Mitch McConnell: Zombie Resuscitator, Hail Mary Quarterback, and Savior of the Republic

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Typical of today’s impeachment analysis are articles like these:

James Bruno, The GOP’s Waiting for Godot Moment: Republicans keep hoping for a savior from Trump. But the question is whether they can save themselves.

Washington Post, Republican defense of Trump grows more frantic and disjointed as Ukraine scandal escalates

Politico, Vow of impeachment silence spreads in Senate: Senators from both parties are using their roles as potential jurors to remain silent on impeachment. 

Politico, Evangelicals have stuck by Trump. But polls hint at trouble ahead: Backlash from Trump’s Syria decision has left him scurrying to shore up a critical element of his base.

With these thoughts in mind, let us think a little more about the upcoming trial in the Senate.

And about Moscow Mitch McConnell.

What Three Things Do We Know about Moscow Mitch?

  1. We know he has the morals of a sea slug. And saying so may well be an insult to sea slugs.
  2. We know he is fixated on one thing: saving the Republican majority in the Senate, so as to cement his own power, ensure that tax policy is friendly to plutocrats, and ensure that the judiciary is friendly to plutocrats.
  3. And I am pretty sure he has figured out what I have figured out: that, unless something happens to derail the oncoming train, a whole bunch of his caucus are dead men walking. Either they will be primaried and replaced by unelectable Trump cultists. Or they will lose in the general election.

Knowing those three things, let us pose this question:

What Game is Moscow Mitch Planning to Pay with the Forthcoming Impeachment Trial?

Based on logic and the best available evidence, here is the answer to the question. Moscow Mitch is planning a long and fair trial which (1) Trump and his defenders will botch up beyond belief and which (2), if McConnell’s luck holds, will drive a stake through the heart of the Cult of Trump.

In other words, logic applied to the available evidence indicates that McConnell is planning to throw the biggest Hail Mary pass in the history of the Republic.

The alternative is that Trump succeeds, any remaining skeptics of the Cult of Trump are expelled from The Party Formerly Known as the Republican Party. And The Party Formerly Known as the Republican Party continues to do well, for a while, in Wyoming, but shortly becomes as extinct as the Whigs.

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Let Us Review the Bidding on Impeachment, as Matters Stand This Afternoon

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Coming soon, indeed.

Five points.

In Media Res

We remain in the middle of the factual development process. We can see very well what the light at the end of the tunnel looks like. But we have not yet reached the end of the tunnel. And the picture changes hour by hour. More bluntly, an already damning picture grows more damning, hour by hour.

All that said, prudence counsels that we reserve judgment on exactly what the picture will look like until all the witnesses (that we are going to hear from) have been heard; all the documents (that we are going to get) have been reviewed; and skilled lawyers have laid out the full case for the public.

John Bolton, anyone?

Trump’s Lines of Defense

(1) Serve up heaping bowls full of word salad with a battery acid dressing, and large helpings of  mendacious ad hominem attacks on the side.

(2) As each new bad fact emerges, reach deep inside your ass and pull out an utterly bogus, easily disproved counter “fact.”

(3) Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat.

In other words, cling desperately to the hope that tribalism and gullibility will protect you.

An Impeachment Backlash?

The evidence so far is that Trump’s base is holding. I am not surprised in the least.

But, based on the polling, there is no evidence—zero, zilch, bupkis, rien, nada—that the impeachment inquiry is creating a backlash against Democrats. All the evidence is to the contrary.

Walking Through the Cow Pasture Wearing White Shoes

Lots of folks are trying to step carefully around the dung that lies in their path. Examples include Bill Barr, Mike Pompeo, Moscow Mitch McConnell and any number of others. Predicting how these folks will ultimately land is a fool’s errand. Because I am not a fool, I will make no prediction.

But here is a prediction which, in my view, grows more likely day by day, hour by hour.

Dead Men Walking. Lots of Dead Men Walking.

I repeat myself on this topic, and I am unclear why no one else—at least no one whom I have read—has made the point.

In the deep, deep red states, congressmen and senators who stick with Trump will probably be reelected.

In swing states—and very probably in some pinkish states as well—congressmen and senators who stick with Trump are damned and congressmen and senators who don’t stick with Trump are damned.

Whether or not they have yet figured it out, they are dead men walking.

And at least one dead woman walking

Joni Castrator