What Now?!—December 16, 2019

Washington Post: “Global climate talks lurched to an end Sunday morning with finger pointing, accusations of failure and fresh doubts about the world’s collective resolve to slow the warming of the planet.”

“The talks failed to achieve their central goals, one of which was convincing the world’s largest carbon-emitting countries to pledge to more aggressively tackle climate change beginning in 2020.”

“Mike Bloomberg has been steadily pumping tens of millions of dollars into the broader Democratic effort to defeat Donald Trump, part of a move to improve his standing in the party for his unconventional presidential campaign,” the Washington Post reports.

“Though he has sworn off fundraising for his own campaign, he has made himself a top Democratic Party donor in just the past few weeks, quietly giving the party $625,000 to distribute to infrastructure efforts atop the $175,000 required of all candidates for access to the Democratic National Committee’s voter data. In coming days, his campaign plans to rally wealthy New York activists and donors to give more money to state parties for their programs to register and turn out voters.”

“Since launching his campaign about a month ago, Bloomberg has committed nearly $250 million to his own campaign advertising and other projects to help the party in November 2020.”

“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is inviting Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his recent trip to Ukraine,” The Hill reports.

President Trump ripped Fox News for scheduling interviews with former FBI Director James Comey and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, saying that the decision was an example of the network’s efforts to be “politically correct,” The Hill reports.

Said Trump: “Hard to believe that Fox News will be interviewing sleazebag & totally discredited former FBI Director James Comey, & also corrupt politician Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff. Fox is trying sooo hard to be politically correct, and yet they were totally shut out from the failed Dem debates!”

“The American government secretly expelled two Chinese Embassy officials this fall after they drove on to a sensitive military base in Virginia… The expulsions appear to be the first of Chinese diplomats suspected of espionage in more than 30 years,” the New York Timesreports.

“American officials believe at least one of the Chinese officials was an intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover… The group, which included the officials’ wives, evaded military personnel pursuing them and stopped only after fire trucks blocked their path.”

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) affirmed on Saturday that he’s likely to vote against impeaching President Donald Trump. During a local event in Litchfield, Minnesota, Peterson said he wouldn’t join his fellow House Democrats in the impeachment vote this week “unless they come up with something between now and Wednesday.”

“Maybe something will change,” he said, according to MPR News and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I doubt it.” Peterson represents Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District, which Trump won by over 30 points against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

He and Rep. Jeff Van Drews (D-NJ) were the only two Democrats who voted against the House’s resolution to officially authorize the impeachment proceedings in October.

Harry Reid: “Senate Republicans have hijacked our Supreme Court. They stole a seat that should have been filled by President Obama in 2016 and they rushed to confirm Brett Kavanaugh last year despite ample evidence that he lied to Congress. The result is the Supreme Court is now a ticking time bomb, set to blow up any meaningful progressive reforms for decades to come. Yet, the court has been the subject of surprisingly little discussion so far in the presidential primary.”

“I’ve made a complete break mentally with the world I used to live in.”

— Tucker Carlson, in an interview with The Atlantic, on his success hosting a Fox News show.

“Because that’s what he is. He’s a petulant little punk. There’s not one thing that I see in him or his family, not any redeeming qualities. They’re out on the take. It’s like a gangster family.”

— Robert DeNiro, in the New York Times.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) waved aside Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s (D-NJ) planned switch to the Republican Party on Sunday, asserting that the lawmaker is merely trying to get reelected.

“Well, first of all, what he’s reacting to is public polling that shows he can’t get renominated,” Nadler told ABC News’ “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos. “His electorate in his district is 24 percent to renominate him and 60 percent to nominate somebody else.”

“But more to that point, this is not political,” the Democratic lawmaker continued. “We should not be looking at those things. This is the defense of our democracy.”

Will Bunch is already conceding that the Senate is going to acquit Trump.
Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s been quite a week on the impeachment front — a 9-hour-plus, bitterly contentious hearing before the House Judiciary Committee that focused (or attempted to, anyway) on evidence of President Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors, followed just 14 hours later with the high-stakes rollout of two articles of impeachment. The case against Trump could get a committee vote by Thursday, with the full House voting before Christmas. …

It’s tough but fair to say that the president’s volume-cranked-to-11 allies on Capitol Hill, his authoritarian Roy-Cohn-but-worse pit bull attorney general, and of course Trump himself have been frantically scooping up the postcards before anyone with half a brain can see them. For weeks, the Republican Party and its quasi-official house organ, the Fox News Channel, have been talking the reams of truth and feeding it into a shredder — spinning an alternate reality for their 62 million in which the president’s extortionate call with Ukraine and his hold on vital military aid were “perfect” and the IG report says the 180-degree opposite.”

Charles Pierce at Esquire: “On Friday morning, for one bright and evanescent moment, that hour arrived for El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago, and it was an hour you could see coming from the moment they activated the golden escalator in 2015.

This president* brought the taste for carrion common to modern vulture capitalism into our politics. He brought the rabid wolverine ethos of Manhattan real estate into our government. This was to nobody’s surprise. Corruption is all there is to the man. It’s what gives him life. It is his animating spirit. It’s the dark North Star by which he’s always navigated through a world he’d been taught was every bit as corrupt as he is.

Look at the faces who brought down the Hour of the Founders—all Democrats, because that’s the way of things these days. Val Demings, a former cop from Florida, who always looks as though she’s ready to cuff a dude and take him downtown. Lucy McBath of Georgia, who seven years ago was a flight attendant raising a young son, until that son was murdered in his car for the dual crimes of being black and playing music loudly. This brought Lucy McBath to activism and, ultimately, to the Congress and a seat on the House Judiciary Committee. That’s where she got to pass the kind of formal, dignified justice on a president* whose approach to the Constitution he swore to uphold is roughly the same as the attitude toward hip-hop music held by her son’s murderer. In a very real and modern sense, Lucy McBath is a Founder now.”

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2 comments on “What Now?!—December 16, 2019

  1. To the extent Joe Biden chooses to not define himself or his candidacy, preferring to be a squishy moderate, his opponent, Trump, is only too happy to do it for him, painting Joe in the lurid colors of corruption and collusion. A perfect call.

  2. The Age Of Impeachment may not be upon us, but endless talk will be, the idiotic Louie Gohmert is already talking impeachment for the next Dem president. Dare say Nunes, Jordan and Gaetz will not be far behind. As for Matt Bevin he remained horrible to the bitter end and it’s no surprise.

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