Random short-circuits from Ol’ Sparky
Adam Schiff was powerful in opening the Senate impeachment trial Tuesday (01-21-2020). Give the man his due. Instead of merely arguing the rules of procedures, he used his time to lay out his case, rightly figuring that Day One would be the most-watched day of the trial. The President’s lawyers were caught flat-footed.
His special trick was burrowing so deep into the ant hill that the farm got lost in the maze. Who knew that denying the Ukrainian president a meeting in the White House was an impeachable high crime?
I half expected Mitch McConnell and his lackeys to haul baskets of letters from “low information voters” to the dais condemning Senator Jefferson Smith.
Blaska’s Conspiratorial Bottom Line #1: So far, the only people Lev Parnas has not implicated in the Ukraine imbroglio is the House sergeant at arms and Rachel Maddow’s camera crew.
Mitch McConnell is “crooked” for acknowledging that he is working with the President. At least he’s truthful. In the Orwellian language of The Capital Times: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a crooked senator who admits to coordinating with an impeached president and his cabal of defenders.”
(“Cabal” — “a small group of secret plotters; as against a government or person in authority.” Hmm, that would be the Democrats, would it not?) If you don’t think Chuck Schumer is working with Pelosi’s impeachment managers you are a special sort of naive, stupid, or hypocrite. We’re not ruling out the trifecta!
What you want to bet that when this thing comes to a final vote — God willing and the river don’t rise — a couple Democrats vote to sustain the President? That said, we’ve already O.D.’d on impeachment and so, we suspect, has most of America.
Blaska’s Divisive Bottom Line #2: In this impeachment trial, Senators are forbidden information devices. Are the Senators also sequestered overnight in a Motel 6 on the edge of town?
Is Bill Barr a monk?
The New York City Bar Association is demanding Attorney General William Barr be investigated for political bias. … The New York Times has noted that the attorney general had “reprised his role as a vocal defender of President Trump.”
Seriously? You must be a special kind of naive, stupid, or hypocrite if think JFK appointed his brother Bobby because he wanted an independent attorney general.
Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution states that “(t)he executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” “The power is vested not in numerous sources, but solely in the president,” legal counsel at First Liberty Institute observes.
“Perhaps none of these media outlets recall the time when then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. famously described himself as President Obama’s ‘wingman.’”
Blaska’s Snarkey Bottom Line #3: Barr stands accused of being a Trump appointee and Adam Schiff can prove it!
The race card is becoming frayed
Jason L. Riley is one of the essentials, to borrow a term from cable TV’s TCM. He posits that Kamala Harris and Cory Booker are O.U.T. because their campaign resorted to race baiting. Booker supported slavery reparations and called for drug legalization to keep a “racist” criminal justice system from targeting black people.
Riley writes: “The only reason anyone will even remember that Ms. Harris ran for president is because of her confrontation with Joe Biden over segregation and forced busing during the first Democratic debates.”
This is identity-politics campaigning in the mold of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and we know how their presidential bids turned out. Moreover, it’s close to the antithesis of how Mr. Obama ran.
But did not govern. (Remember how he scolded white America after the riots in Ferguson, Mo.?) Riley recalls a Gallup poll reporting that 62% of respondents were dissatisfied with the state of race relations in the country in 2015 —up from 40% in 2008.
Blaska’s Low Information Bottom Line #4: Want to tidy up the public square? Hold a 2nd Amendment rally.