Happy New Year, everybody.
It seems like a good time to pick up this mantle again.
After all, in nine short months, we’ve got a job to do.
I keep watching the TV news shows on the MSNBC these days, and I keep watching Ari and Chris and Chris and Rachel and Larry all breathlessly report to us about the Mueller investigation, keep waiting for that to lead to something. Which it won’t.
As Ryan Cooper of The Week writes:
On the contrary, it’s highly likely that if Mueller gets close to the president, Trump will simply fire him, and the Republican elite will help him do it. Republican hacks are already whipping themselves into a froth by smearing Mueller (who was appointed head of the FBI by George W. Bush) as some kind of deranged communist, and using that as a convenient excuse to carry out a partisan purge of the FBI.
Republican congressional leaders, glorying in their latest transfer of wealth to the ultra-wealthy, will either look the other way — perhaps their upcoming plan to gut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — or join in the fun.
Investigations, impeachment, conviction, these things will not get us out of this putrid bag in which we find ourselves. The reason the threat of impeachment was effective in sending Nixon fleeing was because the baseness of Nixon’s actions were at last laid bare before Republicans, who, at that time, still gave a darn to some extent about goodness in government. It was only when Nixon was warned by fellow Republicans that he made his finest speech ever and boarded Marine One out of there.
And Clinton was only impeached with the help of his fellow Democrats.
These Republicans today have nearly to an eyeball joined the cult.
“Mr. President, I have to say that you’re living up to everything I thought you would. You’re one heck of a leader, and we’re all benefiting from it. . . . You stop and think about it, this president hasn’t even been in office for a year, and look at all the things that he’s been able to get done, by sheer will in many ways,” effused Sen. Orrin Hatch recently upon passage of the tax bill.
They aren’t just brown-nosing. They are attempting to lick off his decals.
So, they won’t impeach him, and impeachment is the only enforcement tool available. Democrats’ only option is to throttle the opposition at the ballot box in 2018. And I’m going to start here and now by cheering and raving that my senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, is looking to retain her seat in 2018. And we are going to spend a lot of time this year talking about Kirsten Gillibrand.
Because there are no safe seats.