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Live, 24/7 on twitter: POTUS descends deeper into madness



He’s melting down before our very eyes. Yes, our President, losing it more and more every day. Was there ever a movie about a President of the United States going insane while in office? We’ve had oddball Hollywood Presidents—the bumbling Muffley (Dr. Strangelove), the evil Underwood (House of Cards), the murderous Coriolanus Snow (The Hunger Games). But never have we seen, in reality or in fiction, a POTUS literally losing his mind in real time, for all the world to see.

This latest stuff about Obama tapping Trump’s phones at Trump Tower really takes the cake. (Interesting saying. It stems from the late 19th century when certain Americans competed in a dance contest called a “cakewalk.” The winner won a cake as the prize.)

Trump knows he’s in deep doodoo (thank you, first President Bush) over his scandalous Russia connections. He frequently is in denial over a lot of things, but when the flood waters spill over the levees and start rushing in through the windows, you kind of have to take notice. We can imagine the dialog between Trump and Bannon that led to this latest insanity:

Bannon: You have to change the conversation. Get them talking about something else.

Trump: Like what?

Bannon: Gotta jiu-jitsu them: throw it back on them. Put ‘em on the defense.

Trump: How?

Bannon: [thinking] I got it. Accuse Obama of wiretapping you before the election.

Trump: Really?

Bannon: Yeah, boss. It’s perfect. It’s so crazy, they won’t know how to handle it.

Trump: Make it happen.

And so, here we go: “Trump Seeks Inquiry Into Unproven Allegations That Obama Tapped His Phones.” It’s so sick, so evil in a brilliant “The Joker” way, you almost have to admire it. Of course it’s entirely made up. Everybody with half a brain knows that, and understands that Trump’s Hail Mary is designed to distract attention from the coming hearings and their revelations, which could force him from office in disgrace. And yet, like with any Hail Mary, there’s a chance it could score.

After all, he knows he’ll have his rightwing media base on his side, and their credulous, low-information voters, who clearly don’t need proof about anything if it “feels right.” Yesterday, Fox “News” played the Obama-wiretap thing for all it’s worth. It was truly dreadful to see the smirking Chris Wallace pretend to take it seriously—and his awful panel, including the unemployable-anywhere-else Howard Kurtz (who used to have a reputation). Yes, dreadful to see—like a horrible automobile pileup on the freeway; you know there’s blood, gore and death inside that smoking pile of twisted metal, you want to turn away, but you just have to watch.

So here we are. It won’t work, of course, although it will be interesting to see how the hapless duo of Ryan-McConnell deal with it. “Trump Demands Probe.” The Tea Party controls the levers of government now, so they have the power to make an Intelligence Committee or some other committee investigate. But I cannot for a moment believe anyone will take it seriously, and I can’t believe Bannon-Trump thinks it has traction, either. (Online, the “Obama tapped my phone” meme has become a joke. I like this one from Twitter: “Obama tapped my phone, and Jimmy Carter stole my socks.”) Maybe what the White House is hoping for is to conjoin the Russia investigation together with an Obama investigation, in the hopes that they’ll mutually annihilate each other, like matter and anti-matter colliding.

Well, it kinda takes your breath away, doesn’t it. The chutzpah, the gall. “When one lies, it should be a big lie, and one should stick to it,” Joseph Goebbels said. To this, he added, in words that Bannon long ago took to heart, “And in the big lie, there is always a certain force of credibility.”

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