Step Aside, Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi
Never bring a milquetoast to a knife-fight.

Mueller did all the hard work for her.  Hell, Trump is begging her to impeach him.  He orders his minions to ignore Congressional subpoenas  while he and his macabre circus continue full-bore: kids remain in for-profit concentration camps, environmental protections are weakened, advanced weaponry and nuclear assistance flow to repressive regimes, enemies are emboldened, etc.

Nancy apologists argue that given that the corrupt Mitch Senate would never vote to convict, it isn’t worth the effort to impeach.  She is biding her time, they say, until she has an incontrovertible case that would somehow magically force Mitch’s hand.

Bullshit.  The only way to deal with a bully and his gang is to go on the offensive.  Barr won’t release the report?  Lock him up in contempt of Congress.  IRS instructed not to release Trump’s tax returns?  Munchkin joins Barr in the slammer.   Start impeachment now, and knowing that Mitch won’t convict, drag the process out – make sure we have a hearing daily.  In fact, start by calling in Chao, Mitch’s wife, and get their taxes while you are at it!  That shows the repugs that we mean business.

How do we deal with Trump in the meantime?  Keep him freaked out, a remarkably easy thing to do.  Get his old business manager Allen Weisellberg, and Deutsche Bank officials to testify about shady real-estate deals.  Subpoena Beavis over his Trump Tower collusion meetings.  Subpoena Ivanka over her China trademarks.  Hell, bring in Melanoma over her genius visa.

Trump will consider all these personal attacks.  If that doesn’t lead to a nervous breakdown or heart-attack, it would at least keep him at his most deranged (non-stop aggro tweeting, angry word-salad rants, etc), taking way the 10 minutes a day where he actually sits down to sign the executive orders written by his industry-hack cabinet.

We are seeing the Pelosi of the Bush years, the one who went along to get along, voting to enable Bush to invade Iraq, spy on Americans, dish out massive subsidies to Big Oil and Big Ag, and pass massive tax cuts for the rich.  She criticizes, shrugs and slow-claps while we are on the verge of or possibly in the midst of a Constitutional crisis.

She must step aside in favor someone who can do the job that needs to be done.

 

The Siegfried State of the Union

trumpsinging The vote to release of the House Intelligence Committee’s “secret” memo (and the vote to suppress Dem committee members’ minority report. The pressure on, resignation of, and subsequent humiliation of FBI Deputy Director McCabe, and the GOP and right wing media echo chamber’s FBI/Secret Society/Conspiracy Du Jour smearing of Mueller, while Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors marches forward to a steady drumbeat….it feels operatic.  Will Trump stay ‘on script’ tonight, dutifully reading the teleprompter to media acclaim of his presidential and dignified address, or will we get the shrieking Valkyrie, calling doom upon his enemies?

More likely, given the low bar he (and his spiritual predecessor Bush) established,  he will mumble incoherently through a journeyman address, then go crazy tomorrow in the AM and tweet doom upon his enemies from the toilet.

Sadly, we’re still suffering through the Seigfried stage of the Ring Cycle, with the protagonist seemingly unstoppable, and we still have a ways to go before we watch his downfall in the Gotterdammerung, following the 2018 elections, victory of the Dems and subsequent impeachment hearings.