Trump associate Roger Stone tells NBC he may have criminal exposure on some "extraneous crime, pertaining to my business" and that he is prepared to be indicted by Mueller. Says they won't find any collusion. https://t.co/ShPAvn0wmA
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) May 20, 2018
Who among us doesn't have "extraneous crime" just lying around to be indicted.
— Kitty Krupnik (@KrupnikKitty) May 20, 2018
As any libertarian would tell you, taxes are theft, so Al Capone should never have gone to jail!
Much closer to the center axis on the “Evil vs Stupid” chart… Ed Kilgore has a nice (in both senses of the word) dissection of St. Bernie’s latest shenanigans:
There were two big developments on May 21 in the political universe of Bernie Sanders, one upbeat, one not-so-much.
On the positive side, Sanders formally announced he is a candidate for reelection to a third term in the Senate, as was universally expected. The only slight mystery about his bid was resolved when he indicated that he would follow his past procedure by running in the Democratic primary, and then declining the nomination and running as an independent while accepting the “endorsement” of Vermont Democrats. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake had a sardonic comment about that:
Sanders is going to run in the Democratic primary for no reason except to preclude anybody else from winning it — despite having no intention of running as a Democrat in the general election. Sanders basically wants to ensure he will face no Democratic opponent in November. A cynic might say the guy who complained about the rigging of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary is kinda, sorta rigging the 2018 Vermont Senate race for himself…
… The announcement is also another indication that Sanders thinks he’s good to go in national office until 2024 at least, when he’ll turn 83. Whether that means he’ll run for president in 2020 is another matter, of course.
If he does, he may want to lend some attention (at least indirectly, since he cannot legally direct it) to the legacy organization he set up as a vehicle for Sandernistas, Our Revolution. A big piece in Politico on Monday from Edward Isaac-Dovere suggests that Our Revolution is not doing well…
Main hope I take is that it brings us closer to the day when one of Sanders’ many enemies, from actual Democrats to Repubs looking to clear the 2020 field, stop holding fire and release the plentiful oppo research. Or at start calling for St. Bernie to release his fekking taxes, because if he’s pushed hard enough on finances, either Jane will further incriminate them both or the old phart will… decide we no longer deserve his “brilliance”.
The Politico report on “Bernie’s army in disarray” is also tasty, if one takes delight in the suffering of one’s enemies:
… [A]n extensive review of the Sanders-inspired group depicts an organization in disarray — operating primarily as a promotional vehicle for its leader and sometimes even snubbing candidates aligned with Sanders. Our Revolution has shown no ability to tip a major Democratic election in its favor — despite possessing Sanders’ email list, the envy of the Democratic Party — and can claim no major wins in 2018 as its own.
The result has left many Sanders supporters disillusioned, feeling that the group that was supposed to harness the senator’s grass-roots movement is failing in its mission. The problems have also fueled doubts about Sanders’ organizational ability heading into 2020, even after his out-of-nowhere near-march to the nomination two years ago. Critics of the Vermont independent had been worried he’d have a juggernaut-in-waiting to fuel a second presidential campaign, but that anxiety has faded after watching Our Revolution the past year and a half…
As the old proverb says, Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes sweat & skill to build one.