The Trump administration’s Department of Energy has been touting natural gas as “freedom gas.” I was wondering when the genius that is Secretary of Energy Rick Perry would finally emerge. Perry has been fairly quiet compared to other administration hacks bent on profiting from their position.
Even though it’s not even close to the most egregious falsehood disseminated on Facebook, the doctored video of a “drunk” Nancy Pelosi helped laid bare a corporate culture of content at all costs. In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN, a Facebook executive squirmed a little but stood up for the company’s practice of distributing misinformation.
Even though President Trump’s battle against Congressional oversight is front and center, the administration is staffing up its xenophobe wing with even nastier hardliners. If we thought Trump’s immigration policy was bad, judging by the new blood, we may be in for something worse.
Even though there are loads of reasons to begin impeachment proceedings, Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to do it because it might rally Trump’s base and mess up the election. Um, Trump’s base is already rallied. Ninety percent or so of Republicans support the guy. I think we’ve passed the point of worrying about rallying the base. Trump’s base is firmly in the palm of his hand.
Today’s conventional wisdom seems to be that we’re just shy of a “constitutional crisis.” Maybe a “constitutional quasi-crisis?” Seems pretty crisis-like to me when the executive branch completely defies the oversight role of the Congress of the United States — while ample evidence of presidential wrongdoing exists and even-ampler reason to investigate further exists.
Now that it has been firmly established that President Trump is going to use his shiny new attorney general to run interference for him, we’re likely headed for a constitutional crisis. It might take a little while, a little contempt, more impeachment rumblings and some threats of jail, but it’s coming.
Even though Robert Mueller didn’t charge President Trump and cuff him, he sure teed the evidence up for someone to do something about this guy. It’s almost as if Mueller thinks there is some other body, some branch of government that is actually set up to handle this sort of thing.
The redacted Mueller report is on the way with Attorney General William Barr scheduled to kick off the big day at a press conference. No sense in diving right into that balance-of-powers stuff and give the report directly to Congress first, right? Barr and transparency don’t exactly go hand in hand.
Once again, Republicans are caught without an alternative to their nemesis Obamacare. After the Trump administration supported a legal fight to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump began to wage a campaign to make Republicans, the “party of health care.”