Political Theatre category archive
Steven M. argues that, for the right-wing, truth is not a thing. A snippet:
After Watergate, Republicans conceded the guilt of Nixon and his associates. Modern Republicans will never acknowledge any wrongdoing on the part of Trump and his circle, and will never talk of the Russia investigation as anything other than an act of raw politics.
Follow the link to see the evidence he adduces for that statement.
The Des Moines Register’s Rekha Basu sees a trend. An excerpt:
His latest move, stripping the former CIA director of his security clearance, has garnered press attention and made John Brennan more defiant in speaking out against the president’s bully tactics in general, and his alleged collusion with Russia in specific. But to Trump’s vast network of supporters, it’s probably just more “fake news” designed to undermine a strong man.
Or is that a strongman?
Since taking the oath of office last year, Trump has repeatedly emulated the tactics of totalitarian leaders he seems to admire, including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. He demonizes the free press as the enemy of the people and fake news purveyors, while waging disinformation campaigns against his perceived enemies.
I fear that she is quite correct.
Remember, experiments fail, even noble ones.
Mike considers the recently revealed remarks by Dennis Nunes regarding protecting Donald Trump. His remarks about Republicans who are retiring at about the five minute mark are spot on. (Warning: language).
David A. Walsh analyzes the right-wing narrative and its narrators. A snippet:
The modern Republican Party may be particularly apt to push conspiracy theories to rationalize its complicity with a staggeringly corrupt administration, but this is an extension of, not a break from, a much longer history. Since its very beginning, in the 1950s, members of the modern conservative movement have justified bad behavior by convincing themselves that the other side is worse.
Jay Bookman, at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, expands on the theme. An excerpt:
First, everything that Omarosa is, Trump is, and nobody knows that better than Trump himself. That’s in part why he has always been so fascinated by her and admiring of her. Even now, I suspect, some part of Trump grudgingly respects the publicity coup that she’s pulling off, even at his expense.
Second, and more important: Every single thing that you can say about the idiocy of Trump’s decision to hire Omarosa as a senior White House adviser — the terrible judgment it reflects, the lack of seriousness, the utter shamelessness of putting a reality-TV personality at the heart of American government — is also true of the decision by the American people to put Trump in the Oval Office.
My Congress critter is affronted that local media had the unmitigated gall to talk about real stuff that actually happened, so he’s taking his football and going home.
I can’t say I’m a Sasha Baron Cohen fan. I may have seen one of his clips back in the Borat days, and I don’t subscribe to any “premium” television channels. Indeed, I think “premium television” is ipso facto an oxymoron.
Nevertheless, I’m somewhat awed by the deep vein of white-wing stupid he has managed to tap into.
Field draws on his personal experience to try to understand why Omarosa (and, he suspects, many others may be making dodgy, if not outright illegal recordings of events in the Trump White House. A snippet:
3. Ass Covering in an environment where illegal things are happening
Follow the link for the remainder of his analysis.
See Shaun Mullen suggests that Trump’s-Putin bromance isn’t working out as expected, for either party.