Twenty five days

Twenty five days

Twenty-five days. That's how long it has taken for a key member of Donald Trump's regime to be ousted.

The startling thing isn't that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn fell on his sword; what's amazing is that it took this long for it to happen. In normal politics, someone as toxic as Flynn would have been shown the door within a day or two. (Van Jones, anyone?) But the regime flailed about, trying to ride out the storm, hoping it would abate. When it came out that then acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the incoming administration that Flynn was a national security threat, the wheels finally came off.

That it took so long for Flynn to be fired is indicative of either A) a regime which thinks it can do anything it wants, or B) a regime which is run by rank amateurs. I think it's a bit of both. People like Steven Bannon think that Trump's election means that they have carte blanche to remake American society. But they have so little experience in doing anything but throwing spit balls from the sidelines that their efforts come to naught, often blowing up in their faces, as the Muslim travel ban shows.

Of course, Flynn's firing won't end the scandal. As Ms. Yates' role in this affair indicates, the incoming administration was warned about Flynn. Was Trump included in that warning? If so, he lied about not knowing anything about Flynn's problems. This becomes a classic "What did Trump know and when did he know it" scenario. No doubt his phone has been wrested away from him, so that he can do no more damage from 3am tweets. The fish rots from the head. An incompetent leader surrounds himself, perforce, with incompetents who can't outshine him. It's no way to run a business, and it's certainly no way to run an empire. If, as now seems likely, the incoming regime ignored the warnings, this is a direct threat to national security, which Republicans wail is their number one concern. What congressional Republicans now do will be illustrative, one way or the other.

It's taken twenty-five days for the regime to being unraveling. How much longer will it last?



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