And so we begin the weeks of noise, division and charges. All those looking forward to it line up over there. I imagine not many of us are.

I watched the President speech this AM at Davos. Here’s an early observation. He stuck to the script. Discussed at length the powerful accomplishments in the U.S. economy. Invited others to join us.
He was very measured and Presidential.
He walked outside where the press began bellowing questions. He walked past them. He didn’t stop to answer. Later he did the same. Even later when he was seated and asked a question he answered with one sentence and moved on.
If the President has finally gotten the message that he needs to tone it down and let the record speak for him that would serve him so well. Keep an eye on how he tweets now and if this is long lasting. If it is, and he did this past the next election, he would be reelected going away. Can he?

So what happens today in the senate? In case you haven’t been following closely or were drowned out by the cover up charges, here is the schedule:
At lunchtime the Democrats and Republicans have their party lunches in the Capitol.
About 1 PM Majority Leader McConnell will offer his resolution, which will detail the rules for the Senate’s trial. Each side has an hour for debate. 
Around 3 PM Chuck Schumer will call the rules unfair and move to amend them. He will demand witnesses and documents at the front end of the trial. This will then be debated for a few hours.
Then the senate will vote to proceed as recommended and we will be underway.
The next few days will likely be 12 hour sessions as McConnell tries to get this over with. His goal finished and exonerated by the State Of The Union. Pelosi and Schumer want an ongoing trial that day to embarrass the President.

You will hear much about witnesses from the Democrats and MSM and how unfair this is. If you a get a moment watch this tape on how these same outlets reacted to the desire of witnesses in the last impeachment trial.

some other news

Is the Democratic Party a centrist or center/right party? AOC thinks it is. Here’s some excerpts from her talk yesterday on Martin Luther King Day:
At a Martin Luther King Day event Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, derided her party as insufficiently left-wing and too beholden to capitalism. “We don’t have a left party in the United States. The Democratic Party is not a left party,” the freshman congresswoman said to audience applause. “The Democratic Party is a center or a center-conservative party.”

Is Mike Bloomberg having an impact? On ad spending and costs he is:
Eight weeks into his campaign, Bloomberg has already spent more money on advertising — $248 million — than most candidates could spend in years. That amount has squeezed TV ad inventory in nearly every state, lowering supply and causing stations to raise ad prices at a time of high demand, as candidates around the country gear up for their primaries. On average in markets around the country, prices for political TV ads have risen by 20 percent since Bloomberg began his campaign.

He’s also creating jobs – in his campaign that is:
He has beefed up his staff with more paid employees than the frontrunner, former Vice President Biden. He has hired 800 employees in 30 states since jumping into the race less than two months ago.
Remember he has an unconventional strategy of sitting out the first four nominating contests and then sweeping in for the kill on Super Tuesday.

One final stat today:
We have read and heard that it has been difficult for the administration to get people approved by congress. Now we have proof. On average, it takes 115 days to confirm a presidential appointee . How does this compare? Well with President Reagan and a Democratic Congress it was 56 days.


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