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Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani previously were the most delusional prominent Republicans on the national stage. Now we have a third in Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
I try to take healthy breaks from politics and turn to watching escapist television. I often watch movies, some outright dumb and others more serious. I am always on the lookout for bingeable TV series.
Having been hooked on Outlander for the first four seasons I subscribed to STARZ just so I could watch season five. Count me as one of the 90% of Rotten Tomato audience reviewers who loved it.
I was then in a quandary over what to binge watch next. I usually shy away from series that run only one season. If I like a show I don’t want to be left hanging after one season.
The last episode ended with a cliffhanger but then this announcement is something of a cliff hanger too. After what she said in her defense in the House what will happen in the next episode of the Marjorie Taylor Greene Show? You can click below to read the most recent replies.
In all modesty I am not used to having trouble getting a handle on the general mental status of a high profile political figure once I have lots of information about them. There’s a big difference between saying some demonstrates a certain kind of behavior and saying that this behavior is indicative of their having a psychiatric disorder. Stephen Miller demonstrated psychopathic behavior but it would take a real assessment to diagnose him.
Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed beliefs which suggest that were clearly delusional. This doesn’t mean she has an actual psychiatric disorder. True delusional disorders are considered rare.
Erotomanic type (erotomania): delusion that another person, often a prominent figure, is in love with the individual. The individual may breach the law as he/she tries to obsessively make contact with the desired person.
Grandiose type (megalomania): delusion of inflated worth, power, knowledge, identity or believing oneself to be a famous person, claiming the actual person is an impostor or an impersonator.
Jealous type: delusion that the individual's sexual partner is unfaithful when it is untrue. The patient may follow the partner, check text messages, emails, phone calls etc. in an attempt to find "evidence" of the infidelity.
Persecutory type: This delusion is a common subtype. It includes the belief that the person (or someone to whom the person is close) is being malevolently treated in some way. The patient may believe that he/she has been drugged, spied upon, harmed, harassed and so on and may seek "justice" by making reports, taking action or even acting violently.
Somatic type: delusions that the person has some physical defect or general medical condition
Mixed type: delusions with characteristics of more than one of the above types but with no one theme predominating.
Unspecified type: delusions that cannot be clearly determined or characterized in any of the categories in the specific types.
Neither the QAnon members nor the delusions of Marjorie Taylor Greene fit neatly into any of these categories unless you want to say it is the unspecified type.
My curiosity about this will lead me to watch her press conference if I can find it.
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By Hal Brown
In case you missed this story, here are excerpts from The Washington Post article:
When Bruce L. Castor Jr. ran for district attorney in Montgomery County, Pa., in 2015, the campaign hinged on his decision years earlier not to charge comedian Bill Cosby with sexual assault. And after Castor lost the race, he sued the woman he blamed for the defeat: one of Cosby’s victims.
His suit, which was dismissed in 2018, made national headlines as the prosecutor who defeated him criminally charged Cosby, eventually sending him to prison.
Following a sudden exodus of lawyers who had been working on Trump’s defense for his Feb. 9 impeachment trial, the former president on Sunday announced that he’ll be represented by Castor and David Schoen, another attorney with ties to several high-profile, controversial defendants, including Roger Stone and Jeffrey Epstein….
Days before Jeffrey Epstein’s death in 2019, Schoen also met with the financier, who was accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls. Schoen has publicly disputed official reports that Epstein killed himself inside the Manhattan jail, and maintains his belief that Epstein may have been murdered. Schoen denies subscribing to some of the implausible claims that have circulated online since Epstein’s death and conceded that there were no compelling suspects or alternate theories to the official account.
“He just didn’t strike me as a guy who would commit suicide, but who knows, it’s always possible,” Schoen told The Post on Sunday. “I don’t think they had a medical basis [for the cause of death] but they also don’t have a killer.”
Everyone deserves a good defense. Presumably Donald can have the best defense money can buy. One might presume this, but it would seem in this instance he’s had a lot of difficulty.
He has finally found two lawyers cut from the same cloth as he is as far as having a kinship with men who sexually abuse women. The primary exception to the comparison between him and them is that that they seem to be sane. This is unlike the unhinged Rudy Giuliani and and Lin Wood. The later assured the world that he is not insane after tweeting that Mike Pence should face execution by firing squad. When you have to go public to declare that you are not crazy it would seem to indicate that you may indeed are sorely in need of anti-psychotic medication.
Lest I omit another Trump lawyer there’s Jenna Ellis who appears in photos standing with Rudy and Lin Wood (right). I don’t know if she has mental health issues or not. I do know that in 2016 she had some decidedly harsh things to say about Donald Trump:
Ellis, an attorney and former law professor from Colorado, repeatedly slammed then-candidate Trump as an "idiot," who was "boorish and arrogant," and a "bully" whose words could not be trusted as factually accurate. She called comments he made about women "disgusting," and suggested he was not a "real Christian."
"Why should we rest our highest office in America, on a man who fundamentally goes back and forth and really cannot be trusted to be consistent or accurate in anything," Ellis said in one April 2016 radio appearance.
Whether publicity hounds, the prime example being Alan Dershowitz, shameless opportunists try to hitch their wagons to a winner, batshit crazy Trump cultists, true believers in the principle that even the guilty deserve the best possible legal defense remains to be seen for each of these lawyers.
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I just thought the title and subtitle applied to the current state of affairs with Senate Republicans.
Democrats will put together a prosecution which we know will be compelling. If this was an actual case in court the outcome would be a foregone conclusion: guilty as hell.
I think the chances that the Senate will vote to convict Trump are slim to none. On the slim side there is only one thing which I see that can muster the 17 Senate Republicans to vote for conviction.
The answer to the question posed in my title depends on whether Senators, call them pathogens, who know full well that Trump is guilty will actually vote yes on conviction.
Most of you are following the pundits and understand that these Senators will vote against conviction either because they fear being challenged in primaries by hardcore Trumpers when they run again or to a lesser extent because they want to avoid being marginalized by Mitch McConnell and lose whatever positions of power they have in their caucus.
Now to how my title, which asks if you squeeze the GOP does it shatter, applies to the current situation.
The only way I see to do this is to make the case in the most extraordinarily powerful way that the trial becomes must-see TV and that the actual voters some of these Republicans are so afraid of begin to respond to polls showing voters in their states might hold their Republican senators accountable for voting against conviction.
The only thing the majority of Republican senators care about is maintaining their positions and the only ways they can determine whether their vote will effect this is the polls in their states and to a lesser extent newspaper editorials.
I don’t know enough about the politics in the states these senators are from and whether there are enough Republicans there who want Trump convicted and it makes impossible for him to run again to want to their senators to vote for conviction.
The most likely senators who will pay attention to this are those who have to run in the next election. This are the following:
It is possible that some or all of the five senators, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey, who voted against Rand Paul’s attempt to stop the trial would also vote for conviction. If all of them did it would bring the total required to 12 additional GOP senators.
Republicans' efforts to win back the majority could be hampered if swing-state incumbents decide not to run again next year.
Republicans need to flip just one seat next year to win back the Senate majority. But retirements are already complicating their path back to power.
Two of the three toughest GOP defensive states on the 2022 Senate map, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, are already open seats, with GOP Sens. Pat Toomey and Richard Burr not planning to run again. That leaves Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson as the most vulnerable Republican up for reelection, but Johnson hasn’t even decided to run for a third term after previously pledging to serve just two. And he said Tuesday he’s in no hurry to decide.
As they know better than anyone else, the kinds of politicians who populate the Senate don't have a place in the party they've helped create. No matter how much they court Trump's base or dog-whistle to the conspiracy theorists, foreign policy hawks like Marco Rubio of Florida, anti-poverty innovators like Tim Scott of South Carolina, old-school appropriators like Roy Blunt of Missouri, chameleons like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and erstwhile constitutional libertarians like Mike Lee of Utah don't have a place in a party whose future belongs to Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, two freshman Republicans who have expressed sympathy for the QAnon cult.
The article concludes:
Yet 45 Republican senators voted against taking up the impeachment trial Tuesday. Some want to spend as little time thinking and talking about Trump as possible, but many are still in thrall to his base. TwentyRepublican-held Senate seats will be contested in two years, and the current occupants no doubt fear primary challengers from the MAGA right if they show any sign of breaking with Trump. What's less clear is why, given their rhetoric and behavior over the last four years, they think the country would be any worse off with Trump sycophants in their seats.
Thanks to the impeachment process they've been gifted by the Democrats, Senate Republicans have one last chance to break with Trump and the conspiracist authoritarianism he represents. Their opening move Tuesday was a weak one, but they still have time for a course correction when the vote on conviction takes place next month. If they won't do it for the country, they should at least do it to save their place in the party.
Can Democrats squeeze the GOP enough with their prosecution case so it shatters? One would hope that lust for power would take second place to doing what’s just and right for Democracy for a few Republican senators and they would vote for conviction, but that wish and a dime won’t even buy you a cup of coffee.
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New version: The image is meant to illustrate how Trump had his Twitter bird as a forum to tweet his lies from and Air Force One to use as a personal taxi to go play golf and how now the dejected looking president has been ejected from both… I decide the surface of the moon was a good place for him to land.
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My thought: If Trump was rational it would appear to be in his best interest not to risk impeachment, Senate conviction and a subsequent vote so he can never run again. McConnell can make this possible. McConnell's silence speaks volumes. If Trump wants to run again he make sure he can do this only if he resigns. He'd do this after pardoning everyone of his sycophants but not risk pardoning himself. If he did this not only might it not stand up in court, but it might prevent Pence from pardoning him. How could Pence pardon someone who already received a presidential pardon? Damned if I know.