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Democrats in Congress are demanding that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings be delayed due to the indictments of Trump associates Paul Manafort (with an eight-count conviction, no less) and Michael Cohen.

To be realistic, the statements are political. Kavanaugh’s competence (or lack thereof) is independent of Manafort and Cohen’s tax evasions and other misdeeds, though the plot does call into question 45’s judgement in picking people. Republicans will do anything they can to get Kavanaugh confirmed. Democrats will fight it any way they can, and the whole thing is likely to feel impossibly dull by October.

But wait – should Trump be himself indicted? Sen. Richard Blumenthal ups the ante in this short clip from MSNBC, calling the Manafort convictions and Cohen guilty plea “bombshell.” Indictment should be “on the table,” says the Senator from Connecticut, as the POTUS has engaged in as much criminal behavior as his unlucky henchmen.

Tap that button. Lock him up.

Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog

What makes Trump supporters so loyal to a president who is wrecking the country and the world is one of the great mysteries of our time. And the latest political scientist to ponder this problem is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, whose obscene, cigar-chomping wisecracks you may recall from his many appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Now working as a "correspondent" for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Triumph recently convened a focus group of real live Trump supporters to discuss current issues, such as the dismantling of Confederate statues and unemployment. The group watched some fictional Trump-Pence campaign ads to gauge their reaction to potentially extreme proposals by their idol.

Even Triumph, who always presumes human stupidity, was exasperated by their answers.

It's uproariously funny, the way only a gang of mindless Trumpists can be.