It is just a matter of some time, some patience.
After Gennifer Flowers, they said Clinton was cooked. Then came — who remembers the order? — Paula Corbin Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Monica and the Stain. So he got impeached and soon after was elected for a second term. Even the wife got to run as a major party presidential nominee.
They said Jeremiah Wright was cooked after that sick, hateful sermon was uncovered during Obama’s first run. Yet today Wright’s own protege, the Jew-hater and anti-White racist Raphael Warnock, has been resuscitated to be a United States senator.
They said Biden was cooked. He was exposed as a pathological liar, fabricated his own life story and the added lie that his father, a used-car salesman, had been a coal miner. Was exposed as a plagiarist. Then started showing signs of mental attrition — Super Thursday, running against Trump for U.S. Senate, children rubbing the glistening blond hair on his legs, you know — the, the thing. No prob. Time passed.
It goes both ways. They said Nixon was cooked in the 1950s, and he had to salvage his status by making the “Checkers Speech.” Then cooked after “losing” to JFK in 1960. Then really finished in 1962 after one more loss in California: “Just think how much you’ll be missing: You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.” Six years later he was elected president by the biggest of landslides.
They said Reagan was finished after he unsuccessfully challenged Gerald Ford. That he had lost his right-wing base when he preemptively named liberal Republican Richard Schweiker as his potential running mate. No prob — he got elected president in due time. Then they were sure that Iran-Contra finally had finished him off during his second term. Yet history views him especially favorably.
They said Oliver North was finished by Iran-Contra. In time, he became bigger than ever. They said Rush Limbaugh was finished after he called some woman a “slut” for publicly demanding that you and I pay taxes for her birth control as often as she wants to use it. At last look, Rush grew only bigger. And what became of her?
Here is how reality works nowadays: It all is fiction. If you go three months, six months without watching a single minute of commercial or cable news, you will have missed nothing over the long run. Just get the headlines off the internet and then strip away all the schmaltz (chicken fat).
Remember how Trump’s run was nipped at the bud in 2016 when the audio came out of the trailer? He was finished. How Mueller had the goods on Trump consorting with Putin? How Avenatti was going to take down Trump? Michael Cohen? The Stormy Daniels story was his end.
Remember how they said Clarence Thomas never would live down Anita Hill? I know who John Galt is, but if you are under age 50 do you even know who Anita Hill is — and if you do, do you care? Remember how they said Brett Kavanaugh never would live down Whatsername Blasey Ford? Kavanaugh is doing fine, thank you, and already Ford Blasey Whatsername is forgotten outside Berkeley and its Northern California environs.
The key is to understand how the 24-7-365 cable and social-media cycle has changed our world from 30 percent truth and 70 percent lies to a world of 5 percent truth and 95 percent lies. All of news now is one huge, hyperbolic TV commercial aimed at baiting you to click, to make them richer by getting more hits, more views, more likes, more followers. So they falsify truth because it is more interesting than the moon appearing or and grass growing. Look at the moronic pink-haired “influencers” on YouTube. Influencers? They can’t spell. They barely grasp syntax or diction. They know almost no history, can’t add without a calculator, can’t read cursive writing. They know pink or blue hair and a few words: racist, systemic racist, homophobe, LGBTQIA+, climate change, and the words for private body parts. But they are so “influential” that they are invited to speak at a Democrat National Convention.
Have you ever heard of “Cardi B”? A modern-day poet in the tradition of Ezra Pound, Keats, Goethe? This has been seen 21 million times. Seriously. She is an influencer, but does she influence people who are coherent? According to Wikipedia: Her song “WAP,” “the lead single of her second album, expanded her record as the female rapper with the most Hot 100 number-one singles as her fourth leader, and made her the only female rap artist to achieve chart-topping singles in two decades (2010s and 2020s).” To prepare yourself for the ecstasy of Cardi B’s musical literacy, first listen to this clip of “Ode to Joy” from the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. OK, ready — in the mood for more great music and inspiring lyrics? Here are the lyrics to “WAP,” the chart-topping masterpiece by this Influencer. (As a matter of personal conscience I cannot view or link to the YouTube of it.) Draw your own conclusions about a society where Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon circulate this trash as much as the market desires and where presidential candidate Joe Biden did his all to be seen with her.
All lies and jest. Still, one hears what one wants to hear and disregards the rest. La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la (give or take a “la”).
A year ago they said the Ukraine–Zelensky phone call was the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. Pelosi gave out souvenir pens. But she would not walk the thing over to the Senate because she knew that, as soon as she did, it would be all over and forgotten — with Trump brandishing headlines of acquittal. After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same. La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la (give or take a “la”).
Al Sharpton incited two murderous pogroms that resulted in deaths. He led the charge in the Tawana Brawley circus. By the time his roles had been exposed, and the court defamation conviction was in, they said he was finished. Time passed. Today he has his own TV show on MSNBC. They said the Virginia governor was finished for his blackface and for endorsing murdering newly born babies. Then they said the next in line was finished because women were saying he had raped them — and as Ford Whatsername Blasey had taught us in fry: Survivors Must Be Trusted. They realized that, if they get rid of the blackfacers and the accursed rapists, a Republican becomes governor. So they moved on.
We have a very, very tough week ahead. Because America’s “intelligence” agencies have an uncanny incompetence about them, the country always is in unnecessary peril. So little has been learned since Pearl Harbor. The CIA screwed up with the Bay of Pigs. Vietnam. All the agencies managed to miss coordinating leading up to 9/11. Somehow they all later figured out that Trump had colluded with Putin and proffered lies to the FISA court, but no one in the “intelligence community” managed to prepare our heroic first responders for January 6. Everyone in America but they knew it was going to be a tough day. If Israel’s Shin Bet and Mossad were as uniformly incompetent as our FBI and CIA, today Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar would have so many fewer Jews to hate. Even now, as tens of thousands of National Guard heroes pile into D.C., is anyone preparing heavily and mightily to protect against violence in other cities throughout the country on Inauguration Day? Or are they so busy defunding the police that a terrible day lies ahead? May G-d Almig-ty protect all Americans from the incompetence of our “intelligence” experts — the ones who assure us that Iran is not unduly enriching uranium nor preparing to outfit their ICBMs to strike American cities. May G-d protect this land on Inauguration Day and guard us with peace.
It will be a tough week. Right now, tens of millions of Americans who know that President Trump never set about to incite an insurrection, a coup, are terrified to say it, to write it. So be it. The politic thing at the moment is for Republicans in the U.S. Senate to say, “I am waiting to see the article of impeachment and to hear the testimony before I make up my mind.” Yeah, right. Trump’s whole speech is on YouTube, for goodness sakes. That is a hard one for our “intelligence community” and our Republican U.S. senators to locate all by themselves, and they may not know that, if you click on an underlined phrase, it brings up the link. So here it is.
In short enough time, this all will pass.
Mitch McConnell now is furious at Trump for losing the two GOP Georgia Senate seats. I am, too. Whereas Trump should have been barnstorming through Georgia, three speeches a day, for the week before the January 5 special election, promoting David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, he instead was focused on sending the message that all Republican office-holders in Georgia are no better than the Democrats, and the votes won’t be counted anyway, so why bother reelecting Perdue and Loeffler when you can have the fungible Ossoff and Warnock? We all know — from Trump haters to Trump’s strongest backers — that he cost us the Senate. We all are furious. But Mitch still is brooding because he unnecessarily now goes from Majority Leader who controlled the agenda to Minority Leader. We now all have to pray that Joe Manchin saves the republic by refusing to abandon the filibuster, rejecting Puerto Rico and D.C. statehood, preventing stacking the Supreme Court, and rejecting radical judges.
So Mitch now is in the midst of a temper tantrum. His wife, Elaine Chao, quit on Trump two weeks before her job ended anyway. We sometimes forget that famous people also are, at their core, the same combination of flesh, blood, and emotions as the rest of us. One can hear Sen. McConnell even now lamenting behind closed doors:
I am a majority leader. Hath not a majority leader eyes? Hath not a majority leader hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal’d by the same means, warm’d and cool’d by the same winter and summer, as a regular senator is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.
But Mitch will get real. If Republicans, besides the two or three whom we give a pass to vote for conviction, vote to convict Trump, we seize defeat in 2022 from the jaws of victory. Democrat voters will not care two years from now about now, but Republicans will stay home in the midterms if their senators bail out on them now. Two years after Obama’s 2008 victory, he and the Democrats were shellacked in 2010. People no longer remember for two years — maybe that is why Joe Biden’s situation does not concern them. But people remember perfidy.
In the end, Trump’s lawyers will do well to move to dismiss the Pelosi charges on grounds that the entire impeachment is mooted under Article I, Section 3 and Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution. There can be no impeachment-induced trial of a private citizen who formerly was president. Otherwise, someday we could revisit impeaching and trying Woodrow Wilson and others. If it goes to the Supreme Court, there should be a 5-4 or even a 7-2 or perhaps 8-1 majority on that one. Only Sonia Sotomayor seems politics-driven enough to miss the underlying legal argument.
If it goes to trial, Trump will be acquitted as he was last time. I have laid this out elsewhere. For a week or two or three, it will be all over the media. And then the country will move on. The Senate and House cannot ignore the coronavirus indefinitely. There will be shortages in vaccine doses. Someone somewhere may fail to store a vaccine in the required minus-90-degrees storage. That will overtake the news. People in Congress like AOC will keep leap-frogging others on the line to get the vaccine before the front-line hospital workers, the seniors in nursing homes, and those above age 65 with comorbidities. Iran will keep racing to build a nuclear bomb aimed at us. North Korea will change course for our worse once Biden, Harris, and Blinken have replaced Trump, Pence, and Pompeo. Other tragedies will unfold that displace Trump and January 6 from the news. New polls and surveys in a few months, as the focus changes, will inform Republicans that they need Trump more than he needs them because, after come common-sense cooling down, the public will look back on all the good he did before the coronavirus arrived and brought pandemic to a country and a civilization.
This too shall pass. It always does. Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, anyone?