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Dec 05 2019

Ships and Rats

Republicans have a notable lack of empathy, an inability to imagine an existence different from their personal experience. Metaphor is lost on them, they just don’t get it.

The reason a Rat leaves a Sinking Ship is not some mystical supernatural sense of impending Doom. It’s because the normal areas they inhabit are too flooded for them to breathe anymore.

This from The Hill, hardly a bastion of “liberal” propoganda-

Fox’s Napolitano predicts Trump will testify on own behalf at Senate trial
By Joe Concha, The Hill
12/05/19

Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on Thursday predicted that President Trump will testify on behalf of himself at an impeachment trial in the Senate, saying it would be “the most dramatic legal political event” in modern history.

“If you go to a Senate trial, who testifies on behalf of the president?” Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer asked Napolitano on the network’s “America’s Newsroom.”

“Himself,” Napolitano quickly responded.

“You believe that could happen?” Hemmer pressed.

“I do,” replied Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge. “I think it will be the most dramatic legal political event in the history of our era.”

“With the president of the United States testifying under oath in front of the chief justice, and the full Senate and 200 million people watching on television.”

Napolitano has said on several occasions in recent weeks that he believes the president should be impeached based on evidence laid out as part of the House inquiry, which is examining Trump’s efforts this year to get Ukraine to launch politically charged investigations.

In a recent interview with Reason.com, Napolitano said he believes there could be “three or four articles of impeachment” against Trump, including bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors and obstruction of justice.

“The Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have unearthed enough evidence, in my opinion, to justify about three or four articles of impeachment against the president,” he told Reason’s Nick Gillespie.

“One is bribery. The allegation is the technical definition of bribery is the failure to perform an official duty until a thing of value comes your way,” continued Napolitano. “And they will argue that the president’s failure to disperse funds that the Congress ordered, they dispersed until the recipient of the funds agreed to investigate a potential political opponent is an act of bribery. That is enough, in my opinion, to make it over the threshold of impeachable offenses. I don’t think it’s enough to convict of bribery, but it’s enough to allege it for the purpose of impeachment.”

“The second charge will be high crimes and misdemeanors, election law violation,” he added. “The third crime will be obstruction of justice. The fourth will be interference with a witness, and the fifth may be lying under oath.”

Do I think this will actually happen? Probably not, but it would be great television.