Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Donny never did lock up Hillary, and his wall nonsense is being laughed out of Washington. So what's left?

Mod: It looks like Mad Don isn't ever going to be able to deliver on his two big campaign promises, locking up Hillary and building his stupid wall. There is nothing left for him now but to wait for his impeachment to begin. 

Trump Has Defeated Himself (The Atlantic link): Well, that was the shortest, most easily resolved national emergency in U.S. history. Twelve hours ago, the president was preparing to set aside the regular process of law. By 9 p.m. eastern time? Not so much.

Perhaps somebody pointed out that 15-year civil-engineering projects do not look very convincingly like emergency measures. “My house is burning! Time to begin the process of calling for design proposals for a new fire station.”

President Donald Trump is about to discover the reverse side of Richard Neustadt’s famous observation that the most important presidential power is the power to persuade. Trump’s conduct as candidate and president long ago deprived him of any power to persuade anyone not already predisposed to support him. To date, Trump has governed by leveraging his high approval rating within the Republican Party. From the point of view of former Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump’s 90 percent approval rating among Republicans mattered a lot more than his 39 percent approval rating among Americans in general.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not susceptible to that “majority of the minority” logic. What she has to worry about is Trump’s strength among Democratic-leaning voters. That strength, Trump squandered long ago.

There is a real immigration problem on the border. Central American migrants have figured out that by showing up at the border in family units, they will be admitted into the country pending the adjudication of an asylum claim. The asylum system is overwhelmed, adjudications take months or years—and long before then, the would-be migrants can vanish into the U.S. labor market. Few Central Americans prevail in their asylum claims. Almost all end up staying, anyway.

The solution to that problem is not a lengthy process of design, tendering, land expropriation, grading, and construction. The solution is to get more adjudicators into the asylum system now. If cases are resolved fast, and border-crossers removed promptly, the surge of asylum seekers will abate, as it abated in 2015 after the Barack Obama administration cracked down on the 2014 Central American border surge.

But Trump has never wanted a solution. He has wanted a divisive issue and a personal monument. Futile though that monument may be, he could have gotten it, too, had he been willing to trade something attractive to Democrats. But Trump was never willing to bargain. Senate Republicans would not let him: They saw no point in the border wall, and were unwilling to barter for it.

More fatefully, though, Trump’s vision of leadership allows no room for bartering. He imagines the presidency to operate on the principle, “I command; you obey.” More even than his wall, he wanted to coerce the Democrats into a surrender by the sheer force of his mighty will. Except Trump did not have the clout to achieve that.

Leverage: don’t make deals without it.” The words appeared under Donald Trump’s byline on page 55 of the 1987 best seller The Art of the Deal. Trump did not write them, and he seems not to have understood how to apply them. In this budget shutdown, Trump discarded his leverage from the very start, by declaring for the cameras that the budget shutdown was his decision, his responsibility. When the shutdown began to hurt, Trump and his surrogates hastily tried to transfer the onus—but it was too late. Everybody knew that it was Trump’s doing, and that it was done for reasons rejected by large majorities of Americans.

The idea of invoking “emergency powers” was a last grasp for the leverage Trump had already abdicated, and it had to be abandoned for fear of what the courts and public opinion would say.

After the January 8 Oval Office address, little doubt remains of how this shutdown will end. Sooner or later—probably sooner—it will end the way Trump’s threats of nuclear war upon North Korea ended: with a sudden Trump about-face. It is now only a matter of time. The polls will arrive over the next hours. Democrats and Republicans will both see that Trump did not move public opinion in his favor. They might see that Trump could not even motivate very many Americans to watch him. The panic slowly building among congressional Republicans will boil. Trump, trapped without a decent exit in a predicament of his own making, will yield everything and get nothing.

Trump will cope by locking himself into the Fox News closed-feedback system of flattering disinformation, emerging only to emit enraged tweets pretending he won big and denouncing the media for reporting otherwise. He might even convince himself to believe it. His political allies will repeat it without believing it.

But he will have lost. Lost humiliatingly. And he will have done it almost entirely to himself, before the amazed eyes of the opponents who, dumbfounded, watched him do it to himself, without a plan or even much of a reason, other than the empty and fleeting joy of feeling briefly powerful by inflicting pain.

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42 comments:

  1. He is so nasty looking but this is just too damn funny.

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    1. I hate to be silly but he was nasty sounding too. When he was breathing it sounded like his arteries have seen the results of a few too many cheeseburgers. And, persuasive, he was not. Not one bit.

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    2. There is a theory going around that he snorts Adderall for a speed surge before he makes his talks. The snorting is to keep it up his nose.

      https://www.complex.com/life/2018/12/ex-apprentice-staffer-trump-snorts-adderall-cant-read

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    3. Explains his rally performances.

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  2. Rick Wilson: Trump speech "can most accurately be seen as the death twitch of The Wall cult."

    The speech can most accurately be seen as the death twitch of The Wall cult. Trump can’t deliver a product, so he’s looking to sell something different.

    He said it tonight; the idea of a glorious concrete wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico is deader than that lemur he glues on his head every morning. It will, at most, be a fence. This is not what Trump’s supporters voted for. They voted for his sales pitch of a 30-foot concrete wall with laser moats, robot alligators, and minefields, all paid for by Mexico.

    Donald Trump, as even the slowest members of the class have now noticed, is a lying liar who lies.

    President Veruca Salt demanded his Wall and bet his most fundamental campaign promise on it. He walked himself into a political box canyon of a foolish government shutdown, an untenable demand, and Democrats motivated to hold the line. The speech wasn't the usual trick escape play for the man accustomed to getting away with damn near everything; it was the exact opposite.

    The Wall is dead. The shutdown will end. Donald Trump blew it, bigly.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-delivers-a-wet-fart-oval-office-address?ref=scroll

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  3. Most of us Tattlerites know Trump is mentally ill and hopefully will end up in jail but I am sure there is a special place in Hell for Mitch McConnell.

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    1. Yeah, the "I look old and helpless but really aren't I creepy, greedy and sly" wing, where they dole out special punishment.

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  4. Trump's real message may have been 'Republicans, please stick with me'

    Here are two things President Trump left unsaid during his first prime-time Oval Office speech on Tuesday night that were important: The partial shutdown of the federal government will continue for quite some time and “Republicans, please stick with me.”

    On Saturday, the current shutdown will become the longest in American history.

    Instead of announcing a compromise or even the highly controversial end run of announcing a national emergency, Trump, over the course of his speech, reiterated the same points the Republican has been making since the shutdown began. Then the Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, reiterated their same positions.

    While national networks cut into their programming, the reality was more like a typical presidential weekly radio address and a Democratic response.

    What movement there is in Washington — Republicans beginning to get wobbly with the president’s position — might have been the real reason the prime-time address happened in the first place. Indeed, Trump may have been largely speaking to a group of people he could have just invited over to the White House.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2019/01/08/trump-real-message-may-have-been-republicans-please-stick-with/vXaHoIu867XPjRBXhXr8wL/story.html

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    1. FDR’s fireside chats were so much more compelling

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  5. Steal everything including the paint off the walls. For him it was ALWAYS about the money, screw him.

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  6. First it was 5 billion, then it was 5.7, where does it end?

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    1. Sort of like the illegals that flood our country. The numbers keep getting larger.

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  7. Donald Trump Jr. Says Border Wall Is Like A Zoo Fence Protecting You From Animals

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-jr-zoo-fence_us_5c3588b4e4b0dbd06601767b

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  8. Instead of watching the goofy nonarticulate President, I read Michelle Obama's Becoming. What a difference! When will we work our way out of this rabbit hole and back into the world of adults?

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  9. Instead of watching the goofy nonarticulate President, I read Michelle Obama's Becoming. What a difference! When will we work our way out of this rabbit hole and back into the world of adults?

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    1. She actually wrote the book? Right.

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    2. Nice try 9:26. MO is probably way more educated and intelligent than you. In fact, I recall at one time she had law firm supervision or seniority over later Constitutional law professor and POTUS Obama.

      So what isssssss it that you really don’t like about her?

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  10. Its time to give it to the nation straight from the fact checkers since they do not make a living from telling lies like 'djt'. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/01/08/facts-donald-trumps-border-wall-address-nation-immigration-shutdown-column/2503981002/

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  11. Donald Trump your' fearless leader' needs you to give him $10,000 so we can show all those nasty people I want a great big wall built.So if you and your other hardcore base friends 5,700 to be exact to my charity foundation (oops it was shut down) so we can build this wall together.Thank you, your fearless leader donald j trump

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  12. Comrade, learn to do the math. You won't get as much $$ as "your'" asking for.

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    1. That was the number of people trump told me he needed to complete another one of 'great charity (trump) projects - trust me he said? Could this be another pnozi scheme Do you mean he lied to me (only) must have been another trump mistake? Lets as Shara Huckabee she never gets caught lying? or does she?

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    2. Trump Comrade- learn the definition of “your”.

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  13. Trump used his talk to raise funds for his election campaign. Did this Oval Office fundraiser violate any election/campaign finance laws?

    Did any GOP money or operatives help foment the so-called caravan migration last fall? Clearly, the crisis was manufactured to influence the election and make an argument for a wall.

    Are media and US authorities investigating why so many people simultaneously believed they should journey to the US? Someone was spreading disinformation to get the "caravan" together and rolling? They should be.

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  14. On a local note: The City of Sierra Madre is considering reorganizing our local fire department by keeping paramedic service but contracting with Arcadia to actually put out fires.

    Also, you may have automatically been enrolled in CCA for green electric. SCE wants to charge users a HUGE amount of money for the switch. The CC talked about it last night. A letter of protest is being drafted by the City to register their dislike of the idea.

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  15. Since small government and private enterprise are the twin pillars of Republican economics, the Pandering Pr*sident should privately fund his wall. In fact, make it a giant electronic billboard on each side. Think of the advertising revenue!

    Alternatively, the TrumpWall gofundme campaign has raised $20 million for the wall in 23 days. So if the Russian Asset's supporters work really, really hard and keep up the approximately $1 million per day pace, they'll have their $5 billion in only 4,980 days! Then each contributor can bill Mexico!

    Win-win-win--problem solved!

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  16. CCA for green electric? Is that Solar and now SCE wants everyone to pay their fair share?
    How about these continuing water rate increases the council is handing out, we hope they will make a note to self to start governing and stop demanding more of our money.
    What about the question of paying for the downtown business district through a new assesment dustrict are we free of that scheme of bailout the business owners?
    Dislike the idea of poor management but we all lead busy lives and can not get involved, now we all may sit and draft protest letters to the council and we wont have the attorney billing us large fees when we do.

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  17. Now fancy Nancy is perturbed she wont be showng off all her new botox injections in front of the cameras, President Trump said in this morning's meeting lets start by discussing border security and Chickie and Nan said no. Meeting over.

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    1. Aww, Nancy wouldn’t let Little Donnie play with his blocks. A 3 day Twitter tantrum will show her!

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  18. 9:10 am.
    Read the small print of the donations asked for/made to dup wall, the money does not fgo to the wall.
    It goes to his re-election committee.
    Legal but sly

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    1. Who says it’s legal?

      Sounds like fraud against rubes.

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  19. On yet another note, Arcadia planning commission agreed to pass the home preservation ordinance to the city council regardless of the 40+ people that berated the city last night against the stupid idea.

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  20. Donnie is "playing" with his blocks and their names are Chuck and Nancy!

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    1. At least try to come up with something original. You, like Donnie, can't. Now go cry in your pillow.

      The wall distraction won't work. Mueller and Schiff are gonna expose all the crimes. It's over for the Russian Asset and the pinched-face, beady-eyed demon.

      Try pronouncing this: Pre-si-dent Pel-o-si. Meanwhile, sweet dreams!

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  22. 'Your' is a secret buzz word used by 'djt' operatives either in person or undercover, quick check with Stormy Daniels first.

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  23. Isnt that offered as an opt out 8:32 am? The CCA and SCE.

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  24. When asked to describe 'djt' to friends living here in the USA and abroad, Mad Hatter (disambiguation) - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Hatter_(disambiguation)
    Mad Hatter may also refer to: The Hatter, a fictional character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Mad hatter disease, an occupational disease among spinless 'djt' GOP Senators.

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  25. Just WHO increased the national debt an extra $4 Trillion? https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/terence-p-jeffrey/republican-house-increased-debt-79-trillion-8-years

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  26. 'djt' cheats during golf game. he's called the president a "busted condom" and a "hemorrhoid" and once, in 2016, got into a tweet war with the then-candidate, accusing Trump of cheating during a golf game. When Trump responded that he and Jackson had never teed off together, Jackson posted the receipt from their game. "I've been reported to Twitter a lot," he says with a laugh. "Whatever. But sometimes I'll get a call from my representatives and they'll go, 'Can you not tweet for a while?' https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/how-samuel-l-jackson-became-hollywoods-bankable-star-1174613

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  27. SEC has been the hell hole of legal case results disappear into, https://www.cato.org/blog/cato-sues-sec-over-gag-orders

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