Blood in the Water

For years now it’s been clear to anyone paying attention that Trump is a professional fraud who worked with overseas dictators to subvert our democracy. None of this mattered to his core demographic, aging, under-performing white men insecure about their place in the world. His appeal to his cowardly base was his projection of power. A gold-plated lifestyle studded with porn star hookups and helicopter rides gave him all he needed to keep his supporters in line. Trump is the gangsta rapper of the Golf Digest reader-base, a Marion Barry for white people.

His base doesn’t care that he paid off porn stars. Mega-pastors with a national following lined up to defend his adultery. They don’t care that he raped an under-aged girl and molested a nearly endless string of women. Boys will be boys, after all. Republicans don’t care about Trump’s money-laundering, his fawning adoration of dictators, his destruction of our treaty relationships or the demolition of our trade advantages. His pious, Christian followers love the fact that he’s set up concentration camps for little Honduran children, at long last shielding them from the brown menace.

There’s one thing that could shake Republicans’ faith in their beloved Bully – losing. Losing is bad enough, but nothing is worse than losing to a woman. This week, the trap Trump set for himself snapped shut, and Nancy Pelosi made him look not merely stupid, or rash, or foolish, none of those things matter to Republicans anymore. She made him look weak. Now that the world has seen how feeble and vulnerable Trump is, the sharks are circling.

As bad as the revelations from the Special Counsel investigation have been, Trump remained confident in the support of his base. Legal problems are little concern to an authoritarian leader as long as he can still muster his core supporters. The devastating losses last November were a warning of power diminished, a warning he ignored.  The stupid ideology he shared with his supporters lead him to underestimate his enemies. He staged a naked display of power and was shocked by the outcome. Trump was visibly humiliated by a woman, and not in a hot way. Now he’s screwed, and again, not in a hot way.

Trump’s MAGAmorons are rattled, scrambling to assemble “three-dimensional chess” rationalizations, climbing down from prior hopes or, like right wing troll Mike Cernovich, stating the obvious:

His humiliation was punctuated by the arrest of his spirit animal, Roger Stone. This new arrest cuts through the denials about collusion with the Russians through WikiLeaks, but that’s not all.

A single line in the indictment points to the center of this investigation. From page 4 of the indictment:

“a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE…”

That beautifully crafted phrase describes criminal activities by three people, though only one of them is given a name. The “senior Trump Campaign official” is almost certainly Steve Bannon, who went to Special Prosecutor early and spilled his guts. Remember, Bannon stated in his book that the Mueller investigation would focus on Trump’s money laundering more than election interference. It would be interesting to know where he gained that insight. The third person hanging in the passive tense over that line is the only person who could have instructed the campaign “CEO” to commit a crime, Donald J Trump, also known as “Individual 1.”

Pelosi wasted no time, capitalizing on the Stone revelations with this accusatory Tweet.

It’s a move that instantly delegitimizes the President, placing those who support him on notice of what to expect. If Trump colluded with the Russians to destroy our democratic institutions, then how should we characterize Mitch McConnell’s behavior over the past two years? Should McConnell return the campaign donations he’s received from the Russians? There’s blood in the water.

Trump needed the solid support of his base to hold off the consequences of his crimes. Last week’s humiliation undermined that critical support. Displays of weakness are the Kryptonite of authoritarians. When a bully fails, toadies become unpredictable. The same people who cheered Mussolini to power hung his corpse upside down from the roof of a gas station.

Trump knows few things, but he understands the danger of weakness. He’ll stage even crazier, more desperate stands over the coming weeks in a frenzied effort to recover some stature. Being an idiot facing off against enemies far cleverer and better prepared, those efforts are likely to compound into a tornado of failure, with significant collateral damage.

Some ambitious Republican toady will probably smell the chum and make a move. If they do, we should resist the urge to venerate them. It’s too late for Republican courage. Whatever Republicans do now to rid us of Trump is pure opportunism, staged for their own self-preservation. In this late stage, it is vital to insure that the people whose cowardice enabled Trump are destroyed along with him. Feed them to the sharks. All of them.

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    1. Just guessing, but his inner voice is probably saying – “Go ahead, go for it. There is discontent with both parties and you are brilliant. Your ability to grow a company worth billions prove your abilities. There is plenty of talk of third parties and if you put them both down with your rhetoric, people will recognize you are the one. This may be one of those rare times when a third party rises to replace one of the old ones. Plus it will only cost millions and you got billions. Yeah, go for it.”

      I don’t think he is intentionally running interference for trump. Might be wrong.

  1. Here’s a profound and challenging article by Imani Perry, a black female attorney and teacher of Constitutional Law, who has been piqued by Madison’s “Three-Fifths Clause” since she was a law student. As we talk about the problems within our two party system, not the least of which is voter suppression of minorities, we need to know that there are still people who don’t feel that either party speaks for them. They are descendants of slaves, and the poor and unseen. It’s not enough to throw the Republicans to the sharks if you don’t look much more deeply at problems that are fundamental to equality.

    “A casual acceptance of the denial of rights is not simply unjust. It is the rot at the core of US constitutionalism. The only way for constitutionalism to make claims to virtue is for that rotten core to be rooted out and replaced with redemptive and courageous visions and participation of the excluded.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/31/voter-suppression-african-american-james-madison-slavery?

    1. Like I have said before, the right-wing fanatics have won. They now control the judiciary that will rule the country, in whatever form it morphs into, for the next 40 years.

      Unless, of course, the people rise up and declare this entire regime illegitimate and rolls back all appointments and laws. But we know the chances of that are.

    1. This is getting better and better! This new sass coming from the left is exciting. Imagine what kind of convuluted excuses Republicans are going to have to make on this bill? Assuming that McConnell calendars it….but, what kind of excuse can he offer to not bring it to the floor? Oh I hope it gets a vote in both Houses….

      https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2019/01/29/colin-allred-leads-push-end-shutdowns-attendance-checks-congress-no-golf-presidents

  2. Mueller has used his indictments to convey a lot of information
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/03/opinions/mueller-is-about-to-have-his-say-honig/index.html

    On the one hand his adherence to process and policy appears to demonstrate a belief in our institutions to hold up under the assault of this administration but tempered by how much information he conveys in his indictments and plea agreements. I think it demonstrates some awareness on his part that all this work could end up in Barr’s desk…but leaving so many big bread crumbs for House committees’ to follow I don’t think this conspiracy stays hidden for long. Maybe not before 2020 but I think we will know the structure, participants and timeline of how this Russian assault on our election was executed.

    I can settle for that and of course will have to live with the fact that 36-44% of the US population won’t care or “believe it”. I hate that phrase “I don’t believe it”….some things in life are empirical…you can know it. I give zero f@cks what they believe.

  3. Deep state. 35 day shutdown, an “experiment by small government advocates? I strongly disagree with shutting down government but there are others who believe it provided useful information about the role and justification for government. It’s horrifying to consider that Miller and Mulvaney May have encouraged its continuance for ulterior reasons.

    I’m not opposed to thoughtful analysis of the benefits of privatization but when it’s driven by partisan politics, I’m suspicious. As technology reshapes our world, it is smart to objectively reassess how societal functions are managed. The “how” change happens is important. Should it be organic versus political, Or is that even possible? Key is proportionality and selecting wise people to make these decisions and that the process be deliberative.

    We need to learn from life’s experiences but I want good and wise teachers.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/27/shutdown-government-functions-will-they-be-privatized

  4. Before people start doing victory laps and holding parties, a few things I have stated before:

    1. Will the Senate actually turn on him enough to get the necessary 67 votes?
    Only if the monster running the Senate has deemed the puppet tyrant no longer a useful idiot.

    2. The war has already been won, the coup complete, since the fascists have already stacked the judiciary system with far-right fanatics, for LIFE.

    3. Will the people actually rise up and actually announce that the puppet tryant’s entire regime is illegitimate, all laws and appointments fruit of a poisonous tree, and roll them back? Of course not, since that would mean civil war, and people in general are too dumb to understand the full ramifications of what has happened in the past 2, actually 3 years.

    4. Even if the puppet tyrant is impeached, the religious fanatic who will take over will simply pardon all involved, and continue turning the country into the Handmaid’s Tale for the next 2 years, executing all orders he receives from the true power brokers.

    5. Any attempts at mitigating the damage from global warming will be wiped out, as the replacement, even if he believes in global warming, will also believe that it is punishment directed at all the evil people in the world or that he can pray it away.

    No, the only thing that will save the country and planet is a co-ordinated move that removes the top two simultaneously which puts Nancy in charge, She will have to finish her term in a concrete bunker, but it is the ONLY option.

      1. Do you know anyone better than Pence to sit beside Trump and not change expressions? That’s what they wanted him for…That and possibly some insight into trump’s daily activities. My guess, anyway. Don’t like the man.

  5. dfcord – Trump is a bully. He doesn’t have the backbone to burn down Rome much less fight for a wall that is really just a totem for his ego. He might “order” someone else to set it on fire but he would never be brave enough to do anything where he might be blamed. All he cares about are those actions and rhetoric that make him look “invincible”. The WaPo piece is important because it reveals the broken processes that hallmark this administration, and how this culminated in the wall quagmire. He didn’t order a damage assessment on the front end and he couldn’t handle the criticism on the back end. Bullying for Dummies. Trump relies on his “gut” because he doesn’t really care about other people, and, he’s too intellectually lazy to think through consequences of actions he’s always been able to blame others for any failures. He miscalculated, but mostly because he enjoyed a total and complete pass for the first two years of his term from cowardly republicans, as Chris so accurately describes. He became accustomed to winning but he had no opposition! He ignorantly deduced it was because “he” was right, and strong, and smarter than everyone else. Heck, who wouldn’t think they were Captain Marvel when there was no one ever lined up against you?

    Regardless what one thinks of Pelosi, give her credit for being many chess moves ahead of trump. I don’t think he will be so sanguine about her in the future. This is a man who has undoubtedly rarely if ever had anyone tell him “NO”, much less a 78 year old woman. Watching him back down before the world was small satisfaction given how many people he’s hurt with his petulance and selfishness. Welcome to “real” politics. There’s nothing I’d like more than Trump to decide being president wasn’t fun anymore, but there is also a part of me that wants to see him and those who aided him thrown to the sharks as Chris suggests. Pelosi is going to earn her retirement in dealing with trump but if she holds the line as she demonstrated on this issue, her career in Congress will be much more impressive than coniving, spineless McConnell, as Fly points out.

    I listened to an interesting NPR interview yesterday with Abigal Marsh on the topic of altruism. Dr. Marsh is an associate professor of psychology at Georgetown who earned her PhD in social psychology from Harvard. The interview dealt with her research into altruism and includes snippets from her TED Talk on the subject. It was fascinating. Dr. Marsh discussed her research into altruism, using polar behaviorial people as her study groups. She looked first at people who are recognized as overwhelmingly altruistic, and as contrast, she studied a group of psycopaths. That piqued my interest given current events. As she spoke, donald trump loomed large as a classic example of someone whose medulla is exceedingly small. The NPR podcast is 12′.

    https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/?showDate=2019-01-25

    You may also be interested in her book on the subject: “The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between”

    https://www.amazon.com/Fear-Factor-Altruists-Psychopaths-

    I’d really rather be enjoying a nice happy movie, but….wouldn’t we all?

    1. I agree with “conniving” concerning McConnell, but not “spineless”. I detest him and his agenda, but that dude does play a long game, and he’s played it skillfully. I’m still pissed about what he did to Merrick Garland (and I’ve got lots of company), but I have to acknowledge that he took a big gamble there, and he won, most unfortunately. His trying to keep in the background during the shutdown was exasperating, but understandable from a tactical standpoint. I’m hoping that he is the GOPer who Chris predicts will turn on Trump first, because his defection would be the most devastating. But that doesn’t mean I’ll forgive him for all the obstructionist crap he’s pulled. He’ll still have all those reactionary judges to his name.

      1. Here’s my counter-argument. I understand that bad people can be perceived as strong, but McConnell is spineless in my opinion, not because he is stupid, but because he would not stand up to trump knowing he was wrong, and he relegated the interests of the nation and established Senate protocol to the dust can. The WaPo article clearly illustrates McConnell admitted the shutdown and wall were stupid but he would not use the power of his position to challenge trump. Admittedly, he has lots of company, but his position as Senate President compels him to respect the rules established by many senates before him. In his own way, McConnell is the passive bully as trump is the overt one. McConnell’s decision to de-rail Obama’s right as president to a hearing on his nominee for SCOTUS to me was not strong but obdurate and unethical. I find it difficult to accord any semblance of strength to one who so unabashedly abuses their position.

  6. I don’t remember who gets credit for this gem, and I’m paraphrasing: “Donald Trump is the poor person’s idea of a rich man, a stupid person’s idea of a smart man, and a weak person’s idea of a strong man.”

    Also, I feel I must comment again on why I started reading GOPer Lifer, why I continue to participate here, and why I respect you, Chris. You have made it clear that you are not a fan of Nancy Pelosi and her politics. Yet you are able, ungrudgingly, to give her credit when credit is due. That unfortunately is a very rare thing in today’s political discourse. I don’t doubt that a number of GOP MoCs feel grateful that Trump backed down, but they don’t have the guts and integrity to publicly thank Speaker Pelosi for getting them out of this mess.

    1. I, too, have been thinking about why I was initially drawn to GOP Lifer on chron.com.

      At the time, Chris seemed to be the only blogger with 20-20 vision.

      He was telling truths about the GOP that should have been widely published and discussed.

      Eerily, he was out there by himself.

      I also appreciate Chris’ recognition of the impact of slavery on our system.

      I recently dipped into one of Daniel Boorstin’s books (The Americans, The National Experience) and the author links slavery, English common law, the unwritten laws of ‘honor’, and the southerner’s desire for ‘small government.’ Made my head spin.

    2. A small correction Mary: McConnell isn’t Senate President (that, per the Constitution, is the Vice President of the US, currently that useless ….oh, never mind! ) McConnell is the Senate Majority Leader, so chosen by vote of all Senators in the majority party. They are pretty useless, too…..

      1. Thanks Joseph…Got the pres on my mind…wonder why? Hopefully, in 2020, he’ll be retired or minority leader (-; I’m hoping it won’t be as much fun after the 2020 elections to be a republican member of Congress – either house!

    3. A comment about Flypusher’s point on Nancy Pelosi: Being a product of “The Hill,” and also a Californian, I’ve followed Pelosi for many years. I, too, have tremendous respect for her capabilities and dedication and I wouldn’t call it “grudging.” My life before retiring peacefully to Costa Rica was GOP politics, and though I would disagree with almost all of her positions, I admire her skills and survivability with more than just casual admiration. She represents an incredibly leftist district in San Francisco, but she comes across as a typical centrist Democrat, a “pol”to be sure (as the daughter of a long-time mayor of Baltimore, what else should we expect? ) I’ve met her a couple of times, can’t say I really know her, but (no endorsement here) she’d make one hell of a President!

    4. Pelosi has shocked me. One of my big fears from the last election was that Dems would take both the House and Senate, and Chuck and Nancy would try to dance with Trump instead of confronting him. Prior to this month, I’ve seen her as basically the same political animal as John Boehner, just an operator who mouths bullshit on the way to their own, largely individual goals. She failed in every opportunity to confront Bush and never seemed to grasp the significance of the Tea Party threat (just like Boehner). In short, she just seemed like another professional politician locked in the past.

      I’ve never seen this side of her. Frankly, I’m not sure it was there before. Reminds me of the fact that Churchill was a minor, back-bench figure, largely washed up, prior to WW2. Sometimes the moment makes the woman.

  7. I thought it would be the revelation that he’s not really a billionaire that would bring him down, but this is much better. As you point out though, Chris, he’s probably sitting in the White House trying to figure out what a reality TV President would do next. And that’s a scary thought.

      1. Pelosi bringing her fangs to bear against King MAGAmerica isn’t shocking, but seeing such open disdain of McConnell is… interesting, to say the least.

        Openly forfeiting cordial relations with the Senate is Pelosi’s way of throwing down the gauntlet, but why? Is she just giving up accomplishing anything during these next two years or does she, perhaps, know things that give her sway to openly disregard McConnell? And if so, what?

    1. Why did Trump blink? Long answer is that he had no cards to play, so a collapse was inevitable eventually. The more immediate answer is: La Guardia.

      And that points to what we might see in the next stage. I’ll bet you a wheelbarrow full of rubles that the interruption of service at La Guardia was coordinated. We’ll see the same kind of tactics from government workers on a larger scale as the decline of this administration picks up steam. Strike-like actions targeting key federal services may play a pivotal role in the climax of this mess.

      1. Yep. Try a shutdown in another three weeks and the patience of federal workers will only be exceeded by their creativity. …as in, punishing actions. If it weren’t so detrimental to America’s economy and the lives of people who have paid the price for trumps ego and McConnells total lack of responsibility to his country, I’d like to watch the wrath of federal workers unfold.

        Here is an excellent back story on trumps shutdown miscalculation. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/prisoner-of-his-own-impulse-inside-trumps-cave-to-end-shutdown-without-wall/2019/01/25/e4a4789a-20d5-11e9-8b59-0a28f2191131_story.html

      2. News on the shutdown was growing exponentially every day, and none of it was good for Trump. How he could have thought that shutdowns were “easy to win” is beyond me. He just doesn’t understand that he actually is the President, and this isn’t a reality TV show.

      3. Mary, thank you for the WP article.

        My question as to Trump blinking is that my expectation is that he would burn the whole thing down rather than give in.

        It was already obvious to Trump that he miscalculated his “bold move” would increase rather than decrease his popularity. It had been suggested this was his last chance to win the 2020 election next year.

        I reasoned he would choose to be like Nero fiddling while Rome burned rather than be seen as wimping out.

        I was wrong. Probably for the better.

      4. From a friend’s FB comment:

        “it seems noteworthy that a couple hundred (more/less?) angry workers have been more effective in one morning than the entire Congressional opposition. I know that the reporting on this by and large is still fairly minimal, but it seems like it’s not just a coincidence.”

        Teachers’ strikes across the nation are reversing more state level Republican defund / degovern legislation than Democratic leadership on any level. I also think workers in general are starting to notice how effective it is to collectively say ‘no’.

        I don’t believe in any larger ‘worker’s movement’, which I think is one area where far leftists just seem unrealistic (any large movement is bound to collapse under its own internal disagreements if not outright contradictions, partially why having large parties is also bullshit) and of course the GOP has been specifically targeting ending worker’s rights as a way to destroy representation (CF the reason federal workers couldn’t just strike during this shutdown, due to Republican policy written during Reagan), but it doesn’t look like it takes many people at the right bottleneck to make large differences.

        I think one thing that has always given me faith in American style democracy is Americans’ own ability to say, “Nah fuck you I don’t want to do that.” It’s one thing that causes this place to be more chaotic and stressful (not to mention less governable) beyond other societies — an inherent underlying social anarchism — but we definitely all know that there is no institution large enough, not even the federal government, to force us to work for free. Eventually, “No, fuck you, pay me.” And the work stops.

      5. John Cassidy over at the New Yorker agrees with your assessment and adds some interesting other perspectives. I particularly related to this paragraph:

        “In a piece that dubbed him the “Chaos president,” Eli Stokols and Noah Bierman, of the Los Angeles Times, suggested that the President was now starting to pay the political price for his chronically disorganized style, and that he could suffer permanent damage. “We’re in a period where how he acts and what he says is being viewed much more critically in light of the shutdown and the changing economy,” Peter Hart, a veteran Democratic pollster, told the paper. “Instead of being the hero for ending the shutdown, he’s seen as the villain for starting it.”

        In other words, people are going to expect trump to demonstrate that he can govern and hold him accountable when he doesn’t. Here, here.

        http://link.newyorker.com/view/5be9f96824c17c6adf0e8d669f4jj.seu/d7c29baf

      6. I thought of you when I heard about LaGuardia getting delays, Chris, and your statement that when white middle/upper class Americans want something done, it gets done. Govt is still functional in that regard.

        Federal workers going to food pantries, farmers not getting their USDA checks, states depleting their welfare reserves, nothing changed matters. LaGuardia gets *delayed* (not cancelled) by about an hour, and in less than 6 hours, Trump is in the Rose Garden capitulating. I can’t think of a better example of what you’ve pointed out in the past.

        RE: concerted action to bring about the LaGuardia delays, I agree. I’d love for a journalist to do a deep dive into this, and interview controllers and union heads (anonymously if needed) and really get the story. Here’s a few more pieces of the puzzle to put together. LaGuardia is always delay-prone. But it was not where the ATC controllers were in short supply. It’s just where such a shortage hit the hardest.

        Here’s a key piece from the NY Times: (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/nyregion/airports-shutdown-laguardia-faa.html)
        “The F.A.A. blamed the trouble on a slight increase in the number of controllers calling in sick at two of its air-traffic control facilities on the East Coast, one near Washington and another near Jacksonville, Fla. Those facilities manage air traffic at high altitudes; some flights between the Northeast and Florida that normally would pass over the Atlantic Ocean had to take a wide detour over land.”

        IOW, it was not controllers at LaGuardia itself. For those who don’t know, the NY Times is (I think) referring to the New York area control center. The country (and the world) is divided into different regions, with a central air traffic control center for each region. The NY center is by far the busiest and most important, because it has jurisdiction not just over the northeastern seaboard, but most of the north Atlantic, which means that, at some point in their journey, pretty much any flight from Europe (and many from Asia) to anywhere in the US passes through their control. You literally can’t get from Istanbul to Dallas without passing through the NY area control center.

        If I was a union or other entity looking to severely disrupt air traffic to the entire country (especially air traffic filled with rich businessmen and Wall streeters hopping across the pond for vital business), that would be the ATC to target. Which it sounds like they did. After all, affecting NY’s ATC over the 20 other ATCs in the country is just too much of a coincidence. LaGuardia was just the first domino to fall, because it’s the most prone to delays (and being largely domestic traffic, their flights have lower priority for congested slots than long-haul international flights).

        In 6-24 hours, we’d have started seeing European arrivals and departures grounded (of which many aren’t even destined for the US). That’s when it escalates to an international issue. Can you imagine what happens when a London hedge funder can’t get to Mexico City because New York’s ATC is down?

        Whoever did it was thinking smart, and I’d love the full story to come out. Don’t be surprised if this is the lever used the next time a shutdown happens. Poor LaGuardia will be turned into a pawn in a much larger game 🙂

      7. Also interesting is an assessment by Standard & Poors of the cost of the shutdown. Six Billion and counting. The lingering impact will be felt by agencies that are always on a budget tightrope – national parks, social services organizations, etc. This estimate of course isn’t able to include the cost for loans and overdue payments that not only federal workers and contractors experienced, but the peripheral businesses that serve them.

        In listening to a discussion on the financial cost of this shutdown today, one commentator noted the fact that few families/individuals can come up with $400 in a time of emergency. He said that this 35 day shutdown was a real test of this hypothesis and undeniable proof of the huge financial divide in America. Further, it has revealed a lack of sensitivity and real ability to relate to the real world working people inhabit.

        Commerce will have some catching up to do with its economic report and I hope whoever puts it together doesn’t cheat. I hope the working people of America are finally grasping the reality of the problems this administration is causing.

      8. Also interesting is an assessment by Standard & Poors of the cost of the shutdown. Six Billion and counting. The lingering impact will be felt by agencies that are always on a budget tightrope – national parks, social services organizations, etc. This estimate of course isn’t able to include the cost for loans and overdue payments that not only federal workers and contractors experienced, but the peripheral businesses that serve them.

        In listening to a discussion on the financial cost of this shutdown today, one commentator noted that few families/individuals can come up with $400 in a time of emergency. He said this 35 day shutdown was a real test of this hypothesis and undeniable proof of the huge financial divide in America. Further, it has revealed a lack of sensitivity and ability of the wealthy to relate to the world working people inhabit.

        https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/26/end-of-shutdown-federal-workers-debts-credit-shattered-trust?

      9. Anyone who’s still really expecting Trump to demonstrate that he can govern is kidding themselves and hasn’t been paying attention for the past 2 years. The GOP knows this but they’re sticking by him for now out of fear of the base, and the desire to fill as many judgeships as possible before the jig is up. I hear plenty of gossip about how they truly loathe him, but they’re still putting up with him. For now. I’m hoping Chris is right in his prediction sooner rather than later, and in no way do I buy the notion that Pence would last any longer in office than Ford did.

  8. https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2019/01/25/opinion-renee-graham-birtherism-back-gee-wonder-why/hhu2FRlWavJJqbfMxlkEzJ/story.html?

    I guess this reprehensible action was predictable from the right but, really? So soon? They don’t miss a day without stepping in filth, do they? What it shows me is who conservatives fear most in the democratic presidential field. Harris represents everything the republican establishment loathed: Women candidates, black people, smart women who fight back – intelligently, and, from California (-;

  9. Bravo chris! Well said!

    A few thoughts. First, although trump’s base has a large old white man contingent, the number of young MAGA supporters continues to surprise and concern me. Second, Pelosi’s political abilities will be sorely tested by trump – not because she isn’t more savvy than him but because trump is cornered and more very dangerous for being so. There is no predicting what he might do to divert/ demonstrate his “power”. Start a war? Claim bogus emergency power to close government again? Continue to ignore (and abett) copious warnings about security breaches? And other actions my poor simple brain can’t even conjure.

    Finally, re McConnell. I believe he has criminal liability for his refusal to expose what he absolutely knew about trump’s illegal activities. His political decision to back trump to the hilt while knowing what he had done and continues to do (he is, after read in on sensitive security information) which knowledge should be grounds for charging him for knowledgeable complicity.). Take, for example, his silence regarding security clearances and his steadfast complicity re judicial nominations. The list is long. The recent NYT piece on McConnell reveals a stunningly calculating man who will do anything to secure his place in history annals.

    Again, really enjoyed this post.

      1. McConnell may well have a part of him (a very, very small part) that yearns for some respectable place in history, but he’s sacrificed all that to his power-hungry ego; scraping by for comparative bits while his party burns to the ground around him and he does nothing.

        Rick Wilson calls him a political animal – and he is that, but I’ll always regard him as a coward who took the easy way out when the moment called for something far better. Let history give him the record he so richly deserves.

  10. Not all of us old southern good old boys are ok with Trump’s treason. This southern white senior has resisted Trump and the GOP’s fall into white nationalism. BTW my great granddad was a Confederate War Veteran. Most of that side of the family are the same way. Education and living in a diverse community does make a difference. People like me are part of the new Democrat Coalition. Sadly there are more of the old Republican values there now.

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