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The Shearing of Hair Trompf (28)

March 19, 2018

Crisis Mode

Thinking onward about the constitutional crisis that entered the plot line on the preceding page, in the context of Mueller’s significantly raising the threat level, to Trompf: here’s more reason why I guessed (at the bottom of that page) that T will fire M, and maybe soon:

Surely Hair Trompf and every Republican sees that on next January 3 (short of an event that rallies the masses around the President*) the Dems will begin two years of majority in the House (and maybe even the Senate). That means impeachment (and a trial in the Senate, with maybe a verdict of guilty). It also means Dem House committee investigative power. They’ll use it mightily. So what does T have to gain, by risking completion of the Mueller investigation?   ?   T is outa here. He can only be wondering how he can protect the most of his present and potentially future fortune. Which will most damage his brand (and his ego), investigation leading to impeachment, or obstructed and aborted investigation and then impeachment? Once impeachment proceedings begin, it will be much harder to hurt his foes and keep his base (he doesn’t worry about his friends), especially with the revelations from a completed investigation.

At any rate, that’s my best narratorial guess about what the plotline holds for us.

So now, let’s return to the action with  But wait, T’s lawyer says not to worry. T “is not considering or discussing the firing” of M (laughter in the SRO section). Here’s reportage with good contextualization in T tweets.  Hey, this isn’t a crisis, T is just playing with us, and playing us.  Sen. L graham opines (can’t really be taken seriously as an R warning) that firing M would be the beginning of the end for T.  But Downie in WaPo sees current and historical reasons to doubt that, and Maggie Habberman believes his Sunday tweet storm is pushing to see how much he can get away, with his Rs, and pushing the AG or rosenstein to fire M.  Note, though, that the investigation was going on, in the FBI, before M, and doesn’t necessarily end with M.  The tweet storm also caused more expression of concern about T’s state of mind.  Habberman (NYT) wrote that, a year in, T is feeling emboldened to follow his own judgment, malgré his minders.  He’ll go with his gut.  Sargent (WaPo) emphasizes her point that T likely thinks that he has gotten away with everything outlandishly himself so far, so why not more?

Robinson (WaPo) says that if you think T is getting worse, it’s not your imagination. Donald Trump’s occupancy of the White House is every bit as insane, corrupt and dangerous as you might fear. Witness this jaw-dropping message to the sitting president of the United States from the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America . . . America will triumph over you.”

I have met John Brennan, who headed the CIA for four years under President Barack Obama. To say he is not given to hysterics is a gross understatement. His picture ought to be next to the word “sober” in the dictionary. Yet there he was on Saturday morning, using Twitter to tear into the supposed leader of the free world with language normally reserved for the tinhorn dictators of obscure kleptocracies.

Robinson thinks that the only people who can stop T are you (dear reader) and I (or at least the author, since narrators still not yet been enfranchised), come Nov.

And as if “enough is enough” were not already enough, now we have

The Great Stench.

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