While in Orlando I chatted with an elderly Trump voter who seemed rattled by his impeachment. “What did he do wrong?” she earnestly asked. We discussed bribery of a foreign leader, illegally withholding military aid etc. but what bothered her the most is this: “I wonder if he’s telling the truth.” Could be a lesson there, his lies might be piling up enough to unravel his base.
What kind of impeachment defense the White House brings to the Senate is up in the air. Even Mitch probably doesn’t know, because Trump probably hasn’t made up his mind.
Former WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus might have nailed the only argument left last night on FOX:
“Sometimes the best defense is the ‘So what’ defense, which is if everything the Democrats said is true, it’s still not impeachable. If everything Lev Parnas has said is true, it’s still not impeachable. “
Here is our thread for Democratic Debate 9pm ET on CNN, last one before Iowa Caucuses (just 3 weeks away).
Florida’s presidential primary is not until March 17, long after the early states and Super Tuesday likely settle the Democratic race, but watching Bloomberg ads here in Orlando I am astounded by his spending on local TV. Sometimes as many as four in a single half-hour news cast. And all different ads, well made and hitting the correct targets: personal bios, policy stands, his record as mayor and pointed claims about his superiority as a businessman.
I realize he’s worth something like $68 billion and this is like dropping a few dimes for him, but why is he doing this? Does he think the race will still be competitive and he’ll be viable by late March?
Is he so confident of winning the nomination he’s shoring up for Florida’s crucial role in the general election?
Or it could be he’s gunning for polls to soon show him besting the Democratic field to beat Trump in Florida, and boost his nomination bid before the state’s primary.