Adapted from the Twitter feed, Monday morning, January 30, 2017.
Until he threatens their partisan agenda, Congressional Republicans will be fine with our mad, idiot king
Photo courtesy of CNN.
Cute picture. Our Mr President Trump looks mighty pleased with himself, doesn’t he? Like a grade schooler who’s gotten a gold star on his homework?
This photo is a big reason for the ban. The executive order itself is a prop. All these EOs are as much for show as for effect. Are they Constitutional? Will they do the job Our Mr President claims they'll do? Almost beside the point to ask. He’ll claim credit for whatever he can get away with claiming credit for and forget what didn't work. At the moment, all he cares about is showing his yahoo base he's being big and strong and mean on their behalf. He knows what they want. A fearless leader who will hurt and frighten the scary brown people who are frightening them. Keep in mind, whatever he says or does or tweets, he says, does, and tweets for the applause. The intent is to keep the paying customers satisfied and coming back for more. Our Mr President is always out to sucker the suckers. As long as it keeps the base riled up and forking over, he’s happy. The interests of the country, the dignity of his office, the fate of the free world---none of that matters to him. He’s that careless. He's that irresponsible. He’s that selfish. He’s that much of an egomaniac. He’s gleefully ruining the lives of countless innocents to sell the brand.
Big problem right now is that careless, selfish, and irresponsible as he is, Our Mr President is serving the interests of the Republicans in Congress. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have shown they don't care about anything but their own partisan agenda. They’re fine with a careless, selfish, irresponsible, egomaniacal President, as long as he stays out of their hair. It won't be until Trump does something they regard as a threat to their agenda that they'll stand up to him. If he suddenly insists on a health care plan that actually helps people and doesn’t leave poor people to die or if he decides Social Security and Medicare are good things worth keeping, then they’ll spring into action.
There’s no greater threat to the nation in the minds of Congressional Republicans than anything that doesn't cut taxes on the rich. Trump can run riot as far as they care. Families can be torn apart, the Mideast can burn. Our mad king of a President can put as many neo-Nazis in charge as he has a whim to. As long as he cuts taxes while he’s at it, Ryan and McConnell and most of the rest of the Republicans in Congress will smile and smile and let him play the villain.
Updated Tuesday morning, January 31, 2017, to add for emphasis:
Scott Lemieux on his way to linking to Jonathan Chait:
The emerging meme that Paul Ryan is “spineless” gives him far too much credit. It implies that he would like to stand up to Trump but lacks courage. But I have no idea why anyone thinks standing up to Trump is his preference. He’s a full-on Trump supporter and collaborator because Trump can help him fulfill his longtime goals of passing massive upper-class tax cuts and brutalizing the poor.
And Jonathan Chait, concluding the post Scott links to:
Ryan might supplicate himself to limitless acts of corruption or misrule by Trump, but he would never stand silent if Trump attempted to implement even a tiny tax increase on the highest-earning one percent.