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Marcy Wheeler shreds those who whine that Garland is taking too long to indict Trump:

https://www.emptywheel.net/2021/12/03/ten-things-tv-lawyers-can-do-rather-than-whinging-about-merrick-garland/

It’s not so much that I’m certain DOJ would prosecute Trump for his serial attempts to overthrow democracy. There are tea leaves that DOJ could get there via a combination of working up from pawns who stormed the Capitol and down from rooks referred from the January 6 Commission. But I’m more exasperated with the claims that there were crimes wrapped with a bow (such as Trump’s extortion of Ukraine) that Garland’s DOJ could have charged on March 11, when he was sworn in. Even the Tom Barrack prosecution, a Mueller referral which reportedly was all set to indict in July 2020, took six months after Biden’s inauguration before it was indicted. The January 6 investigation started less than eleven months ago; eleven months into the Russian investigation, Coffee Boy George Papadopoulos had not yet been arrested and he was still months away from pleading guilty, on a simple false statements charge. We have no idea how much deliberate damage Billy Barr did to other ongoing investigations arising out of the Mueller investigation, but his public actions in the Mike Flynn, Roger Stone, and Paul Manafort cases suggests it is likely considerable. As for the January 6 investigation, as I’ve noted, it took nine months from the time FBI learned that a Capitol Police Officer had warned Jacob Hiles to delete his Facebook posts until the time DOJ indicted Michael Riley on two counts of obstruction. To imagine that DOJ would have already indicted Trump on anything he might be hypothetically under investigation at this point, particularly relating to January 6, is just denial about how long investigations take, even assuming the subject were not the former President with abundant access to free or RNC-provided legal representation.

It’s not that I don’t understand the gravity of the threat. I absolutely share the panic of those who believe that if something doesn’t happen by midterms, Republicans will take over the House and shut every last bit of accountability down. I agree the threat to democracy is grave.

But there is no rule that permits DOJ to skip investigative steps and due process simply because people have invested in DOJ as the last bulwark of democracy, or because the target is the greatest threat to democracy America has faced since the Civil War. DOJ investigations take time. And that is one reason why, if people are hoping some damning indictment will save our democracy, they’re investing their hopes in the wrong place, because an investigation into Trump simply will not be rolled out that quickly. Even if Trump were indicted by mid-terms, the Republicans have invested so much energy into delegitimizing rule of law it’s not clear it would sway Fox viewers or even independent voters.

I can’t tell you whether DOJ will indict Trump. I can tell you that if they do, it will not come in time to be the one thing that saves democracy.


Lots, lots more at link- this is a scathing, detailed, evidence based take down of the media’s prevailing narrative. Highly recommended.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Fri Dec 3, 2021, 12:51 PM (10 replies)

The President's party ALWAYS loses the VA gov race the year after a new president takes office

This year is no different than 1977, 1981,1989, 1993, 2001, 2009, 2017.


People are overthinking this WAAAY too much.

In fact, this may be the narrowest Democratic loss in 40 years.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Wed Nov 3, 2021, 12:12 AM (25 replies)

Sen. Warren is optimistic that a deal on Build Back Better is near:

Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Sun Oct 24, 2021, 06:51 PM (1 replies)

Sinema sees Paris

Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Sat Oct 16, 2021, 06:18 PM (1 replies)

Jayapal on Rachel just now: CPC will vote no on bipartisan bill if Senate doesn't pass BBB first

She implied that Pelosi’s scheduled vote this Thursday on the bipartisan bill is a “soft” date, and the vote won’t happen if the senate hasn’t passed the Build Back Better reconciliation bill first.

Also, Jayapal told WaPo last night that CPC “no” votes on the bipartisan bill (before reconciliation passes) grew from from 40 no votes on Friday, to 60 no votes yesterday. Those will all be “yes” votes once the reconciliation bill passes the senate.

Jayapal and her caucus aren’t playing. This could be the most intense legislative week in Congress in a long time.

EDITED TO ADD:

The centrist saboteurs are floating the talking point that only the “framework” for the reconciliation bill needs to pass the house and senate (what Jayapal has called “pre-conferencing”) before Thursday in order to vote on the bipartisan bill in the house, however, Jayapal made clear tonight on Rachel that passing the framework alone is not enough to gain the support of the CPC on Thursday- they won’t support the bipartisan bill until the reconciliation bill has passed.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Mon Sep 27, 2021, 08:33 PM (38 replies)

The AZ Fraudit didn't prove a damn thing

I sure wish folks would stop saying “the AZ audit by the Cyber Ninjas proves Biden won by even more votes!”

That kind of framing gives legitimacy to a corrupt process that was anything but legitimate.

Better framing:

“The AZ Fraudit failed to prove Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen.”
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Fri Sep 24, 2021, 11:42 PM (6 replies)

From CNN: Clyburn says there's a "possibility" that 9/27 vote on bipartisan bill will be delayed

https://apple.news/AYe-I6m9LTLevOPjjcLJd_A

Not to say I told you so, but I did.

Pelosi will not bring the bipartisan bill up for a vote unless and until the senate passes the reconciliation bill, in whatever form it may end up.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Sun Sep 19, 2021, 11:15 PM (31 replies)

List of companies with Texas headquarters:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Texas_companies

Of particular note:
Airlines- American Airlines, Southwest
AT&T
7-11
Kimberley-Clark, maker of paper products, including women’s hygiene products (don’t switch to Koch owned Georgia-Pacific products)

Lots of restaurant chains, computer companies, and of course, oil companies.

Let your dollars be your voice.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Thu Sep 2, 2021, 11:48 AM (12 replies)

9 Blue Dogs stall infrastructure; CPC: 95 can play that game

It’s called “All or Nothing”.

If the Blue Dogs force a vote on the bipartisan bill before the reconciliation bill, the Progressives, or a significant portion of them, can block passage. Fact is, Pelosi won’t even let it come to the floor if that is the case. The Blue Dogs, on the other hand, are already on record opposing the advancement of the reconciliation bill.

Theoretically, the Blue Dogs are much more vulnerable to charges of “failure to govern”, “gridlock”, and “politics as usual” from their swing state voters than the progressives are in their safe blue districts. Primary challenges from other centrists who support Biden’s agenda, and the fact that 4 of these Blue Dogs may lose their seats in TX/GA to gerrymandering in 2022 should extinguish this political theatre quickly.

So, by all means, Rep. Gottheimer and his band of merry mutineers, please proceed.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Tue Aug 24, 2021, 10:25 AM (32 replies)

A Closer Look: as US withdraws from Afghanistan, refugees must be evacuated immediately

Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Mon Aug 16, 2021, 09:08 PM (7 replies)
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