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12/20/19 6:34 A

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Also, don’t forget that Trump was the vehicle that enabled the Republicans to reinstate their own state’s pork barrel (fossil fuels, anyone?). They invented Trump for a particular reason. They have no incentive to put the genie back in the bottle, whatsoever. In fact, to the contrary, having Trump in the White House, misogynist, racist, xenophobe, that he is, could not be a sweeter deal for them.

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12/20/19 6:01 A

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No. Trump definitely has something serious on him. And beyond, apparently, that he is a closeted gay man. The article implied that the author’s acquaintance knows precisely what it is.

To go from being that vocal against Trump to becoming his strongest sycophant, it must be something horrible that if revealed, would destroy him.

I just pray that the next presidential election will be as stunning an upset as the 2016 one was, but in the opposite direction. But I am really fearful that we are not going to be rid of Trump until at least when he would finish a second term. I have images in my head of him being dragged quite literally from the White House kicking and screaming as he attempts to begin a third term (already hinted at. He does so enjoy, and thrives, on the attention). It would make an interesting novel if it weren’t already true.

No question, Trump will “not go quietly into that good night.”

Edited by: NUMD97 at: 12/20/2019 (06:37)
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Do you think Lindsay Graham changed allegiance because Trump has something on him and is basically threatening him, or do you think Graham just noticed how loyal Trump's base is - to the point that if Trump doesn't back a Republican, that person loses the election and thus their position? I'm thinking Graham just goes with whatever way the wind is blowing - and he saw it blowing Trump's way so he went that direction. Now that Trump is impeached? Until the Senate votes, Graham will be loyal.

And you'd think that since the Republicans are the ones who instigated Clinton's impeachment, they were the ones setting a partisan precedence. They refuse to realize that Trump's actions hit a point where they were so blatantly self-serving and illegal, they could no longer be ignored.


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12/19/19 6:43 P

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Greg Olear is new to me. I like him.

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12/19/19 10:58 A

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I had read similar. It’s the only thing that makes sense. And it’s been Trump’s modus operandi (one among many) for decades.

Why change now, especially when it always works?

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12/19/19 10:12 A

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This is interesting and worth a read. Here is a possible explanation as to why Lindsay Graham switched from Trump villifier to sycophant.

gregolear.substack.com/p/lindsey-gra
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12/19/19 6:15 A

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love both poems

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12/19/19 6:05 A

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I hear what you are saying, Phebe, but what I think Cheney was saying was we just might come to expect impeachment charges on a regular basis from the opposition party in the future. Remember, Clinton was impeached for lying. What was he lying about? Sex with Lewinsky. And for this the country was stalled. Not exactly "high crimes and misdemeanors."

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Not sure what I'm missing, but what precedence is this setting that is so dangerous for future presidents? That if they commit major crimes against the country for personal gain, they will be impeached? What?

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12/18/19 9:06 P

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While driving home tonight, I was listening to the roll call in the House, and the final remarks by its members. I heard Lynn Cheney remark that she feared this impeachment action will set a dangerous presidence for each elected president in the forseeable future. I do have to say that before I heard her comments, I had the exact same thought. Our country has become so incredibly divisive in ways we have never quite seen before.

I fear for the future.

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12/18/19 5:45 P

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Well, indeed. Round, firm and fully packed like always. The insurance EMT visited me at work today. Lengthy questionnaire, various bodily fluids sampled, tests performed and lo and behold, declared me insurable. So there is that.

We have Thing Two home after a very good semester, Thing One is ensconced in her federal government job as part of the Deep State - all is good. We have a vacation in the Confederacy planned for spring.

You all?

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I'm convinced some White House hack wrote the first page. He doesn't have that sophisticated vocabulary. He wrote the rest. It's totally bizarre.

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Speaking of writing (which I came here to do and found that Mark had had already slid home), I have faith that you've read the six-page screed from Trumpy to Speaker Pelosi. The petulance and lunacy are all his, but I wonder who wrote or helped him write it? He doesn't have the vocabulary to have penned the letter on his own. That is, unless his childish mode of expression and limited vocabulary are a smoke screen? Can it be that he really has a storehouse of "big words?"

I hope you've all been well.

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12/18/19 12:14 P

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What day was that from? I only get the weekend edition and didn't see it.

Saw George Takei post this on Twitter today. Don't know if he was the aauthor:

God, arrest ye scary gentlemen
The people you dismay
Remember oaths of office
On this Impeachment Day
Please save us all
From Donald's lies,
Abuses everyday
O Congress impeach the
Orange menace today
O Congress impeach
His ass today!

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It will literally be years before we will recover from this folly, especially with countries that used to hold us in high regard.

That's the ultimate tragedy of all this.

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Copied and pasted from the Gray Lady, well, because I can.

***

’Twas the eve of impeachment, when all through the House
No Republicans wavered, each last one a louse.

The articles were drafted by Democrats with care
In hopes that a conscience would soon bloom there.

We pundits were tossing all steamed in our beds,
While Trump’s certain acquittal danced in our heads.

And I in frustration, feeling all solemn,
Wished I could capture my woe in a column,

When out on the web there arose such a clatter,
I signed in to Twitter to see what was the matter.

And there I beheld him, the master of lies,
Weaving fresh falsehoods, to no one’s surprise.

He savaged the Bidens, he smeared Adam Schiff,
And cycled through villains in a furious jiff,

Not to mention distractions, like the teeth of the Speaker.
Could a “leader” be cruder, could his morals be weaker?

So now he’s a dentist, in his all-knowing ways?
I prayed for deliverance one of these days.

When what to my cynical eyes did appear
But a raft of excuses pulled by mangy reindeer,

With a weasel-eyed driver, so meek and so zany,
I knew in a moment he must be Mulvaney.

More shameless than con men, the sycophants came,
And Trump gloated, so bloated, and called them by name:

“Now, Rudy! Now, Jared! Now, Lindsey and Mitch!
Please fly this democracy into a ditch!

It is how you will save me. It is how I prevail.
Or else I will join poor Paul in the jail.

That’s the toll of a presidency ended too soon,
So you must sing along to my favorite tune:

‘It’s a witch hunt! A hoax!’ Those are lyrics for me.
That’s the verse, that’s the chorus, for eternity.”

He was dressed in a necktie, from his jowls to his soles.
He had tanned beyond tanning. Imagine the moles.

His hair, how it swirled! His legs, how they splayed!
On such fishy foundations was his confidence laid.

And we couldn’t stop looking — not his fans, not his foes.
That was what he was after: the show of all shows.

Its plot strained belief. Its appeal tested reason.
Still it was soaring toward a second season.

The economy roared. The Democrats whimpered.
Vladimir chortled. Emmanuel simpered.

In the bag that Trump carried, he had goodies galore:
Lower taxes, the Dow, right-wing judges and more.

They weren’t for the many, they favored the few,
But that was obscured by the smoke that he blew.

All was fog, all was mist, all was boast, all was fiction,
As he hid his true airs with bad diet and diction.

He could do as he wanted and never know fear,
For an elf — and a savior! — named Barr hovered near.

And then there was Tucker and of course Hannity
To put an extra-fine gloss on insanity.

What great luck to discover a country so riven
You could smash it and rule it if suitably driven.

You could summon the Russians, you could bully Ukraine,
Just as long as you made “It’s fake news!” your refrain.

I cringed as I watched him and cried for us all,
Our values, our futures hijacked by his gall.

A last bid to preserve them was cause to impeach
But his party’s corruption put him beyond reach.

So then why all his thrashing? His howls of dejection?
It was just a performance for the next election.

It brought more donations. It rallied the base.
You could see, if you looked, a clear smirk on his face.

If you listened, you heard it: a lilt in his voice.
In drama like this, he would always rejoice.

So as history scarred him, he could nonetheless yell,
“Merry TrumpMas to all! I’m the king of this hell.”

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