“He May Not Have Early-Stage Dementia, But He Definitely Has Early-Stage Fascism”



And now, for Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

Clair Landsbaum, “He’s Unraveling”: Scaramucci Predicts the Trump Endgame:

“In the next three to six weeks, there will be more damning information related to the president” released, Scaramucci predicted. “He’s aware of it. I believe that [Mitch] McConnell will eventually go to him and say, ‘Hey, man. You’ve gotta take one for the team…you’ve gotta go back.’ He’ll probably end up back at Mar-a-Lago or something.” Though he says he hasn’t had a personal conversation with McConnell, who “plays his cards very close to the vest,” Scaramucci said he has “talked to a legion of people” who see the tables beginning to turn. “For someone like McConnell,” he acknowledges, “it’s going to take a little more lawless activity exposure.” But, he predicted, the evidence of more high crimes and misdemeanors will be forthcoming: “We’ll eventually uncover that something happened between him and the president of Turkey to have him disavow the Kurds the way he did. I believe there’s a personal transaction embedded there as well.”

The Self-Esteem of a Small Pigeon

Ms. Landsbaum continues,

Through all of it, Scaramucci predicts Trump will fight to hold on to power. Discussing the time the president tweeted at his wife, Scaramucci says, “That’s the president’s move. Calling me an unstable nutjob wasn’t enough; he had to go after” a private citizen. “He may not have early-stage dementia, but he definitely has early-stage fascism…. That’s a message to those people in the House, that’s a message to those people on Fox, ‘Don’t say anything. I’m a full-blown demagogue. You’ve got to be 13 for 10 for me…and if you’re not 13 for 10 for me, I’m going to blast you.’” (This is born of the fact, he says, that Trump has “the self-esteem of a small pigeon.”)

And Now, Best Wishes to All, and to All a Good Night

Take the Road to Damascus, Then Take the Off Ramp at Exit 27A, Right After the Popeyes Billboard

Damascus Road

Alex Pareene, Joe Walsh Is Running for “Morning Joe”: The former congressman wants to jump from conservative firebrand to respectable cable news presence. There’s a model for exactly how to do it.

Alex Pareene is not buying the Road to Damascus act. Nor does he care for Joe Scarborough. As for me, I am deeply skeptical of people who claim to have an infallible means to distinguish between conversion and hypocrisy.

And as for Morning Joe, the conversation is often stimulating. And I think Mika has done him a lot of good.

Rick Wilson, Anthony Scaramucci is how you got Trump: Sorry, Mooch. It’s a bit late to cry woke.

Peter Nichols, Anthony Scaramucci Wants You to Believe Him This Time: The newest member of the anti-Trump crowd is promising to mobilize against the president: “I may have sucked as a communications director, but I’m a pretty organized entrepreneur.”

The Mooch would like you to know this:

You can accuse me of being wrong, and misguided, and equivocating on the president’s behalf, and trying to rationalize that there were good policies, and so I would take the good with the bad. But I’m remorseful and contrite and regretful about all that. Now what I’m suggesting to people is, if you want to lambaste me for it, go ahead. But I’m encouraging people who want to defeat Trump not to do that to others. We have to create an off-ramp for people who made those same very bad decisions that I made, but also had the courage to admit they were wrong, and to come out in force against this man.

Well, If All the Hypocrites Jump Ship, That’s a Lot Fewer  Passengers on S.S. Trump

Hypocrites they may be. If so, let them be hypocrites. We need a lot of folks to climb down off the Trump Train. And if all the hypocrites are the first to jump, then the Trump Train will be shy of a whole shit load of former riders.