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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by WestwayKid » 27 Feb 2019, 1:41pm

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This one may actually add up to something. I'm uncharacteristically optimistic.
I think we all are. I know I've had so many "this is finally it" moments that I've gotten pessimistic, but Cohen is doing a good job of holding his own. He's painting a picture of a very bad man in Trump and he's making his GOP attackers look pretty down foolish. The exchange with Meadows was priceless! Leave it to the GOP to trot out a token African-American for the sole purpose of refuting Cohen's testimony that Trump is racist. The old "black friend" defense. Cohen's response was perfect.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by JennyB » 27 Feb 2019, 1:43pm

WestwayKid wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 1:41pm
Silent Majority wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 1:34pm
This one may actually add up to something. I'm uncharacteristically optimistic.
I think we all are. I know I've had so many "this is finally it" moments that I've gotten pessimistic, but Cohen is doing a good job of holding his own. He's painting a picture of a very bad man in Trump and he's making his GOP attackers look pretty down foolish. The exchange with Meadows was priceless! Leave it to the GOP to trot out a token African-American for the sole purpose of refuting Cohen's testimony that Trump is racist. The old "black friend" defense. Cohen's response was perfect.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 27 Feb 2019, 1:51pm

JennyB wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 1:43pm
WestwayKid wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 1:41pm
Silent Majority wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 1:34pm
This one may actually add up to something. I'm uncharacteristically optimistic.
I think we all are. I know I've had so many "this is finally it" moments that I've gotten pessimistic, but Cohen is doing a good job of holding his own. He's painting a picture of a very bad man in Trump and he's making his GOP attackers look pretty down foolish. The exchange with Meadows was priceless! Leave it to the GOP to trot out a token African-American for the sole purpose of refuting Cohen's testimony that Trump is racist. The old "black friend" defense. Cohen's response was perfect.
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Get yourself President Chelsea Clinton and it'll all be fine. (Inside the DNC, ears start burning.)
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Flex » 27 Feb 2019, 1:55pm

cohen is holding his own but none of this is going to make a difference
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Silent Majority » 27 Feb 2019, 1:56pm

If they flip Roger Stone (who's dumb enough and arrogant enough to perjure in exactly the manner that Mueller has been making best use of) then they'll be evidence enough for a Dem senate to impeach in '21.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Mimi » 27 Feb 2019, 2:11pm

Flex wrote:
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cohen is holding his own but none of this is going to make a difference
I'd like to be optimistic, but I agree.

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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 27 Feb 2019, 2:18pm

Flex wrote:
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cohen is holding his own but none of this is going to make a difference
Perhaps, but why would the right work so hard at discrediting him then? There's clearly a theatre aspect to it all, as well as instinctual tribalism, but to think that it has zero substantial value seems overly cynical.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Kory » 27 Feb 2019, 3:05pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 2:18pm
Flex wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 1:55pm
cohen is holding his own but none of this is going to make a difference
Perhaps, but why would the right work so hard at discrediting him then? There's clearly a theatre aspect to it all, as well as instinctual tribalism, but to think that it has zero substantial value seems overly cynical.
I would guess that perhaps the right actually does think something could happen, but we all know it won't.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 27 Feb 2019, 3:17pm

Kory wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 3:05pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 2:18pm
Flex wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 1:55pm
cohen is holding his own but none of this is going to make a difference
Perhaps, but why would the right work so hard at discrediting him then? There's clearly a theatre aspect to it all, as well as instinctual tribalism, but to think that it has zero substantial value seems overly cynical.
I would guess that perhaps the right actually does think something could happen, but we all know it won't.
Well, the thing is that, historically, momentous things tend to have a drip drip drip quality where it seems like it has no effect, that the status quo will be able to ride it out. Then, seemingly all at once, shit comes crashing down. History's use is going back and seeing what we missed in real time, and it's usually that the structures were a lot more rotten (weak, that is, not evil; tho they're also evil) than people ever let themselves believe. Which is another way of saying that we're generally pretty shitty at reading the tea leaves. The other, more personal thing for me is a conscious effort at being less cynical towards possibilities. One of the worst things that ever happened to the left was letting academics and theorists have too much input. It's overly analytical and creates a sense of futility. I really want to believe in a more romantic view of the possibility of change, one that inspired people before World War II.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by BostonBeaneater » 27 Feb 2019, 3:21pm

matedog wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 12:58pm
BostonBeaneater wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 12:28pm
matedog wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 12:15pm
These Republicans bending over backwards for the president in this testimony is not going to age well.
Here is what I want to hear:
Republican goon, "You're a lying, liar who lies. What kind of man are you?"
Cohen, "Trump's kind of man!"
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Flex » 27 Feb 2019, 3:29pm

i just think most of how much any of this will matter is predicated on the Dems retaking the senate in 2020, which they most likely won't
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 27 Feb 2019, 3:33pm

The other thing to wonder about is those bankrolling the Republicans. Is there a point where they, in effect, let their elected servants know that it's time to cut him loose?
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by WestwayKid » 27 Feb 2019, 5:09pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
27 Feb 2019, 3:33pm
The other thing to wonder about is those bankrolling the Republicans. Is there a point where they, in effect, let their elected servants know that it's time to cut him loose?
One would think so. Those bankrolling the GOP are doing it (obviously) because they're getting a return on their investment. The tipping point must be when Brand Trump is no longer profitable. I think we must have reached that point, but apparently not. Do they still see value in his base? Are they afraid of drawing the ire of people like Sean Hannity (who have influence over GOP voters)? I feel they have more to lose if they alienate 2016 Trump supporters who are not also Kool-Aid drinkers - which to me would mean they need to start cutting their losses.
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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by revbob » 10 Mar 2019, 8:04pm

So what do people think are the chances that Trump accepts a loss in 2020 without trying to invoke some emergeny powers? And if it is the case that hes not willing to give up power what is the likelihood that a majority of the Republicans in Congress don't continue to back him?

My wife who grew up under dictatorship) has been saying all along that Trump won't surrender power if he loses. I initially sort of laughed it off but I'm not sure she's wrong anymore and I'm reasonably sure most of the Republicans in Congress will stand by him.

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Re: The Trump observations thread

Post by Flex » 10 Mar 2019, 8:10pm

I think he's probably going to be reelected, but if he does lose I suspect he steps down after a bunch of lunatic bluster. Actually seizing power as a dictator smacks of effort, and Trump is fundamentally lazy and senile. Maybe if other people around him want it to happen, I guess it could go down.
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