Random Thoughts: Comey Fallout

GOP not challenging Trump/Russia collusion, just mad we found out, threatening reporters.

GOPers who routinely leaked Benghazi probe are now blame shifting to media/leakers — like accusing someone of opening
their eyes during prayer.

Comey hearing done. Struck by how GOPers left themselves open to looking like they don’t give a crap Putin might own White House.

Spinning Spicer asserts officials found no evidence of Trump/Russia collusion but rejects their finding of no evidence Obama wiretapped.

Flip Flynn! Immunity could be worth getting the truth. Don’t need tea leaves in Comey hearing to see he’s at risk, a big target.

Question now hanging: will FBI question Trump about Russia ties? Order your impeachment tickets now.
A president faces an FBI investigation into whether his team joined forces with a hostile foreign govt to win. That’d be beyond Nixon.

[Cross-posted via The Huffington Post (3/20)]

Wading in the Shallow End

” …. we’re all in line for succession, and if nineteen million, four hundred thousand, two hundred and eight people die, I’ll be king tomorrow. It’s not very likely but it’s a nice thought and helps keep you going. ” – Peter Cook, 1964.

By SJWNY, a Trail Mix Contributor

We may not become King, Queen or Grand Duke of Upper Twitsylvania tomorrow or any other day, but someone in the Line of Presidential Succession just may have a chance at being Leader of the Free World, sooner than later. Don’t wear your good shoes while navigating this field of truly unqualified embarrassments. Mike Pence? Jeff Sessions? Ben Carson? Rick Perry? Betsy DeVos? President Paul Ryan. (Elaine Chao gets a pass because she was born in a foreign country. Anyone told #45 about that? Oh well, at least one less woman has a shot at the prize.)

  1. Vice President
  2. Speaker of the House of Representatives
  3. President pro tempore of the Senate
  4. Secretary of State
  5. Secretary of the Treasury
  6. Secretary of Defense
  7. Attorney General
  8. Secretary of the Interior
  9. Secretary of Agriculture
  10. Secretary of Commerce
  11. Secretary of Labor
  12. Secretary of Health & Human Services
  13. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
  14. Secretary of Transportation
  15. Secretary of Energy
  16. Secretary of Education
  17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  18. Secretary of Homeland Security

And to think one of these is the Designated-God-Help-Us-Survivor!?!

I’m sorry.

So what are we going to do about this unfortunate period in our history? No sniping or blame game allowed. We should be about building bridges, not walls. Every single vote matters & should be welcomed. Cleaning up this mess will take a long time, but more shovels lightens the load. I pledge to support the Candidate who, while not perfect (who is?), at least has her/his heart in the right place & has a clue about governing. We can’t change yesterday but we sure as hell can change tomorrow.

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Fake Newser in Chief

By Pogo, a Trail Mix Contributor

Well, so now it comes out. Barack Obama did not surveil, wiretap, or do anything else that our Fake Newser in Chief alleged he did. No, the charge didn’t even come from him. (Please ignore those early to early morning tweets.)

No, it was actually a fake news media in Russia who made the charge. And it was actually that right legal mind, Judge Andrew Napolitano, who made that charge in the fake US media, you know, Fox News.

And to continue the Fake News onslaught, he now claims he had a wonderful meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. I guess that was after he refused to shake her hand and he criticized Germany’s commitment to its own defense. So good in fact that the German defense minister had to correct him on how NATO works and what Germany does and does not owe it.

Well, at least we now know that fake news in the US is from Russia through Fox through Trump.

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Medicaid Is About Grandma

Why don’t Democrats more often make the point Sen. Chuck Schumer made this week about the consequences of GOP efforts to scuttle Medicaid:

Medicaid is for poor people, but also 60 percent goes to people in nursing homes. And that affects not only them, but their kids. You’re a kid 45 or 50, your Mom or Dad is in a nursing home. They could be kicked out after this bill passes. What would you do? You have to take them at home, stop working to take care of them. Or you have to shell out thousands of dollars out of your pocket. — Schumer press conference (3/13)

Bill Clinton routinely made this point when Medicaid was debated during his presidency. Inexplicably he is among a surprisingly few Democrats who stress the program’s service to elder Americans in dire need of long term care. But the GOP continues to get away with feeding the illusion that it mostly serves malingerers who’d rather take a federal handout than get a job.

Baby boomers everywhere are facing the painful needs of parents who need nursing home care. Many are finding that Medicaid is their only choice. That’s the political pitch that can save Medicaid.

[Cross-posted via The Huffington Post]