It’s the start of a new week. No Super Bowl to talk about.
As much as I thought I would be glad about that, I kinda miss it. It kept me from thinking about reality, you know?
Wait! There is one bit of new Super Bowl-related news. It has to do with Tom Brady’s toss of the Lombardi trophy to Cam Brate. From one boat to another.
Well, it turns out the daughter of the silversmith who designed the trophy is none to happy.
From the New York Post, Lorraine Grohs wants an apology from Tom. She says, “A lot of hard work, a lot of hours go into it. It just really upset me that this trophy was disgraced and disrespected by being thrown as if it was a real football.”
Bucs GM Jason Licht responded. Using a video of Sgt. Hulka in “Stripes,” Licht writes, “Lighten up, Frances.”
I have met Jason Light. I liked him. I wish I had known he was a fan of “Stripes.” Just knowing he thought of that response makes me love him! “And that’s the fact, Jack!”
Okay, back to reality. President Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial. Now what?
George Will writes in the Washington Post, “Now begins McConnell’s project to shrink Trump’s GOP influence.” On Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted against impeachment. His reasoning: Impeachment is “a narrow tool for a narrow purpose” — “to protect the country from government officers.”
So, he can’t be impeached because he’s no longer in office. That seems to be McConnell’s argument. George Will goes on to write that by voting not to convict Trump, McConnell can now focus on 2022. By not enraging the Trump base, he can focus on trying to elect more traditional Republican candidates not endorsed by Donald Trump. Interesting argument.
The long game.
As for those Republican senators that voted to convict—they are facing backlash in their home states. Seven Republicans sided with the Democrats. CNBC reports that many have already been hit with rebukes from their state parties back home.
Clearly, Donald Trump still holds great power in the Republican Party.
So, that’s where I start the week. A little fun with the trophy. A little serious news about where we go from here.
Like I said, reality is setting in. Not sure I like living in reality anymore. Give me a shirtless Gronk dancing on a boat any day!