Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Neverending Story

What Ian McKellan said...

Twitter doesn't love me anymore, as it won't let me embed tweets any longer.  No matter, the text is what matters:

Had a great meeting at CIA Headquarters yesterday, packed house, paid great respect to Wall, long standing ovations, amazing people. WIN!

At least he never said "I", right?  WIN!

Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago!

Really?  The POTUS is spending his first two days in office obsessing over his inaugural?

Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.

And the latest is how you know the staff is still taking the Twitter account away from him when they can:

Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.

And none of these are from the POTUS account.  Trump can't give up Twitter, even now that he's won; just like he can't give up fighting with the idea that there is anyone anywhere in the world who doesn't recognize his greatness.

Honestly, for reasons I'll put in another post, I give him two years.  If the country doesn't vote in a Democratic House and Senate just to impeach the guy (a long shot, even with Trump in the Oval Office), I'll still give odds he quits before his first term is up.  But until then, this is going to be the continuing theme:

"It's really time for him to put in his own security and intelligence community," she said. "We really would prefer the intelligence community that's going out the door to be much more respectful toward the President."
It's all about "respecting" the President.  If he can't have that, he can't function.  Well, I can respect the office (though not revere it); but I cannot respect the current holder of the office.  If Trump wants that, if Trump needs that, if Trump demands that, it is up to Trump to earn it.  So far, all he's done is complain about how much respect he doesn't think he's getting.  It is unseemly for a 76 year old man to throw such a continuous public temper tantrum.

It's frightening when that man is the President of the United States.  My response to Ms. Conway is:  then the President of the United State needs to be more respectable.

And he needs to follow the laws and the Constitution to earn that respect, too.  It may be Trump has already violated the Presidential Records Act.  It's not a firing offense, but considering how much hell he gave Clinton about alleged violations of law and deleted e-mails, shouldn't we uphold the law, not ignore it?  If Trump has no respect for the law, why should we have any respect for him?*

*And honestly, they just don't understand what they are doing:

Top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway said in a Sunday interview that people expect the President "always to be the bigger man."

"It's when people attack him and then they wait to see what happens," Conway said in an interview on "Sunday Today."

She described Trump as a "counter-puncher," and said he has the right to "defend himself and clear the record."

"But at the same time, he swallows a great deal and looks the other way," Conway said. "And I just think we should give him a chance."
So Putin just needs to stroke Trump to get what he wants from him, and the rest of us need to salute the Commander in Chief to keep him happy and make him think he's always "the bigger man," because he needs the chance to show he can look the other way, even though a word in an interview with John Lewis is enough to send him on a three day rant, and a report from the government he now heads about crowd size is enough to send three of his employees out to the press to call them all liars.

Yeah, Trump just needs a chance.....

As my wife said:  we've elected a narcissist to the office.  God help us all.


  1. Did you see the piece that Samantha Bee did counting the times Kellyanne Conway dodged a question that George Stephanopolis asked her, I think it was seven times, and George still didn't note that she'd dodged the question at the end.

    I generally don't make predictions but I think once the ACA implodes under his executive order, if not an actual partial or full repeal, the insurance companies pull out of the individual market, costs explode, sick people go to emergency rooms without possibility of reimbursement, etc. there's a good chance they could pull the economy down around them and us and the world. I'm helping by not spending a cent except on essentials.

    And that's only one of the disasters they're going to bring, the gutting of Dodd Frank, etc.

    I strongly suspect they'll get rid of him but Pence is as bad and without the entertainment value, such as it is.

    And, of course, there is always the chance that Germany or Britain or France or some other country with serious intelligence reveals that Trump has actually broken the law or committed treason with Putin or some massive violation of federal law.

    Then there's the possibility whatever drug regimen he's on kills him. I've seen lots of fat old men on serious drugs and he's the very image of it, every inch the thing.

  2. There are already reports Trump is going to effect the ACA mandate. That could roil the market enough to show Trump how little support he has. Of course, the damage done will not be worth the lesson...