That’s the smart play. She said: “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.”

This echoed the words of 443 legal scholars who wrote a joint letter to Newt Gingrich in 1998. It read:

“The House’s power to impeach, like a prosecutor’s power to indict, is discretionary. This power must be exercised not for partisan advantage, but only when circumstances genuinely justify the enormous price the nation will pay in governance and stature if its President is put through a long, public, voyeuristic trial.”

I agree with that, but I would add one more clause to the last sentence: “especially one which offers absolutely no possibility of a conviction in the existing Senate.”

And the Senate will not change until Trump himself is up for re-election, so the only way to beat him is at the ballot box.

Pelosi may be standing on a correct principle, but more important, she is being pragmatic. The House Democrats can only lose by impeaching Trump. A show trial in the Senate is not only divisive, but it could not produce a conviction, and might energize Trump’s supporters for the next election. Moreover, the ultimate verdict would allow Trump to crow that he was totally exonerated, offering him political advantages, and solidifying his supporters’ perception that he has been unfairly harassed.

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5 Foreign Reality Shows That Put American Ones To Shame

“Iraq’s Put Him In Bucca Punked Celebrities With Fake Terrorist Threats”

Those Iraqis are funny, funny guys! Your move, Kutcher!

“China’s Wonderful Friends Featured Celebrities Mistreating Zoo Animals”

“When Chinese producers pitched a reality show called Wonderful Friends, wherein celebrities would take care of zoo animals, it mixed three of China’s favorite pastimes: famous people, cute animals, and serious rights violations.”

Do not underestimate Trump. He won in 2016 with an amateur campaign, just on the force of his personality and ideas. He will be even more formidable with an organized and professional infrastructure behind him.

He will lose the popular vote, but that doesn’t really matter if he focuses on his path to victory. He can easily win a majority of the electoral votes if the Democratic candidate isn’t smart and disciplined enough to campaign in the battleground states and avoid wasting time in the states where the result is a foregone conclusion.

NOTE: An updated version of that map should include Michigan, Minnesota, Georgia and Pennsylvania as well. Those four, plus the purple ones in the map, are the only states that really matter in a presidential campaign. Just about everything else is predetermined.

(I guess you could include Maine if you want to be really picky.)

So, how did Trump do in that map of the “real” America. He kicked ass.

Continue reading “Trump’s massive reelection campaign has 2016 themes — and a 2020 infrastructure”

Trump denied to a group of Republicans that he ever said “Tim Apple”

That is weird. That’s just a simple slip that anyone could have made. We’ve all done similar things. Why would he deny it?

And of course, his lie was ridiculous. Here’s the tape:

But wait – there’s more. In a tweet this morning, there was another plot twist. Now he admits he did say it, but did so intentionally, “as an easy way to save time & words.”

Yup, that’s the Donald Trump we know – always trying to cut back on his verbiage, always as terse and economical as possible in his speech.