Speaker Pelosi: “Show Me the Exculpatory Evidence.” Senator Johnson (R-Idiot): “Well, I Really Wish We HAD Some Exculpatory Evidence to Show You.”

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Politico, Pelosi: I ‘look forward to seeing’ evidence clearing Trump:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she and House impeachment investigators “look forward” to seeing any information that would demonstrate President Donald Trump’s innocence.

“That remains,” the California Democrat said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked by host Margaret Brennan whether she had seen any information that clears Trump of any wrongdoing in the Ukraine scandal.

Washington Post, Sen. Johnson says whistleblower’s sources ‘exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed’:

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Sunday that the Trump administration officials who provided information to the anonymous whistleblower about the president’s efforts to pressure Ukraine “exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed.”

“This would have been far better off if we would’ve just taken care of this behind the scenes,” Johnson said in an interview on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.” “We have two branches of government. Most people, most people wanted to support Ukraine. We were trying to convince President Trump.”

Politico Would Like You to Know that Louisiana Gave Trump a Big Old Shiner

Louisiana delivers Trump a black eye: The president lost two of three gubernatorial elections in conservative Southern states, raising questions about his standing heading into 2020:

President Donald Trump campaigned hard in three conservative Southern states this fall, aiming for a string of gubernatorial wins that would demonstrate his political strength heading into impeachment and his own reelection effort.

The plan backfired in dramatic fashion.

he latest black eye came on Saturday, when Trump’s favored candidate in Louisiana, multimillionaire businessman Eddie Rispone, went down to defeat. The president went all-in, visiting the state three times, most recently on Thursday. Earlier this month, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin lost reelection after a similar presidential effort on his behalf. Of the candidates Trump backed, only Tate Reeves in Mississippi won.

The losses raise questions about Trump’s standing as he heads into what will be a grueling 2020 campaign. By throwing himself into the three contests — each in states that Trump won by double-digits in 2016 — the president had hoped to gain a modicum of political momentum at a perilous moment of his presidency. …

Trump’s activity in the Louisiana contest was particularly extensive: In addition to the rallies, he called into conservative radio stations on Rispone’s behalf, recorded get-out-the-vote robocalls and videos, and sent out a stream of tweets savaging Edwards. On Saturday, the president wrote several tweets encouraging Louisianans to cast their ballots for Rispone.

Trump’s political operation also invested heavily, with the Republican National Committee spending $2 million on the race. The president took a personal interest in the contest, quizzing aides and allies about developments.

During an appearance on a Louisiana radio program Friday, Vice President Mike Pence remarked that “the president and I have left it all on the field.”

Trump and Pence left it all on the field, and the folks in Louisiana didn’t want to pick it up. Looked like bullshit. Smelled like bullshit. Probably, they concluded, it was bullshit.

And now, ladies and germs, in tribute to our Cajun brethren and sistern, let’s hear Jambalaya once again, this time in Swedish.

Louisiana to Donald Trump: Take Your Nuremberg Rallies and Shove ‘Em

Yesterday, Gov. Edwards, the Democratic governor of Louisiana, won reelection with 51 percent of the vote.

Louisiana has a non-partisan “jungle” primary election. If no one achieves a majority in the primary, then the top two candidates face off in the final election, held yesterday.

In the primary, the Democrat won 47 percent of the vote. President Lizard Brain inferred that, between the primary and the final election, he could go to Louisiana and hold some Nuremberg rallies and then claim credit when the Republican candidate won the two-person final election.

To put President Lizard Brain’s reasoning in context, I note that he won Louisiana in 2016 by a 20 percent margin.

And, as expected, the recent Nuremberg rallies did indeed gin up turnout among Trump cultists “in the state’s southern marshes, as well as in the rural northern and western part of the state.”

But rallies also ginned up even more anti-Trump turnout among African-Americans and suburban voters.

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I see that, even though I didn’t post anything yesterday, I still have readers from Russia. So, Vladimir, how’s that Trumpy thing workin’ out for ya?

One More for the Road

Jeremy Stahl, The second impeachment hearing went badly for President Donald Trump

Like me, Mr. Stahl grasps that the things people don’t say are often as important as what they do say. The positions they don’t take, and the arguments they don’t make, are often as important as the positions and arguments they do advance.

Trump trashed Ambassador Yovanovitch. The Republican congress folk praised her.

Trump claimed he had good reason to remove her. The Republicans wouldn’t touch that one with a ten foot pole.

And wait for what comes next week: having lavished praise on a woman Trump wants to humiliate, next week, it is said, Republicans plan to throw Trump’s man off the bridge.

Stahl writes,

What comes next week is direct testimony from the man with whom the president apparently sought to replace Yovanovitch as his point person on Ukrainian policy, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who is due to testify on Wednesday. Sondland has already admitted to telling Ukrainians that military aid was dependent on announcing the opening of investigations, though he has not yet testified the extent to which Trump or White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney may have directly ordered him to do this.

Based on what Republicans were saying on Friday, they intend to use next week’s proceedings to throw both Sondland and Giuliani directly into the path of oncoming traffic. To reporters during the break, Meadows suggested that Sondland and Giuliani might have been freelancing the apparent bribery scheme. “Is he working at the direction of the president? It depends on what part of it,” Meadows said of Sondland. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado, meanwhile, suggested that Giuliani might have been “a loose cannon.”

“[If] he was off on his own mission doing things that people didn’t know about kind of like a loose cannon, then that’s a Rudy Giuliani thing that’s [not] a President Trump thing,” Lamborn said.

On Friday it was impossible to trash the witness on the stand because of her obvious character and decades of public service. Trump’s defenders on the Hill will hope to have an easier target—in Sondland, the president’s own ambassadorial choice and million-dollar inaugural donor—next week.

When All Else Fails, Tell the Truth

Yeah, it’s a cliché. But if he values his hide, Sondland had better remember it.

Looks like an interesting week.

Liquor store run tomorrow.

Quick, Get That Man Some Prevagen! Did You Know It Has an Ingredient found in Jellyfish?

Prevagen

Washington Post, Impeachment witness provides firsthand account of hearing Trump demand ‘investigation’ of Bidens by Ukraine:

President Trump specifically inquired about political investigations he wanted carried out by Ukraine during a July phone call with a top U.S. diplomat who then told colleagues that the president was most interested in a probe into former vice president Joe Biden and his son, a State Department aide said Friday in closed-door testimony that could significantly advance House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

David Holmes, an embassy staffer in Kyiv, testified that he overheard a July 26 phone call in which Trump pressed U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland about whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would “do the investigation,” according to three people who have read his opening statement and spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe its contents.

“Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘he’s gonna to do it,’ adding that President Zelensky will do ‘anything you ask him to,’ ” Holmes said, according to these people.

Holmes’s testimony, first reported by CNN, directly implicates Trump in an alleged scheme at the heart of the impeachment probe, which Democrats have pursued in an attempt to prove that the president leveraged military assistance and an Oval Office meeting in exchange for investigations into Biden and a debunked theory concerning Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Dementia is apparently not a strike against those seeking high diplomatic posts, provided they donate heavily to Trump and lack all scruples. It is, in fact, an advantage, in that it permits them to forget things they would rather forget.

For example, Ambassador Sondland—sadly, an early victim of Oldtimers’ disease—has forgotten about that conversation he had, when he was in a Kiev restaurant, rather late at night, gave The Donald a ringy-ding back in Washington, and put it on speaker phone.

If I had done that, I think I would remember. So sad.

Will you join me in sending him a supply of Prevagen—IT HAS AN INGREDIENT FOUND IN JELLYFISH!—in advance of his testimony on Wednesday of next week?