Fri, 26 February 2021
David Waldman was away for two days, but nobody could take him being gone for six, so here he is for a Friday KITM! Greg Dworkin couldn’t pass up this chance to sail his Raft o’ Stories™ back into port either.
CPAC will never be confused with CPAP. The future of conservatism is white supremacy, bigotry, conspiracy theories, fanaticism, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Trump is putting together a super PAC to challenge anyone who has defied him. You’d think Trump and his allies would have been defeated, humiliated, and betrayed enough by now. CPAC’s Last Chairman is staying away from this year’s CPAC.
Don’t expect a Gop civil war however, when Republicans are still happily arranging a real one. Mitch McConnell will tell you that comparing Trump 2024 with any other Trump would be just impractical. Absentee voting led to higher turnout but had no effect on the outcome of 2020 election. It took historic levels of Dem turnout to beat Trump then, so the rush is on to set up enough gerrymandering and voter suppression to insure Trump 2024. Of course Joe Biden will also be running for re-election, and hopefully will attend to democracy in the meantime.
It was only a year ago, when Donald Trump told you that COVID-19 was going to go away, but did you believe him? Well, it is beginning to look better, in that only tens of thousands are being infected each day. 50 million vaccines have been administered. More hope to get their vaccination soon — except Republicans, natch. Nursing home infections and deaths are dropping, so maybe grandma is safe.
The Senate parliamentarian advised against including a $15 minimum wage in the upcoming COVID-19 bill, and of course Democrats took her advice. Well, maybe not all of them, but Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema did, and after all, they do run the place. As usual, Democrats are clock-watchers around quitting time. Marjorie Taylor Green is set to take over there as well. David applauds Steny Hoyer’s and Sherrod Brown’s trolling by process.
Also in crime: It seems Ted Cruz might have funneled political donations into his own pocket. Ted is practicing a catchy slogan for when he goes behind bars. If Donald Trump is to ever go to jail, a lot of people will need to go to jail first. MSB might be hanging around Mar-a-Lago for a while. A guy, who might be an actual lawyer in Texas, wants Joe Biden to become the proxy president for Donald Trump… in order to preserve democracy. How many crazy lawyers can there be, anyhow?
Thu, 25 February 2021
Another debate tonight! There can’t be many more of those, at least for a few of them up there. And then there’s Super Tuesday, or one of them, because aren’t all Tuesdays a little super with KITM and David Waldman?
Richard Walters started at the RNC at 23 years old and in just 7 years is well on his way to millions through double, and even triple dipping. What’s not to love with this guy?
How does Ivanka Trump do.. No wait, she doesn’t do anything.
Donald Trump, the black swan president, meets his black swan threat with Coronavirus-19, and finds his usual dosage of lies non-efficacious. International Olympic Committee member, Dick Pound, isn’t just going to stand around and… “twiddle his thumbs”... waiting for action.
Roger Stone tried to force Judge Amy Berman Jackson to recuse herself because she praised the jurors for serving with "integrity”. Trump wants the two female Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves because… well, he’s still working on that rationale. Hang on, Ginni Thomas is volunteering to sub in for them.
Wed, 24 February 2021
What were we doing a year ago, today? Well, we recorded it for you. And today, we'll answer that question, by... playing you that recording.
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin welcomed us to another episode of NKN, Nobody Knows Nothing™. Of course, those two know some things, but check out all that people don’t know:
So, let’s talk about Bernie Sanders. Bernie could be the nominee, and our unity candidate. And, unity is certainly something we can use. But, he could lose! He could make Jewish voters flee to Canada! He could make Never Trumpers not Never anymore! It could be worse than 2016, in fact it could be 2008 all over again! This is all great news for John McCain. Then again, nobody knows nothing.
The good news is that the ignorance in this country dropped by half once Air Force One lifted off the tarmac to India. Meanwhile, back in the States, Trump’s hit list is still being compiled, a tough job considering that even folks like Richard Grenell weren’t goose stepping that high just a couple of years ago.
Tue, 23 February 2021
David Waldman and Joan McCarter! They probably talk all the time, but if you can hear it, it must be Tuesday on KITM:
Merrick Garland is doing very well in his confirmation hearings, which most of us could have guessed for half a decade now. Mr. Garland humiliated Josh Hawley by citing the horror of 1/6, but really, how many Republicans couldn’t you shame by citing the horror of 1/6? The answer is, of course, all of them, because shame is just not a thing they feel.
Throw all the shame and humiliation you want at Ted Cruz, for example. He won’t feel a thing. Ted has made a career out of being the clown above the septic tank dunking booth for years now, still climbing back into his seat and begging for more. It turns out, the money’s pretty good — so good that the FEC might want to hear a bit more.
CPAC is the place to be for “Ted Cruz”es that hope to be “Donald Trump”s. Marjorie Taylor Greene wants to make “Standing” the next “Cancel/PC/Fake News” Republican nonsense-scare word, but let’s face it, she’s no Boebert when it comes to political savvy.
Ostensible Democrat Joe Manchin (Contrarian, WV) likes to throw wrenches, with particularly good aim at women of color. Manchin has a problem with a $15 minimum wage, so now it’s everyone’s problem. COVID-19 relief is moving ahead however, but Democrats need to make certain that the next round of assistance gets to everyone who needs it.
Donald Trump is guilty of pandemicide. He could have committed even more ‘cides if he put his mind to it. Many in Washington on 1/6 were ready to help. Ron Johnson didn’t see an armed insurrection, and with the exception of the bats, sticks, crossbows, guns, and bombs, he might have been correct. The Oath Keepers played a key role at the insurrection and might have had friends on the inside. One of their leaders said she was in the Capitol by invitation. Jessica Watkins is transgender, so you know at least that there are some inclusive white supremacist organizations available.
Mon, 22 February 2021
America’s largest gathering of the biggest idiots is the Conservative Political Action Conference, or “CPAC”. Donald Trump is CPAC, and will attempt to become “the GOP” there, on his way to return to the presidency the following week. Who will stop him? There is no room for anti-Trumpers in the Republican party. There is no room for somewhat-Trumpers in the Republican party. Most Republicans don’t even want themselves in the Republican party. There certainly is no room for reality left in the Trump party, which poses quandaries for fact-based journalists.
It will be a bonanza for lawsuits, though. The Supreme Court declined to halt the turnover of Donald Trump’s tax records to New York state prosecutors. Trump will never turn them over, no matter how many of his chumps and lackeys go to prison. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, can’t even buy a friend right now. Texans hate how much they like AOC, presently, because of Ted. Ron Desantis can’t pay off his supporters with vaccines either. Compared with those guys, Trump gets away with murder.
On January 6, what did Nancy Pelosi know, and when did she know it? The same as Mitch McConnell, it turns out. An Oath Keeper leader that broke into the Capitol wonders if maybe Antifa secretly sent her there.
Fri, 19 February 2021
David Waldman warms us up for the weekend:
Ted Cruz is not Donald Trump. Cruz isn’t even Joe Quimby. Ted just assumed someone would clean up the mess at home while he was gone, but Cruz somehow couldn’t guess it would follow him right onto the airplane. (He named his poodle Snowflake — take that, snowflakes!) Not quite tan and rested, Cruz quickly returned from Cancun still treading water, while people kept throwing him anchors. AOC raised $1 million for the people of Texas while he was gone.
Idaho Representative Russ Fulcher sure wasn’t letting anyone, or anything, slow him down on his way to a vote, least of which some female officer and her metal detector. Now it’s up to the towering intellects of Washington, Louie Gohmert and Lauren Boebert, to reason with authorities.
Nearly 5,000 National Guard troops will stay in DC to protect against the second prophesied Trumpist insurrection on March 4… Maga’s are probably dumb enough to try, too. The Capitol Police has suspended six officers and has another 35 under investigation in connection with the 1/6 riot. The real errors, and probable crimes, weren’t being made by those on the ground though, as perhaps by the those making decisions above them.
The mainstream media loves horse races. Don’t let them undersell the efficacy or oversell the risks of vaccines to sell you clicks. The vaccine is better than expected, or at least reported. Things are getting better, and more help is on the way.
Thu, 18 February 2021
Why not kick back today with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin, relax and take the time to learn the latest — There’s no Rush!
The late ethno-nationalistic sadist Rush Limbaugh was about 30 years later than I would have preferred, but he finally shut up. Also heading to warmer climes — Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz has been caught snowbirding down to Cancun, Mexico for a long weekend. There wasn’t much for Ted to not do back home, that he already hadn’t done before. Cruz can’t help that Texas wind turbines seem to stop when United’s jet turbines run just fine. It is nice however, that he wore a mask this time. Unfortunately, unlike Rush, Ted is expected to return.
Perhaps folks should wait at the airport to welcome back the Senator, as it looks like they might have the power on over there. Everywhere else seems totally F’d. (Here’s where non-Texans can help un-mess Texas.) Texans can vote for Beto O’Rourke next time.
Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump’s forces are pretty evenly matched, assuring mutual destruction, and giving Democrats some breathing room to good things, such as an immigration bill with 8-year pathway to citizenship. Promotions can finally come to female generals without Donald tweeting they weren’t hot enough to qualify.
Few details separate Qanon from the John Birch Society. Conspiratorial, bigoted nut-jobs have always been the conservative foundation. Republicans mold reality like clay. 1/6 Capitol insurrectionist Daniel Egtvedt, fought with police, was kicked out, returned, fought/injured police again, left, returned, fought with police again, and of course… was blue lives matter. The Gop found the riot’s real villain: Nancy Pelosi.
Wed, 17 February 2021
David Waldman and guest Greg Dworkin accompany us on today’s leg of our trip:
The blackout continues as Texas is surprised by weather too cold for their infrastructure, tax avoidance, ideology, self-image, and sanity. Governor Greg Abbott wonders why AOC would have done this to him. James Inhofe hasn’t weighed in. Wind turbines would have helped, if there were more of them. At least it’s too cold to not wear a mask.
IDing rioters has become a fun and helpful project for the conscientious internet. Some make it easy, like the girl's basketball coach from Hershey Christian Academy, Zeeker Bozell, soon researched to be Brent Bozell IV, an element of lawlessness doing tremendous damage to everyone else, just like his daddy, his granddaddy, his great-granddaddy, and his great-great granddaddy. Must run in the genes.
1/6 will get a 9/11-style commission that will probably focus on Kevin McCarthy, and we have Jaime Herrera Beutler and House Democrats decision to depose her to thank for that. Speaking truth to power will endanger her career as well as her life, but you know, her Republican co-workers are fine with that. The Louisiana Gop wouldn’t censure David Duke, but it did censure Bill Cassidy. Donald Trump always likes people that like him, and says Mitch McConnell is an ugly loser.
Tue, 16 February 2021
David Waldman welcomes you to today’s post-holiday KITM special! How was your Presidents Day, George Washington’s second birthday, the Ides of February (following the Nones, before the Pridie to the Kalend, et cētera)? You learn a lot on this show!
For instance, do you know who’s responsible for the “Reid Rule”? You would, if you’ve been paying attention in class... Joan McCarter reminds us that the filibuster is the enemy of democracy. Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin believe the filibuster is their friend, but it just makes them Republican tools voting against popular and needed legislation. Reconciliation probably won’t hurt Democrats unless Republicans really want it to.
More than four million people are still without power in Texas. If only they could just harness the energy of Republican blame shifting, they’d be ok. With Donald Trump, blame shifters have a lot of heavy lifting ahead of them. They’ve stayed in shape, though. They are doing to Nancy Pelosi what they plan to do to Kamala Harris, and what they did for years with Hillary Clinton. David remembers the first time they pulled their “what did Pelosi know and when did she know it?” shtick with the Bush-Cheney torture “debate”. Unfortunately, the aughts are a long-lost time, back when the internet was horse-drawn, folks watched a thing called Adobe Flash Player, and Glenn Greenwald hadn’t yet descended into madness.
Mon, 15 February 2021
Happy Presidents Day! Wow, Donald Trump has ruined another thing forever, huh? How about, “Happy Family Day”? Or, “Happy Canadian Flag Day”? Canadians always have it figured out. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin never fear the Ides of February:
Our long national nightmare is over, again. Yes, the majority of Americans wanted Trump convicted, but since when do the majority get what they want? The Republicans that acquitted Trump voted to save their paychecks, but more importantly (for them), they probably saved their own lives. Republicans figured that they can always hide from rioters, but one wrong vote can earn them a sniper. They could say anything and it would be easier to recover from than a bullet hole.
Contrary to appearances, Democrats did not chicken out on calling witnesses. David describes the inside-process reasoning behind the deal to get the Herrera Beutler story on the record. The Senate trial was also a success in providing valuable evidence for upcoming probable prosecutions. It is also provided the closest thing we’ll ever see to bipartisanship as long as there is still a filibuster.
Anyhow, Republicans are always ready to practice what they preach against. For instance, Conservatives haunt a Q fever-dream of deviancy, slithering through hideous crimes on down to even more hideous crimes, (with some extra kinkiness) so they have the dungeon locked up. Conservative Christian/accused cuckoldress/Trump placeholder, Marjorie Taylor Greene, is only their latest “Aristocrats!” punchline.
Fri, 12 February 2021
There’s still an impeachment trial on, and if you think I’m going to be able to keep Armando off the air, you ought to be impeached!
We started right off the bat with everybody’s big worry, that the decision to truncate the impeachment process might be a mistake. (Not that anybody’s looking for a miracle, here.) That set things up for Armando’s critique not only of the strategy, but of the performances of some of the House Managers. But those criticisms don’t even approach the complete panning Trump’s lawyers got—and deserved—from trial observers, including Republican Senators!
Still unanswered questions heading into today’s proceedings: Why no indication of any response to the violence at the White House that day? Can the Republican Party ever be de-Trumpified, given that everyone it has nominated for national office in the past 8 years who isn’t Trump has been marked for death by Republican voters? And how close did rioters really get to Pence, and was there ever a “nuclear football” in play?
On a (slightly) different note, it turns out that Trump’s most depraved lies are even worse than we knew. He was much more seriously ill from COVID than the White House ever let on (to no one’s true surprise). But also, after having held himself out as an example of the “miracle” of Regeneron (and promising it, for free, to Americans in need), not only did he wander off into the sunset without delivering, it also turns out his case was actually a failed trial for the drug!
Thu, 11 February 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin give us a quick, 2 hour review of Trump impeachment II, Day 2:
History will demand to know why we didn’t hang Donald Trump. History will discover that it’s because Republicans acquitted him. Trump is as guilty as sin, but so is the Gop, and they know that if they don’t hang together, they will hang separately. But then again, if they hang together… they might hang together, so just maybe they should get, while the getting’s good…
Trump knew Mike Pence was in danger on 1/6, but once Donald found out that Mike was getting away, he sicced his dogs harder. Today we will discover new horrors Republicans will ignore while they doodle new process gibberish to fall back on. Meanwhile, Democrats keep the process of governing flowing. The Senate has norms, the House has rules, and so far it’s not a complete disaster.
Perhaps Democrats don’t dare to think big enough to capture Republican’s attention. For example, David Hogg, Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist, is making a pillow. Ali Alexander, one of the insurrectionist founders of the “Stop the Steal” conspiracy lie that culminated in 1/6, is making a 10 million occupant MAGA city, so that people embarrassed by their Trump support can banish anyone that disagrees with them in any way. If that goes wrong, there will also be a 10 million vacancy “back up” city in South America… which actually ends up not being all that unique of an idea.
Hey, remember the last impeachment? The Ukraine government sure does, and spurs memories with the release of transcripts of Rudy Giuliani’s attempt to intimidate them. Ukraine officials will be happy to assist in any US investigations, now that they aren’t being blocked from doing so. After the present impeachment, Georgia prosecutors will be getting in line to take a whack at Donald.
Wed, 10 February 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin (almost) have all the kinks worked out on KITM podcast/broadcast! (Once our tech guys figure out how to remove the kitten filter on David we’ll be all set for video.)
It looks as if the Presidential Apprentice will close out with their worst ever contestants. Republican Senator Bill Cassidy ended up hitting the gong last night. The future impeached Mayor of Mar-a-Lago is reportedly quite displeased with the defense team he will never pay. By the way, last night it was decided, once and for all, (STFU, Turley) that it is constitutional to try a former president. As Bruce Castor, Rosa Brooks, and Ice Cube can tell you, you also can arrest the president. Just about any of Trump’s lawyers will, and probably already have, told you: Trump is a f—ing crook.
Everybody knows Donald Trump is a crook — Everybody. Every Trump follower knows Trump is lying to everyone, they only vary in the degree that they believe they are in on the con. Michigan state Senate Leader Mike Shirkey believes he’s a charter member of the hoax. Most Gop Senators aren’t that deluded, and divvy up their morality based on their mortgage payments. What do you want them to do, miss a car payment for democracy? If so, you are dumber than the cannon fodder they sent to the Capitol on 1/6. Some of those people are finding out not everyone was in on the joke. Some will always be the punchline.
The insurrectionist attack on on 1/6 was not spontaneous. It has been traced through Donald Trump’s political career. It can be traced back to the losers of the Civil War, and the churches that keep sending them into battle. Dead-enders don’t believe their cause is lost, it’s just that they didn’t bring enough guns the last time.
Tue, 9 February 2021
So many crises! Not so much chaos. Somehow, it all feels more tackleable now. David Waldman rolls up our aggregated sleeves:
House impeachment managers, Senate leadership, and even Donald Trump’s legal team have agreed on the impeachment trial rules, so here we go again! The question is, can Donald stand trial? The answer is yes.
Republicans argue this business will be a slippery slope, eventually leading to the impeachment of cats and ponies. Many scholars, such as Armando, don’t believe this is what the Framers intended, pointing to all of the colonial buzz around Warren Hastings’ impeachment, and Founding Father son John Quincy Adams’ letters and commentary. Therefore, no dead president need worry about being impeached, unless resuscitated, and even then, Nixon’s clear.
Democrats could wait until March 4, when Donald Trump is president again, to impeach him at that time, but really, even though the dude’s got a lot of impeachments left in him, Dems do plan to make this one, the one to remember. On the other hand, Republicans plan to take hostages if provoked, including the president, vice president and… Maxine Waters! and, Cory Booker! If really pushed, they might even call Marjorie Taylor Greene to the stand.
You got to hope the DC guard will have a quiet time these next few days, and that they continue to be monitored and vetted. Meanwhile, governing continues, somehow. Joan McCarter joins KITM in the last half hour to let us know how that’s going. Democrats are negotiating with Senator Joe Manchin, also a Democrat, on limiting the direct payments of $1,400. The House isn’t letting this slow them down, when so many, especially themselves, will gain. The House is wisely upping the ante with a $3,000 child cash benefit. Remember, the House could change with only a few votes.
Stormy Daniels says Trump offered her a role on The Apprentice in exchange for sex. That woman’s been through a lot. The US Justice Department dropped its Trump-era lawsuit against Melania’s enemy, Stephanie Wolkoff.
Mon, 8 February 2021
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando are here with last night’s game highlights, followed by 2 hours of political news and opinions:
Did you catch that commercial with the old guy driving out in the winter with no roof, no hat, telling us that the place to find national unity is in the center of Kansas under a big white cross? They’ll try to sell us anything, I guess.
Remember Lou Dobbs? Why bother? Lou’s been gone only days but it already feels like years. Like many, Dobbs too felt the icy touch of Donald Trump. Marjorie Q Greene had her 15 minutes of exposure, also. She can still spread disease and advocate killing, but just not the way she used to. Marge’s owning the libs shtick is old, now she is left owning only herself. (AOC shouldn’t be even in the same paragraph as Greene.) Now, Lauren Boebert, she deserves to be exposed/forgotten. Boebert came to office with eight liens for nonpayment of unemployment insurance, and hoped to put the bills on her federal expense account.
Last Friday, when we were going over the four roll call votes on stripping Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments, David noted that U.S. Rep. Ron Wright wasn't present to vote, and for some reason had not taken advantage of the remote voting rules to do so. I guess we now know why. Like Herman Cain, being dead doesn’t mean Ron doesn’t have something to say.
Donald Trump could’ve been the president of Parler if he only arted his deal when he was an office holder. Unfortunately, Trump has earned a lot more exposure before everyone can start ignoring him. Some more exposure, a few convictions, then we can toss him on the ash heap of celebrity history.
Chuck Schumer would prefer exposure over justice for Trump, therefore even though Chuck was big on witnesses, he isn’t anymore. Also the trial won’t be held in committee, both of which Armando can and will tell you are mistakes. Impeachment trials have been held in committees, former federal officials can be impeached, and removal from office is literally the least they could do to Trump. There are rules and procedures and guidelines and precedents in place supporting all of this. There is also a lot of key evidence that will be lost without the proper handling.
Improper handling is a Trump lawyer specialty. Donald’s new lawyer, Bruce Castor, has a soft spot for bottom feeder celebrities, likes TV cameras, and wants political power, so expect a lot of “political theater” to come.
Fri, 5 February 2021
Here it is, Friday, and David Waldman is still declining to host KITM Weekend. That just means that we’ll need to pack more into today. You, however, do have the next couple days to absorb it all:
Republicans tried Liz Cheney for heresy, and Liz almost got her pyre lit. There is only room for one deity in this party, and Marjorie Taylor Green not only is the vessel for Trump’s love, Marj is Trump, manifest. (Until the Donald’s return.) Liz knows who to kneel to, now. Meanwhile, new scriptures will always need new interpretation.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed the emotions of those inside the Capitol during the January 6 attacks. Nancy Mace revealed who she is. AOC supporters reveal their cute pets. As usual, Daniel Dale checks the facts.
House Republicans took four votes to show that they’re all in with QAnon now. David details the reasons and reasoning behind roll calls 22, 23, 24, and 25, including the Previous Question, the Five Minute Rule, what’s wrong with the Senate, and why it’s Aaron Burr’s fault.
It’s definitely not Canada’s fault, although even the US Senate has a Parliamentarian, and she will be a big part of the reconciliation process, most importantly the part where the Senate passes a $15 minimum wage. Joe Biden’s covid-relief plan is already a success with voters across the board. Keep up the good work, Joe!
Tracking devices weren’t Capitol rioters vaccines, they were right in their pants the whole time. A huge number of lunatics went directly from Donald Trump’s incendiary speech right into the Capitol. Not all of them, of course — did you see the lines to get in? Those same phones are tracking the FBI right back to them, all over the country. And, if needed, their phones can lead right to their bank accounts.
Thu, 4 February 2021
On KITM’s Thursday mind-jazz jam, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin break it down with some improv, yet oh so smooth:
Republicans embraced chaos with Donald Trump. Trump’s gone, but the they just can’t quit the chaos. It could have been Liz Cheney or Marjorie Taylor Greene, but that ended up being two decisions too many for Kevin McCarthy, who would rather you thought he was the biggest idiot ever as House minority leader, than for anyone to actually expect him to be House minority leader. MT Greene was the face of the John Birch society on Facebook, and has become their representative in Congress, as Birchers have taken many forms over the years, but in reality have never left. Marj just arrived, but already is taking command of her own mini party, including a few ready to take one for the team.
It would be nice if Marj and the gang could just feed on themselves and not involve the rest of the world, but no such luck. You know when paramilitary groups call themselves “Martyrs”, they have some big plans. There is still time for Republicans to do the right thing, but who expects that? It is up to the last democratic party in control, the Democratic party, to fix things, and President Joe Biden to unify America.
Joe can do it. President Biden has "an open door and an open mind", and all the cards. He has the support of a grateful nation. Republicans only have obstruction, but Democrats have reconciliation and soon their amendment tree will be too full to tamper with, as everyone knows, amendments of an amendment to an amendment are not allowed because it would be too complicated.
Joe Biden can deliver USPS from Donald Trump, by firing Louis DeJoy for starters. Trump aides noticed their boss wasn’t around and requested extensions on their benefits. They might be waiting a while for those checks.
Lauren Boebert hates the “lefts” so much, that when she misses a turn she has to drive around the world to her destinations.
Meanwhile, whatever legal or constitutional test you apply, Donald Trump is guilty of inciting violence. He can tell you that himself. Donald also has a chance to explain how he fought to stop the steal, while pocketing over 100 million dollars.
Wed, 3 February 2021
Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today! Oh wait, it’s not Groundhog Day anymore? Well, there’s still something to be said for reliability. David Waldman delivers exactly the KITM we expect, right when we need it:
Greg Dworkin is on, and he has some questions. What’s taking so long on the coronavirus relief package? What about the vote-a-rama, concurrent resolutions and the rest of the arcane-a-procedurama coming up? The Dems finally got the gavels they earned, but Republicans neither understand nor care about governing, so how will that affect things? Two-thirds of Americans are sidin’ with Biden on COVID relief, and the other third will wish they did.
Donald Trump misses his Diet Coke button, but he misses his Twitter button more. No one will miss Donald Trump. Republicans remain the party of Trump for the moment, but why stick with Donald, when Marjorie Taylor Green is so much Trumpier? Kevin McCarthy hopes to move Marge out of governing and into a more Twitter-centered position. 7,600 Utah Republicans have switched their party registrations to anything else.
The Capitol rioters weren’t your regular radicals, they were Trump schmucks, so if it wasn’t for their ubiquitous social media presence they might have been hard to track. Donald Trump’s impeachment defense is half-baked and idiotic, but you get what you pay for.
Tue, 2 February 2021
After dispensing with the formalities of Groundhog Day references, it was time to take note of today’s social media buzz around AOC’s description of her experiences during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Speaking of the insurrection, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s days on her assigned committees are numbered, and the number remaining shall be three.
We’re a week out from the substantive start of Trump’s second impeachment trial, and there’s still some concern over how the new majority will want to handle it, though we don’t know why, because the answer is obvious. Equally confusing, though, are the Republican counter-strategies. (If that is indeed what they are.) Trump’s insistence on arguing flatly that he won the election, though, is at odds with… well, everything. Not to mention how extraordinarily uncomfortable it should make even the most shameless Republicans.
And speaking of being at odds with everything, we’re now learning that the Wisconsin “pharmacist” who sabotaged 500 doses of COVID vaccine is also a flat-earther, and probably just inches away from believing in Jewish Space Lasers.
Joan McCarter caps off the day with her take on the (almost normal-ish) Capitol Hill scene. Reconciliation is rolling along, clearing a path for sweeping aside Republican deficit peacock posturing, and clearing the path to Doing Big Things.
Mon, 1 February 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin take us into the first February of the Biden administration, and it feels pretty good. Don’t worry, they will still be thagomizing Donald Trump when necessary.
About 20 million coronavirus vaccine doses have evaporated, and would be nice to have around now. It could be theft, lunacy, fraud, or just bad bookkeeping. More vaccines are being introduced, and more is better. Of course, efficacy, and your results, might vary. Keep safe and mask correctly.
Joe Biden has the opportunity to do the most for the nation as president, by continuing to do the most for the nation. Slowing down or playing it safe will be appreciated by no one, except for those who don’t have the nation’s wellbeing as a priority. Republicans are offering bipartisanship, unity, and bubkes. They’ll offer more or less the same in a meeting with the President this afternoon, unless more rational voices — like from West Virginia — can be heard.
Being held accountable is not “cancel culture”. Marjorie Taylor Greene might be the worst enemy for the causes that she supports, but for now, she’s doing pretty well for Marjorie Taylor Greene. It is difficult to expect Greene to be sane when her career has depended on being insane, or to tell the truth when her future career depends on the big lie. Republicans could have chosen a better path, but instead pay tribute to The Donald, and his scam in exile as the Antipope of Mar-a-Lago.
Trump’s lawyers bail out, knowing the upcoming impeachment trial will neither look good on their resumes, nor pay them a dime. What have we learned so far from Donald Trump’s campaign to subvert the election? Plenty, as Donald’s been subverting the 2020 election since he subverted the 2016 election. New stuff will be coming out, including the stuff that is old stuff for KITM listeners, and probably keep coming out for generations to come.