We made it to the end of 2016! Hooray, it’s smooth sailing from here, right? Right? Um, at any rate, I wanted to give a special shout out to the pundits. While there is plenty of failure to go around, the soothsayers and seers of the pundit class deserve a special failure award for their 2016 performance.
Everyone seems so ready to be done with 2016, but I’m a little more concerned about what’s in store for 2017. Come January 20th, Trump will be a real, live president and not a president-elect. Seems only fitting to do a holiday homage to the best animated Christmas show, ever. (Sacrilege, I know, but I really couldn’t resist.)
It’s been a big week for Vladimir Putin and Exxon. (Look, Kanye!) Who needs to secretly hack computers anymore when you can just pick a homegrown oil oligarch with billions of dollars at stake in Siberia as your Secretary of State? (Didja see Kanye?)
When President-elect Trump called scores of world leaders, US diplomats thought transcripts of the actual calls were parodies. (He used “fantastic” three times in one sentence when talking with the leader of Pakistan.) Turns out, the transcripts were real. It may finally be sinking into everyone’s head, the rest of the world included, that Trump is Trump and he’s not going to change because of winning the nomination, the presidency or taking office.
Where to begin with the Dakota Access Pipeline? The rubber bullets? The sound cannons? The attacking dogs? The tribal sovereignty, or lack thereof? (I haven’t even mentioned global warming yet.) There are so many awful events that have been happening around this pipeline project and the protests against it, it’s hard to keep up.
With the Trump transition team trickling out cabinet picks, thousands of Administration jobs are ripe for the picking. (Ben Carson, if you’re reading this: Donald Trump is trying to reach you, pick up your phone!) From “moderate” picks as Trump kinda’ sorta’ tries to reach out to his former opponents and critics, to an alt-right white nationalist (let’s just say it, “neo-Nazi”) sympathizer, the President Elect is slowly trying to build a team.
The grand Donald Trump Administration transition-to-the-White-House is underway. Trump already seems to be running his Administration like a business, a very chaotic business filled with nepotism and infighting, but a business nonetheless. Since Republicans and Democrats are equally dazed for varying reasons, I thought it’s high time we check in with Dogboy and Mr. Dan.
Wha’ happened? What an awful, strange, crazy, mind-boggling election. Am I missing something, or did we just elect a real estate developer/reality show star who campaigned on xenophobia, racism and bullying while recorded evidence (and scores of accusers) revealed a history of sexual assault?
After what seems like twenty long years of primary campaigning and another ten years of general election campaigning, election day is nearly upon us. Seems like just yesterday that Jeb Bush had this thing locked up with his horribly-named “shock and awe” fundraising strategy.
When Donald Trump warns of a rigged election depriving him of the White House, his call to arms will most likely be a call to his lawyers. Judging by his track record, surely there has never been a more sue-happy nominee for president. If voters don’t cooperate by Making America Great Again, maybe The Donald can sue his way to the White House.