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 — Crack in the Wall

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“Cracks in the GOP Wall Against Witnesses”

The words above appeared on a chyron (or text bar) at the bottom of a cable news show yesterday evening. I was watching MSNBC at the time and I think everyone agrees that MSNBC is the most left-leaning of the three major cable news networks in the U.S. So seeing those words on the chyron on MSNBC shouldn’t surprise anyone.

And then there was this headline in a Wall Street Journal article that showed up on my iPhone’s newsfeed:82ACE3A3-F417-4284-9602-F57BE56B82CEPer the Journal, “At a meeting of all Republican senators late Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the vote total wasn’t where it needed to be on blocking witnesses or documents, people familiar with the matter said.”

Yeah, well I think it’s a Democratic wet dream; wishful thinking on the part of liberals who are hoping to get witnesses such as John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, and Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting Chief of Staff, to testify in the Senate impeachment hearings.

Here’s a reality check. The hard facts are that there are presently 53 Republican senators, 45 Democratic senators, and two senators who are “independents.” In order for the Republicans to lose the vote on having witnesses testify during the impeachment trial, it would take four Republican senators to defect and to vote in favor of calling witnesses plus every democratic Democratic senator as well as the two independent senators to vote for witnesses.

As much as I’d love to see that happen, it won’t. There just aren’t four Republican senators who, when push comes to shove, have the backbone to defy Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.

What a sad state of affairs.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Sorry about this post running a little longer than one line.

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?

Who Won The Week? 1/5/20

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 reluctantly picking Vladimir Putin for Who Won the Week. Doesn’t he look happy?E9647072-B37F-4601-BD7C-A96486CA78C8In the wake of Trump’s ordered drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport that killed Major General Qassem Suleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iraq’s parliament voted in favor of expelling U.S. troops from that country and shutting down the American embassy.

Putin was already the most influential world leader in the Middle East, including in Turkey, Syria, and Iran. Now Trump has essentially ceded American influence in the region, now including in Iraq, to the Russian leader.

Putin can point to U.S. actions as seeming to justify Russia’s current campaign to push back against the world order the U.S. represented. It also allows Putin to play the sober statesman, compared with the erratic American leader.

By the way, Trump allegedly spoke with Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before ordering the drone strike. Not to any American Senators, but to Putin and Netanyahu! Hmm, I wonder what advice they gave him. No doubt it was in the best interest of the United States, right?

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