Staten Island

Staten Island

Lemme splain somthing to ju about what Staten Island is for a New Yorker.

It is our Alabama. It’s our Pennsyltucky. To put it into LA terms, it’s our Simi Valley (of Rodney King trial fame). It’s the place where you just don’t go unless you have to. It’s the place which powered Rudy Giuliani to two terms as Mayor.

Its congress people are generally Republicans, or Democrats who have to mind their p’s and q’s

So it’s more than gobsmacking that its congressman, Max Rose, a Democrat, has come out so forcefully for the impeachment inquiry, and is indicating he has an open mind.

Now, let me unpack that tweet from politicalese: I think it’s safe to say that Rose would vote for impeachment. Sure, he doesn’t say it outright; but the words he chose—”follow the facts where they lead us”—indicates more than a willingness just to investigate. Rose is pretty sure where the facts will lead, considering all that has transpired over the past 12 days.

This follows had on Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan, also being in favor of an “investigation”, although he makes a distinction that he’s not in favor of an impeachment inquiry. As the kids say: Whatevs. It’s a distinction without a difference, as the investigation into Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine is the impeachment inquiry.

I’m sure you’ll say: LL, so what? One GOPers? And a Dem from a GOP-leaning district? That’s it?

And, normally, you’d be right. But what one has to take into consideration is that Richard Nixon knew the game was up once, one by one, Republicans began to come out in favor of impeachment. All you need is a few of your party members—a party to which you never belonged and to which you have no deep loyalty—to abandon you to start the flood. Upton represents a safe GOP district, and Rose might have been excused by Nancy Pelosi from issuing a statement in support of the inquiry, considering his district’s demographics. They could securely ignore the whole affair. But they’re not.

As fast as things have been moving, expect them to pick up warp speed. Trump managed to stymie this moment for over two years. But, like the moron he is, he eventually, inevitably, committed an act of treason while in office, one which was exposed, and doomed himself, just as Nancy Pelosi predicted he would. The question is: Will he negotiate an immunity deal for stepping down? Or will he continue confrontation and hope that the Senate doesn’t convict? Either way, he’s dooming the GOP for a generation, as voters who have been on the fence decide that the party is too corrupt to vote for.

It’s Thursday. Let’s watch and wait for what happens today.



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