There is no plan
Yesterday, I had a bit of an alarmist piece up, as I saw Donald Trump destroying all constitutional norms in an effort not to appear a "loser".
While I'm not renouncing it—the dangers are very real—last night proved, once again, that we're not dealing with bright people.
Trump's unpaid volunteer Rudy Giuliani, in a breathtaking bit of idiocy, revealed two bits of information.
One, Trump repaid Cohen the $130,000 he paid to Stormy Daniels.
Two, Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey precisely because Comey wouldn't publicly assure Trump that he wasn't a target of the FBI's Russia investigation.
Now, some are thinking this is some brilliant ruse. Par example:
I have nothing but respect for Melissa. She's astute and perspicacious. However, in this instance she's giving the Trump-Giuliani axis too much credit by half.
There's no way to spin that firing Comey was a direct result of the Russia investigation. And there's no way to spin the payment of $130,000 to Daniels, after calling her a liar for saying that the payment ever took place. This isn't some brilliant legal strategy. This is two old men with no impulse control now in full command of their destinies. Nothing—nothing—which has occurred in the past two years gives any indication that these gonefs are acting out of some sinister master plan. They merely lurch from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis and throw feces at the wall to see what will stick. The only plan is that there is no plan. Planning would require an assessment of consequences to actions, which from everything we've seen is a skill they don't possess.
So now Daniels has an airtight case for defamation, and Comey is vindicated. Tell me again how this helps Trump?
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