In the middle of everything else that was going on yesterday, few people noticed that Ben Carson and Rick Perry were confirmed for their cabinet positions.
Both completely unqualified, even by Republicon standards.
Rick Perry, as we all remember, campaigned on wanting to dismantle the Department of Energy in the 2012 election cycle. Perry is equally famous for not actually knowing what the Energy Department does—thinking he was going to be a “cheerleader for the oil and gas industry” instead of having responsibility for maintaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Ben Carson admitted in a rare moment of honesty a few months ago, through spokesbot Armstrong Williams, that he felt unqualified for a cabinet post because he has no government experience and has never run a federal agency. How Carson reconciled that with his own run for the presidency is a perfect oxymoronic example of “republicon logic”. Or maybe it should be called “oxymoranic”, with emphasis on the “moran”.
So while all the other news was breaking about Jeff Sessions recusing himself and Carter Page admitting he met with Russian ambassador Kislyak, those two Senate confirmations got almost no press attention.
But when I saw the otherwise overlooked information roll by on the crawl under a more important story last night, I did not have the reaction I expected. My heart did not sink. I did not sigh heavily or throw things at the TV or start ranting to the open air about how depressing it is to watch the Cabinet of Deplorables add its two latest members.
Instead, I surprised even myself.
I thought, OK. Good.
Let them all climb on to the sinking ship that is the DJT administration.
That way, when it sinks, we will be done with the lot of them.
Richard Nixon won re-election in 1972 by carrying 49 out of the 50 states.
Two years later he resigned in disgrace, and it was hard to find anyone who would admit to having voted for him.
Even better, many of the big name political people who were associated with Nixon were essentially blacklisted from Rcon politics for a good long while, until the short attention span of the electorate allowed people to forget that the likes of Pat Buchanan and Robert Bork and G. Gordon Liddy and Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney had played a role in the Nixon Administration.
I’m not saying (yet) that the problems the DJT administration is having are worse than Watergate.
But I am saying that whatever this is, when it is all over, everyone involved is going to be embarrassed to admit they ever had anything to do with DJT and this godforsaken experiment in letting a petulant toddler have access to nuclear codes.
So that is my current political fantasy—looking forward to the day when people who were associated with the Trump Administration are as welcome as a skunk at a garden party.
I want their credibility to be completely shot.
I want every single one of them, and all the people who worked on their staffs, to be unemployable by any campaign, any lobbyist, any news organization.
I want them to have to keep justifying and rejustifying themselves, lying along the way of course, about what they did or what they didn’t do or how much they approved of him and how involved they were. They will tear each other into pieces. Jesus Christ this will be fun.
And I want Uday and Qusay and Ivanka to have to get real jobs.
So enjoy it while you can, Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, Mike Pence, Carter Page, Jeff Sessions, Rick Perry, Neil Gorsuch, Nikki Haley, Betsy DeVos, Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon, Ben Carson, KellyAnne Conway, Stephen Miller, Andrew Puzder, Scott Pruitt, the whole lot of you.
When this is over your reputations will be ruined beyond repair.
Republicans will be embarrassed by you and will try to pretend you never existed.
And Democrats certainly aren’t going to hire you!
They are having fun now, but when the bad reputation catches up with them...
Previous TRUE BLUE REPORT diaries
Mar 2: “In every major fire it always starts with smoke. And smoke is what kills you.”
Mar 1: Am I the only one whose skin crawled at the Carryn Owens BIRGing moment?
Feb 28: Spinspotting 101: Special Prosecutor for what? It’s so easy to answer that question
Feb 27: Spinspotting 101: I’ve seen no evidence because I haven’t looked for any evidence!
Feb 26: If Neil Gorsuch were a man of integrity, he would decline the S.Ct. appointment
Feb 25: True Blue Ribbons: Russia Flag trolling, Dixie Swastika grabbing, District Days demonstrating
Feb 24: There is no such thing as a compassionate conservative
Feb 23: Chief of Staff, Nat’l Security Advisor, GOP Head, President Bannon—too many hats!
Feb 22: DJT has a few questions for you—SMURF THIS POLL!
Feb 21: The end of “access journalism” means it’s time to #sendtheinterns
Feb 20: KAC lying low for now… can we banish her (and all her ilk) from the airwaves completely?
Feb 19: DeVos cartoon, Ruby Bridges, unearned unhappiness and childlike faith
Feb 18: Blue Ribbon Winners—Vice Adm. Harward, Melissa McCarthy, and intel whistleblowers
Feb 17: And Ain’t I an American?
Feb 16: Please tell your family and friends—If you regret your DJT vote, speak up NOW
Feb 15: R-supported forced childbirth laws deny the autonomy of women
Feb 14: What did the president know? Everything. When did he know it? From the beginning.
Feb 13: Coping with The Madness of King Donald by hoping political comedy will save us
Feb 12: The Poverty and Justice Bible
Feb 11: Blue Ribbon Winners: Swastika removers, Ninth Circuit Panel, and the Persisterhood!
Feb 10: The first three words of the Constitution are “We, the People” not “I, the President”
Feb 9: Who first inspired your political activism? Who inspires you now?
Feb 8: We cannot and will not be silenced—Here’s what to do if they try to silence you
Feb 7: Plain Talk Tuesday: Tell people the Affordable Care Act is the same as OBAMACARE
Feb 6: Interview Skills 101—Internalized oppression and what Ryan Lizza did right. BRAVO!
Feb 5: These protest signs with Bible cites will confuse and befuddle RWNJs
Feb 4: Blue Ribbon Winners: Temple B’Nai Israel, Judge Robart, CNN, Senate Phone Callers
Feb 3: Not rich, not smart, not a good businessman, not a winner—DJT is NOTHING he claims to be
Feb 2: Thursday action—Encouragement, thanks, and apologies (pick one or more)
Feb 1: July 7, 2009 to August 25, 2009 and September 25, 2009 to February 4, 2010
Jan 31: If you’re on overload that’s part of their plan—there’s more than one way to #resist
Jan 30: Interview Skills 101 for reporters attempting to interview KAC and other Rcons
Jan 29: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness
Jan 28: Blue Ribbon Winners: Women's March participants and #NoMuslimBan demonstrators and...
Jan 27: I wish Steve Bannon would tell me to keep my mouth shut
Jan 26: Thursday Action—Have you ever written a letter to the editor? Here’s how to start
Jan 25: The Asch Conformity Study, inauguration crowds, and the importance of speaking out
Jan 24: #ResistTrumpTuesday—good news day or another paying dues day?
Jan 23: Spy the Lie 101: How to enjoy watching Rcon spokesbot interviews, even KAC!
Jan 22: Why I prayed for the President* today
Jan 21: The only silver lining in the midst of these clouds
Inaugural (!) diary: Stop expecting Republicons to make sense