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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The First Scalp

Michael Flynn is a paranoid conspiracy nut who should never have been National Security Adviser.  It is a categorically, objectively good thing that he is gone.

The question that now hangs over the White House is a famous one: What did the President know, and when did he know it?  Josh Marshall and the Washington Post both suggest that the White House has known for weeks about Flynn's lying about his contact with Russia and the extent of those ties.

The question becomes one of incompetence versus evil.

Is the Trump Administration so chaotic and poorly run that they can't be bothered with allegations that their freaking National Security Adviser might be a Russian mole?  Or did they know, but thought that it was cool?

Either answer to that question is disturbing as hell.

My guess is incompetence, but I'm basing that primarily on the bizarre scene at Mar-A-Lago where the President's national security team was reading classified documents in an open dining room, using unsecured cell phones as flashlights.  However, given Trump's open fascination and closeness with Putin, I can't rule out evil.  We also know that Trump has the attention span of a beagle on meth and can't be bothered to learn anything that can't be retweeted.  So perhaps he was simply under Flynn's thrall.

Again, all answers are disturbing as hell.

What's more, is that these allegations probably have very little resonance outside the Acela corridor and the Deep State, permanent national security apparatus.  The yokels and rubes who elected this shitgibbon are just waiting for America to be great again by kicking out the Messicans and putting agitators in their place.  Oh, and the resurgence of coal and manufacturing jobs.

Meanwhile, Democrats need to keep making this about Republicans, because they are enabling Cheeto Benito and abandoning their commitment to the country and the Constitution.

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