Zzz Rated

It’s official. Besides FoxNews, ratings tanked for daily diatribes of Schiff & Co.  Soaps average 3 million viewers whereas major networks barely topped 1 million for the marathon Senate Trial. Yet pundits called Schiff dazzling. Dazzzzzzzzling? What were these people watching?

In a moment of rare lucidity CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said, “If you are winning, shut up.” Schiff didn’t get that memo. Tribes are not moved to watch the other side in any event. As a commenter in the New York Times wrote, “I was glued to every minute of the House Managers but I cannot bring myself to watch the President’s defense team.”

Impeachment? Nope. A partisan political exercise pure and simple.

Throwback Saturday

On a Side Trek in May of 2016 happened upon this house in Hatfield, Massachusetts with two lawn signs side-by-side. Trump. Bernie.

Today Bernie Sanders is in the lead in Iowa polls. Trump is a defendant in the Senate trial accused of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. Yet. Will likely be acquitted and run for re-election.

The more things change. The more they stay the same. In November 2016, I wrote in Mike Bloomberg for President. Let’s hope he’s actually on the ballot in 2020.

Deus Ex Machina

A white ball appears from the sky in the midst of Torrey Pines on the Southern California coastline. Tiger! Rory! Ricky! Even Phippy! Huh? Yes. Golf saves us from impeachment droning for four days. Praise the Lord.

Speaking of God. The New Pope is a bizarre arty trip which should be watched under the influence of something. And. Messiah continued to stretch spiritual and geopolitical boundaries. Season 2 assured.

Untoward Torture

What did we do to deserve this? The American people did nothing wrong. Why are we being subjected to this extended torture? Days upon days of blathering bluster. Repetitive regurgitations of mindless muddle. The Senate Impeachment Trial.

House Managers. For 3 days. After a marathon yesterday. After hearing them for days in the House. Cannot abide Schiff or Nadler for another minute. As poor Lizzie, Bernie & Amy are stuck there kept from the campaign trail. Lucky Joe. Luckier Trump. And Mike!

Thanks to Book Club for a much needed diversion. The Purple Hibiscus good or bad will be a godsend.

Here We Go Again!

Everything old is new again. Bill’s former foes and friends. Ken Starr. Alan Dershowitz. Doddering Senators who were there during the Lewinsky case. America’s erstwhile beloved Mayor Rooody.

Senate Impeachment Trial begins today. Trump is fiddling in Davos while Rome burns. As Mayor Mike stays out of fray to mount a race. Oy vey. The Boys Club never seems to go away.

Media Multi-Tasking

Started Messiah series. So far intriguing. Also The Outsider. Jason Bateman. Different. Then. Sunday Marathon.

Mahomes never quits. Spunky finish to send Kansas City Chiefs to the Super Bowl. Over in Santa Clara. Jimmy G didn’t have to work hard. Mostert and blockers dominated to easily take Niners to the NFC win.

Next. Ray Donovan finale. Characters stay true to themselves. Well-written and acted. Sláinte on a gritty season. Then. Capped off the evening fast-forwarding through the SAG Awards. Highlights. Schitts’ Eugene & Dan Levy. Peter Dinklage. Jennifer Anniston. Wow.

Oh. And. NYTimes endorsed Amy & Lizzie. Sorry Joe & Bernie.

Meanwhile. Scanning great photos from St. Vigilio Dolomiti Italia.

mAd Ski Ben.

Women’s March 2020

Different perspectives. As always. What are they marching about in 2020? Better to be working for Mayor Mike. Or. Somebody who can win. This year snow and bitter wind kept them all away. Only saw an empty CPW with the exception of a bunch of cold cops.

Nancy Pelosi was a little too thrilled about impeaching Trump on Bill Maher’s show. Gloating never a good look. Even if her suit was. Maybe it’s because she’ll soon be Prez if she can get rid of Pence, too.