Here’s some hurricane trivia you probably don’t know if you’ve never lived in Florida or happened to be visiting when a hurricane is near: The weather is relatively pleasant for people lucky enough to dodge the bullet. Since the storms occur in the hot and steamy months, a cloudy, breezy day outside the path is a welcome relief, tempered by survivors’ guilt.
Shifting to a different kind of hullabaloo, it looks like Stormy Daniels may visit Capitol Hill this fall. From TPM:
House Dems Will Shift Focus To Trump’s Alleged Role In Hush Money Scheme
House Democrats plan to shift their focus this fall to President Trump’s alleged role in the hush money scheme that led to the imprisonment of his former lawyer, the Washington Post reported.
As early as October, the House Judiciary Committee intends to hold hearings and call in witnesses involved in the scheme to keep both porn actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal quiet about alleged affairs with Trump ahead of the 2016 election. According to people familiar with the plans who spoke to the Post, Democrats on the panel believe there is enough proof from special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings to name Trump as co-conspirator in the case that put Michael Cohen in prison for campaign finance violations. He’s currently serving a three-year sentence for the hush payment ordeal, as well as for other financial wrongdoing and lying to Congress.
Democrats will reportedly point their laser focus on Trump’s involvement in the whole ordeal and they plan to dig into whether they can charge Trump if it weren’t for the Justice Department’s rule that prevents the indictment of a sitting president.
Trump’s “National Enquirer” pal, the aptly named David Pecker, may also be called to testify, according to the TPM report.
Is it a good idea to air this load of sordid laundry or nah? I’m not sure how it will play politically, but it’s about damned time, IMO. I’m old enough to remember when a candidate paying off women with whom he’d had an “affair” to keep quiet in the run-up to a presidential election would have been big news.
Maybe it’s old-fashioned, but I’m down with Making Blatant Campaign Finance Violations Scandalous Again. The real issue here is the corruption, and if the “corruption” entree needs “tawdry” as a piquant condiment to make it palatable to a public benumbed by routine corruption, so be it.