The moron observation was the last line of a column that appeared July 26, 1920, in the Baltimore Evening Sun, a newspaper Mencken helped found. The column was a sandblasting observation of the Presidential race of the day between two Ohioans, one a former Senator and the other a former Governor. The observed proof of the statement was the election of Warren G. Harding, the former Senator.
According to Time magazine, Harding preferred poker, socializing and, it was said, womanizing to working. He was considered one of the worst Presidents in the history of the United States up to 2017. Republican bosses favored Harding, however, finding him charismatic and pliant, and he won the presidency in 1920 promising to restore pre–World War I “normalcy” (his mangling of the word normality was ridiculed by critics).
In office, Harding appointed a slew of corrupt officials, prompting the Teapot Dome bribery scandal, which for the first time sent a Cabinet secretary to prison. An accused adulterer, Harding was the subject of a best-selling memoir by a woman who claimed to be his mistress and the mother of his illegitimate daughter.
Harding died in office. So much for #29.
Now, #45 has set even Harding’s unusual ascendancy and descent into slow motion with a dizzying display of dwippy daffies.
In one corner you have a sneak exposer in the office of Chief Of Staff who is the main link between the White House and the Grand Ole Party. This week it was learned that the COS was begging to keep his job because he could deliver big monies from GOP big daddy bucks with bucks to the defense of #45 should he get entangled in any sort of problem that may be interpreted by many as a ‘crime’. Begging to keep a job by suggesting he can get funding in case his boss is in legal trouble? Talk about being on shaky ground.
Then in another corner (corner #2) is the spooky master of inverted thought who creeps about with nasty words, with an anti-establishment agenda that critics accuse of xenophobia and misogyny, as only a person who headed up a right-wing news outlet website could do. He can influence thought and deed which can be included in #45’s scripts, like let’s boo #44 to the Boy Scouts (who will be eligible to vote by the time #45 is dead). And that is only when he is in a good mood.
In another corner is the grim family of #45, a couple of which are already under investigation and fully lawyered up.
Then there is the new guy who is not even a member of anything at present except he only reports to #45. He comes in on a visitor’s pass. He doesn’t need a corner. He is ‘cunningly braggadocios’ and comes after enemies with unrelenting scatter-shooting expletive-deleteds with a flair of a street bully with a bazooka thrown in. He is ‘The Mooch’, the self-proclaimed, self-made Truponian who was so hated by Corner One and Corner Two, that they both argued against his hire to #45. That of course was music to #45’s New York ears. While not yet hired, he is threatening to fire a host of people who he classifies as ‘Leakers’.
Last night, in a telephone conversation with Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, he unloaded. Sent out crap laden tweets. Then he removed Tweets he had sent. Some tweets were so filled with expletive deleted material, cable television news programs couldn’t even show most of them on TV. For a full account, go to:http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/anthony-scaramucci-called-me-to-unload-about-white-house-leakers-reince-priebus-and-steve-bannon.
In the meantime, Senators are harrumphing about the health care bills. In the third corner, the family is going too-and-fro from home to office to the Capitol, testifying and hiring more and more lawyers.
Of course this is all about throwing up different topics to keep others eyes off the ball…the ever present Russian ball.
And Robert Mueller went to work today, silently setting up the downfall of #45.
This is a game of chess, while those in the White House believe they are playing checkers, Chinese or otherwise.
The Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, has silently called ‘check mate’. And the WH Boys believe that term means going to dinner in a New York Italian restaurant with a friend.
#45 is trying to fire the AG then Mueller. The Senators have declared that if he does this, the attack on the Presidency itself will come under heavy fire leading to impeachment.
Mueller just sits back and as always, is a step ahead of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.
#45, grand delusional as ever, is out of moves.