Combine Chauncey Gardner with Harold Hill You Get Donald Trump

This NYT interview might be the most accomplished interview with a completely delusional, uneducated and full of bull psychopath ever committed to newsprint.

He literally backed into a really important job without having the slightest clue what the job entailed and six months later is just as clueless.  But boy can he spin a line of bullshit like a champion aluminum siding (or musical instrument) salesman.

Josh Marshall does a nice job annotating the madness.  Just a small sample (go read it all):

His unique combination of bullshit, bluster and word salad is infuriating – how is it not completely obvious how nuts he is to everybody?

That’s frustrating as fuck!

Democrats Have an Opportunity on Healthcare Right Now – They Will Blow It

8 in 10 Americans want the Republicans and Democrats to compromise and fix healthcare.  2 out of 10 just want to watch everything burn.

Democrats should pull out all the stops to announce a platform on healthcare reform and fixing the ACA – get talking points down, take out ads, do a half hour infomercial, airplane banners on the beaches – whatever it takes – to get the message out that

“we’re here, we’re Democrats, we have answers, reach out to us.” 

Force the press to ask Republicans about Democrats’ ideas and compromising to get something done.

Repubs won’t go along.  They’ll go on rants about how Democrats are just lying about their reasonable positions and just want to ram socialism down everybody’s throats and take your guns (head cock, relevance?).  Sadly, they will look like the incompetent loons they are.  But maybe public perception of Dems might improve?

Right now it’s a race to the bottom as Republicans screw up everything but still get points for bullshitting their way into office while Democrats are just considered ineffectual and weak.

Netanyahu Gives Up The Ghost – The Conflict Works for Him

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is conveniently intractable for some people.

The Israeli premier was overheard blasting the European Union’s approach to Israel, saying “it’s crazy. I think it’s actually crazy” that the EU maintains that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must come before closer trade ties.

Yes, he was speaking about his frustration that the EU is uncomfortable trading with Israel with said intractable conflict ongoing and ongoing and ongoing.  But really, the fact that he’s a lot more comfortable with the conflict than most of us is not really a secret. His right wing party doesn’t even really see a conflict, the Palestinians just do not exist for them and their fight to keep them non-entities IS the conflict for many of us.  Yeah, the EU has a problem with that.

Back in the day the white Afrikaners of South Africa couldn’t understand anybody’s preoccupation with their blacks.

Far Right Hipsters Leaving Their Coffee Houses to Deny Life to Children

In the 1800s there was an active contingent of celebrated Americans who raised money and gave speeches to send black people back to Africa.  The Back to Africa movement was pretty large and even encompassed some black people (ex-slaves) who agreed (sometimes for different reasons) that they didn’t belong in American society and would be better off going back home.  Very few actually did.

In general though the movement wasn’t manned by out and out racists (they for the most part advocated slavery as a societal good for everyone), it was manned by people who who would have self-identified as realists who couldn’t see a successful blending of the races in America.  I’ll just let that hang there for a moment of self-reflection, so we can all silently sigh and momentarily give into our most pessimistic fears to concede they may turn out right in the long run.

A bunch of right wing hipsters in Europe who identify as Identitarians (awkward word, that) are crowdfunding moneys to get boats to counter the life saving efforts on the high seas.

They share the conventional right wing view that European nations will lose their identities (as Christian and white) with the influx of migrants (mixed religion but definitely darker) coming to their shores escaping civil war, famine and persecution.

“Our goal is to step in where our politicians are failing and to do what is necessary to stop the deadly illegal migration into Europe,” according to the IB website. “An invasion is taking place. This massive immigration is changing the face of our continent. We are losing our safety and our way of life and there is a danger we Europeans will become a minority in our own European homelands.”

They see the bad guys here as the NGOs and coast guard rescuers who help these migrants (who are 15% children) safely reach European land.  They assert that they don’t want the little brown babies to die, but they should be rerouted, safely, back to the death traps they’ve escaped.

In his YouTube video, Sellner also made clear his group’s objection to the flow of migrants into Europe. “If you invite the whole of Africa, you don’t have Africa,” he said. “You become Africa.”

I mean no offense, I don’t want you to die, but you belong in your hell hole.  How will it help anybody if you turn my nice prosperous country into another hell hole?  If you survive all of this you’ll see, I’m making sense.

When people say we’re more alike than we are different I have to wistfully agree. People suck everywhere.

 

2018 – The War on Sanity Will Continue

Trump:

“The way I look at it is, in ’18 we’re going to have to get more people elected. We have to go out and we have to get more people elected that are Republican. And we have to probably pull in those people, those few people that voted against it. I don’t know. They’re going to have to explain why they did and I’m sure they have very fine reasons, but we have to get more Republicans elected because we have to get it done,” he said.

I know it’s fashionable to give Trump and his minions more respect than they’re due and believe that they can continue to bullshit their way to fame and fortune, but I doubt it.

Polls already show that he’s not going to be able to sell the public that Democrats are responsible for the problems with Obamacare.  He and the Republicans do own this already and if they let it fail, they will own it 100%.

Democrats will run on expanding healthcare access, expanding medicare, fixing the ACA, etc.  Republicans will run on stopping Democrats from doing those things.  I’ve heard too many normal, average Republicans say they’re leaning towards single-payer now to believe that Trump’s blatherings today are anything but delusional.

The sooner Democrats make it known that this is the banner they are running on, the better.  This game plan can unite the factions like the King of the North.

Was Healthcare a Win for the Resistance or a Loss for the GOP?

HA!  Watch me go 50/50 here, maybe 60/40 in favor of GOP fail.

I cannot discount all those people across the country, writing, e-mailing, tweeting and, most importantly, marching, chanting and sitting in at Senator’s offices and making their fears known at town halls.  Disabled people being carried out of offices?  Bravo!!  Bravo!!  McConnell’s best efforts to twist arms and sweeten deals were no match for the real pain this bill would have caused real people.  Activists kept that in the faces of every Senator, some of whom (a minority) had enough humanity to pay attention.

That said, I continue to be optimistic that the effort to repeal Obamacare was doomed as early as 2009 when conservatives started attacking the Affordable Care Act, a conservative market-based plan from the Heritage Foundation, as socialism.  Eight years of misnaming this conservative plan as socialism rendered the possibility of the GOP coming up with a “conservative alternative” pretty fucking impossible.  Even if they had tried to actually come up with a workable alternative, which they didn’t, it was likely doomed.  So massive fail for the GOP on every level.

This fail can go right on the resume of talk radio and all of the core Republican base as well as the elected officials that went along with their bullshit.

Congratulations, party of bullshit.  You earned this.

Polling Shows Same 25% of Country Who Like a Strongman Autocrat Sticking with Trump

Washington Post/ABC Poll. It’s consistent with observations of Americans leanings for a very long time.  His 36% approval is still maddening, as is the 30% of the public that doesn’t get the Russian collusion story, but it comes down to about 25% of the country that is strongly behind him.  Not to mention that 82% of Republicans are still marching in his parade, although many are somewhat nervous about the tomatoes raining down on them and the few left in the party where a brain and a conscience could be detected are defecting.  But it’s the same consistent 25% finding that is strongly behind Trump that has always been iffy on democracy and really into anybody in a red power tie that sounds strong and confident – it does not matter what they’re saying.  They’re authoritarians more than conservatives or Republicans.

  • 24 percent say that, since taking office, Trump has “acted in a way that’s fitting and proper for a president of the United States.” Seventy percent say Trump has acted in a way that is “unpresidential.”
  • 24 percent approve of Trump’s use of Twitter. Just 13 percent strongly approve. Two-thirds disapprove of the president’s use of social media, and 53 percent strongly disapprove.
  • Compared with previous presidents, 23 percent think “Trump is doing a better job than most.” While 17 percent say he’s doing a “much better” job, 38 percent think he’s doing “much worse.”
  • 3 in 10 believe Trump is “a positive role model for young people.” For perspective, 18 percent said the same of Bill Clinton in a Post/ABC poll conducted the week after the salacious Starr Report was released in 1998.
  • The most common answer for why people think Trump is doing a good job was “strong leadership,”

Politico looked at this way back in those innocent times of January 2016.  

Political pollsters have missed this key component of Trump’s support because they simply don’t include questions about authoritarianism in their polls. In addition to the typical battery of demographic, horse race, thermometer-scale and policy questions, my poll asked a set of four simple survey questions that political scientists have employed since 1992 to measure inclination toward authoritarianism. These questions pertain to child-rearing: whether it is more important for the voter to have a child who is respectful or independent; obedient or self-reliant; well-behaved or considerate; and well-mannered or curious. Respondents who pick the first option in each of these questions are strongly authoritarian.

Of course the conventional pollsters and media don’t even consider the, shall we say “undemocratic” element in the country who have those strangely foreign views of what government should be.  It’s so unAmerican that the questions can’t be asked straight up because like with racism, few would outright cop to preferring a monarch or strongman who would just tell them what to do to democratically elected representatives who debate things like the elitists they are.

The apparently dirty secret that even political scientists don’t want to admit is that we have a sizable segment of the population that would vote their own rights away in order to diminish yours.  It just makes sense to them that one man (and it’s almost always a man) can cut through the bullshit of government better than numerous talking head representatives and “get things done”.  That’s what people who want a CEO president are voting for – a king.

This is one of those times that I like to point out that over 40% of the population of the Colonies were on the side of the King at the time of our sacred and much beloved revolution.   Everyone likes to think that they would have been on the side of the sainted Founding Fathers, but logic dictates that self-identified conservatives today, those with an authoritarian streak especially, likely would have been Torys and cursed Washington and his rebels.

They’ve always been with us and likely always will be.