Trump’s Impeachment Defense Team

I just read a nice profile piece about the impeachment managers who will be arguing the case to convict Mr. Trump of inciting the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

Mr. Trump has characterized the House’s subsequent bipartisan impeachment of this crime as a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics,” despite having arguably himself torn open the gates of Hell, summoned forth thousands of angry demons, and then caused them to swarm down upon the Capitol building, where they killed people, injured others, stole and destroyed government property, and committed numerous other disgraceful acts (like tracking human shit around on the floors — YUCK!).

Anyway, I haven’t seen much yet about Trump’s own legal defense team, but if the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Sydney Powell are any indication of what he’ll end up with, I expect the above photo gives a nice approximation of what we can expect.

Can We Please Stop Calling Them ‘Legal Challenges’?

I think we should stop using the term “Legal Challenges” to describe whatever it is these fanatical ReTrumplicans are pretending to do vis-a-vis the 2020 presidential election.

These are not “legal challenges”. They are, rather, “litigious octopus-inkelry”, or perhaps, “revenge against all the butthurt 2016 Clinton supporters who refused to let Trump be King”, or maybe, “a systematic attempt to manufacture evidence that everybody is out to destroy Trump — even the judges!”

But they’re not proper “legal challenges”, that’s for sure. I think we should stop calling them that.


Image © Alex Brandon

Also Neck-in-Neck: Above- vs Below-Average Intelligence

Many biological traits follow a so-called “normal distribution” (a.k.a. “bell curve”) across populations, and to the extent that intelligence follows this pattern, then half of all human beings have above average intelligence, and the other half below average intelligence.

Might this explain something significant about the roughly 50-50 split being revealed between Biden supporters and Trump supporters?

Now, to the extent that this coincidence is truly meaningful (quite plausibly not at all, but still), and although I do have my own intuitions regarding which half of the intelligence bell-curve might correspond to Biden- and which half to Trump supporters, unfortunately there’s really nothing about the mere coincidence itself that indicates whether I’m right or wrong in that regard.

So, really, both sides are free to flatter themselves with this observation, and thereby achieve a cozy and consoling sense of smugness and superiority.

Hope that’s useful!

😁

Image by David Mark from Pixabay