I’m old enough to remember this week was supposed to be about Wingnuttia repealing healthcare for millions of Americans, and getting a forced-birther on the Supreme Court.
In the meanwhile, we have The Russian Usurper, Comrade Preznint, under investigation for maybe being in cahoots with the Kremlin. Forget “Rollover Beethoven,” how about “Quit Spinnin’ St. Ronnie.”
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writes in the morning email thingie from Axios:
Republicans already thought the day couldn’t have gone worse. As David Leonhardt begins his column in today’s paper, “All the President’s Lies“: “The ninth week of Donald Trump’s presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar.”
And then a final exchange, ending FBI Director Jim Comey’s astonishing five hours of testimony, was considered by insiders to be the most devastating of all. House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) asked for “any evidence that any current Trump White House or administration official coordinated with the Russian intelligence services.”
Comey: “Not a question I can answer.”
Nunes persisted: “How about counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway?”
Comey: “It’s the same answer. … I’m not going to comment on anybody.”
By saying that, Comey was putting everyone under Nunes’ “big gray cloud.” It’s a sign that the cloud will last at least for months, maybe longer.
…and meanwhile, over at Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:
“The White House was knocked on the defensive ahead of its biggest week yet on Capitol Hill after FBI Director James Comey confirmed the existence of an active investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, including whether there was any coordination with now-President Donald Trump’s team. The dramatic revelation, made at a Monday hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, dragged the Trump administration yet again back into uncomfortable territory just as it had hoped to highlight the smooth rollout of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who began his confirmation hearings across the Capitol on Monday.
And we should get used to hearing this (and I actually agree with Brock, so look for snowcones in Hell today):
Dems must boycott Gorsuch hearings until the FBI’s Russia investigation concludes. Can’t give illegitimate Pres a lifetime appt to SCOTUS.
— David Brock (@davidbrockdc) March 21, 2017
And from the way-back machine:
Who knew that Marco ‘Big Gulp’ Rubio, the Cold Warrior for a New Generation, and beloved grandson figure of Wingnuts over the age of 65 and under the age of death ever had any insight?
So what’s catching your attention this morning?