Anonymous Op-Ed- “Senior Trump Official” Goes For Deep Throat 2.0.

Trump's Anonymous Official.

So by now, everyone knows about the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times by an unnamed White House senior administration official describing inner resistance to Trump and his policies, from deep within the innards of the White House. Days later, it’s still causing plenty of trouble.

Trump wants our Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to investigate it with the Justice Department- but that might be a little strange, as Sessions is in second place in the battle for frontrunner as to who wrote it.  is that wrote the article.

Mike Pence is first.

Highlights from the piece include the unsurprising news that many consider the president to be “amoral.” Bob Woodward’s recent book on the inner workings of the Trump administration, Fear, makes an identical claim.

The writer of the piece says there’s a few of them, all working against Trump from within, “to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

It does appear to be the case that nobody working for Trump much enjoys it. John Kelly reportedly said it’s the worst job he’s ever had and opined sadly that “God must be punishing me for something.” There are little kids in dog kennels on the border that might give you an answer to that question, General, but that’s another story.

Bob Corker called the piece “unsurprising“, and said that anyone could have written it. That also seems clear. Op-ed is op-ed, and this whole thing has caused some reflection in the heart of this Millennial Democrats contributor.

I’m not sure I like this whole thing so much. I don’t like how that guy was talking, really. It reminds me of a lot of things I’ve heard Trump complain about, deep state resistance to him and his policies. Republicans believe it has backfired, and pushed Trump into an even more paranoid and conspiracy-minded state.

There are too many sources for it to be a conspiracy, of course, or the Times would never have published it. It just seems awfully convenient for the nutty theories of Trump supporters.

They’re all denying it left and right, but at this moment, Mike Pompeo seems like the guy to me. It’s the way he talks. Boastful, big proclamations. Earlier this year he testified before the Senate. “We’re not soft on Russia! Killed a couple hundred Russians, just last February“- as if dead people is what we want instead of fair elections.

That’s just like now. Way to feed the conspiracy theory machine, buddy.

At any rate, people in Washington, DC are actually betting on this, and there are theories floating around about identifying the guy based on his language.

There’s been some talk about the word “lodestar” as making this a shoo-in for Pence, but I doubt it. I’m guessing they have all picked up each other’s verbiage by this point, that tends to happen with people you’re around with a whole lot, especially when you all are pretty much in a bubble compared to the rest of the world.

I know that from the 2016 elections.

It seems like the guy who wrote that article was trying to reassure himself more than he was trying to reassure us, the ostensible purpose of the article. It’s obvious that he’s going through some changes about it, but what are you going to do?

To whoever it was who wrote that article, we would like to say this to you: You work for the Trump administration, dude. You’re not coming out of this a hero.

You should not have taken the job, to begin with. You should have pitched in with the real Resistance, the one you mocked in your paean to self-apology, to help stop the man in the first place. Ask yourself what you did to ensure the victory of Hillary Clinton in 2016. That’s the only thing that really matters.

We may not know who wrote this yet, but even amidst all this confusion, one thing is crystal clear. From the tone of the article, you can clearly hear that they’re feeling the pressure worse than we are. That is the big takeaway here, and its true significance in regards to the election.

If even “senior Trump administration officials” are wavering so badly, then now is the time for us to reach out and link hands with the Never Trump conservatives, not to mention everybody else who’s on the fence. People are waking up.

They will be more open to the raising of awareness in the aftermath of all this than they ever have been before, and our message for all of them is this: It’s not too late. You cannot change the past, but you can still help avert the disaster looming before us in the future. We will gladly work with you to Make the United States America again.

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Too Far Right- Why It’s Best When The GOP Nominates Their Worst.

Millennial Democrats

For the last several decades, Republican politicians have moved steadily further right, and never has this been so true as now. Candidates of heightening extremity dominate the GOP playing field. They are nominating the wrong candidates all over the country, such as ex-convict Don Blankenship in West Virginia.

After the election of our 45th President, the strategy of many Republican politicians has depended a great deal on how deeply they can demonstrate their adherence to his destructive policies. This has backfired badly. 

The strategy of embracing Trump has torn a rift among Republicans. Radical candidates selected from the far-right have not endeared themselves to moderates, who are largely either voting Democratic or staying home on election day.
A historic example of the effect that this is having was illustrated recently in Alabama, where Doug Jones became the first Democratic candidate to hold that office in decades.  Nominating alleged sexual predator Roy Moore cost the GOP that Senate seat.

In Tennessee, Bob Corker is retiring, and current GOP frontrunner Rep. Marsha Blackburn has made it a point to emphasize her far-right extremism.  “I’m politically incorrect and proud of it,” she says in her announcement video. That is why former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a 10-point lead in the polls.

And in Arizona, the notorious anti-immigrant former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward may well defeat the mainstream Republican candidate, Martha McSally. This will give better odds to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the general election, to be held November 6th.

In West Virginia, local Republicans are well down the road to hamstringing their own chances. They have only to vote for Don Blankenship as the Republican candidate for Senate in the 2018 Republican primary– and he’s polling stronger all the time.

The aforementioned race is a terrible tangle, in which three leading figures-all of whom hate each other- are engaged in an ugly and intensifying contest, to see who will be the one to challenge the Democratic incumbent, our guy Joe Manchin.
The three of them are 3rd District Congressman Evan Jenkins, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, and former Massey Energy CEO, Don Blankenship.

Jenkins and Morrisey are a couple of highly typical Republican candidates who have characterized their running of the race by attacking each other’s records and competing to see who is the most in line with Trump.

Because the area they’re in swings so far to the right, both will be likely to give Manchin a hard race.

But Blankenship should be different. He has very little chance to win a general election due to the particulars of his situation, i.e. he is the only candidate to have recently been in a federal prison.

He served a year on charges stemming from the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 men in Southern West Virginia. It was the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

The point to hammer home is this- Nominating Blankenship will hamstring the GOP’s chances to control that seat.

These are all examples of a Republican race to the bottom, where the candidates are engaged in a contest, to see who can be the most extreme in emulating the Republican President.

Blankenship, having been out of prison less than a year, is particularly a no-brainer, but these sorts of candidates and scandals are popping up everywhere. They make the Republicans look awful and cripple their chances.

The clearest evidence for this is the Blue Wave sweeping the country. Politifact says that as of February 39 seats have been recaptured by the Democrats.

All of this can only help the Democratic Party, as we fight to win back control of the Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

Dignity and Respect- Victory for Jones, Clear Path for a Democratic Senate!

Stunning upset

As the last precincts closed in the Moore-Jones race, it seemed logical to take note of some last minute reflections.

As of 7:11 P.M., Jones was being given a 73% chance to win, according to the New York Times. Moore was up in the count all night- to no avail. The big city precincts don’t get counted until late in the evening. It must have been humiliating.

Reportedly, the man had already planned his victory celebration. “You smell that?”, said Moore’s campaign manager earlier today. “That’s the smell of victory.” One wonders how they’re liking the smell around now.

As the last precincts are closing, the papers will be readying themselves to declare that the first Democrat to hold office in Alabama in decades has been elected and that his name is Doug Jones.

This is historic. And shocking.

Earlier today, Steve Bannon angrily yelled that there’s a special place in hell for any Republican who refused to vote for Roy Moore. That’s more along the lines of the expectable.

When the RNC gave in at last and got back in touch with Moore’s campaign, even after all that huffing and puffing Mitch McConnell did, that was more like par for the course. And Trump’s ringing endorsement for an even bigger sex offender than himself was like a dingleberry cherry on a steaming sundae.

This, combined with the inexplicable hurling to the jackals of Al Franken by certain members of our own party leadership. It was horrible. It was starting to seem like the unstoppable #BlueWave we were building in November wasn’t going to amount to much.

Then the A.P. called it for Jones.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that we have been gifted a miracle here, and we have got an opportunity to get people back on track. This small Senatorial race may go down in history as a pivotal moment in the history of this country.

It is unreal, how much was riding on this upset. The basis of DNC strategy lately seems to have paid off. It was a very risky gamble, but it paid off. The party has a plausible path to taking control of the Senate next year for the first time.
It is key to remember this, however. Who gambles and loses is a fool; who gambles and wins is a genius. There have been decisions made recently that we did not agree with, but it would appear that Franken did not fall on his sword for nothing after all.
Going forward, we’re going to be focusing on the 2018 elections for all that we are worth. There’s going to be a whole new crop of candidates, coming out of the woodwork. It will be our job to get to know them, to learn who they are working for, and to examine where their true loyalties lie.

The first step is going to be to get our house in order. We have got to find out who the fakers are. There are going to be libertarians masquerading as progressives, again, and they are going to try and attack us in elections all over the country. We know them as the Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, and a grocery list of other organizations that might seem like they’re cool but are not.

Both Al Franken and the superdelegate process have been consumed by the need to eliminate the foundation upon which they’ve been building their complaints. We bent over backwards for them. Let’s hope it’s enough, this time around.

 

Tonight the Republicans, who are the true enemy, have just been placed heavily on the defensive. They are the desperate party now, and desperation always causes blunder. Trump’s endorsements have proven toxic to everyone he’s offered. It’s as if that orange color really is radioactivity. 
At the state of the cycle, the math for Democrats winning the Senate majority in 2018 was just brutal. There’s no other word.

But between tonight and the races we won in November, we now have the numbers we need to at least put the Senate in-play. Takeovers in Arizona and Nevada, in particular, look increasingly promising.

Last week the retirement of Bob Corker opened up a seat in Tennessee, where they landed the popular former governor Phil Bredesen as a candidate.

And now we have the first of the three pickup seats we needed a year early, tonight in Alabama.

The math is clearly within the realm of possibility now. Democrats are also claiming a double-digit lead on the generic ballot. Things are very much looking up. All we have to do is hold it together.

Moore is screaming, furious, demanding a recount. We’re sorry, Judge Roy. Tough break. You didn’t get to smell victory, after all. How do you like the smell of justice?

The 25th Amendment- A Nuclear Moron and a Presidential Sanity Clause.

The 25th Amendment. Honestly, how many of us even knew what it was, twelve months ago? One person who didn’t is writing this article. But since then, a lot of things have changed.

What it is, is a type of political ripcord regarding the position of chief executive. A ripcord is what you pull to release a parachute, your last hope to not die if you’re in a plane that’s going to crash. Hopefully by now this metaphor requires no explanation. At any rate, the amendment allows for the removal of a President in the case of his being unfit to serve, for any reason.

Its purpose is to provide a failsafe, a legal mechanism outlining a process for the chief executive to be legally  stripped of power and removed from office. This would require a vote by 13 Cabinet members and the Vice-President. Basically, it means there is hope beyond Russiagate, for getting out of all of this alive and before 2020.

People have been talking about this for a while now, but lately it’s been catching a lot of attention. Bob Corker, Tennessee’s junior senator, recently said in a New York Times interview that the White House is like an adult daycare center and that Trump could lead the country into World War III.

That statement resonated in hearts worldwide. Bipartisan support has exploded for Corker, who joins a growing number of Congressional Republicans in deciding not to seek reelection. Since announcing his retirement, Corker has spoken his mind thoroughly about the large orange infant stinking up the White House. It’s too bad more of the Republicans won’t join him. Long-time columnist Frank Rich recently referred to it as “the disgrace of Republican silence“. Well said.

On Monday, CNN host Michael Smerconish said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is “planting seeds” to call into question President Trump’s fitness for office.

“I’m thinking of the 25th Amendment, Section Four, which speaks to a president who’s unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” Smerconish said on CNN.

Several White House officials on Wednesday denied an NBC News report, that Trump said we needed 10 times the nuclear weapons we currently possess. This increase in the nuclear arsenal was proposed during the heated meeting that ultimately led to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referring to the President as a “moron.”

Of course they denied it. What else are they going to do? Just come stark, and flat out say it’s true? Yes, the Secretary of State has indeed told the truth, and called our President the moron a moron?

Speaking in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Trump called the nuclear moron report “fake news.”

“I never discussed it,” Trump said ahead of talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Right now we have so many nuclear weapons. I want them in perfect condition, perfect shape.”

“When they said I want 10 times what we have right now, it’s totally unnecessary, believe me,” Trump continued. “It’s got to be in tip-top shape.”

Trump denied a rift has developed between himself and Tillerson.

“We actually have a very good relationship,” he said, going on to concede that his views on North Korea do differ from those of his top diplomat.

“I think I have a little bit different attitude on North Korea than other people might have. And I listen to everybody,” he said. “But ultimately my attitude is the one that matters, isn’t it? That’s the way it works.”

Well, maybe not.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been telling people he thinks Trump has about a 30% chance of completing his four-year term.

Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough urged Republican senators need to “take immediate action” to limit President Donald Trump’s “ability to launch nuclear weapons. Criticism of Trump from Morning Joe is far from unexpected, of course. What was unexpected, is that the article was done by Breitbart News.

The situation at the White House has only gotten worse since Bannon crunched his number. Trump’s moods have grown even darker. There is verification that the President wanted to up the US nuclear arsenal tenfold. It was this suggestion that prompted Tillerson to call the President a moron.

Earlier this month Trump publicly said Tillerson was wasting his time, trying to open talks with North Korea. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that no other sane option exists. Any military solution would cause the death of millions and involve nuclear weapons for a certainty. This is a no-brainer.

A sane and competent president would ask his secretary of state to try and start some talks with Kim. Nixon was not a big fan of North Vietnam; he dropped more bombs on it in his first week of reelection than all the bombs in World War Two combined. But he still sent Henry Kissinger to bargain with Le Duc Tho, Hanoi’s equivalent.

There is also the Iran issue. Trump is on the verge of scrapping the nuclear agreement we have with them, for reasons that remain unclear. Acting on such a concept would be inane beyond verbal description.

The downside would be that if we did back out of the deal, Iran would not give us our money back, and would start back up with their nuclear weapons program. The upside, at least in the mind of Trump, is that it would help him negate the legacy of Barack Obama. Robert Reich said in a letter to Rex Tillerson that Trump’s narcissism is endangering the world.

The last hope of the Republicans for getting something done with Donald Trump’s presidency is John Kelly, the retired Marine general serving as Trump’s second chief of staff. Kelly has managed to tighten up the flow of information and visitors to the president, bringing order to an unruly White House.

On days that Trump feels like taking orders from his betters, It all works like something resembling a viable White House. Increasingly often, however, he does not. Reports of screaming matches between the two have become increasingly common.

We’ve been here before, plenty of times. Trump melts down, others put him back together, and the lurching golem that is this abortive presidency slouches on for a few more miles. But we’re reaching the point of getting low on people to attend the repairs.

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were having good luck for a while, talking sense into him on the DACA deal, but Sean Hannity overruled them. Hannity pointed out that Trump’s base wants him tough on immigration. Trump went with Hannity.

So, on Sunday, Trump presented the Democrats with a list of demands that effectively scuttled the new bargain. It would have assured our Dreamers a path to legal citizenship, but that was not as important as appeasing his alt-right base. So here we are again. Mired in the mud and spinning our wheels.

The 45th president of America’s foolishness and incompetence will be legend throughout all of time. It will almost certainly lead to a career-ending blunder even if Robert Mueller does not have enough to bring charges.

If the Fates should prove cruel, and deny us justice with regard to an impeachment,we do have the 25th Amendment as a last hope to fall back on. If such a vote among the Cabinet ever does come to pass, Rex Tillerson, for one, has got to be inclined to cast his vote in the direction that gets rid of Trump. It’s the only rational choice.