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The Republican ostrich effect

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, January 11th, 2021 - 21 comments
Categories: Donald Trump, International, politicans, us politics - Tags: , ,

Reading the effect of the Wednesday riot at the US Congress has been interesting. The Trump position has as usual been as infantile and self-adsorbed as all of his disaster of a presidency has been.

Trump remained out of sight Saturday, and unnaturally silent. Twitter had permanently revoked his account Friday evening, removing his accustomed direct broadcast system to nearly 90 million followers.

Trump spent much of the day Saturday railing about Twitter taking his account, according to two officials. The president has not said anything about the five people who died in the attack, including a Capitol Police officer, nor has he moved to lower the flags of the U.S. government in their honor. He does not plan to make that order and has complained to advisers that he is being treated unfairly, two people familiar with his comments said.

Washington Post: “Republicans largely silent about consequences of deadly attack and Trump’s role in inciting it

This fits with similar reports of Trump wandering around the White House during the riot there puzzled about why his aides weren’t ecstatic about the action as he was.

There are preparations in the House of Representatives to create a resolution of impeachment and warnings from speaker Pelosi that the house may be called back to get it underway.

In the Senate, there has been one Republican senator,  Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, stating that she wants Trump to resign. Currently 3 others are known to have stated that they would look at impeachment if it came through.

The key issue here is that any impeachment can proceed even after Trump has left office in the 117th session of Congress.

McConnell (R-Ky.) is circulating a memo to Republican senators that outlines how a potential Senate trial would work in proceedings that would all but certainly occur after Trump leaves the White House.

Washington Post: “Republicans largely silent about consequences of deadly attack and Trump’s role in inciting it

I’d guess that the depth of feeling about Trump screwing up Republican control of the Senate with his behaviour in the Georgian runoff is running deep.

ATLANTA — A few days after the presidential election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called President Trump to talk strategy in the pivotal Senate races in Georgia. But Trump quickly shifted the conversation. He wanted to talk about his claim that the presidential race had been stolen from him.

In calls with the Republican candidates, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Trump regularly turned the discussion to his own fortunes, a person familiar with the calls said.

And when Trump finally agreed to head to Georgia to campaign, hosting two rallies here, the president was far more focused on his own grievances against Georgia’s GOP leadership than on helping the party win two key races.

“We’d have people call him every day in the week or so before he came,” said one Republican strategist involved in the race. “They’d all call to say good things about the candidates. But he always wanted to talk about his own race and the fraud.”

It was the overriding theme throughout the nine-week runoff campaign that ended in disaster for the Republican Party — handing the Senate majority to the Democrats and serving as a prelude to a deadly week in which Trump’s bogus fraud claims incited a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol.

Washington Post: “‘Always about him’: How Trump’s obsession with baseless election claims cost Republicans in Georgia

Mitch McConnell in particular will probably be enraged at losing his control on the processes of the Senate that he spent so much time nurturing and using. Certainly he seems to be organising to make sure that the process in the 117th session is clear to the Senators.

Apart from putting an emphatic underline on the failure of the Trump presidency, any successful impeachment process would mean that Donald Trump wouldn’t be able to stand for president in 2024.

His current presidency has managed to drop the Republicans from having control of the two houses of Congress and the presidency to just extending a conservative majority in the Supreme Court. Quietly, it probably means that many Republican politicians are looking forward to an impeachment that means they don’t have to rely on McDonald’s cheeseburgers to remove their self-appointed loser in chief.

However few have been willing so far to pull their heads out of the sand and say that in public yet. However their actions are pointing to making sure that Donald Trump can’t screw up their planned success again.

21 comments on “The Republican ostrich effect ”

  1. Gosman 1

    "Apart from putting an emphatic underline on the failure of the Trump presidency, any successful impeachment process would mean that Donald Trump wouldn’t be able to stand for president in 2024."

    This is not correct. This can happen but only if it is added as part of the process. It is not inherent part of the outcome of a conviction.

    • Gosman 1.1

      Perversely adding the exclusion clause to the articles of impeachment would mean it is less likely he would be convicted by the Senate as getting the 2/3rds majority with cross party support becomes more difficult to achieve.

      • lprent 1.1.1

        Sure – depends what the Dems want to achieve really – doesn’t it.

        Personally if I was involved in US democrat politics and wanting to push the lesson of the last 4 years home… I’d be all for pushing a second impeachment on Trump and identifying anyone who supported him explicitly or implicitly in the process. But also would like to fail to convict him.

        That would exactly follow the line of partisan politics that the republicans have followed for the last few decades in the house and later in the senate. Maximum damage to the process chasing partisan advantage and ignoring consequences.

        Failing to convict would leave a wounded and aggravated Trump available to have another run at the presidency and against the other republican pretenders to his throne.

        Lots of entertainment in that for the likes of Fox. Not sure what it would do to the republican party or for that matter to the stability of US politics.

        However it would provide a valuable lesson for those republican fuckwits who thought that they could control and use a narcissistic populist back in 2015/6.

      • Forget now 1.1.2

        Gosman

        My mind is a bit of a blur from days of scrolling, but I think that; while impeachment does have to be followed up by appending disqualification from office conditions, rather than happening automatically; a 50%+1 senate majority would be sufficient in achieving this. I do remember a bit about higher thresholds being involved in determining Presidential fitness for office under the 25th amendment, maybe the two got confused for you? I watched this the other day which is probably why it stuck, unlike much text.

        • lprent 1.1.2.1

          I believe that the house is a simple majority. But the senate requirement is two thirds, ie it would require 17 republicans. At this point it sounds like that is possible as there quite a lot of senators including republicans who would seem to want provide a finality to the Trump experience,

          Yep – nice and clear – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_in_the_United_States#Procedure

          At the federal level, the impeachment process is a three-step procedure.[20]

          First, the Congress investigates. This investigation typically begins in the House Judiciary Committee, but may begin elsewhere. For example, the Nixon impeachment inquiry began in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The facts that led to impeachment of Bill Clinton were first discovered in the course of an investigation by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.

          Second, the House of Representatives must pass, by a simple majority of those present and voting, articles of impeachment, which constitute the formal allegation or allegations. Upon passage, the defendant has been “impeached”.

          Third, the Senate tries the accused. In the case of the impeachment of a president, the Chief Justice of the United States presides over the proceedings. For the impeachment of any other official, the Constitution is silent on who shall preside, suggesting that this role falls to the Senate’s usual presiding officer, the President of the Senate, who is also the Vice President of the United States. Conviction in the Senate requires the concurrence of a two-thirds supermajority of those present. The result of conviction is removal from office.[21]

          • Forget now 1.1.2.1.1

            Thanks lprent – I should have thought of wikipedia myself. The initial impeachment is a senate supermajority vote, it is the extension to disqualification (which is taken after a successful impeachment, not bundled together as Gosman was saying) that has the lesser vote threshold:

            Following conviction, the Senate may vote to further punish the individual by barring him or her from holding future federal office, elected or appointed. As the threshold for disqualification is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, the Senate has taken the position that disqualification votes only require a simple majority rather than a two-thirds supermajority.

  2. Sabine 2

    Well consider that it appears that the Republicans were very much part of this coup they might have no interest in impeachment with witnesses, the calling of cell phone records and so on and so forth. And they also would then be on record for not convicting, or if they are on record for convicting they would then be on the kill list of the Trumpists.

    Sucks if you are a party that adheres to the lowest common denominator and you then realize that the People like you as little as they like your opponents.

    Die Geister die ich rief werd ich nun nicht mehr loss. Goethe The sorceres apprentice.

    The Ghost that i have called i can't rid my self of anymore.

    • lprent 2.1

      they might have no interest in impeachment with witnesses, the calling of cell phone records and so on and so forth

      One of the effects of pushing the senate impeachment to the 117th session is that the new democratic senators will be seated and a new democratic senate leader will be elected. As Mitch McConnell has so amply demonstrated, that is a position of great effect in running the business of the senate.

      Even if the republican senators didn’t wish to look at the evidence, I suspect they’d be hard put to not have it exposed in public.

    • Grafton Gully 2.2

      The spirits I summoned I now can't get rid of ! They are at work among us and another magician will have to put them back in the bottle, or teach me the right spell.

  3. Sabine 3

    Want to know why they need to impeach the fucker? And not only that, but essentially strip him of everything has going for him, and anyone who support him. And for that matter anyone who still makes excuses.

    This is what these guy are watching, and its well done, its done with money, and it surely is done with the fuckers full support. It is very slick.

    https://video.parler.com/D2/fo/D2fovQB1v4M2_small.mp4?fbclid=IwAR1ji3mpLeDLDSr3weEmlF_sDUBocE4sQYw6g10cTVli8GOjyskP9fVBiHE

    and yeah, goodwin.

    • Sacha 3.1

      Please do not link to garbage sites like Parler.

      • Sabine 3.1.1

        you do not have to click on this link if you don't want to.

        The clip i link to is a very sleek production to incite people. Its well done, with a considerable amount of money, spliced together from all the speeches of d. trump – whom have all been televised i might add.

        The snippets taken from the speeches are what in my opinion are the snippets Trumpists took from these rallys. I think is is actually important to see how this propaganda is made, presented and what it looks like.

        This is not something you – or i or anyone on the left is to see. This was a production aimed at the trumpists. You should watch it. It is very illuminating.

        But you do not have to click on any link i pose. But this video production is not something you will find on TV or anywhere else. And i suggest that people click the link that leads directly to the video. Go watch it.

        • UncookedSelachimorpha 3.1.1.1

          I thought both links were interesting and useful, thanks. Didn't watch all the Parler one, but got the drift!

  4. Treetop 4

    For Trump to not acknowledge that 5 people died would be for legal reasons.

    Did the Commander in Chief interfere in or delay the securing of Capitol Hill on 6 January 2021?

  5. Stuart Munro 5

    My feeling is that impeachment is playing Trump's game. Prosecute him under the ordinary laws about sedition and inciting riots, and hit him with exemplary damages for the people hurt or killed and property destroyed. Truth is a defence against seditious utterances, but truth is not on Trump's side.

  6. Peter Don Wilson 6

    Can we drop all this trump shit and theorising?

    We have more important matters desperately needing attention in Aotearoa.

    I have no time for trump and his ilk, but its a US problem. Let us focus on those aspe ts of our own society wbere we are dismally failing

  7. NZJester 7

    A New Zealander (Does not deserve to be called a Kiwi ) Chris Liddell at the heart of Trupdom is trying to salvage his reputation here before he returns.
    This guy should be very carefully watched if he does return here as it sounds like he was fully involved in the attempt to overturn American democracy.
    I would hate to see him try more of that here.

    'Disgraced himself and his country': Pundits doubtful Chris Liddell's apparent bid to salvage reputation in NZ will work

    by Lana Andelane

    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/disgraced-himself-and-his-country-pundits-doubtful-chris-liddells-apparent-bid-to-salvage-reputation-in-nz-will-work/ar-BB1cDoCe?li=BBqdg4K

  8. Sabine 8

    this is a good write up by Masha Gessen,

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-capitol-invaders-enjoyed-the-privilege-of-not-being-taken-seriously

    It was an attack without precedent but with many reference points. During the Black Lives Matter protests this past spring, National Guard troops in combat gear stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial three lines deep. Around the same time, U.S. Park Police tear-gassed nonviolent protesters in Lafayette Square, in Washington, D.C. The Capitol Police made more arrests on each of the first three days of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in September, 2018, than they did Wednesday. The protesters at those hearings—most of them women, many self-identified survivors of sexual assault—were arrested for transgressions such as shouting out from the gallery, “Kavanaugh can’t be trusted!” On Wednesday, the writer Sarah Schulman posted a picture on Facebook with the caption “In 1982 I disrupted Congress to protest an anti-abortion bill, was arrested on the spot with five other women, taken to jail and had an 11 day jury trial.”……….

    Black Lives Matter protesters are other to the Capitol Police. So are survivors of sexual assault or women who protest for the right to choose. But an armed mob storming the Capitol, and their Instigator-in-Chief, are, apparently, familiar enough to be dismissed as clowns. (Some of them, in their face paint and strange headgear, even seemed to embrace their identification as clowns.) The invaders may be full of contempt for a system that they think doesn’t represent them, but on Wednesday they managed to prove that it does. The system, which shrugged off their violence like it had been a toddler’s tantrum, represents them. It’s the rest of us it’s failing to protect.

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