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Emil Amok on that Trump call. Did you hear it? PLUS: An UPDATE on what I call “the unthinkably thinkable.” It’s happening before our eyes. What happens when an unqualified, unstable person is in the highest office of the land. CALL IT WHAT IT IS–THE GOP’s “SOFT COUP.”

Roughly one-third of Asian Americans backed Trump in November. I wonder if they heard the “Georgia Shakedown” call?
Early voters in today’s Georgia runoff couldn’t have heard it. They were mostly Democrats. But I wonder how many voters came out today because of that call? And if they voted against the president and the Republicans, for the Democrats.
The votes are being counted now. Despite an early lead for Democrats, Republicans have inched ahead just now.
Will follow.
UPDATE:
Woke up and it appears reddish folk did go blue in Georgia.
I went to sleep after Warnock made history.
But Ossoff was still waiting for votes to be counted. By this morning, there were enough Democratic votes to put
him ahead ever so slightly over Perdue. Ossoff has made a statement this morning confident that more blue strongholds counted will add to his number.
But no one in the media is calling it for Ossoff officially yet.
Meantime, the pro-Trump folks are in DC waiting to egg on the Congress to do something unconstitutional.
CNN used the word “coup” in a banner headline.
What other options are there for Trump except to do what he has made the unthinkably thinkable.


UPDATE

Well at 10:12a.m., it looks like VP Pence is holding steady and will play by the rules. Trump is at his rally mouthing lies. But it looks like adults are regaining control of our poltiical environment.
At this point. The move to object to Arizona’s count for some apparent reule breaking has been announced. Spoke too soon. The food fight has begun again.

UPDATE:
Joint session is a good civics lesson for the country. This is how rancorous members throw a monkey wrench in the proceedings. People can see what a charade it is. Founding fathers didn’t intend on making this a joke if one doesn’t agree. But this has become how people act when they lose. They obstruct, they go to disharmony as their only hope. They could easily try to work together. That would be better for the country. Instead, we have this nonsense. People protecting their selfish interests when they have lost. For Republicans to talk about rule of law to disenfranchise the counting of electoral votes in order to obstruct democracy is a joke.
Sad.

UPDATE:
We are witnessing the GOP trying to steal the election in Congress.
This is the attempted “soft coup.”

UPDATE:
10:46 am.
Does seeing McConnell give his floor speech make him a hero or a hypocrite?
Where was his spine the last four years?

UPDATE 11:23am
Protesters are inside the Capitol building. Trump should call off his dogs. But doubtful if even he has any control. If these were people of color, the military would have been out in full display. America is degenerating before our eyes.

UPDATE 11:35am pacific
Trump supporters storming the Capitol and Trump saying nothing. This is Trump’s farewell? Scary.Disgusting. “Soft Coup” is getting more “hard.”

UPDATE: 11:47am pacific.
Trump sets off anarchy, then calls for “martial law”? I wouldn’t put it past him now. He’s the American mad man.

UPDATE: 1:54 p.m. Pacific
Just stunned by what has transpired at the Capitol. Was watching it all transpire, wondering where was law enforcement? The double standard between this and the BLM protest in June is an outrage. This is the Trump “White America” party being formed before our eyes.

UPDATE:
I had to stop and just watch what was happening. Heartaching. I used to work in that building. Then I watched CSPAN and all the speeches and laughed at Sen.Lindsay Graham’s attitude. It makes you hate politics. Got to process all this before I become I really explode. MORE TO COME.

Read my column in the Inquirer.net

See my columns at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Emil Guillermo: Trump in the corn fields turns to Palin, and now we have the TP Show, the Kardashians of Politics; Or is it just “Dumb and Dumber”? Is this what the Founders imagined, the Trumping of Democracy? Better not to confuse the campaign with actual governing. This ploy was mostly a cruise missile on Cruz. But maybe all this will mean someone with real major league government experience will emerge as the straight man to this comic show. A Christie, a Kasich? Another Bush? At some point, the GOP has to get serious.

No jokes at First Presidential Press Conference since WHCD, but lots on sequester, immigration, and Jason Collins

I know the presser is a 100-day marker. But the WHCD was such a stark contrast. It’s definitely back to the somber stuff today.  Brief mention of the WHCD at the start, but Syria is the lead. Obama still unclear on what the U.S. should do. And even support efforts announced today seem to be a token gesture. A delicate fluid situation.

President was more clear on the sequester and defining the dysfunctional government and putting blame on Congress and its failure to do its job.

“It’s not my job to get them to behave,” said the president. 

 

(from televison coverage of press conference)

 

 

Obama’s example of the FAA instance exposed the short-sighted nature of the GOP. All it’s done is borrow money from airport improvements in the future, which hurts the U.S. long term. Obama said the best strategy is to address issues through a broader deal.

 Obama mentioned a “permission structure,” that may allow  those scared of their political base to reach compromise on budget issues.

 It was as blunt and detailed an answer, of the conseqeunces of sequester and how it  has hurt the country. No pussyfooting here.

“We are using our seed corn, short term.And the only reason we’re doing it is because right now we have some folks unwilling to make some simple changes to our tax code, for example to close loopholes that aren’t adding to our competitiveness and aren’t helping middle-class families,” said the president. “There are common sense solutions to our problems right now. I cannot force Republicans  to embrace those common sense solutions. I can urge them to, I can put pressure on them, I can rally the American people around those common sense solutions. But ultimately they themselves are going to have to say we want to do the right thing.”

The president indicated he understood Congress’ political dilemma. “It’s tough,” he said. “Their base thinks that compromise with me is somehow a betrayal. They’re worried about primaries. And I understand all that, and we’re going to do everything we can to create a permission structure for them to do what’s best for the country. But it’s going to take some time.”

Permission structure? Does he mean political cover so that conservatives can hide behind a tough vote?

The president also weighed in on what is could be the signature accomplishment of this term: Immigration.

The president praised the Gang of Eight’s efforts, saying it may not have been what he would have done, but it did meet the criteria: Border safety, strong employer provisions, improvements to the current bureaucracy, and that pathway to citizenship.

Obama praised the pathway as one where people can earn the right to legalize their status over time.

But that’s one of the contentious issues in the plan.

Obama said he’s open-minded. He’ll need to be. Already some House members have said they don’t want a big package but would rather take up the issue piece meal. 

Sound precarious?  It is. And this is the President’s best issue going forward.

Obama was almost out the door when he came back to the podium to discuss Jason Collins’ coming out statement.

Said the President:

“Yeah, I’ll say something about Jason Collins. I had a chance to talk to him yesterday. He seems like a terrific young man, and, you know, I told him I couldn’t be prouder of him. You know, one of the extraordinary measures of progress that we’ve seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality, not just partial equality, not just tolerance but a recognition that they’re fully a part of the American family.

And, you know, given the importance of sports in our society, for an individual who’s excelled at the highest levels in one of major sports go ahead and say, this is who I am, I’m proud of it, I’m still a great competitor, I’m still seven feet tall and can bang with Shaq and, you know, deliver a hard foul — and for, you know, a lot of young people out there who, you know, are — are — are, you know, gay or lesbian, who are struggling with these issues, to see a role model like that who’s unafraid, I think it’s a great thing. And I think America should be proud that this is just one more step in this ongoing recognition that we treat everybody fairly. And everybody’s part of a — part of a family, and we judge people on the basis of their character and their performance, and not their sexual orientation.”

That was a question the president was glad to answer.

See my latest at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.

 

Tale of two tapes: Secret video speaks the truth about Romney as candidate goes ethnic and talks of how it would be “helpful to be Latino.”

Maybe Mitt Romney was scared that the campaign had gone all foreign policy-oriented  because of that anti-Arab internet video that he secretly was yearning for some other video to change the dynamics of the campaign.

But the video he had in mind was something like the polished one he did that aired this morning on  “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

At one point on this tape, Romney responded to a question about his ability, or lack thereof, of being empathetic with the American people.

On tape, Romney is like his hair. Perfect. He brings up being pastor of his church. And then he mentions his wife’s MS, implying how it shows his compassion.  Ann talked earlier about Mitt’s “good heart.”

That’s the Romney message. 

Instead Romney has to deal with  that “other tape,” the “47 percent” tape secretly recorded at a $50,000 a plate fundraiser in Boca Raton. It’s got the political class buzzing. And you should be buzzing about it too. 

It shows the real Romney as he dishes the high rollers some GOP red-meat.

Said Romney on THAT tape:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”

Did he just throw more than  half the American public under the food truck?

Later in California yesterday after Romney’s 47 percent comments were leaked, Romney appeared with hairs out-of-place, at a media opportunity where he tried to explain the remarks away saying he was just  “speaking off the cuff.”

Sort of like Clint Eastwood at the RNC?

Romney didn’t  apologize but clarified that he was showing the difference between those who want a “government centered society” vs. the  one he wants –“a free enterprise, free individual society, where people pursuing their dreams are able to employ one another, build enterprises, build the strongest economy in the world.”

The tape really is Romney.

Romney is the guy who says no to you at the bank.

He’s the guy who  gets his by living off others’ misery.

He’s the guy who makes conservatives yearn for a Bush. Any Bush. For cover.

What should be abundantly clear by now is that Romney’s perfect for a private corporation.

Just not for a United States that’s struggling to get back on its feet.

This is the man who wants to be the nation’s top public servant?

At one point in the secret tape, he attempts to show humor as he mentions his father being born to American parents in Mexico:

“Had he been born of Mexican parents I’d have a better chance of winning this, but he was not,” Romney said. 

Too bad. Then Democrats could be birthers too.

Romney finished off wistfully, saying “It would be helful to be Latino.”

Maybe. But then as the polls show, he would probably be voting for Obama.