Shell game

The Turtle won’t stick his neck out. Original photo by Susan Walsh | AP

With ’Is Lardship’s second impeachment in hand, The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body™ does … fuck-all.

According to The New York Times, the Turtle has rejected a plea by Democrats to recall the Senate and go to trial. After the House vote to impeach, he said there was “simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude” before Sleepy Joe’s inauguration next week.

In low tones that for some reason emitted from the rear of his shell, The Turtle spake thusly:

“I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden administration.”

O, to be sure. The People’s Business been uppermost on his devious little mind ever since he discovered he could run it at a profit for himself.

The good news? The Turtle is said to have sworn that he will never again speak to ’Is Lardship. Boy, that’ll show ’em.

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36 Responses to “Shell game”

  1. JD Says:

    “Yes the pilot is trying to crash the plane; but the flight’s almost over, so why remove him now?” #RepublicansOnAPlane.


  2. khal spencer Says:

    Once Trump is out of office, he has no legal authority to do anything that could possibly fuck with a Senate trial. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was in someone’s thinking.

    But that’s just a conjecture.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ah, it’s all conjecture. One thing we should’ve learned from the last four years is that we don’t know the rules of the game as well as we thought we did. This mutt and his handlers found every gap in the fence around the Tree of Liberty and pissed it into ill health.

      • khal spencer Says:

        The Clinton and first Trump trials took two to three weeks, so it seems moot since we are now only six days away from Inauguration. That is unless they rammed it through which would have its own problems. Seems to me if there is an urgent need during the next week to get DJT out of the white house, its by the 25A. Or just wait it out.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I disagree. There was at least one impeachable offense. He’s been impeached. I think the House should hand off to the Senate first thing yesterday, and that august body should convene immediately, convict, and expel.

        Obviously what I think carries no weight. So, in lieu of the above, the Senate trial will have to begin after Sleepy Joe’s inauguration, and Adolf Twitler should be convicted and barred from ever holding public office again. He’ll still get that fat pension, but there it is. Even this dog’s breakfast will be a tough slog.

        There have to be consequences. Rich white people failing upward is not doing much to settle the restless natives.

        • khal spencer Says:

          I was not suggesting that he not be tried. What I was saying is that there is not a credible amount of time to try him in the Senate between now and Inauguration. Trumps first trial took over two weeks. Clinton’s trial took a month. Andrew Johnson’s trial took almost three months. If they tried him in four or five days it would look like a railroad job unless he simply pled guilty.

          Of course there are questions.

          VERIFY: Can a former president be prosecuted for crimes they committed while in office?

        • SAO' Says:

          Great can’t be the enemy of good-enough. And putting everything side by side, I’m liking the Senate conducting a hearing under Schumer way more than going quick and dirty under the Turtle. Even if it goes nowhere, there’s this one thing:

          Subpoena power for a dude who has always dodged testifying under oath.

        • khal spencer Says:

          I wonder if 18 US 2383 could apply.

          18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection

          “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

          Recall that the idea that a sitting president cannot be indicted is a Justice Dept opinion which is sort of a case of the foxes guarding the chicken coop. I don’t think anyone has ever taken that opinion to the mat in Federal court. Does anyone know? Plus, I imagine there is nothing to keep a Fed Prosecutor from indicting him once he is not in office.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      He has no LEGAL authority. But, he could get his militias to storm the senate.

  3. katholoch Says:

    Hmm, I took it another way. I think McConnell is throwing him under the bus of a Democratic-held Senate as opposed to the Republican-held Senate of now. Still a slim chance that Teflon Don will ever pay for his ways. I’m hoping that impacts to his business will give him endless grief.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I agree Kath, but you would still need 17 republicans to convict him in the new senate, and that isn’t likely. Plus, the way I read the law, you have to remove him from office to kill his pension and other benefits. Congress has some say what the benefits are other that the pension itself. But, since he will leave office because his term is over, he will never live in a van down by the river like he deserves. And, the taxpayers will pick up the tab.

      • SAO' Says:

        17 Rethuglicans to convict. But using 2/3rds, for every two that stay home, you need one less vote. Get T**** under oath, get him to say stupid things, and you start inching towards the magic number.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Still takes 17 Elefinks to convict if all the Dems vote to convict, so GOP is not off the hook no matter who is SML. But sure, Mitch would no longer be on the hook for Majority Leader.

      • DownhillBill Says:

        If they try what it appears they are intending Wednesday, the R. side of the aisle is liable to look like a room full of cockroaches when someone suddenly turns the lights on.

  4. SAO' Says:

    Can’t call the Senate back to work because they have too much work to do to come back to work.

  5. Shawn Says:

    Perhaps Trump will be foolish enough to open his mouth after the transition and make a statement(s) that substantiates the impeachment ruling. Perhaps McConnell is foreseeing this possibility realizing that prosecution will go a lot easier if they let Trump produce evidence against himself. It would be appropriate if Trump were prosecuted such that the American public is not responsible for an ex-president pension, security, library, etc.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    You know what, I think the asshole just got away with the whole thing. Nothing will happen to him. The repugs still love him, and anything bad that happens after Jan 20th is Biden’s fault. Going dark for awhile. Can’t take this shit no more.

  7. SAO' Says:

    Our 3rd grader is learning about the Constitution, and during dinner, we’re talking about today’s lesson. She’s reciting what she remembered, and asking us to fill in some gaps. Our 5th grader is listening, eating, not saying much. And we get to the organization of the government.

    Who’s the Speaker of the House?
    Nancy Pelosi, from California

    And who’s the Speaker of the Senate?
    It’s called the Majority Leader, and it’s Mitch McConnell, from Kentucky.

    That’s when the 5th grader pops up.
    “Ooooh, I’ve seen that guy on TV. Trust me, you don’t want to run into that guy in real life.”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Kids. They kill me. The two next door are lively little hellions. They love to ring our doorbell, then hide around the corner and wait until one of us (guess who) throws the door open and roars, “WHO’S RINGING MY DOORBELL?”

      Then they leap out from hiding and yell, “YAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!”

      They use sticks as swords and wands, climb rocks, trees, and stucco walls, water our plants with a beat-up old watering can filled from an even more beat-up rain bucket, invade the property, disregard authority (a personal favorite of mine), and generally raise a ruckus.

      I hope it’s not some sort of phase they’ll grow out of.

      • Hurben Says:

        You’ve got this P’OG

      • JD Says:

        Yeah! I’ve always thought that the best thing employers could do for employee fitness and well-being was yell “Recess!” or “Field Trip!” and stay out of the way. 🙂

        Wait a minute, that sounds a bit like Congress, eh?? 🙂

      • khal spencer Says:

        They sound like real kids to me, otherwise known as “hey, that reminds me of my kidhood”. Thankfully you have real kids. When we lived up in BombTown, the neighbor’s boys were seemingly never seen or heard. I think it was a severe case of helicopter parenting.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The kids are one of the highlights of the ’hood. Sort of community property, if you can say that about itty bitty human beings. They’re in and out of everyone’s yards, running and jumping and scootering and cycling around in the cul-de-sac, having adventures and mishaps, which are often the same thing.

        They’re not intimidated by adults, seeing them as simply larger versions of themselves. And they invariably speak the truth, unless they’re lying, which they will happily cop to once you’ve proved you’re not a total simp.

        They figured me out quick. “You’re silly, Patrick,” they say. And most days they’re spot on.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    Jeziz. Some things never change.

    “If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon’s but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.” — Ulysses S. Grant

    here, unless its firewalled.

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