If I’m a Republican Member of Congress, after yesterday’s show, I’d be searching for ways to keep quiet. Let’s revisit the case of Elise Stefanik. After she decided to throw away her dubious credentials as a moderate by participating in a stunt and following it up with some transparent lies, her opponent raised $150K on ActBlue:
As of the last report, Cobb had $500K cash on hand, compared to Stefanik’s $1.3M. At this point in the race, an unexpected $150K or $200K for Cobb is huge, as is the massive amount of free (negative) media that’s raining down on Stefanik. This is Cobb’s second run, which is also important – when you’re underfunded and unknown, it takes at least a cycle for you to be introduced to the district.
Donald Trump personally kept up pressure on Ukraine to carry out investigations he had requested in a phone call with a senior US diplomat, who then observed the president did not “give a shit” about Ukraine and only cared about what would benefit him politically, according to dramatic new testimony in congressional impeachment hearings.
In a deposition to the House committees investigating the Ukraine scandal, David Holmes, a diplomat at the US embassy in Kiev, described an extraordinary phone call between Trump and the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, on 26 July. […]
Sondland, a wealthy hotelier who donated $1m to Trump’s inauguration celebration, assured Trump that Zelenskiy “loves your ass”.
I have to imagine that Trump’s pardon didn’t go down especially well with the active duty soldiers at Ft. Drum or the retired military in the surrounding Watertown area, both in Stefanik’s district. I suppose some of them are in pretty deep with Trump, but I’ll bet a lot of them have the same reaction as Cole did last night, especially since the pardons were mainly about signaling Roger Stone that help was on the way.
And what stunt could possibly work when Sondland testifies next week? Feigning shock at the language? More bullshit about the whistle blower? I’m sure the brain trust surrounding Nunes will come up with something else, but it will probably be even weaker than Stefanik’s stunt yesterday, if that’s even conceivable.
Gym Jordan can spend a lot of time loving the President’s ass from his R+14 safe seat, but Stefanik does not have that luxury in R+4 NY-21. Yet she chose to go all in on her weak hand yesterday. I hope she busts.
Update: I forgot to add that this news dropped yesterday, too. Apparently Parnas, one of the Chucklefuck twins, is cooperating and will talk about a meeting with Trump where he sent Parnas and Fruman on a “secret mission” to Ukraine.