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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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Game Of The Thrones

Josh Marshall has a nice piece on the palace intrigue surrounding Joffrey Trumpratheon, First of his Name.

I thought the strikes on Syria were proportionate and possibly even necessary.  Trump is so erratic, you had to show you mean to stand by your red lines.

The part I didn't like was the sickening way some media figures - including Fareed Zakaria, who should know better - felt that bombing the shit out of an airfield was Trump's "presidential" moment.  There is an overwhelming impulse on the part of the political press to normalize Trump.  They have been waiting for Trump to "pivot" for over a year now.

Trump is never going to be normal.  He's a 70 year old walking collection of pathologies and poor character traits; this is who he is.  But if Kushner and the "Jewish Banking Conspiracy" (Marshall's term) succeeds in overthrowing Steve Bannon, we will once again here how Trump is "growing into the office" and "pivoting to the center."

And then 24 hours later, he will start a trade war with Bermuda over some misbegotten tweet.

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