‘Nixonian’ — Not!

May 10, 2017

Warm sunshine filtered by a cool ocean breeze this Wednesday afternoon on California’s north coast — seemingly the last day of all sun for awhile as rain forecast for early Thursday and on into the weekend.
According to the NWS, a ‘cold front will produce a dramatic cool down,’ starting tomorrow, and even ‘colder weather‘ in the mountains.
Unsettled at best even as ‘small hail‘ maybe along the coast…

Anxious and troubled, too, is whole-wide America. The T-Rump’s firing of James Comey as FBI director is a shock-quake for the country — the only real plus is T-Rump and his minions are hugely-incompetent and way-widely buffoonish, apparently not even comprehending the backlash/fallout as a result.

Now everyone knows the snap-fuck move was due to ‘the Russkie connection‘ to the T-Rump…

(Illustration: M.C Escher’s ‘Scholastica,’ found here).

Despite all the blather from the T-Rump — supposedly, Comey had been on the chopping block since the election, T-Rump suddenly not liking the way he’d handled Hillary Clinton’s e-mail bullshit — all this crap just ‘“doesn’t pass any smell test.”

And as if written by a lousy screenwriter, and amongst Comey shit, T-Rump went Russkie today, a blunt-force trauma mode — per NBC News:

As scrutiny intensifies around investigations into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump emphasized his hope for better relations between the U.S. and the Kremlin in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday.
Trump described the meeting to a group of reporters on Wednesday as “very, very good.”
But the critical issue of Russian election interference was not discussed, according to Lavrov.

And this from HuffPost:

The Wednesday meeting was especially newsworthy given the timing and circumstances, with Comey having reportedly just asked for more resources to investigate Trump associates’ ties to Russia and the earlier conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Vladimir Putin’s government interfered in the presidential election to boost Trump.
The White House declared the meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to be closed press, meaning that reporters couldn’t attend and cover independently.
But one outlet did get in: TASS, a Russian state media organization.
In addition, Russia’s foreign ministry quickly distributed photos of the Trump meeting with Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. And the Russian embassy even tweeted a shot of the president and Kislyak.

Obvious to anyone with walking-around sense should know the T-Rump is running from the Russkies, as he embraces them, too. Shitty-weird.
All today were references to the days of Dick Nixon and Watergate — T-Rump’s firing of Comey was ‘Nixonian.’

Huge, big difference besides 40-plus years is the Republican Party.
Charles P. Pierce at Esquire this morning hit the head on the nail, as compared to those days of yore. Read the whole piece, really lays out the historical perspective — key points:

On August 7, 1974, two senators named Hugh Scott and Barry Goldwater, along with a congressman named John Rhodes, went to the White House and told Richard Nixon that his removal from office was inevitable.
Nixon resigned the next day.
Now, looking back from the swamp in which we currently find ourselves, there is one remarkable thing about all the people whose actions in that perilous time showed what stuff of which they and the country were made.
They were all Republicans.
Every damn one of them, from Sirica to Goldwater and back again.
They all did their duty, as best they saw that duty and, as a result, a Republican president was forced to give up an office he’d won in a landslide only one year earlier.
Now, in 2017, an even more erratic and maniacal authoritarian is in that same office.
On Tuesday, he fired the director of the FBI in a transparent attempt to short-circuit an investigation into the ties between his campaign and administration and the government of Russia.
At the FBI, he found a second banana willing to sign off on a preposterous memo that argued that the action had been taken because the FBI had been mean to the president’s opponent in the 2016 presidential election…

Pierce then lists current GOPers without a backbone, and continues:

All of these people have one thing in common.
They’re all Republicans.
Really, unless a fresh crop of spines suddenly sprouts within the Republican congressional majorities, nothing is going to happen.
Unless a fresh crop of balls suddenly sprouts within the federal bureaucracy — hey, there are even more parking garages in D.C. now than there were in 1973 — the odds are that the White House is going to skate on this.
It is up to Congress to force the appointment of a Patrick Fitzgerald-ish special prosecutor.
It is up to them to fund that office and then to leave it alone to do its job and to let the chips fall.
It is up to them to do something with whatever the special prosecutor finds.
The ball is almost completely in their court and the early reactions are not promising.

The modern Republican party controls all three branches of government, and it is demonstrating quite clearly that it is not up to even the most essential task of protecting the institutions it controls from the ravings of a wild man.
Those are institutions that belong to all of us.
The Republicans have the burden of maintaining the constitutional order on behalf of the entire country.
This, as Hyman Roth put it, is the business they have chosen.
John Sirica knew that.
Eliot Richardson and Bill Ruckelshaus knew that.
Howard Baker, and John Doar, and Tom Railsback, and Barry Goldwater knew that.
Their obligations stretch far beyond passing tax cuts and gutting Medicaid.

Maybe in the long-short run, this a major development…

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