…I have to be honest…I’m not what you’d call a sports fan…so to any of you who are I can only say that I hope you’ll accept this as a fitting token of respect to the tragic events that have taken the lives of several people including a young girl & her father – a complicated dude who many agree was a great man
…& I don’t wish to appear callous but I’m not sure I have anything beyond that worth saying on the passing of Kobe so I think I might be about done with the mercy for today
…but by way of something at least akin to mercy…since (if you’ll forgive a deeply cynical observation) the hypothetical traffic that would be headed to Deadspin around about now
…if that publication remained a going concern rather than a mothballed relic of a pre-herbaceous era of sports-adjacent journalism
…is the sort of thing you’d generally expect your VC investors to feel the lack of in their ever-sensitive bottom line
…so in a spirit of charity here’s a link to something on Jezebel that covers a little the strangely merciful attitude folks seem to unaccountably have towards Joe Biden’s self-contradictory position on the topic of Social Security
…pretty sure you’ll find more than one Splinter alum down below the line there
…& if I didn’t have to do this & then get on with the bits of my day I’d prefer I didn’t have to I might have given in to the temptation to point out that continuing to patronize those pages might arguably be a fine example of the same brand of pragmatic forgiveness of the less-than-deserved variety…so I guess I couldn’t blame you if you did
…if you do, though, have a care – the folks who thought of Jezebel as home before the demise of the sites from which we derived the name for this place (along with those at The Root) seem to have borne the brunt of the displacement of commenters from Splinter…& the trolls that flock to them…& it’s monday…so…try not to ruffle any feathers that don’t deserve it?
…meanwhile, back in DC they’ll be getting back on that dead horse they’ve been flogging all over town about how the transparently guilty defendant shouldn’t have to endure the indignity of having to be reminded of all the evidence currently damning him
…let alone all the evidence he knows he & those still answering to him are knowingly & deliberately denying to the relevant authorities on the basis that the unconvincing lies he’s peddling function principally on the basis of being most effectively disproven by “all the material” that “they don’t have”
…like the amoral senescent solipsist quite literally said on camera in a way you’d think they’d have to take on board in camera
…if there were even a semblance of a suggestion that the stone-aged recidivist senate turtle were engaged in anything beyond some unconvincing political theater hell bent on serving up some acquittal sound-bites for the state of the union
…it’d be funny if it weren’t so damn tragic
…maybe Ken Starr can give him some tips about how to turn bullshit impeachment proceedings into a spot on the bestseller charts?
…so – at the risk of being overly cynical – let’s say for the sake of argument that a whole four Republican Senators possess enough respect for themselves &/or their nation to confront the reality that they’re very much front & center in a rush to an absence of judgement that might see Lady Liberty hitch up her skirts & wade out to sea looking to thumb a ride home to France
…if that happens, then we might actually get some fresh testimony up in there…& in an ideal world that might be enough to fuck up that timeline for a pre-state of the union vote to acquit…although that’s likely more of a reach than the the vote, so we’re into the realms of the excessively unlikely at this point…but, if we got that far
…then there’s every chance that the Bidens end up getting called
…notwithstanding the fact that there’s no actual grounds by which to claim calling either of them as witnesses might be of genuinely probative value
…or remotely relevant to the issues that ought to be under consideration
…that being no obstacle in the face of McConnell’s complete abrogation of his duties as the leader of the Senate not to brute force the letter of the procedural law in order to subvert the levers of power so as to quite literally break the US system of government
…& thereby stack the judiciary with the sorts of poison pill appointments most likely to make Justice & the American way mutually exclusive whilst depriving as many as possible of their lives, liberties or any opportunity to pursue their happiness
…what’s the point of all of that if you can’t pardon a president or two for blatant abuse of power…while burying your head so far up your ass as to argue that it doesn’t matter that the man denying being guilty of obstruction is simultaneously announcing to the entire fucking world that he’s smug as an orange-faced, sponge-brained, syphilitic sundowning moron can be because of what a bang up job he’s doing obstructing the process of acknowledging the very thing he’s so very flagrantly doing?
…so…that would be this hour & a half of edifying spectacle that they have no concerns about
…& you know what?
…that concerns me…the lack of concern…because the truth is it makes sense that they aren’t concerned by it for the same reason that they don’t concern themselves with it…or with anything that isn’t connected in some direct fashion to their own narrow self-interest & personal sense of political expediency
…there’s a thing people say about planting trees that I’m increasingly feeling goes for unearthing politicians that are actually worthy of your vote…the best time was fifty years ago…the second best time is now
…so, going back to the Biden thing…I say fuck it, lets throw ol’ Joe under the bus this time
…let Dolt45 shoot his shot at holing the Biden campaign below the waterline & sink his chances of gaining the presidency now…& then make the tinpot tangerine tyrant of the twitterverse lose to a girl
…you might call Joe the political football in this analogy