The investigation into Trump’s crimes has done exactly what I was afraid it would: it has discovered that the entire upper level of the administration is part of the conspiracy.
Imagine an episode of Scooby Do where the mystery kids figure out that it’s the caretaker, wearing a rubber mask, scaring people away from an old building in order to drive property values down. Then, the cops show up, and they start saying “no you have the wrong guy.” But they go to the district attorney, who doesn’t disclose that he works with the caretaker, who argues that it makes more sense to prosecute the kids for trespassing. Naturally, they ask for help from the judge, but it turns out that the judge is the caretaker’s brother. Etc. We’re used to thinking in terms of “the game is rigged” but in this case the entire amusement park is rigged – it’s not an organized conspiracy (clearly!) but everyone involved is going to move in the same directions: 1) protect Trump because he is the source of money and power, 2) grab all the money that Trump is doling out.
Last night I stumbled across some fairly bland reportage that Trump has been wining and dining senators and offering them stays at Camp David. These are the jury members for a criminal case in which Trump is the defendant. They’re not going to recuse themselves because everyone else in the senate is also in on the scam, but that’s not how a courtroom drama is supposed to play out – Trump’s jury of his peers are his golfing buddies; do you think for a second that they are going to find the moral energy to throw Trump out of the golf club? It would ruin their future games. [wp]
“Too bad Jeffrey Epstein’s dead, he’d have fit right in with this bunch and maybe he’d have brought a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to share around and collect us some kompromat.”
The US is about to be treated to the impeachment process as though it’s a trial, and – ironically – the republicans are already calling it out as a “show trial.” They’re projecting, again. They’re right; they’re going to be the ring-masters.
It utterly blows my mind that Devin Nunes can sit as the ‘opposing member’ in the hearings about the Ukraine dirt-buying scandal, and completely not mention that he was part of it. He was one of the guys who helped figure out which Ukrainian oligarch was easiest to strong-arm. My bet is that next time the republicans pull this sort of move, they’ll use an actor. It would be so easy. Memo to Hunter Biden: don’t go waterskiing with Kid Rock where the water is deep and cold as ice. Why not? It’s nothing new: why do you think the Kennedy brothers were hanging out with Frank Sinatra, passing Marilyn Monroe around like a trophy? These power-fuckers have shown over and over again that you can lure them into the most ridiculous things if you dangle sex and privilege at them; after all, that’s what they are in politics for. That has implications: you cannot shame them; they’re just puzzled: they’re already standing in line for debasement and we’re telling them their fly is undone. “Yes, that is the point.”
The whole “Moscow Mitch” meme is an example of what happens when we fail to understand this. McConnell is not going to be shamed because he’s not helping protect American democracy. As a long-term gerrymanderer, vote suppressor, and influence buyer, calling him “Moscow Mitch” is offensive because he’s been doing that stuff all along because he wants to. He’s ahead of Moscow; they are amateurs. And you know that if you asked him, he’d say “this is how it’s always been done.” Which is true; it’s been corrupt from the beginning. If you read the history of the adoption of the constitution and the discussions and manipulations that swirled around that process, it’s hard to see Trump 69’ing with Fox and Friends as much different from Thomas Jefferson starting his own newspaper The National Gazette (which happened to be surprisingly pro-Jefferson). [wik]
It’s depressing to think that Trump is going to get away with crimes that would have shocked Richard Nixon into being envious. It didn’t take genius on Trump’s part – it took a partisan system that was ready to start turning everything into an all-or-nothing knife fight. If you’re a rational person who’s trying to live your life and get your swing on, and someone comes along, ready to fight to the death, you might give them too much while simultaneously letting them emplace their process of power and test how it works.
When Trump is exonerated by the senate, in the face of massive evidence and his confessions of guilt, I will declare the American Democracy “over.” What comes next will be something else.
In Marcus fantasy-land, the democrats would let the impeachment process run a bit long then say, “oh, by the way, all of this was about Biden. Biden has agreed to withdraw as a candidate because he’s going to be busy suing you. Warren has agreed to run, with Stacey Abrams as VP.”
The democrats have placed themselves in a position such that the Trumpian smear tactics are actually going to work. And look at them: now they have Michael Bloomberg stuck to the sole of their shoe like a urine-soaked $100 they stepped on in a bathroom and they can’t decide whether to shake it off or pick it up and put it into their wallet.