Open Thread for All Purpose Assholery by John Cole| May 24, 201712:42 pm| 107 CommentsThis post is in: Go Fuck YourselfFacebookTweetEmailStay out of the fucking thread below.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
twitter reporting double terror attack in Jakarta but I’m not seeing anything at my usual media outlets
You know why I like twitter — especially since I don’t tweet — you can watch a full blown meltdown, in real time. It’s kind of like rubbernecking at an accident, but you don’t inconvenience anyone else.
This comment has nothing to do with Cole.
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@Aleta: I saw that. Great news! I’m sure somebody in the administration will say something incoherent about it some time.
Who is this John Cole fellow that keeps posting on this Anne Laurie/Betty Cracker/national security experts/health care experts blog?
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@LAO: It was just “suggested” by Cole.
Senator: GOP is writing health care bill in secret, without experts
05/24/17 09:20 AM
By Steve Benen
Later today, the Congressional Budget Office will release its report on the final House Republican health care plan, which passed the lower chamber a few weeks ago. That CBO “score” will initiate a new round of policymaking in the Senate, where the chamber’s health care working group – 13 conservative white guys – have been quietly crafting their own legislation.
In fact, “quietly” is a polite way of describing the Senate process. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has insisted on as much secrecy as he can muster, and he’s made a deliberate decision to exclude all Senate Democrats – 48% of the chamber, representing more than 50% of the country – from the deliberations. (There is some irony to the fact that Donald Trump is looking for ways to force Democrats to the negotiating table, while GOP leaders block Dems from reaching that table.)
Making matters quite a bit worse, one Republican senator shed new light on just how ridiculous his party’s process has become. The HuffPost reported:
The Tennessee Republican reportedly added that a public process generally helps “shape policy.”
By one account, the GOP’s health care working group did receive some information yesterday from actuaries, but the discussion was held behind closed doors, and only the 13 Republican members of the working group were allowed to participate in the discussion.
Not to put too fine a point on this, but the GOP’s approach isn’t how legislating in the United States is supposed to work. What Bob Corker described is a great example of a post-policy party – trying to write a bill in the dark with little to no input from subject-matter experts, authorities, or stakeholders – but it’s a pretty ridiculous way to craft life-or-death legislation affecting one-sixth of the world’s largest economy.
@Villago Delenda Est: I would never say that >nodding head up and down<
I’m sure everyone has seen this already, but damn!
Team Trump struggles to explain its ‘egregious’ math error
05/24/17 11:20 AM
By Steve Benen
One of the most glaring problems with Donald Trump’s new budget plan is that its architects are bad at arithmetic. Politico’s Michael Grunwald explained:
Budget fights can admittedly get a little wonky, but this one’s pretty straightforward: Trump’s White House unveiled a budget plan that double-counts $2 trillion. The president and his right-wing budget director, House Freedom Caucus co-founder Mick Mulvaney, specifically counts on $2 trillion in revenue to eliminate the deficit that the administration also devotes to paying for Trump’s tax cuts.
Harvard economist Lawrence Summers, the former Treasury secretary and National Economic Council director in the previous two Democratic administrations, wrote in the Washington Post that this represents “the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in the nearly 40 years I have been tracking them.” Summers added that the mistake is “a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course.”
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Google News has a bunch of reports. Here’s the CBS article
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2095572/least-one-dead-after-two-blasts-jakarta-bus-terminal
Looks like there was a bombing in Somalia, too.
Why Does President Trump Stay Loyal to Michael Flynn?
by Martin Longman
May 24, 2017 11:40 AM
It’s a sign of how long the list of particulars against Michael Flynn has become that when I wrote about his legal liabilities yesterday, I failed to mention one of the most serious things he did while serving Donald Trump.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
I was a bit surprised that there were no protests (that I heard about) in Rome, now I’m seeing 6,000 anti-Trump protestors in Brussels. Not huge, but neither is Brussels. Someone posted below that David Ignatius, certified Beltway FP VSP and Wiseman, wrote today that “Trump seems popular abroad”, in China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The Mossad brass were reportedly screaming at their US counterparts. He’s had to cancel his trip to the UK, and the Brits IIRC want to keep him out of London. But he seems popular in oppressive countries with tightly controlled media.
(Protest sign in Brussels: Free Melania. Lots of rainbow flags and calls for peace)
Speaking of all purpose assholery…specifically, the kind of characters that Warren Ellis is so good at writing…with so many TV shows based on comics, sci-fi, and fantasy getting green-lighted these days, where’s my PLANETARY and TRANSMETROPOLITAN shows? Or an AUTHORITY movie?
Knowing them, it’s not an error. It’s deliberate effrontery. They’re shoving it in our faces and saying, “Yeah, what are you going to do about it?”
As long as we’re being generals and assholes, can I just vent: I’m so sick of my job.
A Terrifying View From the President of the United States
by Nancy LeTourneau
May 24, 2017 10:13 AM
Last month Donald Trump took the initiative to call Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The reporting at the time was that it was a friendly conversation that ended with the US President extending an invitation for an Oval Office meeting.
But now the Americas division of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has released a transcript of the call, which has been confirmed as accurate by the White House. It reveals a truly terrifying view from Trump. Here is how the president opened the conversation.
You might remember that when Obama criticized Duterte for his murderous approach, the Philippine President called him the “son of a whore” and an “idiot” who “can go to hell.” Obviously Trump was totally copacetic with that.
Reporters at the Intercept have provided some background on what the president was congratulating Duterte for doing.
Security for the G-7 meeting in Rome would’ve been tight no matter how was President. Same for NATO summit. These events are held with the public kept quite a distance away, Probably why they were chosen as part of Trump’s itinerary.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
He’s popular everywhere protests are against the law.
The British on Twitter are responding to Manchester with their usual dry humour with #BritishThreatLevels.
@Aleta: So? What about Mulvaney’s unborn grandchildren and their ability to buy yachts and hire servants? Try to focus on what’s really important to this country, not honesty or competency or the general welfare of its people.
THEY ALL NEED TO BURN.
ALL OF THEM!!!!
At what point does the Russia scandal become too hot for the GOP?
05/24/17 01:03 PM
By Steve Benen
The investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is ongoing, but what we already know is rather breathtaking.
A foreign adversary attacked our election and helped elect its favored candidate. The president’s claims that no one from his team was in contact with Russia during its attack have been discredited. The president fired the director of the FBI because of his dissatisfaction with the ongoing investigation. Before the firing, the president reportedly urged the FBI director to go easy on his disgraced former national security advisor, who remains at the center of the controversy, and who’s already pleaded the Fifth.
This week, we learned Trump also reportedly urged the director of national intelligence and the director the National Security Administration to publicly comment on the ongoing federal investigation, while White House officials “sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening directly” with the then-FBI director in order to “encourage the FBI to drop its probe of Michael Flynn.” Yesterday, the former director of the CIA pointed to “contacts and interactions” between Russia and the Trump campaign that he found alarming, despite Trump’s assurances that no such communications occurred.
To borrow a cliché, we’ve worked our way through the smoke and arrived at some fire. Standing above the flame is a sitting president who seems eager to boast, “Look at this yuge fire I set. Isn’t it tremendous?”
Under the circumstances, the question isn’t whether Trump is put his presidency in jeopardy; it’s what more congressional Republicans need to see before they agree it’s time for Trump’s term to meet a premature end. As of yesterday, GOP lawmakers, who are well aware of each of the aforementioned details, effectively said they’re not yet close to the threshold. Mother Jones’ David Corn reported:
Will they all deny knowledge of him three times before Mueller is done?
Giuliani Now Claims He Had No Official Role In Crafting Trump’s Travel Ban
Former New York Mayor and Trump ally Rudy Giuliani denied on Monday that he had any official role in writing President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travelers from majority-Muslim countries.
“I have not served on any Trump administration Commission ‘relating to the so-called Muslim Ban Executive Orders,’” Giuliani wrote in an affidavit filed as part of an unrelated case. “For clarity, I have not participating in writing any of the Executive Orders on that subject issued by the Trump Administration.”
Giuliani and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey both submitted court papers as part of a case where they are representing a Turkish businessman charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman questioned both to determine whether their involvement with the case is a conflict of interest, according to the New York Law Journal.
Giuliani’s effort to distance himself from Trump’s travel ban appears at odds with his claim in January that Trump asked him to find a way to “legally” enact the ban on Muslim immigration Trump repeatedly touted on the campaign trail.
“When he first announced it, he said Muslim ban,” Giuliani told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro. “He called me up, he said ‘Put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally.’”
Liars gonna lie. lie, lie, lie, lie.
Mike in DC
Just don’t make it a Mark Millar Authority film. I would bring actual bags of manure to throw at the screen.
@rikyrah: But it is not about health policy, it is about creating space for a permanent tax cut using “Reconciliation procedures” where they will only need 50 Republican votes + Pence to pass it. After the gift to Kochs, Waltons, Hendricks, Mercers, Adelson, etc. and the rest of the ultra rich families in the Republican Donor Class, then the deluge. Who cares about the consequences to the moochers in the other 99% of the population, as long the Galtian Heroes get their tax cuts?
It is kind of mind boggling that Trump, Mulvaney, Ryan, and McConnell are proposing not only the repeal of the ACA, but cutting Medicaid by 50% over the next 10 years, in the teeth of aging Baby Boomer cohort, which means of course every year there will more people suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer Dementia, all the forms of non-Alzheimer Dementia, strokes, accidental falls, etc. and ending up in nursing home (a/k/a assisted living facilities). Already this is 40% of the Medicaid budget. Because it will impact so many families, and financial interests, obviously, this will not happen in the end, unless the Republicans have the intent to ride a Ayn Rand suicide pact into oblivion.
I remember reading about one Trump voters who worked in a health clinic in Kentucky. She spoke about how frustrated with all the people coming into the clinic using Medicaid who she thought should be working but intead were “Meth heads” or Oxy addicts. I expect that she will be in for a surprise where her clinic closes because there are no more Medicaid patients coming into the clinic. A hard lesson to learn that someone’s spending is also someone’s income, and when the spending stops, so does the income.
It’s not an error. The budget is bullshit and they know it.
@hovercraft: Are you saying T is Jeebus?
I’m still aghast at Wilber Ross’s ignorant comments about the lack of protests in Saudi Arabia. These people are all older successful adults who I assume have traveled extensively, and yet every time they open their mouths they sound like the most ignorant hick how’s never been out of their home town and has never heard or bother to learn anything about what happens outside the five square miles they live in.
Well he has followers who worship him, his word is gospel, he can do no wrong……….
If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck? He’s their Messiah, come to save them from the scary black thug and the evil bitch.
Follow this Twitter thread about the meeting between Dolt45 and Pope Frankie – hilarious
@hovercraft: When they travel its from one bubble to another. I doubt they deign to mingle with the locals.
mai naem mobile
@sherparick: let’s not forget the increase in payroll taxes and other changes to SS pushed by Greenspan in the late 80s because we needed to get ready for the Boomers. When we finally see s surplus in the late 90s, Greenspan gives his blessing to Bush II’s tax cuts with most going to upper income earners. That surplus was supposed to be part of the lockbox money. Fuck these people.
Why Sally Yates Stood Up to Trump
The former acting Attorney General reflects on the F.B.I., Michael Flynn, and how the President ended her career at the Justice Department.
“At least one million people will die”
May 24, 2017
Now that Adolf Eichmann, I mean Mick Mulvaney, has released the Trump regime’s budget proposal, we know the depths of depravity to which this cabal will sink. The budget is nothing less than a war on the poor—many of them people who voted for Trump in the delusion that the only people who would get it in the neck were “those” people.
The budget is so full of vileness and depravity that it’s hard to wrap one’s head around its dark enormity.
Then I saw this story from the New York Times, and it suddenly clicked.
Think about this: In order to increase the military budget and save the rich a few pennies on the dollar of taxes, the Trump regime is willing to consign possibly millions to an early, preventable death. And these are the same people who are so apoplexed over the “sanctity of life” that they’re slashing funding for family planning all over the developing world.
@Major Major Major Major:
Way to go out on a limb, there.
McConnell on why no Ds in healthcare talks: “We’re not going to waste our time talking to people who have no interest in fixing the problem”
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) May 23, 2017
@frankthorp Reminder: Democrats allowed over 160 amendments from Republicans when they passed the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in 2009.
— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) May 23, 2017
@frankthorp Reminder #2: Zero Republicans voted for the final A.C.A. bill, despite helping to write the bill with hundreds of their amendments.
— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) May 23, 2017
@rikyrah: Sanctity of Life == Control the Wimmenz, Freedom==Never Having to Pay Taxes, Liberty==Freedom to Die without medication and so on.
I’ve said it before: all the arcane procedural stuff surrounding legislation is there as a QA/QC mechanism to make sure we get the best legislation we can. Writing the bill in secret without input from experts, scoring from CBO, or a chance for the Democrats to say anything about it is just going to guarantee the thing is a steaming pile of shit.
The Moar You Know
NOBODY TELLS ME WHAT TO DO COLE.
@rikyrah: OK, I’ve had enough. I like you, but damn, you are clogging threads. I can read Washington Monthly myself (and often do).
Darn u Canada!!! Ya lucky bastards ???
Seems like only yesterday when the GOP was complaining, falsely, about Democrats writing the health care bill in secret.
I hope that people are posting about this to their conservative FaceBook buddies. Ya know, “Do you really expect honest repeal and replace to be done in secret?”
Obviously, the results will help the insurance industry at the expense of citizens. Some people never learn.
Ooh, ooh, ooh, I’m rooting for blood, sorry TenguPhule
Mike Pence is now actively auditioning for President. Just wait til Donald Trump turns on him for it.
By Bill Palmer
This is probably wishful thinking, but it does make one smile.
Feature, not a bug.
They can’t enjoy being rich unless they know someone is suffering and dying because of it.
Fun Fact, Flamethrowers are legal to acquire and use in all fifty states.
so these guys are literally doubling down on trickle-down economics; not only do tax cuts raise revenue, they do it twice.
They took Trump university’s budget and added a few extra zeros to it.
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@Roger Moore: I got a better track record than Louise Mensch.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
It’s not like Cole ever tweets Cole fell down the stairs of his house after Steve clawed Cole for not feeding Steve his premium cat food because Cole’s car was broken. So yes, nothing to do with Cole.
Here’s a fun one:
Durrr….I’m duh pweznident. Jesus, what a maroon he is.
to anyone here who’s in Chicago and likes the blues: which are the good blues clubs to visit?
The real wishful thinking part is that trump can actually do anything about Pence. Unlike everyone else in the administration, Pence is elected, so trump has no power to fire him. And a lot of the people within the administration are really Pence’s appointments, not trump’s, since he was in charge of the transition. Meanwhile if enough of those appointees go along, Pence can go 25th Amendment on trump.
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So are tanks; the hard part is getting the permits.
I’ve been feeling tired and out of sorts lately.
I need orders to keep writing my stories. I must have orders. I cannot self-motivate.
@hovercraft: Remember that at least until January 2019, Paul Ryan is third in line for the Presidency.
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@Heywood J.: I’m wondering, with the way he phrased that… he must think the ‘nuclear’ in ‘nuclear submarine’ refers to something other than the power source. On the other hand, at least he didn’t demand we retrofit them with steam.
I’m seeing reports in the media that the US Navy is all “JESUS CHRIST” and scrambling to clean up this mess.
telling people where our submarines are is NOT a smart thing to do. And if it were any other person blurting this out, the Navy would be arresting them for revealing secrets about our fleet deployments.
What, you’re saying that Twitler wouldn’t spend they day building a guillotine in his office with a kid, to rid himself of the pesky media that keeps harshing his mellow? I can totally see him and a little boy totally getting into that. Of course he would need to pick a kid from the “right type” of family.
I’m hearing stories – still mostly rumor – that Ryan has been compromised by “the Russia thing” (he and McConnell apparently may have colluded with the coverup), and that the intel people have been giving Sen. Hatch (who is 4th in line as Senate Pro Tem) daily briefings just in case.
@The Moar You Know:
I like the information. You are free to skip the ones you don’t want to read.
@lamh36: deeply cute. OMG, indeed!
@PaulWartenberg: Kingston Mines; On Broadway.
@PaulWartenberg: I mean they go 70+mph, they can move them pretty quickly.
Phrase of the day (and one wholly new to me) — ablaut reduplication.
@Major Major Major Major: Lol, I’m surprised he hasn’t gold-plated them yet. He is remarkably consistent and surprising in at least one area — just when you think he can’t do anything stupider, he basically says, “Hold my beer.”
@Major Major Major Major:
Nuclear actually works through steam. It’s our conventionally powered Navy that’s moved past steam to diesel and gas turbine engines.
While these numbers aren’t great, I feel they would be much worse if TRussia and the associated scandals weren’t taking up so much oxygen, people would be more aware of just how bad this shitburger they’re trying to pass is.
@PaulWartenberg: Well, you have to admit, it’s a hell of a story idea. Even though most of the stuff this guy has done already would be rejected for being too far out there.
Confound it, all roads lead to corruption.
@rikyrah: rich white men deciding what is best for women it is enough to make me want to introduce them to Madame Guillotine
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@Roger Moore: I actually knew that, but I also wanted to make that joke too.
You think laws will stop Trump from getting rid of Pence? What has he done so far to give you that impression?
If Pence was smart, he’d avoid offers of tea from Trump or any Trump associates.
True. Trump could try to undercut Pence and start leaking stuff that damages Pence’s rep, or implicates him in the Russia cover-up. Of course, knowing how competently Trump does stuff, I imagine that he would end up incriminating himself in the process.
@Aleta: I do hope this stands. There needed to be a first one. The belief is that some kind of recognition for same sex couples needed to go in either Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore or Vietnam, where they appear to be getting close. If one goes, then the thought was that the others would follow. The Philippines, Korea and Japan are probably a bit out of reach at the moment. Of those three, I’m guessing the Philippines and Japan are closer. China is a bit of a mystery. On the one hand, there is recognition there that there is a population and official recognition of it. For example, China is allowing a group of athletes to participate in the gay games for the first time. On the other hand, last year, all gay and lesbian media was heavily censored, much of it outright banned, and it is not possible to produce a series or movie with a happy ending for gay characters, even fictional ones.
Its good that there may finally be a first, though. I’ll place my money on Thailand next.
Plenty of room on this bench. Pass the popcorn and order a pizza.
I think the biggest thing trump could do to Pence would be to take back whatever authority he’s granted him. The VP has very little authority of his own. He’s the non-voting president of the Senate, he takes over if the President dies, and he has the power to invoke Article IV of the 25th Amendment.
But apart from that, he can only do what the President specifically asks him to do. So far, that’s been a lot. He was in charge of the transition, which means he’s had a huge say in appointments (which leads to real 25th Amendment worries for trump). But all that authority is trump’s to revoke any time he feels like it. One snap of the [ETA: tiny, little] fingers, and Pence goes back to being the government’s spare tire.
All of them. :)
It’s been a while, but when I last visited Chicago (combination work and mini vacation), I looked at the newspapers and I think Chicago magazine to see who was playing. A lot of blues fans, we hit various clubs over a couple of nights. One thing that was fun. At one club we stayed for one set, and there were a lot of tourists. Then, a racially mixed crowd of people who lived nearby started coming in for the late set. Some of the musicians seemed to know some of the people coming in. On a hunch, we stayed. Same bands playing, but looser and feeling the vibe of a loving and knowledgeable audience. One of the best concerts I’ve attended.
It’s been a while. Sorry I can’t recall the name of the club. A small place, that did not charge an additional cover for staying for another set.
You might want to see what’s happening at Kingston Mines and B.L.U.E.S. I’m not big on House of Blues, but here your mileage may vary.
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@Peale: Thailand wouldn’t surprise me at all, though I don’t know that the new king wants it to be one of the first things he does.
@rikyrah: Yes. but they are worried about dependency! Which is a problem black people all over the world are prone to. Can’t be dependent if you’re dead.
@PaulWartenberg: If it’s still there…mark you, it’s been a while since I lived in Chicago…Buddy Guy’s club is usually a pretty good bet.
Oh, according to this little guide from TimeOut it is still there…hope you have fun!
@The Moar You Know: I usually only lurk, but I appreciate Rikyrah’s roundups.
If Russian hunter killer subs were not tracking our subs there before, they are now.
The thought, by Pence that Dolt45 won’t throw him under the bus is hilarious.
@PaulWartenberg: Been a while since I’ve been there, only went on vacation, but the Green Mill is a landmark. More jazz than blues though.
@hovercraft: he likely is well aware of WHY there weren’t protests in Saudi Arabia, he’s making his opinion of a functioning democracy public.
Approves oppression, disapproves of democracy.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
Ignatius is an idiot, an asshole, and the perfect Fred Hiatt hire.
@rikyrah: Never. SATSQ
@PaulWartenberg: Then there’s this…the original Checkerboard Lounge closed in 2015 after its owner’s death, but it’s been re-opened in Hyde Park (props for being Obama territory!).
reconciliation is only possible if no budget deficit effects after ten years, so ten years, not permanent. I don’t understand why they don’t just take the ten years – most of Bush’s 2001 tax cuts were changed to permanent in 2011.
@Major Major Major Major: As I’m sure you know, nuclear vessels are actually steam powered. All the “kettle” is is the source to heat the water.
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He probably thinks they have big black guys, on the John Henry model, shoveling coal into the boilers.
@PaulWartenberg: I should think it rather obvious that Ryan and McConnell are involved to some extent. Whether they are stonewalling as an active cover up, or simply to retain their current grip on power remains to be fully understood. But time will tell …
My Truth Hurts
No, fuck you, I’m posting in this thread.
Looks like the Penguins lost last night . . .
However, I will commiserate with the lovely and talented John Cole about offloading one’s CD library to an external hard drive. I do a few CDs, then lose interest. It’s been a hella long time (think: years) and I’m still less than halfway through my CDs. While I have what I think are a lot of CDs, I know folks who have considerably more. I can’t imagine how discouraging it would be to have finished my work only to find out that some external program had “helped” me by deleting 90% of my efforts.
Malcolm Nance was interviewed by Randi Rhodes on Monday and said GOP has gamed out that they don’t have to turn against Trump until Trump’s approval rating drops to 31% with Trump voters/supporters. GOP are betting they can go right up to the very edge of the cliff, teetering there in pursuit of those damned tax cuts. Nance says this about min 3l but the whole interview on Randi’s you tube is interesting.
@rikyrah: To McConnell: FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING MOTHERFUCKER! YOU FUCKING UGLY MOTHERFUCKER! FUCK YOU YOU FUCK! FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! FUCKER!
eta: I feel a little better now.
I wouldn’t be surprised if all the Trump Org finances had flummery like this.
I could totally see Obama doing this when Prez.
You just know there is something wonderful and real about a leader of a country who really enjoys kids and can join in play with them.
so far two votes for Kingston Mines in the lead.
I fucking hate itunes. I refuse to use it. fuck that shit.
Weeeeeelllllllllllll, we *DID have to endure 9 years of the Closet Commando aka PM Stephen Harper and his Harperium before we were saved by Justin, he truly was the Liberals, and our, only hope as it turned out (i mean really, Mulcair as Kenobi or Skywalker? Blech).
I will freely admit though one thing I wake up daily since last Nov 9 thinking is thank whatever powers than may be that we have Justin Trudeau as PM in the rise of Trump and not more PM Harper. His base is alas like Trumps and the GOP more broadly, unshakable, more interested in defeating the other side than anything else, and driven by anger and rage.
So yes, it is nice to have Justin Trudeau as PM in these dark times. It is even nicer to have been on his bandwagon from the ground floor, voted for him first as party leader, then for his party and the local candidate in 2015, it brings such a warm tingle to the heart to counter the agony of watching what is happening on my nations southern border and the ripples it sends out beyond. Justin will at least try to protect us and shares Canadian values, Harper shared the values of CPAC (yes, your version, not our Parliamentary channel), and what he would have been willing to go along with Trump ith and over, makes me violently ill thinking about it.
One thing that has been on my mind lately. We keep hearing how Trump has unwavering support from 90% (or whatever it is) of his base but is it really that unusual that 90% of the people who voted for you still support you 4 months into your term? Put another way, is’t it kind of odd that 10% of your voters have changed their minds already? I’d be interested to know what comparable approval ratings from their voters @ 4 months were for Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc.
Ivanka Trump’s secret bald-spot….
That loss of support overall isn’t so unusual in the short term. What might matter more is that Trump now seems to be losing his strong supporters. If you lose a significant chunk of those, it’s going to be very difficult to recover them, especially when the GOP has made it clear that they aren’t interested in any part of Trump’s alleged “populism”.
Well, this is an open thread so….