Same planet, different dimension:
I feel we’re at the stage in the reaction where we have overcome some energy barrier and it’s all downhill from here.
As I mentioned before, Masha Gessen, a Russian American observer of authoritarianism, has said that she doesn’t think Mueller’s investigation will end conclusively with enough evidence to impeach the president.
But Chris Hayes tweeted last night something to the effect that we can see where this investigation is headed, it is not at all murky or ambiguous, and he fears that we as a country are not ready for what happens next. I’m assuming what he is referring to is a constitutional crisis where it is very clear that the president is guilty of a high crime or misdemeanor and stays in office because the Republican legislature that is supposed to hold him accountable doesn’t.
We could see that Republican phalanx crack sometime in the near future. The Republicans are starting to sweat over the number of special election seats that have flipped red to blue. It’s something like 35 out of 39 elections since 2016. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is so rattled that he canceled special elections in his state for the state legislature’s open seats. That’s about to be challenged in court because cancelling elections is one glaring neon indicator of undemocratic regimes elsewhere in the world and as we can see, the judicial branch is the only one functioning to any degree right now.
Then there is the gun control issue. Republicans are on the wrong side of that issue as well. And reproductive rights and healthcare and DACA and on and on…
The way things are going, they are going to get slaughtered in November at the polls unless they do something drastic and Trump is starting to weigh on them bigly. He’s widely unpopular. The tax breaks turned out to be not much and the corporations that got a drastic reduction in their rates are using most of that money to buy back stock, NOT increase wages of their workers, just like Democrats predicted. So there won’t be a lot of growth in the economy to offset the ballooning deficit.
In other words, Congress might find that it has to do something but it might be constrained by its own ideology from doing anything. And that will just make the rest of us even more determined to get rid of them which may make them dig in their heels.
I suspect that whatever takes down Trump is also going to take down Pence. Especially if vote tampering is discovered and I’m not ruling that out.
So, we are headed for very rocky, unexplored territory. This scandal resembles Watergate in many ways but it’s also more insidious than that because there are no Republicans of principle anymore.
Get ready because this spring and summer is going to get very ugly.
She is also “sickened” that Trump called the Parkland shooter a “sicko.”