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John Warner @biblioracle
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Very calmly and clinically, on a weekly basis, I'd like to see the House announce and then begin to execute investigations into the many obviously corrupt practices of this administration. Corruption in the White House should be the constant theme.
Thinking strategically, don't even start with Trump, and don't talk "impeachment." Week 1 is Zinke and his self-enrichment scheme at Interior. Week 2 put forward a law which compels presidential candidates to release their tax returns and dare Republicans to reject it.
Week 3: the EPA and investigations on the politicizing of formerly scientific positions. Week 4: response to hurricanes in Puerto Rico. Week 5: Trump family business entanglements week. Week 6: Subpoena Trump's tax returns. etc...
IMO, the strategy has to be to show that the entire Republican apparatus is corrupt (because they are), and that it isn't a purely Trump phenomenon. Trump is the central figure who allows the corruption to reign, but the corruption is endemic to the party's governing philosophy.
The big picture theme of all this is that the Republicans are the "party of self-enrichment through corrupt self-dealing." They tilt policy to their own financial interests, which also happens to include issues like taxes and health care.
Even when they're not outright corrupt, the Republican policies are demonstrably bad for the vast majority of Americans, including those who currently make up their voting coalition.
They also cheat (voter suppression/gerrymandering) and are morally corrupt (internment of immigrants). The whole theme, top to bottom, is "corruption." Regardless of the specific issue, Republicans are corrupt, and acting against American values.
Thus ends my purely armchair political strategizing.
I lied about ending, one more thing. My theory is premised on a belief that Mueller, even if he delivers convincing evidence of someone like Don Jr. colluding with the Russians, the likely result is further entrenchment of Trump's base. This would not shake their faith.
I'm not saying the goal is to peel off voters from Trump's base either. They shouldn't be catered to. The "the GOP is corrupt" is designed first to change how the press views these things, and 2., to lock down the coalition that voted for Dems last night. Make the GOP brand toxic
One more I should've moved up in the weekly rankings. Two GOP reps under indictment (Hunter and Collins) won last night (or are winning). Finish those ethics investigations, and hammer the GOP over not pressuring these criminals to resign.
Also, a weekly scorecard on 1. Cost of Trump's trips to golf properties, 2. Foreign government spending at Trump properties, 3. How much Trump cabinet officials have spent on themselves, and 4. Trump's hours of executive time. Outsource it to John Oliver's writers so it's funny.
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