OCGE’s Pivots

15 04 2017

Washington, D.C.

(1) No human being, not even the strongest willed among us, can withstand that constant barrage of hate and vituperative forever.

(2) Remember what I told you often:  OCGE is non-ideological.  He’s not going to tow the line of any of the “mainstream” orthodoxies, so why did any of us think that he’s going to abide by the Gospel According to the Alt-Right?  Usually, his non-ideological approach is a feature, not a bug.  But the last week is showing that it can also be a bug, not a feature.

What, did we really eat the dog food of our memes in 2015 and 2016 and think that it was chateaubriand?

(3) If he thinks that his pivots are going to make the other side and ((())) put a cork in it, he’s wrong.

Our enemies are a lot of things, but stupid is not one of them.  They know what kind of trap they’re setting for him, a trap he seems to be walking straight into.





Light Drizzle

6 04 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

What the fuck has gotten into my sector of political life?

Not only have most of them abandoned the OCGE, they’re also writing his political obituary, a mere 76 days into his reign.

No, I don’t like what he did, and I don’t like the advice he’s taking, and I don’t like the advisors who are giving him the advice, and this has a chance to wind up being very counterproductive and a borderline disaster.

But I’m not going to run inside and hide just because a little light drizzle has started.

It’s like our people turned into a bunch of drama queens in the last few days.

Alternatively, the sudden shocking disappointment coming from my neck of the woods is just a function of our (but not my) reading too much into the OCGE, making him out to be the kind of Pepe that I knew he never was.  Let me put it to you this way:  As I think about it, I have to admit that there’s a part of me that isn’t surprised that Trump took the actions today against Syria that he did.

Also, just because I don’t like any of what OCGE is doing and I wish he wouldn’t have done it, by the same token, I’m not going to knee jerk believe that Assad’s reported latest use of chemical weapons is a false flag.  I think he did use them, but there was a better way to deal with it.  Remember, Assad’s no angel, it’s just that he’s less bad than the only other credible alternative (ISIS).

Prediction:  Next week, he’ll do something we really like, and all the unnamed drama queens will pretend like this week never happened and they never said or wrote anything they did this week.

UPDATE

Another thing:  In spite of this, there’s no way I’m going to turn my back on my sector.  Because it’s the way I think, and our people are our people.  And, on the substance of that which is turning them into drama queens, they are correct:  These missile strikes were the wrong thing to do.  Any of you shit disturbers thinking that you’re going to drive a wedge between your ever-lovin’ blogmeister and these unnamed individuals just because of this — Miss me by 500 yards with that silliness.





Two Points

30 03 2017

Washington, D.C.

(1) My prediction that the Trump years would be one where American politics would take on a continental European feel, in that we would witness the difficulty in governance in a multi-party culture, are starting to come true.  We have a Democrat Party, a doctrinaire conservative party, a centrist establishmentarian RINO party, and a Trumpian populist-nationalist party.

(2) As much as Trump is hurting himself and burning political capital by doing this, he would have been worse off if the rejected legislation of last week actually passed.

There’s still time to do this right.  By “do this right,” I mean (1) Pen and phone to suspend the enforcement of ObamaDontCare’s unpopular provisions, (2) Demand a full signed confession from the Democrats (including Obama himself) on the lies and skullduggery they engaged in to get ObamaDontCare passed and to defend it after it passed, and once they do, then they get to participate in the debate on where we go from here, and (3) Slowly and rationally figure out where we go from here, and single-payer should not be rejected out of hand.  What should probably be rejected out of hand is anything that smells like it was written by insurance industry lobbyists.





W Either Way

27 03 2017

Washington, D.C.

ICYMI

And in case you haven’t been following my previous post on the health care legislation.

One of two things happened on Friday:

(1) A collection of ideologically mixed bag House Republicans saved OCGE from himself

OR

(2) OCGE’s long track Machiavellian plot to sandbag Paul Ryan in revenge for last year was successful

I tend toward 2.

Either way, OCGE walked away a winner.





Capital to Burn

22 03 2017

Washington, D.C.

It’s time for OCGE to quit letting someone who was one of his avowed political enemies as late as November 7, that being Paul Ryan, to guide him down a path where OCGE is needlessly burning through political capital.

Remember my previous piece of advice on health care reform:  Just use the pen and phone to suspend the enforcement of ObamaDontCare’s unpopular provisions, and then do the “where do we go from here” thing slowly and rationally.  This issue is not the sort which will cause the world to end if not dealt with immediately.

Same goes for tax reform.  We can afford to slow down, take a deep breath, and think things through.

OCGE should be spending most of his public energy on his politically popular agenda items and existentially important agenda items.

Remember, the 2012 Presidential ticket with Paul Ryan on it not only did not carry Wisconsin, it didn’t even carry Paul Ryan’s own Congressional district.  Trump carried both.  So it’s not as if Paul Ryan is some great political genius.





Well Duh

2 03 2017

Washington, D.C.

I’m shocked to learn that the U.S. Attorney General had a lot of contact with foreign diplomats when he was a prominent member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In related news, I consumed dead animal material two days ago.





Take Your Time, Old Man

1 03 2017

Washington, D.C.

Chill out on all the panic about why tax reform and the ObamaDontCare repeal and replacement are taking so long.

Those are two issues where we can take our time, slow down, chill pill, think, reason and get it right.