The other morning on “Morning Joe,” MSNBC correspondent Kasie Hunt commented on what she thought was the reason so many Republicans in both houses of Congress were reluctant to speak out against the President’s efforts to discredit and conceivably ultimately fire Special Prosecutor Mueller, even though their body language and silence showed that they obviously disagreed with him. Quite simply, she said, “They need him to get elected.”
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And Vice President Pence, who is likely to be in the White House within the next year or two, is not immune to this addiction. His allegiance to Donald Trump will further shatter his already somewhat questionable credentials.
Marie Osmond, who does the Nutri-System commercials on TV, is getting old and folks may be tiring of her telling them how to lose their “belly fat.” Should she choose to retire, an obvious replacement would be Sarah Huckabee Sanders who sooner or later will be fired by the President. Of course, they would have to throw in an appointment with a really talented hairdresser too. Am I being too cruel?
Privacy, SchmivacyAnother thought (although it is not original): If you get something for free on the internet, you are not the customer! Nothing is ever “free.” You are paying for it by making yourself into “merchandise” to be the subject of another transaction by parties unknown to you. You and everything that internet site knows about you is sold to advertisers or others interested in such information. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., don’t cost you a penny, but they make their money by peddling what they know about you. Your “profile” on these social media sites contains much information you have voluntarily provided. And you have no control, once they have it, as to how they peddle your information.
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We must keep the pressure on legislators. Here is a copy of an email with which I blessed Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell last Saturday evening.
Joe Scarborough recently pointed out that In the "Art of the Deal," Donald Trump advocates striking back as the best action to take when attacked. And he has not hesitated to do so frequently during his Presidency. Please note that the only ones whose attacks he has responded to with silence are those of Stormy Daniels and Russia, in the personage of Vladimir Putin. His silence, other than claiming that what he doesn't like to hear is "fake news," is his tacit admission that the tools in both Daniels' and Putin's toolboxes are more potent than he can handle.
Look in Their Toolboxes