January 21, 2018

This was my refrain all this week: "It just doesn't matter any more."

It doesn't matter if Trump is cavorting with a porn star, or even currently having an affair.

It doesn't matter if Russian bots aren't even trying to be secretive as they funnel cash into the coffers of Republicans or the NRA.

It doesn't matter if Trump says he'll sign whatever bipartisan legislation and then change his mind after Racist John Kelly whispers in his ear.

It doesn't matter if three branches of government are controlled by Republicans and they're so incompetent, they can't keep it open.

You know why? It's not Trump. It's the Repubicans in Congress. All this could be different if there was an ounce of integrity or actual patriotism with the congressional Republicans. This isn't Trumpism. This is the entire godforsaken Republican Party,

But the mid-terms are coming up. Change can happen IF (and only if) we overwhelm voting booths in November. And based on the number of women and men I saw marching yesterday, that feels infinitely possible.

ABC's "This Week" - White House legislative director Marc Short; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C. Panel: Matthew Dowd; Democratic strategist and former Clinton campaign spokesperson Karen Finney; Marc Lotter, former press secretary to Vice President Pence; Meghan McCain, co-host of “The View” and Julie Pace of The Associated Press.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Short; Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Durbin. Panel: Peter Alexander of NBC News; Republican strategist Al Cardenas; Stephanie Cutter, former deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama; and Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; White House budget director Mick Mulvaney; Durbin. Panel: Ben Domenech of The Federalist, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, and Ruth Marcus and Ed O’Keefe of The Washington Post.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Mulvaney; Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. Panel: Bakari Sellers and Amanda Carpenter; former Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.; and Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan, D-Calif.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution; David Frum of The Atlantic; CNN commentator Margaret Hoover; Alex Wellerstein of the Stevens Institute of Technology and creator of NUKEMAP; Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight blog; and Nate Cohn of The New York Times.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Jeff Greenfield, former network correspondent; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; and Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian and professor at Rice University. April Ryan, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief, American Urban Radio Networks; John Gizzi, White House correspondent, Newsmax; and Oliva Nuzzi, Washington correspondent, New York magazine. Charlotte Alter, correspondent, Time magazine.

"Fox News Sunday" - Mulvaney; Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. Panel:
Michael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action for America; Jane Harman, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center and former California congresswoman; Josh Holmes, founder of Cavalry and former chief of staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell; and Charles Lane of The Washington Post.

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