Thursday, November 8, 2018

Something to Know - 8 November

Steve Breen Comic Strip for November 08, 2018

It is 6AM right now in Los Angeles.   We just got back from spending election night with some  wonderful and elated Progressives and Democrats in Nevada.   My Prius broke down in the hotel parking lot; problem was a dead battery.  When a Prius has a dead battery, nothing works. Fortunately, the driver door was still unlocked, but everything else was inoperative.  No way to get the drive train system unlocked to push it.  Towing company was swift and adept in taking us to a Toyota service center.   Long story is that is was just a dead battery, and after $263, some unanticipated hours of not fun time, and the next morning, we were back to normal.  Can't say enough about the Lyft service; friendly, quick, and the only way getting around the Las Vegas strip, to and from Caesar's Palace and our more remote hotel.   Why am I giving you this story about our field trip to Nevada? - because the election results, the reaction from trump (kind of like a cornered raccoon), and now this senseless mass shooting in Thousand Oaks is just too much to absorb.   So, you are getting a lot of analysis from all sides, and maybe in a few days we can pick apart the tidbits from all the carnage left behind by the GOP messes.   This piece from Axios is kind or appropriate at this time:

Trump's ominous loyalty demands

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios


President Trump increasingly demands, solicits and gets the loyalty of Republicans, big and small. 

  • You saw this in the midterms, when he hand-picked the governors-elect of Florida and Georgia because they expressed their loyalty to him. 
  • You also saw this in the midterms when he grew his Senate majority by helping candidates who were loyal to him and to his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
  • You saw this in yesterday's press conference when he publicly shamed — by name — disloyal House Republicans who lost re-election races. 
  • You saw this an hour after the press conference when he forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to quit. Sessions' offense was that he wasn't sufficiently loyal. And Sessions' acting replacement was his own chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, a Trump loyalist. 
  • You saw this two years ago, one year ago and still today in the vast majority of Republican voters having his back through good times and bad. 

Why it matters: Soon this could matter in consequential — and constitutional — ways.

  • With Democrats taking the House, Trump can anticipate impeachment proceedings — and knows that all it takes to save him is the loyalty of Senate Republicans, regardless of the evidence. 
  • The chance of Trump needing the Senate — and perhaps the Supreme Court — to side with him on big legal matters flowing from various investigations is high. It certainly won't hurt that he put two justices on the court, and a lot of men in the Senate. 

What we're watching ... Jonathan Swan points out the potentially colossal implications of Trump getting rid of Sessions, and replacing him with a loyalist and Mueller critic.

  • Democrats want Matt Whitaker, the acting attorney general, to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller probe.
  • But if he stays in charge and does anything to challenge or curtail Mueller, we'll be in a high stakes political and legal battle just days after an election.

Be smart, from Cliff Sims, Trump's former White House director of message strategy:

  • "Trump instinctively understands ... the power of 'self-preservation' and 'fight or flight' as a political weapon. He wields it constantly. Most people back down. He makes an example of those who don't. Everyone else tries to stay out of the line of fire. Fear breeds loyalty, at least until it's gone."


"Yes, yes, but I bring that out in people. I do. I'm not saying that's an asset or a liability, but I do bring that out. ...I bring rage out. I do bring rage out. I always have."
- Candidate Donald J. Trump in April, 2016

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