House GOP One Winning-Vote Impeachment — ‘To Further Appease Donald Trump’

February 13, 2024

An arrival back in the ether — a return this early-evening Tuesday after eye surgery last week. So far, the cataract procedure is working out good, all is well and on schedule. A follow-up appointment at the VA for the first week of next month, then new glasses and shortly-thereafter a wider, clearer view of being alive. (Oh, the humanity!).

Ha! A good time to return now, though:

In just the few days since my last news-related post, there’s been some asshole shit filtering through the what’s-happening cycles, mostly all ‘dumb‘ and cruel for the most part, but usually displayed/carried with the horrifying stink of the T-Rump and Republican excrement squeezed onto the public. And all that shit, from a ratf*cking Hur report on Biden’s “poor memory” (the House GOP already on the scent), to T-Rump’s ignorant, nasty and dangerous NATO/Putin/allies remarks and the backlash, episodes massively illustrating why the Orange Turd — so in control of the Republican party, he wants his imbecilic daughter-in-law as new VP of the RNC — has sucked whatever life was somewhat formerly in the GOP near-completely out and currently actually runs/controls/operates the whole smelly apparatus.
You all were aware already of this shit, huh?

However, then this afternoon the GOP shitheels in the House reversed a skunk from last week and did something I didn’t think they were stupid enough to do — impeached  DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, especially after getting shit-faced last week and looking really, realy stupid.
But they tried again, clearing the mark by one, single vote (214 to 213) — via NPR this evening:

Mayorkas is the first cabinet member to be impeached since William Belknap, Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant, in 1876. It is highly unlikely that he will be convicted in the Senate or removed from office.
Mia Ehrenberg, a DHS spokesperson, said in a statement that the impeachment was done “without a shred of evidence or legitimate Constitutional grounds.”

“House Republicans will be remembered by history for trampling on the Constitution for political gain rather than working to solve the serious challenges at our border,” Ehrenberg said.

The House’s successful impeachment vote comes a week after another failed vote on the measure. Three Republicans joined with a unanimous Democratic caucus to block the effort. This time, thanks to the return of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Majority Leader, following a long absence to seek treatment for blood cancer, they were able to overcome the opposition to pass the impeachment measure.

The effort fulfills a key promise made by House Republican lawmakers to their base voters and underscores the conference’s willingness to using their investigative and oversight powers to keep border security and immigration enforcement centerstage heading into the 2024 election season.

The matter now heads to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where lawmakers are widely expected to acquit or otherwise sidestep the charges and allow Mayorkas to remain in his role.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office said House impeachment managers will present the articles of impeachment to the Senate following the state work period. Senators will be sworn in as jurors in the trial the next day. Senate President Pro Tempore Patty Murray will preside.
In a statement, Schumer called the vote “a new low for House Republicans.”

“This sham impeachment effort is another embarrassment for House Republicans,” he said. “The one and only reason for this impeachment is for Speaker Johnson to further appease Donald Trump.”

Some Republicans in the upper chamber have expressed concerns that Mayorkas’ actions do not rise to the “high crimes and misdemeanors” standard set by the Constitution for impeachments and the precedent set by the House Republicans’ effort.

In a statement condemning the House vote, President Biden said: “History will not look kindly on House Republicans for their blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship that has targeted an honorable public servant in order to play petty political games.”

A waste of every kind of resource. The actual reality is on the other foot: ‘Over the weekend, Mayorkas called the allegations against him “baseless” in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and he put the onus on Congress to address “a broken system” by legislating.

And as T-Rump runs the show, so goes the T-Rump kickback: Whatever he touches, dies.

Shithead dumb, or not, yet here we are once again…

(Image out front by illustrator and portrait painter, Tim O’Brien, and can be found here.)

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