You can give a man an education, put him in a good suit, and give him a decent haircut – but you can’t make him smart. Take Donald Trump Jr. A product of the Ivy League – and dressed like a “Wall Street” extra – he was given the tools to be a success – except God failed to bless him with brains.

This week has been a particularly brutal commercial for the son’s incompetence. First, he couldn’t remember a meeting. Then he said it was about adoptions. Then he released emails that confirmed it was about Russian interference in elections. Then he didn’t reveal that a Russian agent was there. And now it turns out that there was along with two others.

And in his mindless braggadocio, the little Trump reveals his desperate need to be just like Dad. But while the father has the native cunning that allows arrogant, stupid men to prosper – if only temporarily – Junior has only the arrogance and stupidity. Let his release of the email chain stand witness.

Junior felt that if he preempted the New York Times revelation of the same emails, he could lay claim to ‘transparency’. The better strategy – and surely the one Senior would have used  – would be to let the NYT publish whatever it wanted and accuse them of being part of a liberal plot falsely reporting fake news.

Never admit anything is Trump pere’s modus operandi. And – as he likes to point out – he’s President, and you’re not.

But Trump Sr’s fortune is fraying. His in-house media organ, Fox News, is showing an independent, critical streak. He still has his fawning morning chorus at “Fox and Friends” balanced by his evening toadies – most notably Sean Hannity. But in the meat of the day, when Fox ventures into real reporting, Shep Smith, Mike Wallace and Chris Stirewalt have questioned the administration’s credibility and even its media strategy.

The GOP seems to be standing behind their man – even as he puts his hand in their pocket. But consider these two facts. One, Trump’s shenanigans employ a lot of lawyers. Two, Trump is always looking for others to pick up the check. So naturally, he has suggested that the RNC pick up the legal tab. Republicans are against handouts, and surely this raid on their kitty goes against all the fiscal stringency they hold so dear.

And talking of lawyers, Trump’s leading voice on the Russian brouhaha is a charming specimen of aggressive inebriate, whose specialty is fraud and divorce defenses. Mark Kasowitz has the hair of a patrician but in an email responding to a heckler he revealed the persona of a bar drunk – telling his correspondent, “I’m on you now.  You are fucking with me now Let’s see who you are Watch your back , bitch.” 

The house, the plane, and protocol have given the Presidency a veil of respectability and gravitas. But whether they can survive the poor choices of the occupant and the machinations of his heir remain to be seen.





Republicans Think Trump’s Expenses Are Just Jim-Dandy

April 16, 2017

During his presidency, Republicans ripped Obama for his travel expenses. Now that Trump is President  – and vacationing every weekend – his profligacy makes Obama’s bills seem modest. Then there is the cost incurred with the missus staying in New York. And the security costs of protecting Trump’s children as they jet around doing private […]

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Really? 1.5.17 – Marsha Blackburn: A Star Is Born. Lincoln weeps.

January 4, 2017

The new Michele Bachmann – Part 1. (What women don’t want) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) lacks the maniacal glint in her eyes that Michele Backmann so indefatigably displayed. However, she gives no ground to Bachman when it comes to crazy talk. Take women’s rights. Blackburn voted against the ‘2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act’. She later […]

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What Happens if Trump Wins the Presidency?

November 6, 2016

Elections have results. Should Trump win the presidency, his happy band of warriors will celebrate. But now the easy part is over – and the governing has to start. And that is when the real tragedy begins. Conservatives have no more faith in Trump’s management skills than Democrats do. They will hope he turns over the […]

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The GOP Believes the Constitution Mandates Only Republicans Pick Supreme Court Justices.

October 29, 2016

After Justice Scalia died, conservatives were faced with a left-shifting Supreme Court. Obama wasn’t going to nominate anyone nearly as right-wing as Scalia. In reaction, Republican Senators took the extraordinary step of making up a new tradition – and ignored Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. Out of whole cloth, they created a new ‘rule’ – that […]

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Really? 9.30.16 – Biden Finds Trump Dumber than Palin and some other stuff.

September 30, 2016

Joe Biden said of Donald Trump’s debate performance “I’ve never seen anybody who knew as few facts.” Consider that this is a man who debated Sarah Palin. *********************************************** Fox contributor A. B. Stoddard makes an incisive point. While Trump complains about the media’s fairness and sources, he doesn’t take the next step. “He’ll rail against the reporter […]

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Does President Trump Worry Democrats or Republicans More?

September 29, 2016

Trump’s debate. Trump has made progress in the polls. His new management team has kept him relatively on message. His speeches have been more coherent. Republicans who had held him at arm’s length warmed to the idea that their candidate might win. The Senate looked safer. And the #NeverTrump movement became marginalized. Then he debated. What effect Trump’s […]

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Trump Couldn’t Be Bothered to Study.

September 27, 2016

Donald Trump believes the road to the White House is paved with insults. Doing the work needed to prepare for a debate – let alone the presidency – is beyond him. He knows little. He isn’t ready to learn more. And he is convinced that he knows better than people who have been studying their specialty […]

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Republicans Embrace Racism.

September 3, 2016

Racism has been mainstreamed. White nationalists – David Duke and the like – celebrate their hijack of the GOP. The Republican candidate has made his bones by disparaging Hispanics and Blacks – while gleefully retweeting the opinions of the ‘alt-right’ – itself a euphemism for the self-pitying, ‘European-American’, proto-fascist, neo-Nazi riff-raff that is the reactionary extreme. […]

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