Waiting for Impeachment

Useful Idiot

Pundits are pontificating on Louisiana’s Senator Kennedy as a useful idiot for Russian propaganda[1] and on the utter bad faith of the Republican defense of Trump.[2] And a Never Trump web site informs us about The Twelve Senate Republicans Who Might Vote to Remove Trump from Office.

Of course, a great many things might happen. I might wake up tomorrow morning and decide to become a professional wrestler. The sun might rise tomorrow in the west rather than the east. The pope might join the Satanic Temple.[3] Or, His Holiness might decide to walk in the woods and take a shit among the trees.

As I said, many things might happen. But I shall speak of what is  happening.

What Is Happening

One. Democrats have produced abundant evidence supporting the accuracy of their Ukraine narrative. Republicans have not offered any contrary evidence. They have not proffered a plausible alternative narrative. They have not even proffered an implausible alternative narrative.

One might say, speaking metaphorically, that the DNA on the blue dress has been tested, and the results are not good.

Two. This is unfortunate for the Republicans. But they are left with a binary choice. If they want to make any faint effort by way of an argument that some folks in the middle might find persuasive, they would adopt the bad-but-not-impeachable. I have explained the five overwhelming reasons to take this approach.

Or, in the alternative, they might argue—again speaking metaphorically—that the DNA test was fake and that using a cigar on your intern’s nether regions is not “sex.”

Three. Clearly, they are going for the metaphorical fake-DNA-test-cigar-stimulation-OK defense.

Four. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and the Republican pols have chosen to make arguments that will meet with approbation by the 53 percent of self-identified Republicans who think that Trump is a greater president than Abraham Lincoln.

And, probably, only by that group.

Five. In consequence of all the above, the impeachment effort will contribute significantly to the ongoing processes that are dividing us into two distinct and discreet groups: Trump Cultists and Everybody Else.

[1] James Downie, The useful idiot from Louisiana

[2] Greg Sargent, The latest defense of Trump is a total scam. Republicans just confirmed it themselves.

[3] On going to the web site, I happened to notice that they have some special holiday deals on their merchandeise, but the deals are expiring soon. Act quickly, or the opportunity will pass.

“The System is Blinking Red” While “Trump’s Tools Have Become Putin’s Useful Idiots”

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D.N.I. Coats Speaks

CNN)Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats raised the alarm on growing cyberattack threats against the United States, saying the situation is at a “critical point” and coming out forcefully against Russia.

“The warning signs are there. The system is blinking. It is why I believe we are at a critical point,” Coats said, addressing the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, on Friday.

“Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack,” he said.

Coats compared the “warning signs” to those the United States faced ahead of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“It was in the months prior to September 2001 when, according to then-CIA Director George Tenet, the system is blinking red. And here we are nearly two decades later, and I’m here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again,” Coats said.

Coats said the “worst offenders” are Russia, China, Iran and North Korea — with Russia the “most aggressive foreign actor, no question. And they continue their efforts to undermine our democracy.”

Every day, those countries “are penetrating our digital infrastructure and conducting a range of cyber intrusions and attacks against targets in the United States,” he said.

Michael Gerson Speaks

The president remains in total denial about Russian intentions and actions. This is unexplainable in strategic terms. Why would an American president so regularly praise and excuse a dictator dedicated to the overthrow of American influence? It is also unexplainable in political terms. Why wouldn’t a president facing an investigation of Russian influence on his campaign find opportunities to distance himself from Russian aggression? There is no rational explanation for Trump’s surrender to Russian designs. Perhaps Mueller will supply some type of unexpected, unsavory reason. But we know that Russia is Trump’s Rosetta Stone — the key that will eventually explain the refusal of an American president to defend American interests.

In the process, the Republican Party is becoming something that would have been unimaginable just five or 10 years ago. By following Trump into this strange, unhealthy Russian fetish, it is proving its loyalty while forfeiting its legitimacy. Much of the GOP is playing down Russian aggression. And it is actively undermining the investigation of that aggression. Trump’s political tools have become Putin’s useful idiots.