the compulsive newyorker – 122119

I got one of my favorite wishes fulfilled today Thursday, (I am editing now Friday the day after.) It does relate to the impeachment vote that was carried out yesterday Wednesday December 18th 2019 in Washington DC – some good…

the compulsive newyorker – 122119

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I got one of my favorite wishes fulfilled today Thursday, (I am editing now Friday the day after.) It does relate to the impeachment vote that was carried out yesterday Wednesday December 18th 2019 in Washington DC – some good things do transpire in our federal government although there has not been much of that for three years. The hearings and this vote is an exception. They were professional and respectful, preceded with well conducted investigations, followed with excellently written summaries by Adam S, lead persuasively at each stage by Nancy P and chaired by Jerry N. (Two Yids and a Wop)
I watched a little of the hearings live on Wednesday, more than I could stomach for all the blindness of the WASP Male Republicans bellowing out their denunciations of the sham impeachment trial and lack of direct evidence. I saw still more today, Thursday, the highlights as presented on the Ari Melber news slot on MSNBC at 6p. He is man of my own heart daily, but especially today because the thing I’ve decided is going to be the impetus or the original germ of an idea for today’s video-blog (tomorrow’s) came to me by watching his terse intense analysis of those hearing events.
By the way, my granddaughter is turning thirty tomorrow, and that is partly occupying my mind because I have a hard time being grandfather, as I have being father and even great grand. Now her phone number in LA answers with the notice “By request by owner, this number does not receive incoming calls.” I called her mother, one of my two daughters. No answer. Left message regarding granddaughter’s phone inaccessibility. I had to take a toke of marijuana to get out of my myopic universe, and to invite in a reality that when you are father, it is not so much about you, as it is about her or them. Them being the descendants. They are next to inherit the good and the bad, hopefully mostly the good of this Earth and of this evolving American culture. What did I experience within five minutes of taking that toke, in the case of my granddaughter and her daughter? I had an unfamiliar strange feeling that lead me to ask myself:
“What would it be a present to a woman who’s a mother turning thirty?”
Now I hasten to interject that thinking about others is one of the more challenging aspects of my character and my age and background, and also, as well I know, I am not the apple-polishing type. However I wanted, uncharacteristically, to please her with words from her one surviving grandfather, the one on her mother’s side.
Back to Ari and his giving me the opportunity to witness three complex and satisfying moments in yesterday’s impeachment hearings. The first was an interview with Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio – handsome intelligent young man at most 45 years young. In 2016, when the newly powerful House of Representatives gaveled in their first meeting after those fabulous Blue midterm elections (I hope they hold up in 2020 the same way), he had been a fierce critic of Nancy. Mind you he is in Ohio, a very critical state which I believe is teetering on the color purple, after decades of blue, and is supposedly the bell-weather state historically, as far as Presidential elections are concerned. Where Ohio votes the President is elected. He had said (paraphrase): ‘She is toxic, more so than Trump!’
Now today, questioned by Ari, Tim says the following: “Nancy is absolutely phenomenal. Skillful for knowing the big picture and the minutia. She chose just the right moment to green light the impeachment inquiry. Absolutely on top of her game.” And as to his 180º turn-around, Tim’s answer is disarming and charming – he acknowledges his negative view of her two years ago and that now you might say he has egg on his face. But not really, because he continued stop praising her. Like a son to a mother. She is tops. He has no problem with admitting to changing his mind.

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