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7/6/2022

Republicans: Put Us in Power and We Solemnly Promise Non-Stop Clownishness

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:30 am



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Republicans want to make Biden’s last two years in office as difficult as possible in the run up to 2024. A Jan. 6 counteroffensive is just one way. Republicans have also been plotting subpoenas and the potential creation of select committees to investigate the president’s son, Hunter Biden, the handling of the coronavirus, and Biden’s flawed withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“The base is out for blood on subpoenas,” a House Republican aide told Axios. “A lot of it will just depend on how far McCarthy wants to go.”

The base is stupid. But sure, keep pandering to them. Total winner strategy.

76 Responses to “Republicans: Put Us in Power and We Solemnly Promise Non-Stop Clownishness”

  1. I’m wondering what high crime and misdemeanor the GOP House majority will invent to impeach Biden.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  2. #1

    I’m wondering what high crime and misdemeanor the GOP House majority will invent to impeach Biden.

    Paul Montagu (5de684) — 7/6/2022 @ 8:52 am

    No need to invent. There’s 2 that I can think of:
    1) The Afghan withdrawal
    2) The southern border

    Both are worthy of impeachment.

    whembly (b770f8)

  3. I’d say that’s criminal incompetence, whembly, but not criminal.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  4. #3

    I’d say that’s criminal incompetence, whembly, but not criminal.

    Paul Montagu (5de684) — 7/6/2022 @ 8:57 am

    “High Crime and Misdemeanor” need not to be criminal.

    whembly (b770f8)

  5. This is why I don’t find complaints the the Jan 6 investigation will spawn politically motivated investigations as retaliation. Those were inevitable regardless.

    Time123 (5bc7cb)

  6. Whembly, what’s your theory on Afghanistan that makes it impeachable? I agree it wasn’t done well. But I think that was inevitable after we drew our troop levels down.

    Time123 (5bc7cb)

  7. @6

    Whembly, what’s your theory on Afghanistan that makes it impeachable? I agree it wasn’t done well. But I think that was inevitable after we drew our troop levels down.

    Time123 (5bc7cb) — 7/6/2022 @ 9:15 am

    The fundamental dereliction of duty as the commander of our forces to objectively withdraw as safely as possible. Biden ignored every operational officer’s plea on the manner of the drawdown.

    I vehemently object to the premise that the way it was drawn down would’ve ALWAYS be this disastrous. If you keep pushing that, then we really don’t have much more to discuss as it’s nothing more than an attempt to spin on behalf of Biden.

    I wanted us out of Afghanistan – but, not the WAY it was executed, and Biden ordered such a drawdown that puts our people and Allies in such an unnecessary compromised position.

    whembly (b770f8)

  8. Based on whembly’s criteria, Ford should have been impeached for the disastrous withdrawal from Vietnam.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  9. I vehemently object to the premise that the way it was drawn down would’ve ALWAYS be this disastrous.

    Given the fact that the Afghan Army cut deals with Taliban prior to any withdrawal, it’s hard to blame everything on Biden.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  10. @2. “Remember mediocrity, is not a mortal sin…’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n_4t7KcJsQ

    But a censure by Congress? That would sting Joey given his perpetual buzzing about his decades of fraternal buddyship w/chums in Congress. Besides- his insurance policy, Kamala, isn’t aging any better than he is.

    DCSCA (1bb09b)

  11. @8 Sure, Congress would’ve been well within their rights to do so.

    whembly (b770f8)

  12. @9 I absolutely blame 100% on Biden on the manner by which how the Afghan withdrawal occured.

    whembly (b770f8)

  13. Whembly, that’s somewhat reasonable. As I said it was a mess.

    But I never saw a withdrawal plan that looked like it would have ended any better. We were always going to creat a power vacuum. I wanted to stay because I viewed the current end state (Taliban back in charge and our retreat was ugly) as the most likely outcome.

    Where do you draw the line between “high crime and misdemeanor” and just bad administration?

    I’m 💯 with you on Biden did this poorly and we shouldn’t vote for him. (Anyone who voted /for/ Biden is nuts) I’m just not seeing it as impeachable.

    Time123 (5bc7cb)

  14. @12, me too. He should have acknowledged that it was going to be a nightmare, told the Taliban the timetable Trump agreed to was off the table, and asked Congress to authorize more troops to restore order and shore up the Afghan government until such time as we could be confident our withdrawal wouldn’t result in this type of catastrophe.

    Time123 (5bc7cb)

  15. Given the fact that the Afghan Army cut deals with Taliban prior to any withdrawal, it’s hard to blame everything on Biden

    Except it’s not. The buck stops with him. ‘Course the bucks start with him when it comes to Ukraine.

    Biden says Kabul’s fall to Taliban ‘not inevitable’

    President Joe Biden… defended the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, saying it was “not inevitable” that the country would fall to the emboldened Taliban, and confirmed the US exit would be completed by August 31.https://asiatimes.com/2021/07/biden-says-kabuls-fall-to-taliban-not-inevitable/

    Biden’s Afghanistan prediction fails spectacularly

    What Biden predicted would never come to pass happened 38 days later

    President Biden assured Americans that the Taliban would not storm the U.S. Embassy in Kabul the same way the North Vietnamese stormed the U.S. Embassy in Saigon in 1975, but footage captured an eerily reminiscent scene on Sunday – completely disproving the confident prediction Biden made last month.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bidens-afghanistan-prediction-fails-spectacularly

    Please, please, please, Joey, predict gasoline will hit $20 a gallon, airplanes will never arrive on time again and the Mets will never win another World Series.

    DCSCA (1bb09b)

  16. @12. I absolutely blame 100% on Biden on the manner by which how the Afghan withdrawal occured.

    Yep. Bob Gates had his hide tagged and bagged long ago:

    “I think he [Biden] has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” – Bob Gates, January, 2014

    DCSCA (1bb09b)

  17. I don’t disagree, whembly, about the way Biden handled his cut-and-run. He was incompetent about it on multiple levels, starting with shutting down Bagram.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  18. Better vote Democrat again, NeverTrump.

    Colonel Haiku (10d1f5)

  19. Better not put Trump up again, then.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  20. #15

    Biden does have a certain baseball magic. When he insisted the All Star Game should move out of ATL, the Braves suddenly went from a disastrous season to winning the division and the World Series.

    Appalled (4460f3)

  21. I think it’s gone beyond that stage. Dispirited people like NeverTrump are natural Democrats.

    Abbynormal, but natural…

    Colonel Haiku (10d1f5)

  22. Better vote Democrat again, NeverTrump.

    Except I didn’t vote Democrat (or for Trump). Nominate a Republican who isn’t an unhinged psycho and I may well for the guy (or gal).

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  23. …may well vote for the guy (or gal).

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  24. @23, you’re asking a lot.

    Time123 (5bc7cb)

  25. Well, you need a crime, an abuse of power, reckless behavior, or a dereliction of duty….while President. I would imagine we would get an entire committee looking into old Hunter, his laptop, and influence peddling….though I’m not sure if any of the alleged influence peddling will tie to Biden as President. Personally, I would leave the matter to DoJ but I wager this will be an itch that will be irresistible to scratch.

    Right now we don’t have an overt crime. As bad as the wrap-up to Afghanistan was, a lot of that was predicated on the reasonable assumption that the Afghan army would have held up for at least a couple of weeks, with the intelligence community giving it longer. Do it’s hard to say dereliction. It’s also questionable whether you can pin it all on Biden directly rather than the military members or Joint Chiefs that planned the actual logistics. It doesn’t help that Trump was pushing for the same fundamental policy. It would be stretch too whether you would even get all Republicans to vote for such an impeachment.

    As for the border, is Biden’s policies in the Overton Window of what is reasonable? It’s not like there is no border enforcement…..and there is certainly nothing stopping the Congress from authorizing more resources or drafting different laws. Again, I don’t see this getting very far. Impeaching based on policy differences will drive moderates away and make the party look petty.

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  26. If you see what is happening on the southern border as an invasion, it’s not just policy differences. It’s siding with the invaders, giving them aid and comfort.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  27. It takes a clear mind to see it for what it is, Kevin. But it’s an easy way to help determine who is serious about the challenges facing America

    Colonel Haiku (10d1f5)

  28. @26, that’s not the common view of illegal immigration. Nor is it necessary to view it as an invasion to war to reduce it.

    Time123 (80e193)

  29. I’m wondering what high crime and misdemeanor the GOP House majority will invent to impeach Biden.

    Paul Montagu (5de684) — 7/6/2022 @ 8:52 am

    I was reliably informed that none were required. I was told that impeachment is a political act and that high crimes and misdemeanors are whatever the House says they are.

    frosty (5bcbad)

  30. Alternate topic subject:

    Democrats: Leave Us in Power and We Solemnly Promise Non-Stop Clownishness, higher inflation, more wars, unlimited immigration, more fentanyl, Chinese expansion, higher energy costs, more supply chain issues, more riots, more crime, and more corruption.

    frosty (6844fa)

  31. #31

    It is possible (and indeed likely) that both your topic and Patterico’s topic are true. I do not like the feeling we are condemned to spend our lives in a Three Stooges movie (or Abbott & Costello without the clever dialog). But I have been leaning that way for about 6-7 years now.

    Appalled (1a17de)

  32. @31. That’s an insult to the boys, Bud and Lou. Unions! “Not a joke! Not a joke! Not a joke! Not a joke! Not a joke! You think I’m jokin’? I’m not jokin'”

    My God. Now get off my lawn!!!! Carterrific!

    The joke is on Cleveland. Welcome to 1978.

    DCSCA (47931e)

  33. @27. The Peter Principle on display. Watching him in Cleveland. He’s dangerously brain-damaged. He has said ‘not a joke’… ‘I’m not joking’ at least 15 times. Maybe the 16th time will convince the crowd.

    Memo to Xi: Take Taiwan. Then tell phone Joey and say, ‘not a joke’ – ‘I’m not joking.’

    DCSCA (47931e)

  34. #32,

    Maybe one of the bad A&C movies, like Dance With Me, Henry. Or, the Dennis Kucinich adminstration in Cleveland (which, come to think, was 1977-79). Funny, I would think you would be a Kucinich fan — he was a left populist.

    Appalled (1a17de)

  35. @34. I’m from Pittsburgh, Appalled. Not a fan of anything out of America’s armpit by law and genetics– from the Browns to Kucinich.

    “Not a joke!” “I’m not joking!” — times 10 to the 23rd power. 😉

    DCSCA (47931e)

  36. 9. Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 7/6/2022 @ 9:27 am

    Given the fact that the Afghan Army cut deals with Taliban prior to any withdrawal, it’s hard to blame everything on Biden.

    Pieces of the Afghan army.

    Biden can be blamed for not recognizing this was happening, and, absent U.S. air support, would continue to happen but that’s not grounds for impeachment. Lying might be but that was relatively minor.

    As for immigration, there’s ,much more grounds for impeaching Obama and Trump and maybe Bush for enforcing the laws in an inhumane manner – with Trump for violating treaties and U.S. laws – with Obama with conspiring with Mexico to get would be illegal immigrants killed in Mexico.

    @Time123 They have to call it an invasion to justify the inhumane results and deaths.

    The people who died in the truck did not die because they crossed the border. They died because of a policy of stopping vehicles within the United States and demanding proof of legal residence from all the passengers.

    The drug gangs (the crackdown has pushed most of the would be immigrants into the hands of drug cartels, just like the crackdown on illegal drugs created the fentanyl disaster) therefore lock people in trucks and demand their cellphones and spread some agricultural materials to evade human sniffing dogs.

    The government does not require all trucks at these occasional checkpoints be opened. The trucks often have cloned license plates.

    Probably the majority of such trucks get through these checkpoints and without killing their passengers. The people enforcing the law don’t care – they catch a few – looks good for them.

    People screaming for more enforcement without explaining how they propose to enforce the law really want to rely on people dying as a deterrent. Or they want to make it possible collect more and bigger bribes. The cartels don’t want people to die – it’s bad for business – they do rely on repeat business and recommendations – so the trucks are often air conditioned, but not always and it’s always good for people inside them to stay near the exit.

    The drivers may be of bad character and if they discover that a few or many have died they abandon the truck, sometimes without letting all the people out.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  37. AJ_Liberty (ec7f74) — 7/6/2022 @ 11:20 am

    As bad as the wrap-up to Afghanistan was, a lot of that was predicated on the reasonable assumption that the Afghan army would have held up for at least a couple of weeks, with the intelligence community giving it longer.

    It wasn’t a reasonable assumption, and became more obviously false as time went on. A reasonable assumption would be that, as soon as the Afghan government or military would begin surrendering territory, it would snowball, like France in 1940, Mainland China in 1948-9, and South Vietnam in 1975 and Iraq in 2014 till the U.S. intervened. It didn’t happen in Ukraine in 2022 in part because Zelensky stayed in Kyiv.

    As for the border, is Biden’s policies in the Overton Window of what is reasonable?

    If people understood what the alternative was, the alternative would not be in the Overton window and they never describe it. Of course, Biden doesn’t want to lock more people up – he’d e criticized – so he doesn’t ask for more resources for detention. Biden’s North Star in policy is don’t change anything if it means getting criticized by anyone. If the status quo gets criticized, at least it’s not his doing.

    It’s not like there is no border enforcement…..

    It’s impossible to carry out stated policy.

    and there is certainly nothing stopping the Congress from authorizing more resources or drafting different laws.

    Yes there is. Gridlock in Congress and people wanting different outcomes.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  38. @13

    Whembly, that’s somewhat reasonable. As I said it was a mess.

    But I never saw a withdrawal plan that looked like it would have ended any better. We were always going to creat a power vacuum. I wanted to stay because I viewed the current end state (Taliban back in charge and our retreat was ugly) as the most likely outcome.

    Where do you draw the line between “high crime and misdemeanor” and just bad administration?

    I’m 💯 with you on Biden did this poorly and we shouldn’t vote for him. (Anyone who voted /for/ Biden is nuts) I’m just not seeing it as impeachable.

    Time123 (5bc7cb) — 7/6/2022 @ 9:58 am

    “high crime and misdemeanor”… while it could be for explicit illegal infractions.

    It can also be simply political.

    Where I draw the line? Honestly I don’t think you can, as it’s going to be whatever Congress wants it to be, as the entire impeachment process is, by it’s nature, a political act.

    So, there must be some strong public groundswell, as well as political cajones, to impeach a president.

    The GOP doesn’t need a select committee on J6 as I think it unfortunately reached the political dead horse and the partisans are well entrenched.

    However, there’s definitely political hay to be made for Biden’s Afghan withdrawal and even the mismanagement of the Southern border.

    whembly (b770f8)

  39. whembly:

    Do you think Roosevelt should have been impeached for allowing the attack on Pearl Harbor, whether through incompetence or venality?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  40. @25

    Well, you need a crime, an abuse of power, reckless behavior, or a dereliction of duty….while President. I would imagine we would get an entire committee looking into old Hunter, his laptop, and influence peddling….though I’m not sure if any of the alleged influence peddling will tie to Biden as President. Personally, I would leave the matter to DoJ but I wager this will be an itch that will be irresistible to scratch.

    Right now we don’t have an overt crime. As bad as the wrap-up to Afghanistan was, a lot of that was predicated on the reasonable assumption that the Afghan army would have held up for at least a couple of weeks, with the intelligence community giving it longer. Do it’s hard to say dereliction. It’s also questionable whether you can pin it all on Biden directly rather than the military members or Joint Chiefs that planned the actual logistics. It doesn’t help that Trump was pushing for the same fundamental policy. It would be stretch too whether you would even get all Republicans to vote for such an impeachment.

    As for the border, is Biden’s policies in the Overton Window of what is reasonable? It’s not like there is no border enforcement…..and there is certainly nothing stopping the Congress from authorizing more resources or drafting different laws. Again, I don’t see this getting very far. Impeaching based on policy differences will drive moderates away and make the party look petty.

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74) — 7/6/2022 @ 11:20 am

    With regards to Afghanistan, there were plenty of rumbling that the military planners objected, strenuously, to Biden’s directive.

    And I disagree with your premise that it would be a “stretch too whether you would even get all Republicans to vote for such an impeachment.” I think after having the chain of command properly interviewed and public hearings on those who were LEFT BEHIND, will at the very least, get most if not all GOPs to impeach on that basis alone.

    The southern border is an abject failure, and a crisis that the Biden administration is tacticly allowing it to happen. That’s cannot be chaulked as some policy differences. Its a total abdication of their responsibilities.

    whembly (b770f8)

  41. @39

    whembly:

    Do you think Roosevelt should have been impeached for allowing the attack on Pearl Harbor, whether through incompetence or venality?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 7/6/2022 @ 1:21 pm

    Neither.

    It was a surprise attack, and before Pearl Harbor, Americans were not interested in getting into wars.

    whembly (b770f8)

  42. 2016 corporate republicans told base we know better then you vote one of are eleven dwarfs not that oaf trump. AOC and the squad got elected in 2018 because democrat leadership was more interested in pleasing donor class then base. Many republicans in congress are corporate establishment stooges pretending to be populists. The republican base already distrusts these corporate stooges. Former ignorant southern white trash democrats who are now the populist base of the republican party have a different view on how hardball politics is to be played. Rinos better watch their backs!

    asset (95e687)

  43. @39. Do you think Dubya should have been impeached for allowing the attack on 9/11, whether through incompetence or venality?

    George W. Bush receives Bin Laden memo: Aug. 6, 2001

    On this day in 2001, President George W. Bush, while vacationing at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, received a classified intelligence memo titled, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2009/08/george-w-bush-receives-bin-laden-memo-aug-6-2001-025834

    https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB116/pdb8-6-2001.pdf

    “Oops!” – Rick Perry

    DCSCA (47931e)

  44. Impeachment fantasy camp.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  45. If you have two third majority a high crime or misdemeanor is what ever you say it is.

    asset (95e687)

  46. Two thirds of the Senate – only a majority of the House.

    It stands to reason that, while it does not have to be a violation of the criminal code, it should be something of very bad morally, and is especially intended or political acts like abuse of power or violating the constitution.

    I’s got to be wrong it’s got to be generally recognized as wrong and it’s got to be serious, on a level with treason or bribery. That’s what I would say.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  47. @43 Bush said ok you covered your ass! (to the c.i.a.) I am off to the ranch! Aug.6 memo. AG Ashcroft was told not to fly commercial in july. In 1998 venal neocons said the would need a second pearl harbor after Clinton told them he would not attack Iraq. Progress for a new american century 1998. Fbi was not allowed to open 12th high jackers computer before attack. 13th high jacker was deported to England after he twice pass fbi lie detecter claiming they were sent to crash planes into building cbs news. Two high jackers shared apartment in san diego with fbi informant and theirs plenty more.

    asset (95e687)

  48. Whembly has the support of some in Congress for his position, such as Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Bob Gibbs, Randy Weber, and Bill Posey. Problem is, the putative next Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, is against impeachment for “political purposes.”

    “We believe in the rule of law,” McCarthy said. “We’re not going to pick and choose just because somebody has power. We’re going to uphold the law. At any time, if someone breaks the law and the ramification becomes impeachment, we would move towards that. But we’re not going to use it for political purposes.”

    Like I said, fantasy camp.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  49. It stands to reason that, while it does not have to be a violation of the criminal code, it should be something of very bad morally, and is especially intended or political acts like abuse of power or violating the constitution.

    Perjury is the exception. Republicans couldn’t even get a majority in favor of conviction, let alone 2/3.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  50. @48 I’m not saying I think it’s going to happen. In fact, I’m convinced it won’t.

    What we’ll see is committee galore ala Benghazi.

    whembly (b770f8)

  51. “We believe in the rule of law,” McCarthy said.

    Comedy gold!

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  52. I was reliably informed that none were required. I was told that impeachment is a political act and that high crimes and misdemeanors are whatever the House says they are.

    Almost true. They still need to draft Articles of Impeachment that articulate the high crimes and misdemeanors committed. “Because we said so” is still a bar too low.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  53. RIP, the comparison of Whembly to those clowns is way off.

    Time123 (af9672)

  54. #48

    You left out this part of McCarthy’s statement:

    “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others.”

    (With apologies to Groucho Marx)

    Appalled (1a17de)

  55. “If you see what is happening on the southern border as an invasion, it’s not just policy differences.”

    Jonathan Turley….who testified in both the Clinton and Trump impeachments…disagrees. This makes the standard closer to maladministration or negligence, than what is commonly thought of for impeachment. We can rhetorically fluff it up, but this would change us into a parliamentary system with regular votes of no confidence. The answer instead seems like beat the DEMs at the midterms and then in 2024…using this and inflation and debt etc

    https://jonathanturley.org/2022/01/26/no-president-biden-should-be-impeached-for-lax-border-security/

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  56. Appalled (1a17de) — 7/6/2022 @ 2:13 pm

    Touche.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  57. …….this would change us into a parliamentary system with regular votes of no confidence…..

    In Great Britain, such votes are rare, but despite winning one recently, Boris Johnson is hanging on by his fingernails. Two Cabinet Secretaries and numerous ministers have resigned.

    The BBC has also been told Mr Johnson has been stressing that “millions” voted for him, and questioning whether any of his would-be successors would be able to “replicate his electoral success at the next election”.

    Sound familiar?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  58. The Democrats will see that Biden is removed from the scene well before 2024.

    Given Biden’s mental and physical conditions, impeachment would be cruel and Biden should be allowed to live out his few remaining months as the incompetent, malevolent, corrupt POS he’s known to be.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  59. Impeachment fantasy camp

    Impeachment!!! Now that’s entertainment:

    Rooster Cogburn [John Wayne] : “Lawyer Daggett again!”
    Ranger La Boeuf [Glen Campbell]: “She draws him like a gun.”

    ‘True Grit’ 1969

    DCSCA (acb4ae)

  60. Classic Comedy Gold:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxeFMHyOx3I

    DCSCA (acb4ae)

  61. Put this in your ‘pipe’line and ‘impeach’ it:

    Oil from U.S. reserves sent overseas as gasoline prices stay high

    HOUSTON, July 5 (Reuters) – More than 5 million barrels of oil that were part of a historic U.S. emergency reserves release to lower domestic fuel prices were exported to Europe and Asia last month, according to data and sources, even as U.S. gasoline and diesel prices hit record highs.

    The export of crude and fuel is blunting the impact of the moves by U.S. President Joe Biden to lower record pump prices. Biden on Saturday renewed a call for gasoline suppliers to cut their prices, drawing criticism from Amazon founder Jeff Bezoshttps://www.reuters.com/business/energy/oil-us-reserves-head-overseas-gasoline-prices-stay-high-2022-07-05/

    DCSCA (6862ec)

  62. I mean, that’s a choice. It wouldn’t be anything I paid much attention to and it isn’t something I would want them to spend my tax dollars on, but I guess it might distract them from trying to make my life worse.

    Nic (896fdf)

  63. Joe Biden is already the limping wildebeest of Democratic candidates for President in 2024. If by some miracle he wins the nomination, then by all means show everyone that the doddering old fool is a lying doddering old fool when it came to Joe’s never knowing a thing about his sons business dealings. Don’t push it too hard because nearly everyone already knows that parents lie and hide things when their kids are f-ups. The GOP would do better to battle prep for Kamala, Gavin, Elizabeth Warren, the ghost of Bernie, Trucker Pete etc

    steveg (9da5a4)

  64. The sad truth about fuel in America is that the highest pure profit $$ numbers are in State Federal and local taxes. The gas station owners have to do the accounting, fill out the forms and do an electronic transfer of the money every month and get if they get it wrong pay huge penalties and fees
    The most efficient people in government seem to be the tax and fee payment processors

    steveg (9da5a4)

  65. The GOP will take over the House and the investigations / pay back will kick in. Biden will be impeached. On what? The bar has been set pretty low on what is impeachable. They will come up with something even if they can’t find anything. I wouldn’t be surprised is there were some censure votes. Schiff for being a compulsive liar for starters.

    Mattsky (66e067)

  66. @65 I’ll be very surprised if the GOPe doesn’t return to talking about comity and bipartisanship and healing. Whether that works again will depend a lot on exactly who gets elected in the midterms.

    frosty (feb24c)

  67. subpoenas and indictments have become just another political tool, and there was ample opportunity to call it out well before now

    some of us were

    JF (331dae)

  68. If we’re lucky this will lead to a norm of ruthlessly investigating friends and relatives of elected officials to see if they’ve leveraged their proximity to power for personal gain in a way that breaks the law. If we’re really lucky it’ll take a while before the start going after people who aren’t doing that.

    Time123 (e222d6)

  69. R.I.P. James Caan, 82

    So long, Sonny; badda-bing.

    DCSCA (75cca3)

  70. #66

    Politicians take the actions that get them reelected. Bipartisanship and healing don’t work in the primary, frosty, so there won’t be any of that. if I were a good populist, I’d worry less about what the schmucks you support say, and see if they do anything except hold hearings, sake their fist, and raise money. They have probably made the calculation that antagonistic performance art is all that is needed to hold you guys in thrall.

    You probably should prove them wrong. But my predicting eight ball says the outlook is cloudy.

    Appalled (8e71ba)

  71. I’m wondering what high crime and misdemeanor the GOP House majority will invent to impeach Biden.

    Why, that’s obvious. “The Steal”!

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  72. I was reliably informed that none were required. I was told that impeachment is a political act and that high crimes and misdemeanors are whatever the House says they are.

    For success, it has to be a reason that the voters will accept. Even actual crimes (e.g. lying under oath (“about sex”) or some “inside baseball” obstruction of justice) that don’t resonate, or which the voters can see themselves doing in some situations, just won’t work.

    Trying to force something into a crime (the Andrew Johnson impeachment, which was really about foot-dragging on Reconstruction but was charged as an illegal firing of the Secretary of War) may harm the case.

    Only the Nixon impeachment attempt and the 2nd Trump impeachment rose to the level of something the voters cared about. And still, the second one failed.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  73. I’ll be very surprised if the GOPe doesn’t return to talking about comity and bipartisanship and healing.

    McConnell would want that. But Speaker Gohmert might not.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  74. Meanwhile, Boris is ousted by Conservative members demanding someone boring and humourless.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  75. Meanwhile, Boris is ousted by Conservative members demanding someone boring and humourless.

    Been there; done that:

    “Meanwhile, Maggie is ousted by Conservative members demanding someone boring and humourless: John Major.”

    DCSCA (a6f66e)

  76. Republicans are holding the abortion and assault gun tigers by the tail as the polls now show. MsDNC, cnn and the rest of the liberal news media are talking 10 year old girl rape victims leaving the state to get an abortion while fox and conservative talk radio don’t want to mention the abortion subject.

    asset (e824d0)


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