Every story about this White House is frightening, but here are the three scariest things about this Washington Post story on Il Douché’s mulling a White House purge:
1—In the constant, Tudor-like political roiling of the White House waters, the bloated body of Steve Bannon has floated back to the top. Setting up a “war room” to do battle with the government that Tr**p leads has his fingerprints all over it. What makes Bannon dangerous is his lust for chaos and disruption. It’s all about “The Fourth Turning,” a potted history that Bannon reveres. The book argues that history unfolds in 80 year cycles, each made up of four 20-year “turnings.” We are now in the midst of the fourth, or “destruction” turn of the Post-War era. (The book even uses the term “winter is coming,” so you know every time he turns on “Game of Thrones,” he sees confirmation.) But he’s not content with letting the destruction happen. If the times aren’t going to conform to the book, he’s going to make sure they will. Also back is his spirit animal, Kellyanne Conway.
2—Il Douché is quickly on the road to becoming America’s first Potemkin president. What to do when Tr**p’s not feeling so good about himself? Throwing things at his “enormous” big-screen TV, yelling “Fake News! Fake News!” even when Fox is on? Why, throw a few rallies. He can take Marine One directly from the White House lawn, put a cordon around the landing zone, have a friendly crowd on the road, let him grab a few dignitaries’ hands, put him in front of a few thousand of his fans, and it’s all good!
3—They actually use “Godfather” quotes to describe their actions. Two people “close to the [War Room] discussions” said they were “going to the mattresses.”
Damn, but reading the Times‘ Thomas L. Friedman can be frustrating. Today’s column has the germ of an interesting piece, but he buries it in the middle of an awful open letter to the so-called adults in the Tr**p administration, whom he insists on repeatedly calling “a few good men.” Because Tom wants to show he’s up to date; he’s sure 25-year-old movie reference will show the hipsters his facial hair is just as “groovy” as theirs.
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Here’s the germ:
“I’m now in Paris, after almost a week in the United Arab Emirates. I have to tell you, the world is watching.
“I had several young Arabs from around the region tell me that when America lets its own leader get away with lying, hiding information and smearing the press or a political opponent, it is taken as a license by all Middle Eastern leaders, or the leaders of Turkey or Russia, to do the exact same thing and say: ‘See, the American president does it, why shouldn’t we?’”
That’s a column I’d be interested in reading. Il Douché is not only diminishing American democracy, he’s making the world less great as well. But Friedman has other, less interesting, ideas. You have to plow through a dozen of his somnambulant paragraphs, including this:
“…[T]hat is why I’m coming to you few good men.
“I’m not asking you to quit; I’m asking you to act — to collectively or individually sit the president down and make clear that you can’t effectively advance our national security unless he does the right thing…”
Will his next column ask Ivanka, Tiffany, and Kellyanne—he’ll refer to them as “The Golden Girls”—to sit down and explain things?
It’s getting to the point where you can’t even be surprised anymore.
Less than a month into the Frightening Reign of Il Douché, and the reports of his inappropriate behavior, toddler temper, and ignorance of the laws and mores of the nation he claims to love so vast he’d be failing 4th-grade civics arrive with the regularity of Law & Order reruns. And like L&O, they become almost too easy to ignore—before Briscoe or Spicer show up at the scene of the crime to crack wise, you realize you’ve seen this one before and start looking for something new. But we can’t become inured to him—the knowledge that he is unfit to hold high office and running the most corrupt administration since Warren G. Harding (and closing in fast on Ulysses S. Grant) is the well his other sins spring from.
They become so commonplace they don’t even rate headlines. Here’s this little morsel, tucked into the 7th graf of a gossipy NY Post story—no member of the liberal media—after the important news that Kellyanne Conway and her husband have suspended their $100,000-a-year country club membership for only a year. Could this be a sign she’s not long for the White House? Probably not. Not even turning the White House briefing room into a QVC studio can shake Il Douché’s faith in her.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Conway had been “counseled” on her comments, but the president reportedly took issue with that phrase, telling staff that it was unfair to make it sound like she was in trouble.
So, one of his top White House counselors makes an ethical misstep so blatant it managed to rouse Jason Chaffetz out of the hibernation he went into after November 8th, so egregious that Peter Schweitzer, the Bannon-approved author of Clinton Cash, believes she stepped over a line, a behavior so obviously illegal that even Park Rangers are trained to avoid it, and the leader of the free world doesn’t want anyone to think she’s in trouble?