Skip to comments.SLL: The (bleep) & Donald Trump
Posted on 08/26/2018 8:20:28 AM PDT by Noumenon
The latest paroxysms of puerile petulance.
Rick Hasen, a professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, said Mr. Cohens admission could amount to an impeachable offense, particularly if Democrats retake the majority in the House this fall.
The Wall Street Journal, Cohen Says President Told Him to Pay Women, August 22, 2018
Mr. Cohen has virtually guaranteed that Democrats will not retake the majority in the House this fall, or the Senate either. Setting aside for a moment the legally problematic nature of making out a case for President Trumps impeachment, is his base more or less likely to show up to the polls if the media and Trumps legions of enemies are bandying the I word? The above quote, and similar quotes from other sources, are fire-em-up locker room fodder, right up there with Hillary Clintons deplorables comment.
The media and political class vastly overestimate their importance to most Americans. On a stellar night a network newscast is lucky to hit 10 million viewers, or about 3 percent of the American population. Fox, the leading cable news network, gets a little over 2 million viewers, or less than 1 percent. The nations leading newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, has a daily average circulation of just over 1 million, or less than one-half of one percent.
Its a good bet a majority of people in this country cant name the vice president, a Supreme Court justice, their congressional representative or even one of their senators, their governor, or the anchors on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN or MSNBC. People pay attention to politics and the news media around presidential elections and during crises, but mostly they tune it out. Alternative media commentators fret about the mainstream medias control of the narrative. Such commentary overlooks the fact that most people arent listening.
Commentators both mainstream and alternative deplore the masses inattention to all those issues and personalities they find important, but the masses know a few things. In the days of the Soviet Union, when its government had full control of the narrative and most everything else, average Ivans and Natashas knew the commissars and apparatchiks were full of shit. It was reflected in the humor: You pretend to pay us, we pretend to work. Its a valuable evolutionary adaptation, this ability to tell when someones pissing on your foot and calling it a rainstorm. They may not know whos the vice president, but that innate mechanism, honed in the school of hard knocks, allows many Americans to separate truth from lies.
Few outside their own little circus will argue that the media and politicians arent full of shit. Nobody will argue that Donald Trump is the fulfillment of Diogenes quest, but he questioned the shit, mocked the shit-peddlers, and presented an alternative to shit gone stale. When he told Clinton during a debate that she belonged in jail, he was saying what many Americans justifiably believed but were never going to hear from the mainstream shit-peddlers. When he said build a wall, he challenged a consensus that welcomed any brand of immigration reform as long as it welcomed any brand of illegal immigrant.
His willingness to say things many people believe, but which never make it to the mainstream, more than his positions on the issues, propelled Trumps candidacy. Trumps support came not from dispassionate intellectual analysis, but because he appealed to strong emotions, the strongest of which was: stick it to those assholes in the media and government.
Trump won. So much for the power of mainstream narratives; you cant fool all the people all the time. Neck-deep in their own manure, the shitocracy went into paroxysms of puerile petulance. Their response: shovel more shit.
Russia-Trump collusion was only meant to be a Clinton talking point, discarded the day after she won. Once she lost, it was the only story the shitocracy had. Theyve tried to run with it, but it pulled up lame when Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity pointed out that DNC servers couldnt have been remotely hacked, they had to have been leaked via a direct download on site. Theres no Russiagate without a Russian hack.
The conviction of Paul Manafort has been painted as a huge loss for Trump. Its probably the opposite. The average person has no idea of the ins or outs of Manaforts case, but theres no hiding one central fact: fifteen months after his appointment to investigate Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election, Robert Muellers big legal victory has nothing to do with Trump, Russia, collusion, or the 2016 election. Thats why Trump keeps calling it a witch hunt: the charge resonates.
So now the smart money is shifting to Campaign Finance Violations Impeachment, going off as a 99 to 1 long shot. As Mark Penn argued at thehill.com, even if Michael Cohens story is, for the sake of argument, accepted as true, its a huge stretch to call a payment he made to Stormy Daniels and a payment made at his behest by American Media to Karen McDougal campaign contributions. This is true even if the payments helped Trumps campaign by keeping potential damaging stories from the public. The Federal Election rejected similar arguments in the John Edwards case in 2012.
Talented tweeter Trump immediately noted that Barack Obamas 2008 campaign paid a $350,000 fine for accepting millions in unreported contributions, but nobody pressed for Obamas impeachment. Trump has also claimed he didnt know about Cohens payment to Daniels until after it was made, contradicting Cohens claim it was directed by Trump. The contradictory stories will never be tested in court under oath and subject to cross-examination, because Cohen has pleaded guilty to eight counts to avoid a trial. (And presumably win some leniency from prosecutors; hes looking at a long prison sentence.) A sitting president cannot be indicted.
The only forum in which this all could be adjudicated would be an impeachment proceeding. Democratic prosecutors would be impeded by Cohens tattered reputation and credibility, the hearsay nature of much of his evidence, their own blatantly political motives, and the obvious double standard between the rule of law as applied to Trump and not applied to Obama or Clinton. A fair number of people know a kangaroo court when they see one.
Once a person recognizes the shitocracy for what it is, theres no reversal. You dont say to yourself one day: The media and the politicians are lying sacks of filth, and the next day: I think Ill go back to believing them. Trump appealed to enough fed up voters to win the election. They wont bat an eye at Manaforts verdict or Cohens story.
Since the election, with Russiagate, the disclosures about the FBI and the intelligence agencies, the mainstream medias obvious bias and hostility, and now this weeks big news, the ranks of the fed up have only grown. The more shit the shitocracy shovels, the less theyre believed. Microchip us all, put cameras everywhere, track our every electronic move, institute martial law, shut down the internet, ship us off to FEMA camps, and the word will still get out, just as it did in the Soviet Union: theyre full of shit.
Get rid of Trump and hell be replaced with a shitocracy turd. That prospect, plus a decent economy, no new wars, progress in a couple of hot spots, eroding support for Democrats among blacks and hispanics, rampant socialist and political correctness lunacy, and whats undoubtedly going to be a hyperventilated but counterproductive campaign by the mainstream and social media to stoke a blue wave this fall may usher in a red wave instead. The ever-expanding ranks of the cognizant know that America would be irretrievably lost were Trump to be impeached by a kangaroo court on trumped-up charges. They wont let that happen without a fight.
This may just be horrible wording by a foolish journalist, but consider:
If I murder my neighbor, this COULD be a crime -- particularly if my neighbor's brother is the local Police Chief.
Something either IS, or is NOT an impeachable offense. It doesn't matter who controls the House. Granted, the offense (if there were one) is more likely to be pursued if the Democrats control the House. But that's pursuit. That has no impact on whether or not an impeachable offense has occurred.
And for the record: there was no crime and so there most certainly is NOT any impeachable offense.
The safe bet is to assume it's all lies and make them prove you wrong.
Best article I’ve read in a while! Thanks for posting. I think I’ll add SLL to my weekly read list.
Impeachment is 'political', not 'legal'. There does not need to be a crime for an impeachment to occur. Just the political will to impeach someone is enough. If Congress deems being crosseyed is cause enough, then it is.
What’s the point of posting a blog if you have to bleep the title? Especially when you can’t be bothered to remove the offending word where it appears multiple times in the text.
Did you miss the part about high crimes and misdemeanors?
If the Democrats take the House in the Fall then everything conceivable is an “impeachable offense.”
Mumbo jumbo. And doesn't matter. Impeachment is a political remedy. If Congress has the will, it can impeach the President for anything it deems sufficient cause. If enough of the public supports them, and they have the balls, they can do it. They don't need a 'crime' to hang impeachment on.
Mind you, I am not of the opinion that the Dems have the political will to do more than use impeachment as theater. I don't think the Republicans have the will to do much either. Witness all the theater that Gowdy provides while never actually accomplishing anything whatsoever.
I agree with you that the wording seems to imply the need for a crime. The reality is they don't need an actual crime to impeach. Just the will.
Changed by the mods. Not my choice.
The safe bet is to assume it’s all lies and make them prove you wrong.
Innocent until Proven Guilty is what the Dems want to turn around to “guilty upon trumped up accusations.” There is no limit to their treachery.
Something either IS, or is NOT an impeachable offense.
You are wrong (at least in this case). The founding fathers left impeachment vague (high crimes and misdemeanors).
Impeachment is (and always will be) more a political act rather than a legal one. The house can write articles of impeachment over anything, but there is a check, and that is the Senate. But even if there is a Senate, there is another check, the people.
The Democrats (with help from the media) first had to separate Richard Nixon from his supporters. That is what Watergate was all about. The Democrats did the same thing with as they are doing with Trump today.
There are several reasons the old playbook is not working.
At the time of Nixon, there were only three major networks, all going after Nixon. Around four or five news-magazines, also going after Nixon. Hollywood was on board and comedians were having a grand old time mocking Nixon. Add to that Viet Nam was still in play for part of his term, and last, Nixon was just not likable.
None of that is true today. The Democrats have not separated Trump from his supporters. President Trump has been successful in many areas. There are many more news outlets today and many move voice speaking up. And, Trump is likeable.
The calls for impeachment is just a way to wound him politically, but I think they over played their hand. The truth is that the American people (with few exceptions) do not support Impeachment.
And it is for that reason I doubt they are serious about it.
Rush made a brief mention last week that the former head of security for Facebook had said there was no way to prevent the 2018 elections from being hacked by foreigners.
What that tells me is that they know there is no “blue wave” coming, and they are laying the groundwork for the hysterical claim that the “Russians stole our votes! Russians stole our votes!”.
Interesting. November may well be the tipping point into open and unrestricted warfare.
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