‘Senate Republicans are bathed in shame’
Or, so writes New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.
How in God’s name — and it was in God’s name — can the Republicans who have already decided to acquit President Trump take a solemn oath to administer “impartial justice”? They’re partial to the core, unabashedly so …
Whereupon Bruni unleashes the dogs of Stalinist invective:
The majority of the party’s senators have said outright or clearly signaled that they have no intention of finding the president guilty and removing him from office. Yapping lap dogs like Lindsey Graham and obedient manservants like Mitch McConnell …
Not even Frank Bruni can ignore his own hypocrisy:
Democrats, too, have made up their minds, and that would be equally upsetting but for the mountain of actual evidence on which their judgment rests.
Oh, well, THEN! If you say so. No bias there! Except that …
Ukraine really IS corrupt
And shameless. Elsewhere, the NY Times acknowledges:
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky needs to demonstrate to Ukraine’s Western creditors that he is serious about prosecuting large-scale fraud in order to secure billions of dollars in sorely needed loans from the International Monetary Fund. In the impeachment proceedings in Washington, Ukraine has been tarnished by corruption accusations by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Perhaps Mr. Zelensky’s biggest challenge lies with his erstwhile patron, Ihor Kolomoisky … the man [the first deputy governor of Ukraine’s central bank] believes is responsible for trying to intimidate her and her colleagues. … Mr. Kolomoisky advanced Mr. Zelensky’s career by putting “Servant of the People” on his TV channel. …
The new prosecutor general … [has] not brought such charges against Mr. Kolomoisky. That has led to accusations that Mr. Zelensky is giving his media ally and former business partner special treatment.
For shame, Democrats
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, voted with the late John McCain to uphold ObamaCare and voted against impeaching Bill Clinton. But she voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh — at her peril.
That confirmation vote … generated millions of dollars in donations to be used against her and a lengthy period of harassment and intimidation by critics, including numerous death threats. There were so many hostile calls targeting her that a 25-year-old employee in one of her Maine offices quit. One day, her husband texted Ms. Collins a photo of himself in a hazmat suit; someone had sent a threatening letter to their Maine home — where protesters gathered eight Sundays in a row — that claimed to contain ricin. (More here.)
Have the Bidens no shame?
The U.S. Senate can only act on the impeachment articles forwarded it by the House. Those articles are impossibly vague and allege no crime. President Trump’s call to Zelensky was far from “perfect.” Asking for an announcement rather than an actual investigation into the Bidens’ corruption is damnable. (If you really want something of value, the Bidens raked it in.) But that’s not enough there, there, to end Trump’s presidency.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: If Republicans should recuse, so should Chuck Schumer and the four Democrats running against Trump.