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The Shearing of Hair Trompf (5)

May 17, 2017

5-17  Putin defends Trump.  Ha!  Perfect beginning of a next page of this episode.  Certainly the first person to ask.  And what about Jared?  On a larger stage than American fascism, what we’re glimpsing is the machinations of the international oligarchic criminal class.  Meanwhile, a Republican congressman, while not mentioning the “I” word, takes a step toward seriously thinking about it.  And now, two have actually said it, “impeachment” (as being appropriate if a president has committed obstruction of justice).  Well that’s a start.

At this point I want to mention, again, The Irony of Democracy, which I read with colleagues and students in a class in the ’70s.  Dye, Ziegler, and Schubert suggested that, ironically, when a democracy is in mortal jeopardy, that society depends upon its elite to defend democracy and save it.  During Watergate the Republican Party ultimately decided that it was in their best interests to push their own guy out of the White House.  They paid a high price in the election of ’76, but more than recovered in ’80.  Are there Rs who think that way today?  Or, at least, will the Koch Bros and their ilk see dumping Trump as serving their own fascist interests?  My memory is that, while people considered Nixon’s actions to be an attack on democracy itself, they did not worry that, even as vindictive, paranoid, and volatile as he was, he might explode.  He was containable.  But people are concerned about how violently T might act out, when he knows he’s going down.  Who, among our elite, can and will contain T if he explodes?  The “intelligence community”?  The Joint Chiefs?

The Secondhand Russian Connection now showing (or at least this makes a good trailer).

Later:  Sur ‘nuf, we had reached the breaking point.  A Special Counsel.  Who?  What (and how independent)? It seems he has what it takes, personally and by law; but can the Rs yet limit his actions to being only a patch?  NYT reporters on the difficulties.  And JM on why we also need an ” ‘independent commission‘ to investigate what happen in the 2016 election”!

Rs will stay with T as long as (1) he is significantly useful to their realization of their privatization dreams, or (2) they don’t dare dump him because of the anger of his base of supporters.  How long will at least one of those continue to be a potent influence?

Republican politicians will not put the welfare of the nation above their own interest, if indeed they ever consider making such a distinction, because they serve at the pleasure of the aristocracy (as absurd as that sounds).  They are the chosen and purchased instruments of the oligarchs.

And later still:  Two thoughts, either of which could work for the plot line:  People are saying, wisely, to be sure, that this thing is likely to drag out for a long while yet; but (1) these things can also snowball, or even avalanche and catch a lot of folks before they can get out of the way, and (2) while it probably would be good if things now proceeded slowly enough for Mueller to explore everything, thoroughly, it might also turn out that the Rs don’t want that to happen and they will push T out, surprisingly soon.  T might even be feeling it, and arranging his fantasies to make himself look good in his eyes as he rolls on.  Why should he go on being President, taking all that abuse?

5-18  R House leadership knew, full well, in June 2016, what was happening, and how much was at stake.  They’re like school kids chattering in the cafeteria.  In order to understand what is happening us, what we have done to ourselves, it is necessary to understand that these people are fools.  They are in office, not because of competence for national leadership, but because their seats have been paid for by the Koch Bros and their Ilk, at whose pleasure they serve.  They are ideologically sincere, but their ideology is shallow and self-rationalizing.  5-19  Admin trying to limit Mueller’s investigative reach.  What are they hiding?  And what about Pence’s role?  And now:  The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter. (WaPo)

5-21  McCain “almost speechless.  “Financial crimes“?  Yuh think?  And “Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Sunday he wants every single note the White House has on President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian officials in the Oval Office earlier this month.”  5-22  Two U.S. Intelligence officials say Trump inappropriately asked them to deny evidence of collusion [and];  Comey, Sessions both cancel planned testimony to Congress; Flynn takes the 5th; and T lawyers up.  5-23  Former CIA Director Brennan “saw information the was worthy of investigation,” and knew that T campaign people were in touch with Russians.  5-24  “American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence.” (NYT)  5-25  FL GOP operative colluded with Russian hacker of election data.  And the FBI is finding Kushner interesting.

[Pages (1) and (4) of this episode.]

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