The Biggest Political Miscalculation Since Ted Kennedy Asked Yuri Andropov to Help Defeat Ronald Reagan Happened Just Yesterday
Trigger (heh) warning: If you didn’t catch it from the title, this post will be political in nature. You don’t have to read it if you don’t want to. You have been trigger (heh) warned.
Happy day after Impeachment Day, my friends. I’m so excited to see what comes next I can hardly contain myself.
Nancy Pelosi, in what has the potential to become known as the biggest political miscalculation in more than 30 years (possibly since Nixon raised two fingers on each hand), actually withheld sending the House’s Articles of Impeachment to the Senate until she could get a sense of the trial landscape, though her explanation was a touch less coherent. I left all the bat$#!+ crazy out.
FAIR. Got that? Okay, hold onto that for a minute, I’ll come back to it. Try not to laugh. Yet.
Apparently, Mrs. Pelosi is trying to dictate rules on how the Senate will move forward with its trial, going so far as to suggest the Senate should call witnesses she was too lazy or rushed to call through proper channels, herself.
Let’s head over to the Senate, where Cocaine Mitch McConnell, to his credit, kept his composure yesterday. Something I couldn’t possibly have done. I’d be willing to bet you he had an enjoyable supper last night. See, I knew three days ago that Speaker Pelosi wouldn’t be sending the Articles over to the Senate, but the holdup isn’t “fairness”, it’s that the Articles themselves are so wishy-washy, voting against conviction for Republicans will be simple and painless. At the same time, any Republican who votes for removal from office will face a fury from their voters not seen in modern political history.
She’s trying to game the system, plain and simple.
So, here’s where this gets fun. First, Congresswoman Pelosi [D-Mars] doesn’t get to be the arbiter of what “fair” is in the Senate. That’s, get this now, Senator McConnell’s job. Sure, Senator Chuck Schumer can act like he’s got a part in this, but eventually he’ll be treated exactly as Nadler and Schiff treated Republicans in the House. I can actually envision The Turtle (McConnell) saying to Mrs. Pelosi, “Madam Speaker, I think it’s best you stay in your lane. Send them, or don’t. I’ll acquit the President either way.” (Oh yes, he can).
It gets better. With House Democrats overwhelmingly overreaching, with their willingness to scorch the earth without thinking, to get a laughably baseless impeachment through on a party-line vote (the vote against impeachment was technically more bipartisan… heh) in an attempt to effect the 2020 election, and in a time Republicans actually win these battles, I see something much more fun on the horizon.
Imagine Cocaine Mitch agreeing to the Speaker’s requests, only to turn around and send the managers and Articles of Impeachment back to the House to be entirely redone because he needed to see a fairer process in bringing forth charges in the first place. Because unless you’re an idiot, a Democrat hack, or you work at CNN, MSNBC, the NY Times, Washington Post, or LA Times (and most often, even then), you know the House process was the furthest thing from fair there is in politics.
Folks, Speaker Pelosi gave Republicans the best Christmas present they could have hoped for. I still can’t believe she tried it.
Somebody pass the popcorn.
For my seventh photo of Christmas, it had to be the one taken by a friend on a Tuesday night club ride. What you can’t see in that photo is the speed. We’re typically between 22 & 25-mph on that corner and we pick it up going down a little hill, just outside the frame.
This was a fantastic year for our average pace, especially toward the end of the year. We started out the season (May) between 21 & 22-mph for the 28-ish mile loop. Getting into July, though, we started cracking the 22-mph mark. August was horrible for Tuesday nights, with only one completed dry. September, after DALMAC, saw the pace tick up considerably until, in October, we started smashing through the 23-mph mark. We had two club bests last year – breaking the 23-mph barrier for the first time, B Group only, and a new fastest Tuesday night with the A Group helping us. It was a strange year for Tuesday nights, but we really did well to hammer out a great group pace this year.
Good times and noodle salad, as I like to say.