In just about 24 hours the impeachment trial kicks off. As I relayed last week, count me on the side not looking forward to the noise, hype, spin and partisanship.
How long will it go? I think longer than originally thought. The Democrats have been united and forceful in making the nation think that they must have witnesses. Their strategic release of “new information” tied to walking the impeachment across to the chambers has provided them the media edge.
There has not been a single Democratic senator deviate from their argument, and you have seen five Republicans waiver. (Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Garner and Alexander). It only takes four to vote yes and witnesses are called.
Then the fight will be over who. The Democrats want Bolton first, then Pompeo, then the Chief of Staff and more. The Republicans keep saying they want Biden and his son. Don’t bet that they win the vote to get them. You might be surprised at how that goes.
Yesterday Jerrold Nadler said he is “100%” against the Bidens being called.
Doesn’t it seem like the House Dems are still in control here?
The one chance for a short trial is the argument from Alan Dershowitz:
“I’m making what could be the most important argument on the floor of the Senate: namely, that even if everything that is alleged by the House managers is proven or taken as true, they would not rise to the level of an impeachable offense.”
In any case, here we go. Wall to wall coverage to start. Late night trips to Iowa by the four Dem Senators running for President and back for the morning hearing. Watch how the MSM treats them as heroic in their efforts.
The NYT surprised everyone today by endorsing two Democrats in the primary. They wanted to support both factions of the party “center and progressive.” They endorsed Senators Warren and Klobuchar.
Remember, the last time they endorsed a Republican was in 1956.
The Supreme Court announced it will take up two legal battles affecting President Trump and his administration. Now look at the issues:
One involves the legality of defections by Electoral College members who don’t cast their votes for the presidential candidates and their running mates who won the party vote in their states. Remember after the last election people were pushing electoral college voters to vote for Hillary? Maybe that was impeachment try number one.
The other case involves the Trump administration’s decision to expand the exemption for religious organizations, excluding them from providing contraceptives, under the Affordable Care Act. This is another reversal of an Obama era policy.
Speaking of reversals the administration last week reversed the mandated school lunch program (food content). Since it went into place there has been much controversy, as kids have rejected the lunches. The cheering you heard was from the kids, the noise you heard was from the MSM saying the administration didn’t care about health. For the record the kids I spoke to were united in their glee.
Remember all the “Trump doesn’t care” after the Puerto Rico hurricane and his argument that we shipped more there than we did Houston? Did you see this story over the weekend?
Puerto Rico fired its emergency director after residents discovered warehouses full of Hurricane Maria supplies. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island’s emergency manage hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was discovered. The emergency aid is believed to be from when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago, the governor said.
“Carlos Acevedo, director of Puerto Rico’s Office of Emergency Management, was dismissed Saturday. The governor appointed Maj. Gen. José J. Reyes, the adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, to replace him. Earlier on Saturday, numerous pallets of water and other boxes with emergency supplies were found at a warehouse in the earthquake ravaged city of Ponce.”
Put this in the column of – It’s okay until it happens to you:
“Bernie Sanders runs into resistance as he looks beyond Warren dispute.” When the head of New Hampshire’s leading foundation for women arrived at a local Women’s March to find she would be sharing the stage with Sen. Bernie Sanders, she backed out.
At the same event, a prominent former state senator turned her back when he spoke. After a week-long flare-up with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sanders sought to bolster his support among women on Saturday. But for a number of New Hampshire activists, he only made it worse.
Imagine that. Hear this on the MSM?
Here’s an update on a NYC Story we shared last week on “no bail”
Left high and dry by the state’s new bail-reform law, the NYPD was forced to ask the feds to help them rein in the Big Apple’s alleged six-time serial bank bandit for good, sources told The Post on Saturday.
When prime suspect Gerod Woodberry was arrested in connection to four bank robberies Jan. 9 and then let go, free to allegedly knock over two more — frustrated cops realized they had to call in the cavalry.
“We didn’t want him to walk out again and go rob another bank,” one law-enforcement source said. “It’s too bad the politicians don’t feel the same way.”
So they asked the federal government to charge him, which they did.
Finally today a number I bet you didn’t hear. Food Stamp participation last year fell 13%. Might be the single biggest drop ever. People are working and not collecting food stamps. Why report good news right?
HAVE A GREAR DAY