Considering the fact that none of the partipants mentioned that their party leader is a lying, indicted, fraud who betrayed America, incited an insurrection, tried to overthrow an election, and recently floated the idea of executing his former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, I really couldn’t stomach the latest GOP debate. All of this is too dismal and dispiriting. I’ll let Dan Pfeiffer (who is obviously on a better antidepressant than I am) summarize. None of these Losers Want to Win: “They are all on the primary ballot. They spent their time meeting the voters of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. But last night’s debate proved that none of them are ACTUALLY running for President in 2024. Nikki Haley and Tim Scott are vying to be Trump’s vice presidential pick. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy are campaigning for the 2028 GOP nomination. Chris Christie is auditioning for a gig on MSNBC. Mike Pence may have a death wish by courting the voters who want to murder him. And no one knows what the hell Doug Burghum is doing.” (But sure, let’s pretend this is just another debate ahead of just another election and publish stories about who got off the best zinger of the night…)

+ And Trump? Oh, he just keeps on Trumping, this time at an event supposedly focused on the auto strikes: “One individual in the crowd who held a sign that said ‘union members for Trump,’ acknowledged that she wasn’t a union member when approached by a Detroit News reporter after the event. Another person with a sign that read ‘auto workers for Trump’ said he wasn’t an auto worker.”

+ Meanwhile, with the federal government days away from a shutdown, the House GOP running a sham impeachment hearing, which even their first witness torched. This outtake sums up the whole impeachment effort and provides a decent how-to guide for any students participating in mock trial this sememster. In between sessions, the gang is having expletive-laced fights behind closed doors. “After the exchange, members in the room could be heard complaining about Gaetz, with one member calling him a ‘scumbag’ and another saying “F**k off.” (Maybe we can find some bipartisan common ground after all…)

+ OK, this stuff is bumming me out and I’m probably being too negative. It’s not like Congress can’t come together and solve big problems. Senate unanimously passes formal dress code.