Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PEOPLE ARE PILING ON GOP NUNES for protecting Pres Pussy from investigations re: Russia and STEALING THE US ELECTION!

https://www.yahoo.com/news/democrats-pile-on-nunes-as-intrigue-swirls-over-house-russia-probe-143127397.html


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House intelligence committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is resisting growing calls for him to step aside over the revelation he had gone to the White House grounds to receive classified information related to committee’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election.
Speaking to reporters as he arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, Nunes said the investigation is “moving forward.”
“We’ve been investigating Russia for many, many years,” he said.
Asked if he felt he could continue to lead the investigation, Nunes replied: “Why would I not?”
His comments came amid a chorus of Democrats calling for his recusal.
“This is what a cover-up to a crime looks like,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a member of the committee, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Going over to the White House, he went to receive information that you know, Joe, we can receive at the Capitol. We have our own secure facility.”
“I do think it is time for Mr. Nunes to step aside for the sake of this investigation,” Rep. Joseph Crowley. D-N.Y., said on CNN, “so we can get to the bottom of this without innuendo or suspicion.”
Nunes sparked a firestorm last week when he declared that had seen information leading him to believe that communications from President Trump or his associates may have been “incidentally” picked up by U.S. intelligence agencies.
His statement, provided without evidence, was seized by Trump, who said it supported his own apparently baseless claim that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his Trump Tower headquarters. The White House called on the House and Senate intelligence committees to investigate Trump’s wiretapping claim while they probe the Kremlin’s efforts to influence the U.S. election.
Nunes apologized to his committee members for briefing the White House on his findings before them, and intrigue has swirled as to who, exactly, gave the California lawmaker his secret intel. On Monday, reports indicated that he had talked to his mystery source on the White House grounds.
 
 
 
 
Sen. McCain on Nunes controversy, health care, Russia protests

When the GOP investigator needs to be investigated

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/when-republican-investigator-needs-be-investigated?cid=sm_fb_maddow


It would’ve been fairly easy for House Intelligence Committee Chairman David Nunes (R-Calif.) to maintain some semblance of credibility. Even if he wanted to be Donald Trump’s sycophantic cheerleader, even if the Republican congressman wanted to ignore his responsibilities and shield the president from potential embarrassment, Nunes could’ve at least pretended to take his duties seriously.



THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW, 3/22/17, 9:25 PM ET

Nunes muddies Trump probe with abrupt claim of new evidence

But he didn’t. The GOP lawmaker, who’s spent months trying to protect Trump, going so far as to call reporters to wave them off of a controversy he was ostensibly investigating, engaged in antics so ridiculous this week that the editorial board of the Washington Posttoday argued that Nunes himself should be investigated.
[On Wednesday], Mr. Nunes himself held a news conference in which he cited a confidential source to describe what clearly appeared to be classified information about intercepted communications involving Trump associates. He did this outside the White House, where he had rushed to brief the president about the intercepts – even though the House Intelligence Committee he chairs is supposed to be investigating the Trump campaign’s possible connections with Russia.

We’ve said before that it was doubtful that an investigation headed by Mr. Nunes into Russia’s interference in the election could be adequate or credible. The chairman’s contradictory and clownish grandstanding makes that a certainty. His committee’s investigation should be halted immediately – and Mr. Nunes deserves to be subject to the same leaking probe he demanded for the previous disclosures.
Making matters quite a bit worse, while Nunes breathlessly told reporters – at two separate press conferences – that he had secret information about the collection of “incidental” communications involving the Trump transition team, ABC News reported yesterday that the Intelligence Committee chairman “does not know ‘for sure’ whether President Donald Trump or members of his transition team were even on the phone calls or other communications now being cited as partial vindication for the president’s wiretapping claims against the Obama administration.”

It reached the point yesterday at which his own aides have let it be known that they’re not comfortable with Nunes’ ridiculous antics. The Washington Post reported yesterday, “Nunes’s own staff were not aware of the chairman’s decision to go public and brief the president and were dismayed by his actions, said several individuals familiar with the matter.”

By way of a defense, Nunes told Fox News last night that he rushed to the White House to share information with Donald Trump because “I felt like I had a duty and obligation to tell him because, as you know, he’s taking a lot of heat in the news media.”

No, seriously, that’s his new excuse.

A few things are increasingly obvious. First, Nunes clearly can’t participate in any kind of serious inquiry related to Trump. Second, Nunes never should’ve been chosen for such an important congressional post, and common sense suggests he needs to be replaced immediately. And third, the House Intelligence Committee may never be the same. BuzzFeed’s piece on this yesterday was very compelling.
It was an unprecedented breakdown in one of the Hill’s most sacred relationships, with high stakes – it quickly raised questions about the ability of a key congressional committee to impartially investigate the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. And the public was watching it deteriorate in real time.

The leadership of the Hill’s two intelligence committees – one senior Democrat and one senior Republican from the House, and the same arrangement in the Senate – is one of last remaining pillars of cooperation on Capitol Hill. The relationship is close, happens almost entirely behind closed doors, and involves cooperative access and oversight of some of the country’s most secret covert programs.

Nunes has put a fracture in that long-held tradition that may not be patchable.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) described Nunes yesterday as a Trump “stooge.” For reasons even Republicans have not been able to explain, Nunes seems eager to prove Pelosi right, becoming less of an investigator of Team Trump’s alleged misdeeds and more of an accomplice.

FUKISHIMA: Nuclear Disaster = The Pacific Ocean is Contaminated BUT NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT!!

http://www.revolutions2040.com/fukushima-extinction-level-event-no-one-talking/



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Fukushima : The Extinction-Level Event That No One Is Talking About


(Anon News) Fukushima : The Extinction-Level Event That No One Is Talking About :
March 11, 2011: A massive earthquake of 9.0 magnitude struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami, which left parts of the country in utter shambles.
Official reports claim that 15,891 people lost their lives, 6,152 were injured and 2,584 were reported missing.
This was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have struck Japan, and the fourth most powerful in the world, since modern record keeping began in 1900.[1]This earthquake was so intense in magnitude, that it shifted Honshu, the main island of Japan by an estimated eight feet and actually shifted the Earth’s axis by between four and ten inches![2]
Japan is a nation containing many nuclear reactors which produce roughly 30% of the nation’s electricity.[3]The majority of operable nuclear reactors are right along the coast, in one of the most seismically active areas on the entire planet!
This dead sea lion showed extremely high levels of radiation near its heart and liver. The Pacific Ocean is dying at an alarming rate, and no one seems to notice it, or, they simply put on the blinders and embrace abject denial.
It has also been widely reported that massive amounts of starfish have appeared along the west coast that have literally turned to mush. USA Today reported on this,[17] and of course they claim that no one knows why; it’s a mystery. Might it have something to do with the fact that the Pacific has become a toxic, nuclear waste dump? Of course not, that’s just crazy, paranoid, tin-foil-hat talk. The level of cognitive dissonance that ensnares the minds of most people is truly staggering to me.
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USA Today headline from Dec, 2013. No one knows why? Might it have something to do with the fact that the Pacific Ocean has become the world’s largest, toxic waste dump?
It’s also been reported that 98% of the sea floor of the Pacific is covered with dead sea life.[18] Not surprisingly, mainstream scientists blame this massive death of the Pacific on global warming.
“In the 24 years of this study, the past two years have been the biggest amounts of this detritus by far,”said marine biologist Christine Huffard, who works at the research station off of California. “Multiple other stations throughout the Pacific have seen similarly alarming increases.”[19]
The feeble efforts of TEPCO and the Japanese government to stop the radioactive leaks, with ice walls, dams, and other paltry, makeshift remedies have been in vain. Nobody knows how to contain the radioactive leaks, so the Japanese govt. and TEPCO do the next best thing; they lie about it and downplay the dangers. Business as usual!
The head of the National Cancer Research Center in Japan, reported in Feb, 2015, that Cancer rates have skyrocketed by 6,000% and that it was being “swept under the rug.”[20] It must be global warming causing this unprecedented rise in Cancer rates eh? In Jan, 2015, Japan’s nuclear regulator approved TEPCO’s ingenious plan to simply drain waste-water into the ocean.[21]
In Nov, 2014, Ken Buesseler, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution claimed:
“My biggest concern is what’s going on in Japan today, and how that might make its way across to our coast. We know it’s still leaking because we’re measuring higher levels off Japan to this day. Even just the basic question, ‘How much radioactivity was released at Fukushima?’ I can’t answer that today. We may never be able to because of the lack of sampling, particularly in the ocean.”[22]
An experienced, veteran sailor by the name of Ivan Macfadyen, who has sailed the Pacific taking part in races, stated in an interview that:
“It’s dead…for thousands of miles there was nothing [between US and Japan] like sailing in a dead sea…everything’s all gone. Just talking about it makes me feel like I want to cry. No birds, no fish, no sharks, no dolphins, no turtles, nothing.”[23]
This is the legacy that humanity is leaving for their posterity; a dead world. Humanity has allowed itself to be ruled by a ruthless, psychopathic gang of parasites whose greed and insatiable lust for power knows no bounds. There really is no one to blame but ourselves. The information in this article is not even a scratch in the surface of the true magnitude of this nuclear disaster. The radiation will bioaccumulate in the ocean and atmosphere for centuries to come. Mankind is staring our very extinction in the face. This is an opportunity for humanity to face the force of our own destructiveness, and to come together as one family. Unfortunately, the average person’s thoughts seem to be firmly fixated on the sports scores, who’s blowing who in the latest, celebrity scandal or the latest pop culture fad. Unfortunately, the world’s masses suffer from a serious condition known as, Rectal-Cranial Inversion!
Let us also not forget the Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010. Massive amounts of oil leaked into the gulf, and in the subsequent cleanup attempt, the well was capped which caused a crack in the seabed, causing extreme amounts of oil to pour into the gulf, killing marine life in droves and destroying the fishing industry in that region. A highly toxic and controversial dispersant called Corexit was dumped into the sea, and the results have been catastrophic.
Fishermen have reported sea creatures being caught in the gulf that had lesions on their bodies and all sorts of other anomalies including mutated sea life, eyeless shrimp and ulcers[24]

Monday, March 27, 2017

THE WEAKEST PRESIDENT: President Pussy Grabber

http://www.mediaite.com/online/msnbcs-lawrence-odonnell-the-presidency-effectively-ended-after-bill-pull/


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After the American Health Care Act was pulled from the floor during the lead up to the vote on Friday, Lawrence O’Donnell took to The Last Word with some fiery language about what all of this meant for the presidency of Donald Trump.
“It is impossible — impossible — to exaggerate the enormity of what happened to Donald Trump [Friday]”, O’Donnell said. “His presidency effectively ended [Friday]… He is a powerless president,” he continued.
The MSNBC host made these statements due to the yesterday’s health care drama: Trump pulling the American Health Care Act mere hours before it was scheduled to be voted on. This eleventh hour reneging came after a fraught 24 hours that saw POTUS lampoon the Freedom Caucus over their lack of support and refuse to negotiate any further changes in the bill prior to the vote.
O’Donnell then took a moment to lay into President Trump, saying that he will “of course still have Commander-in-Chief authority over the machinery of war but he has exercised more authority over the machinery of golf since becoming president.” He then went on to reference the president’s seeming refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s hand during her recent visit to the White House.
“The president has lost his first big legislative battle. There’s a sentence I have never said before,” O’Donnell claimed. He went on to detail how party support faltered behind Trump, making reference to then-president Bill Clinton and his first legislative venture only passing by one vote in both the House and Senate.

NY TIMES rips President Pussy Grabber: He is horrible.

http://bipartisanreport.com/2017/03/27/ny-times-columnist-rips-trump-to-shreds-white-house-freak-out-looming/

by Charles Blow

‘We have now passed the 50-day mark of the Donald Trump administration and one thing is clear: There is no new Trump.
There is only the same old Trump: Dangerous and unpredictable, gauche and greedy, temperamentally unsuited and emotionally unsound.’
He wrote that Trump’s Twitter Tantrums (TTTs) make him look “foolish” and “unhinged.” He also noted the media ends up having to fact check the lies he tweets out and that it’s getting old:
‘In these fits of rage, he generates a lie or repeats one, which shifts the burden of proof to the legitimate media to swat it down and defend the truth. This exercise is already getting old.’
With that, he wrote his “TTTs” not only hurt his credibility but America’s credibility as a whole. He’s the fresh, orange face of Americans on the global stage. He is supposed to represent us, and he’s far from a good representative. Remember when he wouldn’t shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel? It was childish and an embarrassment to America.
‘Trump’s assaults on the truth are not benign. Presidential credibility is American credibility. There is no way to burn through one without burning through the other.’
He went on to write that along with all the regulations he’s reversed with help from his Republican cronies, he’s now attempted to institute a healthcare plan that would have proven to be deadly for poor Americans.
‘Trumpcare would likely not only be more expensive and cover fewer people, but some people currently in need of care to extend their lives would no longer get it.
Put quite simply: This plan is not only bad, it could be deadly.’
Thank JAYSUS Republicans couldn’t get their junk together and unify on it. The vote for the American Health Care Act was pulled at the last minute as it had become obvious Republicans did not have enough votes.
That’s when he also had harsh criticism for Trump’s penchant for travelling, writing that the entire family is “burning through taxpayer funds like it’s Monopoly money.” Problem with Monopoly money is, there is no pass for ‘Go collect $10 million.’ He also wrote that the money being considered there does not include the travel and security costs of his children or the fact Melania and Barron still remain in New York City in Trump Tower.
‘This doesn’t even include the travel and security costs of Trump’s children or the cost of Trump’s wife and son remaining in Trump Tower in New York, at least for now, which is estimated to cost taxpayers hundreds of thousand of dollars a day.’
Blow then identified the hypocrisy behind this, considering Trump was a major critic of Obama’s vacation budget, and the fact that fellow conservatives — who had always been critical of Obama’s every move, have said nothing.
During the campaign, many thought surely it was an act for the trail to get the average Joe to support him and that he would become more presidential when he entered the White House.
Blow dismissed that notion entirely, and he asserted that he believes it will only get worse:
‘I think any who have been holding out hope that Trump will eventually change into someone more polished, professional and amenable than the man we have come to know must simply abandon that hope.
This is a 70-year-old man who has lived his entire life as the vile, dishonest, incurious creature who got elected. That election validated his impulses rather than served as a curb on them.’
That’s when Blow wrote the harshest criticism as of yet — that is still capable of being printed without censorship. He called him a parasite.
‘Trump will continue to debase and devalue the presidency with his lies. Trump will continue to follow Bannon’s philosophy of internal deconstruction of our government, its principles and its institutions. And Trump will continue to leech as much personal financial advantage as he can from the flesh of the American public.
That’s who Trump is. America elected a parasite.’
Ouch!

I am at the Emergency Room - fell off a horse.

I'm at the emergency room. 😣 Today was not a good day. I decided to go horseback riding - something I haven't done in a few years. It turned out to be a big mistake! I got on the horse and started out slow, but then we went a little faster before I knew it, we were going as fast as the horse could go. I couldn't take the pace and fell off, but caught my foot in the stirrup with the horse dragging me. It wouldn't stop. Thank goodness the manager at Toys-R-Us came out and unplugged the machine.
How many of you actually read what I wrote? If you did, copy and paste for someone else to get a good laugh! 😂😂





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House Republicans Culluding with President Pussy to CONCEAL TREASON!

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/22/house-republicans-colluding-trump-conceal-treason.html


According to career law enforcement officials in this author’s family, criminals will do anything to deflect blame away from themselves and when possible are more likely to blame the police, prosecutors, and judges when they catch up to the bad guys. In fact, last week one of those relatives shared a story of a rapist who raised Hell in court and complained that the real crime was committed by the victim and her parents for “ratting him out” to the police over the sexual assault caught on one of those “nanny-cams;” the criminal demanded that the district attorney drop the rape charges and launch an investigation into who actually reported the crime and prosecute the parents for capturing the assault on video.
Over the past few months Americans have witnessed some high-level Republican criminals in Congress, and corrupt Donald Trump in the White House, attempt to blame the intelligence community for doing its job protecting Americans and national security. Trump has been beating the blame drum that the only crime regarding his campaign’s conspiracy with a hostile foreign nation was whomever “leaked” information that Trump’s people were in bed with Putin. That “criminal” behavior was on display before, during, and after the House of Representative held a meeting with directors of the FBI and NSA because they refuted a libelous charge from Trump about President Obama, and revealed the IC is investigating the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia to help Trump and congressional Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, in the last election.
One would have thought the so-called patriotic Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee would have at least feigned concern over what they learned from FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael S. Rogers about the lying fascist in the Oval Office. Mr. Comey, for his part, debunked the libelous Trump claim that President Obama went outside of America and enlisted British “contractors” to wiretap the paranoid nut-job in the White House. Mr. Rogers agreed with Comey and verified claims by America’s angry British allies that it was “utterly ridiculous” that their IC followed a direct order from a foreigner, President Barack Obama, to illegally “spy” on the Trump; whether through wiretaps or microwave ovens. Add to that, congressional Republicans learned that America’s IC was doing its due diligence and has been “officially” investigating the ties between Trump, his treasonous lieutenants and, the Kremlin. The Republicans’ response, like that of Trump, was to pretend that colluding with a hostile foreign government wasn’t really a crime and demanded that the focus of any congressional investigation should be on the intelligence community they all claim “leaked” information that the country has known to be true since last summer.
What was very revealing about just how closely tied to criminals in the Trump White House two Republicans on the House Intel Committee really are, both Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) were absolutely enraged over the revelation that Turkey’s foreign agent, retired Lt. General Michael Flynn the short-lived NSA chief, was caught lying about his contacts with the Russians. NO, they were not outraged that a retired general accepted payments from, and conspired with, a hostile Russian operator, they were livid that the American people learned that the man in the White House appointed a foreign agent and Russian sympathizer as head of the National Security Agency. Nunes and Gowdy agree with the Trump and believe the focus of any congressional or Justice Department investigation should target the intelligence community, not the “alleged” criminals colluding with the Russians. In that sense they are precisely like a common criminal blaming law enforcement because they were investigated.
Here’s the thing about the intelligence community that Republicans are well aware of; every agent of every one of the 17 intelligence agencies serve the United States of America and work tirelessly to protect its people, interests and national security. In fact, the reason Americans feel safe flying the friendly skies is because of the intelligence community; not the brave men and women of the military. Like the military, the intelligence community does not serve whomever is in the Oval Office. This is particularly true when the current occupant is under investigation for what normal people call treason, and despite the protection by congressional Republicans who are arguably complicit in a cover-up by attempting to deflect attention away from the traitorous Trump-Russia connection.
If, and it is a monumental if, someone or many ones in the intelligence community did alert the public or the press about anyone in the Trump camp colluding with Russia or it’s spies to undermine American democracy, then they should be hailed as heroes. Instead they are being railed against by common criminals like Trump and congressional Republicans for doing their jobs protecting national security. In fact, the Trump is due to appoint one of his billionaire corporate cohorts, a wealthy elitist with no intelligence experience, to investigate the intelligence community and “clean house;” probably of any agent who refuses to take a blood oath swearing fealty to Donald Trump at the expense of American national security.
As the Washington Post’s editorial board said yesterday, mildly one might add:
Congressional Republicans ought to consider larger national interests. Russia’s intervention in the election was not incidental and haphazard, but part of a concerted campaign to disrupt Western democracy. Given Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the threat, it is essential that Congress discover the truth about Russia’s activities…”
The Washington Post’s editors also agreed, sort of, with this author that what Republicans should be doing is what the Trump and some Republicans want to punish the intelligence community for; “fully informing the public” about the “alleged” traitors in the Trump camp. Either congressional Republicans are terrified of Trump ordering the liar leading the Justice Department to investigate and punish them, or they are colluding with Trump to conceal his and his close advisors’ treason against the United States; something it appears that only the intelligence community can protect us from now that Republicans revealed they are part of the cover up.

PRESIDENT PUSSY GRABBER SHOWS GOVERNMENT CAN'T RUN LIKE A GOVERNMENT - because of Pres Pussy

http://www.mediaite.com/online/shocker-trump-shows-government-cant-run-like-a-business/


But, in reality, the biggest obstacle to Trump running the government like one of his glorious businesses (even though a large percentage have been HUUUGE failures) has been Trump himself.
The name of the game in any successful business is brand and reputation; Trump’s was already shaky to begin with upon entering the Oval Office, and it’s only worsened in just two months.
With his historically bad approval rating bottoming out at 37%—including his strongest base support of men and white voters dropping 6% and 5%, respectively—Trump’s make-it-up-as-you-go presidency is finally smacking up against reality.
This recent Quinnipiac poll also found that Trump’s knack for lying is starting to leave an impression: nearly three-quarters of voters think the president and his administration make statements “very often” or “somewhat often” without evidence to support them.
Translated: President Trump is a liar. And who wants to do business with a liar?
In reality, Donald Trump is a glorified used car salesman who started his meteoric rise on third base thanks to a very generous million dollar loan from his father. He’s certainly demonstrated talent and charisma in certain areas, but in the political arena, has only shown hot air, hate, and a lack of seriousness.
His incompetence might be the saving grace of fearful progressives, minorities, and good-hearted people around the country: he simply has no political experience, work ethic, or knack for executing on policy.
But, alas, there’s one nonsense talking point Trump has debunked by his debacle of a presidency.
You can’t run government like a business, because, well, the CEO of America has to answer to the other branches of government—and the American people.

Donald, This I Will Tell You: An opinion piece about President Pussy Grabber - Very Good

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/25/opinion/sunday/donald-this-i-will-tell-you.html


WASHINGTON — Dear Donald,
We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt.
You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician?
Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician.
After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator.
I was born here. The first image in my memory bank is the Capitol, all lit up at night. And my primary observation about Washington is this: Unless you’re careful, you end up turning into what you started out scorning.
And you, Donald, are getting a reputation as a sucker. And worse, a sucker who is a tool of the D.C. establishment.
Continue reading the main story
Your whole campaign was mocking your rivals and the D.C. elite, jawing about how Americans had turned into losers, with our bad deals and open borders and the Obamacare “disaster.”
And you were going to fly in on your gilded plane and fix all that in a snap.
You mused that a good role model would be Ronald Reagan. As you saw it, Reagan was a big, good-looking guy with a famous pompadour; he had also been a Democrat and an entertainer. But Reagan had one key quality that you don’t have: He knew what he didn’t know.
You both resembled Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons, floating above the nitty-gritty and focusing on a few big thoughts. But President Reagan was confident enough to accept that he needed experts below, deftly maneuvering the strings.
You’re just careering around on your own, crashing into buildings and losing altitude, growling at the cameras and spewing nasty conspiracy theories, instead of offering a sunny smile, bipartisanship, optimism and professionalism.
You promised to get the best people around you in the White House, the best of the best. In fact, “best” is one of your favorite words.
Instead, you dragged that motley skeleton crew into the White House and let them create a feuding, leaking, belligerent, conspiratorial, sycophantic atmosphere. Instead of a smooth, classy operator like James Baker, you have a Manichaean anarchist in Steve Bannon.
You knew the Republicans were full of hot air. They haven’t had to pass anything in a long time, and they have no aptitude for governing. To paraphrase an old Barney Frank line, asking the Republicans to govern is like asking Frank to judge the Miss America contest — “If your heart’s not in it, you don’t do a very good job.”
You knew that Paul Ryan’s vaunted reputation as a policy wonk was fake news. Republicans have been running on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years and they never even bothered to come up with a valid alternative.
And neither did you, despite all your promises to replace Obamacare with “something terrific” because you wanted everyone to be covered.
Instead, you sold the D.O.A. bill the Irish undertaker gave you as though it were a luxury condo, ignoring the fact that it was a cruel flimflam, a huge tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill. You were so concerned with the “win” that you forgot your “forgotten” Americans, the older, poorer people in rural areas who would be hurt by the bill.
As The Times’s chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse put it, the G.O.P. falls into clover with a lock on the White House and both houses of Congress, and what’s the first thing it does? Slip on a banana peel. Incompetence Inc.
“They tried to sweeten the deal at the end by offering a more expensive bill with fewer health benefits, but alas, it wasn’t enough!” former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau slyly tweeted.
Despite the best efforts of Bannon to act as though the whole fiasco was a clever way to bury Ryan — a man he disdains as “the embodiment of the ‘globalist-corporatist’ Republican elite,” as Gabriel Sherman put it in New York magazine — it won’t work.
And you can jump on the phone with The Times’s Maggie Haberman and The Washington Post’s Robert Costa — ignoring that you’ve labeled them the “fake media” — and act like you’re in control. You can say that people should have waited for “Phase 2” and “Phase 3” — whatever they would have been — and that Obamacare is going to explode and that the Democrats are going to get the blame. But it doesn’t work that way. You own it now.
You’re all about flashy marketing so you didn’t notice that the bill was junk, so lame that even Republicans skittered away.
You were humiliated right out of the chute by the establishment guys who hooked you into their agenda — a massive transfer of wealth to rich people — and drew you away from your own.
You sold yourself as the businessman who could shake things up and make Washington work again. Instead, you got worked over by the Republican leadership and the business community, who set you up to do their bidding.
That’s why they’re putting up with all your craziness about Russia and wiretapping and unending lies and rattling our allies.
They’re counting on you being a delusional dupe who didn’t even know what was in the bill because you’re sitting around in a bathrobe getting your information from wackadoodles on Fox News and then, as The Post reported, peppering aides with the query, “Is this really a good bill?”
You got played.
It took W. years to smash everything. You’re way ahead of schedule.
And I can say you’re doing badly, because I’m a columnist, and you’re not. Say hello to everybody, O.K.?
Sincerely, Maureen