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Talking Points Memo - Josh Marshall - It's Worse Than We Thought

I was speaking to friends last night at a belated birthday party and I told several of them something I'd like to share with you now. While I've been following the Trump era for going on three years and long been a pessimist about the depth of his corruption - both venal and otherwise - the last two weeks has made me think the situation is significantly worse than I'd imagined.

Let me refer very briefly to two points.
Commentators often say the President doesn't like being questioned; he's angry that his appointees don't defend him; he lashes out at different staff members whom he's `frustrated' with. In other words, people look for process explanations. This is all seems like psychologizing and over-explaining to avoid the most obvious explanation: he's scared and looking for a way out. But he can't seem to find one. It's all escalating. And we've learned over the last week that President Trump's racket with Russia may be only one facet of his family's political corruption. The level of apparent corruption, interlaced with numerous constitutional landmines, is beyond our national experience.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 07:37:18 PM EST
"process explanation"
First, we've had a flurry of stories over the last week about massive loans Jared Kushner's family company has received from entities [!] Jared Kushner was in some way working with or meeting with in his governmental capacity.
Second point. We are back in a round of stories about Trump allies being "worried" about President Trump's mental state, stories of his raging at various enemies, `frustrated' that his 2016 campaign is being investigated while Hillary Clinton's is not.

Ergo, "the obvious explanation": Trump[?] is scared.

Funniest non sequiturs + transference of the week, so far.

Trump's private and public conduct is unpredictable. The "nonpartisan" conduct of US legislators is not. The "nonpolitical" conduct US Armed Forces, "intelligence community" leadership, and police are not. That is what frightens US Americans like Josh Marshall --the "we", the "our national experience," to whom he appeals for wtf. Trump is supposed to present the virtuous, appropriate affect for US "governmental" depredations, foreign and domestic.

Ima sentence him to eighteen-season binge watch of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" since it appears "we" cannot reconcile fantasy with reality, historical or current "era". This is the best slip.

By her insinuations, she has demonstrated a loathsome prejudice against the poorly educated and unemployed, as well as rural whites, social conservatives and women who stay home with their children -- to name a few.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 07:22:14 PM EST
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