Fri, 29 January 2021
David Waldman, and the Biden administration, deliver us to another potentially quiet weekend. We can get finally get some work done here around the Headquarters, like finding out why the circuit breaker keeps tripping whenever the microwave and the space laser are used at the same time. Annoying!
Marjorie Taylor Greene is so Q-wazy! Unfortunately for everyone, Greene is not only extremely offensive, but also quite dangerous. Unfortunately for the Gop, Marjorie’s bad for business, too. Republicans ignored their early fears about Marjorie Taylor Greene, as there’s always been a little Marjorie Taylor Greene in all of them. They expected Democrats to be so genteel as to not bring attention to such foibles. Not this time, this time is is serious, it is personal and it is war. Sadly, some aren’t aware of that yet.
Mark Meadows has returned from his Mar-a-Lago job interview and will need to talk to Marjorie Taylor Greene… about something, maybe the weather. Mark might need to ask Madison Cawthorn about where his money went.
Eli Zupnick wants to fix our senate, and on today’s KITM describes the Fix Our Senate campaign’s highest priority as the elimination of the legislative filibuster. Not all Democrats agree. For instance, Joe Lieberman wants to keep it, Elizabeth Warren does not...
Thu, 28 January 2021
You can’t sell David Waldman and Greg Dworkin short — KITM’s value only increases — and at such a bargain!
It’s quite simple, really. A populist uprising was born when the perfectly useless psychopaths on Reddit were turned into a successful executives, as it occurred to them that the best way you hurt “rich people” is by turning them into “poor people”... One minute hedge fund traders were up half a million in GameStop and the next, boom, their kids don't go to college and they've repossessed their Bentley. Nice, huh? Of course, nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness… to a more deserving bunch of clowns who might just discover a Gremlin or two in their perfect system.
GOP Congresswoman/crackpot/wingnut/nutjob/Q-anonymous/white supremacist/wannabe assassin/nitwit Marjorie Taylor Greene is also a rising star freshman Republican now assigned to the House Education and Labor Committee. It’s not like they didn’t know about her before she started. Kevin McCarthy is going to give Marjorie a good talking to, once Donald Trump tells him what he should say. Democrats have some ideas on what can and should be done, you know, for the sake of unity...
Unfortunately, Republicans idea of “unity” is more like “shared complicity”. The death toll of January 6 continues to rise. The violence was clearly incited that day, but it was also planned in advance. Tommy the Tuberville posed for pictures at the exact place and time he denied being, in order to meet with the entire gang of Trump infamy the night before the riots. Perhaps, someday, we can find out if they can all go to jail for stuff like that.
Wed, 27 January 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin celebrate our second Thursday of normality with an typically extraordinary KITM:
William W. Belknap wasn’t impeached unconstitutionally, and neither will Donald J. Trump. But, with their livelihoods and lives on the line, don’t expect Republicans to be making any moral decisions soon, especially when it comes to their Trump base. Mitch McConnell says he took it easy on Democrats too long, now it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy.
The Senator with the kindercare name, Tommy Tuberville, suggested postponing President Joe Biden’s presidency on January 20. Rudy Giuliani suggested that Tommy slow down the electoral vote count on January 6. What do you think Tuberville talked about with Donald Trump and the director of the Republican Attorneys General Association on January 5? National chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Advisory Committee, Charles Herbster, was also at the meeting, and at the Rally-Riots the following day. Donald Trump invited everyone to walk with him down Pennsylvania Avenue, but somehow ended up kicking back at the White House without a care in the world, except to kill Mike Pence.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is still here, Donald Trump is not, that’s good news for everyone’s health. The U.S. needs to ramp up vaccinations to reach herd immunity. Joe Biden is on it. Of course Anti-vaccine activists are out there saying that Covid-19 shots are deadly. Meanwhile, Oklahoma will try to return the hydroxychloroquine they purchased for $2 million in CVS gift cards. Out of an abundance of caution, Senator Pat Leahy was taken to a hospital for observation yesterday. With an abundance of relief, Senator Leahy was found back at work today.
Tue, 26 January 2021
David Waldman delivers the Tuesday KITM, fresh and relaxed from a recent visit to the warm Aristotelian paradise of Twitter.com. Relatively so — now that we’ve said Bye, Don and goodnight Mr. Pillow to finally break off our abusive relationships with the bad, to build relationships with just the good forever, ever, ever.
Maybe not. After his 4 years of scamming the federal government went… surprisingly well, actually… branding genius Donald Trump christened his latest imaginary president-in-exile scam the "Office of the Former President" (Well, he couldn’t call it the Trump Foundation, could he?) Instead of steaks, Donald will be selling poison, also an unsettling marketing triumph for him. On January 6, Trump shot, and missed, both the Vice President and Speaker of the House. His business model will demand that he shoot again. The Republican business model demands that they defend Donald Trump to the death… perhaps not their death, however.
Impeachment manager Eric Swalwell could call Republicans as Senate trial witnesses since after all, they are witnesses, victims, and maybe a bit more. Armando’s on today, to enumerate the many reasons why the impeachment trial should be tried in committee. Patrick Leahy, as Senate President Pro Tempore, will follow historical precedent to preside over the Senate impeachment trials of a non-president.
Joan McCarter calls in the last half hour to describe how Mitch McConnell is playing the beltway press again on the filibuster. Mitch is an old hand at this. Chuck Schumer won the committee power sharing battle, and soon will need to win the filibuster battle. Chuck does plan to win again. Democrats are taking control in helping Americans, and Joe Biden supports budget reconciliation to help them get things done.
Mon, 25 January 2021
Ahhh! That’s what a weekend is supposed to be about: Nothing. Some breaking news — The First Dogs arrived at the White House, signalling a long-awaited pivot and change of tone, but it wasn’t the day Joe Biden finally became president. (That was last Wednesday). The media discovered Doug Emhoff’s last name, but will prefer to call him “The Second Gentleman” from now on. (“Second Banana” is inappropriate and right out.)
What will David Waldman and Greg Dworkin find to talk about?
It turns out, with Donald Trump sort of gone, there are still plenty of self-serving lying jerkwads in the ranks, ready to step up. Looneys, too. Democrats had a plan in case democracy fell, but seditionists are still in the Capitol, just presently hiding in sleeper cells. Well, not exactly sleeping, as state Republican parties vie for Qanon love. Arizona and Fox News root out the rational in their midst.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy hopes to “strike a balance” between the self-serving and insane members of his caucus, blaming society for the existence of Republicans. He should know that his self-serving faction will always win in the end… unless they are in the way of other self-serving, of course.
Josh Hawley muzzled by cancel culture, with a brand new book deal, power saluted traitors for years, is also a self-serving liar from way back. “Ethics” are against Josh Hawley’s ethical standards. Madison Cawthorn , who got where he is today through self-serving lies, dabbled in truth this weekend, but you can tell it didn’t agree with him.
Marco Rubio complains that if he is continued to be allowed to filibuster, the Senate will never be able to function.
The Supreme Court has decided that Donald Trump might have “stolen”, but he did get away fair and square. Rudy Giuliani, however, might have to cough up that $1.3 billion it owes Dominion Voting Systems. Alex Jones owes everyone every cent he has. Jeffrey Clark helps out in one little coup and now he is a much bigger deal than he ever hoped to be.
Japan won't achieve herd immunity before the Olympics. We’re still heading for half a million deaths. Vaccines alone will not end the pandemic in the US. Hoping to lie out of COVID-19 death is still a popular remedy in Trump country.
Oh noes! EOs! President Joe Biden will issue a daily executive order because he can, and he should. Chuck Schumer helps out where he can. Don’t worry, Donald Trump’s not president, so Pat Leahy can take care of him. And yet, Democrats worry, because that’s what they do.
Fri, 22 January 2021
On Monday, Donald John Trump’s articles of impeachment will be delivered to the Senate, while the trauma of the January 6 insurgency is still fresh, and before Jonathan Turley injures himself twisting his rationale, and Republicans come up with any more bald-faced bad-faith lies.
No, wait. That is what they do… Also, the really wacky amongst them are liable to pull a weapon if caught, which they’ve been known to do from time to time. Knife wielding 25 term Congressman Don Young set off House metal detectors with the not-gun-shaped hunk of metal that he likes to carry. Rep. Andy Harris’ hunk of metal was definitely gun-shaped, and when he was caught, tried to slip it to another guy. Rep. Andy Biggs, Rep. Lauren Boebert, and Rep. Rick Allen showed up with hunks of metal, but we’ll never know what they were, as those folks were all waved through.
Time to get serious. With Trump out of the way, David has time to tackle the slightly abstruse processes around filibustering the organizing resolution. Actually, David always has the time to tackle the slightly abstruse processes around filibustering the organizing resolution. It’s just that now is an especially good time for that discussion. Committee appointments for Senators whose terms ended on January 3rd have expired, even though they've been reelected. Power sharing agreements need to take into consideration present committee makeups as well as future ones. Therefore, each committee needs to be scrutinized, with respect to incoming and outgoing Senate classes.
Thu, 21 January 2021
Wasn’t that so nice? President Joe Biden’s administration sure has higher production values and standards than Trump’s Presidential Apprentice. Much more likable cast, too. This show looks to have legs.
Is it only one day after “Day One”? Because, Joe Biden seems to already be weeks ahead on getting things done. He hasn’t golfed once, or even worn a tan suit. The President, has however said, “You’re fired!” to three of Donald Trump’s worst appointees. Joe makes this look so easy. After all, he has been practicing a while, and the fact is, Mr. Biden is also well suited for the position. Oh, and he won the election with a clear mandate.
All of this is hitting the Q-losers really hard. Without hate or fear, there isn’t much to rally behind. It’s killing right wing pundits, as fear and hate are what they use to pay their mortgages. Chasing after satire, Fox is now alarmed about COVID-19 deaths. Karl Rove pops out of some hole, shocked that the President pointed right at him and called him a racist. Republicans want Joe to understand that there can never be unity if there’s accountability.
Speaking of COVID-19 deaths, there sure are a lot of them, and the Trump administration somehow managed to have less than no plan to fix that. Joe Biden’s team’s “square one” therefore ends up being a mile behind the starting line. Former Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger, suggests everyone shut up and listen to the experts.
Democrats need a power sharing agreement with the Republicans… or is it the Patriot Party? Nuking the filibuster would seem to be the response, if no agreement on what “extraordinary circumstances" to use it is achieved.
Michael Flynn is a spy, but is his brother General Charles Flynn also an enemy agent? Someone stood the National Guard down on January 6, and Charles Flynn’s all-cap denials of being involved are turning out to be false.
Wed, 20 January 2021
David Waldman kept me sane. Probably you, too. Is it thick or is it thin today? Either way, we always have a Kagro in the Morning to help go through it. We sure needed a lot of KITMs to get us to today. We all needed a KITM on November 9, 2016, so we got one, and we sure need one today, so here we are. Yay! Let’s all go get our questions answered and our marbles corralled:
No, we won’t forget Donald Trump that easily, or so soon, unfortunately. You know Trump will be back in some other form, like herpes. Oh, Donald Trump will always be around. He'll be all around in the dark — Trump’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, He’ll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, Donald'll be there. He'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad…. Wait. No. Sorry Q-balls! Donald Trump’ll be in Mar-a-Lago.
Donald couldn’t remember Joe or Kamala this morning, but his last night at the White House was full of reminiscing about old friends like sloppy Stephen KG Bannon, and Elliott Broidy, the guy that threw himself on that Clearblue landmine to save Trump’s life back in ‘Nam, and uhm... Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. The rest aren’t “really friends” per se, it’s more like they have “shared interests”. Regrets go out to Rudy Giuliani and the kids, better luck next time!
Anyhow, Rudy is still finishing up his felonies and missed the deadline. Lauren Boebert just started, and isn’t even sure what the word “tour” means. Senator Ron Johnson is unhinged and uninformed, so the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel set him straight, with footnotes. Most of the nation’s Republican state attorneys general may have invalidated their own positions.
The one tap Trump turned off to the swamp, he made certain that he turned back on before he left. Joe will turn it back off. Looneys will still loon, but white power will shrink. Democracy gets another chance, but Donald Trump needs to be convicted first.
Robinette, eh? I’ll have to get used to typing that and many other cheerful things. The United States Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies did a pretty good job today, especially whoever came up with selecting Amanda Gorman. Welcome to the new world! If Mitch and Chuck can come together on the filibuster, or even if they don’t, things are looking up.
Tue, 19 January 2021
The curtain can’t come down hard enough on Donald Trump tomorrow, but today is Presidential Apprentice’s not-(fingers crossed)-so big finale! Lil Wayne gets pardoned! Tiffany is engaged! It’s the craptacular ending we always hoped for! Lucky for us, we have David Waldman and Joan McCarter on KITM today for some quality time:
Now is, of course, the time to “look forward, not back”... Forward to Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, and his dozen or so court appearances over the next few years. Sure, Trump can be impeached, convicted, barred from ever holding office again—even after he's gone. Jonathan Turley expertly changes his position on impeachment of former officials, following the Republican tradition of picking a result and reasoning backwards.
Trump’s trials can start a minute after the Inaugural, but will probably be later. The priority now is getting through the Inaugural, a little over a week from the largest security breach in Washington DC in over 200 years. Riley June Williams and other key players have been caught, but there’s plenty of Quazy people still on the loose. Two U.S. Army National Guard members have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias and are probably receiving less than they deserve today. Thankfully, vetting National Guard members ahead of national special security events is routine. Texas Governor Greg Abbott would never question the behavior of Texas National Guard, especially once they showed their mettle in the Jade Helm wars of ‘15.
A teacher called to DC for the National Guard holds class from a Humvee.
Tomorrow afternoon we have a lot to look forward to in the Joe Biden presidency. Joe, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer will take on Trump’s impeachment, but won’t let it get in the way of everything else, including Biden’s plan to cut child poverty in half. Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell share a 50-50 Senate, but Chuck gets the bigger half. Setting committee sizes and membership will be the focus now, with the experience of the closely divided Senate of 2001 as a guide.
Mon, 18 January 2021
Only 6 more hours of KITM before the inauguration! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin make these two hours count:
It is a hopeful Martin Luther King Day, full of fresh starts and new chances. Donald Trump, never really president, is almost... almost an ex-president. It’s time to repent, to heal, shun abominations, and if not smash, at least put a little distance on the false idols.
BTW, Donald J. Trump is one crazy MF… Axios believes it all went off the rails with one premeditated lie. Which lie, and which time it went off the rails, might be up for debate, but that fact is certain. Once off the rails, fewer sane people told Donald what he wanted to hear, and now he is almost out of insane ones as well.
The FBI is vetting National Guard troops in DC amid fears of an insider attack at the inauguration. An Army reservist who federal investigators say has secret-level security clearance and a long record of posting his extremist views online still somehow not only had secret-level security clearance, but was also somehow still an Army reservist. Darwin H.M., @Darwin_Darko, calculates the total number of times those in service to their country should be allowed to violate their oaths in treason, and comes up with “zero”. When you are “off-duty”, you aren’t “off-vows”. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It might not be much every time, but too much caution is exactly what is required presently.
The FBI is not suffering for a lack of evidence on the people they are coming for on crimes committed January 6. There’s the white supremacist that wore an ankle monitor to the riots. The leader of “Cowboys for Trump” might earn a trip to boot hill when all is said and done. And, there’s Riley June Williams, an active seditionist, who is suspected of going Ethel Rosenberg with a laptop stolen from Nancy Pelosi’s office. Mom can’t hide her forever.
Perhaps the January 6th insurrectionists can pick up a bulk discount on Trump pardons? Rioters aren’t the only ones just following orders. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and newbie Lauren Boebert are also heading toward their downfall. Donald can invoke the Insurrection Act but that won’t stop his bum’s rush out of town, noon Wednesday. Then Trump can be impeached, convicted, and barred from ever holding office again. Thursday, Jonathan Turley can let Donald sleep on his couch until the DA finds him some new digs up in New York.
Fri, 15 January 2021
David Waldman delivers us to the weekend before the denouement of Presidential Apprentice:
If you are a regular listener to KITM, you are probably aware that Donald J. Trump, and the Trump administration really suck. As you will be gratified to hear, it seems that word is finally getting around. It’s never too late to catch up to news — except for those people whose lives have already been destroyed, or ended, of course. Nonetheless, under 30% of all Americans is still a pretty big basket of deplorables, and they aren’t listening to anyone. And, plenty of politicians would kill for a voting bloc like them, therefore they’re ready and willing to step up and take a shot. Watch out for up and comers like Madison Cawthorn, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Josh Hawley in coming weeks. No really, don’t turn your back on them.
There is one thing that a 29% approval can do for Donald Trump. It can get him convicted. Dead-ender Tom Cotton misinforms his low-information base. You however, are well acquainted with the story of William W. Belknap, civil war hero, later an out-of-office impeached scalawag. You know that there is also plenty of time and space to handle ex-president Trump’s impeachment. Journalists that only read up on the process of impeachment in the House and Senate only know half of the story. David reminds them, and us, of consideration of practice and precedent in the upcoming impeachment trial.
Let’s talk about something nice. Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer are two nice guys set to fix COVID-19 relief for the people that need it. Biden wants to increase stimulus checks to $2,000, sort of. At least, that is how some people add it up. Others don’t see it quite that way, including Cori Bush, and bill author Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Thu, 14 January 2021
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and thou make a beautiful combination to get through a Thursday like this:
Donald J. Trump, who no one likes, is a traitor, and the worst president ever, was impeached again yesterday. He doesn’t know why. Hope Hicks isn’t there to explain it to him. Donald is sure that it is somebody’s fault however, probably Rudy’s. Trump is certain that if he went to the Capitol yesterday he would have negotiated himself a much better deal — but now look at what all the losers did to his brand! He won’t get a outhouse named after him after this. Disney is moving his animatronics over to “It’s a Small World” now. Even Hydroxychloroquine pushers don’t want to be associated with him. Trump is so bummed that he might never give out a pardon again.
Anti-democracy Republicans in Virginia and Georgia are being stripped of their committee memberships. Capitol police now have to make people go “through” the metal detector.
All of this because of just a few little coup attempts. “Where is our unity?” wonders the Gop. As usual, once they are personally threatened, Republicans turn around. Unfortunately, some of them have already been personally threatened to keep their backs turned, even if it means a few of their co-workers lives. Republicans were giving Capitol tours to insurrectionists because that seemed safer than telling them no. Instead, it made it increasingly more dangerous for everyone, for the foreseeable future. Rioters believe they were sent by Trump. Many believe Trump was sent by God. There was a huge police presence in DC on January 6th, but the problem was, they weren’t with the good guys.
Trump knew what was about to go down, but the question is, how many of the rioters knew? @LiteraryMouse has already amassed a huge amount of data on who knew how much, and how much that mattered. For instance, think of the celebrity sightings! Meanwhile, the guy photographed with his feet up on a desk had his potential sentence upped by a decade — Thanks William Barr!
Also, thanks to those in the media that are finally figuring out how to tell it like it is. Kind of late, but better than the alternative. We’re just beginning to find out the corruption at the 2017 inaugural!
Wed, 13 January 2021
Welcome to the second annual Donald J. Trump impeachment! David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and I have a million things to share with you today. Somehow we’ve compressed it down to about 2 hours and a few thousand links:
Donald went to not-the Alamo and found out no one remembered to tell them he was coming. There weren’t many places in Texas that he could have gone to anyhow. If only Trump had his Twitter, he could’ve stopped the violence coming. If he had Parler, Donald could’ve been king of the idiots.
The January 6 raid on the Capitol was an inside job. The insurrectionists knew what to do and where to go. So, who were those inside men and women? The list of suspects is quite short, considering how many future assassins and general knuckleheads wait in the wings. New metal detectors installed in Congress have proven very effective in detecting assholes, although those folks were hardly hiding before. Besides, if you can’t convince them to wear masks, how can you take their guns? Incoming House freshmen have discovered the jerks and cowards in their midst. Kevin McCarthy warned to not point out Republicans voting for impeachment because looneys might kill them. The CIA sees Americans being indoctrinated and radicalized like Islamic terrorists, but ISIS couldn’t have dreamt of surrounding the Capitol and systematically assassinating lawmakers.
Republicans are getting kind of tired of Donald Trump. In reality, they hated him before he was elected, after he was elected, and will be glad to see him gone. Mitch McConnell might give him a swift kick in the ass to help him out the door. Trump's approval rating has cratered in his final days as it turns out that few Americans can really support a cartoon supervillain. The US Chamber of Commerce supports democracy. New York City is terminating its Trump contracts. Pro-Trump DC is getting cancelled, evan as a group promises $50 million to Republicans that vote to impeach. Therefore, Five House Republicans will be voting for impeachment and there will be more. Nancy Pelosi has named the Managers for the unification of American society. Too bad we can’t put all the Trumps on the docket and bring true peace.
Tue, 12 January 2021
The Big Lie and the Big Liar head to Texas today, for yet another last stand. Nothing will shut Donald Trump up, but soon, one way or the other, he won’t be saying it as President. Of course, plenty of dangerous crazy morons will continue to believe him, even as their boats sit at the bottoms of lakes across the country. Some dangerous crazy morons are well-placed politically, like boat-sinker Kristina Malimon, of the the Young Republicans of Oregon, and Turning Point USA. Freedom Caucus chair Andy Biggs can tell you, and will soon be telling the FBI, that he and three House Republicans organized the January 6 rally. Derrick Evans, West Virginia lawmaker and anti-abortion radical, shouted “Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” on a live stream, which was actually the truth. On the other hand, Charlie Kirk is trying to hide the truth of how many busses of insurgents he shipped in, in an attempt to lie about the attempted murders that insurgents committed. Armed statehouse protests were rehearsals for the Capitol insurgency. Those rehearsals continue. State and local police, veterans and not-so-veterans are rehearsing with them.
(A not big, very small lie: You know the guy that died from tasering himself right in the Tip O’Neill area of the Capitol? Well, his wife will tell you his testicles are just fine, thank you. Apocryphal or not, he’ll always be ball-tased in our hearts.)
By the way, you don’t need “flex cuffs” to slowly torture and murder people… it probably helps, though. For example, at least 9 Gop lawmakers refused to wear masks during the Capitol lockdown, and they managed to bag at least two Democrats, including Representative Pramila Jayapal. Dark money behind Republican state attorneys general organized the protests before the insurrection. Meanwhile, money out in the sunlight can’t afford to hang out with insurrectionist Republicans.
The 25th Amendment, impeachment, and expulsion of Trump Republicans are all under consideration in House of Representatives. You bet the House has the votes to impeach Trump again, but if you know the process, and you do if you are a listener, you know that today’s the day the House will vote to tell Mike Pence to activate section 4 of the 25th Amendment, and tomorrow comes the impeachment vote.
Mon, 11 January 2021
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and even Armando are on today, to answer each other’s questions, and likely yours too:
For a guy raised up by God, Donald Trump sure is catching Hell. Fiery Irony seems to be pouring down from the heavens lately. The Black police officer hero (and should-be recipient of Biden’s first Presidential Medal) is named GOODMAN, for God’s sake. Eugene Goodman used his skin, uniform and quick wits to lure and outsmart a bloodthirsty mob, saving countless lives — and probably the mob’s lives as well... and maybe the mob’s mom's lives.
Twitter threw out the trash, then put together clues that led to the arrest of zippy the commando and many others who were safely arrested, away from their buddies. The tracking chips injected into rioters’
Impeachment II — this time, it’s personal. The 25th Amendment, impeachment, and expulsion of Trump Republicans are all under consideration in House. Some won’t happen, some can’t happen. (at least today) Armando and David can tell the difference between what could happen and what isn’t happening, and are happy to tell you too!
Fri, 8 January 2021
David Waldman brings us the latest William Belknap news and opinions, and much, much more today!
Donald Trump made his long-awaited pivot yesterday, but you got to hope this won’t break Democrats’ stride toward action. Republican senators now (anonymously) regret not doing more to contain Trump. Donald, Jared, Ivanka, etc. could not be contacted for comment.
Remember when you see Capitol Police retreating from mobs, there’s an unarmed videographer running backwards beside them. Three New York Times journalists were at the Capitol when it was breached and can tell you how that felt.
Outside, the DC Guard and others stood down, leaving U.S.Capitol Police alone on the front lines, dying. Metaphorically, they’re still taking bullets today, with the Capitol Chief resigning, and the Senate sergeant-at-arms now fired. Donald Trump is less metaphorically killing off his own fan base, as well.
Donald Trump promised he’d be right there with the rioters, but you know how he prefers to watch stuff on the TV. After all, the only thing Donald is able to control is a switcher. Fresh out of lines, Don Jr. tried to capture his father’s love before the Capitol assault, but instead returned to shooting Kim Guilfoyle working it to “Gloria”.
Republican Mary Miller, Illinois' 15th Congressional District, 5th column, wanted to point out how unappreciated Adolf Hitler is these days, an opinion that is rightfully unappreciated. Dominion Voting Systems plan to deliver $1.3 Billion of stfu to Sidney Powell.
Lauren Boebert wants to Q-aucus a right wing Squad, but for her it’s every posse for itself. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has bigger concerns, and bigger clout. Democrats limit their effectiveness by holding themselves to standards that Republicans long ago abandoned. Finally, they are stepping away from PAYGO rules, at least for bills relating to COVID and climate change.
Thu, 7 January 2021
David Waldman, broadcasting from the center of our vast KITM World Headquarters, phones Greg Dworkin down in the laundry room, to discuss all that happened yesterday:
Did you read my summary yesterday? No? Well, I don’t blame you. Yesterday was pretty crazy. Yesterday, I was certain Trumpers would be no challenge to Capitol police. The day before, I thought even the idea of an assault on the House chamber to be an outlandish joke. Imagine my surprise to find attitudes change so quickly.
Otherwise, it wasn’t much of a surprise. The forces of white entitlement, white supremacy and white lunacy amassed in DC, and statehouses across the country. Some of the assembled mob believed they were literally going to war. A few of them might have been surprised on all what that entails, but plenty sure as hell knew what they were doing. The rioters might have looked like jokes but they weren’t joking, and everyone knew it. Rudy Giuliani tried to subvert the will of the people, but called the wrong Senator.
Violent insurrection is what Donald Trump wanted. He already goaded a mob to seize the capitol in Lansing, Michigan, and he used social media to attempt a coup. He and the gang are being deplatformed 5 years too late, and it’s not nearly enough anymore. William Barr, Mick Mulvaney, along with several others of the Trump administration, many Republicans, and all the other presidents can tell you it is not enough anymore. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have called on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. Of course, it was only yesterday that Mike got his big boy pants pulled up, so that might be a big ask.
Speaking of Mike, Politico’s “Congress Reporter”, Kyle Cheney misspoke about a discovery that he misconstrued as Pence manipulation of the electoral count, when in fact it is a parliamentarian hero story.
Wed, 6 January 2021
A million things to talk about today! A million things to talk about happening right now! All can pretty much be summed up as Donald J. Trump is a loser. A lose-lose, looooozy, lose, loser. Just how much of a loser is Donald Trump? David Waldman and Greg Dworkin have pondered that question for years, and yet have difficulty reaching a conclusion, as Donald Trump keeps losing, and losing... Of course, it’s not only Trump, but those Republicans lashed to Trump also losing, and losing. Today, they get to all lose again. Tonight, they all will get to lose again. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have made sure that losing is the Republican way of life for a long time to come. If the Gop is capable of embarrassment, today will be one of the most embarrassing days in history for them. Clay Higgins won’t be showing up with his preposterous of evidence. Alternate, and alternate-alternate slates of electors won’t be counted into record. Trump lost and Josh Hawley will have to accept it.
With so many losing, somebody’s got to be winning, and it turns out that it is us. States across the Union were able to ship their idiots over to DC for a while. Just stay away from them, and we’ll do just fine, that’s what the police are for. (3:00pm ET update, I was wrong.) Oh, and did you hear? We get the Senate. Donald tried to shuffle executives around in order to rig the Georgia vote, but it looks as if once again the margin of victory will be too big for him. Voters turned out big in Georgia, and they weren’t Team Republican. If Democrats don’t screw with them, they will keep voting for them.
Pennsylvania state government is the banana republic federal Republicans can only dream about, as Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman was forcibly removed as presiding officer and democratically elected Democrat Jim Brewster was refused to be seated by Republicans in the majority.
The EPA announced that they will limit the use of “science” because they can’t figure out how to anonymize medical data. Meanwhile, women who miscarry in OH have to rsvp their stalkers. Hey remember the COVID-19 pandemic? In California, a freezer breaks, but the vaccination line keeps moving, while in Nebraska, the Governor returns to the smallpox blanket method of eliminating undesirables.
Tue, 5 January 2021
Tomorrow, Republicans could replace Senate Democrats with exact body doubles. Proud Boys could rappel through the ceiling of the House chamber. Or maybe, it will be just a “regular order” legislative day. Who knows? Well, David Waldman, Armando, and Joan McCarter have some pretty good guesses on today’s KITM:
Republicans are, yes, in disarray. Mitch McConnell is subtly steering the party… in that he has let go of the steering wheel and ducked into his shell. Chuck Grassley pushes Pence aside and takes control — to clarify, if Mike needs to powder his nose, Chuck can, you know, kind of step in.
Mike Pence is exactly the guy John Nance Garner told you about, except that he’s more lukewarm than average Vice Presidents. Mike can’t do a thing, even if he does show up. Look, it’s all right there in the 12th Amendment, The Electoral Count Act of 1887, and US Code 3, Section 15 — unless it isn’t — then there are still precedents, processes and procedures — unless there aren’t — and then there are still a few backups to go to. The good news is that Donald Trump hasn’t got many more backups to go to before he’s completely out of oxygen, so to speak.
The Proud Boys leader was arrested, depriving his troops of a leader right before their glorious day tomorrow. Oh, well, they can still attend in Antifa-face if they want. Republican Chip Roy was rational last weekend, but today he’s back at work, predicting an actual civil war if Georgia votes yankee one more time.
Ossoff and Warnock aren’t the only good things coming our way if they win. Already progressives have won a rules change that would allow Medicare for All, a Green New Deal or other big reform agenda items to be exempted from paygo rules. The House is changing its rules to permit committee chair to reissue subpoenas, which should come in handy almost immediately.
Mon, 4 January 2021
This week we have entered a time paradox in which we hurdle towards January 6th, while January 7th feels like it’s moving farther away. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin deftly pilot us toward the black hole:
Donald Trump packed a few more impeachable and criminal, or at least censurable offenses into the weekend with the 19th phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, to beg/extort one more vote than Joe Biden. Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani tried in the past, but none can steal Donald’s wackadoodle thunder, as he showed he could Leeroy Jenkins with the best of them. That makes Raffensperger the big hero — nah, he isn’t. The Georgia Gop is still out to steal this election, as well as any future ones, but with more finesse. And, if they can’t pilfer the Ossoff/Warnock tickets, they can now blame it on Trump.
Which all brings us to Wednesday’s coup. Yesterday, Democrats could have done something. Republican Chip Roy did. Louie Gohmert could’ve opposed Congress' Electoral College rules, but it slipped his “mind”. So, we know what will come next, and it does not include Trump or Trump-Republicans winning. This might not matter to them, as their goal is to piss in the well and show loyalty to the Confederacy. Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan won their Cross of Honor. Can Marjorie Taylor Greene be enough of an asshole to qualify in these closing days? Yes, she can!
A hospital staffer sought to lift spirits, but instead aerosolized coronavirus with his “unnamed” holiday themed inflatable costume. The Feds might cut vaccine doses in half so that twice as many Americans feel like they have been vaccinated. At least overall, we should be getting smarter soon.
Fri, 1 January 2021
It’s a brand-new show for a brand new year! Scott Anderson has got the day off, so it falls to me to summarize today’s show. And boy, do I ever not want to do that!
So I will warn you in advance that I intend to half-ass it!
The Senate advanced their work in overriding the NDAA veto yesterday, and everyone’s a little bit puzzled as to how it’s going down, and what it means for the prospect (if there ever was any) for $2,000 relief checks before this Congress dissolves. In the meantime, maybe just ask Moscow Mitch directly.
In coronavirus news, a nurse who got his first dose of vaccine has caught the ‘rona in-between jabs. But don’t worry! That actually doesn’t mean much. Masking appears to have helped India tamp down on the virus’ spread, though there’s some debate over how widespread the practice really is. Meanwhile, Russia appears to be ‘fessing-up to its real losses. Here in the US, we may not be systematically underreporting losses, but we’re not covering them as aggressively as we could be. More dopey Republicans have walked straight into the COVID buzzsaw.
Good news! Trump is finally taking “action” about those bounties on our troops! The bad news is, he’s only targeting China for it.
Republican nutcases are still plotting to put on a futile display of upending our democracy. But some of the key Republican players on Jan. 6 probably aren’t on board. Arizona’s own Republican nutcases might have really stepped in it.
As a parting New Year’s present, here’s a plausible theory for invalidating some of Trump’s impeachment-connected pardons.