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A Clear And Present Danger to National Security:

Donald Trump and every elected Republican officeholder who makes excuses for him.


Righty has absolutely no shame, nor loyalty to our country. Loyalty to Donald trumps all.




I thought Joe did pretty well tonight,

and he didn't take much damage from others...


Joe, Bernie and Amy are my favorites... but we'll have to see what happens thru Super Tuesday.

Michigan votes March 10th, so I have until then to decide how I will actually vote.

Trump's 29th Trip To Mar-a-Lago Brings Golf Tab To 334 Years Of Presidential Salary

President Donald Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago on Friday evening for the 29th golf-related trip of his presidency to his for-profit Palm Beach, Florida, resort, raising his total taxpayer golf tab to $133.8 million.

That figure translates to 334 years of the presidential salary that Trump and his supporters frequently boast he is not taking.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Trump frequently claimed he was playing golf too much and at too great an expense to taxpayers.

“I play golf to relax. My company is in great shape. @BarackObama plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain,” Trump tweeted in December 2011.

“Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” he wrote three years later.

As he began his own run for the White House, candidate Trump repeatedly promised that golf would never make it onto a President Trump’s schedule. “I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again. I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again,” he told a rally audience in February 2016, referring to his courses in Scotland and Miami. “I don’t ever think I’d see anything. I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off.”

Yet after three years in office, Trump has spent two-and-a-half times as many days on a golf course as Obama had done at the same point in his first term. If Trump plays golf both Saturday and Sunday, he will have played 248 times. Obama by his 1,123rd day in office had played 92 times.

Read more:
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-golf-mar-a-lago-taxpayers_n_5e4712b9c5b64d860fcab86c

I would rather have a socialist in the White House than Donald Trump, says Republican Joe Walsh

One of President Trump’s few Republican challengers in the 2020 presidential race has dropped out — but not without a few parting shots.

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) ended his presidential bid on CNN Friday morning, and said he would be throwing all of his support toward the eventual Democratic candidate, as “any Democrat would be better than Trump in the White House.”

He added that, “I would rather have ... a socialist in the White House than a dictator, than a king, than Donald Trump.”

Walsh also wrote in a post on Twitter that, “I’m suspending my campaign, but our fight against the Cult of Trump is just getting started.”


>>>>snip
“... leaving the caucus that night, I realized once and for all that nobody can beat Trump in a Republican primary. Not just because it’s become his party, but because it has become a cult, and he’s a cult leader. He doesn’t have supporters; he has followers. And in their eyes, he can do no wrong.”
>>>>>snip

Sounds like most of the trumpettes on this board... J.P.

Read more:
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/republican-joe-walsh-drops-out-of-the-presidential-race-calls-gop-a-cult-and-trump-its-cult-leader-2020-02-07?mod=newsviewer_click


Acquittal is not exoneration

(CNN)Despite the Trump White House's insistence that the President has been vindicated and exonerated by the Senate vote to not remove him from office, acquittal does not mean exoneration in an impeachment trial.

Trump's acquittal in the Senate was always a foregone conclusion. No American president has been removed from office as a result of a Senate trial. In their wisdom, the founders placed the bar at an appropriately high two-thirds.

Nonetheless, impeachment will be in the first paragraph of Trump's obituary. It puts him in a permanent presidential hall of shame.

And unlike the impeachments of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, this was not about something obscure like violating the "tenure of office act" or lying under oath about an affair. Instead, it was about something the Founding Fathers feared: foreign interference in our elections -- and none of his defenses hold up to scrutiny when the founders' intent is examined.

So, don't buy this idea that this is somehow Trump's best week ever. Surviving impeachment is not a gold star. And while the President's approval rating ticked up to 49%, it is stunning that his 51% "removal rating" -- the portion of Americans who thought the Senate should convict him -- remains higher than his approval rating.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/opinions/trump-impeachment-acquitted-opinion-avlon/index.html

Trump's Super Bowl ad comes in dead last in audience ranking

Everyone loved Bill Murray reprising his role as Phil Connors in Groundhog Day.

Everyone hated Trump.

USA Today’s Ad Meter, which tabulates consumer ratings, has been running its Super Bowl ad rankings since 1989. This year, Trump’s campaign ad was ranked as the worst.

The second-least favorite? This commercial for pretzel Pop-Tarts. Yes, pretzel Pop-Tarts are more popular than the president of the United States. Not coincidentally, a pretzel Pop-Tart would also be a much better president, because it has more dignity and gravitas and doesn't necessarily have to be thoroughly toasted before breakfast. (You know, because Trump sprinkles Adderall on his pancakes. Or so I’ve heard.)

Jeep’s Groundhog Day commercial received a 7.01 overall rating, just edging out the second-place finisher, Hyundai’s “Smaht Pahk,” which nabbed a 6.98 rating.

Trump’s “Criminal Justice Reform” — which includes at least one quasi-lie, of course — got a 3.33 ranking.

Read more:
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/2/3/1916304/-Trump-s-Super-Bowl-ad-comes-in-dead-last-in-audience-ranking?utm_campaign=trending

What Trump's Fans REALLY WANT, Is A Dictator!

(Pew Poll Results)

The President's Fans Think He'd 'Operate More Effectively' Without Congress or the Courts.

That is, without checks or balances on his power.

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a30105492/republicans-give-president-trump-more-power-pew-poll/

"One lesson from this delightful period in American political history is that none of the stories they told you in school—about those Checks and Balances, or the Separation of Powers, or the idea we are a Nation of Laws—were real. To the extent that they ever fully applied to the United States of America in practice, the Trump Era has exposed them as malleable at best.

"You see, the laws and the norms and the ethics rules are only real if people in positions of power enforce them. If they ignore them, or are too weak to exercise the powers granted to the offices they hold to stop others ignoring them, these magical forces of democracy cease to functionally exist. The president violates the Constitution's Emoluments Clause on a near-daily basis, but it doesn't seem to matter. He tried to seize funds not appropriated by Congress for his Big, Beautiful Wall, and reportedly offered pardons to people who break the law to get it built. Impeachment is a process expressly laid out in the Constitution, but the president's senior adviser just dismissed it as "unconstitutional." If you have no shame, and your opponents are too feckless to stop you, you can do anything.

"That's particularly true because, as we've also learned, a significant section of the public is not particularly concerned with all these machinations of a democratic republic. It's slow, it's intricate, and to the extent people know about Checks and Balances, a growing share have stopped particularly caring about them. Perhaps, under the Obama administration, the Democratic base grew so tired of Mitch McConnell-led Republican obstructionism that they would have accepted dramatic expansions of executive power at the expense of Congress and the courts. We don't have the data for that, but we can say, thanks to an August poll by the Pew Research Center which resurfaced on my Twitter feed today, that support among Republicans for ceding powers from other institutions to the president is growing quite rapidly.

"The percentage of Republicans who think it would be too risky to give presidents more power has sunk from 70 to 51 percent in a year. Since 2016, that number has fallen 31 points. The share of people polled who say presidents could operate more "effectively" if he did not have to worry about Congress or the courts is up 16 percent in a single year, to 43 percent. This poll is from this summer, before the impeachment inquiry began in earnest. Where are the numbers now? In a poll last week, 53 percent of Republicans said Trump is a better president than Abraham Lincoln.

"It's hard to deny what's happening here: the support for concentrating federal power in one person is building. Some people don't seem too concerned about checks and balances. There is a partisan fluctuation at play: under Obama in 2016, the first year listed in this particular study, 66 percent of Democrats thought granting the president more power was too risky. 82 percent think so now. But among the president's base, right now, the hunger is growing for a slide towards dictatorship—something for which there's been anecdotal evidence for some time."

"In February of 2017, Esquire sent a reporter to a Trump rally in Florida, and one die-hard MAGA-type in attendance explained, simply and with no little pride, that he would embrace a Trumpian dictatorship: "I don't care what he does," Bill Moro told Jeb Lund. "I'm behind him 100 percent. Put it this way: If he became a dictator, and they said, 'We want him in forever,' he's my man. He's in. I'll never vote against him ... I love his power ... It's the power that does something to me."

Read more, if you dare:
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a30105492/republicans-give-president-trump-more-power-pew-poll/


Heil Donald, eh Righties??



Republicans' absurd complaints about impeachment inquiry access are historically ignorant

--In comparison to the Watergate inquiry, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff is actually being very transparent and collegial.

Oct. 25, 2019, 4:30 AM EDT
By Michael Conway, Former counsel, U.S. House Judiciary Committee

Republican criticism of the ongoing impeachment inquiry process for deposing witnesses in closed-door sessions is absurd — and that was before they held a news conference Wednesday and stormed a secure hearing room, interrupting the testimony of a Pentagon official.

The GOP has cited two alleged shortcomings in the inquiry procedure: Members of Congress who do not serve on the three committees hearing testimony are barred from attending; and the depositions are not being held in a public session.

Both criticisms are baseless, because members of Congress today have a much greater role in obtaining evidence than the Judiciary Committee members had in the Nixon impeachment inquiry in 1974, and the chairman has said that the testimony will, indeed, be heard in public during the investigatory process.

Currently, House Republicans who are members of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform Committees — and there are 47 such members in total — not only are present for the depositions, but also they can question all witnesses. Of the Republican representatives who stormed the impeachment committee hearing room Wednesday, 13 are actually members of one of those committees and had the ability to enter the room unimpeded and participate fully in the deposition.

This was not the case in the impeachment inquiry of President Richard Nixon 45 years ago. In 1974, the impeachment inquiry staff attorneys, not the House members, interviewed the witnesses during the initial investigation.

Read more:
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/republicans-absurd-complaints-about-impeachment-inquiry-access-are-historically-ignorant-ncna1071751

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