So as a "reality curmudgeon" I think it is important to point out the following:
I know there are several of you waiting with baited breath for the Comey testimony tomorrow. You are waiting for the smoking gun which will convict Agent Orange and lead to the beginning of his impeachment.
I think there are a couple of points that you need to consider:
-Since Agent Orange descended on the escalator, we've been told "he can't possible survive that". Yet, he did/has.
-He insulted POW John McCain, and survived.
-Jeb Bush said "You can't insult your way to the presidency; he survived.
-Insulted numerous ethnic groups; he survived.
-Ran a completely disorganized campaign with multiple campaign managers; and survived.
-etc. etc. etc. Teflon Don has a way of surviving all the poop thrown his way. As progressives, we need to understand this fact.
The notion he won't survive all of the Russian accusations and whatever else he has done, simply isn't based in history or fact. He finds a way to survive. I think we are stuck with him until the next election.
Part of the reason why he has survived is because he is a cash cow for the media. Every tweet, blog, post, click, etc. generates huge money to the media who has figured out how to monetize the internet and his cult of personality. They will keep him in power as long as possible. It is in their best financial interest to do so.
If progressives ever want to be "above the fold" in the public discussion we need STOP talking about Trump, Trump, Trump, Russia, Russia, Russia. All we are doing by such discussion is generating more cash for the media. (MCD, I'm casting shade your way)
We need to start leading by example and start talking about OUR issues. We need to demonstrate we are prepared to lead. This is critical. We need to OWN issues like the living wage, fighting wage suppression, desertification, single payer healthcare. We can win on these issues if we change our focus and started inundating voter value systems with OUR message.
If we continue to focus on Agent Orange and his removal, we will lose the next election. So, let's just stop talking about him. We need to understand, should the GOP get a sudden jolt of morality and throw Trump out, it helps them, not us. Progressivism relies on functional government. The more progressives play the role of obstructing the GOP, the more we are seen as unqualified to lead. So let's stop with all the cute games and start talking about kitchen table economics which connect with voter values. It's time to change our approach.