Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) morning email thingie ponders the impact of the Bolton book leak:
BUT LET’S BE PERFECTLY CLEAR HERE: MAGGIE and MIKE’S story is as bad as can be for TRUMP. BOLTON is now contradicting the president’s claim that he did not tie the aid to investigating JOE BIDEN, and he is a direct eyewitness. It comes at the absolute worst time for this White House: as the Senate is days away from deciding whether to call witnesses in the impeachment trial.
BOLTON IS DANGEROUS because he’s unmoored from TRUMP.
Bolton is unmoored, for sure, and always has been. but I interrupted, do continue.
He clearly does not care what the president’s orbit thinks of him. His 528-page book is titled, “The Room Where It Happened,” with the words contained inside an oval (hint, hint). It is scheduled for release March 17 and, conveniently enough, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
Always be closing, Politico!
BOLTON IS NOT LEV PARNAS or one of these other characters who has sprouted up in the Trump era. He’s a through-and-through conservative who was so far to the right that George W. Bush had to wait for recess to make him his U.N. envoy. He’s known to members of the Senate. Not calling him to speak would be spurning one of their own in favor of TRUMP, whom many of them see as an interloper.
But in the end, Tiger Beat has no conclusion about how it will play out, so this analysis is really idle gossip.
My quatloos are riding on that the Senate Republicans will block witnesses, because as much as they (maybe?) hate the “interloper” Trump, they are (definitely) terrified of him.
That said, as all of these new bombs keep dropping and the demand for witnesses keeps growing, after Republicans vote to acquit the Shitgibbon, they will be hard-pressed to defend themselves at their next election: it will be as unpopular as the Iraq War vote.
“President Donald Trump is already itching to broadcast the series finale of his impeachment. In recent days, he and top White House aides have been considering how he should celebrate his presumed acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate and whether he should deliver a rare Oval Office address to mark the occasion, according to three senior administration officials.”
Hamberders for everyone. What a dope.