Friday, January 12, 2018
Unlike many other commentators, I suspect, I actually read Michael Wolff's chatty and frequently amusing chronicle of his sojourn in the Tr*mp White House. Anybody who's been paying attention cannot be surprised by any of it — including the general consensus among White House insiders that their boss, in the words of his Secretary of State, is a "f*cking moron." (Granted, the brutality of their contempt for Jared Kushner exceeded expectations.)
I did wonder what combination of hubris and alcohol inspired Steve Bannon to babble his way into a schism with Rebekah Mercer, his primary financier. Breitbart, apparently, concluded that its association with the Mercer billions far outweighed its association with Bannon. If Bannon makes a comeback, it would be evidence that his "populist" movement was more grassroots than astroturf. Don't hold your breath.
Yes, the asterisk is absurd — but necessary for stylistic consistency with my spelling of "Tr*mp." In truth, the vulgarity itself was less meaningful than Tr*mp's invitation to Bob Goodlatte, Tom Cotton, and other anti-immigration extremists to his meeting with Lindsey Graham and Richard Durbin to discuss their bipartisan proposal for action on immigration. Tuesday's televised bipartisan dog-and-pony show was, after all, on Tuesday. Somebody else must have bent Our President's ear in the intervening two days — most likely Stephen Miller.
Tr*mp, predictably, went to Twitter to deny saying what he said, but the outlook for DACA recipients is not good right now — and the same may be true for an agreement to prevent a partial government shutdown on January 19.
One truly must admire South Korean President Moon Jae-in for crediting recent diplomatic rapprochement with the North to Our President's infantile bellicosity. Granted, the ploy was so transparent as to be laughable, but nobody ever lost a nickle by overestimating the Tr*mpian appetite for praise. Presumably, we are safe from nuclear holocaust — at least until after the Winter Olympics.
It would be nice if the Senate finally got around to confirming Dr. Victor Cha's appointment as ambassador to South Korea. Unlike certain other Tr*mp appointees (see Pete Hoekstra), Cha has both the experience and the expertise he needs to do the job.