The Great Hippo wrote:The Presidency is now a fucking reality TV show. And the most galling part? It's not like this was unexpected. You voted for Donald Trump. How the fuck did you think this was going to play out?
Honestly, it seems to be what a lot of Trump supporters want. I don't see anything here that would make a Trump supporter distrust Trump. Comey was basically universally hated late last year, so he is a reasonably safe target to fire... within the Trump-sphere anyway. A lot of this Comey controversy is seen as "Drain the Swamp" as far as I can tell. Trump supporters are happy
In other news: Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee is clearly "better" at the job than Sean Spicer. However, while I had some degree of trust in Spicer (he would admit mistakes to some degree. And although he was combative, it was clear that he was doing his best to deliver the insane messages from the President honestly)... Sarah Huckabee spits out half-truths and outrageous lies with such calm demeanor that I just don't trust her.
A shame too: based on recent days with Huckabee leading the press conferences, I think Spicer is about to get canned from his job. Its a hard job: to be the messenger of Trump and actually try to offer reasons to the awaiting Press Corps.
In any case, Sarah Huckabee is clearly more comfortable with these lies and half-truths. Spicer was vulnerable there and would get visibly agitated when pressed on the contradictions and general insanity of the President. (Aka: like a normal person should). I mean, I guess Spicer still delivered half-truths and outright lies. But it seemed to me that he was a bit uncomfortable at doing that.
This should give you an idea of how badly others react to Trump. This is around level 4 right now. Democrats, media, some Republicans, and some bureaucracy. If you want to see Republicans run for the hills, you need to throw in the courts or have the public weigh in negatively.
IMO, that link seems to overstate opposition to Trump from the Republican side. There's fewer than 5 Republican Senators who regularly "oppose" Trump, and most of the time the quotes go either to Senator Graham or McCain. Freedom Caucus doesn't oppose Trump at all. They're just a sub-bloc of the Republicans.
Historically speaking, bureaucrats pride themselves in being non-partisan and "above the fold". Not that they've succeeded in recent days mind you (ie: Comey became increasingly partisan. And now Rod Rosenstein has his name on the Partisan list), but that's what they try to do. So its unlikely that bureaucrats would play a role in the next election... mostly because they don't want to. Besides, the US President can sign a new executive order, fire bureaucrats, and otherwise get the system working to his liking. The bureaucrats are going to be Pro-President by force.
If anybody disagrees with Trump, they're at risk of being fired. That's the way Trump is running the system now.
The only real question is if Progressives can actually catalyze their anger and actually affect an election for once. I don't want to see another repeat of "Occupy Wall Street" (which was followed by a historic landslide towards Republicans getting elected in Congress in 2012). If the liberals are unable to organize and mount an effective campaign in 2018, then its all for naught.
March for Women, March for Science... tons of protests at town-hall meetings... clearly there's some energy here. But the question is if it can be tapped and actually turn into a win.
First Strike +1/+1 and Indestructible.