Even conservatives in the Reagan era who preached the gospel of limited government saw some value in the actual practice of governance. Today, all that voters on the right seem to demand of their elected officials is headline fodder and comfort in the face of a more multicultural future. They voted less for a president than an emotion, and Trump’s results thus far bear that out. Even their few efforts to shape legislation have been darkly comical. A government that works is a pretty important thing, yet this one will always be more skilled at reproducing gruel for cable consumption than it will be at forming policy.via The Worst Government Possible, on Purpose
>From Rollingstone, worth a read.
A lot of people believe to this day that the Tea Party uprising and the subsequent eight years of hysterical, unremitting, norm-violating opposition to Barack Obama was about small-government philosophy and a devotion to low taxes and less regulation, and had nothing to do with social backlash against a black, cosmopolitan, urban law professor and his diverse, rising coalition.via The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it’s not honest about US conservatism
But that kind of credulity can only stretch so far, and Donald Trump has stretched it to the snapping point. He abandoned the Very Serious conservative script entirely and the right ate it up. He pledged not to cut Social Security or Medicare, condemned free trade, and insulted the military and intelligence services, and they ate it up. He is a thrice divorced, self-admitted sexual predator wallowing in the kind of material ostentation that gives David Brooks nightmares, and they ate it up.
David Roberts in VOX does a great job explaining how Trumpism is conservatism. This is a must read.
This would help.
(CNN)On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump promised to fill his Cabinet with the “best people in the world.” As President, Trump has indeed hired a fleet of high-flyers – though not in the way most voters might have hoped.via The Trump cabinet is traveling in style. Thanks, taxpayers! If you weren’t in on the con, you were the mark.
Sergey Naryshkin of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and Alexander Bortnikov of its Federal Security Service met with Pompeo to discuss the US’s and Russia’s mutual interest in counterterrorism.via 3 Russian spy chiefs visited the US days before Trump decided against new sanctions on Russia This is an insane story. It should have been covered more.
British researchers from Oxford University have proved definitively that Trump supporters share more “junk” political news over Twitter and Facebook “than all other groups combined”.via Terrifying British Study Shows Trump Supporters Are Now Basically Unreachable Nothing we didn’t know.
Corey Robin is the author of “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump.” The New Yorker described the first edition of this book as “the book that predicted Trump.via Trump is a typical conservative. That says a lot about the conservative tradition.
Policy driven principled conservatives are the fringe. The angry reactionaies are the base. We need to stop kidding ourselves.
As the GOP Congress scrambled last year to roll back as many Obama-era regulations as possible, one target was a Department of Labor rule on worker drug testing.via Trump’s strange plan to issue a rule that he already repealed
This is oddly incompetent even by Trump standards of oddly incompetent.
Dozens of employees have been working at the White House and handling sensitive information without permanent security-clearance, according to a new report. The staffers have been granted temporary approvals while the FBI completes the backlog of background checks, U.S.via Jared Kushner and Dozens of White House Staffers Handle Sensitive Information Without Permanent Security Clearance
But her emails. There should be a major investigation on why this happened.
This is from last year.
Cynthia McFadden and Katie Tur talk about a mini-baby boom in Florida, thanks to foreign women who have enough disposable income to stay in America until their children are born. McFadden said **most of the medical tourists are from China and Russia**.via Russian ‘Birth Tourists’ Become Yet Another Trump Revenue Stream
Trump has an open borders for anchor babies policy for his buddies. If you weren’t in on the con then you were the mark.
The president’s submission to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics claims tens of millions of dollars in income from his real-estate empire.via Donald Trump Reports He’s Getting Rich as President
If you weren’t in on the con then you were the mark.
If you weren’t in on the con then you were the mark.
All those media-trust studies have a tendency toward the rote. Yes, we already knew that the public had little trust in the country’s journalistic organs. Yes, we knew that finding credible sources could be a harrowing pursuit for the public. Yes, we knew that an increasing portion of the U.S.via Study: 42 percent of Republicans believe accurate — but negative — stories qualify as ‘fake news’
Most of the time, “Fake News” just means “I choose to ignore facts I do not like”
On Jan. 9, an operator in Atlanta manning the public contact number for CNN received a phone call. According to a federal arrest affidavit unsealed Monday, the male caller launched into a threat. “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. F — k you, f — king ni—rs.via ‘Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down’: Mich. man arrested for threatening to attack CNN hosts
Where do you think he got the idea that CNN is Fake News? This story didn’t get the coverage it needed.
Tonight the same Republicans who attacked Obama for using a TelePrompter will praise Trump for using one properly.
Record breaking year
that was then, this is now
What a difference a year makes.
Comcast reportedly fired about 500 salespeople shortly before Christmas, despite claiming that the company would create thousands of new jobs in exchange for a big tax cut.via Comcast fired 500 despite claiming tax cut would create thousands of jobs
If you weren’t in on the con, you were the mark.
How to protect yourself from the deep state.
Socializing the risks, privatization of the rewards. This is crony capitalism.
This is from last summer and it’s getting worse.
They want to blow up the deficit. If the deficit grows, they’ll say we need to cut social spending. If the deficit shrinks, they come up with some other reason to say we need to cut social spending. They don’t care about the economy. If the economy is bad, they’ll say we need more tax cuts and deregulation. If the economy is doing better, they’ll say we need more tax cuts and deregulation.
They only care about cutting taxes. Nothing else.
How funny would it be if Manafort, Kushner and Flynn showed up dressed as Turkeys fighting for that pardon?
If you weren’t in on the con you were the mark.
No one on MSNBC defended Anthony Weiner the way Hannity is defending Moore.
Just a reminder: this is not normal. He was there on US business, not Trump business.
Forty-six percent of Trump voters polled just after the 2016 election either thought that Hillary Clinton was connected to a child sex trafficking ring run out of the basement of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., or weren’t sure if it was true.
Motivated ignorance is scary. How many of them will vote for Roy Moore?
Their satisfaction with Trump now seems untethered to the things they once said mattered to them the most.
Worth a read. It’s shocking and sad.
Trump sides with Putin against US intelligence agencies. This is not normal.
By the same logic, anytime the CIA talks to Russian agents it, too, is “colluding” with Russia.
Fox News conservatism replaced National Review conservatism. And now Infowars conservatism is replacing Fox News.
If you didn’t read it last month, read it now.
If you wanted Hillary under constant investigation and ever increasing scrutiny, you should have elected her President.
The dreamers that grew up here and have only known this country? They have to go. A member of Trump’s golf club? He can stay.
The GOP is the swamp.
This is not normal. Trump clearly lied and Trump very clearly, told his staff to lie. And now they refuse to admit this when shown proof they lied. Not normal.
His base doesn’t care if he lies. His base cares that he insults Obama and makes liberals mad. If that takes lies, so be it. If it takes clearly obvious made up statements, who cares. As long as he wrecks things. Nihilism.
Too busy golfing to show up. Sad.
They reveal a president raging against enemies, obsessed by slights, deeply uninformed and incurious, unable to focus, and subject to destructive whims
Commander in chief disrespects the flag a few days after he threw a tantrum about peaceful and respectful protests and no one cares.
Double secret probation!
polls in Virginia have been surprisingly close, and the key campaign theme for Gillespie has been an unhinged allegation that electing Northam governor will lead to Virginia’s citizens being terrorized by the Salvadoran gang MS-13.
It sounds too stupid to be true, but the brutal reality is that, per the Washington Post, “Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie has released four ads” — four, not one — “that try to tie his Democratic rival for governor, Ralph Northam, to MS-13 gang violence.”
Just lies on top of lies. No shock here.
A decade ago this would have been in the Onion. This is reality now. This is the world Trump supporters created.
The draft dodger who insulted a gold star mom, a POW and a JAG with 30 years service is making this about respect for the troops.
Take a moment to think of all those who were oh so very concerned about Hillary’s emails that are now totally unconcerned about Jared and Ivanka and Mike and Scott and Don Jr. and Eric and John and the eight others who did what Hillary did except worse and after making it a major campaign theme. Think about them answering every issue of Trump’s fitness for office with Buttermails!
Now, can you think of a single reason why you should take those Trump supporters seriously?
Everything that was dismissed as liberal conspiracy theories last year is being independently verified.
If only Corker were in some position to hold Trump accountable.
If the POTUS or his staff thinks congress works for him and not the people, they should resign or be removed from office of their post.
I can think of few things as hostile to American values as objecting to peaceful acts of conscience. Clearly the administration loves dictatorships and hates freedom.
Removing data isn’t something you do when the facts support your politics. This is political correctness. This is the most politically correct administration in US history.
Remember how billionaire Trump wouldn’t need anyone’s money and therefore wouldn’t be beholden to anyone?
This is not normal. Law enforcement is being asked to lie for politically motivated reasons.
We are getting close to so what if we colluded with Russia
Don’t worry, I’m sure the same people who chanted lock her up will demand a full investigation. They were very concerned about the use of private email and there is no reason to think it wasn’t sincere.
Somehow this is free speech but kneeling is offensive.
Tolerance of intolerance isn’t tolerance, it’s intolerance.