From Anthony Scaramucci’s Lips to God’s Ears

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Newsweek, ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI SAYS ‘SEDATED’ DONALD TRUMP IS LOSING CONFIDENCE: ‘HE’S GOT A LOSS OF PERSONALITY’

Scaramucci pointed to the past few weeks of the administration, which has included a report of potential corruption linked to Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in Scotland and his clash with NOAA over its Hurricane Dorian forecasts, among other controversies.

“I mean, maybe you’re saying that it can’t get any worse than this, but I predict that it will. It will get a lot worse. He almost looked sedated tonight,” Scaramucci said of Trump’s 2020 re-election rally in Fayetteville.

“I don’t know if you were watching the rally. I mean he looked sedated, he was using words that he typically doesn’t use, he was reading off the prompter. He’s got a loss of confidence going on and he’s got a loss of personality at the same time.”

The Shitstorm Du Jour

That would be the chaos surrounding the departure of John Bolton, which broke while I was having a very pleasant siesta.

Brief comment: we’re in a mell of a hess when we miss John Bolton as a voice of reason and sanity.

But hold that thought, and let us think some final thoughts about the shitstorm of last week: that would be the shitstorm about the shitstorm, to wit, Hurricane Dorian.

I am no fan of the Mooch, but he appears to be on to something. Think about this question: why did The Donald make such a big deal about his obvious meteorological error about the path of the storm?

Because “He Always Has to be Right”?

Maybe. But think about this. Trump thinks he’s an expert on deal making and on economic policy. But he has never claimed—even falsely claimed—any expertise in the science of weather forecasting.

And think about this. Plainly, he was—in his own mind—summarizing and passing on information that others had given him. When that information turned out to be incorrect, why not just claim that the people who gave him the information were wrong, but that he correctly reported the substance of what they had said?

Because He Wanted to Have a Little Joke on the Fake News People?

Yeah, right. At the expense of all his voters along the Redneck Riviera. I don’t think so.

Maybe if had been Baltimore he was talking about, it might make some kind of cruel, weird sense that he wanted to scare the folks in the inner city.

But not Mobile and Pensacola.

Because of Something Else?

I think so—and the Mooch lets us know what it was. Trump is slipping mentally, and he knows he is slipping mentally.

And so Trump badly needed to fool someone about the extent of the mental slippage.

And the person Trump badly needed to fool was Donald J. Trump.

It’s the best explanation that fits the known facts. And the only explanation that makes sense to me.

Two Repentant Sinners, Having an Epiphany

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Emma Green, Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump: The writer Ben Howe grew up in the world of conservative evangelicalism. When he looks at the religious right now, all he sees is a thirst for power and domination.

William D. Cohan, “OH MY GOD, THIS JACKASS”: THE MOOCH EXPLAINS WHY HE THINKS TRUMP IS “CRAZY,” “NARCISSISTIC,” AND A “PAPER TIGER” WHO WILL DROP OUT BY MARCH 2020

Howe is still an evangelical, but he thinks—and thinks very correctly—that Trump and his “evangelistic” enablers are given evangelical Christianity a very bad name.

Scaramucci still supports Trump’s plutocratic agenda, but has come to realize that worshipping a jackass is not the best long-term strategy to advance that agenda.

I do not respect Ben How or Anthony Scaramucci, and I do not plan to invite either to my next dinner party. Nor do I claim that Ben How or Anthony Scaramucci is representative of the worlds from whence they came—respectively, evangelical Christianity and plutocracy. I do not necessarily predict that their exit from the Trump Train presages a wider disembarkation among their respective brethren and sistern.

But I will say this. As it becomes clearer with every passing day that Trump is headed down the crapper in 2020, and that he is going to take a lot of R politicians with him, I would not be at all surprised to see a lot of former Trump enablers striking their paws to their foreheads in the sudden realization that they could have had a V8..

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