Who Won the Week — Early Winner

I usually don’t publish my Who Won the Week post until Sunday, but I’m going to make an exception today. Just one week after pro-Trump MAGA thugs stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an armed and deadly act of insurrection that was instigated and cheered on by Donal Trump, the House of Representatives, in an unprecedented move, impeached the very unpresidential president for the second time. Hence, I’m going to designate the American Democracy as an early winner of Who Won the Week.

I sat riveted as I watched the proceedings on TV. I heard the arguments on both sides of the issue and was pleased that ten Republicans had the courage to join 222 Democrats in the vote to impeach the scumbag for the second time. No Republicans in the House voted to impeach Trump the first time he was impeached last year.

The impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate probably won’t start before Joe Biden is sworn in as the next President of the United States next week, so Trump will not be removed from office before then. But it’s still possible that he will be convicted in the Senate — not likely, but possible — and he will, hopefully, be barred from ever holding a federal office ever again.

So much for Trump 2024!

One-Liner Wednesday — Impeachable Offenses

“President Trump committed impeachable offenses and I’m pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him.”

Mitch McConnell, United States Senate Majority Leader

That’s right, Mitch McConnell (aka The Grim Reaper, aka Moscow Mitch) has finally found his balls and has publicly split with with Donald Trump after four years of having his lips firmly planted on Trump’s butt.

Well, Mitch, all I can say is way too little and way, way too late.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Who Won The Week? 02/16/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings, or in today’s case, Sunday afternoon (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am reluctantly choosing Donald Trump.

66378E30-8936-461F-B9DF-D26FEC72902FEmboldened by his acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate on February 5th, the “Real Donald Trump” has been unleashed. Asked what he learned from impeachment, Trump told reporters that his biggest takeaway was that “the Democrats are crooked. … That they’re vicious. That they shouldn’t have brought impeachment.”

And then, in a tweet, he literally referred to himself as “the King.”A7AB14EC-9DDF-4A06-AF68-266308714E1EAnd now, in a move seen as unabashed political retaliation, he’s ousting individuals that he believes crossed him during impeachment from his White House and administration.

And this past week Trump inserted himself into the fight over a sentencing recommendation for his longtime associate, Roger Stone. Trump criticized the career Justice Department prosecutors who worked on the case and the judge assigned to the trial. Of course, William Barr is doing exactly what Trump wanted him to do.

Some Republicans had hoped that Trump would be chastened by the impeachment proceedings. But the exact opposite has proven to be true. He has expressed no remorse over his actions, and instead is doing everything he can to strengthen his hold over the executive branch. He now feels totally unrestrained and is behaving more like an autocratic dictator than the leader of a democratic republic.

And so, while it pains me to do so, I declare that Donald Trump has won the week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won The Week? 1/26/20

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am choosing U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff.9611ADB1-A5EC-45B2-9C0C-C23F84254770This past week, Adam Schiff, or as Trump calls him, “Shifty Schiff,” did a masterful job as the lead prosecutor in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate. He presented the evidence in a clear, calm, and compelling manner. He was rational, precise, and persistent when reviewing the undisputed facts and the timeline of events, and he made a bold case against the President. Compared to the clown crew sent in to represent Trump, Adam Schiff shined.

Schiff’s impassioned speech on Thursday night was his most visceral. He pointed out that Trump repeated the bogus, Russian-backed propaganda questioning the fact that Russia had hacked a Democratic Party server in 2016. In that speech, Schiff issued his harshest assessment of Trump — that he’s a continuing danger and “imminent threat” to democracy.

Schiff’s closing argument Friday night was a plea for a fair trial in the Senate. After days of arguments, opening statements, and video clips, Schiff summed it up this way: “I implore you — give America a fair trial,” he said. “She’s worth it.”

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won The Week? 1/19/20

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am choosing Rachel Maddow.

D59D7C8A-28E3-4ED0-9661-409C38C10F1FYou know, as I said in this post earlier this month, I am a big Rachel Maddow fan. But this week, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, Rachel had an exclusive interview with Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. In his first televised interview since being indicted, Parnas unleashed a series of explosive allegations against top members of the Trump administration, among them that Trump knew “exactly” what Giuliani was doing in Ukraine. Parnas also implicated Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr, saying that they were “in the loop” as far as the Ukraine quid pro quo effort went.

I don’t know what, if any, impact Rachel’s interview with Parnas will have on the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, which starts on Tuesday morning. But boy oh boy, it certainly does make Trump look guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Will the Republican Senators continue to wear blinders and stand by Trump, or will some of them finally say that enough is enough? As Rachel Maddow is wont to say, “Watch this space.”

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?