Old Man, Look At My Life

McCain, at this morning’s Comey hearing, settled once and for all any question about whether or not he is, deep down, just another mean-spirited, partisan asshole.  As his brain sours into mush, he may not know much, but he knows that the Democrats are wicked, Hillary Clinton should be in jail, for some reason or other, and his team has to move the ball across the line on all that sweet, sweet crush-the-poor legislation with enough time left on his mental clock for him to savor the cries of the suffering masses as his cuckoos all flit away from the coop for the last time

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To many who happen upon this blog (should any such intrepid reader ever materialize) this will sound like a moral failure to root, root, root for the home team, but this author is really hoping for a blowout of the Democrats in 2018.  Anything less than a real drubbing, a marginal loss by just a couple of seats in the House by a few thousand votes, will just reinforce the wrong message to the wrong people that no, the Dems don’t have to change a darn thing, they just have to do that same darn thing a little bit better next time ’round. Continue reading

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A Two-Front War

While I am mostly agnostic on questions of guilt and inherent criminality with regards to the whole Russia/Trump fracas, at some level I do find myself rooting for the existing D.C. power brokers to ultimately succeed in toppling Trump and his regime of halfwit hooligans, but not because I specifically hate Trump nor his voters, something I do not think is true of most of the people on my Facebook feed.  The whole “but her emails” meme is stupid and pisses me off, but I hold my tongue because we are amid just the beginning stages of a much, much larger and longer transition; we need these people as allies right now because, as much as it may suck, the only institution with the power to topple not just Trump but the whole rotten edifice of the Party of Lincoln is the Democratic Party.  As much as we may lament the stranglehold the Clintonian/DLC/capitulation-brigade has on the machinery of the party, and I do mean stranglehold as the life slowly drains out of the enfeebled remains of FDR’s once mighty Democrats, as a certain SecDef once quipped : “you go to war with the army you have.” Continue reading

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What everybody seems to be deliberately misunderstanding amid all of this Trump/Russia mess is that the modern Democratic Party is the party of elite professionals and that means they are no longer (if they ever were, Dixiecrats and all of that, ya know?) a party dedicated to social justice and a general sense of fair play, which are broadly considered to be liberal ideas.  A few, maybe most of them have liberal-ish sympathies, particularly when it comes to picking sides on historical conflicts that are largely settled (Civil Rights Movement, amirite?) but they are not reflexively progressive nor egalitarian in the moment right here and now when it really counts.  The whole miserable party has set itself squarely behind the idea of the meritocracy and the unalloyed good of eduction in the name of advancement, both of which prima facia mean person v. person competition.  And that means things like collective action and organized labor are bad because some people work harder than others and hence deserve more reward, no matter what.  And that includes justice.  The Democratic Party is so far off-the-rails, has so lost its way (again, if it ever really had it) that they are cheering for the FBI to bring down the president.  The fucking FBI of wiretaps and warrantless raids and any other number of horrifying crimes against innocent private citizens – especially under J. Edgar Hoover – to say nothing of the cheering that met the leaks that were the CIA’s attempt to blow a hole in the bottom of Trump’s boat.  It’s embarrassing and disgraceful, but that’s where we are now.  The Trump-fection has triggered the D.C. white blood cells to swarm because he is crude and unlettered.  The Clintons met a similar resistance in their days, derided by the snobs of the D.C. social scene as a bunch of Arkansas hillbillies.  But they persevered, slicked up and, boy look at them now.  I don’t think Jared and Ivanka will ever carry him into respectability, though their future is bright.  Like I said, depressing.

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Joe Lieberman as FBI director.  Perfect.

That isn’t snark.  I really mean that.  The sniveling little troll would be happy to backstab his erstwhile party one last time before he follows Roger Ailes now rotting corpse into the shitcan of history.  He is, of course, utterly unqualified and the institutional anger that will be directed at whomever takes the helm in the wake of Comey’s humiliation no matter how strong-willed and competent will be palpable, so the fact he will be overwhelmed and ill-equipped to combat the bureau-wide obstruction he will surely face, brings a smile to my face to contemplate his misery before the stress of the job drives him to an early grave.

But not before his final public acts record for all time the bumbling little quisling he is at his core.

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No Relief

OK, whew, perhaps the republic won’t fall after all with the appointment of Bob Mueller to antagonize and ultimately bring down Trump.


Because what I don’t think will happen is what really, really needs to happen.  What needs to happen? you might ask.  Well, let me tell you.

What needs to happen is what ought to have happened when Richard Milhous Nixon got himself a sweet ol’ pardon instead of a criminal trial resulting in jail time along with the pain of airing of his crimes in open court for all the world to hear and the permanent black mark affixed to every single sleazy shitbag who so much as phone-banked for that thug, so that no one remotely connected in any positive way with Nixon at any juncture in his career would ever get hired anywhere in government ever again, branding the lot of them with a searing mark so inescapable that their permanent underclass status followed them into private life where they were never able to get hired for any job ever again above the level of dog-poop sweeper.

But that isn’t what happened.  Instead, Gerry Ford made sure that Tricky Dick skated, as did a sufficient number of his cronies to disperse into the body politic like a virus, whereby we got ourselves four decades of Dick Cheney’s “unitary executive” and College Republican rat-fucking and the whole Iran-Contra debacle and Karl Rove body of work and Roger Ailes’ (long may he remain dead) even sleazier and further-reaching body of work and also that of Pat Buchanan and of course Roger Fucking Stone who, besides being an early and loyal advisor to the Great Orange Menace, also happens to have a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back.   When Ford said our long national nightmare was over, what he meant to say was it was just getting warmed up.  Our politics have eroded and curdled and become uglier and angrier and I can’t help but wonder if it has something to do with the fact that the nakedly unfair corruption of our system was laid bare and while some schmoe from Milwaukee might get 10-15 for armed robbery, the finer folks decided that an unapologetic goon like Nixon had suffered enough.

Trump, in a very real way, is the price we’re paying now for not doing the hard work then.  Our government, indeed our public life everywhere, should have been aggressively de-Nixoned because the failure to do so has sprinkled his seething criminality across our intervening history and we are not merely the lesser for it, what with Bubba Clinton giving that asshole a state funeral instead of a quiet service at the edge of muddy grave in the prison yard, but now very nation stands on the brink as Trump (aided by a healthy dose of unreconstructed Nixonites both in and out of government) smashes angrily at the very foundations of our form of government, to say nothing of the sad fact that our planet’s ability to even support human life is imperilled by the agenda of the rapacious and apparently utterly conscience-free GOP Nixon left behind.

Which makes me pessimistic about the aftermath of Trump should Mueller succeed in driving him from office.  Reagan just picked up the still-functional subassemblies left in Nixon’s wake and built an empire.  What will an ambitious striver who is not-as-crude and much more politically-savvy than Trump do with the lessons he’s inadvertently teaching about how to go about getting what you want?

Unless we as a nation set ourselves to the task of de-Trumping the whole government, exiling every #NeverTrump sellout shitbird who quietly back-tracked their “pledge” in order to keep their office, and then set about de-Trumping the whole country, sternly but with love and understanding, then the whole sorry spectacle will simply rinse and repeat with depressing regularity.

Don’t wait for the Democrats to lead this de-Trumping, either.  They are not as flat-out as reflexively & categorically dangerous to children and animals as Republicans, but they are craven and generally way too in love with the innate, axiomatic value of their inherent  technocratic merit to ever wake up and realize that not every election is still, 45 years later, McGovern versus Nixon, and that, failing to realize that, they actually don’t have the rear guard of labor and “affected groups” they once did.  Exhibit A is the recent election result, vis a vis Wisconsin & Michigan (& Pennsylvania & North Carolin… but yeah, Comey and the emails, right?).  They aren’t just fighting the last war with old ideas, in the age of Trump and his absolutely masterful manipulation of our celebrity culture and social media, they’re using a Napoleonic cavalry charge to fight satellite-guided drones.  They won’t lead the de-Trumping because the same geniuses who thought Hillary could make a play for Republican votes in Arizona and Georgia on the eve of her defeat in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, as they have since the days of McGovern, will conflate tactics and strategy.  They’ll continue be a bunch of student government nerds with fancy degrees attempting to find another regular tough-guy to appeal to the blue-collar mooks, the Bill Clinton was able to give ’em that southern drawl.  And the centrist triangulating ever rightward will continue, ad nauseum, until the Democratic Party ceases to exist in name as fully as it does not exist in guiding purpose now.

But at least Robert Mueller will get that bad ol’ Trump, yessiree.  Unless Trump fires him, too.

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Ding Dong

Few people have done so much to make the world so very, very much a worse place before shuffling (or in his case slithering) off this mortal coil.  Roger Eugene Ailes is dead at 77 and the world just became a teeny-tiny bit better.

Was it Mark Twain who said…

I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure

If it wasn’t, it still sums up how I feel about it. G’bye, Rog. I wish I believed in hell so I could imagine your torment there.

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