Fruitful Testimony

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The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed 81 individuals and entities associated with Donald Trump, his campaign, and just his general orbit.  And boy, I really don’t expect that to yield much, especially if the Michael Cohen testimony was any indication.  I mean, Cohen WANTED to testify.  He wanted to put things on the table, and volunteered whatever information he could between being called a liar and a criminal.  I can’t even imagine what things are going to look like with all the people who don’t want to be there.  And there will be plenty.  Among the people who got subpoenaed, who really gives you an idea of what these testimonies could end up looking like is Sean Spicer.  He’s already started on the snark, with his passive aggressive suggestion that he fully intends to cooperate but suggests there isn’t anything interesting to unearth.  In his case, that might be true, seeing as I don’t think Donald Trump really respected Spicer enough to tell him anything, but I still think Spicer knows a lot of things that he’s going to end trying to avoid speaking about to Congress.  And while he may not end up utilizing the 5th amendment, his testimony will probably feel like he is.

Expert Deflection

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I really can’t articulate how little I think of Mitch McConnell.  He represents the very worst of what traditional modern politics has become.  Him and his ilk pave the way for Donald Trump and his gross brand of discourse to come to the forefront of our political culture.  Mitch McConnell has had a stranglehold on the Senate for far too long, keeping good legislation from ever even reaching the floor for a vote, and pushing through garbage that better lines the pockets of him and his comrades.  And if you think I’m being overly critical, I encourage you to listen to his statements from last week, during the debate over making Election Day a federal holiday.  His argument against this is quite simply that he’s afraid of more people voting.  His own words are that it’s a democratic “power grab.”  In other words, he knows the majority of people don’t like him, and if more people go out to vote, he’s afraid of losing his majority.  It’s gross, it’s transparent, and it only goes to show why he’s dead wrong.

Stranger Than Fiction

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This last Tuesday was one of those days where if you were paying attention to the news, you might be mistaken in your assumption that we now live in a bad 90s sitcom.  Stupid events of note, Donald Trump and the Democratic heads of Congress got into a shouting match in the oval office and made fun of each other.  The snark was so real and palpable that I couldn’t help but cringe.  Meanwhile, down the street, The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai was forced to explain that they didn’t make iPhones, and had to explain that, unfortunately, when Googling the word “idiot”, the fact that pictures of the current POTUS pop up wasn’t the result of a liberal bias, but a viable search conclusion.  By the by, both events were punctuated by lots of people laughing at inopportune moments, meaning the news literally had a laugh track today.  So I take that back. Maybe we are living in a bad 90s sitcom…

Congressional Homework

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The confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Justice of the Supreme Court started on Tuesday morning.  And, I think as most people expected, it was a rather raucous affair.  Protestors were abound, desperately trying to throw a wrench in the works of Kavanaugh getting confirmed. The Democrats were also attempting to delay the whole affair, and frankly, I don’t mind.  Kavanaugh is kind of awful.  But in total fairness, their reason for attempting to postpone the confirmation is pretty legit.  You see, just a few hours prior, over 42,000 documents pertinent to the career and character of Kavanaugh were released to the Senate.  Now, maybe I’m being unreasonable, but I feel like it’s unfair to expect people to read tens of thousands of documents in a few hours.  The whole thing stinks of a runaround, so yeah, I feel like the Democrats had a legitimate cause for postponement.  But of course the Republican majority wasn’t having it, Chuck Grassley especially, seeming completely baffled that there was an issue.  While they weren’t successful in lobbying for a continuance, the protestors and bickering certainly slowed things down, which I suppose is something…

Candidate Crisis

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The GOP seems to have a Nazi problem.  Seriously. At least 3 congressional GOP candidates have openly admitted to being white supremacists with Nazi and neo-Nazi sympathies.  There was a period of time when  finding that kind of information out would have been something to end a political career.  It feels like several giant leaps backward that it’s being used to kickstart them.  To their credit, the mainstream Republican party does see this as an inconvenience.  They’ve been doing their level best to keep their image away from that ideology, and disavowing these upstarts openly, but it’s still unfortunate to note that these candidates seem to be gaining momentum rather than stalling out.  But what happens when these outliers become less abnormal?

Blinders

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Here’s the thing, I feel like even the most ardent supporters of Presidents past weren’t afraid to admit their guy made questionable judgments.  Bush diehards were pretty angry to find out that the whole WMD in Iraq thing was a crock.  Sure they didn’t yell for impeachment, and stood by their guy, but they could admit he was being shady.  Obama supporters, more often than not were willing to admit that some shady dealings seemed to go on behind the scenes.  But Trump’s cult of personality seems to have eclipsed rational discourse at this point.  Among his supporters and party members, everyone else is at fault.  His dissenters are all traitors and the media is all fake news and liars, except Fox News, which is basically an organization of true blue patriots. I just don’t know that there is a point where enough is enough any more.  Which is a scary thought indeed.

Facebook on Trial

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Watching Mark Zuckerberg testify to Congress was a bit like watching someone explain the internet to their grandmother.  At first, you see the Senators had some questions loaded to really kind of grill Zuckerberg on Facebook and privacy, but as soon as he starts explaining any facet of software, you can see the senators eyes just glaze over.  I don’t want to blame it on the ages of the respective senators.  I know plenty of older people who are more tech savvy than me.  But you can tell that the current generation of senators are a few steps behind in understanding the basic business model of social media.

Heartfelt Endorsement

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Trump went to a rally in Pennsylvania for a Republican named Rick Saccone, the Republican running for the Republican seat in their special election for the House. Trump spoke for 80 minutes, 2 of which were for the reason he came for: Endorsing Saccone.  The rest of the time…well it was pretty whacky.  I mean, when it comes to an off the cuff Trump speech, it usually is, but come on!  Calling Chuck Todd a “sleepy son of a bitch”?  That’s crazy.