Is this supposed be be comforting? It reminds me of a not-too-brite middle schooler padding his oral report with extraneous facts to make sure he has enough words.
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 04: Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (L) (D-NY) speaks while committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R) (R-GA) looks up during an impeachment hearing where constitutional scholars testified before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. The Judiciary Committee will decide whether to draft official articles of impeachment against President Trump to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Wingnuttia’s brain trust has spoken: House Republicans Say The Senators Running For President Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Be Jurors In Trump’s Impeachment Trial
WASHINGTON — House Republicans are introducing legislation calling for senators running for president in 2020 to sit out the impeachment trial.
Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri will introduce a resolution Thursday recommending that any senator running to challenge President Donald Trump should recuse themselves from the expected Senate trial. The resolution was provided in advance to BuzzFeed News. It is unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled House and would not be binding but would serve as a suggestion from the House
How Smith plans to get that past Nancy Pelosi’s desk remains a mystery, but it would be interesting to see if the Graveyard of amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch might, for the first time this congress, take up a bill.
This is what is known in the trade as a long shot.
Well, that’s one way of putting it.
(Hat tip: @NamelessCynic on the electric Twitter machine)
Happy Hour News Briefs
The theocrats over at SPLC-designated hate group Family Research Council are saying a prayer for… wait for it… Chick-fil-A?
Really! Why? What happened?
Christians Deeply Troubled over Chick-fil-A Turn — The third largest fast food restaurant chain in America won the respect and loyalty of millions of Christians and non-Christians alike due to their unwavering devotion to the principles of its founder Truett Cathy, who passed away in 2014. But the Christian world was shocked when it learned that the stand-out Christian business had succumbed to years of pressure from LGBT activists and pulled its annual support for the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (both of whom hold to natural marriage in their guiding statements) in favor of groups like Covenant House, which hosted a local “Drag Queen Story Hour” for children.
Christians who have loved and wholeheartedly supported Chick-fil-A (CFA) because of their Christian principles have received the news with disappointment, disbelief, anger, and mourning, with some feeling wounded by a sense of betrayal. Still others, in Christian charity, have tried to give the company the benefit of the doubt. But with each day, more and more information comes out that suggests that the leadership of the company has not just succumbed in a momentary weakness, but has deliberately changed course, and in doing so has compromised the principles that made them great.
FRC, which has fully supported and given much free publicity to the chicken chain in the past, was shocked to learn recently that CFA made a gift in 2017 to the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), one of the most virulently anti-Christian organizations in America…
And what’s the prayer?, you ask?
Father, only you can change the hearts of people; only you can repair the damage that has been done. Move upon this company. Stir them to see the damage and to repent. Grant discernment from heaven…
Sweet Baby Jeebus replies, “But that’s what I did! Would you oafs please make up your mind!”
This might as well been me (Baby Yoda) and my Dad, except of course it would be me switching it from Talk Radio and switching it to The Ramones.
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)
So this happened:
Sinclair’s James Rosen: “Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?”
Pelosi: “I don’t hate anybody. I was raised in a Catholic house. We don’t hate anybody, not anybody in the world.”
She then returned to the lectern. Nancy Pelosi NEVER returns to the podium. She was pissed,
Pelosi: “I think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. I think that he is cruel when he doesn’t deal with helping our Dreamers, of which we are very proud. I think he is in denial about the climate crisis. However, that is about the election.”
“This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of his oath of office. And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”
And as always, a tweet from the Cry Baby-in-chief, because he always has to have the last word (See Also, “you’re the puppet.”):
Shorter Russian Usurper: “I know nothing!”
The longer version:
“I really don’t know — you’d have to ask him,” Trump responded when asked to explain why Giuliani would need to talk to OMB. “Sounds like something that’s not so complicated, frankly, but you’d have to ask him. No big deal.”
“Rudy? I don’t even know Dee.”
Told you he was gonna start throwing everyone under the bus, like bad sushi from Kyiv.
The Death of the Media
Tiger Beat’s email thingie:
REPUBLICANS RALLY — Republicans on both ends of the Capitol got a boost from the White House ahead of Wednesday’s impeachment hearing. Vice President Mike Pence was dispatched to a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, where he urged them to stick together and thanked them for supporting the president, per your Huddle host. And White House counsel Pat Cipollone lunched with Senate Republicans to hash out a strategy for the likely Senate trial, report Marianne and Burgess.
The outreach effort from the White House appears to be paying off: Republicans haven’t budged on impeachment. And they’re not even searching for an escape hatch, like a censure resolution or some other lesser form of punishment, report Burgess and your Huddle host. The antipathy for even a symbolic reprimand of Trump shows how the president has transformed the GOP, where any break with him can be seen as a personal slight. The story: https://politi.co/2RkRDkP.
I will keep beating this drum, Politico: The Russian Usurper did not transform anything, he only made it more obvious that the Republican Party is full of Republicans. They did NOT change overnight into some sort of authoritarian cult, it’s who they have always been. But now, because their leader is a loud-mouthed bigot who says the quiet parts loud the instant that they pop into the ol’ swiss cheese, they all feel empowered to let their inner klansmen out.
The Republican Party will continue to full of Republicans long after Comrade Stupid is gone, and the sooner that the Media figures that out, the better off we will be. But who am I kidding: the Media has no interest in that, they only want Drama! Conflict! Ratings!
CNN Drama, explained
Well this DID NOT go according to plan!
The Justice Department’s inspector general found no evidence that US intelligence agencies tried to plant spies in the Trump campaign, undercutting a repeated claim from President Donald Trump and his allies, people familiar with a draft of the report due out Monday tell CNN.
Michael Horowitz, the Justice inspector general, consulted US intelligence agencies as well as John Durham, the prosecutor conducting a broad investigation into the intelligence used to start the Russia investigation, to ask whether they could provide any evidence to back up the spy claim.
Durham and the intelligence agencies responded that they couldn’t provide any such evidence.
The Washington Post first reported the IG’s outreach to Durham.
The WaPo article, cited above says:
“The prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize how U.S. agencies investigated President Trump’s 2016 campaign said he could not offer evidence to the Justice Department’s inspector general to support the suspicions of some conservatives that the case was a setup by American intelligence, people familiar with the matter said.
“Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office contacted U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor Barr personally tapped to lead a separate review of the 2016 probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, the people said. The inspector general also contacted several U.S. intelligence agencies. …
“The previously unreported interaction with Durham is noted in a draft of Horowitz’s forthcoming report on the Russia investigation, which concludes that the FBI had adequate cause to launch its Russia investigation, people familiar with the matter said. Its public release is set for Monday.”
Strategic hire Bill ‘Low’ Barr failed the Russian Usurper by not finding someone willing to lie to protect our Stable Genius’ lie. This is a sad day in Barr’s glorious career of being an ottoman for an orange idiot.