Mar. 25th, 2017

Trump

Mar. 25th, 2017 06:04 pm
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Maureen Dowd writes a snarky note to Trump. It's kicking a dog when he is down, after the failure to repeal & replace Obamacare. I'll keep an excerpt. I like the Reagan comparison.

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Your whole campaign was mocking your rivals and the D.C. elite, jawing about how Americans had turned into losers, with our bad deals and open borders and the Obamacare “disaster.”

And you were going to fly in on your gilded plane and fix all that in a snap.

You mused that a good role model would be Ronald Reagan. As you saw it, Reagan was a big, good-looking guy with a famous pompadour; he had also been a Democrat and an entertainer. But Reagan had one key quality that you don’t have: He knew what he didn’t know.

You both resembled Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons, floating above the nitty-gritty and focusing on a few big thoughts. But President Reagan was confident enough to accept that he needed experts below, deftly maneuvering the strings.

You’re just careering around on your own, crashing into buildings and losing altitude, growling at the cameras and spewing nasty conspiracy theories, instead of offering a sunny smile, bipartisanship, optimism and professionalism.

You promised to get the best people around you in the White House, the best of the best. In fact, “best” is one of your favorite words.

Instead, you dragged that motley skeleton crew into the White House and let them create a feuding, leaking, belligerent, conspiratorial, sycophantic atmosphere. Instead of a smooth, classy operator like James Baker, you have a Manichaean anarchist in Steve Bannon.

You knew the Republicans were full of hot air. They haven’t had to pass anything in a long time, and they have no aptitude for governing. To paraphrase an old Barney Frank line, asking the Republicans to govern is like asking Frank to judge the Miss America contest — “If your heart’s not in it, you don’t do a very good job.”

-- Maureen Dowd at NYT
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Such a clear beautiful day heading into evening. And Saturday, too. It makes me wish that I had friends, and we would be going out for dinner & drinks. Maybe someone has a nice house with a balcony to the stars. We could just sit there and chat, talking about the world and the time-bomb that is President Trump.

"Who are you kidding? You wouldn't really enjoy that. You'd only feel uncomfortable trying to be sociable, not to mention feeling self-conscious about all your bathroom-runs. You'd rather be here, playing with your cards and eating ice cream, reading a book, maybe watching a movie, making sure the cats are fed and comfortable."

Probably. That does sound like me. But I still wish I could enjoy that scene of convivial friendship. The loneliness really can make you feel empty inside.

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