I’m fired up this morning, so I’m writing my weekly blog to release my frustration.
Last night, the January 6 Committee voted to hold Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress. Yes, it was expected to be a slam dunk with a 9-0 vote of approval but it turned out to be much more than that. As expected, Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax did not cover the event.
The committee released the contents of texts and emails with the sender’s name redacted. The texts revealed the concern Laura Ingram, Sean Hannity, and Brian Kilmeade had about the Trump supporters getting out of hand. Two things: Those same RW hosts then went on their shows to try and blame BLM and Antifa. Can you imagine the uproar, if Rachel Maddow or Jim Acosta had called the chief of staff to Barrack Obama asking him to get the president to stop the riot?
The other day, the NYT revealed that an email from Meadows assuring that the National Guard would be ready to ‘protect pro-Trump people’ before the Capitol insurrection is really troubling. Why would our military guard pro-Trump people? From whom? Other Trump supporters or the Capitol Police? That’s all that was there. What did Meadows and Trump know and when did they know it?
This is where my frustration comes from. I remember in 2016 when the New York Times ran six days of headlines about Hillary’s emails. Then a day before the end of early voting, FBI Director James Comey reopened the case after exonerating her of any wrongdoing on the initial investigation. A few days later another exoneration; after the damage was done. The New Times led with the story but let’s see if they stay on it. I bet they’ll cover it like CNN, a 5-minute segment of an hourly show.
We should have a subcommittee right after the committee releases their finding to close the windows Trump and his cronies used to try and overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Some like to call it a coup or an attempted coup but I like to call it a failed coup. If Pence, the acting AG, and acting Dept. of Def. and election officials in six states would have been willing accomplices, it might have been in the hands of the Supreme Court, where Trump thought he had a 6-3 advantage. It’s amazing how many people don’t know how close we came to a political catastrophe.
A lot of us know that Donald Trump isn’t the “sharpest tool in the shed” so we are lucky in his final days he surrounded himself with like-minded people. Mark Meadows turned over a 36-page PowerPoint to the committee; detailing their plan to overturn the election but he doesn’t want to explain it. He did include some information in his new book and is willing to tell his side to Fox News host where he is not under oath.
Initially, my conservative friends were blaming democrats, Antifa, and BLM because no red-blooded, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Republican patriot would ever do such a thing. Then it went to feeling sorry for the most offensive terrorists, who were still locked up.
Today, they are silent waiting for a Frank Luntz talking point. The GOP legislators are either pretending they don’t know anything about the PowerPoint, texts, or emails or they are using their best hiding place.
Chairman Bernie Thompson said his committee will reveal the findings at a future date. All the names will be released. It will be done one day when are the dots are connected. Over 300 Trump aides and staffers have testified. Marc Short, Pence’s former Chief of Staff, agreed to give the committee his deposition. I wonder if Mike Pence is trying to clear the field for his eventual run?
Local GOP chairman, Bill Pozzi (a really nice man) likes to say that Donald Trump is probably one of the top best presidents we’ve ever had because he kept his promises. I asked him about the healthcare plan he promised for four years. I should have asked him if Mexico ever paid for the wall. He compares him to Lincoln. I told him that no historian would ever pick a twice impeached, one-term president as the best. Well, he was only 35 places off. Trump is ranked 41st (lol); Obama is 10th; and Clinton is 19thhttps://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2021/?page=overall As for the Lincoln comparison, I can’t see Trump freeing the slaves or having a “team of rivals” like Lincoln, his ego wouldn’t allow it. He needs “yes men.”
It has been 328 days since Joe Biden became president and yet, about 60% of the GOP don’t believe he won the election. The local GOP chairman doesn’t believe Joe won, so you can imagine the rest of our local GOP officials don’t either, or at least that’s what they’ll say publicly. That might be an excellent question to ask all the local GOP candidates. It goes to credibility. If they immediately say yes, they are honest; if they squirm, they are deceitful, and if they say no, they are extremists.
I’m not demeaning Bill Pozzi because he has always treated me well on the few occasions I called his show. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Pozzi, even though it seems sometimes like we live in a parallel universe. If you live in a city/county like Victoria, you can’t pick up a rock and throw it without hitting a conservative. I like to make it as pleasant as possible and so far, it has worked out.
Just a reminder, these are my thoughts and have nothing whatsoever to do with the Victoria Advocate, local or national Democrats.