This cold Sunday morning should offer a moment of reflection for denizens of the Missouri political discourse as we prepare for the upcoming impeachment proceedings.
Accordingly, here's another fact check on this dilemma . . .
After a Republican-dominated committee returned a report they deemed "credible" alleging spanking, slapping and a salacious encounter that many have described as sexual assault: There's simply no going forward with Eric Greitens as Governor. The controversy has basically shut down Missouri Government and made his administration untenable. Since the report, Guv Greitens is only defended by Internet trolls. No real allies, who aren't on his payroll, have been willing to publicly stand up for him from here to the Beltway. In a desperate ploy, Guv Greitens is attempting to push himself closer to Prez Trump but the White House is avoiding the controversy and simply calling it a "serious" situation.
What we've seen from Guv Greitens in this crisis is nothing less than an egotistical and selfish leader putting his political career above the interests of every Missouri voter. This stalling strategy threatens to drag other Republicans down with him and shames anyone who has supported otherwise important policy discussions. Nevertheless, Guv Greitens continues to play for time while paid consultants and disgusting sycophants dishonor the highest office in the State with vindictive attacks against a woman who says that she has already suffered a shocking level of abuse.
The case is now nothing more than a repulsive he said/she said adultery drama and a legal matter that Eric Greitens needs to sort out on his own time. Meanwhile, Missouri will soon demonstrate that politicians serve the electorate, not the other way around and nobody is entitled to hold political office hostage.
For now, here's some of the best news items on the topic from both sides of the aisle . . .
Jeff City Stalls Over Guv's Junk
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens' problems are threatening to derail action in the House and the Senate in the final weeks of the legislative session. The roster of proposals hanging in the balance include some legislative initiatives he supports, including business-friendly changes to the state's legal system and an anti-union measure called "paycheck protection."
Dishonoring The Troops
Three separate investigations are looking at reports that a donor list belonging to The Mission Continues was obtained and used by the Greitens for Governor campaign - which would violate laws governing nonprofits and could cost the charity its tax-exempt status.
The Battle Ahead
PARKVILLE, Mo. -- Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are calling on Governor Eric Greitens to resign or begin the process of impeachment. Governor Greitens spoke at a private event in Parkville on Saturday. Tom Hutsler, who helped organize the event, says there was a lot of support for the Governor from the crowd at the GOP fundraiser.
Show-Me Democratic Party Tough Talk
State Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, questions if the legislature should be sending bills to Governor Eric Greitens. A growing bipartisan chorus of lawmakers is calling on the Republican governor to resign after the release of a House committee report detailing allegations against Greitens.
Talking Prez Trump Parallel
EXCLUSIVE - Hantler: If The Democrats Remove Governor Eric Greitens, Their Witch Hunt of Donald Trump Will Be Emboldened
That's how one ought to think about what's happening to Missouri Governor Eric Greitens - and to President Trump. Many in the media are calling on Governor Greitens to resign or be impeached, based on a report published by a committee in the Missouri State House.
Sen. Claire Key To Victory???
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Democrats are using Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' political and legal woes to try to attack the top GOP candidate in a hotly contested U.S. Senate race.
Disavowed By The White House????
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A spokeswoman for President Donald Trump says allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens are "very concerning." During a briefing with reporters on Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders was asked about a letter from three Republican Missouri state senators to Trump, urging the president to ask Greitens to resign.
Developing . . .