By now you are well aware that Sondland has basically destroyed any remaining narrative the Republicans had left in their defense of Trump, so we are on to the next inevitable stage, which is the smearing of Sondland and moving twoards “what’s wrong with quid pro quo.'”
The big thing to remember here, though, is that there is a reason the White House is trashing Sondland, and it’s not because they think they can impeach his testimony. It’s to send a message to those who haven’t testified. To date, everyone who has testified has been someone, who, although possibly Republican, has never been a member of the Republican apparatus. Rick Perry, Mike Pompeo, Mick Mulvaney, and the various chiefs of staff that Goldman called out by name during the hearings today have not.
So the message is clear, especially to folks like Pompeo, who want to run for office. Testify, and we will ruin you. It’s basically witness tampering by another name. But Perry and the others get it- if I testify, I am done in Republican politics. Even if you have to face consequences, you don’t want to end up like Big Pussy and getting a couple dozen to the chest and thrown off the Stugots.
Also, just an aside, if you are ever doing an image search for Big Pussy from the Sopranos do NOT forget to include the name of the show in your search- I will not make that mistake again.