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nytimes.com
Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles
One thing has become apparent to both the president’s allies as well as his opponents: When it comes to governing, speed does not always guarantee success.
By Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman

So this NYT article (written by a Glenn and Maggie btw) drops quite a few bombshells:

  • The Biggest: Bannon really is pulling Trump’s strings. Bannon wrote the order putting himself on the National Security Council and had Trump sign it. Trump did so without knowing what Bannon had done
  • Bannon and Priebus (former RNC chair) are in a huge power struggle. After this disastrous 12 days, it looks like control over Trump’s ear might shift from Bannon back to Priebus for now
  • But also, Trump has not fired Bannon, even after a deceptive, bold power grab that humiliated him. This makes me think Bannon’s hold on Trump goes pretty deep. Certainly deeper than the establishment GOP
  • Btw, Trump pretty much just signs whatever executive orders. He only offers input into them after they’ve been drafted
  • Trump’s Dad’s middle name was Christ
  • Trump has no photos of his wife, kids, or other family up anywhere in the West Wing, just his father Fred Christ Trump
  • Trump is totally isolated. His adult kids are off playing DC socialite, Melania and Baron are in NYC, and he is flanked by yes men who will not (can not?) tell him when he’s screwing up, but are clearly more than happy to talk to the Press. Leaks abound. When confronted by the painful reality that people hate him, and his agenda is getting derailed by the judiciary (and the fact that people hate him), Trump is frustrated and confused.
  • Trump is vain and image-obsessed (we already knew this)

More fun tidbits from the article!

Trump is angrier about being tricked into signing Bannon onto the National Security Council than he is about the backlash to his Muslim Ban, but he still has not fired or demoted Bannon

Remember how the Trump team didn’t realize they’d be responsible for staffing the entire West Wing? Remember how they have literally no one on their team with previous governing experience? Remember the present where they bungle procedural matters, write illegal executive orders because they refuse to consult their betters, and have yet to staff various essential agencies? This is just a new, and hilarious level of pathetic:

So as fun as it is to read about how much of a trainwreck this administration is already, it’s important to remember they have always been a trainwreck. All the smart people were betting they’d self destruct before the primaries, and then certainly before the election. Trump has always been delusional. He and his team have continuously fumbled important matters, and been plainly and clearly evil. 

But still, look where they are. 

My point is, laugh, but don’t let up the pressure. And don’t forget to register to vote, make sure your friends and family register, and drag everyone you know to the polls in 2018. Anticipate large-scale voter suppression efforts. Anticipate outrage fatigue. Anticipate normalization of near daily tales of fecklessness and disastrous policy. Anticipate all of it, and make a plan to fight it now. This will be a marathon, not a sprint.

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Wherein Keith Olbermann gets angrier at Trump than he ever got at anyone in the Bush administration.

I’m very familiar with his eloquent, righteous, completely-out-of-patience condemnations, and yet I felt I needed a welding mask just to keep watching.

Right now, this moment, uncorrected by any of you [Republican leaders], this man is advocating violent or passive resistance to a Presidential election, and if you do not act against him, you will be blamed for him, and you will fall with him.

This is bigger than who is the next President, or who is the next RNC chair, or who is the next Speaker of the House – this is our democracy imperiled from within, by a man you have permitted to speak for you, and speak for millions of loyal Americans who suddenly realize that the nominee of their party is willing to subvert the election, and to subvert the democracy itself.

Compel him to withdraw. NOW.

Litigate against him, find enough doctors to declare him psychiatrically [sic] incompetent – at minimum, cut off his funding completely, and denounce him in the strongest possible terms, because this nightmare, this fascist, this Trump, is now your responsibility.

Characters That Needed to have a Seat in #Scandal 502: A Few Comments

I was so moved by Olivia’s admission of her fears; Fitz’s dedication to her happiness; and Olivia’s bravery at the end in telling the truth. I started writing a serious review and realized I wasn’t in the mood because I had to get some other stuff off my chest. Perhaps my lack of sleep is making me so irritable, but after some heated (but friendly) disagreements on the Scandal Podcast, I had some opinions to voice. I’m trying not to curse as much on the podcast, so I’m spewing my artless vitriol on my own blog

I am still going to do some Q&A’s and I may publish an abridged version of my serious review. But, for now, there’s this…


Sally:

Girl, you need to be on Murderers Row singing with Roxy and Velma. But here your Glenda Beck ass is on TV fixing your mouth to say the vilest shit. And if it wasn’t so gotdamn predictable, I could laugh at how preposterous you are. 501 shows us Fitz doesn’t just give Olivia her way, and we have other examples. But you wanna be in t he business of shame because you have Jesus? Seriously, Sally, you wanna make Fitz King Herrod/David  to Olivia’s Salome/Jezebel? That’s what we’re doing already? Mmmkay. When thine own wig is snatcheth-ed away, just know you had it coming. 

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Did First Amendment Mention TV Ads When It Was Written In 1791?

“Look, I don’t disagree with Citizens United,” [RNC Chair Reince] Preibus continued. “I think it’s a good case. I think that we should all be free and exercise our First Amendment rights. But this is a victory today for people who want to see political parties and candidates on the same playing field or a little bit closer to the same playing field as the First Amendment was intended to allow us to be.”

So campaigns that spend millions/billions on media is the intended use of speech as per 1791?

Same playing field would imply limits. The RNC, Republicans, and the right wing Supreme Court have to create an unfair playing filed because Obama, Democrats and the left wing are the majority and the future of politics.

Creating laws to limit donations was the precedent set for a century. It was the law of the land and had tweaks over time to improve the effectiveness. In 2010, the right wing threw out the entire system of transparent, limited donations in favor of a new unlimited, untraceable system of dark money.

Anyone who thinks removing donation limits is good for politics is clearly not living in the real world. And not living in the real world is the Republican default setting. Vote Blue in 2014 and 2016!