What word would you use to describe the GOP’s collective response to the unprecedented political arrest of President Donald J. Trump? Wimpy? Limp-wristed? Flaccid? Weak? That disconnect between the GOP and Trump’s voters is exactly why the president polled 80% over Ron DeSantis’s 14% in a recent Florida poll. They either need to get with the program and start fighting back, or they will be left in the dust of the MAGA movement.
Most high-profile Republicans have hit the same talking points, but that’s all they’re doing. You could probably recite many of those talking points by now: Political prosecution, hypocrisy, yadda yadda yadda. RNC chair Ronna McDaniel has them memorized.
Rep. Jim Jordan, who I like and respect, has been slow walking the House Judiciary Committee’s response for fundraising purposes. I’m sorry to say it, but that’s what he’s doing.
First, Jordan asked former Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz – who was one of Crooked Hillary Clinton’s lawyers – to come sit for a deposition. Pomerantz was the guy who quit in a hissy fit when Alvin Bragg was first elected. Bragg declared that there was “no case” that Pomerantz had developed over 18 months on the Stormy Daniels idiocy.
Pomerantz walked off the job and then wrote a book about it. In the book, he states that the investigation “developed evidence convincing us that Donald Trump had committed serious crimes.”
Alvin Bragg didn’t seem to think so when he first came on the job. Anyway, Jordan called Pomerantz to come sit for a deposition, he refused. Next, Jordan subpoenas Pomerantz. Alvin Bragg tried to sue the Judiciary Committee to stop Pomerantz from testifying. The judge will rule on that case on April 19th but has already ripped Bragg a new one for the weakness of his filing to block the subpoena.
Republicans are engaging in some kind of weird, sissy slap-fight in the courts while sending out fundraising letters about how they’re “fighting back” against the Democrats. No, you’re not, guys. You’re really not.
Why did Jordan wait to subpoena Pomerantz? For that matter, why doesn’t Jordan just subpoena Alvin Bragg right now? Haul his corpulent frame into the Judiciary Committee, put him under oath in a public hearing, and remind him that he’s under oath before every question.
Then, pull a bunch of White House staffers in with subpoenas, or at least try to. Ask them what contact the Biden White House has had with Alvin Bragg’s office. If Biden exerts executive privilege over their testimony, then blast it from the rooftops:
The Biden White House was directly involved in this fake prosecution over the Stormy Daniels payment. Therefore, we’re impeaching Joe Biden.
And then do it! Who cares if the Senate won’t convict Biden. We control the House and it’s time for Republicans to start acting like it. The Democrat Party doesn’t get to “lawfare” us to death before the 2024 election.
Letitia James, the other lunatic prosecutor in New York, just had Donald Trump sit down for another seven-hour deposition. How many hours has any Democrat been forced to sit there and answer questions about their plans to “get Trump?” Oh, right. Zero. Because the GOP never fights back. We issue lame subpoenas to people way down on the totem pole, while the Democrats have SWAT teams showing up at our homes for silently praying while 1,000 yards away from an abortion clinic.
Does Jim Jordan understand what happens next if the Democrats are allowed to successfully prosecute President Trump? Does Kevin McCarthy or Mitch McConnell understand? Republicans always seem to come to the correct conclusion on how to deal with any issue exactly five seconds after it no longer matters.
The Democrat Party would be perfectly happy if no more Republicans exist. And it’s not just the leaders. It’s the rank and file, everyday Democrat voters too. Remember your liberal Aunt Sally who wouldn’t let you in her house unless you wore a mask during COVID? She’d totally put you in a concentration camp “for your own good” if the Democrats asked them to start turning people in.
Republicans are going to have to start doing things that make them very uncomfortable if we’re going to get through this. We can’t play by the same rules that we’re used to, because those rules no longer apply. If you’re still wringing your hands and worrying about “norms” and “traditions” and “fair play” and thinking, “It could never happen here,” then you need to get out of our way.