Donald Trump

In summing up his trip abroad, Donald Trump told a captive audience of American military personnel in Sicily, “I think we hit a home run no matter where we are”. In short, he was Queen Victoria playing fantasy sports, while losing track of his tenses.

Seriously, it is hard to think what his successes were. He crowed about a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. But how hard is it to organize a sale between a willing seller and an eager buyer? There wasn’t even a concomitant commitment by the Saudis to change their terrorist-supporting ways or reduce their aggression in Yemen.

In Israel, there was no progress – even symbolic – in the peace process. In the Vatican, the Pope looked as if he stepped in something. And despite the fallacious “money is beginning to pour in” claim Trump floated at the NATO prom in Belgium, the best he got was a pinky promise that the laggards would do their best to increase defense spending.

At the G7 meeting, Trump reverted to his showman roots – neither supporting nor rejecting the Paris climate change accords. Rather promising – reality show fashion – to reveal his decision on next week’s episode.

Back home, Trump will once again oversell his achievements – thrilling his base – but confirming that his deeds are a pale reflection of his words.

Whatever. His trip will be forgotten by Monday morning. The Sunday shows will focus on all things Russian. Especially after the revelation that the golden boy, son-in-law Jared Kushner, had requested back channels to the Kremlin through the Russian Embassy. And Trump – after nine days of Twitter discipline – is primed to explode.

The White House has floated the idea that a legal team would vet Trump’s tweets pre-transmission. Good luck with that. It’s hard to imagine a bathrobe-clad Trump, sitting on his sofa in the wee hours with a lawyer, watching Fox. You can’t put big baby in a corner.

Trump may want to talk about his trip. Or pivot to tax reform and healthcare. But his wishes will be as smoke. The public is entranced by the ill-deeds, prevarications, bald-faced lies and ever-shifting rationales of an administration spiraling out of control. And the media knows on which side its bread is buttered. It will be Russia, Russia, Russia, with a side salad of Watergate.

The curtain has fallen on the first act. The dramatis personae have been introduced and examined. And the dramatic narrative established. Now the second act begins. Investigators will start to uncover some truths. Congressional hearings will feature preening politicians throwing shade and offering cover. And the Washington Post and New York Times will do what they have done before – and cable news works still cannot do – and get insiders to spill the beans.

And by the end of the week, Trump’s trip will be as if it never happened.


Trump’s Excellent Adventure (Part II)

May 26, 2017

Donald Trump went to Belgium. There he met with our allies and was faced with a choice. He could assume the mantle of FDR, JFK, & Ronald Reagan – and stand foursquare as the leader of an America aligned with other democracies united in the unrelenting struggle against evil – whether it be an empire, an axis, […]

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Trump’s Excellent Adventure

May 24, 2017

Donald Trump took to the road. He didn’t want to. He likes his own bed, predictable foods, and a steady diet of cable news. However, his hosts, after briefings from his handlers, took his fragility into account. There would be plenty of burnt steak and ketchup. Huge projections of his image on walls. And flattering […]

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What Republicans Can Learn From Derek Jeter.

May 19, 2017

The Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s number a week ago. The New York baseball great was an accomplished player and a man beloved by both the hometown faithful and his rivals. Even the hated Red Sox Nation saluted him. Which raises the question: Why? Simply put, he instinctively knew how to react and what to say. […]

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Trump, Russia, Flynn, Comey, Pence & the 2018 Election.

May 16, 2017

Trump defends his blabbing state secrets to the Russians by saying he has the right to say what he said. Which is to miss the point. Just because you have the right doesn’t mean you should. The Westboro Baptist Church has the right to say what they say. Predictably, Fox News is doing yeoman’s work […]

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Trump Zealots Just Can’t Quit Their Man.

May 14, 2017

The most notable feature of the Trump presidency is the slavish loyalty of his acolytes. Even as a majority of Americans see his term as an unremitting failure, Trump’s true believers see it as a blemish-free saga of extreme success. His approval ratings are dismal. But over 90% of those who voted for him say […]

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Why Was Comey Fired? The Administration Offers Everything Except the Truth.

May 11, 2017

The Trump administration is the gang who couldn’t shoot straight. All Presidents lie, prevaricate, spin – but no administration has done it worse since – and it is a fair comparison –  Nixon. Take the Comey firing. They obviously can’t admit the real reason. That either Comey was getting too close to an uncomfortable truth – […]

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Republicans Have Never Met a Regular Guy They Wouldn’t Screw.

May 7, 2017

Republicans ran on the promise that they would repeal and replace Obamacare. They portrayed the ACA as so magnificently evil that any replacement would be better. Now House Republicans have kept half of their commitment. They did repeal and replace Obamacare, but remarkably they found something worse. Trump helped. In his desperation to pass something, anything, to […]

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Really? 5.2.17 – Trump Has a Bad Week and It’s Only Tuesday.

May 2, 2017

Donald Trump disdain for history. Tucker Carlson told the head of the White House Correspondent’s Asociation that the press hates Donald Trump. He has misread the media. I suggest that if the press has an institutional opinion of Trump, it is that he is an idiot – because they go where the evidence leads. And that evidence […]

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