Not Guilty. Next?

Thus it ends

One Republican rides off into the sunset on one count and the impeachment trial ends. Finally we can move on, but I do wonder what’s next.
I don’t think the House Leadership is going to leave this alone and concentrate on the nations business and November election. Do you?
I foresee a rocky road until the next election. The left seems almost singularly focused on getting this President.
The other question is how angry and vindictive will the senate be? Will they launch investigations into the Bidens now and the whistleblowers connections?
I think the senate will not unless the house starts another inquiry. Then it’s all hands off and we have another bigger mess.

As for Mitt Romney he voted to remove the President from office on one of the two charges. He is the first senator to ever vote to remove a President of his own party. He said he did it with prayerful consideration. His checkered history with the President and comments about him when he wasn’t seeking a cabinet role show the lack of respect he has always had for him. Lucky for him he has four years before he runs again, but he is going to get some heat from colleagues and constituents. His vote also added heat on Senator Collins who voted not to remove. His party is not happy with him and at least one appeared on TV with a “Quit Mitt” button last night.
Mitch O’Connel,l though, has zero interest in going after Mitt. He needs every vote he can get and will talk of Romney’s support for many other issues.

There was as much focus yesterday on Speaker Pelosi’s tearing up the SOTU speech as anything yesterday. There was widespread criticism of her action with fellow Democrats giving her a standing ovation for doing so. Another example of the great divide. Two Republicans in the House are bringing censure charges as we outlined yesterday.

In the end we were wrong and no Democrats crossed lines to vote not to remove. I think Senator Jones of Alabama voting to remove just assured his defeat in Alabama this November.

Some of the funniest comments among all the rancor I heard were:
From House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who said: “He is acquitted forever”. An off play of Majority Leader Pelosi’s delight in saying “he is impeached forever.”

The other was from Mitch O’Connell who when told that Speaker Pelosi said “she does not accept the acquittal”. He said, “What is she going to do, tear it up like she did the SOTU speech?”

Time to move on folks, really time to move on. You settle it with your vote in November.

Iowa

Can you believe we still don’t have results from Iowa? The caucus was Monday night! With 97% in here are the numbers:
Buttigeg 26.2%. Sanders 26.1%. Warren 18.2%. Biden 15.8%.
In the popular vote Sanders is ahead. A version right now of the national election. One person leads in popular vote, the other in delegates.
Based upon the missing 3% it appears Sanders may win both.

Now how many people will think forever that Buttigeg won even if Sanders does?
Iowa’s place in the early primary ranking may be changing.
By the way the reason they have a caucus is New Hampshire is dedicated to being the “first primary in the nation”, so the caucus route was a way to please both.

Some Other News

Some more good news for Republicans in the polls. This was released yesterday and surprised me:
As Trump’s job approval rating has improved, so has the image of the Republican Party. 51% of Americans view the Republican Party favorably, up from 43% in September. It is the first time GOP favorability has exceeded 50% since 2005. Meanwhile, 45% of Americans have a positive opinion of the Democratic Party, a slight dip from 48% in September.

Along with that FoxNews continues to blossom. Here’s a ratings update:
“Fox News continues to outperform its rivals CNN and MSNBC — and in a big way, according to Nielsen Media Research. The network averaged 3.4 million prime-time viewers last week, compared to 1.5 million who tuned in to MSNBC and 1 million who favored CNN. Prime-time favorites “ Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “The Ingraham Angle” enjoyed their highest-rated weeks in history with 4.1 million and 3.8 million viewers, respectively.
Fox News was also the most watch network in the entire cable kingdom, besting such non-news rivals as ESPN and HGTV.
During coverage of the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday, Fox News ratings also soared to 4.3 million viewers.
The Fox Business Network show “ Lou Dobbs Tonight,” meanwhile, marked its 100th consecutive weekly win over CNBC in the 7 p.m. time slot, according to Nielsen. The show also scored his 57th straight week as the No. 1 business program on television.”

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