By the time you read this Democratic primary contenders might have the results of the Iowa Caucus, but as of 3 a.m. on Tuesday the results were still not in. Reporting suggested that one big problem occurred when caucus heads tried to report results to a phone-in system that was hopelessly backlogged. Caucus heads also had the option of reporting results on a phone app, and it might be the case that the app also had issues. Either way, the screw up had a lot of people angry last night and of course a few conspiracy theorists wondered if the system had been hacked (Democratic officials in Iowa said it had not) while a certain political camp suggested that the results were being fixed (you can guess which camp). Either way, it was a bad start to the primary season.
Despite the glitch, entry and exit polling suggested that Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg did well while Biden underperformed expectations. So we should know sometime today if the polling matches the actual results.
House Democrats wrapped up their impeachment closing arguments yesterday in the Senate, and once again Rep Adam Schiff did a masterful job of appealing to whatever ethics or scruples might still be lingering in the hearts of Trump Party Senators, noting that history will not be kind to Trump:
“We must say enough — enough! He has betrayed our national security, and he will do so again. He has compromised our elections, and he will do so again. You will not change him. You cannot constrain him. He is who he is. Truth matters little to him. What’s right matters even less, and decency matters not at all. You are decent. He is not who you are. Can we be confident that he will not continue to try to cheat in [this] very election? Can we be confident that Americans and not foreign powers will get to decide, and that the president will shun any further foreign interference in our Democratic affairs? The short, plain, sad, incontestable answer is no, you can’t. You can’t trust this president to do the right thing. Not for one minute, not for one election, not for the sake of our country. You just can’t. He will not change and you know it. What are the odds if left in office that he will continue trying to cheat? I will tell you: 100 percent. A man without character or ethical compass will never find his way. Every single vote, even a single vote by a single member can change the course of history. It is said that a single man or woman of courage makes a majority. Is there one among you who will say ‘enough!’?”
Trump will deliver his State of the Union address tonight and if you have a high tolerance for nausea and disgust you can gauge for yourself how much political hay he makes of the impending Senate vote to not remove him from office. And you can see for yourself if Trump suffers any further word-salad meltdowns.
In an interesting minor development, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin floated the idea yesterday of trying to bring a bi-partisan vote of censure against Trump to let him know his actions, while not prompting removal from office, were nonetheless bad and unbecoming the role the president. The selling point of censure would be to try to deter Trump from further election misdeeds, and to signal that his call was far from “perfect,” which would at least be better than a phony “exoneration.”
In other news yesterday, it was announced that Rush Limbaugh has late-stage lung cancer. A life-long heavy cigar smoker, Limbaugh was nonetheless surprised by his diagnosis–which we should expect from a man with such disdain for science and facts. I wouldn’t wish cancer on anyone, and hope that Limbaugh beats it AND retreats from public life. He was one of the original conservative hate-and-fear mongers and he has savaged many people who happened to suffer medical crises, so our nation will be less toxic with him off the airwaves.
Tomorrow there will be a nation-wide protest of the Senate impeachment “trial” with the theme “Reject the Coverup” Several gatherings will be held in NY-19 so please click this link to find out more details:
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”