One less cracker in the barrel

Scott Pruitt is going back to lifting twenties out of the collection plate at First Baptist in Broken Arrow, sneaking tips off nearby tables at Cracker Barrel, and surreptitiously peeing in Tulsa’s municipal pools.

As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Well shucks. It makes a man’s eyes damp, for sure.”

The Good Doktor was speaking of Nixon fluffer Pat Buchanan, who was whimpering publicly about the harsh treatment afforded The Boss as the hyenas of Watergate gnawed on his political carcass, and what Thompson had to say about that administration 44 years ago goes double for this one:

“By bringing in hundreds of thugs, fixers and fascists to run the Government, [Nixon] was able to crank almost every problem he touched into a mindbending crisis. About the only disaster he hasn’t brought down on us yet is a nuclear war with either Russia or China or both but he still has time, and the odds on his actually doing it are not all that long.

“This is the horror of American politics today — not that Richard Nixon and his fixers have been crippled, convicted, indicted, disgraced and even jailed — but that the only available alternatives are not much better; the same dim collection of burned‐out hacks who have been fouling our air with their gibberish for the last twenty years.

“How long, oh Lord, how long? And how much longer will we have to wait before some high‐powered shark with a fistful of answers will finally bring us face‐to‐face with the ugly question that is already so close to the surface in this country, that sooner or later even politicians will have to cope with it?

“Is the democracy worth all the risks and problems that necessarily go with it? Or, would we all be happier by admitting that the whole thing was a lark from the start and now that it hasn’t worked out, to hell with it.”

I’d let Pruitt run the siren all the way back to Oklahoma, if he didn’t mind that his personal vehicle was a splintery rail. Meanwhile, his replacement as EPA chief is a former coal lobbyist, because of course he is. Right again, Doc.

• Bonus Extra Credit Venom: Read HST’s obituary of Richard M. Nixon, who many of us thought — wrongly, as it turned out — was as bad as a president could get. 


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10 Responses to “One less cracker in the barrel”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Fluffer, eh? Giggle….

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Must have been the $43K Cone of Silence that cooked that pig.

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Dude needed to grow a few more hands to grab everything he coveted. If he’d been drinking Flint water, he might have gotten ’er done, too. Maybe even grown a prehensile tale, the cheeky little monkey.

  4. Randolph Says:

    The full HST piece is a bad trip down the memory hole. Accurate, but a bad trip. Goodl to revisit how sick it was, is, and can be.

    Followed HST with a reading of Bill Clinton’s RMN eulogy, SMH. But it explains so much about politicians.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Shit, that Revelations quote works even better today.

    “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”
    —Revelation 18:2

  6. gary burnette Says:

    …to paraphrase Nina Simone: “Washington, GODDAMN!”

  7. Dale Says:

    Well the guy who should have been denied his red stapler and placed in the bowels of the building is now the chief. I don’t see much change at EPA.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      You’re right Dale. Wheeler might be worse, especially if he is smarter than Pruitt, which isn’t a big reach. If he operates below the press radar, and just ruins the environment quietly and discreetly, it will get worse. Lobbyist and senate staffer, huh, The brat-in-charge is really draining the swamp.

  8. Carl Duellman Says:

    all my friends are not dead or in jail

  9. GeekonaBike (@GeekonaBike) Says:

    well said sir

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