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Lordy, That Was Some Testimony

Nothing I say can add to the discussion on the historic testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, but when has that ever stopped me.

Based on Comey’s testimony, one can see a path to obstruction. One can argue that a hope is a hope and a hope is not mens rea for obstruction of justice.

By Federal Bureau of Investigation (http://www.fbi.gov/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The most interesting part of the testimony was what Comey wouldn’t say in public. Red flags abound, but who knows what he said in the closed session.

The ball hasn’t moved towards either end zone on the field of public opinion. But today’s game was a good one; one for the ages even.

And while I tend to skew centrist in these little rants, I do want to make a few observations that may tilt left of the bullseye.

First, Rubio is now unapologetically the Administration’s water boy. His questioning was shameless and weak. The fight he showed in the primaries has been sapped from him entirely, and he is banking his political future on coattails that may have been sewn in Russia.

We all keep thinking some rogue Republican will stampede through the Congressional jungle. Such an ethereal figure would either fall from grace or become the party’s face and leader in a couple of years. But this chimera has not stirred.

Nor has the old guard of traditional GOP values rallied behind Reagan. John McCain was the one we all thought would be the voice of rational Republicanism. Perhaps that was optimistic in light of his role in the nation even knowing the name Sarah Palin. But today, his nonsensical and confused questioning extinguished all hope that he would be a force of possible change.

To show some semblance of fairness, Burr ran the hearing in a professional and, apparently, even manner. The body as a whole acted with reasonable civility and in a serious, grown up way.

But, be that as it may, what Comey said today in public isn’t going to lead to impeachment in and of itself. But make no mistake, what he said was nothing short of amazing.

A former FBI director called the sitting President a liar. And while Comey would not directly say the President obstructed justice, he laid out an argument that it is possible, without specifically saying so.

And, he said, unequivocally and without hesitation that Russia tampered with our election. And there is little doubt they did so either to cause Hillary to lose or to help Trump to win. A fine distinction, perhaps. But certainly a crucial one.

The Russia investigation should be a top priority for law enforcement.
It should be a top priority for Congress.
And, if the Trump did nothing wrong, it should be a top priority for his administration.

Not just to remove doubt about the office, but to safeguard the process that is vital to our Democracy.

Pardon my verbosity, and, as I clearly have delusions of either Hunter S. Thompson or Ernest Hemingway, if this story annoys you, just blame the swine.

Trump Reveals Campaign As Elaborate Performance Art

— New York

Trump ends the act. Photo by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Trump ends the act. Photo by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Donald Trump today revealed that his entire campaign for the GOP presidential nomination has been nothing more than a piece of performance art that he hope will make the nation “really stop and think.”  The revelation follows what can only be described as an hour and half diatribe last night in which he compared Dr. Ben Carson to a child molester, called Iowans stupid, claimed he’d bomb the S**t out of ISIS, called Marco Rubio weak as a baby, and demonstrated knife fighting techniques.

“Last night was the culmination of a long term art piece,” Trump said today. “It’s a work I call ‘The Soul Mirror’, because everything I’ve said or done in this campaign is a reflection on the American voter. It’s not pretty, is it?”

Trump, who requested that going forward people refer to him by his artist name “Vox Populis” went on to apologize to anyone who was offended by the work, adding “Sometimes art hurts. Sometimes it makes you look foolish. But a great artist cannot be afraid.  I’m a lot like Yoko Ono in that respect.”

“My performance on Saturday Night Live last week was really a side piece to the main work.  I called it ‘Tears of the Clown,’ and I think it really makes the sheeple have to think about whether or not they must accept that something is comedy merely because they are told it is.  The answer should be no.”

The erstwhile Trump revealed that his entire career up to this point has been a gradual introduction of this piece. “I had to get rich to put this together. I had to get famous. I had to be crass and awful for decades to inject the project with truth. The whole thing has been exhausting, and I’m glad it’s over.  I’ll do a small installation at a SOHO gallery next month featuring statues made of potatoes and ham called “The Whoman Condition”.  After that, Vox Populis shines a truth light onto something else.”

When one reporter asked if Trump was actually presumed dead comedian Andy Kaufman, Trump just laughed. “No, of course not. He’s too busy doing that Ann Coulter character he’s been busy with. It’s terrific..  Funnier than Tony Clifton.”

This is a parody, which, frankly, should be obvious.