Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ross Douthat, New York Times: Here is a good rule of thumb for dealing with Donald Trump: Everyone who gives him the benefit of the doubt eventually regrets it. This was true of clients and contractors and creditors throughout his business career. It was true of the sycophants and opportunists before whom he dangled cabinet appointments during the campaign and then, oh, never mind. It has been true of his cabinet members and spokesmen, whose attempts to defend and explain their boss's conduct are gleefully undercut by the boss himself. And it should be true -- for the sake of their souls, I sincerely hope it's true -- of the Republican leaders whose reputations for probity and principle he has stomped all over since winning their party's nomination. And now it's true of me.

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The mix of inexperience, incaution and conspiratorial glee on display in the [Donald Trump Jr.] emails suggests that people in Trump's immediate family -- not just satellites like Roger Stone -- would have been delighted to collude if the opportunity presented itself. Indeed, if the Russians didn't approach the Trump circle about how to handle the D.N.C. email trove, it was probably because they recognized that anyone this naïve, giddy and Burn After Reading-level stupid would make a rather poor espionage partner. ...

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Excellent writing and even admits he was wrong six weeks ago. Not many pundits ever really admit they were wrong. Hate to say it though but I got it right from the beginning, we have a President totally compromised because of his dealings with Russians, they own his ass and he is beholding to them. Manchurian candidate? Looking more and more like one.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-12 09:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Not many pundits ever really admit they were wrong.

#1 | Posted by danni at

He was trying to be fair at the time. Let's reflect on all the many occasions Donald Trump and his family have exploited and abused the fairness of others.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-07-12 10:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Speaking of dunces, Betsy Devos is slated to meet with accused rapists who feel they've been wronged by Department of Education standards. These are the "red pill" MRA groups that feel that much domestic abuse is caused by "women who are asking for it". Lovely. But quite on par from what we've come to expect from the right and this administration.

www.thedailybeast.com

#3 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2017-07-12 10:36 AM | Reply

From the article:

"Friedman added that asking these groups how the DoE should best address campus rape is "like asking Russia to collaborate with us on ensuring election integrity."

Which is exactly what Trump suggested after his meeting with Putin.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-12 11:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

One of my favorite movies, unfortunately we are almost to "idiocracy" as I type.

Who do you think would win in a Monday Night Rehabilitation event between President Comacho and the current president Tiny Hands????

#5 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-07-12 03:00 PM | Reply

Trump takes the cake when it comes to stupid. But no war by our stupid Deep State has done anyone any good except for US war profiteers. While the USA continues to make war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, China is making investments and plans.

Qin Yong, deputy chairman of the China-Arab Exchange Association, announced that Beijing plans to invest $2 billion in an industrial park in Syria for 150 Chinese companies.

Before the tragic Syrian proxy war, Syrian merchants were already incredibly active in the small-goods Silk Road between Yiwu and the Levant. The Chinese don't forget that Syria controlled overland access to both Europe and Africa in ancient Silk Road times when, after the desert crossing via Palmyra, goods reached the Mediterranean on their way to Rome. After the demise of Palmyra, a secondary road followed the Euphrates upstream and then through Aleppo and Antioch.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-07-14 07:31 AM | Reply

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