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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The gang that couldn't shoot straight

Old dock, Salton Sea
People said he was just a clown. But I’ve learned that you should always pay attention to successful clowns.
Pat Caddell

There is an interesting article in the current issue of the New Yorker about Robert Mercer, one of the principal architects and financiers of the current Trump regime.

How Robert Mercer exploited America’s populist insurgency and was written by Jane Mayer.

The thing that hit me reading this last night was that it appears that the principal disruptors, Mercer and Bannon, really have their targets set on both the Democrats and the Republicans. They are trying to bring the whole system down, a new anarchist billionaire subset, an iteration that we have never dealt with before. Agitprop and backstabbing on an unbelievable level that hearkens back to prewar Stalin.
“Bob thinks the less government the better. He’s happy if people don’t trust the government. And if the President’s a bozo? He’s fine with that. He wants it to all fall down.”
The administration has borrowed a handy mantra from Silicon Valley, move fast and break things. I hope that the country can stand being the alembic plaything for this twisted group of sadistic sociopaths. Then let them go back to pulling the wings off bugs.
But honestly, judging from the ineptitude shown by these folks last week, perhaps there is little need to worry. It appears they can't even get out of their own way.

Even after their loonie leader Alex Jones apologized for and disavowed the whole Hillary Clinton satanic child molestation story that is Pizzagate, his fringe, in the words of Fleetwood Mac, just won't stop believing.

1 comment:

Jon Harwood said...

I have a foreboding feeling about this. The level of incompetence in the administration is striking and unprecedented and it might neutralize the White House but I fear it will not. Learning can occur even among the incompetent and while inept this crew is the sort that can and will cause a lot of damage (or change, if you are far right). My bigger fear is mishaps in foreign policy. After a string of domestic and international failures, the group and their leader Trump may intentionally or accidentally get into a serious incident.

Best case, a reincarnation of the Carter administration. This is even possible. Worst case, mushroom cloud(s), also quite possible.