically but not emotionally.
@guachi: Collins and Murkowski of course. And the press will lap up their “moderate” cred as they always do.
Obviously he intends to make a big show out of “winning” all the GOP primaries.
@Baud: yes, it was!
Dorothy A. Winsor
Good morning. What a great place to be.
@Sab: been thinking about you and the family. It’s hard even when expected. And it sounded like it happened sooner than you thought it might. Hugs.
@Old Dan and Little Ann: A friend of mine was a HS Spanish teacher for 30 years. Most every summer she took students to Spain for 2 weeks. Thousands of former students showed up for her visitation.
@Nelle: Well, you don’t expect Betsy DeVos to spend any of her //hard earned// money, do you?
Dorothy A. Winsor
I guessed the leadership too. They’re the ones most exposed to his erratic decision making, who then have to carry out his orders.
I was amazed by how comforting the jackels comments were. I didn’t think anyone would even notice. Thanks guys.
Well, we don’t have Delaney to kick around anymore. He dropped out of the race.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
@OzarkHillbilly: Trump’s upset the Democrats won’t let him run in their primay. This is Dumb Ass Donny the Narcissist after all.
@Immanentize: Another white guy gone. So sad. //
@Sab: it seems like we hardly knew him.
I’m glad to hear you are hanging in there. First, there is getting through it all. You will be busy and exhausted. Then there is getting on with it. Many power thoughts your way.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
@danielx: People can blow this off because Trump and his minions are useless and lazy, the real danger is if someone competent comes along.
Dorothy A. Winsor
I wonder if Trump will be satisfied with Alexander’s “he did it but it’s not impeachable” position or political Collins and Murkowski votes for witnesses. It would be rich if he went after them anyway.
It’s a sad day on both sides of the Atlantic.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: There is another side to the Atlantic?
I heard Boris has prohibited use of the word. “Brexit.”. So lame. It will now be the most used word ever.
Is it irony when the son of Orthodox Jews argues a completely novel legal theory, that flies in the face of all other interpretations in the specific context in which he’s arguing, that a powerful national leader should be unconstrained in their application of power as long as they believe it to be in the national interest? Or maybe the word I’m looking for is tragedy. Is there such a thing as ironic tragedy?
Asking for future reference.
@Sab: often, this blog community feels like the last episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show – a giant, comforting group hug that moves in tandem to grab the tissue box.
so today will see the UK leave the EU; and, probably, the acquittal of the shitgibbon, removing the last constitutional shackle from a relentlessly vindictive moron with no impulse control.
Maybe Putin will declare 31st January a national holiday in the future: “Cold War Victory Day”
@montanareddog: For now.
I’d call it overreach. It’s his death warrant, the idiot. Putin is overextended even in his home country. This is bad for him: draws too much attention.
I think that it’s only logical to contract with the GRU to run Trump’s 2020 campaign (from the White House would be a classic touch for Unindicted Co-Conspirator Individual No. 1).
You know, in the national interests.
@Booger: I was in from 1980 to 2000. Enlisted. Navy. From my perspective the service is more diverse than the general population. As the only way for many poor kids to get continuing education (in a vast variety of skills) and money for college, enlistment attracted everyone from kids from the Southeast Navaho and Zuni reservations to single teenage moms from Appalachia. Now that we are in the cycle of endless war it has higher risks but it’s still one of few options for many. Some of my more racist fellow service members got a real shock having to serve under minority officers and senior enlisted…they also freaked out at the numbers of interracial marriages. They did not all learn not to be assholes but, they learned to shut up or be reprimanded for insubordination. And some actually learned not to be quite so racist.
@MJS: Pompeo was a foul-mouthed bully who made few friends. And, generally speaking, the intelligence community dislikes Russian assets in the US government.
@Booger: time for a draft??
@O. Felix Culpa:
On a Monday night? Good luck with that. I could get babysitters on weekends relatively easily; weeknights, hardly ever. Both college kids and high school kids have too tight a weekday schedule, and preschool teachers have to be up as early as us, if they’re not caucusing themselves.
Once upon a time in Missouri (the 60’s, natch), the GOP and Democrats had different caucus dates, so my parents traded off with some retired Republican neighbors. They watched us on D caucus night, and my dad took care of their parakeets on R caucus night.
I find caucuses to be profoundly undemocratic; it would be infinitely more useful to have Democratic Town Committees (like here in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts). So the persuading and delegates happen with the activists, and everyone who can be bothered has the opportunity to vote, not just the people who can take an evening off work/childcare/housecleaning.
@Kay: The future presidents and congress.
I think when the GOP loses the executive office, hopefully this year, they will shred every document related to Trumps misadventures – document retention laws be damned.
Trump picks Ideal diplomat material.
I missed this news. I’m so sorry, Sab. Sending you a big hug.
We had confirmation of some bad news for one of my son’s classmates. He had a bad fall and is now paralyzed from the waist down. 16 years old. I just don’t know how a family copes with all that.
When is Tony Jay going to come back on and do some Britsplainin about what is happening today? I always love his posts.
Thanks. I am honored to have you comment back. And that is not snark.
@MomSense: Wow. He will get on with life, but still wow. I know kids who have done that. Met them when my mom did PT. Kids are resilient but still wow.
Mike in Pasadena
Most of the military loves Trump. So much for the ignorant Peter Wolf’s opinions. (That has to be a fake name, right? I mean, they left out “and the” between first and last names.)
@Mike in Pasadena: This ended up in spam because you had a crazy link in the URL field. I deleted it. So check the URL field on whatever device/browser you posted this comment from. Otherwise, you will likely go into spam again.
I can believe the military loathes Trump. But I know they irrationally loathed Clinton and not W for draft dodging. So while they may never support a coup for Dolt, they also aren’t going to be inclined to support any Dem in the WH either.
@Quinerly: Great news! Looks like a nice January day, with warmer temperatures over the weekend and a colder spell to follow — a classic New Mexican winter. If you can, have a drink for me at The Compound.