The New Normal
Which one was it? Oh, right, this one:
“Trump Busts Another Norm; GOP Responds with Silence, Support”
That was the AP headline the day Trump called on China to investigate Joe Biden. The Financial Times weighed in with a full accounting: Of the 53 Republican senators, “not one of the members responded via their staff to express any concern”.
And this was news.
It was December 2016 when news broke that, as the Washington Post put it, “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House”. It was December 2016 when Republicans responded with silence and support. It was December 2016 when we got a tad pissed and called them traitors for their silence.
December 2016. Almost three years ago. And not a damn thing has changed.
Only now it’s news.
It’s news because now there’s a declared, sanctioned impeachment investigation. It’s news because now the national media is in its sweet spot, both sides opposing each other. It’s news because we know this script, and now it can play out the way it’s supposed to. It’s news because Nancy Pelosi made it news.
Nice of her to finally get around to that.
And hey, like we say, nail Capone on tax evasion if that’s what it takes to get him off the streets.
But let’s not pretend that this is really about Ukraine, or China, or Australia, or the Duchy of Grand Fenwick. Let’s not pretend that this is the one that finally crossed the line, that made patriots rise and declare enough. Let’s not pretend that we haven’t been living through this for three fucking years, the treasons and the traitorous silences.
Let’s not pretend. Let’s not be shocked.
Because it’s not news. None of this is. Making it news, making it new, only normalizes everything that preceded it. The murders were okay. But dammit, tax evasion crosses the line.
We say this, and we already know it’s a lost cause, we already know how it’s going to play out. It is going to be about Ukraine, it is going to be about Biden, not just the official investigation, but the coverage of it, and ultimately the collective understanding of it, as expressed by folks with national bylines.
Everything else, everything that preceded it, the past three fucking years, yeah, some shit went down, there were some hearings about it, some report nobody read, sure. But nothing happened. Didn’t count. It was Ukraine that mattered.
We shouldn’t be surprised. We shouldn’t be shocked. Because this isn’t news either. But damn if it doesn’t cut deep every time.
The Trump’s clownshow lawyer aka Roodi Ghouliani aka US Americia’s Day Drunk Mayor was also pushing for some Trump Admin idiots to get a piece of that sweet sweet Ukrainian Natural Gas action corruption that Hunter (the dumb one) Biden was allegedly all corrupt for.
Irony is dead. Projection mostly.
@ManchuCandidate: Oh man, I watched the CBC’s painful question time for undecided voters to grill the candidates, and wow, Canuckistani undecideds are just as hopelessly stupid and obtuse as their American counterparts, JFC. Sadly, I found it comforting that the piss-ons in both our great nations are all so dumb!
Though the Canucks def have better fashion sense—certainly wrt snazzy eyewear.
That one bitch who kept asking Jagmeet Singh to explain “Where’s the Money Gonna Go???” over and over and over again after he explained it to her like three times was the worst. And then she smirked like she’d landed a huge GOTCHA!!! when it was clear that she just didn’t understand his answers (or was a Conservative plant).
That obnoxious asshole who kept turning his questions into a hostile interrogation of Elizabeth May was 1st runner up. Doug Ford voter, ladies and gentlemen.
I get that people are disappointed in Trudeau, but they don’t seem ready to hand the country over to Andrew “serial killer eyes/secret American” Scheer aka Harperbot 2.0. FSM please don’t make me eat those words, tee hee hee.
I hope so too, but I see the same idiots (usually white, ill educated, angry, old and fat) aka Canada’s Trumpanzees screaming about things they don’t understand because of fear.
@ManchuCandidate: They also think SNC Lavalin is a fancy shampoo.
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