Sunday, January 27, 2019
State of the Union
I'm sure we're all looking forward to Our President's State of the Union address, wondering how he'll manage to put a positive spin on recent events, and ready to count how many standing ovations he gets from the Republican side of the aisle. They'll do their best to look enthusiastic, I suppose, despite the damage he's done to their party — not to mention their country.
I confess that the shutdown lasted twice as long as I expected: it turned out that McConnell was more adroit at ducking the blame than anticipated. Eventually, though, there were enough pointing fingers to poke him into action. Plutocratic fingers, of course, are especially pointy — and McConnell's first and foremost goal as Leader has been to keep the dark money flowing (and dark.) It's not unreasonable to suspect that some of those extra-pointy fingers started poking pretty hard.
I won't presume to predict what will happen when the temporary funding bill expires. Will the Congressional conference committee toss Our President enough crumbs to save a smidgen of face? Will Tr*mp decide a "state of emergency" will shore up his base and distract attention from the Mueller inquiry? Will some brand new craziness emerge over the next three weeks?
I don't know about the first two options, but number three seems like a safe bet. The state of the union, as I'm sure you've noticed, is wack.