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1. While still a bit in flux, the emerging Team Trump strategy to fight impeachment and Senate conviction is based on:

A. Turning Mike Pence into Spiro Agnew to defend the president at all costs.

B. Relying on House Republicans to gum up the works as much as possible to delay the process for long enough to push the investigation into 2020, effectively daring Democrats to continue their efforts in the election year.

C. Trying to demonize and discredit Adam Schiff.

D. Counting on the right-wing media machine to intimidate Republicans, especially Senators, who step out of line and criticize the president.

E. All of the above.


2. The witness who most threatens the president is:

A. Marie Yovanovitch.

B. Kurt Volker.

C. Bill Taylor.

D. Rudy Giuliani.

E. All of the above.


3. The quote the president will be reading aloud to anyone in the West Wing who will listen Friday morning is:

A. “Schiff earns Four Pinocchios.”

B. “The facts we learned today undercut the salacious narrative that Adam Schiff is using to sell his impeachment ambitions.”

C. “The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.”

D. “The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign.”

E. All of the above.


4. The quote that best captures the state of play of impeachment is:

A. “All, for the moment, is, in an absolute, metaphysical sense, unpredictable.” (Lance Morrow)

B. “It’s scary how quickly false information can spread.”  (Romney spokeswoman Liz Johnson)

C. “Someone should inform the president that impeachable offenses committed on national television still count.” (Hillary Clinton)

D. “The president is trying to hypnotize the American people into believing that it can’t be wrong if he says it out loud.” (Sally Yates)

E. All of the above.


5. Joe Biden’s biggest political problem now is:

A. His third-quarter fundraising total.

B. The Trump campaign’s pledge to run negative ads against him in the first-in-the-nation voting states.

C. The continued focus on Hunter Biden.

D. The renewed attention to his age in the wake of Bernie Sanders’ hospitalization, and the related problems of a lack of ability to generate excitement and a lack of a future-oriented message.

E. All of the above.


6. The non-Ukraine story that warrants watching is:

A. The IRS whistleblower.

B. Hong Kong.

C. Friday’s job numbers.

D. Everything about the U.S.-China relationship.

E. All of the above.


7. The reason that Democrats should not be lulled into thinking that impeachment means Trump will lose reelection is:

A. This essential reading David Brooks column on the mind and attitude of Trump supporters.

B. The failure of major organizations on the left – including the DNC – to protect the Democratic candidates against well-funded attacks from Team Trump.

C. As of today, many sharp Democratic strategists think that impeachment is more likely to strengthen Trump’s electoral prospects than harm them.

D. Even the best-funded Democratic presidential candidates aren’t really raising that much money.

E. All of the above.


8. The best news for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign is:

A. She has gone yet another week without a single moment in the barrel.

B. She has a greater shot at Sanders backers after his health scare.

C. Trump’s suggesting now that she will be the nominee elevates her even higher.

D. Out of necessity and a sense of the inevitable, more and more of the establishment is warming to the idea (or, at least, accepting the idea) that she will be the nominee.

E. All of the above.


Answers: E.

Note: For those readers who ask, “Where are the ‘My takes’?” – they are embedded in the quiz.


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