The Fredo Corleone Memorial Presidency continues
Last night, the New York Times dropped a bombshell: Mafia boss Donald Trump, currently occupying the White House, overrode career staff and ordered that his feckless son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be given security clearance. This was so anathema that then-Chief of Staff John Kelly wrote a contemporaneous memo stating that he had been “ordered” to grant Kushner said clearance.
In any other administration, this alone would be cause for impeachment and removal. Kushner is the textbook case of a security threat—along with his father-in-law. But Grandpa Moron needs his family around him advising him, as he can’t trust anyone else. (He really shouldn’t trust his family, either, once DoJ prosecutors get them in their sights. They’ll flip on him like Denny’s flapjacks.) But in this regime, it’s just another in the litany of malfeasance and criminality.
What is truly amazing is that these people thought they could get away with it. Sure, with a supine Congress in the hands of their cowed party, they could at least escape oversight. But that was them betting that they’d retain the House and Senate—a risky basket in which to hold all your eggs. They thought they held all the cards, like the Nazis after the Enabling Act. They actually thought that they would ride out all their criminal buffoonery with no legal or political consequences. They must have believed their own lies about a “red wave”, and must have been nonplussed when in fact Democrats took over the House. Now all their crimes are coming out, and being brought to justice.
These are, again, not very smart people. If Putin’s goal was merely to upend the US political system and throw it into chaos, these were suitable vessels. But if it was to fundamentally remake the country, he misread both his tools and the nation. We’re not a nation which meekly obeys authority. We have a history of resistance and rebellion. He can cow Russians used to a millennium of subservience. Americans, as infuriating as they are, are made of sterner stuff. And the fact that these are, well, morons, isn’t helping Putin in his plans for world domination. If anything, his machinations are awakening a renewed patriotism in people who looked askance at the word, appropriated as it has been by the ravanchist Right.
Happy Friday, everyone. The fight continues.
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