The wheels on the bus are coming off, coming off, coming off

The wheels on the bus are coming off, coming off, coming off

Donald Trump was more than a little manic yesterday, between taking credit for there being no commercial aviation fatalities in 2017 to threatening North Korea's Kim Jung-un with his little button. Usually when this is the case, we know he's gotten wind of something damaging coming out.

Of course, we were right.

First, the founders of Fusion GPS penned an op-ed in the New York Times that their famous dossier on Trump was the corroboration, not the source, of the FBI investigation. Not only that, but the FBI was getting information from within the Trump campaign. The dossier merely dotted i's and crossed t's.

Then this morning, the Guardian newspaper previewed an explosive book by Michael Wolff. In the piece, former Trump consigliere Steve Bannon calls the meeting between the Trump campaign and agents of Vladimir Putin "treasonous".

“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Bannon unleashes on the Trump regime, almost laughing at Trump's insistence that he's safe from Robert Mueller's investigation.

“You realise where this is going,” he is quoted as saying. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

In Trump, Bannon saw a vessel he could use to upend the American experiment and remake the country into his own dark image. But it seems he soon realized that Trump was for Trump only, and wasn't interested in some grand Leninist, "smash the system" scheme. Many of the quotes attributed to him came from the time he was still serving in the White House. As anyone who has dealt with Trump eventually finds out, placing any faith in him is a sucker's bet. I always said that when Bannon tweeted out "war" after returning to Breitbart, eventually that war would be turned against Trump. In this book we see the first glimmers of that.

Let me be clear: I'm giving Bannon no kudos. He's still an evil sack of shit. But his apparent defection is illustrative of a larger point. This regime, though dangerous, is not a cabal of evil geniuses. It's a regime of morons who squeaked into office at the confluence of a perfect storm. Of course your son, son-in-law, and campaign manager shouldn't take a meeting with agents of a foreign power. That none of them saw anything wrong in this speaks to the idiocy. And now that the wheels are coming off, rats are scurrying.

We're going to win this war. The question will be how much of a reconstruction we will require.



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