Mike Ludwig at TruthOut suspects that the dominant story of 2019 won't be our President's impeachment, but movements of resistance around the world. And in a just history, that would be true! Our President loves to make everything about himself, but popular uprisings in Hong Kong, Chile, and Haiti -- not to mention Oakland and Hawaii! -- aren't so much about him but the rampant rot in Our Glorious Elites that he merely epitomizes. Bad leaders die, but civilizations live on -- if we keep them.
Ex-Republican slams right-wing gun worship, calling it "conservative virtue-signaling." Having guns is one thing, enjoying guns another, but throwing folks who don't fight every conceivable gun-control proposal to the death out of Conservative Nation is another thing entirely. "Virtue signaling" is too long and obscure a phrase, though -- I call it "swordfighting," and yes, when I say "sword," I kinda mean "penis."
Apparently our Administration went to great lengths back in 2017 to discover which employee of our office of the ambassador to the European Union liked a Chelsea Clinton tweet that responded to something bad our President said about Ms. Clinton. We'll never know for sure if our President knew about all of that, but that of course he knew about all of that, acting as he does like a diaper-loaded brat every time someone criticizes him (or answers his obnoxiousness without backing down). Of course he does it for "his people," who have so thoroughly internalized his "battles" as their own.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) gets it right, for once, in criticizing both sides for demanding a particular conclusion to our President's impeachment trial in the Senate. Yes, it is bad that Mr. McConnell seems to think our President should have so much of a say in how he gets tried in the Senate, but Ms. Warren shouldn't be declaring him guilty, either, given that she'll be one of 100 jurors. So am I ready to say "moderates" have some utility after all? I kid, of course -- even a blind squirrel stumbles over a nut every once in a while.
And on cue, Joe Biden says he'd be "open" to running with a Republican on a "unity" ticket, which as usual will unify right and center-right and guess who that leaves out? Seriously, he must never talk to regular Americans anymore -- no one but a Beltway insider would be impressed with such a pronouncement, and more Americans would run through a wall for that obnoxious turd of a President than for a politician promising another round of let's-all-get-along-with-the-people-who-constantly-set-our-house-on-fire.
Finally, Lauren Gambino at The Guardian wonders whether any of the Democratic Presidential candidates will "excite voters." I've said this before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but trying to game out Who Can Beat the Beast is a fool's game -- it makes the election All About Him, which is how he wants it, and not about us, which is the way all elections should be. And hearing people try to play 13-dimensional chess while apparently forgetting that they all have votes is a persistent annoyance. And, seriously, letting freaking John Delaney's campaign strategist have the last word?