Diary of a B+ Grade Polymath (tcpip) wrote in talk_politics,
Diary of a B+ Grade Polymath

The Shambling Mound's Fourth Week

One must admire, if only from an aesthetic level, the sheer chutzpah of Lord Dampnut who holds press conference to claim "I turn on the TV, open the newspapers, and I see stories of chaos. Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine." Ahhh, Lord Dampnut. The art of the double-down, where reality can be altered by sheer will power and bluster.

How did this "fine-tuned machine" operate this week? Well, the National Security adviser Michael Flynn resigned after providing "incomplete information" to the administration about the degree that he discussed sanctions against Russia to their ambassador. The sanction had been put in place under the Obama administration after Russia's annexation of Crimea and involvement in the separatist conflict in Ukraine. Watch this space, as reports are coming in that Lord Dampnut's election team had contacts with Russian intelligence for a year prior to the election.

Further, Trumps new nominee for the position, Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down the offer - and to think that General David Petraeus has been considered, a person convicted of giving out classified information to his biographer, with whom he was having an affair.

Another resignation of sorts was Lord Dampnut's nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, dropping out of the nomination. Puzder apparently wasn't keen on having disinvest from some two hundred companies and funds that would have constituted a conflict of interest if he had taken up the role - among several other issues (including opposition to minimum wages). Apparently some smart Republican senators were having second thoughts about the nomination.

Well, if this fourth week is indication of a "fine-tuned machine", let's hope that nothing serious goes wrong, eh?
Tags: government, scandal, trump
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