Sausage Factory

SF Chronicle 

Watching the sausage get made is ugly. Or at least that’s conventional wisdom. But I’m glad I dared to watch the grinders turn Tuesday by braving what sent my wife screaming from the room; the live cable news coverage of a meeting with the president and members of congress about DACA. My wife isn’t the only one who suffers from Trumpette’s Syndrome, a Tourette’s Syndrome-like reaction of uncontrollable swearing and name-calling triggered by seeing the president on TV. Millions are suffering from it. But there was a reward for hanging with this particular Jan 9th Breaking News coverage of what should have been only a minute-long photo-op, but turned into nearly an hour of unscripted round robin with congressional members from both houses and parties. Sure it was all posturing but it was a rare example of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the American government.

The Good. The era of decorum may not be completely dead. One could argue that the sycophancy of everyone at this table in both parties was sickening. And hearing Trump talk about how politics needs to be less toxic is enough to make you throw up in your mouth a little. This is indeed the most hostile toxic time in our lives and it is precisely because of the divisiveness of Covfefe-in-chief. When Sen. Feinstein proposed a clean bill for DACA and Trump clearly didn’t understand what she meant, Kevin McCarthy jumped in to save him and link “the wall” funding to any DACA fix. It was genteel politics at its best and reflected a sweeter time. Yes, it was a clear political parry to Feinstein’s thrust. Nothing unusual about political fencing in politics. But it was done nicely, which for this hateful time, actually means something. Even the hypocrisy of our politicians smiling at each other while the cameras are on and then working to destroy each others’ lives off camera, even just that act of pretending to be nice is helpful these days. That’s how low we’ve sank. The parliamentary niceties, the “honorable gentleman from’s…” and “yielding to the gentlewomen from’s…” have never been more necessary. Even if they don’t mean it. At least we’re pretending to be civil, and that was good.

The Bad. The bad is that politics as usual was on full display at this table. One congressman’s personal agenda depended upon undoing another’s. Such is politics. This volley of statements from electeds was a clear demonstration of how things normally get bogged down. And it makes sense. Try to get anything accomplished with a dozen opinions around the table. But it doesn’t bode well when there’s no substance. Today both sides were pretending to have the DACA kids’ best interest at heart, even while the GOP is holding them hostage for “border wall” funding. How can we ever get anything done when one side is lying about their intentions? Feinstein’s suggestion to isolate DACA was spot on, if your goal is to save those kids. But if your goal is to score political points to help in the mid-terms, then you tie DACA support to the $19 Billion border wall like McCarthy did. The days of genuine honest communication in Congress is indeed dead. That is bad.

The Ugly. Seeing him facilitate even an awkward photo-op situation so clearly demonstrates what a stable genius our president is not. It’s not even that he’s the only one at the table who didn’t understand Feinstein’s point. It’s that he won’t admit that he doesn’t get it, and then when everyone else says No, you don’t get it, he tries to act like he gets it to soothe his overinflated ego. This is why he can’t improve, why he can’t learn, why our intelligence officers have to pare down his daily briefings, why everyone in the White House says he’s a child, why he is utterly unfit to serve in his office. That is ugly, because the House GOP sycophants have no intention of putting country first. Ever. They all know it, McConnell, and Ryan, and Graham, and the rest, but none of them will dare say it and those who do stand up to him seem to about face and kiss the ring of the king as soon as the base gets roiled. They all know he is a narcissistic man child and is a real threat to our safety. And yet, the charade goes on. It was on full display at this event. That lie is the ugly face of our government today.




Trump Bans Even More Words!

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Tuesday, January 9th, 2018         6:15am, EST

WASHINGTON DC – White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed this morning that the president has now added new words to be banned, in addition to the words he banned in the wee hours of Monday morning; book, fire, fury, wolf, Wolf, wolff, Wolff, wolfe, Wolfe, Michael, Mike, couch, collusion, collude, California, Bannon, Steve, Steven, Stevo.

The new banned words are: CNN, Jake, Tapper, tap her, Oprah, unfit, sane, insane, faculties, psychiatric, unhinged.  

The new words to be banned followed a bruising weekend for the Trump administration with the director of the CIA, UN Ambassador Hailey, the Secretary of State, and Stephen Miller, whose exact job title and role at the White House is unclear, all going on Sunday morning talk shows to defend the president’s mental fitness for his job.

CNN’s Jake Tapper had to call security to have Stephen Miller physically dragged off the CNN set Sunday morning while still screaming, “He’s a goddam genius, you fools. A very stable genius, just like he said, and his genius will not be questioned!” Miller was escorted out of the building where he was thought to have urinated in the snow just outside the front doors of CNN. The urine was in the image of the CNN logo with a circle and bar thru it, although the circle & bar appeared to be made of coffee from the CNN commissary. Because of the frigid weather, the sidewalks were abandoned and nobody witnessed the actual urination. CNN’s security cameras are being checked.

Come to Genius


I have been criticizing the stupid people of America lately. That is because 1/3 of Americans (let’s call those Republicans) currently have the other 2/3 of us (let’s call those the rest of the people who can read and think and reason) by the throat. The stupid people, I have been saying, don’t understand that our president is an idiot because, well, they’re stupid. Many of them are even more stupid than him. After all, they bought his made-in-China MAGA hats for $40. And then they burned them. They’re no geniuses. To them, he really is smart. So how could they possibly know?

It was a rational, if flawed thesis. But now I have some new information that has caused me to rethink my cynical perspective about our president. When the president of the United States tweeted that he is “a very stable genius”, it struck me that perhaps I have been on the wrong side of this all along. Maybe Mike Pence is right that Trump is a true genius and I am the one on the stupid side. Maybe those red state folks have understood something the other 2/3 of us missed. I’ve been watching and listening to him ever since he came down the escalator, and it never even occurred to me that he is a genius. I confess that thought never crossed my mind. What kind of genius would begin a presidential campaign with a ridiculous entrance…on an escalator? A Republican genius, that’s what. What kind of genius would raise our national debt by over a trillion dollars just to get a law passed by the end of the year? A Republican genius, that’s right. What kind of genius overturns the executive order making it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns? A Republican genius.

I’m more than a little embarrassed that it took me two years to understand that this man is in fact… a genius. And a stable one at that. I’m admittedly late to the party and I didn’t even bring any wine. Forgive me. In my own defense though, as I’ve said, I have listened and paid close attention every day for over two years. But still, I missed it so badly that I have been in agreement with his chief of staff that he is a complete and utter Moron. And I thought that not just because I’m a California liberal, but because of the words he speaks and the things he does and the people he admires, like Roy Cohn, one of the most evil men of the 20th Century. I had assumed that since he was protégé of the monster Cohn, that it automatically made him less than a genius. What kind of genius would associate himself with the unpatriotic sociopath Roy Cohn post McCarthy hearings? A Republican genius, that’s what.

He has set the world straight by writing in black and tweet, that he is a genius. But unlike those unstable geniuses (you know who you are), he’s of the stable variety. Smart and stable. No, “a very stable genius”. You just can’t beat that for a president. No wonder all those Trump-voters are so happy. C’mon liberals, grab a bottle of that chardonnay you love so much and join the party. We should all be thrilled to have such a stable genius leading the world. Hopefully now that he’s pointed it out, North Korea and Iran and Pakistan will also understand his true genius. What kind of genius attacked all 3 of those countries this week and made the whole world think he was unstable? A Republican genius. That’s what!