Trump Does not intend to be president

He’s hinted at this before but he really does not want to muss his cotton candy hair on the heavy lifting of actually running shit.  He intends on being kind of sort of a figurehead like the Queen, while a Prime Minister in the form of Vice President actually runs things.

One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

“Making America great again” was the casual reply.

Let’s just imagine that Mike Pence would actually be creating foreign and domestic policy. Mike Pence.

If the Founding Fathers came back from the dead they’d never stop slapping us.

If that isn’t all chilling enough, the completely bereft of ethics Chris Christie is running Trump’s fantasy “transition” team.  And what does that mean to him?  What’s his priority? The De-Obamafication of government.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is counseling Donald Trump on plans to make it easier to fire President Obama’s appointees if he makes it to the White House, with Christie bragging in a closed-door donor meeting at the Republican convention that the campaign is hatching a list of staffers that would get the ax, Reuters reported.

This Trump administration promises to be worse than GWB in every possible way.  Sadly Trump/Pence is an even less principled, even more political version of Bush/Cheney.,

Firing appointees of the previous administration may seem like a typical political thing that every new administration does, but the fine print is that they’re expecting the Obama Admin. to make certain political appointees civil servants, who are harder to fire, for good reason.  They want to make it easier to lay waste to vast layers of such employees, which turns a hundred years of good government practices on their head. The transition from a Washington D.C. full of political appointees to a professional government run by civil servants that don’t cycle in and out every four years was a great step forward in governing.  Presidents and their parties have plenty of opportunities to put their stamp on just about everything, but there need to be limits in the name of efficient non-partisan governing.

The best recent example of an administration that tried to elide the civil service rules whenever possible was the Bush administration gutting the U.S. Attorneys Office, the nations federal prosecutors and replacing them with political buddies (like Chris Christie) who were then tasked with prosecuting Democrats and political enemies.

The dismissal of the U.S. attorneys is a more visible example of the same purgelike practices. Three of the fired U.S. attorneys—David Iglesias of New Mexico, Carol Lam of the southern district of California, and John McKay of the western district of Washington—were lauded by the Justice Department before they were fired. Bud Cummins, former U.S. attorney of Arkansas’s eastern district, was told that the only reason he was being pushed out was to make way for J. Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Karl Rove and a one-time Republican National Committee staffer known for his skill at opposition research, not his legal acumen.

Let’s not forget, along these lines, the ridiculous appointment of Michael Brown, former attorney for the International Arabian Horse Association as head of FEMA, as if FEMA didn’t matter.  His incompetent administration of disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina added pain to a tragic situation.

That’s the kind of administration Trump/Pence/Christie have promised.

It can’t happen.

 

 

GOP Sets sad Record

Merrick Garland has now waited 158 days for a hearing to take a seat on the Supreme Court, which is the new record.  Of course, they never intended to give him a hearing, as Mitch McConnell admitted, they believe it’s their job to obstruct Obama and the Constitution, not fulfill it.

Brandeis was the previous record holder.  Brandeis was to be the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice and was also a militant social crusader, neither of which were popular with the elites of 1916, explaining his delay at a time when justices were approved often within a month of naming.

The current situation is, once again, a very weird symptom of the total lack of scruples of the Republican Party and their willingness, nay eagerness, to put ideology and party above country and Constitution.

Our life time quota for the word “unprecedented” is quickly being approached because of these douchebags.

 

 

2nd Night of Last GOP Convention Ever

The lack of production values, imagination and enthusiasm continued on day 2 of the wake for the Republican Party.  The theme was Make America Work Again Make America Hate Hillary to Death, Burn Her!

Once again, it has to be said that the unprecedented weirdness is off the charts here. Almost nothing was said about the economy, jobs, economic policy, work, etc., the purported theme.

That time was spent hating Hillary, with Still Fat With No Prospects Chris Christie claiming to prosecute her for her supposed crimes, having the geriatric crowd get on their feet and yell guilty with their pitchforks and torches in hand.  Because he was a prosecutor you know.  Well, he got to be a prosecutor by bundling money for George W. Bush, so that’s all you need to know about his prosecutorial skills.  He didn’t so much “make a case” against her as read a bunch of RW internet site talking points and just pronounce her guilty of each one.  If he really thinks that’s how things work, then we now know why 4 of his closest aides and cronies are already under indictment or plead guilty and Christie will probably get indicted at some point as well.  The gall of somebody who deleted entire e-mail accounts and lost phones so he didn’t have to produce that evidence talking about anybody else’s e-mails is pretty darn rich!

Mr. Relaxation Ben Carson went off script and connected Hillary Clinton to Saul Alinsky and Lucifer, making a trifecta of the three most hated individuals in modern GOP minds.  Just as a side note, let us consider the mind boggling nature of the fact that every Fox News watching, RW radio listening conservative knows the name Saul Alinsky, and knows that he’s supposed to be leading the agenda for all Democrats/Socialists/Communists at all times, notwithstanding the fact that he died in 1972 and very few Democrats have even heard of him.  That’s your vast RW conspiracy right there.

Carson noted that Clinton admired Alinsky and Alinsky mentioned Lucifer in his book’s acknowledgments. What it proved is that Carson is insanely literal minded enough (no surprise) to believes in an actual Lucifer, and also that he does not get humor or irony at all.

Alinsky Capture

The highlight of the evening was the speech by Uday Trump Jr., whose speech got extra vetting I bet after last night’s Melania debacle that Mrs. Polislice believes was a set up to humiliate her.  But who would want to hurt a third wife?  Never heard of such a thing.  If this was “Game of Thromes” Melania and Barron would have been “Red Wedding’d” long ago.

So Uday Jr. gave a speech that sounded like he too has political aspirations. It would surprise me not at all if he ran for Senate in NY in the not too distant future (God forbid a Trump should aim small at some actual position in public service like Congress or City Council)!  Uday, born into the .1%, showed his touch for the common man by announcing how he despises elites and especially despises elite universities.

Uday Capture

The other thing everybody needs to know about that awfully nice Uday Jr. is that he likes hunting and mutilating animals for souvenirs.

Uday Capture Hunting

Looking forward to speech tonight by Mike Pence………………………….  sorry, fell asleep.

Pat Buchanan Won

John Fugelsang made the point that it took 24 years since Pat Buchanan’s 1992 convention speech that the late, infinitely great Molly Ivins said “was better in the original German” but the GOP is now the party he thought it was in 1992.  It was a fight against George H.W. Bush for the heart of the party.  Bush won then, he is not attending now.

 

First Night of the GOP’s Wake in the Books

What was that?  Night 1 was Make America Afraid and a little sad for how nutsy cuckoo one of the major parties has become.

The mother of a Benghazi casualty said Hillary was responsible for her son’s death and journalists had to gently point out that there’s no evidence for that without calling her crazy.

9/11 Rudy yelled and took credit for the 20 year drop in crime in NY that started before he took office and continued after, and happened everywhere he wasn’t mayor too.

A bunch of people said we’re already at war and/or a cross roads and only they have the courage to call the enemy by its given name of “Muslim extremism.” They seemed proud of that.

Chachi spoke after tweeting that Hillary is a c*nt (Baio literally ran into Trump last week and Trump asked him to speak – like this was just some backyard barbecue, “you know , come if you can and have a rib, give a speech, whatever, it’s casual”).

Antonio Sabato, Jr., who is… um… I don’t know who he is, said Obama is definitely a Muslim, definitely.

Joni Ernst and Jeff Sessions droned showing why they’re big stars. Actually, nobody ever thought Sessions was a star (he’s in the Senate because his nomination for the federal bench was rejected by the Senate because of his extreme views on race). They did actually think Ernst was, until last night.

Melania Trump gave a serviceable although apparently plagiarized speech that didn’t add any personal element to her indentured servitude marriage to Trump. Which, going by the people who have seen the curtain pulled back, is about par for the indifferent course on his relations with his wives and children. Maybe she had no color to offer because the only color in their lives is that orangeish tint he trails like a human bag of Cheetos. Maybe she doesn’t really know him.

But more importantly she rickrolled us all.

It was also an occasion for every nude picture of Melania to be tweeted against the backdrop of how much grief the same people applauding Melania gave to Michelle Obama over sleeveless dresses.

Ultimately it’s a toss up whether the actual convention was worse or this piece in the  New Yorker about the writer who actually wrote “The Art of the Deal” and how much he regrets putting lipstick on a pig for Trump.

The hall seemed half empty most of the time (and completely empty part of the time), the functions seemed perfunctory – march speaker on, march speaker off, no videos, no productions values. It looked like a convention that was done on the cheap at the last second, and it was.

Poor Bob Dole sitting there and being propped up whenever they needed a visual of an elder statesmen to give the whole thing cover. There is no cover here and that was obvious from the fact that even his wife, Elizabeth “Liddy” Dole, former Republican Senator from NC, did not accompany him.

We’re all Israel Now

The despair people feel about terrorism today is at least partially rational* because these nihilists that attack beach celebrations and marathons and concert halls and gay dance clubs embody the real heart of terrorism: it’s so indiscriminate, so unpredictable that it really can happen anywhere. Don’t leave your house ever! These murderers with a cause are different from any other set of murderers with a cause because they make no bones about the targets having anything to do with their cause. We can say Isis is so much more effective than al Qaeda because they would sit around in caves planning attacks for months, because the target mattered at least a little.  Not so anymore.  Isis tells its naive and disconnected young acolytes to just go out and kill with whatever you can get your hands on. Gun, knife, car, whatever. Quite literally they say if all you have is a rock then hit people in the head with it. Which people?  Doesn’t matter, just kill. This feels different. Even more pointless and doomed to failure, but doomed to failure while soaked in lots of blood.

So all of the western world is now on high alert at all times. We are all Israel now, on high alert everywhere at all times.We got used to seeing soldiers with automatic weapons in airports and railway stations since 9/11, get used to that in an ever expanding list of places.

* It’s partly still not completely rational because much perspective is lost in the mists of time. I hear people bemoan current events as if terrorism is new and worse than ever. The more nihilistic nature of it notwithstanding, there’s always been terrorism. There are ever changing groups and their causes that ebb and flow and disappear as other causes and groups emerge.

At all times in the post-WWII period there have been countries and regions that were besieged by terrorist groups and their guerrilla tactics. In the 50s and 60s Puerto Rican nationalists killed a Congressman on the steps of the Capitol. In the 60s and 70s the Irish Troubles reached our shores and kept London in a state of siege. Makeshift American anti-social actors tried to stop the killing in Vietnam by killing in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, etc.  In the 70s dozens of people were killed by a bomb at LaGuardia Airport. Bombings were every day occurrences somewhere, even before the Oklahoma City disaster 20 years ago. It’s not even new to have Middle Eastern inspired mayhem like the massacre of the Israelis at the Munich Olympics, or how France was beset by the uprising Algerian anti-colonists. I’m just talking about Europe, Asia, North and South America. Skyjacking was a thing with airplanes being commandeered and rerouted by force at a rate of 1 a week for years. Basque Separatists attacked Spain and Spanish interests. Anarchist groups like Red September and the Baader Meinhof Gang put a pall over Germany. Yada yada yada…

Some people in 2016 act like these horrific acts never happened and tragedy only began on 9/11/01. Call me Mr. Perspective.

Old Fashioned Plutocrat Trump Completes GOP’s Time Travel Adventure

Trump

Just swap the mutton chop sideburns and out of control facial hair for Trump’s patented out of control orange thatch and he’s literally representing a party from the 1800’s. And it’s not just the emphasis on racism, xenophobia and America First. Trump has set himself on a course to motivate every angry white person who wants to turn back modernity to vote to Cexit 21 as in Exit the 21st Century.

But it’s not as if any of this is his idea and he brought it to them. He’s just the perfect candidate for, and the product of, a party that has degenerated for 40 years down to the level of the lowest common right wing radio conspiracy theory denominator.  Unlike even a Romney or McCain, Trump embraces nearly all of the revanchism that represents the core party.  A look at the GOP platform is like looking back in time to a party platform from the know-nothings of the 1830s.

As Talking Points Memo notes, the real architect of all of this is Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who was the author of Arizona’s “papers please” law.

This was not Kobach’s first time serving on the platform committee. He was a member in 2012 — where he harshened the platform’s immigration language that the Mitt Romney campaign had tried to soften — as well as in 2008.

But Trump-mentum and Kobach’s brand of hard-right, anti-immigrant conservatism were a match made in heaven. The legal wunderkind-turned-state bureaucrat has long advocated for anti-immigrant legislation — including Arizona’s infamous “show us your papers” law — as well as for restrictive voting laws.

Now, with Trump at the top of the ticket, that attitude is reflected in the party platform, which presidential campaigns in the past have attempted to tone down. The platform also stakes out conservative positions in a number of other areas that are less of a focus for Trump, but Kobach expressed confidence that Trump is on board.

What’s in the hard right platform besides Trump’s famous wall to be paid for by Mexico, implicit America First language and complete bans on abortion for any reason whatsoever?

A plank that says online porn is a “public health crisis.”  Not guns.  Porn.

A plank demanding that lawmakers use religion in composing laws.

stipulating “that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights.”

It encourages Bible instruction in public schools.  Encourages it because you need the Bible to have an educated citizenry.  [Note: much of the literacy movement of the first half of the 19th century was so that people could read the Bible.  And given the paucity of books available to the poor, that was the one book most homes had. It’s literally 1830 in here!]

Planks showing disapproval of homosexuality, gay marriage and transgender rights. They approve of state laws that limit rest room choices and “conversion therapy.”

“Has a dead horse been beaten enough yet?” asked Annie Dickerson, a committee member from New York, who chastised her colleagues for writing language offensive to gays into the platform “again and again and again.”

Yet it was the lack of much interference by Mr. Trump or his aides that seemed to set the tone for the platform’s direction. That allowed conservative activists like Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, to exert greater influence. Mr. Perkins’s hand could be seen in dozens of amendments on issues like gun control, religious expression and bathroom use.

A plank calling for all federal lands to be returned to the states.  That includes our national parks.

And let’s not forget maybe the craziest zig in the dance of crazy that is the GOP Platform of 1832 2016.  Coal is a vegetable.  No, actually coal is clean energy.

After Texas delegate David Barton proposed the addition of the word “clean” to the platform’s description of coal, the committee voted to officially call coal “an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource.”

So again, porn is a public health crisis, coal is the clean energy source of the future, only men and women should marry and procreate and law should be based on religion.

Maybe I’ve given them too much credit.  Maybe it’s the platform from the 1730s!