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 – or that Trump had a tantrum. But a professional group would at least agree on a lie.

But Trump’s crew tried the blissfully absurd ‘Comey didn’t treat Hillary fairly’ – and the quickly denied  ‘he’s lost the confidence of his team’. Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was spectacularly hyperbolic in suggesting, without enumerating, that Comey was guilty of “atrocities”. Trump himself offered the anodyne reason that Comey was “not effectively able to lead the bureau”.

By all accounts, the Deputy Attorney General responsible for compiling the case to fire Comey – long-term public servant, Rod Rosenstein – is a good man. And I suppose that is why he made the case that Comey should be fired because of his mishandling of the Hillary email investigation. What could be more ‘kumbaya’ than a Republican President having the back of a Democratic opponent?

Except it makes no sense. Trump has no one’s back but his own and spent an election season congratulating Comey for his excellent hatchet job on Clinton.

Nevertheless, the administration grasped Rosenstein’s report like a life-ring in a tossing sea. Mike Pence, for one, told reporters, “The President took strong and decisive leadership here to put the safety and the security of the American people first by accepting the recommendation of the deputy attorney general to remove Director Comey as the head of the FBI.”

But who demolished this rationale? Trump himself.

As he told NBC, “I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.[Rosenstein] made a recommendation … He made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.”

Comey’s replacement, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, dismissed the administration’s claims that Comey was a pariah in the FBI. He told a Senate committee, “Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day”.

McCabe also swatted away Huckabee Sanders’ claim that the FBI’s Russian probe was “probably one of the smallest things that they’ve got going on their plate”. Instead, he revealed it was “a highly significant investigation.”    

Usually, political disagreement is between different parties. In Trump’s administration, it is all in the family





Ignorance: A Value Held Dear by many Americans.

April 8, 2017

I used to frequent a deli located near a roadside, commuter bus stop. Once, while idly waiting for my order, I thumbed an accordion bus schedule taken from a holder by the register. The cashier looked over at me and said she hoped I wouldn’t ask her when the next bus was, as she had […]

Read the full article →

How Religion Uses Hate to Make Money

March 12, 2017

Years ago I went to rural Ohio years ago because my girlfriend’s family lived there. It depressed me. It was flat, and there were holes in the stop signs that someone told me were bullet holes. It was also winter – so that didn’t help. Her father was a hospital administrator, and her mother played golf. They […]

Read the full article →

Belligerent Incompetence: The Trump Terrorist Doctrine.

January 30, 2017

Terrorists don’t kill Americans. Neither do sharks, bees or lightning. Before you get indignant, yes, some people die of these things – but from a statistical point of view, with rounding, the number is zero. And yet the Trump administration is willing to upend 70 years of American foreign policy to address events that hardly ever happen. Take […]

Read the full article →

The Republicans’ Best Replacement for Obamacare is Obamacare.

January 16, 2017

Paul Ryan says that the replacement for Obamacare will be well thought out – much better than the current dog’s dinner. And as soon as they repeal the ACA they’re going to start working on it. Which raises the question: What have they been doing for the last seven years? However, there is good news […]

Read the full article →

The Self-Delusion of the Trump Voter

January 13, 2017

A sign in many Irish bars reads, “In God we trust, all others pay cash”. It is a straightforward sentiment. One that many a tavern and other small business owners do well to follow. But in the larger realm, outside of petty commerce, people have to expand their circle of trust. Not with blind faith, but with a healthy […]

Read the full article →

The Electoral College Had One Job. It Failed.

December 19, 2016

So now that the Electoral College has given its imprimatur to Donald Trump’s presidency, we have to accept that the Founders’ machinations to prevent the election of an unqualified man to be President have been thwarted. Hamilton, in particular, believed that the Electoral College would provide a bulkhead against the passions of the unwashed masses. […]

Read the full article →

Evangelicals Elect an Unholy Man.

November 11, 2016

When I was a boy, I went to schools that were unmistakably Christian. As it was in England, where parents think their children are vaguely criminal and too rambunctious to have underfoot, I was sent away to a low-security detention facility at the age of eight. A place called, in British private educational parlance, a ‘boarding school’. The authorities […]

Read the full article →

Donald Trump Redux. The Grade-Schooler Is Back.

September 18, 2016

Donald Trump had a good week, while Hillary Clinton stumbled – literally and figuratively. Trump clung to his teleprompter. And his poll numbers started looking much better. But then the strain of doing the right thing took its toll. He lashed out at a black pastor who had admonished him for talking politics in church – […]

Read the full article →