Thursday, June 22, 2017

Get me rewrite: CEO worth $51.7 billion demands, Let's get behind Trump

Speaking from where the air is rare and privileged.

Photo credit and net worth source:  Forbes

Quoted in Bloomberg says America should 'get behind' Trump because 'the public has spoken'  (ABC News, 6/21/2017)

As we've seen during the 1st 5 months of his presidency, Mike, Trump has offered us no indication that he knows what he's doing, that he has any hope of being even a mediocre president.  

You can just as easily turn that 'kids and grandkids' plea on its head.

Trump goes to Iowa, shovels big load of manure onto crowd

Quoted in Trump rides high into Iowa stop after Congressional wins.  (Des Moines Register, 6/21/2017)

About those bodily fluids:
Trump's energy, low and dirty, by Paul Krugman.  (The New York Times, 5/29/2017)
On the personal side, Trump reportedly disdains exercise of any kind except golf. He believes that raising a sweat depletes the finite reserves of precious bodily fluids, I mean energy, that a person is born with, and should therefore be avoided.

Not sure that riding high is in order here.

 The 4 House special elections so far this year have not been good news for the GOP.  Their margins of victory have shrunk considerably in mostly deep red districts.

Related reading:
But in terms of the implications for midterm elections in 2018, it’s much less clear that Republicans had a good night. For election forecasting purposes, the margins matter: that Ossoff and Parnell came fairly close to beating their opponents yields a different interpretation than if they’d been blown out. And South Carolina is an important data point, just as Georgia was, even if it received a fraction of as much media attention. The earlier special elections in Kansas’s 4th Congressional District and in Montana’s at-large district provide useful information about the political environment also.   [bold added]

The thinker: Chuck Grassley goes to bat for Mitch McConnell, secrecy, closed doors, no transparency

Quoted in Grassley says secrecy concerns are 'overblown' GOP's Obamacare reform bill.  (Des Moines Register, 6/21/2017)
But he said the general direction of the proposal has been repeatedly discussed at lunch meetings of Republican senators, many of whom have told the press about what they’ve heard.

Related reading:
20 GOP criticisms of Obamacare’s secrecy that now look eerily hypocritical.  (Washington Post, 6/20/2017)

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