Sonic Youth wrote:
Mister Tee wrote:I can't imagine this administration lasting a full term.
2018 is now more important than ever.
I'm not sure things can come close to waiting that long (though obviously it would be better for our hopes, since it would possibly create President Pelosi). But things seem in major motion right now: there's a search warrant being executed, as I type this, at a GOP consulting firm. All the murmurs are that Trump firing Comey was like kicking a hornet's nest -- one that was ready to explode to begin with, but event have accelerated the timtable to a huge degree. The Twitter folk are WAY ahead of the TV crew (though even they are pretty much all-Comey-all-the-time right now). It may turn out they're too far ahead, but I can't help feeling the mainstream bunch is just relocating people from the third to the second floor at a time when the whole building is on fire.
Though even in basic cable-land, the emphasis is squarely on how obviously the "we had to do it because Rosenstein" story was a lie, one that now has Pence and everyone else looking like stooges. On another day, cable'd probably be covering Trump's interview with The Economist, where he claims to have come up with the phrase "prime the pump" just a few days ago, but that's tertiary news at best just now.
Magilla, again I'm not saying I know this is the case, but the Twitter brigade say Russian money was provided to/laundered through Republican campaign committees last summer, and that there are conversations caught on tape of Ryan acknowledging he knew about this. That's the rationale for President Hatch, third in the line of succession as President Pro Tem of the Senate. (Reince Preibus ad Mitch McConnell are also said to be implicated, but that's not germane to succession.)
By most accounts, multiple foreign monitoring services have picked up these conversations -- it apparently didn't occur to Republicans that contacts with foreign countries are routinely monitored worldwide. So, should Trump try something truly radical, like shutting down the investigation en masse, there would be multiple groups prepared to leak so much to the media that it would be impossible for the administration to continue, no matter how deeply Congressional Pubs tried to hide their heads in the sand.
Again, I don't know if/how much of this is true. But at the moment it's far more credible than the "nothing to see here" that's dominated coverage since Trump's inaugural.