I am not shocked that Trump was not convicted

There was never any chance the Republicans were going to stand up and show a spine. I’m surprised, pleasantly, that Mitt Romney did. It’s frustrating nonetheless. These guys are millionaires; some are billionaires. They could retire from public office and live comfortably for the rest of their life. But they’d sooner stay in office and support President Shit-Gibbon.

Sherrod Brown: “For the stay-in-office-at-all-cost representatives and senators, fear is the motivator. They are afraid that Mr. Trump might give them a nickname like “Low Energy Jeb” and “Lyin’ Ted,” or that he might tweet about their disloyalty. Or — worst of all — that he might come to their state to campaign against them in the Republican primary.”

As Brown mentions briefly, one bad side effect of this is that Trump now knows there’s nothing he can do that his party will object to. If he wants to pull another quid pro quo, there’s nothing to stop him. Or punish everyone who testifies against him. On the possible plus side, he’s a bully and he’s mean and a Trump who thinks he can get away with anything could end up alienating voters.

Meanwhile Fox News broadcast a mug shot of a shoplifting subject they’d “confused” with a photo of Lindsay Graham’s Democratic opponent. The talking heads MSNBC are horrified that Sanders and Warren are criticizing billionaires — don’t they know America is better because of the 1 percent (as noted at the link, a lot of people in the media may loathe Trump but his policies don’t freak them out as much as criticizing the wealthy).

And bigoted lying alleged sexual harasser and theocrat Roy Moore is running for office again.

This will be a long, ugly election year.

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