(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman,’ found here).
Near-about all sunshine and seemingly much warmer this Wednesday late-afternoon here on California’s north coast, and once again the Ma-le’l Dunes were a wonder — sort of like walking on the moon, but not at all.
The State of the Union last night by the T-Rump was dark comedy, lying, and all while being a shit. The biggest take-away is Nancy Pelosi’s sarcastic clap, one even her daughter, Christine, recognized, tweeting: ‘“Oh yes that clap took me back to the teen years. She knows. And she knows that you know. And frankly she’s disappointed that you thought this would work. But here’s a clap.”‘
As they say, turn-about is fair play, and the quicker the better:
The House Intelligence Committee voted Wednesday to send more than 50 interview transcripts about Russian interference in the 2016 election to special counsel Robert Mueller, who could potentially use them to pursue charges of perjury.
The vote came scarcely half a day after President Donald Trump cajoled lawmakers in his State of the Union address to end what he called “ridiculous partisan investigations.”
It amounted to an open invitation to Mueller to investigate the people who had testified to the committee, a list that includes the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
And a shitload of others, Eric Prince, for instance — via the LA Times this afternoon:
“We are not going to be intimidated or threatened by the president,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the committee chairman, told reporters.
He said the panel would “investigate any credible allegation that financial interests or other interests are driving decision-making of the president or anyone in the administration.”
Trump responded angrily at the White House, saying Schiff “has no basis” to investigate his personal finances.
“He’s just a political hack who’s trying to build a name for himself…. It’s called presidential harassment,” Trump told reporters.
Why would those idiots allow the T-Rump to blubber on about “ridiculous partisan investigations” in his speech last night — they had to know about the committee meeting, and knew what was going to happen?
Of they’re way-more delusional then we figured, and that’s a lot.
And a good read on the T-Rump’s blubbering/sniping speech last night from Frank Rich at New York Magazine — the event a total loser::
Even looking at the 80-minute-plus laundry list from Trump’s point of view, the speech seems to have failed at every level.
If Trump’s biggest personal goal was to impede what he called “ridiculous partisan investigations,” he has no more chance of accomplishing that than Richard Nixon did when he made a similar pitch in the 1974 State of the Union, seven months before Watergate drove him out of office.
If anything, the investigations are metastasizing: Witness the sprawling subpoena that descended on the Trump Inaugural Committee from the Southern District of New York just as Trump was preparing to give his speech.
In addition to the ever-growing body of evidence that Trump is a witting Russian agent, there are more criminal investigations of him, his business, his family, and his crime syndicate of a Cabinet than we can easily count.
Let’s not forget that in the end it was simple tax evasion, not capital crimes, that brought down Al Capone.
If Trump’s rock-bottom goal was to provide television entertainment, here too he failed.
The most enjoyable aspect of the entire event was watching Pelosi.
Her sarcastic applause when Trump issued his bogus call for compromise — instantly christened the “fuck you” clap by Patton Oswalt — went viral.
No less delightful was the sight of her repeatedly thumbing through the pages of his speech on camera as if she were looking for something more substantive, or at least more amusing, to read.
It was worthy of a Tina Fey SNL bit.
It was also fun to watch the expanded ranks of women in the Democratic caucus seize Trump’s phony embrace of female empowerment and throw it back at him and his party in a spontaneous eruption of joyous victory.
And joy, too, in the impact of the retort-response from Stacey Abrams: ‘Fox News anchor Chris Wallace praised Abrams for discussing education and climate change, two subjects that Trump did not talk about at all. Wallace added that “there are a lot of Americans who are struggling, and I thought she seemed to get more to what people’s lives are like in the reality.”’
When Fox starts looking away…