At this point, you have to believe that Republicans are like the frog in hot water – indifferent to the fact that it is heating up. In the last 24 hours, Trump has insulted one of their own, Jeff Sessions, for doing his job. Used the Boy Scouts as a backdrop to whine, attack enemies, threaten friends. And dragged his 11-year-old son into the conversation.

His closest confidant, son-in-law Jared Kushner – the man he has entrusted a multiplicity of tasks – has confessed he lacks the management skills to be a crook.

Now they have squeaked a win in their campaign to kill Obamacare. It took a tie breaker, but they have agreed to keep discussing exactly how to hurt their fellow Americans. No one has been more stalwart in the fight than the terminally ill John McCain. This happy warrior is indefatigable in stripping millions of the sort of healthcare he relies in on in his time of tribulation.

Fifty Senators voted to keep the hurt on – but it is hard not to see McCain as a symbol of the hypocrisy that infects the whole tribe. From straight shooter to assassin if you will.

There is a silver lining. The Republicans are doing themselves no favors for 2018. The Democrats have been handed every condition they need to win back the House. If they can’t, they should disband and hand the mantle of opponent over to people competent enough to do the job.

The healthcare imbroglio will be iced until the Senate has to vote on an actual bill. And in the interim, the Russia follies will suck up all the oxygen. To that end and less noticed today, Trump’s erstwhile campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had a chat with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

More problematically for him, he has been summoned to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee – not with a polite “if you don’t mind stopping by”, but with a subpoena no less. What will Manafort reveal? Will he plead the “fifth”? Or will he take the ‘lying to Congress’ route? Whichever way it goes, I don’t expect an exoneration of Trump.

And in the midst of the tempest, Trump won’t let the Sessions matter alone. His distress at Sessions’ recusal has caught the attention of the normally supportive conservative media. Even Breitbart has taken umbrage. Their fear is that the crusade against immigrants will lose its hateful focus if its lead proponents are squabbling.

The conservatives are  frustrated that Trump will not back up his rhetoric. He says he hates all the right people. He promises all kinds of actions to hurt folks – both citizens and not. He swears the rich will never have it so good. But he won’t put his back into it. Trump is lazy. Easily distracted. Too seduced by golf. And more dedicated to his personal vendettas than he is to steering the ship of state (please no Titanic jokes).

Republicans came giddy into 2017, full of piss and vinegar, ready, with their majorities, to rip down Obama’s temple. But they have proved unequal to the task. Throwing spitballs was easy when there was an adult in the White House. But now the children are in charge – and looking for the Lord of the Flies.


Really? 7.19.17. Healthcare on Life Support; Trump whines; Asset Forfeiture; Trump’s Magic Math.

July 19, 2017

Donald Trump: Repeal, replace, repeal, repeal, replace. Donald Trump demanded that the Senate repeal and replace Obamacare until it became apparent that it couldn’t. So then he demanded that the Senate just repeal it. Until it became clear it couldn’t do that either. Now Trump’s back to repeal and replace  – or no one is […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Reveals the Downside to Monarchy.

July 14, 2017

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 […]

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Donald Trump Thinks He Came Out Ahead in the Comey Thing.

June 11, 2017

Donald Trump thinks he had a good week. He crows that, one, the Comey testimony has absolved him of any wrong-doing in the Russian brouhaha. Two, that he hasn’t been under investigation. And three, that there is no evidence pointing to his complicity in an electoral fix. But as he smirks his victory grimace he should consider the arc of […]

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Trump Returns Home. Expect Tweets.

May 27, 2017

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 […]

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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 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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