WASHINGTON—For over three months, the lawyers defending El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago and his famous phone call with the Ukrainian president said it had absolutely nothing to do with domestic political concerns such as the possibility that he might be running for re-election against Joe Biden. Oh, no. Not our crime-busting president* from U.N.C.L.E. That was even the theme of the meretricious lunacy pitched by White House legal advisor Pam Bondi on Tuesday, when she spent a couple of hours knitting a paranoid sweater to keep the president* warm.
Then, after it all was over on Tuesday, my BFF from Iowa, Senator Joni Ernst, gave the entire game away.
Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening. And I’m really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus goers. Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point? Not sure about that.
Check out the video. Look how pleased she is with herself, how happy she is to be so frank with the world, how she rejoices in saying the quiet parts out loud. Look at her Republican colleagues, searching in vain for a burlap sack in which she could escorted away from the bank of microphones.
Of course, the Biden campaign jumped on this with both feet, albeit with language that typically was fitted with orthopedic shoes, tweeting:
Iowa caucus-goers take note. Joni Ernst just spilled the beans. She and Donald Trump are scared to death I’ll be the nominee. On Feb. 3rd, let’s make their day.
Pro Tip: if you spill the beans into a large puddle of malarkey, you will have to spend days cleaning it up.
Even more remarkable than Ernst’s blundering into her own left-hook, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming took it upon himself to read some minds.
I was watching Elizabeth [Warren] and Bernie [Sanders] and Michael [Bennet] and Amy [Klobuchar] and they were really eyes wide open during that part of it [Bondi’s routine].
Turns out that these people should leave the gaslighting to the experts in St. Petersburg because, frankly, they’re better at it.