So, I’m a little confused. I’m applying for citizenship, and as part of that process I will have to answer 10 questions that may include ones about the US system of government. I have duly studied, and to the question “what is the function of the Supreme Court”, one of the accepted answers is “to determine whether or not an action is constitutional”.

We are in the process of impeaching the last president, and this constitutionality question has come up: can you impeach a President who is no longer in office? However, it appears that this question was not decided by the Supreme Court, but by a simple vote in the Senate.

I’m confused. Is the Senate not itself conforming to the Constitution in this case? What am I supposed to tell he examiner?


I’m watching the climax of a historic day. The Senate are calling the roll on Ted Cruz’s objection to acceptance of the vote count. So far, only Cruz has voted Aye. I’m looking forward to the final count in the Senate.

Trump has sabotaged Cruz brilliantly … if accidentally. Cruz intended for today to be his; an opportunity to take command of the Republicans with a principled objection, for which he will be lauded by the mass of Trump supporters who will be solidly behind him when he assumes power as the next Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. Cruz is angling to challenge McConnell for control of the party. Trump is being marginalized as irrelevant.

Instead, Trump made it all about him, as is his wont, and crashed the party, in the process destroying Cruz’s plan. Now, Cruz looks like a lone whiner whose only supporters will forever be known as the thugs who crashed the Congress, incidentally killing one of their own. Nobody is coming out in support. McConnell, in contrast, made a stirring, patriotic speech that elevates him in the eyes of the entire country, Democrat and Republican alike.

Brilliant. I’m sure Cruz will be back to try it on again another day, but for now he looks like a craven opportunist. That’s the way we want it. Meanwhile, we’re back to obsessing about “what will Trump do next?”

Update: yeas 6, nos 92. Cruz is out there on his own.

A completely unexpected bipartisan win for civilization? This matters, a lot!

Huh. Progress! I like the further idea, that all things claimed as property must have someone publicly claim them.