“Witnessing Insanity” is a fitting title for one of the dozens of books that are going to be written about Donald J. Trump’s detour into Washington. On the same day Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch answered questions about his role in Bush-era torture, a new sideshow rocked the Capitol. This one was started, big surprise, by a frantic Trump partisan.
Think about it. Is the country going mad? What are our friends and allies going to think?
The Chairman of the House intelligence committee. in the middle of a criminal investigation involving the President of the United States. announces during a press conference that there has been a conversation captured of the President (Donald Trump) and other members of the transition team. During the presser, the Chairman then discloses and he is going to the FBI and then the White House to discuss the matter.
The post-mortem on the Donald Trump-Comey-House Intelligence Hearing Monday continues.
On the extreme right, from the jowls of someone who knows a thing or two about investigations against a President, Pat Buchannan, there is still “nothing there, there”.
Even the Russians are talking about the impeachment of Donald Trump. The L.A. Times reported on Monday, March 20, 2017, “Sergei Markov, a Moscow-based political analyst and a former lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, claimed the hearings into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are ‘related to an attempt to impeach Trump.’”
The election of Donald Trump has caused the political left to go stark raving mad. There is very little civility among today’s liberals. In Congress, dozens of liberal Democrats boycotted the President’s inauguration. Some radical leftists, such as Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) have continued to call for his impeachment. She even insulted his cabinet members by calling them “a bunch of scumbags.”
Donald Trump tweeted that the putative wiretapping of his Manhattan golden aerie by President Obama is McCarthyism. It certainly is. Senator Joseph McCarthy presided over a 1950’s Congressional Committee looking for traces of Communism in America. The Committee became notorious for its traffic in lies, innuendo, and false accusations. Reputations were ruined and lives upended by McCarthy’s reckless disregard for the truth.
Saturday Night Live skewered Ivanka Trump last weekend with a skit celebrating a new fragrance, facetiously hers, named “Complicit.” It was a funny bit, at least superficially, and as much a riff on Scarlett Johansson’s Dior Christmas perfume ads as it was on Ivanka’s status as a fashion icon with a famous father. Behind the humor, however, was a sense that it crossed an invisible line, seemingly, for the sole purpose of antagonizing the President. It’s not like he doesn’t deserve it, but she doesn’t.
The White House said, Monday, that it needs more time to look for evidence of Obama bugs in Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign, and to determine if the President needs to say anything more about his unsubstantiated charges against Obama.
The executive branch in Gulag Washington is not alone in its troubles in these foreboding and rancorous days. America’s new Mr. Rogers, House Speaker Paul Ryan, rolled out his pay-for-playhouse replacement for Obamacare this week. It’s called the American Health Care Act. The name, fittingly, finally strips our first “foreign born” ex-president’s name from the existing law President Trump has said is “broken, terrible, the worst.”
It has been many years since late night comedy was actually enjoyable. Its heyday was during the Johnny Carson era when Americans were entertained by a host with tremendous skill. Carson was a true talent who combined great humor with impeccable timing.