‘Cabal, intrigue and corruption’

He's not president yet.

He’s not president yet.

Charles P. Pierce engages an Airbnb in The Neighborhood of Make-Believe from which he discusses one way in which we might yet be spared the dubious gold-plated presidency of Donald of Orange.

It’s not entirely unbelievable. While Der Trumpenführer may have powerful friends in Russia (Делайте Америку великой ещё раз!), he has made more than a few comparably powerful enemies right here at home. And given that the the swamp has its own long-established and deeply held notions about governance and personal enrichment, it would not astonish me to see the Electoral College hand the whole sordid mess over to the Congress and say: “Here, you deal with it. We’re off to the pub for a stiff drink or six.”

The House would then pick a president and the Senate a vice president, and then the fun would really begin.

Charlie cites Federalist 68, which says, among other things, that the Electoral College was intended to avoid just the sort of mess in which the Republic finds itself.

Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one querter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?

Brother Pierce continues: “We are a month away from inaugurating a manifestly unqualified and ethically unfit man as president of the United States, a man who has lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes, who already is reneging on almost every promise he made while campaigning, who steadfastly refuses to be transparent about who holds the note on his finances and who is on his way to raising conflicts of interest to stratospheric levels, and who now may very well be the willing bobo for a foreign dictator.”

He also says that the matter “is the most stark challenge to a free people that has arisen in my lifetime,” and I agree. Whether we’re up to meeting it is another matter altogether.

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28 Responses to “‘Cabal, intrigue and corruption’”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    I said “Geez, I hate this guy and all that he stands for, but I think we need to see what he does once he takes office before we start complaining and protesting.” But just what he’s done since being declared President-elect is enough to convince me we’re in deep, deep doodoo. Forget the “Do we really want to be like the Rethuglicans and their rabid opposition to everything and anything Obama wanted to do?” idea, because this guy is hell-bent on bringing back the Gilded Age and it’ll happen, if we let it. The opposition has to start with these cabinet appointments right out of “The Onion”.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, I kinda like it better when the folks running the show at least pretend that they give a shit what we think.

      I don’t think our institutions have the stones to stand up here, and a strong plurality of our fellow Americans already think the Republic is the political equivalent of a self-driving Uber, so we’re probably in for a very interesting trip.

      If I were a gambling man, I’d bet on the GOP using Donald of Orange as a distraction from their ongoing mission of stripping the federal government for parts they can sell to the highest bidder.

      “Look at the silly man, kids! Say, buddy, innarested in a slightly used Department of Education? No? How’bout an intelligence agency? No? Yeah, The Boss doesn’t need none of that neither. Say, here’s something you might like: Department of Transportation. Your own personal road to riches. Whaddaya say?”

  2. Carl Duellman Says:

    i heard obama say recently that the government is like a big old battleship, once it’s going it’s hard to make it change directions. recently we observed the anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor and if i recall, a couple of well placed torpedoes did quite a bit of damage.

  3. Sharon Says:

    And new Social Security bill has already been filled to help all those who voted for Trump (and everyone else). I was born in 1960 so have already been screwed to 67. It’s a complicated mess of 15 rule changes. I don’t think I my age group go up to 69, but the way I read it all other changes will apply to my age group. Glad all of this came up during the election so we would be well informed of intentions. Funny how that timing works.

  4. larry brown Says:

    Just read charles piece, excellent, Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well, we know that he owes Deutsche Bank $200 million on the Trump Old Post Office hotel just down the street from his new digs, if he ever moves in. And we know how well that hotel is doing; it’s not very well unless you think having discounted vacancies when every other hotel in town is booked up is good business. Deutsche Bank is not doing very well either. Lost $6.7 billion in 21015, and is looking at a $7 billion dollar loss, including fines for churning shitty mortgage backed securities. Seems them and Trump were made for each other.

    Anyway, my friends and family know that my predictions are almost always worthless. But, for what it is worth, here I go again.
    Trump is not capable of doing the job of President. That’s an easy one. I think he will either quit, be impeached, or die from the stress in office. What do you folks think about that? Maybe the Electoral College will save his life.

    Now I have a truck to wax. Wax on, wax off will chase my political blues away, if only for an hour or two. Thank you Mr. Morita.

  6. David Rees Says:

    There might be a very good reason he hasn’t, or won’t, sell his assets off before he takes office, and that reason is he can’t. He simply owes too much to too many. Someone likened it to a shark: if it stops swimming, moving forward, it dies. He’s got so many deals going, and in the works, that it’s impossible to just stop, sell it all off, and deal with being Prez. I think that there’s an excellent possibility that his whole “I’m a billionaire, just ask me” MO is just another huge scam and lie. He’s in hock up to his ass with no way out except to keep shoveling the bs. to whoever will buy it.

    I’d love to think of this clown being taken down by his own circumstances as a dream come true, but the thought of a president Pence and vice president Ryan will just keep me up nights too. In either case I’m afraid, we’re completely fucked.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’m afeared we’re into the first few pages of some “Onion”-scripted take on the apocalypse — say, “The Planet of the Really Dumb Apes” — and that next time around the monkeys will holler, “We didn’t break it enough!” And then hand the whole shebang over to Alex Jones and Tami Lahren.

  7. Herb Clevenger Says:

    As Walter said in The Big Lebowski ” nothing’s fucked here Dude-you’re being very un-dude like.”
    I was concerned that Adolph Trump would surround himself with just enough moderates to glide on into office and then unleash his tweets on the world. But luckily for us liberal wing nuts (as we are so often lovingly called) Adolph has assembled an all star cast of miscreants. They are sure to squabble, back bite, argue and pout and bull right in the face of the idiot electorate. For example Betsy DeVos has never been bossed around in her white little life and is one rich, spoiled woman used to getting her way. She is going to absolutely hate having a real job where people not only talk back but will sue you for malfeasance. Look for the Trump administration to go through members like crap through a goose.
    Remember that Adolph and his minions can and will reverse some progressive laws and policies but Americans might pull their heads out of their asses and put replacements in office next time that will undo the greedy grubbing of Adolph and Company. That’s if we aren’t all blown to bits in some trifling war he starts because someone in the third world looked at him cross-eyed.

  8. Hurben Says:

    Fuck it People, you could not make this shit up

    Why in God’s name is this happening?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Well, Hurben, fact of the matter is many of the U.S. electorate is too busy to vote and don’t give a shit about the country. And many of those that do vote based on a single issue or party. I will bet dollars to donuts if the NRA would have endorsed Clinton, she would have won. The primary turnout in 2016 was a whopping 28.5 percent, approximately. The regular election had a turnout of just under 60% or voter eligible citizens. No significant voter fraud occurred. Clinton won the popular vote by over 2.5 million. Those who didn’t vote, or voted single issue/party get what they deserve, and the rest of us suffer.

  9. larry brown Says:

    Somebody told me to to hell once, I guess I did and guess who the devil is

  10. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Now, with Patrick’s indulgence, is some good political news. Our fair city is going to submit a second application or the League of American Bicyclists “Bicycle Friendly City” designation. This city code change is in response to the recommendations from the first submission.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Nice, Pat. D’je know that Albuquerque is merely a Bronze while Bibleburg is a Silver? Surprised me. I’ve cycled extensively in both places and would give a slight edge to the Duke City.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        I wonder who hands out these designations? Tucson AZ is/was called “Bicycle Friendly” but it certainly wasn’t back when I visited Maynard Hershon when he was living there. He didn’t think much of it either, escaping a few years later.

  11. Mike Frye Says:

    Well I guess there’s still time, Our fearless leader now has the ability of prosecution, trial, and execution of American citizens. So I would assume it still within his realm to kill Trump just like he has for hundreds already, what you think guys, s it a good idea? Since under certain rules of government anything is justifiable why not this?

    And you guys would probably be dancing in the streets right? And then you’d start looking around and well maybe we need to find somebody else. Once you start sliding in that direction even the thin veil of democracy goes away.

    I’ve noted the number of people hopping ship and remaining permanently in Cuba is relatively low. But I’ve been told that it’s a beautiful place. And the weather out here just sucks. What you guys think?

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Mike- Mr. Trump, among his many campaign promises said it would happen very, very fast in regards to “Making American Great Again.” so why not get back to us, perhaps after the mid-term elections in 2018 for a report on just how great America has (again) become since he took over? We can also survey some Latinos, Muslims, women, etc. at the same time, OK?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Drone stikes on individual, execution by presidential decree, are a bad thing, period. Makes more enemies, not less.
      But, please don’t tell me what I would do, or put me in one of your little boxes.

      • Mike Frye Says:

        I apologize ” for putting you in a little box” and I deeply despise both candidates. Hillary Clinton started out being corrupt from way back. Fortunately for the American people she was a horrible campaigner. Hillary Clinton would be on the way to the presidency right now if she could have gotten the vote from her home state, Illinois where she was born. Trump won that state which was normally a Democratic .

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        No worries Mike. I was reacting from frustration with the whole thing. You’re right about the choice we had. The quality of the presidential candidates was not a partisan issue in my mind. It was really no choice at all; we had to pick one who would do the least damage. And Clinton’s hawkish tendencies really bothered me. For example, I think she would have continued the drone strikes. But then Trump said he would handle ISIS by “bombing the shit out of them.” That didn’t work in Vietnam, but he wouldn’t know about that. Maybe if he would have experienced a B-52 strike from 4 kilometers, he wouldn’t be so flip about bombing.

  12. khal spencer Says:

    I wish the Electoral College had such balls.

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