Ringfenced for Sanitation Debate Recap: The Dark Psychic Forces Promoter

Ooo, shiny! Our Modern Media celebrities have the attention span of an ADD three-year-old on a Red Bull binge. If (when) the American Experiment crashes into Armageddon, its epitaph will be But Think of the Ratings!

(They actually call themselves the #orbgang. No, srsly.)

Anybody remember Lily Tomlin’s Tasteful Lady character from SNL? Mrs. Earbore was from Grosse Pointe, as Ms. Williamson claimed to be, and the Earbore decendents are Marianne’s natural… voters. The packaging has changed, but the absolute removal from normal human experience remains the same.

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MuellerWars Open Thread: Good for Evan Hurst & Wonkette

This is a gem, and also completely true:

Let’s get one thing out of the way right now. A lot of the Robert Mueller testimony was boring, especially in the House Judiciary Committee. Mueller seemed old (he turns 75 in two weeks) and, true to what he said he was going to do, he declined to answer a lot of questions, staying within “the four corners of his report” and letting it “speak for itself.” And with that, we have acknowledged and given the proper respect to every VALID right-wing criticism (and too-cool-for-school leftist criticism) that exists. It did not send the thrill up the leg, and in our American culture, which demands shiny things in order to keep its attention, it fell kinda flat…

Beltway journalists (some of them, at least) were also so booooooooored, like are we there yet?

Are you hearing all this stuff and giving in to an inclination to agree that yesterday was just terrible and the Democrats are terrible and Robert Mueller was the worst and now you’ll never get your pony?

Stop it.

As former DOJ official Chuck Rosenberg said on MSNBC not long after the Judiciary Committee hearing, “There’s a difference between exciting and important. There are things that are exciting that are not important, and there are things that are important that are not particularly exciting.” Yesterday’s hearings were important. And if you slogged through all of it — even the boring parts — some really crucial things came out, some of them for the first time.

We can start with Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler’s opening five minutes, which really covered most of the ground that the hearing on obstruction of justice needed to cover. In rapid fire questioning, Nadler had Mueller confirm that Donald Trump and his minions are lying every single time they say the investigation found NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION and TOTAL EXONERATION. Mueller also added a new phrase to the lexicon: “Does Not Exculpate.”

Nadler also had Mueller confirm that Donald Trump can absolutely be prosecuted for his crimes after he is dropkicked out of office, though it didn’t really resonate at that point, because we guess half of America hadn’t had its coffee yet. It was under questioning from GOP Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, where Buck seemed just FLABBERGASTED at that notion, and asked Mueller to repeat himself. Did you really just say our shithole garbage king could be LOCK HER UP-PED after he has been de-throned?…
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Waste Your Summer Praying in Vain for a Savior to Rise From These Streets

I didn’t watch any of Mueller’s testimony yesterday, except for a couple of snippets. What I saw was damning, but it’s getting meh reviews from America’s foremost theater critics, the establishment press. Here’s Dan Balz’ take, which essentially assumes that impeachment is off the table because of Mueller’s performance.

Am I the only person who thinks that Mueller’s report contained enough evidence to move forward with either impeachment inquiries, or at a minimum some kind of select committee to investigate the charges further? That was obvious when the report dropped, and it’s obvious today. It’s also obvious that polling is a trailing indicator. If Democrats don’t do anything to keep all of Trump’s bad acts and his administration’s bad actors front and center, the polls on impeachment aren’t going to move.

Given that the least familiar place on earth for a lot of Democrats is the inside of a polling booth, you’d think that the House members who are dragging their feet would be concerned about a drop off in enthusiasm, but I can see little evidence of that.

My Congressman, Joe Morelle, who has a relatively safe seat, voted against the recent impeachment resolution, and is having one town hall this recess, on gun violence. Other than his recent vote, the only other utterance I could find was his statement that he’d consider impeachment if there were clear evidence of treason on Trump’s part. He’s probably typical of most of the mushy center of the House Democrats – he’s ducking and hiding and hoping it will all go away. Sorry, Joe, it’s only going to get worse.

Edited to add: Did Mueller have to give a performance like this to get the right amount of attention:

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Hangovers

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Monday Morning Open Thread: Here We Go Again

This used to be one of the slowest weeks of the news year, when reporters and political cartoonists could go on vacation with little fear of missing a big story. I’d like to go back to those halcyon days, thank you!

Mangy Jay phrases it well: