Monday, January 20, 2020

The World's Most Ridiculous Deliberative Body


The United States Senate is sure to disappoint many Americans in the weeks ahead.
The Senate convenes Tuesday at noon for leadership remarks and will adjourn at 12:30 p.m. to prep the floor for the trial.
At 1 p.m., the trial convenes and there are expected to be a few housekeeping items -- including swearing in Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, who missed last Thursday's session because of a family medical issue.  
After that, senators are expected to turn to a debate over the resolution from McConnell that will set the rules of the trial. The debate will last two hours equally divided on both sides. It is expected the debate won't take place between senators -- who are not allowed to speak at the trial -- but between the House impeachment managers and the President's defense lawyers.  
Then Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, will offer an amendment. While it's unknown what it will say, Schumer's plan is likely to call either for witnesses generally or for a specific witness to be called to testify, as well as documents to be produced.  
The Schumer amendment is debatable for two hours -- one hour for the supporters and one hour for the opponents. Time can be yielded back so the full two hours don't need to be used. A roll call vote on the amendment would then take place, with senators voting from their desks for all roll call votes during the trial. Fifty-one votes are needed for the amendment to be adopted.
Will the "trial" be fair? Of course not. The thumb is on the scale, and the Republicans in the Senate are being harangued by the president on an hourly basis to acquit him and find him innocent and make the bad lady stop impeaching him. The problem is, the Senate cannot undo the historic impeachment of Donald Trump. All they can do is meet at midnight and hope the American people are not paying attention.

Trump is a massive threat to each and every Senator up for re-election on the Republican side. They know this; they see the home state polls and they know what's happening. They are betting that they can eke out a re-election win. They know they're probably going to be thrown out of office by a second Blue Tsunami of anti-Republican voters. Anything is preferable to the vicious abuse they suffer at the hands of Trump.

Facts, reason, and the law are not going to win the day. The fix is in, and the Senate is looking for a way to run away from accountability and let the 2020 Election cycle begin.

UPDATE -

I published this on the music blog, by accident.

I really, really hate the new "blogger" design.

Sigh.

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