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Six months ago, a piece titled White House’s Week from Hell was posted in Blue Louisa about the antics of this mis-administration. And judging from their actions over the course of the past two weeks, they have found new ways to take their greed and lust for power to another level.
A descent into Seven Hells which even the writers of “Game of Thrones” would be hard pressed to top. And with self inflicted trade wars that could have a devastating effect on the worlds economy, trashing our European allies and NATO already fading into distant memory, one can only ask, what else could go wrong? The Drumpf could have a summit in Helsinki, a “personal” conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin with no government officials keeping any records of the meeting.
And where it appears at the press conference afterwards that Putin was the only one keeping track of what was said.
Nor does the Drumpfs body language remotely suggest that this was a meeting of equals.
Given his penchant for “going rogue” even employing Occam’s razor to describe what transpired isn't adequate. The most logical explanation for why he excluded any official from the U.S. government from being in the room with him with Putin is because he did not want any official from the U.S. government to know what was said or agreed to in that room.
Leaving U.S. officials at the highest levels and the American people completely dependent on whatever spin the Russian’s want to put on this meeting. And if those actions were not tone deaf enough, the Drumpf “follows up” on this disastrous summit by inviting Putin for a second summit in Washington DC and a self congratulatory parade.
Meanwhile there clearly is something off about the Drumpfs administrations actions since the Helsinki meeting. Either he is an agent of Russian interest or is so profoundly ignorant, insecure and narcissistic that he’s incapable of realizing that he’s advancing Putin’s agenda.
While some may believe he’s a Russian agent that seems unlikely because the Russians would never allow a true mole to take such crazy risks of exposing themselves. With a former head of CIA operations against Russia observing "he's not a controlled agent because if he was, they'd tell him how to behave so as not to endanger himself."
And while Vladimir Lenin’s famous phrase "useful idiot," is often used when describing the Drumpf, the technical Russian term for an unwitting but helpful asset is a "confidential contact." What he has to offer Russia isn't necessarily information, but his willingness to act as a human wrecking ball against America's traditional allies and trading partners.
A willingness to appease which the Republican Party was more than happy to exploit, taking their grandiose notions of “deconstructive government” to levels that even the Bush/Cheney junta never dreamed of. And it might explain why they have responded so strongly to the recent arrest of a Russian agent, ahem NRA gun moll and the Department of Justice’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers.
With the Treasury Department saying that that it will no longer require certain politically active nonprofit groups, like the National Rifle Association, to identify their financial donors to U.S. tax authorities. And the Republican controlled House refusing to fund the DOJ’s election cyber terrorism efforts.
Actions which in the light of recent revelations about the scope and ongoing nature of Russian interference in our elections, prompted Rep. Lloyd Doggett, to say that their refusal to spend more money on election security "represents nothing less than unilateral disarmament" against Russia, citing the U.S. intelligence community's finding that Russia intervened in the 2016 election.
Nor should anyone forget that even before all this broke out that Congressional Republican’s lead by Free-dumb Caucus members, Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows launched a preemptive shot across the bow to sabotage the investigation into Russian interference by proposing a bill to impeach Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, and coincidentally Muller’s boss.
Or that in an earlier maneuver, Republican Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell refused to allow a vote on a bill which would have protected Muller’s investigation from the Oval office interference.
The simplest explanation for the Drumpfs incessant claims of “fake news” and “no collusion” during his campaign and throughout his term in office is more likely attributable to his fears of being exposed as a grifter only interested in enriching his ego and pockets. And that he likely knew about Russian interference with our election during his campaign, and definitely knew about it before his inauguration.
And while it remains to be proven that Russian agents funneled money through intermediaries to Republican campaigns, including Trumps, given what we know about the indictments of Paul Manafort, and Mike Flynn and their roles in procuring foreign support, coupled with the recent revelations that the NRA was acting as a cut out for Russian funds there’s more than just the appearance that other members of the Republican Party are also complicit.
If there’s a method to all this chaos, it raises the distinct and unpleasant possibility that the Drumpf and the Republican Party have already moved from trying to normalize their behavior to doing everything possible to ensure that their ability to collaborate and collude with dark money groups and foreign powers remains unchecked.
Meanwhile, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced this past Friday at the Aspen Security Forum that, the DOJ will inform American corporations, organizations and even individuals if they're being targeted by foreign operations in an attempt to influence the country's elections. Saying said that "exposing schemes to the public is an important way to neutralize them," and that "the American people have a right to know if foreign governments are targeting them with propaganda."
At the same forum, Microsoft VP for customer security and trust Tom Burt revealed that his team discovered a spear-phishing campaign targeting three candidates vying for re-election in 2018, and that they traced it back to Russian intelligence agency GRU, the same organization behind the DNC hacks in 2016.
How this will affect the outcome of the 2018 election is anyone’s guess since there are many factors to consider. Forces which like Newton’s first law, once put into motion tend to stay in motion unless acted on by other external forces.
On one hand there’s the reality that the Drumpf and the Republican Party will continue to weaponize their brand of magical thinking and ensuing chaos. Creating a pervasive atmosphere of resentment where their loyalists feel “safe” supporting their xenophobic and racist views.
And barring a major catastrophe; like 9/11 or a world wide economic crisis will remain constitutionally incapable of entertaining the concept that the object of their idol worship, and indeed the entire Republican Party are corrupt and compromised beyond all redemption.
Nor should anyone underestimate impact of the Republican’s on going voter suppression efforts, or that they are doubling down on them, emboldened by Supreme Courts recent decision.
On the other side of the coin, voter registration amongst first time and younger voters is up significantly. Whether that translates to a surge at the polls remains to be seen. Another encouraging sign is the gender gap, which is the largest on record. And finally, there indications that many surveys are underestimating the number of Democratic voters.
Speaking of surveys, it’s no coincidence that there are far more publicly available Democratic polls than Republican ones, since Replicant’s at every level are busy downplaying the fact that their brand isn’t polling well. Something which will be critical in Virginia, with congressional candidates like Barbara Comstock and Dave Brat find themselves boxed in by their support for the Drumpfs and their Party’s extremism.
And like Cory Stewarts delusional tweet just before this past Saturday’s Senate “debate” with Tim Kaine, they will find themselves unable to control their own narratives, or keep people from laughing in their faces.
One thing is for sure, in the months leading up to the election, we all will have front row seats as these two forces collide. So if you’re serious about “taking your country back,” get out there and vote for Abigail Spanberger and Tim Kaine this November.
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