Playing Puppet

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At a certain point, it stopped being surprising that Donald Trump would take Vladimir Putin’s side in regards to…well anything really.  He has made it perfectly clear that he admires the man, and that he’ll take the man’s word over his own intelligence networks.  But now Trump is at the point where he’s parroting the man’s talking points in his own interviews.  When Trump starts acting as a surrogate or representative of the Putin Regime…I mean seriously, where are we then?   When does it stop being a joke that Putin is really leading the country?

Expert Deflection

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I really can’t articulate how little I think of Mitch McConnell.  He represents the very worst of what traditional modern politics has become.  Him and his ilk pave the way for Donald Trump and his gross brand of discourse to come to the forefront of our political culture.  Mitch McConnell has had a stranglehold on the Senate for far too long, keeping good legislation from ever even reaching the floor for a vote, and pushing through garbage that better lines the pockets of him and his comrades.  And if you think I’m being overly critical, I encourage you to listen to his statements from last week, during the debate over making Election Day a federal holiday.  His argument against this is quite simply that he’s afraid of more people voting.  His own words are that it’s a democratic “power grab.”  In other words, he knows the majority of people don’t like him, and if more people go out to vote, he’s afraid of losing his majority.  It’s gross, it’s transparent, and it only goes to show why he’s dead wrong.

Questionable Intelligence

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There have been some reporters, namely Rachel Maddow, who have speculated that Donald Trump may be getting his “intelligence” from an unusual source.  And I’m not talking about Fox News.  He’s been frequently talking about odd tactics and discoveries regarding undocumented immigrants, including finding prayer rugs, and women having their mouths duct taped shut so that they couldn’t breath.  Several news outlets have attempted to find witnesses or victims to these discoveries to no avail.  Then people started to notice it sounded suspiciously similar to a plot to a movie called Sicario: Day of the Soldado.  Seriously, several of Trump’s claims come from and only make sense within the context of this movie plot.  So, getting everything straight, Trump is actively conflating movie plots and real, actionable intelligence.  If it were any other president, ANY OTHER president, it would be a ludicrous suggestion, but for Trump it just feels…remarkably normal.

All-Star Weekend

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Nancy Pelosi had an all star weekend, didn’t she?  She made Trump blink on the government shut down and as a cherry on top, she got to have “haha” moment on him after Roger Stone got indicted and she made a very public statement to basically do just that.  Anyone who says she is getting a moment to take aim for the White House in 2020…well they might be right.  I dunno that I’d be jazzed on the idea of her running for president, but she is certainly on the ground running at the start of the new year.

You Get What You Pay For

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Finding out that Rudy Giuliani was taking Donald Trump’s case pro bono makes a weird kind of sense.  I mean, Rudy’s utter incompetence and penchant for digging Trump’s hole of trouble ever deeper is deeply embarrassing for that monster, but Trump’s distaste for paying for the work that people do for him is also pretty well noted.  Rudy may be doing a lousy job, but free is free, yeah?  But beyond free, Trump’s trouble with finding representation for his pending legal issues has been very public, so  his willingness to go to bat for the man has value as well.  But yeah, as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for, and Rudy’s work is certainly worth the price tag of zero dollars.