If Jimmy cracked corn why does no one care?
Is this a game changer?
UPDATE 01-27-2020: Trump in August told Bolton that he wanted to continue holding military aid to Ukraine until the country helped with investigations into Democrats — including former Vice President Joe Biden — the New York Times reported Sunday, citing multiple people’s descriptions of an unpublished draft manuscript by Bolton. Bolton’s conservative credentials are impeccable. Calling witnesses in impeachment trial now likely.
- The U.S. Senate will vote to acquit Donald Trump and
- Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 4, not Mike Pence.
Two questions for the peanut gallery
Multiple answers permitted
Q. What’s the matter with Iowa?
The New York Times/Siena College poll conducted 20-23 January 2020 shows Trump beating all six top Democrat(ic) presidential candidates in Iowa. Over Buttigieg by 1 percentage point, Biden by 2, Klobuchar by 5, Warren by 5, Sanders by 6 and Bloomberg by 8 points. Proving the adage that familiarity — in this case with the Democrats’ brand of socialism, identity politics, and cultural exoticism — breeds contempt. (Note how the Times buries these results at the bottom of the story.)
A. Nothing is the matter with Iowa.
You can’t lick heads on a stick
In a classic case of confirmation bias, New York Times gossip columnist Maureen Dowd buys into the unsourced CBS News narrative that Republican senators who vote against Trump will find their head skewered on a pike.
We assume and presume (as Gordon Sondland is wont to do) that the pike thing is figurative, not literal. Even so, Ambassador Sondland has yet to be posted to Antarctica. If, for instance, Ted Cruz is cowed it is only because he won re-election by the skin of his teeth two years ago greatly because his President put aside their personal animosity and lent his massive popularity to Cruz’s campaign.
Which is why we snicker whenever the Left bemoans the power of special interests they loathe, hobgoblins such as the National Rifle Association, forgetting that their 5 million members vote and organize. And that four of every five Americans have a gun in the home, according to Pew Research.
It poured sweet and clear, it was a …
On the impeachment managers’ case, Ms. Dowd reports:
One Democratic Senate staffer mourned the apathy. “Our phones aren’t ringing. Nobody cares. It’s the saddest thing ever.” At night, tipsy Republican staffers treated Senate office buildings as a pub crawl, roaming the halls with celebratory bottles of wine.
Even educated fleas do it?
Ross Douthat notes that LBJ used the federal government to spy on Barry Goldwater (as Obama, it is becoming apparent, did on Trump).
As President, James Madison engaged in a dodgy, Trumpian scheme to use State Department money to buy documents purporting to prove his Federalist opponents were conniving with London. The Federalists cried foul but there wasn’t even the beginning of an impeachment proceeding. All Presidents conflate their own political self-interest with the national interest.
Curious in a curious sort of way:
Three of the House impeachment managers voted AGAINST aid to Ukraine: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). Our most valued ally! Defender of America’s national security!
Maureen Dowd gets today’s Bottom Line: “Americans knew they were voting for a thug. They wanted a thug who would bust up Washington and they got one.” Blaska still wishes Trump were more Vito Corleone instead of Sonny.