Is the world turning upside down, or is it just me?
I’ve been following the impeachment hearings during my Japan trip but as I’m leaving tomorrow without a lot of time to write, I thought I’d turn Around the Block over to some professional commentators and reporters who might help answer the question: Is the world turning upside down, or is it just me?
But first, some opening comments.
Needless to say, based on what’s been revealed over the last few days, Donald Trump’s malfeasannt actions and his corruption of the executive branch can only be matched by his defenders in Congress and on Fox News.
While we (or at least, some) have gotten past the “hearsay” defense, there are still no “Nixon-like tapes.” And, it seems, without a recording of Trump actually committing a high crime or misdemeanor, some people will not be convinced that he should be impeached and removed.. (By the way, isn’t a misdemeanor something like “disorderly conduct?” And, what we’ve seen so far does not rise to that standard? Wonder what Madison would say. Oh, well, never mind.)
While the evidence mounts and mounts and mounts with all of it pointing to a presidency based solely on self-aggrandizement, it does not seem to be enough to convince almost any Republican Congressman or Senator.
While the true heroes of this impeachment inquiry, the Hill’s, the Yovanovitch’s, the Vindman’s, the Taylor’s, the Holmes’s, the Kent’s and more…the true professionals (as compared to the dilettante, Sondland)…are ostracized and vilified by Trump toadies and sycophants, the cowards and the real miscreants, Giuliani, Mulvaney, Barr, Pompeo, stay silent.
While John Bolton, the man with probably the best insight into what transpired in this Ukrainian shakedown, teases with his newly re-opened Twitter account, his potentially incriminating testimony will have to wait until his $2-million advance book is published.
And, in the meantime, Trump goes on and on and on.
So with that as a preface, here are some recent articles and columns that begin to sum up what is increasingly becoming the world turned upside down.
New Documents Reveal Details of Pompeo’s Role in Ukraine Affair
Why the president must be impeached and removed.
Top House Democrat says ethics probe of Nunes likely over alleged meeting with Ukrainian about Bidens
In Trump’s Washington, the rogue actors are the real players — and the experts are increasingly irrelevant
The 24 defenses Trump’s allies have floated on Ukraine and Impeachment
Well, it looks like my world is the same world as Wong’s and Vogel’s, and as Stephens’ and Helderman’s, and Jaffe’s and Rieger’s. But at least, they have answered my question. Problem is, their world is as upside down as mine!