The Villagers are all playing inside baseball today, as DEMOCRATS IN DISARRAY and RUDDERLESS REPUBLICANS continue to feed the gaping maw of our failed political press that is looking for tropes rather than news.
CBS News reports:
Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses. In addition to Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and possibly Cory Gardner of Colorado, the White House also views Rand Paul of Kentucky as a “wild card” and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee as an “institutionalist” who might vote to call witnesses, as one official put it.
“Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has sent GOP leaders a message that they can’t assume she will try to move through the trial as quickly as possible and ignore the possibility of hearing new evidence. And she’s not alone.
Collins signaled that, did she?
“‘I would vote against a motion to dismiss immediately. Absolutely,’ Sen. COLLINS says … Sen. MITT ROMNEY: “‘I will not be supporting a motion to dismiss’ … Says the Ukraine allegations are ‘serious and deserve to be given consideration’ and that Trump team needs to make its case too.”
… via NBC’s Frank Thorp: “Sen [Roy] BLUNT: ‘I think our members are generally not interested in a motion to dismiss. The argument for a motion to dismiss was there, was one in Clinton rules. But I think I’m safe in saying there’s almost no interest in a motion to dismiss.’”
So the spineless caucus is clearly very concerned.
What can we discern from all this? Absolutely nothing. Until Pelosi actually sends the Articles of Impeachment, names the members of the House who will be conducting the trial, the Russian Usurper has to name his legal counsel (and that ought to be good for a laff), and only then does amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch gets a vote on the rules.
So it’s just more DRAMA! RATINGS! CLICKS! until then.