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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Journalist Michael McAuliff tweet: "Just counted 21 empty seats on the GOP side of the Senate, 2 on the Dem side, a couple hours into [Adam] Schiff's presentation. Some are just stretching their legs, but most are not in the chamber. Some of them have been out of there for a while."

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Republicans are scum

#1 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-01-22 09:57 PM | Reply

Lincoln's Bible @LincolnsBible

For those making anti-trump/GOP ads for 2020:

I'd like some ads featuring old, fat cat, Senators complaining about having to stay up late in a cushy chamber for 3 whole days to protect the Constitution juxtaposed w/ veteran interviews, detailing all they endured to do the same.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-22 10:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Good for them. No point in wasting time listening to schitthead repeat his talking points for the 1000th time.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-22 10:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Roberts should consider reprimanding them. Or at least reprimanding Mitch for not giving them adequate break times throughout the day.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-22 10:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

The #showtrial is in reality the #noshowtrial:

Shimon Prokupecz @ShimonPro

Sen. Lindsey Graham has spent considerably more time absent from the Senate chamber tonight than sitting in his seat. After leaving the floor for about 30 minutes, he returned for about 10 minutes and promptly left again " this time to the Republican cloak room.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-22 10:24 PM | Reply

Corky, Corky, Corky. I expected better of you:

Shimon Prokupecz @ShimonPro

On the Democratic side of the aisle, Sen. Dianne Feinstein hasn't been in her seat for at least a half hour. Cory Booker, too, has been in the Democratic cloakroom for a long stretch, visible through the window with an Iphone or some such device in hand.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-22 10:25 PM | Reply

Oops, should be: "Cory, Cory, Cory. I expected better of you:"

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-22 10:33 PM | Reply

Seems reasonable ... if there are no crimes, or violations enumerated, we just go on feelings ....

You don't even need witnesses...

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-01-22 11:35 PM | Reply

I saw some of the Schiff show, two hours repeating the same thing over and over. Time spent skipping that was time well spent, doing something more productive like a long bathroom break or a power nap. I don't blame them, Schiff has all the credibility of HRC.

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-01-23 01:06 AM | Reply

Such little spineless snowflakes the Russiapublicans are.
If they didn't take their oath seriously they need to excuse themselves from the process and should quit their job in Congress.

#10 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-01-23 01:15 AM | Reply

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#10 | Posted by aborted_monson Maybe it is time for term limits for members of congress. How about three terms for a Rep, and two for a senator? If this was in effect there would be people who actually live among us and expect to return home some day. Every one of the individuals involved in this fiasco would no longer be in congress. Washington DC must have something in the water that makes folks crazy after a few years.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-01-23 01:38 AM | Reply

Basic messaging in the Senate, if the members have no respect or give no credibility to the speaker, they walk out.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-01-23 01:52 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow call on Sen. Feinstein to resign tomorrow'

twitchy.com

What a schiff show. Hilarious.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-23 10:44 AM | Reply

They need a rule stating that they must attend every second of this or they won't have a vote.

Stupid pigs.

Obamacare lives... suck it.

#14 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-01-23 11:06 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

if there are no crimes, or violations enumerated, we just go on feelings ....

You don't even need witnesses...

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris

You're such a shamelessly dishonest sack of schit.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-23 11:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Please keep in mind that for many of the Senators, particularly Republicans, by their own admission, have NEVER seen or heard this material before now. During the House hearings, many Republicans went out of their way to brag about their NOT paying attention to what was going on over in the House. Unfortunately, this is also true for many Americans, particularly those whose only source of news is Faux News, and even now, Faux is generally only showing the video feed from the Senate trial so their viewers are still not hearing what the House has learned about Trump's actions and efforts with respect to Ukraine and his attempts to prevent the release of relevant documents and blocking the testimony of many 'fact witnesses'.

That being said, it appears that the polls are still trending toward removal.

OCU

#16 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-01-23 11:16 AM | Reply

That being said, it appears that the polls are still trending toward removal.

#16 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-01-23 11:16 AM | Reply

People who don't view this information now will have their noses rubbed in it every day until November. There's is so much variety to be had that no, no one will get tired of it.

#17 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-23 11:29 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Republicans forever forsake patriotism when they run for office as Republicans. FACT!

#18 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-23 11:31 AM | Reply

Republicans vote to not allow new Information or witnesses....
Then Republicans complain that's there's nothing new to see.
Gotta agree ..Republicans are scum.

#19 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-01-23 11:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Didn't I hear something about senators taking some sort of oath?

#20 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-01-23 11:48 AM | Reply

Republicans can't even pretend to care about America anymore.

#21 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-23 12:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

No point in wasting time listening to schitthead repeat his talking points for the 1000th time.

#3 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

It would be a little more interesting if Republicans allowed witnesses and new evidence. You know, like how trials are actually supposed to work.

But Republicans know "nothing new" is all they've got, and they know people like you will easily fall for it.

#22 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-01-23 12:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, in a better world I would say it's great they left so they can go work on real government issues that better our country...but we know they aren't doing that either so this is just Reps being just as dumb as Dems. Eventually one or both groups will do something helpful and stop wasting taxpayer time and money.

#23 | Posted by humtake at 2020-01-23 12:25 PM | Reply

"Republicans forever forsake patriotism when they run for office as Republicans. FACT!"

I can't imagine many people care what a racist thinks about the party they don't belong to.

#24 | Posted by humtake at 2020-01-23 12:26 PM | Reply

You don't even need witnesses...

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris

The only witness the dems had in the house shot a hole in the dem's story.

#25 | Posted by Sniper at 2020-01-23 12:30 PM | Reply

Republicans vote to not allow new Information or witnesses....
Then Republicans complain that's there's nothing new to see.
Gotta agree ..Republicans are scum.

#19 | Posted by 503jc69

How many witness were the republicans allowed in the house?

#26 | Posted by Sniper at 2020-01-23 12:35 PM | Reply

#26 | Posted by Sniper

Plenty. None of them showed. Trump kept saying his people's testimony will clear him but none of them participated. In fact Trump chose not to participate. So there's that.

#27 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-01-23 12:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The only witness the dems had in the house shot a hole in the dem's story.

#25 | Posted by Sniper

And that would be whom?

OCU

#28 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-01-23 02:39 PM | Reply

Walking out on a speaker is the only sign of contempt Senators are allowed. Several Dems skipped him also. They don't boo or cat call on the senate floor, this is not the English House of Commons

#29 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-01-23 03:02 PM | Reply

How many witness were the republicans allowed in the house?

#26 | Posted by Sniper

They were allowed a lot more than they called. That being said, the Republicans on the House Intelligence committee DID call Tim Morrison, the former top National Security Council official for Russia and European affairs, and Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, as witnesses for their side. However, in both cases, these individuals basically confirmed the narrative that the American people had already heard, or was about tho hear, from the other witnesses, including William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council, Jennifer Williams, a foreign service aide detailed to Vice President Pence's office, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary at the Defense Department and Fiona Hill, formerly the top Russia specialist on the National Security Council.

While many Republicans intimated that they would have liked to have heard from people like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, in retrospect, I think they're glad that the White House refused to allow them to testify.

Note that this was BEFORE we started to hear what Lev Parnas was saying about his interactions with Rudy Giuliani and the President, and the sorts of activities that he and his buddy Igor were involved in, apparently at the direction of Giuliani and the President. Can you imagine what it would have been like to have heard that testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Perhaps we'll still get that chance later in the year.

OCU

#30 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-01-23 03:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ryan J. Reilly
@ryanjreilly

Senators are getting pretty lax on attendance as the impeachment trial drags on. At one point I counted 14 empty seats on the Republican side and 13 on the Democratic side.

Haha. No one cares about this schiff show.

#31 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-23 05:58 PM | Reply

No one cares because we all already know the verdict.

Hard to be excited about a hoax trial.

#32 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-01-23 06:03 PM | Reply

It seems it takes an impeachment trial to bring out the best in the best of Republican politicians - - for all to see. (Remember, these are the BEST Republicans.)

#33 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2020-01-24 01:00 AM | Reply

Anybody who has watched this impeachment process the past couple days have gotten one hell of a history lesson.

Even if the cowardly Repubs don't convict, the public has been, and will continue to be, better educated about Trump's penchant for 'cheating to win' from now to November 3, 2020. If I was a Trumper, (which I'm not) I'd be appalled at myself for being so stupid in 2016. Or even more appalled at myself for being taken for a fool a second time.

Maybe the eyes of some Trump supporters have been opened. But it's more likely most still have their head stuck in the sand with asses pointed toward upward to receive the shaft that is coming their way. More the pity. So many so willing to sacrifice the Republic that so many others died to protect. Trump has nothing good to offer you.


#34 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-01-24 02:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Republican Impartial Juror Oath:

"I promise to be an impartial juror...now excuse me while I skip half the trial because I don't want to hear the evidence."

#35 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-01-24 01:35 PM | Reply

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