Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie leads with (enigmatic emboldening theirs):
A HEARING with John Dean, a star of the Watergate era. A PACKAGE of civil contempt resolutions against administration officials like A.G. BILL BARR. Welcome to House Democrats’ non-impeachment impeachment campaign.
IT WOULD BE FOOLISH to believe impeachment-hungry Democrats will be pacified by voting to slap the attorney general and Don McGahn, the former White House counsel, on the wrist. And it would be equally foolhardy to believe that an American public wary of removing the president will be brought along to impeachment by hearing from Dean, an 80-year-old opponent of the president who was White House counsel under Richard Nixon 46 years ago. (And how many Americans even know who Dean is these days?)
BUT THIS, APPARENTLY, is House Democratic leadership’s strategy to keep impeachment at bay. Action. Heat. A process to keep Democrats from feeling like the top of their party is sitting on its hands.
Seriously? What kind of Boomer fantasy is it that octogenarian John Dean—a relic from a time BEFORE they were even a gleam in their daddy’s eye—is going to convince the Yutes of Today of anything? Methinks the Yutes of Today already want to see the Russian Usurper impeached (see below).
Bringing John Dean out of mothballs tells me that the Watergate-era coming-of-age Leadership is still in the ’90s and is still so scared of Clinton Whitewater-style blow-back that they wouldn’t put Chimpy’s Impeachment for obvious War Crimes on the table, so of course they cannot put The Orange Menace on trial. Thanks a lot, Nancy. That’s 0-2.
But I digress…
“In a private leadership meeting Monday evening, Pelosi discussed her party’s next steps for Barr with the contempt vote. According to four sources, Pelosi also made clear her opposition to opening up impeachment proceedings. One source in the room said she was critical of those pushing impeachment, like billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer, because she said they seem to believe impeachment will remove Trump, ignoring the role of the GOP-controlled Senate.”
This is just more Kabuki theater, as Tiger Beat indicates. Obama-era AG Eric Holder spent most of his time in office under Contempt for refusing to testify for the so-called Fast & Furious scandal. Barr and McGahn will be able to drag this out as long as they want.
And in totally unrelated news, the count of Representatives who are on record for impeaching the Russian Usurper is now 59, or 60 if you include Republican apostate Justin Amash. I believe that is up quite a lot from last week when it was barely 50.
As much as I hate David ‘Eff-ing’ Brooks, Axios morning email thingie tells me that his column today includes this nugget-o-info about the Yutes of Today (as foreshadowed a few paragraphs above):
David Brooks — in a column subtly headlined “The Coming G.O.P. Apocalypse” — warns Republicans that “young adults hate them”:
[I]t’s hard to look at the generational data and not see long-term disaster for Republicans.
Some people think generations get more conservative as they age, but that is not borne out by the evidence. …
Seventy-nine percent of millennials think immigration is good for America. Sixty-one percent think racial diversity is good for America.
In the midterms, the Xers-Millennial-GenZ vote was greater than the Boomer vote. Get on board, Dims. You’re wasting time.