Okay, I started this at midnight, then got the night terrors, and waited until (almost) daylight to finish…
1. Who didn’t see this coming? Yesterday, Donald Trump unloaded with both metaphorical barrels on Mich McConnell as no President, former or otherwise, has ever attacked his party’s Senate leader before. McConnell asked for it, got it, and deserved it. His post impeachment trial acquittal was a foolish attempt to turn the President’s vindication into a defeat, and a pretty transparent example of the “now that the guy who was never one of us is out of power, we can strike at him with impunity” syndrome. Is McConnell really that deluded and incompetent? He must be. He apparently doesn’t understand the cognitive dissonance scale. Amazing. See, Mitch, nobody really likes you. You have the charisma of a scrub brush. As controversial as Trump is, he’s so much higher than you on the scale…
… that attacking him just drags you lower still. Don’t you get that? Now Trump has double the effect. Some prime excerpts:
- “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political “leaders” like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm. McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse.”
- “And in “Mitch’s Senate,” over the last two election cycles, I single-handedly saved at least 12 Senate seats, more than eight in the 2020 cycle alone…”
- “Likewise, McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family’s substantial Chinese business holdings. He does nothing on this tremendous economic and military threat.”
- “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country.”
Conservative pundits I have read are criticizing Trump for his unrestrained and personal rhetoric, but that’s Trump (See: The Julie Principle), and McConnell had to know this kind of response is what he was courting. When I first heard the Senate Minority Leader’s remarks, my first thought was, “What an ungrateful bastard!” Trump saved the GOP from a catastrophe in 2016, and McConnell particularly, whose unethical refusal to confirm Merrick Garland looked like a bad gamble as President Hillary Clinton was sure to appoint a more radical leftist for the Supreme Court vacancy. McConnell’s GOP establishment was counting on Jeb Bush to retake the White House, a hope Bush quickly proved was futile by proving himself to be a limp noodle candidate. The rest of the field were obvious losers. Trump captured the White House, and helped Mitch keep the Senate.
McConnell is just as bad as Trump’s statement makes him out to be. The Republican party and the nation needs to be rid of him, and if Trump’s unrestrained shot at the politician derisively called “the Turtle” advances that goal, it is all for the best.
2. When the history of the pandemic is written…if it is written honestly, which is a huge if…the Center for Disease Control and Dr. Fauci will be among the villains. The latest in a long line of botches and deliberate misconduct: the CDC admitted during a press conference that its new school guidelines were in part based on input from teachers and “stakeholders.” This illuminates how CDC officials say schools should reopen and the next week they reverse themselves.
The hardly surprising but still unethical revelation was flagged by Open Fairfax County Public Schools just down the road from me in Virginia when it examined the transcript….
This “input” is called interest group lobbying, and it is not the CDC’s job to be lobbied. Its job is to provide the scientific evidence and analysis regarding the Wuhan virus —not that it has done this very well since last February, when Dr. Fauci was telling us we had nothing to worry about and not to wear masks—and it is the job of elected policy makers to weigh those supposedly objective recommendations with other considerations, including the views of various groups.
Public health experts at Harvard University and Boston University blasted the guidelines in The Washington Post, not that public health experts have covered themselves with glory either. For example, the report “emphasizes hand-washing”—what, no “don’t touch your face”?— despite the fact that there isn’t “a single documented case” of Wuhan virus transmission through surfaces.” “Shared air is the problem, not shared surfaces,” they write. Hey, it was all President Trump’s fault anyway! [Pointer and Facts: Legal Insurrection]
3. And even more pandemic news from “the Great Stupid.”At the beginning of February, Wired and other sources noted that “as potentially more dangerous variants of Covid-19 spread, scientists are taking a crack at giving them clearer names that’ll help in the fight.” Useful names, that’s the ticket! Informative! Seven mutations of the virus have appeared, but, I learned from Robin Meade on HLN, naming them after the states in which they were firsidentified was right out—stigmatizing, you know. Might hurt someone’s feelings.
Ugh! Is everyone a child? How did that really, really stupid and juvenile excuse for not using the locale of new virus to identify it ever get a strangle-hold on the nation’s cerebrum? It is particularly counterproductive when the name game aids and abets a rogue nation (Psst! It’s China! Don’t tell!) as it tries to cover-up its culpability in letting a deadly virus-genie out of its bottle. Thus I was encouraged by the report that the new strains would have informative, useful names.
So, Robin cheerily reported (actually Robin cheerily reports everything), scientists decided to name the new strains after birds, like…”Robin.” The new names are Robin 1, Robin 2, Pelican, Yellowhammer, Bluebird, Quail, and Mockingbird. “The birds won’t get offended,” Robin 3 explained, “because they won’t know.”
I’m not making this up.
But hey, at least those names are useful. It’s a shame they will probably cause many people to confuse them with the avian, or bird flu, but the most important thing is not to offend anyone.
4. As if more was needed, here’s yet another example of how the news media makes the public stupid, well, even more stupid: An article Reuters has the gall to headline as an “Explainer” states that “Trump’s acts as president are ‘fair game’ for criminal charges.” No, Trump’s acts as President are immune from prosecution, just as the acts of all federal officials in pursuit of their duties are immune. If you read the deceptively headlined article, you find one law professor, the immortal Brian Kalt at Michigan State University, telling the news service that “it is generally accepted that ex-Presidents can be prosecuted for crimes committed in office.”
This, of course, is intended to build on legal scholar Mitch McConnell’s statement when he was making his ill-considered swipe at Trump that “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office as an ordinary citizen,” which is 100% false. Anything he did as President is immune from prosecution (or law suits) unless it is a crime, and the Trump Deranged’s delusions notwithstanding, even the corrupt House managers in the impeachment trial seemed to concede that it would be impossible to prove Trump guilty of “incitement” under the strict legal definition of that crime for “ordinary citizens.”
5. Head Explosion Warning! Apparently a principal of East Side Community School in New York sent white parents a “tool for action,” which instructs them to become “white traitors” so they can advocate for full “white abolition.” Nothing racist about that! We don’t have the principal’s name (why, I don’t know) but we do know who he voted for in the election, don’t we?
Here are helpful charts:
These white identities were created by Barnor Hesse, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology at Northwestern University. You know my conclusion: hiring even one “scholar” like Hesse is signature significance for an untrustworthy and irresponsible university. That’s the easy part: the tough part is finding a trustworthy and responsible one.
On Medium, a Writer of Color whom I genuinely can’t tell whether she is serious and a racist or writing tongue in cheek badly says,
If you missed the paragraph at the top of the list, then you overlooked the entire reason why he created this list. Professor Hesse created this for black and brown people to use as a resource to categorize those people who claim to be our allies.So if you ranked yourself, you failed miserably. White people have no business ranking their own allyship. What ever title you get is given to you by the marginalized group you claim to be supporting. If you ranked yourself as anything other than a plain-old white supremacist, you also failed. It should be obvious to you that any self-assigned ranking means you are giving yourself accolades for climbing the mythical ladder of white supremacy.
How’s your head?