Archive for January, 2020

Don’t Bother Me With Facts

Republican senators: “My mind is made up! Don’t bother me with facts.” As Nancy Pelosi said, “They’re afraid of the truth. They don’t want to see documents. They don’t want to hear from eyewitnesses. They want to ignore anything new that comes up.”

It is a basic truth that everyone knows from childhood: An innocent person will put forward any evidence they have that proves their innocence. Nobody hides evidence in their own favor.  In other words, nobody covers up their innocence, they only cover up their guilt.

If the R senators vote against witnesses, it means they have joined Trump in a massive cover-up, while at the same time claiming the evidence isn’t there to prove guilt. The Republican party has declined a lot since 1974 when R senators told Nixon to step down or be impeached.

Update 1/30/2020 Nancy Pelosi nails it: “You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial. You don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation. If Republican Senators choose a cover-up, the American people and history will judge it with the harshness it deserves.”

Thank you, Cory Booker.

Cory Booker for President

I first saw Cory Booker last spring and was greatly impressed by his message and character. He has been my #1 choice among the Democratic presidential field since then. Alas, his campaign didn’t catch fire enough to get the poll numbers that would keep him in the debates, so he missed the last one and did not qualify for the next one.

He has now made the sensible decision to suspend his campaign. I wish him luck and hope to see him again in a future presidential run.

The Primary Calendar Hurts Democrats

I have lived in New Hampshire since 1986 and enjoyed our role as FITN – First In The Nation primary. However, I agree with Bloomberg that Dems need to spend more time in swing states with more electoral college votes and do so from the beginning, not just after NH and Iowa have spoken. He pointed out previously that while Dems are all over NH and Iowa, they have no presence in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, etc. while TRUMP is all over those states with ads and rallies. We must stop rearranging the deck chairs and get the ship pointed away from the iceberg.