Republicans tried to derail today's impeachment hearing: But they largely failed, reports Politico. At the end of the day, three law professors argued that the Founding Fathers created impeachment to punish presidents for doing exactly what the President did, and their arguments were sound. The lone dissenter and Republican witness, George Washington University constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley, argued that there wasn't enough evidence to impeach Trump, citing the fact that Trump's inner circle has yet to testify. But they're only refusing to testify because Trump, like some idiot king, is obstructing the Congressional investigation.
And anyway, Turley is a scammer: Here he is talking out of the other side of his mouth during Clinton's impeachment proceedings. I don't think it's wrong to say Clinton "deprived himself of the perceived legitimacy to govern" during the Lewinsky scandal, but Trump deprives himself of the perceived legitimacy to govern every 15 minutes.
Here is Prof. Turley in 1998 arguing that President Clinton should be impeached because he had "deprived himself of the perceived legitimacy to govern" with his conduct. Turley thinks oral sex triggers impeachment but abuses of power involving national security don't. pic.twitter.com/O1mtOTYtC1
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) December 4, 2019
Stanford professor Pamela S. Karlan poised to become leader of the #Resistance: But seriously, if we had 10 Karlans testifying during these hearings, I think more of these tuned-out "Independents" would tune the fuck in. Here she is during her opening statement, laying into Rep. Collins for suggesting the professor didn't do her homework:
Professor Pamela S. Karlan.
Former @NAACP_LDF attorney.
An expert on the constitution.
The “S” in her name is for “Said.” As in, “I SAID WHAT I SAID!” pic.twitter.com/N5m7aZ3SMF
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 4, 2019
Trump administration cuts food stamps: In "tightening" work requirements and adding other eligibility hurdles for food stamp recipients, "a study by the Urban Institute shows the combined impact of these rules would cut 3.7 million people from SNAP in an average month," reports the Washington Post. Also: "Millions more would experience reductions in monthly benefits and 982,000 students would lose automatic access to free or reduced price school meals." I went on food stamps for a few months between stable jobs in 2015 (I was still freelancing). Under the new rules, because I'm an "able-bodied adult without dependents," I wouldn't have been able to afford food and rent in Seattle, and I could have spiraled. I can't imagine how this will immiserate people who have it worse than me.
George Zimmerman Sues Trayvon Martin's mom and her publisher for $100 million: The only thing you need to read about this gross stunt, which appears to be part of a marketing campaign for a "documentary" called “The Trayvon Hoax,” is this response from Pamela Goodman, president of a political org supporting the commissioner campaign of Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon's mom): “It is both disgusting and shameful that George Zimmerman, a man who killed an unarmed child and got away with it, is now suing Trayvon Martin’s grieving parents,” Goodman said to the Miami Herald.
Florida is giving up on the Keys: County officials in Florida say they're not going to use taxpayer dollars to raise a 3-mile road leading to 24 houses on Key West because it doesn't make any sense financially, reports the New York Times. “So somebody in the city thinks they deserve more of my tax money than I do? Then don’t charge us taxes, how does that sound," says some myopic Key West fool quoted by Times.
That story reminds me of this good poem: The Idea of Order at Key West by Wallace Stevens. "Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon, / The maker’s rage to order words of the sea..."
Yang shoots cream into the open mouths of supporters: The gang was hungry for Yang's cream, and Yang was more than willing to play his part as "a full service presidential candidate."
Must be the Yang Gang initiation ritual.
I’ve never seen someone want a moment to end as badly as his campaign manager does here.pic.twitter.com/PdczLPrzpc
— Samuel D. Finkelstein II (@CANCEL_SAM) December 4, 2019
"No KOMO:" In his selfish campaign to split votes with Joe Biden, Bloomberg made biggish ad buys in the Seattle media market but skipped the Sinclair station. Before you rush to high five a billionaire, Seattle Times politics reporter Jim Brunner says he bought Sinclair in Portland.
Billionaire presidential candidate @MikeBloomberg has spent more than $600,000 on TV ads in Seattle market, per FCC disclosures.
-$237k at KING
-$226k at KIRO
-$140k at Q13
-$0 at KOMO#waelex
— Jim Brunner (@Jim_Brunner) December 4, 2019
Hey progressives, Washington's 10th Congressional District is open: Today Congressman Denny Heck, who had his Olympia-area district drawn for him during the last redistricting process, announced his intention to retire at the end of his third term. In his parting message, he hit Trump and shadow-jabbed his progressive primary challenger, Joshua Collins, for having a lot of Twitter followers and contributing to the lack of "civility" in the discourse. Heck's decision means there's going to be three-ish interesting Congressional races to watch in 2020: Washington's 3rd, 8th and 10th.
Mudede went on Dori's show: In one of his reliably good Slogs, Mudede convincingly blamed car culture for a recent deadly crash on Aurora. In one of his reliably bad radio interviews, Dori tried to frame his deliberate misreading of Mudede's post as a counterargument, and Mudede laughed into his phone. Give it a listen.
Speaking of car culture, there were two crashes on Rainer Ave S today:
#HappeningNow @SeattleFire are on scene of a rollover collision on Rainier Ave. S. and S. Walden St. One person in trapped. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/MtoPaOuNL7
— KIRO 7 Brooke (@KIRO7Brooke) December 5, 2019
Norovirus outbreak at Tom Douglas restaurant: 30 customers and 11 employees got down with the sickness (i.e. "nausea, vomiting, fever and diarrhea") "associated with Brave Horse Tavern in South Lake Union," reports the Seattle Times. The restaurant closed for a couple days for “a thorough cleaning and disinfection."
Here's my reading assignment for the week: Go find yourself Meaghan Winter's new book, All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States. According to this fantastic review by Joseph O’Neill in the New York Review of Books, Democrats haven't doubled down on regional politics, (which they need to do in order to win state legislatures, which they need to do in order to draw more favorable districts, which they need to do in order to win federal races) for a couple reasons: "Winter suggests that this is because, first, there has been a generational conviction among baby boomers that federal politics is the most instrumentally effective. And second, the liberal political apparatus is 'largely guided by the moral whims of rich people.'"
The other reason Democrats aren't winning, according to O’Neill's reading of Winter, is that they're losers: "The likes of Joe Biden and Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer seem actually averse to defeating Republicans. Unlike their opponents, they don’t appear to think that the job of Team Blue is to take on the other side as forcefully as possible. On the contrary: to this day, they apparently believe that the very idea of a Team Blue is distasteful and that Democrats should, whenever possible, bolster the GOP’s standing as a good-faith party with goals and principles as valid as their own. Their core mission is to practice a ceremonial innocence about the unshakable virtue of American conservatism—and to do so even as the worst, full of passionate intensity, are cleaning their clocks." Preach.