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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

The Stooge in Chief should hire representation that resonates with his worldview. I’d suggest the firm of Dewey, Cheatem and Howe.

The job of being the president’s lawyer is tough. It’s bad enough that they’ve got to defend the indefensible, but when they represent a client who’s sleazier than they are it causes confusion in their ranks. Usually it’s the lawyer who’s the slippery eel with questionable bona fides and unsavory connections. But their client puts this shameful lot to shame.

The Stormy storm hasn’t blown over yet. Oh, the tales she could tell, and will tell, once the tangled web of unsigned non-disclosure agreements have been nullified. But as salacious and damning as the details might be, I’m not sure I want them in my imagination. The guy is repugnant enough just standing there fully clothed.

Does it seem as though America has sunk into hole? Weather Armageddon and the mass shooting-du-jour and the psychotic gun lobby and the porn actress infidelity and the nightly slack-jawed pre-adolescent tweet barrage coming from the Oval Office—it seems as though we’ve been thrashing around in a cesspool of despair and disbelief ever since this man body-surfed into office on the waves of his despicable fans who bought tickets to his concert of the damned.

You know it’s bad when Republicans are starting to worry about being in bed with this disreputable lying dog of a plutocrat. Apparently, they’ve gotten up with fleas, and it’s starting to itch.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

I’ve always said that when Mitt Romney enters a room you get the feeling that someone interesting just left. He doesn’t have a presence as much as he creates a void.

But lest anyone think that Romney is a cipher, we should look back at the horrific Republican platform under which he ran for president. The misogyny, the homophobia and the smack-down of all the moochers and takers (remember that?) would make Mitch McConnell smile, and Jeff Sessions fall off of his lily pad.

Sure, why not resurrect Mitt? The wheels are coming off this clown car of an administration, and a blast from the past might provide some much needed comic relief. While we’re at it, let’s see if we can dig up Sarah Palin. It would be nice to see Tina Fey on SNL again.

Mitt and the current squatter in the Oval Office have a few things in common. Both were born with a platinum, jewel-encrusted spoon lodged firmly in their mouths. Both make incomprehensible statements during campaign speeches, and one’s a Mormon, while the other’s a moron. Mere coincidence? I think not.

The president always comes up with insultingly juvenile nicknames for challengers. Hmm, let’s see…what rhymes with Mitt? Ah, Twit! Mitt the Twit! That sounds like something the president would say.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The president is barely a year into his administration, and we’re already flirting with nuclear Armageddon. With any luck, there won’t be a 2020.

Again Totally Hilarious!

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

There’s a lot the president is willing to give up, and it’s more than just one or two seasons of Celebrity Apprentice. He’s given up on the poor and middle class. He’s given up our standing in the world. He’s given up trying to find fresh adjectives for “good” and “bad.” He’s long ago given up on nuance, civility, common sense and humility.

(Well, that sort of rhymes, so maybe it’s worth
Trying to finish this comment in verthe–uh, verse:)

When diplomacy matters, you know that he’ll show up, and act like a child who refuses to grow up. He’ll lambaste The Times, and while he’s berating it, he’ll diss the fake news even as he’s creating it.

His big mouth is something I wish we could sew up. It might cost us plenty, but I’d put the dough up, ‘though his tax plan might make the economy blow up.

Obama’s fine legacy he’s sworn to dismantle, although to that man he can’t hold a candle. And if he runs out of people to pillory, he’s likely to turn his attention to Hillary.

As much as he dishes out hate and malaise, he can’t get enough of the vacuous praise. He hires exclusively people who suck up, and then fires them when they—what’s the word–screw up.

And so the strange man in the orange pompadour will dish out embarrassment, and then dish out more. Yet if we impeached him, a year or two hence–we might have to do it again with Mike Pence.

Totally hilarious!

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

With this president, every week is Ironic Failure Week. I’m sure that if he announced an upcoming energy conference the lights would go out in the middle of his rambling, self-aggrandizing screed. Then he’d claim that Thomas Edison called him afterwards to apologize for spoiling the greatest speech of all time.

The president deserves an award for every abject failure, because he’s pretty much a defective human being at the molecular level. But what about the ordinary folks who serve as apologists for fraud and deceit?

To recognize their contributions, I propose we have an Unscrupulous Liars Week. The first one would go to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I thought Sean Spicer took the cake, but he always looked troubled when he lied to make the president’s insane, fraudulent or illegal activities look normal. Sanders apparently watched Spicer from the wings as he sputtered and withered in the glare, and said, “Send me in coach!”

It probably doesn’t hurt that her dad made a living lying to the clueless for money. It’s one of those acorn-tree sorts of things.

The Top Quark is said to be the shortest-lived elementary particle in the universe, but it takes second place to Anthony Scaramucci. He gets the Potty Mouth Award for his meteoric rise to fame, which is a tiny scale model of the president’s private commode. There’s a little figure of Reince Priebus at the bottom of the bowl, caught in mid-swirl.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston 3 hours ago

Libertarians are starting to get on my nerves. Rand Paul and his earnest plea to let people have the freedom to die when they can’t afford medical care is just the most immediate example. Paul is essentially saying, “Give me liberty, AND give me death!” What a rallying cry.

Given the bizarre performance of their presidential spoilers during the last “election,” I’d think they’d want to include a mental health option in any healthcare plan. But I digress.

Paul is merely doing what the Republicans always do, which is to come up with plausible-sounding excuses for why we should put the old and the sick on an ice floe and let them drift out to sea. Conveniently, we’ve got one as big as Delaware in the antarctic.

Lying is the essential arrow in the Republican quiver. It’s the very foundation of their economic arguments, which always suggest that by letting a few people become obscenely rich the rest of us will flourish.

The president doesn’t have a clue about–well, anything, including health care, and the Vice President lies with the pseudo-sincerity that religious hypocrites are known for. The Senate is controlled by the drawling destroyer Mitch “sit down and shut up” McConnell, while the House is overseen by a self-described policy wonk and Ayn Rand acolyte who’s a complete fraud.

I don’t know what’s happened to our government, but I do know that letting it decide how to provide health care for the country is going to kill us all.

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Here’s a NYT comment that really says what I believe. This belief of mine has been percolating over the past couple years and represents, I suppose, a turn away from the left but it’s still on the left side of the political spectrum. Anyway, here it is:

gumnaam nowhere 14 hours ago

Senator Sanders, much respect to you, but what about the election in France? A center-right candidate walloped the far right candidate. The main difference: the inability of the Russians to interfere.

The Democratic party is a big-tent party, and cannot function well with ideological purity tests. Policies also have to be achievable, which means listening to all stakeholders. The Democratic sweep in 2006-2008 did not come about because of following a rigid ideological prescription. The Democrats will win by being the party of good governance with new talented candidates across the ideological spectrum. It is well past time to stop beating on people on your own side, and start focusing your ire on the real problem: the Republicans.

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It’s the second paragraph above that really resonates with me. And especially the very last sentence which states the real problem: the Republicans.

The comment comes from an op-ed by Bernie Sanders in the NYT today: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/opinion/bernie-sanders-how-democrats-can-stop-losing-elections.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

The real perpetrators of this scam are the people who voted for this transparent lying billionaire buffoon. Anyone who could have listened to this man and thought he was on the side of the downtrodden deserves to be trodden upon, and heavily. The only pleasure I feel these days is in knowing that they’ll feel the pain, first and longest.

That may seem like a pointless exercise, but so is flailing your arms when you fall off of a cliff. It doesn’t help, but it’s something you do when there’s nothing that can be done. Lemmings marched into voting booths all across America, and stepped over the edge. They handed the government to people who despise them. No matter how trenchant the post-apocalyptic analysis of people like Krugman turns out to be, the lemmings won’t get it. They’ll just blame the ground for rushing toward them.

While it may be useful to criticize a president or an individual cabinet appointment for this or that questionable decision, what purpose does it serve when every decision and every appointment is questionable, or even treasonous? Whom do we call when Gotham falls? Batman?

The country hasn’t merely made a bad decision. It’s gone down a bad road, and there’s no exit in sight. Buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

For maximum enjoyment, be sure to look down. The only satisfaction to be had will be watching the lemmings below you hit the ground first.

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To all who are poo-pooing the election of Trump, saying give him a chance or it’s not as bad as it seems, I suggest they start following the news. The fear is real. I read of Kellyanne Conway threatening Senator Harry Reid and others who go against The Great And Powerful OZ with libel suits. Will jailing public dissenters be far behind? Will reporters be “disappeared” like in other thug-run nations? The right wing nihilists just elected an admirer of Putin and his tactics to lead the USA! Have we ever had such a dangerous president in the recent history of our country? Such a thin-skinned man-child who can’t control his itchy little twitter finger? MA GOP Gov Charlie Bake is on public record stating his concerns of retribution by the trump administration because Baker and our state refused to back trump in the election. Pundits say don’t worry, he’s constrained by the constitution but who protects us if the constitution is ignored? Who do we turn to? Our conservative courts? Our conservative elected officials? Our neutered Democratic leaders who will have a severely marginalized voice in trumpland? Who will speak for us? How will they hold his feet to the fire when they fear retribution? Would he attempt to silence critics like Sanders? Warren? The free press? Will he go beyond juvenile twitter and exact revenge in more profound ways? Will our voices be silenced under threat of lawsuits or jail? Our right to protest? America is quickly becoming unrecognizable. God help us.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

The polls are tightening all right. Like a noose. Half of America is ready to hang itself on the incoherent pipe-dreams of a certified narcissist who has as much in common with ordinary Americans as ordinary citizens have with a naked mole rat.

The suggestion that Trump has “policy ideas” is as absurd as saying Paul Ryan has policy ideas. I can see why Ryan couldn’t distance himself entirely from Trump. They’re kindred spirits, both bent on destroying the nation with fictitious economic policy schemes that do nothing more than protect the rich at the expense of the poor.

(The poor are an enormously valuable resource, like oil shale. Squeeze them hard enough, and a surprising amount of money comes out. Rich people know this instinctively, and they never get tired of watching the poor begging for money that came out of their own pockets. But I digress.)

Voters who are sickened by sleaze are disgusted—disgusted, I tell you!—with Clinton’s e-mail behavior. So they’d rather vote for a scummy, vulgar serial groper who orates with the vocabulary of a first-grader. They appreciate how difficult it is to grope with short fingers, so give the man some credit. You can’t say he doesn’t reach out to women, that’s for sure.

But some think that Trump is the lesser of two…you fill in the blank. Acceptable answers are “statesmen,” “intellects” or “human beings.” The only wrong answer is evils.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

My goal, from now until the election, is to wake from this extended nightmare. There is no other explanation for us to be having this conversation, in which a minor shift in style or tone could put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. In my nightmare, tomorrow’s headline will read, “Trump doesn’t call Hillary a fat old lying cow with scrofula, soars in post-debate polls.”

If he doesn’t praise Putin or insult the mother of a dead soldier, will Trump get points? If Hillary grimaces or coughs or wears an unflattering outfit, will pundits declare her the loser? Is the bar really set so low that candidates must dig their way under it?

Conservatives got us here, having so beaten up our honorable two-party system that Donald Trump seems qualified to carry the Republican banner. They feign embarrassment while they watch Trump exemplify the ignorance, the blatant appeal to wealth and the denial of reality that characterized their game plan from the moment Obama took office.

Most people don’t follow politics all that closely. They see a headline, pick up the tone and talk among themselves. Conservatives commandeered the discourse and made income inequality holy, and healthcare for all an abomination. They rendered many of us stupid and susceptible.

So in a way Trump is your baby, Mr. Brooks, a veritable Rosemary’s baby, the evil spawn of ignorance and innocence. We may have to live with him, but you’ll have to change his diapers.

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