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Sunday, January 07, 2018

James Fallows: The scandal of Michael Wolff's new book isn't its salacious details -- it's that everyone in Washington has known its key themes, and refused to act. Who is also in on this open secret? Virtually everyone in a position to do something about it, which at the moment means members of the Republican majority in Congress. They know what is wrong with Donald Trump. They know why it's dangerous. They understand -- or most of them do -- the damage he can do to a system of governance that relies to a surprising degree on norms rather than rules, and whose vulnerability has been newly exposed. They know -- or should -- about the ways Trump's vanity and avarice are harming American interests relative to competitors like Russia and China, and partners and allies in North America, Europe, and the Pacific.

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They know. They could do something: hearings, investigations, demands for financial or health documents, subpoenas. Even the tool they used against the 42nd president, for failings one percent as grave as those of the 45th: impeachment.

They know. They could act. And they don't. The failure of responsibility starts with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, but it doesn't end with them. Every member of a bloc-voting majority shares responsibility for not acting on their version of the open secret. "Independent" Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski share it. "Thoughtful" ones, like Ben Sasse and Jeff Flake. Those (in addition to Flake) who have nothing to lose electorally, from Bob Corker to Orrin Hatch. When they vote as a majority against strong investigations, against subpoenas, against requirements for financial disclosure, and most of all against protecting Robert Mueller and his investigation, they share complicity in the open secret.

We are watching the political equivalent of the Weinstein board paying off the objects of his abuse. We are watching Fox pay out its tens of millions to O'Reilly's victims. But we're watching it in real time, with the secret shared worldwide, and the stakes immeasurably higher.

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everyone in Washington has known its key themes, and refused to act.

As I said a few days ago... what a certain lady with a low IQ and zero experience disagreed with ... the legal and political worlds are populated with brown-nosers. Is what I said.

And now this. hahahahahahaha

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-01-06 05:55 AM | Reply

responsibility starts with Mitch McConnell

Like being a turtle wasn't bad enough.... now you expect him to be a responsible turtle?

and Paul Ryan

It's possible that Dotard is.. in fact.. a dotard. He is just an angry puppet and useful idiot. Pence is the REAL president. He is the one running the religious right agenda.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-01-06 06:00 AM | Reply

I've been screaming exactly what James Fallows says in that article since before the election. The Republicans are all are guilty of putting their personal ambitions before their duties. They will wait until disaster occurs and then pretend it is a surprise they couldn't see coming. They aren't that stupid but they are that unprincipled.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-06 11:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Trump is troubling but because he's not an ideologue he's not proven to be particularly dangerous. At least not so far. Obama was FAR more authoritarian than Trump has been in his first year. Granted, authoritarianism is not the only thing about Trump that makes him potentially dangerous.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-07 10:27 PM | Reply

Trump is troubling but because he's not an ideologue he's not proven to be particularly dangerous. At least not so far. Obama was FAR more authoritarian than Trump has been in his first year. Granted, authoritarianism is not the only thing about Trump that makes him potentially dangerous.

#4 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Wrong on so many levels. Your love of the Republican/Nazi party shows thru your posts.

#5 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-01-08 12:02 AM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON

Your trolling is lame, boring and unimaginative.

Pathetic.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-08 12:06 AM | Reply

Trump is troubling but because he's not an ideologue he's not proven to be particularly dangerous. At least not so far. Obama was FAR more authoritarian than Trump has been in his first year. Granted, authoritarianism is not the only thing about Trump that makes him potentially dangerous.
#4 | Posted by JeffJ

The Deflecticon is back!

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-08 12:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'm most disappointed in the apparent lack of effort, Monson.

Are you drunk? I'm sipping a dram of 15-year Glenfiddich. I'm not partial to Glenfiddich, but this iteration is pretty nice.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-08 12:10 AM | Reply

The Deflecticon is back!

#7 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS

This site needs some lame deflections every now and again.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-08 12:11 AM | Reply

Glenfiddich is good. I used to get it aboard a ship that brings me in a case every now and then across the Neutral Zone.

#10 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-08 12:22 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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1/8th ounce of Glenfiddich?

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-08 12:22 AM | Reply

I am always surprised that Glenfiddich and Balvenie are under the same ownership. This 15-year is narrowing the gap but I'd still sip a 12-year Balvenie Double Wood any day over this 15-year Glenfiddich.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-08 12:31 AM | Reply

Dude, if you are looking for something excellent to sip on may I suggest an 18 year old Mamelon. Delicious!

#13 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-08 12:35 AM | Reply

"Trump is troubling but because he's not an ideologue he's not proven to be particularly dangerous."

Really, only ideologues can be dangerous?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-08 12:36 AM | Reply

Trump is more along the lines of a whackalogue

#15 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-08 12:37 AM | Reply

Golf my friend, golf everyday , don't worry

#16 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-01-08 12:44 AM | Reply

In the other thread a bunch of right-wingers proudly recall how they voted for some Third Party candidate with no chance of winning.

In other words, the headline is pretty accurate.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-08 12:47 AM | Reply

Mamelon?

Not familiar with it.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-08 12:50 AM | Reply

Same company that puts out the Capezzolo brand. Get yourself a double!

#19 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-08 12:58 AM | Reply

"Never Trump"
JeffJ

"Trump is ... not proven to be particularly dangerous."
Also JeffJ

The funny part, is, he believed it so much, he even managed to convince himself he was a Never Trump guy.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-08 12:58 AM | Reply

jeff their foreign brands, maybe they have an English translation, try google translate

#21 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-08 01:01 AM | Reply

The funny part, is, he believed it so much, he even managed to convince himself he was a Never Trump guy.

#20 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

By the tine Michigan rolled around I voted for the only person in the primary (Cruz) who could beat Trump even though I preferred Rubio and Kasich over Cruz and I voted 3rd Party in the general because Hillary was, and is, a colossal POS, like Trump.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-08 01:04 AM | Reply

" a colossal POS, like Trump."

A POS who you say has since proven to be harmless, and whose nearly every policy you support...

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-08 01:05 AM | Reply

Thread: "Republicans Know Trump is Dangerous and Do Nothing"
JeffJ: "and I voted 3rd Party in the general "

Difference is: JeffJ doesn't think Trump is dangerous any more!

It took JeffJ like six months to learn to love Big Brother, and he doesn't even realize that's what happened to him.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-08 01:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

A POS who you say has since proven to be harmless, and whose nearly every policy you support...
#23 | Posted by snoofy

... but Obama....

#25 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-08 01:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

A POS who you say has since proven to be harmless, and whose nearly every policy you support...

#23 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

He doesn't seem to have the attention-span nor the ideological commitment to be dangerous. He's an attention-whore who craves adoration. He has lowered the stature of the office he holds via his Twtitter wars and other self-inflicted nonsense. Horrible. From my perspective, at least some of this awefulness has been mitigated by a conservative agenda that I never thought was possible with a Republican in the White House.

#26 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-08 01:13 AM | Reply

My objections to Trump are personal. He's vile. From a policy standpoint he's been a shocking surprise. In a very good way.

#27 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-08 01:14 AM | Reply

Trump's policies will fail to deliver their promises. Republicans know this but don't care. You don't have to do anything but compare California and Kansas to prove this.

#28 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-08 07:51 AM | Reply

If the cops won't arrest you, then murder is not illegal.

#29 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-01-08 09:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

With Trump the republicans got exactly what they wished for. An empty box with enough working digits to sign the legislation they put in front of him.

www.dailykos.com

#30 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-01-08 09:49 AM | Reply

Seems Republicans have a lot of support in doing nothing. 126 Democrats voted to defeat the impeachment resolution. Those Democrats included Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), Reps. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee; Frank Pallone Jr.(N.J.), who leads Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee; and Robert Brady (Pa.), who serves as ranking member of the House Administration Committee, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.)...
Don't want to overdo the character limit of the post.
Nice job calling out one party in the headline for the actions of both parties.

#31 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-08 01:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Seems Republicans have a lot of support in doing nothing." - #31 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-08 01:09 PM

Every single Democrat in the House could have voted in favor of the impeachment resolution and it wouldn't have made a bit of difference.

Not-so-nice job of trying to excuse the House majority of abrogating their responsibilities, Avigdore.

#32 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-08 01:17 PM | Reply

#12 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2018-01-08 12:31 AM | FLAG: Hear, HEAR for the DoubleWood!

#33 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-01-08 01:37 PM | Reply

Every single Democrat in the House could have voted in favor of the impeachment resolution and it wouldn't have made a bit of difference. - #32 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-08 01:17 PM
Could have? Sure. More Republicans could have voted to pass the resolution that Democrats did, and it still wouldn't have made a difference. What is the point of playing 'what if'? Let's stick with the facts. A majority of Republican and Democrats both voted against passing on an impeachment resolution against the 'dangerous' President. Both sides voted against it, but only 1 side is being called out for it. It's a very clear example of a biased media. Anyone with a shred of integrity should be willing to call out political bias in the media (or even just the headlines here).

Not-so-nice job of trying to excuse the House majority of abrogating their responsibilities, Avigdore. - #32 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-08 01:17 PM
Why don't you go ahead and quote where I excused the actions of any political party, or are you just in the habit of making stuff up?

#34 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-08 02:11 PM | Reply

PSA:

Bold-facing who posted a quote does not add value to an argument.

#35 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-08 04:22 PM | Reply

"He doesn't seem to have the attention-span nor the ideological commitment to be dangerous. He's an attention-whore who craves adoration."

Au contraire, mon ami. He is dangerous because of those very things. Trump just wants to "win" which means he is open to the highest bidder. He will go along with whoever and whatever can get him something he can call a "win" and it doesn't' matter what that "win" is. It is precisely because Trump doesn't know anything and doesn't care to learn, and because he has no guiding principles (ideological, political or moral) that makes him so dangerous. His guiding principles are maintaining his image, "winning" and revenge. What could possibly go wrong?

#36 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-08 04:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#35 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-08 04:22 PM
It helps someone to find a response to their conversation. I try to be considerate of others. It's a shame that you see what goes on here as arguing. Hopefully you'll expand your views of it in the future. Some people are able to have a conversation without it being an argument. Then again, those people don't resort to name-calling and trying to belittle others.

#37 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-08 05:31 PM | Reply

Republicans Know Trump is Dangerous and Do Nothing

That's the angle that dems need to highlight in the upcoming elections! Tie every elected republican running for office to Trump!

#38 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2018-01-09 06:22 AM | Reply

FEDUP

At the rate Trump is going, dismantling our system of government and it regulatory agencies and safety nets with complete abandon, the House Republican Congress critters are in deep peril. Retirements and decisions not to seek re-election seem to indicate that they can smell disaster headed their way ~ 26 of them at the moment.

In the meantime, they have an agenda of their own to pass, hoping against hope that Trump will still be office to sign it. Speed is of the essence.

As for Trump's ideology, I don't think he has one. At least not one that would be recognized by normal political standards. He's too shallow to care about anything unless it feeds his ego or his bank account.

#39 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-09 01:10 PM | Reply

"At the rate Trump is going, dismantling our system of government and it regulatory agencies and safety nets with complete abandon, the House Republican Congress critters are in deep peril."

I don't like Trump but it is the HOuse and Senate Republican leadership who is leading the charge to dismantle our social safety net and they have made no secret about it. Paul Ryan is much more dangerous to SS, Medicare and Medicaid than Trump is, if Republican leadership told Trump that preserving those institutions was the goal he would go along willingly. He is totally maleable to the majority, he just wants to be popular, loved, respected.

#40 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-09 01:25 PM | Reply

At the rate Trump is going, dismantling our system of government and it regulatory agencies and safety nets with complete abandon, the House Republican Congress critters are in deep peril.

Everything that I have heard so far suggests that your are right. Today's republican party is a malignant cancer on the body politic that must be removed. House Republicans clearly have to go and hopefully the polls are right. However, there are governorships, state houses, county freeholders, etc. that must be flipped to the dems. Tie them all to Trump!

#41 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2018-01-09 02:10 PM | Reply

DANNI

I agree that congress is complicit by sitting on their hands but Trump doesn't need them for Executive Orders. And don't disregard what a little horsetrading will get him in congress.

#42 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-09 02:12 PM | Reply

FEDUP

" However, there are governorships, state houses, county freeholders, etc. that must be flipped to the dems. Tie them all to Trump!"

Well, the Koch Brothers are spending millions to keep the GOP state houses and governorship candidates afloat. They've given up on presidential candidates and now prefer to use state regulators to support their polluting. Koch Industries is the third largest polluter in the United States.

It's going to be battle of the titans.

#43 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-09 02:28 PM | Reply

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