Nearly a year has passed since the perplexing and nigh-inexplicable ascendance of Donald of Orange to the throne of this fair land. Most thoughtful and informed citizens hunger for an explanation for his election. Most attempts to explain include a stew-pot of ingredients ranging from Hillary's emails to Comey's pronouncements to – well, insert your own excuse.

The truth is likely far simpler – this tragedy is largely the result of voter apathy and ignorance, quite likely exacerbated by Russian interference, and quite possibly collusion from Camp Tramp. That is a bitter gruel to swallow, and it does not bode well for the future of our democracy. Meanwhile, we are left to deal with the rain (spelling intended) of Donald of Orange. Anyone clinging to the audacious hope that this will somehow end well needs to keep a couple of things in mind:

(1)Tramp was neither a successful businessman nor a practiced politician; he was, is and always will be a second-rate (at best) entertainer, whose appeal, like that of his buddy Howard Stern, has been largely to slow-witted, arrested-development males (whatever their age) and the equally slow-witted women who put up with the infantile behavior of such men. Locker room talk, my posterior; such talk is all too often accompanied by actions, as Tramp, Weinstein, O'Reilly, Ailes, et al, provide more than ample proof.

(2)Tramp ran for President expecting to lose, but hoping the attendant publicity (and in his tortured psyche there is no such thing as bad publicity) might be parlayed into another TV show, or at least a stint on Fox News (seems that last proved true).

To the amazement of everyone but Michael Moore and Vladimir Putin, Tramp won, largely because, (1) deplorables who deem Howard Stern and The Apprentice entertainment voted for one of their own, (2) imbeciles and political ignoramuses insisted on change for its own sake, (3) evangelicals threw decency and honesty overboard to save the unborn (meanwhile crucifying the born), and (4) partisan hacks voted for Satan because he had an “R” next to his name.

All that review is to point out that the lack of experience either in big business or politics, combined with no expectation of victory, left Tramp utterly unprepared to govern, a condition exacerbated by a lack of a competent organization behind him. Just look at the principals – Kushner, Ivanka, Don Jr, Levandowski, Stone, Bannon, Steven Miller, Gorka, Kassewitz, Cohen, Flynn, Manafort, Clovis, et al. Sessions was the only experienced elected pol on Tramp's team, which qualifies as damning with no praise.

None among that rogue's gallery was fit to advise Tramp; but advise, they did. Their advice? Hire Papadopalous, Page, Price, Pruitt, and Perry; and having exhausted the "Ps", puked-up Carson, DeVos, McMahon, et al.

And they didn't just offer bad advice on hiring. Some or all advised firing Comey, Sally Yates, Preet Baraha and the rest of the US attorneys and replacing them with political hacks. Indeed, Tramp is now personally interviewing replacements in hopes of finding some that will place loyalty to him over loyalty to the country.

The same goes for experienced hands at the State Department and other government departments who hadn't already resigned in disgust, despair and disbelief. Bannon's goal of the Destruction of the Administrative State is well on its way to becoming fait accompli – or in this case fiat accompli.

Of course, advisers like Bannon are only partly to blame; even the best advisers can only advise a President. Ultimately, the buck stops with Trump, though he certainly won't take responsibility for anything, let alone admit to error.

Throw all those ingredients into a pot already seasoned with racism, cynicism, terrorism, nationalism, vulture capitalism, and military adventurism and bring to a boil with heated and ignorant rhetoric from an ego-maniacal man-boy with the emotional maturity of a seven-year-old. That is, in sum, a recipe for disaster.

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Comment by Tom Cordle on November 3, 2017 at 2:06pm

Kosher, I don't know about the good citizens of New York, but I would be shocked if Franken or Bernie's faith wasn't an issue and the subject of a very dirty underground campaign in so-called Flyover America. I hate to say that, and I could be wrong about that, but living as I do in the tang of the buckle of the Bible Belt, the evidence is, sad to say, all around me.

That said, the Trump presidency will likely turn out to be so disastrous that anything is possible in 2020, just as was the case in 2008, when John McCain, much more qualified than Obama, lost in large part because he had the misfortune to follow the previously worst President in history.

Comment by Robert Young on November 3, 2017 at 2:15pm

-- Bernie's biggest electoral mistake was

refusing to join the Democrat Party.  he was/is a fraud, not a Democrat by his own admission.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on November 3, 2017 at 2:42pm


Tom Cordle you, once again, prove you are part of the problem.  Simply by listing your "choices" (none of which would draw in virtually any Independent and/or progressive voters) you have shown that you support the status quo, establishment and elitist.  You are they typical Clintonista.

Good luck with that.  Both you KB and Ron are going to be in for a big disappointment come 2018 and, definitely, in 2020.  There are now more Independent and non-major party affiliated progressives then there are registered Democrats and Republicans combined.  Guess why that is?  Guess who they will NOT vote for??  Guess who they are so sick of that some even voted for Trump because the choice(s) offered by the establishment Democrats (the same one you refuse to condemn) sucked so bad they felt they had no choice.  

BTW, y'all can make your snide little 3rd grade comments about the Green Party all you like, but my party is currently growing and is adding thousands of new members every year while yours is shrinking.  You might want to think about that for a bit.

Comment by Ron Powell on November 3, 2017 at 2:45pm

@Tom Cordle;  "...John McCain, much more qualified than Obama..."

In what respect? 


Comment by Tom Cordle on November 3, 2017 at 9:37pm


Having lived with the consequences of third-party candidates throwing an election to the wrong side in 1968 and 2000 and yet again in 2016, I'll continue to stick with candidates who actually have a chance of winning, rather than a candidate like Jill Stein who got exactly No electoral votes. And it hardly needs repeating that Hillary actually won the popular vote by a wide margin, so I hardly think I'm in a minority.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 3, 2017 at 9:45pm

Ron Powell,

McCain was more qualified in the sense of having vastly more experience than Obama. That didn't prevent me from voting for Obama, though having read his book The Audacity of Hope, I did not, like too many, expect him to be a wild-eyed Liberal. Those who did were disappointed, but that disappointment was due to their unrealistic expectations far more than Obama's actual performance. Indeed, he proved to be a far better president than his lack of experience would have predicted, I believe that was due not to his color, but to the quality of his intellect – but even more so, to the quality of his character.

Comment by koshersalaami on November 3, 2017 at 9:57pm


Make up your mind about lesser evilism. Supporting Clinton against Trump does not equate to supporting Clinton in general; all it says is that we were willing to live with Clinton to stop Trump. If Trump is ever forced out of office and Pence becomes President, I'm afraid you'll find out why very graphically. 

We took stopping Trump more seriously than you did. 

In the next election, I think Democratic centrists will hurt our chances rather than helping them. We will probably be helped by the fact that the DNC's reputation, already lousy, is now completely in the toilet due to Donna Brazile's revelations. And Clinton's reputation, already lousy, is landing in the same place helped by the same reasons. She and the DNC screwed Democratic primary voters with the functional equivalent of primary voter suppression. 

She'd still be better than Trump. He is that bad. 

Comment by Ron Powell on November 3, 2017 at 11:39pm

Dammit Amy you still don't get it.

The system has been rigged as a binomial process since day one.

What the greens must do is seize control of the Democratic Party by whatever means necessary and available...

The alt-right has the blueprint, follow it.

You are correct re the nature of the demise of the Democratic Party but that's not enough. ..

Now you must commence WINNING elections not just extol the virtues of what you believe to be a winning ideology. 

Seize control of the mechanisms that result in the exercise of leverage and power...

That means finger nails get  dirty, noses get bloodied, knuckles and knees get skinned and scraped. You have to learn to fight and win, not holler and whine...

The old guard is not going out without a fight and now may be the best time to make a move because they're busy throwing each other under the bus...

However, and get this right and straight,  you will not win a God damned thing because you can scream obscene epithets and invectives louder and longer than anyone else...

Learn some political history and some politics, that's political strategy and tactics and then be prepared to do WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN!

You and your generation will change nothing if all you can do, the best you can do, is throw eggs and sling mud...That's child's play...

High stakes, prime time politics is way more than the game of gotcha you seem to enjoy and revel in...

You want to make big time changes in the political process and system....

Grow up, stop calling people names. Listen and learn whenever and wherever you can.That includes taking a page out of the alt-right playbook on how to take over a major political party....and draw on the experience of those of us who care enough about the future who are trying to assist you in getting to where we all need to go...

But first you must learn how to WIN! 

Comment by Ron Powell on November 4, 2017 at 1:19am

@TC; "...I would be shocked if Franken or Bernie's faith wasn't an issue and the subject of a very dirty underground campaign in so-called Flyover America..."

Of course you're right about this.

However, during the thick of the primaries , I suggested that Bernie Sanders address being Jewish in the same way Kennedy addressed being Catholic and Obama addressed being black...

There was a typical OS shit storm in which I was castigated and excoriated for making such an "anti-semitic" suggestion.

It made Amy, Wolfman, and Koshersalaami allies in teaming up against such an inappropriate thought...

Comment by Steel Breeze on November 4, 2017 at 5:28am

whenever ya think the odds are against......think Chicago Cubs....


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