Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nixon Was A Master Of The Media-- But It Didn't Save Him... Will It Save Trump?


The other day I was asked to participate in a BBC World Service radio debate about the Flynn firing. One of the participants was a Trump shill who reminded me of my brother-in-law-- just repeating mindless talking points from the regime via Hate Talk Radio and Fox. His talking point du jour was that the "real story" wasn't Flynn's and the Regime's connivance with Putin but the leaking. That was the scandal-- the leaking. An Adderall-fueled Trump tweeted about it two days in a row:



House Intelligence Committee Ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff admonished Trump to "stop whining and act like a president... Real scandal here is @POTUS knew Flynn lied about Russian contacts and did nothing about it until the leak." That isn't what Ryan and his House Republican lemmings, now in full-on coverup mode, want to hear.

The Trumpist congressman from Iowa, neo-fascist Steve King was yelling and screaming and accusing the CIA of undermining the Regime. "We're at great risk if we have these kinds of moles" [in the intelligence community]. That is unpatriotic." Trump's amigos in Russia-- like official Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and neo-fascist Senator Vladimir Jabbarov-- are saying that the revelations that the Trump Regime was working clandestinely with Putin are "part of an intelligence community conspiracy to have the President impeached." Putin is said to be dazed at the loss of Flynn who he spent so much money on putting in as National Security Advisor. The loss of Trump who be a complete disaster for him.

Seth Moulton (D-MA) is no hot head or rabble-rouser. He's a cautious and relatively conservative congressman who came to politics after an active duty stint in the military-- 4 tours of duty in Iraq. Tuesday he was on CNN accusing members of the Trump administration/campaign of "conspiring" with Russia, pointing out to Wolf Blitzer "that's the very definition of treason... I mean, let’s not lose perspective on exactly who we’re talking about here. Russia is the No. 1 enemy of the United States of America. If members of the administration are essentially conspiring with Russia-- either through the campaign earlier or now in the administration itself-- I mean, look, Wolf, that’s the very definition of treason. This is a very, very serious affair. The definition of treason is putting our enemy’s interests ahead of our own. That’s what the definition is."

As Dan Rather warned earlier this week, Putin-Gate is likely to prove much bigger and more toxic than Watergate. But the Republicans in Congress are working with all their might to cover to up. Ryan and McConnell have been conspiring to prevent an independent nonpartisan investigation, preferring to control everything through puppet hacks like Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes and the useless co-conspirator Jason Chaffetz of the House Oversight Committee. Their latest line is that with Flynn resigning, everything is over andante with. "Nothing to see here, sheeple."

Perhaps Rand Paul was the most honest of the 2Live GOP Cover-up Crew, telling Fox viewers that he disagrees with McCain's assertions that Flynn's firing "raises further questions about the Trump administration’s intentions toward Vladimir Putin’s Russia." Ran thinks "that might be excessive. I think it looks like the President has handled the situation and unless there’s some kind of other evidence of malfeasance, this sounds like something that was internal White House politics and it looks like the President’s handled it. I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party. We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do like repealing Obamacare if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense."

I guess that's the latest Republican definition of making America great again. Although I suspect that won't hold even until the end of the week as more and more frightened Republicans-- frightened of their constituents who want action on this-- are demanding copies of the Flynn transcripts that Trump is refusing to release. Who will play Trump's Rose Mary Woods?

Yesterday, as the White House and the Republicans floundered trying to get their stories straight, Ted Lieu (D-CA) said he was "stunned to learn that Trump aides, including campaign manager Paul Manafort and advisor Michael Flynn, allegedly had repeated contacts with Russian Intelligence agents during the presidential campaign. It's a safe bet to say they weren't discussing the weather. If there was collusion between Trump aides and the Russian government, that would be a high crime. It also raises a number of critical issues. What did Trump know and when did he know it? Did Trump authorize or order the repeated contacts with Russian Intelligence during the presidential campaign? What are Trump's business holdings in Russia or Russian-controlled areas? I call on Republicans in both the House and the Senate to put country over party-- to put America First-- and work with Democrats to investigate these extremely serious allegations."

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At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nixon... "master" of the media? Did you see his televised debate with JFK? There was a movie about how much Nixon sweats (Broadcast News). Hilarious scene.

By the same token, Drumpf is a buffoon on the media. He has a vocabulary of about 100 words and he has the worst syntax of anyone I can remember.. worse than Schwartzenegger. But the media loved him BECAUSE of his buffoonery and assholery... because it got ratings. Like honey boo boo... only stupider.

As president, he truly is an embarrassment... a humiliation. And that's from the perspective of the dumbest fucking populace in the first world... dumber than many in the third world.

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

The takes on all of this are mostly greatly warped and way too soft. How about the REAL focus!

Why would anyone in Trump's campaign be in touch with the Russians to begin with? This is a huge red flag. Why was Manafort the initial campaign manager, someone in so deep with Russian oligarchs? Because Trump obviously was heading and running all of this from the get-go! He is compromised big time - likely for sexual innuendos on video, huge financial entanglements and debt to the Russian and who knows what other nefarious (thanks, Moby, for using this term) activities. He did not know, back then, that he would become President and would be looked at under a microscope. What other possible explanation could there be? It is so blatantly obvious. I mean, really. In the rear view mirror, everything points to his complicity with the Russians throughout the campaign.

The WRONG question is "What did Trump know and when did he know it?" Does any think Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador about not needing to worry because the sanctions would be lived all on his own? Not very likely! If you think so, what are you smoking? Trump has been pulling all of his puppets' strings. He is the Wizard of Oz behind this whole thing.

The full story will come out in the end. Treason is before our eyes. How many will go down? Wii they go down? he Republicans trying to cover this up is unconscionable and they had better watch out for the treason label as well. Apparently, they'd rather get rid of Obamacare than look at treason.

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, hone, they'd rather kill 50,000 elder and sick by whacking obamneycare than look at treason. This is clearly true.

But I doubt we'll have the story come out. We were even denied the whole Nixon story when Ford, via pre-arrangement, pardoned him for ... whatever the fuck he did. And the blanket pardon was born.

I was truly humiliated at the childish performance of our so-called pretzledent at today's press orgy. After, the spin was about how we have to give the pos credit for taking lots of questions, and not all from breitbart.

But the media, as they do, never asked why der fuhrer devolved into a petulant 6-yo shrieking "so are you" at the press. Lying and defending the indefensible. Reminiscent of Nixon and the bushbaby, only more infantile.

I've lived through Reagan and all his clones since 1980... have been embarrassed about my country of birth MANY times during the 37 years... but this was my most humiliated. I can only imagine what the world thinks of americans now... I imagine they think we're the dumbest most racist 330 million dumbfucktards on the planet.

I agree.

At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, "Russia is the No. 1 enemy of the United States of America"?

Really? Says, who? The new neo-con/"progressive" axis of suicidal tendencies?

What, exactly, has Russia done to the US ... besides refusing to politely and obediently lick America's political, human blood-caked boots ... on command? Apparently we thought all subsequent Russian/USSR leaders would be in the mold of the drunken sot Yeltsin. When do we get real?

A country who's bloated military has managed, since 1945, a clear cut victory only in Grenada should think very carefully about extended, and escalating, provocation of a country with more nukes than we have, in addition to an actual political spine.

Our era of continuously and murderously meddling in the affairs of countries across the globe is coming to and end.

This is all driven by our putrid attitude of "exceptionalism." This is as fanatical, baseless, fantastical and potentially self-destructive as any religious fundamentalism. (Without too much effort it could be considered, precisely, Christian fundamentalism ... in clear violation of the constitution, no less.)

And, as with any fundamentalism, it demonstrates, proves, and is a poor substitute for, a painfully-absent, actual (national) self-confidence.

John Puma

At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russia is a roadblock to unfettered exsanguination of global markets by American "zombie squids' blood funnels".

American greed cannot be sated unless they are bleeding every single world market of their total wealth.

Yes, overcompensation might be a small factor... but pure greed (and the exceptionalism we used to call "manifest destiny") is the driving force.


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