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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Charlottesville: A GOP Turning Point(?)

Having spent so much time and effort pointing out Republican hypocrisy and falsehoods, it's refreshing to be encouraged by some of their rhetoric in light of the events in Charlottesville, VA. Though that enthusiasm is still tempered with some skepticism.

Monday, July 24, 2017

GOP: "Got Guns?"

The GOP loves its Second Amendment Solutions. Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas suggested as a guest on a radio show, that gun violence is a good way to solve the health care debate. He began by blaming Republican women for the Trumpcare impasse.

Assuredly, he will be girded with the "he was only talking in jest" defense. It's no defense and gun violence is no joke.

The problem is that casual violence as a political solution is way too commonplace in GOP parlance. There's this guy, this guy, this guy, and this woman to name a few. These aren't fringe loners taking pot shots. These are elected officials or people who made these comments in the process of seeking elected office. The former should not be accepted as representative of where a party stands. The latter does, yet where is the outrage for GOP sponsorship of all of this violence against their fellow citizens?

Just over a month ago, Republicans tried to link the "tone of Democrats" to the shooting of GOP Rep. Steve Scalise and others on a Virginia baseball field. No Democrat called for any Republican to be shot in recent history, yet here we are and weeks later, a GOP representative from Texas is brandishing gun threats over the air.

There is your GOP standard of decency.

GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold wants health care debate
fought out with guns.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tweeting Trump's Future

In all fairness, not even Princess Donald thought he would win the election so I don't feel bad for not correctly making that call. I only feel bad about the result. The silver lining is that Donald Trump's predictability makes it easy for me to get my forecast groove back. It's not rocket surgery. The guy who branded himself as unpredictable is actually a slave to a limited number of patterns. That is why I was compelled to generate a series of tweets (below) that predicted the small range of possible responses we were likely to see from Trump on his favorite digital megaphone following James Comey's testimony in front of the Senate Intel Committee. First are my six tweets posted June 5, followed by the actual Trump tweet. I was pretty close.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Boxing In a President Pence

As things look right now, if Pence scooted into the Oval Office upon the removal of Trump, he would likely preside over a Democratic Congress, preventing him from getting anything extreme done. Then there is his role in the Flynn/Russiagate/Comey/etc. affair which he currently claims innocence on the grounds that he was kept in the dark. There is conflicting information that suggests that Pence was fully aware of the problems presented by appointing Michael Flynn to the top national security position. Either way, there's no flattering look for Pence. If you believe his story, he was ineffective as the head of the Trump Transition for his ignorance of information that was being widely shared. If you don't believe Pence, then he is a liar. It would be a tough question to have to answer again and again. But then, people also voted for the candidates who ran on taking away their health care in 2016. No predictions here. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Russians Hosting Trump in the Oval Office

It was not a secret that this would happen. It was covered in the news. it was brought up in the debates between the two candidates. There was no U.S. intelligence agency that did not agree that the Russians had interfered in the U.S. election process and that they supported Donald Trump in order to hurt Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump was flattered and covered for the Russians by saying the U.S. intelligence community was wrong and that no one really knew who was responsible for the hacks at the center of the intrusion. So conspicuous  were connections between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, the FBI began an investigation into the Trump campaign months before the election. The investigation would continue into the presidency of Donald Trump, who would fire the FBI head in charge of that counterintelligence inquiry. A day after that jaw-dropping firing, Trump meets in the Oval Office with top Russian diplomats. The only photographers aloud were those with Russian government media who rushed the photos out around the world to show off their trained American who was elected by people who didn't believe he was a conman and who didn't believe he could be so easily had. 

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