What next?

Article 2, Section 4.

Old-timers slumped around the Mad Dog cracker barrel will know the impeachment drill from the Clinton and Nixon days.

That said, even us whitebeards can use a bit of continuing education to stay sharp, and political veterano Ed Kilgore provides a useful explainer of our current situation over to New York Magazine, which was just snapped up by Vox Media (another one bites the dust).

The New York Times has another, this one from Charlie Savage.

The Washington Post has one, too, but it feels less authoritative, especially since it suggests that Ginger Hitler could run for re-election if impeached and removed. Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution seems pretty clear on that topic when it states: “Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States. …”

It’s worth noting, however, that one rarely finds high-priced shysters with a specialty in constitutional law blogging about politics in their skivvies at dark-thirty when they could be logging billable hours. In the unlikely event that the Senate gives Il Douche the shove, I would not be in the least surprised to find them stopping short of the disqualification portion of Article 1, Section 3.

Shit, they might award him a gold watch, a ticker-tape parade, and a teary rub-and-tug by Sean Hannity.

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29 Responses to “What next?”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    I don’t have the confidence to think that at minimum, twentysome GOP Senators would vote to convict even if Mr. Trump was caught buggering a twelve year old choirboy on the White House lawn. But a trial in the Senate would at least put all the dirty laundry on the line once and for all. God help us next year and if I were the Dems, I might stop demanding that we all turn in our semiautos. Might need them some day. I’m not convinced that we are going to see the Republic perseverre, as it seems increasingly like we cannot keep it, to borrow a phrase.

  2. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Meanwhile, at The Nation, John Nichols has some advice for Congress: Get it right.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      “Be fast.” Right. Ignore trump. OK. Get it right. I’d pay a dollar to see congress do that with anything.

      I’m grabbing my Popeil Pocket Fisherman, a suitcase of cold Millers, and a big ass bag of fried pork rinds and going to gravel pit to catch some bluegill. If you want to come along, bring your own beer.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Can Il Douche’s people really be this dimwitted? Does anyone in this outfit use his head for anything other than keeping his ears apart?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I not sure they are dimwitted. Totally corrupt, yes. And emboldened they are because they have executive privilege and the justice department to cover their collective asses. If they really want to do something about this, they need to go after Rudy, hard and fast.

  3. Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

    Nona Pelosi knows what she’s doing. Please remember that neither Tricky Dick or Slick Willy were convicted by the Senate, but they both felt some serious effects from the impeachment process. If they follow through with this it distracts Orange Hitler and his henchman from some of the other bad/stupid stuff they might be doing instead AND shows at least a few folks actually care about what Don the Con swore an oath to do….you know… defending the Constitution and stuff like that. IMPEACH THE MOFO!

  4. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    JFC, I’m watching Ginger Hitler’s press conference. It reminds me of visiting Mom in the Alzheimer’s unit. Only Mom was not in charge of anything, including herself.

    I’d hate to be a working scribe tasked with writing this thing up. There isn’t enough whiskey in the world.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    The conversation between the dumpster and Rudy about Ukraine went something like this.

  6. Hurben Says:

    Time to head out & stock up.

    https://www.behemothbrewing.co.nz/beer/impeachment-sour-ale

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Hurben: I always loved serving alongside you guys. Great skills/discipline/humor/focus when needed. Work hard…..play hard.

      This only confirms all is well there.

      As Oscar Wilde said: “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

      Oh yeah…..my sandal tan is starting to fade. Yours should be starting to build. ????? 🙂

  7. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Elsewhere, some folks are late to the party.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      No plan survives the Line of Departure…..and some folks aren’t aware of the plan!

      Good to see 21st century communication processes (and human foibles) still adhere to Attila the Hun concepts and realities. 🙂

    • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

      What’s next? Will Susan Collins start to get concerned? Uncle Mitty’s already got his magic underwear crunched up.
      I would take perverted joy (in a way) if the Rethugs suddenly decided they’d be better off with Q-tip at the helm and flipped on Don the Con “en masse”.as they say in that country to the north of us.
      IMPEACH THE MOFO!

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        The only way they will flip is if it helps them get re-elected. They simply don’t give a shit about you, me, or the country. It’s that simple.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Agree with O’G. The only reason the GOP Senators will jump ship is if they think Mr. Trump is becoming a liability to their adventures. Nothing to do with any of us or the Republic. Most GOP folks with scruples have already left the party. I don’t understand folks like Collins or Romney. I think they make a habit of not looking in the mirror.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Khal’s right. And everyone around the Mad Dog’s cracker barrel “woke the fuck up” when this dipshit got elected. But the rest of the country, well, you know what the Professor says, again.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    Yet more grounds for impeachment.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Back in the day…..and today as well…..I believe this would/does fall under the definition of “reprisal”.

      I note too and also that some Senators haven’t had time yet to read the 9-page whistle-blower complaint. Maybe they’ll be able to during their 2-week recess? Of course “the dog ate my homework” excuse is still always a good, if implausible, fallback. 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Witness intimidation, too. I refer you to the noted gangland capo Kid Sally Palumbo, whose suave veiled hints included gems like: “You could be dead in a bomb accident.”

  9. Herb from Michigan Says:

    In the “old days” Mussolini was hung from a light pole if I recall. That would be delightful for Adolph Trump to be done same. If he is nostalgic let’s give him the treatment dictators got.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Congress needs to go after the dumpster’s consigliere. He has no claim of executive privilege, only attorney client privilege which doesn’t apply here. They should subpoena him tomorrow, have him testify under oath soonest, and when the first lie or admission that he is acting as an agent of the government illegally, find him in contempt and get the DOJ to arrest him.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Benito got shot full of holes, strung up by his heels, and otherwise abused postmortem. The Italians are thorough.

      Myself, I’m a reasonable fellow. I’d like to see Cheeto Benito hounded from office, sans pension, convicted, imprisoned, and all assets used in his criminal enterprise forfeited to the State. His penance should also include working on a road gang.

      Just think of it. “Yeah, finally, Infrastructure Week, bitch! Put your back into it.”

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