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.


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 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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Trump Strikes Syria – What’s Next?

April 7, 2017

So Trump bombed Syria. No doubt his crew will be ecstatic that the great man flexed some military muscle and sent a few well-guided missiles down the enemy’s chimney. But is there more? Or is Trump now satisfied because he has been seen to be doing something? Questions were raised – and not just by Democrats […]

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Really? 3.3.17 – Just How Big a Racist Liar is Sessions? (Plus a Dollop of Trump)

March 3, 2017

Jeff Sessions defended his lie that he hadn’t talked to the Russians. His grounds? He said he took the question to refer to contacts he may have had as a proxy for the Trump campaign. In Sessions’ mind, his chats with the Russian ambassador were part of his senatorial duties and therefore did not merit a mention. A thin […]

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Really? 3.2.17 – Sessions Lies; Trump Dodges Ethics; And Drinks Like a Bitch; Unity by Division.

March 2, 2017

During his confirmation, Sen. Al Franken asked A.G. Jeff Sessions what action he would take against anyone involved in the Trump campaign who had contact with Russian officials. Sessions responded “I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Adding “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with […]

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Really? -12.19.15 – Donald Holds Vlad’s Hand; Rubio Plays Hooky; DWS Holds Hill’s Hand.

December 19, 2015

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” ― William Shakespeare Donald Trump is so pathetically eager to be liked that when Vladimir Putin said something pretty about him, he replied in kind – calling Putin a ‘strong leader’. It’s generally considered bad form to give enemy leaders an […]

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Alternate Energy, It’s Where the Money Is.

December 1, 2015

President Obama and 150+ other world leaders met in Paris to initiate talks on climate change. Why? Because the world’s leaders are paying attention to the scientific community – and doing what leaders do, which is to ensure the safety of their citizens. The Republicans presidential candidates are cut from a different cloth. They find […]

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