Trump Times Entry 266 – While We Were Watching the Show

While We Were Watching the Show

August 2, 2017

Feeling exasperated

Sure, it’s been a little crazy lately. The big thing, I guess, was that Trump, not Junior, wrote the famous, bullshit, statement about that messy Russian meeting – nice. Let’s see, the Mueller team hired another lawyer, a foreign bribery specialist – cool. Then, the Donald called the White House a dump – the king of tacky strikes again. Then, Trump appointed a Wall Street wolf to regulate Wall street and the Mooch left the building – boom. Plus, Trump hired a retired General to bring discipline to his staff, tee-hee. And, we found out Fox News publishes fake stories (not sure why this is news). Finally, we got conformation of something I’ve always suspected, Trump cheats at golf.

But while we were focusing on the Donald’s latest Tweet convulsions, the Senate quietly confirmed Christopher Wray as FBI director. The vote was 92 to 5 with only three Democrats not voting for conformation: G’brand, Warren and Franken, who didn’t vote. All the other Democratic senators voted for Trump’s first pick. Why?

The new FBI guy, Christopher Wray, is a lawyer who’s spent his private practice time defending white collar cases and was Chris Christie lawyer in the “Bridgegate” scandal. (I’m gonna call that strike against.) On the other hand, he has government experience. Wray was assistant AG, criminal division, under GW Bush. So, perhaps the Dems figured good-enough and voted for him, just grateful the Donald didn’t send them the CEO of National Inquirer or Bernie Madoff.

Or maybe they’re a bunch of sniveling cowards.

Remember back, at the start of this show, when the Dems told us they’d resist, obstruct and fight Trump at every turn? Yeah, thought it was bullshit back then – not because they don’t want to do it, but because don’t have the chops.

In a reverse situation, the Republicans wouldn’t hesitate to block a nomination this controversial for as long as they could. They’d, paint it red, white and blue, and drag it out in front of every camera they could find – screaming, “Scandal!” the whole time. In short, they turn the nomination into a disruption.

But not the timid Dems. They lack the backbone and don’t want to fight and lose. Yeah, and they would have lost a fight over Wray’s appointment, but, sometimes, it’s about the fight – not the win. Plus, disruption of the Trump regime is, in itself, good. Chaos is in this summer season – bring a little of your own, join the party.

Over these last two-hundred-sixty-seven post-election days the Democratic establishment has been about as helpful as a Trump University education. Hence, the republic feels it’s probably more important to replace legacy Democrats with progressives than Republicans with sniveling cowards.

Baby Steps,
osv

Trump Times Entry 162 – Didn’t lose is not a win

Didn’t Lose Is Not a Win

April 19, 2017

Politics is not grade school sports – they don’t hand out participation awards. There’s always a clear, remorseless, winner; everyone else is a looser. Yet, Democrats insist on basking in the glow of not winning, bless their hearts.

About a week back, back when we were getting along with Russia, the Dems lost a congressional special election in Kansas, by seven points. They interpreted the (kinda big) loss as a moral victory in that they didn’t lose by over twenty points. As a matter of fact, they even suggested the smaller than expected loss was evidence of an anti-Trump trend – truly, the kind speculation Sean Spicer would be most comfortable with.

No, they didn’t win – morally or otherwise. They lost. Don’t care about the red demographics, media budgets or potential trends – the other guy won. Facing that may be more helpful than competing with Republicans in a game of alternate-reality. Just sayin’.

So, yesterday, in the great state of Georgia, another Democrat didn’t win. Jon Ossoff finished with about forty-eight percent of the vote – so, no win. But he didn’t lose either. Instead he gets to run off against Republican Karen Handel in June. Whether this is just another opportunity to come in second or a real challenge to Republican dominance remains to be seen. I predict some kind of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory outcome, probably involving national party failure.

So far, the national party’s support for local candidates has been tepid at best. Some theorize establishment Dems won’t support Sander’s camp candidates, and that may be true. But Ossoff is too new to be in either camp and was largely ignored by national, just like everyone else.

Perhaps, when the national Democratic party claims they don’t want to nationalize the local races they really mean it. So, it’s not a Sanders – Establishment thing. No, it’s much worse.

If the national party thinks they will hurt candidates if they associate themselves with those candidates then the solution is not: don’t associate. Local candidates need help to win; the Republicans know this and will spend, spend, spend. The Dem have little choice, but to respond in kind.

If the nation Democrats are so hated that they can’t endorse (and fund) people without hurting them then we need different national Dems. That’s all. It’s time for the Clinton/Establishment camp to step aside. It may not be fair – tough shit. Politics is not grade school sports and they’re hurting the team.

Been one-hundred-sixty-two days since the Clinton camp lost the election to a huckster. The republic needs to see some fresh talent. We’re bored and disappointed with old team – nothing personal.

In Peace and Justice,
osv

Trump Times Entry 111 – Then Again, We Have the Democrats

Then Again, We Have the Democrats

February 27, 20176262125702_a086dd49f1_n

So, one-hundred-eleven days ago, the Democrats had their collective asses handed to them by a carnival barker named Trump. Choosing the safe, centrist, corporate candidate over the risky, leftist, populist guy played out, not so much as cowardice, but as suicide. The election left the country victim to hostile takeover and the Democratic party damn near dead. Apparently, they can’t even get suicide right.

But, not for lack of trying.

Right after the election, the party establishment tried to talk us to death. Not Hillary, she played by the rules, graciously accepted the loss and walked off into the wilderness. But the DNC, like a nightmare date, kept talking, and talking, and talking about shit we no longer cared about. (I suspect they have control issues.) But, no one was listening – we were busy freaking out over the orange fascist.

Well, we may have lifted the suicide watch too soon. Just this last weekend they tried again by electing the Obama (code for Clinton, code for establishment) guy, Tom Perez, as chairman. They passed over Keith Ellison, once again stabbing themselves in the Sanders political arm. And, in what can only be characterized as twisting the knife, they then decided to continue taking corporate money.

Yeah, Perez did appoint Ellison deputy-chair, but I suspect Sanders people are growing weary of being runner-up to a loser – I am. Hence, the bleeding continues.

Regardless of ideology, the republic prefers commitment to middling. Republican-lite is not a commitment, it’s not even centrist – it’s surrender.

In Peace and Justice,
osv