Shiny Object Politics – Syria
June 28, 2017
With a seventeen percent approval rating and Republican senators abandoning ship like proverbial rats, the latest version of alt Health Care reform seems doomed – at least for now. Senate majority leader and Kermit impersonator, Mitchell McConnell, has decided to postpone the planned vote, abandoning the “Conceive in Darkness – Deliver While They’re Not Looking” strategy he hoped would bring home the Senate’s first big legislative win.
Oh well, they’ll try again after the Independence Day break. Rest assured, Republicans are committed to killing Obamacare regardless of collateral damage, but for now they need something to fill the media vacuum. The last thing they want is the media focusing on Trumpcare while they take another vacation. The bill was intended to be a dark-op and voters don’t need to know.
Lucky for Mitch, the Donald saw it coming and has already taken steps to bring the attention back to where it belongs – back to the Donald.
In a surprise (if there be surprises anymore) move yesterday, the Donald issued a public warning to Syria, accusing Bashar al-Assad of planning another chemical weapons attack. Trump threatened a “heavy price” if an attack were carried out.
Yeah, that’ll work – saber rattling followed by some tasteful bombing of a decided bad guy over the 4th of July holiday. It’s gonna be a media bonanza, the press will eat it up and public discussion of Trumpcare will cease. And as a plus, it gives the appearance of Trump – Russian discord. Nice, Trump may be new to Washington politics, but he seems to be catching on.
After two-hundred-thirty-two days of on the job training, the Donald has finally accepted that blowing shit up is the traditional way to distract the public. While calling attention to himself on twitter, accusing former presidents of crimes and Hillary bashing have served him well so far, the pros use special effects – not just words.
(The republic finds it odd that our government willingly spends nearly $100 million each time we bomb Syria, but is reluctant to fund women’s, children’s or veteran’s healthcare. It’s almost like the regime prefers hurting over healing.)
In Peace and Justice,