Sunday, October 6, 2019


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WHAT EVERYONE IS COUNTING ON
Donald Trump is counting on the Democrats messing up the impeachment process.
 
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Mitch McConnell is counting on his usual ability to get away with anything.
 
(“The way that impeachment stops is with a Senate majority with me as majority leader,” he said in a new fundraising video.)
 
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Bill Barr is counting on providing the greatest counterprogramming since Comedy Central ran an all-day marathon of the twentieth season of “South Park” on the day of Trump’s inauguration.
 
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Susan Collins is counting on Mainers letting her do her usual on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand act on the path to reelection.
 
(“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent. It’s completely inappropriate,” she said in Augusta Saturday.)
 
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Nervous congressional Republicans are counting on Tucker Carlson and Ross Douthat being right.
 
(“’There’s no way to spin” Trump’s request that a foreign leader investigate one of his domestic opponents as proper, but….it did not rise to the level of an impeachable offense,” Carlson wrote recently, echoed by Douthat, who said, “I expect … the defense offered, eventually, by pained Republican senators voting to acquit [will be] that this was bad behavior but happily the president’s diplomats kept things from reaching the level of an impeachable offense.”)
 
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Nancy Pelosi is counting on the media being anti-Trump and pro-impeachment no matter what happens.
 
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Franklin Graham is counting on holding his flock in place for Donald Trump.
 
(“[Impeachment is] a lot over nothing.  It’s going to destroy this country if we let this continue,” he said in North Carolina.)
 
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Jared Kushner is counting on Gordon Sondland staying on script.
 
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Mike Pompeo is counting on there being safety in clinging to the president.
 
(Countries regularly say “If you can help me with X, we’ll help you achieve Y,” he said in Athens on Saturday.)
 
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Stephanie Grisham is counting on not losing more of the Kathleen Parkers of the world.
 
(“By Trump’s abuse of power — and his entreaty to other countries, including China, to join our political fracas — he may have invited criminal prosecution and impeachment,” Parker wrote in her new column.)
 
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Tony Fabrizio is counting on the Democrats nominating someone for president who supports open borders and the elimination of employer-provided health insurance.
 
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Democratic House first-termers from tough districts are counting on Speaker Pelosi to stage manage impeachment in a way that limits their political exposure – and to provide air cover.
 
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Elizabeth Warren is counting on uninterrupted momentum straight through Iowa that expands her support from African American voters.
 
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Joe Biden is counting on the media focusing on the forest, not the trees.
 
(In a new Washington Post op ed, he tries to turn attention to Trump and away from the specifics of Hunter Biden’s work.)
 
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Joe Biden’s bundlers are counting on Elizabeth Warren now, finally, getting her time in the barrel.
 
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Hunter Biden is counting on the narrative of the New Yorker profile to sustain through Christmas.
 
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Bernie Sanders is counting on the media losing interest in speaking with his doctors by the time he reemerges on the campaign trail at full strength.

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Pete Buttigieg is counting on organize, organize, organize, and got hot at the end in Iowa.
 
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Beijing is counting on other countries (especially the United States) being too distracted by domestic concerns to cheer on the freedom fighters in Hong Kong.
 
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Note: All “My takes” embedded above.
 
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