In the past week, we have watched as a cancer on this presidency metastasized by the hour into a potentially terminal disease.
Hoping to stanch the angry outcry about initial reports of the whistle-blower's allegations, the White House released a memorandum that summarized the key phone call. In that memo, Trump appears to make the release of U.S. military aid contingent on Ukraine doing Trump a “favor." Volodymyr Zelensky, the new President of Ukraine, is quoted as bringing up the subject of acquiring advanced weaponry from the United States, and the President of the United States immediately replies “I would like you to do us a favor though.”
Worse? Uh huh. Rudy Giuliani continued to shed all filters in his accelerating odyssey toward holistic projectile stupidity, claiming that he had participated in the Biden dirt-digging expedition at the direction of the State Department. Was there any government agency that wasn’t trying to muscle the President of the Ukraine?
And only one lonely whistle-blower had the guts to do anything about it.
Witness your tax dollars at work.
No, this was not the isolated rogue action of the terrified thug who happens to be President of the United States. It was the concerted effort of an army of morally bankrupt enablers, sycophants, and turn-a-blind-eye lackeys acting in coordinated stupidity, corrupt intent, and malevolent abuse of power. It took a village -- of village idiots, that is. And it raises that age old question: how many dim bulbs does it take to screw in a Ukrainian?
In the span of a week, the courage of a lonely whistle-blower had turned Washington, D.C. upside down. The stunning revelations rapidly shifted the tide in the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives, causing Nancy Pelosi to change her long-standing opposition to impeachment.
Still, though, none of it was enough to change Republican minds.
Even after the full whistle-blower complaint had been released on Tuesday morning, Republicans on the House Intelligence committee stood by their man, attempting to dismiss the category five shit-storm as just so much liberal and fake news media hype. Yet there was reason to wonder if their on-camera bravado -- aimed at an audience of one -- reflected their real beliefs.Republican Political Consultant Mike Murphy -- who had worked for both John McCain and Mitt Romney -- was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC on Tuesday, and he made this startling assertion: "I can tell you this... one Republican senator told me if it was a secret vote, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump.”
As we listen to the political commentators, pundits, and websites, we hear cries for an urgent, narrowly drawn, and quickly executed single article of impeachment. Many of these observers believe that it is critically important to "strike while the iron is hot." There is talk of ratifying articles of impeachment by Thanksgiving.
I just don't get it.
Nothing that has happened in the last week changes one sad fact: if the Democrats race to vote on articles of impeachment, they will not prevail in the Senate. They do not have the votes required to have Trump removed from office.
Indeed, the minute that the Democrats ratify articles of impeachment, they lose control over the process and the timing. When the House votes to impeach, they hand control over the entire process to Mitch McConnell... a corrupt and malevolent partisan manipulator without peer.
First, take the time to learn every possible thing you can about what just happened in these sordid dealings with Ukraine. Who were the White House officials who listened in? What did they do? How many will validate the whistle-blower's version of events? Who participated in the cover-up? Who spoke directly with Trump?
If you are able to keep a steady diet of witnesses to Trump's Ukraine scandal on national television for the next two months, it will eat away at Trump's supporters and keep Trump on the defensive.
Second, don't give up on the other investigations just because this one is red-hot. Keep all six of those House investigations going. Who knows what else is to be found? Who knows how many whistle-blowers there are in other departments?