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The Atlantic summarizes the last 10 days of chaos. It was just last week that Yates testified to the Senate, and Comey got fired, and Trump announced that he’d invented the phrase “priming the pump”? And it’s just going to get worse and worse?

I’m almost feeling pity for the 70 year old blustering nincompoop.

Let’s make him feel worse.

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  1. says

    I’m almost feeling pity for the 70 year old blustering nincompoop.

    I’ll feel bad if I see him headed for Dupont Circle in a tumbril, getting pelted with eggs while the tricoteuses knit. I still wouldn’t lift a finger, of course, but I’d definitely make some tut-tut noises and feel bad.

  2. Feline says

    My nation stopped conscription because the cold war wasn’t. And also money. But then Putin started being classically Russian, and we started re-thinking whether the soviet threat was as over-and-done-with as we thought (spoiler: It really wasn’t). Thankfully (should be read in the most ironic way possible) the threat isn’t novel, so we can re-use our plans (as opposed to when Dubya threatened war(“You’re either with us or against us”), when the ‘whatif’ was “What if our long-time semi-allied nation declared war on us” was an actual thing to consider). But your idiot-in-charge has made the Russians bolder than they ever were during my life-time, and it worries me something fierce.

  3. The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge says

    @ Feline:

    Maybe Niven and Pournelle’s CoDominium is coming after all, just not the way they thought….

  4. numerobis says

    They forgot the part on May 10 of hosting Russian diplomats and their film crew in the Oval Office.

  5. The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge says

    Seriously, though: Can you imagine what would have happened if Obama had done the most trivial of these things? He couldn’t even order Dijon mustard!

  6. methuseus says

    Apparently McCain said that Trump is approaching Watergate levels of lawlessness? How is it only approaching and not surpassing? The only reason Nixon didn’t get away with more is that he was so much more careful than Trump is.

  7. methuseus says

    To be fair, Dijon mustard and no ketchup is a bit odd for a burger, but less odd in Chicago than other places (see the various types of “Chicago style” hot dogs in the city). Still, that is squarely in the TMZ category of news; it is something interesting to a few celebrity watchers, but nobody else.

    @Marcus Ranum #1:
    I won’t feel bad even then. He wouldn’t feel bad about nuking us, literally, so why should I feel bad about anything happening to him? He also seems to like when his workers are mistreated, or at least looks the other way.

  8. Hoosier X says

    if President Man-Baby wanted people to feel bad about his disgraceful downfall, he shouldn’t have been the leader of the racist birther movement for most of Obama’s presidency.

    (But then he wouldn’t have gotten the enthusiastic support of so many of this country’s gullible racists, who will believe some really stupid b.s. if you wrap it in enough foolish hate speech.)

  9. chrislawson says

    You know, I do feel pity for him as I doubt he ever feels good about himself for more than 2 minutes without someone singing his own praises to him. That doesn’t mean I have the slightest sympathy for anything he says or does.

  10. Infophile says

    I feel no pity for him; he brought this all on himself. The biggest silver lining of him being President is that it’s making him as miserable as most of the rest of us.

  11. ragarth says

    Honestly we might be headed to the most ideal situation in this presidency: If Trump becomes a severe lame duck and is deeply demoralized as the president but isn’t impeached, then we might be spared the worst of the republican onslaught, avoid a president pence, and maintain Trump as something to point at come election time.

    Impeachment isn’t good because we’ll have president pence, and that would let the republicans enact all kinds of horrific things. But if trump can be turned into a demoralized wrench in the republican death machine, their impact on this nation could be mitigated.

    The only advantage to impeachment is that pence would be better for foreign policy (in that he wouldn’t leak secrets to the Russians or turn our allies into enemies).

  12. says

    methuseus
    “Apparently McCain said that Trump is approaching Watergate levels of lawlessness? ”
    One can approach a limit from above as well as below…
    Maybe McCain thinks Little Hans is getting less lawless?

  13. robro says

    And it’s just going to get worse and worse?

    And it’s spreading. Yesterday the Washington Post reports that last year the House Majority Leader along with Ryan and other MoCs were recorded speculating that Trump was on the Russian parole, as well as one MoC. When they were confronted with this story by the Washington Post, they denied it happened…FAKE NEWS! When the Washington Post said they have a recording of the conversation, Ryan et al said they were just joking. Ha ha. So one lie, one lame excuse, and you’ve got a bunch of House Republicans you could throw on the cart.

    As for Mike Pence, don’t forget how many times he lied during the VP debate. If he was the Christian he claims to be, he would spend the rest of his life praying for forgiveness for that one night, and nothing else. (I also think the “Flynn lied to Pence” narrative is a CYA story.)

    Is it possible to impeach an entire political party?

  14. birgerjohansson says

    Only 77 years? I had assumed the old Fox News crook would last as long as Robert Mugabe, or Ayatollah Khomeini.

  15. dhabecker says

    D Brooks says Trump’s brain is six fireflies blinking randomly in a jar. Pence’s brain is an empty jar.
    Pick one?

  16. David Marjanović says

    Apparently McCain said that Trump is approaching Watergate levels of lawlessness? How is it only approaching and not surpassing?

    McCain has that long, strange history of saying the right thing and then promptly voting for the wrong thing. So maybe he’s covering his ass ahead of time now?

    Of course comment 13 is a parsimonious alternative.

    The only advantage to impeachment is that pence would be better for foreign policy (in that he wouldn’t leak secrets to the Russians or turn our allies into enemies).

    Unless he lives out his religion…

  17. unclefrogy says

    and he is taking his chaos circus on a world tour and hitting all the religious high points. I can hardly wait to see what happens next.
    the mind boggles
    uncle frogy

  18. ragarth says

    @david on 21

    Sadly, Trump is both horrible for war, poor people, women, and non-white people abroad. With the added benefit of being easily manipulated by foreign policies. Only difference between Trump and pence for foreign policy is Pence isn’t going to tell the Russians our secrets on a boast.

  19. says

    As I recall, the classic witch hunt targeted women, the elderly and the poor, didn’t require evidence, and resulted in the supposed witch being put to death. This guy (whom I’ve been calling “Trumpelthinskin,” by the way) has a serious persecution complex. He thought the job would be easy, and somehow convinced himself that not only did he win the popular vote (if you don’t count illegals, of course) and had a bigger turnout for his inauguration than Obama, he thinks he’s been successful to an unprecedented extent so far.
    Yeah, poor little man.
    As for handing the Russians classified info, he has the power to do that, but it doesn’t appear that he checked with anybody to find out if it was safe to do so. His National Security Advisor defends him by saying he couldn’t have divulged any sources or methods, because he didn’t know the source or methods. Which I guess is supposed to be comforting, right? Jeebus. At least one Republican congressman with a military background is questioning the wisdom of that.
    You know there are more disasters to come. Among the things we know about Trumpelthinskin: he doesn’t think about shit, doesn’t learn from mistakes, and he “don’t know much about history.”

  20. jrkrideau says

    @ 2 Feline

    My nation stopped conscription because the cold war wasn’t. And also money. But then Putin started being classically Russian, and we started re-thinking whether the soviet threat was as over-and-done-with as we thought (spoiler: It really wasn’t).

    The cold war was more or less over but the US never realized it. Hilary Clinton did strike me as totally irrational in this area. She seemed to think Stalin was still in the Kremlin.

    The USA double-crossed Russia on NATO expansion. They had verbally promised, in public IIRC, no NATO expansion into the Baltic states/Ukraine and reneged as it was not in the written agreement. For some strange reason Russians seem to expect one to keep publicly spoken verbal promises even if it is not notarized and signed in blood.

    Unfortunately I don’t see what else Putin could have done but start being “classically Russian”. He could no longer trust the West especially the USA.

    All this does not reduce the pressure on the Baltic states and other eastern European countries but may suggest why the pressure is there.

    So, unfortunately I agree; the “Soviet Threat” is not over-and-done-with as the Russians must regard the USA as a threat whether it makes any sense or not. And this means eastern European countries especially the Baltic States are in a nasty situation.

  21. DanDare says

    Trump may get done but that only deals with a symptom. The US is full of people that voted for him and Pence.

  22. says

    Have to say, they are trying, real hard, to both play on people’s fears, and babble incoherently at the same time, among some of the talking heads, at least on the radio. Had the misfortune that my favorite cab service and driver (the guy is the only one in town that remembers who the heck I am, or where I live, instead of my having to scream over the cell phone at them, while they, “Try to find some place to stop, so they can write it down wrong.”) seems to like to, “listen to the crazies on radio, to see what they are saying.” Kind of makes me nervous, really. How much of that can you listen to, while driving, before it overpowers your will, and you start thinking it makes sense?

    Anyway, the rant was how Trump was the only thing that would save the US from, apparently, liberals who are out to have a Bulshavic Revolution, while in cahoots with the 1%ers that want “global markets”, and, if they ever get their way they will start with killing True Americans ™, but have, up until now, and even when those damn liberals had control over the *entire* government, they somehow never managed to start this revolution, just, “Mess with companies, to undermine their ability to succeed.”, and that Trump will be shot, presumably by the left wing, Russian like, commies, half way through the new investigation, which is all made up anyway, just to do nothing but discredit him. And, that is just the stuff I remembered because they guy wasn’t half saying that Trump might be doing some things he didn’t like, but it was somehow a ploy, or.. something, to stop the much worse people out there, or.. something…

    So… Err, I am confused, other than being against commies, are they for or against the 1%? And, how is any of the rest of that coherent either? Its like they are eating each other alive, to try to simultaneously claim that Trump is their best friend, a menace, their only hope, and their worst enemy, but.. if something happens, its… someone else that did it!!!

    Yeesh…. His supporters, or at least he jokers on the radio, are starting to talk like him.

  23. unclefrogy says

    Yeesh…. His supporters, or at least he jokers on the radio, are starting to talk like him.

    they have always sounded the same to me
    steeped in ignorance, hate and resentment and fed on greed, lust and lies.
    uncle frogy

  24. KG says

    liberals who are out to have a Bulshavic Revolution, while in cahoots with the 1%ers that want “global markets, and, if they ever get their way they will start with killing True Americans™” – Kagehi@28

    The missing term here is “Jews”. In Nazi ideology, as I’m sure you’re aware, Trotsky and the Rothschilds were merely two faces of the worldwide Jewish conspiracy against True Germans™. Ever since 1945, Nazis have been trying to rehabilitate their ideology – and they are closer than they have ever been, with links into both the White House and the Kremlin.

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