Things I Was Thinking About Yesterday

  • Robert Reich pointed out in a tweet that with the $18 billion they are talking about spending on the wall, we could end homelessness for 500 thousand Americans.
  • Christopher Steele briefed reporters about his findings regarding the Trump/Russia scandal before the election.
  • It has been reported that a person died due to the release of the Steele documents. Who was this?
  • Is Steve Bannon just the first to try to distance himself from an administration riddled with corruption?  Everybody in the White House is going to be pointing and saying: He’s Spartacus.
  • Why hasn’t Rosenstein recused himself? The memo he wrote was used as a cover story for firing Comey.  Rosenstein will be a witness regarding the firing of Comey.  Some have argued that Mueller et. al. are just conveniently ignoring the conflict here.  Others have mused that Muller isn’t going after obstruction.
  • Why can’t Nicole Wallace stop talking? She’s getting to be just like Chris Matthews.  Every question she asks is four paragraphs long.
  • What difference would it make if the investigation had been initiated by the Steele memos? Why are the Democrats trying so hard to argue that the investigation was not initiated by the Steele memos?  What difference does it make?  They are so intimidated by Republican arguments.
  • Joe Scarborough and others are repeatedly advancing the argument that Trump is suffering from dementia. This argument (that Trump has changed, deteriorated) seems especially self-serving coming from Scarborough.   He can try to justify his own slavish support for Trump up until Trump dumped him as an advisor.  Also, the danger of this argument (aside from the face that it’s probably untrue and almost impossible to prove) is that it forms a convenient out for Trump.  He can resign, claim that he if suffering from dementia, and get to keep all his ill-gotten gains and cover up his criminal, and (if we were in a war) treasonous behavior.
  • Why is everybody in the media constantly apologizing for calling out Trump’s behavior? You don’t have to be a psychiatrist to see that somebody’s behavior is erratic, impulsive, out of the ordinary.  You would say that about your neighbor if he behaved like Trump.   You don’t have to have a formal medical diagnosis to know that somebody is off-kilter (to put it mildly).  Just say it and stop wringing your hands.
  • Diane Feinstein has released the Senate Judiciary Committee testimony of Fusion GPS founder, Glenn Simpson. Let’s hope this is an indication of Democrats growing some kind of spine.

Just saying…

Things I’m Thinking About This Morning

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  • The Hill is reporting that Nancy Pelosi’s son partied with the Trumps at Mar-a-lago on New Year’s Eve. These folks in the Democratic Party are going to have to decide which side they are on.
  • Morning Joe and Mike started off talking about how the country was going to survive the Trump Administration, how institutions are going to hold and save us from the threat to democracy. This only reinforces my notion that we are not going to survive at least not as a democracy.  My bet is that it’s going to be a spiral toward autocracy from here on out.
  • Scarborough is also talking about the dementia defense for Trump. He has been pushing this one for months.  At least one journalist has proposed that this is likely to be the out for Trump and his minions – claim dementia and then resign and therefore be allowed to get away with treason, money laundering and god knows what else.
  • The hypocritical pair (Joe and Mika) also were talking again this morning about “poor” Hope Hicks, and “poor” Reince Priebus. There was also comment on what a decent human being Priebus is.  These people are adults, they have been part of one of the most corrupt administrations in history.  I have no, I repeat no, sympathy for any of them.
  • Steve Bannon is now trying to say his comments about treason were not about Donald Trump Jr, they were about Manafort.